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August 19, 2013



Good morning Spacers!

Let's Go Canes!


When they get comfortable and say, 'OK, this is my spot,' then we've got problems. When you have competition every day and they have to fight for their position, you've got a chance to improve."

FINALLY, D'No has said something I can agree with! LOL


Uh oh...its 6:00 am...you know where UMike is???....Brining Da Space some MoFo Cane Info!!


I know small pieces of this have been shown here, but its a really good piece..

No, UM hasn’t landed everyone it wanted in this loaded Dade/Broward 2014 recruiting class. Elite running back Sony Michel picked Georgia. Premier receiver Ermon Lane chose Florida.

But to appreciate what UM has accomplished in building a 2014 class ranked fourth by ESPN and Rivals.com, consider everything working against Miami: The looming NCAA penalties. Nasty negative recruiting.

And Michel cited this: “What concerned me was Miami’s facilities,” Michel said, adding Georgia’s are nicer. “They should be more up to par. And the fan base is not too big, not what I would expect.”

Make no mistake: Weak attendance is a turnoff for some UM recruits, so much so that UM asked not to be given any Thursday night home games so the empty seats aren’t exposed to the nation. But UM’s facilities should not be a deterrent now; the new Schwartz Center is beautiful.

So how has UM overcome those obstacles to assemble terrific classes under Al Golden? We spoke to 10 of the 13 Dade/Broward Class of 2014 players orally committed to UM, plus several coaches. Six factors they cited:

### Players love the personal attention from Golden and his staff, easier now that the NCAA has relaxed rules regarding contact on social media.

Booker T. Washington’s Chad Thomas, rivals.com’s No. 11-rated defensive end, said Golden has sent him a quotation before practice most every morning the past two months.

“I know it’s just for me because he’ll say, ‘I know this one is appropriate for you this day,’” Thomas said. “He sends me quotes from NFL stars, like Ray Lewis, or people who made it in life. They’re not even dealing with football, just life. I don’t get that from other coaches. Coach Golden will make sure my day is going right. That’s how I know it’s a coach that cares about you.”

Miami Northwestern three-star defensive end Mike Smith said UM linebackers coach Micheal Barrow “sends me motivational speeches and letters on Facebook. He quotes a lot of scriptures from the Bible. That’s different from other schools.”

### Several players cite Golden’s honesty. “Coach Golden is different from all coaches,” Hialeah Champagnat four-star defensive tackle Travonte Valentine said. “He took me in his office, locked the door and said, ‘I’m going to be real with you.’”

Said three-star St. Thomas Aquinas center Nick Linder, brother of UM guard Brandon: “He’s not two-faced. He’ll talk to you like a friend. You know he has your back.”

Four-star Miami Central running back Joseph Yearby said Golden “says really how it is” and doesn’t “sell [players] a lie.” Yearby's teammate, four-star offensive tackle Trevor Darling, said Golden "is an easy guy to talk to. We talk about practice, life, how his family is." And Booker T. Washington defensive end Demetrius Jackson said he was drawn to Golden because “he’s a God-fearing man and so am I. That’s a connection we have. He’s a family man.”

### Golden interacts effectively with recruits’ parents. Miami Northwestern three-star cornerback Ryan Mayes said: “My mom and grandmother were very happy, and that was a big deal, because it is hard to satisfy women, especially those two. They liked the fact coach Golden is respectful and well mannered.”

### A skilled staff of recruiters, strengthened by the addition of personable offensive coordinator James Coley. “The staff is awesome – they’re great with the kids,” St. Thomas Aquinas coach Rocco Casullo said. “Al Golden spoke at our banquet and people were mesmerized.”

Miami Central and former Northwestern coach Roland Smith said this UM staff is “real good at building relationships. Coach Golden asked me to coach at his summer camps when I wasn’t coaching, and I so appreciate that.”

### UM’s small class size also was mentioned as a major lure. “I can’t focus in big classes,” Booker T’s Thomas said. “At Miami, I’m not going to be sitting with 100 people. It’s 30 people. The professor knows who you are.”

### Golden has embraced UM’s tradition, such as playing a Michael Irvin motivational speech while players were stretching before a recent practice.

Jackson said Golden shows recruits the program’s championship rings, its two Heisman Trophies and more. Golden tells them how many Hurricanes are in the NFL. So even though most recruits were 5 or 6 when UM last won a title, the program’s rich history still resonates.

