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They are keying on Duke. He will get a stacked box when in the game which is why PA pass off Duke has been our best play. If we can get the ball on offense with a lead I think we can sustain it.
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Sloppy on both sides of the ball. Gardner looks too comfortable but their offense has only scored 7; if we were told their offense would only score 7 this early we would all be happy with that. Not getting enough time in the pocket for Kaaya and not sure that will change tonight. Duke looks bigger but not as quick.. Need to get ahead and run the ball. We will have a tough time coming from behind in this one.
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It is hilarious that the haters start dragging their butts across the carpet like dogs and howling that they have no idea what they are talking about any time a current or former player has something positive to say about the Miami Hurricanes football program. Yet, when former players, who are not at the Canes daily practices, have less than positive comments the haters swear that those comments are the holy grail. Stupid never takes holiday! Posted by: Nothing But Blue Skies From Now On | September 01, 2014 at 03:02 PM Yup
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Yea, im pretty much done with getting my hopes up, only to witness Miami get bullied around again. The right coach changes everything. Until a coaching change happens I'm not falling for an incompetent coached Miami team. With all the talent Miami has on offense, they should not be struggling to pick up successive first downs. This team is painful to watch. Posted by: cool j | September 01, 2014 at 10:12 AM So to deal with your potential disappointment you post pre- emptive negative nonsense on this site? You anxiety comes from a lack of knowledge about the game or team. Don't worry though, you're not alone as many people on the site are in that category.. Every year is new. Even if you're Florida State, Auburn, or Alabama. This is a new team that you have not seen play yet. You all are like scared old women looking for someone to tell them everything is gonna be okay. You need to just take your medicine and go lay down for a spell, honey. Everything will work out. We are a better team.
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Posted by: bob_bba70 | September 01, 2014 at 01:46 AM Wow, another bigot. smh.
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Green white combo, top or bottoms with black socks and shoes. Contrasting helmet to jersey. That's my uni pick. Posted by: Mahoney-Pearson | August 31, 2014 at 04:05 PM Yup. pic.twitter.com/2QQ00YKq
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And yes, all these black and dark uniforms look like someone wants to make players look like they just got a bus out of the black south chicago neighborhood as if they are there to sell drugs to the cheer leaders. black racism instead of solid football. Capice? Posted by: Canefan72 | August 31, 2014 at 04:41 PM The only thing typical is your bigotry laden impression of the new uniforms that I, many fans, and the players think look great. Your characterization is awful and reeks of deep seeded racist underpinnings. This has nothing to do with Chicago and everything to do with your impressions of the very football players you claim to support. Disgusting. Please refrain from responding to my posts moving forward and I will do the same for yours.
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Forgetaboutit, mahoney, All we have now is the racist, black hatred of white Americans jiggabooo halloween costumes on most teams. Penn State won with a bunch of white PA/Italian players and simple white uniforms won with solid football. To most schools, they look like practice uniforms. But PSU will be back winning championshps when goldie is still a 50-50 loser. Posted by: Canefan72 | August 31, 2014 at 04:11 PM Canefan72, I gotta be honest, I have no idea what this post means. What are you talking about? Please explain: "racist, black hatred of white Americans jiggabooo halloween costumes on most teams."
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^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ The arithmetic is so simple even a gator could figure it out. Posted by: Canes72 | August 31, 2014 at 04:04 PM Your understanding is simple. Don't care how many guys hands are in the dirt if they can't play you won't stop aunt jenny.
