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February 22, 2014

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Terrance Sullivan

VA Cane well said man.

Dude on a Pale Horse

That's great news that Gibson is talking about 'ships. Al needs 10 wins and no blow out losses, but after last year that may be asking too much of him and his pal. Ryan Williams I think will be the starter, he's gotta be a student of the game and get us back where we need to be.

SOUP

RIP Dale Sr.

Dale Junior has won at Daytona...

Hassan

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1969357-miami-football-why-linebacker-is-the-position-to-watch-during-spring-practice#articles/1969357-miami-football-why-linebacker-is-the-position-to-watch-during-spring-practice

good write up

SinisterCane

Good Morning Spacers

SH77 will go no lower then the 2nd rd

UMike

Caught some of the NFL Combine on the NFL Network earlier today.

UM punter Pat O'Donnell, at 6-4 1/8 and 220 pounds, looked like the physical specimen he had been all last season with UM. He ran like it, too.

O'Donnell ran a 4.64 official 40-yard dash. At first they posted a 4.53 time, but that was unofficial. His time, last I checked at 1:51 p.m., was eighth overall for the day (fastest I checked was tight end A.C. Leonard of Tennessee State in 4.43) and top among kickers/punters. According to NFL.com, O'Donnell's 40 time tied the fastest by a kicker or punter since at least 2006; USC's David Buehler ran a 4.62 in 2009.

O'Donnell also benched 23 reps of 225 pounds. "That's right, that is a special-teamer,'' said an NFL Network analyst. Another comment regarding the bench press: "Crazy! That's an offensive line bench.''

In his one season in Coral Gables, O’Donnell set the school single-season record with a 47.1 yards-per-punt average. A first-team All-ACC choice and second-team All-America selection by USA TODAY, O’Donnell booted 23 punts of 50+ yards and downed 19 inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.

6-7, 331-pound Offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson's fastest official time today was 5.04 with a 1.71 10-yard split (the splits are key bursts for OL at beginning of plays). NFL folks keep talking about his "inconsistency'' and lack of physical strength for his size. He did not participate in the bench press at the combine.

6-5 5/8, 311-pound offensive guard Brandon Linder's fastest time today was officially 5.35. He benched an impressive 30 reps of 225 pounds. NFL Network: "If you could take Linder's toughness and tenacity and the way he plays the game and [put it] in Seantrel Henderson's body, then you'd have a first round pick.'' Linder had a 1.82 10-yard split when I saw him on TV, but that was unofficial.

Linder started all 13 games along the offensive line in 2013 and concluded his career with 37 consecutive starters. He was a second-team All-ACC selection and was named the team’s Offensive MVP at the end of the season. Henderson, a third-team All-ACC selection, played in 12 games along the offensive line, making eight starts at right tackle.

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/umiami/2014/02/canes-at-combine-punter-pat-odonnell-blazing-strong-ot-seantrel-henderson-also-fast-og-linder-strong.html#storylink=cpy

Did anyone see Morris yesterday?

UMike

So our punter was faster than Johnny Football? lol

SOUP

Between O'Donnell and Bosher U might have yourself a team? LOL

Lurker

Did O'Donnell really run a faster 40 than Manziel?

trianglecane

Below is the NFL's analysis of Miami's five players at the combine. See what we were working with.

http://www.nfl.com/combine/participants?filterType=college&filterCond=Miami

trianglecane

Clowney ran a 4.47 unofficial i believe. Sick.

Go Canes

Holy shit.

@AdamSchefter: South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney timed in 40 at an unofficial 4.47. Wow...

Ohio_Cane

Clowney backed that up with an unofficial 4.48 on the 2nd attempt. Freak of nature.

SinisterCane


http://www.nfl.com/combine/participants?filterType=college&filterCond=Miami

Posted by: trianglecane | February 24, 2014 at 09:40 AM

Not a good look for Hurns and Morris.

GO Canes watch your language bro

UMike

Did O'Donnell really run a faster 40 than Manziel?

Posted by: Lurker | February 24, 2014 at 09:27 AM

His official time was 4.68

trianglecane

clowney benches less than O'Donnell but post 1 round rb speed.

UMike

Even Luck's official time was faster than Manziel lol... but that is why there is a term called "football speed"

Go Canes

SUNDAY BUZZ COLUMN

The battle for UM’s quarterback job begins in earnest with the start of spring practice next weekend, and front-runner Ryan Williams knows there are some fans who will look at his unimpressive Rivals.com recruiting ranking (two stars) and his limited number of offers out of Miramar High (Memphis, Eastern Michigan were the best) and decide it makes more sense longterm to give the job not to Williams --- a one-year stopgap --- but to more ballyhooed Kevin Olsen, who has four years of eligibility left.

