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The aftermath (it feels like the season is now officially over)

For some reason, I never really feel like the football season is over until after the NFL Draft.

And for reasons that are obvious, I feel especially bad this morning for Damien Berry, Graig Cooper and Ryan Hill.

OK, I know that former knee issues (Berry and Cooper) come into play with the draft, but Damien led the Canes in rushing this past season with 899 yards and five touchdowns in 12 games, a 4.7-yard-per-carry average. He also caught 10 passes for 97 yards and a touchdown. Now the bad part. He led the team with five fumbles -- all of which were recovered by the opponents. This young man, all heart, was 101 yards shy of 1,000 yards and he still wasn't drafted.

Coop was handed a raw deal in that bowl game in Orlando when he slipped on that AWFUL field and tore up his knee. It was pretty amazing he was able to return this season. He rushed for 165 yards and a touchdown in 10 games this season and had the same per-carry average as Damien (4.7 yards). He caught 6 passes for 28 yards, returned 8 punts for 32 yards and 12 kickoffs for a 16.8-yard kickoff-return average. He wasn't the same for sure, but it's still a shame, after his previous numbers before the injury, that some team wouldn't take a chance. Cooper fumbled twice -- one of which was recovered by the opponent.

Ryan Hill, who played receiver, safety and cornerback during his UM career, played in all 13 games this season and was sixth on the team in tackles with 51 behind Colin McCarthy, Sean Spence, Ray-Ray Armstrong, Vaughn Telemaque and Ramon Buchanan. Ryan had a team-leading (tied with Armstrong) 3 interceptions this past season and 8 pass breakups. I thought he played well enough to get drafted. 

I expected Berry to be drafted (I'm an optimist), wasn't so sure about Cooper and sadly, figured Hill was destined for free agency -- like some of the others, such as speedster and great special-team player Cory Nelms.

I know it's all business in the NFL, and a lot has to do with size and speed and "physicality,'' and I'm expecting the other guys to sign as free agents once the lockout ends, but still, I'm feeling bad for them. 

As for the eight young men who did get drafted (Orlando Franklin, Brandon Harris, Leonard Hankerson, DeMarcus Van Dyke, Allen Bailey, Colin McCarthy, Richard Gordon and Matt Bosher) congrats to every one of them.

Some tidbits from Saturday:

COLIN McCARTHY NOW A TITAN (fourth round)

     Linebacker McCarthy, who went first Saturday, was frustrated when he went to sleep Friday night after the second and third rounds had concluded.

     “It is what it is. Just another obstacle to overcome. I hope I go to a team that drafted a linebacker,’’ McCarthy tweeted.

     By early Saturday afternoon, McCarthy was a new man – with a new team.

     “TENNESSEE TITANS BABY!!!!’’ he tweeted.

     McCarthy became UM’s sixth player drafted when the Titans selected him 109th overall – the 12th pick in the fourth round. And wouldn’t you know it, the Titans selected a linebacker early in the second round at 39th overall: 6-3, 254-pound Akeem Ayers out of UCLA.

     “They sure did,’’ McCarthy said Saturday by phone. “I met Akeem Ayers at the combine. There’s no better way to go into the NFL than to compete against another linebacker doing the same thing.’’

     McCarthy,  6-1 and 238 pounds, started 11 of his 12 games last season at middle linebacker (team-leading 119 tackles), but believes the opportunity is there for him in Tennessee’s 4-3 scheme to play all three linebacker positions. “I played them all in college,’’ he said. 

TIGHT END RICHARD GORDON NOW A RAIDER (sixth round)

     "Big Rich,'' as he is affectionately and accurately called by his teammates, surprised everyone by being drafted 181st overall  (the 16th pick in the sixth round) by the Oakland Raiders.

     I don't know one person who ever even mentioned that Gordon would be drafted. But he is extremely powerful, very fast and has a 6-4, 266-pound frame. 

    He had a career-high six catches this past season. He had 10 catches for 60 yards in his career. No touchdowns. I wish him well.

MATT BOSHER (K/P) NOW A FALCON

    Now there's a pick that must have thrilled all Canes fans who ever gave thanks that Bosh was there to make the tackle! He was selected 192nd overall -- the 27th pick of the sixth round.

   He said he will be used as a punter, and the kid has a great leg. Despite missing three extra points this past season, Bosher will also be big-time beneficial in that he can place-kick and kick off if need be. He's an exceptional athlete, extremely strong and in extraordinary shape. 

   "Nerveracking,'' is how Bosher described Saturday's draft to me. "I knew what to expect because I'm a kicker but at the same time you work so hard leading up to this point. To be given this opportunity in Atlanta is a dream come true. I'm so excited.''

  Bosher's dad, Carl, told me the situation was "frickin' awesome!''

  Matt had seven private workouts with different teams -- including with the Redskins as late as this past Tuesday. He talked to 21 teams.

  "He was nervous,'' Carl said of his son. "He had so many good workouts and did so many good things that you felt it could happen, and it did. He deserves it. He did a great job.''

