Quarterman: No additional ’Canes to sit out bowl game
The Miami Hurricanes already know they’ll be without three key players in the the Independence Bowl against Louisiana Tech on Dec. 26. But will there be more?
One NFL draft-bound player that will finish off his UM career playing in the Shreveport, La., bowl game, Shaq Quarterman, said he thinks that will be it: Just defensive ends Jonathan Garvin and Trevon Hill and wide receiver Jeff Thomas, who are all declaring for the draft and want to skip the bowl game.
“I think everybody that has announced — or will announce — has announced, but I think everybody else is ready to go,” Quarterman said after Tuesday’s practice, adding he understands why some players have opted not to play.
“The guys that chose not to play, they came in with that decision. It was in their best interest, and I commend them for making that decision. I think everybody’s ready to play — for this game to finish off the season the right way — everybody that will play is ready to play.”
While Hill is a redshirt senior that is on his way out, Garvin and Thomas declared a year early for the draft as juniors.
Quarterman, who broke Miami’s program record with his 51st consecutive start in the regular season finale at Duke, said it’s important for him to finish off his career playing in this one final game.
“I really think it’s just in me,” Quarterman said. “It doesn’t feel right. I don’t think it will feel right for me not to be playing, wishing them the best when I know I could help somehow, so it’ll be a time when I can’t help — literally after the bowl game — so I choose to play with my team.”
Redshirt freshman defensive end Greg Rousseau will have to shoulder more pass-rushing responsibility with Hill and Garvin sitting out the game.
“I’m going to miss those guys,” Rousseau said. “I had a great time playing with them. I had such a great time learning from them. They were obviously a huge blessing in my life.”
Opportunity for younger players: With two defensive ends sitting out, freshman who will be able to retain his redshirt even if he plays in the Independence Bowl, will be thrust into larger responsibilities. “I’m ready to watch Jahfari and and all them grow,” Rousseau said. Williams is sitting out this season due to academics but will eligible next year. “They’ve been looking real good out there on Greentree [Practice Field]. I’m real excited for the future at that position, including me.”
Said sophomore lineman
“He’s just competitive. He just keeps working. He’s got a high motor.”
Miami will also have fifth-year defensive end
who plans to return for a sixth season, available. Patchan was in the rotation all season and started the first five games.
Quarterman spoke highly of freshman linebacker who has sat behind him this season offensive and figures to take a prominent role in 2020.
“Sam is rangy,” Quarterman said. “He’s long but should and will play linebacker, and he has incredible speed.”
Quarterman joked that he and other older linebackers have opted to not race Brooks before they leave, because of how much quicker he has looked in practice.
“Sam’s growing at a very nice rate,” Quarterman said. “I think he’s getting more comfortable with the playbook, and he’s getting more comfortable with the guys. It takes a lot to be able to command the D-line, the DBs and older guys at the same time, but I think he’s doing very well.”
Martell back with team: Redshirt sophomore quarterback has rejoined the Hurricanes, back from his personal leave that saw him miss the regular season’s final two games. Redshirt senior receiver said that Martell has been rotating in with
and as UM coach has indicated the quarterback job for the Independence Bowl is up for grabs.
“All the quarterbacks look good,” Scaife said.
Added Osborn: “I feel like they’re still in season form. I feel like nothing has changed. Everybody is working hard, executing.”
Martell was away from the team for the losses against FIU and Duke to finish the regular season.
It was his second leave from the team, also missing the Oct. 26 game at Pittsburgh.