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.
SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN