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August 28, 2017

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SOUP

Please post your picks like this with no commentary:

O:
D:
FR:
ST:
Coach:

Ohio_Cane

O: Rosier
D: Dee Delaney
FR: Navaughn Donaldson
ST: Jeff Thomas
Coach: Stacy Searles

Ohio_Cane

I assumed the following didn't qualify: Joe Jackson, Walton, Richards, Shaq, Norton, mCintosh

BigWindyCane1

This is how we know the U is back:

According to Richt, Ford and fellow freshmen defensive lineman Jonathan Garvin, a former standout at Lake Worth, and DJ Johnson, all impressed during Miami’s scrimmage last week when the trio lined up as scout team defensive linemen against Miami’s offense.

“When we played our practice game against Bethune-Cookman, we had certain guys that were on the Bethune-Cookman team and he was one of them,” Richt said of Ford. “We had him, we had DJ Johnson there, you had Garvin there … We had three guys that are probably going to be high draft picks that were on the opposing scout team. It was crazy to see those big jokers line up. It’s going to be good, I think, in the future.”

BigWindyCane1

I assume the defensive front 7, Richards, Walton Herndon (all watch list candidates) are off the table.

This LOF means the Canes dominated the ACC

O: Rosier (a must)
D: Jaquan Johnson (any DB creating turnovers and stops)
FR: Navaughn Donaldson (improvements in talent and performance on OL)
ST: Jeff Thomas ( big plays on special teams)
Coach: Stacy Searles

Terrance Sullivan

O: Braxton Berries
D: Chad Thomas
Fr: Mike Harley
ST: Jeff Thomas
Coach: Mark Richt

NativeCane

O: Cager
D: Moten
Fr: Young
ST: Feagles
Coach: Rumph

Malik Rosier

O: Me, duh
D: M.Young
F: M. Hartley
S: M. Badgely
C. M. Rumph

trianglecane

O:Rozier
D: Jaquan Johnson
FR:Jeff Thomas
ST: Bagley
Coach: Rumph

Alex D

O: Berrios
D: Redwine
Fr: Hartley
ST: Thomas
Coach: J Richt

SOUP

O: Travis Homer
D: Jaquan Johnson
FR: Dee Jay Dallas
ST: Jeff Thomas
Coach: Todd Hartley (ST)

Tailgate: Kenny Prilbanic

Travel Coordinator: Terrance Sullivan

BigWindyCane1

Another really good sign from CMR to the PBP:

* One area of improvement: “I’m very optimistic about our offensive line play compared to a year ago,” Richt said. “I know we’re better. I hope we play better because we’ve been practicing better. If we get that going, it helps everything else go.”

SOUP

He lying.

Keoki

O: M. Rosier
D: D. Delaney
FR: N. Donaldson
ST: J. Thomas
Coach: J. Richt

F'the Turds!
GO CANES!!!

Let's win them all

VfB_Cane

O: Herndon
D: Delaney
Fr: Donaldson
ST: Badgley
Coach: Diaz

Herndon - For a new QB, a reliable TE is gold.
Delaney - This year's Corn Elder
Donaldson - He'll be playing a lot for a unit that still lacks elite talent
Badgley - Kicking field goals instead of scoring TDs s*cks, but in some games those 3 points are crucial
Diaz - no comment necessary

Go Canes!

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SOUP

Questions:

1. Do we even know who is returning kickofs this year?

2. Is Berrios still #1 punt returner (assuming so)?

3. Should any player be of limits for LOF? I didn't name any but maybe Richards on offense and ??? on defense?

SOUP

2016 Legends:

O: WR Richards
D: CB Elder
FR: DE Jackson
ST: P Vogel
Coach: DC Diaz/ DL Kugligowski

SOUP

Look like I will have to change my FR pick, Homer is a Sophomore. Shows how much i know!

Terrance Sullivan

Walton, Richards off limits on Offense. They are ALl ACC Preseason. Everyone else is available on Defense no All ACC Preseason Selections.

Terrance Sullivan

Correction Shaquille Quarterman on Defense and Michael Badgley on Special Teams are off limits since they were Preseason All ACC. So 4 Dudes are off limits. That's a big improvement from last year when only Justin Vogel our Punter was Preseason All ACC.

TJL

O: Mcdermott
D: Dee Delaney
FR: Navaughn Donaldson
ST: Derrick Smith
Coach: Stacy Searles

thirstybuzzardcane

O: Cager
D: Joe Jackson
FR: Donaldson
ST: Berrios
Coach: Diaz

thirstybuzzardcane

Look like I will have to change my FR pick, Homer is a Sophomore. Shows how much i know!

Posted by: SOUP | August 29, 2017 at 08:16 AM

Rookies!!!! 😞

ColdCane

O: Rosier
D: McIntosh
FR: Hartley
ST: Thomas
Coach: Rumph

Ohio_Cane

His name is Mike HARLEY. Our TE/ST coach is HARTLEY!

LOL!

Ohio_Cane

I'm voting for Mark Rick, Maleek Roser, and Greig Koolegowksee

SOUP

Walton, Richards off limits on Offense. They are ALl ACC Preseason. Everyone else is available on Defense no All ACC Preseason Selections.

Posted by: Terrance Sullivan | August 29, 2017 at 08:16 AM

Got it. That's another pick i have to change (Walton)

HawaiiCane

Offense: Travis Homer
Defense: Michael Jackson (EeeHee... Shamone)
Special Teams: Braxton Berrios
Freshman: Navaughn Donaldson
Coach: Ephriam Banda (Can he hold the recruiting class together through the season? Very important!)

BigWindyCane1

Coach: Ephriam Banda (Can he hold the recruiting class together through the season? Very important!)

Posted by: HawaiiCane | August 29, 2017 at 09:42 AM

Winning will hold this recruiting class together. The 5-0 finish and the South Florida location gave the Canes a boost to recruiting. 10-2 or 11-1 will lead to a top 5 class, and a consistent Canes juggernaut from 2018 and beyond. Anything less than that, the Canes can still pull in a top 10 recruiting class, but it will be a struggle. To pull in top recruiting classes each year in college football, results on the field matter.

Ohio_Cane

Walton, Richards off limits on Offense. They are ALl ACC Preseason. Everyone else is available on Defense no All ACC Preseason Selections.

Posted by: Terrance Sullivan | August 29, 2017 at 08:16 AM

Got it. That's another pick i have to change (Walton)

Posted by: SOUP | August 29, 2017 at 09:31 AM
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For real? A guy with 9.5 sacks as a Freshman is allowed in the LOF? If so, I'm changing my D pick.

Terrance Sullivan

Only 4 players off limits. Walton, Richards, Quarterman, Badgley. As they are All ACC Preseason everyone else is fair game.

CaneRock

Biggest takeaway from Harvey, most of us are responsible for our own safety. While millions of people being on the road would've been a logistical nightmare, I would've probably ignored the Mayor and gotten my @$$ outta Dodge...especially if I lived in an area that was prone to flooding.

BigWindyCane1

Only 4 players off limits. Walton, Richards, Quarterman, Badgley. As they are All ACC Preseason everyone else is fair game.

Posted by: Terrance Sullivan | August 29, 2017 at 10:16 AM

Athlon Sports Preseason All-ACC Teams, included a conference-leading total of five Hurricane student-athletes named to the first team, the publication announced.

Miami tied reigning national champion Clemson for the most first-team selections with five: running back Mark Walton, wide receiver Ahmmon Richards, tight end Christopher Herndon IV, kicker Michael Badgley and punt returner Braxton Berrios.

In addition to the five first-team honorees, linebacker Shaquille Quarterman (second team), offensive lineman Kc McDermott (third team) and defensive linemen Kendrick Norton (third team) and Joe Jackson (third team) were also honored.

This means that I can revise my list to include some of those who made the Athlon list. Therefore, I revise my list and play it safe:

O: Herndon
D: Norton
FR: Donaldson
ST: Berrios
Coach: Searles

CaneRock

O: Rosier
D: Pinckney
FR: Thomas
ST: Thomas
Coach: Kuligowski

Terrance Sullivan

No offense BWC1 but I could give two craps about Athlon. I am going by the ACC Preseason Voting the one that matters. Not some people that are trying to sell magazines lol.

HawaiiCane

Coach: Ephriam Banda (Can he hold the recruiting class together through the season? Very important!)

Posted by: HawaiiCane | August 29, 2017 at 09:42 AM

Winning will hold this recruiting class together. The 5-0 finish and the South Florida location gave the Canes a boost to recruiting. 10-2 or 11-1 will lead to a top 5 class, and a consistent Canes juggernaut from 2018 and beyond. Anything less than that, the Canes can still pull in a top 10 recruiting class, but it will be a struggle. To pull in top recruiting classes each year in college football, results on the field matter.

Posted by: BigWindyCane1 | August 29, 2017 at 09:49 AM

Agreed! Results on the field do matter. So, in addition to completing his routes on the recruiting trail which are still very important, I would argue that the biggest question mark we have on defense would be corner and safety play, so I will add that fact to recruiting.

Go Canes!

Posted by: CaneRock | August 29, 2017 at 10:49 AM

A mass exodus of people could have resulted in thousands drowning in their own cars.

Look at the photos of major highways in Houston.

CaneRock

Go Canes...I'm not criticizing the Mayor for telling people to stay put, I'm just saying me personally, I would've bounced. Trillions of gallons of water in what's essentially a basin is no bueno.

VfB_Cane

OK, as a service for those still struggling with their LOF picks, here's the depth chart for Saturday's game:

OFFENSE

QUARTERBACK 12 Malik Rosier (6-1, 216, R-Jr.) 16 Evan Shirreffs (6-5, 216, R-So.)
RUNNING BACK 1 Mark Walton (5-9, 205, Jr. 24) Travis Homer (5-11, 195, Soph.)
X-RECEIVER 82 Ahmmon Richards (6-1, 190, So.) -OR- 18 Lawrence Cager (6-5, 218, R-Soph.) 81 Darrell Langham (6-4, 220, R-Jr.) -OR- 80 Dayall Harris (6-3, 195, R-Jr.)
Y-RECEIVER 8 Braxton Berrios (5-9, 186, Sr.) 4 Jeff Thomas (5-10, 175, Fr.) -OR- 13 Deejay Dallas (5-10, 211, Fr.)
Z-RECEIVER 3 Mike Harley (5-9, 160, Fr.) 84 Dionte Mullins (5-10, 200, Soph.) TIGHT END 23 Christopher Herndon IV (6-4, 252, Sr.) 87 Michael Irvin II (6-3, 248, Soph.)
LEFT TACKLE 52 Kc McDermott (6-7, 300, Sr.) 57 Kai-Leon Herbert (6-5, 285, Fr.)
LEFT GUARD 73 Trevor Darling (6-4, 300, Sr.) 62 Hayden Mahoney (6-5, 295, R-Soph.)
CENTER 74 Tyler Gauthier (6-5, 305, Jr.) 65 Corey Gaynor (6-4, 285, Fr.)
RIGHT GUARD 55 Navaughn Donaldson (6-6, 350, Fr.) 77 Jahair Jones (6-4, 316, R-Jr.) RIGHT TACKLE 78 Tyree St. Louis (6-5, 305, Jr.) 70 George Brown, Jr. (6-7, 300, R-Soph.)

