The University of Miami celebrated the 35th anniversary of its first football national championship this weekend. The celebration culminated Saturday at the Hurricanes’ 31-17 win over FIU at Hard Rock Stadium.
The neighboring University of Miami and FIU met in football on Saturday for the first time since 2007. But it was a redshirt freshman quarterback from Ocala —N’Kosi Perry—who made his presence felt from nearly the beginning.
Miami Hurricanes coach Mark Richt elected to enter redshirt freshman quarterback N’Kosi Perry into Saturday’s game against the FIU Panthers during the third series of the game over starter Malik Rosier.
The UM Hurricanes and FIU Panthers meet at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Hard Rock Stadium for the first time since 2007. The Panthers are 26 1/2-point underdogs, but you never know what’s going to happen when neighboring programs go at it.
The No. 21 University of Miami is in the recruiting market for two tight ends next season, a UM coach said, especially considering that the Hurricanes lost their second player at that position to a long-term knee injury.
Mark Richt spoke on a teleconference Thursday and updated reporters on the situations of safety Jaquan Johnson and receiver Ahmmon Richards. Johnson was hurt at Toledo and Richards has not played since the LSU opener.
Miami Hurricanes safety Jaquan Johnson is still rehabbing a hamstring strain he suffered against Toledo, leaving his availability for Saturday against FIU up in the air. Amari Carter is expected to step up.
The University of Miami’s defense is gathering steam, but without preseason All-American safety Jaquan Johnson, it is not nearly as good. Johnson has a strained hamstring and his status for the FIU game is still unknown.
The Miami Hurricanes are preparing to play FIU on Saturday at Hard Rock Stadium for their first meeting since 2007. University of Miami coach Mark Richt praised FIU coach Butch Davis on his radio show with WQAM.