Injury news from Wednesday availability before Georgia Tech

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The Hurricanes will likely get some needed defensive help against Georgia Tech. 

UM coach Mark Richt indicated DT Anthony Moten (shoulder), DT Courtel Jenkins (knee surgery), LB Darrion Owens (back from reconstructive knee surgery but apparently had some type of undisclosed issue, per Richt to WQAM on Monday) and CB Adrian Colbert (knee surgery) would all play Saturday at noon.

"Well, there's a difference between pain and an injury,'' Richt said. "Everybody has something. Usually everybody by now has something that hurts a little bit and some guys have things that hurt a little bit more than others. But almost always with those kind of injuries, when the adrenaline pumps and the blood flows in a game you tend to not feel much of anything.

"If the adrenaline is pumping and their blood is pumping and they're hobbling around, then we'll get them out of the game."

Is Adrian Colbert back?

"Adrian has practiced every day for a while now. I don't know if he's 100 percent, but he's 100 percent going to play.''

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

September 28, 2016

MIami coach Mark Richt on Georgia Tech: 'It's the first [ACC] game. It's very crucial.'

 

Here's Miami coach Mark Richt's opening statement from his weekly press conference on Tuesday to discuss the next opponent -- Georgia Tech. Richt is 13-2 against Georgia Tech as the former Georgia head coach and 6-2 against current GT coach Paul Johnson.

Richt noted the two losses (2008 and 2014), and, as a coach who loves to run, he has plenty of respect for Johnson.

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“We’re getting ready to play Georgia Tech, we all know that. We’ll be in Atlanta on Saturday at high noon. That’s probably a good thing - we’re used to waking up early, so that shouldn’t be a shock to our system. We’re playing Coach [Paul] Johnson and his offensive system again, and his teams have historically done a great job. They’re probably top five [team] in America in rushing during the time Johnson has been there, the last seven years. They’re just good at what they do.

“It all does start with the quarterback, Justin Thomas.  Like most offenses, if you have a quarterback who can run your system well, you have a chance to move the ball and put points on the board. He does a great job. He’s thrown for 364 yards already and run for 144 – he’s their second-leading rusher right now. Outstanding player. I think the thing you say about him, he’s very tough, mentally and physically. He can bring a team back from being behind. He did it, really in Game 1 [against Boston College], I guess. He’s done it before in his career. Certainly he did it one of the years I was at Georgia, a couple years back. He made some beautiful plays and set them up for a field goal and took the game into overtime because of his athleticism and his ability to throw the football. He is an outstanding player.

Marcus Marshall was their leading rusher last year, he had 650 yards. Last year against us he had 74 yards, had a big day. I coached his brother over there, Keith Marshall, at Georgia, so I know the family. J.J. Green is another guy I coached at Georgia, who’s now over there doing a good job, he’s an ‘A back’ for them. Their leading receiver is Ricky Jeune. He has seven catches for 108 yards and averaging about 15 yards per catch, which is pretty typical. [Brad] Stewart is their No. 2 guy.”

Up front, their center [Freddie] Burden, I guess this will be his 30th career start. He has the most experience up front. I know [Shamire] Devine is a guy that while I was at Georgia, I tried to recruit and got beat there in the recruiting process. He’s a massive guy, 6-foot-7, 370 pounds, and a really talented guy. I know he got banged up a little bit last week, so I don’t know how he’s doing. It’s an outstanding system and Coach [Johnson] does it as good as anybody.

“Ted Roof on defense has the 15th scoring defense in America, they’re doing a wonderful job there…up front he has three returning starters coming back: No. 42 [KeShun Freeman], No. 91 [Patrick Gamble] and No. 41 [Rod Rook-Chungong]. Most good defenses start out with a front four that can play ball and penetrate and do those things, and they do a good job of that. [P.J.] Davis, the linebacker, he is the most experienced linebacker coming back. He was the leading tackler last year - had 77 tackles. He’s No. 2 on the team with 24 tackles right now, so he kind of heads up that group. Their leading tackler is No. 14, Corey Griffin, their safety - he has 25 tackles and he does a good job. They don’t show Lawrence Austin as a starter in their base defense, but when they’re in their nickel defense, he’s their nickel. He plays a bunch. Everybody is playing three-receiver sets. He’s really a starter, the way we see it.

“It’s the first conference game. It’s very crucial for us in that regard. Everybody in the Coastal is trying to win it, us being one of them. It’s very important to us for a lot of reasons, but that’s probably the most important reason.”

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN (with thanks to UM's Camron Ghorbi)

September 27, 2016

Miami Hurricanes diver named an NCAA finalist for 2016 Woman of the Year

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Just in from the NCAA. Kudos to Kara McCormack:

Finalists named for 2016 Woman of the Year Award

Nine former college athletes have been selected as finalists for the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year Award and will be honored at an awards dinner Oct. 16 in Indianapolis.

The 2016 Woman of the Year will be named at that event.

Three women from each NCAA division were selected. Their college careers are highlighted by outstanding achievements in academics, athletics, community service and leadership.

The finalists were chosen from 30 Woman of the Year honorees who will be recognized during the event. This group of 30 includes 10 honorees from each NCAA division and represents a range of sports.  Schools nominated 517 college athletes for the 2016 award.

 

Kara McCormack

School: University of Miami (Florida)

Conference: Atlantic Coast Conference

Sport: Women’s swimming and diving

Major: Mathematics

Hometown: Austin, Texas

Excerpt from personal statement: “Although my diving career is over, I am now taking a new plunge into another opportunity: research in the medical field. My next step is a Ph.D., followed by teaching and continued advocacy for young women to follow their passions. I therefore thank my collegiate career for making me the woman I am today, and for allowing me to continue to spread this strength to others around the world.”

Kara McCormack embraced her platform as a student-athlete as a way to lead others on her campus, in her community and on a global scale. The University of Miami (Florida) swimming and diving team captain served on the Atlantic Coast Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She also volunteered as a pen pal with children at a local elementary school, taking advantage of the opportunity to encourage young girls to pursue interests in math and science. In addition, she went on a trip to rural Vietnam as part of the Coach for College program, where she taught ninth-grade physics and encouraged kids to persevere and attend college.

McCormack made the dean’s list every semester and graduated with a nearly perfect grade-point average in mathematics. She earned three nods as a member of the all-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Team and received the ACC postgraduate scholarship in 2016. She was inducted into multiple honor societies on campus, and in 2016, was inducted in to the Iron Arrow Honor Society, which is the highest honor for a Miami student who exemplifies love of alma mater, character, leadership, scholarship, and humility. McCormack is now in the process of pursuing her doctorate in mathematics.

In 2013, McCormack was named the ACC Diver of the Year after winning the conference championship on the diving platform. The three-time College Swimming Coaches Association of America All-American qualified for the NCAA championships in 2016 in the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events. She also competed at the Olympics trials for USA Swimming in 2012.

The other nominees:

Margaret Guo

School: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Conference: New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference

Sport: Women’s swimming and diving

Majors: Electrical engineering and computer science; biological engineering

Hometown: San Diego

Christina Hillman

School: Iowa State University

Conference: Big 12 Conference

Sport: Women’s track and field

Majors: Child, adult and family services; psychology

Hometown: Dover, Delaware

Bri Leeper

School: West Texas A&M University

Conference: Lone Star Conference

Sport: Women’s track and field

Major: Broadcasting and electronic media

Hometown: Amarillo, Texas

Maurissa Lester

School: Limestone College

Conference: Conference Carolinas

Sport: Women’s basketball

Major: Professional biology/pre-dentistry, with a minor in chemistry

Hometown: Marietta, Georgia

Elayna Siebert

School: Carson-Newman University

Conference: South Atlantic Conference

Sport: Softball

Major: Accounting

Hometown: Knoxville, Tennessee

Haley Townsend

School: Kenyon College

Conference: North Coast Athletic Conference

Sport: Women’s swimming and diving

Major: International studies, with a concentration in Islamic civilization and cultures, and a minor in Arabic

Hometown: Greenwood, Indiana

Cameasha Turner

School: University of Texas at El Paso

Conference: Conference USA

Sport: Women’s basketball

Major: Criminal justice

Hometown: Dallas

Amy Viti

School: Misericordia University

Conference: Middle Atlantic Conference

Sports: Women’s cross country, track and field

Major: Speech language pathology

Hometown: Sugar Notch, Pennsylvania

 

September 23, 2016

Miami football finally unveils plans for $34 million "Carol Soffer Football Indoor Practice Facility"

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FONTAINEBLEAU Miami Beach (a nice place to be on a Friday night!) -- After months of anticipation, the University of Miami finally unveiled plans for its yet-to-be-built "Carol Soffer Football Indoor Practice Facility," to be named in honor of the mother of lead donor and billionaire Jeffrey Soffer.

Soffer is a South Florida real estate developer and philanthropist who contributed $14 million of the $34 million that will be needed to begin construction -- of which $24 million has already been raised.

Have to give kudos to UM athletic director Blake James, who pulled off the unlikely Mark Richt hiring and has been a real plus for the Hurricanes in pretty much every area. 

I know Carol Soffer from years ago, and she is a terrific woman. She has been a UM donor for athletics for more than 20 years. Really liked her sons I met tonight. Jeffrey Soffer seems like a super nice person. Hey, he gave up his money because his mother said UM athletics was the right way to go, and he publicly told her he loved her. As a mom (or son), you've got to like that.

Jeffrey said right away that he has never been to a UM football game but will make sure to attend his first game this season.

That first game, I'm pretty sure, will be Florida State.

Included in Miami's release on Friday: 

"The 81,800-square-foot facility will feature two field-turf fields – one 80 yards long and an additional 40-yard field directly connecting to the Squillante Strength and Conditioning Center. The facility will be located on the current football practice grounds, and will feature interconnectivity to the Hecht Athletic Center and the Schwartz Center for Athletic Excellence. 

 The project includes a 20,000-square-foot football operations center with a mezzanine level that will house all of the football coaches’ office space with views overlooking the indoor fields.  The football center will also feature six position meeting rooms, a head coach’s suite, three coaches’ conference rooms, a first-class football recruiting suite complete with lounges and meeting rooms, as well as a state-of-the-art video center." 

UM is aiming for the facility to be completed by the summer of 2018.

Coach Mark Richt has pledged $1 million of his own money to help fund the facility, which greatly impressed his players when they learned of his generosity. 

 As I said in a blog earlier this week, the Richt era continues to soar. The No. 15 Canes (3-0) are off this weekend but next play at noon Oct. 1 at Georgia Tech (3-1), to be nationally televised by either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.

It's not a coincidence that Richt's arrival in Coral Gables has already catapulted the football program to a happy place it hasn't been in years.  It's amazing how one man and what appears to be an excellent coaching staff can make a difference.

Richt said tonight that Brad Kaaya's knee injury that he sustained during the Appalachian State game was a bone bruise and was healing day by day. He said the open week was helpful because it obviously has given it more time to heal.

Kaaya was great, as usual. First-class young man, so unassuming and forthright.

"It is awesome to actually get out and see the Hurricane Club members and meet the Soffer family,'' Kaaya told reporters. "In years past, people talked about the Board of Trustees, our alumni, our boosters. It all just sounds like up there somewhere in some castle, some secret meeting room.

  “It’s nice to actually meet them and know they have our back and are giving their full support to us. It’s huge for me to see this. It’s a great day.’’

   Here's my full, final-edition story that is now online and includes cool videos, photos, reaction and all the news: .

  Have a great weekend everyone.

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

September 20, 2016

The Mark Richt Factor: "University of Miami Historic Announcement" is another victory.

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We got our "Building U Champions'' press release today for what UM is billing as a "Historic Announcement.''

And it is that. 

The indoor practice facility has been written about repeatedly, but it's great that the Hurricanes are finally getting it going here with the megadonation by the Soffer Family, as reported Saturday night by our Barry Jackson and Peter Ariz.

The announcement is Friday evening at the Fontainebleau in MIami Beach. The event is not open to the public. 

Coach Mark Richt has pledged $1 million of his own money to help fund the facility, which greatly impressed his players when they learned of his generosity. 

We'll learn a lot more about the facility on Friday.

The Richt era continues to soar. The No. 15 Canes (3-0) are off this weekend but next play at noon Oct. 1 at Georgia Tech, to be nationally televised by either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.

It's not a coincidence that Richt's arrival in Coral Gables has already catapulted the football program to a happy place it hasn't been in years.  It's amazing how one man and what appears to be an excellent coaching staff can make a difference.

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

 

September 17, 2016

Statement game? Some Hurricanes fans likely think otherwise, but you bet it is.

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BOONE, N.C. -- The Miami Hurricanes are the first Power 5 team in history to come into Kidd Brewer Stadium.

And what a reception they'll get.

I'm imagining this could be the loudest 35,000 or so fans that I've ever heard -- and I've been to a lot of college football games.

ESPN thinks it intriguing enough to choose as its noon game. Las Vegas thinks it'll be close enough to make the 25th-ranked team in the nation -- that's 2-0 Miami -- only a 4-point favorite as of Friday.

The Mountaineers, famous for being giant slayers since bringing down fifth-ranked Michigan at the Big House to begin the 2007 season, are known for their fearlessness. They're the little team that could, and the little team that will, hope those who love underdogs and have a major distaste for the green and orange. 

Hey, they almost and in my opinion should have beaten No. 9 Tennessee in Knoxville in the season-opener. So, they're more than thinking, 'Why not Miami?'

Maybe it's just the mediocrity that I've gotten used to the past 10 years or so, but so many times when the Hurricanes could have made a statement that they were turning the corner, they didn't. They haven't won a bowl game since the 2006 season, which frankly, feels like an eternity. They usually fall in these hyped games.

So, whether or not Appalachian State is in the Sun Belt, whether or not the Mountaineers talk a lot bigger than they play, you better believe most of the country is waiting  for the Hurricanes to fall Saturday. And that's why UM needs to make a statement to itself, if no one else, that this Mark Richt era is humming right along after Game No. 3 -- en route to a week off before the Canes travel to Atlanta to face the triple option attack of ACC Coastal Division foe Georgia Tech. That will be no easy task, especially for three true freshman linebackers.

I know that a win is a win is a win. But UM should have a lot better athletes than Appalachian State, and the victory should be decisive and clean.

I don't even know where to begin should the Mountaineers pull off the upset. We might have to all shut down our Twitter accounts.

For now, here are my keys to victory for the Hurricanes:

***Take the home crowd out of the game, the sooner the better. Thus, come out blazing and don't let up.

***Somehow manage to communicate amid the deafening noise. This might be a major challenge for the youngest Canes, though there are veterans on the offensive line, and as coach Mark Richt said Wednesday, "The noise affects one guy the most -- that's the quarterback. Does he have the poise to handle the noise? Does he have the poise to handle all the nonverbal communication? Does he have the poise to handle it when [fans] go ballistic the first time something good happens for their team? That's the biggest key of playing on the road, in my opinion. Brad has been through it. I'm not worried one bit about how Brad is going to react to anything that might come up.''

*** Stop Marcus Cox. This 5-10, 205-pound senior from Dacula, Ga., has run for three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons and has eclipsed the 100-yard mark 24 times in his last 33 games.

***Pressure quarterback Taylor Lamb. This 6-2, 200-pound junior from Calhoun, Ga., has led the Mountaineers to an 18-7 record and threw for 2,387 yards and 31 touchdowns, with nine interceptions last season. He ran for another 436 yards and five touchdowns.

*** Run, Mark, Run. Run, Joe, Run. Run, Gus, Run. The Canes are sixth nationally in rushing offense, averaging 326 yards over two games. The Mountaineers, who lost in overtime at then-No. 9 Tennessee and defeated Old Dominion 31-7 last week, are 69th in rushing defense, having allowed an average of 142 rushing yards each game.  

*** No interceptions for Brad Kaaya. He had two last week against FAU, which converted only one of them for three eventual points. It would likely be more costly Saturday.

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

September 14, 2016

Miami AD Blake James will "evaluate'' if Miami area could host relocated ACC championships

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On Monday, the NCAA announced it was moving seven of its championships from the state of North Carolina because of a controversial N.C. state law that requires transgender people to use restrooms at schools and government buildings that correspond to the sex on their birth certificates, per the Associated Press.

On Wednesday, the Atlantic Coast Conference voted to relocate its championships from North Carolina because of the same law.

"As members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, the ACC Council of Presidents reaffirmed our collective commitment to uphold the values of equality, diversity, inclusion and non-discrimination,''the ACC Council of Presidents wrote in a statement. "Every one of our 15 universities is strongly committed to these values and therefore, we will continue to host ACC Championships at campus sites. We believe North Carolina House Bill 2 is inconsistent with these values, and as a result, we will relocate all neutral site championships for the 2016-17 academic year. All locations will be announced in the conference office.''

Enter the University of Miami.

UM athletic director Blake James said Wednesday that he would be interested in evaluating the idea of Miami or South Florida bidding to host one or more of the ACC title events. 

 The neutral-site ACC championships that will eventually be relocated:

Women's soccer, football, men's and women's swimming and diving, women's basketball, men's and women's tennis, women's golf, men's golf and baseball.

"We will evaluate what opportunities are out there and see what makes sense for us to try to be part of the conversation going forward,'' James told the Miami Herald. "If there are events we can bring to South Florida I think it would be great for our institution, our students and our fans."

It's unlikely, however, that UM's home football field of Hard Rock Stadium could be chosen as the site of the ACC football championship, usually played at Bank of America Stadium. That wouldn't exactly be neutral should Miami win the Coastal Division and get in the ACC title game Dec. 4.

"There are a variety of stadiums the ACC will look at,'' James said. "As that is our home stadium, I would think most likely it probably wouldn’t be considered on top of the list. But if the conference felt it was good for the conference obviously it would be something we’d be very supportive of."

The ACC baseball tournament, which was May 24-29 this year at Durham Bulls Athletic Park,  also brings in lots of folks over an extended period of days. The Marlins announced their 2017 schedule on Wednesday, and the Marlins have a homestand during most of that same time period next year.

"That’s why we need to evaluate everything and see what options are possibly out there for us to suggest to the ACC,'' James said, "and from there it would really be up to them to determine what’s best for the league."

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

Miami's Mark Richt: 'Something happened today. I'm not going to say exactly what...'

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Coach Mark Richt said after practice Wednesday that "something happened today -- I'm not going to say exactly what -- that, you know what, if it's loud, we have a problem."

That's because Miami's first road trip is Saturday at Kidd Brewer Stadium, where the capacity is a cozy 23,150 -- almost all of them for home team Appalachian State. ASU noted that temporary bleachers are being added to the stadium, plus some standing-room-only areas in the end zone which account for another 5,000 or so fans. We think the attendance will be well over 30,000. Small? Yes. Still loud? Yes. 

"We have to make sure we know exactly what to do,'' Richt said. "That's why you practice. Something will pop up and you're like, 'I didn't think of that. I should have thought of that, but I didn't.' Anyway, those kinds of things happen. Good thing we still have tomorrow to iron it out.''

UM offensive line coach Stacy Searels was the Appalachian State line coach from 1994 to 2000. He knows first-hand how loud it can get.

   "They'll be on top of you,'' Searels said. "They'll be very, very loud. And They will be very excited. And it will be an electric atmosphere. Anytime it's loud you've got to do a good job communicating.''

  Quarterback Brad Kaaya said the Canes have "been working on all our silent cadences since the springtime.

  "It's nothing new to us. There are not too many young guys on offense that I can think of. O-line, not going to be any young guys; running backs, they've all done it before and all know what to expect. I mean, [freshman wide receiver] Ahmmon [Richards], it's all signaled in to him. So he doesn't have to worry about that. He's just watching the ball.''

  SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

 

Breaking News: UM hoops star recruit Dewan Huell arrested

By Michelle Kaufman

mkaufman@MiamiHerald.com

Dewan Huell of Norland High, the most celebrated University of Miami basketball recruit in recent years, was arrested for battery on Tuesday.

“I am aware of the reported incident involving Dewan Huell last night and we are still gathering information,” said UM athletic director Blake James. “I have very high expectations for all of our student-athletes, as I know Coach Larrañaga does for his team, and any misconduct will be addressed.”

Larranaga, reached by phone, said he just returned to town from recruiting and had not yet met with Huell.

"I just got back, and am planning to meet with Dewan and find out what happened," Larranaga said. "Dewan is a terrific kid and we will deal with this once we have all the information."

According to a police report obtained by Andy Slater of WINZ, Huell, 19, walked into his ex-girlfriend’s dorm room at FIU, found her in the closet with another man and attacked the man. Police say he grabbed the man by his shirt and dragged him out of the room, leaving him with scratches on his neck and chest.

Huell, who is 6-11 and 220 pounds, was to begin his freshman season with the Hurricanes next month. He was rated the nation’s No. 21 recruit by ESPN and played on three state championship teams with Norland. He averaged 19.2 points and 9.1 rebounds last season and was the Miami Herald 8A-6A Player of the Year.

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September 12, 2016

Hot off the Press: UM Hoops Schedule!

By Michelle Kaufman

mkaufman@MiamiHerald.com

Yes, yes, we know it's still early in the football season, so nobody's really thinking basketball yet.

But the ACC released the men's basketball schedule on Monday afternoon, so stop gushing over Mark Richt for just one moment and mark your calendars!

Miami will play at Virginia on Feb. 20 as part of ESPN's Big Monday schedule, and will also play four other games on ESPN/ESPN2: vs. Notre Dame (Jan. 12), at Duke (Jan. 21), at Louisville (Feb. 11), and at Virginia Tech (Feb. 27).

The Canes also have two CBS games: Jan. 28 against North Carolina and Feb. 25 against Duke.

Among Miami's home opponents are NCAA runner-up North Carolina, Notre Dame (Elite 8), and Duke (Sweet 16).  The Hurricanes play road games at Syracuse, Virginia, Duke, Pitt, FSU, and Virginia Tech.

UM's first exhibition game is vs. Barry at the BUC on Nov. 2. The first conference home game is Dec. 31 against NC State -- yes, New Year's Eve, but 4:30 p.m., so plenty of time to party afterward.

"We need to defend our home court again this season," said UM coach Jim Larranaga. "Our fans helped create an electric atmosphere and we are looking forward to having that home court advantage again this year."

The full schedule:

Nov. 2 vs. Barry (exhibition), 7 p.m.

Nov. 11 vs. Western Carolina, 7 p.m.

Nov. 16 at UNF, 7 p.m.

Nov. 19 vs. Penn, 4 p.m.

Nov. 24 vs. Stanford, 2:30 p.m. in Orlando

Nov. 25 vs. Indiana State/Iowa State in Orlando

Nov. 27 vs. Florida/Gonzaga/Quinnipiac/Seton Hall in Orlando

Nov. 30 vs. Rutgers 7 p.m.

Dec. 3 vs. Wofford

Dec. 6 vs. South Carolina St, 7 p.m.

Dec. 16 vs. FAU, 7 p.m.

Dec. 22 vs. George Washington, 7 p.m.

Dec. 28 vs. Columbia, 7 p.m.

Dec. 31 vs. NC State, 4:30 p.m.

Jan. 4 at Syracuse, 7 p.m.

Jan. 12 vs. Notre Dame, 7 p.m.

Jan. 14 at Pitt, noon

Jan. 18 at Wake Forest, 8 p.m.

Jan. 21 at Duke, TBA

Jan. 25 vs. Boston College, 9 p.m.

Jan. 28 vs. North Carolina, 1 p.m.

Feb. 1 vs. FSU, 8 p.m.

Feb. 4 at NC State, 3 p.m.

Feb. 8 Virginia Tech, 9 p.m.

Feb. 11 at Louisville, TBA

Feb. 15 vs. Georgia Tech, 8 p.m.

Feb. 18 vs. Clemson, noon

Feb. 20 at Virginia, 7 p.m.

Feb. 25 vs. Duke, 4 p.m.

Feb. 27 at Va Tech, 9 p.m.

March 4 at FSU, 4 p.m.

March 7-11: ACC Tournament, Brooklyn, NY

September 11, 2016

Canes Talk (after Canes Walk): My Impressions after Miami beat FAU 38-10

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***We aren't hallucinating. This 4-3, let's-slam-the-quarterback defense, brought to you by Manny Diaz, is the real deal.

 The Canes, one of the worst teams in the nation last year in rushing defense, have allowed 22 and 47 yards, respectively, the past two weeks. They had three sacks last week and seven Saturday. That's 10 total, compared to 26 in all of 2015. They had 15 tackles for loss last week and 13 Saturday. That's 28 in two weeks, compared with 66 last season. They are madly aggressive, don't give up or give in, love to gang tackle and are clearly in great shape physically. 

