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UM receiver Herb Waters on crutches today. Not a good thing with Russell Athletic Bowl on Saturday.

The University of Miami's third-leading receiver, 6-2, 188-pound sophomore Herb Waters, was seen on crutches today at The Citrus Bowl as his teammates wrapped up their practice session for the Russell Athletic Bowl.

Though UM coach Al Golden left practice without speaking to the media, It was confirmed that Waters did not practice today and yesterday. This is bad news for the Hurricanes for obvious reasons. The Canes will already be challenge by Louisville's No. 2 rushing defense and No. 8 pass defense.

We do not know for sure if Waters is out of the bowl game, but it doesn't look promising.

Waters, who was identified by Matt Porter of the Palm Beach Post as having his "right knee in light brace'' as we watched players such as defensive backs Keion Berry and Nate Dortch and Corn Elder and of course running back Duke Johnson walk off with crutches as well, has 28 catches for 406 yards and five touchdowns this season.

Senior Allen Hurns leads Miami with 60 catches for 1,138 yards and six touchdowns. 

Freshman Stacy Coley has 30 catches for 559 yards and seven touchdowns.

Junior tight end Clive Walford also has 30 catches for 372 yards and two touchdowns.

 Waters' season-high day of nine catches for 116 yards and two touchdowns came at Duke on Nov. 16.

 His next-best showing was his 73-yard, two-touchdown receiving day at USF on Sept. 28.

The Homestead High graduate played in all 12 games.

 We knew about Duke and Corn and Nate, at least, and Keion has played in two games. Reserve linebacker JaWand Blue had a hard cast on his left arm, but he, too, has played in only two games.

  I also saw big offensive tackle Sunny Odogwu limping severely near the team bus. He has not played in any games this season and will be redshirted.

  As if this game wasn't a big enough challenge for UM, it just became even tougher.

 Hopefully for Miami, veteran receiver Phillip Dorsett, who partially tore the medial collateral ligament of his left knee at North Carolina on Oct. 17, is as game-ready as offensive coordinator James Coley told us he was yesterday.

  Dorsett needs to spring into big-time action.

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

 

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Lot of Gator fans had many jokes about "lowly Duke" even though Duke had 6 more wins than UF. Now UF is hiring Duke's OC.

And who brags about running to the principal? Chicos, Zoe's, Bruhs, and everybody I know born and raised in Dade don't go running to a message board administrator.......put your big girl Vicki secrets on and deal with the fact that all of us aren't impressed with this DC. Some of us might not agree on whether Golden is the guy, but I have never, never, ever in my life heard a real Canes fan refer to the fan base as dumb and clueless, ever. That to me sounds like an insult from an outsider. A Canes game at the Ol Girl was the one place that people from all walks of Miami were truly one....attacking the fan base, and the players, the majority of whom are home grown is something a real Canes fan would never do, ever. The fan base has always been skeptical of new coaches until they prove themselves, so the fact that Golden stuck through a NCAA investigation......(slow clap)...... Now show me something on the field that I can be proud of, cuz we don't do 500 yards a game in the bottom, we ain't about that life,

Posted by: Is it football season yet | December 24, 2013 at 03:34 PM

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Not all of the Canes fan base is clueless...just some of you. It was your kind that played a major role in running Butch Davis away from UM as he knew that he, nor anyone else, can satisfy your type. Your crowd even loudly complained about the way Larry Coker beat Nebraska for a National Championship in the Rose Bowl. That is when coaches, fans, national media all concluded that a segment of those calling themselves Canes are the most clueless in the nation.

As for running to the principal--Curse was posting lies specifically designed to mislead recruits and their parents. But, that was nothing when comparing that he was also posting a kind of racial hate that would have even got a "you've got to be kidding me" out of those Cats from Mississippi circa 1950's. So, since I couldn't confront him personally, I did the next best thing and shut his hate down.

By the way your comprehension skills need to be tuned-up as if you slowly read my posts and thought before you barked you would learn that I have never defended D'Onofrio, although I do believe that since he has had no defensive line since he's been here that he deserves the opportunity to do his thing with better talent.

Zook,

You have a lot of patience, man. I'm considering turning my back when we are on d next year. Something has to change.

Canesjunkie,

Hope springs eternal!!

Go Canes!!

Merry Christmas to all!!

Butch left for the NFL on his own accord, the fans didn't run Butch off, stop trying to rewrite history. Complained about the way Coker won a NC?! Lmfao! Where do you come up with this nonsense.

Curse, Soldy, arty, can go kick rocks, but don't think for one second that what people post on these blogs drive recruits away.... That's insane dude, and it's an insult to the recruits to suggest that they don't base their decision on what's best for them as opposed to what anybody post on this blog. As if kids around the country are looking onto the herald to see what is being posted. If that were the case no recruit would attend any SEC school, have you read a 'Bama, UT, UGANDA blog, now those dudes are crazy

Read this: 116th overall defense - 2012; 78th overall defense 2013. No we don't have the Wilforks of the world anymore, but there were times this year where the defense looked confused, out of place, and they were getting blown off the ball. Chick and Porter had stud potential, and this defensive staff got nothing out of them.

So how many more years do we give D'No?

Friggin auto correct.....UGA blog! Lol!

That guy, let's just say his screen name rhymes with "crook," continues to be the world's top apologist for the entire coaching staff. The DC is not good, and the HC is not far behind. Neither is cut out for big-time college football.

The facts are that this D gave up more than 500-plus years a game during crucial moments. Top recruited players, like Jimmy Gaines, were often out of position and clueless about assignments. One player who could have made a difference, Kelvin Cain, didn't even play down the stretch???

Next up: U of Louisville when the same 'ole music will continue to play, not only from the HC and the DC, but from the clueless so called 'Cane fans like "crook."

Teddy will let U see up close what the program could have been like if RS wasn't used as the scapegoat. Who in their right mind gets rid of a coach in four frickin' years?

Oh yea, Merry X-Mas.


Butch left for the NFL on his own accord, the fans didn't run Butch off, stop trying to rewrite history. Complained about the way Coker won a NC?! Lmfao! Where do you come up with this nonsense.

Curse, Soldy, arty, can go kick rocks, but don't think for one second that what people post on these blogs drive recruits away.... That's insane dude, and it's an insult to the recruits to suggest that they don't base their decision on what's best for them as opposed to what anybody post on this blog. As if kids around the country are looking onto the herald to see what is being posted. If that were the case no recruit would attend any SEC school, have you read a 'Bama, UT, UGANDA blog, now those dudes are crazy

Read this: 116th overall defense - 2012; 78th overall defense 2013. No we don't have the Wilforks of the world anymore, but there were times this year where the defense looked confused, out of place, and they were getting blown off the ball. Chick and Porter had stud potential, and this defensive staff got nothing out of them.

So how many more years do we give D'No?

Posted by: Is it football season yet | December 24, 2013 at 05:53 PM

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

You are someone who has so much to say, but knows so very little.

Butch Davis is quoted as saying; "They were flying banner planes over the Orange Bowl with signs reading--Fire Butch." And went on to say, "Based on the contract I was being asked to sign they may have woken up and decided to want me fired because I've got red hair so I went with the Browns."

Only this year current players on the Canes roster admitted reading the blogs and admonished people like you for your clueless comments. Furthermore, there was a 5 star defensive back (his name escapes me at the moment) who committed to the Canes during the Coker era that hailed from Alabama. He and his parents posted on Rivals and several other blogs about how happy the were to be joining the Canes. As time went by their occasional posts went from happiness too...what the hell is wrong with you people?? He eventually opted out of his commitment and signed with LSU. So, don't tell me the recruits, families and friends don't read and are not influenced by the hate you and others post on the various Canes blogs.

You are now 0 for 2...do you want to go for 3?


That guy, let's just say his screen name rhymes with "crook," continues to be the world's top apologist for the entire coaching staff. The DC is not good, and the HC is not far behind. Neither is cut out for big-time college football.

