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Golden calls Tuesday's practice best since he's been coach; Dyron Dye, M. Lewis, Jontavious Carter news

The University of Miami did not release a new depth chart following its first football scrimmage of the spring on Saturday, but its safe to say whoever failed to perform to the level expected of them brought their A-games on Tuesday.

Hurricanes coach Al Golden called Tuesday's practice: "the best since I've been a Miami Hurricane coach."

Why so good? According to Golden the team's most talented players didn't play their best Saturday and a lot of them came out with "pride because they didn't live up to their own expectations or they felt a little heat from somebody."

"There were a lot of guys in that scrimmage the other day that either weren't happy with their performance or got a sniff of it or two and are now running with the [first team]. I think the whole competition level rose today and guys responded," Golden said. "It had all the elements of a great practice. It had very few mental errors and had a great approach from the get-go. They started fast and competed. I had to keep looking at my watch because it was moving so fast. We got a lot done."

> Despite acknowledging that a leg injury to Dyron Dye on Saturday is "significant," Golden wasn't ready to release any more news on the fifth-year senior defensive end on Tuesday "until I hear from the medical people."

"It's terribly disappointing. It was basically a non-contact [injury] if you will, just running," Golden said. "We're all praying for him. Hopefully we'll have some good news here."

While Dye's injury doesn't appear to be good, Golden said every other player dinged up on Saturday was back at practice Tuesday. One guy who isn't practicing, but showing positive signs coming off injury is sophomore receiver Malcolm Lewis.

"I don't know if you were at the scrimmage the other day but he was out pregame running routes, which I didn't okay and was surprised as anybody to see it," Golden said. "But if he's out there it's because the trainers said it was okay for him to do it. I was just shocked to go out there and see him coming out of a break.

"That's amazing. That is an amazing feat, really a medical miracle that he's able to do that. We'll be careful with him until June, keep his weight down and then condition him on the bike and get him stronger. We're really excited for him to have a full recovery."

> With the number of scholarship running backs a bit low, Golden said the focus this spring has been to get sophomore Duke Johnson to learn to carry the load "and teaching him to be a 20-carry guy" while also being careful with his reps.

In the meantime, Golden said: "The guy that is probably having the best spring right now is Dallas Crawford. We don't have a final word yet on Eduardo [Clements] so we don't know where he's at. But certainly Dallas stepping up and [redshirt freshman] Danny Dillard stepping up has helped a lot. We have Gus [Edwards] coming in. I think we'll be okay."

Golden said UM plans on recruiting two to three running backs in its next signing class.

> Golden said redshirt freshman receiver Jontavious Carter (6-2, 208) had too many plays on Saturday where he didn't finish.

"He's got to learn to play big," Golden said. "He's not Phillip. He's not Malcolm. He's got to learn to play big. Big receivers catch slants. Big receivers show up in the red zone. Big receivers are blocking and cracking and distorting safeties and outworking people. Once he understands that and does it everyday then he can be fine."

> Golden once again had high praise for freshman linebacker Alex Figueroa (I'll have a story on him in Wednesday's paper) and kicker Matt Goudis, who booted a 49-yard field goal Saturday. A scout on hand Tuesday told me he thinks Figueroa is a future NFL linebacker.

> Despite tallying a handful of sacks Saturday, defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio said a big reason for the success was having three guys out on the offensive line.

"I think we're getting better there, but that scrimmage shouldn't be the one indicator we're improving," D'Onofrio said. "I think the guys we've recruited -- [Al-Quadin] Muhammad and [Ufomba] Kamalu are going to make a big impact with the group."

> UM's receivers had about eight to 10 drops on Saturday and both Phillip Dorsett and Allen Hurns said that needs to improve.

"Every third down we've got to make the catch," Hurns said.

Said Dorsett: "We got to get better, show more effort."

> Hurns absolutely crushed safety Deon Bush during 7-on-7 work Tuesday.

"I wasn't supposed to do it. I was just caught up in the moment," he said afterward. "I have to apologize because that's not what we're supposed to do as teammates."

Hurns, who has taken a lot of big hits in his career, said it felt good though to dish out a little punishment. And Bush didn't seem to mind.