  The three true freshman linebackers? Wow. Wow. Wow. Weak-side starter Michael Pinckney joins middle starter Shaq Quarterman as an absolute beast. He's fast, he's fearless and he definitely has that old-time swag and the talent to back it up. Pinckney led UM with nine tackles, 1.5 sacks and 1.5 tackles for loss. UM fans better hope for them to stay healthy, because what's behind them is thin and inexperienced.Defensive linemen R.J. McIntosh, Demetrius Jackson, Chad Thomas and freshman Joe Jackson have been impressive, as has Kendrick Norton -- though he appeared to get hurt. And, kudos to Darrion Owens, who got two tackles in his first game back after a severe knee injury suffered exactly a year ago against FAU. Diaz said the return of Owens was the best thing about the defensive story Saturday.

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*** Run, Canes, run! Miami has gone from 117th in the nation in rushing offense to a team that has to be among the top after the first couple games, with 373 yards last game (three 100-yard rushers for the first time since 1987) and 279 Saturday among Mark Walton and Joe Yearby. Walton, a sophomore, is really agile, shifty, quick and strong. Last week he had a career-high 117 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Saturday he had 155 yards and four touchdowns running -- the first time that a Cane has rushed for four scores since Tyrone Moss did it against UNC in 2005. Joe Yearby added 121 yards and a touchdown Saturday on 20 carries. Walton averaged 9.1 yards a carry; Yearby, 6.1. Not sure why Gus Edwards didn't get in. Mark Richt praised Edwards and said on this particular night, the the other two did a good enough job. Bottom line: a running game is what will make it harder for defenses and take some pressure off Brad Kaaya and the passing game, which struggled Saturday, though Kaaya came back much stronger in the second half.

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*** Cut out the penalties -- or else. Miami was last in the nation last year in penalties with 1,094 yards worth. In the opener the Canes were disciplined as well as dominant, committing only six penalties for 54 yards. On Saturday, they were flagged nine times for 90 yards. Keep making mistakes and it will definitely hurt them."Very disappointing,'' Richt said. "Some of them, there's no excuse whatsoever. We have to get better. I don't want this to be a recurring theme, but just not enough discipline, and I'm not doing a good enough job of sending the message, I guess.'' When the Canes start facing better teams, penalties (or lack thereof) could make a difference in a win or loss.

    SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

 

September 08, 2016

Hurricanes' defense gets another hit, and Muhammad posts his whereabouts.

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 ***If you thought the Canes' defense was in bad shape physically, it has gotten worse.

 On Thursday night, Hurricanes coach Mark Richt confirmed to Miami Herald correspondent Peter Ariz and to two other reporters at a community park in Pembroke Pines, that defensive tackle Courtel Jenkins and cornerback Adrian Colbert had medical procedures -- knee surgeries, though Richt didn't specify. The University of Miami had put out a press release saying Jenkins and Colbert had "lower extremity'' injuries and wouldn't play Saturday against FAU. When Ariz asked Richt about the report of Colbert "dealing with a knee issue," Richt said, "Yeah, he won't play for sure this week. Not a season-ending thing. It'll probably be a matter of days. I don't know how many days.''

Ariz: "Did he have to have a procedure?"

Richt: "Yeah, he got cleaned up.''

Ariz: "Same thing with Courtel?"

Richt: "Yeah, same thing.'' 

Then, Richt said: "Football is a contact sport... Neither one of these are too serious.''

The Palm Beach Post reported through a source Thursday that Colbert, a graduate transfer from Texas, tore the meniscus in his knee Wednesday "and could miss multiple weeks," adding later in another report that the injury wasn't as bad as originally thought; and that defensive tackle Courtel Jenkins, who we had reported wouldn't be playing, had surgery for a torn meniscus. Colbert had an interception that he ran back 46 yards to the FAMU 40 -- the second of his career -- in the opener. UM scored five plays later. Until now, all the injuries and/or dismissals had been among the D-line and linebackers. Sophomore Sheldrick Redwine is the player expected to replace Colbert, with other young corners available, such as Michael Jackson, the speedy Malek Young, Ryan Mayes and Terrance Henley.

 

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*** Defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad, who was dismissed from UM along with linebacker Jermaine Grace for what UM said was a violation of NCAA rules in relation to a Miami Beach luxury rental car company, has surfaced at Hampton University -- an FCS school. 

Muhammad posted on Instagram a photo of a Hampton University football helmet but wrote about his former Canes. Ariz first reported of Muhammad's enrollment at the school, through a source, on his CanesInsight.com site. Hampton had still not added Muhammad to the football roster as of Thursday evening. Muhammad would not have to sit out a year with the football team, because the PIrates are not in the FBS.

"Sorry for the wait...'' he wrote. "...I lost a lot off people in the past couple weeks family love ones close ones friends people that I would have never thought in a million years would have turned there back on me but it is what it is guess what God and football not going anywhere every play I make I'm throwing up the U for them 305 boys S/O 2016 cane players. #AQM #8 #ALWAYSACANE #305 #973 #RichtEra.''

 SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

  

 

 

 

September 07, 2016

Mark Richt: Freshman receiver Sam Bruce is a "great, great practice player.''

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SAM BRUCE SHINES

Receiver Sam Bruce is a name we haven't heard a lot of this camp because it was pretty much known he'd be suspended to start off the season.

But when UM coach Mark Richt was asked about Bruce on Wednesday after practice, Richt was effusive.

"Great, great practice player,'' Richt said. "Works hard. Brings a lot of energy. He's not getting as many reps as the other guys, so he's fresher. But when he gets his reps, he's going full-speed. He looks like a player. I would hope, by the time he gets in position to be in the game, that he'll know enough to play. I would think we'll be integrating him into the plan. Hopefully, where we'd feel comfortable, is he knows it all. But if not, we'll pick and choose some spots for him. He'll play."

DIONTE MULLINS REPORT

Richt said of fellow freshman receiver Dionte Mullins, the last player to arrive before classes began: "He's still learning. He does not know all the plays, to the point where I can just call a game and not worry about him. If he's in the game, I have to know and take care of him a little bit. And that's last Saturday. He'll get better this Saturday. Somewhere along the line, when we feel comfortable that he knows what to do, he'll play. Because he has got the ability."

TRENT HARRIS HAS ANOTHER TOOL (not really)

Defensive end “Toolbox Trent” Harris, one of Miami's most reliable players, is still practicing fully, though he has a broken left hand and said he was limited to “8 to 10’’ snaps Saturday in UM’s 70-3 victory over FAMU.

Harris is a 6-2, 250-pound junior from Winter Park who had 49 tackles, five tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and a fumble recovery last year as a linebacker/rush end in UM’s former 3-4, read-and-react scheme. He played at least three positions in some games.

