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June 25, 2013

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UMike

I was going to post this something on this but Thread Killa already has one..a lot of recruits doing this little AMA thing lately..it is how I found out Sam Bruce painting his room UM colors lol...

Ermon Lane's AMA (ask me anything)

-Is Alabama recruiting you the hardest — You can say that
-Who is recruiting you the hardest — A lot of schools
-What are your top 3 factors in selecting a college? — Winning program , playing as a true freshman & a place I feel home
-Toughest corner you have ever faced? — Chris Lammons & Quincy Wilson
-Which current committed player in your class is recruiting you the hardest toward their school?... — Dalvin cook
-Could university of Florida feel like home? — Maybe
-You hate the Dade? seems like Miami is out of it. — Lol
-If you was on one side, and Amari Cooper was on the other side...who gonna stop that bruh? — Nobody
-What was it like to meet a living legend like Coach Saban in person? — It was great
-What do you think about FSU? — Parties
-How is your relationship with Muschamp and the Joker..? — We keep in touch
-How close are you to your decision — Real close
-Do you like the idea of catching passes from Will Grier... — I still gotta catch passes from my Highschool QB first
-What you like about the Gators? — They vibe
-If Miami beats Florida Sept. 7th, would you say that Miami is on... — Idk because Louisville beat Florida last year
-Best homestead bronco ever? Excluding yourself — Yeah I say me
-Are you close to any miami players other than herb — Naw
-You gonna be a Gator? — Can't say right now
-I would pay you 10,0000 to join Clemson — Keep yo money yo I ain't on that
-Do you care if you play in the SEC or ACC? — No
-What do you want to major in in college? — Criminal justice
-Are the gators the highest school in the state on your top? — I don't have a top
-You like Alabama's offensive style cuh? — Yes

UMike

Also From Thread Killa...per another "source"..
Some Hullabaloo From ITU

Info is from a poster, don't know how reliable the info is, so as always, TIFWIW.

I will not reveal the source so don't ask.

Got word today from a source that neither Bond nor Kamalu will be in this class. Also, got an update on AQM. Here were the reasons given to me:

Bond: Apparently, he had to get some classes/credits in order this summer and failed to do so. The guy told me that he was very upset by this, as Bond was being penciled in as a significant contributor for this season by the coaching staff. Anyway, looks like he won't be coming here. Look for him to end up at some school with less stringent qualifying standards or another year in JUCO.

Kamalu: I was told that he would not be joining and would be heading elsewhere, but not for academic reasons. I was led to believe that there was a change of heart, as was reported earlier, and that despite our staff's best efforts, something else is pulling him away from Coral Gables. Also, the guy didn't seem overly disappointed about this loss.

AQM: There was some concern that he would be a non-qualifier, but those fears appear to have gone away and he is now going through the main NCAA Clearinghouse and will pass through OK. Expect him to report soon.

He also gave me a tidbit about Sony Michel: Mark Richt and UGA run a VERY CLEAN program recruiting wise. Meaning that Richt does not negative recruit. Also, their coaching staff does not offer $ to kids with poor families. My guy seemed to think that there was a legitimate change of heart and/or that a booster got involved in the $ arena unbeknownst to the UGA coaching staff. Apparently, Miami has tremendous respect for the UGA program and Richt, and they reciprocate that respect as much, if not more. Was apparently a crushing loss to our coaching staff, who'd been putting in the work for 5+ years (Shannon's staff too).

He also mentioned some info about the Booker T, Ice Harris, Matthew Thomas and Denver Kirkland incident, as well as Alex Collins. Here is what he told me about what happened with those two scenarios:

Kirkland: Was a silent commit to both Miami & FSU. Miami did not know that he was a silent to FSU as well until James Coley joined the Miami staff. After Coley joined and learned that Kirkland had silently pledged to Miami as well, he told Al and Barrow that he was silent to BOTH SCHOOLS. When Barrow heard this, he went, in person, to Booker T to talk to Kirkland. He said either you're silent to us, or to them, but not both ... Choose. Denver was wishy washy back and forth after being called on these shenanigans, and Barrow said WRONG ANSWER and pulled the offer. You all know what happened after that...rest was history. Neither FSU nor Miami wanted him, so Ice directed him to Arkansas.

Thomas: He had been a silent commit to Miami since FOREVER. Then, USC swooped in and got in his ear about LA and Matthew genuinely listened. Had a change of heart and really wanted to go to USC. He just decided that he wanted out of Miami, which is what his mother wanted for him all along (why she was a thorn in Miami's side). His mother wanted him at FSU. He decided to go to USC, Mother said NO. While this USC/FSU battle began within his house, He never told Miami of his change of heart and stayed a silent commit to UM. He ended up signing with FSU because his mother wouldn't sign USC papers. He ended up at FSU. HE NEVER TOLD MIAMI OF HIS CHANGED STATUS and that he was no longer a silent commit. Al & staff were furious with Ice over this.

Collins: Boy always liked Miami. His #2 school was Wisconsin. He had a rock solid relationship with their RB coach, Padgett or something like that. Anyway, Al and coaches stayed on his strong, every indication was that he was going to Miami with Wisconsin coming in as a close second. His mother was HUGELY in our corner, not wanting him out of state. When the RB coach went with Beliema to Arkansas, he listened. When Randy Shannon got in his ear about Arkansas too, where he would be coached by his favorite coach and being looked after by Randy, a "Miami" guy, it was too much to pass up and he wanted to go to Arkansas. He thought he was getting best of both worlds. His mother said NO, and we all know what happened with those LOI shenanigans. He had been silent to Miami for a long time until all this craziness started just before Signing Day.

TriangleCane

Sad about Berrios. We need spring ball here in NC. I think the extra practice would get boys like Berrios over the hump.

UMike

Good info from CIS Poster..


Weekend Visit to the Al Golden Camp

So last weekend I took my nephew down to Miami and we attended the June 22-23 Al Golden camps. Here are some thoughts:

Camp Organization -

- The camp starts out with players registering, getting their height/weight, a jersey, and heading out to the field to warm up, stretch, and run the 40.
- Once the 40s were done, they grouped all of the offensive and defenisve lineman together but grouped by age (senior, junior, underclassmen). They go through some offensive line drills working on their stance and on different blocking techniques, and rotate to different sets of coaches between drills (so the UM coaches work with all of the players there a little bit).
- After the oline drills are done, the players get with Jethro Franklin and they do dline drills. On the first day Kehoe broke out a select group of oline on the side and worked with them instead of them doing dline drills. On the 2nd day Franklin had a group of select dline off to the side later in the day after 1 on 1s.
- They did 1 on 1s after lunch, broken up into 4 groups (underclassmen, junior, senior, select). If you want to really get looked at by UM's coaches, you have to be in that select group. Golden, Kehoe, and Franklin were standing together on Sunday watching the 1 on 1s of that group pretty closely.
- After the 1 on 1s there were some more oline and dline drills to close out the day. Many of the kids were getting hot and tired, and you could see some kids maintaining their technique while others started to get sloppy.

Getting noticed -

- I can understand the complaints of that one guy who said you won't get noticed by the coaches if they don't know you. With most of these people, there's a grain of truth that is exaggerated into a mountain. The coaches mostly notice guys they already know, but there were other ways to get noticed (especially by volunteering during drills). It would be nice to get different kids more exposure, but the coaches have a job to do and the kids have to figure out a way to network with the coaches before the camp starts.
- My nephew has some growing left to do (5'11" 265), but is a rising junior so he's got time left. If he grows like expected, he should be around 6'2" 285 by next summer. At that height and weight, he could rate a legit look by the coaches.
- He did pretty well at the 1 on 1s. Did 14 reps over 2 days. Won probably 9-10 of those reps. Most kids lose the majority of their reps on the oline. The dline has a big advantage because they can go left or right.
- He did do some networking with some 1-aa coaches. He talked to the oline coach from Samford for a little bit, so at least there is the start of a backup plan.


Individual players -

- On the 2nd day after 1 on 1s, they started doing dline drills (my nephew is a guard all the way) so I walked over and watched the running backs drill. There was this kid doing the drill where they hit you low then hit you high, and you keep your balance. This one kid got flipped up into the air and landed on his back. The sideline erupted in laughter, guys were falling down laughing.
- In that same drill I saw Madre London run and that guy is tough. Strong runner. Knocked the pad clear out of the coach's hands one time.
- There was another kid who won Co-Most Improved with London but I can't remember his name. He was also a strong runner.
- We watched QBs for a while, and there was one black kid with an orange jersey on who was drilling the ball on every thrown. QBs wore green jerseys, so I think they were just giving him a look. He might have been the Gray kid who committed.
- I saw Michael Smith walking the sideline on Saturday. Also saw about 3 other recruits touring at one point or another.
- Canes we saw: Chickillo, Seantrel, Duke, Dallas Crawford, Luther Robinson, Denzel Perryman (looked jacked).


Coaches -

- Talked to Michael Barrow for a second and told him that his hit on Vanover was still my favorite.
- Kehoe is funny as hell and was pulling no punches with the kids. I'm not gonna print half what we he said, but it was funny from the sidelines. He has not time for jackassery, and if he shows you a technique once you better get it the next time.
- Golden was doing some kind of pimp limp on Sunday, or he's got a hurt ankle/calf.

UMike

per Tim @ CIS and ESPN..

ESPN's latest "Hot Board of 2014 Uncommitted Recruits"

In the "For What It's Worth" Column, here are some highlights from ESPN Insider's projections on their uncommitted Top-300 players.

Lamont Gaillard
Fayetteville, N.C./Pine Forest
ESPN 300 RANK: 12
POS: DT
HT/WT: 6-4/300
STARS: 5
Prediction: Georgia (confidence of prediction - 8 out of 10)

A few weeks ago, the Florida Gators would have been the pick, but in a sudden turn of events, Gaillard eliminated the Gators and has the Bulldogs on top. As of now, Georgia is certainly the team to beat, but a new team, Miami, is also near the top for the five-star defensive tackle.

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Ermon Lane
Homestead, Fla./Homestead Senior
ESPN 300 RANK: 25
POS: WR
HT/WT: 6-2/171
STARS: 4
Alabama (confidence = 6)

Miami and Alabama are neck-and-neck for the top-ranked wide receiver in the ESPN 300. Lane has stated that distance won't be a factor, and in the end, Bama fans will be happy.

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Kentavius Street
Greenville, N.C./J.H. Rose
ESPN 300 RANK: 30
POS: DE
HT/WT: 6-2/265
STARS: 4
NC State (Confidence = 4)

Georgia held the lead for Street for over a month, but following a recent visit to NC State the Wolfpack have jumped to the top of his list. The chance to help a nearby program with players he knows is a big selling point to Street, who also has Miami and LSU in his top group. His list could change several more times over the next few months.

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Johnnie Dixon
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer
ESPN 300 RANK: 43
POS: WR
HT/WT: 5-11/193
STARS: 4
Florida (Confidence = 4)

The talented pass-catcher has been high on Florida, Miami and Florida State for a while. A case could be made for any of those three schools, but as of now the Gators hold a slight advantage.

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Travis Rudolph
West Palm Beach, Fla./Cardinal Newman
ESPN 300 RANK: 81
POS: WR
HT/WT: 6-1/186
STARS: 4
Florida (confidence = 6)

After decommitting from Miami, Rudolph has visited Florida a few times, including a visit with his mother for Florida's spring game. Auburn is now in the picture and Miami is not out of it yet, but the Gators appear to be the front-runners.

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Chris Lammons
Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Plantation
ESPN 300 RANK: 84
POS: ATH
HT/WT: 5-10/169
STARS: 4
Miami (confidence = 6)

Several schools, including Alabama, Florida, Florida State and South Carolina, are in the mix for Lammons, but ultimately the Canes have the inside track to land the talented athlete.

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Marquis Ware
Los Angeles/Salesian
ESPN 300 RANK: 118
POS: ATH
HT/WT: 6-2/210
STARS: 4
UCLA (confidence = 2)

This likely changes if offers come in from Oregon, USC or Washington. Out-of-state options such as Florida State, Miami and Nebraska are possible as well.

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Travonte Valentine
Palm Bay, Fla./Bayside
ESPN 300 RANK: 150
POS: DT
HT/WT: 6-4/295
STARS: 4
Miami (Confidence = 6)

Valentine has decommitted from two schools, Louisville and Florida, already so it's difficult to predict where he will end up, but as of now it looks like the Hurricanes are the team to beat.

Link to the complete list: http://insider.espn.go.com/college-s...tball-recruits

UMike

Yearby Update..

He's very solid to Miami

- Committed to Miami because it's close to home and likes how we use Duke Johnson
- Loves Coach Coley and Coach Golden

- Feels Coach Golden is bringing The U back to the top

- Trying to get Dalvin Cook to Miami but says he is solid to UF right now

- Was asked whos the one player you want in this class to join you at Miami and he said Ermon Lane and has work to do with him

- Said he's going to work real hard to get Dalvin here

UMike

Per Thread Killa & 247..

2015 WR Jovon Durante update

-Transferred from Dr. Krop to Jackson
-Says him and Quinton Flowers are working on their chemistry and they're doing good
-Says Flowers is a smart QB, can read defenses, break down the defenses, and call the defense
-Says this year will be his with a new team, better QB, and good coaches
-Claims offers from: Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Marshall, Miami, WVU, Tennessee, and Alabama
-Says his recent trip to Tennessee was fun, the environment is nice
-Says he loves everything about Miami
-Scott is his primary recruiter

UMike

Bryce Dixon update

-Took an UOV to Miami last October for the UNC game
-Says Miami is swag, that's where it was born
-Says Miami has a good connection with so many top TEs in the NFL
-Says his visit was a while ago, but feels he still knows Miami well
-Says he didn't have a phone for a while and lost contact with Miami
-Says Carroll is his main recruiter and has been trying to reach him, says he feels bad about that
-Says his current top 5 in no order is: UCLA, USC, Oregon, ASU, and Miami
-Likes the way those schools use the TE
-Has an OV set to Oregon, says Miami and Texas will likely get OVs but no date is set
-He is looking at how schools use the TE, the weather, doesn't expect to start but wants a fair shot at competing for a spot, wants to know if kinesiology is offered as a major

LB

For the third year in a row, UM has a player in the elite 11 competition (Dewey, Olsen, Kaaya).

http://espn.go.com/college-sports/football/recruiting/honors/_/id/6/elite-11-qb

UMike

We move on in our series looking at the weakest and strongest positions on each team in the ACC with Miami:

Strongest position: Running back.

When you have Duke Johnson on your team, running back qualifies as the strongest position. Johnson earned headlines last season as one of the top freshmen in the country after he totaled 2,060 all-purpose yards and 13 touchdowns en route to ACC Rookie of the Year honors. He gained a Miami freshman-record 947 yards on the ground, with 10 touchdowns, and is looking for much more this season as the featured back in the offense. Already, he has garnered preseason All-America buzz. But if there is a concern here, it is over building some depth with Mike James gone. Dallas Crawford showed some flashes during the spring but needs to be more consistent. Eduardo Clements is the veteran of the group but needs to work on his consistency as well. Miami could rely on a true freshman here again for the second straight season.

