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Canes at Combine: punter O'Donnell blazing fast (& strong); OT Henderson also fast. OG Linder: strong.

Caught some of the NFL Combine on the NFL Network earlier today.

UM punter Pat O'Donnell, at 6-4 1/8 and 220 pounds, looked like the physical specimen he had been all last season with UM. He ran like it, too.

O'Donnell ran a 4.64 official 40-yard dash. At first they posted a 4.53 time, but that was unofficial. His time, last I checked at 1:51 p.m., was eighth overall for the day (fastest I checked was tight end A.C. Leonard of Tennessee State in 4.43) and top among kickers/punters. According to NFL.com, O'Donnell's 40 time tied the fastest by a kicker or punter since at least 2006; USC's David Buehler ran a 4.62 in 2009.

O'Donnell also benched 23 reps of 225 pounds. "That's right, that is a special-teamer,'' said an NFL Network analyst. Another comment regarding the bench press: "Crazy! That's an offensive line bench.''

In his one season in Coral Gables, O’Donnell set the school single-season record with a 47.1 yards-per-punt average. A first-team All-ACC choice and second-team All-America selection by USA TODAY, O’Donnell booted 23 punts of 50+ yards and downed 19 inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.

6-7, 331-pound Offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson's fastest official time today was 5.04 with a 1.71 10-yard split (the splits are key bursts for OL at beginning of plays). NFL folks keep talking about his "inconsistency'' and lack of physical strength for his size. He did not participate in the bench press at the combine.

6-5 5/8, 311-pound offensive guard Brandon Linder's fastest time today was officially 5.35. He benched an impressive 30 reps of 225 pounds. NFL Network: "If you could take Linder's toughness and tenacity and the way he plays the game and [put it] in Seantrel Henderson's body, then you'd have a first round pick.'' Linder had a 1.82 10-yard split when I saw him on TV, but that was unofficial.

Linder started all 13 games along the offensive line in 2013 and concluded his career with 37 consecutive starters. He was a second-team All-ACC selection and was named the team’s Offensive MVP at the end of the season. Henderson, a third-team All-ACC selection, played in 12 games along the offensive line, making eight starts at right tackle.

Quarterback Stephen Morris and wide receiver Allen Hurns will work out Feb. 23. Live coverage begins each day at 9 a.m. ET. Miami's official football Twitter account (@MiamiHurricanes) will also provide live results for all five Hurricanes.

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN 

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Once again the best cane player at the combine is a kicker. Punter U.
If only someone would take him in the first round and break the pathetic streak.

thank christ for our Punter.


u got that right.

hell, hire me. I will fix it by 2015.

promise u

Break pathetic streak???

Were still waiting for someone to beat our 6 in one round....fool.

Good luck to all the guys...

There is no program. Not a one. That can compare to the 2000-2002 draft classes for the U. Not a fr...ggin one. Not even close. Not bama,not usc, not fsu, not uf, not osu, not anyone. Dont come here talking about that. That would be likemobama compafing himself to mlk, or washington.

Heya gator troll.
What was the score of that baseball game?

Turds lose 2nd game also. Gator trolls will be hiding.

u are u where r uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu! even if we lose tomorrow, still won the series. I guess U baseball took off where the football team left us at.....position to keep beating gaytors

btw, U baseball, we won a game yesterday; we won one today, THATS 2 in a row; we win one tomorrow thats called a winning streak it has happened before sooo lets crank it up a little!!!(major league)ohh best part: 'gainst turds

The battle for UM’s quarterback job begins in earnest with the start of spring practice next weekend, and front-runner Ryan Williams knows there are some fans who will look at his unimpressive Rivals.com recruiting ranking (two stars) and his limited number of offers out of Miramar High (Memphis, Eastern Michigan were the best) and decide it makes more sense longterm to give the job not to Williams --- a one-year stopgap --- but to more ballyhooed Kevin Olsen, who has four years of eligibility left.

“There probably are doubters, but I never want to listen to the outside,” Williams said. “Kevin was an Under-Armor All-American. I wasn’t. I had to go to Memphis first. He came straight here.

“It’s always going to be looked upon as a lower status, but it’s something I’ve got to break through. Fans look at ratings, and I wasn’t highly rated. Fans hold that as a negative against me.”

UM coaches obviously don’t. There will be an open competition between Williams and Olsen, but Williams enters as the favorite because the staff sees a mature, responsible leader who has improved his accuracy and arm strength. Gray Crow is realistically an afterthought in the spring competition, and incoming Brad Kaaya (likely Olsen's strongest competition in 2015) and Malik Rosier arrive in the summer.

“With Ryan, you see plays that are second nature to him,” offensive coordinator James Coley said. “I love the fact he’s tall [6-6]. He’s savvy…. Before, he was a paw thrower. Now he will turn his shoulders.”

Coach Al Golden said last month that “Ryan has done a really good job, but you're not anointed the starting quarterback. In terms of his growth, maturity, football intelligence, he’s someone we're excited about."

Teammates have noticed other encouraging signs. “Since Coley came here, Ryan’s arm strength is better,” said departing running back Eduardo Clements. “His deep balls are better, more accurate.”

Williams admitted his arm strength was a considered “a negative” when he signed with Memphis, but he can now throw “60 to 65 yards and accurately” – a 10-to-15 yard improvement from when he transferred.

Beyond being generally accurate on intermediate routes, Williams “keeps his cool and he’s really good in the pocket,” tight end Beau Sandland said.

Still, there’s some uncertainty because of his limited body of work. He threw for 2075 yards, 13 touchdowns and 10 picks in 10 starts as a freshman on a 1-11 Memphis team in 2010, then transferred when the coach changed the offensive system from pro-style to spread.

At Miami, Williams has completed 37 of 52 passes for 569 yards, four touchdowns and one interception in two years as Stephen Morris’ backup.

“I don’t want to be given anything,” said Williams, who threw five touchdown passes in Miramar’s victory in the 2009 Class 6A state championship. “I want to go out and earn it. That’s what I plan on doing.”

Does Williams look at this as his team now, in terms of leadership?

“That’s what I’m going to try to do,” he said earlier this winter. “I want to try to take over and be a big influence and get the young guys caught up to speed and make sure they know there’s no more Allen Hurns, no more Stephen Morris, and it’s us now.”

Any doubt he can be quality starter at this level? “No. I definitely proved myself at the Division 1 level before. We didn’t win a lot of games. But after these last three years of learning, I’m so much better.

“My overall accuracy on every ball has improved. Just looking back at myself, everything – body type, arm strength – it just looked bad. [Now], I feel good about myself on the field.”

It wouldn’t be surprising if Williams throws more intermediate routes and fewer deep balls than Morris did. “Maybe I’ll take people by surprise and can sneak a few deep balls and open up some thing underneath,” he said.

“If it’s a team we feel we can take shots on, we’ll take shots. I don’t have any limitations of what I can run offensively.”

The UM staff likes Olsen’s skill set but wants to see more maturity (after a bowl game suspension unrelated to academics) and quicker decisions (“don’t overthink it,” Coley said). Golden said last season he wants to see Olsen work to get better in the film room.

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/sports-buzz/2014/02/ryan-williams-ready-to-prove-himself-to-doubters-dolphins-marino-heat-marlins.html#storylink=cpy

Posted by: rather b u than uf...still | February 23, 2014 at 12:59 AM

He has no heart. Talks that hot garbage and don't realize he has no influence on the how good or bad UF is. The proof is always in the pudding. He'd do well to say off the blog for...ever, but more than likely he will change his rhetoric and resurface like a swamp lizard. No disrespect, but they let anyone in that school.

Ryan Williams has all the tools to be successful. I hoped we have health and growth of some of the young bloods from last season. Especially at RB.

the 40 time is the biggest hyped wasted stat there is..someone please tell me what the 40 means for an o lineman or punter etc..its all media hype,give me pure talent and football smarts anytime...

