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August 17, 2017

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SOUP

#AllAboard

Terrance Sullivan

See U Maniacs in 15 days.

Old Skool

More good info Soup

SinisterCane

May a Neutron Star impale Tallahassee

HawaiiCane

#AllAboard

Go Canes!

#prayforperry

JCane

Marquez Williams for 6 for the Jags. A feel good moment.

WWIN

#playrosier

SOUP

My father, George Edward Popadak, passed away last night at the age of 87. He served his Country as a U.S. Marine and defended our freedom by fighting in Korea. He led a long and good life and was loved and respected by everyone he knew. May God bless his soul and may he rest in eternal peace.

#SemperFi

WWIN

Sorry for your loss Soup

Go Canes!

Sorry for your loss Tom. You had him for a remarkably long time which is a blessing.

My best to you and your family.

NativeCane

I'm sorry about your Dad Buddy........

God Bless the Popadaks.

Old Skool

I'm sorry. Tom.

Terrance Sullivan

Sorry for your loss Soup! May God Bless the Popadak Family. Love ya Brotha!

KYcane

Prayers for you Tom. This country is great because of men like your dad.

Been a tough off-season for the Space.

Soup
UMIKE
I lost my mother in June and my wife lost her mom the very next day

Condolences to anyone else I might have missed

Go Canes!

I apologize in advance if football talk is inappropriate today. But this article is written by a writer I respect and is accurate imo. Anyone in management may feel free to delete:

BRUCE FELDMAN
Friday August 18th, 2017

Let’s start with this: Miami is not “back” yet. It seems anytime there is optimism about the Canes, folks are too quick to jump the gun. As I’ve said before, Miami isn’t back until Miami wins another national title. The Canes have won five national championships in the past 35 years, but it’s been 13 seasons since they finished in the Top 10 or won double-digit games.


Still, it’s starting to feel like Mark Richt has Miami on the right path. The Hurricanes finished last season on a five-game winning streak, all by at least two touchdowns, capped off by a thumping of a good West Virginia team in the Russell Athletic Bowl. They also are on track to land a top-five recruiting class. Richt and his staff have developed a nasty front seven on defense, something the program hasn’t had in years. There’s plenty of speed on offense, led by a crew of young wideouts featuring budding star Ahmmon Richards. I think Miami has the potential to make a run at the ACC title … next year. Then again, if the Canes can figure out their QB situation—and last year’s underwhelming O-line improves in support of whoever’s in the pocket—Miami’s defense looks salty enough to hold up its end of a playoff contention argument right nowL

What to love: Miami has one of the best D-lines in the country, with a legit front four of Chad Thomas (11 tackles for loss last season), Kendrick Norton (10 TFLs), RJ McIntosh (nine TFLs) and Joe Jackson (8.5 sacks as a freshman last year) and there’s some studs behind those guys too. The linebackers are fast and fierce—keep an eye on sophomore Shaq Quarterman, who looks like he’ll be an All-America before he leaves Coral Gables. Defensive coordinator Manny Diaz has a lot to work with now. Last season his group was pretty green up front, especially the freshman linebacker trio, but it still ranked fifth in FBS in tackles for loss and 22nd in sacks.

One ACC coach last winter told me he thought Miami was the most talented team he faced in 2016. And this was a guy who had also faced Clemson.

“I think we are close to getting over the hump,” Quarterman said. “We are really focused on the little things, not just with the starters, but with everyone because it’s the standard. If everyone keeps that standard then we’ll be right back on top where we are supposed to be.”

Miami lost a solid corner to the NFL in Corn Elder, and a key to this year’s defense has been the emergence of two newcomers at cornerback: Dee Delaney, a grad transfer who was a two-time FCS All-America at The Citadel, and junior college transfer Jhavonte Dean. Both are long and very athletic.

Canes cornerbacks coach Mike Rumph, a former first-rounder himself at Miami, said Delaney is a pleasant surprise. “He’s just very strong and physical and athletic, and most of all, he’s almost taking control of my room already,” Rumph said. “He’s the guy who’s disciplined because he’s coming from The Citadel, he’s a little older, and he’s urgent, similar to [2016 grad transfer] Adrian Colbert last year, so we’re just excited about him.”


