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University of Miami recruits share thoughts on Twitter during Canes' bowl game loss to Louisville

Plenty of excitement surrounded the University of Miami's first bowl game since 2010 with Saturday's matchup against Louisville in the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando. 

Unfortuantely for Canes fans, former quarterback commit and Miami Northwestern product Teddy Teddy Bridgewater had other plans as he most likely finished his college career, collecting 471 total yards and four total touchdowns to lead the Cardinals to a 36-9 victory. 

Several of Miami's heralded recruits took to Twitter during the game to express their excitement, disappointment and outlook on UM's final game of the season. 

Here are a few highlights from Saturday night:

Despite a typo, Deerfield Beach slot receiver Brandon Powell starts things off before the game with this gem, referring to Louisville coach Charlie Strong. 

Miami Booker T. Washington defensive end Chad Thomas put Homestead wide receiver and UF commit Ermon Lane in his place in the beginning of the fourth quarter. Thomas reminded Lane of Louisville's 33-23 win over Florida in the Sugar Bowl last season.

Booker T.'s Nigel Bethel, one of Miami's most solid commits since pledging to UM in July, tweeted out of frustration before retweeting a plethora of fans suggesting he attend school elsewhere. He wrote, "Miami embarrassing the 305😤," before later deleting it. 

While far away from South Florida, safety commit Kiy Hester from Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph Regional was hopeful for better days.

Things did look upbeat for the Canes to start the game. Deon Bush's safety blitz on Louisville's first offensive play, which gave UM a 2-0 lead, got Powell pumped up to say the least. 

Thomas, who was in Orlando for the Under Armour game festivities, wrote "Canes!!!!!!!!!!!!!" on Twitter before tweeting this:

Other UM commitments at the Under Armour weekend are: Miami Central running back Joseph Yearby, offensive tackle Trevor Darling, Palm Beach Central offensive lineman Kc McDermott, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas offensive lineman Nick Linder and Raleigh (N.C.) Leesville Road wide receiver Braxton Berrios.

Bethel was critical of UM's defense on Louisville's second offensive drive, which resulted in a 32-yard field goal and 3-2 lead for the Cardinals.

After Louisville's second field goal gave the Cardinals a 6-2 lead over the Canes, Hester urged the Canes offense to take advantage of its defense's play up to that point:

When Bridgewater connected with DeVante Parker for a 26-yard touchdown to give Louisville a 16-2 lead, Booker T. defensive end Demetrius Jackson showed some concern while Powell took the score in stride.

Jackson showed some more concern by "shaking my damn head" following a Louisville sack on UM quarterback Stephen Morris when the Canes were inside the 5-yard line on the ensuing drive. His teammate Bethel might have seen enough and decided to get a workout in with track season around the corner. 

With about 3 minutes left in the scond half, Louisville's James Burgess Jr. (former Homestead standout and former UM recruit) laid out Dallas Crawford on a rushing attempt for no gain. 

Louisville took a 22-9 lead into halftime, which stretched to 29-2 at the end of the third quarter. Powell had a positive outlook on the melee to a certain extent, while Jackson's reactions kept on the same trend. 

Around the 12-minute mark in the fourth quarter, Bridgewater scrambled for a 1-yard touchdown run and celebrated by signaling the U with his hand with a proceeding throat slash as the Cardinals took a 36-2 lead over the Hurricanes. 

Thomas showed some love to Bridgewater, while Bethel got home from his workout.

It's now full speed ahead into the offseason for the Canes, who will look to sustain the fifth-best Class of 2014 recruiting class, according to 247Sports.

Miami finished the season 9-4, giving up more than 500 yards on defense in five of its last six games. And while the outlook from Hester, Powell, and Thomas -- one of UM's most solid recruits -- looks positive, Canes coach Al Golden and his staff will have plenty of work to do leading up to National Signing Day on Feb. 5, 2014.