Weakest position: Secondary.

Truth is, I could have chosen the defensive line, too. They are both weak spots headed into the season based on what happened in 2012 and some of what we saw in the spring. The front returns its starters, so that gives them a slight edge when it comes to projecting improvement. You have to figure a line with four returning starters, a healthy Curtis Porter and five upperclassmen on the two-deep will be better. Meanwhile, the secondary has to replace its best player in Brandon McGee. Three of the four spots in the secondary remain open headed into fall camp -- Ladarius Gunter and Tracy Howard are competing for one starting cornerback job; Antonio Crawford and Nate Dortch for the other. AJ Highsmith and Rayshawn Jenkins are up for one of the starting safety jobs. The only guy who appears to be safe? Sophomore safety Deon Bush. Where the line has experience, the secondary is still young -- only three on the two-deep are upperclassmen. You see why this spot remains an area of concern.

http://espn.go.com/blog/acc

SOUP

UMike...doing work!

LB

"Bond: Apparently, he had to get some classes/credits in order this summer and failed to do so. The guy told me that he was very upset by this, as Bond was being penciled in as a significant contributor for this season by the coaching staff. Anyway, looks like he won't be coming here. Look for him to end up at some school with less stringent qualifying standards or another year in JUCO.

Kamalu: I was told that he would not be joining and would be heading elsewhere, but not for academic reasons. I was led to believe that there was a change of heart, as was reported earlier, and that despite our staff's best efforts, something else is pulling him away from Coral Gables. Also, the guy didn't seem overly disappointed about this loss."

Losing two defensive players? Uncool.

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On another note, the idea of the "Mind Games" series is very informative. But the two minute nonsense at the end of every video has got to go. It's bordering on silly.

UMike

LB..Im ok with Kamalu no coming..give the spot to a player with more eligibility and upside imo

Ohio_Cane

Losing two defensive players? Uncool.

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On another note, the idea of the "Mind Games" series is very informative. But the two minute nonsense at the end of every video has got to go. It's bordering on silly.

Posted by: LB | June 27, 2013 at 10:11 AM
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It's only hearsay at this point, haven't lost anyone yet.

At least they didn't put it at the beginning! Lol, U can just shut it off after the important part of the segment.

LB

"At least they didn't put it at the beginning! Lol, U can just shut it off after the important part of the segment."

Every time. Cutting that stuff off would make it tighter.

CaneRock

LB..Im ok with Kamalu no coming..give the spot to a player with more eligibility and upside imo

Posted by: UMike | June 27, 2013 at 10:23 AM

I think we already did, or at least tried...Julio Derosier.

UMike

I did not know this..but 247 had Kamalu as the 7th best JUCO DT last year

Ohio_Cane

Rumors swirling that Wisconsin DL David Gilbert is the "mystery" commit:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Kchz47IZWSc

Ohio_Cane

LB..Im ok with Kamalu no coming..give the spot to a player with more eligibility and upside imo

Posted by: UMike | June 27, 2013 at 10:23 AM
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I'm not. He's gonna be a good one wherever he goes. Al found another diamond in the rough. Hope he sticks.

UMike

Top 2014 JUCO DT's according to 247..I think we get 2..and already have one..

http://247sports.com/Season/2014-Football/CompositeRankings?InstitutionGroup=JuniorCollege&Position=DT

UpNorthCane27

Ohio are we still getting a committ tomorrow? What have you heard.

UMike

I think our "mystery commit" is announcing tomorrow..I think lol

CaneRock

And maybe we "swapped" Bond for Tucker...yes?...no?

UMike

Ohio..for me personally I like a HS kid with more eligibility and upside..Im just saying if his spot can open up a spot for a top HS kid on the D side of the ball Im ok with that lol

UMike

Would David Gilbert be a "commit" or just a transfer?

UMike

Alin Edouard from Canesport

Talking about the third commitment:

- He says he is not worried about competing and he is 100% a Cane
- He says he has been competing his whole life, competing makes him and his team better
- His Coach said a few things about his QB; humble, quiet, religious guy. He is a silent leader and not very vocal
- His coach add that UM wants him at QB
- His coach also said that he doesnt foresee 3 QBs in the class when Feb rolls around, but Alin will stay committed if he has a chance to compete.
- His coach adds he wants to be a Cane
- His coach adds that he wasnt surprised with the addition of a third QB, its a business. His role is to make sure his kids have a high esteem.

Ohio_Cane

DL Fadol Brown is announcing tomorrow. He is NOT the mystery commit. He may pick us, but he's not the one from last week.

LB

"Rumors swirling that Wisconsin DL David Gilbert is the "mystery" commit:"

Oh man, don't tease me. That would be an AWESOME get.

Ohio_Cane

@TheStateOfTheU: According to Canesport, we should find out the name of the Mystery 2013 DT either today or tomorrow.

LB

NCAA Football 14 Update:

- Check out the Ultimate Team option. I'll say no more. Just read about it and dream. Kellen Winslow and Ray Lewis thus far.
- Improved and expedited recruiting.
- Continued improvements to graphics and especially sound.
- Cue irritating and overused music.
- Miami is rated 91 on offense, 88 on defense (shocked). 90 overall with a 5 prestige rating.
- Top ten rated players:
Duke (91)
Morris (90)
Susan's Man (90)
Chickillo (89)
Perryman (89)
Clements (87)
McDermott (87)
Linder (86)
Green (86)
Dorsett (85)

Ohio_Cane

I do not have any sources on this, just reading between the lines, but the mystery commit is either Ryne Giddins from USF or David Gilbert from Wisconsin

LB

Al Golden's tie is rated 103.4 on NCAA Football 14.

UMike

I dont get why this is a "commit"..its not..it would simply be a transfer (if it is any of those 2) lol..and why would there need to be this much mystery lol..Ohio..it could be the person you emailed me about

canezilla

PER.ESPN Now that Oregon has received its punishment from the NCAA, the Miami case is the next major one on the docket to be decided.

Some may wonder whether the rulings in the Oregon case foreshadow what could happen when the Hurricanes hear from the NCAA. First, the NCAA is completely and utterly unpredictable. No one case is treated the same, nor do the penalties issued seem to follow a uniform procedure.

Just ask USC and Ohio State, who were hit much harder than the Ducks.

Second, Oregon was not accused of the multiple major infractions Miami has been accused of committing. The cases are not even remotely the same. Former coach Chip Kelly seemed to take the brunt of the punishment. He got an 18-month show-cause penalty; Oregon was put on three years' probation and lost two total scholarships. Universally, most wonder whether this is truly a punishment or a wrist slap for Oregon.

But this is where perhaps Miami should have a glimmer of hope. In discussing the Oregon case, NCAA officials opted against harsher punishments -- in part -- because of the school's cooperation throughout the investigation. Miami, too has cooperated with the NCAA throughout the investigation into the Nevin Shapiro allegations and been proactive -- already self-imposing a two-year postseason ban.

Though Oregon got no such postseason ban, it should be encouraging that the NCAA heavily weighed the school's cooperation in issuing its punishments. In its ruling, the NCAA noted Oregon was "fully cooperat[ive] throughout the entirety of the investigative stage. At the investigation's conclusion, the enforcement staff, the institution and the involved parties were in substantial agreement on the facts of the case and on the violations that had occurred."

School president Donna Shalala has come out with some pretty harsh statements in the wake of the NCAA's admission that it botched several parts of its Miami investigation. But that does not take away from the underlying fact that Miami has cooperated since bringing the Shapiro allegations to the NCAA in September 2010, nearly three years ago. Maybe, just maybe, the NCAA will accept Miami's self-imposed punishments and won't go much further.