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The arithmetic is so simple even a gator could figure it out. Posted by: Canes72 | August 31, 2014 at 04:04 PM Clinton Portis likes Al Golden --- "he's the right man for the job" --- but said: “For what we’re used to in a defensive coordinator, it’s not up to our standards. But we also don’t have the defensive linemen, linebackers and secondary we’re used to, don’t have playmakers who command double teams, don’t have linebackers who wreak havoc. But you have to give Mark D’Onofrio something to work with.” Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/sports-buzz/#storylink=cpy
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Question I have is what will be the first play-call on offense? Run is most conservative and likely highest percentage to get a positive play, but Louisville's DC knows that and will likely call heavy run stop play. A play-pass wouldn't be as effective because although the D is gonna be leaning run they won't be afraid of it. An outright drop-back would likely have the time on first down of first offensive possession, but i'm not sure thats the way you want to start with Brad. I say you take the middle ground. Play pass and go to TE or check-down to Duke in the flat. Should be good for at least 4 yards. Then you run the ball. That to me the first offensive play call will say a lot about how Coley is thinking.
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People will look to temper potential disappointment by predicting a loss on sites like this, but i'm a Hurricane to the core and believe this team is on the rise. I expect a thorough victory tomorrow night.
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Green white combo, top or bottoms with black socks and shoes. Contrasting helmet to jersey. That's my uni pick.
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I expect a lot of pressing and jamming off the line of scrimmage, because you have to (1) disrupt the timing of Petrino's routes and (2) hope your DL can pressure the opposing QB. The Defense will be fine. They won't be on the field as much as last season and they have a lot to prove, starting up front.
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Posted by: KansasCane | August 31, 2014 at 03:22 PM I agree, but Duke and the rest of the talent will cover that. One thing people aren't acknowledging is Duke's singular commitment to the offense. No more special teams. Which to me means he will be the offensive workhorse like Freeman was against us last season for FSU. Furthermore there is a commitment to the TE position this season like there hasn't been before. That alone with add more variety to play-calling. Power-running, ball-control offense. That's what I expect; at least early on. Run heavy and throw out of the back field. The increased involvement of RBs int he passing game alone signals a shift in the offense. Also Kaaya has special awareness and I wouldn't be surprised to see him have the ability to change plays at the line. "'Coach helps us do it (catching & running routes) after practice all the time,'" said Edwards. "'I've gotten a lot better at catching. Duke can catch. That's who we all look up to. We gotta catch the ball, we gotta run routes. We gotta do every aspect of the game'" You should read that artivle. Great footage to go along with commentary.
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^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Must read... http://www.stateoftheu.com/2014/8/31/6085555/hurricanes-football-15-things-you-need-to-know-before-the-season
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it's simple, Duke must have strong game to win TOP, and the D must have a better pass rush vs the past few yrs Posted by: gocanes1 | August 31, 2014 at 02:02 PM _____________________________________________________________ It really is that simple. We have more talent across the board and just need to perform. On offense, the line needs to establish itself. What gives me confidence is Duke. He makes our entire team better by just being able to practice and playing on game day. He's a force of nature who's toughness can't be accounted for in the scouting report like the one above. He is that swagg. "'Coach helps us do it (catching & running routes) after practice all the time,'" said Edwards. "'I've gotten a lot better at catching. Duke can catch. That's who we all look up to. We gotta catch the ball, we gotta run routes. We gotta do every aspect of the game'" "The offensive dark horse this season will be freshman Joseph Yearby. Yearby, who had a minor setback with a broken fibula, has made his name known in Coral Gables." "Al Golden has repeatedly praised Yearby for his play during camp. His explosive nature in both the running and passing game kept him from being redshirted this season. The Miami native will bring a certain shiftiness as a substitute, which will make game planning a difficult task for opposing teams." "When asked about Joseph Yearby, running backs coach Tim "Ice" Harris had this so say of him: "'He has a fantastic work ethic,'" said Ice. "'He learns from Duke a lot, and he's come a long way since coming here.'" On defense, it all comes down to the pressure/push we can generate with 4 down linemen. Dallas has that toughness on defense and it will be great having him back there on that side of the ball, but the defense will go as far as the DL takes them. I believe in chick and expect him to have a different presence this season. He's playing with better talent and eventhough his weight is the same, his body is leaner. More lean muscle-mass. "From my perspective in camp, Chick's size is what stands out. He's leaner than he was just a few months ago. His burst off the line of scrimmage is what Canes fans have been waiting from him." "When asked about who has been the hardest defensive linemen to compete against in camp, star OT Ereck Flowers said it what Chickillo." "'I know Chick, he's gotten a lot stronger,'" said Flowers. "'He has a really strong base. He's definitely gotten tougher.'" the quotes are from a must read article going into Monday night.
