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UM Cane LT Brandon Washington and DE Olivier Vernon forgoing sr seasons to enter NFL Draft

Here we go again.

Two more University of Miami underclassmen are leaving the Hurricanes early to enter the 2012 NFL Draft.

This time it's 6-4, 320-pound offensive tackle Brandon Washington, who played his junior season at left tackle after being named an All-ACC left guard as a sophomore in 2010.

And add to that defensive end Olivier Vernon, who  is leaving as well. I'll get more on Olivier a bit later. Read on for Brandon news:

Former Hurricanes receiver Aldarius Johnson, who graduated from Miami Northwestern High with Washington and two other sources familiar with the situation, confirmed the news for me, as well as the university itself. Washington did not return voice and text messages yesterday.

"I am so overwhelmed and proud of Brandon’s accomplishments,'' said his mother, Cheryl, who said Thursday that she wasn't aware of his decision, but that he was a man and has been making his own decisions for quite a while. "I just want the whole world to know how proud I am of all my boys. Brandon is a sweetheart, and he is very humble.''

Cheryl Washington, who is currently unemployed, raised four sons and a daughter by herself in Overtown. She said she was adamant that somehow Washington earns his degree in criminology. "He knows that I don't play with education,'' she said.

Brandon Washington posted this message on his Twitter acount Dec. 10: "Ever been scared to check ya bank account..."

Washington, 23, played in the same Bulls' class as Jacory Harris, Sean Spence, Tommy Streeter, Marcus Forston and the rest of the Hurricanes-Bulls' contingent who pledged to help their hometown Canes get back to the glory days. But Washington had to go to Milford (N.Y.) Academy prep school to bolster his academics, and his first season was in 2009.

Washington becomes the third Hurricane from that Miami Northwestern class -- and now (after news of Olivier Vernon) fifth underclassman -- to depart early for the NFL.  Three of the five played on offense. Receiver Streeter, defensive tackle Forston and running back Lamar Miller are the other three who recently decided to forgo the rest of their UM careers to turn pro.

Johnson, who said he spoke with Washington by phone Wednesday, graduated Thursday with a group of Hurricanes that included Harris, Spence and Forston. Johnson was suspended indefinitely this past season after being involved in the NCAA case surrounding former UM booster Nevin Shapiro.

    “He told me yesterday,’’ Johnson said of Washington. “I just told him, ‘Congratulations.’’’

    Washington told reporters near the end of the season that he was definitely returning for his senior year, saying that he expected the Canes to have a great 2012.

  Washington's absence will hurt the Canes at a position that was projected to be their strongest in 2011, but struggled at times with penalties and short-yardage situations. He started all 12 games this season after being switched from guard to tackle. His UM-written bio says he "made only five mental errors over the course of the season, and registered only three penalties.''

In 2011, UM ranked 72nd in total offense in the Football Bowl Subdivision and was 61st in passing offense and 74th in rushing.

The Canes still have 6-8, 345-pound soon-to-be junior Seantrel Henderson, 6-5, 320-pound soon-to-be sophomore Jon Feliciano and 6-7, 320-pound soon-to-be redshirt sophomore Malcolm Bunche as experienced tackles.

In 2010, Washington started all 13 games and was second on the team with 56 pancake blocks. He earned ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors after Virginia Tech (loss) and Duke (win).

 In 2009, Washington played in all 13 games as a freshman, mostly on the place-kicking unit. But he made his first career start at left guard that season against Wisconsin in the Champs Sports Bowl.

Defensively, Vernon’s absence is a blow to a defensive line that already is without Forston and could have used Vernon’s talent as a pass-rusher – though neither played much this season. Vernon, a Miamian who graduated from American High, was suspended by the NCAA for six games this season for accepting impermissible benefits from former UM booster Nevin Shapiro. He played in six games and had 18 tackles, 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble and fumble recovery. In 2010 he had 39 tackles, six sacks and 10.5 tackles-for-loss.     





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Can everyone ignore all of the anti Miami posters on this blog. If you ignore them and not respond to them they will stop. Its all about getting a reaction and the more you respond the more they post which kills the convo. Please stop responding to them.

You know how the star system is flawed. The Duke is only 4 star according to recruiting sites. See what he did today. Star system is a joke.

Just wish the players luck and lets move on. Everyone has their own reasons for leaving. Wish them the best and lets hope coach G can fill the holes at certain positions and add to some of the depth. This program was left in a ditch for the past few years especially the last two in terms of recruiting. So it will take time to get out of that ditch. until then support the team and players, ignore the clown UF, FIU and other teams fans on this blog who are so bored with their team they come on here to fill space in their empty miserable lives.

Go Canes!!!!!

UM is a joke and isn't going to do anything in the next 3-4 years but you got to support the kids who straps it on and give their blood, sweat, and tears to you. GO TO THE GAMES

FSU and Danny Kanell are the definition of sucking. Nebraska is the only team in America thats any good bUbba eh

We are losing some underachievers. For me, Streeter was the guy I hoped would stay. The other players? Wish them well but it is time for a new ethic of TEAM and working hard, and proudly wearing the U! Golden will bring a new culture, and these defections will help us in the long run...

I pray these kids make the right decision. You can only wish these kids the best. And to all the gaytor and Fsu trolls roaming and worryin about UM players "DIE IN A FIRE" damn punks.

This is good news. They are part of the cancer that is present on the Canes team. The sooner we get rid of the so-called dream team from Northwestern the better. No heart absolutely they never really put it on the line and were not willing to sacrifice. Please someone talk to rr armstrong and get him to go too. AG will find the right players not only with speed and athletic ability in football but also the ones who are willing to sacrifice themselves to get better and never ever give up. This is good news.

i guess you havent been paying attention .. for the last 6years we have players under achieve and go to the nfl and shine .. ie bruce johnson, phillips, sam sheild, and a few others, obviously we dont know how touse our talent . it will show again as .. streeter has potential to be next adre johnson , calvin johnson,, aldarius johnson is gonna shine"how do you suspen him for a whole year for just tweeting where is a sritp club" ridiculous... al golden gets an f his first year....


That slap slap slapping sound you hear isnt Jerry Sandusky but the rest of the NCAA, including FIU, UCF, and USF bending Miami OVA.

Well at least us tax paying citizens will have one less entitled social leach to subsidize.

You read these comments and its obvious why the regular chatter with college athletes in Miami is they wish they would have went to a school that has a college town atmosphere where they are beloved and supported regardless. Of course these guys want to get out of here. Not to mention the 1st round isnt what is was before the CBA. Those high rookie contracts are a thing of the past. These guys are making great decisions and not losing any money in this new CBA market. The 1st, 2nd, 3rd rounds are not as far apart as they were in the past in relation to $$. This wil be an ongoing trend in college football. The NFL truly won with its new CBA. They will get players younger and for cheaper.

The writing is on the wall....and the rats are leaving this sinking ship. A word of advice; get off while the gettins' good. You don't want to be on this Titanic when she goes down...head first.


GO U!!!

Posted by: CANETILLIDIE....DH | December 16, 2011 at 03:32 PM

rah rah, yaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwnnnn .

This is starting to look ugly, and makes me wonder what is going on...

Posted by: dbc | December 16, 2011 at 05:04 PM

agreed dbc. Something just is not right here. We as Cane fans can always try to see the silver lining, but after the last 8 years and looking ahead to the next 4-5 years, the state of this program that it is in right NOW is not good and can not be ignored.

Unlike a sparse few of my fellow posters, I applaud Ray Ray's decision to finish his college career. And I applaud his dad for standing strong behind his son.

Predict that he will have a great season next year, and I wish him well. He is a talented kid who may be close to breaking out as a player. The right attitude, commitment, goals and good coaching will make the difference for him.

And to some of these gator fanatics - is this what a UF degree looks like?

The other guys that are leaving? Move along, now. Loyalty ain't one of your strong points.

The sky is falling! Oh noes! Players leaving early for the NFL must mean it's the end! This surely means the NCAA is going to drop the hammer over typical recruiting tactics by every major university in the entire nation! What a joke!

Players have been leaving early for the NFL from Miami for as long as I can remember. And who gives a crap if these players are leaving early? None of these players have amounted to a hill of beans except for Miller and Streeter. Golden cleaned house last year too or have all of you chicken littles forgotten about the mass exodus that occurred then too? When you're rebuilding the new recruit has a higher ceiling than the 5th year Senior who was coached by incompetent Randy and company.

Macjones is still bitter his golden boy "lol" was shyt canned for his incompetence and the real Golden stepped in to clean up the mess. The NCAA is about to slap Miami on the wrist just like they did FSU who was busted for academic lack of institutional control. Did all of you chicken littles forget about that?

Bring in the new talent and watch the flood gates open. History will repeat itself at Miami again and these village idiots will be left looking like, village idiots.

Thank god Randy Shannon is long gone and a real HC has entered the building. If Randy was so good why aren't programs knocking on the door for even a sniff at a DC job?

Bye bye Lamar Miller. Hello Duke Johnson!
Bye bye Tommy Streeter. Hello Malcolm Lewis! Miami is reloading with ballers and the clowns claim the sky is falling? What a joke!

There are so many blogpost toughguys out there. Many of you clowns have never set foot on a football practice field, much less (and me included) onto Greentree. How can you say these guys didn't want to work hard? You have no clue. BW was the starter as the most important OL all year and did a pretty damn good job. Obviously the gold spoon mofos, and the ones that have no idea what empathy is can't understand what it's like to have financial difficulty. The man has a limited window to help his mom and the rest of his family. All the best to you Brandon. These blogpost tough guys aren't worth the keyboard they type on.

If I was a High School kid reading this Blog...I would be thoroughly confused..here we are fans of the 'Canes..fussing and denouncing players, Coaches, and anyone who does not agree..

Where is Sanity in all this...and what picture are we painting for high schoolers who want to commit and see the blogosphere attacks..

I think it would be harder for the Coaches to convince a recruit to attend the 'U' if the kid raises a question after reading these posts.

Let us support the 'U' but disregard the posts that inflame our board..We know who they are and the wagon jumpers are just that..

The implications of someone spouting S*** can directly affect the result of all the efforts to bring good players to the 'U'.
Keep it lively but ignore the AS******.
Go 'Canes


These aren't fans of the Canes. These are either your typical flamers from rival programs who have no life or bandwagon fairweather wannabes who have no loyalty. Both are like neutered poodles, they like to yap a bunch but when the tough gets going they are nowhere to be found.

If I was a recruit I would realize why chemical castration was created by reading some of these threads.

Go to FSU. We will win the ACC three times before Miami wins the Coastal.

Yeah right Danny like you were a quality nfl quarterback in your career. Heck you could not play for the dolphins or colts this year

I was glad to see that most of the players in question have also graduated. Congratulations and good luck.

I think it is time for a change anyway. Coach G needs to bring in his own players with a new mentality. This group of guys are among the worst underachievers the U has ever had.

Mr. B.,
Fair enough point. None of us can know the life situation of a particular player. I wish them all well.

That said, I also wish players would stay the course if at all possible. The U needs them and some are a big loss for the program.

Something must be really wrong down in miami for all these kids to leave, I think the coaching staff is the worse we had in years. I hope he does leave or Penn state then we can get on the right track.

Good luck to Washington.We ll get a new young un again.HE was good but every now and then...he d play soft...like most of the O line.Otherwise.....the O line would not have a 6-6 record to show for.MANY games sadly....the O line played weak and with much inconsistency for being SO experienced.

Obviously none of these kids will be drafted the 1st day - many will be picked late round or not at all. So get off the couch Susan & Manny & tell us WHY this is happening. Are they fleeing ahead of the sanctions? Are they all delusional & think they're going to make it in the NFL (wouldn't surprise me considering the huge & undeserved egos these kids are carrying)? Do they hate Golden? Do they think we're going to be horrible next year (a real possibility)? Or are they being pushed out by Golden to create more scholorships for his commits (which I suspect). So come on guys, don't just tell us what's happening, tell us WHY IT's HAPPENING!

WGCane is right. Let AG pick them and coach them and the Canes will be back.Solid fundamentals of blocking (without holding jerseys) tackling (mid- section down with 2 arms wrapped around the ball carrier) SPEED and SIZE and we will look like a football team. Need large tight ends to compliment the speedy wide receivers. We used to be QB, TE and LineBacker U. Lets hunt those kids down and bring them in. Go Canes

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