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July 16, 2013

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Old Skool

Interesting factoid from a Tampa Bay Times series on high school football

From June 2012 until the day he signed with the University of Florida on Feb. 6, Wharton cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III, widely considered among the top five high school players from the Class of 2013, had his name published in the Tampa Bay Times 105 times. During that same span, Tampa Bay Buccaneers tackling leader Lavonte David's name appeared 112.

UMike

The following is an email conversation that I had with our own writer, Richard Paolillo (Cane49p), and we talk about some of the ratings on the new NCAA Football 14 video game and how they match up with the real ‘Canes team. My words will be in bold, while Richard's will be in normal font.

The first thing that many people look at, including myself, is ratings. Whenever a sports game is released, fans immediately look at their respective teams' ratings and compare them to last season.

The first thing I noticed was that the Hurricanes' offense has a 91 overall rating. The ‘Canes received a three-point boost from the 88 overall they got in 2013. I think the boost is fair, but I also think that they should have gotten a 93 or maybe a 94 on this side of the ball since the offense has a good chance at being elite. What do you think about some of the offensive ratings?

I agree with you that 91 is probably a low figure, but as for myself, I believe it has to do with the game's annual low ratings of the WR and O-Line positions. Many of us fans can agree the offensive line is destined to be a force this year and it's a hard case to make otherwise. As for the Wide Receivers, last year the ratings were quite low, but that would be due to the shortage of proven threats before the 2012 season. However, when it comes to 2013, this should be a very lethal group. Their speed ratings should be among the top and overall ratings definitely deserve a bump. There's also the offense as a whole that may bring the higher rated guys down a peg when it relates to overall.

Example: Running Backs.

While Duke has a high rating for a sophomore (damn right) in regards to the remaining backs (Clements aside) they lack the ratings a good team for the game would have for most back ups, which is most likely caused by their inexperience. This applies even more so for the Tight Ends.

My trend for NCAA 13-14:

QB: Improved (Morris)

RB: Improved (Duke)

WR: Improved (Overall)

TE: Improved (Overall, and BEAU)

OL: Improved (Overall)

OVERALL: Game 91, Myself 94

I definitely agree with you that the lack of a proven backup running back hurt the team in it's ratings, ditto for the tight ends, but I still think this year's offense should have gotten a little bit more of a bump considering we have a senior QB, a heisman-hopeful at running back and a plethora of good wide receivers.

Now, let's touch up on our defense.

There's absolutely no secret on what most if not all Canes fans think about our defense. The game rated the defense as an 88 overall, which is only a one-point dropoff to the 89 rating they receive in the 2013 version of the game.

I personally think that even an 88 is a bit high for this defense considering the fact that they aren't proven, at all. Why do you think the defense didn't have much of a dropoff despite a really sub-par season?

Still a low rating as it pertains to the game itself, I believe. We could even argue that the defense deserved a slight bump.

Slight bump: 89-90. I am speaking on behalf of the game in this example, this year is said to be if anything an improvement from last year's squad. Last year 88, next year with 10 starters returned a bump or so higher. It could be that the '13 version slanted these ratings and they were concentrated on the loss of Brandon McGee and Vaughn Telemaque (received good rankings in '13, Telemaque was a starter). While those two would mean major losses for other teams our Miami squad is of a different breed. This argument being that the defense as a whole has improved. Please remember as this view applies to the game, a rating of 89 still makes for a mediocre team. The average-good offenses will still take advantage of low 90's defenses.

All the "we have no DT's" people are shaking their heads right now. What's your argument?

My argument will be the same as next year when they start ranting nonsense about the safeties. The DT situation for myself is a waiting game. You can preach all you want, but unless your words are compelling enough to shake a 300 pound NCAA student-athlete into any resemblance of Warren Sapp or Vince Wilfork, you're wasting your breath. If you think those same rants will draw in top name recruits, you're only hindering the effort. Bottom line is you have no choice but to move forward with the guys who will fill the 2013 roster.

I am confident in our guys improving and whether that results in an all-around better defense remains to be seen.

Prediction: the statistics around the defensive line will improve, but the bundles of yards given up? That may still be a frequent against the better offenses the Hurricanes face. My lean for the statistical category is turnovers. That will be our greatest turn around and will result in a sounder defense for the Hurricanes. Batted balls at the line, more INT's, forced fumbles, and all those other pleasures that make a fan forget his defense allowed a 70-yard run by Logan Thomas during their defeat of Virginia Tech.

As for the DT's in the game - OVERRATED EVERY LAST ONE OF ‘EM!

But seriously, I think they're good to go. The same people who act hysterical about the DT's generally don't move up from the Freshman/Varsity levels so it'll be smooth sailing for them. Other than DT's, have fun running picks back with Tracy Howard and hit sticking with the likenesses of Denzel Perryman and Deon Bush. My personal favorite to use along the defense is Anthony Chickillo and with a good overall and speed for the game, I'll be abusing plenty of opposing QB's with CHICK.

My trend for NCAA 13-14:

DE: Improved (Green, Chick, along with more appearances from our 3rd down specialists)

DT: Slightly improved (Overall)

LB: Same (Loss of Eddie Johnson, gain of Alexander Figueroa, improvement of the rest)

CB: Average (Loss of Brandon Mcgee, improvement of younger guys)

Safety: Improved (Deon Bush, Rayshawn Jenkins)

Overall: Game 88, Myself 89

I think we now know how Richard feels about the entire Defensive Tackles dilemma, and I'm sure many of you disagree with some of the things he said, and that's okay. There's no need to have any DT fights on the comments, but if you really want to do that, you're more than welcomed to.

I want to thank Richard for a good discussion and if you haven't already, you should buy the game because it's really good, and if you have it for XBOX, you should probably play me. But most importantly, Go Canes!

http://www.stateoftheu.com/football-news/2013/7/16/4527322/keeping-it-real-with-a-fellow-sotu-contributor

Hassan


Randall Leonard Shannon #22

UMike

Alabama & Cristobal offered Chad Thomas

UMike

Tito workin...

Since it's the off-season, now would be a good time to debut a project I've been working on for a while. Here are some comparisons between Miami skill-position recruits and current NFL players based on skillset and physical gifts. This doesn't mean the recruits will turn out as good as these guys, but it is just a comparison of styles.

LB:


Mike Smith- Bruce Irvin

This is an obvious comparison but a correct one. Smith is a legit 6’3 hybrid rush end. He has good speed, but not as fast as Irvin. Smith's bend is what makes him great, as he never seems to stand up when he rushes. Another similar aspect to Irvin is his pursuit. Smith wastes no time getting to the ball carrier whether it be making a sack or tackling the running back for a loss.


Smith: 6’3 210

Irvin: 6’3 235 (JUCO)

Smith Highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvIrpDD7HgE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WHIyNEDWCg

Irvin Highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6leAL3eK9jo

Darrion Owens- Daryl Washington

Speed is the common link between these two. Washington is one of the fastest linebackers in the NFL, and Owens is a converted safety. Their tackling ability is on point as well as their pursuit. Although Washington didn't make his mark until he reached the NFL, Owens looks like he can make a big impact with this Hurricanes defense. One thing I do notice is Owens looks a lot lighter on his film than his listed weight.Owens: 6’3 215

Washington:6’2 195

Owens Highlights: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1368104/darrion-owens


Juwon Young- Jerod Mayo

Big physical build. Both of these guys are built like brick walls and have prototypical size for the linebacker spot. Young can double as an outside and an inside linebacker. This shows not only his athleticism but his smarts to comprehend the differences between both spots. Young has great pursuit and his tackling is sound. Young also has the ability to play some defensive end occasionally, but I doubt we ever see him with his hand in the ground at Miami.

