Shortly after the news hit that receiver Jeff Thomas was backing off his decision to leave Miami and is coming back to Coral Gables, the Hurricanes landed a commitment from Ohio State transfer quarterback Tate Martell early Wednesday morning.
The school officially announced Friday that it is hiring former University of Alabama quarterbacks coach Dan Enos to be the Canes offensive coordinator.
Instead of doing something to build on, the bottom completely fell out from under Miami as it was dominated and embarrassed by Wisconsin Thursday night in a 35-3 rout in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.
The Hurricanes (1-1) were far and away the superior team compared to the FCS-level Tigers, and they treated the announced crowd of 60,307 fans at Hard Rock Stadium to an 11-touchdown night and their first win of 2018 – snapping a four-game losing streak since the 2017 season.
ESPN released its Preseason College Football Power Rankings Thursday, with the University of Miami earning the No. 9 spot in the 25-team poll. The Hurricanes were also ranked No. 8 in the preseason Amway Coaches Poll released Thursday.
Unlike most programs, the Miami Hurricanes returned to the practice field Tuesday – three days after its spring game – for their 13th practice of the spring.
In a game that was largely dominated by the defense, early enrollee freshman wide receiver Brian Hightower flashed his big-play potential and caught a pair of touchdown passes as Team Soffer defeated Team Carol 17-0 Saturday night in the University of Miami’s spring football game at Hard Rock Stadium in front an estimated crowd of 15,875 fans.
The coaching staff had a couple of days to break down the game tape and was able to provide more marinated perspective Tuesday as the Hurricanes returned to the Greentree Practice Fields for their 10th spring practice session.
Spring practice has nearly reached its apex for the University of Miami, signaled by the team going through its first full – and closed – scrimmage Saturday morning.
And while they weren’t suiting up for a game, many of the Canes players relished the opportunity to get back to work as the team opened its spring practice Tuesday morning on the Greentree Practice Fields.