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Stacy Coley and Pat O'Donnell earn shares of ACC Player of the Week honors for game at Pittsburgh


Congratulations to Hurricanes punter Pat O'Donnell and receiver Stacy Coley for earning ACC Player of the Week honors in the final week of the regular season. Both have been stellar this season for UM. Considering Coley is a freshman and there's still a learning curve (yes, he has dropped some passes), he should end up being one of the best UM has had.

And what else can you say about Pat O'Donnell? The young man is an amazing talent, and it is a shame that he wasn't even named among the semifinalists for the Ray Guy Award, let alone the three finalists.

Here's what the ACC sent us:

SPECIALIST– Pat O’Donnell, Miami, Gr., 6-5, 220, P, Lake Worth, Fla.

O’Donnell booted four punts for a 44.2-yard average, including three kicks inside Pitt’s 20-yard line, in Miami’s 41-31 road win at Pitt. However, O’Donnell’s biggest play occurred on the opening kickoff ,when the graduate punter forced a Pitt fumble which was recovered by Miami’s Garrett Kidd. O’Donnell’s first career forced fumble resulted in the first of three Stacy Coley touchdowns in the Miami win.

  CO-ROOKIE – Stacy Coley, Miami, Fr., WR, 6-1, 180, Pompano Beach, Fla.

Coley accumulated 171 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns in Miami’s 41-31 road win at Pitt. Coley hauled in two receiving touchdowns and later posted a rushing score  to his total. Coley now has touchdowns in three straight games. He finished with three catches for 73 yards and two touchdowns against the Panthers, while rushing for a 73-yard TD in the second quarter. With his 73-yard touchdown run, Coley became the only FBS player in 2013 to record a touchdown via receiving, rushing, punt return and kickoff return. He is the third Miami freshman in the past 20 years to record 10-plus touchdowns in his rookie campaign, joining Clinton Portis (1999) and Duke Johnson (2012).

NOTE: UM has not sent us a schedule for the upcoming practices. There is no availability until at least late in the week or the weekend.


 CO-OFFENSIVE BACK – Anthony Boone, Duke, Jr.-R, QB, 6-0, 230, Weddington, N.C.

 Boone completed 23-of-34 passes (.677) for 274 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in the 20th-ranked Blue Devils’ 27-25 Coastal Division-clinching win over North Carolina. Boone engineered Duke’s game-winning drive in the fourth quarter – an 11-play, 66-yard march that resulted in Ross Martin’s 27-yard field goal with 2:22 left. On the afternoon, Boone directed a Duke offense that committed no turnovers and allowed no sacks while rolling up 27 first downs and 461 total yards (187 rushing and 274 passing). Duke entered the week converting an ACC-low 25.3 percent on third down, but Boone led the Blue Devils to an 8-of-15 conversion rate (.533) versus UNC.

 CO-OFFENSIVE BACK/CO-ROOKIE – Jameis Winston, Florida State, Fr.-R, QB, 6-4, 225, Bessemer, Ala.

 Winston threw for 327 yards and three touchdowns in leading Florida State to a 37-7 win at Florida on Saturday. Winston became the first opposing quarterback to pass for 300 yards in over three years – a 42-game stretch – against the Gators. Florida entered the game ranked third in the nation in passing defense, allowing 157.7 yards per game, and had given up a nation-low five passing touchdowns all season. By halftime, Winston had already totaled 208 yards passing – his eighth 200-yard first half of the season – and two scores. On the day, Winston set a new FSU single-season record for passing touchdowns (35), breaking the old mark of 33 set in 2000 by Chris Weinke, and recorded his sixth 300-yard passing game of the season as FSU’s 30-point victory was the largest by the Seminoles ever versus Florida in Gainesville.

 CO-OFFENSIVE BACK – C.J. Brown, Maryland, Jr.-R, QB, 6-3, 210, Cranberry Twp., Pa.

 Brown accounted for five touchdowns (three rushing and two passing) for the second time this season in a 41-21 win over NC State. Brown rushed for a season-high 138 yards, which is the third-best rushing performance by a quarterback in school history, and averaged 9.2 yards per carry. His three touchdowns on the ground are the most by a Terrapin in a single game since 2010. He also passed for 259 yards, including a 53-yard scoring strike for Maryland’s first touchdown. It marked the third time this season Brown has passed for over 250 yards and rushed for over 100 yards.

 OFFENSIVE LINEMAN – Andrew Miller, Virginia Tech, Sr.-R, LB, 6-4, 293, Bassett, Va.

 Playing in his final game against Virginia Tech’s in-state rival, Miller had perhaps the finest game of his career in Saturday’s 16-6 win at Virginia.  Miller played all 75 offensive snaps, grading out at 92 percent with a career-high 20 knockdown blocks as the Tech offensive line paved the way for nearly 150 yards on the ground by the running backs. He finished the regular season with an 86 percent grade and a team-high 115 knockdowns, 56 more than his closest teammate.

 RECEIVER – Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State,-So. -R., WR, 6-5, 238, Belle Glade, Fla.

 Benjamin became the first Seminole in 10 years to tally 200 yards receiving in a game and single handedly outgained the Gators’ entire offense in Saturday’s 37-7 win at Florida. Benjamin’s 212 receiving yards are the most in a game in the ACC in 2013, and the three touchdown receptions tied the ACC high for the season. Benjamin’s first touchdown put FSU ahead 10-0 in the second quarter when he broke three tackles en route to a 45-yard score. The Gators entered the game with the nation’s No. 3 pass defense, allowing just 157.7 per game, and had given up only five passing touchdowns all season, but were unable to slow down Benjamin, who had 108 yards and two scores before halftime. 

 DEFENSIVE LINEMAN – Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech, Sr. DE, 6-3, 242, Washington, D.C..

 Attaochu recorded a career-high 4.0 sacks – the third-most single-game sacks in Georgia Tech history – in a double-overtime loss to Georgia on Saturday. Attaochu, who also had eight tackles and a pass break-up, tied the Yellow Jacket all-time career sack record of 31.0, which ranks fifth in ACC history.

 LINEBACKER – Matt Robinson, Maryland, Jr, LB, 6-4, 230, Columbia, Md.

 Robinson finished with a career-high 17 tackles, the second-highest total for a Terp this season, including a personal-best 3.5 tackles for loss in Saturday’s 41-21 road win at NC State. He also registered a half-sack and one pass break-up.

 DEFENSIVE BACK –Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech, Fr., CB, 5-11, 180, Baltimore, Md.

 Fuller was a lockdown corner all day for the Hokies in shutting down the Virginia offense in Virginia Tech’s 16-6 win. He had a career-high eight tackles and four pass break-ups to go along with a half-sack and his team-leading and Tech freshman record sixth interception of the year.




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I agree, Let's get a real coach, the type of coach from the same ilk of the like of Jimmy Johnson and Butch Davis.

5 Titles you are a turd.

I think the jury still out on Golden but look at what the gators did when you contiue to struggle on one side of the ball over a 3 year period you must make a change. It is time for a new defensive staff at the U..


Muschamp did not inherit a program in a downward spiral, only won 4 games with mostly 4 and 5 star players from the last 5 recruiting classes and didn't face a 3 year attack by the NCAA designed to shut the football program down. And didn't qualify for a Bowl game.

On the other hand, Al Golden inherited a program in a death spiral, was then slammed by the worst NCAA attack since SMU's and could only recruit players that no one else wanted due to the NCAA and the damage caused by the previous coaching regimes. And despite roadblocks that would have killed any other program miraculously won 9 games with the possibility of a 10th win by leading the Canes to a very good Bowl game.


RETAIN MUSCRAP AT ALL COSTS, Foley you buck-toothed varmint.

I hear all SEC coaches plus Furman and Ga Southern have taken up a collection plate to fund a marketing campaign demanding the Gatr Trash keep Muscrap.

Ron Zook look at the other offers of players golden recruited. How can u say he only recruited players no one else wanted when the offer sheets prove otherwise. You claim ppl lie but it seems you're also spreading lies and false outrageous statements. Do you think yours are ok only bc they support golden. A lie is a lie and before u start saying others are lying maybe you should hold yourself accountable.

I find solace in the fact that the Canes aren't the only team saddled with x mount of clueless haters as after the Auburn loss a segment of Alabama haters were calling for Nick Saban to be fired. They also went bat sheet on the Bama kicker where McCarron and others publicly scolded the so-called fans by telling them they are in fact...not fans!!!

Unfortunately, the one area we could beat Bama is our stunning number of clueless haters versus their comparatively small number of dingbats.

Ron Zook look at the other offers of players golden recruited. How can u say he only recruited players no one else wanted when the offer sheets prove otherwise. You claim ppl lie but it seems you're also spreading lies and false outrageous statements. Do you think yours are ok only bc they support golden. A lie is a lie and before u start saying others are lying maybe you should hold yourself accountable.

Posted by: jsy | December 02, 2013 at 02:54 PM


Okay, so you want to play word games, despite you knowing precisely the point I was trying to make.

You are right, Big Al Golden recruited every player he could, but with all of our competitors telling them the Canes were going to receive the death penalty, that NCAA President Mark Emmert confirmed was a distinct possibility, he and his staff had no prayer.

Fortunately, the 2014 recruits no longer bought into the NCAA lies and we are now boasting a top 3 class.

Even with the ncaa investigation go look at rivals, scouts, espn, 247 and you'll see miami has out recruited every team in the acc over the past three years except for Clemson and fsu. So please stop with your outrageous lies. And if you think what I'm posting are lies go ahead and find evidence that Im wrong and that I'm "lying" just bc u don't agree does not make a fact a lie

What's the point your trying to make? Golden might not have gotten every recruit he wanted but he got plenty of quality recruits that were coveted by many division one powers. You make it seem like he was bringing fau usf level classes

Is your point that unless golden has top three classes every year he can't beat teams like duke? And that the fans should accept that fact and be happy with it?

well, jsy, in certain spots they have out-recruited other acc teams. But you cannot argue that the D-line is one of those areas.

Moreover, just because you get Duke Johnson and Tracy Howard to bump your recruiting ranking to top 10 does NOT mean that your team is "loaded." You need to stack top recruiting classes on top of top recruiting classes to be loaded.

So while Duke is a 5 star stud, there is no one behind him to carry the slack. By comparison, Bama had TJ Yeldon behind Eddie Lacy behind Trent Richardson behind Mark Ingram.

THAT is how you build a champion. Miami does not have that at any position. Unless and until they do, the coaches hands are tied and no "scheme" is going to change that reality.

Would you say vt out recruited miami on the dline? They bring in much less heralded players on a yearly basis. But these same players are coached up and developed. Does duke have a stable of high school all American backs or 5star qbs? But they matched up and down on this team. Can a miami fan really look at the two deep of miami vs duke side by side and say duke is more talented and superior athletically?

Even with the ncaa investigation go look at rivals, scouts, espn, 247 and you'll see miami has out recruited every team in the acc over the past three years except for Clemson and fsu. So please stop with your outrageous lies. And if you think what I'm posting are lies go ahead and find evidence that Im wrong and that I'm "lying" just bc u don't agree does not make a fact a lie

Posted by: jsy | December 02, 2013 at 03:01 PM


Stop with the idiocy, misleading comments and lies, although after reading your garbage I know you can't help yourself.

There is no question that Al Golden performed miracles in the recruiting department based on the position he found himself in.

In all of your 'facts', where is the notation that 36 players who left this program between 2010 and 2012, recruited by Randy Shannon who didn’t know better, or a new coach, Al Golden, forced to take chances as he needed bodies and had few options? That equates to the loss of over one full recruiting class.

Furthermore, Golden performed miracles to save the 2011 recruiting class—which had only four verbal commits when Shannon was let go the previous December. By February, 19 kids joined the Miami program, though the class reeked of last-ditch effort as a new leader had less than two months to sell, close and deliver.

Finally, other than FSU the #1 team in the country, Clemson, who has been boasting great recruiting classes the last 3 years or so and Duke, who through talent that perfectly melded to give them a Cinderella season, the Al Golden led Miami Hurricanes have the best overall record of the remaining ACC teams, despite inheriting a Shannon program that was in a death spiral and a NCAA investigation designed to kill the football program.

Stop your lies and misleading crappola.


Seems like it was only yesterday we warned fans not to fall for "the banana in the tail pipe" crew from the Mac. Another year down the drain. Now we got to watch Duke get drilled in the ACC championship game.

All of those fantasies about how the 3rd year of UTough would have this defense prepared. Remember "they crushed the conditioning test" LOL. I guess the coaches forgot to incorporate tackling, pass rushing technique or shedding blocks drills in UTough. The kids did their job and the staff failed to prepare them. They bought in to the UTough garbage and have no results. All of this talk about weight gain, bench press records, power lift but no mention of adding football skills. Now after all of the praise on weight gain it took four or five games for some of these clowns to see how slow the team is now. As if it doesn't go hand to hand with weight gain. *NEWSFLASH* Just because you can run the same forty time prior to gaining weight that isn't the same as your short area quickness, which is more important then a forty time.

We were in the minority but not anymore. Real Cane fans are arising. Love to see a lot of what's being posted hear now-a-days. Hold these frauds accountable and lets get a real D-coordinator in hear to play Miami style defense.

Back in May, June and July, they raved about every quote from Golden tongue's mouth. Now they are trying to question if we have more talent than Duke. Man how times have changed. LOL

No more excuses.

Posted by: True Cane | December 02, 2013 at 10:06 AM
True Cane,

I admit I fell for those wonderful talking points Golden gave us this summer. Never would I have thought we would be at a point where we are actually comparing our talent level to the Duke Blue Devils as a way to justify the incompetent staff.

I will eat a ton of crow. As much as I hate to admit it Calvin, you were right about these Mac guys.

Ok that's it, done.

Congrats to the Miami kids that made all acc. Duke should've been the no 1 back.

I can tell U, all things considered, if Stacy Coley comes back for his junior year I'll be surprised. All things considered, he's had a very good year.

"Would you say vt out recruited miami on the dline?"

Absolutely. Justin Renfro was only offered by UVA and he was a barely-used reserve. Jimmy Gaines' only other offer was Buffalo. Not Duke. Buffalo.

Coley is a beast!

We're projected to play A&M in a bowl. Who here thinks this defense is going to handle Johnny Manzel?

Hey Cool Cat - Coley was not a redshirt so he has to return for his junior year.

Canesjunkie: Let's hope UM does not get Johnny Football, forget bowl game, anywhere on the schedule. This guy can play and ain't scared of nobody.

Johnny would do more more than expose expose the DC. That WR kid Evans can play, too. But Texas A & M gives up a lot of points and big plays. Could be a high scoring game.

Going to be a track meet. We will need to score in the 50s to have a chance.

I read people comments about al golden being the best coach in the country and I think how can you say that. As one poster said even with the ncaa crap he still had more talent did some of the treams we lose to this year. I believe he is a good coach bit the best would not except the worst defense 3 years in a row

Miami, Florida would have a chance against Georgia, but not any other UPPER-TIER s.e.c. squad, i.e., Carolina Maroon, L.S.U. or Texas A&M. hUh

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