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Who do you think will have the best showing among the five Miami Hurricanes at the NFL Combine?

 

UM: FIVE HURRICANES WILL PARTICIPATE IN NFL SCOUTING COMBINE ON SATURDAY -- WATCH IT ON TV BEGINNING AT 9 a.m.

INDIANAPOLIS – Five Miami Hurricanes will be among the more than 300 prospects participating Feb. 22-25 at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. The four-day combine will be televised live exclusively on NFL Network.

 Offensive guard Brandon Linder, offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson and punter Pat O'Donnell will work out Feb. 22. 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.

 Morris, a two-year starter under center and a 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team member, finished his career ranked third in Miami history with 7,896 passing yards and 49 touchdowns. A 2013 All-ACC third-team selection, Morris is one of only two QBs in Miami history with multiple 3,000-yard passing seasons (Gino Torretta).

 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.

 Hurns enjoyed one of the greatest receiving seasons in program history in 2013. The second-team All-ACC receiver set a single-season school record with 1,162 receiving yards and finished with 62 receptions – the third-most in a single season. He finished his career ranked seventh in both receptions (121) and receiving yards (1,891).

 In his one season in Coral Gables, O’Donnell made a considerable impact, setting 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.

 Miami opens its spring practice schedule March 1. The Hurricanes' annual Spring Game will kick off at 6 p.m. on April 12 at Sun Life Stadium.

****************************************************************************************************** Who do you think will have the best showing, relative to their positions, of the five Hurricanes at the NFL Combine? QB Stephen Morris, WR Allen Hurns, OG Brandon Linder, P Pat O'Donnell, or OT Seantrel Henderson?

I'm going with Pat O'Donnell. 

 SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

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Canes SUCK !

Susan, I agree with you, with Linder and Hurns both a close second.

The other two are inconsistent and overrated, unfortunately.

I like Pat O'Donnell...

Agree O'Donnell, maybe the best weapon the Canes had once Duke went down. Linder, like several Canes the last 5-6 years may end up being a better pro than college player.
Henderson has the tools, but has he the will and dedication? Not so far. Hope the young man can get his act together. Hurns was a fine Cane, and is a fine young man.
He'll help some team the way Golden Tate does. Hurns makes the tough catches.
Go Canes!

Yup.

The Miami Hurricanes are set to enter year seven without a bona fide place to truly call home.

Sure there is Sun Life Stadium—the Canes' current digs, house of the Miami Dolphins, host of a few Super Bowls and considered, by most, a decent place to play football. Still, folks who spent many a rowdy Saturday in the raucous Orange Bowl between the early 1980s and the early 2000s certainly know better.

Will the University of Miami overcome local hurdles and find a way to get into a new stadium sooner than later?
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"The U" is under contract to remain in Miami Gardens for the better part of the next two decades, but the venue will forever feel akin to sleeping in somebody else's bed—right down to the missing Canes' helmet in the end zone, lack of a logo midfield, hovering Dolphins presence and yards of dead space between the sideline and the stands.

While all of that brings frustration and despair, there's a sliver of hope for the University of Miami, courtesy of a pretty-boy, former soccer legend on a mission.

David Beckham has taken a liking to the Magic City and wants to bring soccer to South Florida. Of course to better his chances of doing so, he needs more than financial backing—Beckham must form a local alliance, and who better than the vagabond Hurricanes, in search of proper place to play, much closer to home?

UM represents an ideal, marquee long-term tenant—one with a solid brand, tremendous history and a strong following—currently backed up by years of losing and frustration regarding venue ever since that rickety steel structure in Little Havana was torn down in early 2008.

For Miami, jumping on the Beckham bandwagon is the lone, tangible option if a "home" stadium is an ultimate goal. The global superstar has the name, face, brand and connections to get folks excited and focus on funding, while UM president Donna Shalala has the savvy, politically background and a full Rolodex of her own, when it's time to shake the trees.

The tag team duo of Beckham and Shalala could be unstoppable, if both parties have a similar vision and can unite on the cause.

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A scrimmage between former Hurricanes and Dolphins represented Miami in January 2008 one final time before the Orange Bowl was demolished.
Unrealistic enthusiasts will rant and rave about a desire for an on-campus stadium, but it's a pipe dream that won't ever come to fruition. The City of Coral Gables would never allow such a thing, while logistically speaking, two-lane roads like Ponce De Leon Boulevard can barely handle random weekday traffic, let alone a home game on a Saturday during fall.

The 275-acre Tropical Park is five miles from "The U" and has been mentioned as a possible site, but nothing more than a petition and rallying cry from a legendary hometown running back have ever grown out of the suggestion.

For a private school in a metropolitan city, with just over 10,000 undergraduates, eight figures won't be allocated for a built-from-scratch concrete structure that will only see action six to seven days every fall.

For Miami, it's Beckham or bust—meaning that without a viable alternative, the Canes will have to serve out their full 25-year sentence at Sun "No Life" Stadium—which will remain as is for the time being.

A $400 million renovation was proposed and fell flat when the Dolphins' bid for public financing was blocked by the Florida House of Representatives last May. The NFL franchise was asking the state to approve just shy of $100 million in sales tax rebates over the next three decades and wanted public funds to cover upward of half the renovation costs.

Beckham's proposed stadium would be less than half the cost—while also about half the size.

Sun Life's capacity hovers around 80,000. A co-soccer and football stadium—possibly built at the 36-acre PortMiami location—would have to be near 40,000 in order to accommodate the Hurricanes' needs.

Beckham's original bid was for a 25,000-seat stadium, but preliminary discussions with Miami made it known that the Hurricanes would need more than that in order to accommodate season-ticket holders (30,000), students (6,000) and space for fans of visiting teams (4,000), according to a recent report by Barry Jackson at The Miami Herald.

While Sun Life Stadium is bigger, the result certainly hasn't been better.

Outside of matchups against Florida State, or the occasional out-of-conference perennial power—Florida, Ohio State and Oklahoma come to mind—a sea of empty orange seats are oft the norm on college football Saturdays in Miami Gardens.

A smaller venue—with closer proximity to UM's core fanbase—could potentially have an Autzen Stadium-like impact on the Hurricanes. The rabid fans would be in attendance, making noise and providing that "12th Man" effect the rocking Orange Bowl had in its heyday.

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Oregon's Autzen Stadium only holds 54,000 but is as rowdy as any packed SEC stadium in fall.
Oregon's stadium houses just over 54,000—up from just over 41,000 prior to a 2002 renovation—yet is know as one of the rowdier venues nationwide. That type of quality-over-quantity effect could play well for "The U"—especially if Miami's port area winds up the new home base, a viable option with the Port of Miami Tunnel Project already underway.

Artist renditions online showcase a stadium with an open end zone—in Orange Bowl fashion—yet with a more picturesque backdrop of a crystal blue ocean and the city's skyline, both much more in line with the Miami lifestyle.

While the major networks always come back from commercial breaks with shots of South Beach during nationally televised Canes games, Ocean Drive and NW 199th Street couldn't be further apart aesthetically.

The Miami program took a gut punch when Sun Life's renovation plans were cancelled but could land an all-time knockout blow if this proposed deal eventually finds its way through.

This project would rejuvenate a fanbase, welcome the Hurricanes back "home" on game day and greatly impact recruiting—while finally incorporating the unique city's flair into a one-of-a-kind college football experience.

So what. Attendance average is only slightly below those glory years. Espn viewing ratings for miami games are as high as any other program including alabama

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ur soooo OWNED !

Lol...gaytors talking smack!!!! Scoreboard!!!!! You lost on your home field to a division 2 team...and you paid them! Hahahahaha


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GROUND IS SHAKING NORTH OF HERE

More NCAA trouble on the horizon for the football team (secondary violation). You would think that people (coaches and players) would be hypersensitive to possible violations and avoid them. I wonder which player will be suspended to satisfy the NCAA?

AG is dumb!!

I have figured out a gator pattern. Everytime they lose to us they disappear for a little while.

O'Donnell may end up being the rarest of college football players------ a punter who actually gets drafted.

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