Posted by: 'Cool 'Cat | December 24, 2013 at 06:24 PM

Not an apologist, but a realist...your adroit comments concerning the lack of defense is breaking news and a real page turner. Please, please, please tell us that the NCAA sledgehammer didn't impact the program, 'cause that's one of my all time clueless favorites.

Merry Xmas all. Even you Gallo....we're all Gods children.

All these haters are paid to be here.

Sucks for Waters, that much more pressure on the WORST COACH IN MODERN UM FOOTBALL HISTORY to generate a game plan to get an extra stop or two now.

So the Hurricanes are still squarely in the bonfire for this game.

Chris Freet's drones should find something in the stats, not on the coaching bio pages, not on the wiki articles, but demonstrable evidence that Alverage doesn't completely suck at his job, still.

They of course, won't be able to.

Making ish up to try and validate your claim is utter nonsense, provide the audio or article where Butch said that......no wonder you can't think of the name of this phantom recruit, lmao! Wow you're pathetic

FYI - nobody was flying fire Butch signs at the end of the 2000 season when we went 11-1, lmao.....mentiroso! Next, whatever beef Butch may or may not have had with the administration, cuz lord knows I don't believe anything you assert with your head up goldilicks' arse, has nothing to do with the fan base who were excited that Butch brought us back to national prominence. Try again because you fail, and keep making excuses for the worst defensive performance over a two year period in Miami history, wow you're a joke! Lol!

I'll give you time to gather your next set of talking points! Lmao! The fans ran off butch! Lmao


So the Hurricanes are still squarely in the bonfire for this game.

Chris Freet's drones should find something in the stats, not on the coaching bio pages, not on the wiki articles, but demonstrable evidence that Alverage doesn't completely suck at his job, still.

They of course, won't be able to.

Posted by: If Louisville played 'nobody,' then what will that say if they beat the stuffing out of UM?
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Is that what you saId when they pounded your GATORS?

crook?, where do you get this stuff. Being the fact you use a turd coach's name makes one wonder where you stand anyway. Maybe you just enjoy watching UM with the worst defense ever. The fact that anyone "ran" Butch outta here is crap. He moved to where he should be, the NFL. His bad decision was going to a franchise that doesn't care about winning. Like Tampa, Detroit and so many others.
Basically, crook, if you tell lies enough, even you start believing them. Just keep telling yourself Florida will call you back for a job.

Well since it looks like you guys just want to talk about the past and live in it, I'll talk about out bowl game. If we can just pressure TB and not let them score everytime they have the ball, then we have a good chance. Our O needs to sustain drives and minimize the 3 n outs, and give our D a break. This is BALLS to the WALLS game fellas, and a chance to for a 10 win season. Stay focused Canes.


FYI - nobody was flying fire Butch signs at the end of the 2000 season when we went 11-1, lmao.....mentiroso! Next, whatever beef Butch may or may not have had with the administration, cuz lord knows I don't believe anything you assert with your head up goldilicks' arse, has nothing to do with the fan base who were excited that Butch brought us back to national prominence. Try again because you fail, and keep making excuses for the worst defensive performance over a two year period in Miami history, wow you're a joke! Lol!

I'll give you time to gather your next set of talking points! Lmao! The fans ran off butch! Lmao

Posted by: Is it football season yet | December 24, 2013 at 08:18 PM

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Do you try to be this stupid or are you saddled with a complete inability to comprehend ANYTHING? Now go back and read my posts and tell me where you see me referencing the year 2000.

Laughing at you...my comments concerning Butch were well known when he left and he recently reiterated that same comments in an interview he gave. Now those are facts, but instead of you leaving well enough alone you insist on proving to everyone just how clueless you are.

Once again laughing at you...you are so delusional and ill-informed you say I am making excuses for the defense where what I have said, and oh by the way so do all the experts, that Miami has been terribly lacking in talent along the defensive line that forces the coordinator to do things to make up for that glaring weakness that ultimately creates other significant problems. I have also said that with the proper defensive line in front of him Denzel Perryman would have been considered the best linebacker in college football and will be a starter in the league as a rookie.

Now, quickly peck out a response taking my comments out of context again, while adding your ridiculously screwball observations that have zero foundation.

PS: Try to screw up the courage to use just one screen name.

That's the best you got whiny lil 7th grade girl? That I'm using different screen names? I know that's your fall back line in your delusional world but again provide the evidence to back up your claim regarding Butch, the fans, and Butch's departure......I'll wait! Lol. You explicitly accuse the fans of running Butch out, which is not true, now you're trying to run from the claim.

Provide the links to all these statements Butch made regarding the fans, after you get your Vicki secrets ironed out......

2012 - ranked 116th in overall defense; 2013 ranked 78th overall defense

When Butch switched DC's the defense went from 62nd overall to 16th overall, numbers don't lie, but you do. Now go to bed early and Santa will bring you a doll, a Malibu playhouse, and maybe a new make-up kit if you promise to be a good little girl and not pollute this blog with hyperbolic statements regarding the worst defensive staff in Miami's history.

Next set of SID talking points in 3.....2.....1

Hey Zook.. put your money where your mouth is and at least provide proof of those so called Butch Davis quotes!

BTW, I just joined the Sun Sentinel blog and the only comment before my "where oh where is Ron Zook" comment is from a guy named The Curse of Art Kehoe so who did you get banned again? Lol. You're weak dude... go cry to somebody else about people not believing your made up quotes... try to get me banned on the Sun Sentinel like that Curse guy who ironically posted under the Sentrel Henderson playing in the Senior Bowl article.

Posted by: Is it football season yet

Be nice to her it's the holiday season.

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Golden doll

He'll get it fixed, with new U-Tough grip.

“It’s a long season for freshmen,” he said. “They have lulls, hit the wall — so to speak — at times. They all do it at different times. I think it was a chance to get those guys revived and really get them taught and see their talent come out. We were able to consistently do the same things over a period of time.” -Coach D'onofrio

“The philosophy is be where you are,” Golden said. “When you’re in the meetings be locked into the meetings. When you’re on the practice field, be focused and execute. If you’re over at Disney or Universal enjoy that. You can’t be intense every minute of every day here. But I think they understand what the goal of the trip is.”

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“The philosophy is be where you are,” Golden said. “When you’re in the meetings be locked into the meetings. When you’re on the practice field, be focused and execute. If you’re over at Disney or Universal enjoy that. You can’t be intense every minute of every day here. But I think they understand what the goal of the trip is.”

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Posted by: HarrietTubmanCane

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WTF this dude talking bout man.

LMAO

Lol duh You... If U cant figure that out you're probably not ever where U are!

Arron hernandez was never where he was,for example. When he was at Ufelony he was focused on multiple shootings instead of his education. When he was in miami he was also focused on multiple shootings. When he went pro, he was focused on multiple shootings instead of making a living. Maybe he was where he was all along,perfecting serial killing and using ufelony as a springboard!

Merrychristmas Canes fans!

Tubby should be thankful there isn't a nut pulling out fragments of what she writes followed by a series of ????.


“The philosophy is be where you are,” Golden said. “When you’re in the meetings be locked into the meetings. When you’re on the practice field, be focused and execute. If you’re over at Disney or Universal enjoy that. You can’t be intense every minute of every day here. But I think they understand what the goal of the trip is.”

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Posted by: HarrietTubmanCane

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WTF this dude talking bout man.

LMAO

Posted by: DaU | December 25, 2013 at 12:31 AM
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Harriet TUBMAN & daU, when i first read this, all i could do is shake my head, it's typical moron talk from here, "be where you are" is about as stupid as i've seen yet, nobody's worried about him and his b.s. philosophies but the moron and his mac minions & the media. This moron is always trying to set the stage with dual statements tho to try and look like some type of genius in a win but also in a loss, he'll be bale to try and easily put it back on the players, so if we win, "the guys were dialed in and adheres to the process" if we lose "the philosophy all week was "be where you are" obviously we still had guys at disney world mentally".

I can't wait until this guy is gone, i'm tired of this moron and the other morons he brought with em an their weak mentalities. It definitely has relflected how weak they are in our efensive scheme. If we're going to sit back in zone like we always do, teddy b has been projected as being the 1st qb in the draft this year, after the game, he'll probably be the sure fire 1st player taken in the draft.

I heard Golden on ESPN radio last night making excuses, explaining away the ineptitude of his Coaching staff. I could not believe he would try to hang his hat on a 9 win season, saying UM had a chance for a 10 win season for the first time in a decade??? Really Coach??

Beating teams fans don't even remember the Schools are so irrelevant.

Golden should be ashamed to make such a claim! UM played one of the weakest schedules in the history of College Football and the ESPN reporter did not even challenge his lame accomplishment.

UM cannot claim a single significant win the entire season! Not a single meaningful victory! Someday a Sports Reporter with some b@lls might ask him a tough question.

Rabble what the hell man? Cannot claim a single meaningful victory? That has to one of the most ridiculous statements of the year, and it's Christmas, so you just made the cut off. So I guess if we LOST ALL those games, you'd be saying 'UM can't even beat teams that fans don't even remember their names'? We won because we never gave up like teams of the past have, we won because we showed that even though our D is not what it needs to be, we have the gumption to come back from being down in the 3rd or 4th quarters. If we were 11-1, or 10-2 would those also be insignificant wins?

Waters is a big loss. He's really good, but seems to fly under the radar. I hope Garrett Kidd gets a chance. I think that kid is a gamer, no matter what talent he may lack.

GKC/mountaincane, they would if this blog was about me, but its not. The coaches are a part of the team so what they say is relevant to blog discussion.

I'm sure U would be that person if prompted, obviously U haven't felt that way yet. Like U said, someone would have to be a nut to do that to me lol! Now back under that rock U go.

I'm wondering when Al Golden will have a defender, any defender, do as well on defense as the converted quarterback for Lousyville.

That is very disturbing that a quarterback that never played the position. Can get coached up at defensive end and do better than all the defenders Al Golden recruited for two plus years.

Those that disagree with me on Al Golden can do so. I knew he did not develop players, when he got here. But to have a player succeed, so well, with proper coaching in college. There is never anyway anyone can show me more proof that I am wrong about Al Golden.

So I'm telling you now, if you do not like what I say, don't like it. But leave me out of your discussion if you do.

There is absolutely nothing you can say to change the fact of my view of Al Golden. The success of the converted quarterback is all I need to know that Al Golden is a failure as a head coach.

"That was not surprising left out of the edited post you made. That is my outside view of that matter."

Posted by: ChampCane | December 24, 2013 at 01:03 PM

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The other stuff was not relevant to the subject, which gets lost in the nonsense and personal garbage, that's why I didn't include it. It takes the reader away from the point of my post. However it's there for everyone to see in its original form. Be entertained, join the discourse, do whatever you want. Your play-by-play doesn't bother me at all.

The point of my post still remains there are a group of posters who care nothing about reality and would rather ask rhetorical nonsense to further propaganda about the []_[]. A point for which I supplied examples. If you'd like to comment on that you're free to do so as well.

But whatever you do, just provide context, examples, and or proof to back up your assertion if you feel compelled to post. That's all i'm saying.

Now, since i'm not personally here to be destroyed, how did he destroy my point about the dumb rhetorical questions?

Posted by: Next Man []_[]p aka Mahoney-Pearson | December 24, 2013 at 04:48 PM

I'm wondering when Al Golden will have a defender, any defender, do as well on defense as the converted quarterback for Lousyville.

That is very disturbing that a quarterback that never played the position. Can get coached up at defensive end and do better than all the defenders Al Golden recruited for two plus years.

Those that disagree with me on Al Golden can do so. I knew he did not develop players, when he got here. But to have a player succeed, so well, with proper coaching in college. There is never anyway anyone can show me more proof that I am wrong about Al Golden.

