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My chat with ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit on Canes BEFORE Miami beat Florida

I had a phone interview (right before UM met FAU in the opener) with ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit, regarded as one of the best in the business.

When he talked to me, Herbie said it was too early to make a pick for the UF-UM game. But, of course, like almost everyone else, he picked the Gators to defeat the Hurricanes last Saturday -- maybe partly because he went out on a limb, the wrong limb, to pick Toledo over the Gators in Week 1.

Herbstreit talked about Al Golden, the UM defense and that four-letter-word, as Golden calls it, and how it could affect the Hurricanes.

 Q: How would the NCAA sanctions coming down during the season as opposed to before it, affect the Hurricanes performance-wise -- or in any way?

 Herbstreit: “I think that’s kind of a big asterisk next to this 2013 team. I’ve been blown away by the job Al Golden has done in his two years of blocking these distractions out and putting his team last year in a position to get to an ACC Championship game before they self-sanctioned their postseason. So they have proven they can block things out. 

"But if the sanctions were to come down during the season, to me, unless it’s good news -- are they impressed with what Miami has already done and they agree and say, 'Hey, you know what, you’ve done enough, it’s time to move on’; or do they say, ‘Oh, you haven’t even begun to scratch the surface. We’re going to hit you with this, this and this.’

 "I think it really depends on what kind of news they get. Because no matter what Al Golden has been able to do, if they get devastating news it’s going to be hard for it not to affect this team. On the other hand, if they finally have a break in this dark cloud that is hovering over their program and get good news, boy, that could be a real boost to what they’re trying to accomplish and what looks like a team that can be pretty competitive this year and have a great shot at getting back to where they were last year, when they had a shot to get to the ACC Championship."

Q: What would you consider a severe punishment for UM?

Herbstreit: "Any more postseason bans, taking scholarships away, taking them off TV – anything like that could really affect a kid that’s excited right now. If you and I went into the Hurricanes locker room right now and kind of took all the cameras and microphones away and talked to these kids I bet you there’s a real sense of excitement of what they think they can accomplish with [19] returning starters off a team that won seven games last year.

 "I’m not saying they’re going to get bad news – hopefully they’ll get great news; But to potentially get devastating news about, ‘you can’t go to a postseason game this year,’ that alone would be something that could really affect you and your psyche when you think you’ve got a chance to have a great year."

Q: Do you think UM can beat UF?

Herbstreit: "I think they can. I had a chance to see the Miami-Florida State game last year and the thing I walked away from was, No. 1, their defense, which was much maligned last year – they’re young. They were playing so many guys that night who were on a high school field the year before. They had so many true freshmen and redshirt freshmen and sophomores just littered throughout that entire defense. So it was really hard to sit there and say, ‘Wow, they don’t get pressure on the quarterback enough. Where are their playmakers?’

 "It was hard to do that when they were so young. But I do remember walking out of that game and thinking, ‘Wow. [Safety] Deon Bush is going to be a really good player.’ There were a number of other guys that stood out to me that night who were young, athletic kids. And now they’re a little more familiar with what Mark [D'Onofrio] is trying to do on defense and what it takes to be successful in college football. I think you’re going to see really great strides on that side of the ball, which is key for them to be able to hang with teams like Florida and others. We know they’re going to be able to score with Morris and Duke Johnson and those receivers, but can their defense grow up, can they become more physical, can they become more dominant? That’s the thing nationally people want to see from Miami this year.

"I think playing as many young players [on defense] as they played last year. There were not a whole lot of guys making many plays that were seniors. You’re talking about probably a ton of guys who were probably pretty humiliated and embarrassed with the way they played on that side of the ball and are pretty anxious to have a chance to get back out there."

 Q: What's your prediction for Miami's record this season?

 Herbstreit: "I picked Miami to play Clemson in the ACC championship. I picked Clemson to beat Miami. Depending on what the NCAA says, if it’s status quo, or they get good news, I think an 8-4, or if everything really goes good, a 9-3 year would be great for them."

Note that Herbstreit, of ESPN's College GameDay, is promoting the Ultimate Road Trip Sweepstakes, in which fans can register for a chance to win a trip with three friends to the 2014 Allstate Sugar Bowl to watch the game with Herbstreit.

The grand prize package also includes a 2014 Buick Enclave and a trip to Pasadena, Calif, for the BCS title game. To enter, go to AllstateCFB.com. 

