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October 21, 2014

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Laquinton

Uno

SOUP

YUP!

TonyCane

Jammi German!

Dude on a Pale Horse

Dorsett.

Keoki

Hester

F'the Turds & $EC!
GO CANES!!!

TonyCane

As this was brought up recently, I'd thought I'd look at the number of first downs allowed by the Hurricanes in the first 7 games.

First Downs Allowed:
Year, Pass, Rush, Total
2000: 78, 47, 146
2001: 48, 62, 127
2002: 35, 74, 131
2003: 37, 47, 100
2004: 59, 57, 127
2005: 39, 43, 099
2006: 57, 25, 099
2007: 52, 55, 118
2008: 53, 46, 115
2009: 51, 54, 118
2010: 49, 51, 106
2011: 72, 74, 148
2012: 76, 95, 188
2013: 62, 60, 128*
2014: 61, 63, 142

*only 8 first downs were given up against Sv. St.

Interestingly, the final team of Butch Davis gave up 2,541 yards in their first seven games. The 2014 Canes have given up 2,242 yards.

TonyCane

Please note that I did not include penalty related first downs, which would factor into the total first downs along with rushing and passing.

SOUP

If U do not have anything to post about UM SPORTS or FOOTBALL do not post anything at all!

IF U want to post comments about each other they will never see the light of day.

Lurker

There are things to be grateful for.

Seeing that picture of the gator hanging, makes mr grateful for being there when we beat the Gator.

That was very very pleasurable!

TonyCane

Hopefully, I think all of us just want to win. It doesn't matter if it is Golden, Davis, or whoever. I just want the Canes back to dominance and maximizing the potential of the program. I'd even take Lou Holtz or Bobby Bowden as coach if it would get us a national championship and back to where it belongs.

This isn't 2012, where the majority of the most talented members of the team are freshmen. So the excuses are limited. That said, the talent level is still not where it needs to be, and is literally half that of Florida State. And half of where it was when Coker was coach. It's at a level on par with Virginia Tech, slightly above Nebraska, and moderately above Louisville. I do have some cause for hope in that Butch Davis was losing games to East Carolina (twice!), Pittsburgh, Arizona State, and Syracuse in 1995 - 1999. Once the talent level got to a certain point, those "threats" fell away.

Hopefully the current coaches are evaluating everything that they are doing and making adjustments. They cannot wait for the talent level to get to the point where they simply bully a Nebraska or Louisville the same way that we pushed around Cincinnati or Arkansas State. That's 2-3 years of great recruiting away. And if they don't make adjustments, then that is on them. I lack the knowledge to criticize the Xs and Os, but I certainly do not like the results that I am seeing on screen.

However I have said several times this year that Miami would be a better team this year, but have a lesser record than 2013. The true freshman at quarterback was going to be a big issue, along with the much harder schedule. To me, it seemed a little reminiscent of the 1999 Canes vs the 1998 version. Ultimately, I want to let the season play out and see if the Canes get to the 8-4 regular season record that I anticipated.

Laquinton

Thanks soup, no idea what the bashing each other is about . I only wanna talk sports and mainly um sports.

Terrance Sullivan

Love the article Soup. Love the perspective. This game against Virginia Tech tomorrow night in Blacksburg is huge. I hope we can pull off the win. We need it. We gonna need a solid game in all three parts of the game. Offense, Defense, Special Teams. Go Canes! Beat VT!

Terrance Sullivan

TonyCane Thank U for the stats U provide it gives great context man. Go Canes!

roachcane77

SOUP,

No matter what you decide, it's been a great run, and an awesome blog.

Much appreciated brother...

Let's Go CANES!

Go Canes

A-freaking-men.

CaneRock

Good article SOUP...but I will say, that coaching is harder, when you don't have your best players (ie last year when we lost Duke & PD4), and your best coach(es)(ie Fish). I think Fish could've Xed and O'ed, the Jimmies & Joes, to 1 or 2 more wins. I disagree with this notion, that we would've still only won 9 games with all those 3 on the SLs & on the field.

As far as this season goes, I agree with Lurker, this isn't a very good team RIGHT NOW. We're playing a true freshman QB...the right side of the O-Line is either young or inexperienced...our OC is a work in progress, but He's getting there...and we're rotating true freshmen, in our defensive 2 deep. Those things gave me pause for concern before the season started, BUT!, I still think we need to go in another direction schematically on the D side of the ball.

That is all.

Go Canes

Lots of good info including our ACC crossover opponents for the next few years.

@mattyports: Who are the Canes' biggest rivals? Def. Notre Dame, which just added two more tilts w/ UM: http://t.co/sGAOOleVBt http://t.co/6bDO4iXods

VA Cane

Raining here and I have 2 appraisals to do. It very well may be damp in Bburg....it will be chilly. Guess I am a fan, I will be at the game. Since my dad knew all the security people trained them and as I kid I parked cars, I have had great access. Guess it did not hurt playing for Beamer in hs either! I have to take my classes to renew my appraiser license Thursday-Saturday.....but I leave Thursday at 4 with my VA State Trooper buddy....3.5 hr drive but we will make it lol! Will be in a nice booth high up....rare as I always was with my dad on UM sideline.

Got to be back Friday am, but it is worth it!
Go Canes need a big win!

Account Deleted

Need a win at VT to save the season..

Tough to do...Beamer will be ready

Go Canes

@ChristyChirinos: A shattered ankle. Broken fibula. Two torn ACLs. How UM's training & medical staff helped 4 #Canes get back in game: http://t.co/xcM5KNRoWd

YooperCane

Canez will beat the Hokey Chokies tomorrow night, VAULT IT!

CaneRock


They cannot wait for the talent level to get to the point where they simply bully a Nebraska or Louisville the same way that we pushed around Cincinnati or Arkansas State.

Posted by: TonyCane | October 22, 2014 at 12:18 AM

Sadly, I think that's what's goin' on. You CAN LOSE with talent (coaches get fired), but it's harder to win without it.

UMike

### UM defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio believes that not only are he and his defense getting a bad rap, but UM actually has played well on his side of the ball.

“I’m happy with our performance,” he said. “The coaching staff is pleased with the [players on defense].”

To support his assertion, he mentioned UM is seventh in yards allowed per play (4.46, not much worse than Alabama’s 4.38). That’s a fair point.

But what UM doesn’t say is this: The Hurricanes are 53rd in scoring defense, 56th in rushing defense, 69th in red zone defense, 71st in third-down defense, 61st in first downs allowed and 108th in tackles for loss per game.

Here's one problem: Because UM is subpar in third-down defense and poor in third-down offense, UM's defense is on the field far too much; UM's opponents are averaging 73 snaps per game, compared with 61 for UM's offense.

D’Onofrio is opposed to having his corners play tighter coverage because “we certainly don't want gamblers. The worst thing we could do is give up an easy touchdown on defense, right?"

UM would prefer a long drive against them if given a choice between a methodical march and a quick strike.

“We certainly can't have our [last line of defense safeties and corners] not be deep,” D'Onofrio insisted.

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/sports-buzz/2014/10/a-look-at-how-dolphins-are-accentuating-tannehills-strength-dolphins-um-defense-heat-notes.html#storylink=cpy


I think I would prefer an occasional quick strike vs a long drive. IF their going to score either way, isnt it better the get the D off the field quicker and give the O another shot?

Lurker

I'm not superstitious, but I'll try just about anything if it means we beat VaTech. It would mean so much not just for the season, but for the next week's game versus NC, the Kelly Tough game. I would love to see a decent crowd there. Whole family's got their Kelly tough shirts. We're ready.

dj moonbat

Here's something I really don't get -- and I mean I actually don't get it; it's not something I'm just saying for effect.

We've got a running back who's #15 nationally in yardage. The guy who's backing him up is averaging like seven yards a rush.

We have a QB who's #16 in the nation in passing efficiency, and #32 in passing yardage.

But the total offense is #54, which is kind of a weird drop. And then the third down numbers are just stupid bad: 124th in the nation, converting less than a quarter of its third downs.

I just don't understand how Kaaya and Duke can be racking up the kind of numbers that get them in the Top 20 at their positions, and yet the team a) almost never gets manageable third down situations, and b) frequently blows it even when third down IS manageable. Is Miami's entire offense just big plays on first and second down?

Go Canes

@smillerdegnan: Who's on board the Kaaya train? Tracy Howard is. (I'm on board a flight bound for Roanoke). My story: http://t.co/CqVaaAzRGD

30CINCO

Miami Hurricanes freshman RB Trayone Gray learning ‘tough’ lesson:
By Susan Miller Degnan, www.miamiherald.com
October 21st, 2014

Running back Trayone Gray, a 6-2, 215-pound imposing freshman out of Carol City High, has experienced the emotional gamut this season, scoring a 10-yard touchdown on his first career carry and fumbling on his lone carry recently against Cincinnati – the fumble recovered and returned for a 27-yard touchdown.

Gray, who also plays on the kickoff-coverage and punt-return teams, has six carries for 24 yards, and said he knows the playbook “very well now.”

“At first I didn’t,” he said. “I was still learning.”

Gray said fellow freshman Brad Kaaya, UM’s quarterback, reassured him after the fumble, which Gray said occurred when he didn’t notice the corner blitz. It wouldn’t have happened, he noted, if he had held the ball “high and tight.”

“After the fumble, [Kaaya] said he made mistakes before,” Gray said. “They all told me to keep my head up. Our team is a brotherhood.

“… Just move on and learn from your mistake.”

Said coach Al Golden: “That’s a tough lesson to learn. He’ll bounce back. … Hopefully, he has put that behind him.”

30CINCO

New technology, old strategies combine to get Hurricanes healthy again:
By Christy Cabrera Chirinos, www.sun-sentinel.com

There's been a shattered ankle, a fractured fibula and two torn ACLs.

During the past 11 months, four of the Miami Hurricanes' top football players have had to deal with serious injuries, injuries that sidelined each of them for months and could have derailed their careers.

But as UM continues its season with Thursday night's game at Virginia Tech, it will have Duke Johnson, Joe Yearby, Braxton Berrios and Ryan Williams back in game shape, each contributing in his own way as the Hurricanes continue to push for the Coastal Division crown.

