Weekend rewind: Miami

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

It was a busy weekend at Miami, where the Hurricanes had their first spring scrimmage on Saturday morning. It went over 100 plays and lasted about two hours. It looks like freshman running back Mike James is pushing the veterans, Javarris James and Graig Cooper. There hasn't been any clear separation at No. 2 quarterback yet, but there's still plenty of time for that competition to unfold. All six of Miami's early enrollees played, and just like last year, there are a few who don't look like freshmen.

There have been a lot of positive reports coming out of Miami lately, and a lot of buzz surrounding the arrival of Mark Whipple. Braddock coach Frank Rojas told Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald that Whipple can "run circles around most guys" when it comes to coaching. There are plenty of reasons for Miami fans to be excited about the Canes heading into this fall, but as an outsider looking in, the first four games keep expectations tempered.

A few quick highlights from the scrimmage:

  • Jacory Harris completed his first 17 passes, and finished having completed 17-of-18.

  • Safety Vaughn Telemaque and cornerback Brandon McGee -- a freshman who joined the team in January -- recorded interceptions. McGee returned his 35 yards for a touchdown. Nice first impression.

  • Arthur Brown and Randy Phillips both had game-changing hits. Brown hit running back Lee Chambers on second-and-goal from the 1-yard line, and Phillips tackled Tommy Streeter on a third down that led to a blocked field goal.

  • There was a nice halfback option pass from Cooper to Laron Byrd for 47 yards.

Miami has its entire scrimmage report here.