Back to the biggest question at Miami—who will take over for three-year starter Brad Kaaya at quarterback? Canes fans are enamored with gifted dual-threat freshman N’Kosi Perry, but he needs to keep his mistakes to a minimum (starting with being cleaner taking snaps from under center) if he wants to remain the fan favorite in that competition. He and fellow freshman Cade Weldon are battling Malik Rosier and Evan Shirreffs. Only Rosier, a 6' 1" junior, has any experience, having thrown two touchdowns and three picks in his 61 career passes.

“The road map is to compete and compete with as many guys as you think have a realistic shot at winning the job,” Richt said at the start of training camp. “In this case, it’s four guys. When you rep that many guys, it’s hard to get the continuity you want. On the other hand, we’re trying to learn as much as we can. Sometimes, if you’re with the [first string], and you might have better protection, then I can see how you react when things are going good. Then if you get with the two unit, against the number one defense, and the protection might not be holding out as good as with the ones, I got to see how you’re going to react to that. I got to see how you react. If a guy misses a block, what are you going to do? Are you going to secure the ball and get what you can get? Find somebody and run out of bounds or run down the field and slide—how are you going to react? How are you going to react if you throw a pick—what are you going to do after that? How are you going to react if you have a rough day overall—can you recover and be mature enough to go back and compete? The goal is to try to be as equal as I can with the reps with the one unit and two unit, and even the three unit sometimes. Then you learn a lot. Kids think, ‘I can only show what I can do behind the [first-string] offensive line.’ No, you’re showing me what to do behind the [second-string] line. I want to see how you’re going to react to a little bit of adversity.”


Richt has about two weeks into the season to get things figured out at QB, since the Canes open with FCS Bethune-Cookman and then travel to Arkansas State before taking on archrival Florida State in Tallahassee. The pressure on the new starting quarterback against what should be a devastating Seminoles front figures to be excruciating. After that, though, the road schedule is pretty manageable, with trips to Duke, North Carolina and Pitt remaining. Miami doesn’t face defending national champion Clemson or NC State, two teams that will have dominant defensive lines.

This is going to be an intriguing team to follow as it matures over the course of the season. As much as I like the defense and the potential of the receivers, let’s pump the brakes on the Miami hype a little bit longer.

SOUP

Been a tough off-season for the Space.

Soup
UMIKE
I lost my mother in June and my wife lost her mom the very next day

Condolences to anyone else I might have missed

Posted by: KYcane | August 18, 2017 at 09:25 AM

U got that right. Off season has been brutal. That's why we need depth and a strong bench. Somebody's gotta step up.

SOUP

As much as I like the defense and the potential of the receivers, let’s pump the brakes on the Miami hype a little bit longer.

Posted by: Go Canes! | August 18, 2017 at 09:30 AM

The 12% bus ain't got no stinking brakes! You can pump all you want, but that pedal is going to the floor.

#LetsRoll

#WeReady

thirstybuzzardcane

My father, George Edward Popadak, passed away last night at the age of 87. He served his Country as a U.S. Marine and defended our freedom by fighting in Korea. He led a long and good life and was loved and respected by everyone he knew. May God bless his soul and may he rest in eternal peace.

#SemperFi

Posted by: SOUP | August 18, 2017 at 06:01 AM

Thoughts and prayers to your family! Sounds like he lived a great long life. He is a hero for serving our country. The freedom he and the rest of our military have giving us is priceless. This is exactly why we stand for the national anthem to honor people like your father!!!!

HawaiiCane

Thoughts and prayers are with you SOUP & the others who have lost someone over the past few months! As we look forward to the football season (the reason we are on this blog), we must also look back and remember those who have provided us (family or otherwise) the opportunity to enjoy life! Celebrate them!

Your 'Cane Family is here to support you!

Harry Miller

Very sorry to hear about your Tom, your Father was a great man. I will be praying for you and your family.
I have been going through some very bad times for
The past 9 month's. It's the reason I couldn't
make that 3,000 mile trip across the country to see our Canes play a game last season or make the fishing trip. Things are getting better so I am going to try this year to come see a game.
I hope you will let me on the 12 & 0 bus.

ucane

Sorry about your dad Soup-I know your loss

Go Canes!

