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Fast and faster... Strong and stronger... Canes' speed & strength numbers improving this summer

It's the heart of the summer, but the Miami Hurricanes are still out there running and jumping and pulling and sweating to get ready for summer camp that begins Aug. 5 in Coral Gables.

Spoke to Miami Hurricanes strength and conditioning coach Andreu Swasey early this morning to get an update on how everyone is doing this summer in terms of strength and speed.

The speedy keep getting speedier, and the strong, stronger.

Wide receiver Phillip Dorsett, who sat out five games with a knee injury sustained Oct. 17 at North Carolina, is the fastest Hurricane. Dorsett averaged a 4.21 the two times he ran the 40-yard dash earlier this summer, Swasey said.

"He's definitely explosive,'' Swasey said. "When you get to pound-for-pound and relative strength, Dorsett has gotten so much faster. It's amazing what he has done.''

Dorsett ran a 4.4 when he came to UM as a freshman, Swasey said. His 4.21 average set the new 40 record for the Canes, breaking Sam Shield's former 4.26.  

Dorsett also did an impressive 40.5-inch vertical leap and is by far the best jumper on the team.

Here's how the 40 timing is done, according to Swasey: Each player runs the 40 twice (Duke Johnson, impressively fast coming off a broken ankle with the team's third-best 4.42 average and 4.33 fastest, ran it three times). And each time a player runs the 40, there are "two or three'' other people (besides Swasey) holding stopwatches and timing that player. Swasey said all the times for each run are averaged to come up with one time. 

Then, the two times are averaged together for the one "average" result. They also record the fastest time of the two runs. So, for example, Dorsett's fastest time recorded this summer was 4.18! No matter whose stopwatch was more accurate, Dorsett is a speed demon.

The second fastest Cane is receiver Herb Waters (4.39 averate, 4.33 fastest), also coming off a knee injury. Swasey said Waters ran a 4.65 average as a freshman.

Receiver Malcolm Lewis was timed at 4.43 (average) and 4.39 (fastest).

Another eye-opening number: sophomore RB Gus Edwards' new power-clean record of 362 pounds, breaking Willis McGahee's record (357) for running backs. "Pretty amazing for a sophomore,'' Swasey said. Edwards, 6-2 and 235 pounds, averaged a 4.58 in the 40. Be assured he'll run over a few folks this fall.

Your quarterbacks are not the swiftest, though two are newcomers. Freshman Malik Rosier is the fastest, averaging 4.79. His fastest: 4.69.

Kevin Olsen was next fastest, averaging 4.88, with 4.83 the fastest.

Graduate transfer Jake Heaps averaged 5.24 (5.19 fastest).

Newcomer Brad Kaaya averaged 5.51, with his fastest 5.46.

All players are timed twice in the year, Swasey explained, "after spring practice and in the summer.''

Veteran Ryan Williams, rehabbing from a torn ACL, is "ahead of schedule,'' according to Swasey. He said Williams filled in for one series this week at 7-on-7s in the shotgun formation, without putting heavy pressure on his legs. "He's doing great and in the training room he's done a great job. He's running a little bit.''

Guard Danny Isidora is the fastest O-lineman, averaging 5.14 seconds in the 40. And no surprise that rush end Tyriq McCord is by far the fastest defensive big guy with a 4.66 average and 4.63 fastest 40.

Pound-for-pound strength-wise linebacker Denzel Perryman, who is listed as 242 pounds, leads the team.

"He constantly has developed and improved,'' Swasey said. Perryman broke a 29-year-old squat record for linebackers with his 605-pound squat. He also benched 435 and power cleaned 342 (same as OL Jon Feliciano).

Swasey said defensive tackle transfer Michael Wyche came in weighing 365 but has trimmed down to 343. "He's a beast on the bench, but we've got to get his legs stronger.'' Wyche bench pressed 435 pounds this summer. 

Defensive tackle Corey King leads the team with 41 bench-press reps of 225 pounds.

Swasey said the guys are in the weight room lifting about 70 minutes, four times a week, not including all the other parts of conditioning, including exercises in flexibility, agility, strength, coordination, etc.

Any old-time Canes fans might recall when the players did 16 reps of 110s that they needed to pass to be integrated fully into fall practice. Since head coach Al Golden arrived in 2011, the Canes have switched to doing 14, 40-yard dashes as a conditioning test, Swasey said. Each player has 15 seconds to jog back to the start, then another 15 seconds of rest before running the next 40-yard dash. They are placed with teammates of the same speed range.

The 14 reps of 40-yard dashes help determine if players are in good enough condition to begin fall camp in the South Florida heat. "In this weather you have to make sure that guys are not passing out."

In closing, a few other position records broken: Walk-on 5-11, 175-pound receiver Stephen Sweeney benched 360 pounds, breaking Randal Hill's record. And 6-2, 240-pound walk-on fullback Ronnie Regula benched 415 pounds. Safety Jamal Carter, listed as 6-1 and 207, set the power clean record of 318 pounds, 10 pounds more than the late Sean Taylor. Carter also did 20 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press.

"I'm so excited to get the guys ready to roll,'' Swasey said. "Year after year I swap out a stronger group [of players who graduate] for a weaker group, so for me it starts all over.''

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

 Here are the 40-time averages I was given:



Pos.

#

NAME

40 Avg

40 Best

20 yd

3 Cone

B.J.

B.W.

Neck

225 BENCH

DB

1

Burns, Artie

4.56

4.47

4.26

6.98

9'3"

186

15.50

6

DB

2

Bush, Deon

DNT

DNT

DNT

DNT

10'

197

16.00

17

DB

6

Carter, Jamal

4.67

4.62

4.52

7.06

8'8"

210

17.25

20

DB

21

Crawford, Antonio

4.47

4.38

4.27

6.98

8'8"

183

16.00

11

DB

25

Crawford, Dallas

4.85

4.83

4.36

7.10

8'10"

200

16.75

17

DB

46

Delapenha, Hugo

4.62

4.53

4.31

7.11

8'11"

193

16.00

19

DB

35

Dortch, Nate

4.66

4.60

4.35

6.91

8'6"

160

15.75

DNT

DB

29

Elder, Corn

4.46

4.37

4.45

7.21

8'8"

172

16.50

DNT

DB

28

Fentress, Nantambu

4.82

4.77

4.24

6.95

9'

188

16.00

6

DB

7

Gayot, Marques

4.87

4.82

4.29

7.17

8'4.5"

206

16.50

13

DB

37

Gunter, Ladarius

4.58

4.56

4.33

7.01

8'9"

193

16.50

7

DB

22

Hester, Kai

4.64

4.57

4.3

7.04

8'7"

203

16.50

9

DB

3

Howard, Tracy

4.57

4.52

4.26

7.10

8'10.5"

181

16.50

12

DB

26

Jenkins, Rayshawn

DNT

DNT

DNT

DNT

DNT

208

15.50

DNT

DB

20

Lewis, Ray

4.63

4.58

4.41

7.14

7'11"

187

16.00

10

DB

27

Mayes, Ryan

4.66

4.61

4.42

7.17

8'11.5

188

15.25

4

DL

71

Chickillo, Anthony

4.91

4.85

4.38

7.26

9'2"

273

19.00

30

DL

99

Hamilton, Jelani

4.98

4.93

5.02

7.80

8'1"

290

17.50

22

DL

33

Harris, Trent

5.09

4.96

4.60

7.84

8'10"

235

16.50

13

DL

93

Heurtelou, Calvin

5.66

5.57

5.17

8.10

7'1"

316

18.00

33

DL

44

Jackson, Demetrius

4.85

4.71

4.39

7.57

7'11.5"

241

16.75

15

DL

92

Jenkins, Courtel

5.53

5.43

5.18

7.97

7'3.5"

320

17.75

20

DL

47

Kamalu, Ufomba

4.91

4.89

4.45

7.50

8'2.5"

286

19.00

24

DL

67

King, Corey

5.45

5.41

4.86

7.84

7'8"

294

17.50

37

DL

17

McCord, Tyriq

4.66

4.63

4.42

7.13

9'2"

231

18.00

17

DL

72

Moore, Earl

5.46

5.40

5.20

8.41

6'5"

300

19.00

24

DL

95

Moten, Anthony

5.45

5.27

5.16

8.20

7'9"

303

17.50

20

DL

98

Muhammad, Alquadin

4.78

4.70

4.34

7.51

8'11.5"

238

18.50

17

DL

60

Naser, Anthony

5.34

5.30

4.97

8.19

6'3.5"

249

17.75

21

DL

91

Pierre, Olsen

DNT

DNT

DNT

DNT

DNT

298

18.25

DNT

DL

9

Thomas, Chad

4.91

4.82

4.50

7.57

8'3"

260

18.00

11

DL

11

Wyche, Michael

DNT

DNT

DNT

DNT

DNT

355

19.00

35

K/P

24

Badgley, Michael

4.85

4.78

4.45

7.23

8'5"

199

16.00

5

K/P

48

Bacon, Josh

5.02

4.93

4.60

7.47

7'7"

180

15.50

1

K/P

27

Carrol, Ricky

4.95

4.91

4.62

7.41

8'1"

199

14.75

7

K/P

 

Contorakes, JC

5.08

4.96

4.79

7.90

6'0

196

16.00

1

K/P

18

Goudis, Matt

DNT

DNT

DNT

DNT

DNT

161

14.75

DNT

K/P

43

Semerene, Jonathan

5.02

4.97

4.67

7.48

7'9"

206

16.50

7

K/P

16

Vogel, Justin

4.65

4.63

4.45

7.22

8'5"

208

15.50

8

LB

34

Armbrister, Thurston

4.73

4.62

4.42

7.27

8'6"

238

16.75

18

LB

41

Chickillo, Wyatt

4.73

4.69

4.51

7.16

8'5.5"

216

17.50

17

LS

55

Gabriel, Frank

5.15

5.11

4.68

7.45

7'5"

214

16.00

4

LB

5

Grace, Jermaine

4.49

4.43

4.16

7.04

9'.5"

205

16.50

17

LB

56

Kirby, Raphael

4.64

4.59

4.46

7.31

9'3"

233

17.00

31

LB

50

McCray, Terry

5.14

5.07

4.69

7.50

6'6"

226

16.50

8

LB

96

McGinnis, Michael

5.04

4.99

4.35

7.32

8'0"

218

16.00

11

LB

58

Owens, Darrion

4.79

4.78

4.36

6.95

8'2"

229

17.25

17

LB

52

Perryman, Denzel

4.71

4.65

4.51

7.27

8'8"

245

17.75

33

LB

57

Smith, Michael

5.22

5.09

4.99

8.15

6'5"

234

16.00

14

LB

51

Young, Juwon

4.75

4.69

4.55

7.49

8'11.5"

239

18.00

23

                     
                     

OL

77

Arnaut, Adam

5.78

5.74

5.15

8.31

5'6"

280

17.75

5

OL

55

Brown, Joe

5.73

5.72

5.12

8.20

7'0"

333

17.00

9

OL

73

Darling, Trevor

5.88

5.83

5.52

8.29

6'3"

317

17.25

13

OL

70

Feliciano, Jon

5.37

5.37

4.83

7.73

7'8"

319

18.25

24

OL

74

Flowers, Ereck

5.33

5.29

4.91

7.69

7'5"

314

19.00

34

OL

76

Gadbois, Taylor

5.22

5.19

4.76

7.61

DNT

DNT

DNT

DNT

OL

67

Gall, Alex

5.55

5.50

5.11

7.71

7'2.5"

311

17.50

18

OL

79

Goldberg, Justin

5.85

5.77

5.44

8.40

6'10.5"

316

17.75

13

OL

69

Grimsley, Tyler

5.40

5.34

4.74

7.65

7'10"

273

18.00

25

OL

75

Harvey, Sean

5.34

5.30

4.83

7.95

7'0"