It's been a remarkable stretch for the doctors, athletic trainers, physical therapists and strength and conditioning staff charged with maintaining the health of the Hurricanes and even long-time sports medicine veterans say they've been surprised by how quickly some of Miami's injured stars have been able to not only return to football, but play the game as well or better than they did before getting hurt.

"Was I surprised? Yes. Whenever you hear ACL, people say six, eight, 10 months, a year, but these guys' numbers are getting so much better in a short time," said Vinny Scavo, the head athletic trainer for the Hurricanes' football team who has also worked with the Marlins, Yankees and several South Florida high schools. "You have to be real careful because you don't want a setback, but what's happening with these guys, because of their determination, because of them wanting to get back, they've stayed the course and listened to the people who were working with them. They understood what had to happen."

Scavo and the four Miami's football players say there's been no secret formula to helping athletes recover from severe injuries, but there are several constants in Coral Gables they believe have made a difference during the past year — communication, collaboration between doctors, trainers and coaches, and the use of the Comprehensive High-Level Activity and Mobility Predictor (CHAMP-S), the sports-specific version of a mobility and agility test used by the military to determine if service members with lower limb loss are able to return to the field.

At Miami, the goal is for football players to undergo CHAMP-S testing after they've completed off-season conditioning and before two-a-day practices begin. It's during that window that most players are at peak condition, says Miami physical therapist Luis Feigenbaum and that's when the best baselines are gathered, numbers that later serve as benchmarks if an athlete gets hurt.

Because CHAMP-S does not require athletes to jump, it can be used relatively shortly after surgery, giving doctors, physical therapists, and trainers one quick way to measure the recovery process. Another reason staffers at Miami like the test? Because the athletes are striving to reach goals, CHAMP-S appeals to their competitive natures, adding a psychological factor to the rehabilitation process.

"I think it helps that once they're off the crutches or braces and they're already being tested. It gives them an extra bump in their motivation," said Feigenbaum. "With CHAMP-S, the kids are almost immediately engaged in reaching their goals and that's a huge advantage for the kids and for us."

But as much as Miami has relied on new technology like CHAMP-S and the advances in the surgical techniques used by team doctor Lee Kaplan, players say some old-fashioned strategies have also made a difference.

Johnson, who missed the last five games of Miami's season last year after fracturing his ankle in November, smiled and used a surprising word when describing his journey back from injury.

"The process was fun," said Johnson, who has rushed for a team-high 787 yards since returning from a shattered ankle. "The strength guys and Vinny and his training staff make you want to come in and get better so you can get back on the field. They come in, they have to be here earlier than we do and they're excited to be there for you. . . . Everybody's having fun."

Said Williams, who tore his ACL in April but returned to play in Miami's win over Cincinnati earlier this month, "It helps when you enjoy the people you work with. . . . They're really themselves. They don't lie to you. It's kind of tough love in there in the beginning until you understand the type of process you have to go through for the rehab. But they earn [trust] that way, just being themselves."

Ultimately, though, those charged with helping the Hurricanes get back on the field say the biggest factor remains the athletes themselves, their willingness to fight through pain and put in the work needed to rehabilitate from a potentially-disastrous injury.

"It starts, number one, with the players," Kaplan said. "Those guys are national-caliber athletes in terms of their speed and ability to function and that all helps the process. Then there's their hunger and their desire, along with a lot of hard work."

Added Miami coach Al Golden, "It's commitment on the part of the young men, volition on the part of the young men in terms of their sacrifices, their choices, doing treatment on weekends and during spring break, first class facilities, a great medical team, them working with [strength and conditioning coach Andreu] Swasey and his team so when they do come back, they're in great condition. It's a team effort. . . . It's been unbelievable."

30CINCO

Miami Hurricanes Football: Have The Canes Improved In Areas Of Need Thus Far?

By Justin Fessenden, caneswarning.com

Before the 2014 season I wrote a post titled, “5 Areas That Need Improvement This Season.” Now that the Hurricanes are just past the halfway point of the season, I’d like to take a look and see how the Canes are doing in those 5 areas as well as some new areas that are of concern.

Total Defense

Last year the Miami Hurricanes finished the season ranked 89th in total defense. They gave up 5.75 yards per play and 426.4 yards per game.

Seven games into this season the Canes are ranked….wait for it…. 22nd in total defense. They are giving up 4.46 yards per play and 327.4 yards per game.

This is where numbers are a bit deceiving. I don’t believe the Canes can maintain these numbers, although, I would love to be wrong. The defense is still not where it needs to be, however, I do think that they have improved from last year. The toughest offenses’ the Canes still have to face are North Carolina (ranked #37 in total offense) and Florida State (ranked #43 total offense). Looking at the positive, the Canes have already played 4 opponents who are ranked in the top 50 of total offense, they are: #14 in Nebraska, #29 in Georgia Tech, #38 in Arkansas State and #42 in Cincinnati.

Passing Yards Allowed

Last season, the Canes finished 90th in passing yards allowed. The defense allowed opposing quarterbacks to complete 60% of their passes along with 249.8 passing yards per game.

So far in the 2014 season the Canes are ranked 10th in passing yards allowed. Yes you read that right, 10th! They are allowing quarterbacks to complete 53% of their passes along with 175.9 passing yards per game. Again, numbers are deceiving. The Canes have not faced many offenses’ that are pass heavy, most have actually been pretty run heavy (Nebraska, Georgia Tech). The pass defense did do pretty well against Cincinnati who is ranked #12 in passing offense. Not to rain on the parade but the next best passing offense the Canes have matched up with is Arkansas State who is ranked at #68 (yikes!). Much tougher tests’ are yet to come.

Third Down Conversions

The Hurricanes offense ended the 2013 season ranked 96th in third down conversions with a conversion rate of 35.2%.

Just when you think this ranking couldn’t get worse, I inform you that the offense is currently ranked 124th out of 125 FBS teams with a conversion rate of 24.7%. This is terrible! There are too many playmakers on offense to be this bad at converting on third downs. James Coley needs to fix this problem and fix it quick as it will lead to other problems such as a tired defense and poor time of possession, which all go hand-in-hand and negatively affect the team.

First Down Defense

Last year’s defense was ranked 97th in the country in first down defense. They gave up first downs in abundance with the majority coming from the pass.

This year’s first down defense is ranked 61st with seven games played so far this season. They have given up 63 first downs to the rush, 61 to the pass, and 17 first downs due to penalties. Here is yet another area of improvement for the defense, hopefully the upward trend continues for the rest of the season.

Offensive Time Of Possession

In 2013, the Canes ranked 118th in offensive time of possession with an average of 25:58 minutes per game.

Not very much improvement here as the Canes currently rank 113th in time of possession with an average of 27 minutes per game. Again, this goes hand-in-hand with the poor ranking in third down conversions. Also, as the time of possession improves the efficiency of the defense will improve as well. In order to tally up wins in the second half of the season, the Canes need to find ways to sustain drives.

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I personally found it interesting that the defense has improved in areas that were very poor last year, yet the offense has not. Sure, there is much more to the game than these 5 areas but not all of the blame should be put on the defense for the losses this year.

Areas For Concern
While looking at the current team rankings for the 2014 season, I wanted to make a brief list of areas that the Canes are ranked very low and that need to be improved in order to have a successful second half of the season.

Penalties- ranked #105, 57 penalties for 547 yards
First Down Offense- ranked #84, 137 first downs, 19.6/game
Kickoff Return Defense- ranked #111, 23.78 yds/return, 1 TD
Punt Returns- ranked #85, 6.63 yds/return
Team Tackles For Loss- ranked #108, 4.6 per game
Turnover Margin- ranked #84, -2 margin
Redzone Defense- ranked #69, opposing offense scores 83.3% of time
Redzone Offense- ranked #74, offense score 82.1% of time

Go Canes

Umike normally I'd agree with you but our offense has been so inconsistent the thought of the other team hitting a long one then being back out there four plays later kind of worries me. We are explosive at times but can't fall back 2-3 tds to anyone.

I do say with confidence that I speak on behalf of all canes fans when I say Mark really needs to just stfu until his defense shuts down a real good offense.

It's had moments, and so far is light years ahead of last years abomination, but really, just shut up and keep getting better and more consistent results.

UMike

Go Canes.. I guess you have a good point.. but it just seems wrong to me. Its like D'No has already accepted the fact teams will score and he just prefers to let them take their time doing it lol... I guess my thinking is I would rather see a shoot out then our offense sitting on the sideline forever while the D just gets more worn down.

Dude on a Pale Horse

Good morning canespace.

dj moonbat

From an article excerpted above:

To support his assertion, [D'Onofrio] mentioned UM is seventh in yards allowed per play (4.46, not much worse than Alabama’s 4.38). That’s a fair point.

But what UM doesn’t say is this: The Hurricanes are 53rd in scoring defense, 56th in rushing defense, 69th in red zone defense, 71st in third-down defense, 61st in first downs allowed and 108th in tackles for loss per game.
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Here's one of those situations where averages can be terribly deceptive.

If you're a head coach, your job is much, much simpler if you're getting 4.46 yards per play by getting 3-5 yards almost without fail. If you're getting 0-2 yards, and then occasionally busting a big play, you might still end up with a 4.46 average (or even more), but the four-down structure of the game may mean that you have to punt before your next big-play moment strikes. The sharply limited number of consecutive attempts (typically first through third downs) means that 3.4 yards a play is perfectly fine, as long as your variance is low.

This is why D'Onofrio HAS to stop his single-minded focus on not giving up the big play. If you make it too easy for the opposing team to get short-to-medium gains, they'll never NEED a big play to beat you.

CaneRock

Random Stats...

PPP (Points Per Possession):

VT has scored 199 points, on 101 possessions, averaging a lil' less than 2 PPP.

UM has scored 220 points, on 94 possessions, averaging 2.3 PPP.

UM has scored on 37 out of 94 possessions, averaging 5.45 points on possessions that result in a score.

CGNC

Good morning spacers!

CaneRock

DJMB...against teams like FAMU,ASU, & Cincy, & Duke...bend don't break don't matter.

But against Louisville,NU, & GT, you need a change-up.

CaneRock

I guess my thinking is I would rather see a shoot out then our offense sitting on the sideline forever while the D just gets more worn down.

Posted by: UMike | October 22, 2014 at 10:20 AM

IDK about a shootout, but I do agree those long drives against the defense, does something psychologically to the offense...it effects rhythm.

SinisterCane

WE GOT THIS

SinisterCane

31-30 CANEZ

raizecane

Beating VT tomorrow, on the road, at night could mean we possibly turned the corner. At least for this long one way street. Is this a "must win" for AG and his crew? I believe it is......

Dude on a Pale Horse

I do say with confidence that I speak on behalf of all canes fans when I say Mark really needs to just stfu until his defense shuts down a real good offense.

Posted by: Go Canes | October 22, 2014 at 09:47 AM

Certainly good advice in my opinion.

Dude on a Pale Horse

This is why D'Onofrio HAS to stop his single-minded focus on not giving up the big play. If you make it too easy for the opposing team to get short-to-medium gains, they'll never NEED a big play to beat you.

Posted by: dj moonbat | October 22, 2014 at 10:24 AM

As SOUP says: There IT is.

Go Canes

I don't think he's accepted teams will score. I think his philosophy is on a long drive we will get a sack, tackle for loss or other negative play that will get us off the field.

For the most part it's worked. Against GT they needed a fake punt and connected on a 3rd and 17 to sustain drives.

But against Nebraska and other times in the GT game, it didn't.

When you couple those moments with an inability to convert 3rd downs offensively late, you lose games you have a chance to win late.

That's been the recipe of all three four quarters in games we lost.

Dude on a Pale Horse

Colin Cowherd always talks about situational football. He'll say you don't have to be great running the ball, you have to be situationally great at running the football. You don't have to be great on defense, you have to be situationally great on defense. Pretty much the two or things you need to be great at are QB, protecting your QB, kicking FGs. We have a great but young QB, our OL does an okay job protecting him, this will get better as Brad improves (you ever get the feeling that your mom could protect Peyton Manning?) and FGs we've been inconsistent but Al's track record there says that's an area he can improve. Its the situational stuff though that scares the absolute BEJEEZUS out of me. 3rd downs, goal lines, clock management, oh my! Lets hope some how he can improve.

KYcane

Random Stats...

Posted by: CaneRock | October 22, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Looks like we got us a barn burner coming up

Ohio_Cane

2015 LB Tevon Coney set to announce his college choice tomorrow at 9:30 am. Looks like ND. We're up there with them and UF, but UF is a mess and he hasn't said much about us.

Unless he's just been coy recently, he's not picking us. It's possible, though.

raizecane


Good morning spacers!

Posted by: CGNC | October 22, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Good Afternoon. Will I have the honor of meeting you at the UNC game?? Last I heard, you were going.

AfriCane

As in life where are many that r failures, so r there failures in football coaching. But in life, when I make my plan and set my goals, my ambition dictates that I only associate with or look up to people that r winners. I couldn't give a chicken isht about those who fail or how many of them there r. So likewise I couldnt gives rhino's piss about failed coaches and struggling programs. I'm selfish to only give a damn about my team. I want them to be winners and I want results yesterday. It's all and only about this U!

WWIN

So this head coaching thing is hard?

That's what she said! Lol

Go Canes

@DavidHaleESPN: #Miami QB Brad Kaaya leads #ACC in completions (13), comp% (52%), yards (493), YPA (19.7) & TDs (7) on throws of 20+ yards.

j.w.

Dude, I was thinking the same thing about situational football, we just don't get it done at all with any.

Go Canes

@AP_Top25: BREAKING: Investigation reveals scope of academic fraud at University of North Carolina; 3,100 students involved. #UNC #NCAA

Go Canes

@CanesFootball: Time for a midweek business trip #BeatVT http://t.co/qvy4AUD4NX

CaneRock

A group of politicians in Miami are tired of being left out to sea when it comes to addressing climate change concerns for the southern part of the state. Their solution? Create a state of their own.

According to a report from the Sun-Sentinel, a proposal by the Mayor and South Miami City Commission calls for the legal separation of Florida into two separate states.

http://www.firstcoastnews.com/story/news/politics/2014/10/21/new-state-south-florida/17673069/

Lurker

Tomorrow's game.

My three keys to victory

1. Convert 3rd downs and extend drives, more than we have, when not scoring quick TD's. Hopefully 5 or more extended drives, with at least 2 3rd down conversions

2. No Special Team snafus on either side of the ball

3. No offensive turnovers

This assumes not playing spectularly on defense, just average

Dude on a Pale Horse

My key is to score 70 points. I guarantee we win if we score 70.

Ohio_Cane

UNC probe reveals approximately 1,500 student-athletes took bogus classes

FIFTEEN HUNDRED????? Whooooooooooooo boy....

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/ncaaf-dr-saturday/unc-academic-and-athletic-officials-steered-student-athletes-to-bogus-classes-181214478.html

Go Canes

Why 70 if our D has only given up more than 28 points once all season?

Lurker

Posted by: Ohio_Cane | October 22, 2014 at 03:04 PM

If this is not Lack Of Institutional Control or worse yet, active and premeditated cheating to gain an advantage, on a grand scale, then I don't know what is.

To me, this is closer to death penalty territory (though I don't think that should happen), than that little worm NS providing free burgers and bowling shoes.

Terrance Sullivan

IMO 15 players need to show up big for us tomorrow to win. Duke, Dorsett, Clive, Feliciano, Kaaya, Perryman, Chick, McCord, Armbrister,Flowers, Burns, McDermott, Gunter, Bagley, Vogel. Go Canes! Beat VT!

Go Canes

@CanesWarningFS: NEW: @Harry_Kroll gives you the full game preview between the #Canes and the #Hokies http://t.co/iYe1f59gkL

Dude on a Pale Horse

Why 70 if our D has only given up more than 28 points once all season?

Posted by: Go Canes | October 22, 2014 at 03:14 PM

Because 70 to 28 would be awesome. Much better than 29 to 28.

Lurker

Why 70 if our D has only given up more than 28 points once all season?

Posted by: Go Canes | October 22, 2014 at 03:14 PM

Great question.

I posed a serious comment regarding what I think would be the keys to victory.

Maybe I'm wrong, but it would be nice to see what others think would be their keys. Third down conversions on birth sides of the ball are a real problem, but since the offense is/should be playing better, a few more sustainable drives seem like they would take some pressure of the D.

CaneRock

Weather in B-Burg tomorrow night...but 91% humidity in 39 degree weather?...weird.

Chance of rain:0%Wind:WNW at 8 mph Humidity:91%
UV Index:0 - LowSunset:6:34 pm Moonphase:New
Clear skies with a few passing clouds. Low 39F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph


SJMPARMAN

Enemy Scouting Report on how well Kaaya has played this year:

The Freshman Quarterback

Brad Kaaya (6-4, 209, Fr.) is a true freshman quarterback whom Miami fans should be very excited about. He has completed 63% of his passes for 1,806 yards this season. He has 16 touchdown passes and nine interceptions. He is one of just 12 quarterbacks in the country who have already thrown for 1,800 yards and 16 touchdowns this year, and the fact that he has done it as a true freshman makes it even more impressive.

Kaaya started out a bit slow, but it’s hard to ignore his progress:

@Louisville: 17-29 179 yards, 1 TD - 2 INTs
FAMU: 12-22 177 yards, 2 TDs - 2 INTs
Ark. State: 16-24 342 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT
@Nebraska: 28-42 359 yards, 3 TDs, 2 INTs
Duke: 20-34 223 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT
@GT: 16-25 245 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs
Cincinnati: 17-24 286 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT

Through his first two games, Kaya was 29-of-51 for 356 yards, with three touchdowns and four interceptions. That’s a QB rating of 119.22. However, his performance really started going up beginning with the Arkansas State game. Since that game, he is 97-of-149 for 1,455 yards, with 13 touchdowns and five interceptions. That’s a QB rating of 169.21, which is very impressive for a guy his age.

How good are the pass defenses that Kaaya has faced? Here’s a looking at the pass efficiency defense ranking of each team they’ve faced.

Louisville: #2
FAMU: 1-AA
Arkansas State: #53
Nebraska: #8
Duke: #5
GT: #85
Cincinnati: #124

Kaaya has faced a couple of duds in Georgia Tech and Cincinnati, but he has also faced three of the most efficient pass defenses in the country. His numbers against those three teams: 65-of-105 for 761 yards, with six touchdowns and four interceptions. His QB rating in those three games is 134.02. That’s not great, but it’s hardly bad either, and he took a big step forward against Nebraska and Duke after struggling in his first career game at Louisville.

It’s impossible to predict how a true freshman quarterback is going to do on a game-by-game basis, but I think it’s clear that Kaaya is a very talented player, and his ceiling is higher than any quarterback Miami has had in the last decade or more. He might come into Lane Stadium and struggle in his first Thursday night game. After all, he is 0-3 on the road this season. However, he’s already played road games at night at Louisville, Nebraska and Georgia Tech, and two of those places are tough places to play. I think he’ll be more ready for the Thursday night Lane Stadium atmosphere than any other true freshman could possibly be.

Kaaya, combined with Miami’s young skill position talent at wide receiver and at running back, could give Miami a very powerful offense in a year or two. It’s good now, but their ceiling is pretty high, assuming the Canes continue to have a solid offensive line.

http://virginiatech.sportswar.com/free-content/2014/10/21/hokies-host-miami-on-thursday-night/

Lurker

Posted by: Ohio_Cane | October 22, 2014 at 03:04 PM

You know what else, Ohio?

I bet you a stack, this goes on at 100% of the SEC schools, and is probably even way more pervasive than this example. They are experts at hiding illegalities, since we know many SEC players draw booster salaries.

Don't get me started on the sham education football players get at FSU, either.

Dude on a Pale Horse

I want to average over 50 points a season. Thump everyone.

