The Miami Hurricanes defense took another big hit Sunday, a day after Kansas State ran all over them in a 52-13 loss in Manhattan.
Starting weakside linebacker Ramon Buchanan, a fifth-year senior, has been lost for the season after re-injuring his right knee, which cost him the final eight games of last season -- UM coach Al Golden announced during his Sunday press conference.
Buchanan suffered the injury according to Golden when his knee got caught underneath him "and then a pile fell backwards on him.” Golden said he isn't sure if Buchanan or UM will seek a medical redshirt and a sixth-year of eligibility.
"That's something we're looking into. But I'd hate to comment without knowing," Golden said. "I’m terribly upset for the young man. He’s put in a lot into it. So that’s tough.”
Buchanan recorded 10 tackles in two games in his fifth year. Golden said juniors Jimmy Gaines and Tyrone Cornileus are expected to compete for Buchanan's starting spot.
“Jimmy has made some progress,” Golden said. “He’s starting to play more snaps and feel healthier. Jimmy will certainly be in the mix there. Gionni Paul has to come through for us and Thurston Armbrister continues to make progress for us and of course Tyrone has been playing over there with Buck. Obviously Tyrone’s going to get a chance to be a starter, he’ll probably compete with Jimmy Gaines, but we need all of these guys to step up for sure.”
> On the positive side, defensive tackle Luther Robinson, suspended for the Kansas State game for what Golden said Sunday was "conduct detrimental" to the team, has been reinstated. Robinson (6-3, 288) should help an ailing defensive line.
> As for receiver Allen Hurns, who sustained his second concussion since fall camp began on Saturday, Golden said he remains under observation. Golden said safety Vaughn Telemaque (left knee) will miss this coming Saturday's home opener against Bethune-Cookman.
"Our team got significantly younger today because of the loss of Telemaque, the long-term loss of Buchanan, and because of the loss of Hurns, which looks to be in the short-term,” Golden said. “It’s a loss nonetheless and we have to pick it up and move forward. One of the ways you do that is you leave the game in Manhattan.”
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