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October 27, 2012

D'Onofrio says he doesn't hold grudges; Luther apologizes; plus other Canes/Cain notes from Saturday

Hurricanes defensive tackle Luther Robinson, whose father took to the radio airwaves earlier this week and accused UM coach Al Golden of favoring his own recruits over the players former coach Randy Shannon brought in, said Saturday he's apologized to his head coach and his teammates and is looking to move forward.

“First, I want to start off by apologizing for what he said,” Robinson told reporters following Saturday morning’s practice. “He was looking out for me, not really looking out for the team. I just told him that he was wrong for doing it and that we need to cut that out.”

Robinson said his father also called Golden and apologized.

Asked about Robinson's father's phone call to WQAM and the Joe Rose show earlier this week, Golden said: "That's about as improper as it can get. It's as simple as that.

"[Parents can call] position coaches, coordinators, head coach," Golden went on to add. "Again, there should be no problem on our team because every player gets graded on every play, every day. So there's constant communication. So there should be no communication breakdown in terms of evaluating a player each day and what they do."

Robinson, who has nine tackles in the seven games he’s played in, is currently listed as a co-backup to starter Olsen Pierre. Earlier this season, Robinson was suspended for the Kansas State game for getting into an argument with an assistant coach.

Defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio said Robinson averages about 20 to 30 snaps a game and has consistently been among the group of six defensive tackles who play every game. Asked if a parent's actions could affect their child's playing time, D'Onofrio said "it's ultimately up to Al to decide."

"There's 105 guys on our team -- 50 on my side of the ball. Things come about," D'Onofrio said. "I'm not a grudge guy. I don't hold a grudge. I just want the guys to get better. At the end of the day, we want to improve them, coach them hard, tell them what they're doing wrong. If they let us down in some capacity I'm not the type of guy to hold a grudge. They're 18, 19, 20 years old and you have to develop them and help them become better people and those type of things. Otherwise, it doesn't really get you anywhere.

"At the end of the day college football coaches want to win games and whoever gives us the best chance to win, we certainly want them on the field -- provided they do everything we ask of them in practice. I don't know what the numbers would be, but we're definitely playing plenty of guys who were here before we got here."


> Golden said there’s a chance junior defensive end Kelvin Cain, who has not been listed on UM's roster since Thursday, could return to the team. Golden said he’s spoken to Cain and his mother several times including as recently as Saturday morning. But Cain, Golden said, has "got to sort through some things and we'll go from there."

“Sure there’s a chance,” Golden said of Cain re-joining the team. “But I just want to make sure we're clear, he stepped away for a period of time, left the team for personal reasons and we're trying to work through it right now.”

> Third-string running back Eduardo Clements, who sustained an undisclosed season-ending knee injury against Florida State, was at practice Saturday to work as a coach with his teammates.

UM offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch said Clements, the team's third down specialist, was averaging about 12 offensive snaps a game. Fisch said those will now be split by senior Mike James and new third-string running back Dallas Crawford, who continues to work primarily as the scout team quarterback. Golden said that as of now he doesn't want to have to burn the redshirt of freshman running back Danny Dillard.

> Golden confirmed sophomore linebacker Gionni Paul, the team's sixth-leading tackler, was suspended for the Florida State game. Paul, who has 31 tackles in five games, is now listed as the third string middle linebacker behind junior Jimmy Gaines and freshman Raphael Kirby.

> Freshman running back Duke Johnson, who sprained his right ankle in the second half of the Florida State loss, said it feels a lot better now and he expects to be full-go against Virginia Tech on Thursday. He still is battling through the turf toe injury.

> Quarterback Stephen Morris said his ankle was very sore after the Florida State game, but he's feeling a lot better. "I'm good," Morris said. "Still doing rehab on it, still want to strengthen it, but the ankle is feeling is great. It should be back to 100 [percent soon]."

Although there were reports on television during the FSU game that Morris also injured his hip, Morris said they were false. "I don't know where that hip story came from," he said. "What happened was my tights were too tight. I was just trying to have them cut it and I guess the TV saw them working on it and thought my hip was hurt."

> Golden said reports/rumors of a new injury to linebacker Denzel Perryman are incorrect. "He's had the same ankle for five weeks now," Golden said. "We're trying to get him healthy and in the game."

NEWS: New UM Canes depth chart for VaTech; RB E. Clements out for rest of season

Good morning.

First, the injury news: third-year junior tailback Eduardo Clements, one of the most devoted and hard-working Canes that I have come across, is out for the season with an injury not yet disclosed to us. Feel so bad for him and the team.

In seven games this season, Eduardo had 16 carries for 70 yards and two touchdowns this season as the third-team tailback who is used primarily as a third-down specialist.

He also had two catches for 11 yards.

Eduardo also played on special teams, and had four tackles this season.

We're waiting for practice to end. Please note that the new depth chart only lists Mike James and Duke Johnson at running back -- not Dallas Crawford.

Stephen Morris was out there practicing today for the first 15 minutes we could view. He had his injured left ankle taped.

Also: I noticed DE Shayon Green was wearing a first-team black jersey today, as well as linebacker Jimmy Gaines.


Updated Oct. 27, 2012


WR 80 Rashawn Scott 6-2 190 So.
  86 Herb Waters
6-2 185 Fr.
LT 79 Malcolm Bunche
6-7 325 RSo.
  64 Hunter Wells
6-4 300 RFr.
70 Jon Feliciano
6-5 314 RSo.

68 Jeremy Lewis
6-4 316 RSr.
62 Shane McDermott
6-4 295 RSo.

75 Jared Wheeler
6-5 314 RJr.
65 Brandon Linder
6-6 308 Jr.
  63 Danny Isidora 6-4 320 Fr.
RT 77 Seantrel Henderson -OR-
6-8 340 Jr.
  74 Ereck Flowers 6-6 314 Fr.
TE 46 Clive Walford
6-4 250 RSo.
  49 Dyron Dye
6-5 255 RJr.
  82 Asante Cleveland
6-5 263 Jr.
FB 33 Maurice Hagens
5-11 240 Jr.
  43 Sean Harvey 6-4 262 RSo.
QB 17 Stephen Morris
6-2 214 Jr.
  11 Ryan Williams
6-5 221 RSo.
RB 5 Mike James
5-11 220 Sr.
  8 Duke Johnson 5-9 188 Fr.
WR 4 Phillip Dorsett

83 Kendal Thompkins -OR-
5-10 182 RSr.
  6 Robert Lockhart Jr.
6-1 188 Fr.
WR 1 Allen Hurns
192 Jr.
  24 Davon Johnson
6-0 188 Sr.



71 Anthony Chickillo
6-4 262 So.
  92 Jalen Grimble -OR-
6-2 295 So.
  99 Jelani Hamilton 6-5 271 Fr.
DT 72 Earl Moore
6-1 300 Fr.
  98 Darius Smith -OR- 6-2 315 Sr.
  66 Dequan Ivery
6-1 303 Fr.
DT 91 Olsen Pierre
6-4 300 So.
  93 Luther Robinson -OR-
6-3 288 RJr.
  67 Corey King
6-1 295
51 Shayon Green
6-3 260 RJr.

17 Tyriq McCord -OR-
6-3 236 Fr.
  90 Ricardo Williams 6-5 240 RFr.
44 Eddie Johnson 6-1 238 RFr.

34 Thurston Armbrister
6-3 222 So.
59 Jimmy Gaines
6-3 230 Jr.
  56 Raphael Kirby -OR- 
6-0 218 Fr.
  36 Gionni Paul
6-1 230 So.
OLB 52 Denzel Perryman 6-0 229 So.
  34 Thurston Armbrister  6-3 222 So.
  31 Tyrone Cornileus
210 So.
CB 37 Ladarius Gunter
6-2 198 So.
  3 Tracy Howard -OR-
5-11 185 Fr.
  20 Thomas Finnie
183 So.
S 2 Deon Bush 6-1 190 Fr.
  30 A.J. Highsmith 6-0 202 RJr.
S 22 Kacy Rodgers II
6-2 210 Jr.
  7 Vaughn Telemaque -OR- 6-2 204 RSr.
  29 Rayshawn Jenkins 6-1 203 Fr.
CB 21 Brandon McGee
6-0 194 Sr.
  39 Antonio Crawford
188 Fr.



13 Dalton Botts
6-3 205 Sr.
  40 Jake Wieclaw
6-2 193 RSr.
FG 40 Jake Wieclaw
6-2 193 RSr.
  18 Matt Goudis 6-0 170 RFr.
KO 40 Jake Wieclaw
6-2 193 RSr.
  18 Matt Goudis 
6-0 170 RFr.
H 13 Dalton Botts
6-3 205 Sr.
11 Ryan Williams
6-5 221 RSo.
61 Paul Kelly 6-1 262 RSr.
  59 Jimmy Gaines 6-3 230 Jr.
61 Paul Kelly
6-1 262 RSr.

65 Brandon Linder 6-6 308 Jr.
4 Phillip Dorsett 5-10 185 So.
  8 Duke Johnson 5-9 192 Fr.
KR 4 Phillip Dorsett
5-10 185 So.
  8 Duke Johnson
5-9 188 Fr.