Miami had its two-day meeting before the Committee on Infractions two weeks ago, but isn't expected to receive its penalty for at least another month at the earliest. While there are not many parallels between its case and Oregon's, full cooperation should help Miami's cause.

Tags:
Miami Hurricanes, Miami (FL) Hurricanes, Donna Shalala, Nevin Shapiro

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Fear the Tie

Ohio_Cane

I dont get why this is a "commit"..its not..it would simply be a transfer (if it is any of those 2) lol..and why would there need to be this much mystery lol..Ohio..it could be the person you emailed me about

Posted by: UMike | June 27, 2013 at 11:58 AM
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It's just like a JUCO deciding where to transfer to. He's "picking" us out of a select few schools, which makes it a "commit", I suppose.

It's been said 100 times this is a 5th-year senior, so it's not my guy either.

Ohio_Cane

Al Golden's tie is rated 103.4 on NCAA Football 14.

Posted by: LB | June 27, 2013 at 11:53 AM
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That's all??

UMike

If it is this guy..I again and not a fan lol...Why would you take a guy who has 1 year of eligibility and a record of health issues when that spot can go to a healthy kid with 3-4 years of service...jmo

CoCane

Colin Cowherd from ESPN just called the "U" the most overrated team in the Vegas over/under odds for win totals this season. Vegas has the "U" at 9 wins. Cowherd says there's no way we 9 games. Blaming our defense. He says you can pencil in the Florida game as a loss.

He then says Ole Miss & Washinton is underrated because of their experience returning on offense! Lmao. I would love to bet against him. He's donating money. Lol

Ohio_Cane

If it is this guy..I again and not a fan lol...Why would you take a guy who has 1 year of eligibility and a record of health issues when that spot can go to a healthy kid with 3-4 years of service...jmo

Posted by: UMike | June 27, 2013 at 12:17 PM
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I, again, disagree. When do we need help at the DL? NOW.

We don't need help next year. We need it NOWWWWWW.

Health "issues" be damned. I'd risk it for help... wait for it... NOW!

LB

"Colin Cowherd from ESPN just called the "U" the most overrated team in the Vegas over/under odds for win totals this season. Vegas has the "U" at 9 wins. Cowherd says there's no way we 9 games. Blaming our defense. He says you can pencil in the Florida game as a loss."

I love Colin and appreciate his logic here. But honestly, he's overlooking the schedule in a BIG way. Also, there's no QB transition and we return our offensive weapons behind a top 5 offensive line.

Colin is very sharp on the NFL, but tends to drop off on his knowledge on the past couple years of NCAA (specifically USC, Ohio State, Texas).

CGNC

Go Gators

http://globalgrind.com/news/aaron-hernandezs-gun-selfie-text-messages-arrest-murder-photos

Photo taken while playing for UF

LB

"I, again, disagree. When do we need help at the DL? NOW.

We don't need help next year. We need it NOWWWWWW.

Health "issues" be damned. I'd risk it for help... wait for it... NOW!"

There should be no limitation for the defensive line and linebackers, especially if we lose Bond/Kamalu. Take him. Every time. We can fart around on gathering offensive talent in 2014 considering what we've already got, but NEVER skimp on defense.

LB

ESPN Stuff:

"We move on in our series looking at the weakest and strongest positions on each team in the ACC with Miami:

Strongest position: Running back.

When you have Duke Johnson on your team, running back qualifies as the strongest position. Johnson earned headlines last season as one of the top freshmen in the country after he totaled 2,060 all-purpose yards and 13 touchdowns en route to ACC Rookie of the Year honors. He gained a Miami freshman-record 947 yards on the ground, with 10 touchdowns, and is looking for much more this season as the featured back in the offense. Already, he has garnered preseason All-America buzz. But if there is a concern here, it is over building some depth with Mike James gone. Dallas Crawford showed some flashes during the spring but needs to be more consistent. Eduardo Clements is the veteran of the group but needs to work on his consistency as well. Miami could rely on a true freshman here again for the second straight season.

Weakest position: Secondary.

Truth is, I could have chosen the defensive line, too. They are both weak spots headed into the season based on what happened in 2012 and some of what we saw in the spring. The front returns its starters, so that gives them a slight edge when it comes to projecting improvement. You have to figure a line with four returning starters, a healthy Curtis Porter and five upperclassmen on the two-deep will be better. Meanwhile, the secondary has to replace its best player in Brandon McGee. Three of the four spots in the secondary remain open headed into fall camp -- Ladarius Gunter and Tracy Howard are competing for one starting cornerback job; Antonio Crawford and Nate Dortch for the other. AJ Highsmith and Rayshawn Jenkins are up for one of the starting safety jobs. The only guy who appears to be safe? Sophomore safety Deon Bush. Where the line has experience, the secondary is still young -- only three on the two-deep are upperclassmen. You see why this spot remains an area of concern."
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"Miami

Current commitments: 18
Spotlight: As was the case last year, looming NCAA sanctions are not taking a toll on the class coach Al Golden is putting together. Miami just got five commitments over the weekend for the class of 2014, and already have seven four-stars in the fold.
ESPN150 commitments: 3
ESPN300 commitments: 6"

http://espn.go.com/blog/acc

UMike

Him helping NOW is not guaranteed, and we lose a spot for someone that could help NOW and later lol..just my opinion

Ohio_Cane

Him helping NOW is not guaranteed, and we lose a spot for someone that could help NOW and later lol..just my opinion

Posted by: UMike | June 27, 2013 at 12:39 PM
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How many incoming freshman on the DL are going to be able to help now? Maybe 5 in the country? This guy was a starter for a huge BCS bowl team.

Also, do U think Golden would accept him into the program without checking him out physically?

It would work just like an NFL player with injury history getting traded to another team: "Pending physical"

UMike

http://www.uwbadgers.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/david_gilbert_488247.html

I guess its a high risk/high reward thing lol

UMike

We are expecting incoming freshman AQM to help now lol..I can understand your point..and I agree in many ways,..just not a fan

LB

Defensive line breakdown:

Seniors
Expected Contributors
S. Green (DE)
C. Porter (DT)
L. Robinson (DT)

Unknown/Injury
K. Cain (DE)
D. Dye (DE)

Juniors
Expected Contributors
A. Chickillo (DE)
O. Pierre (DT)

Unknown/Injury
J. Grimble (DT)
D. Perry (DE)

Sophomores
Expected Contributors
E. Moore (DT)

Unknown/Injury
C. King (DT)
D. Ivery (DT)
J. Hamilton (DE)

Redshirt Freshmen
Unknown/Injury
D. Hoilet (DE)
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Linebacker Breakdown

Seniors
Expected Contributors
J. Gaines
T. Cornelius

Unknown/Injury
A. Craig

Juniors
Expected Contributors
D. Perryman
T. Armbrister

Sophomores
Expected Contributors
R. Kirby
T. McCord (even though I don't consider him a LB)

Redshirt Freshmen
Unknown/Injury
J. Blue

Freshmen
Expected Contributors
A. Figeroua

Unknown/Injury
J. Grace
W. Tucker


Taking a look at the above, how many of these players in the front seven do you have confidence in to get us to an ACC title?

I'm sold on Perryman, S. Green, Kirby (even though he was injured most of the year), and possibly Chickillo.

The rest...

...you can see why we need help.

Ohio_Cane

2009: Earned first letter ... played in 12 of 13 games, only missing the season opener against Northern Illinois

2010: Earned second letter ... played in all 13 games

2011: Started first four games of the season before suffering season-ending foot injury

2012: Played in 13 games, including Big 10 Champ game and Rose bowl.

Where is the "high risk" portion of this? Cuz he missed 9 games 2 years ago?

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