"It's all part of the game. It's nothing personal," Bush said. "It's a good sign to see that [from Hurns]. That's good that all the receivers they're really trying to get control of the blocking and stuff like that."

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I don't want any appetizers. I'll withhold judgement on this team until the season begins. Too much optimism is a recipe to be heartbroken once again as we fans have been let down far too often by this football team. Shut up! and keep working.

here we go again, lol....just like last year....this practice was the best because we were so bad.....

"Why so good? According to Golden the team's most talented players didn't play their best Saturday and a lot of them came out with "pride because they didn't live up to their own expectations or they felt a little heat from somebody."

again..right on time..just like I said golden would do with Eddie Johnsons damage control with alex fiqueroa...

"Golden once again had high praise for freshman linebacker Alex Figueroa (I'll have a story on him in Wednesday's paper) and kicker Matt Goudis, who booted a 49-yard field goal Saturday. A scout on hand Tuesday told me he thinks Figueroa is a future NFL linebacker".

march 24th post:

"as far as Alex Figueroa being ray Lewis...that's the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard.....any school kid can get a good hit in a scrimmage.....lets see how confused he is when he goes against opponents offenses.....stupid move on golden to replace Eddie Johnson with him.....watch the damage control...Alex did this in practice....Alex did that...well see"


al golden is the most predictable coach I know of....no wonder why he is 13-11

And I suppose Al Golden planted the scout at the practice on Tuesday and also told him to say that he thinks Figueroa has the potential to be a pro?

Wow i don't remember reading him saying any of that last year gallo. The reason he is 13-11 is two fold. One he is rebuilding a team that shannon did a bad job with. 2 he has had suspensions and a could of investigation over him since he came to miami.
Sorry man u at least should get your facts straight. I read to many stories where he was saying d wasn't were they needed to be, Players had to be more consistant and he did rave about some players as he always does but those players deon bush, tracy howard, showed up and played as true freshman last year so please take your gator trash back to your box by the dump we call florida university.

Jim Gallo talking loke a dummy again!!!! What else is new!!!

Now i will say this, the question is, will this new philosophical approach to defense work at UM, so far we all know the answer, it's been a disaster, young or old, that philosophy has been trash. And coach goldie saying that our secondary is playing a whole lot better this year than it did last year, he's basically saying they're alot further ahead than last year could mean something worst. Because for some reason in 2 years, the defense that oach OH-NO runs has actually slowed the Fsu passing game down and with james coley coming from their, that's not a good look if he's going to try and implement that same style of offense here.

If you don't know/couldn't see how legitimately talented Figs is, just from his HS tape, then there's no way you knew or saw how talented Eddie Johnson was at this exact moment last year.

So your opinion is awful.

More Gallo Lies...C'mon folks this piece of crap is a Gator troll posing as a Miami fan.

Golden's comment that he did not clear Lewis for running routes speaks to him as a leader. The motivation methods he uses are also questionable.

More hype from a losing program. Golden will leave afterthis season, go somewhere without handcuffs.

8 to 10 drops?????!!!!!!!
Ah man, here we go again.
receivers really need to man up.
Remember the two early drops @ Notre Dame?
Both would have been touchdowns.
It does make a difference.
NOW CATCH THE DAMN FOOTBALL, WTF?
Glad to hear the D is playing better.
They better, the receivers can't, won't, or just don't know how (LOL).

Miami 34 Gators 17.....September 2013
If the gators couldn't stop Louisville's offense, Miami will destroy Gators secondary.

Stephen Morris vs Florida 2013
29 of 35 pass
358 Yards Passing
28 Rushing
3 touchdowns
1 interception

MaineCane, Gallo and Calvin are obitual liars and idiots who neither know anything about football, and only fear the dynasty that is having the foundation built. Both of them do not possess the intellect to comprehend what it takes to build a football team from basically nothing, which is what Coach Golden was left. The scheme was fine the year before when there were veterans on the team the only problem was none of them were of the caliber of players coach Golden has brought in. These players were just young last year and there is no doubt that the defense will make a huge jump in terms of statistical rankings that these two moronic deuche bags harp on blog after blog. Rest easy my friend because we are going to look really good this fall while those two idiots fade away.

Football Coaches don't need to be Cheerleader types with all the Rah Rah Rhetoric to fire up and whip up the Team and fan base. Until it's done on the field over an entire Season, it's all Harry High School crap to me.

Hey Coach Golden, let's say I'm from Missouri... so "SHOW ME" !!!

I heard former Cane WR A.C. Tellison on Radio last. NICE INTERVIEW.. HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN UM'S NEW ATHLETIC DIRECTOR!! WHY NOT ONE OF OUT OWN DONNA? #Holcutt, Eichorst,Blake,sameguy,pigment U

Dorsett keeps dropping passes. Wtffffff?....

Did he drop these many passes at st thomas? When did he become a buttah fingers?

That is unacceptable.

Dyron dye being hurt Is bad. Hope hes ok. Sad.

Dallas Crawford will surprise people.

Oh my god Jim Gallo, STFU you miserable troll.

No one here believes you're a UM fan.

Everyone knows you're that Gators troll who disappeared exactly when you started posting here.

Just stop with your lies and BS already.

Calvin.. think maybe the secondary did better because the d line did better? No secondary does well when there is no pass rush. Miami's defensive problems have resulted from a terrible d line.. and then the lb's right behind that. If the d line gets better the secondary will be stellar.
As far as Coley goes.. remember he wasn't the one calling the plays at FSU, Jimbo was responsible for that. And since we know that, maybe we should wonder how much of that offense was really his? Think Jimbo wants to call somebody else's plays? I'm not sure I like the Coley hire, FSU's offense was the weakest part of their team.
We will see what we see. I hope the d steps up because we all know this team could be pretty good if the d could get off the field more often.
Go Canes!

For ALL the low expectations from previous years disappointment UM should actually be one of the most improved teams in the country. By the end of last season the offense had become pretty potent....the defense on the other hand we all know was bad, ok REALLY bad. But the defense was also young and not physically ready up front so now we'll see what their progress is and if it's not up to par then coach D has to go...friends or not. I think that will be a good pressure for this unit. So if the D improves reasonably then I see a possible 10 win season at worse....

The time has come to just drop this football program. Seriously, I am tired of not being in the hunt for a National Championship! Ever sinc the TROLL has become the president of the U, the football team has gone down hill. It is time to send a message to the trustees, boycott the games, merchandise, until the TROLL is fired and replaced by a president that will put a National Championship as first prioroity like they do at FSU and UF. THE TROLL MUST GO!!!

IT'S TOO EARLY TO BE WORRYING ABOUT THIS AND THAT! THIS TEAM HAS TALENT AND RETURN A LOT OF GUYS FROM LAST YEAR'S SQUAD. MY ONLY CONCERN IS DEFENSE AND IT'S ABILITY TO SHUT TEAMS DOWN, THAT COMES FROM STOPPING THE RUN AND SACKING THE QB CONSISTENTLY, IT'S SURPRISING TO HEAR DUNNO SAY THAT THE NEW YOUNG GUYS WILL COME IN AND HELP WHEN THE EXCUSE LAST YEAR WAS THE DEFENSE WAS TOO YOUNG! AGAIN STOP THE EXCUSES! THIS TEAM CAN EASILY WIN 10/11 GAMES THIS YEAR BUT THIS COACHING STAFF NEEDS TO COACH INSTEAD OF FOCUSING TOO MUCH ON EVERYTHING THE PLAYERS DO OFF THE FIELD! GOLDEN HAS RULES AND THEY SHOULD BE ENFORCED BUT HE ALSO HAS COACHES WHO NEED TO DO THERE DAMN JOB AND FIX WHAT IS BROKEN!! ALLOW GUYS TO HAVE FUN AND MAKE PLAYS. THOSE NOT PRODUCING SET THEM ON THE BENCH AND STOP GETTING RID OF GUYS WHO ARE PRODUCING! THERE SHOULD BE A DEFENSIVE TEAM GOAL AS TO HOW MANY SACKS,INTS,AND FUMBLES THE DEFENSE WANT TO ACHIEVE THIS YEAR AND TO REACH THOSE GOALS YOU NEED TO PLAY THE PLAYERS WHO ARE PRODUCING TOWARD THAT GOAL. WHY IS SHAYLON GREEN GOOD AGAINST THE RUN BUT CANNOT GET TO QB ? THAT PART OF HIS GAME SHOULD IMPROVE WITH COACHING, IF NOT THAN HE SHOULD NOT BE STARTING! CHICKALO PLAYS BOTH THE RUN AND THE PASS BUT NEEDS TO ADD SPEED TO BECOME MORE EFFECTIVE! GOOD PLAYER. BUSH IS A GOOD PLAYER BUT BUSH SHOULD ALSO GET INTS. HE SHOULD NOT GO 12 GAMES WITHOUT ONE1! AGAIN IT'S COACHING HIM TO PUT HIM IN POSITION TO DO SO AND NOT ALL THIS SUBSTITUTING,SAME FOR HOWARD,NO WAY HE SHOULD PLAY 12 GAMES NO PICKS! COACH THESE GUYS TO MAKE TURNOVERS AND TO DOMINATE AND STOP COACHING THEM WITH FEAR! THIS MIAMI NOT TEMPLE AND THERE IS MORE THAN ENOUGH TALENT TO WIN THE ACC THIS YEAR! NO EXCUSES!!

Stop typing in all CAPS. Nobody cares if you're "yelling" over your keypad. To the people who want The Troll fired. How many of you attended UM and how many of you are just fans of UM's athletic teams? She's been good for the University as a whole so the Board of Trustees isn't going to fire her because the Football team isn't a BCS National Championship contender. The University has excelled in many areas under her leadership, the medical school, marine biology program, the research department, etc. Those students are PAYING for their tuition, not getting a free ride so try being more open minded about the true purpose of an institution of HIGHER LEARNING.

Also, Miamicanes83, take your racist rant elsewhere ("#Holcutt, Eichorst,Blake,sameguy,pigment U"). Despicable and pathetic dude.

let golden accomplish something...same as last year as he creates this atmosphere that team is improving but when it comes to results..he fails.....enough of the publicity agent stuff....just get it done like the basketball team.....stop complaining...Shannon left you perfect...you have no excuse...golden created his own issues last year:

shannon recruits left for golden:

QB Stephen Morris
RB Duke Johnson
RB Mike James
FB Maurice Hagens
WR Phillip Dorsett
WR Allen Hurns
LT Malcolm Bunche
LG Jonathan Feliciano
C Shane McDermott
RG Brandon Linder
RT Seantrel Henderson
TE Clive Walford
DE Shayon Green
DE Anthony Chickillo
LB Jimmy Gaines
CB Brandon McGee
S Kacy Rodgers
K Jake Wieclaw
RB Eduardo Clements
WR Davon Johnson
WR Kendall Thompkins
TE Dyron Dye
TE Asante Cleveland
C Jared Wheeler
LG Jeremy Lewis
LB Tyrone Cornelius
S AJ Highsmith
S Vaughn Telemaque
TE David Perry
TE Cory White
DT Curtis Porter
DT Luther Robinson
LB Ramon Buchanan
OT Ben Jones
S Ray-Ray Armstrong
OL Jermaine Barton
LB Kelvin Cain
RB Darion Hall
RB Storm Johnson
DT Jeffery Brown
DB Devont'a Davis
LB Travis Williams
DB Jamal Reid
LB Kevin Nelson
DB Keion Payne
TE Andrew Tallman
TE Billy Sanders
FB CJ Holton
WR Aldarius Johnson

2013 UM Starting Roster

17 Stephen Morris - shannon
8 Duke Johnson - shannon
79 Malcolm Bunche - shannon
70 Jon Feliciano - shannon
62 Shane McDermott - shannon
65 Brandon Linder - shannon
77 Seantrel Henderson - shannon
46 Clive Walford - shannon
4 Phillip Dorsett - shannon
1 Allen Hurns - shannon
80 Rashawn Scott - golden
86 Herb Waters - shannon
71 Anthony Chickillo - shannon
91 Olsen Pierre - golden
96 Curtis Porter - shannon
51 Shayon Green - shannon
59 Jimmy Gaines - shannon
34 Thurston Armbrister - golden
52 Denzel Perryman - golden
2 Deon Bush - golden
37 Ladarius Gunter - golden
30 AJ Highsmith - shannon
29 Rayshawn Jenkins - golden
22 Kacy Rodgers - shannon

no coach in ncaa would complain about being left with this type of talent......the TMZ is all his

I don't understand how Miami has missed out on getting Gallo , Calvin or one of the other geniuses to coach the Canes , these guys know absolutely everything there is to know about football. I don't know how they keep getting overlooked. The team is going to improve no doubt and I for one trust Golden , but at the same time I think everything is lined up for this team to take a big step this year and if not we need to re-evaluate our position as far as coaches go. Go Canes

Gallo you typed out the roster and claimed RS got all those guys what an idiot, a lot of those guys were not here when Shannon left retard. Go Canes

"A scout on hand Tuesday told me he thinks Figueroa is a future NFL linebacker."

Like I said a few days ago....the next Ray Lewis please stand up.

Gallo....stop with your lists please.....they are meaningless....

here...understand this.....only an idiot would replace Giovanni Paul and Eddie Johnson with a freshman that still has beef stew in his pants....Ill take those 2 in a REAL game vs Alex Figueroa ANY DAY.....watch Alex get cobwebs in the brain and run around in a state of confusion during game-time while at the same time the defense suffers.....

its the temple model...play the freshman and watch the team lose

Understand this The bigger idiots are Paul and Johnson to give up a free education at a top tier University for what? Go Canes

name the guys that were not Shannon recruits......lets not forget it was golden s guy that bailed on UM (Jedd) days before national signing day after he told golden he was committed.....he was already in the NFL before....no reason to leave.....if he didn't want to be a college coach he should have never signed up for it....

pleas tell me what they did? to this day as usual nobody knows.....

the 3 best recruits golden gets to his credit...Finnie,Paul and Johnson he fires them......what a f...cking idiot

Herb Waters was not a Shannon recruit. If you blame Golden for Shannon's recruits that went elsewhere (Teddy Bridgewater, etc) don't credit Shannon for the ones that Golden kept committed. BTW, Duke Johnson was going to be a Hurricane regardless of who our coach was going to be. He grew up a Cane and only wanted to be a Cane so unless he had his scholarship rescinded, he was going to be a Cane.

I only need to name 1 Duke Johnson everybody else is pretty much irrelevant besides Stephen Morris . Go Canes

Jim..correct that is not the updates list...we spoke about this before...waters is golden recruit 7-11-2011

all other are completely accurate....golden did not recruit duke Johnson 9-20-2010....golden wasn't even hired then....so stop the BS about Johnson...it was all Shannon....and without Morris this team completely falls apart.....so stop

The fact that none of the players off the team are complaining tells you that they were wrong and by the way how exactly does AG benefit by cutting these players for no reason again? Every coaches goal is to win and cutting your productive players for no reason is not condusive to winning so throw me some stats on that one Gallo , or maybe you have a list for this one.Go Canes

Really Gallo Duke Had already signed his letter of intent ? No he had not if RS was the reason Duke was here he would not be here either. And I am glad to have Morris at QB but you cannot predict how another player would have performed given the same opportunity Morris got. Because clearly there are no stats or a list to prove otherwise. Go Canes

UM tackle stats: 48 total spots

#3 - gionni Paul 61
#4 - Eddie Johnson 59
#11 - Thomas finnie 30

UM tackles for loss:

#1 - Eddie Johnson 8

like Ive said.....an idiot by every measure golden is

idiot.....duke signed letter of intent on 9-20-210.....he was recruited way before that...golden was hired on 12-12-2010....please stop, it is an impossible opinion that golden recruited duke......

I can predict how a player will perform:

2011 - QB Ryan Williams / 0 passes / 0 yards
2012 - QB Ryan Williams / 20 att - 15 compl for 137 total yards - 1 TD

without Morris UM comes in last place in division....TY randy shannon

Posted by: Jim Gallo | March 26, 2013 at 05:01 PM

* When did Al Golden say "the best since I've been a Miami Hurricane coach." last year? Never happened.

* You said Al Golden would be raving about Figuera "doing this and doing that" in practice. All Susan said was that he had "high praises" for Figuera and a kicker out of the new players. An independent SCOUT said he could be a future NFL player.

Posted by: Jim Gallo | March 27, 2013 at 11:13 AM

* "Shannon left you perfect", guess in your racist idiot world a 7-6 season by Shannon was "perfect" and 7-5 by Golden is "not getting results".

* College teams usually start older players, juniors and seniors. Golden should still be playing Randy Shannon's recruits, it's telling that so many freshmen and now sophomores are getting playing time on this team. Shannon left the cupboards BARE.

* TMZ? WTF are you talking about, Golden is better with the media than Randy Shannon ever was. He's able to express his thoughts and he completely shut out all of the drama that was created outside the football team.

and lets add that the top tackler for UM was denzel perryman with 64.....so paul off by only 3 and johnson by 4 tackles.....

so yes.....in golden s mind getting rid of your best players is conclusive to winning....

Posted by: Jim Gallo | March 27, 2013 at 11:31 AM

* Again, WTF are you talking about, both players were suspended multiple times, you never hear about WHAT the transgressions were at ANY major college program. They keep it in house (you know, to avoid the "TMZ" media??).

* Temple played mostly seniors and juniors. WTF are you talking about?

Posted by: Jim Gallo | March 27, 2013 at 11:57 AM

* Do you follow UM football at all? Everyone knows Duke was a UM guy from the get go, Randy Shannon didn't recruit him, he recruited himself and then recruited Tracy Howard.

Posted by: Jim Gallo | March 27, 2013 at 12:36 PM

* And now Randy Shannon is a genius for recruiting Stephen Morris? Too bad (like every other player he recruited) he had no ability to develop him and couldn't recognize how much better Morris was than his son Ja-picky.

Posted by: Jim Gallo | March 27, 2013 at 12:46 PM

* with every post and every word you make it "conclusive" that you're a f*cking idiot.

i never said golden made that statement last year...what I was referring too is this media ramble just like he did all last year about how this is improving and that was improving but in the end the stats were worse than when he got here....

nope golden said when he took over temple that he focused on playing the freshman.....he tried that here and that started the whole issue with randy Shannon players complaining

since golden has gotten at UM..that stats are worse....so stop giving us BS.....be like larranaga....win without press conferences or media days to tell us how great this one is or that one is

your 13-11....give me a break

You had Herb Waters name listed on your 2013 UM starters list with Shannon getting the credit and then you ask whoever to name who wasn't Shannon's recruits. You're usually dot your I's and cross your t's better than that. Also, Jedd didnt bail on UM. He was a QB coach in the NFL before becoming the OC at UM. Leaving UM for an OC job in the NFL is a huge upgrade from being a QB Coach in the NFL so yes that was a reason to leave the NFL for college because he advanced his career because of it.

Also, your previous "lists" had Shannon recruits who went elsewhere after his firing listed as Golden Casualties. My point is, how can you blame Golden for them going elsewhere but not credit Golden when others kept their commitment? You want your cake and you want to eat it too.

Posted by: Jim Gallo | March 27, 2013 at 01:02 PM

* I was referring "too" the fact that you're an uneducated moron who clearly didn't graduate college, nevermind law school.

"You're" spelling is atrocious, you make very basic mistakes that are second nature to anyone who has been through any kind of graduate training.

* Every college football program has press conferences and media days. JIM LARRANGA HAS PRESS CONFERENCES AND MEDIA DAYS.

You really are the dumbest piece of sh*t I've ever come across.

Umm Gallober, Duke or any other player cannot sign a letter of intent in October U idiot. He can enroll early but not in October so stop with your B.S. U are talking yourself into one busted up lie behind another.

Finnie was arrested for stealing idiot Gallo....Paul was involved as well....AND I REALLY LIKED PAUL....BALLER....nothing could be done. Duke was a UM commit when he was "10"....Was coming to The U no matter who the coach was.

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