DEFENSE

DEFENSIVE END 9 Chad Thomas (6-6, 275, Sr.) 33 Trent Harris (6-2, 248, Sr.)
DEFENSIVE TACKLE 7 Kendrick Norton (6-3, 312, Jr.) 95 Anthony Moten (6-4, 315, Sr.)
DEFENSIVE TACKLE 80 RJ McIntosh (6-4, 293, Jr.) 93 Pat Bethel (6-3, 272, Soph.)
DEFENSIVE END 99 Joe Jackson (6-5, 258, Soph.) 31 Demetrius Jackson (6-3, 265, R-Jr.)
STRONGSIDE LINEBACKER 53 Zach McCloud (6-2, 230, Soph.) 34 Charles Perry (6-1, 230, Jr.) -OR- 11 De’Andre Wilder (6-3, 202, Fr.)
MIDDLE LINEBACKER 55 Shaquille Quarterman (6-1, 240, Soph.) 58 Darrion Owens (6-3, 240, R-Jr.) -OR- 44 Bradley Jennings, Jr. (6-1, 230, Fr.)
WEAKSIDE LINEBACKER 35 Mike Smith (6-1, 236, R-Jr.) 56 Michael Pinckney (6-1, 228, Soph.) -OR- 58 Darrion Owens (6-3, 240, R-Jr.)
CORNERBACK 3 Dee Delaney (6-1, 193, R-Sr.) 2 Trajan Bandy (5-9, 180, Fr.) -OR- 6 Jhavonte Dean (6-2, 185, Jr.)
SAFETY 4 Jaquan Johnson (5-11, 190, Jr.) 20 Robert Knowles (6-1, 198, R-Soph.)
SAFETY 22 Sheldrick Redwine (6-1, 195, Jr.) 30 Romeo Finley (6-1, 205, Soph.) -OR- 5 Amari Carter (6-2, 197, Fr.)
CORNERBACK 28 Michael Jackson (6-1, 200, Jr.) 12 Malek Young (5-9, 180, Soph.)

SPECIAL TEAMS

KICKOFFS/FIELD GOALS 15 Michael Badgley (5-10, 178, Sr.)
PUNTER 18 Zach Feagles (6-2, 210, Fr.) 43 Jack Spicer (6-3, 210, R-Soph.)
LONG SNAPPER 39 Jordan Butler (5-9, 190, Jr.) 50 Sam York (6-1, 198, R-Jr.)
HOLDER 43 Jack Spicer (6-3, 210, R-Soph.) 18 Zach Feagles (6-1, 210, Fr.)
KICK RETURNER 24 Travis Homer (5-11, 195, So.) -OR- 12 Malek Young (5-9, 180, Soph.) -OR- 4 Jeff Thomas (5-10, 175, Fr.)
PUNT RETURNER 8 Braxton Berrios (5-9, 186, Sr.) 12 Malek Young (5-9, 180, Soph.) -OR- 4 Jeff Thomas (5-10, 175, Fr.) -OR- 13 DeeJay Dallas (5-10, 211, Fr.)

Not eligible as LOF picks are:
Mark Walton, Shaq Quarterman, Ahmonn Richards and Michael Badgley

VfB_Cane

Posted by: VfB_Cane | August 29, 2017 at 05:20 AM

Well then, Badgley is off limits, so her's my new version:

O: Herndon
D: Delaney
Fr: Donaldson
ST: (Badgley)--> Malek Young
Coach: Diaz

VfB_Cane

Herald:
The 2017 Miami Hurricanes: Position by position

http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/college/acc/university-of-miami/article169961212.html

30CINCO

Canes Football @CanesFootball
Richt says DT Gerald Willis has been at last two practices. Will practice but not play in 2017.

BigWindyCane1

Hawaii Cane,
I love your insight. On paper, the Canes may have a lot of new DBs to incorporate into the Diaz's defense. From an overall talent perspective, I think there is a possibility that the CBs this season (Delaney, Dean, Young, Jackson and Bandy) are more talented, faster and deeper than last season. The safeties (Johnson, Redwine, Finley and Carter) will be better in coverage, and a little deeper. With this deep, aggressive defensive line, I expect more pressure leading to interceptions and turnovers. The Canes could have one of the best defenses in college football.

Ohio_Cane

O: Rosier
D: Joe Jackson
FR: Navaughn Donaldson
ST: Jeff Thomas
Coach: Stacy Searles

BigWindyCane1

I just realized that the Canes starting offensive line are all from Florida (South of I-4): McDermott (Wellington), St. Louis (Bradenton), Gauthier (Naples), Donaldson (Miami) and Darling (Miami).

