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February 26, 2014

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It's fine UMike. Same here.

UMike

Go Canes... I said that I appreciate the info you brought the day before and said my bad for the jabs I took at you

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I didn't see anything UMike but either way no worries. It's all good.

UMike

Too many former Hurricanes have lost their lives at a young age: Sean Taylor, Shane Curry, Marlin Barnes and Bryan Pata (all murdered); Jerome Brown, Chris Campbell, Al Blades and Kevin Gibbs (car accidents); Robert Woodus (the 1996 ValuJet crash in the Everglades) and Stanley Shakespeare in a 2005 drowning, when a wave knocked him overboard as he returned to Jupiter Inlet from a fishing trip.

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/sports-buzz/2014/02/heat-personnel-moves-and-rejected-trade-dolphins-marlins-canes-samson-voted-off.html#storylink=cpy

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@Manny_Navarro: Nicolas' death evokes memories of other young #Canes gone too soon http://t.co/y8CM3sgtlY

UMike

From.. Dan E. Dangerously @ CIS

Tonight, the family of former Miami Hurricanes safety JoJo Nicolas announced that at 5:00pm he passed away from injuries he sustained in a car accident yesterday morning. The brief statement his family gave at 8:00pm was given by his brother, Abner Davis. He was surrounded by his family and Al Golden as the statement was made to the media. Joseph 'JoJo' Nicolas was just 24 years old.

I'm just a fan. I never knew JoJo Nicolas. All I ever knew of him was the guy who wore orange and green every Saturday. So in a sad time like this, it's hard for me to find the right words when discussing a young man who was just recently taken from us. I know he was so much more than a football player, but that's all I know so bear with me. I can't help but think back to his times as a Miami Hurricane.

The first time I ever heard of JoJo Nicolas was in the fall of 2006 on the Grassy premium boards. At the time people were discussing who our targets at safety would be. After securing a verbal commitment from Damien Berry, JoJo was looked at as the guy to complement him as a strong safety. JoJo was a standout 2-way player for Homestead high school, playing safety and wide receiver for the Broncos.

During his senior year there, Miami was going through a terrible season. It included such things as a brawl, a murdered player, blowouts, and a fired coach. The turmoil caused JoJo to commit to Rutgers in December, but then he flipped to Miami on signing day to be a part of Randy Shannon's first class in 2007. After redshirting in 2007, he spent most of his first 2 years playing on special teams. Then in 2010 he started ten games at safety for a defense that ranked 5th in passing yards allowed (158.2). JoJo wasn't the biggest playmaker to come through Coral Gables, but he did contribute as an upperclassmen and became a leader as a senior.

He was also probably the easiest Hurricane player to ever root for, especially when it came to light that his son was born 4 months prematurely in the summer of 2011. Joseph Jr. was born on July 17, 2011 and weighed just 1 pound 4 ounces. He died a month later on August 19, 2011. JoJo had all that personal stuff going on in his life during fall camp of his senior year, and it all happened 3 days after the Shapiro nonsense was just starting to come to light. Any normal person would've been broken and shut things down. It would've been completely understandable too. Instead JoJo decided he would step up and he became a vocal team leader on a team that was desperately in need one.

After a disappointing opener against Maryland where Miami was without several starters, JoJo was said to have made a speech to the team about putting the loss behind them and moving forward to the Ohio State game. That's exactly what the team did. The Hurricanes jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead against Ohio State in the 1st quarter. The Buckeyes couldn't do anything on offense as Braxton Miller was a true freshman and the other guy at quarterback was a dumpster fire. Late in the 1st quarter Ohio State finally put a drive together and crossed the 50 yard line with Miller under center. Later on Miller dropped back to pass, Sean Spence was able to tip it, and JoJo was there to pick off the errant deflection.

The play was another in a series of nut punches to Ohio State in a game that was never really in doubt. The game gave Miami its first win under Al Golden.