Valentine “did my research” on the great UM teams in the 1980s and said “I can bring that back. After my [former] Florida and Louisville commitments, I said, ‘Man, let me stop making mistakes and come to Miami.’”

### FYI: UM has seven oral commitments among ESPN's top 171 players in the Class of 2014 --- led by Yearby at No. 21 --- and 11 in ESPN's top 300.

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


Per Thread Killa @ CIS

Quick Leonard Fournette Update

Aside from not saying and/or twittering anything off-the-wall, Fournette won’t do any ranking of his six finalists. When asked about Miami, which, according to recruiting services, had not been on his radar until he included the Hurricanes on his list, Fournette said, “I’ve been liking them; I just haven’t said much about it.”


From Tito..

Under The Radar Underclassmen to Watch

Please remember this is for more under the radar guys so players like Jordan Scarlett, Shawn Burgess-Becker and D’Vante Phillips won’t be here.

-2015 Central Safety Calvin Brewton: It’s gonna be an interesting season for Brewton who all the Central Rocket’s players and coaches are raving about. Brewton had a strong sophomore campaign and could solidify himself as a top player in the nation for 2015 with a good junior campaign. Brewton has good hips and always finds a way to the ball while on defense.

-2015 Coral Gables Shaquery Wilson: one of the more underrated receivers in the 2015 class, but definitely talented. Wilson is looking to help his team this year compete in their district and try and knock off defending champion Columbus. Wilson runs smooth routes and has good hands.

-2016 Booker T RB Mark Walton: Walton is going to be very explosive in this offense and is going to contribute heavily. Walton is a very speedy back and has good cutting and juking ability. With Treon Harris and Lamar Parker leading the air attack for the Tornadoes, expect Walton to be the head man for running the ball.

-2016 Champagnat WR Darnell Solomon: nicknamed “Megatron” due to his size as he is 6’2 with very long arms and very wide wing span. Solomon blew up this summer with Champagnat and already holds an LSU offer. Solomon is definitely a receiver to keep your eye on.

-2016 Columbus RB Amir Rasul: Just so everyone knows how fast Rasul is, he holds the Junior Olympic record for an 100 meter dash in 11.03 seconds and won states this past year as a freshman in the 100 meter dash with a 10.83. Rasul is blazing fast and breaks through the hole very easily. He will get a good amount of touches this year at Columbus behind 2014 RB Oshton Armstrong.

There’s plenty of more I’m sure I could name but these are the ones who are primed for big season’s this year.


^^^^ Mark Walton already has a UM offer, I'm pretty sure we were his first. Kid is already built like a D1 player and will be a top RB in his class. We should be the easy leader for him


There are some RUMORS about Valentine wanting "back in" to Florida. What is funny about this is these same rumors say Florida didn't wasn't him because of grades lol.


Watch some Ray Ray at LB..



Camp notes: Ex-Wisconsin defensive end David Gilbert happy to be home with Miami Hurricanes
by Matt Porter

CORAL GABLES – Of the three defensive linemen Miami added in training camp, Wisconsin transfer David Gilbert has the most potential to help the Hurricanes’ pass rush improve from Pop Warner to varsity level.

His foot may prevent him from pitching in.

“It’s coming back along, slowly but surely,” said Gilbert, who spoke to reporters Sunday for the first time since joining the Hurricanes last week. “I’m just trying to get back to 100 percent before the season starts.”

Gilbert has injured his foot so many times he hung up his cleats four months ago. What made him think he could put them on again?

“I did say that, but the healing went well,” Gilbert said. “People have questions about that, but unless you’re the one there, have that pressure, that feeling of not playing again, there’s no feeling like that. I wouldn’t wish that on anybody.”

It has been a tough road for Gilbert, a Coral Springs native who played at Oakland Park-Northeast High. He posted 8.5 sacks and 14 tackles for loss in his Wisconsin career. As a junior, he had four sacks and three forced fumbles, earning earned an honorable mention All-Big Ten nod. But he retired after surgery in March to repair a ruptured and torn ligament in the front of his right foot, the same one he broke twice as a sophomore in 2011.

“It’s a lot to come back from,” he said.

When he decided to resume playing, he figured it was best to graduate early from Wisconsin, which would allow him to forgo his senior year and play a final season at another FBS program without penalty. He said some at his former program might “feel like I lied” and ditched the Badgers.

