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April 07, 2011





Tommy Streeter’s pastor always seems to know how to inspire him or make him feel better.

Perhaps it’s because his pastor is also his mom.

“A lot of times, my day just might not be going right. She’ll have the perfect words to say,” Streeter said of his mom, Karen. “It’s almost like she has a little black book, like, ‘OK, he said this, so I’m going to read this line.’”

Streeter has had a rebirth on the football field this spring, with Coach Al Golden calling him one of the team’s most improved players. But for the past three years, the Hurricanes receiver has needed some encouragement dealing with the frustration of unfulfilled potential and limited opportunities.

“I hear it so much to the point I expect to hear it,” Streeter said. “How things end up for me defines what type of guy I am. Don’t look at what was or what happened. When it’s all said and done, I feel like everything will be clear.”

Streeter, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound standout at Miami Northwestern High, redshirted as a freshman in 2008 because of a wrist injury. In 2009, he played mostly special teams and caught just five passes for 114 yards. This past season, he again barely saw action at receiver, and had just one catch – a 42-yard touchdown against Notre Dame in the Sun Bowl.

“I don’t think I lost confidence, but being in the situation I was in, in previous years, it was to the point where you almost grow content thinking,’ OK things aren’t going to change, so what is there that I can do?’” Streeter said. “But I never looked at it as I couldn’t play or make plays. I just looked at it as I need the opportunity. I always believed in myself.”

Streeter admits his inconsistency in practice affected his playing time. Did it also have to do with a preformed opinion of him?

Streeter smiles, and after seconds of silence, responds, “Can we just skip that question?”

Tommy Streeter Sr. says his son was in former coach Randy Shannon’s doghouse.

“I think [former receivers coach] Aubrey [Hill] wanted to play the kid, but Randy was like, ‘Nah, we’re not going to play him. He’s very inconsistent.’ But you had the rest of the guys dropping balls. Why not give him a chance?”

Streeter got a chance in the Sun Bowl and capitalized with the touchdown catch.

Then on the game’s final play, with the outcome long decided, Streeter chased after an overthrown pass, slipped on a block of ice at back of the end zone, and crashed into the wall. Dizzied, he walked off after a few minutes with some help.

“I wasn’t too concerned with what the score was,” Streeter said. “I was just trying to make a play when the opportunity presented itself.”

After the Sun Bowl, Streeter says he told himself, ‘the slate is clean and I have a fresh start to make an impression on this coaching staff and compete for playing time this upcoming year. So I went at it with the mindset this offseason to do things on my own and work hard every day, try to get something out of it to get me better and ready for spring and the season.”

His fresh start included changing his jersey number from 86 to 8. He’s looked like a different receiver, too.

“It’s like night and day now if you see him on the field. He’s excited. He’s getting his swagger back,” Streeter Sr. said. “I’ve been watching him lately and he’s having fun out there.”

Streeter had mixed results in the first scrimmage. He made three catches for 18 yards, but also dropped a couple of passes. He got up limping after one play, sat out for a while as the toes of his left foot were iced, and then returned.

“We’ve just got to get Streeter to come out there and be confident in everything he does,” QB Jacory Harris said. “Streeter is coming around. Everybody doesn’t know Streeter the way I know him or the guys from Northwestern do. So I know the potential he has. I know he can be great.”

What does Streeter need to do to earn more playing time this fall?

“Consistency. Consistency is the deal right now for him,” Golden said. “Playing at a high level for a more extended period of time. Just continue to work on his tool box. I wasn’t here so I don’t know what the expectations were for him coming in. But I look at him as a young man who has two years left that right now is making a lot of progress.

“We’re expecting big things from him this year. We’ve kind of narrowed it down the things he has to fix. Those are things that are between his coach, his coordinator and himself. I’ll leave it there but certainly he’s working on them and we’re not displeased with his performance this spring. We’re excited about it.”

Streeter enters Saturday’s scrimmage at Traz-Powell Stadium in Miami – UM’s second of three this spring — No. 2 on the depth chart behind LaRon Byrd.

“He’s going to have to fight, he’s going to have to earn it, he’s going to have to go out there and show what he can do,” Streeter Sr. said. “The most important thing is he’s getting that opportunity. And that’s what he’s happy about.”


Miami Hurricanes coach Al Golden said Thursday the quarterback competition between Jacory Harris and Stephen Morris likely won't be settled until August.

"We have two more scrimmages [Saturday and April 16] to evaluate and obviously those are key in terms of decision-making," Golden said. "But it's awfully tight right now. I don't know if there will be a resolution in the next nine or 10 days."



McDermott, Walford

Neither Shane McDermott nor Clive Walford weren’t ready to play for UM last season as true freshmen.

McDermott, from Palm Beach Central, arrived at college in January, 2010 as an undersized, 265-pound offensive lineman. Walford, a Glades Central grad, had concentrated mostly on basketball in high school and was so fundamentally flawed that he had to be taught a proper three-point stance this spring by tight ends coach Brennan Carroll.

But it looks like both McDermott and Walford will be contributors beginning in 2011.

Clive Walford

McDermott has packed on between 20-25 pounds since last spring and now looks like a collegiate offensive lineman. Apparently, he’s playing like one, too. In UM’s latest depth chart, McDermott is listed as co-No. 1 with Tyler Horn, a senior who started all 13 games last season and played every important snap.

“Shane has had a great spring,” coach Al Golden said Thursday. “He has been doing a really nice job. He’s coming on, has learned the offense and he’s making calls and playing with a lot more confidence.

“It’s not reflective of anything Tyler is doing. It’s just more a function of what Shane is doing.”

On Golden’s depth chart, there are no sacred cows. It’s either produce every day or you will find yourself in the position that Horn does – having to win his starting job back.

Shane McDermott

“That just goes to show that coach Golden’s very serious about this,” McDermott said. “If you come in and perform, you can play. I’ve been playing real hard to win the first spot. It’s going to be real hard [to maintain], but I’m going to keep going.”

Walford hasn’t quite made his way so far up UM’s depth chart, but coaches are clearly excited about him.

Golden has singled out the 6-foot-5 Walford for praise during spring practice, including after last Saturday’s scrimmage at Spanish River High.

“Clive looks like he’s going to be a factor for us at tight end,” Golden said. “That’s exciting. From the cheap seats, what I was told was that he was a basketball kid or big athlete that they made into a tight end.

“What I’m seeing from him now is strength and development….he looks different physically. He’s not 230 pounds anymore. He’s 250 and change. So he’s more of a presence on the line of scrimmage. He’s got really good ball skills. He’s got excellent body control coming in and out of breaks. He’s an excellent prospect.”

Walford is one of six tight ends competing for jobs this spring. That does not include Asante Cleveland, who is recovering from surgery and did not take part in spring practice.

On the depth chart released Tuesday, Walford is listed fourth behind Blake Ayles, John Calhoun and Chase Ford. But Carroll, the tight ends coach, said the competition is so close among his players that he’s listing them alphabetically on the depth chart.

“Clive is really physical,” quarterback Stephen Morris said. “He likes to be physical with the defensive ends and the linebackers. He runs good routes and he’s understanding the offense. Last year, he was kind of in a shell. He was new. The offense that they run at Glades Central compared to our pro style – it was an adjustment. But he’s been in the system two years now so he understands what we’re trying to get done.”



Great video from Palm Beach Scrimmage featuring Travis Benjamin, Clive Walford, and their coaches, friends, parents, and fans from Belle Glade.
They are proud of their young men!



thanks for the articles native


I don't know who the baseball player is...but when he got married, his wife said if her husband ever cheated on her, she would sleep with some of his teammates.

That is what Ben's lady should do. maybe Six can remember who the player was.

Posted by: raizecane | April 07, 2011 at 04:03 PM

It was Chris Benson....his wife was also in Playboy.


Solar, funny kid storys you wrote, those were some great games y'all played.
We would have dog fennel spear wars which could be bloody affairs, cow turd wars we used the dry ones til we ran out then then one of my mean cousins would cream someone with one that was wet on the inside.

Funny Stuff!

Go Canes!!!


Yay, NativeCane!


It was Kris Benson's (Mets) wife Anna...

After viewing the photos, I would imagine most of Benson's teammates were sending girls to him all the time...just hoping...



Thirsty / Texas - yup, that's him.

And yea, I would be sending hookers his way as well equipted with a Sony Cybershot.


Solar, funny kid storys you wrote, those were some great games y'all played.
We would have dog fennel spear wars which could be bloody affairs, cow turd wars we used the dry ones til we ran out then then one of my mean cousins would cream someone with one that was wet on the inside.

Funny Stuff!

Go Canes!!!

Posted by: NativeCane | April 08, 2011 at 09:07 AM

Ahh, one reason to be glad I lived in the city, or at least suburban.

Dog Fennel? How is that fun?


Now, using THESE as spears, that was more intense.


Only after we used these a few times did we know that pulling out the middle kills them. By then it was too late, but we got good at shooting them like arrows and throwing them like spears.


With the way Anna Benson was, it seemed a bit of a double standard that she presented Chris

It's probably not a good thing when your boys also know where the one mole that is supposed to be hidden on your wife, is


Ungar, Dog fennel in Durant, Florida are typically 5-8 ft. tall and are 1- 1 1/2 inchs in dia. at the base which after the first frost turns in a 3-5 lb spear.
Skin all the little branchs off the spear except for 3-4 inchs at the top for guidance, sharpen the base and throw with full force at your target and if he's not tough hes running home to Momma.

Go Canes!!!


Native...nice work this morning once again.



Canes baseball team still has a lot to prove to me before I get on board with them ... don't get me wrong, I love them to death -but- they need to get their head out of their asses. You're supposed to be beating up on teams like FGCU, Wake and VTech

But, I thought yous was the one with your head up your arse whole, eh.


Angry bought me an iPad and I love it! It was a bit of a splurge but I must say it really is a great indulgence!

Cgnc ben's marrying.......wow whT a joke!


What oops getting used to this new typepad


Read MORE at www.hurricanesports.com:

Miami and NC State are set to meet on the diamond this weekend for a three-game Atlantic Coast Conference baseball series inside Alex Rodriguez Park in Coral Gables, Fla., beginning on Friday, April 8, at 7 p.m.

The Hurricanes (18-11, 8-3 ACC) are returning home after a three-game road stretch at Boston College and Florida Gulf Coast. Beginning the season 0-5 in games away from Alex Rodriguez Park, the `Canes have now won six consecutive road games since falling at top-ranked Florida on March 6.

Miami is 3-3 in home conference games this year, sweeping Virginia Tech and falling in three in its last home series against 12th-ranked Georgia Tech. Overall, the `Canes have won three consecutive games - taking victories in 13 of their last 16 games.

The Hurricanes are led by the play of this week's ACC Co-Player of the Week first baseman Rony Rodriguez. The Miami native tops the team in batting average (.329), slugging percentage (.553) and home runs (4). In his last game against Florida Gulf Coast, the Miami native was 3-for-3 at the plate - posting his first triple of the season - and collecting two RBI and scoring once.

Behind him offensively is infielder Harold Martinez, playing shortstop as of late for the injured Stephen Perez. Martinez has raised his average 147 points over the course of the last month, toting a .297 average into the weekend with a team-leading 30 hits and 22 RBI.

The Miami pitching staff for the weekend will see a slight switch, with sophomores Eric Whaley and E.J. Encinosa swapping days on the hill. Freshman southpaw Bryan Radziewski (4-2, 3.47 ERA) will toe the rubber in the opener, and righty Whaley (5-1, 2.79 ERA) will appear in his first Saturday game of the season - typically serving on Sunday's for the Hurricanes. Right-hander Encinosa (1-2, 3.38 ERA) will close the series on the mound Sunday.


The University of Miami Department of Athletics and baseball program will pay tribute to the 2001 NCAA Baseball College World Series title team on Saturday, April 9, prior to the Hurricanes' Atlantic Coast Conference game with NC State.

The on-field recognition for the 2001 CWS title team will be followed by a short moment of silence for Luke DeBold, who was a member of the team and passed away last spring.

For 2011 baseball ticket information, please call 1-800-GO-CANES or visit Hurricanesports.com.

For more information on the University of Miami baseball team, please log on to HurricaneSports.com. To follow the UM Baseball Team via twitter, please navigate to Twitter.com/CanesBaseball. You can also access the official UMiami Baseball blog at TheUBaseball.com.

Fans can keep up-to-date with all UM Athletics via twitter at Twitter.com/HurricaneSports. You can also become a fan of the `Canes on Facebook at Facebook.com/MiamiHurricanes.


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Trying to energize and potentially grow Miami's fan base, Golden has opened the gates to much of his first spring practice season with the Hurricanes, inviting faculty and students to some workouts and the general public to three scrimmages in 15 days — the second of which takes place Saturday morning.

"Once we get into August, we'll batten down the hatches and close the sub-latch and really just see where we end up going as a team," Golden said. "What I'm interested in is that our team keeps our playbook and our nomenclature and all of our business in-house and that we learn how to respect each other. Just going out here and practicing with our fans, that's something different right now."


ESPN NFL Draft experts Mel Kiper and Todd McShay have released their latest three-round mock drafts and both have plenty of 'Canes slated to go during the first two days.

Kiper has six former Miami players going in the first three rounds - including four in the first 57 picks - while McShay has five 'Canes going in rounds one, two and three, headlined by his projection that cornerback Brandon Harris will be taken by Baltimore with the 26th overall pick in the first round.

Kiper is projecting that Harris, Leonard Hankerson, Orlando Franklin and DeMarcus Van Dyke all go in the second round, with Harris coming off the board first with the 40th overall pick to Dallas. He then has Hankerson going to St. Louis at No. 47, Franklin to Kansas City at No. 55 and Van Dyke to Seattle at No. 57. His third round projections have Allen Bailey going to Carolina with pick No. 65 and Colin McCarthy headed to Tampa Bay with the 84th overall selection.


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Quick Work
Thursday's practice was a little shorter than most this spring as the coaches were looking for a quicker, fast-paced session - much like the format fans will see during Saturday's scrimmage at Traz Powell.

While there was still the usual special teams work, the majority of practice time was spent in team drills as everyone's focus continues to move toward Scrimmage No. 2.

- Thomas Finnie made the play of the day with an interception in which he blocked the receiver off to the outside and jumped the route to make a diving catch, dragging a foot inbounds for the pick.... "One of the best plays I've seen," said coach Golden as he ran over to congratulate the freshman.
- Jacory Harris threw a perfectly placed 50-yard touchdown pass to Tommy Streeter in stride with tight coverage in the long ball drill.
- Travis Benjamin and Lamar Miller both looked good as punt returners as coach George McDonald looked on. McDonald was instructing the players to get up field as much as they could in the return instead of dancing around.
- Stephen Morris and LaRon Byrd hooked up for a 65-yard touchdown pass in the second half of the session.
- Cornerback Nate Gholston laid a good hit on tight end Clive Walford late in practice that got the defense going.


That spear chucking game sounded intense.
You you could have fit right in with our gang growing up!
I'm sure you had a bottle of peroxide and roll of toilet paper right on your night stand all the way through jr high school. lol!

Out of our versions of extreme sports I really only got hurt hood racing , we voted out the Dart Goalie game after two tries.
We had a plywood barrier you could stand behind while you took your cuts but having the darts stick in the bat a couple inches from your fingers was scary even to us.

I forgot to add the invisible disk game from the original article

You stood back to back with your competitor and tossed 45 RPM records as high as you could.
Lots of times they would boomerang and come straight back into your forehead.
A 45 RPM record viewed end wise coming at you around fifty miles an hour was just about invisible till it was like two inches from your face.
If you ducked in time you could put a nice slice in the back of your pal's head.

We probably broke dozens of collectible 45s without knowing or caring.


Hmmm J12 and steven both hit 50 plus yarders on the D.
So far we know the D can't stop the run , at least our backs.
If they can't defend long passes either I imagine Golden will be having a few private meetings with his defensive coaches soon.


Solar...U crazy man, U CRAZY!


Manny Ramirez retiring - http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=6310125&campaign=rss&source=twitter&ex_cid=Twitter_espn_6310125


Canechic - yeah Big Ben tying the knot - I still think he is trying to clean up his image


TGIF Canespacers - off for the drive home - check in later


Ya, he's done

Didn't want him or Damon on the Rays in the first place and have NO IDEA why anyone that is a Rays fan was even the slightest bit excited about him coming to the Rays in the first place

Guy is a cancer in the clubhouse anyway

But why in the hell couldn't it be Damon that retired? That guy is all kinds of awful

My day just got a hell of a lot busier


The guys cant touch the QBs and that gives them a huge advantage right now because otherwise that wouldnt be happening

As for the DBs ill guess without really guessing

One of them gets roasted by a double move every time while another has problems backpedaling unless he puts his right foot behind which then leaves him open to the under route.

The future of the run D will be known in Fall

Not panic time yet


wad up soups,
Looking back life with out XBox wasn't really bad being a kid with no money and a lot of summer vacation.

I'm going up to NOC the weekend after Easter to see what's new and talk over the WYPT2.
I'll call you from over there and I
will pick us up some stuff.


I know we disagree on this and I respect your opinion

Its time to clean this coaching staff out of here. I realize the Rays wont dump JoMa because they love the guy but his constant lineup changes have cost this team in the last 3 years. IMO its time for that man to hit the road and take that fake degree to another team

The Rays still have my support as always but I just am tired of Maddon and his im smarter then everyone else attitude


I'm not panicking at all on the defense this season.
I think our running game can keep us on the field for long periods, score lots of points keeping our defense sitting on the bench resting a lot more than prior years. We shouldn't have to expect them to try and hold leads or win games in the fourth like before.

You see them practicing and I respect your evaluations. The run game seems to level the field in spite of having average QBs and not quite ready for prime time defenders.


I'm going up to NOC the weekend after Easter to see what's new and talk over the WYPT2.

Posted by: solarcane | April 08, 2011 at 04:34 PM

July 16 or 23 works for me.

Native, what say U?

Funny story...I wore my WYPT shirt over at Anna Maria Island and got LOTS of looks and a few comments. It was a BIG hit!


Wurd on da skreet:

1. Mike James is a man, and he could be THE man this season (along with LM6).

2. T-Ben is having a tough time learning and executing actual pass routes and not just RUNNING.

3. Futch struggled early and has come on lately at MBL. He is playing much more aggressive but is FAR from perfect yet.

4. Ojomo is being a vocal leader on Defense and in the lockeroom and in the film room.

5. #15 and #81 have work to do and need to get with the program or they could get left behind.


Sebas...I like Madden, so I disagree with you also on this one.

ManRam made the Rays GM look the fool for ever bringing him into Tampa. What a waste of a scholarship, I mean contract.


Chris Perez closed out 2 of the 3 wins vs the Saux this week

Gaby hitting .360 4 RBIs
Braun .391 3 HRs 5 RBIs
Huff .292 7 RBIs

Some `Canes baseball players off to good starts this season

Proud to be U!!!


Soup, I catch alot for being against JoMa

Alot of those people say hes done alot with a limited payroll and still made it to the WS and playoffs

I dont buy it. The amount of money had nothing to do with it IMO. The players on the Rays were very good and lost because JoMa managed like garbage. You dont start LameGame James in game 2 nor do you swap lineups like he did all season then have to rely on a fat catcher and a DH that could barely walk in hopes of winning

Just this week SeanRod was swinging a great bat 2-6 in back to back games so what does JoMa do but sit him when he knows this team is having problems getting hits

He makes the game to complicated

JoMa is the true Master Of Panic


Soup, 16th, or 23rd is good with us.
U say when.


Pat the Bat hits his 3rd solo HR of the season today

4 total hits and 3 of them HRs

Pat the Bat getting all beer gut softball league on them early in the season


Chantz, Rony and Fieger all drive in a run in the 1st inning as the `Canes take a 3-0 lead over N.C.St.


Still 3-0 going to the 4th

BRad dealing just 1 hit and 3 strikeouts

`Canes have an infield of 1B Rony 2B Zeke SS HMart 3B Fieger tonight.....So far 1 error


N.C.St scores an unearned run on a throwing error by Nathan

3-1 going to the 6th

BRad looking good tonight


End of 7 and still 3-1 `Canes

`Canes have managed just 1 hit since the 1st inning

BRads final #s for the night 5.2 IP 3 hits 1 run(unearned) and 8 strikeouts

Travis Miller in relief letting N.C.St know whats up


Papa Cane
Prediction; 4-Star Safety Dion Bush will sign with Miami. He's mentioning other schools but he's a Cane at heart and UM wants him.


Miranda comes in and picks up his 8th save

`Canes defeat N.C.St 4-1 and improve to 19-11 and 9-3 in the ACC

Great job tonight by BRad, T Miller and Miranda they allowed just 5 hits 1 run(unearned) 0 BBs and 13 Ks also 0 extra base hits



Gang I'll be heading up to talk to the outfitters and guides at NOC Chattooga River in a few weeks.
Solarcane's Wet Your Pants Tour II sponsored by Canespace will again take place in July.
We will run Sec III this trip.

You won't have this much fun this cheap doing anything else legally.

The raft trip is $99.00 which goes to NOC

$ 25 dollars for your transportation to SC and back to my house, lodging for 2 nights at our house, two full dinners, snacks, an breakfast for the trip back home
( yea my wife and I are nuts)

$125.00 for memories you will talk about for years.

Check this short clip by NOC to get an idea of what it's like, most of this clip is from sec III the more forgiving section of the river.


Think about it.
The full amount needs to be in my hand by June 1st

Full refund if you cancel before July 15


The Marlins come from behind and hold on for a 4-3 win

Gaby 3-4 to raise that avg. to .414....DAMN!!!!!

A nice baseball night for the Mia boyz


This years
Wet Your Pants Tour

"Part Time Pirates" Tee Shirts
will be available before the trip for what ever it costs to buy and print them ( cheap)

If you would like to ask me anything about the trip email me at:
gonz1320@yahoo.com or solarcane@hotmail.com

Ask old skool,Ocalacane or soup about their opinion of the entire weekend, I am 100% confident they had a blast.


The Rise and Fall of the Pleasant Grove Reservoir and the Dirt Daubers from Durant.
(The Original Reservoir Dawgs and their Greatest Summer)
Starring: Porthole, Rawass, Denobean, Tom Cool, Street Dawg, and Spit.


When I was a kid we found places to have fun out of the eyes of our parents who knew nothing about fun. Fun usually involved water and a group of kids (The Durant Dirt Daubers) would eventually gather at the spillway where the Little Alafia River exited the Pleasant Grove Reservoir.
Now imagine a 700 acre body of water being held back by a giant gate valve attached to a pipe that was 62 inches in diameter ran through the Dike for 50 foot, spilled onto a slab of green slimy concrete which fell at a 90 degree angle down the side of the Dike for 50 feet into a rectangle shaped concrete pool of water.
Now I could stop right there and Solar could probably write the rest of this story.
The Dirt Daubers started out swimming in the pool which was the size of a residential swimming pool and soon were sliding down the slimy concrete at about 30 MPH and hitting the pool with a great splash. This went on all day until dark when we went home with our azz shining through our wore out Jort seats.
After a few days I had wore out all decent Jort attire and my mom said,"Son, what are you doing to your clothes?" After investigation and interrogation she started sewing denim patches on the seat of my pants to keep her boy looking "decent".
Meanwhile back at the Reservoir we were watching the county man one day and he pulled down on the counter balance at the rear of the gate valve and a great rush of water came through the valve, down the pipe, over the slimy spillway and into the pool of water with great force.
He said,"You kids never pull that valve down, ya hear me?" Yes Sir! We said like the good country boys that we were.
Yeah, you guessed it. His truck was'nt even out of sight before we had invented the first ever giant waterslide in the County of Hillsborough.
We would tie the big counter weight down, slide through the great pipe on our azz, fly out the end, down the spillway at about 40 MPH, into the foaming, churning pool, race up the hill and do it again.
We did this daily all summer (except on the Lords Day) and must have dumped millions of gallons of water into the Little Alafia River.
That summer was probably the most continuous, uninterupted fun I have ever had in my life and the Dirt Daubers and other Local kids had the run of the place.

The County man could be seen at times watching us from a distance but he never put a stop to us and ruined our fun and I was always thankful to him for being a great sport.

To this day every time I ride up Turkey Creek Road, whether north or south I look east up the Little Alafia to the Reservoir Dam where paradise awaits.

Go Canes!!!


They really are competitive when it comes to sports. They always give their best shots. Good luck to your fights.

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