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May 08, 2017

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tjl3909

YO

Go Canes!

Bueno.

YooperCane

Awesome!

SOUP

Note the computer screen in the Alumni lounge in photo #6 from the top! WWIN, The Dude, SinisterCane and CaneRock, that is for U! IJS

SOUP

Old Skool...did U get those treble hooks out of your head yet? I saw blood, but I hope no brains leaked out? You are gonna need those!

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Yuge: The Collegiate Commissioners Assoc. announced that it has voted to enact a 72-hr football early signing period that'll begin Dec. 20 2017

SOUP

So on a SAD note, I took Old Skool fishing today as my guest on Sarasota Bay with a charter captain from a trip I bought at a golf tourney auction.

Unfortunately, said captain hooked Old Skool in the head with an artificial lure. Old Skool took it calmly as he bled through his hat and we rushed back to the dock and took him to an urgent care center where they removed the hooks lodged in his head.

My good friend Old Skool was a classic Hurricane. Tough, strong and unfazed by adversity. Kinda reminded me of Ed Reed and his locker room speech.

He didn't say it out loud as his head was hung down, draped by a big white and now red soaked bloody towel, in fact he didn't say anything, but you could just hear him think out loud:

"Don't ask me if I'm hurt Dawg. Damn right I'm hurt. But SOUP said dominate and we ain't doing it. LETS GO MAN!"

That's my good, no make it BEST friend, Judson Bibb. I am honored to be your friend. And at 190 lbs I am certain that you are the biggest, toughest, baddest ass and last fish that captain will ever want to catch!

BigWindyCane1

"Don't ask me if I'm hurt Dawg. Damn right I'm hurt. But SOUP said dominate and we ain't doing it. LETS GO MAN!"

That's my good, no make it BEST friend, Judson Bibb. I am honored to be your friend. And at 190 lbs I am certain that you are the biggest, toughest, baddest ass and maybe the last fish that captain will ever want to catch!

Posted by: SOUP | May 08, 2017 at 06:57 PM

Great story!

Terrance Sullivan

Outstanding Soup. Love it.

Dude

Lol, nice!

Hassan

A couple of points to make before I give my projections. There are a lot of reasons why a player may take a Redshirt, From just simply not being physically ready for the rigors or CFB yet, to Depth chart, to injuries to learning the game or a new position as sometimes kids get switched or a new scheme in college requires a huge learning curve from HS. I think defense is a lil easier to transition because sometimes you can not know where to be or what to do but can get by simply by "finding the football" and extreme effort. On offense it is much more complicated and running fast does no good if it is in the wrong direction, or you can only play with the ball in your hands and can't block. With that said Here are my projects for Redshirt candidates.


Likely Redshirts

1. Mike HarleyWR (5-9/155) I know many may disagree with me here but Harley has 1 special skill and that is his speed. He is not blazing fast (10.78 100M) he is also very small 162 lbs. We have two guys ahead of him with similar skills in Thomas and Berrios that are both bigger. I feel let this kid get bigger and faster and a lil class separation between him and Thomas. Berrios graduates and Harley will be much more ready to play next year with a year in a college weight room.

2. De'Andre WilderOLB (6-2/197) Smallish could use a year to develop. Also will benefit separating a class from the trio of Soph LB's in front of him.

3. Brian PolendeyTE (6-5/230) Both a depth and development deal here. A few players better in front of him. As more of a blocking TE he will need a year in the weight room to get bigger and develop.

4. Evidence NjokuWR (6-5/200) Both Depth and development issues here. Another deal where this is a better player with a similar skill set in front of him (Cager). He is about 212 lbs and is still growing into his body, also the difference in speed of the game from NJ to ACC CFB is going to be a lot. I think David will teach him the benefit a RS can have.

5. Waynmon SteedILB (6-0.5/221) Injured needs a year to heal.

6. Cade WeldonPRO (6-2.5/203) 3rd team now with Perry coming in could be a 4th teamer. Let him RS and develop and get class separation from Perry.


Possible

1. Kai-Leon HerbertOT (6-5/284) He is going to need to gain size and adjust to the speed of the game quickly. We do not have a great OL but there are probably 7-8 guys better then him in front. You want to RS guys like this are the backbone of your program in year 3-4-5 of their development.

2. Jon FordDT (6-5/275) Possible, he is not big for a DT at 275 Lbs, also the trenches is an area where physical development from a RS has historically been the best. There are some talented guys in front of Ford so no need to burn a RS just for him to play a few 3rd team snaps against Bethune Cookman or something.

3. Robert BurnsRB (5-11/209) Depth chart wise he will get carries if he can stay health, but that is a big IF so he is a possible RS candidate.

