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August 04, 2013

Bad injury news: talented redshirt freshman UM Canes OL (guard) Danny Isidora on crutches, wearing leg brace

News that Canes fans would rather not hear: Miami Hurricanes offensive lineman Danny Isidora, a 6-4, 308-pound redshirt freshman guard from Weston and Cypress Bay High School, was seen (by me) walking by on crutches and wearing a leg brace.

A source close to the program told me he has a broken foot and is undergoing surgery later this week. 

Isidora is the backup to right guard Brandon Linder on the most recent UM depth chart distributed just before fall camp began.

Miami's offensive line is a major strength this season, and should allow for what seems to be a great offense to take flight. Coaches were feeling very good about Isidora and his progress. According to UM's profile of him, he was a four-star recruit by rivals.com and scout.com, the No. 13 offensive guard prospect and No. 39 overall prospect in Florida according to ESPN. 

The next three paragraphs are from Manny Navarro's Miami Herald story when Isidora committed to UM in late November 2011:

In high school, Isidora served as the Lightning's starting left tackle for three years. [His high school coach Mark] Guandolo said Isidora benches 350 pounds, squats 450 pounds and power cleans 350 pounds. Guandolo said Isidora is a bright kid (3.9 grade-point average) who has always excelled picking up the diverse blocking schemes his team has used in its Wing-T offense.

 "He's a hard worker, really dedicated young man with a great attitude. He's a quiet kid and not boastful, a great demeanor kid you like to be around, " Guandolo said. "He got bigger and stronger as time went on here. He's very explosive and is a heck of an athlete. Great, great feet for a big guy. I think he's going to be physical in that running offense, be a pulling-type guy for them."

He chose UM over Wisconsin and Florida State. 

 In the spring, Seantrel Henderson mentioned Isidora as one of several linemen doing "a wonderful job'' to compensate for some other players who were injured. 

Coach Al Golden mentioned Sunday that Henderson, if you didn't already know, turned his foot/ankle during practice Saturday. He wore a yellow, non-contact jersey during practice. 

We'll hopefully find out more about Isidora tomorrow.


Preston Dewey has a locker at UM, but he isn't at Canes training camp. And Seantrel "turns his foot'' in opening day of practice.

At one time last season, Miami Hurricanes quarterback Preston Dewey was the No. 3 guy behind starter Stephen Morris and backup Ryan Williams.

Now he's pretty much at the end of the line, behind Morris, Williams, Gray Crow and incoming freshman Kevin Olsen.

Dewey, 6-2 and 208 pounds, hasn't been at the first two days of Canes training camp, confirmed UM coach Al Golden today. He's a redshirt freshman from Austin Texas. I was assured he still has a locker, and he is still on the current roster, but for months there has been on and off and now on again talk of his status.

"He's not with us right now in camp,'' Golden said. "He will be here at some point, but he's not here in camp. So right now, it's Gray Crow and Kevin Olsen competing for time.''

  Added Golden: It's a personal matter. I'm not going to get into that.''

Dewey was coached at St. andrews Episcopal High by Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer.

A few weeks ago at the ACC Football Kickoff, I asked Golden about Preston's progress.

"Anybody can make progress,'' Golden told me in a one-on-on interview. "The biggest thing is making a complete commitment to it on and off the field. That's the case with anybody, not just one student-athlete. Obviously, Gray beat out Preston in the spring, so by virtue of that he'll see the majority of reps in the third slot.''  


Other notes: Offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson "turned his ankle or his foot or something,'' Golden said this morning of yesterday's first practice. Reporters get to view the beginning of practice, but then are escorted out. "I don't think it's anything significant.''

Henderson, listed as 6-8 and 345 pounds and looking muscular and fit Sunday, wore a yellow jersey assigned to "limited'' players. But he lined up with all the others stretching and doing exercises.

Midway through the stretching session, a trainer ran up to Henderson, handed him a drink and taped the outside of his left foot, with his shoe still on.

Golden was asked if Henderson, who plays left tackle, could possible move to left tackle at some point. The depth chart lists Ereck Flowers or Malcolm Bunche at left tackle, with Bunche the starter at left guard ahead of Jon Feliciano.

"To be that player at the next level you have to be a dominant player and you have to be a consistent player because you're protecting the money man,'' Golden said, "and we don't project him there yet. But are we seeing a guy that could ultimately end up being that? We're seeing seeds of that right now, and hopefully he'll continue to stay focused and have a great camp.'' 

*** Still no definitive word on former Wisconsin defensive end David Gilbert. No one from UM has positively confirmed that he was standing on the sideline watching practice Sunday, though the player standing next to that very large unidentified player was confirmed by several people as defensive end Ufomba Kamalu. Gilbert is expected to join the Canes, regardless, if he officially graduates and is academically cleared by UM. Kamalu is expected to be cleared to practice.

   Former Virginia backup defensive tackle Justin Renfro, as our Barry Jackson reported, also could join the Canes and would be eligible to immediately play if he's cleared. Barry also reported that Ernest Settles (who had 12.5 sacks last season for a Tampa high school but was thrown off the Nebraska team in June, before enrolling, for allegedly hitting a teammate in the head with a bottle at a party) could be joining the team as well. 

  Ouch on the allegedly "hitting a teammate in the head with a bottle at a party.'' However, I do not know the back story on that one.

  Junior College transfer Julio Derosier, another D-lineman who was expected to be ready for the first day of practice, has not been cleared yet. 



The Hurricanes nab another commitment for 2014 -- he can run and he's from South Florida

Deerfield Beach Bucks product Brandon Powell committed to the Hurricanes Saturday night after earlier decommitting from Tennessee.

Powell is about 5-9 and 170 pounds. He ran for 1,180 yards and 14 touchdowns for the Bucks, and has good hands as well. He is a three-star prospect and listed as an "athlete'' by rivals.com, which has him as the 24th-ranked "athlete" in the nation. He is expected to play running back for the Canes.

 ESPN.com has him as a four-star athlete and the 34th at his position.

Powell, who also runs track for Deerfield Beach, told SFHS Sports that he is happy about joining fellow RB recruit Joseph Yearby for the Class of 2014. "Just means I have to work 10 times harder. It will benefit us more. Make us better.''

 Powell committed to the Vols in June and said that Tennessee was going to use him in the slot, and seemed happy about that. On Saturday night, he talked to CaneSport.com about UM's "tradition" and said, "I just feel comfortable at Miami. A lot of those players I know them, went to camp with a lot of them. It's my home town, so I just committed."

  Powell brings UM's commitment number to 25, if you don't count some of the players who had to go to prep school.