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

 

 

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Mahoney-pearson:

Nice dorm btw, i was at Hecht prison tower in the 90's.

I can rep my school but be realistic. FSU is GOOD man and have a definite heisman contender QB. Their D will ALSO get better. Right now they have an overall better te than ours and have the same opportunities to improve this season.

Being a fan doesn't mean you can't be realistic where our teams at. Like if i predict UM WILL NOT WIN THE NC THIS YEAR doesn't make me a traitor or bad fan.

I've been with this program since our 88 and have seen all the ups and downs. We've been down for 11 yrs now. And seeing the program rise is whats important right now. Champions are not made overnight, only with years of work and the right combo of players, coaches, and lucky bounces.

But do i want us to beat FSU at their place-- HELL YEAH!!!

I WOULD LOVE TO BE WRONG!!!

And before you goldie slurpers start getting wedgies from your g-strings, just ask yourself this question, i and others said before the game our defensive scheme has a way of making qb's look all world, alot of you in here said driskell was sorry and this and that, but yet this man still had a career day against us and threw for 291 yards 1 running td and 1 passing td. HAd a better game than smo17, so the question is, if jeff driskell is sorry as yall have said and he passed for 291 yards, how many more yards would bridgwater, boyd or maybe even the redshirt freshman winston pass for on us, cause certainly most on here clearly don't think driskell is that good.

Put that banana back in ur mouth tubby/Calvin...u monkey

I go back to the first comment.....
WHY IN THE WORLD are we seeing this article today and not two weeks ago?

It just doesn't make sense today....

Fellow Canes,

I'm an avid follower of this blog, have been for a while and on occasion post but as a Cane fan for now, for 28 years. Born in Va and then moved to Hollywood Fl in 1984 and through life's travels ended up in Blacksburg, Va in the 90's. I've been to a lot of games in the OB and a handful in SLS. I go to every UM/VT game here in Blacksburg and a few other VT games p/yr due to my line of work.

We all witnessed UM take down UF this past weekend; great win for the program and quite the accomplishment from the players an coaches who have dealt with diversity since their tenure at UM began. My point being that I truly believe the atmosphere at SLS Saturday was a large portion of that W. Say what you will but I've seen the crowd literally win games at Lane Stadium. Call me crazy but I witnessed it against UM in Blacksburg. I'm not a VT fan by ANY stretch of the imagination but that place has an atmosphere about it. Yeah, I know its Miami and there's way more to do in Miami and I know we expect Championships or nothing but if you're not excited enough about Canes football whether their playing Savannah State or FAU or whomever...... Then please, pull for someone else if you're able to go to a game and choose not to because its an inferior opponent. If SLS had that crowd at every game, this team could go undefeated. Get your sorry a** up and go!!! I had to attend this past weekends game at Lane and VT was playing Western Carolina?????? Guess what, it was a full house! For Western Carolina????? At 1:30!!!!

Calvin,

There simply are not big enough words to describe how nice it has been over the last day or so not seeing your full of crap posts.

Almost 99% of what you claimed would happen was dead wrong, yet here you are again posting more gibberish and making analogies that are completely nonsensical.

Sigh...now that you are back it means you'll be posting moronic lists under your Gallo alias and other lies employing your other screen names.

I will now go back to skipping over your foolishness and advise others to do the same.

I haven't posted in several months. The board has been pretty bitter and at each others throats, so I have just been an observer, but after the big win on Saturday, I have to get on here and say congrats to Coach Golden. CAG has surely proven he is the man to get the program back to being a top 5 program for years to come. We are not there yet, (UM WILL NOT BE BACK TILL WE ARE WINNING AT A MINIMUM 10 GAMES A SEASON AND AT A MINIMUM IN THE TOP 10 YEAR IN YEAR OUT) but have a great chance to play in the ACCCG this year and be in a BCS game also.

If we don't get any crazy schollie reductions (I think we will get a few), I think that with 2 more great recruiting classes (I am including this years class), Coach Coley developing better as a play caller and Coach D'Nofrio continuing to get his scheme going with the players (I NEVER IN 1,000 YEARS THOUGHT I WOULD BE SAYING THAT LAST PART, BUT I'M HAPPY HE HAS PROVEN ME WRONG AND THAT I CAN), UM will be back to how we were in '00-03. If CAG and staff can keep his focus, then we will be back to the old UM.