Damn, poor kid.

Miami announces LB Jamie Gordinier will miss the season after suffering another knee injury. Scheduled to have surgery next week.

UMike

Sorry for your lost Tom, trust me I know the feeling. My mom passed unexpectedly in July at only 55. He obviously raised a fine son, one I'm happy to call a friend. He raised a son that has brought many people together and allowed new friendships to blossom. I think of people like yourself, Terrance and Rob etc, people I am thankful to now know...that wouldn't be possible without you. You have given us something we can call our own and allowed us to become our own small part of the U family. My thoughts are surely with you and Mrs. Soup.

canezilla

Soup, He had a long life at 87. Thanks for all you do on the space, I pray for you and the familia, God bless

SinisterCane

Rozier to Cager for 6??

WWIN

Posted by: KYcane | August 18, 2017 at 09:25 AM

Sorry to hear KY... wish you the best

JCane

Condolences to you and your family, 86.

Canedolfan386

Soup,sorry to hear about your loss. My prayers are with you and yours. Thank you for this forum.

SOUP

I hope you will let me on the 12 & 0 bus.

Posted by: Harry Miller | August 18, 2017 at 01:06 PM

#AllAboard

SOUP

I worked today (had to) and didn't even come close to crying all day until I read the blog. Then the tears came...

#WhenTheLeveeBreaks

#SemperFi

#CanesFam

SOUP

Thanks to ALL who expressed their sympathies.

It means a lot, more than U know.

roachcane77

Tom,

I am very sorry to hear the news of your father's passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

And has been stated, thank you for this wonderful Canes site, and for sharing this news, (as sad as it is), with your Canespace family.

We're with you, brother...

Dude

Best wishes to all of those that are facing loss.

AeroCane

I just read this
Sorry to hear Soup
Thoughts and prayers to you and yours!

KY and Umike - sorry for your losses as well


YooperCane

My condolences Tom, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Go canes.

Terrance Sullivan

KY you and your family are in my prayers Brotha. Love you man.

Go Canes!

Posted by: KYcane | August 18, 2017 at 09:25 AM

Completely missed this before. Condolences KY, that's as tough as it gets brother.

Have to spend more time with my parents. So blessed to still have them.

thirstybuzzardcane

KYcane, you are in my prayers buddy!

Go Canes!

Perry ain't starting fellas.

QB stats scrimmage #2

Rosier 17-25, 260, 2 TD, INT
Shirreffs 13-19 227, 2TD and INT
Perry 6-12, 88 yards, TD

Richt on N'Kosi Perry - "he will have bright moments" and then "do something that will get you beat"

thirstybuzzardcane

The QB competition still looks tight. My bet is still on Rosier.

Go Canes!

At least game one.

Imo he's going to play a lot in games 1 and 2 in a continued audition.

thirstybuzzardcane

https://twitter.com/ChristyChirinos/status/898953645454114816

thirstybuzzardcane

I think we'll be fine at QB no matter if its Rosier or Sherriff. Malik was going up against the ones in the scrimmage today!

thirstybuzzardcane

Naming the QB starter will come on Tuesday! -Per Richt

thirstybuzzardcane

This is a good sign. Hope we stay healthy.

https://twitter.com/PeterAriz/status/898949201694003200

WWIN

Posted by: Go Canes! | August 19, 2017 at 01:10 PM

At first when you were saying #prayforperry I thought you meant you wanted him to be the starter... but now I get it!

#prayforperry

thirstybuzzardcane

He will be needed next year. This is huge! I thought he was done for good.

https://twitter.com/geee_90/status/898780570657988608

WWIN

Yes sir thirsty!

thirstybuzzardcane

2 more weeks, fellas!!!!

Go Canes!

Agree.

Hale: Richt compared this QB battle to 2006. He went w/the veteran to start season, but Stafford played in Week 1, too. Expect similar here.

Go Canes!

First time I saw it I thought it had to be a typo.

