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spring game report (interceptions -- surprise!) with stats and Golden quotes

Long day.

The spring game is over, and there was much of the same. Namely, interceptions.

Two by Jacory and two by Stephen.

It was very basic, very simple, "vanilla,'' Golden said.

Let's face it, the UM running backs are mighty good, and fans better hope the offensive line can open big holes for Lamar Miller, Mike James and Storm Johnson. Lamar scored three TDs and gained 166 yards on 10 carries (one TD was for 70 yards and another was for 64).

I say (until proven otherwise) lots of shorter, safe passes, and occasional long ones. And utilize the tight ends, something that's been missing the past couple years.

The guys who made the picks: Andrew Swasey, Sean Spence, Brandon McGee and Thomas Finnie.

The receivers have been unproven, because so many of them are hurt. Kendal Thompkins had a very good day, and Travis Benjamin hurt his leg, though it doesn't seem bad. LaRon didn't play, Aldarius didn't play, and three of them wore yellow "non-contact" jerseys. Tommy Streeter looked as tentative and not-so-dominant as he looked good last weekend.

Defensively, safety  Swasey is impressive and will find his way onto the field for sure. Golden said he's a great special-teamer as well. Finnie (pick) has had a very good spring. Brandon McGee is getting better.

Sean Spence (pick-six for 25-yard TD) should be a force this season. And safety Ray-Ray Armstrong just demolishes his victims, as well.

I forgot to put in my story for paper and online that walk-on Sean Goldstein led the defense with 14 tackles!!

Several players missed the scrimmage, including Kevin Nelson (I asked his status and if he was injured and Golden answered, "Kevin Nelson did not participate today, as many guys didn't participate. We're holding a bunch of them out.'' Seantrel Henderson (back injury) didn't play, but you already knew he wasn't going to play.

I know that, as Jacory said, an interception or touchdown takes all 11 players to create, but hopefully Jedd Fisch's intelligence (he's smart) and play-calling will result in game plans that play to the strengths of each quarterback -- or at least not to their weaknesses. This scrimmage was kind of weird, too, because the players were all scrambled up and not always playing near the persons they'll be playing with  for games.

Remember, the game is being televised tomorrow at 5 p.m. on CSS.

Also, I talked to DT Marcus Forston (brace on right knee). He seems to be in good spirits. He had surgery April 6 to repair a torn MCL.


"It was the first time we played a game. I had been putting them in situations so I thought it would be a little bit tougher on them conditioning wise than it was. A lot of guys responded. Clearly the running backs have a chance to be special for us and make some ex[ceptional] plays. I’m disappointed about the interceptions, but we have to do a better job with that.

 One of the plays was exceptional, the other play was really, we were throwing it to a yellow shirt and we really couldn’t finish the play. So I’m not even sure if that was really fair that we allowed that one. But overall good tempo. I think we learned a lot about our team today."

 Pleased with any picks for the defense? "Oh yeah. I thought Swasey’s interception was exceptional. Again, I know from experience that eventually as long as the defense keeps applying pressure they’re going to take the ball away so this was a lot of reps today for us, I think about 120.

 Good effort I thought today."


QB position today? "We’ll see how they evolve in the summer and then in preseason camp. It’s too close to call right now. I thought both did some really good things today and there are a couple things we need to correct but we really only had about six or seven pass plays in, so after a while it gets old. It gets vanilla. We had no motions in. We had no shifts. But we’ll be able to help them in terms of disguising some things in August, obviously."

 What did you think of atmosphere? "It was good. I thought it was special. Yesterday, at our facility, we had over 200 players and someone said close to 300 today. Obviously that’s a special group, that’s a family and we were glad to be a part of it. We thank all the UM fans and alumni that came out and supported us today."

 Lamar's big-play capability? "Most people that just watch football, just in general as fans, think of explosive plays as passes. But he clearly indicates that an explosive play can be a run, and he can do it. He’s got elite short-area quickness, he’s got a great lateral cut and he’s got long speed on top. And all that wrapped into a 210-pound body. He’s very talented."