Not the case, he said.

“I went through a tough time after my surgery,” he said. “I was kind of uncertain about what I was going to do without football moving forward.”

UM, which had just 13 sacks in 12 games last year, was happy to take a chance on him. Gilbert (6-foot-4, 247 pounds) said he played more than 20 snaps in Friday’s scrimmage, working as a speed-rushing defensive end. He said he’s most comfortable as a 9-technique, which lines up outside the tight end to rush the backfield.a

Defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio said Gilbert has picked up the Hurricanes’ defense quickly, which will allow him to compete for playing time with other speed ends like standout freshman Al-Quadin Muhammad.

“I’m very, very pleased,” D’Onofrio said. “It’s going to really add another layer of depth and competition for us that we needed.”

No matter what his foot allows him to do on the field, Gilbert, who turns 22 in October, is happy to return to South Florida.

“Yeah, it feels pretty good to come back home,” said Gilbert, who as a freshman was a reserve defensive end and special teamer in Wisconsin’s win over Miami in the 2009 Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando.

“Being around my family and having a support system is priceless, and something that I didn’t really get in Wisconsin. I wasn’t able to appreciate having my parents right there where I grew up.”

D-Line boosted: D’Onofrio was pleased to see grad-student defensive tackle Justin Renfrow play more than 30 snaps in the scrimmage. Renfrow is 6-6 and 310 pounds, down 20 pounds from 330. “He was in really good shape and finished well,” D’Onofrio said. “I was very impressed with his stamina.”

Renfrow, who had 18 tackles in three years at Virginia, backed up starter Curtis Porter. Junior defensive end Ufomba Kamalu is working behind starter Anthony Chickillo.

“He looks great,” D’Onofrio said of Kamalu (6-5, 275), a junior college transfer. “He’s a really, really strong guy, a long guy. He can run. It’s just a matter of getting him comfortable with what we’re asking him to do right now.”

Injury updates: Junior DL David Perry (knee) and freshman OL Alex Gall (hand infection) wore yellow (non-contact) jerseys for Sunday’s practices. Freshman OL Sunny Odogwu (knee) returned to full contact.

Scrimmage recap: Stephen Morris and backup Ryan Williams each threw a pair of touchdown passes in the scrimmage, which was closed to the media. Freshman Stacy Coley, a lock to crack the depth chart, caught a pair of TD passes from Williams.



According to Rivals Miami is in the top 2 for 3-Star DE Olajuwon Tucker..



Who are the new youngsters to watch in the ACC this fall?

Stacy Coley, WR, Miami
The second-fastest player on the team already, Coley has a chance to make a big impact in his first year. With a stable quarterback situation, the handsy wideout appears to be the most talented pass-catcher on the roster already. There will be growing pains, but the up-tempo offense could mean big numbers for the speedy freshman.

Alex Figueroa, LB, Miami
A Fork Union Military Academy product, Figueroa burst onto the scene in spring ball, earning himself a starting spot at outside linebacker. He has excellent athletic ability, toughness and rarely misreads a play. This defense was atrocious last year and Figueroa should be a big part of why it should be better in 2013.

Early Contributors:
Artie Burns, CB, Miami
Speedy cover man needs to step in and contribute immediately for a secondary that needs big improvements.

Al-Quadin Muhammad, DE, Miami
Big-time prospect from the Northeast brings a great motor and toughness to terrible defense.

See more at: http://athlonsports.com/college-football/accs-impact-freshmen-watch-2013#sthash.NtHo1yW5.dpuf


Miami Football: Game-by-Game Schedule Predictions for 2013



This looked intentional to me lol



Fort Myers.


We don't see much of practice, and Sunday we saw barely anything, but it's quite obvious by talking to Hurricanes players and coaches that freshman wide receiver Stacy Coley has had an excellent camp.

I'm sure coaches don't want to heap too much praise on him, but he keeps delivering, according to fellow Canes.

UM reported in its Friday scrimmage recap (the scrimmage was closed to most of the public and media) that the 6-1, 180-pound Coley, a four-star player out of Oakland Park Northeast High, caught two touchdowns from backup quarterback Ryan Williams.

Williams told us Sunday that one of the scrimmage TDs was "30 or 40 yards'' and the other was 10 yards.

"It's just good that he's finally picking up the offense and knowing where he's supposed to be and not having to rely on the quarterback to tell him what he has every play,'' Williams said. "He's been studying so hard that he can go out there and play as fast as he can and just make plays.''

On Sunday, UM reported that Coley caught three touchdowns from Stephen Morris.

"On the third touchdown, freshman linebacker Alex Figueroa tipped Morris' pass, but Coley caught the deflection in stride for the score,'' the UM report stated.

It will be interesting to see if Coley's practice success translates to the field. I remember covering Sam Shields his freshman camp, and he was equally impressive. But he struggled and dropped passes when the season came around.

*** Ryan Williams is always so serious speaking to the media, but Sunday he made us laugh. When asked if he knows any players from FAU and if he liked opening against a local team, Williams said, "It's good. We had that rivalry a couple years ago that didn't end very well in that game. I mean, er... FIU. But FAU... same thing. Close enough.

"Just a local team. We need our bragging rights. We play a lot of in-state teams and I guess we're going to try to win them all.''

*** Defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio said UM made "significant improvement'' during Friday's scrimmage in tackling, finishing -- "how hard and how physical we play'' and improved on run defense, red zone and on third down.

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/umiami/2013/08/stacy-coley-continues-to-light-it-up-in-practice-catching-three-tds-from-morris-on-sunday.html#storylink=cpy


Standout Wisconsin defensive end David Gilbert of Coral Springs had just undergone another foot surgery in March, this time to repair a ruptured ligament.

The honorable mention All-Big Ten lineman finally made the painful decision he had previously avoided after multiple foot surgeries: Let his body heal, graduate from Wisconsin and retire from college football.

Defensive tackle Justin Renfrow of Morrisville, Pa., had earned his degree from the University of Virginia — winner of its past three games against Miami.

But unlike the 6-4, 256-pound Gilbert, Renfrow — 6-6 and 310 pounds — was healthy, played sparingly and wanted one last shot to make a difference.

The Hurricanes have given them both new lives in football.

An NCAA rule allows college graduates with one year left of football eligibility to transfer without sitting out the customary year. Gilbert and Renfrow are now fifth-year seniors.

The healing has gone better than Gilbert ever expected, and though he said he is not 100 percent, he played 20 to 25 snaps in Friday’s scrimmage after stepping onto the UM practice field with Renfrow for the first time Tuesday.

He even was credited with a [noncontact] sack in Sunday’s full-pads session.

“They’ve done a really amazing job,” Miami defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio said Sunday of Gilbert and Renfrow, noting that he included junior college defensive end transfer Ufomba Kamalu in his praise.

“They started on Tuesday ... at the toughest part of camp where we’re in the middle of two-a-days. We’re having designed practices that are really physical. And to be honest with you, they missed the whole [defensive] install.

“… Bringing in the new group is going to give us that layer of depth that competes with the [first-teamers] but also puts the guys who were the twos on notice right now.”

When Gilbert, 21, left the Badgers on April 5, he wrote a lengthy, heartfelt statement explaining his decision and thanking fans for “all the support throughout the years.” Wisconsin posted the statement on its website.

He was asked Sunday if fans were now angry.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/08/19/3571485/gilbert-renfrow-get-another-shot.html#storylink=cpy


Hurns & Scott "nicked up"


Both in full gear at practice though..along with Bunche


Tucker is practicing at RB


Golden says he dos not think Bush will be 100% for a while


Edwards clearinghouse issues will be cleared today..expected back tomorrow...Golden says WR numbers are low and will be a recruiting focus


Sill n update in Dye


Golden said Bush was back "full go" yesterday, the first time in camp. Not 100%


By the way, if you check the videos of Canes Camp... Kamalu is VERY quick.


Oh how lovely it would be to lose Michel but gain Fournette. I'd be jumping up and down while sprinting naked down main street in celebration.

Is it unlikely? Sure it is. Is it possible. Absolutely.

Go Canes!


LB..Kamalu and AQM will help immediately


Brandon Odoi ‏@Brandon_Odoi 2m

As I was texting @MiamiRadioBeast the news of today I thought of something. Gus Edwards is expected back tomorrow according to Coach.

...yet today we see Walt Tucker at RB. Now I've not seen that he was there before, I also didn't see Danny Dillard with the RBs.

Just trying to read between the lines. I was near the RB warm ups and have video, which I'm about to check but something is up.