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I asked several UM players and officials for tangible reasons why this defense will be better after finishing 89th last season. Among their answers: better defensive line depth with the additions of Chad Thomas, Trent Harris and Demetrius Jackson; the instincts and physicality that Dallas Crawford will bring to safety; talent and depth at cornerback; and the belief that Calvin Heurtelou, Courtel Jenkins and eventually Michael Wyche will be slightly better at defensive tackle than Curtis Porter (out of football), Justin Renfrow (cut by Arizona last week) and Luther Robinson (cut today by Green Bay). Anthony Chickillo cited another reason: “Our defense is an NFL system and you have to put in the work. Guys are taking the initiative to learn it more” than past years. Cornerback Tracy Howard said one reason for that increased player diligence is “we got a lot of distractions out of the program,” declining to elaborate. Still, one UM person voiced concern about how UM will defend runs to the perimeter. In general, “how they play defense is just crazy,” Fox analyst and former UM assistant and ex-Dolphins coach Dave Wannstedt said. “I’m pulling for them but they have some issues.” ### Some former UM players are restless with the state of the program. “It’s a short leash this year,” Brett Romberg said this offseason. “Excuses are over. You’ve getting good athletes. No excuses any more! You’re seeing the same mistakes, and that’s coaching. “They aren’t capable of running a 3-4 defense [which they will play sometimes]. Their linebackers aren’t capable of holding the gap in a 3-4. Bill Belichick was able to get the most even when he didn’t have great talent on his lines.” Clinton Portis likes Al Golden --- "he's the right man for the job" --- but said: “For what we’re used to in a defensive coordinator, it’s not up to our standards. But we also don’t have the defensive linemen, linebackers and secondary we’re used to, don’t have playmakers who command double teams, don’t have linebackers who wreak havoc. But you have to give Mark D’Onofrio something to work with.” And Randal Hill said: “Fans are spoiled because it’s Miami. And rightfully so. Butch Davis went through sanctions and won games. You can’t just win against only teams with losing records. A lot of former players want to see better defense and a better team. Are they going in the right direction? My jury is out.”
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Well one of the players Golden RAN OFF has found his new home to be to his liking and whatnot. Ex-Hurricane Bunche is STARTING for mighty UCLA today. Go figure. By the way, didn't Stormy Weather Johnson START for Central Florida, also. Posted by: TheeMackJones | August 30, 2014 at 01:20 PM _______________________________________ Storm and Malcolm wanted to start and credit to both for accomplishing that. They could not beat out the guy in front of them here at the []_[]. That's not reflection on AG. They wanted to start, not compete, and could only do that elsewhere. If anything their ability to transfer and start at other places in short order should be a positive reflection on the program's ability to prepare these young men.
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Most of you arm chair coaches on this blog are clueless.. Giving up yardage on defense doesn't mean anything anymore with the type of offenses that are being implemented. ........it comes down to who has the better offense and can outscore the opponent...look at Texas A&M the other night, they win the game 52-28, but give up over 500 yards of offense...South Carolina gives up 650 yards on defense, but doesn't have the offense to keep pace...forget the 4-3 defensive scheme, it won't work against the offense of today...you HAVE to have multiple looks and schemes on defense..there are times when you may rush 2 and drop everyone else, or you may line up with 3 down lineman and rush 6...it all depends on what the offense shows you.. The key on defense is tightening up in the red zone and limiting touchdowns. There is nothing wrong with D'onofrios scheme....the problem last year was that we had a quarterback that couldn't take command of the offense..he was banged up and was very inaccurate despite having a very strong arm. If Kaaya can take charge of the offense, and we can put up 40-45 points a game, we will be a team to be re conned with. The Cane defense is much stronger and more experienced this year despite what all of you gurus think. Sit back, relax, and enjoy watching your team play - except the fact that you are not a coach, have no clue about defensive schemes, most have never played football, and most of you make axxes out of yourselves by posting negative garbage about nothing.. Go Canes - Miami 45 Louisville 35 Posted by: Go Canes | August 30, 2014 at 10:28 AM Great post!