“There probably are doubters, but I never want to listen to the outside,” Williams said. “Kevin was an Under-Armor All-American. I wasn’t. I had to go to Memphis first. He came straight here.

“It’s always going to be looked upon as a lower status, but it’s something I’ve got to break through. Fans look at ratings, and I wasn’t highly rated. Fans hold that as a negative against me.”

UM coaches obviously don’t. There will be an open competition between Williams and Olsen, but Williams enters as the favorite because the staff sees a mature, responsible leader who has improved his accuracy and arm strength. Gray Crow is realistically an afterthought in the spring competition, and incoming Brad Kaaya (likely Olsen's strongest competition in 2015) and Malik Rosier arrive in the summer.

“With Ryan, you see plays that are second nature to him,” offensive coordinator James Coley said. “I love the fact he’s tall [6-6]. He’s savvy…. Before, he was a paw thrower. Now he will turn his shoulders.”

Coach Al Golden said last month that “Ryan has done a really good job, but you're not anointed the starting quarterback. In terms of his growth, maturity, football intelligence, he’s someone we're excited about."

Teammates have noticed other encouraging signs. “Since Coley came here, Ryan’s arm strength is better,” said departing running back Eduardo Clements. “His deep balls are better, more accurate.”

Williams admitted his arm strength was a considered “a negative” when he signed with Memphis, but he can now throw “60 to 65 yards and accurately” – a 10-to-15 yard improvement from when he transferred.

Beyond being generally accurate on intermediate routes, Williams “keeps his cool and he’s really good in the pocket,” tight end Beau Sandland said.

Still, there’s some uncertainty because of his limited body of work. He threw for 2075 yards, 13 touchdowns and 10 picks in 10 starts as a freshman on a 1-11 Memphis team in 2010, then transferred when the coach changed the offensive system from pro-style to spread.

At Miami, Williams has completed 37 of 52 passes for 569 yards, four touchdowns and one interception in two years as Stephen Morris’ backup.

“I don’t want to be given anything,” said Williams, who threw five touchdown passes in Miramar’s victory in the 2009 Class 6A state championship. “I want to go out and earn it. That’s what I plan on doing.”

Does Williams look at this as his team now, in terms of leadership?

“That’s what I’m going to try to do,” he said earlier this winter. “I want to try to take over and be a big influence and get the young guys caught up to speed and make sure they know there’s no more Allen Hurns, no more Stephen Morris, and it’s us now.”

Any doubt he can be quality starter at this level? “No. I definitely proved myself at the Division 1 level before. We didn’t win a lot of games. But after these last three years of learning, I’m so much better.

“My overall accuracy on every ball has improved. Just looking back at myself, everything – body type, arm strength – it just looked bad. [Now], I feel good about myself on the field.”

It wouldn’t be surprising if Williams throws more intermediate routes and fewer deep balls than Morris did. “Maybe I’ll take people by surprise and can sneak a few deep balls and open up some thing underneath,” he said.

“If it’s a team we feel we can take shots on, we’ll take shots. I don’t have any limitations of what I can run offensively.”

The UM staff likes Olsen’s skill set but wants to see more maturity (after a bowl game suspension unrelated to academics) and quicker decisions (“don’t overthink it,” Coley said). Golden said last season he wants to see Olsen work to get better in the film room.

“It will be a great competition,” said Olsen, who is in good spirits but declined to discuss his bowl suspension. “Ryan has the experience factor on me.”

UMike

Clowney ran faster that DeAnthony Thomas wow

Lurker

Manziel is super quick, has explosive short burst speed, and can change direction on a dime. Attributes which are much more important in a collapsing pocket vs straight line speed

Ohio_Cane

To quote Mike Mayock, "He's quicker than fast"

VA Cane

If you need a punter, and you know someone does, Pat is a solid choice, he did pretty damn good job for us, he helped with field position a lot. It is a very important aspect of the TEAM....it is part of the puzzle of winning championships I assert very strongly.