Joe Jackson today -- 6 tackles, 5 sacks

1mg Of epi

Soup my condolences.

fran

Tom, Jean and I will add your father to our prayer lists,The Lord will welcome him with open arms and please know we will see our loved ones again some day.
peace and Love
Jean & Fran

NativeCane

Ammon Richards pulls hamstring at practice.

TonyCane

I'm still hoping that Gray Crow pulls it out and starts week one

BigWindyCane1

Sorry for your loss Soup. Our Canespace thoughts and prayers for you and your family!

Tucky

Richards out 6-8 weeks

TonyCane

Richards out 6-8 weeks

Posted by: Tucky | August 19, 2017 at 07:30 PM

Sophomore curse strikes again. Might as well redshirt him.

Tucky

Richards injury is worst than originally thought. Most likely will redshirt

UMike

Don't feed the trolls

SOUP

om, Jean and I will add your father to our prayer lists,The Lord will welcome him with open arms and please know we will see our loved ones again some day.
peace and Love
Jean & Fran

Posted by: fran | August 19, 2017 at 05:39 PM

Amen, Fran and Jean, Amen.

SOUP

I'm still hoping that Gray Crow pulls it out and starts week one

Posted by: TonyCane | August 19, 2017 at 06:13 PM

Crow to Jones for 6!

NativeCane

Gray Crow still has eligibility.....

Go Canes!

Freshmen seemingly out as UM quarterback race narrows

BY SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN
sdegnan@miamiherald.com
AUGUST 19, 2017 4:55 PM

With the University of Miami season opener closing in, the next starting quarterback has yet to be named.

But be assured that the race has been narrowed.

Judging by statistics and coach Mark Richt’s comments after the team’s second closed fall scrimmage Saturday at Greentree Field, redshirt junior Malik Rosier and redshirt sophomore Evan Shirreffs are firmly entrenched as the finalists battling to take the field Sept. 2 against Bethune-Cookman.

Despite an interception apiece, Rosier and Shirreffs each had strong performances alternating with the No. 1 unit Saturday, Richt said.

Rosier, a redshirt junior with one career start in 2015, completed 17 of 25 passes for 260 yards, two touchdowns and the interception.

Richt said Rosier’s pick resulted when “he got hit as he was throwing.’’

Shirreffs, a redshirt sophomore whose college experience is limited to handing off to running backs in one series in the 2016 opener, completed 13 of 19 for 227 yards, two touchdowns and the pick.


Richt said Rosier’s interception “was a deep ball that he gave the defender a better chance than the offensive player.’’

After two scrimmages, Rosier is 25 of 39 for 441 yards, five touchdowns and one interception. Shirreffs is 23 of 33 for 359 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.


N’Kosi Perry, the nationally touted, dual-threat freshman who arrived on campus in late May but had fans salivating over his potential, went 6 of 12 for 88 yards and a touchdown.

And fellow freshman Cade Weldon, who was an early-enrollee and practiced with the team this past spring, was 1 of 5 for 11 yards and mostly competed with the No. 3 unit, Richt said.

Weldon, who had a poor scrimmage last week, is obviously out of the starting competition and could redshirt, though Richt didn’t say as much.

Perry, who needs more time to adjust to college football and UM’s offense, is likely out of the starting race as well. But Perry is expected to play this season, probably sooner than later with packages designed for him.


“By Tuesday I’ll have made up my mind,’’ Richt said regarding a starter. “Whether or not I announce anything, I don’t know. More than likely I will by Tuesday.’’

Richt said unlike Friday, when he railed against the offense, Saturday’s offensive production was “very good,’’ and began with “excellent’’ protection in the passing game by the starters.


Old Skool

It sounds like Testaverde has been bypassed by Weldon.

Old Skool

Sorry. In honor of tomorrow I should have written "eclipsed.'

Terrance Sullivan

Lol Old Skool

Old Skool

Jerry Lewis RIP

Sarasota 'cane

Sorry for your loss Soup.

SOUP

Sota...I got your text. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers. I appreciate it.

SOUP

NEW BLOG IS UP!

My Dad might slap me if he saw me crying...

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