Now he’s wearing a giant, soft-padded wrapping -- a "club'' -- on the bare hand that was hit by a helmet during practice. He’ll be at it again Saturday against FAU (1-0).

“I don’t have a strong grip with it,’’ Harris, designated as the “Viper’’ on UM’s defense, said Wednesday. “All I can do is do my best. I’ve just got to play like it’s off and whatever happens, happens.’’

Though Harris had won the starting position after original starter Al-Quadin Muhammad was dismissed from the team, Demetrius Jackson got the nod for the opener. Jackson had five tackles, two sacks, three tackles for loss, one breakup and one quarterback hurry -- quite a performance. 

INJURY REPORT 

Richt said on Wednesday that defensive tackles Courtel Jenkins (leg/knee) and Anthony Moten (shoulder) are questionable for FAU. Jenkins didn't practice Tuesday and wasn't even at practice during the media viewing Wednesday, so it seems unlikely he'll play. Moten was at practice the past two days.

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

 

 

September 06, 2016

Mark Richt: "When you start thinking you're pretty good is when you get whupped.''

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Quick hits from coach Mark Richt's press conference today before FAU game:

***"Had a good practice. Full pads, a lot of run game. We did a good job. I thought the first half of practice was actually very good. I thought the second half of practice they started to break down a little bit – similar to our ball game. I think we to a slight degree lost a little focus."

*** On the season-ending injury to redshirt freshman linebacker Jamie Gordinier and what happens next: "Gordinier getting hurt early in the game, I mean it's sad. Anytime a guy gets hurt and can't play the rest of the season -- they work so hard...It's hearbreaking...And then it also puts pressure on the rest of the team...We've lost depth across the board in defense and in special teams. We hurt when guys get hurt...Guys have to rise up, but it puts pressure on your second team, it puts pressure on your scout team, it puts pressure on your special teams. The more attrition you have the tougher it is for everybody to stay healthy.''

*** On productive safety Jaquan Johnson observing and practicing with the linebackers today: "A nickel back is basically a SAM (strong-side) linebacker. That's basically what he is. So will he play that in a 2-receiver set? I don't know. If he has to he will. But a lot of people are three- and four-receiver sets, so we're in a lot of nickel anyway. We can play with just two linebackers in those situations.''

 *** "Offensively, they go about as fast as a team can go,'' (on FAU) said Richt.

*** Richt, when asked if he's kind of looking forward to more adverse situations this week: "(laughed) I mean, I'm human. I like it when I don't have to fret too much when I look at tape. These guys present a challenge... They have a lot of confidence in their cornerbacks. They play a lot of press...''

 ***"It was great to see [FB] Marquez [Williams] score the first touchdown of the year…We do believe in having a lead blocker, not every play."

*** Richt on if he likes the local rivalry aspect: "There are a lot of teams in the state. You could play just about the whole schedule here in this state. I don't get too involved in making the decisions on the schedule... Tell me who we're going to play, where we're going to play and let's go...''

*** Richt on his decision not to allow freshmen to talk to the media today: "No freshmen today was basically a one-day decision made by me. The whole team is human obviously. When people say, 'Wow, you did great. You did great. You did great,' the more of that, the less they tend to focus and all of a sudden they start believing, 'Man, I'm pretty good.' And when you start thinking you're pretty good is when you get whupped...I'm just trying to help them focus...I'm just trying to slow down the train just for a little bit to let them settle a little bit.''

From during our 15 minutes of media viewing:

***Defensive end Trent Harris was practicing with a large, soft-padded cast on his broken left hand.

*** Sophomore safety Jaquan Johnson was observing and practicing with the linebackers. Richt said he's nickel back, and if UM has to, it can play with only two linebackers. 

*** Defensive tackle Courtel Jenkins, who limped off the field in the fourth quarter against FAMU, was riding on an exercise bike -- without moving his right leg.

 SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

 

 

September 05, 2016

New Miami depth chart for FAU has changes after suspension, season-ending injury

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First of all, feeling bad for redshirt freshman linebacker Jamie Gordinier, who sustained a season-ending knee injury in his first college game. What a shame for him and for the already thin Hurricanes' defense, which had a great opener regardless. 

Here's wishing Gordinier a fast and successful recovery.

With Gordinier, the weak-side backup to starter Michael Pinckney, out of commission, the new depth chart released Monday has Darrion Owens moving up as the backup for this Saturday's game against FAU.

Owens, a 6-3, 245-pound redshirt sophomore out of Orange Park Oakleaf (same school at which freshman middle linebacker Shaquille Quarterman played), tore his ACL early last season against FAU, and although he has been practicing, he hasn't been ready to play in a game.

On Aug. 23, a couple days before UM's practice game using scout teamers against the starters, coach Mark Richt was asked about the health of Owens. "I'd say [Owens] is not likely right now to be a starter,'' he said, "but we just want him to be healhty before he really goes full speed. I"m not saying Owens won't get a crack at it before it's over...''

Another depth-chart change: Defensive tackle Anthony Moten, who has an injured right shoulder and did not play in the opener, has been replaced by redshirt freshman Ryan Fines as the backup to R.J. McIntosh. Fines had two tackles and half a sack in his college debut Saturday.

Junior defensive end Trent Harris, who fractured his hand last week and was limited against FAMU, but was replaced by Demetrius Jackson as a starter in that game, is still listed as a starter.

Now, the very encouraging news: former five-star defensive tackle prospect Gerald Willis, a Florida transfer who sat out last year per NCAA rules and was suspended for FAMU, is back in the lineup behind Kendrick Norton. FAU would be Willis' first game as a Hurricane.

Courtel Jenkins, who backed up Norton in the opener and limped off the field in the fourth quarter, is no longer on the depth chart. Jenkins had a nice game with three tackles for loss. When Richt was asked Sunday for an update about Jenkins, he said he wouldn't know until today, UM's off day.

Stay tuned.

  HERE IS THE LATEST DEPTH CHART FOR THE FAU GAME AT 6 PM Saturday.

 SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

 

September 04, 2016

Here's what Miami coach Mark Richt said after UM's 70-3 victory over FAMU

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Opening Statement…

“Just very thankful for the victory. I thought our guys showed up with the right frame of mind and played very well early on. I thought towards the mid-second quarter, there were a couple lapses on offense that weren’t really clean - jumping offside on a quarterback sneak on third-and-one, or dropping a ball that should have been caught on a deep ball. The deep balls could have been thrown just a little bit better, to allow the receivers to run away from coverage a little bit. A couple of catchable balls - I thought the one to [Stacy] Coley quite frankly, I guess I’m not allowed to say, but I thought it was pass interference but I won’t say that. The play before, I’m not supposed to say, but I didn’t think it was holding either.

