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Storm Johnson's father said Canes backfield was 'crowded' for his son

There will be one less breakaway running back in the Hurricanes backfield next season.

Storm Johnson Westleigh "Storm" Johnson, coming off a freshman season in which he carried the ball just nine times for 119 yards, but showed a lot of promise with his 71-yard touchdown run in the regular season finale against South Florida, informed coach Al Golden Tuesday afternoon he would like to transfer.

“As of this afternoon, Westleigh Storm Johnson is no longer a part of the University of Miami Football program," UM coach Al Golden said in a statement released through the school Tuesday night.

"When these situations arise, we always assist the student-athlete and his family in the transfer process. We wish Storm success in all future endeavors.”

Johnson's father, Wes, said his son had spoken to Golden "multiple times" about leaving since he took over as coach.

"He wanted to be closer to home. He's a mama's boy and the backfield is crowded," Johnson Sr. said. "Life is full of surprises. We're not broken up. It's his life. Sometimes you have to make hard decisions."

Johnson, who finished this spring as the team's No. 3 running back, was one of six players reportedly suspended for the season opener against Maryland – a report coach Al Golden would neither confirm nor deny during spring practice.

Johnson (6-0, 216) also was reportedly involved in an April 27 incident at a UM residential hall for which school police were called to the scene.

Johnson Sr. said he had been told his son he was "not suspended" and that none of that played into his son's decision.

"He's coming home, going to relax, get into a workout regime and he'll decide within then next couple weeks what he's going to do," Westleigh Sr. said. "There's nothing else that needs to be said."

Johnson is the fifth player to seek transfer out of UM since the end of the spring. Earlier this month, UM announced linebackers Travis Williams and Kevin Nelson and defensive backs Jamal Reid and Devont'a Davis were no longer with the program. Defensive lineman Jeffrey Brown, arrested on sexual battery charges, was suspended indefinitely from the team.

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> So who becomes the backup if Lamar Miller or Mike James twists an ankle? That would be redshirt freshman Darion Hall. Here's a nice story on Hall by his hometown newspaper The Naples Daily News from the spring.

The Canes could also given incoming freshman Kevin Grooms a shot. He was a standout at South Broward High the past two seasons. Or, they could move redshirt sophomore Eduardo Clements back from cornerback. UM has one of the nation's top tailbacks committed in its 2012 class, Miami Norland's Duke Johnson.

> In other UM news from Tuesday, the Hurricanes received a commitment from 2012 linebacker Raphael Kirby. The 6-1, 215-pound prospect from Stephenson High in Georgia picked UM over Florida, LSU, North Carolina and South Carolina.

These commitments of course are non-binding until they sign a National Letter of Intent in February. Kirby has teammates headed to Florida and it wouldn't be a surprise if in the wacky world of recruiting he pulls a "late surprising switch."

> The Hurricanes men's basketball team will play at Purdue in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Nov. 29. The rest of UM's 2011-12 schedule has yet to be released.

-- MANNY NAVARRO AND BARRY JACKSON

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"mama's boy." That says it all.

major loss....move clements back to RB from CB...good thing Duke Johnson is coming in...mike james and lamar miller will be the go to guys....keep it moving

Georgia RB 2012

Major loss..... for Storm that is.

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you knew the backfield would be crowded when u committed...obviously thats a lie...

Later. All I heard was lazy and doesn't want to work.

It's Miller time!

Lamar needs as many touches as possible, that guy is a flippin STUD!
Mike James is pretty good himself, Pass Protects well, catches well out of the
backfield.

u know who else was a momma's boy? ray lewis.

youre an idiot.

He was in a lot of trouble at school and had grades issues. I've heard from people inside that Golden may have nudged him out the door

too bad, kid had tons of potential. good luck storm.

Kid had issues.....let him be someone else's problem. Moving right along....

Good luck storm. We had a good thing going with that big 3 @ HB. Remember crowded also had 3 studs in portis, mcgahee, and gore.

this really sucks. loaded backfield or not you dont let a great player like that transfer. besides he'll have to sit out a year regardless (assuming he doesnt want to go to an fcs school). after this year both james and lamar will be draft eligible. whos to say he wouldnt start here next year anyways? plus theres no way of knowing how the RB situation will work out at another school. if a young UGA or GT RB emerges next year with no chance of losing their starting spot, what then? does he transfer somewhere outside of georgia? not to mention we will soon have one of the best Olines in college football to run behind. i really think it benefits storm to stay, and i really believe he shouldve thought out this decision even more. part of the challenge of moving away is to mature and learn to be an adult. you'll always have ups and downs... and times when you miss home. the key is to stick with it. it'll benefit you long term and help to develop that mental fortitude needed to live life on your own. mistake IMO, but good luck to him.

backfield crowded? Dude needs to check the history of a Cane; players used to KNOW they had to wait their turn and would STILL be NFL ballers later. The only way to look at this is Lamar and Mike must be working their butts off and Storm struggles with competition. Good Luck Storm...either you play for us or get beat by us.

al goldens mistake number 5

Good luck Storm, you will certainly miss the opportunity you could have had at the U.

