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solarcane

If you are a big Amari Carter fan like I am, after you read this you will be an Amari Carter fan of the man, and not just the football player

Respect to each of these young men.

"They could have spent spring break relaxing. Instead, these Hurricanes went to the Dominican Republic to make a difference

Seven former and current Hurricanes football players -- including Kai-Leon Herbert, Amari Carter, Cade Weldon, Jimmy Murphy, Robert Burns, Michael Parrott and Mike Harley -- spend their spring break doing community service and mission work in the Dominican Republic. (Courtesy, Mike Blanc, UM football chaplain)
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Even as he packed his bags, Amari Carter fought back some of the doubt.

With the Miami Hurricanes set to begin spring football in a little more than a week, Carter was headed to the Dominican Republic, not to enjoy a breather before embarking on the busiest stretch of the semester, but to spend his days delivering food to families in need, painting houses, and engaging in various other community service efforts as part of a mission trip with several teammates.

Though Carter knew he’d be doing good work and hopefully, making a difference in the lives of others, he couldn’t help but wonder — should he spend his break home in South Florida, working out and preparing for what awaited him on his return?

“I had a couple teammates that were like, ‘You’re not going to have much of a spring break.’ Even I was thinking at first, “I’m not going to have a spring break,’” said Carter, a junior safety and former Palm Beach Gardens standout. “And it’s normal to think like that, especially if you’ve never been on a mission trip. But at the same time, I knew what I was going to do was more important than anything I could have been doing here. All I would have done is go to the beach and worked out.

“It turns out I was working out non-stop, in a different way.”

Hurricanes football players Mike Harley and Kai-Leon Herbert spent part of their spring break doing community service work in the Dominican Republic. (Courtesy, Mike Blanc, UM team chaplain)
For Carter and the rest of the Hurricanes who traveled to the Dominican Republic last month, those spring break workouts consisted not of running sprints, but playing baseball and kickball with the orphaned boys they met at a group home in San Pedro de Macoris. Instead of lifting weights, the seven football players and three current and former volleyball players went door-to-door delivering solar-powered lights to families living in a town with no electricity.

It all proved an eye-opening experience said receiver Mike Harley, who also made the five-day trip with Carter, offensive lineman Kai-Leon Herbert, safety Jimmy Murphy, fullback Michael Parrott, running back Robert Burns, former quarterback Cade Weldon and volleyball players Cameron Dobbs, Kolby Bird and Sakile Simmons.


“It was a great experience. I came home with all these videos and pictures that I wanted to show my siblings because we have everything these kids don’t, and those kids that had the least were so happy,” Harley said. “I just wanted to show my family how grateful we have to be for what we have. It changed the way I look at life. It made me more grateful. It made me look at life and know someone else is going through worse. We’re here, we’re privileged and we have so much to be thankful for.”

Harley and Carter were first approached about the possibility of making the trip late last season by Hurricanes team chaplain Mike Blanc, who meets regularly with several Miami players as part of the school’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes Leaders in Training program.

Blanc, a former national champion at Auburn and Deerfield Beach High standout, had made a similar mission trip during his own college career. Recalling the difference he said it made in his own life, Blanc was curious to see if any of the athletes he is mentoring today would be interested in a similar experience.

Harley, Carter and a handful of their teammates were, so Blanc put the trip together and helped the Hurricanes raise the necessary funds to travel.

After four months of preparation, the 10 athletes traveled south and while there was some time to go horseback riding and visit the beach, the Hurricanes spend the majority of their five days in the Dominican Republic doing outreach work. Evenings were spent in what Blanc termed a “debriefing,” where each of the athletes shared their personal experiences with everyone else on the trip.

And as they traveled, the Hurricanes noticed a constant — even in the Dominican Republic — the people they met recognized the Miami logos on their clothing.

“Everyone we met was so happy to see us. It was never like, ‘Who are these people?’ And a lot of them identified with the ‘U’ logo on our chests. They were like, ‘I know that school. That’s Miami,’” Blanc said. “I thought it was really cool that our young people saw that this logo can go almost anywhere in the world and people will identify with it. … I thought it was so important to help train and equip these young leaders to learn that life is about giving. It isn’t about what you receive.

“And they know they have a platform. People see who they are. I tell them all the time — anywhere you go on campus, people will know your names. The things you do can have an impact on the people around you. A lot of our athletes, they have thousands of followers on social media. Imagine if those followers and the people who are looking at your pages see the selflessness of the things you’ve done in the Dominican Republic. Imagine how that can encourage people to do the same thing. That’s why I think it’s so important for our student-athletes to get involved.”

It was a message and an experience the Hurricanes said they won’t forget and something they hope changed them for the better.

“It just shows you that it’s not just about football. It’s not just about school. It shows you that athletes can go out of our way and sacrifice and do other things to help our community and be better people,” Harley said. “It’s about more than just playing sports for a school.”

Added Carter, “I came back saying I was going to try to be more of someone that people could look to and see my joy. Whether it’s just smiling at a stranger when I’m walking past them, just saying good morning, being a person that’s friendlier, someone that’s just a light in the community. Here, everyone is so focused on our phones and on ourselves. I want to try and focus on putting others always before me. Whether it’s my family, my teammates, my coaches. I’m not going to just pray for myself first. I’m going to pray for others first. That’s how it’s supposed to be.”

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86Cane

NEW BLOG IS UP!

solarcane

Is Bubba making any progress?

86Cane

And Lingard could also be a factor if he is healthy.

Posted by: BigWindyCane1 | April 21, 2019 at 10:45 AM

Remember he was a 5 star recruit according to most.

Before getting hurt last year we all thought he was going to see playing time last season. Oh, and he is very fast too.

UMike

In the spring game it was clearly Perry and Martell as the top 2 QB's in my opinion. But keep in mind they looked good at times against 3rs stringers and walk ons. It's obvious the OL needs work, but the "sacks" weren't as bad as it seems. At least a few times the "sack" would not have been a sack in a live game and they had space to run. For example a simple touch of the shoulder pads was a sack.

Mallory and our TE's are going to be a problem. I absolutely loved seeing the different formations and motions. The TD that Mallory scored on he was lined up wide to start, then came in motion and got down on the line. With decent OL and QB play, no reason we shouldn't win 10-11 games. GR15 is going to be a problem as well, that dude is long and fast. Silvera is nasty.


solarcane

Do any of you ladies and gentlemen have experience using a non contact laser thermometer on a grill,smoker,or griddle?

I cook on a Blackstone griddle three or four meals a week. I always get great results, but I have talked myself into needing a laser thermometer.

Mostly so I can walk around and measure important temperatures
on things like my driveway,fishing lures, beverages,
neighborhood dogs,stuff like that.
Any suggestions on good brands?

solarcane

Happy Easter

Terrance Sullivan

Happy Easter Canespace Family!

BigWindyCane1

I said earlier this Spring that the DL would be a strength of the team, and the Spring game showed that. I know Willis was very productive, but the DL as a unit might be the best since the Butch/Coker years. Across the board, they are stacked. The transfers from VT and UCLA will have to fight for reps

BigWindyCane1

I like DeeJay Dallas, but Cam’Ron Harris looks really good. Harris might see more reps as the season progresses. And Lingard could also be a factor if he is healthy.

The Canes look good at RB, if healthy. OC Enos isn’t CMR or Thomas Brown, so I expect him to prepare and play the RBs that give him the best chance to put up points

BigWindyCane

Canes win big in Orlando today!
1# Perry
2# Martell
3# Williams

Posted by: NativeCane | April 20, 2019 at 03:47 PM


Martell looked fast on his feet but seemed to tuck and run quicker than Perry. Might have been completely different from the stands.

Posted by: solarcane | April 21, 2019 at 12:20 AM

Nailed it.

Posted by: 86Cane | April 21, 2019 at 10:25 AM

Agreed! 💯

86Cane

Happy Easter to all U Canespacers.

86Cane

Martell looked fast on his feet but seemed to tuck and run quicker than Perry. Might have been completely different from the stands.

Posted by: solarcane | April 21, 2019 at 12:20 AM

Nailed it.

Harry Miller

Happy Easter to all on Canespacers. Have a great Day on this very special day.

BigWindyCane

Spring football 2019, is in the books, and the offseason training begins.

Happy Easter and Passover to you all!

Terrance Sullivan

Glad to hear the accounts of the Spring Scrimmages the past couple of weeks. I feel better hearing from U All and The Known Media the Sun Sentinel and Miami Herald. Everyone have a Happy Easter. Love Y'all.

solarcane

Watched all the youtube spring Hilites came to the conclusion the offensive line will get someone killed before the season is over.

Martell looked fast on his feet but seemed to tuck and run quicker than Perry. Might have been completely different from the stands.

NativeCane

GC, Martell does find a way to get it done.

NativeCane

Canes down 8-6 top of the 8th.

JCane

Game 3, Canes get 9 to bat and plate 6 in the first, but in the 4th get the bug of walking Cards with bases loaded. Now 6-4, U.

Go Canes!!

https://twitter.com/BSeeligonthemic/status/1119674453628194820

NativeCane

Canes win big in Orlando today!
1# Perry
2# Martell
3# Williams

Terrance Sullivan

Absolutely needed that Win vs the Cards. Go Canes!

JCane

Canes win game 2, 16-11.

Go Canes!!

https://twitter.com/CanesFootball/status/1119649797219201024

Go Canes!!

https://twitter.com/CanesFootball/status/1119650264280174592


https://twitter.com/CanesFootball/status/1119650264280174592

JCane

Canes gave up 3 in 7th, 10-6, but in 8th 2 more walked in bases loaded runs....crazy....and then Toral with the grand slam to right. 16-6, Canes. Save a few for game 3 at this point...

JCane

Canes quickly get out of the 6th..

CoCane

The offense has been trash the last 2 seasons. Ironically, the offense has accumulated the proper depth during that time. While the defense has balled for 3 years strait but depth at LB and CB is somehow still thin...

WTF

JCane

Baseball game set to resume at noon.

Raizecane

Umike.... i am in lot e, second row

UMike

We are here, lot E 2 row from stadium.

JCane

Game continues tomorrow, up 10-3, but bottom of 6th has Louisville with runners on 2nd and 3rd, 1 out. Have to be careful. Top of 6th was great, may not see so many bases loaded walks in one inning ever again. Don't want to harp on the same concerns, but the U had 1 error in the game by the usual suspect. Don't know what it will take to get him right. Just hope the U settles down, takes game 2 without any excitement and wins the rubber match.

nemo2002

100

86Cane

Way to go NativeCane!

Terrance Sullivan

No Thank U Buddy. Appreciate U Native!

NativeCane

Thanks buddy!

Terrance Sullivan

Game will continue tomorrow. Go Canes!

NativeCane

Game is in rain delay

NativeCane

9 run 6th inning for Canes, not sure Looey has any more pitchers!?!?!

NativeCane

Loaded bases clearing double, 10-3

NativeCane

11 batters, 7 walks, 6 runs

NativeCane

4th bases loaded walk
New Looey pitcher.
7-3

NativeCane

3rd bases loaded walk of the inning 6-3

NativeCane

Another Bases loaded walk 5-3

NativeCane

Wild pitch, Jenkins scores..4-3 Canes. Pitcher hits Lala bases loaded again, Lala talking trash to Looey dugout.

NativeCane

Bases loaded, Gil scores on walk, tie game.
Looey gets a new pitcher.

NativeCane

Del Castillo scores on wild pitch
3-2....1 out

NativeCane

Top of the 6th Canes down 3-1.

NativeCane

Grounds crew pads front of pitchers mound with sand, I'm wondering if Mckendry injured himself some way in that wet clay.

NativeCane

Keysor relieves Mckendry to start bottom of 2nd.

Terrance Sullivan

Ugh

NativeCane

Ok, this ain't the start I envisioned....
Canes down 3-0
Top of the 2nd.

NativeCane

Mckendry on the mound for Canes.

NativeCane

First inning starts in the drizzling rain.

NativeCane

Canes hardballers fixin' to get on Looey Vile like Jerome Brown on Troy Aikman.

Native

Called the ticket office about admission to stadium tomorrow and they said come on down, no special ticket required.

Ill be looking around Lot E for my people!