Posted by: ChampCane | December 25, 2013 at 11:49 AM
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LOL, i remember people trying to prop that moron up over shannon by saying "he's got more 1st round picks at temple than shannon had in 4 years at UM", well ok, this moron has been here 3 years going on 4 and what does he have to show for it, i laughed back than when this was said and it's still funny now as if shannon wasn't the one that actually had to Truly rebuild the talent not this moron. In fact players draft stocks have significantly decreased with this moron on deck, thank goodness brandon harris had the correct information to roll outor he never would've been a 2nd round pick with these mac clowns!

BTW A Merry Christmas to all.

Posted by: Calvin | December 25, 2013 at 12:12 PM

What would an internet blog know it all like you would know anything about football? Our guys are bigger, stronger and faster now than what they have been for the past 8 years or so. LOL at players' draft stock falling. If anything, Forston, Streeter, Vernon, Miller etc. would have improved their stock with one more year with Coach AG. Please refrain calling the coaches morons. It only means that you are a gnat or a mosquito.

LOL, i remember people trying to prop that moron up over shannon by saying "he's got more 1st round picks at temple than shannon had in 4 years at UM", well ok, this moron has been here 3 years going on 4 and what does he have to show for it

Posted by: Calvin | December 25, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Now Lousyville with Randy Shannon's under paid, like Randy was too, assistant coach is converting dominate defensive ends out of quarterbacks!

There is no way this coach is not getting his arse handed to him when he says the recruits he targets are not succeeding.

When a lesser paid, and lesser thought of assistant is out coaching him and his hand picked assistant.

UM's supposedly worst coach ever was 9-3 entering a bowl game, so how could that possibly be an accomplishment for a coach that is supposedly one billion times better and more skilled than he was?

If the Canes still won with such inept coaches compared to the one now, then why does the onus of responsibility for performance continue to be solely on the players, who have overachieved despite coaching for the last decade? Why do the players continue to be considered unproven products without consideration of scheme.

Is the player talent level different now? If so then how, when Golden is one of the best recruiters in college football period?

Let me guess, it was the NCAA *investigation*...

that the worst UM coach ever attempted to prevent.

Posted by: ChampCane | December 25, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Funny what hatred for a coach with no reason can motivate people to post garbage. FYI, Clint Hurtt's coaching skills were questioned by this very same internet blog expert when Clint was coaching our DL.

Please, take a break from your hatred. It is Christmas after all. With the NCAA mess is over, I am confident coach AG will succeed in bringing in outstanding talent.

Posted by: ChampCane | December 25, 2013 at 11:49 AM

That's a rather simplistic view. This young man's transition is the exception and not typical to coaching ability per se. Jimmy Grahm was a convert who had minimal impact but is now the best TE in the game. Does that mean other coaches who's TE are not better failed their players? Some guys have a physical ability/talent level that belies position or sport. Some guys are just exceptional athletes and football players like Sean Taylor was. That's where talent and ability come into play, which Miami is lacking to some degree.

Furthermore, you have to realize he's performing better than every other defender in the country as well who were recruited as top-rated defensive linemen too. And i'm sure there were some defensive linemen who didn't pan out under the Louisville coaching staff under Clint HUrt's tenure, not to mention across the country. So to use this atypical situation as proof that Al Golden is a bad coach doesn't equate.

Just a few quotes below highlighting his athleticism and innate ability despite not truly knowing the position. He's a gifted athlete. Miami needs more gifted athletes.

“But in the film room, I was getting yelled at because I wasn’t doing the right thing,” Smith said. “I just went to get to the ball. In that instance, I knew I could play the position. I just had to get taught how to play it.”

“He’s so athletic, he can drop into coverage or he can put his hand on the ground and go rush the quarterback,” Strong said. “It’s been good for him because he’s developed, he has a lot of confidence now and he really believes he’s a good player.”


Try to find something with substance that's proves what you think about Golden, this doesn't help your argument. This guy hurts (no pun intended) your argument and only shows we do not have the physical specimens to match this kid's athleticism on the defensive line, although TMac has the potential.