4. Zalon'tae HilleryOT (6-6/280) Could use a RS to develop his body and adjust to the college game. There are at least 7-8 OL better then him, no use to burn the shirt to be the 8th best OL and not impact the game.

5. Zach DykstraOT (6-6/290) A theme is developing with the new OL. You want to try to RS these guys if possible, I dont see him being better then 8th best on the OL, might as well let him RS.

6. Derrick SmithWR (6-3/190) We are a lil short on Talent at WR but Smith did not enroll early and his ceiling is not as high as some other incoming WR's. I think he is a candidate to RS baring injuries in front of him.

7. Corey GaynorOC (6-4/282) More on the theme of RS OL. I am really high on this kid, but playing Center requires making the calls, he was not an EE and he is smallish so I don't see him trying to play guard. We have two upper classman in front of him at this point, although I think Gaynor could finish with a better career then the two in front of him I say give him the RS Linder should have received and let this kid be a beast for our scout teams and develop physically.


No chance he is going to get a lot of Burn

1. Jeff ThomasWR (5-10/175) He has been compared to Hester, Hester returned the ball for a TD the first time he touched the ball in CFB. Lets hope he can be half as good. We need his speed to take the top off the defense and open up the run game.

2. Navaughn DonaldsonOT (6-5.5/335) Has been said he is our best OL already, certainly our mosted physically gifted lineman. enrolling early has helped him learn the playbook and adjust to CFB. He will mold his body more this summer and be starting day 1 much like Eric Flowers.

3. D.J. Johnson WDE (6-5/240) He did not enroll early but he is simply too gifted to not play. He will provide quality depth on the D.L playing our Joker position and will be a good on all of our ST units.

4. N'Kosi Perry DUAL (6-3.5/176) He has a good chance he will start day 1. Main concern is his size, he needs to put on weight, but the playbook will be adjusted to how much he can learn and what he does well.

5. Trajan BandyCB (5-9.5/180) He is a DOG, really a SFLA player. a lil smallish but he will provide quality depth on our defensive backfield and be a great ST player.

6. DeeJay DallasATH (5-10.5/191) Dallas Crawford but more physically gifted, Will play a lot. Helps he was an EE which will be a theme for the players that will play.

7. Jonathan GarvinSDE (6-3.5/222) Very gifted physically. Will be the kind of kid that terrorizes 2nd units. Will also be a great ST unit player. A lot of guys in front of him but too good to keep off the field.

8. Jhavonte DeanCB (6-2/180) No chance, he was brought in to play right away.

9. Amari CarterS (6-2/188) Yeah he is definitely playing, could be starting by the end of the year.

10. Bradley Jennings Jr.OLB He is going to be in the rotation at 2nd team LB and ST.

11. Zach Feagles at K or P when you are on scholarship you are expected to play. His dad is only the best directional punter in the history or football, oh and he played for the U.

Go Canes!

That's a really fantastic story.

Old Skool proved worthy of his name again!

Old Skool

Thank you, Tom, for the write-up. It was still a good day on the water and a memorable one at that. Beautiful morning, good conversation, the ending needed work but, at least today, we couldn't have everything.

You hung by me like a true friend and I appreciate that, more than you know.

SOUP

You hung by me like a true friend and I appreciate that, more than you know.

Posted by: Old Skool | May 08, 2017 at 08:39 PM

After U saved me from the jaws of the bear at the camp site in Wekiva Springs three years ago did U really think I was going to leave you to the sharks?

#NotAChance

#CanUSayChainSaw

#SavedByTheBibb

Terrance Sullivan

The Canespace Family we don't talk it we live it.

Terrance Sullivan

Harley is not redshirting at all. The rest is possible.

CaneRock

I read where Richt approached DJ Johnson to be the short yardage back.

Go Canes!

If Harley does redshirt it will be a pretty miraculous turnaround for us at that position.

CoCane

I think Cager will take the starting spot with Richards. Mullins and Thomas will take the 3 & 4 spots. Harley will compete with Berrios, Langham, Harris and Njoku for the 5th WR. After losing out on Dye and 5'll 200 already. Dallas will move to RB compete with Gray for the 3rd RB...

Jmo

Terrance Sullivan

I feel that CoCane.

Dude

I dont think Berrios is coming off the field, he has good hands and is always in the right spot. A new QB can use him as a security blanket until someone else proves themselves. I see Richards, Cager & Berrios as the Ace set 3, with a bunch of guys giving those 3 rest, and taking the 4th & 5th spots.

Also, Harley is fast as f*ck from what Ive seen.

Old Skool

In other news Kevin Olsen indicted by a grand jury for rape.

TJL

Kevin Olsen is gonna be someone's boy toy in prison

Ohio_Cane

Very sad ending to what WAS a promising future for Kevin Olsen.

Prayers to the woman involved and her family.