293

18.25

32

OL

63

Isidora, Daniel

5.14

5.13

4.96

7.93

7'4"

319

17.75

31

OL

55

Jackson, Sterling

5.61

5.57

5.05

8.00

6'7"

268

17.75

5

OL

54

Knighton, Hunter

DNT

DNT

DNT

DNT

DNT

268

16.75

DNT

OL

68

Linder, Nick

5.60

5.53

5.05

8.45

6'3"

286

18.00

21

OL

52

McDermott, Kc

5.64

5.56

5.14

8.16

7'1.5"

307

18.50

22

OL

62

McDermott, Shane

5.48

5.44

4.78

7.77

7'6"

298

19.00

27

OL

66

Odogwu, Sunny

5.69

5.65

DNT

DNT

7'8"

317

19.00

30

OL

64

Wells, Hunter

5.47

5.41

4.96

8.38

7'8"

310

18.25

26

QB

 

Feller, Colin

5.28

5.27

4.76

8.09

7'1"

192

16.00

0

QB

16

Heaps, Jakes

5.24

5.19

4.64

7.43

7'9.5"

208

16.50

7

QB

15

Kayaa, Brad

5.51

5.46

4.80

8.01

6'9"

216

15.50

DNT

QB

19

Olsen, Kevin

4.88

4.83

4.45

7.17

8'1"

203

16.25

6

QB

12

Rosier, Malik

4.79

4.69

4.63

7.62

7'5"

204

16.75

7

QB

18

Welch, Michael

5.4

5.33

4.79

7.65

6'9"

216

16.75

1

QB

11

Williams, Ryan

DNT

DNT

DNT

DNT

DNT

223

15.50

8

RB

7

Edwards, Gus

4.58

4.49

4.33

7.17

8'10.5"

237

17.00

15

RB

30

Johnson, DeAndre

4.62

4.49

4.17

6.62

8'10"

193

17.00

17

RB

8

Johnson, Duke

4.42

4.33

DNT

DNT

9'2"

201

17.00

18

RB

44

Tucker, Walter

DNT

DNT

DNT

DNT

6'11"

233

17.50

18

RB

2

Yearby, Joseph

4.65

4.62

4.62

7.39

8'7"

187

16.50

13

TE

47

Akpejiori, Raphael

5.05

4.99

4.87

7.90

8'7.5"

243

16.50

11

TE

13

Crow, Gray

5.32

5.26

4.76

7.42

7'2"

225

17.00

8

TE

5

Dobard, Standish

4.97

4.88

4.67

7.56

8'3.5"

258

16.75

15

TE

40

Golden, Matt

5.47

5.23

4.91

7.86

7'5"

222

16.25

10

TE

23

Herndon, Christopher

4.82

4.79

4.62

7.40

8'9"

237

17.25

17

TE

83

O'Donnell, Jake

DNT

DNT

DNT

DNT

DNT

251

17.75

18

TE

39

Regula, Ronnie

4.82

4.77

4.42

7.13

8'4"

236

16.75

34

TE

38

Rodgers, Joseph

5.06

5.03

4.66

7.81

7'10"

236

16.75

DNT

TE

85

Sandland, Beau

4.83

4.82

4.51

7.42

8'7.5"

260

17.75

25

TE

46

Walford, Clive

4.89

4.83

4.53

7.03

8'6.5"

255

17.00

22

WR

83

Berrios, Braxton

DNT

DNT

DNT

DNT

DNT

186

16.50

13

WR

82

Brady, Tyre

4.86

4.83

4.48

7.30

9'5"

198

16.50

5

WR

3

Coley, Stacy

4.48

4.40

4.47

6.89

8'4"

182

16.00

1

WR

4

Dorsett, Phillip

4.21

4.16

4.07

6.56

10'1.5"

183

16.00

11

WR

84

Golden, Greg

5.08

5.00

4.37

7.14

7'9"

187

15.50

7

WR

21

Johnson, Josh

4.51

4.50

4.22

7.00

8'11"

