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Highlights from Al Golden's Thursday preseason press conference

Highlights from UM coach Al Golden’s preseason news conference Thursday:

### He said players now view conditioning as “essential, not punitive. We’re much stronger than we were. There’s not even a comparison between our strength last year and this year. Our conditioning is better. These kids paid a price this summer. We got pushed around too much up front [last year]. A lot of guys made sacrifices. A lot changed their diet.”

### Beyond quarterback, Golden mentioned other positions where the competition is keen: “Receivers, because we brought in five, should be exciting. I think [freshmen] Ereck Flowers and Danny Isidora certainly will have something to say [on the offensive line].

[Guard] Jeremy Lewis is in the best shape of his life. He knows it’s his last at-bat. Jermaine Johnson wants to say something at guard or tackle. Running backs… There aren’t a lot of guys that are untouchable.”

### Offensive starters on the depth chart: Mike James at running back; Allen Hurns and Rashawn Scott at receiver;  Maurice Hagens at fullback; Malcolm Bunche, Jonathan Feliciano, Shane McDermott, Brandon Linder and Seantrel Henderson from left to right on the offensive line and Asante Cleveland at tight end.

Quarterback was listed as an either/or between Stephen Morris and Ryan Williams. Morris is considered the front-runner, but Golden said Thursday “it’s neck and neck.”

Golden said he has “never really been a fan” of splitting time between two quarterbacks: “I don’t see that right now.”

He said: “Both quarterbacks are smart and have come a long way in terms of leadership. There has to be an X factor. Who are those guys going to follow? Who has command of the huddle? Ultimately, who can we trust to execute our system?”

UM will hold scrimmages Aug. 12 and 18. Golden said a starting quarterback could be named a day or so after either of those scrimmages.

### Defensive starters on the depth chart: Anthony Chickillo and Shayon Green at defensive end; Curtis Porter and Darius Smith at tackle; Denzel Perryman, Jimmy Gaines and Ramon Buchanan at linebacker; Brandon McGee and Ladarius Gunter at cornerback; and Vaughn Telemaque and Kacy Rodgers at safety.

### Phillip Dorsett is listed as the top punt and kickoff returner, with Dallas Crawford behind him for both roles.

### Freshman running back Danny Dillard has been cleared academically and will be able to practice immediately, Golden said.

### On who has emerged as leaders in the offseason: “Hurns has been fantastic. On the offensive line, Shane and Linder. Asante has been good. Word has it that [defensive tackle] Luther Robinson maybe had the best summer of anyone on our team. McGee and Vaughn Telemaque have given us what we need on the back end.”

### On what he expects from elite newcomers Duke Johnson and Tracy Howard: “It’s too early to tell. They come in with high expectations. They have to let that go. The only way they’re going to get a promotion is accept and execute the role we give them for [Friday’s] practice. Both come in with the mindset they want to be the best.”

Golden said “the infusion of youngsters into the program has really created an energy.”

### Golden praised Dyron Dye, who is listed as the No. 4 tight end behind Cleveland, Clive Walford and David Perry: “I see a different Dyron Dye. I see a different attitude. Much more confident.”

### Golden said he’s not recruiting any players from Penn State, who are being allowed to transfer because of NCAA sanctions.

### Golden: “We have a no excuse mentality in our building. I hope we have a team that is intrinsically motivated and doesn’t make excuses.”

### Among players who missed time in the spring, Hurns, Buchanan, Shayon Green and Corey King are fully back, Golden said.  Tight end Cory White “will not be fully integrated initially.”

### Asked what areas he feels confident this team will be better – besides conditioning – Golden said, “I hope situational football, our football intelligence.”

### Golden is keeping in touch with some UM players who are now in the NFL. “I get texts from Lamar [Miller] and Olivier [Vernon].”

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Impressive

First official USA Today/Coach's Poll was just released. Here are the in state results:

FSU (#7)
UF (#23)

Others receiving votes:
USF (#34)
UCF (#41)
FIU (#43)

This is the first time that FIU is officially ranked ahead of UM, and won't be the last.

rboud

Just a delusional FIU fan, of which there are many.

Gables Love

Actually he's not delusional, its true:
http://espn.go.com/college-football/rankings/_/poll/2/week/1

Deep inside, I knew this day would come... just not so quickly. At least I'll be able to relish our past.

OlSage

Beliefs that are not based on reality are called delusiions. It seems some FIU's are not in touch with reality.

green

This is the first time that FIU is officially ranked ahead of UM, and won't be the last.
Posted by: Impressive (Quijote)| 08/02/2012 at 02:23 PM

a cowardly, oxyMORONic f-i-u-don't-matter fan assumes various aliases to conceal obsession ...

