« Q&A with UM quarterback Ryan Williams | Main | First UM Canes spring scrimmage is history; Ryan Williams impresses; Injury report »

Fisch wants to use Hurricanes tight ends the way Patriots do; plus QB Ryan Williams, receiver talk

CORAL GABLES -- With all the friends and connections he's made in the NFL, University of Miami offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch said he spends a lot of time in the off-season picking the brains of other offensive gurus.

Asante Cleveland"A lot of times we'll talk schemes and situational football," Fisch said. "Other times, I'll ask questions like 'Hey, how did you guys do this?' -- see if we can take a few ideas.

"Obviously what New England did with its tight ends is something that stands out. You've got to study that. You've got to see how they utilize them -- and that's something we've done this offseason."

While he isn't ready to declare Asante Cleveland and Clive Walford as the next Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez (combined for 169 catches, 2,237 yards, 24 TDs in 2011), Fisch believes his new tight end duo can create matchup problems for opposing teams next season. He also foresees many situations -- in light of the inexperience and youth at receiver -- where both will be on the field at the same time.

"I think between them, I'd liked to see the tight end receptions go up to about 50 [in 2012]," Fisch said (UM's tight ends combined for 28 catches, 266 yards, 2 TDs in 2011).

"I think Asante and Clive can give us a really good 1-2 punch, that we'll be able to get them on the field at the same time and spread the ball around, see what they can do to open things up."

Cleveland, who showed flashes of brilliance as a freshman in 2010, couldn’t do much of anything last season.

Following shoulder surgery, he missed spring practice and showed up to fall practice last August still slowed by it. The result: one catch for six yards in eight games.

But Cleveland (6-5, 270) is healthy and much stronger now (he showed up to camp with 15 pounds more muscle) and is catching a bunch of passes in practice everyday with only three scholarship receivers available this spring.

Coach Al Golden said other than safety Ray-Ray Armstrong, Cleveland did the best job of any player in UM's off-season conditioning program and called him "more of a pass threat right now than I think we all anticipated."

"He looks great," Fisch said of Cleveland. "He's running well, carrying the weight well, playing physical. I think he's 100 percent healthy."

Walford, who started eight games last season and caught 18 passes for 172 yards and a touchdown, bulked up 12 pounds himself in the off-season. Walford (6-4, 250) said Tuesday his primary focus this spring is on improving his pass blocking.

"We just have to get Clive healthy and improving his game," Golden said. "He's got to be more of a factor in the pass game without question."


> The Hurricanes ranked 54th in red zone efficiency last season (they scored 27 touchdowns and made seven field goals of 41 trips), converting at a higher clip 84 percent than they did in 2010 when they scored 75 percent of the time (52 trips, 29 TDs, 10 FGs).

But most will remember UM's shortcomings inside the 20 that cost them against Kansas State (stopped on 4th and goal), Virginia Tech (fake field goal) and Florida State (first quarter interception in the end zone in a 23-19 loss).

"I was real happy [with the improvement]," Fisch said. "But my feeling on red zone is we have to continue to build on what we did. The biggest thing is if we get inside the 3, we have to score. We were 15 of 16 scoring touchdowns inside the three-yard line. That's great. But I tell our offense every single day when you're 15-1 everybody wants to know who the one is, not the 15."

> Of the three scholarship receivers healthy this spring (Rashawn Scott, Phillip Dorsett and Kendall Thompkins), Fisch didn't say any has particularly stood out yet. But he said he's sees progress across the board. "Those guys are getting a ton of work and getting better at what they do," he said. "They're learning how to run routes, how to perfect their craft a little bit. It's nice to watch them grow."

Asked how many of the six incoming freshmen receivers might be asked to play, Fisch said: "It doesn't matter. Our young guys have to come in and make an impact. If it's two it's two. If it's five it's five. But they've got to play and they have to come in here and make things happen. They have to be dynamic like they are on tape. Somebody needs to fill Tommy Streeter's shoes in terms of catches and touchdowns. Somebody has to fill Travis Benjamin's shoes. Rashawn and Phillip could do it, but other guys need to do it as well."

> Asked for his take on quarterback Ryan Williams this spring, Fisch offered: "Done a nice job. Manages the game well, stands in the pocket tall, has good vision, makes some tough throws. He doesn't leave the pocket really, so it's nice. He sits in there. He's comfortable in there, knows how to have slight movements in there to find throwing lanes. That's fun to watch."

Told receivers have said Stephen Morris has a stronger arm than Williams, Fisch said: "Stephen has an elite arm. He has a special arm. So, it's going to come out a little faster. That's not a knock on anybody. Other than that, Ryan's a very accurate passer. He has very good ball placement. Guys respect that and like that."

> While redshirt freshman Dallas Crawford will receive carries at running back to this spring, it's more likely the former defensive back will end up playing slot receiver. "We moved Dallas into the slot and he's making so many plays for us," Fisch said. "He's exciting to watch."

> There were reports in January Fisch was linked to an opening with the Bears.Asked how close he came to leaving to any NFL team this past season, Fisch responded: "I'm really happy here. I made a commitment to Al. And Al made a commitment to me. It's a very good one.

"I want to watch this thing go. I want to see how good we can become. I don't want to watch it as a fan. I want to watch it as a coach. I love the kids here and I love what they're doing. Sometimes you get lucky and get opportunities. But the best opportunity for me is right here at Miami."


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

I love our coaching staff!

Nice to see the football program rebuilding on the right track.

Let's go Canes!!!


We should have Shockey come in and teach these young guys. He is deejaying in Miami today.

I cook up goat when I tailgate.



"I cook up goat when I tailgate."-----CANETILLIDIE....DH

Yum. I gots a chittlin' recipe that I cook at the tailgate...

We may need a permit, though....that stuff smells like mustard gas.

love it! Coach talk, I do it all the time and it makes you better!

Shalalalala for president!!!! She is great.

Gotta love that Fisch is dedicated to see this through (for now). Love that. Agree with the TE situation and goals, but we need an accurate smart QB that will get the ball to them frequently, in traffic, and accurately. Problem I have with Morris, is that despite having a rocket arm, his decisions are often suspect. He has thrown some bad ints. I give him a pass becuase he was often thrown in as a clean up QB and he was very young. No excuses now. The moment a QB starts turning the ball over. he needs to get the blank off the field. There are plenty of QBs now competing for the job.

Dorsett is a stud and he will be great. He is clutch. While not as quick and fast as TB, Dallas Crawford is very shifty and bigger than TB.

I see 9-4 season next year. I honestly thought we'd be 9-4 last year, but many upperclassmen (Jacorry, etc) choked the big chicken mon when it counted.

Whom ever you are at 40:33Z grow up. Takes real intelligence to steal a screen name.
And folks wonder why people leave this blog. It's as bad as the fins one. Same thing.


"Dorsett is a stud and he will be great. He is clutch."----5>3>2


LIAR. So which ONE of his 14 catches was "clutch"? That's an average of ONE CATCH PER GAME, IDIOT!!!!!

He caught ONE TD against.................DUKE!!!!!!!

A "clutch" WR makes plays!

Here's what he did in the 6 losses:
1 Rec. Maryland
2 Rec. Kansas State
0 Rec. VT
0 Rec. Virginia
1 Rec. FSU
0 Rec. Boston College

So Mr. Clutch only CAUGHT 4 passes in Miami's 6 losses!!

Quit lyin', fool.


Is this a Canes blog or a place where an obsessed, simpleminded stalker comes to blow his wad of insecurity?

who is this guy? why is he pointing out the obvious? why does he always come on and talk about miami bieng bad and florida so great? with all those wins vs miami WHY DO YOU STILL WEAR DEPENDS EVERYTIME MIAMI AND FLORIDA PLAY IF YOU ALREADY KNOW THE OUTCOME?

SEC trumps blah blah blah...Funny how U choose the time frames to suite your blabbing. Lets just even up and set the time to Last 30 years and see who looks better. last5...last3...last 8...blah blah blah...
Quit riding Bama's and LSWho's tail coats...Ufelons cant even spell DYNASTY. Maybe one year y'all can get that elusive UNDEFEATED season(That's no losesto the UF impaired).

you should be a comedian

I'm really happy to have Fisch as the OC. I hope he hangs around Coral Gables as long as possible. If the QB's can make good decisions and get the ball to the receivers when they break open, without delay, the offense can be quite good.

Who are these weirdos posting messages about any miami sport? Hey you girls that keep using terrible spelling and grammar in all your sentences, please post comments on GAINESVILLE websites. Do you really have nothing to do but post over and over under multiple names night after night on blogs? I love reading your lady-like rants! I really feel bad for KAK gobblers that post religiously about teams they hate. I wouldn't dare read a single article published by you tired redneck ball tasters, let alone your blog entries. PLEASE KEEP POSTING YOUR HATE, CUZ I DON'T EVEN VIEW IT AS FUEL, I KINDA FEEL BAD FOR YOU CAMO WEARING APES. I'VE BEEN TO GAINESVILLE AND I WOULDN'T STOP MY CAR TO URINATE ON THAT GARBAGE PILE IF IT WAS BURNING TO THE GROUND...GET A HOBBY (And I don't mean dressing in drag)

I dont even read those babbling posts anymore. He (or she) babbles on), mixing caps with non caps, hits the tab bar, puts on a small period, tab. period, tab. whatever. He babbles on...