Dem Canes!!!

solarcane

Spring Game

"If Miami comes out with energy and competitive spirit, looks smooth playing the game, and the head coach seems controlled but high energy- it’s a successful day. Oh, and if no one gets injured- that too."

Yea good luck with all that happening.

BigWindyCane1

Very interesting article about 5 star recruits in Florida.

https://miami.rivals.com/news/five-star-history-florida-rates-as-the-top-team

This article raises a lot of questions, but re-affirms who the Canes true in-state competition is. Although Florida is the #1 state for producing 5 star recruits, it appears that the Canes are trailing FSU and UF in landing 5 star in-state commitments. Also, Alabama, Clemson and OSU are making inroads.

TJL

Nice

https://www.si.com/nfl/2019/04/19/miami-hurricanes-2004-nfl-draft-record-six-players-first-round

solarcane

I'm hoping the current backs watch that clip.
They are gonna be a big part of us going forward.

McGahee looked like a man among boys in those hilites

Go Canes!!

Posted by: solarcane | April 19, 2019 at 01:01 AM


What a truly unbelievable run of Hall of Fame caliber players we had at RB.

AeroCane

Mcgaheee was flat out awesome!!!
Deejay reminds me a little of Portis with his reads and patience

solarcane

Are you ready for this?


https://youtu.be/RSu0BtLH4iQ

86Cane

I would hate to be a football player today. All those "drills" that they think are so important I can't see that they have anything to do with football and look like injury makers.

But hey, I am just a fan. They are coaches and win or lose with what they do. I would just hate to see a star player injured doing a silly drill with nothing related to football.

But again, hey, that's just me.

NativeCane

7-5 final

NativeCane

Amditas on first with 2 outs.

NativeCane

Canes Del Castillo lead off double.
Del Castillo score on RBI.

NativeCane

Double play by Zamora ends 8th
7-4
Top of the 9th Canes last at bat.

JCane

We can't forget Zamora with another E unfortunately. SS is tough, but can't avg. 1 every other game. Hope he gets it together. He's got a lot of potential. One more chance in the 9th for some O.

solarcane

Check out when he runs about 60 yds on a fake punt nobody really wants to tackle him

solarcane

nemo

Here's an article downloaded awhile back pretty interesting

https://usatodayhss.com/2019/7-things-to-know-about-miamis-jacked-new-punter-louis-hedley

NativeCane

Balk on pitcher Amditas scores.
7-4.

Getting a kick out of fat guys behind plate in stands stuffing their face....lol

NativeCane

Sorry for your loss Herb.

Glad to seeya in a KIA!

NativeCane

Cook walks batter with 2 outs bases loaded.
Canes down 7-3.

On to the 7th.

nemo2002

Anything to report about our new Aussie punter?

NativeCane

Canes down 6-3 to Louisville, coming up on top of the 6th.

solarcane


9 times Mike loved Miami more than you do

https://www.stateoftheu.com/2019/4/17/18312038/miami-hurricanes-michael-irvin-malik-rosier-darrell-langham-the-u-um-nfl-draft-dallas-cowboys-canes#

solarcane


PRACTICE

https://youtu.be/SS4atRm0oXM

solarcane

six-pack of Hurricanes notes on a Thursday:

▪ Who were UM’s standouts this spring, heading into Saturday’s noon spring game in Orlando?

Coach Manny Diaz cited six players this week: Fullback Realus George (he has refined his body and will have a role in Dan Enos’ offense); receiver Mark Pope (is playing faster, making big plays and improving in his learning of route concepts); Gil Frierson (his move from cornerback to striker has been beneficial); Defensive tackle Nesta Silvera (has really come on strong the past three weeks after starting spring practice on the third team; was with the starters on Thursday); Safety Gurvan Hall (will compete with Amari Carter and Bubba Bolden for two starting safety jobs this summer) and Cornerback DJ Ivey (for much of the past two weeks has been perhaps the best of the young cornerbacks competing to start opposite veteran Trajan Bandy).

Asked the spring MVPs on defense, defensive coordinator Blake Baker said Thursday that “the guys that have been really consistent” are linebackers Shaq Quarterman and Mike Pinckney.

Among surprises, Baker named Ivey (“starting to really show up”) and Frierson at cornerback and striker, respectively, and then cited Jon Ford and Nesta Silvera on the defensive line, while adding that Tyreic Martin –who hasn’t contributed much in two seasons — “is doing some good things inside … I think we have a solid group in there [at defensive tackle, with Pat Bethel also a key part]. They’ve been a pleasant surprise.”


▪ With UM having lost its three top backup linebackers to injuries, Baker said Pat Joyner — who moved from linebacker to defensive end as a freshman last season — will again be back at linebacker playing MIKE and WILL in the spring game.

“I think he can fill a role there for us,” Baker said.

Terrance Sullivan

Sorry for your loss Herb. My Sympathies to you and your family.

UMike

For the spring game tickets... I was sent a text with a link. When I clicked on the link it brought me to a page with scannable barcodes. So register online and they can text you the link and you can use your phone. Don't think there are any physical tickets.

raizecane

Herb, my deepest sympathy on your loss :-(. Your wife should think about naming the Kia after your sister (I know that sounds stupid but...)

VA Cane

Sorry for your loss Herb. Losing family is tough; I think of my Mom every day. I know she expects me to carry on so I do. Peace, serenity and understanding to you and yours now and always my friend.

86Cane

The Ish is gonna hit the fan. I can't wait!

86Cane

Won a Kia Soul? Holy Moses!!!

86Cane

If spacers have others ideas about parking lot E is not set in stone

Posted by: UMike | April 17, 2019 at 01:56 PM

Lot E it is!

#AllIn

Go Canes!!


Posted by: Herbieibis | April 17, 2019 at 06:33 PM

Sorry for your loss Herb. Losing a parent is tough, siblings are even more difficult.

Have to ask, how did your wife win the car??

Herbieibis

Great day, my better half just won a 2019 Kia Soul.
It hasn't been a good start of the new year all kinds of things not going right and losing my sister 2 weeks ago has really stung The Herb but today a ray of sunlight graced us.

Terrance Sullivan

Speaking of Canes United Sherri should make a announcement this month on UNC Tickets and all Road Game Tickets this year so we can get our Ticket Order in. She will have block of tickets for UNC, Pitt, FSU, Duke. She didnt get block tickets for the UF and FIU Games. She will announce this month with UNC Game as soon as she annouces it on Facebook. I will post in here and we can try to get our Group to buy in. The Seats are Great. Go Canes!

UMike

Raize, sounds good. I think it's $10 at the gate for parking. Canes United, not sure if you are familiar with them, are having their tailgate there so it could fill. Then again just a spring game lol

If spacers have others ideas about parking lot E is not set in stone

raizecane

I was planning on parking lot E, hear there is a tailgate going on there lol. Gates open at 9 so we plan to be there at 9

Posted by: UMike | April 17, 2019 at 12:58 PM

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Umike.....I can meet you in Lot E.

http://www.campingworldstadium.com/assets/doc/CWStadium-Parking-Map-88a04213a7.pdf

see link for parking map. Lot E is on the opposite side of I-4 but i dont think it will be that crowded so I should be able to park in E

raizecane

I'll call you if and when I head that way Saturday Raize.

Posted by: NativeCane | April 17, 2019 at 12:16 PM

Giddy Up!!

UMike

I was planning on parking lot E, hear there is a tailgate going on there lol. Gates open at 9 so we plan to be there at 9

86Cane

Raize...Meet in Parking Lot at 9:45-10 AM.

You need to bring cooler, tent, tables, chairs.

When you get parked text everyone where you are at and post on the blog. We will meet you at your car wherever you are parked.

I will bring cooler with subs, chips and drinks.

NativeCane

I'll call you if and when I head that way Saturday Raize.

raizecane

Soup you think I can get tickets at the gate saturday at scrimmage?

Posted by: Native | April 17, 2019 at 08:20 AM

I will be there but have no clue what the plans are. it's like herding cats

86Cane

There are no actual paper tickets. You can register to attend and get "tickets" on line that go to your mobile device at the UM website. If you just show up I am not sure how it will work. Call the UM ticket office?

Native

JCane, Its only baseball but I like, like it, yes I do!

Soup you think I can get tickets at the gate saturday at scrimmage?

Terrance Sullivan

Great Job Canes. Keep it Rolling Baby Wooooooo!

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