Furthermore, you have to realize he's performing better than every other defender in the country as well who were recruited as top-rated defensive linemen too. And i'm sure there were some defensive linemen who didn't pan out under the Louisville coaching staff under Clint HUrt's tenure, not to mention across the country. So to use this atypical situation as proof that Al Golden is a bad coach doesn't equate.

Posted by: Next Man []_[]p aka Mahoney-Pearson | December 25, 2013 at 01:04 PM

The coaching made a significant impact in this player. While no player that Al Golden coached has this impact. Irregardless of what any other coach has done.

When it comes to the University of Miami, what other coaches eat, does not reflect in Miami's chit.

"The coaching made a significant impact in this player."

Posted by: ChampCane | December 25, 2013 at 01:19 PM

Wrong!!

“It was almost like walking blind. I didn’t know anything,” said Smith, who moved again to defensive end as a sophomore. “The coaches tried to coach me up, but the first couple of years it took me a while to really get what was going on.”

He cited Louisville’s trip to North Carolina as a sophomore, where three sacks gave fans a glimpse of his potential.

NC was the 4th game his Sophomore year when he had just made the switch to DL. This isn't about coaching, it's about his innate ability to play the position.

“But in the film room, I was getting yelled at because I wasn’t doing the right thing,” Smith said. “I just went to get to the ball. In that instance, I knew I could play the position. I just had to get taught how to play it.”

His 4th game after making the switch and still not playing the way he was being coached, yet he plays lights out. Some guys get coached their entire career properly by Clint Hurt and whomever you think a great coach is and they don't get 3 sacks in a game their entire career. You continue to be disproven in print and in argument but all you fall back on is unfounded statements, double negatives, and gibberish.

Come again..

“It’s always hard,’’ D’Onofrio said. “You have to watch it over and over again. You talk about it. It’s never, ‘Why did you do this?’ It’s, ‘Look, this hurt us, and this is when you executed it well.’ We’ve got to strive for more consistency.’’

His players have staunchly defended D’Onofrio, saying the onus is on them to perform what he teaches.

“He knows the game in and out,’’ cornerback Tracy Howard said. “He’s taught me a lot. I get mad, because if anything, he calls great games. To be honest, the fans should be more loyal. When we were 7-0, they were all happy. Now they want him out on his back.

“That’s the way football goes. I understand. But I feel like they’re being too hard.’’

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.’’

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/11/13/3749545/hurricanes-fans-aim-complaints.html#storylink=cpy

Howard also had words for those blaming his defensive coordinator for Miami's struggles the last few weeks.

""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."

"I feel like coach D'Onofrio calls great games. It's up to the players to execute."

Howard said D'Onofrio is "a great teacher."

"He knows the game in and out," Howard said. "He's taught me a lot about football since I got here. I think he does a great job telling us what to do and where to be at. And not just him, all the coaches. They relay it to us the best way possible.

"I get mad because I feel like if anything he calls great games. To be honest the fans should be more loyal. When we were 7-0 they were all happy. Now they want him out on his back. But that's the way football goes. I understand it. I'm not mad or anything. But I feel like they're being too hard.

"They're saying all type of crazy things about him. They're acting like we're a .500 team or something. We're not a .500 team. I feel like he calls great games. If they really understood football they might understand that."

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Ganes fans in full fire extinguish mode again today. Extra points getting players from the worst defense in UM history and the worst defense in the ACC in consecutive years to provide sound bites claiming the MAC losers know jack about stopping any offenses. Extra points for getting the losers replaced, that is.

That blowout Saturday is going to make the smoked uniforms 0-2, might as well uphold the tradition, as the holy binder of excuses written by THE WORST COACH IN MODERN UM FOOTBALL HISTORY, says.

Those quotes by the MAC loser and his boyfriend are becoming dumber by the year, Alverage is running out of 'A' material and is now just blubbering into whatever live microphone is shoved in his face, kind of like the WORST POSTER IN ALL OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL RELATED BLOGGING does to any golden shower spigot he can get his jaws around.

It's a Ganes thing, that's just about all they'll ever understand.

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