other games of our past season. The Clemson game I watched at least four times. The Wisconsin game, Pittsburgh game. And I know everybody else did it, too.”
Added receiver Ahmmon Richads, “The way it ended kind of spoiled the whole good season, 10-0 [to start the year]. But losing three games, that kind of just wiped that right away. We don’t really think about that. We think about those three losses and how to get better this year from that.”
The Hurricanes know they’ll have the chance to end that losing streak with the nation watching when they open the season Sept. 2 against LSU in Arlington, Texas in the AdvoCare Classic.
The chance to play a marquee opponent at a venue like AT&T Stadium and move on from the Pittsburgh, Clemson and Wisconsin losses has provided fuel through grueling offseason workouts and during Saturday’s practice.
Those losses have provided lessons, too, more than one Hurricane noting the importance of building depth, of taking care of their bodies and of the need to play through the entirety not just of games, but of the season.
“We want to finish. We preach that all the time,” said safety Jaquan Johnson, a preseason All-ACC selection who led the Hurricanes with 96 tackles and was tied for the team-high with four interceptions last season. “There are four quarters of football. We started off the season with a great half and then on the back end we let games go. We’re preaching that we have to finish so that’s most important.”
Saturday morning was another step forward in that process. Quarterback Malik Rosier, who started all 13 games for Miami last season, was back leading the first offense during the opening minutes of practice. Richards, who dealt with injuries all UM quarterback Malik Rosier looks to connect with a receiver during practice.
throughout 2017, was back to work.
So, too, were defensive end Demetrius Jackson, receiver Evidence Njoku and linebacker Charles Perry, all of whom suffered different season-ending injuries last fall. Zach McCloud, who injured his wrist in the spring, was on the field going through drills as well.
“It was good to see Ahmmon back. DJack, even from the beginning of summer until the end of summer, with how he changed his body,” Richt said. “You know, when you get injured, it’s hard to keep your body fat down. It’s hard to stay in good shape. But then when he got healthy again, he really trimmed down and had a wonderful summer. He did a good job.”