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Big congratulations to OG Brandon Linder, who gets picked in 3rd round by the Jacksonville Jaguars (and his former offensive coordinator, Jedd Fisch)

     All was quiet on the University of Miami football front Friday night at New York’s Radio City Music Hall and across Hurricane homes everywhere – until the silence was broken at about 11 p.m.

   That’s when the first UM name was called in the 2014 NFL Draft.

   That pick: offensive guard Brandon Linder to the Jacksonville Jaguars, whose offensive coordinator, Jedd Fisch, previously coached the 6-6, 312-pound Linder at Miami.

    Linder was selected 93rd overall – the 29th player taken in the third round – when the Jaguars gave up Nos. 105 and 179 to the Patriots to draft the Hurricane from Southwest Ranches in Broward County.

   “Crazy, right?,’’ said Linder, who leaves for Jacksonville Sunday. “I’m so happy right now. It was me and my family sitting down, no real expectations, and I get a call from Jacksonville and didn’t even know they had traded up with the Patriots to get a pick. I was ecstatic. My family and I were going crazy.

 

   “I can’t wait to get there and get to work. Coach Fisch is my guy. He coached me for two years and I couldn’t be more excited to be working with him.’’

       Linder, who also has played tackle, not only will be staying home in Florida, he’ll have a chance to protect the top quarterback taken in the draft, No. 3 overall pick Blake Bortles from UCF.   

    “Congrats to my boy @BrandonLinder65!’’ tweeted UM quarterback Stephen Morris, also awaiting his shot to become an NFL player. “love ya bro!’’

    And this tweet came from senior Hurricane defensive end Anthony Chickillo: “Congrats to my brother linder! Proud of him man, great player even better person.’’

    UM extended its streak of 40 consecutive years with an NFL Draft pick.

     The selection marked the first Hurricane taken as high as the third round since 2012, when defensive end Olivier Vernon went to the Dolphins and linebacker Sean Spence to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

   Last year UM had cornerback Brandon McGee go in the fifth round to the St. Louis Rams and Mike James to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the sixth.

    Linder was a four-year starter at Miami, with 37 consecutive starts to end his career.

   NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said last week of Linder: “The more coaches get involved, the more they like Linder. He’s not as physically gifted as some players in this draft, but he’s smart and he’s tough. He could climb.’’

    No other Hurricane received that magical phone call to warn him that he was about to realize his dream.

    Some flirted with the prospect of 6-7, 335-pound right tackle Seantrel Henderson going as high as the third round until it was reported Monday by ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Henderson tested positive for marijuana at the NFL Scouting Combine – and that NFL teams were notified of such last week.

   That dropped Henderson’s worth, leaving Linder and Saturday’s hopefuls that include Morris, receiver Allen Hurns and punter Pat O’Donnell.

         Linder said last week that he’d be happy no matter when he gets drafted. “It’s all about the opportunity I’m given,’’ he said.

   His father, Kent, said Friday that Brandon would be home for the draft with his younger brother Nick, an incoming UM freshman offensive lineman who also played at St. Thomas Aquinas.

   “I’m kind of one of those guys who doesn’t get excited,’’ Kent Linder said. “I mean I freak out inside and I let it out without it being seen. I’m optimistic but I’m also realistic. We’ll see where he ends up.’’

      Morris’ dad, Colin, said Stephen would spend the weekend in Sunny Isles with his family.

   “We’re just going to hole up in our place,’’ Colin Morris said. “He’s really excited. We all are. It’s tempered with a great deal of uncertainty as you can understand and imagine.’’   

 SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

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6 straight years of no Cane 1st Round picks u dUmb clUcks... And not one future 1st Rounder on the present wussiecane roster for the next 4 years and beyond... DUKE JOHNSON WILL BE A 1st. ROUNDER sez the dUmb blind cane clUck... ppppphhhhhffffffffffffffffttttttttt STFU dUmb clUck, no NFL team will waste a 1st. 2nd or 3rd round pick on a midget 200lb 3rd. down back/Kick returner. But look on the bright side, if ur Punter team MVP gets picked in the 7th. round, u can woop it up over the fact that u had 2 players taken, while the Noles and GATORS will have 7 or 8 each get drafted in rounds 4-7...

