Miami had a bumpy end to its 2017 season, ending the year on a 3-game losing streak to finish 10-3. In 2018, the goals are clear: getting back to the ACC Championship Game and securing a spot in the College Football Playoff for the first time.
A big step toward that goal is the spring game. Team Soffer went ahead 7-0 in the second quarter after N’kosi Perry connected with Brian Hightower for a 9-yard touchdown on a left side fade.
Team Soffer boosted its lead to 10-0 with a 28-yard field goal by Suleman Burrows.
In the second half, Team Soffer extended its lead and shut out Team Carol, 17-0.
That'll do it from @HardRockStadium as Team Soffer defeats Team Carol, 17-0, in the 2018 Spring Game.
We can't wait to see you again in September, Canes fans! pic.twitter.com/vCzTAG6D0f
— Canes Football (@CanesFootball) April 14, 2018
Miami spring football game live updates
Miami spring football date, kickoff time
Time: 6 p.m. ET
Date: Saturday, April 14
Location: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, Florida
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The Miami spring football game can only be seen online.
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The Miami spring football game will be streaming on ACCNExtra.
Miami spring football game preview
Mark Richt is in the middle of his third spring as the head coach of the Miami football program. And with the first game of the 2018 season against LSU just five months away, Hurricanes fans will have heightened expectations – namely, an ACC title and a CFP bid.
The 2017 season opened well for the Hurricanes. They won their first ten games heading into a road matchup against Pitt to end the regular season, having already clinched the ACC Coastal Division and a spot in the conference championship game against Clemson.
The Panthers, though, ended the Hurricanes’ perfect season with a 24-14 win at Heinz Field. Miami failed to win a game the rest of the way, getting drilled 38-3 by Clemson in the ACC Championship Game before a 34-24 loss to Wisconsin in the Orange Bowl.
That’s all in the past. The work toward the 2018 season has begun in earnest, and the annual spring game will give us a barometer of where this team is and who might be on the verge of breaking out.
A focus will be on quarterback, where there are some that believe that Malik Rosier may not have the starter’s role sewn up for the upcoming season despite a strong 2017.
As a junior, Rosier threw for 3,120 yards, 26 touchdowns and 14 interceptions, while running 131 times for 468 yards and 5 touchdowns. But he will be challenged by a trio of freshmen: N’Kosi Perry and Cade Weldon, both redshirted a year ago; and Jarren Williams, an Atlanta-area product that was ranked as the No. 77 recruit in the class of 2018 by 247Sports.com.
But that won’t be the only position battle to watch.
Braxton Berrios, the team’s leading receiver last year with 9 touchdowns and 679 yards, is gone, along with tight end Chris Herndon.
That opens the door for players such as Ahmmon Richards, the top returning receiver with 439 yards and 3 touchdowns, to break out in 2018. We’ll also see greater contributions from Lawrence Cager and Jeff Thomas, who should also be highlighted during the spring game.
Brian Hightower – the No. 27 wide receiver in the class of 2018 – and Daquiris Wiggins should be among the pass-catching freshmen featured, as well as highly regarded tight end Brevin Jordan.
In the backfield, Miami has some appealing options that could help it become one of the more improved rushing teams in the country.
The Hurricanes will be hoping for the continued progression of running back Travis Homer, who ran for 966 yards and 8 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2017. There’s plenty of talent coming in at that spot, though, as the Hurricanes welcome 5-star recruit Lorenzo Lingard to the program. Lingard, who enrolled in January and has been with the team throughout the spring, will look to prove that he is ready to contribute to this offense immediately.
With Homer, Lingard, and sophomore DeeJay Dallas, the Hurricanes should see significant improvement to a running game that ranked in the bottom half of the ACC in 2017.