Miami 70, VT 28.
Miami 42, UNC 31.
Miami 45, FSU 42.
Miami 63, UVA 24.
Miami 70, Pitt 35.

Would love this.

Go Canes

Wow that's a ton of great info.

Appreciate the post SJM

CaneRock

Since '98, there have been 2 VT/Miami games when neither were Top 25. Both were the only Thursday night games between VT and Miami, and VT lost them both.

Lurker

Second in the Kaaya post by SJM.

Because of the preoccupation out there with the negative, it's important to note just what levels this young man is achieving - straight out of his high school prom.

30CINCO

Posted by: CaneRock | October 22, 2014 at 04:30 PM
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Both were @ UM

WWIN

3. No offensive turnovers

This assumes not playing spectularly on defense, just average

Posted by: Lurker | October 22, 2014 at 02:44 PM

This is IMHO, not attacking you just answering your post and question.

I don't like the "no turnovers" thing. Why? Because I think you make your players scared to make a mistake which makes em play tight instead of relaxed, I don't want my players walking on eggshells. Even the best teams in the biggest games have turnovers. The key is, can your game plan afford turnovers? If no, then you need to take another look at your game plan. If you can't afford turnovers then you are expecting your players to play perfect which is impossible. Obviously we prefer to not have any turnovers tho.

Also I think the "keys to victory" are the same for every game. Play good on offense, defense, and special teams, that's every game.

CaneRock

Does this kid have an offer, reminds me of Benjamin:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7eTJehbO5Q&feature=youtu.be

Go Canes

@mattyports: New @Cinesport video: Just how much credit does Miami's D deserve? How tough is Blacksburg? What's at stake vs. VT? http://t.co/bW9LnCCEfR

SOUP

Posted by: dj moonbat | October 22, 2014 at 08:53 AM

LOVE the new avatar!!!

SOUP

My key is to score 70 points. I guarantee we win if we score 70.

Posted by: The Dude | October 22, 2014 at 03:00 PM

I wouls "settle" for phity.

SOUP

NOTE TO SARASOTA:

I am so glad this new moderated blog has "lost U". U need a new hobby, blogging is not your thing, remember? LOL

Chase girls, lift weights, drink smoothies, go to Stone Mountain, go white water rafting, vist Helen, GA, just do what other people do in Atlanta?

CaneRock

SMD: The Hokies rushed for 26 yards at Pitt last week, but made some subsequent changes on the offensive line. How do you think that will help this week against a Hurricanes defense that has struggled against the run in its losses?

AB: I think Tech had to do something. That something was inserting 6-foot-6, 301-pound redshirt freshman Wyatt Teller, a former defensive lineman, into the starting lineup at left guard. He’s one of the strongest players on the team, part of a younger group that has been trying to get the mental side of things to catch up to its physical traits. He had his best game at Pitt, and the Hokies moved the ball better when he was in the game, but he’s still very raw. He’s far from a finished product.

That kind of goes for all of Virginia Tech’s ground game. Williams and the injured McKenzie are both true freshmen. Two linemen are sophomores and Teller a redshirt freshman. It was a rushing attack that averaged under 120 yards a game last year, among the worst figures in Frank Beamer’s time in Blacksburg. That number is better this year, up around 153 yards per game this year, but it still hasn’t been consistent. During the Ohio State-East Carolina-Georgia Tech stretch, the Hokies didn’t finish with more than 127 rushing yards in a game. Even in their 171-yard effort against North Carolina, they averaged only 3.0 yards per carry. So it’s been the No. 1 issue for Virginia Tech since offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler took the reins before the 2013 season. I think that group’s better, and certainly so with Williams healthy and Teller in the lineup, but it’s still not something the Hokies can rely on to win them games like they did even as recently as 2011.


SMD: Virginia Tech has been prone to allowing long passing plays this season. How will the Hokies' defense match up against a UM offense that has hit quite a few home runs?


That’s a concern. As I mentioned before, Facyson isn’t playing right now, and he was a big part of the team’s success at defending the pass last year. Kendall Fuller is a legit corner on the other side, as good as the Hokies have had in years, and Chuck Clark is emerging on the other side, but Tech has been bad against the deep ball. The Hokies have given up 24 passes of 20 yards or more, ranking 78th nationally. They’ve allowed 15 passing plays of 30 or more yards, which ranks 115th nationally. The big plays have really been the one thing holding this defense back. Safeties Kyshoen Jarrett and Detrick Bonner are seniors, but they too have been victimized this year. Given Miami’s speed, that’s certainly a concern.

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/umiami/2014/10/smd-it-seems-that-virginia-tech-has-been-hit-with-its-share-of-injuries-lately-including-three-tailbacks-who-missed-last-we.html#storylink=cpy

Dude on a Pale Horse

Speaking of Benjamin, what happened to Glades Central? They used to always put a bunch of guys out there, a lot of burners, it feels like its been a minute since the last one.

Dude on a Pale Horse

Brad Kaaya's build reminds me of Matt Ryan.

VA Cane

. Convert 3rd downs and extend drives, more than we have, when not scoring quick TD's. Hopefully 5 or more extended drives, with at least 2 3rd down conversions

2. No Special Team snafus on either side of the ball

3. No offensive turnovers

Very good points.