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al

Flaky ass athletes from south forida can kiss my ass...point blank...you never hear of texas athletes or louisana athletes say something like this about Texas or LSU,,,I grew up rooting for the U,,grew up watching the U,,grew up wanting to play for the U,,and then when they have their chance to play for the U, they then go and sign and rep another school. IF a Texas athlete has a chance to go to Texas, they are going, point blank,,and the same thing goes for LSU with a few exceptions(Alabama) but only a few. South Florida Athletes are some weak minded individuals, point blank!

al

Miami was outclass against FSU,,,made several key mistakes against Virginia Tech...and just simply lost to Duke,,,but this game against L'ville was different...different along the lines of coaching and schemes. Besides Parker and Bridgewater, I didnt see a clear talent gap between the two teams. Miami defense was going up against an NFL QB and an NFL WR in Parker, but besides them two,,it was not a talent gap,,it boil down to coaching and schemes. Bethel said it the best, when the QB roll out, defensive players are supposed to rotate to the closes man. Armbrister needs to transsfer.

JT

Obviously we have some players playing right now for the UM team that have no business playing for a major conference team...it def shows up when we play top teams and competition. But our coaches need to step up as well. We get out coached every big game. Our game plans are weak and other good teams and coaches feast on it. Our coaches must do a better job of game planning or we can get a top 3 recruiting class for the next 10 yrs and we still lose evry big game. Another thing, our players don't seem to get much better game in and game out. As the season progressed I didn't see growth from our upper classmen and lower classmen. That falls on coaching as well. The mark of a good coaching staff is making their players better. 2star recruits becoming 3star college players - 4star becoming studs and 5star recruits becoming 1st round picks. That is not happe ing here right now. I don't see the growth of players.

rboud

Most of the recruits will stick with UM. Individual games rarely change a decision. Oh, and by the way. Golden is not going anywhere. He won't be P. State's first choice. They are also under sanctions, even if they are being relaxed. I don't think Golden would leave even if he's offered the job. He needs to make some changes to his staff. All good coaches need to make hard decisions. Coley was chosen for recruiting purposes, but will not be let go. He has to learn on the job very quickly. As bad as the D looked, they were better prepared for this game than the offense.

Ironman Football

They paid you to write this? I need to submit my resume.

CanesSuck

So the louisville defense that gave up a garbage TD to the shitty U wasn't a talent gap. Ok the U sucks. Parker and Teddy weren't the only players lighting up shitty Miami. Louisville will light up Miami again next year. Can't spell suck with a U. 77-16 is all you have mustered but keep holding onto your past cheating glory.

me

With almost half of the Louisville players from the Miami area they should have swapped jerseys. Sad our coaching looked like they made no effort to prepare for this game. Same snap count they used all year. Same 3rd down strategy of getting set and then looking to the sideline for a different play... been doing that all year. Both those were exploited by better coaching!

me

Hope we don't lose more recruits!

jrock22

IT'S SIMPLE: UM NOT NEAR GOOD AS PEOPLE THOUGHT THEY WERE. THE ONLY ATHLETE ON THE TEAM IS MR DUKE JOHNSON, WHEN HE GOT HURT, HE TOOK THE RUNNING GAME WITH HIM. GOLDEN IS A DECENT COACH, BUT HE'S NOT GOING TO LEAD MIAMI TO THE TOP. THE PLAYERS ARE A REFLECTION OF THE COACHING STAFF WHICH IS WEAK AS HELL. WE NEED STRONGER LEADERSHIP ON BOTH SIDES. UM HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO, UNTIL SOME SERIOUS CHANGES ARE MADE WE'LL KEEP SEEING UM IN TOILET BOWL GAMES AND LOSING THEM TOO.

Fred Werner/alumnus

I'm sorry, but I didn't see improvement from year to year. I watched the incoming freshmen for the past two years. They looked promising, but failed to produce. It's got to be the coaching staff. Recruits need to improve their skills, strength and endurance year over year. Both offensive and defensive lines were being pushed around, in many cases by guys 20-30 lbs lighter.
Every offensive move was telegraphed. Hell, you might as well have sent the opponent your playbook. I knew what was coming, and I was sitting in front of my TV, 3000 miles away. Every snap was preceded by a pat on the center. If you wanted Louisville to know the snap and the play, why not just invite them into the huddle?
Get those boys stronger and tougher, and for all our sakes, teach your receivers to catch with their hands, not their arms and shoulders. Teach them also to run sharp routes, not half- hearted fakes that I gave up in grade school.

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