A few weeks later Miami was preparing for their game against Georgia Tech. It was on the heels of Miami's first ever win in Chapel Hill since joining the ACC. JoJo was coming off of a career game where he recorded 10 tackles (career high). When playing an option team like the Yellow Jackets it's helpful to get out to a big lead early and force them to pass more. So when Miami went 3 and out to start the game UM's defense needed to get off the field. On Georgia Tech's first offensive play from scrimmage their QB air-mailed a pass right to JoJo.

The ensuing drive gave Miami a 7-0 lead. Both teams traded punts after that until the 2nd quarter, where some guy for Georgia Tech botched a punt. The return man fumbled the ball and Mike James kicked it towards the endzone. JoJo was there for the easy scoop and score.


That touchdown gave Miami a 14-0 lead and it was all the points they would need as they won 24-7. It was the only time Miami won back to back games that season.

These were my fondest memories of JoJo. Like I said earlier I never knew him, and I realize he was so much more than just a player. He was also a son, a brother, a father, and a friend to many people. My heart goes out to all those people who knew him a hell of a lot more (and better) than I did.

http://www.canesinsight.com/content/2315-R-I-P-JoJo-Nicolas

UMike

Ariz...

In the past, South Florida was primarily known as a hub for skill position players. Over the past 4-5 years though, it has become a breeding ground for talented quarterbacks. American Heritage’s Torrance Gibson has received a bulk of the attention and deservedly so, but if you’re looking for the best pure passer down here, look no further than Flanagan’s Ryan “Sunshine” Stanley (6-2, 195).

Stanley had a breakout junior season, but is name has really exploded over the past month or so with an impressive run in the 7-on-7 circuit.

“I’m just happy my name is finally out there and I’m doing what I’ve been waiting to do. I just gotta stay humble and keep working hard,” said Stanley.

Although Stanley performs very well from the pocket, that is not the limit to what he can do on the field.

“I’m definitely more of a pocket passer, but if it’s like 3rd and 5 and no one is open then I can make a play. I ran a 4.7 or 4.6 out at the Nike Combine so I can definitely run.”

Surrounded with a good crop of receivers at Flanagan, Stanley has the reigns to spread the ball around and likes that flexibility.

“I like spread offenses where I can just sit back and throw the ball because it gives me a chance to show what I can do, but I just want to play at a program that gets the job done.”

On the recruiting front, Stanley’s stock is rising by the day.

“I’ve got an offer from FIU. I’m going to USF’s Junior Day this weekend and to Louisville’s on April 5th. Miami, FSU, Auburn, Cincinnati, Michigan State, and Iowa State are in contact with me too.”

Miami is a school of major interest for the local product.

“I am definitely interested. My freshman year was the first time they contacted me. Coach D’Onofrio came out my freshman year and talked to me and that’s when I first knew that I would be looking at them. I would definitely keep their offer in mind if they offer and I would love to be a Cane.”

Stanley’s top target at Flanagan is Miami 2015 commit Emonee Spence. The QB has high praise for his receiver.

“I’ve been growing up with him. Miami is getting a special kid. His mindset is crazy and he feels like nobody can stop him. He’s got all these offers and stuff, but he still goes out there and begs me to throw balls to him while he runs routes. He can go up and get the ball.”

Now onto the real story here, Stanley’s look. The gunslinger’s vibe and long hair has earned him the illustrious nickname “Sunshine”, as in the quarterback from “Remember the Titans”. Stanley embraces the situation.

“I’ve been growing my hair out since like 7th grade and now I’ve earned the nickname Sunshine (laughs). That’s my little trademark because people will just say ‘Sunshine’ and know it’s me with the long, blonde hair. I really don’t have a problem with it.”

What is Stanley focused on now during the offseason?

“I’m doing footwork and stuff like that at this place called Elevate. With 7-on-7 football there’s no D-Line or O-Line so I’m just working on getting my reads right without pressure and all that. I’ve been watching film from my all the way back to my freshman year just picking up on the little things.”

Stanley's junior highlights - http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1429723/...389?autoplay=1

http://www.canesinsight.com/content/2316-2015-QB-Ryan-Sunshine-Stanley-taking-off

UMike

Go Canes... not trying to start.. but did you purposely ignore me yesterday when I reached out to you?

UMike

I know I have bashed Golden for some things, but no one can deny how he feels about his players. He was by the families side the whole time, from the accident up to the press conference. I just hope the Lord guides the family through this tragic time.

jgatsby1112

Damn...RIP JoJo...prayers to his family.

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coldcane

R.I.P 29

YooperCane

My prayers and condolences go out to his family, Jojo....you will be missed.

roachcane77

Wow… Very sad... Way too young.

Daddeh

Rest in love Jojo,..God bless

Dude on a Pale Horse

RIP JoJo.

ucane

Jo Jo is with Jesus today
he ate supper at His table
he partied like no party he's ever been to
he's playing on a perfect field...on a perfect team
against a perfect team
he has a new house and new friends
tho he left us feeling sad and alone
he is now perfect,too
our hope is that we will see him again
But he is with Jesus now
being took care of like no other
getting more then he could ask or think
and if U could be quiet and still...
for just a moment-
U might hear #29 shout,"ITS ALL ABOUT THE "U".
Peace Brother!
and may we all find PEACE in this tragedy,also

the"U"

herbieibis

Terrible shame, just terrible. We all crack on players who we think are average players and sometimes we make crude remarks, myself being one, but I'll say this about Jo Jo, although he wasn't an all-star player, this dude played the way the yesteryear Canes players played, tough. To many of our former players are dying way to young.
R.I.P. JoJo.

DallasTX Cane

Sad news. Class act. RIP JoJo.

Nicely said SJMPARMAN.

Hassan

R.I.P JoJo

Please everyone be safe on the roads.

CaneRock

He was, and is one of us, and whatever the reason for the crash, senseless, careless, or just the twist of fate, the way a human dies is not what makes that person, it is the way they behaved while living that is all that matters.

Posted by: SJMPARMAN | February 26, 2014 at 11:30 PM

AMEN!

Montreal-Cane

Posted by: Ohio_Cane | February 26, 2014 at 11:00 PM

Thanks for your post. Al Golden always said great things about JoJo.

RIP # 29

SJMPARMAN

JoJo spilled his guts and soul trying to make Miami a winner. He never gave up a play as far as I could tell and he was the best player in the secondary for most of his senior year. I don't care how many stars rivals gave him as a recruit or whether he even made honorable mention ACC or whatever.

The man played ball, he played hard and he gave us all he had on the field. He was, and is one of us, and whatever the reason for the crash, senseless, careless, or just the twist of fate, the way a human dies is not what makes that person, it is the way they behaved while living that is all that matters. As a Canes fan, and solely on that basis, my life is better with my memory of JoJo's accomplishments on the field.

So bless you JoJo, I am sure you made your parents and family proud, you made the U and its fans proud, and now you rest in peace. We thank you and express our deepest condolences to your family for the loss.

Terrance Sullivan

RIP JoJo!

Panamacitycane

RIP. Very sad.

j.w.

Just so sad. Way too young to lose you, Jo Jo. Rest in peace.

SOUP

RIP JoJo

Ohio_Cane

TokenCane on CIS:

Al Golden as a man

I was working in the JMH/UM hospital area today and came across a bunch of Canes coming to see JoJo today and I left fairly late and I looked to my left while sitting at the light at 12th ave and I see Al Golden walking around. I call him over since we know each other and his eyes were bloodshot red obviously from crying. We spoke about JoJo and he told me he just passed and that he needed to go get some fresh air and went for a walk. The emotion this man spoke with about JoJo and that every player is like a son to him was what a parent wants from a coach for their son.

We spoke for about 5 minutes and parted ways but I then thought about when Malcolm Lewis was injured and there is not a doubt in my mind that this man truly cares for each and everyone one of his players. Im happy to know this is the kind of man that is leading my team.

Posted by: Ohio_Cane | February 26, 2014 at 10:31 PM.

BEERicane

RIP JoJo

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