Finally, congratulation to all the posters, fans, and especially the players who chose to come here who could have gone to UF, FSU, Bama, USC, LSU and numerous other schools, but came here instead. Just to name a few guys, Tyriq McCord, Tracy Howard, Duke Johnson, Chick, Deon Bush, Herb Waters and many others. Congrats to guys who were hold overs from CRS and did not jump ship, but stayed and made it work, Jimmy Gaines, Denzel Perryman, Allen Hurns, Jared Wheeler, Shane McDermott, Brandon Linder, Curtis Porter and many others. Congrats lastly to guys who did not always see eye to eye with CAG, but who stayed and are now better men and football players for doing so, namely Seantrel Henderson and Luther Robinson. These guys really deserve this victory and I am so happy for them. I am a huge 'Canes fan and truly, being at the stadium Saturday and seeing how these guys celebrated after the game with each other and the fans and knowing that they beat the team that negative recruits our program so much with this NCAA garbage, I will admit, that I almost got teary eyed, because I know how much this win meant for the players and the coaching staff.

Soldy, Pig and Curse and all you other Gator trolls where are you now? This team/program who plays in a rented stadium, who plays in the weak ACC, who has no fans, who is a sinking ship, who has fallen to the 5th best team in the state, who has horrible facilities, this same team and program, just kicked your ass for the 6th time in 7 games and more than likely for the last time in the regular season, because you cowards are to scared to play us, put that in your pipe and smoke it!!!!!! IT'S GREAT TO BE A MIAMI HURRICANE...... I SAY IT'S GREAT TO BE A MIAMI HURRICANE!!!

PS: Your comments about Driskell are hilarious...he threw 2 interceptions, fumbled once and was stuffed on a 4th and one. The Gators Rival site has people screaming to bench Driskell, becuaes of his play in the Miami game, which was due to the Canes mighty defense...you know--the defense you claimed would be terrible and players like Perryman due to the "U-Tough" program had become slow and uncoordinated...hmmm didn't Perryman have 13 solo tackles, created a fumble and stuffed the line on many other plays, while also clogging up the Gators passing lanes?

rboud,

The Gator who told you that the Canes only had 10 defenders on the field during the Driskell option/run scoring play lied to you (surprise!) as there were 11 Cane defenders.

Sun life is home my friend. No chance going back unfortunately. Must be forward and create a new OB out of Sun Life. Denying this only delays the future which is counter productive. 20 year lease signed!

You know what galls me most? Friggin cry baby, stinkin bad sport Gsytor fans. YOU LOST! Either have the balls to play us regularly, or STFU. Hiding behind "our tough SEC schedule", spare us you phonies. You got worked and you choked! You know what, if I faced a D like that, I would fold the tent too.

Posted by: Tony | September 10, 2013 at 06:41 PM
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I like it Tony,
Gator fans should also check out the second half stats and possessions. 16 rushes for 34 yards for the Gator. Better yet, 4th quarter, 7 rushes for TWO yards!

Forget the 3 turnovers in the first half. When it came to crunch time. We were more physical than they were.

We new we could win a game by outscoring teams. Now we know we can win games with our Defense.

It's nice to have a Gator-free blog.
It's GREAT, to BE dilUsional clUcks!!

GO CANES!!!

Psyched we beat Fla, but here are some observations from an old offensive guard
-the first quarter we ran hurry up, and the gators were gassed. We came to the line, Smo17 read the D and we flew off the ball. Result, 2 tds and sustained drives.
-2nd quarter, came to the line, stopped and looked to the sideline for a changed call based on the D setup, then the left guard taps the center on his thigh and the ball was snapped. Any idiot would see this on D and fire off at the o line. Loss of surprise, quarterback no time to read and think for our receivers, backs Or linemen. Result of 5 yards rushing in the remaining three quarters. Too much thinking, and if you watch the game agin you clearly see the Gator D changing the look after Miami looks to the sideline and waits for the changed play. Offensive linemen have an advantage with a audible snap count that let's the fire out a half step before the d line and backers react. This crap which Oklahoma runs gives any good D an edge and stuffs your run game as it did to us.
- we did not use the tight end in the middle all game, and he was hot when he got the ball
- I love What the coaches are doing, but Duke returning kicks is stupid! Why risk him with all the skilled guys aching to play?
-2 back sets wit 2 running backs in a pro set Not in shotgun opens up faking one way to Duke and countering to Mo Hagens or Dallas or Eduardo...aka proset backfield.
Any one else noticing these trends? Hope someone gets this to Art Kehoe.

