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April 06, 2013

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SOUP

The Miami Hurricanes renewed their rivalry with No. 5 Florida State Friday night at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field, dropping the series opener by a final score of 4-2.

In a game delayed 45 minutes due to lightning, the hosts received a strong performance from sophomore lefthander Chris Diaz and some timely two-out hitting, but fell after surrendering four runs over the game’s final two innings.

The Seminoles struck for a decisive run in the top of the ninth, as senior Eric Nedeljkovic (2-1) allowed his first run of the season on an RBI double from Giovanny Alfonzo down the rightfield line. The hit, which plated a pinch-hitter Casey Smit from second, gave the visitors their first lead of the night at 3-2. FSU would tack on another run on an RBI single from John Sansone.

The Hurricanes (20-13, 5-8 ACC) broke a 0-0 deadlock with four straight two-out hits off Florida State (26-4, 9-4 ACC) starter Luke Weaver in the bottom of the fifth inning. After junior Alex Hernandez and senior Chantz Mack each connected for opposite-field singles, senior Alex San Juan opened the game's scoring with an RBI single of his own to rightfield.

Montreal-Cane

Nice report. Without Fisch as our OC, i have a feeling the offense won't progress as much.
I will also pick Crawford as my LOF on offense and Olsen Pierre on defense. Best freshman Alex Figueroa.

"Our 2nd and 3rd stringers look like D2 players." Hum not good...

Montreal-Cane

I hope Tracy Howard will be as good as advertised...He doesn't have the best of spring.

Montreal-Cane

ROACHCANE our group of linebackers is good...What do you think? It seems like the Canes have more depth than last year at this position.

Terrance Sullivan

RoachCane thanks for the report. Much appreciated. Smh at our baseball team. Gonna be a long year.

My Balls are Sweaty

Idiots will continue to defend Morris as they did Shannon.

Old Skool

The teacher delivers. Thanks for the update Roach

360Cane

OGV...I appreciate your perspective and many contributions here on the blog. But enough with the negativity already. It is really wearing thin, has been way overdone and is obviously starting to anger many here. I know U do it sometimes just to rile people up and draw them into the discussion but at this point we get it (ad nauseum).

Now let's move on to the positive side of life.

Thank U!
The Management

Posted by: 86Cane | April 05, 2013 at 10:32 AM

It's only taken you 4 years. I've been tired of that dude and is honestly why I left. Negative people always claim to be...well...just realists. But they are drowning in so much negativity, they simply do not see the light. And I simply do not need that. My life is great!!! I don't need energy from dudes that bring me down. I like staying up!!!

Everything we've been through over the last decade is all the bad vibes I need. And I assume it's wearing on others. I like logic, analytical, thought out discussions. Not some cry babies that simply do not have enough data to claim their "opinion" is even relevant.

Yup, simply didn't want to "post often."

BigWindyCane1

Scott, Chickillo shine in Canes' second scrimmage out in Naples

NAPLES -- Things didn't exactly go as planned for Anthony Chickillo or Rashawn Scott last season.

So far this they're showing signs their sophomore struggles could be behind them.

Chickillo tallied three sacks and batted two passes at the line of scrimmage and Scott hauled in nine passes for 128 yards and a touchdown as the Hurricanes wrapped up their second scrimmage of the spring in front of about 3,000 people at Naples High Friday night.

"I thought we were crisp," said UM coach Al Golden, who estimated his first team units got about 60 reps and his second team units about 55. "We completed some throws, did some good things on both sides of the ball, kicked the ball fairly well. It was much better [than the first scrimmage two weeks ago]. We had a good tempo. I thought the guys were in better condition, not as many mental errors and I thought we got a lot done."

The Hurricanes, who produced just 13 sacks last season on defense, tallied seven sacks and three interceptions in all Friday. Chickillo picked up the first two sacks before senior Kelvin Cain (two sacks and an interception), redshirt freshman Dwayne Hoilett (one sack), sophomore Tyriq McCord (one sack) started getting pressure on the quarterbacks, too.

"I think we are doing better," Chickillo said of UM's defense, which set all kinds of records last season for futility. "We're playing the run better. Guys are staying in their gaps and a lot of the sacks come from good coverage. Guys aren't blowing coverage assignments. We just have to keep working."

Scott, the team's second leading receiver a year ago before he was suspended for the final three games of the season for undisclosed reasons, made a handful of spectacular catches. He had a lunging nine-yard grab on third down to keep the offense's first scoring drive alive and then added a 32-yard catch later by fighting off cornerback Tracy Howard for the football as he fell to the ground.