I recall not long ago, Miami used to routinely go out of the State and recruit offensive linemen. Now, it appears the South Florida area is producing enough offensive linemen so Searles doesn't have to go very far. It also seems that the Canes are getting almost every good OL recruit from the area that they want.

Old Skool

The key is getting out of Dodge before everybody else decides to and traveling far enough to be sure you're in the clear. In 1960, my family evacuated Miami to Orlando to avoid Donna which went through the Florida Keys with sustained winds of 138 mph. It hit the Gulf kept its strength the curved back inland and hit Orlando, of course.

30CINCO

That is very true Old School.

Those of us from S. FLa know how many times there have been close calls. You also need to have the resources and be 100% certain in order to leave your home far enough where you are out of harms way.

HawaiiCane

BigWindyCane1, I think your assessment is spot on as well so I hope we start to see the talent and the "plug-n-play" or "next man up" mentality on defense because it is starting to look that way! I'm definitely excited about watching the defense this year! Diaz & Co. have done a great job with this unit!

UpNorthCane27

O: Herndon
D: Jaquan Johnson
FR: Jeff Thomas
ST: Mike Harley
Coach: Duggans

LETS GO CANES

VA Cane

O Cager Big WR
D Jackson Along with Shaq leader
FR Feagles important filed position!
ST Barrios
C I normally would say Manny/Coach K....BUT we know they will be great....J Richt/T. Brown/Searles/Ishmael can we QB,Run Pass Score/Block/Are we Strong and agile?

I think so...yhink d will be fierce...O gotta go this year!!
Go Canes!!!

Whats up with DA BUS??!!??

Like Joe Cocker said at Woodstock "Lets go Get Stoned"!

CaneRock

I hear y'all, but if I lived in a flood prone neighborhood with a Cat 3-4 bearing down, I'm out. Hell, some of those neighborhoods in Houston flood from regular rainstorms.

30CINCO

Carrying the load: At home and at UM, Mark Walton looks to move forward

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-hurricanes/fl-sp-miami-hurricanes-mark-walton-20170816-story.html

Old Skool

Unlike Florida, the good thing about Houston is that you have three directions to drive off in. From Miami, it's north, north and north.

Put a large Cat 5 headed north from the Keys
Take 7 million people in South Florida, add 3 million from the Tampa Bay Area, another 2.1 from the Orlando plus Naples and Fort Myers. If you've ever tried to drive the I-10 to Wildwood section on I-75 the Sunday after Thanksgiving, you've had a small taste of the havoc on the roads we'd been in for.

Herbieibis

What's the deal with Willis?

CaneRock

Patchan to TE?...interesting.

CaneRock

What's the deal with Willis?

Posted by: Herbieibis | August 29, 2017 at 03:46 PM

IDK, but I think the next logical development is He plays this year.

Herbieibis

I heard he was done for this year.

Go Canes!

CMR said he wont play this year.

Ohio_Cane

What's the deal with Willis?

Posted by: Herbieibis | August 29, 2017 at 03:46 PM
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Back on the roster. Will practice, won't play in any games. Basically a RS year. Personal life reasons, I've read.

Will play (and probably start) next year if Norton and McIntosh both go pro, and they probably will depending on the type of season they have.

SOUP

I hear y'all, but if I lived in a flood prone neighborhood with a Cat 3-4 bearing down, I'm out. Hell, some of those neighborhoods in Houston flood from regular rainstorms.

Posted by: CaneRock | August 29, 2017 at 02:45 PM

Agree 100%. Leave early, get the hell out.

OH, and take your UM gear with you!

CaneRock

One of the wildest jobs on planet earth...surprised none of the parks in Orlando don't have a simulated ride like this yet:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-SnxC-BkPo

roachcane77

O: Travis Homer
D: Mike Smith
Fr: Mike Harley
ST: Travis Homer
Coach: Manny Diaz

roachcane77

Consider me a "Homer" I guess...

SOUP

O: Travis Homer
D: Jaquan Johnson
FR: Dee Jay Dallas
ST: Jeff Thomas
Coach: Todd Hartley (ST)

Is this approved?

Terrance Sullivan

All are approved.

Elliott

O: Herndon
D: Malek Young
FR: Navaughn Donaldson
ST: Jeff Thomas
Coach: Manny Diaz

30CINCO

DMoney:

Post-camp thoughts (long)
This is starting to look like Miami football. The offense has a deep stable of gamebreakers and the defense is ready to dominate. As we all know, the season will depend on quarterback play. Even with that uncertainty, I see double-digit wins. Eleven is a realistic goal.

Below are my thoughts on the team based on what I’ve seen and heard around Greentree.

QB- I didn’t think Malik Rosier could start here. My view was that he wasn’t talented enough to win games by himself but was reckless enough to lose games by himself. Coach Richt felt the same way.

Rosier proved us all wrong. He won the job clean after an uneven spring. What changed? Three things. First, he started making better decisions. His accuracy can still run hot and cold, but the ball goes to the right place. Braxton Berrios, who has played with Rosier for four years, noted that his study habits have improved.

Second, Rosier fits this year’s offense. The infusion of talent at WR (along with the lack of talent at FB/TE) has transformed this team. Eleven personnel (1 RB, 1 TE) and 10 personnel (1 RB) is the new normal. When James Coley was here, he ran two different offenses in practice: a pro-style passing attack for Kaaya, and a simplified spread for Rosier. You saw that in the Duke game. Now, that’s the way we play.