I thought the o got too conservative in the second half. We could've taken a few shots downfield. It's a small sample size but I like fisch's play calling more than coley so far. I thought moving the pocket was a good idea, but Morris needs to work on his feet.

Agree with Herby, Clemson looks like the team to beat in the acc. Let's see if we can keep rolling. I'd like to see us pound Virginia...that last game at the ob still hurts.

Psyched we beat Fla, but here are some observations from an old offensive guard
-the first quarter we ran hurry up, and the gators were gassed. We came to the line, Smo17 read the D and we flew off the ball. Result, 2 tds and sustained drives.
-2nd quarter, came to the line, stopped and looked to the sideline for a changed call based on the D setup, then the left guard taps the center on his thigh and the ball was snapped. Any idiot would see this on D and fire off at the o line. Loss of surprise, quarterback no time to read and think for our receivers, backs Or linemen. Result of 5 yards rushing in the remaining three quarters. Too much thinking, and if you watch the game agin you clearly see the Gator D changing the look after Miami looks to the sideline and waits for the changed play. Offensive linemen have an advantage with a audible snap count that let's the fire out a half step before the d line and backers react. This crap which Oklahoma runs gives any good D an edge and stuffs your run game as it did to us.
- we did not use the tight end in the middle all game, and he was hot when he got the ball
- I love What the coaches are doing, but Duke returning kicks is stupid! Why risk him with all the skilled guys aching to play?
-2 back sets wit 2 running backs in a pro set Not in shotgun opens up faking one way to Duke and countering to Mo Hagens or Dallas or Eduardo...aka proset backfield.
Any one else noticing these trends? Hope someone gets this to Art Kehoe.

Posted by: NovaCane | September 11, 2013 at 12:50 AM
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In a game like saturday, you don't use duke johnson on every kick-off, that's not good common sense coaching. As physical as that game was, you need him rested, anybody who's played football understands what it takes out of you returning kick-offs the whole game, if any thing, you bring duke in and sparingly on special teams and have him run a reverse to herb waters or somebody like that, our special teams have have been below average this year except for when we get a punt off, or fieldgoals.

Yeah, the o-line, along with smo17 not using inflections enuff. I didn't like the oklahoma look to the sidelines crap when we started it last year, there is no advantage to that crap and it takes away the development of the qb if you ask me, that's part of what a qb is suppose to be able to do, change the play up and so all the gaytors did was not show there their True intentions on defense until after we stopped looking to the sidelines, than once we stopped looking to the sidelines what was irritating to me was, there was normally only about 7 seconds left to hike the ball.

Also, that tapping the by the o-linemen, almost a clear give away that we're passing the ball is the main problem. mo haggens is not in a 3 point stance, most of the time he's in there sitting on the toilet. Alot of minor adjustments to be made that can make us a better offense by not telegraphing, while the tapping o-linemen helps to reduce the o-line false start penalties, what it does is allow d-linemen to get into the rhythm of the offense/snap count and fire off.

When you're playing a defensive line like the gaytors, you need every advantage you can get in the trenches. flowers and feliciano were ready for sure and linder did a solid job, mcdermont and seantrel , hey, they did their best. Those are the type games that help to make you money or lose money. The good news is, we got alot of technicalities we can fix with the offense that can help make it more efficient for sure. Again, what isee is, we don't use enuff power-I formations running the ball and we let the gaytors defense start dictating what offensive plays we started running instead of the other way around.

One of the main reasons the tight-ends are not being used much like we're use to is with smo17 you're actually limited with what routes they can run. Notice how with smo17, most of his completed passes are either bombs or outside the hash marks. He rarely completes plays in between the hash marks and the coaches know this so jedd & coley picking up on this early tend to stay away from those patterns because of smo17's innaccuracy on those routes. This is why we haven't been able to open the passing game all out cause the camp champ has to continue to develop his eyes seeing the field.

Also, he still has no real touch either, that pass he threw to clive walford thatjalen watkins batted down, i was surprised that didn't get picked, i think jaylen was surprised too as well i know in his mind he's still thinking he should've had that one.

I said that about the oklahoma crap years ago, i could careless for it tho myself.

Also, don't look now, but this just in, and although they've played some cupcakes, alex "my momma got my loi" collins is 4th in the nation in rushing. Good decision by him but he would've definitely been good to have here as a 1-2 punch with duke as well.

