Every year we try to get as much information as possible about the upcoming college football season by getting as many different viewpoints as possible from the local media representatives that cover the Miami Hurricanes.
This year once again we reached out far and wide to get a glimpse of the up-coming season to try to determine what UM fans might expect in 2012.
Hitting in the lead-off spot this year is Brandon Odoi from our friends at www.CaneInsider.com.
If you haven't visited their site and have not seen all of the incredible content they offer on the current Miami Hurricanes football team and on the always interesting high school recruiting front (with Jon Bastian) then you have been missing out.
Here are our FIVE questions with CaneInsider's Brandon Odoi:
Canespace: Head coach Al Golden has made it clear that Stephen Morris has won the starting QB role on this team. Do you think he is really ready to lead this team to victory in 2012 or is he simply the best available player at his position at UM right now? We all know that it is only a matter of time before fan favorite Gray Crow is named the starting QB at UM, but based on what you have seen or know, is Morris going to have an excellent or just average 2012 season for the Hurricanes?
CaneInsider: Crow's at least two years away from being a capable starter in college from what I've seen. He's got the most potential of the freshmen, but I wouldn't even put him in the same sentence with Stephen Morris. Morris basically saw Jacory Harris and how he led the team. Now Harris didn't have the wins fans wanted, but he was sure a leader that people respected. He put the team in positions to win every game last year. Morris will be better than anyone has seen him in the past. He's very physically fit. He'll have a solid OL to block for him and should have a good back in James. That will help his production. He's got capable playmakers who just have to step up. Is he poised enough? Only time will tell, my guess is he's poised enough to put up points on offense. It's the defense that will let him down.
Canespace: How many Freshmen do you see getting some serious playing as the year goes on? Name some Freshmen (True or RS) who you think will play in 2012 and maybe even start by season's end?
CaneInsider: Ereck Flowers is the most impressive freshmen according to coach Golden to date. He's been starting since camp opened and everyone's high on him. I think you'll see Duke Johnson, Herb Waters and also Malcolm Lewis on offense with Earl Moore, Tracy Howard and Deon Bush having big roles on defense. You'll also see Eddie Johnson should he return to health playing as a RS Frosh and get good contributions from Gabe Terry and Tyriq McQord. Don't forget about Antonio Crawford and Rashawn Jenkins who may be special teams guys that do a lot. I am not really expecting huge contributions from fan favorite Dallas Crawford. I think Duke Johnson may have taken his playing time.
Canespace: The Legends of the Fall selection process is an annual ritual at Canespace. The bloggers select one player on offense and one on defense that they think will have a spectacular, break-out or legendary season each year. This year the most selected players were of course QB Stephen Morris and LB Denzel Perryman. Apart from those two obvious selections which two players do you think will show up and show out this season? In addition please also select ONE Freshman player and ONE assistant or position coach who you think will be difference makers for the 2012 UM football team?
Offense: Kendall Thompkins
Defense: Kelvin Cain (super sleeper)
Freshman: Tracy Howard
Assistant Coach: Terry Richardson
Canespace: Will the offense carry the defense or will the defense carry the offense for the 2012 Miami Hurricanes? Which is the stronger side of this team and what is the strongest position?
CaneInsider: Team is strongest on offense and they will absolutely have to outscore everyone to win. Strongest position on offense is probably the offensive line. The depth is really good, even if up to three guys go down. Maybe not the center, but everywhere else there should be no hitches.
Canespace: OK, finally it is time to put you on the spot: I need your overall season record prediction for the 'Canes this season? Just give it to us straight!
CaneInsider: I’ll say 4-8.
Toss ups: BC, Notre Dame, USF, UNC, GT.
Wins: Bethune, Duke.
Losses: K. State, FSU, Virginia, VT and NC State.
You can always find a boat-load of good Miami Hurricanes information at www.caneinsider.com.
Stop by their site and give a shout out to Brandon Odoi (current updates) and Jon Bastian (recruiting) and even the well-known Brian "The Beast" London (all things UM) who also recently joined the CaneInsider team.