 

--SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

P.S. Please follow me on Twitter @smillerdegnan

  (I want to get to 1,000 -- then work on the next 1,000!) Have a wonderful Sunday. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Broom U

Congrats Matt Bosher, so deserving of being drafted!

Congrats to all. I think Coop might have had a better chance in the draft if he had accepted a medical red shirt for 2010 and came back in 2011. Of course he would have to beat out the other competition at RB to be #1. Not a sure thing there. He will surely get an FA offer and a chance to make a team somewhere this year.

Now we just need to get a quarterback into the league and I can make my all-canes Madden team again - haven't had one of those since the overlap of Dorsey and Feagles!

And all those late round selections owe Sam Shields a steak dinner.

Get this....UM had more draft picks than UF & FSU Combined.

Al Golden's players from TEMPLE got drafted higher than ALL Miami players (the DT went in the 1st Rd and the RB went in the second)

This goes to show that Shannon was full of crap.

Curse 8>3 or is it 4. Complete exposure of the deterioration Urban Liar experienced when Randy took over recruiting from Coker.

I got my broom baby, but Canes did the sweeping against the Noles after gift wrapping the first two games based on errors.

Yo CaneX, UM had more draft picks than UF & FSU combined because UM had more seniors than UF & FSU combined. UF had one of the youngest teams in college football. We played more true freshmen and redshirt freshman than any other team. Look it up.

JIM MORRIS DOMINATES TOP TALENT AGAIN!!!!... Thank God hes back coaching the canes again. He really motivated them to a wonderful 1-2 weekend!!!!

1-8 vs top 10 teams now!!! 2011 National Champs!!!!

Nearly more players picked than anyone else this year. The cream rises to the top!

Jimbo, fix your man-boobs.

UF & FSU had 24 eligible players (UF = 17 & FSU = 7 eligible players, while UM had a total of 13 eligible players to be drafted.

So, it seems that some of the comments provided above are in fact, NOT FACTUAL, and as usual made up on the fly!!

The top team of selected/drafted players in the draft was USC with 9 (to UM's 8)!

Not a bad day for the U, especially when 62% of your eligible players are selected. And it least 1 or 2 others that will go the Free Agent route.

Guys and Girls... who cares that 8 players were drafted if a majority of them suck!!! id take a 1st rounder and 2nd rounder any day over 5 seventh round players.

Put JIM MORRIS in at QB next year and THE SAVIOR will lead UM to the promise land!!! .... "Canes get last laugh"??????? WOW!!! Guess they are laughing because they lost 2 out of 3 games to their biggest rival.

Enough of your dumb a55 comments Jimbo Pi55er.

UM fan said it right. The weenie gatr above was crying about how "young" UF was last year blah blah blah. But UM fan put the blabber to rest with f-a-c-t-s:

UM had less eligible players, and more drafted players than BOTH FSU and UF. And it doesn't matter that they are not first round. In the end, what matters is who makes the roster. And I will bet you that there will be 2 more UM players making NFL rosters when everything is said and done: Damien Berry and Coop. ryan Hill or Cory Nelms +/-.

Auburn had like 20 players eligible and also had less drafted players than UM. What that says is that because of the goony goo goo offenses that Uf and Auburn run, they will not put out true NFL-caliber athletes. In fact, I am willing to wager that Cam Newton will be a BUST just as much as Tebow and Jamarcus Russell!

Ken, who caressss?!?!?!... You people arguing over how many players is dumb a55 5-hit.

UM still had a pi55 poor record last year. who cares about anything else?

Nobody cares about baseball Jimbo, and best of luck to FSU without Ponder next year. Watch what happens in November and STFU until then because none of your big man internet talk matters.

Nearly more players picked than anyone else this year. The cream rises to the top!

Posted by: green and orange storm rising | May 01, 2011 at 06:53 PM

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$hit floats too ... That would be U.

Hey, Pig/Doodie U, big bouncy boobies float too.

Strap those things down, would you Pig. There are children nearby.

Berry not being drafted was a surprise. Coop, too. But what U have here is mediocrity. U still are not back. Prediction: When 'Goldy leaves as soon as JoPa realizes the game has passed him by, U get on the consecutive draft streak again.

"Nobody cares about baseball Jimbo, and best of luck to FSU without Ponder next year. Watch what happens in November and STFU until then because none of your big man internet talk matters"

Yeaaa Broooooo!!!! for sureeee dogggg.

You have issues. Only slappy on here with "big man internet talk" is you, so relax... As for the best of luck to FSU without Ponder; thanks but im not a nole fan, just wanted to use a name with "Jimbo" in it to F with Jim Morris aka Jimbo.

And easy with your "watch what happens in November" stuff, big man internet talk king!!! U guys were claiming to be national title contenders at the beginning of last year to.

JOKE!

Points being #1 - you're a tool who likes trash talking people on the internet because (**insert pathetic reasons here) and #2 - none of this jibber jabber matters, it's all about what happens on the field.

November is the FSU game, seeing as you're a UF fan and we don't play you next year, maybe you could find something better to do than follow UM baseball??

Brother, you're a UF fan following UM baseball as we play FSU and you know the name of our baseball coach. Take a look in the mirror guy, there must be something else you can do with your life.

Get this....UM had more draft picks than UF & FSU Combined.

Al Golden's players from TEMPLE got drafted higher than ALL Miami players (the DT went in the 1st Rd and the RB went in the second)

This goes to show that Shannon was full of crap.

Posted by: CaneX | May 01, 2011 at 05:38 PM
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8 of his recruits were drafted... hahaha @ this clown.


Points being #1 - you're a tool who likes trash talking people on the internet because (**insert pathetic reasons here) and #2 - none of this jibber jabber matters, it's all about what happens on the field.

November is the FSU game, seeing as you're a UF fan and we don't play you next year, maybe you could find something better to do than follow UM baseball??

HAHAHAHAHA....ok andddddd, what happened on the field??!?!?! You dont even make sense guy. UM blew this past season, so nothing happened on the field.

Yea, so did UF.

But see we hired a coach we like and we're excited about next year.

And you're so depressed with UF's fall from the Tebow/Meyer era that you're here reading about UM baseball and constantly talking garbage on a University of Miami blog in the Miami Herald. Or maybe you're not depressed about UF and you really don't have any life.

Either way anything you say is completely negated by your existence. UM is bad? UM doesn't have good players? UM has Temple's coach? UM doesn't have an AD? UM baseball and basketball and table tennis aren't any good?

Well none of that would change the fact that you, personally, are a loser who's obsessed with a school and a program that's better than the one you support. Nothing you say can change that. Now go back to obsessively reading about the University of Miami and leave us alone until 2013.

hahaha...are you serious??? Im not a UF fan, but ill def take this argument.

Great that you like Golden, UF hired a guy that was regarded by many as the TOP Coordinator in college football. And to go along with that, I'll take Charlie Weis, as well as my OC anyday.

As for reading UM baseball. If i were a UF fan, why would i waste my time with the garbage that is UM baseball, when UF is thrown in with the TOP teams in college baseball this year and picked by some to win it all????

As for your little rant about UM has no good players? has temples coach? etc... Never said not one of those things, but great point you brought up there... Ur so flustered right now bc u can take what im saying, that ur sitting there making up things now.

Actually, pretty much the only thing i said on here, until some loser (probably urself) started writing to me, was how much of a joke Jim Morris was. And how he constantly is using his assistants as scape-goats (I think the number is at 4 right now since being at UM and JD is being setup now for the fall). How he had never been to Omaha before UM and how once all of Fraser's original staff was completely gone, he hasnt done a thing.

No, no, you must have misunderstood me, I wasn't offering you an argument and I'm sorry that I'm humoring you with conversation and what's probably as close to human interaction as you'll get today.

I don't care about UF or UM baseball or anything you have to say, I just wanted to point out that the fact that you, as a non-UF, non-FSU, non-UM fan are reading about the University of Miami's baseball team and commenting on a University of Miami blog in the Miami Herald completely negates all the B.S. trash talk you're spouting.

I meant it as a very general response that can hopefully suffice for anything else you feel like saying about UM.

Not sure how that negates anything, but sure budddy, you're right!

Did you even go to UM? Doubt it, you sound like an ese', holmes... So you cant talk yourself.

Now, since you are soooo concerned with me and are showing your cleat chasing behavior towards myself, i will explain to you once again why im on here... I came on here in regards to my boy, Manuel's, article and was writing towards him. It was the creep show on here that wrote towards me, so i kindly responded.

You dont have to be a cleat chaser to read the paper buddy. Just in case you didnt know... And since his article was c R@p, i decided to share some info with him.

I meant this in a nice way, like "we should just be friends" kind of way... Get off my jock please.

PS - I love Man BOOBS....soooo goood

I hate you guys.

Cat, I see that your streak of stupid predictions and dumb statements are still in tact. I got a prediction for U. Golden stays here and wins the National Title which would be number 6 for us (thats all 4 fingers, thumb, and the other hand's index finger to help U out) before anybody from a BCS conference thinks of hiring Shannon as a head coach. The only place Golden would go from here is the NFL. U do know that the Miami job is the springboard job to the NFL not to happy valley nimrod.

Damien Berry will make a roster. Coop will also. Kylan Robinson and Ryan Hill, not so sure.

By kickoff, UM will again have the most number of players in the NFL of any program. Who cares? we do. We, the suffering fans looking for anything positive from our beloved canes.

The Jaguars called Ryan Hill in the 6th round to notify him that they were making an attempt to draft him. They were all out of picks by the 5th and were trying to get one from another team but didnt succeed.

Coop and Berry should be ok. Nelms has speed, so he might be able to win over the right team.

Last year will go down most likely as an absolutely incredible QB class as was predicted. The big question is how deep is this QB class as well. A lot of it is dependent on who comes out still.

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