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Al Golden preparing for showdown with his old mentor, Ga. Tech defensive coordinator Al Groh

CORAL GABLES -- When it comes to pure upper body strength, nobody on the University of Miami football team is stronger than left guard Harland Gunn. The 6-2, 317-pound senior from Omaha, Nebraska benches 450 pounds and knows how to move a pile.

Al GoldenBut as good as the Hurricanes offensive line has played this season -- opening holes for Lamar Miller to put together five consecutive 100-yard games to start the season -- Gunn wasn't pleased that streak came to an ugly end against North Carolina. Miller finished with just 29 yards on 16 carries and UM's offense struggled to move the football in the second half, netting just two first downs and three points.

"We obviously want to put up more rushing yards than we did," said Gunn, who has started 24 games in his career including 19 in a row. "But it's a new week. New game. We're just going to work so it doesn't happen again."

This week's challenge for the Canes offensive line is one they don't see very often: a 3-4 defense. The good news for UM: the Yellow Jackets aren't necessarily that good at defending the run. They rank 81st nationally -- giving up 177.14 yards per game. On the flip side: Georgia Tech does a pretty good job putting heat on opposing quarterbacks (16 sacks in 7 games) and they aren't too shabby on pass defense either -- ranking 14th nationally, 174.86 yards per game.

If there's one advantage UM has it's that coach Al Golden knows Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Al Groh really well. Golden served as Groh's defensive coordinator for five years at Virginia (2001-05) and learned the 3-4 system from him.

"Brilliant tactician," Golden said of Groh. "The hardest worker I’ve ever been around. Just a ball coach, and he loves that. If you said what do you want to be remembered as, I would say that he was tough, great tactician, a football guy, a football coach, and certainly a guy who has spawned a lot of other coaches. If you just look around, [current Virginia coach Mike London] or myself. There were some other guys that were on that staff, Ron Prince, and Danny Rocco and the list goes on that were on that staff that went on to have great careers.

Al Groh"I learned more football from him in five years than I have in the rest of my career. He taught me the 3-4, and the flexibility of it. He taught me a lot about football, no question."

Golden said while he knows Groh's system well, he expects the veteran coach to throw in a few wrinkles -- like he always does. "The one thing about Al is he's a game plan guy," Golden said of Groh on Hurricane Hotline. "We'll see something different in every game.

"There are some core things you see week in and week out -- odd defense, Cover 2. You're going to see that. What drives him crazy are free access throws, hitches, all those things a lot of teams give up. He's not going to let you do that. He doesn't want to get beat for explosive plays. Something on third down is also always different. We've watched all the third downs and Cover 2s for Georgia Tech in the last two years. There's always a game plan on third down for Al."

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There's always stuff we can't get into our stories because of space in the paper. Here some left overs from my feature on redshirt freshman and starting right tackle Jonathan Feliciano:

> Despite being Puerto Rican and having Sicilian decent, Feliciano doesn't speak a lick of Spanish or Italian. "But I love my sauce and my beans," he said.

> Although Feliciano finished with over 20 scholarship offers while being recruited (all the state schools except Florida), it took the Canes a little while to jump on him. When former UM assistant Tommy Robinson first visited Western, he left without even noticing Feliciano. But Feliciano's coach chased him down and gave him his film. UM got back to Feliciano quickly, offered him a scholarship and he committed. "Miami was always my dream school," he said.

> Despite impressing coaches and teammates with his strength, Feliciano said he came in relatively weak. "When I first got here I couldn't bench 315," he said. "Now, I'm benching 375. [Strength coach Andreu] Swasey worked me hard." Feliciano said he squats 500 pounds and his power clean is 340 -- among the best on the team.

> Feliciano spent all of his freshman year playing left guard and started fall camp at right guard. It wasn't until he knocked a few guys on their butts in one-on-one drills at tackle midway through camp that Kehoe decided to give him a shot on the outside. The first guy Feliciano took down? Senior Adewale Ojomo.

> What has Kehoe been telling Feliciano he likes and doesn't like? "He's been praising my run blocking mostly and then always harps on me on my backside pulling technique. I need to get that backside cutoff," Feliciano said.

> Gunn said he's never seen Feliciano nervous and that his personality fits right in with the rest of the o-line.

"What's most impressive about Jon is how he stepped up this year, just rising way above everybody's expectations," Gunn said. "He's been competing out there, a finisher. He just plays real hard, doesn't really make too many mistakes out there at all. You have to take your hat off to a guy like that, especially being real young."

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If you are the best, you will play, regardless of age. Love that.

Ref. Jose Feliciano

WOW, being 6'5 320 lbs., Puerto Rican, and Sicilian should be illegal !

Tebow mania upstaging Miami Dolphins game vs. Broncos

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Tim Tebow’s journey to become a franchise quarterback and silence his critics is overshadowing the actual game between the woeful Dolphins and Broncos.

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U have a nice God Blessed Weekend ...

there's alabama 'dega@ 2

It's time to school the teacher! Go coach & go Canes!!

I just know that the make believe sky fairy will help Timmy and his teammates win. You know, the sky fairly plays favorites and clearly Timmy is one of them.

Well, except for that time he was in the fetal position cyring against Bammy. Yeah, and every time last year. And, well, every time this year.

Oh, well. Us Gatards need something to hold on to. Anything really. It sucks, to be, a Floriduh Gatard.

DaaU,
Well said! Hope familiarity is an advantage for our Canes. Let's put serious points on the board!
And, as Canetillidie puts it, fill the stadium and rock the place tomorrow!

I hope the DC is assigning each player as assignment for this game. I.E Spence QB, Ojomo FB, Chickilo RB. And hit them in the mouth whether they get the ball or not. I'm still waiting on Ray Ray to lay someone out!

Westbound Enzone sec 129 Sat. making noise!!!!!!!

Just listened to Art Kehoe on QWAM he has me so effn AMPED!!!!!!!!!!!!! Let's go Canes!

DaaU,
Well said! Hope familiarity is an advantage for our Canes. Let's put serious points on the board!
And, as Canetillidie puts it, fill the stadium and rock the place tomorrow!

Posted by: dbc | October 21, 2011 at 10:28 AM

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Thanks dbc....


WE ALL NEED TO PUT OUR PETTY BS ASIDE AND SUPPORT OUR COLORS. THESE ARE OUR PLAYERS AND WE HAVE A CHANCE, RIGHT NOW, TO SHOW THEM AND THE REST OF IGNORANT IN THE COUNTRY WHAT MIAMI FANS ARE REALLY LIKE.


LETS GET LOUD!

LETS GET ROWDY!

FILL THE STADIUM AND ROCK IT LIKE THE OB !

GT DOESN'T STAND A CHANCE IF WE ROLL THE FAST AND HARD LIKE UNC.

GT AND UNC ARE THE SAME TEAM. BOTH HAVE RECORDS AGAINST "NOBODY". I STILL DON'T KNOW WHO THE HELL WESTERN CAROLINA IS AND I'M NOT GONNA BOTHER LOOKING IT UP EITHER!!!!!

WE GOT THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


GT's defensive line doesn't stand a chance against our Oline. Along with rotating Henderson, Fig, and Bunche they will get worn down quick. I don't see a sack happening unless one of our guys drops dead.

Dline...

With Ojomo in at DT, D.Smith (diet coke every other series)Chick, Vernon, while rotating King, Pierre, Perry, and Grimble we're gonna look nice. I'm gonna go out and say Dline gets 2 sacks plus another 1.5 by the remainder of the defense.


I'm just waiting for Travis Benjamin to take one to the house. Pretty please!!! That will sink the knife into GT real quick!

I still believe it was a mistake to suspend Regis. He didn't get flagged so it was legal!!! Bring back the THUG mentality that got us 5 NCs

I still believe it was a mistake to suspend Regis. He didn't get flagged so it was legal!!! Bring back the THUG mentality that got us 5 NCs

Posted by: markdrebin | October 21, 2011 at 01:15 PM


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I completely agree with markdrebin!!!!

Honestly, as a kid, that's what made the Canes my favorite team. They played nasty and didn't care what anyone thought. That's how I played ball all through high school. I simply didn't care and if I got flagged I would make up for it with a TD or a nasty hit. I played RB/FS/KR/PR. I know there will be people that will speak out against what I just said and I could honestly care less. I played with a nasty attitude and my coach loved it and hell so did my mom. My dad never really understood football to much since he was from Cuba and came here later in life, my mom came here (from Cuba) as a little kid and grew up here. My tio's all played ball at Hialeah High in the early 80's.


Play nasty and all will fear you. The U was feared, not respected, feared throughout the 80's and early 90's and then again in the late 90's into 2002. PLAY NASTY PUNCH YOU IN THE MOUTH, SMACK YO'MAMA ACROSS THE FACE, PISS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FIELD FOOTBALL!!!!!!

ok ok so I never smacked anyone's mother across the face, c'mon have you? But I did piss in the middle of another team's field after the game where I had 2 TD's and a pick 6, not telling who heheheheheheheee, true story.


Golden is the right man for the job now but I hope that Kehoe starts to whisper in his ear and let him know how it "was" done and how it "did" work. Plus the guys had fun doing it. Man remember the Cotton Bowl??? Over 200yds in penalties and beat the living hell out of them. Never saw a stadium empty so quick, let alone in the 5mins into the 3rd qtr.

Imagine this...Hypothetical though but imagine...

When Golden is done and lets say he wins a couple of ACC's and good bowl games and leaves. Then Mario Cristobal after bringing FIU's program up from literally nothing to something (lets say they win their respective bowl games and beat up on USF, UCF, FAU, FAMU, BCC, etc) decides to come back to his roots and takes over the reigns at The U. With his mentality (remember what he was a part of now) and enthusiasm, plus he remembers those crazy workouts he went through, I doubt there would be NO STOPPING US. He would let plays like what happened with Regis slide everyday unless they did get called and then he would probably sit out a qtr.... You get the idea.

I like Golden, not trying to knock him in anyway. I'm behind him and still wanna give him the same amount of time that I gave candy randy. Golden has his way of doing things and I see it working so I can't knock him in anyway and neither should anyone else for that matter after everything he as gone through since stepping into the hot seat.


LETS GO CANES!!!!!

FILL THE STADIUM!!!!!

LETS DO THIS!!!

If the refs didnt see it, it didnt happen. Golden overreacted. i dont care. Kid wasnt maimed nor did he lose playing time.

The paradox is sometimes refs see things that didnt happen, like ghost penalties (like the 2002 Fiesta Bowl hmmmm Tery Porter?)

Thae Barnyard website has UM football as one of the top 12 most hated sports teams. Notre dame and USC are in as well along with the Yankees, the redwings, the patriots, the celtics, duke, and the lakers. the author actually likes Miami and all it has done. So it wasnt a trashing Miami article.

That's what I would love to see. Get back to the nastiness. Call us Thugs or whatever.But win.

What's done is done regarding the LOW BLOW thing. So bloody LET IT BE. Eh.

Now what is of most importance is for Miami's offense to be clicking on ALL cylinders against Ga. Tech. Because the Canes can't expect a below-avergage performance on the offensive side of the LOS and expect to defeat Groh's squad.

In other words, it's all about Fischer, Jacory, Miller and the rest of the Hurricane offensive unit.

And it would help The Golden Ones squad that the D-unit continue to show relative improvement and play assignment football and get at LEAST TWO turnovers against the Bumbling Bees this Saturday afternoon.

Miami Hurricanes 38

Fumbling Bees 31

U's read it here first!

By the way, the Hurricanes are still a - 3 point home chalk against Ga. Tech.

Moi's SAGACIOUS advice is to bloody LAY THE POINTS!

Miami Hurricanes 38

Fumbling Bees 31

macjones,

The day we put up 38 pts is the day hell freezes over!

Oh shoot I thought this was the Dolphins blog, well than I agree with that score!

i enjoy these match-ups of mentor and protegee. as i recall defensive rules in stoping the option. MLB gets the dive back, DE must Hit the QB, OLB CB then S tackle the RB.

@spiderman..

Damn man I was about to say...... But I restrained myself lol.

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO


C-A-N-E-S CANES !!!!

OOOooooOOOoooooOOoo


I'll knock your block off!!!

@all canes fans. I don't care what Yall think but some of you think like me, we have to play dirty nasty however u want to call it. That's how we played back in our days. That's the only way teams fear you but if you happen to get flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct you have to make that play up or else.

I'm thinking the return of Vernon is help our defense a lot. And Al Golden is goin to make sum changes if the defense continue to play this conservative role. We have to play football instead of reacting. Note to coach move Ray Ray to linebacker.

All bout The U

FILL THE DAMN STADIUM!

LETS GET LOUD LETS GET ROWDY!!!!!!!

FILL IT!!!!!!

I'M TIRED AS HELL OF LOOKING AT EMPTY SEATS!

GET YOUR TICKETS!!!

Posted by: CANETILLIDIE....DH | October 21, 2011 at 02:24 PM

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A 5-7 midget Cuban futbal player that went to 0.5 A Gulliver playing the likes of Palmer, Ransom and Country Day popping off like the typical idiot Cane Clod cheerleader that he and most of U are ... U got in and played RB/FS/KR/PR/ during the 4th quarters of 1-A High School football games huh ? Wow, how very impressive sis coom bah boy.

A 7 paragraph comment @ 2:30 pm along with all Ur multiple over n over n over rah rah B.S. Do U even have a job or are U one of those delUsional private school trust fund twits that will always live under Mommy and Daddy's fortune acquired in the 1980's Cocaine dirty and bloody typical Meeeami sUckcess story...

It's people like U and Ur Family that ruined Miami and continue to do so with Ur third World mentality.

Now, do Us that know and understand the game of Football without the jersey wearing, pom pom shaking and painted faces a huge favor... Live up to Ur name Gulliver/Cane boy ... and die.

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Jesus Chreesto ... Gulliver. (lemme guess, U played with and were Taylor's and Ortega's personal blocking dummy ?)

My dad never really understood football to much since he was from Cuba and came here later in life...

Please don't procreate to continUe the sick cycle ...

Comprende ?

@ u aint got sheeeett

I was actually there years earlier than those guys and later on I transfered over to Palmetto High and played my ball there. Graduated highschool in '98.

I can spend time at 2:30pm writing as much as I would like to write due to the fact that I run my own company and pull a mill a year thanks to that great education I got at Gulliver then Palmetto and then graduated in 3 1/2 years from Barry University all with an academic scholarship.

So you think that it's people like me that ruined Miami during the cocaine cowboy days??? Wow someone is a racists and have watched waaaaayy to much TV.


You know it's funny because I don't recognize your new handle but you write like someone else I remember that I've shut down a few times. You're just another douche troller that can't stand the Canes or anyone else who is passionate about his favorite team.

Sorry your team is doing so poorly that you have to come to another team's blog and run your mouth like you're the man. I doubt you ever even played ball let alone was a towel boy.

I do have to admit though that douches like yourself are funny. Running around making up handles thinking that no one will figure out who you are. I've used this same handle for quite sometime now and never had to hide behind made up titles.


Just so you know, if it was for Cuban's coming to Miami since the '30's Miami would only be roughly have the size of what it is now. So say thanks to all the Cuban contractors and construction company owners for bringing their businesses here to actually build the City of Miami. Hell I-95 wouldn't exist and we would all still be driving down a rundown US1.


Enjoy watching "your team" lose this weekend while I enjoy my team run all over GT. Grow up douche. Your rudeness and "bravado" that you are attempting to portray only makes you seem small and unimportant.


It's funny how the pathetic always stay pathetic.

@ mi papi su papi


Is this really the best that you can come up with? Did you go to some special ed GED school?

Another troller running around in the Canes blog. Guess your team isn't doing so well either. You come off just like "aint got sheeet". Wow another stupid handle there too. You 2 must be the same person or related.

Get a life troller. It's funny how pathetic trolls are running around other team's blogs as if they have created it themselves. Trolling is simply for the pathetic and the weak. Simple as that. Grow up and get a job. Want one???lol


LETS GO CANES!!!!!!!!

FILL THE STADIUM!!!!



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C-A-N-E-S CANES!!!!!!!!!

You know I just thought of something. You might be from that school where I pissed on that field..... Oh man that's just great hahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!

Hysterical!!!! Oh man that's great!!!!!!! You had to practice in my piss. Enjoyed the ammonia????


Look man all kidding aside. I'm sorry that I have done more with my life than you have with yours. I'm sorry that I started a million dollar property management business from scratch. I'm sorry if I turned your resume down. I'm sorry that you are filled with so much negativity (that crap will eat you alive man, let it go). I'm sorry that I might have pissed on your high school field, lmfao.

I'm sorry that you are a complete douche trolling teabag holding flaming racist. I'm sorry.


LETS GO CANES!!!!!

ALL DAY EVERYDAY BABY!!!!!

GT DOESN'T HAVE IT TO TAKE US!!!!!!

HONESTLY IF SOMEBODY HAS A PROBLEM WITH ANOTHER PERSON SHOWING PASSION TOWARDS THEIR FAVORITE TEAM THEN GO AND COMPLAIN ABOUT IT ON YOU'RE TEAM'S BLOG.

TROLLS ARE EASY TO PICK OUT, JUST SAYING.


LETS GO CANES
LETS GO CANES
LETS GO CANES
LETS GO CANES
LETS GO CANES
LETS GO CANES


IF ANYONE IN HERE IS A REAL CANE FAN YOU'LL HAVE YOUR TICKET IN YOUR HAND AND BE READY FOR TOMORROW 3:30PM WHEN THOSE LIL BUMBLE BEES COME TO TOWN AND GET RAILROADED BY OUR OLINE FOLLOWED BY SMASH AND DASH!!!

SPENCE WILL HAVE A CAREER DAY.

GT's DLINE WILL MAKE THE U's OLINE LOOK AMAZING.

L.MILLER WILL HAVE OVER 100 RUSHING.

M.JAMES WILL ADD ANOTHER 50 AND AT LEAST 4 FIRST DOWNS.

TOUCHDOWN TOMMY WILL HAVE HIS WAY WITH THE SECONDARY.

VERNON IS GONNA SLAM SOMEBODY BAD!!!!


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why are you yelling ?

Sorry about that, I was being passionate.

I simply love my hurricanes


GO CANES

Some of you guys don't seem to understand that the ACC would have suspended Regis had UM not done it. Golden just got out in front of the process and looks much better for doing it himself.

@rbound

That is a reasonable statement. I'd agree with you. Had Golden seen it earlier he still would have done the same thing. It's the type of character that he is, a no nonsense, clean cut guy.

Go U!

Felicianio does jump offsides though ...too much to suit me past 3 games or so.Seems strong but needs to improve on his mental game.

he's going threw growing pains but he'll be fine. Plus think of next season.

Oline..

Bunche
Henderson
Feliciano
Linder
McDermott
J.Johnson
J.Barton
etc...

future looking good..

I think we win big tomorrow...GT isn't going to run that antiquated offense on us.

1. It was a flagrant, intentional, nasty personal foul

2. There is NO WAY this was not going to get publicized and that Regis was not going to get found out

3. We're under NCAA investigation, for crying out loud!

4. Golden shouldn't have to tolerate that kind of street thug play, and neither should the rest of Cane Nation. I for one, a Cane alum and former athlete from the 80's/90's "good ol days", am embarrassed by Regis' behavior. Golden made the right call.

5. GO CANES! BEAT GA TECH!

you can play nasty but not dirty. play tough clean football, put them on their rear-end but do it the right way. kicking someone in the groin or stepping on someone hand on purpose is
unacceptable and poor sportsmanship. win like a man not some half baked idiot.

kirk herbstreit said it best, for UM to win the defense must be key on first down, if we allow GT to always have 2nd and 2 or 3rd and 1, it'll be a long day, but if we keep them in long yardage situations 2nd and 3rd and long, we'll have this game

"Grow up douche. Your rudeness and "bravado" that you are attempting to portray only makes you seem small and unimportant."

Says the guy who was a badass superstar in high school and makes a million dollars a year...

Eucalyptus. You are no better in your reply. Plus who were you trying to call out.

Posted by: We can win with class

We're the U....since when do we worry about doing things with class?

Troll still hiding under other posters names. Funny that you aren't toting the gaturdnation flag?

This year's Gaturdnation goal -

more arrests than wins!

You are already there! Go gatah!

"Grow up douche. Your rudeness and "bravado" that you are attempting to portray only makes you seem small and unimportant."

Says the guy who was a badass superstar in high school and makes a million dollars a year...

Posted by: Eudocimus | October 22, 2011 at 10:14 AM


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What happened man did that get under your skin? Grow up, pick a handle and stick with it. Or do you have multiple personalities educimos, I have coach p, I mean U ain't sheeet, I mean mi papi su papi...? By the way if you are going to write in spanish at least show the intelligence that you do not have by looking up the appropriate gramatical form.. You should had written Mi papi y Tu papi... There's your lesson for the day and now you can get a job because now you speak more than one language. You're welcome trolling douche bag.


HOW BOUT THEM CANES?!?!?!?!?!?!


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C-A-N-E-S CANES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By the way since I wasn't a superstar in high school (never said I was at any time ever) I had to use my brain to get to where I am now and that's why I pull a mill a year after taxes. So basically means that you have to make 2 million a year to put a million (clean) away in the bank. So you can run your douche mouth all you want while in the unemployment line because I probably turned down your resume more than once.

Enjoy Mr. Multiple Personalities aka undercover gaytard lover. Bet you sleep with a timmy teabag picture under your pillow.

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