Dannydouche cane and the other doosh are gaineville dooshes (maybe the same doosh) who knows who cares. They are jealous gators:

recall 2 yers ago in 2010 when the had the #1 recruiting class, and last year, and when they recruited Brantley and Driskle ( the second coming)- babbling about how many NCs they were going to win... ha ha ha. And Trey Burton... LOL! And how much speed they had.... blah blah. Whathave you now gator b--itches?

Nada. A psychotic coach, your third OC in three years. And you still finished 6-6 and beat only 1 team with a winning record--- Furman

Coach Jedd Fisc said that same BS last year about using tight ends. The tight ends barely even seen a past all last season. So save that mumbo jumbo your talking. You have Ashante Cleveland who is way better than Clive Walford,Chase Ford and any other tight ends u can name. All I have to say is this I hope we can win this season. Because I'm tired of taking a## whippings every year. And just for once I want to rub it in all Florida & Florida state fans face when we win. We need all the young guys to step it up and do their jobs.

Tight ends have always been crucial to the flow of the game for the 'U'.
Whenever we have had difficulties at tight end it shuts down a part of our offensive plan.
Coach Fisch realizes that and I disagree with 850Cane.. premise on the first part of the post.After all the uproar last season one should not draw an analogy since the team switched around players etc.
Cleveland is an athlete and should play up to his full potential in 2012.
The latter part of your post I agree 100%.
Canetillidie we know your posts so don't worry about impostors...5>3>2 hang in there.
Spring practice shows that Dorsett, Thompkins, Ray Ray are all stepping up and Crawford at slot sounds like a good idea ...The 'U' will have a different and more intense look for 2012...If we just finish we will have a very good year.
Go 'Canes.

Bring in Shockey, Graham, Franks, and Winslow to teach the young guys.



Who's my inexperienced QB this year?

Will Muscrat

Ryan Williams who's role model is Japicky Harris.

Snitches get stiches. Cane on Cane crime is hilarious.


18-0 in the 2nd quarter.


Don't get into it with that gayturd. They actually won the game - we lost vs Boston College who won 4 games all year. Coach Al & company have got their work cut out and with these darn ncaa sanctions looming it may not get better anytime soon. Just support our guys in Hialeah this weekend and hope no one transfers.

Wow more Hurricane soap opera. The gift that keeps on giving, every day is a new treat. Now we have Vilma the point man in the Saint's bounty fiasco, with fellow Hurricane Shockey apparently the NFL snitch and another Hurricane, fat mouth Sapp outing Shockey for being the snitch. Where's all the Hurricane love? I bet Vilma called fat mouth Sapp and gave up Shockey, and Sapp just destroyed Shockey's reputation for what it was. His former teammates hated Shockey anyway on every team he was on.

Man I guess I can be Mark Sanchez's water boy. I guess I'll never be the franchise QB SOLDY wants me to be.

so what gatorsam, Shockey still has a ring, contributed to the TD that Dorsey threw to him to beat #1 FSU in 2000, beat UF and Rexie Grossman in the sugar bowl, and has a superbowl ring. Ask around if NFlers that played with Emmitt Smith all liked him in dalas- not.

Guaranteed. Guarown-teed that more of this on other teams will surface. Teh Saints will not stand and be made the scape goats when everyone knows it is comonplace. mark my words

canesallthe way- Didnt get my point son. BC would have trounced Furman. Furman was the only team the turds beat which had a winning record. ONLY one. And Furman had them puzzled. LOL. With all of their 5 stars. At home. In the dump. I mean the swamp. Whatever

"Now we have Vilma the point man in the Saint's bounty."

I been TRYING TO TELL my fellow CANES that Vilma got the idea from SHAPIRO!

"The booster told Yahoo! Sports he had a number of individual payouts for “hit of the game” and “big plays.” He also put BOUNTIES on specific players, including Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow and a three-year standing bounty on Seminoles quarterback Chris Rix from 2002 to 2004, offering $5,000 to any player who knocked him out of a game.

“We pounded the [expletive] out of that kid,” SHAPIRO said of Rix. “Watch the tape of those games. You’ll see so many big hits on him. Guys were all going after that $5,000 in cash. JON VILMA tried to kill him – just crushed him – a couple of times trying to get that $5,000. And he almost got it, too.”