# of S.E.C. PLAYERS TAKEN IN THE FIRST 3 ROUND ? 23 - TWENTY-THREE !!!

acc... less than half that many... and another 50 SEC studs to be taken tomorrow.

How many gaytors got drafted? Hang your hat on that because you STILL lose 21-16 idiot. Did the two guys blocking each other in the loss to Georgia Southern get drafted? Wait.. what? Gaytors lost to Georgia Southern? ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahhaha

movingzen: BAM. YOu schooled that pos.

Look at the herald aricle gaytr cluck- How many UF players waiting to get drafted? How many of them were so called 4-5 stars under Urban the cryer and then the chump?

Typical Gators: Overrated, Underperforming, Overhyped.

Even if they go to the NFL they still s-k

# of S.E.C. PLAYERS TAKEN IN THE FIRST 3 ROUND ? 23 - TWENTY-THREE !!!

acc... less than half that many...

Posted by: an other idiot | May 10, 2014 at 01:15 AM

ACC had 15 players drafted in the first three rounds. Math owns you b****! Just like the Canes own the gaytors. No wonder you talk so much unsubstantiated bs.. you're mathematically challenged. Let me help you fool-
5 > (is greater than) 3 National championships
21 > (is greater than) 16 head to head points
29 > (is greater than) 26 series wins
9 > (is greater than) 8 conference championships
"is greater than" means the number on the left is larger than the number on the right. Do I need to type is slower for you to understand?
Miami Hurricanes > Florida Gaytors

ps.. I get it now, if you're team sucks, claim the accolades of your conference... or an ACC team. idiot! A box of rocks ain't got nothing on you :thumbsup:

"You don't want to be overdramatic with this thing, because none of these South Florida guys appear to be life or death prospects the way Duke Johnson and Stacy Coley might have been, but there is no question that this is a critical juncture for Golden and Miami. Failure at home means there is something wrong in the process, a point which some would suggest has already been driven home the past couple years as a staggering degree of homegrown talent has gotten away. But this time around there would be exclamation points just because of the compound effect."

The handwriting is on the wall; AG and staff, you are on the clock. We are losing elite S FLA players at an elarming rate and as noted in the article, "Failure at home means there is something wrong in the process." We are chasing one, two, and three star players (spending precious resource dollars) across the USA and still having bottom feeders commit and back out; figure out how to keep our elite S FLA players at home. I do not recall any UM coach in the past 20 years lose as much S FLA talent to other teams as what has happened in the past few years.

For those of you who will speak to the past NCAA sanctions etc as the excuses for AG; Butch Davis got super talent to the U even while on probation. Even RS kept most of our major S FLA talent at home (without a sufficient coaching budget to develop them). AG has a sufficient budget, freedom from NCAA, super rich talent within our backyard (S FLA), numerous headliners in former NFL / HOF players to speak for the program, and the "U" Brand; if you cannot work with all these positives and keep our elite players at home, it's time to pack it in and head back up North. Quite frankly, our "U" program is brain dead and on life-support. If there is no significant (i.e., ACC Title) movement this year, pull the plug and bury AG and staff in the North.

Happy as heck for Linder - works his butt off and has gotten rewarded - S. Henderson should have hung out with Linder more and may not have been in the mess he's in with this draft.

brain dead trailer trash,

How did that Jimmy Graham versus Aaron Hernandez comparison turn out?

You draft a Cane, you get better than expected results, from a player that got a great education at a highly ranked school. See Sam Shields and Jimmy Graham.

You draft a gator, you get burned, over and over again, from a player that got a poor education at a lower ranked school, and protected from their crimes temporarily by a sleazeball lawyer like Huntley Johnson.

See Rex Grossman, Tim Tebow, Aaron Hernandez, and DOZENS of others.

Cane89 is absolutely right. This program is not recovering nearly as much as it should have. It has been stagnant the last two years. The coaches are responsible and this should be their last season baring considerable improvement.

Oh, and Henderson and Morris should probably be studying maps of Canada. Or submitting job applications to a fast food restaurant.

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