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Canes slugger Zack Collins talks making Team USA, becoming sixth player in UM history to be named Baseball America's Freshman of the Year

Monday turned out to be a pretty special day for Hurricanes slugger Zack Collins.

First he was one of 24 players selected to the USA's National Collegiate Team. Then, he became the sixth player in Hurricanes history to be named National Freshman of the Year by Baseball America.

"Starting off a Monday like this is always good," said Collins, who spoke with The Miami Herald by phone Monday afternoon.

Which achievement ranks higher?

"That's hard to say, but I would have to say making the national team," Collins said. "Before I came up here [to Cary, N.C. for tryouts] I told a couple friends that it's just an awesome feeling when you put on this jersey. It's kind of weird how when you put it on it gives you this electric feeling."

Collins, a Pembroke Pines native who starred at Plantation American Heritage High School, has chalked up plenty of accolades this summer. He was named 2014 Freshman Hitter of the Year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers’ Association (NCBWA), 2014 ACC Freshman of the Year, and pulled in Freshman All-America honors on three teams. Collins (.298, team-leading 11 homers, 54 RBI) and freshman right-handed pitcher Brian Garcia (7-4, 1.75 ERA, 15 saves) both earned Baseball America Freshman All-American First Team honors on Monday.

Collins, though, is the first Hurricane to win the Freshman Player of the Year award since Chris Hernandez in 2008. Past Hurricane winners include Alex Fernandez (1989), Pat Burrell (1996), Kevin Howard (2000) and Ryan Braun (2003).

"That's a huge accomplishment. I never thought the way I started off my year it would have ended like this," Collins said. "It's just an amazing feeling for me knowing all the talent out there that I was named Freshman of the Year. I don't even know what to say."

Collins said he's looking forward to playing with Team USA this summer and making trips to Cuba and the Netherlands. He played on the 16-under National Team and won a gold medal in Mexico.

"It seemed like every time I was on the younger teams tryouts I was always looking up to the college team. And now I'm on it. It's just an awesome feeling," Collins said. " think I'm looking forward to going to Cuba the most because being from Miami there's a lot of people from Cuba and they always talk about how awesome it is over there. Just to go there and see the culture and where a lot of people come from in Miami is going to be pretty fun. I haven't really heard about any players in particular, but I know Cuba always has some tremendous players. Yasiel Puig once played for Cuba, Yoenis Cespdedes, all these guys played for their national team. It should be pretty fun."

Collins is also already looking forward to next season. He said losing to Texas Tech in the final game of the Coral Gables regional left him and his teammates quite hungry.

"I went to Miami to win a championship and that's pretty much the main goal for everybody on our team. We're definitely going to make it to Omaha next year," Collins said. "I think what we learned was how no matter what type of team you are in the regular season you have to be on your best once you make it to the playoffs. Because once you get there anybody you play is going to be really good."

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Question? Why is Blustein credited with providing one of the most insightful pieces in the sports section in recent memory as a part-time contributor???

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Because he's a green and orange glasses wearing, non-objective cane clUck homer just like all of u other dUmb clUcks... It's all ifs, buts, what's, maybe's, coulda , woulda , shouldas and forever hopeful cane clUck flUff... As far as all this about a "fruitful" June... Only a typical blind homer clUck would get a stiffy about recruiting 8 months before signing day. But it's what u clUcks do best. u have done it before multiple years through both of Captain clUless and now ALverage Al. Enjoy though, because ur "fruitful" June will soon turn into yet again in Dec.-Jan. up to signing day Swoon as all the above average fruit becomes ripe, decommits and then falls into to the waiting hands of Top-10-15 Programs hands spUrning ur ALverage u once again like always...

bottom line, Blustein is to ALverage Al as MSNBC reporters are to Obummer... And u eat it up just like the rest of the moron no nothing dUmb sheeple...

11-12 WINS AND A BCS BOWL WIN THIS YEAR !!! DuH u IS BACK !!!

Wow u got this no star scrub who couldn't hack it at Memphis and quit and the only other offers from the likes of LA. Monroe, McNeese St., North Texas and N'western St...

but of course the stateofduhu homer website come up with this MSNBC headline, "The Canes kept the recruiting momentum going as highly touted JUCO LB Claude George gave his verbal to Miami."

"Highly Touted" for the likes of LA. Monroe, McNeese St., North Texas, N'western St and u...

lemme guess though... he'll be the next Vilma riiieeet ?

oooohhhhh poor poor pUhhhthic u

I can't get attention on Gator blogs because they can't work computers. []_[] guys GIVE ME ATTENTION!!!!

And what of an IDIOT HICK who gets a chubby from an EARLY PRE season ranking?? Tell us all about that will ya. I mean are you kidding me??

Posted by: Cola Cane | June 30, 2014 at 10:01 AM

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I'll go slow so even a dUmb clUck such as urself can understand...

Pre-Season rankings are comprised by players currently signed, sealed and on the roster...

Recruiting rankings, until the final rankings come signing day are comrised of who has committed but not yet on the roster... With u, than means getting all jackedup over ALverages yearly early stockpiling of commits that othet TOP-10-15 Programs have never sniffed nor will ever offer that u see as, "WOW what a fruitful June." And as this statement says by Barry Jackson,

*### This week’s pledge by two-star outside linebacker/defensive end Claude George gives UM 16 oral commitments heading into a 21-day dead period.

Of those 16, UM has no five-star recruits but four are four-star recruits, according to rivals.com:*

It is proof positive how AL and his Temple mentality are still stocking up on a vast majority of average to below average players, with ZERO Top-25 offers, because that's all he can get.. And after 3 recruiting years of that mentality, u have a roster HALF FULL (at least 40-45 kids) of true depthless former unranked n 2-star garbage elevated to BARELY 3 star status so u'll buy rivals-247-scout subscriptions to read bias stories about those nobodies that NO Top-25 teams offered) talent that would have struggled to be scout teamers on the 80's-90's and 2000-2003 Cane teams... Now tell me I'm lying cane fans... And just sit back n wait til more than HALF ur 4-stars get plUcked by Programs ROUNDING out their Recruiting Classes in Jan-Feb. Not OVER REACHING in May-June-July.

But u cane sheep (the ones that slurp up ALverage's BS of these under the radar kids have talent and great potential), with ur ongoing well over a decade now irrelevant hangover and dying for anything that resembles good news, will simply ignore the facts that the u u once were is a mere shell of it's former self... Just like the way ur view Nationwide outside ur lil 305 bUbble...

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**** Canes football chatter:

### The words atop a recent University of Miami football ad --- “Go to Fewer Games!” --- assuredly elicited double-takes.

But it wasn’t a misprint. ***

NOPE, not a misprint... It's u and where u are and have been out going into the middle of ur second DECADE of utter mediocrity...


GIVE ME ATTENTION!
MY TEAM SUCKS!
My life is no better.
All I have is this blog.
Are []_[] ready to give me attention?

"....waiting hands of Top-10-15 Programs "

ummmm, maggot? Ohhhh, maaaagggooootttt. Top 10-15 programs don't go 4-8. Ever. Never. Just so you know.

But a Pig like you, well, you are low-grade redneck trailertrash.

Posted by: The UFilth Pig who posts with a []_[] | June 30, 2014 at 10:18 AM


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ppssssssssssssssssttttttt... what a Top-10-15 College Athletic Program looks like ...
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THE MIGHTY FLORIDA GATORS --- THE LAST DECADE

College Football Conference Championships Appearances -3 ... 2 S.E.C. CHAMPIONSHIPS

College Football National Championship Appearances ----2 ... 2 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

College Football BCS BOWL Appearances ------- 4

College Football NEW YEARS BOWL Appearances --- 8

College Football Final Top-25 Rankings ------------ 8

College Basketball Final Four Appearances ------------- 4 ...

College Basketball Final Four National Championships--- 2 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

College World Series Appearances ---------------------- 4

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What a NON Top-10-15-25-50 College Athletic Program looks like waaayyy on the outside and delusionally looking in well into it's SECOND DECADE of PuRE MEDIOCRITY ...

u--- THE LAST DECADE

College Football Conference Championships Appearances - 0

College Football National Championship Appearances ---- 0

College Football BCS BOWL Appearances ------------ 0

College Football NEW YEARS BOWL Appearances ------------ 0

College Football Final Top-25 Rankings ----------------- 1

College Basketball Final Four Appearances ------------- 0

College Basketball Final Four National Championships--- 0

College World Series Appearances ---------------------- 1

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u see the VAST Difference ? Naw ... thought not. it's delusional a u thang.

FACT CHECK

21-16

4-8

PRESEASON TOP TEN RANKING

7 GAME LOSING STREAK

NO BOWL

LOST AT HOME TO DIV 2 GA SOUTHERN WHO LOST TO WOFFORD

PLAYERS BLOCK EACH OTHER IN GAMES

5>3 FOOTBALL

4>0 BASEBALL

ITS PRONOUNCED OOOF

This isn't a gator blog so I'm only here for attention!
GIVE IT TO ME!
MY MOM NEVER DID.
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!

5 National titles in football!

Don't give a Sh%$ about the Gators. Prattle on.

Another reason for hickville toothless inbred alachua county hicks to be jealous

Go wear your blue and awronge hat in your trailer be proud that you won 4 games last year

u see the VAST Difference ? Naw ... thought not. it's delusional a u thang.
Posted by: u are u ... unlike the GATORS ... NOT a Top-25 Program u ... | June 30, 2014 at 06:58 PM

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LMAO. This guy is the DEFINITION of DELUSIONAL. I mean really you need help, like Kramer on Seinfeld help. You're NOT a Top 25 team, you were 4-8, and that's how you're remembered. I don't need you to explain what Pre Season rankings mean either, because just as YOURS were last year, they don't mean sheet. It's like you keep trying to convince yourself, 'we're a good team, we're a good team', lol, our Golf team, our Volleyball team, our Chess team, do you see the pattern here dude. It's very neurotic.

U are u...I hope you can win enough games this year to be bowl eligible. Would be a nice rematch. Don't worry if you don't though , the rest of the sec will get you another preseason top 25 ranking in 2015. Phil Steele is off his meds lol.

"Posted by: u are u ... unlike the GATORS ... NOT a Top-25 Program u"

Maggoty PIG, why are we talking about the last decade? Coaches, players all different. Teblow is gonzo. STOP LIVING IN THE PAST, isn't that what the trailer donkeys tell the Cane fans?

If we use just half of that timespan, you have no titles, no SEC championships....but a HELL of a game against GA Southern.

So, you know, Top 15 programs change over time, but one thing is constant: THEY DON'T GO 4-8. EVER.

BWWWAHAHAHAHAH. Pig manure got OWNED, right []_[] maggot?

It is very funny indeed that all the ammunition you poor clowns have to get back at the U guy is from a historically bad, injury plagued season. A single season that won't be repeated again. Aside from that you have nothing to fight back. Nothing at all.
But in your delusional puny brains you "owned" the U guy.
You are very good at imagining what you "own".
Owners in your own tiny brains only.
Hey at least you had a "memorable month of June" right?
Fools.

^^^^^^^^^^^

Ummm, Gomer? Trailer 'billy? You may want to have someone read to you a couple of the last seasons. You realize that before the Gatr TRash went 11-2, they were 7-5 and 6-6? You do realize that, don't you, 'billy?

Man, you should be angry at UFilth for the non-education they gave you.


And, by the way, in the last decade or so, Canes own the Gatr Trash 3 out of 4 so, you know, Canes still own you maggots regardless of your long ago titles.

Only a really ignorant UFilth grad thinks that after seasons of 7-5, 6-6, 11-2 and 4-8 that the 4-8 is the aberration.

Even the 4 year-olds on Sesame Street singing "one of these things does not belong here..." would see clearly which one is out of place.

But not the dumb, deaf, blind and inbred UFilth.

There you go again with the "owning" stuff, guess your delusions make you feel better.
Speaking of non-education, judging by your posts it is obvious you got one of those.
BTW, besides being delusional you also attempt to rewrite the record books but I won't let you get away with it.
Before the aberration 4 - 8 season the Gators went, 11 - 2, 7 - 6, 8 - 5, and 13 - 1. So even the 4 year olds on Sesame Street know you are full of manure and trying desperately to twist the truth to fit your agenda.
Which again comes down to the fact that you got nothing on the Gators save for one historically bad season.
In reality the aberration for you is Golden Alverage winning 9 games last year. Another fluke that likely will not be repeated again.

It is very funny indeed that all the ammunition you poor clowns have to get back at the U guy is from a historically bad, injury plagued season. A single season that won't be repeated again. Aside from that you have nothing to fight back. Nothing at all.
But in your delusional puny brains you "owned" the U guy.
You are very good at imagining what you "own".
Owners in your own tiny brains only.
Hey at least you had a "memorable month of June" right?
Fools.
Posted by: ACC sucks and the canes can't compete
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What's funny is the fact you STILL sport your moniker, and have the audacity to come on our blog with your BS that pretty much mirrors the other weirdo. I will say you're not quite as obsessed, but not far from it. I mean a casual visitor to this blog, and saw your postings would easily say, 'this guys team was 4-8 last yr, lost to the Canes and comes on here spouting BS about a pre season ranking, and how it's a aberration, now that's pathetic'.
You have no effing clue you won't repeat last season this yr. You lost guys to grad/NFL, and STILL have Driskoll, and a bum backup, and other than your OOC games, have a pretty tough schedule, so what pray tell is an indicator you'll not repeat as bums again??

Posted by: Cola Cane

I have to say you seem more civilized than the your fellow minions yet remain a bit confused perhaps.
My moniker is truthful and real.
If I "mirror" the U guy then it means that what he says is based on truth as well.
Definitely not obsessed, for an example of that take a gander at Gatorclause and its resident cane troll.
I have nothing to brag about a preseason ranking, have not done so and will not do so, don't get me confused with others.
The point about the aberration is in response to the "filth pig" idiot.
I do have a clue or two about not repeating last season. First it was a historically bad season, a program like UF by definition won't repeat that, else it would not be historical, it would be commonplace instead.
That team was decimated by injury, not likely to happen to the same extent.
Players did leave to the NFL or graduation but there are many coming back with playing experience.
Driskel under Roper is very promising. Unlike your team we did change what was not working, our offense.
We changed that coaches and the scheme. Roper has a scheme to fit the players, not a one size fit all scheme. Backup QB is a problem I give you that. But I rather have our QB situation than yours any day and twice on Sundays.
The schedule is tough, but it has been so every year.
If Roper can succeed at Duke, he will kick ass at UF with much better talent and with the resources of a top notch national power.
The proof will be in the pudding soon enough.
I will leave you fools for a while now, you know I post here for a while only, not 24/7 like your troll does. I will check in during the season, your QB situation seems very dicey right now. Olsen's play has prompted your coach to reach for a journeyman who couldn't start for a 3 - 9 team. Let's see how that shakes out.

Don't count the bowl records, Gomer. Outside of the NC, what do they really mean? We are talking regular season so the records show 7-5 and 6-6. Don't try to make your crap team seem better than it is.

Jeez, the Gatr TRash has sunk so low.

ACC - see there - it wasn't so hard to admit your program isn't perfect and the future isn't set in stone, was it?

If there is a Cane troll on your blog, We can't answer for that...it may be the U are U guy here playing troll on both blogs because...stuff. his life.

My in-laws are huuuuge gator fans and we get along quite nicely, besides the ribbing.

Your new OC should do well. Driskell may have a breakout year under a scheme he is more accustomed to.

I don't really care, unless we are playing you. Fact is, you're here on our blog defending the honor of your team in retaliation for whichever cane troll you speak of.

You've been roped in by him enough to troll here. I don't go to yours and inundate with hate just because our piggy can't stop.

The maggot pie will repeat himself eternally. Too stupid to grasp his own self destruction. He reflects extremely poorly on anything UofM. Maggot...maggot

The proof will be in the pudding soon enough.
I will leave you fools for a while now, you know I post here for a while only, not 24/7 like your troll does. I will check in during the season, your QB situation seems very dicey right now. Olsen's play has prompted your coach to reach for a journeyman who couldn't start for a 3 - 9 team. Let's see how that shakes out.
Posted by: ACC sucks and the canes can't compete
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You don't have to be mean.

GA Southern had more injuries, less scholarships and was playing in the allegedly hard place to play in the swump dump.

Let the excuse train roll, Gatr Trash.

"We wuz injuried"

"Turnovers."

"Driskel"

"Gift"

"referees are mean"

Dumb 'necks have all the excuses ready.

Throwing up a []_[] is big part of your problem. That is your "brand?" []_[] don't know what a brand is. It's memories and that's it.

Throwing up a []_[] is big part of your problem. That is your "brand?" []_[] don't know what a brand is. It's memories and that's it.
Posted by: Foo...[]_[] a foo
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LMAO. Yep that's why ESPN and MILLIONS across the US say it's one of the MOST recognized brands in college football. Your little Gator isn't even close, lol.

"Posted by: Foo...[]_[] a foo"

This blog Pig seems like ghetto trash. Is that right, homie?

More!
MORE! I need MOOOOOORE!
ATTENTION!
You guys don't understand.
I only come here for attention
They don't give it to me on my own gator blogs
My mom doesn't give it to me
I've never had a girlfriend
So please see my hateful jibberish for what it is...
I need attention from you.

Well, at least M-Y Miami, Florida Hurricanes are NO.1 in some tangible poll. hUh

Because according to NFL.com, MY Hurricanes are the absolute NUMBER ONE program which produces running backs. Get outta' here, Weirdo.

In other words, NFL.com claim the last 25 years their are no other major college football schools which send running backs to the ' league. '

So Kudo's to Running Back U!

Now, if that Goldie could've/would've CHIT-CAN that SUSPECT defensive coordinator. Then just maybe, the Hurricanes could get back to being a LEGITIMATE Top 10 program. Or higher. dUh

u--- THE LAST DECADE

College Football acc Conference Championships Appearances - 0

College Football National Championship Appearances ---- 0

College Football BCS BOWL Appearances ------------ 0

College Football NEW YEARS BOWL Appearances ------------ 0

College Football Final Top-25 Rankings ----------------- 1

College Basketball Final Four Appearances ------------- 0

College Basketball Final Four National Championships--- 0

College World Series Appearances ---------------------- 1

It's funny the last two posters who we are supposed to believe are different people always go silent at the same time and then troll at the same time.

ThreeMackJones said something positive for a change! Well he did that to sneak his negative in. However the fact that he has to say "Miami, Florida" Hurricanes shows his true colors. No true Hurricane has to give question to which Miami we're talking about.

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