“Anyways, at the very end, getting a punt blocked wasn’t great, but I thought the rest of the special teams were outstanding. We blocked a punt and returned one for a touchdown, which was great. We ran the ball well obviously – three backs got over 100 yards, which is unique, but we got three really solid backs and we have a few more behind them that aren’t bad. That was good. I thought the line played well in the run game. We gave up a sack on a third-and-medium that was a little hitch-and-go route that I thought we had open for a big play, but we just had a lineman not block the gap he was supposed to block, which was disappointing on a third downs. I think that was the third down right after the one where we jumped offsides. We jump offsides then give up a sack, which wasn’t very good. Other than that, I thought we played pretty good. I’m just thankful for the victory.”

 

On making his debut as head coach of the Hurricanes and the emotions surrounding it…

“I’ve had the ability to kind of focus on the things I can control: the types of plays that we’re going to call, the formations they’re supposed to be in, calling a game for the first time in a while, that’s where all my thought process was. I want to give props to [defensive coordinator] Coach Diaz and [special teams coordinator] Coach Hartley, because I’ve not spent much time at all getting in the middle of defense or getting in the middle of special teams or the kicking game, so I can focus on the job I’ve got to do as a play-caller. Really, my emotions I don’t get too emotional when I try to focus. My goal is to stay calm and try to make the best calls I possibly can for the team. I don’t know, for whatever reason… there are times when I’ll get visibly mad or visibly happy, but this wasn’t one of those games. It just didn’t turn out to be that way, pretty anti-climactic type thing. I’m just trying to get guys to play hard, execute the whole way though and, for the most part, I thought we did.”

On the emotions of his first Hurricane Walk…
“That was good. I enjoyed that – just being with the people and seeing the fan base and the families, and just driving in and seeing the traffic. There was traffic - that was great. There was a lot of people tailgating throughout the entire parking lot, more than I can ever remember as a player really. I’m sure it was good or better for certain games or certain days, but I thought our fans did a great job. Seeing all the students up in the stands early was great as well. I really appreciate what the students did. Obviously the Band of the Hour, we love them too…cheerleaders, everybody.”

On the nervousness of his first game calling plays in a while, and if he was able to sleep…

“I actually slept pretty good last night. For whatever reason, there was a calmness that started last night. I was able to sleep. I didn’t go to bed until about midnight, but once I laid my head down, I slept pretty good.”

On getting back to play-calling…

“I enjoyed it. Any time you don’t score, you get upset with yourself from a call, or lack of execution or something along the way. We probably practiced more things than we should have going into this plan, but gosh, we had so long to get ready for the game, it’s hard not to put all those ideas together. My guess is we maybe called a half of what we repped [in practice]. There were a few more things that I thought were going to give us a chance, but at the time, it wasn’t time to throw certain pass routes once it got out of hand.”


On his evaluation of the play of quarterback Brad Kaaya…

“I don’t know. He did miss one on a scramble that he probably could have hit for a touchdown. We threw the deep ball to Ahmmon [Richards], which was a very catchable ball, but he had to slow down just a tad. [Stacy] Coley’s, he probably could have kept him on the run a little better too. I thought he got interfered with. But it’s better to put the ball in play to overthrow it, too. Overall, I thought he managed the game well, I thought he got us in the right running game just about every time he came to the running game with the options that we give him. I thought he did a nice job. I don’t think there’s any balls that could have or should have gotten picked, which is big for me. I thought he did good job.”

On his evaluation of the play of the freshmen linebacker trio…

“I think the defense in general played very well. It’s hard for me. Again, I’m focused so much on offense and even in between plays, I’m talking to coaches upstairs, talking to the run game guys - Coach Brown Coach Searels – about what we might run the next series. I’m really active. I’m not the coordinator, but when you call plays, there’s things that need to be done in between series as well. I didn’t watch a whole bunch. I’ll get in position where I’ll watch more as the season goes on, but for Game 1, I wanted to make sure I was doing my job well.”

On how to evaluate the team’s play with a 60-point lead…

“We want them to play hard, obviously we want to win the game, but we focus on the plays themselves and execution of the plays, and how hard we played and how well we tackled, how well we do our assignments – not just the assignments, but the technique. That’s what you have to focus on every play. That’s what I talked to them about at the end. I felt like, on that punt at the end, somebody on Florida A&M cared more than we did at that moment, and that can’t happen any time. You have to cherish every moment you get, every snap you get. If that had been the first play, I hope that wouldn’t have happened. My guess is that somebody relaxed a little bit and got the thing blocked.”

On the first running back trio to each rush for over 100 yards in a single game…

“Those guys all deserve it. They’re all very quality backs. The blocking was good. A lot of times they did make people miss, but there was some good blocking up front, there was some good blocking on the perimeter. The one touchdown to Ahmmon [Richards], even though it was not a run, there was very good blocking by the other two receivers. There was some good downfield blocking and perimeter blocking, which turns a six-yard gain into a 60-yard gain sometimes. In the end, guys have to make people miss to get long runs like that, and they were able to do that.”

On being a well-conditioned team, and what he thought of his team in that area…

“We were tired at times. Both teams were tired. It was hot. It was muggy…it was warm enough and muggy enough to make it tough. There were times that we had guys fatigued. But they played through it. I know we're in good condition. I know we went through the entire camp, and the way practiced we had one I.V. the entire camp on Day 1, and that was probably from nervous energy. We might have had a guy or two come out, but I didn’t see a lot of cramping. But there were a guys that probably came out. Overall, I think we’re in good condition. We can’t go backwards in that area. It’s too late now. We’ll keep practicing hard and keep practicing in the heat. We’ll get better.”

On if this season opener was any different than his time at Georgia…

“I’ll just say this: I really, really like it here. I do. I like these players, I like this University, I like the vibe of the city. I’m very thankful to be here at The U.”

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN (thank you Cam Ghorbi)

September 03, 2016

Miami Hurricanes true freshman Sam Bruce suspended three games

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The University of Miami just announced that true freshman wide receiver Sam Bruce, who played at St. Thomas Aquinas, is suspended for the first three games of the season for violating team rules. That's one more we expected.

Also announced by Miami: Defensive tackle Gerald Willis, who transferred from Florida and already sat out last year, per NCAA transfer rules, is suspended for Saturday's opener against FAMU. We already knew about this one.

 Bruce's suspension stems from an alleged gun-photo incident the Miami Herald first reported back in February.

According to a source familiar with the situation in February, Bruce used the photo of himself with a weapon as part of an ongoing dispute with an older, former Aquinas male student over Bruce’s ex-girlfriend. The source said the photo ended up in the hands of the former student, who then called police and Aquinas.

 
The speedy, versatile Bruce, listed as 5-8 and 180 pounds, was a four-star prospect by ESPN, 247Sports, Rivals and Scout. He was ranked as the No. 7 overall wide receiver in the nation.
 
Bruce was off limits to the media on media day, when true freshmen were allowed to speak.
 
It's believed that Willis' suspension stems from an incident last year.
 
The good news: wide receiver Stacy Coley, as we reported, will be playing today.
 
 SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

Game Day FINALLY. Notables for Miami Hurricanes against FAMU

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Welcome to Miami Hurricanes Game Day. It's been too long, right?

Some things to check out on a day of many firsts (free form, random order):

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***Mark Richt's first run out of the smoke as a coach and first appearance on the sideline. What will his demeanor be wearing the orange and green and white after 15 years as Georgia's head coach? Also, don't miss the Canes Walk at 4 p.m. at Southwest Gate of Hard Rock Stadium.

***Hard Rock Stadium. Will it feel like a new one after about $500 million in renovations?

***The fans. Kudos to UM athletic director Blake James for being right on point. He said he expected the Hurricanes to surpass 40,000 season tickets sold as of game day, and he announced Friday that, indeed, UM had surpassed that mark -- up more than 11,000 from last year's total. Here's hoping there's a big crowd out there today.

***The players -- how will their demeanor be on the sideline? Defensive coordinator Manny Diaz, with his up-tempo, aggressive, get-to-the-quarterback style, thought these Hurricanes were not nearly emotional enough when they did something worth celebrating (without getting penalized of course). I'm interested to see if they step up to his challenge.

***The game

    DEFENSE:  A. How will the defense as a whole step up with the dismissal of end Al-Quadin Muhammad and linebacker Jermaine Grace? UM was 101st in rushing defense last season, 110th in red zone defense and 77th in scoring defense.

    B. Defensive line: How much will Trent Harris (broken hand), who replaced Muhammad as starter, actually play? Can Kendrick Norton and R.J. McIntosh carry the load for the tackles, with talented tackle Gerald Willis suspended and A.J. Moten out with a shoulder injury?

    C. Linebackers * (see next listing)

    D. Freshmen: If Richt starts three true freshmen at linebacker -- Shaquille Quarterman in the middle, Michael Pinckney at weak-side and Zach McCloud at strong-side (and if not Zach, then redshirt freshman Jamie Gordinier, who also has never played in a college game) -- it is likely the first time Miami has ever done that. That's a "wow" for sure. The three are considerable talents, and all arrived in January in time for spring ball, so all have been around Richt and Manny Diaz, who also serves as the linebackers coach, for as long as their older peers. Really looking forward to see how they handle the pressure and how they tackle.

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   E. Defensive backs: Count on a good amount of two linebackers and five DBs to compensate for youth at LB. Looking forward to seeing Texas graduate transfer Adrian Colbert playing corner for the first time in college.

PENALTIES: Note that UM was dead last in penalties-per-game and penalty yards last year in the FBS, with an average of 9.31 penalties and 83.63 yards of penalties a game. We're thinking that is going to change this season.

  OFFENSE: A. How will the strength of this team step up as a unit and make it a bit less pressure-packed for the thin, young defense?

B. Mark Richt's play-calling: Psyched to see how Mark Richt does in his first play-calling gig in several years.

C. Running backs: Gus-the-Bus Edwards is back in the lineup after missing last year with an injury. Mark Richt runs a true pro-style offense, and likes the backs to do a good amount of work to make it easier on quarterback Brad Kaaya. How will Mark Walton, Joe Yearby (who surpassed 1,000 yards last season) and Edwards do? Also really looking forward to getting a glimpse of true freshman Travis Homer. Heard he was doing very well in practice.

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D. Offensive line: Finally, they say they're all healed up after an injury-laden 2015. They are close with Kaaya and know his tendencies. This should be a vastly improved part of UM's defense. I'm interested in seeing how big, appreciative Sunny Odogwu does after knee surgery. Everyone admires him on the team, including offensive line coach Stacy Searels, and says he's been really good in practice. Center Nick Linder should be healthy and at his best.

E. Quarterback: Really looking forward to see Brad Kaaya today (on his 21st birthday). I know it's FAMU, but still... I'm sure Miami will play as vanilla as possible, but quarterbacks guru Richt has said Kaaya has improved in his mechanics, and just keeps improving in everything else. 

F. Receivers: So sorry we don't get to see Lawrence Cager (ACL), but looking forward to the Kaaya-Stacy Coley and Kaaya-Braxton Berrios connections, as well as newcomer Dayall Harris and true freshman Ahmmon Richards (if his turf toe is not ailing him too much). We expect talented slot man Sam Bruce to be suspended at least today -- and maybe even next week. That's yet to be seen. Like Richards, he could have a nice impact on the Hurricanes.

G. Tight ends: Watch David Njoku do his thing, as well as Chris Herndon. And won't that be fun if Michael Irvin II gets in there?

H. Fullback: Marquez Williams makes his debut with the Hurricanes. Will he put some guys on their backs?

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SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

 

 

Miami walk-on quarterback Beirne arrested for DUI, cocaine possession

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Miami Hurricanes walk-on quarterback Tucker Beirne, a 6-2, 245-pound redshirt freshman out of Miami Columbus High, was arrested shortly after midnight Saturday by the Monroe County's Sheriff's Office in Tavernier, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Beirne was charged with one misdemeanor count of DUI (traffic offense, breath alcohol level of .08 or more) and one felony count of cocaine possession.

He was released on bond, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's website.

 A Miami spokesman said UM had no comment on the situation.

Beirne was not set to dress for the FAMU game.

Beirne, 19, is listed as a redshirt freshman. The UM media guide says he spent his freshman high school season at Aspen High in Colorado and his last three years at Columbus, "setting a school record with 7,957 career passing yards.''

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN