Quar­ter­man: No ad­di­tional ’Canes to sit out bowl game

Orlando Sentinel - - SPORTS WEDNESDAY - By David Furones

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.

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