UM head coach Mark Richt announced Friday that safeties coach Ephraim Banda and outside linebackers coach Jonathan Patke have been named co-defensive coordinators and Jess Simpson has been promoted to associate head coach in addition to his duties as defensive line coach.
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.
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.
With Miami losing two cornerbacks – grad-transfer Dee Delaney to graduation and would-be junior Malek Young to a career-ending neck injury – having their youngest boundary defenders make contributions this coming season is a borderline necessity.
With that came a much-needed 28-day layoff, giving the weary No. 10 ranked Canes a chance to recuperate physically and refresh mentally before taking on No. 6 Wisconsin Saturday at Hard Rock Stadium.
Coming off its biggest win of the season up to this point, the University of Miami was dealt a double dose of bad news Monday.
In just two seasons, Mark Richt is very close to doing something that the two coaches that preceded him could not – win the Coastal.