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UM adds a QB; Tannehill loves his new weapons, speaks of his improvement;Fins, Heat, Marlins chatter

Quick Monday update: West Hills Chaminade (Cal.) three-star quarterback Brad Kaaya orally committed to UM today, choosing the Canes over San Diego state. He's the second QB oral commitment in this UM class, but it's not certain if the other (Hialeah's Alin Edouard) will be part of this class.

Kaaya is rated the 19th-best pro style quarterback prospect by rivals.com.

UM offensive coordinator James Coley called Hialeah coach Mark Berman this morning to tell him the offer to Edouard still stands. Berman said Coley and Edouard will talk soon, perhaps this week. Edouard wants to make sure UM still really wants him; he said he has doubts because UM coaches haven't reach out to him.

"If there's a logjam of quarterbacks and he doesn't have the opportunity to compete," then he might need to go elsewhere, Berman said. Edouard remains an oral commitment,but he is listening to other schools just to protect himself.

Eduouard was recruited to UM primarily by Mario Cristobal, who then left for Alabama.



Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill will look you in the eye and tell you that “last year wasn’t good enough,” that he simply must improve his completion percentage (23rd in the league) and third-down performance (30th).

But there is so much encouragement in his voice now, optimism rooted in the personal growth he expects from studying “every one of my [rookie] snaps more than once” during the past two months, from identifying his shortcomings and correcting them, and from the shiny new toys general manager Jeff Ireland has given him.

Quick story: Receiver Mike Wallace was running routes recently when Tannehill – impressed by his blazing speed  - told him he should go only half speed.

“I am going half speed,” Wallace responded, according to Tannehill.

“Everything I heard about him coming in has proved to be true – he’s as advertised,” Tannehill said. “He’s the fastest guy I’ve ever thrown to. It’s exciting.”

Tannehill’s rookie metrics offer promising signs about his ability to hit Wallace on deep routes.

Consider: According to ProFootballFocus.com, Tannehill completed 43.1 percent of passes thrown 20 yards or more, which was seventh best in the league,  trailing only Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning, Cam Newton, Drew Brees, Russell Wilson and Matt Ryan.

The caveat is only 10.5 percent of his passes were so-called deep passes – compared with 17.3 for Joe Flacco and 16.3 for Wilson. Among starters, only Ryan Fitzpatrick and Matt Schaub threw a lower percentage of deep balls among all their attempts. But with Wallace on board, those deep throws will increase.

And what about his other new receiver, Brandon Gibson?

“I really like Brandon,” Tannehill said. “He moves well. He’s a really natural pass catcher, catches with his hands [not his body]. Smooth in and out of routes. I’m excited we got him. And he really understands, so that you’re able to make a correction the first time and not worry about it again.”

So what did Tannehill notice from studying every one of his rookie snaps?

“There were a lot of throws where my feet were not set, fundamentally not sound, and the ball isn’t as accurate as you want it to be,” he said. “You look at the reasons for that and I hope to correct it, so it’s not an issue going forward.”

There’s no sugarcoating this: His 65.3 rating on third down was lowest among qualifying quarterbacks – a number driven down by seven interceptions. He said that must improve.

He also expects more of himself in the red zone, where Miami scored touchdowns on 55.3 percent of its trips. That was 13th best, but well behind the Patriots’ 70 percent.

But there are some encouraging under-the-radar numbers:

### Tannehill ranked seventh in completion percentage when under pressure, at 50.8.

### Pro Football Focus said that if you take away drops, spikes, batted passes and throwaways for all NFL quarterbacks, Tannehill had a 72.1 accuracy percentage – 13th in the league and well ahead of Eli Manning, Flacco and Andrew Luck, among others. Keep in mind Tannehill had 36 passes dropped (11th most) and 13 batted down (tied for fifth most).

“This young man will be the most improved quarterback in the NFL from year one to year two this year,” Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman told WINZ-940. “I promise you that.”

Teammates rave about how he ran off-season voluntary workouts.

“He’s becoming a leader,” receiver Brian Tyms said. “He would take us into the bubble [throughout March], for an hour and a half or so every day, and we would go through our route tree. He works like hasn’t made it yet.”


### Amid the disappointment of the stadium setback, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross tells us he has received no inquiries to sell the team and has “no interest in selling.” If he changes his mind, a group led by Panthers minority owner Jordan Zimmerman, who owns one of the nation’s largest ad agencies, remains very interested, according to an associate.

### After Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford helped torpedo the Dolphins stadium bill by not allowing the House to vote on it, ProFootballTalk.com speculated that Weatherford has statewide political aspirations and stadium opponent Norman Braman may have promised to assist him.

We asked Braman if he offered such assistance, and he declined to answer, saying it’s “over and done” and that commissioner Roger Goodell’s belief that the stadium needs major upgrades “is nonsense. The stadium is not third rate.”

