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August 13, 2013

Defensive lineman Jalen Grimble no longer with Miami Hurricanes

Defensive lineman Jalen Grimble, tabbed as a four-star recruit out of Las Vegas in Al Golden's first signing class at Miami, has left the Hurricanes football program a University of Miami spokesman confirmed late Tuesday.

Jalen GrimbleGrimble (6-2, 292) played in 15 games in his brief career at Miami and notched only six career tackles -- all of them last season.

Miami recently announced the additions of two transfers on the defensive line: former Wisconsin standout David Gilbert and former Virginia backup lineman Justin Renfrow

Grimble had last appeared on Miami's depth chart before the USF game on Nov. 17.

UM's sports information staff tweeted birthday wishes to Jalen on Aug. 10. The picture is to the right. 

@Joaquin_UMOL73 -- that's former OT Joaquin Gonzalez -- talks about something cool he saw at practice today, "boob sweat'' and the "bad-ass'' Schwartz Center

  Former Hurricanes offensive linemen Joaquin Gonzalez and Sherko Haji-Rasouli attended practice Tuesday morning at Greentree Field. Both were part of the 2001 national championship team that beat Nebraska in the Rose Bowl.

  Gonzalez, 33, still lives in Miami and is chief marketing officer for Tire Group International. He is married and the father of a 5-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son. Haji-Rasouli, also 33, is married to his college sweetheart and has a 2-year-old daughter and is about to become the father of "a very hairy baby boy,'' Gonzalez joked.  Haji-Rasouli is one of the tire company's heads of sales for the Middle East and Africa. 

   I chatted with Gonzalez after practice.

   "I wasn't there on Sunday for the scrimmage, but Sherko was,'' Gonzalez said, "and he says it was a lot more intense today, like they had cracked a whip on them. That's great to see. One of the things I was very happy to see and one of the things that wasn't there when I was around was the fact that they actually keep a tab on each player during practice.

   "There's a constant competition between offense and defense and at the end of each drill, right before each break, if they run 12 plays on, let's say, inside run and the defense loses 8-4, then the defense has to go out and run an up-down -- like a sprint where you touch the hash and run back to the other side of the field -- before they can take their break.

"I thought that was really cool, because that mean's they're constantly competing against each other. If you keep tabs, it keeps you wanting not to lose. And it was so hot out there, too. I wasn't even playing and I had boob sweat,'' he said, laughing. "When you get three minutes of break, trust me, you want to take advantage of all 180 seconds. That's a motivational piece right there. That's something we didn't have."

Gonzalez said that "when Al Golden came over to say 'Hi,' I told him it was a great idea. It builds team unity and keeps guys engaged. it doesn't let you take a play off." 

   "Gonzalez also said he loved the new Schwartz Center for Athletic Excellence. "The new locker room, the training room, the study hall area is really bad-ass,'' he said. "I wish it were there when I was playing. Gonzalez actually won the Draddy Award, better known as the Academic Heisman and now known as the William V. Campbell Trophy, and received a $25,000 prize to be used toward a graduate degree.

    However, Gonzalez had already graduated with his Master's in Business Administration, so he said the $25,000 went back to UM to be used in an academic capacity.




Quick hits from Miami Hurricanes Tuesday practice

Another sweltering, extremely humid practice at Greentree Field Tuesday morning:

** According to a couple of defensive players (LB Jimmy Gaines and CB Antonio Crawford), the offense won the scrimmage Sunday. Gaines didn't seem too pleased. Coach Al Golden said the defense had been holding its own, actually dominating a few days during practice last week.

** Golden also happy to have new D-linemen Justin Renfrow (tackle) and David Gilbert (end) and Ufomba Kamalu (end). The roster lists Kamalu as a junior.

** Sophomore safety Deon Bush (rehabbing after hernia surgery) was upgraded from his previous red, non-contact jersey to a yellow, limited-contact jersey. He is closer to getting on the field. The Canes need him.

** This kid (big kid!) Al-Quadin Muhammad is obviously a talent. Players and coaches (Golden and D'Onofrio) have extolled his virtues -- such as pass-rushing. 

** Others lauded by coaches for scrimmage play: K Matt Goudis, Olsen Pierre (he's playing defensive tackle), RB Eduardo Clements, CB Artie Burns, DE Tyriq McCord, Jermaine Grace, Anthony Chickillo, Alex Figueroa, CB Tracy Howard (he's back in first-team black today). 

** Freshman offensive tackle Sunny Odogwu was not at practice. He came into camp rehabbing from foot surgery, which I was told was minor. But not really certain on the minor part.