Here's a quick preview of what could be in store next Wednesday, National Signing Day.
> NOTE: I wore the old Cubs jersey in honor of the late great Ernie Banks.
Kevin Olsen's numbers weren't pretty (7 of 21, 65 yards, 1 INT, 0 TDs) in the spring game.
Here's what he had to say when it was over.
Cornerback Tracy Howard picked Olsen off late in the scrimmage. He also finished with two tackles. Here's what he had to say after it was over.
Here are the raw numbers from 11-on-11 work during Saturday night's scrimmage.
As you can see Kevin Olsen and Gray Crow didn't have great nights throwing the football.
WHITE (DEFENSE) 61, ORANGE (OFFENSE) 60
> Rushing: Edwards 19-70, Tucker 11-36 1 TD, De’Andre Johnson 5-11, Crow 1-(-1), Olsen 1-(-4)
> Passing: Olsen 7-21-1-65 0 TD, Crow 9-20-1-63 0 TD
> Receiving: Lewis 3-36, Water 3-12, Scott 2-33, Walford 2-13, Sandland 1-13, Tucker 1-9, Kidd 1-6, Coley 1-6, Jones 1-0
> Tackles: Carter 5, D. Crawford 5, Pierre 4, Perryman 4, Armbrister 3, Elder 3, Grace 3, Howard 2, Kirby 2, Muhammad 2, Hamilton 2, McCord 2, Figueroa 2, Owens 2, Fentress 2, Crawford 1, Burns 1, Kamalu 1, Chickillo 1, Moore 1, Heurtelou 1
TFL: Owens 1.0-1, Blue 1.0-1, Kamalu 1.0-4, Kirby 1.0-1, Pierre 1.0-4, Chickillo 1.0-1, Fentress 1.0-2
Sacks: Kamalu 1.0-4, Chickillo 1.0-1
PBU: Grace 1, Fentress 1, Armbrister 1, Kamalu 1, Hamilton 1
INT: Young 1, Howard 1
Kicking: Goudis 0/2 FG, 1/1 PAT
1-on-1 competitions = 1 point per play
7-on-7 and 11-on-11 followed this format:
1 Point: First Down
3 Points: Field Goal
6 points: Touchdown
1 or 2 points: PAT kick or two-point conversion
1 point: Defensive Stop
2 points: Fourth-down stop
3 points: Three-and-out
6 points: Turnover
10 points: Defensive Touchdown
Here are the UNIFORMS pic.twitter.com/v4WbnUtwUi— Hurricanes Updates (@CanesFamNews) April 12, 2014
Nike sent out a press release with the new uniforms a few minutes before UM got to unveil the unis here at Sun Life Stadium Saturday afternoon.
This press release accompanied the Nike story on its website.
In South Florida, football is played with a sense of speed and style that transcends the field of play. The University of Miami Hurricanes have become more than a team — they embody the soul of Miami and have defined the culture of the sport.
The new Hurricane uniform design reflects the vibrant, bold style of the city — from the beach to the architecture to the people. Steeped in tradition, the new aesthetic is anchored by the familiar orange and green colors, as well as the iconic split-U logo. Modern accents have been added in order to harness the team’s early cutting-edge style both on and off the field in the ‘80s and ‘90s.
“Historically, UM has been a trendsetter in college football for uniform designs,” Miami Athletic Director Blake James said. “With this latest uniform design, we are able to combine our iconic history with South Florida tradition and a modern edge.”
The ibis has long been an important part of the university’s heritage. As a well-known Native American symbol for both danger and hope, the bird was believed to be the last animal to seek shelter before an oncoming hurricane and the first to emerge after the storm. An aggressive interpretation of the Miami Ibis has been integrated into the uniform on the shoulders, hip and helmet.
Miami will now feature four interchangeable uniform colors. The tonal colors of the Ibis logo (green, orange and white) inform three of the four new looks. At home, the Hurricanes will dress in orange. The orange jersey is accented by green directional graphics at the shoulder. A clean white and silver helmet, featuring an anodized finish and grey facemask, completes the look. The white jersey and pant combination is accented with green at the shoulder, and serves as the foundation of the away look. The white uniform is also capped with a matching white and silver helmet. The team will also showcase two alternate uniform colors – the first alternate showcasing a green jersey and pant with a white helmet. The team will also introduce a new alternate anthracite “smoke” jersey and pant serving as a reminder of the early pioneering pre-game smoke that opened every home game.
“The uniform comes at the right time for the right team,” said Miami head coach Al Golden. “These young men, who unselfishly guided us through some very dark days, now display a renewed attitude and spirit! These new uniforms capture that outlook.”
“The innovative look respects our tradition but perhaps more importantly, represents the future and our current Canes,” Golden said. “We have one of the most iconic logos in college sports and Nike has combined that with its latest performance technology to produce a sleek, dynamic new uniform for The U.”
Miami will also keep its traditional and iconic white helmet with the split “U” in rotation, giving the Hurricanes three different helmet options.
“This more aggressive look will amplify our brand as well as incorporate Nike’s latest uniform technology,” said James. “We have one of the most recognizable brands in college athletics, and we hope this begins to strengthen that position in the years to come.”
The uniform font and numbers are now larger, refined and more aggressive, amplifying and anchoring the entire design. Graphic details on the uniforms include the primary “U” logo on the helmet, jersey neck patch and back of the pant. The “U” is also present in custom palm graphics on the Nike Vapor Jet 2.0 gloves, appearing thumb to thumb when the hands are locked up.
This fully integrated uniform system incorporates the latest in Nike’s performance innovation, where the athlete's baselayer works in concert with the entire uniform – true innovation from the inside out. Lightweight padding is integrated directly into the crucial “hit zones” in the baselayer. Innovations include integrated Flywire technology in the neckline for reduced weight and lockdown fit over pads. Additionally, increased sleeve articulation provides better range of motion, and four-way stretch fabrication delivers a streamlined, shrink-wrap fit.
As the first team to bring a refreshed sense of style to the game back in the '80s and '90s, this new uniform aesthetic harnesses the team’s ever-present style and bravado, while positioning the Hurricanes at the leading edge for the future.
Matt Patchan's youngest son, Scott, a 6-6, 238-pound four-star defensive end at Tampa Freedom High, has decided to follow in the footsteps of his father and commit to the University of Miami.
Scott Patchan made the announcement Saturday afternoon on his Twitter account by posting a picture of himself with UM coaches (see it below).
Six years ago his older brother Matt, a U.S. Army All-American defensive tackle, picked the Florida Gators over the Hurricanes, much to chagrin of UM fans. He ended up transferring from Florida and having a standout season at Boston College this past year, earning All-ACC Second Team honors.
UM also landed a commitment from 6-foot, 190-pound running back Dexter Williams of Orlando West Orange High School. He pulled a Patchan posed in a photo with UM coaches (see it below).
Williams ran for 1,072 yards and three touchdowns on 180 carries last season for Orlando Olympia High. Williams is rated a four-star recruit by 247Sports.com and the 11th best running back in the country by the same website. Williams is considered a special athlete. He won the Nike SPARQ combine in Orlando in February with an overall score of 117. He ran the 40-yard dash there in 4.54 seconds.
Its great to be a CANE!!! pic.twitter.com/O8uEiLm5Cs— YRN Flex! (@DexterW_22) April 12, 2014
UM sent out the following press release regarding the health and status update of offensive lineman Hunter Knighton, who was hospitalized two months ago.
Statement from Hunter Knighton: “On February 24th, my football career at the University of Miami was unfortunately derailed after being taken to the hospital following a workout. With a 109 degree body temperature and unknowingly suffering with the flu, I was stricken by a heat stroke. The results were not good: brain swelling, multiple seizures, kidney and liver failure. Unresponsive, I was placed on a ventilator for twelve days during which time I fought one of the greatest battles of my life against a loss of blood platelets, double pneumonia, and fever. By God's grace, and with an amazing medical team at both Doctor's Hospital and UM Hospital and with a great support group of family, coaches, and friends, I was finally able to leave the ICU after two weeks. I am so close to achieving my childhood goal of playing Division I football and I am determined to make it happen. I plan to contribute this spring to my team and not only achieve my goal of playing major college football, but far surpassing it, and helping The U win games. Thank you to all of those who have supported me and prayed for me.”
Statement from Coach Golden: “As we entered the spring of 2014, Hunter Knighton was distinguishing himself as one of the top performers on our team. He had completed our off-season training program ranked third among all of our offensive linemen and was emerging as a team leader. Hunter was so close to realizing his lifelong goal of starting at center in major football program when he fell ill. Since he first began the recovery process, Hunter has been nothing short of amazing and has been an inspiration to us all, approaching his rehab program with courage and fortitude. I have absolutely no doubt that Hunter will continue to persevere, make a full recovery, rejoin his teammates and realize all of his goals at The U.”