Third, even when Rosier was struggling badly in practice, he usually performed better in scrimmage situations. That, along with the way he played at Duke, tells me he may be a gamer.

With Malik, I expect the hot streaks to be very good. There will be bouts of inaccuracy. The key will be making sure the low-points aren’t that low.

Evan Shirreffs was the more consistent quarterback early on, but tailed off and allowed Rosier to separate. At 6’5 with an average arm, his bread-and-butter is throwing it between the numbers. He is also the best ballhandler on fakes. In my view, he’s a more athletic Ryan Williams.

N’Kosi Perry is as advertised in terms of skill-set. I’ve been going to Greentree for 23 years, and he’s the most talented pure passer I’ve ever seen there: more consistently accurate than Morris, more velocity than Kaaya. Of course, Greentree only tells you so much. Elite quarterbacks in practice can become merely above-average with a live rush (see Morris/Kaaya hype). But the ability is obvious. His issues are what you’d expect: not as comfortable with the system, muffed snaps, loose ball protection and struggles against the blitz. Nonetheless, I still expect him to see time this year.

I’m a Cade Weldon fan. At the same stage of development, he’s way ahead of Rosier, Shirreffs, Allison and Morris. My takeway is that Weldon has Miami-caliber physical talent. Strong arm to stick NFL throws, sturdy frame and an excellent athlete. His accuracy is more B-level but good enough. It’s hard to tell without live tackling, but he looks like our best runner on spread-option plays.

I also like his demeanor. Remember, Weldon is not a Golden Boy who had a QB tutor and went to private school. He played for Tampa Jefferson against rugged competition. On the field, he’s fire to Perry’s ice. Weldon shows emotion and is not afraid to fight a DL who cheap shots him (as Jon Ford found out). He threw more picks than any other QB, but they were aggressive mistakes. He’s not afraid to throw. If he shows patience and learns from Richt, he has big upside.

RB- Mark Walton is who he is, one of the best backs in the country. He practices with tremendous energy and looks more confident and assertive as a runner. While some RBs plateau early, Walton has continuously improved going back to his HS career. I think Miami fans will like Travis Homer. He has legit explosiveness through the hole and runs with no fear. He lacks some wiggle and open-field creativity, but he still scored several long TDs (including one during the second scrimmage).

Robert Burns remains an enigma. He looks great when he plays (beginning of spring, end of fall camp) but is always hurt. He’s healthy now, and if he stays that way I expect him to be our third back. He reminds me of Jonathan Stewart. Trayone Gray just can’t put it together. A fourth-year player with his size and athleticism should not struggle as a receiver and blocker. I hope he finds his niche somewhere.

WR- The biggest change in this team has been the added juice at WR. I've been a Mike Harley advocate for a long time, but he's exceeded my highest expectations. Remember when Pete reported that Harley was running late-night sand pits with Trajan Bandy? That hard work is paying off. Nobody has been able to cover him at camp. His deep speed is obvious, he has surprisingly great ball skills, he is sharp and explosive in his routes and he catches the ball with his hands. My comparison would be a combination of Travis Benjamin (as an athlete) and Philip Dorsett (in terms of polish). If he can hold up physically, he will make big plays this year.

Jeff Thomas is probably even more talented, given his ability to elude with the ball in his hands. He plays the slot with Harley outside. Like Devin Hester, Thomas has struggled with nagging muscle injuries. But those types of guys are like Ferraris. When it’s time to put on a show, Thomas will be ready.

DeeJay Dallas is the third newcomer who has changed the dynamic of this group. He’s not as fast as Harley and Thomas, but much heavier with a knack for making athletic catches. His ability to go-up and get it reminds me of a smaller Anquan Boldin. He’s still a bit raw in his routes and often turns to run before securing the catch, but he usually makes the play. Expect to see him all over the field, including the backfield. Versatile players need to be smart, and Dallas is.

I haven’t said much about Ahmmon Richards because there is not much to be said. He missed most of camp with a hamstring (like last year) but is an obvious stud. With the departure of David Njoku and Stacy Coley, Braxton Berrios is back to his natural slot position and looks incredible. He was the best player on the field in the first two scrimmages and is beating all of our corners.

I was worried about Lawrence Cager’s comeback, since his quickness out of breaks was such a unique part of his game at 6’5. There was no need to worry- he’s better than before. His body has filled out, he can still separate, and he’s cut down on the concentration drops. Dionte Mullins is battling Cager and doing a solid, if uneven, job. Cager’s focus gives him the edge there. Both should play. Dayall Harris is solid. No area stands out, but he is pretty sudden in his routes for a big guy and will get snaps. Darrell Langham has continued to improved and made a bunch of plays in the scrimmages. He does a lot of damage on slants with his size.

Evidence Njoku made a great early impression before getting hurt. For a tall guy, he can play with short-area suddenness. He’s not just a strider. His catch radius is outstanding and he didn’t seem overwhelmed by the aggression of Florida DBs. He’s raw, but not a project. One guy who really impressed me is freshman walk-on Marshall Few. This is a guy who had 156 yards and 2 TDs against American Heritage’s loaded DB corps in the state title game last year. Few has worked exclusively in the slot and shown very good quicks and eye-hand coordination. He is easily an FBS player.