### Around town: UF says it has discussed scheduling a home-and-home men’s basketball series with UM as early as next season and the following one….

U'll then have to drop early season patsie games against the likes of College of Charleston, St. Francis, FAU and Florida Tech to do so... U won't though. U don't want to play and get rolled by the #1 RANKED GATORS in Hoops. It would be just one more sport in which u would be owned.

And the gators willnhave to drop half their sec schedule bc the sec in baskeball? Lmao. What a joke. 3 out of 14 teams are worth anyhing


## Around town: UF says it has discussed scheduling a home-and-home men’s basketball series with UM as early as next season and the following one….

U'll then have to drop early season patsie games against the likes of College of Charleston, St. Francis, FAU and Florida Tech to do so... U won't though. U don't want to play and get rolled by the #1 RANKED GATORS in Hoops. It would be just one more sport in which u would be owned.

Posted by: u are u ... N.I.T. u
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Around town: Fans are discussing how you can always tell when a LOSER is on their teams FOOTBALL blog talking about BASKETBALL, and that's because his football AND baseball teams STINK, LMAO!!!! You're a bum kid, now go clean out the locker rooms.

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Sawlrey Chawrlrey... []_[] rUse aglin...

He also says 'losah's can nevah admit dey r losah's, dey always make up nuddah scween name, and hide behind dare stupidity' Hence dey r STOOOPID....Oh also dey r LOOOSAH'S!!!!

Can one of you turd trolls bring a broom out to the baseball game, pls?

Jlo go back to the gaturd blog and stop changing screen names loser. By the way, Canes baseball whoopin that arss like Canes Football over the lowly turds.

Posted by: dudecane1 | February 23, 2014 at 05:57 AM

Speed is a somewhat of an proxy for athleticism. In terms of being an O lineman if you're pulling, speed matters. Speed x mass = power, kinetic energy, force, momentum depending how you want to measure speed/acceleration.

Sometimes the punter is the last man between a returner and the endzone. Having a guy bench line a lineman and run like a receiver is not a bad deal.

"U don't want to play and get rolled by the #1 RANKED GATORS in Hoops. It would be just one more sport in which u would be owned."

Funny.. Football doesn't want any part of []_[], baseball got bounced, but because they're stacked in Basketball they feel strong and the fandom wants to act brolic. Well y'all can bring it. We aint hard to find. So far we're 3-0 this year head up. I don't know why you're still here...

No disrespect, but they let anyone in that school.

When was the last time u were ranked #1 or Top-10 in ANY Sport ?

Try scrolling back well over a decade u looosers.

Right now, the GATORS are ranked #1 in 3 SPRING SPORTS !!!

THREE !!!

And another 4 GATOR teams are Top-5 !!!

That's why it is GREAT TO BE A FLORIDA GATOR !!!

ur not Top-Ranked in ANYTHING... u wouldn't understand.

WINS ...RINGS ... CHAMPIONSHIPS ... CONFERENCE ... NATIONAL !!!


Yup.

Miami Hurricanes getting a good start on 2015

BY SAFID DEEN
SDEEN@MIAMIHERALD.COM
Although the University of Miami football team missed out on several big-name recruits at the end of the Class of 2014 recruiting cycle, the Hurricanes are well on their way to contending for a top-10 recruiting class for the second year in a row.

UM hosted several of South Florida’s best Class of 2015 football recruits on campus for unofficial visits Wednesday, culminating with a chance to watch the men’s basketball team beat Notre Dame at BankUnited Center.

The Hurricanes coaching staff landed two verbal commitments from the day’s work in Miramar offensive tackle Leeward Brown (6-4, 338) and Bradenton Manatee defensive tackle Ryan Fines (6-3, 300) — both rated as three-star recruits by several media outlets but big bodies nonetheless. Fines and Brown became the fourth and fifth 2015 commitments for UM, respectively, joining Royal Palm Beach athlete Charles Perry, Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep offensive tackle Kevin Feder and Pembroke Pines receiver Emonee Spence.

“It’s home,” Brown said Friday, citing UM’s family atmosphere as one of the main reasons he chose to commit to the school. “You can’t go away from home.”

With spring practices set to begin in March ahead of UM’s spring game on April 12, the Canes will have plenty of opportunities to have many other prospects, including those living in South Florida, visit the campus and get a feel of what it would be like playing close to home.

According to 247Sports, the Hurricanes coaching staff already has more than 150 offers and counting on 2015 recruits, with 26 offers to players in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties. In comparison to other schools across the country: Florida State has offered 140 players, Auburn 116, Florida 135, Alabama 131, Tennessee 189, Ole Miss 152, Notre Dame 99, USC 65 and Oregon 33 — just to name a few. UM issued 248 offers in the last recruiting cycle, with 32 to players in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

Miami’s motive during the last recruiting cycle was focused on getting players to commit early, having them visit unofficially during the season and taking their official visits during the last month of the cycle to keep them on board and help persuade other players to visit.

Plantation American Heritage quarterback Torrance Gibson, rated a five-star prospect by several media outlets and considered the most coveted player in South Florida, has been recruited by coach Al Golden since he took the UM job in December 2010 when Gibson was in the eighth grade.

Gibson, who holds offers from more than 20 schools, visited Wednesday and enjoyed his conversations with Golden and offensive coordinator James Coley. He has no plans of announcing a final decision in the near future but will announce a top-15 list “soon.”

“[We talked about] committing and just bringing a national championship home to Miami, and just talking,” Gibson said. “I could see myself doing that.”

Devonaire Clarington, a 6-6, 222-pound tight end now enrolled at Hialeah Champagnat Catholic, said UM has always felt like “home” to him.

“It’s right down the street,” said Clarington, who also visited UM on Wednesday. “Every time I go I think about it. Like, do I want to leave my family and leave everything down here? Leave my mom, dad, granddad, stepmom, grandma — everything.”

Clarington, who played at Westminster Christian last season, said he plans on making his final decision while participating in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio in January. In the meantime, he hopes to visit Alabama, Florida, Texas and Ole Miss, among other schools.

Miramar cornerback and FSU commit Tyrek Cole jokes with Brown at school about playing at UM together. Cole said Golden preaches about UM’s swag and how “I can bring the swag back to the ‘U.’ ”

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/02/23/3954489/miami-hurricanes-getting-a-good.html#storylink=cpy

Posted by: u are u ... []_[]nranked u | February 23, 2014 at 12:25 PM


Nobody at this site cares. Go somewhere else with that nonsense. We've been there and done that already. And btw, it's not about where you start, it's about where you finish.

Act like you been there before, man.. We have.

4-8 in football, but #1 in girl's tiddlywinks. What college sports fan wouldn't want that?

"And btw, it's not about where you start, it's about where you finish."

Well said little cluck. Now those of you who are so happy your BB team took 2 home games in a series in February where will you be in late May? Is your team going to make it out of a Regional this year?
Seems like the only way your mediocre teams become relevant is the few times they beat the Gators.
Happened last year in football, you became relevant and ranked after beating the Gators. You are most welcome. Too bad for you it was very short lived since it turned out everyone beat Gator football last year. So you were nothing special after all and promptly fell off the rankings and into irrelevance once again.
Do not make the same mistake now with these two early baseball scores, heed the advise of Mahoney-Cluck above.
You poor little clucks can't help yourselves just like getting all excited about 2015 football recruiting in the winter of 2014.
Remember clucks it's where you finish.

hey acc sux...why do u have such a hard on for us? if were so irrelevant, according to u why are u on hear reminding us? u don't go on ucf,usf,fiu,fau blogs telling them!!!!! oh wait, cause u get owned by a lil private school where 'turds will let everybody in north of central fl with or w/out teeth....and banjos

Posted by: u are u ... []_[]nranked u | February 23, 2014 at 12:25 PM
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Enjoy your ladies squash game. We'll enjoy watching the canes win 3 straight today.

"Seems like the only way your mediocre teams become relevant is the few times they beat the Gators."

oh contra-ire my insecure state school fan from gainesville. I would love to talk about the good ole southern baptism our defense put on your team to make you all QUIT the series in football, but you all SUCKED so badly that it's not even worth mentioning. Not even good enough to talk about. Losing an FBS school on the way to 8 loss season!!!!! smh.

"You poor little clucks can't help yourselves just like getting all excited about 2015 football recruiting in the winter of 2014."

The name of the blog is "eye on the U". We're supposed to get excited about our team. You would never find a cane fan making the world aware of his insecurities on a UF blog by comparing this []_[] to the blue people up north. That's what separates []_[] fundamentally from the rest of y'all wannabes. We know who we are and don't look externally for validation.

No go on and show us who your daddy is.

39-6

"When was the last time u were ranked #1 or Top-10 in ANY Sport ?

Try scrolling back well over a decade u looosers."

Um, could you be the dumbest human being on the face of the earth? Miami basketball was ranked as high as #2 in the nation JUST LAST YEAR, @sshole.

Miami football was also ranked #10 THIS PAST YEAR.

Miami baseball has been ranked in the top 10 several times throughout the last decade, including the 2008 team which went into the College World Series as the #1 ranked team in the nation.

How about you actually know what you're talking about before opening your ignorant mouth and showing everyone how stupid you are?

Looser gator brags about the fu womans knitting team being ranked #1 in the nation.


39-6

Posted by: Oliver Rubber
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26-20 and 4-8, yeah remember those numbers well Oliver Blubber

39-6

Posted by: Oliver Rubber | February 23, 2014 at 04:04 PM

At least get the score right, you dyslexic idiot. Is there any Gator fan on here that has an IQ over 50?

R,

Trick question. There are no gator fans with an IQ over 50.

AG is all talk and his players are accordingly..AG is in love with his D corch!

Seantrel brought this all on himself, the guy sshould've been a lock for round 1.

Hey GKC, So if the U(nranked) fans are so smart (IQ over 50) and their team STILL sucks donkey balls, what the hell does it matter???

These dudes troll a damn canes blog...habitually....and they call us losers. That's funny because I seem to recall my team whipping your team.


R,

Trick question. There are no gator fans with an IQ over 50.

Posted by: GatorKillerCane | February 23, 2014 at 06:16 PM

Hahaha...that's pretty good.

Morris teams mantra:errors. Errors errors errors. Probably lead the country in errors the last 5 yrs. Un acceptable. Bad coaching

Morris has to be fired. Otherwise this um baseball program will never retrun to glory

Once again the best cane player at the combine is a kicker. Punter U.
If only someone would take him in the first round and break the pathetic streak.
Posted by: ACC sucks and the canes can't compete | February 22, 2014 at 03:45 PM

Once again, the obsessed sicko can't read English.
It does NOT say the best Canes player at the combine was the punter, just that he did well. AND that he exhibited great speed and strength, especially compared to the toothless gatr players there.

Did ANY of the 8 gatrs do better than Morris or ODonnell or Henderson? Nope. So WHY are you on here attacking Canes players and fans, daily, when you sent MORE players to the combine, and they ALL stunk up the place.

If only someone would get you off this blog and break YOUR pathetic streak, coward. I noticed you didn't take up the offer to meet at the baseball games this weekend, coward.

ACC better in football and basketball and baseball, and the gatrs can't compete.

CANES better in football and basketball and baseball, and the gatrs can't compete. Yep, since the gatrs are afraid to face us in football and basketball, and just lost the series against us in baseball, go tout your bass fishing team on some OTHER blog, coward.

Moldy Soldy, the blog Pig. You Gatr Trash are 1 -3 vs the Mighty Miami Hurricanes.

So, cheer your #1 women's field hockey. When it comes to head-to-head matchups with the Canes (which, you know, you disgusting piece of manure, is what really counts), you can't beat the Canes. Can't do it.

Canes own the Gatr Trash.

Beware. The Idaho Vandal beatdown in the Septic Tank Swamp looms large.

"### Around town: UF says it has discussed scheduling a home-and-home men’s basketball series with UM as early as next season and the following one…."

I bet THAT conversation went like this:

Baloney Foley: Hello, Mr. James, sir, I am so sorry that I dismissed all your previous offers over the years, but we are NOW willing to consider facing you guys again in a home and home series.

Blake James: Oh, that is very good news! Just sing the contract we have been faxing you every year for the past 25 years, and we will put you on our schedule.

Baloney Foley: Huh? I didn't see that contract.

Blake James: Really? We have been sending you a football contract every year!

Baloney Foley: Oh, Football! No, our football team SUCKS right now, we only schedule you guys in football when you are on probation or coming off a 5-7 season. No way we are going to let you guys beat down our football team again. We have already had to drop Furman, Lousiana Lafayette AND Georgia Southern, I would hate to think what your team would do to our football players again.

Blake James: Oh, so you are talking about baseball? I know we are going to face you once this year, are you talking about adding a second series?

Baloney Foley: Yeah, about baseball... You guys got good again, we are going to have to drop you from our baseball schedule.

Blake James: Huh? Then what are you adding?

Baloney Foley: (with a mad hatter cackle) Basketball!

Blake James: Wait, you guys play in the pathetic SEC in basketball, while we face Syaracuse, Duke, North Carolina, and the rest of the toughest basketball conference in the NCAA 3, 4 > 0. Oh yeah, and 9 > 4 and 2 > 1 as well.

Posted by: u are u ... N.I.T. u | February 23, 2014 at 08:39 AM
And, you are you, a sick murder joking racist namechanging coward, obsessed with the canes blog every weekday and every weekend.

Aaahhhhhh, Confrucius say, even []_[] brind gloUnd hog geet rUcky and frind acorn evry noww an den ... bUt den []_[] no geet rUcky no mor and die swrrroooowww death afta ova decrades wrong stalvation.....................

Sawlrey Chawrlrey... []_[] rUse aglin...
Posted by: u are u ... acorn u | February 23, 2014 at 09:09 AM

Wow, you racist piece of garbage. TIred of the lynching jokes and the murder jokes, now going after the Asian Americans?

You are right about ONE thing though, even a blind ground crawling slime lover like the gatr can get lucky and win ONE football game against the Canes in over 25 years.

Against a 5-7 team with no offense and a rookie QB in his first start, needing a "run up the score" fourth quarter to avoid even THAT one turning into another Canes victory.

And I guess that acorn showed up for you in Sunday's baseball game against our Sunday backups. Twice in seven years, you guys have used up all your acorns, coward.

Can one of you turd trolls bring a broom out to the baseball game, pls?

Posted by: GatorKillerCane | February 23, 2014 at 11:00 AM

They brought it, but they kept it hidden in their favorite cavity. You could tell because they could not bend over to pick up their Copenhagen tin after they dropped it, and there was straw sticking out of their jorts.

yyyyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwnnnnnnnnnn ...

17 ERRORS in 7 games huh ?

WINS ...RINGS ... CHAMPIONSHIPS ... CONFERENCE ... NATIONAL !!!

Posted by: u are u ... []_[]nranked u | February 23, 2014 at 12:25 PM

And you are you, completely CLUELESS about reality, coward.

Wins:
29 > 26, Miami.
Rings:
5 > 3, 4 > 0, Miami. Even if we add basketball, 9 > 5, Miami.

Championships (see rings)

Conference:
9 > 8. Yep, Miami, as an independent and ONLY in a conference for a short time, has nine. Gators, in almost 100 years in a conference, has 8.

National:
See rings again, coward.

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