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Men in black, orange and red. New injury. Miami Hurricanes QBs Ryan Williams & Kevin Olsen speak.

  Like almost everything else in life, spring football practices at the University of Miami have flown by,  with a closed scrimmage remaining Friday, before open practices Tuesday (April 8) and Thursday (April 10) precede the April 12th spring game at Sun Life Stadium.

    After Saturday's closed scrimmage, some new men in black graced Greentree Field on Tuesday morning, with some of the customary black-garbed Hurricanes wearing green.

   Same for a few in orange – and white.

   Black and orange jerseys during practice signify excellence. There can be fewer than 11 defensive players and 11 offensive players wearing those colors on any given day. 

  The players who wear neither orange nor white, black nor green, during practices: quarterbacks. And senior Ryan Williams still has the decided edge in this position, according to his coaches, with redshirt freshman Kevin Olsen continuing to improve.

   I talked to both today.

  RYAN WILLIAMS

   "I think we definitely edged them for the most part,'' said Williams of the scrimmage. "But they had some big plays on third downs that ended some of our drives.

   There were six touchdowns in the scrimmage, including a bomb to Phillip Dorsett by Williams. Among the receivers Williams utilized were Stacy Coley, Rashawn Scott and D'Mauri Jones and tight end Standish Dobard.

  "I think we're definitely more balanced,'' Williams said. "Last year I thought a lot of the pressure was put on Allen [Hurns] because he was a senior and he was so consistent and he was definitely a big playmaker -- plus the loss of Duke and Phillip late in the season. All these guys have grown up. Stacy is not a freshman anymore, Herb [Waters] is now an upperclassmen, Rashawn is coming back. We have a good corps of playmakers coming back.''

   Williams said he wants to be smarter and more efficient in the next scrimmage. "Just being smart, just [having] efficient route runners, making sure they get their right depths, making sure they're taking their time and not trying to rush, and eliminating negative plays. We had a few sacks that we can't have.''

   He said the interception by Artie Burns was the result of a route called for Stacy Coley to "kind of break across [Burns'] face and he was really confused because it wasn't really a play we worked a lot. I talked to him right after the play and made sure he knew what happened."

   Williams said the offense has "to be more efficient on drives. We had some penalties that hurt us."

  He said he is "stepping out" of his "shell" in trying to be more of a vocal leader.

KEVIN OLSEN 

    Olsen said Tuesday he thought he really threw the ball well in the scrimmage. "I got a couple chances to throw the ball deep and I connected on those,'' he said. "That's always big having those deep balls, those home runs as we call them, deep shots. I had a good grasp of the offense. I ran it good. I got us into our checks and our alerts depending on what the defense threw, and I think it was overall pretty good -- ones and twos."

   Olsen connected with Rashawn Scott for a touchdown "maybe 50 yards,'' he said, and a long, "maybe just a little bit less than 50-yard" sideline pass to D'Mauri Jones. "It was maybe a little breakdown on the coverage and they ran good routes and went up and got the ball for me.''

   Olsen said "from Day One out here in the spring I felt pretty comfortable about what I was doing and what my knowledge of the game was and getting everybody else in the right plays. I think I'm getting really good at that and I'm going to keep working on that every day.

  "The scrimmages are exciting. We're in our game stuff. There are referees. They were calling plays. There are no scripts, no periods. We're playing like a real game. It was really fun for me."    

   Olsen didn't throw any interceptions in the scrimmage, though he threw one Tuesday, nabbed by linebacker Raphael Kirby.

   "I tried to get it over his head,'' he said with a grin, "but it died on me a little."

   Olsen said he is trying to be more vocal and wants his teammates to know they can count on him. "I'm not going to screw up. I'm not going to get them into bad plays when they're in good ones -- just  getting the guys to trust me and think that, 'OK, yeah, he can do it.'''

   The offensive players wearing the coveted orange jerseys Tuesday were tackles Ereck Flowers and Taylor Gadbois, receivers Scott, D’Mauri Jones and Coley and tight end Dobard.

