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Gameday blog: Virginia at UM

SUN LIFE STADIUM -- The Miami Hurricanes (4-3, 2-2 ACC) play host to the Virginia Cavaliers (4-3, 1-2 ACC) in an 8 p.m. kickoff Thursday night, a game that will be televised nationwide on ESPN. UM is coming off back-to-back wins at North Carolina and at home against previously 20th-ranked Georgia Tech. Virginia knocked off the Yellow Jackets on 24-21 on Oct. 15, but lost last week at home to N.C. State 28-14. The Cavaliers knocked UM off last year 24-19 in Charlottesville. 

> ABOUT THE CAVALIERS: The Cavaliers own one of the best pass defenses in the country, ranking 12th nationally (176.00 yards per game). They also 19th in total defense (314.29) while allowing just 23 points per game. While Virginia doesn't necessarily create a ton of pressure on opposing quarterbacks (10 sacks in 7 games), they are very good in coverage and in creating picks (8 INTs). UM has thrown 7 INTs in its last three meetings against Virginia. Freshman cornerback Demetrius Nicholson and senior Chase Minnifield each have two so far this season. Minnifield has 12 in his career (3rd most actively in FBS). Offensively, Virginia is a run-first team, ranking 34th nationally with 183.43 yards per game on the ground. Junior tailback Perry Jones (5-8, 185) has 576 yards on 113 carries and two touchdowns, but freshman Kevin Parks (5-8, 195) is the guy they like to use near the end zone. He's has seven touchdowns and 386 yards rushing on 74 attempts. If Virginia does decide to pass, UM should be looking to cover Kevin Burd (34 catches, 447 yards, 0 TDs) and going for picks. Freshman quarterback Michael Rocco has thrown eight interceptions in seven starts and just four touchdown passes. His backup, David Watford (6-1, 190) has thrown four INTs himself. Kicker Justin Moore has been unreliable this season going 4-for-8 on field goal attempts with a long of 40 yards and two blocked kicks.

> WHAT TO WATCH FOR WHEN IT COMES TO THE CANES: UM is 15-2 all-time on Thursday night games, but hasn't won three games in a row since it beat Oklahoma, Florida A&M and UCF in Oct. 2009. Starting right tackle Jonathan Feliciano (left ankle) will miss his first start in six games and will be replaced by Malcolm Bunche, who will get his first start of the season and share time with Seantrel Henderson. Aside from that injury, the Canes are getting healthier and deeper. Defensive tackle Micanor Regis is back from his suspension and will backup Darius Smith. Defensive end Olivier Vernon (1 tackle vs. Georgia Tech) figures to see more playing time in his second game back from an NCAA-mandated suspension. Lamar Miller, once fourth in the nation rushing, has slipped to 14th nationally after rushing for just 2.8 yards a carry (122 yards, 43 attempts) over his last two games faces another decent run defense this week (49th, 138.29 yards per game). Jacory Harris has thrown just one interception over his last 18 quarters.

> MANNY'S PREDICTION: Canes 31, Virginia 17. I'm 5-2 picking the Canes this season (Georgia Tech, Kansas State were my losses). Last week, though, I was way off and pleasantly surprised to see the Canes come around and play as good on defense as they did. Virginia isn't a good team on paper. They pounded William & Mary 40-3, won at Indiana by 3, needed overtime to beat Idaho at home and were beaten by double-digit points in both of their ACC losses (North Carolina, N.C. State). Canes should roll here. But I'm apprehensive to pick a blowout based on the fact this is a short week and Virginia's defense isn't so bad. What will kill the Cavaliers in the end is quarterback play (12 INTs in 7 games). UM will score a defensive touchdown this week (my money is on a freshman) and make enough defensive stops in the second half to feel pretty good about themselves. But I could see this being close for a half.

FYI, No Cover It Live this week since I'll be on a late night deadline. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below. Follow me on Twitter at Manny_Navarro.

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Keho said at the beginning of the season that many of the linemen have ingraned bad habits from years of improper coaching and those habits are hard to break. He needs to have new guys he teaches from day one.

Maybe I wont play Batman AC. Couldnt they do this in the first have...ASS CLOWNS!!

If they can give Harris protection just 50% of the time they can pass on this UVA team. Keep FB Hagens back at 245 pounds and slam these DEs that try to come through.

JH used to scare me...Now the D scares me.

Chris, Yes I agree SIR!!!

I remember the national champonship game with Nebraska/UM in January 1984 and Alonzo Highsmith was held in as a protector and was knocking the hell our of anyone that broke though on Kosar. I remember some of those guys had rubber legs after the hits. It slowed up that outside speed rush with the pain factor involved,

Remember until Golden came we had no real FBs to block.

Im realy going to play Batman now. DOUBLE ASS CLOWNS!!!!

Get up there and jam the receiver on a timing pattern. I played DB at a small college and heck even we were told to do this.

Suuuuuuuuuccccccccckkkkkkkkk

JJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If these guys cannot master basic football skills how in the HELL are they going to pass a college class?

NO HEART NO GUTS NO TALENT!!! that was written all over Irvings face there.... makes me sick I cant even imagine how bad Mike I. feels he must wanna throw up!

I didn't see the play but there must be something seriously wrong with our secondary. Ray Ray ain't no Sean Taylor.

HankT. There is no need for racist comments calling players ghetto that was a ignorant comment the way the team plays doen't have any thing to do with color stupid.if u didn't know miami is one of the most diverse cities.

please I beg of U ...

discUss

amoUnst yoselves

Running wide on a goal line defense...smart play calling

It looks like a lot of UM fans dressed up as empty orange seats for Haloween.

HeyMiami Fan

Ghetto came from the "Ghettos" established by the Nazis in the 1930s and 1940s in Poland where Jews were kept in check.