LOOK WHO'S (S)TALKING

green

First official USA Today/Coach's Poll was just released. Here are the in state results:
FSU 1055
UF 250
Others receiving votes:
USF 12
UCF 05
FIU 03
This is the first time that FIU is officially ranked ahead of UM, and won't be the last.
Posted by: Impressive (Quijote)| 08/02/2012 at 02:23 PM

http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/rankings/coaches

FIU football receives THREE votes in coaches' poll, UM none‎
-- miami herald

not surprisingly, you neglected to mention the vote tally ...

WHOOP FACTOR

DP

Please dont become delusional and annoying like some fans to the North. FIU is a nice story, but win a National Championship first then lets talk.

green

Beliefs that are not based on reality are called delusiions. It seems some FIU's are not in touch with reality.
Posted by: OlSage | 08/02/2012 at 03:07 PM

get it through your thick head ...
not our peer ...
not our rival ...
in fact, f-i-u-don't-matter ...
no matter how often you click the recommend icon -- since removed -- or cry your beady eyes out in an orchestrated effort to game the herald ...

CRY ME A RIVER

green

FIU is a nice story
Posted by: DP | 08/02/2012 at 03:14 PM

f-i-u-don't-matter dumbed down their schedule by eliminating the body bag games -- certain losses --
to inflate their record ...

PUTTING LIPSTICK ON A PIG

beeeyotch!

GREEN you are absolutely right. UM is not FIU's rival. There is a reason UM decided to schedule FAU instead. U SCARED

ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS

green

U SCARED
Posted by: beeeyotch! (Quijote)| 08/02/2012 at 03:26 PM

a cowardly, oxyMORONic f-i-u-don't-matter fan assumes various aliases to conceal obsession ...

LOOK WHO'S (S)TALKING

green

GREEN you are absolutely right. UM is not FIU's rival. There is a reason UM decided to schedule FAU instead.
Posted by: beeeyotch! (Quijote)| 08/02/2012 at 03:26 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQQi6-4Dnxk&playnext=1&list=PL0FD35450026295B7&feature=results_video

making a name at our expense ...

NEVER AGAIN

green

There is a reason UM decided to schedule FAU instead.
Posted by: beeeyotch! (Quijote)| 08/02/2012 at 03:26 PM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Neighbor_policy

GOOD NEIGHBOR POLICY

green

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/532981_432960470076286_1780381795_n.jpg

our lifelong obsession resumes in earnest …
UM football …
a south florida tradition …

SINCE 1926

defensewinships

Preseason rankings are as useless as nipples on a boar hawg

AnonymousCane

F...orever I.....nferior to the.....U

Preseason rankings mean absolutely nothing, just ask the 2010 Semi-Noles picked to win the ACC.

Where U are at the end matters more, FIU is NOT in a major conference and if the U had their schedule a second self imposed bowl ban would happen after the season is over!

AnonymousCane

Had to share that I had a great chicken sandwich at Chick-fil-A today and have been a customer occasionally.

Now I plan to eat lunch and/or dinner there once a week.

EAT MORE CHICKEN!

fiuFAN

Think again buster, FIU won a CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP two years ago and is moving into CONFERENCE USA!

University of Coral Gables has never won a conference championship!! Never will after the NCAA takes away 50 recruits and all their bowl eligibility!

Marios

Hey I love the "U" in football but graduated from FIU, so I consider myself neutral and not a hater by any means. But to say FIU is a better footbal team than the "U" is a big stretch, let's be real. FIU is closing the gap but still has a way to go.

Joe

They should be playing against each other. FIU beating UM is not a stretch. It's an indictment on how far UM has fallen because of ineffective leadership for a decade.

rbleigh

Here's the thing, being ranked and in the top 25 is nice and all but do any Cane fans really jump for joy at just being ranked? I don't thinks so, most of us (fans not, can't say I'm an alum) stay interested but aren't truly satisfied with being merely relevant. What's the Ricky Bobby line "if you're not first, then you're last?"

gp04

FIU would win!

FIU has way more alumni in the areas, everyone will be a FIU fan by 2015!

JulesFIU07

It isn't like academics is important to a university, clearly it is all about football.

oUr pUnter Benches 2-Fiddy !!!

Great, now instead of heaving n pUking after losses, U'll be able to shake hands firmly and then sprint into the lockeroom.

The Battle of Meeeami... FIU n dUh U ... Classic !

Please dont become delusional and annoying like some fans to the North. FIU is a nice story, but win a National Championship first then lets talk.

Posted by: DP | 08/02/2012 at 03:14 PM

Uhhhhhh, how 'bout 3 and 2 since U last won one ... What's there to talk about ? Ur glory days of long gone yesteryear ? Ur 48-40 overall record with 20 Wins over UCF-S.Fla.-Buthune-Duke and others scrubs in the ACC the last 7 season to the GATORS 72-21 in the SEC ? Ur off the BIG-BOY College Football Radar. FIU is showing up. Enjoy Ur back n forth with FIU. It's where U are and U-2 Deserve each other.


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