Young: 6’2 220

Mayo: 6’2 214


Young: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ONVe6E2MOs

Mayo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQUA6EJrQoU


Terry McCray: Jarvis Jones

I know I'm gonna get a lot of heat for this one. But while they are different physically, the have very similar playing styles. McCray is a pure speed rusher-- his jump off the line is second to none and his pursuit is excellent. With Miami shifting to a 3-4 similar defense like Georgia, McCray could be groomed for the Jones's role. There are negatives to this comparison. First, McCray doesn't have Jones's strength or block-shedding ability. McCray needs time in the weight room, but if his development goes as planned he could be a solid contributor down the road.

McCray: 6'3 210

Jones: 6'3 236


McCray highlights:http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1353525/terry-mccray

UMike

New ariz....

I would like to introduce a new series that will be featured on CanesInSight every couple of weeks. This will include football and basketball team buzz as well as recruiting information.

Football Team
**CanesInSight has reached out to signee Devante Bond multiple times over the past month to try to get an update on the qualifying status, but he has not responded to any messages or interview requests. He was one of the most respondent recruits from last year’s class, so take that as you will. It seems unlikely that he will qualify, which would be a big blow as he would contribute heavily as a pass-rusher right off the bat.

**Freshman Corn Elder will start out his career at Miami as a corner, as opposed to running back where he was known to be one of the most explosive players in the nation. At first, I was unsure of the decision to use him on defense especially with the thin depth chart at running back, but after taking a second look at it, I like it. Elder has a slight build and doesn’t look like he can add much more weight, so taking hits each week at the college level might not have been the best thing for his career. Elder will play basketball at Miami as well and is already practicing with the team. On the court, he is considered a defensive-minded point guard. He could be very valuable down the line as a playmaking slot corner, maybe in a similar role to how LSU used Tyrann Mathieu.

**Freshman Walter Tucker came to Miami as a late signee and not many knew about him. He had committed to Clemson as a track guy, but wanted the opportunity to play football, which they weren’t giving him. Through Head Coach Mike Rumph, he was able to reach out to the Miami staff and he will play at Miami on a football scholarship. Tucker will play linebacker at Miami and is currently weighing about 210 pounds. He has recorded a personal-best of 10.4 in the 100-meter dash and should be great on special teams from the start. When I first saw his highlights, he looked a lot like Eddie Johnson from a physical standpoint (size, speed). Tucker will wear #44 at Miami.

**Stacy Coley has already enrolled at Miami, which is a relief for fans considering he was one of those guys who had qualification questions. He probably has the most pure talent on the roster at the receiver position, but with a group of veteran receivers in place he won’t be on the field every single play. Brennan Carroll knows what he has in Coley though, so look for him to get touches situationally. You can’t keep players as talented as him off the field.

Football Recruiting
**ESPN released their junior 300 list today and there were a large amount of South Florida prospects and Miami targets on the list.
#10 DT Daylon Mack (TX) – recently offered
#11 WR Da’Vante Phillips (Miami Central)
#25 ATH Torrance Gibson (American Heritage)
#26 RB Jordan Scarlett (University School)
#40 TE Devonaire Clarington (Westminster Christian)
#50 WR Devante Peete (St. Thomas Aquinas)
#53 CB Tyrek Cole (Miramar)
#57 S Kendrell McFadden (McArthur)
#65 CB Tarvarus McFadden (American Heritage)
#74 QB Brandon Wimbush (NJ) – recently camped
#117 ATH JaQuan Johnson (Killian)
#123 WR Shawn Burgess-Becker (Monarch)
#160 ATH Tim Irvin (Westminster Christian)
#167 WR Shaquery Wilson (Coral Gables)
#231 RB Jacques Patrick (Timber Creek)
#253 WR Jovon Durante (Jackson)
#264 WR Kahlil Lewis (Miramar)
#290 ATH Jordan Cronkrite (Westminster Christian)

**Some quick thoughts on that list:
-DaVante Phillips is too high on this list. He is no doubt an exceptional prospect, but when I think of a top 15 player in the country, Phillips does not fit the mold. He is not a physical freak and has not had to deal with defenses keying in on him due to the fact that he plays with two of the top players in the country in Dalvin Cook and Joseph Yearby. He is a top 50 player in the country and probably the best receiver in Dade, but he is not #11.

-There are a few guys who I think are too low: Tyrek Cole, JaQuan Johnson, and Shawn Burgess-Becker. Burgess-Becker is a 5-star talent and is in the discussion for top player in South Florida with Dalvin Cook. That ranking will skyrocket as the season progresses. Cole and Johnson are two guys who have produced at an extremely high level over their first two high school seasons and will both be top guys on Miami’s board.

-Westminster Christian is making waves with three names on the list. In my opinion though, Jordan Cronkrite is a better prospect than Devonaire Clarington (who I am surprised is so high at #40) and maybe even Tim Irvin. Clarington is very stiff and is not a natural pass-catcher. I would not be surprised if Miami does not go after him hard. Cronkrite has the size and versatility to make plays on both sides of the ball.

**I expect the staff to take at least one more Junior College defensive tackle to go along with Dalvon Stuckey. The staff’s failures to sign impact defensive tackles over the past couple classes will force them to get multiple JUCO guys in order to space the classes out. There is going to be a gap between Jalen Grimble, Earl Moore, Corey King and the 2014 class of freshmen that needs to be filled with these JUCO prospects who can contribute right away.

**Miami is still recruiting Brandon Powell despite his public statements and tweets that he is solidly committed to Tennessee.

**Brad Kaaya and Braxton Berrios have continued to build a strong relationship. Kaaya wants him in the class extremely badly and has told me that he has “dreamed of throwing to a guy like that.” Kaaya loves his ability to get open.

**As I’ve mentioned before, Kaaya’s family has also gotten very involved in Miami’s recruiting class. His parents watch highlights on Miami commits and targets and stay on top of any updates about them as well. An interesting example of this came last week when Kaaya’s mother tweeted this along with a photo:
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Basketball
**I spoke to Freshman Guard DeAndre Burnett back on June 29th at the Nike 7-on-7 football event, where he was supporting his brother Dalvin Cook from Miami Central. He told me that he was expecting to miss about two months with his broken collarbone, but would be ready for the season. With the new NCAA rules in place, the team is allowed to practice with coaches on a limited basis during the summer, so it is unfortunate that Burnett hasn’t been able to participate.

**Belgian point guard signee Emmanuel “Manu” Lecomte is currently participating in the FIBA Under-20 European Division B Championship, where he is tearing it up. Through four games, the 5’10” PG is averaging 22.3 PPG, 6.8 RPG, and 6.3APG. Lecomte is expected on campus in August.

**Joining Senior Justin Heller and Sophomore Steve Sorenson as walk-ons for next season’s team will be freshman guard Michael Fernandez. Fernandez is a local product from Belen Jesuit Prep School.

**A few players from last season’s team have begun their professional careers. Kenny Kadji is playing with the Cleveland summer league team in Las Vegas and has started all three games. He is averaging 3.7PPG and 5RPG, while adding 5 blocks in his last 2 games combined, but has yet to hit a three point shot. It will be tough for Kadji to make the Cavs roster considering their crowded frontline of Andrew Bynum, Anderson Varejao, Anthony Bennett, Tyler Zeller, and Tristan Thompson. Durand Scott is struggling to get minutes with the Spurs summer league team (13 minutes through 3 games). Shane Larkin’s broken right ankle will cause him to miss 2-3 months, but there will be an opportunity for him to learn behind one of the league’s most efficient point guards in Jose Calderon.

**Julian Gamble announced on his Instagram account yesterday that he will begin his pro career with Saint Vallier of the French ProB league. Gamble is already listed as a starter on the team’s website: http://basketball.eurobasket.com/tea...ket_Drome/1588.

UMike

Buzz around UM football as camp approaches Aug. 3:

### The program that used to be known as “Quarterback U” hasn’t had one drafted before the seventh round in, shockingly, 21 years, since Craig Erickson was plucked in the fourth in 1992.

Stephen Morris assuredly will be selected much higher than Round Seven next spring. And considering his talent and supporting cast, it's reasonable to believe he could produce the best season by a Canes quarterback since Ken Dorsey, who was drafted in the seventh round in 2003.