That is all Odoi ^^^^


Golden says WR numbers are low and will be a recruiting focus

Posted by: UMike | August 19, 2013 at 09:00 AM

Yeah, that's what I figured when we were talking about Jontavious Carter the other day. You figure Dorsett,Scott, and Hurns are gone in a year or two...Jean-Louis didn't make it in...Lockhart transferred...so yeah, WR is definitely a priority.


I think the 2015 class will be high on LB's and WR's


I think Odoi is trying to hard to find something lol


I think Odoi is trying to hard to find something lol

Posted by: UMike | August 19, 2013 at 09:44 AM

Looks like it, but it's interesting either way. Especially if there is some big changes in position coming. I personally like Tucker at LB better just because he's got good size and speed. Would be fastest LB by far.


Golden could simply be getting him some reps at RB just in case


Ohio whats going on dude hows the team coming along? have you started already?... I spent fri-sat-sun doing completing the first half of the National Diploma, its been a learning experience alot of good times. Whenever you decide to take it let me know i can get you the manual so you can familiarize yourself with it.


UpNorth, going good so far. Just had our second scrimmage, and won 6-2. Got a lot of JV players some time in the game (Whole 2nd half) vs their varsity and some JV. Real season starts this Saturday.

I will bro, thanks. I've gotta do the D license here soon when my former coach teaches it, then I'll be on to the diplomas.


19 Days before im witnessing an EPIC ass beating by our CANES!!!! lets Get it


We started preseason today for H.S first game is on Sept 6. but your boy is not gonna be there because i'll be in Miami, lol talk about setting an example on committment to the kids hahahaha!!!


"Yeah, that's what I figured when we were talking about Jontavious Carter the other day. You figure Dorsett,Scott, and Hurns are gone in a year or two...Jean-Louis didn't make it in...Lockhart transferred...so yeah, WR is definitely a priority."

I've never heard that before. It sounds weird... maybe Golden is expecting some defections?

It looks like this (scholarship):

Dorsett, Scott

Waters, Lewis (will probably get a redshirt)

Redshirt Freshmen
Carter, Jones



Langham, Gray, +1/2

I don't know... unless somebody transfers, it looks good to me. We've got 8 on scholarship, 9 when you add Griffin.

In 2014, we lose Hurns but at the bare minimum we have 11 (that's if we don't add another receiver in the 2014 class, which seems unlikely).


Why O'Donnell is important:

Florida's punter got 45.8 per kick and 27 inside the 20.


Which reciever will have his contribution cut in half with the emergence of Stacey Coley?

Although i love Hurns and his all around ability i think he is the one that's affected most with Coley beasting.


Susan missed a chance to laud her man. ESPN picked it up.


"Although i love Hurns and his all around ability i think he is the one that's affected most with Coley beasting."

I don't think that it'll cut into Hurns's production, but I'm VERY happy that Coley seems to be picking up the offense that fast.


"Why O'Donnell is important:

Florida's punter got 45.8 per kick and 27 inside the 20."


41.8 with 23 inside the 20. 2011? 43.8 and 26 inside the 20. He also had 27 punts over 50 yards.

As for kickoffs? How about 36 touchbacks?


I hear ya LB, i just think with his emergence someone is gonna get less looks... Coley is a smooth freak out there lol.

But its an awesome issue to have if your the canes offense.


LB..I think Golden mentioned that in the same couple sentences about the WR's being nicked up..but you are right, we do have a good amount on WR and spread out nicely.


Remember, with this up-tempo offense we plan on running, a lot of WR's should get touches

Terrance Sullivan

LOL at Brandon Odoi the guy that said Miami was going either going 4-8 last year. I laughed at that and said that prediction was idiotic since the last time Miami won fewer than 5 games in a season was 1977 and I was rocking cloth diapers so whatever that dude says i just look at his predictions sideways.

Terrance Sullivan

either 3-9 or 4-8. I think he said 4-8.

mountain cane

Looks like Ray Ray has a legitimate shot to make the Rams final team as a LB, aided a bit by an injury and a suspension.


Posted by: LB | August 19, 2013 at 10:27 AM

LB, remember when Shannon said He recruits 2-3 years out...I think that's universal thinking amongst CFB coaches. I remember when we had to put a kicker (Brian Monroe) at WR, that $hit was EMBARASSING! Don't want to get caught out there like THAT! again. LMAO!


Good morning, Canes fans!

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