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Wednesday night notes: Duke Johnson, Canes, Dolphins, Heat

Some Canes, Dolphins and Heat tidbits:

### For all of his glorious achievements as a freshman, Duke Johnson has told people that there’s at least one area where he wants to make a big jump this season: performance in big games.

He wasn’t pleased how he fared against the toughest competition last year. He’s determined to change that, and you can be sure that is on Johnson’s mind as he enters Saturday’s showdown against Florida.

Consider Johnson’s rushing numbers in the games against arguably the four best teams on Miami’s schedule last season:

Kansas State: six rushes, 19 yards, 3.2 average

Notre Dame: eight rushes, 22 yards, 2.8 average

North Carolina: 14 rushes, 47 yards, 3.4 average

FSU: nine rushes, 27 yards, 3.0 average

Johnson didn’t get enough carries in the K-State and Notre Dame games, largely because the Hurricanes fell behind big and had to throw the ball more than they would have liked.

In those four games, Johnson averaged 3.1 per carry. In the eight other games, he averaged 8.2.

Johnson had the most rushing yards of any FBS player in Week 1 (186 yards, on 19 carries, equal to a 9.8 average).

The matchup of Johnson against UF’s run defense should be one of the delicious subplots of this game.

ESPN’s Stats and Information unearthed this interesting factoid: Johnson has six rushes of 50-plus yards in 13 career games, including a 53-yarder last week. (That’s the most in major college football since the start of 2012.)

Conversely, UF has allowed only two rushes of 50-plus yards in the last 10 years -– three fewer than any other FBS school.

The last 50-yard rush on a single play against the Gators came courtesy of Furman in 2011. The Gators allowed 95 yards rushing per game last season (fourth in FBS) and have permitted only one rusher to reach the 100-yard mark in the past 16 games (Georgia’s Todd Gurley).

### UM’s Al Golden said today he expects receiver Rashawn Scott to miss a month with a shoulder injury. “In the larger scheme of things, it’s pretty fortunate that it’s not going to be anything that requires surgery," he said.

UM’s top four receivers for Saturday's game figure to be Allen Hurns, Philip Dorsett, Herb Waters and Stacy Coley, unless Malcolm Lewis surpasses Coley. Though Lewis is able to play, he understandably isn’t completely back to the form he showed before last season’s horrific ankle injury. UM said this week that Lewis is still regaining confidence in the ankle.

UM’s sixth and seventh receivers, if needed Saturday, will be D’Mauri Jones and Garrett Kidd. Jontavious Carter would have been in position to get some snaps this month if he hadn’t been bounced from the team a couple weeks ago for multiple violations of rules.

### In a conference call with Cleveland reporters in advance of Sunday’s game, Dolphins coach Joe Philbin listed three things “I’m looking for from Ryan Tannehill this year. Number one: improved decision making. Number two: better ball accuracy. And Number three, playmaking abilities at critical times in a game. Beyond that, I’m not concerned about how other people compare him to Andrew Luck, RGIII or anybody else. I am concerned about how well he plays for the Miami Dolphins.”

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said of Tannehill: “You can really see the growth and progress from last year.”

And receiver Brian Hartline told Cleveland media: “It’s not like he’s going off the charts in a particular category. He’s just solidly getting better every single day…. He’s definitely more vocal."

### Asked by Cleveland reporters about how big a loss Dustin Keller was, Philbin said: “Dustin is a good pro, an excellent guy in the locker-room, certainly a skilled player. But we have a good group of tight ends, and I think we’ll be fine there.” 

### Hartline told Cleveland media that besides having a “rare skill set,” Mike Wallace “is a guy that’s really intellectual when it comes to football, probably doesn’t get a whole lot of credit for it.”

### Two players familiar to South Florida sports fans will essentially be “co-starters” at one receiver spot for Cleveland this weekend: Former Dolphin Davone Bess and former Hurricane Travis Benjamin.

### CBS will air Dolphins-Browns in 9 percent of the country (much of Florida and Ohio; Mobile and Dothan, Alabama and Waco and Bryan, Texas), with Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots announcing. For those not getting the game in their local area, keep in mind that DirecTV will make Sunday Ticket available for free to all subscribers this weekend.

### Though one Internet report today listed the Heat among teams interested in journeyman center Hassan Whiteside, his agent said tonight that the Heat has shown no interest this offseason in Whiteside, who auditioned for the Heat last summer before Miami opted for Josh Harrelson instead. Former LSU center Justin Hamilton, the Heat’s 2012 second-round pick, continues to work out with the Heat.

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Maria

Barry, I hope you are back for good. Thanks for your great info.

Phil Rebillard

Welcome back

Steve B

The Gators are working in alot of young new players on defense. That bodes well for a strong UM offensive line an experienced senior QB and an all world RB with a bevy of good receivers.
If UM's defense simply plays competently its a win for the Canes. But who knows. Its sad that UF ended this great yearly rivalry just to schedule a bunch of easy wins at home.

key depth

So Corn Elder is not going to play receiver? Expect the call kid..

Pete

@steve b

Are you the guy screaming the U is back every year?
Living in a dream world.

Silasrude

Glad you are back.

***** SOLDY *****

Consider Johnson’s rushing numbers in the games against arguably the four best teams on Miami’s schedule last season:

Kansas State: six rushes, 19 yards, 3.2 average

Notre Dame: eight rushes, 22 yards, 2.8 average

North Carolina: 14 rushes, 47 yards, 3.4 average

FSU: nine rushes, 27 yards, 3.0 average

.

Gee, do u think that the "good" teams decided to "key" on Duke ?

hint... do u think the Gators, better defensively than all the above teams, will "key" on Duke Saturday ?

ur backup RB again ?

sflafan

Duke is going to have his coming out party on Saturday. This weekend the entire nation becomes aware of Duke Johnson. He's going to have 200+ yards total yards from scrimmage and 2 scores. And if he surpasses those #'s with ease, I wouldn't be surprised.

Coral Gables'81

This team and Coach Golden really do need a signature win. What better time than this Saturday afternoon?

Keepin it real always

Looking for a Cane signature win Saturday.Doesn t need to be flashy.Just workmanlike and something to re-set/reestablish the current crop of Hurricanes and to showcase their new/current brand of play.Looking also for great teamwork and chemistry.Much more tough and physical play.Defense and team speed overall looks much better/improved.Looking to see Miami finally regain their respect in the trenches on BOTH sides of the ball.Miami has plenty of playmakers now on the team.Miami s secondary and linebackers will need to step up and Miami has plenty of talent at all the skill positions on Offense.Could be a GREAT game for the U.Gators may get surprised.GO CANES.

TK SWANN

Man !!Can't wait going to bed early Friday night..It's less than 48 hrs and all the talk is over. Can u imagine what this win would do for this program ? AS hard as this staff has worked and had to endure since they've been here a victory Saturday will really turn this program around. Recruits will again want to return to the U and the oral commitments pretty much will stay intact. A good defensive performance will finally earn Coach D the respect he really deserves especially from his most vocal and harshest critic(Me)at least until her screws up again(Hope not). This is the players chance to show they are back and to get the respect around the country they deserve. If this was a game Jimmy Johnson was coaching he would have his team so fired up that the players would be ready to actually "kick some ass" and you would not leave the Orange Bowl without your butt getting kicked. This Cane team simply needs to go out there with an attitude of "Refuse To Allow Ourselves to be Defeated". Come out strong on Offense and be patient when moving the chains,shut down Gators running game and pressure Driskel and this team will get there signature win 31-17! Go Canes! Time to show America What Time It Is!!

green

http://www.usnews.com/news/sports/articles/2013/09/05/miamis-jim-larranaga-under-contract-through-2022

Breaking: Miami gives Jim Larranaga 3-year extension, now has him wrapped up through 2022.

Larrañaga says he is "fortunate" and "humbled" to be able to stay at Miami "for the remainder of my career."
-- Tim Reynolds ‏@ByTimReynolds

CAREER GOALS & ASPIRATIONS

green

Its sad that UF ended this great yearly rivalry just to schedule a bunch of easy wins at home.

Posted by: Steve B | 09/04/2013 at 09:55 PM

https://twitter.com/ByTimReynolds/status/375595486092075008/photo/1

They're getting up early in Gainesville this morning, students lining up to get 500 pairs of "Beat Miami" glasses.

Here's the aforementioned glasses that some camped out for in Gainesville last night.
-- Tim Reynolds ‏@ByTimReynolds

Buses on campus are flashing "Beat Miami" after showing the route
#TheRivalryIsReal
-- Josh Kaiser ‏@JoshKaiser28

THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED

stuntmanmike

Great pick-ups by Ireland. Clutt and Watkins!

green

https://twitter.com/hurricanesports/status/375610220090638338/photo/1

50+ hours until kickoff and look who is on the front page of ESPN.com currently. #Canes #BeatUF
-- Miami Hurricanes ‏@hurricanesports

BEAT THE CLOCK

green

Its sad that UF ended this great yearly rivalry just to schedule a bunch of easy wins at home.

Posted by: Steve B | 09/04/2013 at 09:55 PM

https://twitter.com/dalasdhn/status/375357643344191489/photo/1

Parking in main @SunLifeStadium lots is SOLD OUT for #BeatUF.
-- Chris Yandle ‏@ChrisYandle

Extra seats getting installed for Miami/Florida game!
Go Canes!
-- Michael Turner ‏@dalasdhn

all seats will be occupied 78K
-- Chris Yandle ‏@ChrisYandle

NO VACANCY

Reality Bites

The Herald sports section is a desolate wasteland when Barry Jackson is on vacation. No more time off for you son, we need our sports fix.

Big college football game this Saturday at No Life Stadium.
Thank you Florida Gators for making it Sun Life this weekend. Thank you Florida Gators for making possible what no other cane opponent this season will be able to duplicate. A sell out.
Lil green pea excited about all the extra seats being brought in, thanks to the Florida Gators.
It is a big game, due to the fact that the Gators are playing.
So Duke knows he hasn't done squat against the top teams, but we all knew that already.
Does Morris know? Do all the over hyped receivers know? Does the "great" offensive line know? Does Golden know?
Sadly for you it will all remain the same come Saturday.
The Florida Gators are in town, playing in front of a sold out stadium filled with Orange and Blue. A home away from home for the Mighty Gators. Bringing Life to a desolate place. Hide your tarps canefan, no tarp needed when the Gators are in town. Just don't lose them you will need them starting the following week, as usual.

green

Thank you Florida Gators for making it Sun Life this weekend. Thank you Florida Gators for making possible what no other cane opponent this season will be able to duplicate. A sell out.
Lil green pea excited about all the extra seats being brought in, thanks to the Florida Gators.

Posted by: Reality Bites | 09/05/2013 at 12:35 PM

https://twitter.com/SunLifeStadium/status/375641317814329344/photo/1

the Florida athletic department sent out a letter to fans that was equal parts diplomatic about the ticket allocation to Gator fans and a warning on what kind of seats they got:

The letter read: "As you can imagine, interest and anticipation in our first visit to Miami in quite some time has helped us sell out our very generous allotment of 12,500 tickets.

"We are writing to alert you, however, that most of the tickets we received will be situated in the upper level 400 sections, and many are in the mid-to-upper rows of those sections. Only roughly seven percent of our allotment will be situated in the lower or club levels. This is not out of the norm, and is consistent with what the University of Miami provides all of its visiting ACC opponents."

Translation: You're in the stadium. But bring your binoculars.
-- dave hyde

the color of gaturd currency is green ...
the University of Miami thanks you ...
y'all come back now ...

LEGAL TENDER

green

Its sad that UF ended this great yearly rivalry just to schedule a bunch of easy wins at home.

Posted by: Steve B | 09/04/2013 at 09:55 PM

https://twitter.com/hurricanesports/status/375600651574603777/photo/1

71 hours until kickoff and we've run out of media credentials. Yeah, I'd say Saturday is a big game. #UFvsMIA #BeatUF

300+
-- Chris Yandle ‏@ChrisYandle

KEEP IT 300 LIKE THE ROMANS (KEEP IT CALM, COOL & COLLECT)

Reality Bites

It is sadder that Miami needs to rob the Gator faithful by charging $85 bucks for nose bleed seats that will sell for $3 next week to make up for the lost revenue for the rest of the year. Tell me canefan why do we need to pay you to see our team play? We don't, we don't need you. But you need us. So after Saturday comes and goes, your stadium will again be covered with tarp in preparation for the next game. And the following one. And the one the following week. And on and on, until next year when FSU comes to town again.
The pathetic story of the Miami fan.

Johngoode@johnnybfit.com sweet1968

For reality bite my ass your ticket is 8500 and the tarps go over the heads of ugly gator tards. Miami is poised not to be SEC like but better than that. Kicking their ass will be huge for recruitin. GO CANES!

dUmblogic

Miami is poised not to be SEC like but better than that.


7 - 6 in the ACC
#116 ranked defense
no wins over any top 20 opponent

But U are POISED to be better than the best
sort of "we are back"
silly slogan heard every year for the past decade
U are what U are silly cane clown

Reality Bites indeed

The pathetic story of a Gators fan:

$85 is a lot of money for a ticket to a college football game...

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