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UM Canes open spring football practice with news of three suspensions; Al Golden "disappointed.''

Offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson, linebacker Kelvin Cain and cornerback Keion Payne have been suspended for the first weekend of spring practice, UM coach Al Golden said Saturday afternoon.

The three violated team policy, though Golden didn't elaborate.

They will be back for the next practice on Tuesday, the coach said, and rejoin the team for Monday meetings.

Golden used the word "disappointing'' more than once to describe the situation.

Kelvin Cain had been slated to practice at first-team outside linebacker because of the absence of injured Ramon Buchanan (knee), and was still listed as the starter ahead of Eddie Johnson and Josh Witt on the depth chart released to reporters Saturday. Cain will be a junior.

Henderson, a 6-8 and 350-pound rising junior, is listed as the second-team right tackle behind Jermaine Johnson.

Payne, who will be a redshirt sophomore and graduated from Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas, is listed as a second-team corner behind Thomas Finnie.

Golden was asked how disappointing it was to deal with repeat offenders such as Cain and Henderson, who have been disciplined before.

He compared the problem players to, well, weeds in a garden.

"It think it's disappointing for the team, to be honest with you,'' he said. "You can't just weed all the time. If you weed all the time, if you're just constantly weeding, that's the problem. When you're trying to improve the program and move the program forward, you can't just weed your garden, you've got to water your garden, too.

"And so we're sitting here saying to the guys, 'That is an incredible offseason,' and 'Great job,' and then the next day you've got to weed the garden again. It's like after a while, you know, you stop using the weed whacker and you get a shovel and get the whole root. That's kind of where we're at.

"There are a lot of kids on that team that have given up a lot and that will continue to give up a lot, that love the University of Miami, that are trying to do things the right way. As a group and as a team, we're all disappointed because it's really not that hard. What we're asking them to do is not that hard. Just do what we're asking you to do, what everybody else on the team is doing. And that's it. I'm not going to get into it. It's a team. It's a team rule. That's it. Period.''

 Golden seemed very pleased with the initial practice as a whole, saying the players were in much better shape than they were a year ago at this point, and that he doesn't expect them to be in excellent condition yet. That will come in time.

Some of the players he praised: center Shane McDermott, junior-college transfer cornerback Ladarius Gunter, quarterback Ryan Williams, safety Vaughn Telemaque, freshman cornerback Larry Hope. But he especially lauded the talent of Dallas Crawford, who will have a versatile role as a running back, special teams return man and as a slot receiver.

"Dallas Crawford looks like he's really in shape and got his quickness back,'' Golden said, describing his "lateral quickness'' and saying he was a "strong competitor'' and "good with the ball in his hands.. Very versatile. ...Good start for him.''

Quarterback Stephen Morris spoke to reporters but didn't want to talk too much about the reported back injury or give details about his surgery. "I feel fine,'' he said. "Today I was tossing the ball, throwing the ball around.'' Golden said Morris acted as a coach in practice.

Safety Armstrong said he expects to be a leader this season. On his decision to return for his senior season, he said: "I come from a family when you start something you finish it. I started my freshman year so I have to go through the four years and get my degree. If I left last year I couldn't do that... I'm not a finished product yet.''

Armstrong said he tried to get the five underclassmen who left early for the draft "to come back, but they felt that was the best decision...''

The strongest Hurricane pound-for-pound, according to strength and conditioning coach Andreu Swasey? Tailback (and backup fullback) Mike James, who is 5-11, weighs 222 and bench presses 225 pounds for 28 reps with a 400-pound max, back squats 525 pounds and power cleans 308.

Quarterback Williams, who has taken over the first-team responsibilities with Stephen Morris out, said he had a good day. "First practice was good,'' Williams said. "Get out there, get in the flow of things, finally get everything moving with the O-line, the receivers and everything. Just nice to get out on the field and do it for real.''

Don't forget that tomorrow morning's practice on what UM is calling Fan Appreciation Day is open to the public -- as long as you are either a football season-ticket holder or show your ticket for Sunday's UM vs. Gators baseball game at 1 p.m.

The football practice starts at 11 a.m. on Greentree Field and will conclude in time for first pitch at 1 p.m.

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

 

 

 

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HAHAHAHAH, bench presses 400 LBS 28 Reps. DAMMMMMMMMMM he is in the wrong business, that guys needs to go on tour with the circus. Hey, Manny are you gonna be at the FIU Alumni reunion at FIU vs Marlins game?

Posted by: Ryan Collins, yeah that Ryan Collins | March 03, 2012 at 07:51 PM

"Mike James, who is 5-11, weighs 225 and bench presses 400 pounds 28 reps" Really Really That's not possible.

Posted by: 27 Ave cane | March 03, 2012 at 06:54 PM

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Can't you guys READ? She said 225 28 times, with a 400 MAX.
27 Ave, next time you decide to copy/paste?...DON'T.

Tucky, some ballers! Ouch!!

imawriter, ever hear of a typo? happens all the time in these blogs, mistakes get corrected, no one misread it, it was wrong.

5>3>2, no one gives a crap about college baseball.

Maybe Ur Top Flight Academic School might want to offer "Baseball 101" to it's CurricUlUm ...

That and "Broom Engineering".

