Miami Gardens, FL – This is Miami. Our culture revolves around traffic, cafecito, beaches, parties, and football. Nothing brings our community together more than football. Well, maybe cafecito, but nobody tailgates for that. Whether you’re a Miami Dolphins fan, FIU Panthers fan, who had their spring game last weekend, or Miami Hurricanes fan, you know it to be true. However, down here, no football team moves the needle more than the Hurricanes, and 15,875 fans showed out to the 2018 Miami Hurricanes Spring Football Game.

The spring football game is the official beginning of the new season. It’s Canes football SZN! We’re entering Mark Richt’s third year in his tenure, and Canes fans are glad the team is finally on the way back to the top. The 2016 season marked their 1st bowl win since 2006. The 2017 season showcased the Canes winning the ACC Coastal Division for the first time, the Turnover Chain, and playing for the ACC title, as well as their return to the Orange Bowl. The Canes did lose their final three games, but after winning their first 10, including wins over Florida State and Notre Dame, the entire college football landscape was put on notice.

Spring football isn’t meant to answer any glaring questions. It’s really just a glorified pep rally and exhibition, but mostly, a chance to get a first look at the new guys. Today’s teams were split into Team Carol (white) and Team Soffer (orange), to honor Carol Soffer, the $14 million lead gift provider of the Carol Soffer Indoor Practice Facility.

The first-time standouts were Brian Hightower and Gregory Rousseau. Hightower had four catches for 100 yards and two touchdowns for Team Soffer. His first TD was a nine-yard pass from N’Kosi Perry, who finished 11-for-25 for 166 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Hightower’s 2ndtouchdown was a 14-yard reception from Jarren Williams, who was 9-for-14 with 105 yards and a touchdown. Gregory Rousseau led all Canes with 5.5 tackles and three sacks for a total loss of 23 yards.

Freshman Gilbert Frierson picked off Perry in the end zone for the 1stTurnover Chain of the 2018 season! Both defenses played well, combining for nine sacks, a forced fumble, and an interception, so expect plenty of Turnover Chains this season.

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Gustavo Chacon
Most of you know me as The Prodoucher FunGus, but my government name is Gustavo A. Chacon. Born and raised in the 305! I say Miami sports fans should be grateful for what we've been able to experience, at least in my lifetime. Pretty well rounded in the major sports, but baseball is probably my weakest subject. Doesn't stop me from writing about it! Either way, I find it pointless to memorize every sports stat since the beginning of time when I can just look it up, so don't expect me to drop some knowledge unless it's useful in the real world. However, I'm not afraid to tell you why your opinion is 100% wrong, lest we agree, of course. Wanna get into it? Argue with me @lemoncityfungus. It'll be fun!

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