This blog was written for Canespace by DZ8...
One commonly stated theory about the recent decline in the performance of the University of Miami football team is the lack of player development. It seems that on a fairly regular basis a freshman will show flashes of ability during his first year and then never quite improve upon that in subsequent seasons. The examples of this are numerous, but I'll only mention a few.
After showing flashes of potential as a freshman linebacker, Darryl Sharpton never showed consistent production until late in his senior year.
CB Chavez Grant began his career with a game saving interception in Miamis' last bowl win. He finished his four years at Miami with only 1 more pick.
Even a 5th year senior like Safety Randy Phillips let his team down far too often whether in run support (against Wisconsin) or in pass coverage (against Clemson).
Pat Hill - Even though he didn't play much his improvement was apparent in his physical blocking early in the season. Now he needs to work on his vertical jump on sideline routes.
Micanor Regis - After playing sparingly his first year the 2nd year player actually had games where he was getting noticed. The interception in the Bowl Game (after an Allen Bailey tip) was another, "scare the dog moment".
Ramon Buchanon- He actually got on the field at the linebacker position and showed good athleticism. Once the game sl os down for him he should be able to make some big plays. (Also his decommitment from Florida caused Urban Meyer to break his cell phone. I mention that as often as possible.)
You can blame depth at the wide receiver position for keeping the Hurricanes' best WR (Aldarius Johnson seen above) from showing statistical improvement.