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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (hurricanesports.com) – Brad Kaaya and Christopher Herndon IV connected for two touchdowns to lead the Green team to victory over the Orange team, 24-7, in the 2016 Spring Game.
Thousands of fans packed Lockhart Stadium on Saturday to watch the Miami Hurricanes close out spring practice with a competitive game.
“Today, like most spring games, like most scrimmages, there were certainly some real highlights for both sides of the ball,” Miami head coach Mark Richt said. “Usually a highlight for one side of the ball is probably a lowlight for the other side of the ball, so it’s kind of hard to judge it. The good news is, Miami won today, but overall I thought it was a pretty good day.”
Gus Edwards, who missed the entire 2015 season due to injury, received a loud cheer from the crowd on his first carry of the afternoon. The redshirt junior scored Miami’s first points of the day thanks to one-yard touchdown run to put the Orange team on the board. Edwards would finish the day with a game-high 57 rushing yards on 16 attempts.
Michael Badgley’s 27-yard field goal with 8:19 to go in the second quarter scored the first points of the game for Green and cut the Orange team’s lead to four, 7-3.
Kaaya hit Herndon IV over the middle for a 22-yard touchdown that put the Green team ahead, 10-7, in the second quarter.
The Green team’s Jaquan Johnson picked off an Evan Shirreffs pass deep over the middle to close out the first half.
Kaaya connected again with Herndon IV with 3:14 in the third quarter for a 13-yard touchdown, their second score of the day, to give the Green team a 17-7 lead.
Corn Elder picked off Kaaya with 11:19 remaining in the game to give the Orange team a boost, but the Green defense forced a three-and-out to stop the Orange momentum.
Kaaya threw his third and final touchdown of the day late in the fourth quarter, hitting Braxton Berrios for a 23-yard touchdown to wrap up the Green victory. The rising junior quarterback completed 29 of his 45 pass attempts, throwing for 345 yards and three touchdowns.
Berrios was Miami’s leading receiver, hauling in eight balls for 127 yards and a touchdown, while Herndon caught six passes for 76 yards and a team-leading two touchdowns.
Gerald Willis was one of several defensive standouts for Miami, recording two sacks, while Jermaine Grace, Demetrius Jackson, Al-Quadin Muhammad and Shaq Quarterman each had a sack to round out Miami’s six on the day. Willis had six tackles to lead the Green team, while Quarterman. Sheldrick Redwine and Rayshawn Jenkins each had seven tackles to lead the Orange squad.