Morris -- who ended 2012 on an 11-touchdown, no interception streak and finished with the fifth-most passing yards in a season in UM history -- drew raves for his work at the Manning Passing Academy last weekend.

He won the skills competition, hitting short, intermediate and deep targets on a moving golf cart – beating out projected first-round pick A.J. McCarron of Alabama, Florida’s Jeff Driskel and others. And he also performed well in a passing exhibition with receivers, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen mentioned to us in an e-mail.

Though NFL Network’s Mike Mayock called North Carolina’s Bryn Renner the most polished quarterback there, he said Morris was “the guy I really enjoy. He threw a beautiful football. He’s got a big arm. Stephen Morris has great mechanics. You can see he has really been developed well the last couple of years.”

NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks said Morris “might be the most talented quarterback in college football,” and that he “spins the ball with exceptional velocity and zip while showing a deft touch on intermediate and deep passes. Most impressively, he is deadly accurate, capable of making pinpoint throws to every area of the field. He displays terrific anticipation, awareness and timing in the pocket.”

UM coach Al Golden said Morris can throw the ball at least 65 yards in the air.

Earlier in his career, Morris was so unassuming that teammates couldn’t hear him in the huddle. He fixed that by practicing in the mirror. Now, “I watch Stephen talk and am amazed by his maturity,” Golden said.

### Good to see former UM quarterback and Palm Beach Cardinal Newman coach Steve Walsh offer mentoring to Morris this offseason.

“I said to Stephen, ‘Your arm talent is as good as guys in the NFL.’ The thing is his feet. They get out of whack, and then the arm doesn’t look as good. I’ve told him that,” Walsh said. “If he can work on fundamentals, he can go in the top three rounds of the draft. From a pure throwing standpoint, his arm is as good as there is in college.”

One NFC scout said he could see Morris going in the second round.

FYI: The other UM QBs drafted since Erickson were three seventh rounders: Gino Torretta in 1993, Scott Covington in 1999 and Dorsey.

"I'm excited to see how Stephen develops," said Dorsey, now the Carolina Panthers' quarterbacks coach. "You see a lot of strides. He's in great hands with this staff."

### Of the summer freshmen arrivals, nobody has impressed more in informal workouts than receiver Stacy Coley. “A freak,” one veteran player said.

Also, Morris predicts much-improved Jontavious Carter “is going to do something really big for us." It’s difficult to see anyone initially cracking a top five receiver group of Allen Hurns, Philip Dorsett, Rashawn Scott, Herb Waters and Malcolm Lewis. But Coley could get some opportunities this season and also might get a chance as a returner.

### UM players were timed in the 40 last week, and one player said Dorsett was the fastest – below a 4.3. Duke Johnson and Waters were close behind. UM players say Antonio Crawford is their fastest cornerback.

### One player said UM experimented with a 3-4 defense more this spring than last year, and it wouldn’t be surprising if we see more of it, along with the 4-3, which has been UM's base under Golden. Tyriq McCord and Kelvin Cain would be a natural edge rusher at outside linebacker in 3-4 formations. So would Devante Bond, if he qualifies, which remains in serious doubt.

### Incoming freshmen defensive linemen Alquadin Muhammad and Ufomba Kamalu say they expect to qualify.

### Players have mentioned how much more mature Seantrel Henderson seems. He said he wants to be a first-round pick, not the fourth-rounder NFL people projected after last season. UM people now know that Henderson responds better to positive reinforcement from coaches than he does to being admonished.

### Golden is encouraged that “we’re so much stronger than a year ago.” And bigger, too, which was a priority across the defensive front seven.

Linebacker Denzel Perryman, who came to UM at 208 pounds in 2011, bulked up to 239, Golden said. Linebacker Raphael Kirby has gone from 215 to 230, end Anthony Chickillo from 255 to 270, among other examples.

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/sports-buzz/#storylink=cpy

Canesfan_1

Even at a cheap price, Oden is a risk. He hasn't played competitive basketball in five years. So unless he's willing to go through a complete and extensive workout for the team Heat, I wouldn't touch him.