Actually i'm surprised linder didn't get offensive linemen of the week, the gaytors kept making sure they rotated away from him, mcdermont(he won't be a reminington finalist for sure) & henderson as the weak links for sure. Again linder was out there pan-caking guys, flowers and feliciano were out there going toe to toe with em all, the other 2 just couldn't do nothing.

The gaytors were also running away from ereck flowers too, lol, between linder, flowers & feliciano, if you're not a top notch d-linemen, you're going to get dominated. The gaytors defense did turn mcdermont into the lead full-back tho and he's not punk mentally but was nothing he could do. flowers was destroying whoever #90 was all game long.

Psyched we beat Fla, but here are some observations from an old offensive guard
-the first quarter we ran hurry up, and the gators were gassed. We came to the line, Smo17 read the D and we flew off the ball. Result, 2 tds and sustained drives.
-2nd quarter, came to the line, stopped and looked to the sideline for a changed call based on the D setup, then the left guard taps the center on his thigh and the ball was snapped. Any idiot would see this on D and fire off at the o line. Loss of surprise, quarterback no time to read and think for our receivers, backs Or linemen. Result of 5 yards rushing in the remaining three quarters. Too much thinking, and if you watch the game agin you clearly see the Gator D changing the look after Miami looks to the sideline and waits for the changed play. Offensive linemen have an advantage with a audible snap count that let's the fire out a half step before the d line and backers react. This crap which Oklahoma runs gives any good D an edge and stuffs your run game as it did to us.
- we did not use the tight end in the middle all game, and he was hot when he got the ball
- I love What the coaches are doing, but Duke returning kicks is stupid! Why risk him with all the skilled guys aching to play?
-2 back sets wit 2 running backs in a pro set Not in shotgun opens up faking one way to Duke and countering to Mo Hagens or Dallas or Eduardo...aka proset backfield.
Any one else noticing these trends? Hope someone gets this to Art Kehoe.

Posted by: NovaCane | September 11, 2013 at 12:50 AM
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100% agree with that assesment. The only thing I wonder is whether AG got conservative thinking--- they cant score on us.

Nonetheless, just as the UF D adjusted, so should have the UM OC. Or kept doing things the same as the 1st q. I watched the replay of the game on ESPNU last night, and it was obvious that Morris was overthrowing and hurrying throws, one was a grossly overthrown pass to Hurns on 3rd adn a mile, which would have been a first down. I still think Morris should have tucked the ball and ran several times, and gotten 3, 4 yds rather an incomplete pass or a sack. In the late 2nd and early 3rd q, I saw Duke running the ball and it was mostly a loss of 1-2 yds or a gain of 1 yd only. He was taking the ball to the outside adn by the time he cut inside it was too late due to the UF D line speed. Or--- our O line had no push. One way or another they MUST fix this or else, all of this gibberish ^^^^ about beating FSU is wishful thinking.

They need to get these kinks worked out with Savannah St, and USF, and go into the Ga Tech game ready to pounce. WE MUST GET THIS RUNNING GAME GOING! I AGREE THAT A PRO SET OR POWER I IS BETTER THAN WHAT WE ARE DOING. DUKE NEEDS THE BALL IN SPACE MOSTLY AND THEO LINE IS NOT OPENING THE HOLES OR HE IS NOT SEEING THEM! REMNINDS ME SOMEWHAT OF LAMAR MILLER. NEXT WEEK, GET MORRIS A HALF OF PLAYS, THEN PUT WILLIAMS IN, THEN MAYBE OLSEN OR DEWEY. WE NEED TO GET A SHUT OUT WIN AND PUT AT LEAST 50 ON THIS TEAM.

Calvin- while I do agree that Morris is struggling, your continued nonsensical opinion that he is not that good is garbage- And is contrary to the opinions of 75% of NFL and cfb analysts who Do think he is good. I know I know you think that Teddy Bridge is good. He is, and you think Jacorry is better---

Butyou still have not apologized like a man would about all the negative (and pathetically wrong) stuff yous aid about Miami's D and DC.

Everyone will be praising Morris and the offense for a long, long time if the unit uses every opportunity in the next twenty-five days to full advantage. The O-Line played a better game on Saturday and we haven't seen them play anything close to their potential yet. Our TE's have yet to bloom. Duke and the backfield will run for miles this season.

I disagree that Morris is inaccurate over the middle, he has tremendous accuracy with short and intermediate routes. The long ball has historically been Morris' issue. Great throw to Dorsett against the Gators but the kid got wide open.