Terrance Sullivan

I will be the CaneSpace Correspondent on location in Tallahassee, Fl. as our Lady Canes tennis team plays the Lady Noles tennis team. I will try my best to get some interviews and of course I will take a bunch of pictures and have a overall blast. BTW the combine info U guys are giving us is great. I am really enccouraged to hear about O'Donnell and Linder and wish Hurns the best as well. I feel these 3 can play a decade in the league. Still hope for the best for Morris and Henderson but I feel there stay will be brief in the league nothing against them personally like both guys just feel like their are missing components to their game I hope they prove me wrong. Go Canes! Have a good weeke my Canespace family.

raizecane

I guess we cant seem to stay out of the news for long. Miami set to kick off another investigation

http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/10501585/miami-hurricanes-investigate-possible-ncaa-violation

UMike

So if a coach is doing one thing, and someones like "hey who is that working out over there in the distance", and the coach goes "IDK, might be one of the football players... cant really tell who"... its a violation? lol.. but when an SEC school offers a scholarship and gets a kids to sign as an EE DURING THE DEAD PERIOD... nothing is mentioned lol

Dude on a Pale Horse

The violation seems minor. In other news Duck Commander will be sponsoring a bowl next year. Here's hoping Oregon gets invited.

Ohio_Cane

A secondary violation is minor, but not sure how it affects us being on probation...

UMike

That is IF a violation even occurred.

UMike

All we need is another "cloud" haha.. jk jk

Lurker

I guess we cant seem to stay out of the news for long. Miami set to kick off another investigation

http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/10501585/miami-hurricanes-investigate-possible-ncaa-violation
Posted by: raizecane | February 24, 2014 at 12:25 PM

This is meaningless so don't get your knickers all twisted.

I've lurked for a long time, and remember people that still post here swearing off the team after that fateful August 2011 day, and saying they were no longer canes fans. Take a step back.

People are getting scared over a meaningless secondary violation that schools commit by the dozens every year. Man up, fellas.

Dude on a Pale Horse

Lol UMike. This cloud might get Golden to 2018 before we can judge him.

Go Canes

Ridiculous. The NCAA is a joke.

Go Canes

@ChristyChirinos: Miami baseball moves up two spots to No. 14 in @BaseballAmerica rankings. FSU up two to No. 2. Teams meet this weekend in Tallahassee.

Ohio_Cane

#UTough (5 Days): 02-19-14: http://youtu.be/_iHlvn7Oeuo

Dude on a Pale Horse

Thanks for the link O_C, them boys are getting after it. Nice to see Figs in a black jersey. #favoritecane

UpNorthCane27

Figs will be a problem this upcoming season!!!

VfB_Cane

Figs will be a problem this upcoming season!!!

Posted by: UpNorthCane | February 24, 2014 at 03:36 PM

I'm sick & tired of problems ... this fall we need solutions.

raizecane

RIP - Harold Ramis. Caddyshack and Animal House...2 of the funniest movies ever.

UpNorthCane27

Damnnnn VfB stop killing my amp man lol... Fine Figs is gonna be a SOLUTION this upcoming season fellas.

Da U N Houston

B*tch dont kill my vibe, B*tch don't kill my vibe.....

RCCF

sooooooo if a kid gets hurt in these Uh Voluntary Workouts that Coaches can't watch who does a parent blame for supervision?

RCCF

RCCF

Ridiculous. The NCAA is a joke.

Posted by: Go Canes | February 24, 2014 at 02:01 PM

a Weekend away and this is what I say:

I Agree with U Al Go(lden)Canes..


RCCF

Lurker

sooooooo if a kid gets hurt in these Uh Voluntary Workouts that Coaches can't watch who does a parent blame for supervision?

RCCF

Posted by: RCCF | February 24, 2014 at 04:10 PM

Anything to blast the current coaches, right?

RCCF

Lurker...

that is not blasting the coaches sir, reading comprehension much?
that is blasting the NCAA...
Now Please Step Away from the Haterade, right?


RCCF12%

RCCF

and I am a scheme Blaster not coach Blaster...Get it Right..

RCCF

UpNorthCane27

Yea Lurker shame on you man read it before making accusations at my boy RCCF the 12% bus driver

Ohio_Cane

sooooooo if a kid gets hurt in these Uh Voluntary Workouts that Coaches can't watch who does a parent blame for supervision?

RCCF

Posted by: RCCF | February 24, 2014 at 04:10 PM

Anything to blast the current coaches, right?

Posted by: Lurker | February 24, 2014 at 04:14 PM
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U misread that.

Ohio_Cane

^^ And apparently RCCF and UpNorth already pointed that out.

Didn't refresh... Blah

CaneSawMassacre

The S&C coaches can watch any "voluntary work-outs".

Just not the other coaches.

Lurker

I misread it. Apologies.

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