It's not even the money as much as taking up a roster spot that could be used to get someone that can help win the third in a row next season.

Even assuming he's ok, which is doubtful, would he even be able to contribute meaningfully next season? I doubt it.

Ohio_Cane

O_C, Riley must really be confident that His knee is healthy...

Posted by: CaneRock | July 16, 2013 at 09:51 PM
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Riley is a genius. If they're even thinking about Oden, they KNOW he's healthy, or will be real soon.

WWIN

Willie Will, Dolly actually deserves her 5th star!!! lol

Posted by: 4-Real | July 16, 2013 at 10:05 PM

She wuz already 5* status when i seen her and workin on her 6th *


SOUP

15 minute drive if you do it at 2am with no traffic.

Posted by: Cane_Since_1982! | July 16, 2013 at 10:04 PM

How do U know my MO? LOL

Terrance Sullivan

Soup Boom.

SOUP

Soup is Duffys still one of the hangouts mane.

Posted by: Terrance Sullivan | July 16, 2013 at 09:16 PM

Yeah buddy!

Same area, same location, same players, same red mini-skirt...ooops, my bad.

4-Real

Willie Will, Dolly actually deserves her 5th star!!! lol

Cane_Since_1982!


I hear U 1982. I on the other hand am working hard, as compared to hardly working, 954 today, 305 tomorrow.

Posted by: SOUP | July 16, 2013 at 08:38 PM


Oh come on now. I may be in Hawaii but I know those two area codes are next to each other. 15 minute drive if you do it at 2am with no traffic.

WWIN

Willie Will, google Dolly Castro & tell me what u think.

Posted by: 4-Real | July 16, 2013 at 07:21 PM

Jus did. I got two words "WELL DAMN"!!!!!!!!

CaneRock

CR, they've gotta be making room to make a play at Greg Oden. IMO of course.

Posted by: Ohio_Cane | July 16, 2013 at 09:47 PM

O_C, Riley must really be confident that His knee is healthy...

Ohio_Cane

CR, they've gotta be making room to make a play at Greg Oden. IMO of course.

CaneRock

Damn, the Heat amnestied Mike Miller.

http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/07/16/3503147/heat-to-use-amnesty-clause-to.html

Terrance Sullivan

LOL CaneRock

CaneRock

DAMN!, T-Sully is 8 LMAO! Oh well, uhhhhh, Malcolm Lewis?

CaneRock

Duke Jonhnson...
Stumbles...
Stays on His feet...
BREAKS ANOTHER TACKLE!
THERE GOES THE FRESHMAN!
BREAKS ANOTHER TACKLE!!!
INTO THE ENDZONE...
FOR A CANES TOUCHDOWN!

That's right Spacers...8!!!

Terrance Sullivan

Soup is Duffys still one of the hangouts mane.

Old Skool

They should sell tickets to the SEC Media Day

This year the opening act was Will versus Urban

The Buckeyes turned in Florida for contacting a running back both schools are recruiting during a dead period. There was another notification to the NCAA involving current Gators player Jordan Sherit, who was also being recruited by both schools a year ago.

Meyer claims he wasn't the person who turned Florida in.

Will's response

"And so we appreciate our friends from Ohio making sure we comply with NCAA rules. They certainly know a little bit about NCAA rules.''

Asked if Aaron Hernandez was welcome at the school after being arrested and expected to be tried for murder charges.

Will punted

Tomorrow it'll be Johnny "Walker" Manziel doing the dehydration shuffle.

SOUP

I hear U 1982. I on the other hand am working hard, as compared to hardly working, 954 today, 305 tomorrow.

Cane_Since_1982!

Pays off to be slacking at work Soup.

SOUP

1982 SNEAKS IN THE BACK DOOR?

Nice "first"!

Terrance Sullivan

Have fun i cant make it cause i will be there for the first 2 games and staying in a hotel for 9 nights and travel is not cheap. But i gladly pay the price for my Canes and to hang with my Canes peeps.

Cane_Since_1982!

Oh yea! good timing by me.

Cane_Since_1982!

1 maybe?

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