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Newsy notes from UM Hurricanes football practice on Monday as they prepare for Georgia Tech

Spoke with Hurricanes coach Al Golden after Monday's practice. Some notes, per Golden, as UM prepares for Georgia Tech and its spread option offense at 3:30 p.m. Saturday:

On the injury situation, Golden said that there is "no comparison" from where QB Stephen Morris (bruised right ankle) was last week to where he is today. "We didn't throw him last week and he's out here throwing and running. So, he'll be fine. We've got to keep treating him and stay on top of it.''

*** The coach said he was "a little bit worried about Eduardo [Clements]. I don't know where he's at with his hamstring.

*** "I think Grace (oblique) will be OK. He's got to keep getting treatment.'' LB Jermaine Grace was part of a controlled, light practice Monday, and didn't do much.

*** He said cornerback Nate Dortch "has a little bit of a foot deal that we're being protective of. I think he'll be alright in the long run. We don't want it to get any worse.'' Note that Dortch was seen in a red no-contact jersey this morning and wore a boot on his right foot.

*** Left guard Jon Feliciano is fine.

*** C Shane McDermott (foot) was back at practice.

*** On ACC play: "We're in the ACC tournament. We're 0-0 and they're 2-1. We have our hands full.''

*** Golden said there "was a lot of installation and a lot to absorb most particularly on the defensive side getting used to the tempo, the cutting and the misdirection.''  

*** Corn Elder and Josh Johnson are the scout team quarterbacks running the Georgia Tech offense.

  "Corn is running with the 1s and Josh is taking the second unit. Those guys are doing a tremendous job. They're studying it. Corn is... that's what he is, man. He's a point guard. I mean, he gets it." 

*** Dallas Crawford's growth is "amazing,'' the coach said. "He's tough as nails. He's getting better every week.''

*** Walter Tucker is now the fourth tailback on the depth chart and second fullback behind Maurice Hagens, Golden said, because of RB Eduardo Clements' injury. Golden said previously this season that Tucker was expected to redshirt, but he said Monday that if need be, Tucker will have to play. He seemed very high on Tucker. 

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

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I think and hope we see the best Canes team yet under AG this weekend.

Can't wait to see what Miami can do in the Coastal this year!

I really can't believe the NCAA hasn't released Miami's sanctions yet, they are so far beyond the timeline that they themselves set it's ridiculous.

Great job Canes. Doing what U are supposed to do the first 4 games. GT will be the test to see if all the off season conditioning and preparation was up to standard. All in all glad that everyone is getting it. Long season ahead. Just gotta keep our fingers crossed and support the team no matter what the outcome is.

Corn and Crawford are doing it.. McD and Feliciano are back!!. Stephen looks ready to go!!.
Great!!!!
They are practicing and working hard to win the Coastal Baby.

The tempo for GT will be different from the styles that we have played, but we have to be aware that they had time to put in wrinkles and could try to surprise by throwing on our D when we think run.

Coach um up Coaches we now have the depth to put pressure on, and then keep our foot on the pedal.

I am totally excited at the potential of this team, and very proud for the young guys to be stepping up.
Congratulations Coaches.
WIN LEARN WIN AGAIN
Go 'Canes

yall hiring?

Can't wait to see what Miami can do in the Coastal this year!
I really can't believe the NCAA hasn't released Miami's sanctions yet, they are so far beyond the timeline that they themselves set it's ridiculous.
Posted by: Lt. Lois Einhorn | September 30, 2013 at 01:39 PM
Very true. Well over 100 days, and coming up on four MONTHS for what should be a closed case.

Finally a worthwhile game.
I prefer to play a tough schedule and have 2 or 3 losses than creampuffs and go undefeated.
These guys work all year long and to waste even one game on a Savannah State is a shame, specially for the seniors.
They definitely overdid it this year.

Marios, you do know that Savannah State was a last second replacement for Memphis, right? Not many folks with open slots available at the last minute. But we needed to leave some spots open for the future expansion and for the 5 game Notre Dame addition. When it was not used this year for ND, we added Savannah State, but not until December 4th of last year.

It isn't going to be a common occurrence, I am sure.

And wasn't the game against that team we don't talk about anymore a worthwhile game? I mean, it got us ranked...

FAU and USF are normally .500 ball clubs. You can't envision a down year for a future opponent. SSU was the only "creampuff" gimme game when it was scheduled.

I am loving and enjoying the Canes so far this year and they are loaded with great players. The only thing that frustrates the hell out of me are these damn stupid penalties and if we don't get this problem under control they could very well cost us a game or two. As good as Al Golden is I don't understand why he can't get this corrected. We won't get away with this against other teams like we did with So. Fla. Actually, it's been going on for years. Other than that you coaches and players are great. Proud to be a Miami Hurricane. Go Canes!!!

I remember when the media gave us grief for facing teams like Cincinnati and East Carolina, when those teams were our PEERS before we got good in the 1980s. Then all of a sudden we were supposed to drop them and only face top 10 teams.

Well, USF was our PEER four years ago, and we have made sure that is no longer the case. If we had a, say 27 game winstreak against one of them, then I can see ripping us for still playing them, but that isn't the case.

For someone who doesn't talk about the team that got us ranked, you sure do make references to it on most posts.
Finally we get into ACC play it's about time. I see no problem with the Coastal this year. I was worried about going up to North Carolina but the way those cats have been struggling lately we should smack them too.
FSU remains the only tough test ahead especially being a road game. Va Tech can be tough but we get them at home. We will finally play in the ACC ship game and anything is possible.

which I believe has him desperate to make a big splash and what bigger splash could he make than slamming a team that many in this country hold in contempt due to their championship football that was mostly accomplished with...gasp!...predominately black football players! To be clear--I am not saying that Emmert's actions are race based, but are ego and survival driven. Again, I desperately hope I am wrong!!!
Posted by: Ron Zook | September 27, 2013 at 04:42 PM

Its funny how when injustice and obvious disparities in treatment hits home--then truth rises up thru bigot's chests like vomit. This NCAA crap has its silver-linings and it is one that the few racist Canes fans we have--should take heed.

"Injustice anywhere, is a threat to justice everywhere." --MLK. We can't help our beginnings, but they are what they are, there's no need to ignore or deny them. Embrace them, learn from them and move on to the future with a fervor to not allow them to occur ever again, in mind.

Zook the Gator coach, how is it that U are allowed to infuse and mention race in a post on a sports blog, but no one else can?

Injustice doesn't care about race, gender, or sexual orientation. When the chickens come home to roost, now U want to tell the truth and speak out. But when its not your demographic being oppressed then U are quiet and/or supporting the oppressors. If I had made this post--U would have called me a racist because I'm black--and as a black man I can't reference race without being called a "racist" or "playing the race card", but what did U just do?

"To be clear--I am not saying that Emmert's actions are race based, but are ego and survival driven. Again, I desperately hope I am wrong!!!" ---Ron Zook ex Gator coach

^^What does this mean exactly? Why did U bring up race and the NCAA if U didn't mean to make or persuade a connection between the two?

Why do U "desperately hope" U are wrong"?

ALL of your comments are: race, ego, and survival driven. So U know U are right.

Mark Emmert = Ron Zook, cut from the same hypocritical cloth.

U are rooting for yourself to be wrong about your perception of Emmert, because U obviously recognize with him in some way. Why does Emmert get the benefit of doubt, but other Canes fans don't and are oftentimes vilified by U. U don't knoe Emmert like U don't know Us. But U do know that he has led a purposely tainted investigation of our football program, but yet and still want to believe in him.

This is the definition of a "Corporate Cane"--the elites are always right and if they're wrong--it must be an oversight on our behalf. Totally Anti-Cane behavior and sentiments. We have been hijacked by "fans" like this.

U disassociate with your antagonist and oppressor (NCAA, Gator Nation and Emmert) in word, but assimilate and agree with them in action.

I don't see how anyone can fault Miami for scheduling USF. USF was a program on the rise when the series was scheduled and two of the games scheduled were at USF. USF beat Miami three years ago, and two years ago the final score was 6-3. I guess everyone has forgotten that USF was the number two team in the country at one point during the 2007 season? Clearly USF has taken a tremendous fall and their program is in disarray, but that was not the case when the series was scheduled. I would like to see the series continued, as it is good for recruiting in central Florida and there are a lot of Canes fans in the Tampa Bay area. It looks like that won't be happening though.

The Gator Witch trials/hunts and Inquisitions continue despite the leader naming himself after what he so desperately wants to separate himself from.

Sorry Carl, this behavior is an exposition of the P.T.S.D. (Pig Tramatized the Site's Demonizers) the Curse left this blog. These dudes keep his hate and angst alive with their constant paranoia of trolling that has led to the constant bickering and now self-imposed destruction of this blog. As a result, they are highly insecure, hyper-sensitive, and needy of a villainous character to condemn, justify and validate their fanhood and existence as bloggers. They're so reliant on a nemesis, so much so, that they'll create one out of thin air in hopes of re-creating their trauma and obvious ownage scenarios, over and over again.

They are Willie Lynch victims and are now self-checked, self-subjugating. Anyone who has a dissenting viewpoint is a Gator and/or troll. Pure bigotry.

Their swagger is utmost and primarily influenced by the dispositions of the Gator fans they claim to hate so much. They are just as obnoxious (what other fan demographic would continuous clamor about a 21-16 victory for a month, as if they didn't believe they could win that game???--only Gator fans would still be gloating about that win).

What other fan group would anoint a career and current .500 coach as their savior, "blessed and lucky to have him...HOLLY LEUJAH!!!! and flawless leader" ala the Gator's nauseating infatuation with Tebow who actually won titles and a Heisman while there. You'd guess that group to be Gator fans right?, but its actually the new, mentally abused and swagger deficient pageantry/corporate Cane fan.

What other fan group would bash an old player and coach that was a part of 4 of the 5 titles they love to boast of and name themselves after, only in order to, bolster, ingratiate themselves to, and provide a performance excuse and crutch for an incoming coach from the north east with a history of mediocrity and no Cane legacy (hasn't done anything for U as the departing coach has)? You'd guess that only Gator fans could be so disloyal and covertly racist....but no, the answer is the new pageantry based, expectations lowered, "its ok to manufacture a title run..everyone else does..." Cane fan.

Dudes absolutely hate the Gaytors in word, but totally resemble them in actions.

FACT: Ty Willingham is the ONLY blacks head coach in the history of college football to be fired as a head coach and rehired ever again, as a head coach. Was Shannon a great HC--NO! But for a Cane fan worth his word to not weigh this fact into the equation of why RS can't get another job--is irresponsible and inept. Why can't he get a DC job after winning the highest award at that level (Broyles Award in 2001)? Explain that? He was a more than adequate and successful DC--no one can debate that!

1) Racist--the overboard hate for & defamation of RS and numerous other references to food stamps and African-Americans--Liberty City barbershops blah, blah, blah. Also the act of calling someone else racist because they have the nerve to reference race where it is relevant. U can do it, but another poster (especially black) cannot not.
2) Disloyal to people who have named U, made U, or re-established U as Cane fans
3) Hyper loyal to someone who hasn't done anything for U yet, but what they have been paid, given a raise, and no performance appraisal after one year to do.
4) Man-worshipping (Al Golden = Tebow)
5) Delusional about the actual state of and need for improvement of your team
6) Obnoxious and boastful of the slightest and smallest achievements ("Vanity is the consequence or by-product of inferiority")
7) Bigotry--intolerance towards those who hold different opinions from oneself.

^^All known Gator traits and behaviors--continuously exhibited all this blog by those who excessively mention their hate for Gators the most.

Wake up.

HArriet Tubby:

Man worshipping?

So what is black man worshipping like you? That is racism. Thats what it is

^^SEE: no creditable response.

I said numerous times hat RS wasn't a good coach, even said it just now above^^.

But the quote: "Al Golden is the best coach in college football" goes unchecked or argued every single day on this blog. Address that fact?

Where or when have I EVER worshipped RS?

Even if I did, would I have more basis for it than someone who has anointed Golden and D'No saviors for the last 3 seasons?

RS coached on or played for 3 of our 5 NC's

Thats called defending him AFTER he has been attacked--not worshipping him.

Next....

Notice I didn't say any names except one.

Lets see who else's shoe fits...

"For someone who doesn't talk about the team that got us ranked, you sure do make references to it on most posts."
Not sure who you are talking about, but since I was the one that said we don't talk about that team, lets look at the word "most".

most - determiner & pronoun, 1. superlative of many, much. 2. greatest in amount or degree.
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In this thread, I had
1. A post agreeing with Einhorn about the NCAA.
2. A post politely disagreeing with Marios about scheduling Savannah State.
3. A post clarifying if our second game of the season was a "worthwhile" game. Didn't mention the team by name, but you figured it out anyway. You are good man.....
4. A post remembering how East Carolina and Cincinnati were our peers before we became title contenders.

So, one indirect, glancing reference to the game, not even commenting about the team in question, is FAR from "most". 12.5% is NOT most.

"Finally we get into ACC play it's about time. I see no problem with the Coastal this year. I was worried about going up to North Carolina but the way those cats have been struggling lately we should smack them too.
FSU remains the only tough test ahead especially being a road game. Va Tech can be tough but we get them at home. We will finally play in the ACC ship game and anything is possible."
Va Tech's defense concerns me, and of course their special teams are always a hassle. But seeing how they were even with GT, I will hold off on worrying about them until after I see how we do versus GT.

Posted by: miramarcane | September 30, 2013 at 03:05 PM

I chided 5 Titles earlier for anonymously referring to the gators in his posts. Now that the trolls have for the most part left this site after we beat their team I cannot fathom why we keep mentioning that team any more on this blog.
Here we are ready to embark on our Coastal championship run and we have to endure more gator talk. Why call yourself Ron Zook, or "The SEC is overrated and top heavy". Last I heard we play in the ACC. Now I don't see any gator fan posting on the gator blog calling himself Randy Shannon, so why do you feel the need to post here under the Zook monicker?
How about talking about Ga Tech and the triple option which we have been able to foil the past few years. How about cheering on our team and our conference and enjoying the rest of this very promising season.
Don't you all know it's a cane thing?

^^^Exactly miramar.

It's just misplaced excitement. Who has this team really beaten? Savannah State? An overrated UF who "lost" the game? USF?

No. 14 in the country?

This D ain't stopped nobody.

Again, I referred to the GAME, a valid reference, in the sense that it helped us in our rankings. That was the ONLY mention. We also talked about the Savannah State game in this thread, did that also bother you? Is it too late to discuss the USF game? Can we only talk about the GT game for the three hours it is on?

This team, and it's fans, are allowed to honor the past, act in the present, and anticipate the future.

Well said, Miramarcane!

Now it's time for a guy like Brett Perriman to step in and help Coley. Perriman was OK at UM, but was 10 times better when he got to NFL. That's because everybody on JJ's teams could play.

Perriman was the WR who got Sanders further own field in Detriot. That's right, a REAL blocking WR. Like I said before, give this kid Coley a chance and he'll end up one of best ever out of UM. Just like Mike I., Aldaruis J., Streeter, etc., Lamar T.

PREDICTION: When Zook the Gator Coach sees my posts he will immediately attack me personally and not the substance/points made in my post.

He'll deflect and neglect to defend his sentiments or address any of the questions posed to him about his Mark Emmert comments.

He'll twist my motivations and negatively interpret my character (discredit the source--strategy learned from incessantly watching Fox News) to evade the questions at hand.

Don't sweat it Five, we are on the same side. That game was an important win, and like you said got us ranked. That was 3 wins ago though and you can honor the past as much as you want without having to refer to them.
Not much to say about the USF game, except that we did what we were expected to do and we got some good reps for the backups. The SSU game was absurd.
Cool Cat our D is much improved from last year's fiasco, outside of FSU I don't see any powerful offenses in the horizon so we should be just fine. We have a clear path to the ACC ship game. The future is so bright I got my shades on brother.

I don't see how anyone can fault Miami for scheduling USF. USF was a program on the rise when the series was scheduled and two of the games scheduled were at USF. USF beat Miami three years ago, and two years ago the final score was 6-3. I guess everyone has forgotten that USF was the number two team in the country at one point during the 2007 season? Clearly USF has taken a tremendous fall and their program is in disarray, but that was not the case when the series was scheduled. I would like to see the series continued, as it is good for recruiting in central Florida and there are a lot of Canes fans in the Tampa Bay area. It looks like that won't be happening though.
Posted by: Sunny Dee | September 30, 2013 at 03:13 PM
Thank you Sunny Dee, the voice of reason!

The players we have picked up in the Tampa area might not be due to the USF connection, but the exposure of Miami playing in that area has GOT to help us in the high schools there. Those folks are about equidistant from our school and those other two schools in the state that have won titles, so any exposure we can get there has got to help, just as facing FAU was a nice classy gesture on our part for Howard, we could continue this series if for no other reason than to keep ourselves in the mix for Tampa area recruits. And that team wont be this bad forever, so it will be a good OOC matchup when we cannot get the other Big Six school to play us.

Miami's talent is vastly superior to all the teams in the ACC. There is no way this team should lose more than one game in conference. Prior to the season, 10 wins or bust was the mantra. So the first ACC Championship team, from Miami, should be the first undefeated ACC one too.

miramarcane, I think the FSU offense has also dropped a couple notches from it's Pitt performance. Famous Jameis is a good QB, but he is not a Heisman QB and BC was alble to contain him at the start. We will hopefully learn from that game tape as well.

But I agree, they are the toughest offense we have left on the schedule, and combine that with their top defense, our time of possession will likely be as poor as it was in game 2.

I disagree with the FSO QB not in Heisman running:

Heisman Watch:

1) Bridgewater (former RS recruit)

2) Manziel

3) Jameis

Clowney not really a factor right now.
Alabama QB is OK, but not worthy of Heisman.
The Ohio State QB could end up in Top 3.

Not saying CBS sports is the be all and end all, but they have Winston in the "others to watch" list outside their top 5.

http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/heisman

ESPN has him tied for 11th with Sammy Watkins.

http://espn.go.com/college-football/heisman13/

Sporting News has him 9th.

http://www.sportingnews.com/ncaa-football/story/2013-09-19/heisman-trophy-week-4-manziel-mariota-tajh-boyd-gurley-bridgewater-hurley/slide/10

Is he rated higher than Morris? Yep. Is he a top 3 candidate and does he cause the concern that Teddy or Johnny do? Nah.

It is too early to say Jameis is a Heisman candidate, as in not this year, 3 or 4 games are not enough of a resume. And not when you got Teddy and Johnny Football tearing it up.
But he is exiting and can put up a bunch of points.
ChampCane I like your confidence but reality says that both FSU and Clemson are a little better than us at this point in time. Good thing is we have a chance to knock both of them down, FSU in Tally and Clemson in the ship game.

Watkins is a good player. But so was Spiller and so was Ellington. They are so good where do you play them: WR, RB? Ellington went in the 6th round and he killed UM and other teams during his reign, mostly as a RB.

Watkins is a natural RB, but he's not really playing that position. That's what will hurt his chances: No real defined position.

U of Louisville is the second coming of Boise State. They don't really play anybody. Bridgewater MUST put up good stats, because that team WON'T win the NC, even if they go undefeated.

bridgewater has no shot as they have the weakest schedule in america according to bleacher report and yahoo it is a joke , louisville reminds me of notre dame last year when they faced big time talent like bama they were exposed as a fraud watch what happens when teddy gets exposed later remember that aside from wins and losses the only stat that matters is scoring defense and even this year when five or six or seven teams go undefeated only one gets the title

Teddy Bridgewater's biggest game 2012 was beating a still rebuilding UF team.

This year he's been beating up on creampuffs....

He ain't proven nothing yet until he faces a real top 10 team....

He's special for sure, but i believe there are 21 other players on that team to make Louisville compete. And they haven't really competed yet...

Just saw Louisville's schedule!!

OMG their entire schedule is CREAMPUFF!

Ohio
E Kentucky
Kentucky
FIU
Temple
Rutgers
UCF
USF
Conneticut
Houston
Memphis
Cincinati

They will go undefeated for sure.... And play in the BCS???

YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING ME...


Boston College didn't get beat by Jameis, they got beat by bad play calling and missed opportunities. FSU run defense is sloppy. If we get our run rolling there in trouble. With the wideouts we have they can not afford to press or stack the box. With the TE emerging they can afford to no account for them. Boston College killed them with play action, they just stop running the ball trying to be two dimensional. Imagine Duke of Crawford getting a crease like BC back had. There not that good. Jameis put up numbers on cupcakes and a slow secondary in BC. Plus we got DE's that can get to him and contain him plus our secondary is much improved. My only concern is not giving up homerun run plays.

Harriet, must be proud of your nonsense as you keep reposting. Anybody who reads you drivel got it one of the first few times.

Canes much improved. You're still a moron along with your fake friends.

^^ Concession speech LOL!!!!!!!

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