As for Kevin, not so many prayers for him. I pray he learns from this and somehow recovers to have a meaningful rehab.

CoCane

Berrios just doesn't make plays. Cager, Mullins and Thomas have too much talent. I think they beat him out. Experience can only take you so far. Herndon will be the security blanket...

tjl3909

Kevin Olsen is a "Bad Hombre"

Go Canes!

Posted by: CoCane | May 09, 2017 at 11:43 AM

💯

He's got no chemistry with the incoming QB. He'll get passed up as the season progresses.

Go Canes!

In 2016, Jaguars center @BrandonLinder65 (87.6) was the highest graded Jacksonville offensive player since FB Greg Jones in 2011 (88.4).

Dude

Posted by: CoCane | May 09, 2017 at 11:43 AM

I could certainly see that going down sometime midseason, but FSU is early on and thats a bunch of trust in 2 or 3 guys that havent done anything yet. Berrios doesnt make the Richards kind of plays, I'll grant you that, but he does keep the chains moving.

Dude

^^^ Oh and Herndon might be the best security blanket in CF next year.

30CINCO

J. Vilma included:

University of Miami elects new members to Board of Trustees

http://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/news/2017/05/05/university-of-miami-elects-new-members-to-board-of.html

thirstybuzzardcane

Hey Soup and Old School, I found video of your fishing trip!

https://youtu.be/In2Iq98hmG8

TruCane81

Berrios 3ems like a Wes Welker clone. Not a deep threat at all but could be a reliable reciever.

His main problem I have seen is getting off press coverage.There are ways to gameplan for that.

He and Njoku should have terrorized defenses last year and opened up Stacy and Ammon outside . They could also cause hesitation in the linebackers and open the run.

Problem is our oc does not seem to believe in attacking the middle of the field at short and intermediate range.

With Richt's love affair with ground and pound mixed with deep routes, Berrios probably will fall down the depth chart because he has not shown to be a deep threat.

Dude

Juventus have punched their tcket into the final game in Cardiff! Im a very happy Dude right now? Can my Canes make it 2 for 2? By the way, thank you Barcelona, Dani Alves is the man!

Herbieibis

Derrick Smith will be in the secondary. Don't believe we brought him in to play we.

Ohio_Cane

From a poster on CIS:

Tidbits from Richt - Long

I got the chance to attend a small gathering with Coach Richt and even get one of Lu's questions in. A few points I remembered (note that quotes are paraphrased and rely on my addled memory):

- On rule changes: "Getting an extra coach is very important. In football we have the worse coach to player ratio of any sport. With over 100 guys out there and only 10 coaches, it gets harder to give the individual attention needed. That's a rule that us in the trenches all know makes sense. As to an early signing period, I am not sure. We are going to have to live with it and see how it goes. Maybe it needs to get tweaked. Now it's great to have a guy commit in December and not have to babysit him until February, but when you push signing up, you push up visits and everything else. I'm all about protecting the sanctity of the season. I want to be game-planning and focused on my team during the season and we don't want to interfere with their high school season they need to be focused on."

- On meeting with recruits: "I'm a 57 year old man. If I have a 17 year old in my office, I'm pretty sure I can get him to commit to me if I want to. But if it's easy to get that, it will be just as easy for someone to flip him later. I just want him to understand who we are and what we offer. Why we are going to be there for him during and after. I rather he leave thinking 'I should have committed' or 'I wish I had committed' rather than 'why did I rush in to that' or did I make a mistake.' That's why I get a lot of calls a day or two later when they've reflected and really want to commit."

- On recruiting pitch: "I like to talk about us and what we have to offer. I don't like talking about other guys. Though not everyone does that, I'll tell ya. I just want them to understand who we are and want to be part of our family. We have wonderful things to offer. I told the BOT, I don't need the biggest bat in recruiting, but I'd like the standard size please, which is why it's so great to get the new IPF with all the football facilities. Now there is nothing at all we are missing or needing to explain while kids look around going 'this is Miami, where are all the cool things I saw at X or Y?"

- On commits: "They can be are biggest asset. They can recruit their butts off for you. Mostly you just want them to feel connected and part of our program. I'm on a group chat with all of our public commits. I can text them all whenever I want to get a message out to them. You want them to feel part of the program.

- On gameday (this one's for @LuCane): I asked him who his eyes and ears in the box where. "Jon is in the room with me coaching quarterbacks with me everyday. He knows what we are looking for and what we are trying to do. He'll yell out a Rat call from a Cover 1 or something pre-snap. He's talking about the coverages pre-snap everytime. Also post-snap. What they did differently or what he sees. I wish I was up there. You can really see everything, so I rely on that. I guess I would miss stuff I see on the field too though. Like sometimes I'll just look over and say 'that boy ain't keeping up with Ahmmon Rich" in a way I couldn't see from the box. And Searles has a grad assistant up there, they are like blood brothers, that's his guy, and he's talking all about the front 7 and the line while Jon's talking coverages."

A lot of Richt's focus was on how this is a family. He feels he was called by God to help these young men and that's why he's never followed the opportunities to go pro. He wants to help them become better men and prepare them for their lives after football as well. "You can make guys do whatever you want by laying down the rules and throwing out whoever doesn't follow them. But what you want is for guys to understand why the rules are there and why they matter and how it will help them." He prefers coaches who are married with kids. "I want my coaches to know what it means for these families to entrust their kids to us. I gave my son Jon to a coach for 4 years and I said teach him. And that takes trust. You want them loved and cared for. But you also want them disciplined and taught and made men. You got to get after them but then you got to hang on their necks and love 'em too."

Working on a U-Connect program so that after football, we can help them with their real jobs. They need to understand that even the most successful are done by 35. Even those lucky enough to land in the league for a year or two or three, even if they make a million dollars; after the government takes half, and your agent gets a cut, and you get something nice for your momma, once you buy a car you don't have all that much left saved in the bank. Need to think about life after football.

These are the things I thought would be of most interest to you all. I generally just get to add really crappy jokes, so I'm glad I got to share this during the off season.

SOUP

Hey Soup and Old School, I found video of your fishing trip!

https://youtu.be/In2Iq98hmG8

Posted by: thirstybuzzardcane | May 09, 2017 at 03:37 PM

No, we were in a flats boat.

Well, but other than that, yeah, that's about he way it went down.

Terrance Sullivan

Great stuff Ohio Cane!

WWIN

Old Skool...

I hope for a quick recovery for ya... sorry to hear about the accident... I can only imagine that it hurt like hell!

Go Canes!

Posted by: Ohio_Cane | May 09, 2017 at 04:47 PM

We're so freaking lucky to have this guy.

BigWindyCane1

These are the things I thought would be of most interest to you all. I generally just get to add really crappy jokes, so I'm glad I got to share this during the off season.

Posted by: Ohio_Cane | May 09, 2017 at 04:47 PM

Great stuff Ohio. Thanks for sharing.

Ohio, I think I was there at that gathering Monday in downtown Miami. CMR had some interesting things to say. I even found it interesting what he said about the QBs he has coached, his experience playing behind Testeverde and Kosar, being coached by Schnelly and Earl Moral, and the Earl Moral Shula Super Bowl story. It was also interesting what he said about putting his QBs in the fire, rather than waiting 2-3 years to find out you don't have a QB that plays well under pressure.

CMR definitely sees coaching as his spiritual mission, and I agree and respect him for that.

Thanks Ohio. You always post and share great stuff!

Dude

Posted by: Go Canes! | May 09, 2017 at 06:11 PM

He has a really laid back, mature, professional style. There's no in over his head here, the only question is can he win a title. Miami gives him a better opportunity than UGA ever did. We have to walk before we can run though so Canes nation needs to temper expectations a bit. Our goals have to be a) win the Coastal, b) win 10 games and c) keep this recruiting class together. Nothing in my mind is more important because we have to put together 3 classes in a row that are just like the one we have now. We do that and we'll have our Canes back at the top.

Dude

Btw, whos next for Storm18?

TruCane81

I dont care how many games we win.

If CMR comes with sensible offensive game planning and strategies, then I am with him til the wheels fall off.

CGNC

Skool! Soup!! What a story. Ouch, must have really hurt

SOUP

Skool! Soup!! What a story. Ouch, must have really hurt

Posted by: CGNC | May 09, 2017 at 09:47 PM

U don't even know how it feels to have two treble hooks stuck in the back of your head and then be bounced around going back 7 miles to the dock, then getting in a car to be rushed to the urgent care center to have them push the hooks through your skin until the treble hooks can be cut off and removed.

Yeah, neither do I, but Old Skool does.

They say what doesn't kill U makes U stronger. The fact that Old Skool is STRONG is NOT now, or has ever been, in question!

Terrance Sullivan

Old Skool is tougher than a 2 Dollar steak.

1mg Of epi

I dont care how many games we win.


Posted by: TruCane81 | May 09, 2017 at 09:34 PM

I'm calling shenanigans on this.

Terrance Sullivan

Definitely calling shenanigans on that ha

Dude

The acceptable floor for next season is probably 9 wins with a bowl win making 10. Its the only way we can look at the team and say, we took a step forward. The defense Miami will field is going to be so nasty, we should have a really good chance every game. Another goal should also be to retain a top 20 ranking the entire year. Its funny, usually I kind of have to talk myself into these outlooks because past years have been so dire, but this whole era feels different. It feels professional.

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