Mario Cristobal continues to focus on the Miami soccer team after second scrimmage

Mario Cristobal did not mention any player by name or provide stats following the second scrimmage hosted by the Miami Soccer Team on Saturday. Cristobal told Miami radio analyst and former Hurricanes center Don Bailey Jr. that they were more effective in several ways in the second scrimmage on Saturday.

Miami played longer than expected running about 120 plays in nearly 100 degree weather. Cristobal wants the Miami football team to get used to the weather and be able to use it to their advantage. Cristobal said the attack made some big plays but failed to convert any more.

The goal of Cristobal’s attack on Miami is to keep improving so they can in his words”trust us to run the playbook. Cristobal wants more consistency in Miami’s passing game. Miami has a deep and talented but inexperienced group of wide receivers entering the 2022 season.

Key’Shawn Smith is the only returning starter at WR. Xavier Restrepo is set for a big season as a starter in the slot succeeding Miami’s all-time leading receiver Mike Harley. Tyler Van Dyke returning as the starting quarterback will likely seek out fifth-year tight end Will Mallory as a go-to receiver with Restrepo.

Miami will continue with training camp until next week after classes start on Monday. Inconsistent tackles have been a problem for the past few years. Cristobal said the defense are hitting better and using the best technique in their tackles in the second scrum on Saturday.

Cristobal also praised the players who worked hard in the offseason without naming anyone and the players who don’t understand what it takes to attack the offseason exposed them. The culture and expectations under Cristobal have shifted towards a more business-like approach for Miami’s football program.

This week, Miami will begin installing more offensive and defensive systems, some of which will be used later in the year. It’s the last week before Miami begins planning next week’s game for Bethune-Cookman before the Sept. 3 season opener at Hard Rock Stadium. Miami enters the season ranked 16th in the AP Top 25.

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