Link: http://sports.yahoo.com/investigations/news?slug=cr-renegade_miami_booster_details_illicit_benefits_081611


$2,250 in bounties. Shapiro said the bounties were: $1,000 for a hit and personal foul penalty by Vilma on Florida State quarterback Chris Rix during Miami’s 28-27 win on Oct. 12, 2002; $250 for a sack in a 38-33 win over Florida on Sept. 6, 2003; and $1,000 for a hit on Rix in a 16-14 win over Florida State on Jan. 1, 2004.

Link: http://sports.yahoo.com/investigations/news;_ylt=AhFtYBoRf61vUQDpSCuUcepPMuB_?slug=ys-jonathan_vilma_allegations



huh? So BC would trounce Furman - what would Furman do to the U? That's dumb logic. Let's just focus on the The U. Forget the turds.

Now we're living through Furman. What a disgrace.

Furman would have pounded Maryland, who's only other win was against Towson St.

Man-up, boy!

Coach Fisch is a real positive for UM.
I respect his commitment to the Canes
and Coach Golden. Good ideas for the O.

The bounties go all the way back to the first NCAA probation when Luther Campbell was paying players. Then Shapiro, I guess history repeats itself, then the Miami players just took it with them to the NFL.

Why does Emmitt hate his alma mater?

Has Gatr Trash Nation crawled out from under the mountain of dog crap that Emmitt laid on them during his "I have 60 minutes to speak but won't mention one word of that trash school I went to" Hall of Fame speech?

Hmmmmm. History indeed, GatrDoucheSam. History indeed. Well, I guess Gatr Trash history started in 2005 so it is a foreign concept to them.

OYE, we got Ray Lewis's son. We will be back next year regardless of any sanctions or fan boycotts. When Ray retires he will coach at The U but he will look funny in a tie.

I thought Donna Shalala-lalala-lalala-lala had good friends in the White House?

Senat Democrats to hold hearing on Vilma's bounty program:

"One possibility, Durbin explained, would be to extend federal sports bribery laws to cover bounties, so that "if someone offers in a team sports situation some sort of value, money or otherwise, to intentionally hurt another player, that, in fact, would be a crime."

Link: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/football/nfl/03/22/bounty.senator.ap/index.html

Shines more light onto SHAPIRO'S/MIAMI/VILMA bounty program!

Obama and the NCAA........ SMH.

Danny Douche = Blog Pig

Simply pathetic you trailer inbred trash continuing to steal my handle. Go get a job with your fake diploma if you can.

Our Athletic Department made some money last year 2,763,826.00. With Coach Golden building a special program that will re-energize South Florida and with money Ray and the rest of the Cane family would donate we could easily renovate Lockhart Stadium for our home games. Maybe Sapp and Shockey could oil wrestle with the proceeds going to the stadium fund.



Of course. The Gatr Trash maggot has no answer for the Emmitt sh$t storm.

What an embarrassment. On national TV. Think of all of those toothless 'necks waiting for Emmitt to say something about UFailure and...and....and...nothing.

Which is what a UFailure diploma is worth.


"ummmm, let's see. Who else have I forgotten to mention? Ummmm.....did I thank the plover who fixed our leaky toilet in 7 th grade? Because that really contributed to my success. Anyone else?"

Major dumping, maggots.

Hola Arty

Emmitt said he was sorry a million times. Guess you didn't see him on the sidelines in Glendale and Miami when we raised the Crystal.

Yeah. Just an oversight. Had 6 months to prepare and it just slipped his mind. Of course.

He was on the sidelines because Urban begged him and it was an event. He is never at any home games. Hates the place. You are in denial Gatr maggot.

Guess you also don't realize the HOF speech was 2 1/2 years after the game in Miami so they have nothing to do with each other. Gomer is so stupid he doesn't even know when he is crapped on. And that was a lot of crap.

“Sapp can say what he wants about me, but if he really says that he’ll put his life on the line for his source, we’ll see. I’ve never been a guy who failed multiple drug tests. I’ve never been divorced. I don’t have four kids by four different women. I don’t lie. This attacks my character and it’s not fair.”

Sapp is going to get fired, no?

Come on guys - where is The Unity?

Saw a gator alumni tag plate on an old beat up corrola(If that is how you spell that toyota car) and the girl was plain white trash and smoking a cigarette with kids in the car in the middle of the day with no a/c. Couldn't help but chuckle...

Saw a Cane alumni tag on an old beat up city bus. Had more passengers than a Cane football game. 30 mothers, 30 kids and ZERO fathers.

I chuckled.


Typical regurgitation by a brain-less Gatr maggot. No imagination. Useless diPloma? Me thinks sooooooooooo.

Go screw you sweaty fruity Pig.

You still suck, Piiiiiiiiiiiiig.


just found gator fans official video on youyube. type in moccasin creek Dixie fried official video.





"winter is coming"

1 2 3 »

The comments to this entry are closed.