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UM Canes TE Walford said he's deciding whether to turn pro. Said he will make decision bowl night.

ORLANDO -- Miami Hurricanes junior tight end Clive Walford is contemplating turning pro.

Walford, a 6-4 and 259-pounder out of Belle Glade Glades Central High, told The Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post today (Christmas Wednesday) after practice that he will make his decision "directly after the game.''

Walford is the father of a nearly five-month-old son, but he wouldn't say specifically whether that plays into his decision-making. He seemed unsure of what he would ultimately do, and did not reveal if he was leaning one way or another.

Walford redshirted his freshman year in 2010, sitting on the sideline while UM lost to Notre Dame in the Sun Bowl in El Paso. He played in all 12 games this season, starting 11. He has 30 catches for 372 yards (12.4-yard-per-catch average) and two touchdowns in 2013.

His career numbers: 36 games, 24 starts, 73 catches for 995 yards (13.6-yard-per-catch average).

Walford's streak of 27 consecutive games with at least one catch was snapped in UM's home win vs. Virginia on Nov. 23. He has had his share of drops over his career, but he's also clearly talented and has made his share of acrobatic catches. He runs fast, too.

Walford was a three-star rivals.com recruit. He had more than 400 receiving yards and six touchdowns as a Glades Central senior.

We asked him what the benefit of staying here another year would be.

"Me staying -- I could better my craft, learn more football because this is actually my fourth year actually playing football. There’s still a lot I need to learn. Just be, like, a certified leader for the team. Because there are going to be a lot of seniors and a lot of upperclassmen that are going to leave this year. If I stayed on the team I could be a major leader for the squad."

Walford said he has not gotten back his evaluation from the NFL Draft Advisory Board. Underclassmen must declare to the NFL by Jan. 15. 

So, what would be the reason to leave, we asked?

 "It’s a lot of personal stuff. It’s a tough decision, but I feel like me bettering my craft and me investing in, like, a long term situation is what’s going to really determine what decision I make. I love my coaches here."

 I asked which way he was leaning. "I won't really say,'' he answered. 

He said he really didn't know.

He was asked if his decision would "go down to the wire?"

Walford: "It definitely won’t go down to the wire. I’ll make my decision directly after the game, whether I’m going to go or whether I’m going to come back. That night."

Any thoughts on whether he should go or stay?

As for junior linebacker Denzel Perryman, who also is a new father, he told us before the team left for Orlando that he would wait until after the bowl game to decide.

 Defensive end Anthony Chickillo told me Tuesday that he still hadn't received his evaluation from the NFL Draft Advisory Board.

* To follow up what I wrote yesterday (in today's paper), receiver Herb Waters is not expected to play in the Russell Athletic Bowl. He's still on crutches and coach Al Golden said he is doubtful. I'd say more than doubtful. 

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

  

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UM isn't winning anything next year.

If you have the degree, go cash that check if you need and want the money, across the board.

the good news is that we did not lose to Georgia Southern and do not have a loss like that that is burned into history. How embarrassing.

Exactly where is Walford deciding to turn pro? Does he actually think he has a chance at playing in the NFL? If so, wow. He has the worst hands I've ever seen on a tight end, at any level of football. He should take advantage of his scholarship and get an education, cause he's not going to make a living playing football.


Calvy told us how terrible Miami's defense is and is always reminding us of last year's 116th ranking, but last night FAU only had 170 total yards and 6 points against our Canes starters. This will probably have the Canes ranked in the top 20 of all defenses in the country and possibly as high as the top 10. If that happens standby for Calvy and his many aliases to tell us why that doesn't matter.

Posted by: Ron Zook | August 31, 2013 at 07:47 PM

I can't make this stuff up!!

Posted by: I'm just sayin | November 18, 2013 at 05:20 PM

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Yea she said this too

Secondly, Miami' defense has vastly improved over last year. Thanks to Coach Golden's wildly successful and badly needed U-Tough program it was clearly evident that our kids have become much bigger, stronger and faster. Last night our starting defense gave up 170 yards and 6 points. They were positioned properly and should have had 3 interceptions--one for a pick-six. Also, the various 'new' blitz packages installed by Coach D'Onofrio were impressive and sent the message he has trust in this more mature team.

Once the offense straightens away their issues this team is going to be very formidable.

By the way...FAU was surprisingly physical and certainly well coached.

Posted by: Ron Zook | August 31, 2013 at 12:34 PM

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Not too mention this

I won't exactly cry a river of tears if Walford leaves. It would be nice to have a TE who actually catches the ball and maybe even be a threat in the red zone. Perryman would be a big loss. He and Howard are pretty much the only ones on defense who do anything.

Again, Zook nailed it. LOL This dude is delusional, and out of work

Once again Big Al Golden has been proven to be right...Mark D'Onofrio is a helluva defensive coordinator.

Posted by: Ron Zook | September 30, 2013 at 09:54 PM

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This helps me understand your need to cut and paste other people thoughts because this is what happens when you attempt to type your thoughts.

I'm just sayin;

Shooting the dead fish in a barrel that is THE WORST POSTER IN ALL OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL RELATED BLOGGING at pointe blank while he continues to brag about beating really, really bad teams in between finding former Gator students and beat writers to cut and paste from in a hopeless attempt to beat off his favorite golden shower spigot to get something more creamy from the tap than he's used to on a daily basis.

It's a Ganes thing, he never understands.

Wonder how many Canes players will be suspended for the bowl game because of the shenanigans at the Hilton Hotel?

Pulling alarm handles and throwing cherry bombs will for sure get one suspended for the game...

"Mahoney-Pearson for you to be so pro Cane, when are you going to come in here and defend the players? You are steadfast in your defense of Golden tongue and No D but I don't see the rush to defend the players."

Posted by: DaU | December 25, 2013 at 03:50 PM

"The fans outside, they see the players messing up so they are automatically going to blame it on the defensive coordinator," he said. "Because sometimes in football as a fan, they don't really know football. So when they see guys being cut loose they think `Oh, it's the defensive coordinator's fault.' Really it's the execution from the players. I think we have to do a better job of having his back in the games. Outside people, they don't really know what's going on, don't know football to be honest."

You miss the the tragic point my friend... I'm calling out stupidity and defending truth; not Al Golden. It just so happens you know-nothings are bashing Golden blindly and without basis. If you wanna switch sides and start bashing the players the same way, I'm sure you'll leave room for me to box down your statements on that end too, because you don't know what you talk about and choose not to do reasearch.

And for the record my man, the players don't defend the players.

"Really it's the execution from the players. I think we have to do a better job of having his back in the games. Outside people, they don't really know what's going on, don't know football to be honest."

Get a clue about the game and stop listening to that nonsense people on the blog post. I've supplied so much information about how you should view the shortcomings of the program, including players quotes themselves, coaching resumes, without bashing the players. To say we lack talent is not a bash on the players, I simply believe you can't blame the shortcomings on coaches to the degree that you all do. It's majority players if anything. And they agree.

There's noting wrong with coming out as a junior. Players owe it to themselves to wait for their NFL evaluation before making a decision. I'd like to think these juniors would do that because it's not very wise to do otherwise. Players who don't wait can get burned.

Howard can't play, but according to U, he can preach! Great sermon for the man-worshippers who only find importance in and post about aesthetics and appearance related matters--not on field performance.

The point was that those reporters and journalists are purposely neglecting to cover/report from both sides of the argument/discussion.

Posted by: HarrietTubmanCane | December 25, 2013 at 04:01 PM

You're the magician. All that typing and, poof. No point.

Only another baseless assertion, but now about the poor journalists. Now they are in on the conspiracy too...smh

No, they are not...They're reporters. They'd expose their mothers for their journalistic integrity.

I just posted the other day that Howard will be a baller on Sundays. Is he at Duke and Stacy's level of playmaking? Not yet. But he is a baller.

Find where I said Howard can't play and I will leave this blog...

Posted by: rboud | December 25, 2013 at 08:14 PM

They should all stay. They can use another season unless they are worried about people beating them out for PT. Denzel is the best of the 3 and he could use another season.

Next Man Up, how come other D1 jobs not being offered to anyone on this coaching staff? Until I see an ability to adjust according to the opponents' strengths prior and during the game...I still place majority of the problem with coaching. I did not expect us to win the ACC or NC...but losing to VT and Duke...one of us have bad vision here. It could be me, because I cannot agree with you...and I have been trying. LOL

How come Mario Christobal is a position coach? How come Jed Fisch is in the NFL? How come Randy Shannon is a position coach? What does any of that have to do with anything?

RHC there is a wide gap between losing one's job, as many of the people here are calling for heads to roll, and being offered "other D1 Jobs" The coaches here lie somewhere in between.

You don't need to agree with me. Take me out of the equation.

"The fans outside, they see the players messing up so they are automatically going to blame it on the defensive coordinator," he said. "Because sometimes in football as a fan, they don't really know football. So when they see guys being cut loose they think `Oh, it's the defensive coordinator's fault.' Really it's the execution from the players. I think we have to do a better job of having his back in the games. Outside people, they don't really know what's going on, don't know football to be honest."

Safety A.J. Highsmith, the son of a former UM and NFL player, and the grandson of a former coach, said the problem lies not with the schemes or calls by D’Onofrio, but with players lapsing in focus and not executing.

“Coach D’Onofrio is as good a coordinator as I’ve known,’’ Highsmith said. “He studies more than anybody I’ve seen. He understands offenses. He puts us in very good situations. We have to do a better job of having his back.’’


From the grandson of a coach and Son of UM star player to one of our few defensive studs. Argue with them. Tell me why you can't agree with them.

Next Man spending Christmas re-posting, arguing and slurping on a football blog.

No auxillary family made at Mahoney-Pearson either? Shame.

Pasting other people's opinions (no matter who they are) is still not providing facts.

Posted by: Next Man []_[]p aka Mahoney-Pearson

What do you expect Tracy to say? Are you kidding me. The kid wants to play. You can go to any team where a coach is/are about to be fired and the kids will say the SAME EXACT THING.

So what is there to say when we are in year three of NoD's scheme and guys still don't know where to go? Freelancing, cutting guys loose? Not executing the defense? Are we recruiting guys who have trouble understanding football? How long does it take this staff to teach them? When will it be ok to expect a good defense from this staff? Once we have eleven 5* red shirt seniors playing.

"It just so happens you know-nothings are bashing Golden blindly and without basis"

Saying that he oversees the worst defense in Miami Hurricane history is a fact- #116 out of #120

Pointing out that we are beat week in and week out by crossing patterns, dump offs and edge runs is a fact

Saying that no Cane coach has ever been propped up for winning absolutely nothing is a fact

These are the most consistently argued points on this board, outside a few moron arguing about who's using different IDs to post.

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Pointing out that we are beat week in and week out by crossing patterns, dump offs and edge runs is a fact

Posted by: DaU | December 25, 2013 at 09:11 PM

Its not like this is happening over the past two years. This has been going on for about 9 years irrespective of who the coach/ DC was and points to lack of talent and not to the scheme.

You other points are weak sauce and however many times they are refuted you post them again. Howard could simply have deflected the question instead of providing a full defense of the DC. It wasn't just Howard, Spence and Futch also defended the DC. They didn't have to do that.

If one is going to argue about isolated plays here and there, then, who taught Howard to pick six on the first play when we played UVA?

I get it, some of you don't like these coaches and you may still not like them even if they win a NC. But, we are pointed in the right direction and that's all that matters as we are just getting out of the NCAA mess.

These re-posts are doing nothing but exposing the process and those who have bought into it.

The number 1 rule and initiative of the Golden "process" is for players to take all accountability for the leadership, discipline, performance, focus, physical/mental development and execution of game plans of the team. Verbally evidenced multiple times in "Raising Canes" videos.

We won't hear from any player who hasn't bought into this. The coaches choose whose made available to the media. The media didn't ask for Tracy Howard that day, there was n precedent for Howard being a media favorite for interviews. He was chosen because of his publicized run in with D'No last year and to dispel the possible belief that D'No was losing the players.

When did that unusual interview opportunity for Howard take place? Was it between loses when the defense was being exposed and D'No was catching heat.

Howard was used as a fire extinguisher.

As for Highsmith, no other coaches in the country would ever start him at safety, so why would he jeopardize that. U act like public employee disparagement of superiors, doesn't entail any possible retaliatory pitfalls. Just plain naive.

"No matter what you do, do touch this defense."

-Bernard Clark to new HC Dennis Erickson.

So you see, it's not about the coaches. It's about the players taking ownership of their success.

Several former UM players such as Duane Starks, a postgame analyst on flagship radio station WQAM, believe D’Onofrio is being outcoached. Cardinals offensive tackle Eric Winston told InsideTheU.com that Miami’s defense is “too bland, too vanilla.”

-------------------------------------------------------Mahoney who's word should we trust the most? by the way these guys play/or played at the highest level of football.

Go to WQAM and listen to Duane Starks post game interviews, you'll probably call him a hater too. LOL. He's saying the same thing that the majority are saying here on these blogs.

Posted by: DaU | December 25, 2013 at 09:11 PM

Again, you miss the tragic point. He didn't have to say anything...

Are you now calling the players liars? Drawing to question their integrity?

You other points are weak sauce and however many times they are refuted you post them again.
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I haven't seen these ever refuted. You can't refute facts.

Saying that he oversees the worst defense in Miami Hurricane history is a fact- #116 out of #120

Pointing out that we are beat week in and week out by crossing patterns, dump offs and edge runs is a fact

Saying that no Cane coach has ever been propped up for winning absolutely nothing is a fact

Howard interview took place November 12th, after the FSU and VT blowout defeats when D'No was being rightfully roasted.

4 days later we were blown out by Duke again, a game that saw Tracy Howard and Highsmith out of position and clearly shying away from contact when it came both their way.

These opinion re-posts are exposure on every level...keep them coming!

Posted by: Next Man []_[]p aka Mahoney-Pearson

I know you are smarter than that. Have you ever played on a team? I'm saying the kids are toeing the company line. Isn't Tracy on the Unity Council or whatever that corny crap is called? They knew what he was going to say.

Posted by: DaU | December 25, 2013 at 09:31 PM

"there is a wide gap between losing one's job, as many of the people here are calling for heads to roll, and being offered 'other D1 Jobs' The coaches here lie somewhere in between."

"To say we lack talent is not a bash on the players, I simply believe you can't blame the shortcomings on coaches to the degree that you all do. It's majority players if anything. And they agree."

I just posted the above statements 1.5hrs ago.... "to the degree" and "somewhere in between" in case you don't understand what I'm getting at. Never said the coaches were perfect, just don't believe they deserve the blame "to the degree" that many of you all do.

It's a combination. I never said it was all players. To a "degree" there is a softness with the scheme that I've admitted to in my posts above. However, there were many 3rd downs against FSU where guys were put in position to sack Jamies and they wiffed on the tackle, letting him get out of the pocket and get a first down. When Benjamin made that long catch A.J. Highsmith was there to but chose to try for the pick instead of blowing him up. That's not a scheme issue. Scheme puts guys in position where they can make plays. There were plenty of opportunities in all of our losses to stop teams on 3rd down where guys just flat out failed to make the play.

Posted by: DaU | December 25, 2013 at 09:44 PM

Now you're a mind-reading clairvoyant too? The kid didn't have to say what he said and you're gonna sit there and tell me what he was really thinking? How do you know what he meant to say. Dude, I'm not interpreting anything, I'm posting facts that cme from the horses mouth and you counter that with telekinetic powers of deduction?

He went at fans moreso than defend the coordinator. He could have just left if at don't boo steven morris.

If we have to argue about what's in your mind, you win... IF you want to talk about reality let's use facts that are in the real world to dispute points of view..

U have never said it was any parts coaching Next.

Posted by: HarrietTubmanCane | December 25, 2013 at 09:36 PM

So you agree it's the players fault?

U have never said it was any parts coaching Next.

Posted by: HarrietTubmanCane | December 25, 2013 at 09:56 PM

Yes I have and it's in the record. I don't bash them (for obvious reasons), but I have critiqued the scheme and play-calling. And it's on the record too. If i'm not mistaken, you can click the timestamp next to my name you can see everything I ever posted.

Enjoy.

There is a way to archive posts from an individual poster. Just forgot how to do it..
Ask the administrator and they should be able to tell you. I'm glad you are interested in my record however. You'll see how truthful and consistent I am..

Walford,
Have you heard of and remember your old teammate Tommy Streeter?? Nuff said
Stay in check bud

Posted by: Next Man []_[]p aka Mahoney-Pearson

Be serious dude. You understand how a team works. Why aren't other defensive players racing to the mic to defend No D? It's the same guys answering the questions, AJ multiple times throughout the year and Howard after the Tech game.

It just so happens you know-nothings are bashing Golden blindly and without basis.

Posted by: Next Man []_[]p aka Mahoney-Pearson | December 25, 2013 at 08:05 PM

Basis has been given, by others and myself, previously. There is clear proof posted here on these comments.

Your timestamp does nothing--U are once again mistaken.

Posted by: HarrietTubmanCane | December 25, 2013 at 09:36 PM

So you agree it's the players fault?
Posted by: Next Man []_[]p aka Mahoney-Pearson | December 25, 2013 at 09:59 PM

Wow, in need of another explanation for the obvious.

The post is sufficient, but here U go: the players fell on the sword for D'No in hopes of sacrificing for the holy "process", that 4 days later, let them down (vs. Duke) once again as they were both routinely out of position and too tired to make tackles or engage contact on several run plays during the 4th quarter rout.

The players are sacrificing everything including now their intellectual credibility and relationship with fans for this evangelistic "process" U clamor of everyday on here.

Of course its mot the players fault, thats always been my main focus.

Hmm! If after three years, and all these returning starters on defense, the players can't execute the scheme, are consistently out of place, and are "free-lancing," guess what.....that's on the coach. It's the coache's job to communicate his scheme, philosophy, etc, in a way that the players can go out and execute it. With the high academic standards, and kids who have been playing the game since elementary, nobody can call them dumb, so obviously the coaches are failing to teach the scheme in a way that allows the players to excel. A coach has to evaluate his talent and scheme accordingly. If you have solid DB's and a weak d-line, play press and try to get coverage sacks, etc

D'No is the worst DC in school history, that's a statistical fact, but Goldilocks ain't dumping his boy so Goldilocks has to go as well.....no patience for a real Cane like RS, but time for graduates of Pedophile State?! Jerome Brown must be rolling in his grave.

At this point I'm willing to go on the street and bring Bernard Clark in to be the DC.

"D'No is the worst DC in school history, that's a statistical fact, but Goldilocks ain't dumping his boy so Goldilocks has to go as well.....no patience for a real Cane like RS, but time for graduates of Pedophile State?! Jerome Brown must be rolling in his grave.

Posted by: Is it football season yet | December 26, 2013 at 12:02 AM"

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If only Shannon looked more like Alverage, maybe he'd get three years of no job appraisals then? Oh, but that's the definition of racism, isn't it?

My favorite claim by Ganes fans is there's no reason to call the WORST COACH IN MODERN UM FOOTBALL HISTORY out for his performance, when they must have just got done watching year three of getting blown out by even worse teams than the ones who did the deeds last year, in Duke and VT. Must be only listening to the games due to going blind from constant self stroking to a picture of Alverage the last three years.

It's a Ganes thing, they aren't paid by Chris Freet to understand.

Children already, are they married. If your going to decide game night that means they already decided and they are going pro.

Posted by: DaU | December 25, 2013 at 09:35 PM
Short distance speed vs 40, DaU? LOL.
Your deductions have been refuted. It is very obvious that our D has been pretty weak. But, we did improve this year from the las and we are going in the right direction. No one can say otherwise
We can complain all we want about dump off passes going for a big gsin etc. We have not been able to cover opposong TEs since way back when. The UVA TE killed us in 2007 and so did the BC TE in 2012. It is very obvious opposing coaches are exploiting tendencies and some of these are not easy to correct. Calling for a coach's head is not going to solve this problem in the near term.
Why do you complain about edge runs? Our DL gets pushed so much, opposing offenses are able to get five yards without breaking a sweat up the middle too. I feel some of our D players are playing hurt and it killed us in the second half of the season. There is no way we let VT and Duke rush for that many yards otherwise.
You keep bringing up 116 out of 120. We were that bad because guys like Forston and Vernon left early and Porter was hurt. With the NCAA mess we could not get the players we wanted. Now that it is all clear, DL recruiting is looking up and the coaches need to be given a chance to prove themselves. Continuity is essential here. For crying out loud, we are 9-3. Most expected us to be 8-4. or worse. I am all for giving these coaches a few more seasons as the improvement is obvious all around. We suffered on Offense this year due to the lack of continuity and it is essential for us to maintain continuity to see where we go next year.

If these "kids" had the intelligence to begin with to just NOT have "kids" at the age of twenty years old, perhaps they wouldn't be forced to have make a dumb decision as to whether or not they enter the draft to be NFL late round picks or free agent early cuts rather than FINISHING the precious FREE education provided for them that will last a lifetime.

But just sad that the vast majority of these pipedream kids don't have that intelligence just like they're not ready now nor have the talent to stick in the NFL to even get a minimum pension after 4 years. (more than 80% never go back to get their degrees.)

So after they then have, no NFL job, no College Degree and certainly, more kids.

Just amazes me that when asked, they just don't know. If you don't know, you're not ready. Unless they like waiting until the third day of the draft, hoping they don't get picked in the 7th. thus they could sign with a team that might have a need for their position. Then they get hurt and that ... is ... that.

Ask Jadeveon Clowney ... even last year.

It don't matter if he stays or goes, he will always be a 'blocking' TE w/ mediocre hands. With Dobard and Sandland ready to take over the helm, this guy better graduate, and hope a running team picks him up late next year. Best of luck to him.

Same goes for Chik, he's been ghost now that he's a fatty. Man, woulda love to have seen Chik play at his natural weight, and not be running with cement shoes. C'est la vie.

DZPs pop knows the value of an education and honoring your commitment. Gotta feeling he will stay.

Its not like these Jr's had great years. I have a feeling they are seeing where they would go hypothetically, and are just testing the waters.

Wow!! Who are these people disrupting the comments? What is the purpose of acting like a three year old petulant child responding to a newspaper story? Walford has been here four years. If he wants to go I hope that he finds success. Honestly, he hasn't done anything at UM that makes me think he would be even looked at on the first day of the draft. If he decides to go pro there is a very high probability that the RAB will be his last game of organized football.

Wow. Some folks really got entrenched in their position, and will ignore any facts that go against their opinion.

On both sides. If you are dealing with someone who proves they are in that position, you are wasting your time discussing anything with them.

"A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject." - Winston Churchill

Thank you Cola Cane, RichmondHeightsCane, and the few others for being a voice of reason on here. To the rest of you, wow.

Here is what I read on here:
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1. Butch Davis replaced his DC, and improved his defense 36 spots. Hooray for Butch.
But Al Golden didn't replace his DC, and improved his defense 38 spots. Boo Golden.
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2. Show me a player ripping this coach.
Here's a quote.
He sucks, and he was just saying that as propaganda, so that doesn't count.
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3. Show me a player defending this coach.
Here's a quote.
He sucks, and he was just saying that as propaganda, so that doesn't count.
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4. Hi, I have a new ID, which is Used to disparage the Canes on a Canes blog, but I have been here for years, and I hate the Canes. But I can attack others for their ID.
Really?
Yes, you cannot us a name that disparages the gatrs, that's mean. You have to stop it.
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5. No matter what a Canes fan writes, I will not change my opinion, but if a gatr posts on here, I will agree with him. But if you quote a gatr, then it doesn't count.
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Now, in the MIDST of all this noise, Cola Cane brought up the game. Remember, unlike that other school up north, we are actually facing an 11-1 team (better than the one they faced last year), so that is what should be more intensely discussed than this rehash of entrenched and increasingly bitter positions.


Miami 38, UL 31.

All this talk about our weak #58 schedule propping up our defense, I see a UL schedule that was #105 in SOS. They lost at home 38-35 to the team ranked right with us in UCF, when they were title contenders. Since that game, UL has not been as good, and needed OT to beat Cincinnati.
Posted by: Five Titles | December 23, 2013 at 09:51 AM

I gave a prediction, has anyone else had to guts to put up any numbers on this game? I am guessing the lovers will put up a 40-20 score, and the haters will put up a 20-40 score. But it would be great if the ones THAT STICK WITH ONE NAME could put a number with that name.

For those who opine that coach D'nofrio is a good coordinator are sadly mistaken. I will agree that he is a good person and he works hard at his position but you can work 24/7 at it but if your philosophy is a fundamentally flawed system there is nothing that you can ever do to make it better. Why is it that after three years of D'nofrio as the coordinator we cant stop crossing routs, running back screens or the true and tested wheel rout?? He runs a assignment based defense, players are assigned an area of responsibility. That's why it looks to a lot of people like a read and react defense. As long as his style is in place there will be no improvement in the defense.

Here is a little knowledge of what we used to do when players were playmakers and coaches let those players loose...

I believed, and still do, in creating upfield pressure from a 4-3 stack formation

—Jimmy Johnson....

Also called the 4-3 slide, the Miami 4-3 is a scheme closely associated with the Jimmy Johnson led Miami Hurricanes, and taken by Johnson to the Dallas Cowboys. Built around Jimmy Johnson's notion of "upfield pressure", it is a penetrating, swarming defense, with a "get there firstest with the mostest" mentality.The focus is to cause opponents to make mistakes, even if the defense might give up a big gain or two.[3] Compared to older 4-3s, such as Tom Landry's 4-3 inside, the defensive line assignments are simpler. Linemen don't read then react, they act then read. Linebackers fill the gaps the linemen leave behind, ignoring gaps away from the play.[4] Coverages are simple, and the playbook small and easy to learn.

The base Miami front is an "over" front, with a nose tackle shaded weak side to the center, a defensive tackle shaded outside the strong side guard, an end shaded outside the tight end, and the weakside end outside the offensive tackle. Each lineman is assigned one gap. Linebackers are stationed about 4 to 4.5 yards behind the line of scrimmage.[5] This differs from the old Landry 4-3 defenses, in which linebackers are within 1.5 yards of the line of scrimmage.

The Miami 4-3 uses smaller, faster players than other standard defenses. Defensive ends for the Miami are often former linebackers. Outside linebackers are often converted safeties. Players are chosen for speed and aggression more than size and power. The middle linebacker is the one true linebacker, the tackles the two true linemen in this defense.

The Miami front influenced all other 4-3 defenses that followed, including the Cover 2 and the Tampa 2 schemes. By some accounts it is the most popular 4-3 played today, due to the simplicity and utility of the scheme.

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