Get you histoty check in order otherwise you show your ignorance. It's not a black white thing.

Please D get a turnover.
That Dan 2nd play better not haunt us

Go go go

Hey Saul...way to put this UMFAN straight!

The first ghettos were established in Poland in Warsaw to be exactm by Waffen SS General Hans Kamler as they could not kill all of the Jews as fast as they wanted. I served 8 years in the Israeli IMF in a paratrooper regiment. And this individual calling himself MiamiFan fan shows this ignorance. If he would like to discuss it over coffee with me at Starbucks its OK.

Go Miami!!!!

SaulH. dummy get ur facts straight when people say ghetto they are not thinking about no damn nazis 1930s or 1940s stupid we all know when they say ghetto players they arnt talking about no nazis. COME ON LETS GET BACK TO FOOTBALL AND LEAVE THE STUPIDTY FOR ANOTHER TIME.

WHO DID HE GET STRAIGHT IGNORANT COMMENTS ABOUT THE GHETTOS WHEN THIS IS A FOOTBALL SITE STUPID


In the Middle Ages and later a ghetto (pronounced ge-to) was a walled in area where Jews were forced to live, by law. It was locked at night, and Jews had to make sure that they were back inside the ghetto before the curfew.
There are various theories about the origins of the word. One of the more popular suggestions is that it is derived from Italian borghetto - which means little town or little borough. The first use of the word dates from about 1600 in Venice.

In Europe the last ghetto to be opened and dissolved was that in Rome, which was opened in 1870 when Italian nationalist forces took the city. They had no time for reactionary, Roman Catholic 'churchy nonsense', which is how they saw the ghetto.

However, in 1939-41 the Nazis revived ghettos, especially in Poland and Lithuania.

From the 1960s onwards the term was applied figuratively to the run down, Black, inner city areas of American cities.

Great stop by UV, UM needs a play on D

Bad call on 4th. Why???

They take out DYRONE DYE a 6.5 278 lb. TE who bench presses 380 and put in Chase Ford wo is 6.6 and 238 and does not even bench 275 and that 400 plus bench pressing LB destroyed him.

Poor coaching!

Jed fisch your calling SUCKS you burnt 6 mins off the closk when we needed a "QUICK score for a chance to get the ball back , then this idiot goes with the run ( something we couldnt do all game with our WEAK ARSE LINE ) and now there is no time left after that "stupid" 4th down call what a loser coaching staff.... A d co ord who cant scheme and a O co ord who cant manage a clock what losers this will be here

Miami Fan they stuck it up your bung hole and you are acting like you are a 14 year old. I am black and I did not take it offensively. The cleaned you clock on facts!

is sparano our defensive coordinator now??? this one falls on coaching, it got to the point where it was in the hands of the coaches and they decided to run on 4th down, you have to let jacory win it or lose it, he's the senior and he's been money all night, jed fisch, you and d'onofrio blew it!!!!

I would never play mike James again.ever! And please get a new defensive coordinator.


In the Middle Ages and later a ghetto (pronounced ge-to) was a walled in area where Jews were forced to live, by law. It was locked at night, and Jews had to make sure that they were back inside the ghetto before the curfew.
There are various theories about the origins of the word. One of the more popular suggestions is that it is derived from Italian borghetto - which means little town or little borough. The first use of the word dates from about 1600 in Venice.

In Europe the last ghetto to be opened and dissolved was that in Rome, which was opened in 1870 when Italian nationalist forces took the city. They had no time for reactionary, Roman Catholic 'churchy nonsense', which is how they saw the ghetto.

However, in 1939-41 the Nazis revived ghettos, especially in Poland and Lithuania.

From the 1960s onwards the term was applied figuratively to the run down, Black, inner city areas of American cities.

Hey Man this is not a dissertation for you to try to impress someone about history...get a life. Its football.

Clarance IM NOT OFFENDED LETS TALK FOOTBALL AND NOT THIS COME ON AND RESPOND TO THE GAME.THIS IS GETTING STUPID OK

jesse palmer said it perfectly, last year the miami hurricanes had 14 guys who went on to NFL training camps and the team still finished 7-6, it don't matter the kind of talent you got if you don't play smartly.

How bout some luck
Run it back!!!!

As I mentioned in a previous post Keho just needs time to work with the new incoming guys and the current freshman and the blocking will get better.

I also enjoy the commical posts by MIAMIFAN. He is like a woman who must get the last word in.

As I watch the game..these dudes are so weak up front...I am gonna be honest..these dudes are female vaginas upfront...you win the game in the trenches and all there loses they have been man handled upfront...you cant win like that..and I promise you they better get better personal upfront if not AL GOLDEN just like Shannon will be gone

: Hector YEAH RIGHT TALK FOOTBALL OR GO TO A POLITICAL SITE

FIRE GOLDEN NOW!

Tough year for the canes

Ron Paul 2012!

ITS GOLDEN FIRST YEAR HE WILL TUR IT AROUND

Great Game!!!!! Tough loss for the Canes, but hey, you guys should be used to it already!

You guys need any help?

Maybe MiamiFan will balme the loss on Ghetto.
Good night to all.

The O co ord SUCKS he cannot manage a clock im sick of this loser team

Losers.

CANES WILL GET BETTER IM OPTIMISTIC

Art Kehoe needs to go. The o-line played better last year than this year. The o-line has got worse under kehoe. The o-line was supposed to be the strength of the team. The o-line hasn't converted a 3rd nor a 4th and one all year. Even against Bethune Cookman and Virginia. How Sad.....All you stupid Kehoe lovers thought Golden made a genius hire. I warned you all. Now look. The o-line looks like trash.

I haven't seen a stadium that empty since.....last Sunday.

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