Later in the scrimmage, Scott yanked in another 19-yard pass on third down to setup a Stephen Morris to Allen Hurns 8-yard touchdown pass two plays later. But Scott's highlight of the night was catching a short pass in the flat from Ryan Williams and turning it up field for a touchdown that spanned 27 yards.

"I think this is a big step for him," Golden said. "He practiced well, didn't have a great first scrimmage, but took care of business today. I'm pleased with what he's doing."

Said quarterback Gray Crow of Scott: "It's just a complete 180 with his attitude on and off the fld. He's willing to do anything. He's coachable. I just feel like there's a difference compared to last year."

Crow, embattled with Williams for the backup quarterback position, finished 8 of 17 passing for 72 yards one touchdown and an interception. But he stood out by engineering a 12-play, 99-yard scoring drive by going 6 of 8 for 67 yards on the drive. Williams finished 6 of 12 for 93 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Morris went 20 of 33 for 133 yards and two scores.

"That's a battle," Golden said of the backup quarterback job. "Gray led a nice drive from a backed up position and Ryan answered [with a field goal]. We'll look at both of them, evaluate them more thoroughly. But there's a good competition brewing with for the two-spot right now."

> The three touchdown passes to Scott, Hurns and Dallas Crawford (a 12-yarder from Crow) were the only scores for the offense during non red-zone work. The running game never really got going. Duke Johnson finished with 15 carries for 43 yards and a touchdown in red zone work. Crawford had 10 carries for 20 yards and a rushing touchdown in red zone work.

> Kicker Matt Goudis made a 20-yard field goal but missed a 41-yarder later. He finished 3 of 5 later in field goal work (makes of 49, 41 and 45 and misses of 41 and 53).

> Redshirt freshman cornerback Nate Dortch and walk-on Alex Irastorza had interceptions.

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/umiami/2013/04/scott-chickillo-shine-in-canes-second-scrimmage-out-in-naples.html#storylink=cpy

360Cane

And thanks for the update Roach. Saw on Herald, Chick actually stuck out. But no mention from you. Got anything on that.

Guys & Gals, we simply need bigs to draw doubles so our blitzes will work. If we cannot draw the double team, forget about it. Think of it this way. Ray Lewis' seasons sucked when they went small at DT. When they filled it with size, he balled. It is what it is.

5 guys blocking. 4 Dlineman. With no doubles, one OL can peal to take on the blitz. Add the RB to the mix, now they have 6 blocking and if we send 2, that's 6 on 6. Still no affective blitz. I'm going to say it one last time. It's not Dino's schemes.

360Cane

Maybe that TE was getting wide open because our blitzing LB is held up at the line with the rest of the rushers. Blitzing LB, no cover for TE. Hmmmmm...

Guys are always left open on a blitz. If you don't make it to the QB, nice throw to the TE. RB and TE simply switch. One stays to block while one goes. Just depends on what the opposing O sees on film from our D.

BigWindyCane1

At WR, I like Waters, but I think Scott is better when he is on the top of his game. Scott dropped a potential long pass at the first scrimmage, but seems to have made some progress this scrimmage. Scott is one of the most talented WR on the roster, with the ability to go get separation from the DBs and make a play.

My biggest surprise this spring is seeing the QB competition for backup. Morris is firmly entrenched as starter, but there is not much of a difference between Williams and Crow. From what I saw on the field, Crow might actually be better and I did not expect that.

360Cane

That's my main concern. Will our boys call the double team this year. Here's looking at you E. Moore.

http://m.hurricanesports.com/mobile/ViewArticle.dbml?atclid=205558493&DB_MENU_ID=&SPSID=&SPID=&DB_OEM_ID=28700

SOUP

Crow, embattled with Williams for the backup quarterback position, finished 8 of 17 passing for 72 yards one touchdown and an interception. But he stood out by engineering a 12-play, 99-yard scoring drive by going 6 of 8 for 67 yards on the drive.

UH HUH!

roachcane77

You're correct 360Cane, I did see Chick make some good plays... should have definitely given him some props. It's hard to say how well it all went for the D though... It's the age old question of: Is our O good, or is our D just bad? (And visa versa.) I didn't see our DE's make any "Clowny" type dominating plays though... They were basically solid... And they did play very well against sweeps.

With the QBs in a "hands off" situation, it's also hard to say when our D got close to them, if they would have 'stepped up' out of trouble and made a play, or would they have been sacked?

I'm surprised GCrow's stats were so good. (Sometimes when I'm looking at RBs and WRs it's hard to remember who was behind center.) Hence my reference to wishing I had an instant replay jumbotron to refer back to. I just know when I was actually "watching" the QBs Williams impressed me more than Crow.

Also, please remember... I was just running from my very poor "old man memory." No written notes or anything... and of course there's my built in "bias" against the D after last year's humbling performances. In other words, strictly my own opinion... I fully expected there to be a lot more input on the scrimmage from other
more knowledgable sources than myself... didn't know Soup would blow it up into an article. (I probably would have paid closer attention to detail had I known that, but I'm cool with it T.)

Was great to see our Canes in action though, like I said last night, the team seemed very animated and excited, and they WERE hitting hard. However, perhaps it's just because of the "situational" format of the scrimmage, but I just didn't leave the stadium going, "Wow, we're primed for another NC run!"

Our skill players look solid, (yeah Duke), our starting O-line is stout, and our LB's look good. But like I said last night, I'm not seeing much in the way of BIG dudes in our backup positions... we're going to be 20-30lbs lighter than most of the "top tier" programs with our backups. No dominating (Wilfork, Sapp) presence on the D line. Same old, same old. It all starts with the lines baby.

Our boys DO have 5 more months of "U tough" though... So here's hoping they continue to grow and get stronger.

Let's Go Canes!

SOUP

From what I saw on the field, Crow might actually be better and I did not expect that.

Posted by: BigWindyCane1 | April 06, 2013 at 07:46 AM

UH HUH!

roachcane77

Off to tennis practice. We won our Districts and have Regionals to get ready for next week.

SOUP

I just know when I was actually "watching" the QBs Williams impressed me more than Crow.

Posted by: roachcane77 | April 06, 2013 at 09:09 AM

U ARE FIRED! LOL

CoCane

I can't wait to see the spring game. RC77 & Manny's opinions seemed different to me. I want to judge their play with my own eyes. Based on RC, the defense will be the same old song. Based on Manny, the defense has improved... (shruggs)

SOUP

The Miami Hurricanes renewed their rivalry with No. 5 Florida State Friday night at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field, dropping the series opener by a final score of 4-2

In a game delayed 45 minutes due to lightning, the hosts received a strong performance from sophomore lefthander Chris Diaz and some timely two-out hitting, but fell after surrendering four runs over the game’s final two innings.

The Seminoles struck for a decisive run in the top of the ninth, as senior Eric Nedeljkovic (2-1) allowed his first run of the season on an RBI double from Giovanny Alfonzo down the rightfield line. The hit, which plated a pinch-hitter Casey Smit from second, gave the visitors their first lead of the night at 3-2. FSU would tack on another run on an RBI single from John Sansone.

The Hurricanes (20-13, 5-8 ACC) broke a 0-0 deadlock with four straight two-out hits off Florida State (26-4, 9-4 ACC) starter Luke Weaver in the bottom of the fifth inning. After junior Alex Hernandez and senior Chantz Mack each connected for opposite-field singles, senior Alex San Juan opened the game's scoring with an RBI single of his own to rightfield.

thirstybuzzardcane

Sounds like Roach and Golden saw to different scrimmages......Roach, are you sure you weren't at the girls flag football game.....LOL!!

SOUP

Scrimmage video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfdFmXVddHQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zczc0BNEVH4&NR=1&feature=endscreen

SOUP

Andy Gustafson
Sport: Football Coaching
Year Inducted Into UM HOF: 1972

Biography Andy Gustafson:

Head Coach 1948-1963
Athletic Director 1963-1968
Inducted into the UM Sports Hall of Fame 1972
Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame 1985

Led UM to a 93-65 record in 16 seasons as head coach in what became known as "The Glory Years" of Hurricanes football. Developed the "Drive Series" belly option, considered the forerunner to the veer and wishbone offenses...his teams went to four bowl games and nine players earned All-American status.

Coach Andy Gustafson was inducted into the UM Sports Hall of Fame in 1972.

roachcane77

Roach, are you sure you weren't at the girls flag football game.....LOL!!
Posted by: thirstybuzzardcane | April 06, 2013 at 09:23 AM

Well, the Canes cheerleaders WERE there throwing t-shirts into the stands... (just sayin'.)

Hey, our D has GOT to be better than last year... (even OGV would agree with that.) But a NC caliber Canes D of the past? I'm not seeing THAT, yet.

Sorry about the Williams/Crow opinion SOUP... "I calls 'em likes I sees 'em." LOL

Sarasota 'cane

Posted by: 360Cane | April 06, 2013 at 07:27 AM

There it is right there! The Herald has become the place for morons with unsupported, nonsensical rants about The U! If there's something wrong with the team then by all means lets hear it, but if you are going to arbitrarily attack the staff personally then this may not be the place for U!
Our defense is still two recruiting cycles away from mixing it up with the best teams in the country in my opinion. That's just the way it is. Al Golden has fixed the offense, special teams, and recruiting, but our defense will continue to struggle until we get more "Jimmy's and the Joe's" in here that can play at a high level.
UM is lucky that Al Golden stuck around with everything we have been through the last few years.

Go 'canes!

Terrance Sullivan

If our defense goes from a complete dumpster fire which was last year to just average this year with a dynamic offense. Our Canes might not play for or win the national title but with our schedule the results could at least return our Canes back to double digit wins, a Coastal division crown, possible ACC crown, and possible BCS Discover Orange Bowl crown. I don't know about anyone else but if that transpires I will be happy. Like CoCANE said the Spring Game should tell us more. Go Canes.

thirstybuzzardcane

Even if the defense is ranked around 50th.....I think we go 10-2 or 11-1 and win the ACC championship!

Sarasota 'cane

Posted by: Terrance Sullivan | April 06, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Posted by: thirstybuzzardcane | April 06, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Agreed! The road to the BCS for an ACC team does not currently require a top 10 defense. UM should have one of the most explosive offenses in the country this season.

Go 'canes!

orange 'n green in the vein

"Posted by: BEERicane | April 05, 2013 at 11:31 PM"

It was quaint. You'll need a new gimmick, or just let the BEER do all the talking since that what's you do best and keeps your posts from being http://cdn.theatlanticwire.com/img/upload/2013/01/21/sashayawn.gif inducing like this one.

Thanks for the crying a river 360 all while saying somebody else (little old me in this case!) made you do it, you and 'sota should team up to form a blog where opinions you don't like aren't allowed to be voiced. Not the scheme you claim? Duly noted.

Roach, in your opinion the defense or offense was more ahead of the other at this point in the spring during the scrimmage? You're 100% right, I expect the statistics for yardage/game to be in the middle of the pack for the nation this year at the end, from sheer repetition if nothing else, unfortunately I think even proficiency at the scheme has a ceiling not much higher than the upper 40's or so of defenses unless the schedule continues to drop tough OOC games and doesn't replace them with FBS teams from Daytona.

86Cane

OFF TOPIC but interesting:

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/utah-cabin-burglar-ends-long-run-wilderness

86Cane

Winners and losers from Miami Hurricanes’ Friday scrimmage in Naples
by Jorge Milian

With one week to go before the Spring Game at Sun Life Stadium, we take a look back at Friday night’s scrimmage in Naples.

Stock’s up

Anthony Chickillo: It’s only the spring, but Chickillo’s performance in Naples is certainly reason for optimism. In order for UM’s defense to improve over last season’s disaster, Chickillo has to be a major contributor. The junior defensive end wasn’t that last season as a sophomore when he generated only four sacks and was invisible much of the time. On Friday, Chickillo piled up three sacks, batted down two passes and was all over the field.

Rashawn Scott: The junior receiver was the best player on the field during the scrimmage, catching nine passes from three different quarterbacks for 128 yards and a touchdown. He had some nifty yards-after-catch including on his 27-yard touchdown reception. Scott was having a productive sophomore campaign before he was suspended for the final three regular-season games after breaking undisclosed team rules. If Scott keeps on the straight and narrow, he could team with Phillip Dorsett, Allen Hurns, Herb Waters and Malcolm Lewis to give UM one of the more talented receiving groups in the country.

Dallas Crawford: Coach Al Golden said after the scrimmage that Crawford is having the best spring camp of anyone on the roster. That’s good news for a UM team that is desperately looking for some backup help behind starting tailback Duke Johnson. Crawford carried 10 times for only 20 yards in Friday’s scrimmage, but he ran hard and also caught several passes out of the backfield.

Honorable mention: Kelvin Cain, Dwayne Hoilett, Alex Figueroa, Tyriq McCord.

86Cane

More from Jorge Milian / Palm Beach Post

Stock’s down

Preston Dewey: The Hurricanes’ No. 3 quarterback last season, Dewey has fallen to at least No. 4 on the depth chart while fellow redshirt freshman Gray Crow is battling Ryan Williams for the back-up job behind Stephen Morris. Dewey was inserted for only one series in Friday’s scrimmage before being replaced mid-series by walk-on Garrison Lassiter. Dewey completed both of his attempts for 12 yards.

Tracy Howard: After opening fall practice as the starter, Howard has fallen behind Antonio Crawford and that won’t change following Friday’s scrimmage. Howard made several tackles, but all of them were downfield after the man he was covering made a reception. He gave up a scrimmage-long 32-yard pass to Rashawn Scott that set up a touchdown. Howard seems to have the physical attributes to be a top cornerback but they’ve yet to translate on to the field.

Standish Dobard: Not that the freshman tight end had a bad night. The 6-foot-4, 255-pound four-star recruit caught a couple of passes and appears to have excellent athletic ability for a big guy. But Dobard received his welcome-to-college-football moment during the scrimmage when he was temporarily KO’d by UM middle linebacker Raphael Kirby while attempting to catch a pass over the middle from Gray Crow. Dobard remained on the ground for several minutes before getting up and walking off the field. He did not return.

roachcane77

OGV. I think defense is slightly ahead right now. Believe me, that's hard to say... But, having said that, I think in these "situational" scrimmages, they pretty much know what's coming next. (Which is obviously a definite advantage.)
They were pretty quick to pick up flare patterns out of the backfield. Something we got burned on repeatedly last season.

86Cane

Roach...from what I am told Golden "structures" the scrimmages so that scrimmage 1 is favored for the offense, scrimmage 2 is favored for the defense and the Spring game is fair and balnced for both sides and more like a real game scenario.

Sarasota 'cane

No personal attacks OGV, your rule not mine. I could care less what you write and would love to get a different point of view from all who blog here, but you don't bring a different perspective, you often bring a hate filled personal vendetta against a coaching staff that IN MY OPINION has proven they are turning this program around.

I would challenge Soup to eliminate PERSONAL attacks against everyone. The bloggers, coaches, and school admins. There's no reason for it. It doesn't promote your positions and in the case of 360 it's alienating people from Canespace.

My comfort zone is sarcasm and insults so you're not the only one who needs to make adjustments. It makes for better blogging if we are talking about what ails the program and not what pisses us off personally. The coaches, alumni, and recruits deserve better when they visit this blog. That's my 2 cents.

Go 'canes!

roachcane77

Spring Game should be very interesting... I can't get over there this year... hopefully it will be televised.

Sarasota 'cane

It's on espn3 next Saturday Roach.

Go 'canes!

86Cane

The Canes accomplished several program-firsts under Larrañaga’s leadership this season. Besides earning their first-ever ACC regular-season and tournament titles, Miami also beat No. 1 Duke, collecting the Canes’ first-ever win over a top-ranked program.

AP Coach of the Year (last 10 years):

2013 - Jim Larrañaga, Miami
2012 - Frank Haith, Missouri
2011 - Mike Brey, Notre Dame
2010 - Jim Boeheim, Syracuse
2009 - Bill Self, Kansas
2008 - Keno Davis, Drake
2007 - Tony Bennett, Washington State
2006 - Roy Williams, North Carolina
2005 - Bruce Weber, Illinois
2004 - Phil Martelli, Saint Joseph's
2003 - Tubby Smith, Kentucky

Name the TWO college basketball coaches who have been named the AP COY at two different schools?

SATXCane

Frank Haith and Jim Larranaga!

86Cane

FHSAA ‏@FHSAA

INCREDIBLE finish in @NHSIHOOPS championship game! Montverde's Jalyn Patterson buries a 3 just before time expires for a 67-65 win.

Both the girls (Dr. Phillips HS, Orlando, FL) and boys (Montverde Academy, Clermont, FL) high school basketball national titles come back to Florida.

86Cane

Frank Haith and Jim Larranaga!

Posted by: SATXCane | April 06, 2013 at 02:56 PM

NOPE

SATXCane

Shot in the dark... oh well.

SATXCane

Can I guess again?

Sarasota 'cane

Roy Williams, Larranaga?

SATXCane

Eddie Sutton and Roy Williams :)

BEERicane

Roy Williams, Bill Self

BEERicane

Wait. What about Calipari when he was at UMass.

I'm going Cal and Roy Williams

BEERicane

Damn. Just looked it up - Sutton and Williams.

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