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UM releases spring depth chart, wake up calls

Al Golden said there were going to be a few surprises when the team released its first depth chart on the eve of spring football. He didn't disappoint.

Among the surprises: Walk-on quarterback Spencer Whipple listed with the first team; freshman All-American offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson listed with the second team and true freshman cornerback Thomas Finnie, who was playing with Miami Central in the Class 6A state championship game just this past December, is already with the first team. Also somewhat of a surprise: no fullbacks listed at all. Got to figure someone will be in there on short yardage and goalline situations.

Here's the new depth chart according to UM (check out the pre-workout depth chart below to compare). Reminder: This is all based on what players did and didn't do in the weight room and during conditioning over the last month and a half.

Offense
QB: Spencer Whipple, Jacory Harris, Stephen Morris
RB: Mike James, Storm Johnson, Lamar Miller
WR: Kendall Thompkins, Travis Benjamin
WR: Aldarius Johnson, LaRon Byrd
TE: John Calhoun, Chase Ford, Blake Ayles, Clive Walford, Cory White
LT: Malcolm Bunche, Seantrel Henderson
LG: Brandon Linder, Harland Gunn
C: Tyler Horn, Sean McDermott
RG: Brandon Washington, Jared Wheeler
RT: Jermaine Johnson, Ben Jones, Jermaine Barton

Defense
DE: Adewale Ojomo, Olsen Pierre
DT: Curtis Porter, Micanor Regis
DT: Marcus Forston, Luther Robinson
DE: Shayon Green, Andrew Smith
WLB: Ramon Buchanan, C.J. Holton
MLB: Jimmy Gaines, Jordan Futch
SLB: Sean Spence, Sean Goldstein
CB: Thomas Finnie, Brandon McGee
CB: Jojo Nicolas, Keion Payne
FS: Vaughn Telemaque, Andrew Swasey
SS: Kacy Rodgers, AJ Highsmith 

Special teams
K: Jake Wieclaw, Alex Irastorza
P: Jake Wieclaw, Cameron Dean, Alex Iristorza
FG: Jake Wieclaw, Alex Iristorza
KR: Travis Benjamin, Lamar Miller
PR: Travis Benjamin, Kendall Thompkins
H: Spencer Whipple, Jacory Harris
LS: Chris Ivory, Billy Sanders, Andrew Tallman 

For comparison, this was the pre-spring depth chart following a 7-6 season and a bowl loss to Notre Dame according to the team's website shortly before 3 p.m. (first through fourth team, from left to right):

Offense
QB: Jacory Harris, Stephen Morris, Spencer Whipple, Alonzo Highsmith
RB: Lamar Miller, Mike James, Storm Johnson, Eduardo Clements, Darian Hall
FB: John Calhoun, Maurice Hagens, David Thompson (walk-on)
WR: Aldarius Johnson, Tommy Streeter, Allen Hurns
WR: Travis Benjamin, LaRon Byrd, Kendall Thompkins, Davon Johnson, Ben Breneau (walk-on)
TE: Asante Cleveland, Chase Ford, Billy Sanders, Andrew Tallman, Clive Walford
LT: Ben Jones, Jared Wheeler
LG: Harland Gunn, Shane McDermott
C: Tyler Horn, Brandon Linder, Eduardo Lopez (walk-on)
RG: Brandon Washington, Malcolm Bunche, Jonathan Feliciano
RT: Seantrel Henderson, Jermaine Johnson, Cory White, Jermaine Barton

Defense
DE: Olivier Vernon, Adewale Ojomo, Andrew Smith, David Perry
DT: Marcus Forston, Curtis Porter
DT: Micanor Regis, Luther Robinson, Jeremy Lewis, Jeffrey Brown
DE: Marcus Robinson, Dyron Dye
WLB: Ramon Buchanan, C.J. Holton, Kevin Nelson, Erik Lichtner (walk-on)
MLB: Kelvin Cain, Shayon Green, Sean Goldstein (walk-on)
SLB: Sean Spence, Jordan Futch, James Gaines, Tyrone Cornileus, Travis Williams
CB: Brandon McGee, Nathan Cholston, Keion Payne
CB: Lee Chambers, Devont'a Davis
FS: Vaughn Telemaque, Cory Nelms, Jamal Reid
SS: Jojo Nicolas, Ray Ray Armstrong, Kacy Rodgers

Special teams
K: Jake Wieclaw, Ben Hopfinger
P: Jake Wieclaw, Cameron Dean
KR: Storm Johnson, Lamar Miller, Eduardo Clements
PR: Travis Benjamin, Lamar Miller
LS: Chris Ivory, Billy Sanders
H: Spencer Whipple 

> Thoughts on offense: I'm pretty confident that by the time the season starts Sept. 5 at Maryland, Morris or Harris will be the team's starting quarterback. This was one of the moves Golden made to send a message to both to compete at a higher level... the fact Mike James is listed as the starting tailback is no surprise. James has always been a fierce worker in the weight room. Could he keep the job come the fall? Absolutely. But the Canes are also in good hands whether Storm or Lamar Miller ends up winning the job... It's good to see Kendall Thompkins showing effort and starting out with the first team. Throughout his career, all we've heard about is how amazing this guy does in practice. Yet, he only has five career catches for 42 yards. The Canes desperately need a good slot receiver. Maybe Thompkins is finally ready... Seantrel Henderson not being listed on the first team at left tackle makes me ponder if he came in a little heavy and Golden simply wants him to lose weight... as for the other spots, no position will be more interesting to watch to me than tight end. With Asante Cleveland out and UM looking for more physical play, these guys are going to bring it.

> Thoughts on defense: Right off the bat, where is Olivier Vernon and Ray Ray Armstrong? Both could be banged up. But the fact neither are nowhere on the list makes you a little worried. I think Vernon has been the most consistent pass rusher UM has had over the last two seasons. Armstrong was coming off injury. Maybe that hurt him from making this list... Seeing Shayon Green with the first team after he was the starting middle linebacker when camp opened last fall makes you wonder if the Canes shouldn't have just started him at end to begin with... The middle linebacker spot will be interesting to watch. Golden praised Kelvin Cain on Thursday for his work ethic. Yet, Jimmy Gaines is listed with the ones. I expect Jordan Futch to be UM's starting middle linebacker by the opener... Could true freshman Thomas Finnie really win the starting job? If former safety Jojo Nicolas can why not. In the end, I expect McGee and Payne to be UM's starting corners.

> Thoughts on special teams: Golden said he doesn't like dancers returning kicks or handling punts. Travis Benjamin better put away his tap shoes... I don't know about you, but not seeing Matt Bosher's name on here makes me a little bit queasy.

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Your 2011 National Champions!

Just a thought - if we played every home game at Lockhart it would be sold out and that would shut up the haters. With the intimate atmosphere of that venue it would certainly create a home field advantage.

Go 'canes!

So far the only thing that somewhat surprises me is Ray Ray not starting, so we'll see how the new one comes out. Maybe some changeups in terms of QB, RB, and LB?

This isn't the same pre depth chart inside the u has. They have QB Whipple starting and RB James. Henderson isn't starting and our D looks very different

This isn't the same pre depth chart inside the u has. They have QB Whipple starting and RB James. Henderson isn't starting and our D looks very different

Posted by: Drew3810 | March 04, 2011 at 03:23 PM

There are two depth charts Drew so you can compare what came out today to what UM had listed before Phase 1 of their workouts.

Olivier Vernon not starting is the biggest surprise. Ray Ray hasn't been good his entire two years at UM. Vernon has been a stud since day 1.

Andrew Swasey as Free Safety? wow

Ray Ray is hurt and some players are doing track

Manny, I have noticed some Canes fans posts are getting removed when we respond to troll comments, but comments like this obviously fake one by the name-changing troll are retained.

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Your 2011 National Champions!

Just a thought - if we played every home game at Lockhart it would be sold out and that would shut up the haters. With the intimate atmosphere of that venue it would certainly create a home field advantage.

Go 'canes!

Posted by: Canesrule '21 ships | March 04, 2011 at 03:09 PM
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Is there a new rule that we haven't been told about? I mean, if any comment should be deleted, it should be those that do ID theft like the one above. Those defending the Canes, their coaches, their fans, and their players should be retained.

Andrew Swasey as Free Safety? wow
Posted by: ? | March 04, 2011 at 03:39 PM

A: Yes. That's his son, a freshman walk on.

No Ray Ray Armstrong?

obviously spencer whipple at 1st team is a ploy to motivate jacory and morris. i didn't major in sanitation engineering, but i can recognize garbage when i see it..

Ray-Ray Armstrong isn't on the depth chart because he has a nagging injury and Golden has him on the practice squad for now.

@Manny Does Andrew Swassey have eligability left or is that a typo?

As for the depth chart, seeing Miller and Morris on the tail end at their positions makes me doubt how serious Golden is about retaining this order.

I mean, Whipple starting? Not likely.
No FB? Not likely.
And Calhoun, a FB only a few days ago as the starting TE over six others? Not likely.

Well, if it gets Morris and Miller and the others to work harder in the spring, then i have no problem with it.

It's just results of the gym. Only part of the process. They are giving them the opportunity to show their talent. I'm sure guys like Gaines and Thompkins are ecstatic about this. Those guys were taking reps with the 3rd team last year. They could be studs this year. There is no dog house anymore. You earned your spot going into spring. Now you have to keep it. The best players will come through with this system.

And Tommy Streeter is no where to be found.

Feral Cat The reason there is no full back is that Golden uses one infrequently. He uses more H-Back than anything else.

Andrew Swasey as Free Safety? wow
Posted by: ? | March 04, 2011 at 03:39 PM

A: Yes. That's his son, a freshman walk on.

Posted by: Manny Navarro
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His bio says he is a JUCO, which is it?

His bio says he is a JUCO, which is it?
Posted by: 3G Cane | March 04, 2011 at 03:58 PM

A: Sorry. I was given bad info. He is a junior.

Let the competition begin!!!...The players all have a clean slate and if you work hard and produce..you play!!..The players have their goals right in front of them and they have no excuses..lets see some wins on the field and lets get going in the right direction...GO CANES!!

@Manny

Thanks!

[]_[] GO CANES []_[]

This just in...Based on how much they can bench press, UM has given scholarships to all of the World's Strongest Man competitors and have put them at the top of the depth chart at each position. Magnus von Magnusson is listed as our starting WR...He has an impressive 6.2 forty time.

This list is silly. As if Golden is going to start the season with inferior talent in order to prove a point. Wake me when the depth chart is announced during the days leading up to the first game.

Any update on Ray Ray???!!!! I NEED to know!

Is there a new rule that we haven't been told about? I mean, if any comment should be deleted, it should be those that do ID theft like the one above. Those defending the Canes, their coaches, their fans, and their players should be retained.
Posted by: Feral Cat | March 04, 2011 at 03:41 PM

If you want to defend yourself that's fine. But don't copy their nasty messages, reprint it and respond to it. It's just posting it again. Email me what is posted and I will try to go back and delete it.

Whipple winning the QB spot is not a ploy to light a fire! It is Golden doing exactly what he said he'd do. Win the training person, begin Spring as the starter. I doubt he'll hold off the other two because he's just not as good, but this is not a big surprise. He is constantly praised by teammates and coaches alike for being one of the hardest workers in the weight room.

Whipple being named starter is supposed to motivate Jaboney? Yeah right. He'll just pout and throw more interceptions.

IM NOT KIDDING!

This list is silly. As if Golden is going to start the season with inferior talent in order to prove a point. Wake me when the depth chart is announced during the days leading up to the first game. Posted by: K-Cane | March 04, 2011 at 04:15 PM

A: Can't argue with you. If anything, this just shows you who did what they were supposed to do in the weight room and who didn't. Of course, some guys may be injured or coming back from injury and that's why they aren't on here. But at least it gives you some picture of what's going on behind the scenes.

Any update on Ray Ray???!!!! I NEED to know!

Posted by: Canesfantilidie101

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Golden Al mentioned yesterday that he was dinged. Probably the reason he isnt listed.

Any update on Ray Ray???!!!! I NEED to know!
Posted by: Canesfantilidie101 | March 04, 2011 at 04:15 PM

I heard he missed a few workouts because of injury, but he did come back at the end of the January. He's too talented to not get back in the mix.

