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August 05, 2015

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Ariz:

The first 15 minutes of practice were open to media today and there was an interview session with Al Golden and players afterwards. Tomorrow’s entire practice is open to media. Here are some notes and quotes from day 1.

**Defensive backs Ryan Mayes (RS FR) and JaQuan Johnson (FR) were held out of some portions of practice today and wearing the red jerseys. Al Golden said they were dealing with “little things”, so it does not seem like there is anything to worry about there.

**When asked if he has to temper the expectations for Brad Kaaya coming off a big freshman campaign, Golden responded:

“I’m not worried about Brad. He’s too busy worrying about doing the things he’s supposed to be doing to listen to what’s going on outside. He’s the ultimate team player and hard worker.”

--Golden added that there is “no comparison” between last year and this year for Brad Kaaya.

“His confidence elevates the building. Not only his confidence, but the confidence that everybody has in him. No question marks, better control. You can’t even compare him physically with his body and quickness.”

--Sophomore RB Joseph Yearby missed some time with the team this summer and Golden tried to explain the situation as best he could:

“He missed the workouts with the team, but he didn't miss the voluntary workouts. He came back three days later and passed the conditioning test. He needed to take some time to deal with family things and personal things, so we gave him his space and he rewarded that trust incredibly.”

--Golden also noted the improvements that Kaaya has made with his body and conditioning.

**Although the Canes lost their top two receiving options from last season in Phillip Dorsett and Clive Walford, Coach Golden seems confident in the group.

“Brax looks great. He’s a year and a half removed from his injury and he’s leaner than he was a year ago. Herb (Waters) is as big as he’s been at about 197 pounds. Rashawn (Scott) is 205. Stacy (Coley) is in the 190s now. Those guys worked their tails off. Malcolm looks good too so we’ll see who steps up,” said Golden.

--Berrios added that he played last year weighing around 185 pounds, but he is at 180 now.

**Golden was asked about the two freshmen defensive backs out of Killian High School, JaQuan Johnson and Sheldrick Redwine.

“They’re both different. JaQuan is a little more vocal and a leader. He got here a little earlier so he’s a bit ahead. Sheldrick really likes football and he studies. He’s really not making a lot of mental errors, so we just have to catch him up schematically,” said Golden.

**Brad Kaaya’s message to the team this morning?

“Don’t hold anything back. Now it’s time to let it all out,” said the sophomore QB.

--Kaaya on Rashawn Scott

“He’s a really physical receiver. We have him at Z right now matched up against the field corners. He’s a bigger receiver than most and still has the speed. I don’t think his injuries hampered him this summer.”

--Kaaya on Herb Waters

“Herb is a fast guy who can play the slot or out wide. He’s a guy we can mix in with different play calls.”

--Kaaya was asked about the loss of Dorsett and Walford, but he seems more focused on the current group.

“This is a dynamic group. I had a lot of receiving yards with these guys too. We’ll spread it out more and I feel like we can spread it evenly since these guys can get open on any play."

--The tight ends look to be a balanced group this year with the loss of Clive Walford to the NFL.

“They’re really working hard right now and pushing each other. They learned a lot from Clive. There is a lot of competition and Coach (Larry) Scott is pushing them hard and has them doing the right things in terms of run-blocking and pass-blocking and receiving the ball,” added Kaaya.

**Freshman DL Kendrick Norton was the first player other than quarterbacks and kickers out warming up. Coach Golden came up to him prior to practice and had a few words with him. Norton definitely looks like he has the size to make an impact this season. Impressive lower base, which is of course one of the most important traits for a defensive line.

**Senior safety Deon Bush has dealt with injuries dating back to his time in high school, but he says his body is ready.

“I feel better than I’ve felt my whole career. I’m 100%.”

--There has been talk that Bush could play some cornerback this season, something that he is open to.

“I’m really not sure what the plans are, but I am open to playing corner if they need me and I would be willing to do it,” said Bush.

--Bush is excited to play in the same defensive backfield as long time friend, freshman safety JaQuan Johnson.

“JaQuan Johnson is going to be a great player for us and I can’t wait to play with him this season.”

**Redshirt freshman OLB/DE Demetrius Jackson feels as though the last year did wonders for him.

“I was able to learn the fundamentals and learn the game. It slowed down for me and my football IQ went up.”

--Jackson says he is up to 245 and is able to “do the same things I did in high school” in reference to how he has adjusted to the weight

--Jackson did not hold back his confidence in the 2015 Miami defense, which has been a major weakness in Al Golden’s time in Coral Gables

“That D-Line is scary. Me, Quan, Chad, Trent can all make a big impact. I think it could be the top defense in the country this year.”

“We aren’t just out here practicing to be mediocre. We want to be great. It’s easier said than done, but we are going to show you," said Jackson.

**Redshirt senior Rashawn Scott feels like his support system helped get him through the past couple seasons.

“I have a lot of people on my back. My family, coaches, and friends never gave up on me so I got a lot of people behind me.”

--Scott did say he is not necessarily looking at this as a “contract year”

“I’m not looking at it just like that because then I’m putting that just on me. I can’t just think about myself as an individual because I don’t play like that. Everyone is going to have a good year. It’s going to be fun,” added Scott.

--Scott noted that he believes the playbook will be more open now that Kaaya has more experience.

**Braxton Berrios notes that the chemistry between Brad Kaaya and the receivers is much better this year since he was able to participate in spring practice as well as his second full summer.

--Berrios is a huge advocate of receivers coach Kevin Beard.

“I couldn’t point out just one thing. It’s amazing with the short amount of time he’s had with us what we’ve learned. Everything about being a receiver here since he played here. Getting off releases, running routes, and all the little things,” said Berrrios.

--The critics are not something that the team concerns themselves with, according to the sophomore receiver.

“We don't listen to it. We don’t worry about it. We are going to be good and we know that so that is all that matters to us. We can’t stop them from saying what they want.”

**Freshmen defensive backs Sheldrick Redwine and Michael Jackson fit in well physically. Miami has been trying to get bigger at the corner spot ever since Golden took over, and these two fit the bill.

**Note on Jay-nard Bostwick, who is transferring from Florida…Miami has spoken to him and there is interest, but this is not near a “done deal” yet as has been suggested elsewhere. The admissions process can be lengthy so just something to monitor. Bostwick would need to sit out a year if he came.

**There has been talk since spring camp that Mike Wyche was a different player, mostly due to his conditioning. He is now listed at 325 on the roster, which is a vast improvement from when he was weighing around 350 at this time last year.

**Kicker Mike Badgley was rocking a mullet out there. An interesting look indeed.

Canes running out on Day 1 - https://instagram.com/p/6Cw3sdyHIh/?...canes_in_sight

Running backs Joe Yearby, Gus Edwards, Colin Alford working through drills - https://instagram.com/p/6CxmyPyHJy/?...canes_in_sight

TE Chris Herndon - https://instagram.com/p/6Cx6txSHKS/?...canes_in_sight

raizecane

Here is my thoughts on what folks are saying about the first practice and how they look..... YAWN!!!!!!!!

I don't care what they look like in practice or how they are performing. Some of the comments posted above are the same things we heard in past years. Show me something when it counts....during the regular season.

Ohio_Cane

Show me something when it counts....during the regular season.

Posted by: raizecane | August 06, 2015 at 12:51 PM
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I'm sure just about everyone agrees with U, but info is info on the current team, and will continue to get posted as it comes out each practice.

Lur-ker

Exactly. People are so starved for football they eat this stuff up. Nobody actually thinks that because a bunch of positive spin was put out there on the FIRST day of practice, that we're going to be guaranteed 15-0.

It's just excitement that football is finally back.

MIA Chi 'Cane '98

I guess it is official, they are wearing Adidas now. :-( At least their practice uni's are semi cool. But get rid of the white soccer cleats!

Glad to have football back. But not really high on the team this year.

Ohio_Cane

I think the practice jerseys are bad azz. Not mad about the cleats, either. But I'm a soccer guy.

j.w.

Glad to have football back. But not really high on the team this year.

Posted by: MIA Chi 'Cane '98 | August 06, 2015 at 01:05 PM
90% of us are thinking the same thing, humming a Who song while we do.

raizecane

I agree with comments above ^^^ its been a long summer and the wait is almost over.

30CINCO

I appreciate all the post, tidbits and news coming out, keep it coming!

The Dude

BLACK CLEATS ARE A MUST!!!

The Dude

Thanks for all of the info peeps. Football is back!!!

MIA Chi 'Cane '98

Hey, dude. I agree about the black cleats!!! Still not happy about making the switch but black cleats will make up for some of it. Very strange seeing Adidas all over the place. But we will all get used to it, at least for the next 10 years or so.

The Dude

I like Adidas, always have. I like Nike also.

trianglecane

I think the white cleats are fresh for practice. The gear is nice.

I can't wait for the pad's to come on.

The Dude

I think it was McDermott I saw a picture of and he's looking like an NFL guard. Darling is a beast and the new OL look big too. OL may be a bit weak to start the season, but by the end of the Nebraska game, should be ready for ACC play.

Ohio_Cane

Cam Underwood ‏@UnderwoodSports 2h2 hours ago

Rahshun South just said he'd take an OV to Miami yesterday, decommits from Clemson today. #TrendingUp?

WWIN

White cleats look nice to me!!!

Those black practice uni's are bad ass tho!!! Why no close up of those???

laquinton

Season for optimism guys. Go Canes ! LOF yet ?

fran

Ohio cane I believe he is talking about Rahshun Smith. # 26 2016 prospect O/S LB from IMG academy he is the one who decommited fron Clemson
Fran

30CINCO

Looks good!

‏@David62576
@TomGarfinkel Before and After. Great Job Tom!

Before
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CLu41vGXAAAYcn7.jpg
After
https://www.canesinsight.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=31121&d=1438897920&thumb=1

WWIN

First day of camp and the blog ain't going strong... where everybody at???

86Cane

#Workin

86Cane

#WorkinAndPracticing

#NightMoves

86Cane

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