1. I would add run the ball effectively. The OL needs to provide Duke and Yerby some daylight. Give them light, they will do well. Like needs to be aggressive on runs, pick those feet up and drive people; the acks will hit holes that are there. I dont mean a 200 yard game, but a steady ground attack; get me 5 or 6.

2. Protect BK. Don't let him get sacked hit or pressured. You know they will, but keep him up as often as possible.Again the OL needs to step up.

3. No critical mistakes, especially in key situations. No false starts, offsides, face masks, personal fouls.

4. Get the run going, but keep Clive active, and do not be afraid to put PD 1 on 1 deep; take a shot.

5. Block and tackle; we wont be perfect but execute these fundamental aspects.


I look forward to this one.

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The blog has changed the last 24 hours and just when I was about to beat the dead horse. Both sides had some valid points and neither side would see it from the other side.

What time are the jersey coming out?
#Stormtroppers

Go Canes

How long will this time out last?

🐜🌀

I will say this how ever... We need to be playing the new game of football. He who creates more plays ie uptempo offense has more opportunities to score. The d um well, when life hands you lemons make lemonade. All I can say is these guys want to make lemon meringue and they don't have the cream.

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Awsome spreadsheet
Very dope

30CINCO

Charting the Miami Hurricanes: Cincinnati Bearcats

http://caneswarning.com/2014/10/22/charting-miami-hurricanes-cincinnati/

SOUP

How long will this time out last?

Posted by: Go Canes | October 22, 2014 at 07:43 PM

Until I say BOO!

SOUP

Actually until game time tomorrow night.

Then the gloves come off!

SOUP

Coach Muschamp is clearly stalled in the Swamp in Gainesville. His team is 3-3 and 2-3 in the SEC. He just got beat down by Missouri at home by 29 points. His special teams gave up three scores and his defense can't catch a break. His offense, well we can't even talk about his offense, because if we do the NSA will crack down on us. They have these spies and drones and all. If only the Gators had some of those then they might score, right?

SOUP

Coach Sumlin was the talk of the town. He was the King Bee and all about this and that. Then he went to Texas A&M where Johnny Football left and the team was left without a leader and seems to still be searching for one. But that leader may not be Coach Sumlin who often look lost and pondering on the sidelines during TAMU games. Oh so you don't believe me? Well the Aggies are 5-3, with all of their losses coming in the SEC. They lost to Ole Miss by 15, to Mississippi State by 17 and then lost embarrassingly to Alabama 59-0 last Saturday. Now that is clearly going to leave a mark!

SOUP

You do the Hokey-Pokey and you turn it all about, that's what it's all about. Head coaching savior Brady Hoke was going to resurrect the Michigan team from their desperate struggles and bring them back to competing with the big boys like Ohio State and Notre Dame. Then he failed miserably at that task and turned to other more manageable issues like taking out the garbage. And apparently, there is a lot of garbage in Michigan. Hoke is 3-4 this season and 1-2 in his conference. He got shut out by Notre Dame 31-0 and also lost to Rutgers and Minnesota. Oh my, that can't be good?

SOUP

Charlie Strong walked out of Louisville, Kentucky and confidently into the big, proud State of Texas proclaiming that he would do what Mack Brown could not do. He openly said that he would return the Texas Longhorns to being a National Championship contender and that he would do it soon. Well his first season is not going so well and who knows what is next for the confident Mr. Strong in the Lone-star State. He is 3-4 overall and 2-2 in his own conference. Yeah, not so good, right?

YooperCane

Anyone here going to Blacksburg? tough place for us to play...plus the weather always seems to play a factor. Canes don't like cold weather, hell I don't and I live in this shit 7 months out of the year, LOL!

SOUP

Sinister...I read your unpublished comment. U are a complete FOOL. Please leave Canespace. Thank U.

raizecane

All i want is a beat down of VT tomorrow night....

Laquinton

Last game the Canes played in the cold they came outb with their shirts off and balled out vs Pitt

SOUP

Sinister...much RESPECT to you and your family. Take care and be well.

#GoCanes

raizecane

In case you are wondering...my new avatar is from a Hurricanes fan who attended the USF game a couple of years ago......just saying :-)

YooperCane

Yeah, I guess the cold factor went out the window. Lets kick some butt tomorrow and enjoy some barbecue Hokie on the grill with some Rum-N-Cokes!

SJMPARMAN

Looks like the weather will be okay. Kickoff should be about 46 with clear skies and a light 6 mph wind. Wind chill will be 43. That is cold for Floridians but really not so bad for up here. One the guys start running around, they won't feel it.

I posted the Kaaya stats earlier because I knew he was playing great and those did confirm that. I mean by God this program has waited a long time for a QB like this and he should be the talk of the town. Remember the lost decade of QB U stuck with guys like Kyle Wright (not bad until he got beat up and lost his confidence), Kirby Freeman, Robert Marve, Jacory Harris, and Stephen Morris? Kaaya is a flat out stud and I predict he will break all UM records if he plays here four years.

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