Oh my god, a functioning blog that isn't the same guy trash talking his alter ego all day long! Fantastic stuff!

One of the things I love about Golden, he's not playing favorites with anyone and he's not setting anything in stone. Whenever he's asked about the offensive tackle position, or the outside linebacker position, or whatever, he responds about getting the top 5 offensive linemen and top 4 linebackers on the field, etc. Surprised to see Thompkins but not Streeter on the depth chart, is Streeter hurt or did he not crack the top 4?

Yawnnnn! Man get back to me in August

Where is Streeter?

I'm going to miss the "guys flyin around" and "upper extremity/lower extremity" comments by Mr. Randal. LOL Let's get it CANES
Cane 4 Life

What happend to Jamal Reid at safety?

Does anyone really think are qb's have played well enough to not give spencer whipple a shot? Wouldnt surprise me if golden picked someone that will make smart throws and understand the offense. Whipple prolly wont be a starter but i think he would far surpass both other qbs in workouts and attitude...just saying!

Thanks Manny for keeping the blog clean. It is a big improvement and much appreciated.

The depth chart is awesome as far as I am concerned. This team used to always kick butt in the fourth quarter. The last 3-4 seasons it has been painful to watch these guys just get decimated after the half because they are not in shape or too soft to keep up the pressure. Golden is sending a message that is long over due. Guys who don't put in the work off the field only hurt it later on the field.

I notice Golden's depth chart ON DEFENSE only has two players for each position, which is probably why we don't see some familiar faces RIGHT NOW.

I can tell you all something right now, you're going to find out that RANDY played favorites, regardless of how certain players played, A LOT!!

Just remember I told you so!!
GO CANES!!

Hey look! Even the blogger's workin harder! ;)

LOL...I realize this is Spring Ball and mostly PSY-Ops by Golden, but this line-up couldn't beat UCF, FIU or FAU.


Get it together...


Any word on k. Nelson

Great article manny

I think you nailed it at the end
Bosher off the list makes me nervous!
:)

Excuse me, but has anyone seen my lost...
Dyron Dye
Jamal Reid
Tommy Streeter
Olivier Vernon
Devont'a Davis
Kevin Nelson
Kacey Rogers

OK. U are really back. Whipple at QB. No ray-Ray at S. I sense trouble. If this is a motivational tool, I can accept that. But, come on, did U see Whip perform last season? Give me a break.

I'm not completely sole with Johnson at WR. And Telemaque still has to step it up. Whatever, U need to focus strong on linebacker corps.

Canes are so thin at LB by the time November rolls around they will be getting exposed yet again.

YOU HAVE TO GAVE DEPTH AT LB
UM DOESN'T HAVE ANY.

don't get me started on qb and secondary. This will be another painful season as depth will be a huge issue again.

Randy couldn't recruit his way out of a wet paper bag. This will be painfully evident in2011

Cool Cat..

You CAN read can't you?

This is ALL based off what happened during workouts. When Morris and Mike James were interviewed recently BOTH of them agreed that Spencer Whipple was a HUGE gym rat.

Seriously. Read. Knowledge makes you stronger.

And we aren't quite as thin at linebacker as one would like to think. The pieces are there, they just need to be coached up. ESPECIALLY if we're basing out of a 4-3.

Manny, don't you think if you were a player and you saw a list this silly, it would have the opposite effect of scaring you? I might hurt myself with laughter at the thought of Harris and Morris holding clipboards while Whipple runs the offense. And having Seantrell not starting and Calhoun and Shayon Green actually starting makes it all ridiculous. You can do it with one or two positions, but after a few it becomes kinda a joke. Not that any of it matters in the end.

Pretty clear message: no one is so special that they will not have to outwork others to secure a starting spot.

That works for me, BECAUSE DIDN'T WE ALL GET REAL TIRED of hearing "how much talent" UM had? They got pushed around, at least in part, because too many were undisciplined, out of shape and careless in their play.

It is a new era and I, for one, welcome it! Way to go, Coach Golden! Go Canes!

Lamar Miller and Storm Johnson and RB. And we still don't know what Clements can do. Wow!

All Whipple would have to do is hand off.

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