So far not impressed with our oc at all.

NovaCane - great assessment. I think the coaches will adjust based on Stephen Morris' comments after the game that the Gators knew what plays they were going to run. I think the offense became more conservative since they were playing with the lead and winning the turnover battle. They forced Driskell to beat them in the air and we all see how that turned out.

I have heard Gators fans giving excuses that they gave the game away and that they are actually the better team. Somehow they forget to point out that they only averaged 2.8 yards per rush. To be a great football team, you need to be balanced and have good QB play. While UF has an elite defense, their offense is not very good. Also, Muschamp may not be a very good head coach. He has won games in the past but on Saturday his team was undisciplined and they made several clock management mistakes in the fourth quarter. The two point conversion attempt was also a huge mistake. That gave all the momentum back to Miami. They also insisted on running the ball up the middle all game when it was clear that Miami was stuffing them up front. I guess they thought they would just wear Miami down like they were Kentucky or Vanderbilt. It's not all about racking up yards and controlling time of possession. "You play to win the game" and Miami had the gameplan to accomplish that. Also, 60 of Florida's yards came in garbage time, which distorts the statistics. Golden made a mistake with that squib kick, or at least it was not executed very well by O'Donnell. I am never a huge fan of the squib kick. You might as well just kick the ball out of bounds.

By the way, Muschamp may very well be Ron Zook 2.0. A great recruiter but a bad gameday coach. Time will tell. I am sure losing to the Canes was very upsetting to boosters. If they end up losing 4 or 5 games this season there will be a push to have him fired, especially with Petrino likely becoming available.

Calvin writes one suck up piece to try to reinstate his fraudulent cane fan credentials and then goes back to his selective nonsense.

Driskell had a career day? Really? Man is Calvin hung up on men's weights ad yardage. Wonder what that means.

Driskell is just plain dumb as even the gaturd fans recognize. Oh Lady Calvin, you forgot to menytion his 2 picks and his sack/fumble when you mentioned that he threw for 1 whole td on his career day.

Career days like that would get most guys benched, but the turds don't have anyone else ready.

NovaCane, good summary. We are much better at semi-hurry up than that checking with the sideline stuff. I don't see us moving into anything that really advantages and it lets the d rest.

Lou Holtz is a condescending hypocrite. The list of schools he coached that were put on probation is long indeed. He always found a way to bail just before the s@@t hit the fan and leave the kids and school high and dry. To wit: NC State, Minnesota, Arkansas, Notre Dame, and South Carolina. I just can't understand why no one on that show ever calls him out on any of it. Most cases also included the dreaded 'lack of institutional control' tag. He just hates the U plain and simple.

Always Remember ... Never Forget.

9-11-01 -- 9-11-13

Salute Canes ...

Calvin,

What's up man the blog has been pretty dead lately. Even a few imposters posting under your name. It's so obvious it's not you that even your stalkers haven't reponded. LOL. Like Harriet say they need a villan in order to post. I'm sure they'll be out in full force today.

Yearby and Cook has to look at that back field and see an opportunity to play next year.

Nova Cane,

I agree with your assesment and I myself hate that look to the sideline crap on offense. But I'm going to take a different angle here, not only was it frustrating watching the offense do it too many times but our defense wasn't set and the gators bailed us out by waiting and snapping the ball with 2 or fewer seconds to go on the play clock. There were times our d-line would still be standing up while the gators were barking signals. This is something we are going to have to address ASAP. I was glad the gators never speeded up their offense approach.

Also, Calvin while everyone is making sure you eat crow pertaining to how you bashed Co D, I don't see where any of them admitting to your observation that our o-line would struggle against penetrating d-lineman because we don't face them in practice.

I also, agree running counters on an attacking d-line is boderline insane. I thought we should have man up and run more power I. The gators throttled the run game with penetration. Our o-line looked slow.

Nova Cane, Welcome my friend

It's refreshing to have some new football talk on the blog.

Calvin- while I do agree that Morris is struggling, your continued nonsensical opinion that he is not that good is garbage- And is contrary to the opinions of 75% of NFL and cfb analysts who Do think he is good. I know I know you think that Teddy Bridge is good. He is, and you think Jacorry is better---

Butyou still have not apologized like a man would about all the negative (and pathetically wrong) stuff yous aid about Miami's D and DC.

Posted by: 9>5>2 | September 11, 2013 at 06:51 AM
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Here's what i know about so called analysts & experts, they had ryan leaf, heath shuler, jamarcus russell, rick mirer, david carr, tim couch and the likes as franchise saviours and some of you might know how that turned out. Most people on here are judging morris by what he's done against garbage defenses.

I saw somebody say:
"if we can get morris to play like he did the last 3 games of last year we'll go undefeated"

Well if we want him to play like he did the last 3 games of last year, than we'll have to schedule those same teams, cause playing Virginia(just got routed by oregon 59-10 so apparently they still don't have a defense)than when you play usF(with a lame duck headcaoch)sure you'll do well and than last but not least, when you playing duke as your last game of the year, lol, there is a big difference between playing those teams and playing against the gaytors defense with will muschamp at the helm.

Come this next game, i'd only play duke for about the 1st quarter, after that, it'll be all clements, crawford & the young gun, gus edwards. Same with the wide-outs, i might even redshirt malcom lewis too as well. Just let guys like stacy coley and d'mauri jones get in and make plays. Same with the defense as well.

Before i apologize, donfrio a.k.a. oach OH-NO should do that for last years atrocity.

TruCane:

yes, the O-line struggled. The reason has nothing to do with "penetrating D-linemen." Have you ever seen a pass rush that didn't have "penetrating D-linemen"? The O-line didn't seem to have a problem with FAU's penetrating linemen.

It had to do more with the fact that Florida's Defense is top 5; Powell and Easley are beasts. They would do that to any line, even Bama.

Just another way to try and bash the coaches. It's been 3 years since Shannon was canned. Let it go.

Gotta love the reports coming out about Okie-State, man sounds worse because it was the school doing it, not a booster. NOOOOOO WAYYYYYY they can drop a hammer on us now, cause they will have to do it to them. Loving it, this long wait actually worked out

Where is all the Gatr Trash talk demanding the death penalty for OSU? Where is all the false indignation?

Haven't heard it yet. Don't expect to from the legion of illiterate trailerparkers.

Yeah, the OK State allegations are way worse than the allegations against Miami. Multiple boosters involved rather than just one (convicted felon Shapiro), many former players coming forward and stating on record that it occurred. More money involved, sex with hostesses (not alleged at Miami), academic fraud (not alleged at Miami). We all know this is going on at many other programs. Ok State was just trying to keep up with them. I'm sure Les Miles cleaned up his act when he went to LSU...

True Cane, the one thing that's still True is, while coach dnofrio has been given a reprieve for now, these fake Hurricane fans who still can't talk football won't.

You know who understands football and who doesn't, they blaming o-linemen, for not being able to block what they're not use to seeing. They saw if full fledge on Saturday. Who on the scout team is going to give us the looks from the d-line that the gaytors gave us, it was obvious against FAU's d-linemen that our o-linr weren't ready for it, and it became real clear Saturday although, linder, flowers & felicino picked up, use to be a time when our o-lines use to be the ones going up against 1st rounders all day in practice, so other schools were easy to deal with.

Just like the normal big 10 schools, it normally took them about a quarter or so to get use to our speed along the d-line, but now we're in that same mode.

But you're right, calling counters against a d-line like that will get you end up with 2 yards in the second quarter & minus 4 in the 3rd. art kehoe knows how to coach o-lines, the play-calling james coley was doing was for the kind of o-linemen Fsu has, we got a bunch of power guys not being allowed to use there full power. I luv seeing linder shoot-out like he did in the 4th quarter on that duke johnson touchdown, even though he barely touched anybody, he must of be swimming on that play, cause he covered a some distance.

Westcoastcane, did you actually say FSU has a Heisman contender at QB??
Wow do you work for ESPN?? Come on dude, guy played Pitt with a garbage zone defense and didnt have to throw a pass from the pocket

Every blog needs a moron and this one has Calvin.

Calvin,

I expect the O-line to become more comfortable and improve as the season goes along being that they will face those attacking type d-lineman more and more. That will be the approach other defensive coordinators will take to trying to contain our offense.

Those safeties trying to make it hard for Deon to come back and get that starting spot.


First of all, I've been bloody given y'all Cane partisans FREE TOUTS for the past two weeks and what not.

So here's my Freebie' for this weekend...

Roll Tide Roll will surely roll over that SPOILED FRAT RAT BRAT Johnny M. and his Aggie football team.

So lay the - 6 1/2 points. hUh

By the way, Tejas A@M don't have NO defense to speak of, yet the COUP DE GRACE is Bama has had TWO weeks to prepare for this conference game.

In other words, you give Saban and his staff two weeks to prepare, their team is going to win, and win CONVINCINGLY!!

Oh, I did tout Alabama over Beamer Ball and Roll Tide Roll handily COVERED the point spread. dUh

driskel handed the game to golden.....he had dunbar wide open in the end zone all alone and didnt thrwo to him.....then 2 plays later he throw the ball late in the middle right into the arms of jenkins.....

the only turnover created by UM was the mcord strip in the 4th.....perryman helmet hit the ball....he is credited with the turnover but that was not intentional at all.

the fumble by florida when there was issue about knee hitting first, that ball just came out.

over 400 yards on defense...minimal improvement....golden/dnofrio are not UM material.....

if teddy bridgewater was playing UM would have been destroyed......

UM better watch out for BC with chase rettig and williams at RB......UM has a long way to go


Also, he still has no real touch either, that pass he threw to clive walford thatjalen watkins batted down, i was surprised that didn't get picked, i think jaylen was surprised too as well i know in his mind he's still thinking he should've had that one.

I said that about the oklahoma crap years ago, i could careless for it tho myself.


Posted by: Calvin | September 11, 2013 at 04:03 AM

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I distinctly remembered that pass Calvin. That was on Miami's opening drive and yes Florida's DB had an absolute T.D.

Speaking of passing touch and what not. On that particular pass Calvin mentions, Stevie had a sure T.D. completion, if only he would have slightly led and arched that pass over Walford and his defender.

Walford had his defender PINNED from going over his back and a pass with touch would've connected.

But that's neither here or there now, because the Hurricane came through with an important victory. hUh

duke is overated......look at collins at #4 and andre williams at #3 for boston college.....

golden blew the collins and the matthew thomas
commitment.....

I see UM not being able to handle chase rettig and andre williams....a sleeper loss for UM

After watching the replay of the game for the third time, Gator QB completed a couple of very DIFFICULT passes with Cane defenders in his face. He obviously put the ball where his receivers were suppose to be.

The prime example was the fourth quarter pass which Driskell complete a long gainer near midfield.

On that pass DE Gilbert DRILLED that Gator QB has he let the pigskin fly.

Gilbert gets there a half-second sooner and that's not a completion. Or if Driskell doesn't put the ball where it's suppose to be, there's no completion.


duke is overated......look at collins at #4 and andre williams at #3 for boston college.....

golden blew the collins and the matthew thomas
commitment.....

Posted by: Jim Gallo | September 11, 2013 at 12:33 PM

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Right. And look at the COMPETITION those two backs faced the past two weeks.

Let's see if either one puts up the NUMBERS against a stout, LEGITIMATE Top 10 defense in the guise of the MIGHTY Gators. hUh

Bubba your ACT is becoming old and tiresome!!

Nevertheless, please CONTINUE to make a FOOL of yourself. dUh


please andre williams is a big brusing back compared to duke....ill take collins over duke anyday.....


Also, 60 of Florida's yards came in garbage time, which distorts the statistics. Golden made a mistake with that squib kick, or at least it was not executed very well by O'Donnell. I am never a huge fan of the squib kick. You might as well just kick the ball out of bounds.

Posted by: Sunny Dee | September 11, 2013 at 09:10 AM

!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Voila... I was wondering what the Freak' is Miami doing on that kick.

Chit, I mumbled to myself that Miami just GAVE the MIGHTY Gators EXCELLANT field position and what not.

Nevertheless, it's all water under the bridge now. dUh


Butyou still have not apologized like a man would about all the negative (and pathetically wrong) stuff yous aid about Miami's D and DC.

Posted by: 9>5>2 | September 11, 2013 at 06:51 AM

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Give it a break bUbba! EVERYONE knows Calvin's displeasure with D'Onofrio. So no need to repeatedly pick at scabs, SCAB.

21 for 59 yards.....how weak can you get....florida defense wasn't that good....

look at all last years stats when he played good teams.....he failed EVERY TIME.....only when he plays weak high school teams can he leapfrog over a defender....

ncs - 12 for 39
nd - 8 for 22
nc - 14 for 47
fsu 9 for 27

If Lady Calvina's new found theory (needed to replace old ones exposed as nonsense)were true, Ga Tech would never successfully defend a pass because they haven't seen a real pass play in practice in years.

Need to tee up another new theory.

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