Three takeaways from Miami Hurricanes’ spring football game

Ohio State transfer Tate Martell looked solid, and Tampa’s Scott Patchan is ready to contribute.
Miami Hurricanes quarterback (and Ohio State transfer) Tate Martell thanks fans after UM's spring game at Camping World Stadium. (MATT BAKER | Times)
Miami Hurricanes quarterback (and Ohio State transfer) Tate Martell thanks fans after UM's spring game at Camping World Stadium. (MATT BAKER | Times)
Published April 20

ORLANDO — Three quick thoughts on Miami’s spring game Saturday, which ended in the offense’s 35-32 win over the defense in front of an announced crowd of 9,102 at Camping World Stadium.

1. The quarterback competition remains interesting.

The Hurricanes weren’t going to announce a starter until August, no matter what happened Saturday. But the situation looks better now than it did in February. N’Kosi Perry put up strong numbers (9-of-13 passing for 145 yards and a touchdown). He seemed to be more poised and accurate than he was during a rough redshirt freshman season when he completed barely half his passes. As importantly, Ohio State transfer Tate Martell was solid (6-of-10 passing for 154 yards and two touchdowns), often against the top defense. The third option, Jarren Williams, also threw a touchdown pass. “They go into summer knowing that all three guys can play,” coach Manny Diaz said.

2. The other transfers are a mixed bag.

Former Buffalo receiver K.J. Osborn led all players with 105 receiving yards, including an 80-yard pass from Martell. There’s no question he will be a key contributor. But Tommy Kennedy —who was one of the top grad transfer offensive linemen on the market —had a rough outing. The 6-foot-4, 285-pound misfired on multiple snaps and remains a work in progress after jumping from Butler.

3. Tampa’s Scott Patchan is set to contribute.

After an up and down career with injuries and a brief position change to tight end, the Freedom High product will have a chance to make a big impact on the defensive line. The redshirt senior worked with the starters and teamed with Jonathan Garvin for a safety on the game’s first series. He finished with 3 ½ tackles (two for a loss).

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