All this marketing buildup for some football threads.
The Hurricanes will unveil their new Nike-inspired uniforms today at the spring game.
Time of liftoff: 5 p.m. on the field.
Personally, I think it's fun. And I really like looking at uniforms in all sports, like I love all kinds of art. Sometimes it's not my taste, but I still appreciate it.
I like colorful things, but I also think one color unis are cool, too. I do know that the current Canes would freak out (in a good way) over some type of all-black uni -- though I'm told there won't be a black version. I'm not sure about anything until I see what it looks like.
I believe there will be a few -- four? -- uniform variations involving orange, white, "smoke'' (Nike Anthracite) and green. I have not seen anything first-hand. So I guess we'll all know for sure at 5. I can neither confirm nor deny my info until we all see it together.
The helmet is another object of curiosity. What has, if anything, Nike done with the iconic U?
I don't think green and orange are especially flattering together, but they do shout out the brand with gusto -- and that's a good thing if you're a proud fan.
So, just for fun, if you're game, please let us know what your dream uniform would look like today at 5 p.m.
Keep it clean, or we'll shut it down.
See you later!
SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN
It's Football Saturday in the middle of April.
We all get a good look at University of Miami redshirt freshman quarterback Kevin Olsen and backup Gray Crow today in the 6 p.m. spring game at Sun Life Stadium. This will be a controlled scrimmage, and of course, as usual, the quarterbacks cannot get touched, so it's not fully reality. But at least it's something for fans to get excited about -- or worried about. Or both.
In town to see their favorite quarterback are the Olsens, Canes from way back.
Older brother Greg Olsen, a former Hurricanes tight end who now plays in the NFL for the Carolina Panthers, will be there with his 3-year-old son Tate. Another older brother, former Virginia quarterback Christian, will be there, too. And mom Susan and dad Chris, a legendary high school football coach out of Wayne Hills High in N.J, will be there.
Sue and Chris believe Kevin is in the right place to learn and grow, and can handle the opportunity that unexpectedly came to him when starting quarterback Ryan Williams tore his ACL a week ago Friday in the second scrimmage.
Chris, who retired last year from coaching and now lives with his family in Charlotte, N.C., talked to me Thursday after UM's final spring practice at Greentree Field.
"For the 14th day [of 15 allotted spring sessions] they look pretty good,'' Chris Sr. said. "Kevin is starting to look confident out there with those older guys. He's surrounded by some really good players.''
Chris talked about Kevin getting the job because of Ryan's injury.
"I feel terrible,'' he said. "I know Kevin felt really bad about it. I felt bad about it because I could relate to it. My oldest boy Chris had just committed to Notre Dame his senior year and he went out and tore his ACL the first game of the season. Kevin's senior year he break his foot the first game of the season.
"So I understand. I feel really bad for Ryan because he has worked so hard to do what he wants to do. It's very unfortunate.''
I asked Chris how much of a disadvantage it was for Kevin that Ryan's injury came at nearly the very end of spring practice.
"You've got the whole summer,'' he said. "You do what you've got to do. You do what you're dealt with. You've got a couple practices here and try to build on that going into the summer, and of course, in fall camp.''
How is Kevin's mind frame?
"Very good,'' his dad said. "I talk to him a couple times a week. He'll call me and tell me how practice is going or how school is going. He really seems to be taking off here.''
I mentioned that Kevin has had some "bumps in the road'' on his way to and while at Miami. How much has he matured?
"Everybody matures coming out of high school, being around older guys, being a year older,'' Chris Olsen told me. "That's just the maturing process wtih a lot of kids. I'm anxious to see it Saturday night.''
*** How do you all feel about today's very preliminary dress rehearsal for Kevin and Gray? How much stock will you put in their performances? What do you expect, or what are you looking for?
It's all part of the process, as Al Golden would say, but the process has been moved up in a hurry. With incoming QBs Brad Kaaya of West Hills, Calif. and Malik Rosier of Mobile, Ala., arriving next month, this could be a great opportunity for Olsen (and Crow) to perform in front of a crowd, get some confidence and prove to himself that he's right on track to take the reins. Of course, I'm not sure that's the case, but we'll all get a glimpse later today.
SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN