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D'Onofrio, Coley provide thoughts on Spring Game

Sometimes when you watch a game it's hard not to just trust your eyes and rush to judgement. It's like stealing the ball at half court and having the lane completely open for a slam dunk.

When it comes to spring football games, though, you can't just call it like you see it. Schemes are simplified and in UM's case Saturday with the game being televised on ESPN3 coaches made sure to keep things pretty basic on both sides.

Mark D'Onofrio's defense ran two coverage schemes -- basic man and zone. But really it was a lot of man coverage without any blitz packages, he said. Offensively, James Coley didn't want show anything either.

The difference: he had Stephen Morris, Duke Johnson and a set of receivers who are clearly better than anything UM has in its secondary when it comes to old-fashioned, beat your man one-on-one football.

And that's really what we learned from this scrimmage. When it comes right down to it, Miami's offense is way ahead of the defense. Luckily for D'Onofrio he'll get to be creative when the season starts. Plus, more help is still on the way.

"We wanted to get the guys out there and challenged a little bit, get some matchups, put some guys against some guys -- some of our corners -- that weren't going against the 1s and find out if they could do it," D'Onforio said.

"It's good to see the guys [in vanilla scheme]: Can you beat a block? And can you cover somebody?" D'Onofrio said. "At the end of the day it's not a call generated scrimmage where you're putting them in position to do something or giving them some type of advantage. At the end of the day it's can they beat the guy across from them. It's a nice way to do it."

Morris pretty much showed everyone why his senior season could be special. He picked apart a mixed collection of UM starters on defense, finishing 13 of 23 for 256 yards and four touchdowns -- all that without a healthy Allen Hurns or Phillip Dorsett out there. His backups, meanwhile, showed just how far behind Morris they really are. Ryan Williams, last year's backup, finished 10 of 25 for 123 yards, 1 TD and two bad interceptions. Gray Crow did nothing to take the backup job away from Williams either, finishing 2 of 8 for a mere 50 yards.

"I was pleased with some of the execution," Coley said. "We had the thought of throwing the ball deep today and we did it. The other scrimmages and stuff like that we we're looking at other schemes and stuff we put in [installed]. This was probably an old school type of deal. You're in pro formation and either running the ball or throwing it deep. I liked how some of the guys looked out there. [Rashawn] Scott looked good. Stephen threw the ball really well and [left tackle] Flowers blocked unbelievable. When I wanted five yards I went to the left side for five yards."

Scott, suspended for the final three games of last season, pretty much took Tracy Howard's lunch money on a daily basis this spring. Howard wanted a one-on-one matchup with him again Saturday and just couldn't ward off the 6-2, 204-pound receiver, who by my set of eyes was clearly the most impressive receiver on the field this spring. Saturday he finished with five catches for 94 yards and two scores -- both on Howard.

"I don't know what he did in the past. I just know from when I got here his focus level -- he's been challenged everyday and he's responded," Coley said. "I like him. I like 'em big like that."

> Sophomore receiver Herb Waters had three catches for 50 yards and a score before leaving Saturday's game with a shoulder injury. He was in a sling for most of the second half.

"He's fine," Coley said. "We got a look at D'Mauri [Jones] a little bit. He made some nice catches. That was a blessing in disguise. We know what we have Herb. He's had a solid spring."

Jones finished with one catch for nine yards. Redshirt freshman Jontavious Carter had a much better day. He led the team with five catches for 113 yards -- including a 48-yarder in the first quarter where he left starting corner Ladarius Gunter in the dust.

As bad as UM's corners looked Saturday, D'Onofrio said he isn't worried about his top three -- Gunter, Howard and Antonio Crawford. But that doesn't mean he's not looking for help.

"I think its improved," D'Onofrio said of his secondary, which ranked 102nd in pass defense last season. "I'm still looking for some -- we're trying to figure out the fourth, fifth corner situation. We got some guys coming in that will help us out in that area. I'm looking forward to Artie [Burns] to coming in and playing corner and see how he competes with some of those guys. I feel good about Gunter. I feel good about Crawford. I feel good about Tracy [Howard]. [Nate] Dortch (beaten plenty Saturday) had a good spring. He had a couple on him today. I thought he improved. We'll just keep looking and see where we're at.

"As far as the safeties goes, Kacy didn't play today. He was out the whole spring. We look forward to him coming back. Jamal Carter is coming in. We're looking forward to building some depth there."

MORE NEWS AND NOTES

> Linebacker Denzel Perryman had two tackles (one for loss) and two interceptions in Saturday's scrimmage. But it's clear coaches want him to raise his game this fall.

"I'm looking forward to Denzel making a lot of progress over the summer," D'Onofrio said. "I think he's capable of playing at another level than he played with this spring. I think that comes with preparation, the day in and day out competing that he's capable of. I have high expectations for him. I'll continue to challenge him because I want to get the most out of him I can."

> Freshman linebacker Alex Figueroa, praised plenty by D'Onofrio this spring, hardly made a dent in Saturday's scrimmage. But there's a reason. "He's been nursing an ankle for the last 2 1/2 weeks," D'Onofrio said. "He's a tough guy. He fought through it. He didn't miss any [practices] which says a lot. He got a tough injury in the ninth practice, before the Naples scrimmage. We limited him some, but he never really missed any time."

> Will Saturday's defensive effort sway D'Onofrio from saying this was a good spring?

"Not at all," he said. "I thought guys did a great job. I thought we had a really good spring. Again, today we broke up the teams. So on defense we were broken up. It wasn't necessarily the first team or second team defense. We had a lot of mix and match in there, not necessarily a lot of guys who had played together in the spring. [The other two] scrimmages is where we controlled it. We tried to take a look at the top of guys. We didn't get past maybe 16 guys who were in there one time.

"I was really pleased -- particularly the second scrimmage. I'm really happy with where we're at. We'll look at this tape and look at the individuals. But kind of how this spring went, very happy with where we're at out there. Guys did a great job."

> Dallas Crawford had three catches for 33 yards and nine carries for just 19 yards and a touchdown Saturday, but it's safe to say he's earned the job as Duke Johnson's backup this spring.

"I love Dallas. Dallas gives so much," Coley said. "He's a guy that can play a lot of things for us. He's the guy."

> Tight end Beau Sandland, UM's most hyped new arrival on offense, finished with three catches for 30 yards Saturday. Although he didn't have an overwhelming spring, Coley saw progress.

"It's always hard when you're learning a system," Coley said. "You got to play fast because you're playing against faster folks. Now he's picking it up, processing it and starting to play fast. And guess what spring is over with. Let's take that over to fall and hopefully he'll get going."

FINAL STATS

SCORING PLAYS
Orange: Herb Waters 13 pass from Stephen Morris (Matt Goudis kick)
White: Garrett Kidd 13 pass from Ryan Williams (Ricky Perez kick)
Orange: Malcolm Lewis 75 pass from Stephen Morris (Matt Goudis kick)
Orange: Rashawn Scott 15 pass from Stephen Morris (Matt Goudis kick)
Orange: Rashawn Scott 14 pass from Stephen Morris (Matt Goudis kick)
White: Ricky Perez 26 FG
White: Andre Johnson 45 pass from Gino Torretta (Ricky Perez kick)
Orange: Dallas Crawford 2 run (Matt Goudis kick)
White: Ricky Perez 40 FG

PASSING: Stephen Morris 13-23-0-256 4 TD; Ryan Williams 10-25-2-123 1 TD, Gray Crow 2-8-0-50.

RUSHING: Duke Johnson 10-120, Maurice Hagens 8-39, Dallas Crawford 9-19 1 TD, Danny Dillard 8-16, Stephen Morris 1-2.

RECEIVING: Jontavious Carter 5-113, Rashawn Scott 5-94 2 TD, Herb Waters 3-50 1 TD, Dallas Crawford 3-33, Beau Sandland 3-30, Garrett Kidd 3-19 1 TD, Malcolm Lewis 1-75 1 TD, D’Mauri Jones 1-9, Stephen Sweeney 1-6.

TACKLES: Ladarius Gunter 5, Tracy Howard 5, Shayon Green 4, Rayshawn Jenkins 4, Tyrone Cornileus 4, Larry Hope 4, Deon Bush 4, Nantambu Fentress 3, Earl Moore 3, Jalen Grimble 3, Corey King 3, Tyriq McCord 3, Jordan Tolson 3, Denzel Perryman 2, Raphael Kirby 2, Luther Robinson 2, AJ Highsmith 2, Jimmy Gaines 2, Ronald Regula 2, Nate Dortch 2, Dequan Ivery 2, Anthony Chickillo 1, Olsen Pierre 1, Curtis Porter 1, Ricardo Williams 1, Brandon Yosha 1, Akil Craig 1

SACKS: Luther Robinson 2 (-14), Anthony Chickillo 1 (-11)

TACKLES FOR LOSS: Luther Robinson 2 (-14), Anthony Chickillo 1 (-11), Shayon Green 1 (-5), Denzel Perryman 1 (-2), Curtis Porter 1, (-1), Ladarius Gunter .5 (-2), Larry Hope .5 (-2).

FORCED FUMBLES: Corey King 1

FUMBLE RECOVERIES: Tyriq McCord 1.

PASSES DEFENDED: Ladarius Gunter 2, Nate Dortch 1, Raphael Kirby 1.

INTERCEPTIONS: Denzel Perryman 2 (45 yards)

KICKING: Ricky Perez 2/2 FG (Long: 40), 2/2 PAT; Matt Goudis 0/1 FG, 5/5 PAT

PENALTIES: Orange 6-50, White 2-10

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After last Saturday’s no-show at Cincinnati’s Spring practice, super punter Patrick O’Donnell is rumored to be transferring to the Miami Hurricanes, near where he went to high school.

If true, this is a major positive development for Miami and a major hit for Cincy.

O'Donnell is a game changer and creates great field position with every punt...he's not only a game changer, but a program changer!

8-4/7-5/7-5/6-6 coming the next 4 years 4 []_[]

2020 ?


wrong again genius

2013- 11-1
2014- 8-4
2015- 12-0

despite the corrupt NCAA.

God Bless America.

The key to me will be the fla game. Muschamp will have a lot I turnover on defense missing a very good player on every level, if their defense plays well with a lot if young and experienced players there should be no excuse for ours. The fla game will tell a lot about where the program is going.

I just heard that Gallo and Calvin spending less time here after founding the online site "The 2 inch club".

well see how it all plays out in 2013.....but Florida is loaded with top Florida tier 1 recruits and so is FSU....

Florida's OL averages 304 vs UM @ 285....20 lb per man differential.....they have a big back @ 6'2" 226 lb and a big QB @ 6'4" 236.....I don't see UM winning this game

add in dnofrio and it is almost a certainty UM looses....If anyone had serious money nobody would take UM over Florida at even money...

Gallo, ur so full of it--- you know lying is what's causing your shrinkage, right?

The lightest Cane OL who might play is McDermott @ 296. See the way math works, if 296 is the lightest, the average can't be 285. Got it?

Gallo you need to learn how to do simple math. How could UM's oline average 285 pounds when every starter and the top 4 back up's all weigh over 285.

Here's a list for you!

Bunche 327 pounds
Felicano 318 pounds
McDermott 296 pounds
Linder 317 pounds
Henderson 345 pounds

That's a 320 pound average!

Top back up's

Ereck Flowers 315 pounds
Danny Isidora 308 pounds
Taylor Gadbois 312 pounds
Jared Wheeler 317 pounds

Since when did you start making up stuff like cAlvin?

That's my bad.. I miss read your sentence. You obviously were referring to Miami's defensive line.

vs UM's defensive line you idiot, lol...wtf did you think I was talking about...how does a opponents OL go against UM's DL?

class of 2016 idiot green peas, lol

typo opponents OL....

this is why golden is an idiot.....you got Eddie Johnson @ 234....gionni paul @ 235... with denzel perryman @ 230...NOW you got a good equalizer with EXPERIENCE and SIZE to support the DL......

dnofrio needs all the help he can get....but again lets throw good/impact players off the team

Gallo, you fool

1. No defensive lines outweight OLs these days---with 260lb or so DEs it isn't the way the game is played, so a meaningless stat

2. You forgot to mention that Driskell @ 236 would be 239 if he possessed the average human brain which weighs 3 lbs. The slow firing Driskell synapse has his decision making permanently doomed.

Gallo seems obsessed with player's weights. If they put on a few, he seems to be the first to notice. Just sayin.

who said anything about outweighing?....don't spin it

but Notre dame is bringing back a DL that averages 318 lbs....but look at Alabama they average 294 DL BUT, they got 4 LBs that average 241, that's 15-20 LBs heavier than most LB's......

so you can shift the size around anyway you want but you need size and experience and UM has no business throwing that out the window then rolling the dice with a freshman unknown in Figueroa who is ALREADY injured.....this staff are not strategic planners....they are all "in the moment" types....UM suffers...

Why didn't Gallo posts Florida's projected D line starters vs our oline? Their starters average 285 pounds against our 320 pound average. Their dline is giving up an average of 35 pounds per man.... I guess he doesn't want to post anything positive about our team.

EJ and Paul were obviously not handling their business so they and YOU/cAlvin have nobody to blame but EJ and Paul. The lack of personal responsibility in our country is getting ridiculous. I guess it's just easier to blame others and make yourself a "victim".

I guess he doesn't want to post anything positive about our team.


gaturd troll gonna gaturd troll.....

By Gallo's size obsessed logic, Sean Spence wouldn't see the field at a "big time" football school. Try to see someone about your size obsession---we know you come up way short, so try to deal with it. And yes, lies and long lists do make you even shorter.

I am positive but when you still have a DC that was #116 last year there isn't a lot of confidence going forward.....all indications is defense is still porous....QB spot outside of Morris is crippling on a Morris injury.....DL need support from strong LB's especially in 3-4.....still reeling on paul/johnson exodus....f...ck all that BS about personal responsibility....its about winning games...that's why these players are here.....not to graduate from finishing school....."Miss Porters U of Miami"

If you don't think brains, leadership and behavior matter, Driskell would be your guy.

The NCAA is at it again, after leaking a ridiculous response to the Canes letter refuting most all of their charges, today they have now dropped all of Kyle Wright's testimony after first saying they would only drop a portion of his testimony and it appears they have been caught in yet another lie when falsely claiming Wright called them. It is clear now they called Wright and fed him false information to get him to testify.

Furthermore, they lied when claiming they've never dropped charges against a university when in 1970 they did the so after it was proven they lied about a University of Pittsburgh investigation. The lies they made up about Pittsburgh pale in comparison to the lies they've authored about UM.

Finally, as this NCAA fiasco proceeds there will be even more lies and Prosecutorial misconduct uncovered about the NCAA's handling of the Miami case.

green pea....the NCAA is dropping things because they don't need it...they have it all. UM lawyers know they have no case since filed motions have teeth in court...not in front of a NCAA committee....pure theater on UM's part. Never in the history has NCAA reversed allegations....

the only true avenue for relief is civil court....but that aint gonna happen...UM lawyers are p''''sys. All talk and no action....

facts--- it just keeps getting better

Who gives a F what Calvin or any Negative Poster thinks! And why respond. Golden is building real competitive team with better recruiting, conditioning and development. Do you really need anyone to doubt that fact? You'd have to be an idiot to believe this team isn't better than in the recent past. Hate is blindness with functional eyesight.

As I told ya'll many months ago, many here a part of similar networks, that the Good Ol' Boy Network was hell bent on destroying the Canes and no degree of fact, mismanagement, public disgust or wrong doings will stop them from their mission! I have witness these Networks throughout many industries and organizations operate and nothing short of Federal actions will stop them. Where there is a will there is a way and they will use it!

For you who are part of other networks that can and do destroy peoples and organizations, you know the degree to which your network of connections go, so share with us how and why the NCAA will destroy The U?

HA ha ha h
Glad Im not the only one who thinks Driskel looks like the banjo kid. Only slightly bigger.

Indie499,

The Miami legal team has played this brilliantly and the NCAA is on their heels.

If the NCAA refuses to settle, thus Miami is forced to argue this case in the U.S. Courts the Canes will not only win, but this exercise will cost Emmert his job and the NCAA will be totally restructured after the world learns how unethical their investigation has been.

Forget personal responsibility? These kids are not at UM to get a free education? How effing dumb are you?

Here's a stat for you... Not every college football plays in the nfl so yes they go to college for the education

This isn't the 80s, these kids represent the University and by doing so have a responsibility to represent them in a positive way. Kids can't act like hooligans and commit crimes without suffering the consequences for it. What good are they to the team if they get locked up.

That is still not an excuse to beat fla. Strong has given the dc a blueprint to beat fla. put a spy in driskill and hit him all night. That all they want to do is run and throw quick slant. Stop burton and I don't think Debose will hurt us consistently enough. Fla does have some big backs in jones,brown and Taylor. They are good but raw. Charlie strong has given him the blue print. They will have a young and very vonerable defense. We must run the ball on them and I hope Jc calls that type of game. We should beat fla if our defense can give us 2tornovers and two sacks or big hits. There is no excuse 12-0 or bust or I can accept 1 if need be.

BIG GET FOR THE CANES:

Cincinnati super punter, O'Donnell, transfers to Miami, tops depth chart.

He doesn't have to sit out a year?

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