    Dobard was lauded by both James Coley and coach Al Golden, and Golden has repeatedly said that the young Coley, who led the team with 1,461 all-purpose yards last season, is setting the standard in just about every way for receivers.  

   Losing their orange jerseys on Tuesday were tailback Gus Edwards, and guards Jon Feliciano and Danny Isidora.

   James Coley said Edwards is “being challenged’’ by Walter Tucker, and had “a couple of plays’’ during the scrimmage in which he could have given better effort.    

   INJURY REPORT

  Al-Quadin Muhammad injured his ankle (right) early in the scrimmage “and fought through it,’’ defensive coordinatgor Mark D’Onofrio said.  He wore a red (non-contact) jersey in practice. Defensive tackle Olsen Pierre (concussion) is still out. Also in red: tailbacks Duke Johnson and Joseph Yearby, cornerback Ladarius Gunter, safety Rayshawn Jenkins, center Shane McDermott and receiver/all-purpose freshman Braxton Berrios.

    D'Onofrio was asked right away Tuesday about the players wearing black jerseys.

      “We’ve had nothing but practices, and we had a scrimmage, which was the first time we were able to go live and really move the field consistently – a situational scrimmage, but we were moving the football and seeing how guys play the game,’’  D’Onofrio said after UM’s first open practice since Saturday’s closed scrimmage. “The black jerseys indicate when the lights came on who played to the level that we can win championships with.”

MEN IN BLACK

   The new black-jersey wearers: sophomore linebacker Jermaine Grace, sophomore cornerback Artie Burns, junior safety Dallas Crawford and junior nose tackle Earl Moore. They joined senior linebacker Denzel Perryman and junior linebacker Kirby, also in black.

    “Jermaine made a lot of plays, and he didn’t make a lot of mental errors,’’ D’Onofrio said. “He probably made eight tackles so he was really productive. He’s gained eight pounds so I’m excited about where he’s headed.

    “Dallas did what I knew he would do once the lights come on. He’s a physical guy and has a great feel for playing the game. For what he’s done in a 10-day period coming over to our side of the ball has been really remarkable.’’

    “Earl has been steady. He has gotten better. Probably the last three or four practices have been really consistent for him. The light went on.”

    D’Onofrio said Burns “really rebounded’’ this spring after missing the first four practices because of track. “He was playing catch-up with everybody else and he really bounced back. He mastered all the techniques we were asking him to do. He played really good when he was pressed.

   “…Bottom line is those guys who got the black are doing what we’re asking them to do. They’re playing hard and doing their job.’’

HOWARD, FIG IN GREEN

   Off the “it’’ list, at least on Tuesday, was junior cornerback Tracy Howard and sophomore linebacker Alex Figueroa – both of whom will no doubt play major roles next season.

        “Just not up to the standard in the scrimmage maybe that they’ve been all along and that’s all we can go by,'' D'Onofrio said. "At the end of the day, there’s something noticeably different about a scrimmage than a practice. It’s the closest we can get to a game situation. We don’t have preseason games. We get three scrimmages in the spring and we get three in the fall. We get six opportunities to get a feel for what it looks like.

    “I’m looking at the individuals. Right now we’re mixing and matching. There’s not cohesion out there. There are injuries. I’m just worried about that. I’m worried about, how do the individuals grade out? How does each individual play within that and what do they do when the lights come on?”

    When I asked if Howard and Fig not wearing black was for motivational purposes, D'Onofrio said it's just about "being consistent. There’s no motivation [factor]. He’s [Howard] been in black every day. We just grade the players. We love Tracy. We love what he’s doing for us. We want it to be something special. We want there to be a standard. How the guys graded in the scrimmage is based on where they’re at today. He’s going to be motivated by pride.’’

       Kirby played in the middle and outside in the scrimmage. “He’s another guy that showed up,’’ D’Onofrio said. “He made plays. He played fast. He did the little things. Sometimes you have to give yourself up so somebody else can make a play. Sometimes you’re on the front side of a play that goes out there fast and as the [middle] linebacker or the [weakside] linebacker you’ve got to go run up there and hit it and blow it up so somebody can run over the top and make a play. He did all those sorts of things – not only made the plays when he had the opportunity but did the unselfish things.