 Did it hurt not having as many healthy receivers and then Travis going down?  "Well, that hurt. It hurt right away because Travis got hurt, I don’t know if it was the first series, but maybe the second one, because the first ones I think were three-and-out on both sides. That hurt. LaRon Byrd was supposed  to be on Jacory’s team and that was a scratch in pregame, so now all of a sudden we’re down our two most experienced receivers. Then I made the decision on Thursday to play the yellow jerseys, which is something we hadn’t done. I think that probably didn’t help our timing and rhythm at all."

 Now that spring ball is done, what did you learn most from your team? "That they have a will to win. They want to win. And they have some seniors right now that are leading the way and have some urgency and I think we are a better conditioned team right now than we were in January. But I don’t think we’re anywhere near where we need to be in terms of our conditioning and our mental toughness."

Did you enjoy running through the smoke for the first time? "I did. I did. It has been so busy that I haven’t had a chance to even enjoy any of it. And I think for about 3.5 seconds I enjoyed that first second. It’s a special place, the traditions are special and clearly this was a great day for Miami."

 Once you pick a quarterback do you envision that guy being the starter throughout or do you see a scenario where both will play? "I don’t know. That’s too far in advance. Right now I just want to see them compete. We’ll see who the starter is. Then, obviously, based on their talents, we’ll try to cater to the offense in our play calls to support whoever the quarterback is. But certainly we want them to compete day in and day out. But I’m not going to make a decision on any of that right now. I just think it’s too close to call and we’ll let them compete for the next 140 days and figure it out."

Transition of Nicolas to corner and your secondary as a whole? "You know what? Obviously he’s a big, physical presence for us at corner but the ball that Jacory threw to Streeter was right on the money. I thought it was a great pass and JoJo just made a tremendous play on it. That gets me excited when he’s making plays like that down the field."

 Position battles that stand out? "At running back clearly there’s a great competition there. There’s an excellent competition between Calhoun and Hagens. I though Hagens came on really strong this spring at fullback. At tight end you could flip a coin. I don’t know who the starter is right now. I know Walford has had a good spring. Blake, Chase, Cory White, clearly we’re going to get Asante back going into the summer because of his injury. There’s a lot of competition on the offensive line. At defensive end there’s competition. Mike linebacker between Gaines and Futch there’s a lot of competition. We sat Gaines today. And I think there’s going to be a lot of competition at corner. Corner is wide open right now other than JoJo’s got a little bit of a lead there."

 Andrew Swasey? "Number one he’s getting more reps and warranting more reps because he’s an excellent special teams player. That’s really a lesson for a lot of the guys, that if you get on the field on special teams, you’re on the bus, and if you’re on the bus, the coaches are always saying, ok, who are the 60 guys that are there and where else should we play them? He got an opportunity to play safety. He’s a physical player. He’s bright. He plays with energy and I think the interception he made today was exceptional. He has made the most of his opportunity and he’s really had a good spring for us."

 On Kendal Thompkins: "With all the receivers that were down that was tough on those guys. To be honest with you we’ve been running them into the ground all spring at wideout because we just haven’t had the guys, with Aldarius and Davon and Ben hurt and Hurnsey being down and LaRon Byrd and Travis on top of it, that was a tough day for those guys. But I thought Kendal had a good spring. I think Kendal is a tough player. And I think Kendal will help us on special teams, too, so he’s carving out a role for himself."

 Kevin Nelson, status? Is he nicked up? Is he on the team? "Kevin Nelson did not participate today, as many guys didn’t participate. We’re holding a bunch of them out."

--SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN (I'll have more quotes for you tomorrow)

Att Comp Yds Int TD
J. Harris 30 18 149 2 0
S. Whipple 1 1 10 0 0
TOTALS 31 19 159 2 0
Att Yds TD
S. Johnson 7 34 0
M. James 9 25 1
J. Harris 2 15 0
A. Hurns 1 4 0
S. Whipple 1 ‐5 0
TOTALS 20 73 1
No. Yds TD
A. Hurns 6 64 0
M. James 4 29 0
D. Johnson 4 15 0
S. Johnson 3 33 0
T. Streeter 1 17 0
J. Calhoun 1 1 0
TOTALS 19 159 0
ut at total tfl‐yds Int‐yds PBU Sacks FF RR TD
S. Goldstein 5 9 14
S. Spence 3 6 9 1‐2 1‐22 1‐2 1
R. Armstrong 3 6 9 1
M. Robinson 3 0 3 1‐7 1‐7
T. Finnie 1 1 2 1‐1
T. Williams 2 4 6


Att Comp Yds Int TD
S. Morris 22 14 140 2 1
S. Whipple 3 2 6 0 0
TOTALS 25 16 146 2 1
Att Yds TD
L. Miller 10 166 3
D. Hall 9 48 0
M. Hagens 9 28 0
T. Benjamin 1 11 0
S. Morris 5 8 0
S. Whipple 1 8 0
K. Thompson 1 4 0
TOTALS 36 273 3
No. Yds TD
K. Thompkins 7 81 1
C. Walford 4 48 0
L. Miller 2 2 0
M. Hagens 1 9 0
B. Bruneau 1 5 0
S. O’Dare 1 1 0
TOTALS 16 146 1
ut at total tfl‐yds Int‐yds PBU Sacks FF RR TD
K. Cain 1 5 6
M. Regis 0 5 5 1
O. Vernon 2 2 4 2‐10.5 1.5‐10.5
B. McGee 3 1 4 1‐36
A. Swasey 2 1 3 1‐0
A. Ojomo 2 2 4 1‐4.5 0.5‐2.5


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bye bye Kevin Nelson.

I can't wait until we can see what this team really looks like...but I have to ask; after seeing the game, anyone still think the "fan draft" was a good idea? What de we learn from that exercise?

I still believe the fan draft wasn't a bad idea. That has nothing to do with the QB play. The question I have is just how bad is Spencer Whipple's play been if these two jackwagons are getting all the reps. In the end its got to be Morris as the QB. At least until Crow or the Thompson kid come in.

well said champ

whelp, that confirms it, "someone said close to 300 today".


This game looked identical to last year. All the ints were blamed on randy and his staff which coaches are to blame this time. Would some bright coach throw a shotgun package in there somewhere please. It seems as if history is gonna repeat itself if your gonna play jacory.

Hey Randy thanks for screwing us for even more years by leaving us stuck jabroney Harris.

Short passes, long runs, some short passes that turn into long runs...that would be great for a really good year. Gotta use what you got.

I didn't hear any excuses for the QB play from Golden, maybe some explanations. This was a totally different scrimmage than last year when using the 'fan draft'.

I would like to hear from fans that attended the Spring game and what they thought about the effort.....and conditioning!

The only qb that was run off was Kenny Kelly and he was better than all of these qbs were talking about.

I like Golden and Fisch. Butthey contradicted themselves inan attempt to defend or explain how horrible Jacorry and Morris look-

So the offense was vanilla, simple? Imagine how many more ints they would have if it was more complex? Jacorry's throws were into very tight coverage. There is no excuse for throwing ints in the redzone or endzone. Something that he did last year that cost UM 2-3 games!

But the bigger problem is that Harris is terrible at reading Defenses. Fisch says he is doing very well at going through his progressions. Really? After 4 years? That's the least I would expect of him! Harris still can't look off a safety to save his life and his 2 ints were against his own team! imagine when other defenses start putting in stunts and disguises! This seems like the same old story over and over again. Manny has it right. They cannot. I repeat. Cannot allow neither Morris or Harris the down the middle throws or the endzone throws into tight coverage. CANNOT. They are interception machines. They (Harris and Morris) have set UM QB play back 20 years!

Simple dump passes to a running back, screens,slants or short passes toa tight end. Thast it! Anythingharder and its a guaranteed int!