Now, we need to look forward, and expect great things from Lamar and Mike.

Also, Coach Golden should concentrate on bringing in 2-3 top notch RBs for 2012.

No mistake by Golden. Many issues here, that we don't need. I'll keep it at that for the respect of this young man. I feel Miller & James will be one of the most productive backfields in college FB next season.

yep it sounds like he was getting in trouble and al golden was putting some heat on him to get right or get out. backfield was 'crowded, is bull the U said they would be run first next year, so even with 3 RB's he would still see the fill allot. i hope the other players take note, if they are willing to let a talented player like that leave , then anyone can get the boot if they are not doing what they need to do, on and off the field.......go canes

DNix I agree 100% with you.

Schnellenberger once told Kosar that he could leave but a quiter in college will be a quiter in life. I am amazed at how many quiters w/talent there are in the batch of Shannon recruits....

It is not just about keeping great players on your team. They have to be happy and willing to work and buy into your system. You go through a coaching change and some players just won't be happy no matter what. This is a big loss but it is less big if the kid wasn't gonna be happy here. No problem for us though. Two great backs next year, hall is no joke either and at least one top flight recruit on his way. Do NOT move Clements back, and get the freshman RB over to corner as well. We are fine at RB.

One more thought... "He wanted to be closer to home. He's a mama's boy and the backfield is crowded" = Soft and a quiter.

Dude, U guys are pathetic. This is the cycle of the Cane "fans":

1) Initial U-phoria: Oh my god, we just got (fill-in-the-blank with Storm, Shannon, Jacory, the boys from the West, Marve, Stephen Morris, Al Golden, Tate Forcier, etc.), the U is back, this guy is going to be all that. We are better than the Gators and the Seminoles, etc. We just beat FAMU 45 - 0 and we will win a National Championship this year.

2) Eventual Descent to Bitter Reality: Don't let the door hit you on the way out. You're scared to compete. You suck anyway. We knew it all along. Go back home. We don't need you.

3) Repeat

* At least have some class. If U welcomed the kid or coach on the way in, treat him with respect on his way out. Transfers happen everywhere for different reasons. You don't have to be a dick!

No one wants to even mention that maybe, just maybe.... the problem could be Golden.

I can't breathe!

Not surprised considering the company he keeps (see transfer list above). This may appear to hurt us in the short run, but I don't see that we have time or energy for prima donnas on our squad. Good luck boys!

hardee har har haaaaarrrrrrrrr

major loss for us. he showed a lot of promise this spring especially in the scrimages. hopefully he'll make the right decision for him and grow up. he needs to mature as a person to have a sucessful football career. we have one of the best o line in the country and if he goes else where he may not have that to work with.

This kid was an injury away from getting significant playing time... too bad son.

Al needs to find out who else is a quitter also help them out the door back to mama.

Even though Johnson is a tough loss Miler, and James are still amazing! and Darion Hall is very good as well during the spring game and if they decide to move clements back then that is good also and dont forget duke johnson coming to the U if all goes as planned and he is another beast soo even though he will be leaving we will do just perfect anyways

CANES!

Not even worried about it.

Its funny I dont see any of these idiots accusing Golden of running all the players away like they said Shannon did with Cook, Marve, Cannon and others. This is a major loss. Storm as well as Reid,a nd Willaims were talented players.

All the best to Storm both academically and on the field. He reminded me of Willis McGhee, great speed and size. Anyway, hopefully Darion Hall can step up of they change Eduardo Clements or Lee Chambers from DB back to RB or Duke Johnson can step in. The key is that after Mike and Lamar get 75-80% of the load, you need at least 2 other guys to carry the rest of the load.

Dude, U guys are pathetic. This is the cycle of the Cane "fans":

1) Initial U-phoria: Oh my god, we just got (fill-in-the-blank with Storm, Shannon, Jacory, the boys from the West, Marve, Stephen Morris, Al Golden, Tate Forcier, etc.), the U is back, this guy is going to be all that. We are better than the Gators and the Seminoles, etc. We just beat FAMU 45 - 0 and we will win a National Championship this year.

2) Eventual Descent to Bitter Reality: Don't let the door hit you on the way out. You're scared to compete. You suck anyway. We knew it all along. Go back home. We don't need you.

3) Repeat

* At least have some class. If U welcomed the kid or coach on the way in, treat him with respect on his way out. Transfers happen everywhere for different reasons. You don't have to be a dick!

No one wants to even mention that maybe, just maybe.... the problem could be Golden.

Posted by: Opa Loca Cane | May 17, 2011 at 11:25 PM

Read more: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/umiami/2011/05/rb-storm-johnson-leaving-um.html#ixzz1MfoxAG6F

I REALLY hate to admit this, especially if Opa-Locka Cane is related to Miramar Cane, but this guy is DEAD ON, sans the blaming Coach Golden part. Golden is not fighting guys who want to leave because it opens up schollies and he can get more of "his guys" in this upcoming recruiting class. Unfortunately, Opa-Locka Cane has many of the the UM fans pegged pretty accurately.

Wow.. gore didnt transfer with portis and mcgahee in front of him... lame he doesnt deserve to be a part of U-RB alumni

It is pretty amazing how popular Golden has gotten in a short amount of time, Shannon was always criticized for "playing favorites" when players transferred, now it just feels like it's OK that these talented players are transferring because they don't fit into Golden's system.

I guess that's what you get when you cross a desperate fanbase with an undefeated head coach who says all the right things.

What kind of system is this anyway if Seantrel Henderson doesn't fit?

It's Golden Spring, the oppressed and disenchanted second string is declaring independence, there's no stopping the momentum - PUT SEANTREL AT RIGHT TACKLE TODAY!!!

Storm was more trouble than he was worth. There were some underlying character issues going on there. It's stuff the team doesn't need. The great thing about the U is.....there will always be someone ready to step in and fill that spot.

Good players come and go over the years at UM. Whoever leaves UM is a crybaby and a quiter. Hard work and lots of patience will reward you. Who would be crazy enough to leave a program that produces many NFL players? Remember Willie Williams, an All-American and troubled linebacker from Carol City High? He never played in the NFL after UM gave him a chance. Quiters disgust me. They have to earn it. It's all about the U.

Good luck storm. Golden is not the problem. He is going to be a great coach. If you do not like him, go cheer for another team.

Its funny I dont see any of these idiots accusing Golden of running all the players away like they said Shannon did with Cook, Marve, Cannon and others. This is a major loss. Storm as well as Reid,a nd Willaims were talented players.>>>>>>>>>>>>While this is your comments and i am supposed to respect them per the Miami Heralds policy on blogging...THIS HAS TO BE THE DUMBEST COMMENT I HAVE EVER READ ON HERE!

ALL these comments about departed players..and you guys act as if you live in the dorms, practice on greentree, and/or are around the players 24/7...which i can guarantee none of you do. Let Golden do his thing, the staff is a well respected staff.

F that, Golden hasn't done anything to earn respect yet. I'm hoping for the best too but Jedd Fisch and Mark D'Onforio have never even been coordinators before! Every bit of talent helps, if Randy Shannon is an idiot for letting Cannon Smith go, then what is Golden for chasing away Storm Johnson and Jamel Reid?

I think the fact that it was a bunch of QBs that transferred leaving no depth out at QB. Costing Morris' redshirt is a heck of a bigger loss than this.

Fellas, chill out a bit. We still have no clue what to expect of Golden. No idea yet. Too early to judge. With regard to losing Storm, sure that hurts. He's extremely talented. Let's not just dismiss it. You lose a talented player and it stings a bit. But we do have 2 great tailbacks. But we need a 3rd we can rely on. Moving Clements back to RB might be a decent solution. Especially since I don't think Duke Johnson will eventually be a RB. I've seen him play numerous times. He's a very good RB. He's an All American Free Safety. The next Ed Reed and Sean Taylor. If I'm Golden, I start Duke at FS as a true freshman and Ray Ray at strong Safety. That's next year of course. We still have to figure out this year. Also, let's see if this kid Grooms has some skills at RB. The biggest concern this year is depth. Our #1's are REAL good. If we stay healthy, we'll be more than ok.

here's the difference: (for people implying racism with their undertones)... randy ran them out because he was playing favorites. golden plays no favorites. hes letting anyone who doesnt want to be here leave. put the race card away and quit cryin wolf. jacory could play as bad as possible and those two would never play a down. thats why they transferred. marve on the otherhand was just a punk and deserved to be run off. simple fact of the matter is storm wants playing time. came in working extremely hard to start as a freshman... refused to be redshirted... played on kickoffs... came into this season behind two other talented and older players on the depth chart... knew he wouldnt start, and didnt have the patience to wait. he does seem to miss home as well (based on his fb account). i cant blame him but i think it'd be for the best if he stayed for both him and UM.

Thats a killer guys remember Lamar Miller hasnt stayed healthy for a whole yr yet. Backfield was to crowded my a?? Sumthn was not right here that he would rather sit out a whole yr than play here Storm you made a dumb choice..

it amazes me how all you shannon hanger on"s are quick to blame golden for these kid's transferring..maybe shannon made to many promises to these kids and they are finding out golden is going to make these kids EARN playing time,they can't handle it and bale....sounds to me golden is weeding out the week......

Good riddance ! This guy may or may not be as talented as he thinks he is but one thing for sure, he's complained about everything since he got here. No I don't to get red shirted, no I want to play more, etc....

He took a look at the HB and the future and said no to the competition.

Crowded backfield? Remember the great USC teams? At the end of games they would bring in some sophmore who never plays who would light it up. If you are a great RB, you want a crowded backfield in college. Talent is talent and why burn out in college. It's all about being ready for NFL.

crowded backfield? not buying that... should be all the more reason to stay and get a national championship. plus, wasn't he the front runner in that "crowded" backfield?

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