   “I’m proud of what he’s done.’’

    D'Onofrio said tackles Corey King, Ufomba Kamalu and Jelani Hamilton continue to improve...He said he looks forward to tackle Michael Wyche, tackle Courtel Jenkins, tackle Anthony Moten, end Chad Thomas and rush end Demetrious Jackson arriving in the fall to make the defensive line stronger.

 SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN 

    

 

 

   

 

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Whoa...looks like the mods finally had enough of that clown. They deleted his two posts before mine. Well done.

Are the troll prez, d'o and goldie still screwing up the Cane football team??!! When does it end???? Those morons know NOTHING about football coaching and formations with their prevent the win No defenses, hail mary passes instead of solid offense.

does anyone have the videos of the Hurricane NC wins other than the last one. All I see are the last one and the zero state BS "loss." Please post the first four Cane NCs on you tube.

We want there to be a standard?! Son, if Tracey Howard is wearing something other than black because of a standard then you should be wearing a chicken outfit because you don't measure up.

We want there to be a standard?! Son, if Tracey Howard is wearing something other than black because of a standard then you should be wearing a chicken outfit because you don't measure up.
Posted by: Canesjunkie | April 01, 2014 at 11:49 PM


^^^^^^^^^^^

Lol

Why does Goldie even lets his BFF talk???

Stupid mess constantly comes out of his mouth!!!

Standards???

116th and 90th in the nation in total 'efense are some standards aight...

Yea nash...kinda like uf's standards of 118 th offense in the country. Or staying in the top 80 in the polls? Or , their div ll home game standards? Almost everyone has standards, even the gator football team ( not the fans).

just saying- shut up

I agree with canefan72 aboutthe offense- Stop all those hail marys. That has proven over and over that it doesnt win games consistently- Stephen Morris and his so-called cannon arm proved that. What theUM offense needs is:

- Better 3rd down conversion- last 3 yrs UM has been horrendous on 3rd down

- Better red zone TD/field goal ratio- las t 5 yrs pathetic

- Better time of possesion- last year were in the bottom two

Even FSU dinked and dunked adn got 5, 8, 10 yds a pop. Wionstons 3rd down conversion destroyed us. Our D managed to put presure onhim into the 3rd quarter and had him on 3rd down and longs, but he converted.

With management of time of possesion and creating consistent long pounding drives (even if using the TE a lot instead of the running game), it willtake tons of pressure off the D and we will be able to put pressure on the opponents D instead.

Glad the mods may have started regulating the troll a bit.

What happened to the new uni's being unveiled?

They will be unveiled at the spring game....

I vote for Green, Orange and White. No Gray please!

Go Canes!

They better not mess with the helmet. Leave the helmet alone, go back to black cleats,socks,gloves. That slightly smoked portion in the back of the helmet that was used last season was terrible. Here, I can make it really simple, go back to 2000 uni's. Maybe spice them up a "little" bit. But don't change it. There's your solution. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

GO CANES!!!!!

DBC agreed. Never want to see that gray uni's again. Burn'em!

Go back to 1991 uniforms. That is the only thing I will the Gators credit for, they didn't sell out their uniforms to make NIKE more money. Of course, they still suck!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/heritagesportsart/sets/72157626408149919/detail/


Just go here and see all the uniforms that Miami has used in the past up until 2004. Enjoy.


GO CANES!!!!!

Who really cares about uniform, helmet, or spring practice (controlled situations). I never noticed any change in the uniform, because my focus was on performance of the players...scores, wins, and championships. The logo is internationally known, because I am a retired military Veteran who had been stationed overseas, and the citizens of every country know about the []_[]! The only good news coming out of spring practice is the QBs are learning how to make pre-snap adjustments. Therefore, the team should not be looking over to the OC for changes, which will allow the defense to adjust too. Spring training is about input...not output! The lights come on late August or early September.

RichmondHeightsCanes

I hear you, but at the same time there have been changes in many areas that a lot of us, as Canes fans, simple don't approve of in our own way. I'm going into my 23rd year as a season ticket holder. Not saying that gives me any special privilege to speak and have my words etched into concrete but I think I can at least put my 2cents on the table and speak my mind. I agree 100% with everything you posted. I truly do. I'm happy with some of the improvements that I have been reading up on and seeing for myself at the practices. So that's a positive and I'll take it. The defense has made an improvement in my eyes and it looks like for some guys the light is finally turning on. Now to the "UNIFORMS" conversation. There has been too much playing around with the unis in my opinion and I see it as if it ain't broke don't fix it. Well they have tried to do that repeatedly and repeatedly has been met with criticism and properly so. Some of the unis that have come out of recently since candy randy was coach have been awful. Those bird wing jerseys, then the storm trooper unis (where's the damn snow in Miami people??). Then a gray uniform with a smoked rear section of the helmet. I lost it on that one. Never touch the helmet. Leave the trademark alone. Never touch it, period. Personally for me from 1991 and on.

Here's another link to some of the previous uniforms used...

http://blog.heritagesportsart.com/2010/08/university-of-miami-hurricanes-football.html

I simply don't want them to play stupid or look stupid. When you dress good, you play good. Simple.

GO U!!!!!


Furthermore, I rather coach Golden closed all spring practices to the media, public, and non-committed recruits. If the recruit has committed...then allow him access to the practices. Too much talking over the past 3-4 years! Get the team into a competitive focus environment...behind closed doors: passion, energy, and football IQ.

What the formal players have established in Miami: community relations and true brotherhood...it's a priviledge to witness a practice by a recruit...not an entitlement. Orientation is about enrolling into the institution, to include preference of study. Only when the recruit has committed, he is allow access of the []_[].

Coach Golden, I am looking to see if you and your staff can shake up college football again. I see several ALPHA "Dogs" (leaders) on this current roster:
- Defensively: Carter, DZP, Tyriq, AMQ, Burns, and Crawford
- Offensively: Duke and Coley

Great points RichmondHeightsCanes.

“We’ve had nothing but practices, and we had a scrimmage, which was the first time we were able to go live and really move the field consistently – a situational scrimmage, but we were moving the football and seeing how guys play the game,’’ D’Onofrio said after UM’s first open practice since Saturday’s closed scrimmage. “The black jerseys indicate when the lights came on who played to the level that we can win championships with.”
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I'm tired this nerd talking, this moron knows nothing about what championship football is coached under him nowhere or the other moron. oth of whom need to shut-up until they actually win a game of significance. Whatever he just said makes no sense what-so-ever.

Until I see TRUE MIAMI HURRICANES DOMINANCE on the defensive side of the ball, I will not listen to a word this bumbling idiot has to say. He must earn the right to speak. Until then, the only right he has is to coach, nothing more.

Heard somewhere they are incorea little of that smoke in the new uni's.....hope they were wrong

Jersey colors in practice ? We're talking about Jersey colors in practice ?

I'm color blind. I want to see it on the Field in the Fall. Show me.

Posted by: RichmondHeightsCanes | April 02, 2014 at 02:39 PM

Thank you Sir.

I think Olsen is our man. I hope he gets to play. He does not sound like a player that wants to be red-shirted.

I wish Miami would drop Nike. Every time I see that 'swish, I can't help but think Miami (and other colleges are subsidizing Oregon's facilities and teams.

This DC has to go. I don't want to hear another word out of his mouth. If he worked for a fortune 500 company, he'd be gone fast because he'd be exposed as a liability.

This DC truly doesn't know. The O will be OK. But the success of the O might be based on playcalling.