3 Games

Florida Hitting - 42 hits - 28 Runs

Florida Pitching- 34 K's - 14 Relief Inns. 1 Earned Run

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U ? Owned ...

I guess no one took J-Vilma up on hit he put on the baseball for da canes baseball game. Word.

2 live crew now on itunes check it

No one cares about college baseball in March. We have spring games coming up and I is guessing we will be ranked #1 in football again after we crush the opposing team in Fort Meyers.

You hear Coach Golden on Joe Rose today? Those kids smoking the weed got suspended but no worries, IT AINT NO LIE, GIVE IT ALL AND TRY, MY ROOMMATE IS BI, BUT FEAR THE TIE!!!!

GO CANES!

Miami will eliminate UF from NCAA tourney,

No one cares about college baseball in March. We have spring games coming up and I is guessing we will be ranked #1 in football again after we crush the opposing team in Fort Meyers.

You hear Coach Golden on Joe Rose today? Those kids smoking the weed got suspended but no worries, IT AINT NO LIE, GIVE IT ALL AND TRY, MY ROOMMATE IS BI, BUT FEAR THE TIE!!!!

GO CANES!

Posted by: CANETILLIDIE....DH

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Ah gaytard trash still trying to run around and use my handle. What's wrong country boy, can't come up with one of your own? That was cute though when you came up with those little school yard rhymes.

You want to talk baseball. Here you go.

How many National Championships does UofFelons have????? Answer = 0.

How many does The U have? Answer = 4.

Here's a football question.

How many undefeated season does UofFelons have?? Wait for it. Answer = 0.

How many undefeated seasons does The U have?
Answer = 3.

How many national championships does The U have? Answer = 5

How many national championships does UofFelons have?
Wait for it..... Answer = 3

Knowledge is power. Get out of that meth lab you call your trailer/home and breath the fresh air.

By the way hillbilly, "I is guessing" is not proper english. Guess you dropped out in the 4th grade.

FEAR THE TIE GAYTARD TRASH! As we steadily improve, your team is steadily declining.

REJECTION. What University of Miami has been saying to future fswho and gaytard students since 1925.

GO CANES!!!

Manny Navarro is an FIU grad? Didn't know that. Why is he rooting for UM? Go root for FIU - at least that's a great story of an up-and-coming team.

SouthFLGator, why are you on this blog, woorying about what SCHOOL a journalist went to, when you have your own blog THRIVING with 358 comments?

You know, the one run by Matt Watts, a UF grad and showing how hard-working those folks are.

Ohh, the 358 comments are over a month and a half period, have almost NOTHING to do with Gator sports, and is apparantly dead because all you Gator trolls are roaming HERE instead.

Really, worrying about him being an excellent and hard-working FIU grad, when you SHOULD be worrying about your lazy Gator grad, is truly sad.

What's next, are you going to steal our IDs and post fake comments from us? Oh nevermind, you trolls are already doing that.

Damn I counted 355 comments. Let me go back and recount.


DON"T CRY, FEAR THE TIE!!!!

GO CANES!

CANETILLIDIE,

A lot of action on this blog. With the exception of the Gator fanatics, lots of good comment these days.

Indeed, FEAR THE TIE, baby!

Keep your great fire and passion flowing, man!!! A true Cane never gives up the fight!!! NEVER!

Manny disregard the comments of a SouthFlgator who doesn't know his tail from his snout..
As we have said it does't matter what school a 'Cane is a 'Cane.
Following you for years on this beat I KNOW that you know more about the 'Canes in reporting than 96-97% of the people on this blog..
You could have gone to school at USC it does't matter because you report the 'Canes fairly and accurately.
Just pause and delete this Gayturd.
We enjoy the 'Canes info and updates so I would like to tell S.FlGAYURD go check up on Moosechump and worry about the turds and the SEC this year.
Manny is here, who do you have in Gayturdland? Go check.
Go 'Canes

All I have to say to Seantrell is you are seriously messing up your money. What you do well in college will be strongly considered to NFL teams when they think about spending their draft choice on you. What you don't do well in college will definitely come back to haunt you when all the talent you probably have is taking a back seat to your poor character.

There is no denial that you will get drafted because you are physically gifted and athletic. The only problem every NFL team will have is your poor decision and character. It is not the end of the road so for your sake please get it together, because you will reap what you sow.

@ dbc

Thanks man, when I read your response for some reason made me think of the Ol'OB. But I mean the Ol'OB before shalalalalala showed up. When we had a nasty rowdy crowd. I remember there always being fights constantly, opposing fans were stupid to walk in front of the general admission seats in the west endzone. I loved sitting down there since I was young. Crowds were always rowdy but rarely did I ever see Canes fans fight other Canes fans unless someone got drunk and did something stupid to someone's else girlfriend or something along those lines. Hell, it was awesome that we had our own stadium and we could drink in it unlike other schools that you couldn't bring anything inside, WEAK! The fans of the OB also IMO did the most insane WAVE that I ever seen in my life at any stadium I've ever been to. Both floors rocking as if the whole stadium was going to come down and not a soul cared. The OB was home to me. Damn I miss her.

RIP OB

GO CANES!!!!

APRIL 14th JOE ROBBIE STADIUM!!!

You notice that the suspended players are holdovers from Shannon? Golden is changing the culture and some players just can't adjust. It's good to see...

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