With this amazing stable of QBs we should have the goal of 2 yes I said it. Two rbs over 1000 yds. We do that, we win the ACC. Why not? Its been done elsewhere! Give Mike James and Lamar 1000 yfd seasons, Storm maybe 600, and we play for the NC as long as we limit the turn overs/

And Believe me before you begin singing praises of Sean Goldstein- those 2 Lamar Miller break asways were partly due to the Middle (Goldstein) being grossly out of position- look at the video yourselves! It looked like McCarthy all over again!

In the fall, Golden has to I say has to put Gray Crow in the mix. Why not? Javcorry may know the offense but he can'tthrow worth a dang. Put the freshman in. Give him reps. If he does better, bench Harris. Start Crow. I am sick of this crp.

I meant with this amazing stable of running backs...

Give'em hell 2011 Hurricanes, Give'em hell!

I said back in January I would give JH another shot. Well Spring ball is over and as far as I'm concerned he has to sit. We have to take all the time we have left to the season start to work with Morris and the best pick of the two freshmen coming in. JH isn't going to change. My advice to him is from the heart, hit the books be a good team mate. Son your football career is over, time to prepare for the rest of your life. Get your degree hell maybe a Masters and move on. It just didn't work out. All our first dreams don't always work out, find another one and work it. I wanted to be a jet pilot it didn't work, I found a new love and life is great.

Interesting. First of all reading all the other spring game posts around the country and knowing spring ball, it is no surprise that defense dominates. Once again we will have a very formidable D. It will be nice to have the better attitudes and MIAMI aggression back. As far as the offense, first of all the use of tight ends better be high on everyone's list this year. A joke the last two years, and we were so very predictable. Second is that we do have a great stable at RB, however, if we do not plan to use direct snaps to Lamar and Company often, we are going to have another very frustrating year with the INTS. While Morris is a gamer, Harris MUST sit. His decissions are not instinctive and he puts way too much pressure on the defense. It will happen again this year. I love what Golden has done to date, however, all we can gather from Spring game is that we still have metal issues to contend with as far as decissions and certainly need to stop throwing down field until we can control the ball. Have the athletes, just get out of the decission process for these guys. They simply do not see the field or read well. better conditioning is meaningless if we can not control the ball. So demoralizing as well. GO CANES.

God people, stop bitching and moaning about our quarterbacks, those two are the only ones who are going to be playing next year, stop crying, accept it, and hope for the best.

Can't wait for us to have a real QB again. I think Morris is our best bet because he is young and can be trained. However, he won't start in 2012. We can do much better.

Jacpicky.....please go away.

Friends, the Canes should run a ball control offense with 2 TEs that features a strong in your face running game, a short passing game, and occasional shots downfield when the defense stacks the box. QB is not a strong position for us, but this type of execution pla will work with them as well. If we use the RBs for an underneath passing game, their explosiveness will serve the big play need. TEs can be used as receivers coming off blocks as well.

Ball Control will win the day, rest the D and minimize errors. Go Canes!

please people we did sign any qb's in this 2011 class. the qb's are in the 2012 class, and forcier has to sit out a year. we just have to depend mostly on our RBs and not depend on our qb's to win the game. saw the noles spring game as well and their qb passes the eye test but his very erratic. also receivers have to have the guts to go up and get the ball, and not allow db's to int.

Tally, U are right that Kenny Kelly was kinda run off but no one can disagree that Shannon ran all of our other QBs off and its funny that all of them were white in appearance anyway.

I am not sold on Fisch and his O. His track record is not very good and therefore he makes me nervous.

Well......This is the team they have this season, either get behind them and show support no matter what, or don't support them at all and turn into that Dolphin fan that's been miserable for the past 20 years.

Good on ya,

We don't get Crow til 2012. We didn't sign any QB's in this class. Hope to God Forcier pans out for 2012.

harris and morris threw interceptions in the spring game and the whole team is doomed? wow what a show of support for these guys, the team, I am a Gator hater, but their fans are loyal no matter what their quarterbacks do or don't do, how their team does, what their record is, the stadium is full every game, every game..it's embrassing to watch a UM game on TV and the fans don't even fill the stadium, won't even show support..for this team

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