I think if cool cat and calvin were ceos the end result would be

A broke ass company

Bc these dweebs are idiots

Got a commitment, we stole him from Akron, here is the guy wearing PSU shirt..NO LONGER DAU, WE ARE PSU pic.twitter.com/U5nrxfIDR2 ......THIS DUDE HAD A OFFER FROM AKRON, TELL ME WE AINT PSU

RHC - friggin great posts.

Funny how Oregon totally tried to coopt the U's mojo.

I don't know how I feel about the unis, but I think RHC nailed it.

CANETILLIDIE,

I am with you on DNO's yakking. Sure you want to be positive during the spring. And there are some good reports coming out. I like Kevin Olsen's attitude, kind of cocky, which is great.

Only when the season starts will we see the real deal. I hope the defense is tough. We have some fine players on that side, though the D line is an issue.

Like hearing the good news and hope it continues and transfers to gameday! That's when the real lights come on!

Go Canes!

I sgree who the ( ) cares about unis. Evrytime UM introduces new unis the players choke on the field. maybe theyre itchy.

psssssttt right here

uniforms, colors ?

I remember back in the 1980's

that sound

just a few days to get ur uConn n uK gear

new IP

Got my uconn gear.....lol! When its done im gonna hand it next to my Georgia southern gear.

Thats pretty sad that u ha e to get a new ip tho keep up with an obsession lmaoa.d your right about the same old lines.

Heard that Coach D is the one pushing for new unis this season. The Great Golden is on board as well therefore so am I. This should silence the critics that say that we did not make any changes after fielding a pathetic defense for all these past years.
Our DC wants to change the color of the unis.
Thers's your change, now what else will you complain about.
Get on board the Golden Onofrio train fellows!

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News of the week for the sorry canes:

Players thinking of unionizing.
Coaches ponder changing the color of football uniforms to try improve performance.

News of the week for the rest of the nation:

Final Four just 2 days away.
No ACC team made it.
Two SEC teams in the mix.
Cane homers buying UConn gear.

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News of the week for the rest of the nation:

Final Four just 2 days away.
No ACC team made it.
Two SEC teams in the mix.
Cane homers buying UConn gear.


Posted by: ACC sucks and the canes can;t compete
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You can always tell a loser when they go to a ANOTHER TEAMS FOOTBALL blog to spout off about their basketball team, because they SUUUUK at football, sothey get glory any way they can, lol. What a loooooooooooooooooser.. Tell people who actually care.

Heard that Coach D is the one pushing for new unis this season. The Great Golden is on board as well therefore so am I. This should silence the critics that say that we did not make any changes after fielding a pathetic defense for all these past years.
Our DC wants to change the color of the unis.
Thers's your change, now what else will you complain about.
Get on board the Golden Onofrio train fellows!

Posted by: delUsionalcane | April 03, 2014 at 09:40 AM

Hilarious.


Hilarious.

Posted by: HarrietTubmanCane

Thanks HTC, hope I can count on you to join me in the Golden Onofrio express!

Unfortunately I don't have much of a choice in the matter.

Pass that Paterno-esque 6XL dress shirt and orange clown tie. All aboard.

That's right Cane fans there is no choice but to hop on board this choo choo train. The Golden Onofrio express is here to stay. All you Negative Nancys out there please apologize now.
Black shirt, red shirt, orange or white. Which color to pass out in practice is what Onofrio has to decide.
Who has time to develop players or scheme according to out talent when there are so many color choices out there. If we can only change those unis once again we can return to glory.

I just read this article again to gain insight of the reporter's update on the progression of the football team during spring practices. Now, it is clear why I was not please with this article initially. Susan and Manny are still being recorders...not reporters.

It's not about what the coaches and players are saying, because we have heard this song over the past 3-4 years. What are you (Manny & Susan) are observing as a sport reporter? This information is not news:

- Williams should have the edge over a player who is a red shirt freshman and never played one down as a D1 QB.
- DC talks about improvement, but is not specific. Scrimmage and practice are different...wow! What is the difference in a scrimmage and game?

I am just wondering if the players know the difference, because over the past 3 years on defense it seems like they thinks it's practice on game day.

2013 UF football 0-2 vs. ACC.

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