### The Dolphins were very impressed by how rookie rookie cornerbacks Jamar Taylor and Will Davis looked in rookie minicamp. One source said they appeared more polished than Vontae Davis and Sean Smith in their first minicamps.

### One of the amazing things about Norris Cole’s three-point growth (28 for his past 47, including 8 for
his past 8) is this: Before this run, he was a 32 percent three-point shooter at Cleveland State and began
his NBA career 31 for 152 on threes (20 percent).

“I get up 500 shots a day, from everywhere,” he said, noting that several opposing players and coaches have gone out of their way to approach him this season to compliment him for his overall improvement. Cole does some of his shooting late at night, going back to the gym with his shooting coach, when nobody is around.

### Though Bulls guard Derrick Rose has said he’s not ready to play, you couldn’t tell from his vigorous pregame workout before Game 2, when he drove hard for reverse layups, then swished eight three-pointers in a row from different spots on the floor before missing a few. Rose enjoyed the South Florida trip, anyway, securing a private room at Prime 112 to dine and watch the Oklahoma City game with his family.

### UM, which already has an oral commitment from Hialeah High’s three-star Alin Edouard, also has made offers to several other quarterbacks. Mobile, Ala.-based two-star quarterback Malik Rosier – who ran for 12 touchdowns and threw for 20 last season - told Canesport.com there’s a good chance he will accept UM’s offer over Arkansas State, Southern Mississippi and others.

And California-based Brad Kaaya, rivals.com ’s 19th-best pro style quarterback who has been compared to former FSU starter E.J. Manuel, said UM is “far ahead” of San Diego State and other suitors.

### UM coach Jim Larranaga, who has been speaking to NBA general managers about his five departing players, expects Shane Larkin to be a first-round pick in the draft --- and possibly a lottery-pick (top 14) -- and Kenny Kadji to be a second-rounder. Larranaga also has been getting questions about Reggie Johnson (who needs to lose more weight) and Durand Scott (who needs to prove to teams he can consistently hit three-pointers).

### Marlins players like how manager Mike Redmond has handled the team, including the fact that he hasn’t loudly admonished them at all. “Everything has been positive,” reliever Mike Dunn said. “He hasn’t yelled. He’s not going to embarrass a guy. He talks to guys individually. He has everyone’s back.”

Redmond said there’s no need to yell “because I’ve been so happy with guys’ effort and attitude.”

### I’m on Twitter now: @flasportsbuzz 


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"BANG, Barry gives Carmelo the facts and that is why he is one of the best writers in sports and so highly respected."

Wow Bobbyd12! Barry really gave me the "business"! The article, as written, begged the question to be asked and/or stated. Even the great Barry will admit as much. Just because a respected sports writer, and Barry surely is, does not mean that one as an intelligent reader, cannot question the information inferred and otherwise state; or so much as to disagree with the writer's opinion. One should indulge in reading but not let the reading indulge us. Just a matter of critically thinking as I'm sure the great Barry Jackson doesn't mine it at all. In the end, and this is my opinion, we can look at all the stats from last year but Flacco is a Super Bowl champ and carried the team flawlessly through the playoffs; so whether Tannehill could have/should have had a better completion percentage is irrelevant when comparing "oranges with oranges". Two-time Super Bowl champ Eli Manning has never led the league in any statistical category but he should as hell carried his team to both Super Bowls and Andrew Luck carried his team to the playoffs as a rookie with a team a year removed from its' worst record in team history. So, I don't know about you but the completion stat is a bit overrated when truly measuring future success. Not saying Tannehill will not be a great QB, just stating that expectations are relative to the stats and metrics that are attached to them.

Reality Bites

Tanny did as well as he could his rookie year with what he had, or more to the point, what he didn't have.
Like a #1 WR. Bess and Hartline and co. are all # 2 at best. Now comes Wallace, a true #1. And Gibson. He should do much better in his soph season.
The stadium issue is moot at this point. Ross should do it on his own. It's his property after all and he has the means.
Who gives a rats arse about Derek Rose going "hard" in practice. He is a non issue in that the Heat will win the series with or without him.
Larkin will get drafted maybe late in the first, the others probably won't. The canes will suck mayor league next year as the whole team left. Like I have said many times, back to normal for cane basketball and second round NIT exit if lucky.
What do Arkansas State, Southern Miss and San Diego State have in common?
They are the canes competition for football players. Pathetic.

Miami Penguin

"not third rate" = "she has a nice personality"


New season new weapons and a better understanding of the pro system all will make T-Hill a much improved qb this year. It is much easier succeed at something once you've gotten accustom to how that something works. The Fins will be better this year it's just a question of "How Much" will they improve. I see 10-6 maybe 11-5 barring any major injuries. This team is young and talented and if it makes big strides this year the AFC East will belong to the Fins for the next several years. (No Caps)


Well he didn't exactly have the best recievers...I love Bess sorryto see him go, but he was so much better in the slot..lets see what Thill does with a true #1. And u can compare him to all these other guys but does anyone remember he did not have the experience as any of these guys. What excites me is his iq, and how he studies the game...that is what makes a great qb...even with all the talent in the world u can only go so far...but look at someone like Pennington...he did not have the body or strength...he studied the game... all u T-hill haters are not true fans, this guy does everything right...works hard and plays hard....he is only gonna get better!

Ray Finkle

Posted by: Reality Bites | 05/12/2013 at 04:04 PM

Pathetic is being a miserable internet troll.

Reality Bites

Thank you for your interest Mr Finkle. Now what was it about my post that upset you so much? I said a few nice things about Tannehill, are you a T Hill hater?
Or was it the one about D Rose, are you a Bull's fan?
More likely you took exception to the plain facts I mentioned about UM. But Ray, facts don't lie, you can't hide from the truth or run away from reality.
Fact is cane basketball lost their whole team to graduation and the draft. It follows taht they will struggle mightily next season. If you by UM basketball history second round NIT exit is very likely, if lucky. Don't get mad at me for pointing out thee truth.
Or was it about the scrub QBs UM is pursuing? Again the bit about competing against San Diego State and Arkansas State is true. Barry was the one who reported it, I merely highlighted it.
Go Heat!


Or was it about the scrub QBs UM is pursuing? Again the bit about competing against San Diego State and Arkansas State is true. Barry was the one who reported it, I merely highlighted it.

Posted by: Reality Bites | 05/13/2013 at 12:04 PM


#Miami enters top 10 of @247Sports Team Recruiting Rankings with QB Brad Kaaya (@TrinidadBrad) commit
-- @ChadCarson247



Or was it about the scrub QBs UM is pursuing? Again the bit about competing against San Diego State and Arkansas State is true. Barry was the one who reported it, I merely highlighted it.

Posted by: Reality Bites | 05/13/2013 at 12:04 PM


#Miami enters top 10 of @247Sports Team Recruiting Rankings with QB Brad Kaaya (@TrinidadBrad) commit
-- @ChadCarson247


Mark B.

West Hills Chaminade (Cal.) three-star quarterback Brad Kaaya orally committed to UM today, choosing the Canes over San Diego state. He's the second QB oral commitment in this UM class, but it's not certain if the other (Hialeah's Alin Edouard) will be part of this class.

We should be excited that we got a kid over San Diego State being his other choice ? This is happening far to often with Golden and Miami now. Getting kids over their other choices like, Marshall, Idaho, Buffalo, Texas St. Cent. Michigan, Iowa St., Western Kentucky and other mid-low level programs. Aim low and hope? Listen, I hope this and these types of players workout, but the fact remains, we are not on par recruiting wise with the Top Schools. And We know who they are. We keep aiming low and hoping, we'll be right where we were the last 8 years and are now. It simply is not the model to becoming a Top-10 Program again no matter how smooth and polished Golden is at the Lecturn. It is not sustainable and anyone that doesn't see this as a problem is just to blind to see it.

Listen, I don't want this.

Alabama Rivals Class Rankings:

2007: 10th

2008: 1st

2009: 1st

2010: 5th

2011: 1st

2012: 1st

2013: 1st

But Top 6-7-8-9's and a Top 5 Class every 3-4 years would be nice and the only way we come close to competing at a BCS level period.



9:47pm and @ShaneLarkin0_ still knocking down jumper after jumper. #Relentless
-- Cody Toppert



More QBs. Golden never wants to repeat his first year where he had just two qbs on the team because Randy only wanted Teddy(good as he might be). Remember we had Bernie and Vinny in the same class plus others on team. When Ken graduated we had to go with a Gator tranfer because Coaker crapped out recruiting qbs while Ken ran ruled the world. You need qbs every year and options should one or two crap out. While we can't buy a DT, this staff knows what it is doing as to balance and numbers. If we gets some DTs we will be back in the hunt. If Golden can draw some gator blood this year, the gates will open and there will be hell to pay. We are getting very close. Three DT's and it is on.


Kaaya & Rozier are rated 2 & 3 stars....4 now.?


Edouard- Don't be foolish. You want to be part of the U- then don't play games. Keeping your options open. The offer today is on the table- but maybe it wont be later-

Reality Bites

Little green pea running wild with twitter noise do you really believe a 3 star San Diego State reject is such a great catch?
No decent defensive player wants to come play for U and the #117 circus, keep loading up on offense you will need to outscore every opponent in a shootout.
Go Heat!

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