11 total Hurricanes received some sort of All-ACC honors Monday – Quarterman on First Team; junior running back Travis Homer, freshman tight end Brevin Jordan, senior safety Jaquan Johnson and redshirt senior defensive tackle Gerald Willis III were all named to the All-ACC Second Team; sophomore cornerback Trajan Bandy was selected to the All-ACC Third Team; and five players earned All-ACC Honorable Mention recognition.
Led by DeeJay Dallas’ 110 total scrimmage yards and two total touchdowns along with Travis Homer’s 168 rushing yards on just eight carries – Miami was able to send its seniors off with a 24-3 victory and exact some revenge on visiting No. 24/25 Pittsburgh Saturday night at Hard Rock Stadium.
While Saturday’s scrimmage will be the seventh practice of the Hurricanes, it will also serve as the first taste of what college football really is for many of UM’s freshmen.
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.
Like almost all the offensive players said on Tuesday’s opening day, many of UM’s defensive players echoed the same sentiments after Thursday’s practice – losing the final three games of 2017 is fueling their fire this offseason.
For the second straight season, the University of Miami had a player named a freshman All-American this week with freshman offensive lineman Navaughn Donaldson receiving the honor from ESPN.
No. 7 Miami put together its best performance of the season – and maybe in years – as the Hurricanes completely dismantled and out-classed visiting Notre Dame in a 41-8 drubbing of the No. 3 Fighting Irish in front of a capacity crowd of 65,303 at Hard Rock Stadium.
In just two seasons, Mark Richt is very close to doing something that the two coaches that preceded him could not – win the Coastal.