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August 19, 2013

Miami Hurricanes release final depth chart of fall camp -- then close camp a day early

UM released its final fall camp depth chart late Monday night -- then abruptly announced that fall camp had ended, a day earlier than originally planned.

There will be no media access until Monday, four days before the opener against FAU.

UM coach Al Golden made it clear Monday morning that the depth chart could change before kickoff.

The newest depth-chart changes have freshman receiver Stacy Coley now backing up wideout Allen Hurns and backing up slot receiver Herb Waters.

Anthony Chickillo is back as a co-starter with Shayon Green at defensive end, with Green listed on the other side as well.

Newcomer Justin Renfrow is now the backup to D-tackle Curtis Porter, with David Gilbert the backup to D-end Green. Junior college transfer Ufomba Kamalu is the third-team D-end behind Chickillo/Green.

Alex Figueroa is now listed ahead of Thurston Armbrister at outside linebacker, with an "or'' between their names.

At cornerback, Tracy Howard is ahead of Antonio Crawford, with an "or'' between their names; and on the other side, Ladarius Gunter is the starter, with "Nate Dortch or Artie Burns'' behind him.

Kacy Rodgers and AJ Highsmith are the starting safeties, with Deon Bush behind Rodgers and Rayshawn Jenkins behind Highsmith.

Offensively, it's "Dallas Crawford or Eduardo Clements'' behind Duke Johnson at tailback.

And Clive Walford has overtaken Asante Cleveland as the top tight end. 

Freshman Walter Tucker has moved from linebacker to backup fullback -- presumably because redshirt freshman RB Danny Dillard is no longer on the roster and has left the team, as confirmed Tuesday morning by UM.


Dyron Dye -- last current link to NCAA case -- has been dismissed from the Miami Hurricanes football team

Sad story.

Late this afternoon, UM defensive end Dyron Dye was told by his lawyer that he has been kicked off the football team.

Dye was the lone current Hurricanes player still connected to Miami's NCAA investigation. He was previously suspended for four games in 2011 and had to repay $738 in benefits given to him by former booster Nevin Shapiro during the recruiting process. 

The NCAA interviewed Dye three times because it believed an affidavit signed by Dye that supported former UM receivers coach Aubrey Hill, contradicted statements made in at least one of his previous interviews. 

Dye and attorney Darren Heitner of Wolfe Law Miami wanted a ruling or clarification from the NCAA on his eligibility, and the governing body of college athletics never gave it to him. Miami apparently found it too risky to keep him on the roster.

Sadly, Dye had a physical Monday, and told Heitner he passed the physical and was just waiting to be cleared from UM to practice and play. He has been recovering from surgery to repair his Achilles' tendon.

 Here's UM's prepared statement:

"The University of Miami has informed football player Dyron Dye that he will no longer be a member of the Miami football program. Given the totality of the circumstances and unresolved issues regarding the NCAA investigation, the University has decided to move ahead.''

Heitner said he was the one to first inform Dye of the news.

"He had to find out from me,'' Heitner said. "They didn't even tell him.

"The action they took today basically ties our hands. It was a shock. He was not expecting that. All of us had the idea he would be ruled ineligible, but we didn't think the university that spent so much time recruiting him, the university he provided his services for and played any position for, that he dedicated his collegiate career to, would basically say, 'No thanks. We don't want you anymore.'''

Dye, who would have begun his fifth-year senior season, is still being provided financial aid to complete his schooling toward a master's degree. He already earned his bachelor's degree, and could still choose to transfer and attempt to play his final season somewhere else without sitting out a year.

UM coach Al Golden on Monday declined to comment on Dye's status, other than to say he was a defensive end. Coaches asked him to switch positions from tight end to D-end in the spring.

 The 6-5, 261-pound Dye, from Sanford, Fla., played in all 12 games last season, with eight starts at tight end. He caught four passes for 48 yards, which ended up being the only four catches of his career.




Monday Canes Camp Update: Gus Edwards, depth chart, no red (other than QBs) or yellow jerseys

With only Tuesday left of fall camp, the time is narrowing for players to win starting spots.

But there's still time, Golden said Monday, when his players moved to Mark Light Field at Alex Rodriguez Park (that's the baseball field) to practice while the turf at Greentree gets repaired. 

He said that after Tuesday there's "another 10 day of preparation where a lot of those jobs are going to will be determined."

The players will have off Wednesday and then begin working on the FAU opener.

Golden said there’s a depth chart we’ll break camp with and then probably 50 percent of jobs “will be settled in those next six or seven practices.’’

The last depth chart was released Aug. 9.

When asked if there were any jobs solidifed, Golden didn't give specific names.

"There are a lot on the defensive line right now, a lot in the secondary, a lot at wideout.

"I’m concerned about our depth at wideout,'' he continued. "We’re not deep in terms of our scholarship numbers. If we get nicked up like we have been in the last couple days, I’m worried there.''

   He mentioned the tight ends as a position still battling to find the starter.  

Golden said receiver Allen Hurns "has been nicked up,'' Malcolm Lewis (foot) "is fighting back'' and Rashawn Scott (he mentioned foot previously) has been in and out.

All three of those players practiced Monday, and no one was wearing a yellow (limited) or red jersey, signifying no contact. Quarterbacks always wear a red jersey, however, to remind players they can't be touched. 

*** Freshman running back Gus Edwards, who has sat out the past several days dealing with an NCAA Eligibility Center issue, "will be ready to go tomorrow,'' Golden said, confirming a previous CaneSport report. 

*** Regarding Friday night's scrimmage, Golden chose not to be specific, calling it "a good run."

   "Guys played hard,'' the coach said. "We had a lot of guys making effort plays. They took it seriously. We really conducted it like a game. We slowed it down'' -- with TV timeouts and a halftime. It's a mature team and I've been saying it all along, so hopefully they can keep their focus."

*** The Canes have have been punished with some running before practice lately: "If you didn't give the type of effort that's the standard on offense and defense here -- certainly the standard of the Shayon Greens and the Jimmy Gaineses and the Jon Felicianos, you're going to run,'' Golden said. "Period. You can run during the game and give 100 percent or you can have loaf plays and run on your time. that's the standard the guys want and we're going to hold them to it."

*** Golden was asked about the status of Dyron Dye, still waiting for indication from the NCAA if he can play or not in relation to the NCAA case with Miami. Dye, who has been rehabbing from Achilles' tendon surgery, told his lawyer he was getting a physical today to see if he could be cleared to practice. He hasn't practiced with the team this fall.

"I don't have an update,'' Golden said. "I wish I did." Golden did say he hoped he was getting the physical and that he would still be a defensive end -- "like Shayon Green's position.''

*** Finally, sophomore safety Deon Bush (hernia surgery) is out of a non-contact jersey and in a regular green one.

"I think he progressed well,'' Golden said. "I'm excited for him. Hopefully today he is a step [closer] and he'll keep making progress in that arena. A lot of it is confidence and understanding he's not going to be 100 percent anytime soon, but the only way to get there is to make increments every day."