Quarterman top draw at ACC Kickoff conference

Ex-Knights LB among league best

By Randy Lefko
Posted 7/6/17

MIAMI - Former Oakleaf High School linebacker Shaquille Quarterman, now a standout middle linebacker at the University of Miami, has been selected by the Hurricanes staff to attend the annual ACC …

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Quarterman top draw at ACC Kickoff conference

Ex-Knights LB among league best

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MIAMI - Former Oakleaf High School linebacker Shaquille Quarterman, now a standout middle linebacker at the University of Miami, has been selected by the Hurricanes staff to attend the annual ACC Kickoff event in Charlotte July 13-14.

The event is a media day type conference with Atlantic Coast Conference football teams able to send a coach and two players for media interviews and photographs.

Quarterman, a standout last year as a freshman, will be joined by junior running back Mark Walton.

A preseason All-conference team is also formulated with division race predictions from league media members.

Quarterman, who was third among ACC freshmen in tackles (84) and had more tackles for loss (10.0) than any ACC freshman since 2009, is the first UM linebacker at the event since Raphael Kirby (2015). Quarterman was also one on nine Hurricane players chosen by Athlon Sports magazine as preseason All-ACC first teamer. Quarterman was a third team All-ACC selection last year.

After the Hurricanes’ spring scrimmage in April, Quarterman commented that the well-publicized Miami linebacker crew of Quarterman, Michael Pinkney and Zach McCloud; all returning sophomores, seemed to all be in sync in the live format event.

In a Miami Herald article, Quarterman said, with quarterbacks able to be tackled, the clash was valuable for both the offense and the defense.

“Very enticing,’’ Quarterman said. “ We had to learn how to stay in coverage when they scrambled and they had to learn how to scramble. It was a good measuring stick for us.”

Quarterman noted that the linebackers did well “as a unit’’ Saturday, and praised early enrollee true freshman Bradley Jennings, Jr. out of Sandalwood High School, for, despite not knowing “all the materials in the playbook,’’ running around making plays and being confident. He also praised defensive end Jon Garvin for “a nice sack, real technical with the hands.

“We did good for the first scrimmage.’’

Added Quarterman: “For all the time we have been practicing for that scrimmage, I wanted everybody to come out and show what they have worked on. Whether it be working on bags, pass rush, anything that they have been working on, I just wanted to see it transfer to the scrimmage.”

Also returning as a linebacker for Miami is another Oakleaf High graduate, Darrion Owens, a red shirt junior, who is completing full strength therapy for a knee injury.

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