TE- We need Chris Herndon to stay healthy. He's an NFL TE. Michael Irvin II is frustrating. Sometimes, the son has the desire to follow his father but not the God-given talent. Irvin has the talent to play here but struggles with conditioning and mental toughness. With that said, he has played very well since recovering from a bout of dehydration. Irvin is a natural receiver with the quickness to separate and a good feel. Think a bigger, not as consistent Nick O'Leary. Brian Polendey is a good worker but at least a year or two away from being a role player. He drops too many passes. While his blocking fundamentals are solid for a freshman, he needs more strength to be effective in-line.

OL- Our first team should be one of the better groups in the ACC. They held up against our DL all camp and gave the first-team QBs beautiful pockets in the scrimmages.

Kc McDermott is the key to the whole thing. I always pegged him as a guard because of his short arms. But he’s more athletic than I thought. He goes up against Joe Jackson in 1-on-1s and often stonewalls him. When we moved McDermott to LT last year, the OL took off. Same thing happened this spring. Our line started off with St. Louis at LT and McDermott at guard. When McDermott moved to LT, we found our best combination. He’s the leader of the group.

Trevor Darling had a much better camp than spring. He’s competing like a senior, even though he’s still more comfortable at tackle IMO. Ty Gauthier is a rock and one of the most physically strong centers I can remember at Miami. Navaughn Donaldson has lost 40 pounds and is doing all the right things, physically and mentally. He will still lose his balance and fall of blocks from time to time, but when he’s right he dominates. Tyree St. Louis has taken the biggest leap. His issue was always being a step slow off the snap. That’s when he would get beat. Now, after a year of experience, he’s quick off the snap and playing with a ton of confidence.

The second team is a different story, but I love our top backup. Corey Gaynor is the next KC Jones. Maybe I’m biased because I’ve been driving the bandwagon since February 2016, but this guy has a rare combination of attitude and pure blocking ability. He’s flexible, he has the coordination to square up with his target and he always has great pad level. He’s played center, guard and should end up as our starting fullback.

Hayden Mahoney is the other guy in the mix (Darling would move to tackle if one of the starting tackles goes down). Like Gaynor, Mahoney has shuffled between center and guard. He’s really improved, which shows why you need to be patient with some OL. Mahoney’s strengths are flexibility, length and technique. His weakness is, well, strength, which is why he really could use another year before getting thrown on the field. Jahair Jones is another improved player inside. He’s still slow of foot, but when he locks on a block it’s hard to get by him.

Kai-Leon Herbert is going to a good one but needs more seasoning. Excellent feet and attitude. I don’t expect him to redshirt, but he will struggle against college level defensive ends if forced to play meaningful snaps as a freshman. George Brown is just too weak. He has the length and some athleticism but can’t hold up against power. Tre Johnson and Zach Dykstra are scout-team guys at this stage. They have the height and decent athleticism but not much else at this point.

DE- Most loaded position on the team. Chad Thomas is playing with a lot of passion. He’s still not a pure sack artist, but he disrupts everything by batting balls, getting in the backfield and generally creating havoc. Joe Jackson continues to progress into an elite player. Demetrius Jackson brings a nice mix of pass rush and run stuffing ability. He and Chad often move inside on passing downs.

Trent Harris is the same solid, reliable player as always. Scott Patchan has made his share of big plays against the first team OL, including his old IMG buddy Tyree St. Louis. Some time at TE makes sense given the lack of depth, but I expect him to continue to develop as a DE.

Jon Garvin and D.J. Johnson are top-of-the-food-chain talents. Garvin is skinnier and quicker laterally, which makes him more effective than D.J. right now as a pass rusher. D.J. looks like an NFL player in pads and is extremely explosive in a straight-line. He has come on strong in the past couple weeks. He may not beat the OT with a move off the line, but once he has a flight path he can close distance like a DB. Both should play a ton.

DT- This position isn’t as deep without Gerald Willis and Courtel Jenkins, but it's still loaded. Kendrick Norton and R.J. McIntosh are NFL-bound. Anthony Moten has played a ton with Norton sidelined in camp and there’s been little drop off. Pat Bethel is not the most imposing physically defensive lineman but strong for his size and consistent. He’s like the Trent Harris of DTs.

Jon Ford looks like a future millionaire. Huge, not fat, flexible, quick off the snap and competitive. He's not there yet, but once Kool teaches him what to do he will be unreal. Ryan Fines and Tyreic Martin aren’t ready to play.

LB- We know what Shaquille Quarterman can do. He is quicker and better with the weight loss. Zack McCloud is ready to make the leap. He’s been as impressive as anybody on defense. Michael Pickney missed a good chunk of camp, but once he came back he immediately started making TFLs, timing his blitzes and getting his hands on footballs. His instincts and timing are the best I’ve seen since Spence.

Mike Smith separated himself from the other backup LBs. The knee injury is fully behind him and he is playing 100 MPH. Unfortunately, Darrion Owens hasn’t recovered his pre-injury speed. His value comes as a big, physical presence and smart player.

CJ Perry has missed most of camp with injury. That has allowed DeAndre Wilder to really emerge and get reps. The Diaz SLB typically plays in a lot of space, and Wilder’s speed has been eye-popping in that role. He is all over the field running and competing, even if he’s still learning what to do. The next step for him, along with learning the defense, is filling out and shoring up his tackling. Bradley Jennings is the opposite. He lacks speed but has a thick frame, great instincts against the run and a striking tackling style. Both freshmen should play.

Waynmon Steed is continuing to recover from his ACL tear. Terry McCray is scout team.

S- Now that they’ve moved on to the NFL, we are starting to realize how talented Rayshawn Jenkins and Jamal Carter were. Their size and physical presence will be missed. But the Killian Duo will be more than adequate, especially in the passing game. Jaquan Johnson is a leader on defense who has practiced at both safety and nickel. Sheldrick Redwine has corner cover skills when he gets matched up with receivers. Both guys can make plays on the ball and neither is afraid to tackle.

Robert Knowles replaces Johnson with the 1s when Johnson goes to Nickel. His progress has been really encouraging and is a testament to him, Coach Banda and GA Mike Zuckerman. Knowles gets his hands on a lot of passes in centerfield and is not afraid to come downhill with urgency. Amari Carter hasn’t caught up to Knowles yet but is clearly talented. Think Jamal Carter with more intelligence and ball skills. Romeo Finley responded to the challenge of the two freshmen and stepped up his game in camp. His best attribute is getting downhill and using his closing speed. His weakness is pass coverage. Derrick Smith is all about upside. His coverage ability surprised me—at one of the practices I attended, he was able to flip his hips and run with Jeff Thomas. Once he sharpens his mental game, he will jump in with the other five.

CB- This position has been a pleasant surprise. I think we stack up with almost anybody. Dee Delaney is a ballhawk who plays with a ton of energy and physicality. For every pass he intercepts, he gets his hands on five others. Mike Jackson has stepped up. He always had great size and solid speed, but now he’s playing with confidence. In addition to his coverage, he has made a lot of plays as a blitzer. Rumph had a similar playing style and has done an excellent job molding him.

Malek Young is a third starter. His patience stands out- he does not bite and will make the receiver work. Jhavontae Dean is the most talented cover guy on the team. He has all the tools- length, speed, transitions- to be a first round corner. Confidence is the key with him. The first week, he was covering Ahmmon Richards and looking like a starter. Once the physicality went up, he took a step back. Rumph and Diaz will be good for him, because they know his upside.

Trajan Bandy is fun to watch. He reminds me of Jaquan Johnson, his competitor at nickel, except he’s smaller and more explosive. Bandy put on an absolute show in the first practice with a pick 6 and a couple more huge plays. The best way to describe him is a finisher—if he gets beat, he has a unique ability to knock the ball out of the receiver’s hands before he secures the catch. I expect him to be one of Diaz’s favorite players, if he isn’t already.

Overall, I'm high on the talent. The coaches are proven. We have great leaders in Walton, McDermott, Shaq and Quan. It will come down to QB and staying healthy at OL.

WWIN

Too many conservative picks!!! 😂😂😂

SOUP

O: Patchan
D: Moten
FR: Few
ST: Lugo-Fagundo
Coach: Bellamy

SOUP

DMoney is obviously a girl.

She uses 50 words when 15 would do.

She seems like an attention whore?

thirstybuzzardcane

Too many conservative picks!!! 😂😂😂

Posted by: WWIN | August 29, 2017 at 10:12 PM

Now that's funny!!!

Terrance Sullivan

Soup I was about to say the same thing lol. U know what's funny is these people at CanesInsight love to gloss over our Offensive Line as if they were the group we had in 1998-2004 lol. Mark Richt and Coaching Staff are optimistic but was realistic about the line shortcomings last year. But hey when all you care about is subscriptions, truth be damned.

WWIN

Tsully... you saying our O-line not good?

Terrance Sullivan

It wasn't good last year. But let me guess you think it was great lol.

Terrance Sullivan

Hopefully it will be good this year. Hopefully very good this year. I think the line last 5 Games was good. The first 8 Games it was bad. So I say it was average at best last year.

Dude

Posted by: Old Skool | August 29, 2017 at 03:37 PM

We always did okay near Lake Okeechobee.

Hassan

O: Harley
D: J Jackson
FR: Harley
ST: Thomas
Coach: kool

CaneWarrior

O: Berrios
D: Johnson
FR: Harley
ST: Feagles
C: Rumph

Go Canes!

O: Homer
D: Joe Jackson
FR: Harley
ST: Thomas
C: Dugans

Go Canes!

But I'm sure CMR didnt want him back:

“The quarterback factor is big,’’ said college football analyst and broadcaster Gino Torretta, UM’s 1992 Heisman-winning quarterback who believes the Canes will at least match their 9-4 record from 2016. “The quarterback touches the ball every snap. Had Kaaya stayed, they probably would have been favored in all their games.”

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/college/acc/university-of-miami/article170005977.html#storylink=cpy

Go Canes!

Barry:

Ten things we’re hearing on UM’s defense heading into Saturday’s opener against Bethune Cookman at Hard Rock Stadium (12:30 p.m., Fox Sports Florida):

• Beyond Michael Jackson’s good size (6-1) and more than adequate speed, other factors behind his surprising seizing of a starting job include the fact that he’s very coachable, wants to do everything right, is tight in coverage and is a good blitzer.

But Manny Diaz added a twist today: Jackson will start opposite Dee Delaney when UM is in base defense. But when UM plays nickel (with three corners), Delaney, Malek Young and freshman Trajan Bandy (on the slot receiver) will be the corners, with Jackson on the bench. UM prefers Jackson over Young on more traditional running downs.

“On our nickel Bandy starts at nickel and Malek starts back on the outside; we have a way to utilize a lot of guys,” Diaz said.

Diaz said of Jackson: “Last spring we started seeing a different guy - a very good tackler.”

• We’re told Jhavonte Dean, who is an either/or No. 2 with Young behind Delaney, could use a big play to boost his confidence. That UM person believes Bandy is going to be a star in time; he has great size, speed and instincts.

• Freshmen defensive ends Jon Garvin and DJ Johnson are going to get playing time, despite UM being super deep at the position, and both have flashed the talent of potential high-round NFL draft picks, one UM official said.

Garvin has had difficulty stopping the run but will sack and strip the quarterback. His pass rush skills are exemplary.

Johnson, at 6-5 and 240 pounds, is an athletic freak, with speed unusual for a player of that size. The question is whether he will outgrow his position and eventually become a tackle; UM prefers to keep him at end. Already, he shows an ability to overpower linemen, be disruptive and deflect passes.

• Joe Jackson, Demetrius Jackson and Trent Harris have had solid camps. UM expects Demetrius Jackson and Harris to always do the right thing with their assignments.

But Joe Jackson won the starting end job opposite Chad Thomas not only because of his high-end pass rush skills (7.5 sacks as a freshman) but also because he has improved against the run.

Thomas has had a good camp, showing self-awareness (he knows his career hasn’t been as good as it should have been to this point) and displaying more consistency and more sustained effort.

• One UM official said Anthony Moten appears to be Miami’s third best d-tackle behind starters Kendrick Norton and Richard McIntosh Jr., but Pat Bethel has been solid and correctly carrying out his assignments.

• The UM official said watch out for freshman Jon Ford, who qualified late but is big and physical and likely to challenge for meaningful playoff time soon. Diaz was non-committal about whether he would play Saturday.

• At linebacker, Mike Smith has seized on Mike Pinckney’s hamstring issues in camp – and first-half ACC-mandated suspension for the opener – to win a starting job on Saturday, and UM people describe his play not only as improved, but more decisive, intense and forceful. He now grasps the playbooks and finally understands his role.

“We knew Mike was a physical guy - just trust your instincts and go out there and make a play,” Diaz said. “As a a staff we’re proud (of him).”

• That UM person said as good as Shaquille Quarterman is, Zach McCloud could end up being the best of UM’s three ballyhooed sophomore linebackers and seems to have the most upside because of his combination of range, size and speed.

• Freshmen linebackers De’Andre Wilder and Bradley Jennings Jr. have impressed, to the point that they’ve pulled even with veterans Charles Perry and Darrion Owens for backup jobs. Wilder’s speed has raised eyebrows.

• At safety, Sheldrick Redwine – who will start opposite Jaquan Johnson – has displayed he can tackle, which is very, very high on Manny Diaz’s list of priorities.

But Redwine has limitations, and Robert Knowles could push him at some point this season. Knowles plays with physicality and a reckless approach at times (in a good way).

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/barry-jackson/article170011907.html#storylink=cpy

Ohio_Cane

So, the mauler known as freshman OL Corey Gaynor is our starting FB.

LOVE IT! That's a scary sight coming downhill through the line!

30CINCO

Cant wait for Sat!!! That moment the tailgate is all set, and you crack open that first drink! Yeah buddy!

Terrance Sullivan

Boom!

Old Skool

So, the mauler known as freshman OL Corey Gaynor is our starting FB.

Oh pancake time. Carbo opens holes for Turbo

SOUP

Cant wait for Sat!!! That moment the tailgate is all set, and you crack open that first drink! Yeah buddy!

Posted by: 30CINCO | August 30, 2017 at 10:24 AM

Now we are talking the same language!

Dude

O: Rosier
D: Delany
FR: Harley
ST: Thomas
Coach: Diaz

Elliott

Question:

For all the steamers such as myself is WatchESPN the best way to view game Saturday? According to my research it looks like the game is scheduled for a blackout? I live in Georgia. Any thoughts?

Elliott

Streamers sorry typo

Terrance Sullivan

Elliott the Game will be on Fox Sports South East.

orange 'n green in the vein

O: Play maker Jr.
D: Joe Jackson
FR: DJ Dallas
ST: Jeff Thomas
Coach: OC Smart Mark

UMike

The game is on tv here in TN

thirstybuzzardcane

So, the mauler known as freshman OL Corey Gaynor is our starting FB.

Oh pancake time. Carbo opens holes for Turbo

Posted by: Old Skool | August 30, 2017 at 10:43 AM

Sounds like we'll have a lot of Cager one on one in goal line formation.

Rosier to Cager for 6!!!

thirstybuzzardcane

We should have a better goal line offense with Rosier. We have a lot of options now with a running QB.

thirstybuzzardcane

My prediction is 12-1. We'll lose to FSU early, but beat them when it matters.

thirstybuzzardcane


Kaaya was pretty bad in the red zone! We were in the bottom third of the league. Hopefully we'll iimprove under Rosier.

Go Canes!

Posted by: Elliott | August 30, 2017 at 12:33 PM

A one time investment in Apple TV pretty much solves your issue.

Gives you TV access to just about every game through ESPN app.

UMike

I'm going with 9-3/10-2. Assuming our OL plays well and we stay healthy at RB and TE. If we can manage and upset at FSU, I would change to 11-1. Our schedule sets up pretty good.

SOUP

Put me down for 12-0.

Yeah, I said it.

#AllAboard

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