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Meet the Hurricanes

I understand this isn't exactly novel information for many of y'all, but for the select few unfamiliar with Miami, here you go...  

2012 Record: 7-5 (5-3 ACC)

Returning Starters: 19: Offense: 10, Defense: 9

Key departures: RB Mike James (Tampa Bay Buccaneers sixth round selection, 9 total TDs in 2012), CB Brandon McGee (team-leading 2 INTs, St. Louis Rams fifth round pick), LB Eddie Johnson (dismissed, fourth on team in tackles as a freshman with 59), LB Gionni Paul (transfer) 

Player to watch offense: RB/return specialist Duke Johnson – The 'Canes’ dynamic tailback exploded onto the scene as a freshman in 2012. The former Miami Norland standout earned multiple freshman All-American honors -- as well as ACC Rookie of the Year -- after rushing for 947 yards and 10 touchdowns, averaging 6.81 yards per carry. Johnson, who broke UM star Clinton Portis’ school freshman rushing record, also tallied a pair of kickoff return touchdowns and will again run behind a massive offensive line returning all five starters and plenty of experience (3 seniors, 2 juniors). 

Player to watch defense: DE Shayon Green – Miami’s injury-maligned defensive end finished first on the team in tackles in 2012, but the senior failed to record a single sack while also collecting just three quarterback hurries. With Eddie Johnson kicked off the team, an already porous ‘Canes defense will need a new playmaker to emerge. Green has shown flashes of productivity throughout his career, but he’s struggled to stay on the field with multiple ACL injuries and a broken wrist.

2013 Outlook: Hopeful

Finally (maybe) eligible to compete for a conference title, the Hurricanes are the early favorites to win the newly expanded ACC Coastal Division. With a high-octane attack led by junior quarterback Stephen Morris (3,345 yards, 21 TDs), Johnson and a quintet of young and explosive pass catchers, UM’s offense is expected to carry the load early as sorts out its defensive question marks. Morris, who broke Bernie Kosar’s school record for total offense (3,415 yards) -- was an All-ACC performer in 2012 and is considered one of the top returning signal callers in the country.

The Hurricanes haven’t won 10 or more games in a decade, and despite a navigable schedule, things won’t change if their defense continues to yield points at an alarming rate. Defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio managed to keep his job even though his unit surrendered 40+ points three times and 30 or more points seven times. The ‘Canes were awful against both the run and pass, finishing No. 115 nationally in sacks (13) and No. 114 in rushing defense (217.9 yards/gm). Miami isn’t devoid of defensive talent -- especially with the likes of linebacker Denzel Perryman, Green and defensive lineman Anthony Chickillo (team-leading 4.0 sacks) -- but it’s a unit without a lot of direction.

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Jesse, you cant use words like quintet with gator fans reading or being read to by their children. It just confuses them and they cant get by it when their kids stop reading to ask , daddy , what does quintet mean?

Terrible analysis. Shayon Green as a player to watch on Defense? He is nowhere near our best player on D. We have 4 to 5 better guys on the D-Line alone, not to mention Denzel Perryman at LB, Tracy Howard at CB and Deon Bush at S.

Say hello to Anthony Chickiloo, Olsen Pierre, Curtis Porter, David Gilbert, Alquadin Muhammed, etc are the playmakers on the line. How about Denzel Perryman at LB?

Come on man!

Meet the Hurricanes Part 2

Under Al Golden the canes have failed to beat any top 20 teams
Every single top 20 team the canes faced last year shut down their so called explosive offense :
KSU 52 - 13
ND 41 - 3
FSU 33 - 20
Even mediocre teams such as North Carolina beat them 18 - 14
Terrible teams like Virginia took them down in a shootout 41 - 40
Al Golden's canes have failed to win more than 7 games in his 2 seasons with the team

"Terrible analysis. Shayon Green as a player to watch on Defense? He is nowhere near our best player on D. We have 4 to 5 better guys on the D-Line alone, not to mention Denzel Perryman at LB, Tracy Howard at CB and Deon Bush at S.
Say hello to Anthony Chickiloo, Olsen Pierre, Curtis Porter, David Gilbert, Alquadin Muhammed, etc are the playmakers on the line. How about Denzel Perryman at LB?
Come on man!"

Thanks!

Posted by: Reality check on 9/7 Gainesville |

Dude Jesse was more than fair in his summary. I do agree with you that Green should not be listed as a player to watch, he is pedestrian.
But so is everyone else on your defense save for Perryman.
He is the only good D player you have.
You mention Gilbert? A transfer with only one cane game under his belt. Come on man!
Muhammed, a freshman again having played only one game.
Are you that desperate? Guess you are.
Anthony Chickiloo, Olsen Pierre, Curtis Porter all part of the #116 ranked defense, big deal.
Tracy Howard at CB and Deon Bush at S.
Two sophs that struggled mightily last season and one of them is hurt. Come on man.
Stick to talking up your offense, that is all you got.
See the summary by Fact check above regarding that, nothing but facts there.
You won't like it though, truth hurts.

Jesse what give man??? I'm running out of ideas here....

As a Canes fan, thought this was a nice read, Jesse! Two quick grammar fixes:
-first paragraph under 2013 outlook should say "Coastal"
-final paragraph, it should say Coach D'Onofrio managed to "keep" his job

Keep up the great work, and looking forward to your postgame analysis on why the Gators got crushed!

Jeff Driskell better watch out for all those freshmen @ JLO...he holds the ball WAY 2 long

Stephen Morris is a SEENYA!

I read in the Miami Herald about two women who hunt alligators to turn them into gator-skin rugs. It’s the only time I found myself rooting for the alligators.

JLO or Suicyco, which ever name you are using just wait to watch the Miami D Line dominate that Swiss cheese O Line the gators have, you think two sacks and may more hurries were nothing to worry about against Toledo, then watch the Orange and Green avalanche that engulfs your horrible qb.

Gionni Paul was kicked off the team, along with Thomas Finnie who was probably their best corner

WTF is this crap.....copy and paste stuff out of here

Orange and green avalanche gator chomp? That's the funniest thing I've ever heard. A very unimpressive game against a 3 win team, and all the sudden that 118th ranked defense is the best in the nation. Hilarious! The delusions are alive and well! Don't worry, just a few more days till reality sets in once again, just like it has every year for the last 10 years!

Meet the Hurricane Fan Part 1

The University of Miami has a local dedicated fan base of around two thousand alumni who are season ticket holders and attend UM games.
The remaining 18k "fans" who show up on a typical Saturday afternoon to watch a game consist in descending order of the following.
Fans of the opposing team
Friends and family of players and coaches with free tickets
Local working folk who are given free tickets by their corporate employer
School children bused in, for free, as part of some "field trip"
People who find a free ticket inside their Burger King Happy Meal
Drunks who wander in by mistake

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