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If healthy, I believe this bigger, faster, stronger, and deeper team can beat anyone in the country.
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For the past two seasons, this hometown Hurricane with the impish grin and intense work ethic has come tantalizingly close to reaching the coveted 1,000-yard rushing mark. In 2012, Johnson’s freshman season, he played in all 12 games at tailback and kick returner, making five starts and rushing for a UM freshman-record 947 yards and 10 touchdowns. Named the ACC Rookie of the Year, the freshman All-American was the nation’s No. 2 kick returner and set a UM single-season record with 892 kick-return yards and two touchdowns. His 2,060 all-purpose yards were second-most in program history behind Willis McGahee’s 2,108 in 2002. Last season, Johnson was on his way to crushing the 1,000-yard benchmark for elite running backs before he got injured in Game No. 8 at Tallahassee. Going into that game, Johnson ranked third in the nation in all-purpose yards (182.8 per game), 10th in kickoff returns (29.2-yard average), 11th in rushing yards per game (117.6) and 20th in total rushing yards, with 823. Johnson broke his ankle on a fourth-and-2, 1-yard gain with 1:22 left in the third quarter and the Canes trailing FSU 35-14. He had started that offensive series with rushes of 23 yards, 8 yards, 3 yards and the lone yard that ended his season. He finished with 97 yards that game, giving him 920 for the season. “There wasn’t really pain, it was just numb,’’ Johnson said. “You’d think there’d be pain and [I’d] be screaming. I heard it pop twice and then it went numb from there. I figured the season was over, so I kind of prepared myself for it.’’ UM went into the FSU game 7-0 and ended the season 9-4. The pain of watching his teammates from the sideline was excruciating, Johnson said, and drove him to rehabilitate and refocus with a vengeance, returning to the Hurricanes in the best shape of his life. “Whenever they lost after that injury, it was like walking on eggshells around the house,’’ said Johnson’s mother, Cassandra Mitchell, who works for Miami-Dade Corrections in court services, bringing inmates into courtrooms for trials. “When he first had the surgery, he was questioning himself and going through a lot emotionally. “Now he can’t wait to get back on the field and run through the smoke again.’’ Johnson is up to 206 pounds after playing much of last season just under 190. This summer he ran as fast as 4.33 seconds in the 40-yard dash and averaged 4.42. And he added substantial muscle to his upper body to help him through the wear and tear of blocking and barreling through the defense. “People are drawn to people that play with their heart,’’ said UM strength and conditioning coach Andreu Swasey. “Everytime Duke steps on the field he’s passionate. And yet for as talented as he is, he’s a humble personality. Good character kid — like a little super hero.’’ Sophomore Walter Tucker described Johnson as a “freak of nature.’’ Tucker, a two-way player at fullback and linebacker, has seen Johnson from both perspectives. “He squats [435 pounds] and stiff-arms kids to the ground,’’ Tucker said. “He got his cut skills back. To me he’s a beast.’’ UM coach Al Golden just wants Johnson “to pick up where he left off,’’ though he is expected to be integrated slowly into special-teams play and will be doing a lot more pass catching in 2014. “He had great discipline at the end of last year,’’ Golden said of Johnson. “He was running differently in those last 3 1/2 games, as strong and as hard as I’ve ever seen him run, and delivering stiff arms, lowering his pads. “... He’s smart enough to get you on a seam, get you on the outside or inside. If there are two defenders adjacent,’’ the coach said, Johnson can “get one of them to move and find a soft spot. He’s running really well between the tackles. I think that’s the biggest difference right now, his ability to cram and stay in and not bounce everything.’’ Golden respects Johnson for his Hurricanes heart, and how he committed to UM during the NCAA scandal and never budged from his word, never even visited another campus. “I think he’s a fan favorite because of the loyalty he had to the city, to the University of Miami and the community. That resonates with fans, and in a lot of ways that’s how our fans see themselves — being resilient and loyal.’’ The coach played a part in UM’s “Renewed’’ marketing campaign, and in helping initiate the plan for Johnson to crash the wedding of Susana and Pedro Lopez in early June. Pedro is a season-ticket holder and Hurricanes fanatic, and was floored when Johnson, accompanied by UM officials, came to the party with mascot Sebastian the Ibis. UM filmed a video of the surprise. “That was fun,’’ Johnson said, laughing. “I especially enjoyed the reactions of their families. “You have to be loyal to the people who are loyal to you. The city of Miami made me who I am. This is my hometown, this is where I was born and raised. Everybody around here loves me, and I love them.’’ Johnson hopes he can earn his degree in sports administration sometime this academic year, which would allow him the option of forgoing his senior season to enter the NFL Draft. It’s too early for that type of decision, he said. For now he is focusing on the task at hand: Louisville on Labor Day night in front of an expected sold-out crowd and millions of television viewers. “We have the potential to be great,’’ Johnson said, “but what I’m hoping for is to finally win the Coastal Division and the Atlantic Coast Conference championship. “… If I need to carry the load then I will, no problem. But I believe I have enough weapons around me to where I don’t have to.’’ ________________________________________________ “We have the potential to be great...If I need to carry the load then I will, no problem. ’’ Yup. Few players in college football can will their team to a win singlehandedly. While he may not do as much this year in terms of special teams that he did last season, just having his toughness on game day makes []_[] a different team. Duke makes people around him better and can singlehandedly will this team to victory. He plays with the heart of a champion and our team feeds off that. Last season he willed a less talented team with less experience and depth to 7 victories and within an errant pass to an open receiver to being tied with FSU in the 3rd quarter on the road. He had 90+ yards after 3 quarters at FSU. Per DZP 60% of our late season slide due to losing Duke. On a very simplistic level, that's how important he was to the team. If the new talent like Joe, Brax, Thomas, Brad, and returning depth can respond to his intensity this season we're gonna surprise a lot of folks.
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Louisville good but we're better -J. Cartner Glad we're opening with Loiusville - D. Crawford DB group is best in country - T. Howard That's the kind of confidence you want to hear going into the opener. Knowing the system and being comfortable in it lends to confidence. I can't wait to see what they look like on the field. Dallas will be coming down that alley with bad intentions. He's gonna blow some kids up this season.
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If RS were the HC when the rapes occurred, the AG slurpers would have been calling for his dismissal...But since they love to see fat boy and his lover together they tolerate the fackers.. Posted by: D'No is fat | August 29, 2014 at 09:54 PM Nah, Randy was and is a great man. Things like that happen to the best of them. He just couldn't put together the type of program AG is putting together. And, whereas AG has won more games each season while put together better recruiting classes with self-imposed bowl bans x2 years (along with the AACG) all under the threat of being shut down for the majority of his tenure; Randy had declining trends each year in wins and recruiting until he was embarrassed in the final game at the OB 48-0 with Miami winning TOP @ 31:05 and 6 recruits deep into December. Just awful. Love Randy, but no comparison 4 years in. I'd go as far as saying had AG been around when Randy was we'd still be at the OB.
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Over his 16-year tenure as head coach, Alvarez led the Badgers to two more conference championships (one outright, one shared), eleven bowl games, two more Rose Bowl victories (1999 and 2000), and a #4 ranking in the final AP Poll of the '99 season. Alvarez considers Donna Shalala to be one of his dearest friends and credits her for all the support she gave him throughout the years, which without that support Alvarez has always said the resurgence of the Badger program would have never happened. Posted by: Nothing But Blue Skies From Now On | August 29, 2014 at 08:56 PM Yup
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