153

14.75

14

WR

15

Jones, D'Mauri

4.74

4.69

4.62

7.21

8'4"

197

16.50

9

WR

87

Kidd, Garrett

4.53

4.51

4.35

7.04

8'8"

190

16.00

0

WR

9

Lewis, Malcolm

4.43

4.41

4.56

7.21

8'7"

189

15.25

12

WR

31

Mayweather, Malik

4.79

4.77

4.41

7.12

8'3"

177

15.50

7

WR

86

Njoku, David

4.76

4.67

4.64

7.22

9'6.5"

222

16.00

9

WR

 

Pfenninger, Austin

5.13

5.07

4.48

7.46

7'7.5"

165

15.50

6

WR

80

Scott, Rashawn

4.69

4.64

4.35

7.19

7'7"

200

16.00

17

WR

 

Stavetski, Theodore

5.01

4.94

4.57

7.53

8'7.5"

204

15.25

1

WR

24

Sweeney, Stephen

4.54

4.47

DNT

DNT

8'3"

178

16.00

17

WR

86

Waters, Herb

4.39

4.33

4.14

6.81

9'9.5"

190

16.25

11

                     
                     
                     
                     
                     
                     
                     
                     
                 

 

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Jermaine Grace is fast he has to see the field.CANES!!!!!

That's some great and wonderful news. As well as being very informative. Thank you tons for that Susan Miller-Degnan.

I'm loving hearing about these players performing so well in training. I can't wait for the season to begin!

Keep gridin! Love it.

So much for everyone claiming Coach Golden is making our team SLOW!

If Grace translates that speed on to the field that will be huge. Also, impressed with the strength Olsen has added. That's not make or break for a QB but it shows that he may be putting in the work and taking things more seriously.

4.18 is olympic speed bruh...

Some interesting opinions from ESPN's Mr. Davis. Oh. Reecey believes, like myself, that an 8-4 record is the ceiling for Golden and D'Onofrio's squad. Maybe it has something to do with the total schedule and whatnot.
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" RD: “I agree with you, I look at the schedule and – I actually have a couple of their games the opening night, Labor Day game against Louisville and the Virginia Tech game – and it is daunting, some of the other games that don’t jump off the page at you, Duke at home is not going to be easy, Georgia Tech will be tough. So, they could be better and not have a better record.

“There’s the huge issue at quarterback. You don’t know if Ryan Williams is coming back, and Jake Heaps was highly rated, as was [Kevin] Olsen, and [Heaps] hasn’t been on good teams, I understand that, but his numbers haven’t been great. You don’t know if one of those guys will play well.

“The thing the last few years, when you look at how the game’s being played and you think we’re talking too much about the quarterback, let’s talk a little more about the quarterback. If you don’t have one, it’s tough to be a really outstanding team. In tight games like the ones you mentioned, in more times than not, unless you’re totally overwhelming them in other areas, you need your quarterback to make a play for you. At the very least, he has to get you in the right situation. With the exception of the experience Heaps has, they don’t have anyone with a lot of experience doing either of those things, so I think that could make it difficult.

“If it is a seven- or eight-win season because of the schedule, then some of the external noise is going to turn up. … But probably the good news is the administration understands where Al is with his team and its development, the toll that the NCAA investigation took, and that it might be a year or two before you reap those 10-win season, playoff-contention type of benefits from his program. I do believe that externally, at least among the social media fans and noise, look. If they slip back this year. There will be some chatter. It would be naïve and sugarcoating it to say otherwise.” " PalmBeachPost.com/sports

Not only is QB Heaps SHORT-CHALLENGED, i.e., 5-11 in stocking feet. He is also SLOW as a turtle. hUh

And y'all Goldie nd' Marky Mark LACKEYS expect me to fall for your collective BRAGADOCCIO regarding an " 10-2 or 11-1 " regular season record. Get the FREAK outta heres'!

Again, repeat after Reece Davis and I... 8-4... 8-4... 8-4... nothing is terribly wrong with an 8-4 winning record.

As for why recruiting matters, let's take a look at where we have ranked the past few years in recruiting compared to a team that really matters in our conference and in the national scene, FSU.
2009
FSU 7 3.62
Miami 15 3.53
2010
FSU 10 3.5
Miami 16 3.14
2011
FSU 2 3.55
Miami 36 3.06
2012
FSU 6 3.79
Miami 9 3.36
2013
FSU 10 3.57
Miami 20 3.44
2014
FSU 4 3.61
Miami 12 3.38
FSU finished in the Top 10 every year, Miami finished one time in 9th.
Now, based on these rankings, we SHOULD be in the Top 25 at the end of each of those years based on the talent we have. For that, I blame Golden, and especially Donofrio. Top 25 talent, not Top 25 coaching.
But we are not title contenders until our talent catches up to the FSU level, and that is why I feel recruiting is important.
Posted by: Go Canes | July 25, 2014 at 02:34 PM

^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Now compare those ranking to Vtech, Kst, Notre Dame, Duke and all the other teams that smoked the mac .500 the past 3 years!!

Miami's defensive line is awfully slow for a major college football team. No wonder the Canes can't get no penetration of the synthetic-turf sort. dUh

Oh. Nebraska's Defensive tackles are all timed in the " 5.2-5.35 " range. Ouch. And their defensive ends are all timed in the " 4.6-4.85 " range. Go figures.

Again, that Go BIGot REDneck defense is a LEGITIMATE Top 15 team defense.

By the way, a former Miami Northwestern LB played two seasons for that TYRANT Pellini. This ex-SoFla prep player had SPEED, SPEED and more SPEED galore! Along with JAGUAR-esque quikness

And that Pellini DIDN'T have his strength coach implement a " THIRTY-FIVE " pound weight gain. Akin to y'all's beloved Golden.

Bottom line is: the Canes defensive front seven are STRONGER and whatnot. But they lack the SPEED and QUICKNESS of past Miami defensive teams.

Perhaps that lack of speed, speed and quickness has FACTORED into poor team defensive NUMBERS since the arrival of both Goldie nd' Marky Mark. Ouch.

Only 2 dbs running in the 4.4's??

This teams db numbers look like our linebacker 40's used to look!!

On the real, I could give a darn bout some 40 run in shorts and t shirts.

Game tape don't lie. And the last images I have of an Alfraud coached team is one of L'ville running over, around, and through that team! Then that l'ville team telling them about it!!


Now, based on these rankings, we SHOULD be in the Top 25 at the end of each of those years based on the talent we have. For that, I blame Golden, and especially Donofrio. Top 25 talent, not Top 25 coaching.
But we are not title contenders until our talent catches up to the FSU level, and that is why I feel recruiting is important.
Posted by: Go Canes | July 25, 2014 at 02:34 PM

^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Now compare those ranking to Vtech, Kst, Notre Dame, Duke and all the other teams that smoked the mac .500 the past 3 years!!


Posted by: Nash | July 25, 2014 at 04:02 PM

Yeah. However the Golden apologists have a handy excuse to cover both Goldie nd' Marky Mark's backsides.

It's that damn ONION HEAD! He's the blame for the dire strait poverty Miami has suffered the past three seasons.

By the way, ALL of the significant contributor's whom are either SENIORS or JUNIORS, are ALL Golden recruited players.

So let's see if both Golden and D'Onofrio have it in them to coach these seniors and junior into winning more than EIGHT GAMES in 2014.

16 110's sounds like my cardio workout today!!!

MacJonesdeAlbuquerque

The only time we've seen a somewhat decent defense was when the onion's players were still the main guys that knew more about HURRICANE defense than the .500!!


Only 2 dbs running in the 4.4's??

This teams db numbers look like our linebacker 40's used to look!!

On the real, I could give a darn bout some 40 run in shorts and t shirts.

Posted by: Nash | July 25, 2014 at 04:11 PM

Amen!

Since the arrival of Golden. The defensive 40 times reflect a Penn.St. and most other Big Ten team 40 times, but NOT all Big 10 team speed times, i.e., Michigan St., Nebraska and Ohio St to name a few.

By the way, Ohio St's team defense EMPLOYS the typical speed and quickness of a " 4-3 ". The head coach brought that state of Florida defensive philosophy up north with him. And look at the results the past couple of seasons, i.e, record and team defensive stats.


So much for everyone claiming Coach Golden is making our team SLOW!

Posted by: Tampa Cane (Coach D) | July 25, 2014 at 03:28 PM

You obviously HAVENT' compared those 40 times to a random sample of other teams from BCS schools!

Nebraska, Texas, Michigan St., Ohio St. and Roll Tide come to mind as a tiny sampling. dUh

Chit, even Stoops Boomer Sooner team 40 times are relatively FASTER than the Canes.

Weight training accomplishments means nothing with this "have not" coaching staff. According to the sports data out of 128 FBS schools Miami has the 16th most talented roster, the second most talented in the ACC. All Al Golden apologists need to visit this site: http://athlonsports.com/college-football/ranking-college-footballs-rosters-2014

So much for everyone claiming Coach Golden is making our team SLOW!

Posted by: Tampa Cane (Coach D) | July 25, 2014 at 03:28 PM

I'd even wager you that Louisville's overall 40 times are faster than Miami's. Because the Cardinal surely appeared FASTER and QUICKER than the Canes in the bowl game. But then again, I wear glasses and whatnot. So my perception is distorted.

Yet I don't have the time to research the posted Cardinal 40 numbers in the cyberspace. That you'll have to do for your own convenience.

Weight training accomplishments means nothing with this "have not" coaching staff. According to the sports data out of 128 FBS schools Miami has the 16th most talented roster, the second most talented in the ACC. All Al Golden apologists need to visit this site: http://athlonsports.com/college-football/ranking-college-footballs-rosters-2014

Posted by: cool j | July 25, 2014 at 04:28 PM

If you don't mind, I'd like to post this again.

Too many to name have said we have enough talent to be a better team. A better team than what Al Golden's leadership has lead us to. There is nothing fringe about the point. And nothing wrong with showing others the details of it. No need to spam this blog. Nor any need to switch names and post lies and misinformation on this blog.

Fast and faster... Strong and stronger... Canes' speed & strength numbers improving this summer

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I wonder if that'll mean anymore next year than it hasn't the last 2 years ?

Blah, blah, blah ... same crap new year. Do it on the field.

Kaaya 5.51 ? Let's hope when he tucks it and takes off and runs with it, he can atleast get back to the line of scrimmage before getting swarmed by 5.1 n 5.2 D-Linemen.

Nash, I had answered on the other page, but thanks to cool j's excellent link, someone else has already done that for us.

2t.Florida State
10t.Notre Dame
16. Miami
24.Virginia Tech
61.Kansas State
68.Duke

So, Notre Dame had a "right" to win that game, in what essentially was a home game, but VT and Duke should not have beaten us the past three years. Kansas State got some very talented players that were better than their recruiting records, but we should have beaten them as well.

Looking at the list of the other top 15 teams, most of them finished with winning records, so it does match what I was saying that recruiting effects performance. Sure, you get the occasional 4-8 team in the mix, or a 60s team that finishes in the top 15 like Kansas State, but in general, recruiting ranking 3 or 4 years later is a significant correlation to the final rankings at the end of the season.

Does someone have the 40 times of the 2001 team? Just for comparison...

Fast and faster... Strong and stronger... Canes' speed & strength numbers improving this summer

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I wonder if that will mean anything more next year than it hasn't the last 2 years.

Blah, Blah, Blah... Same garbage new year. Do it on the field.

Kaaya 5.51 ? Let's just hope when he tucks n runs with it, he can atleast get back to the line of scrimmage before 4.9-5.2 D-Lineman swarm him.

Great to see our young men are getting in better condition each year which like it or not is a vital part of player development. Before you can execute plays you first must be in shape. We are going to fly under the radar for the first part of the year but before you know it we will be up in the rankings.

it might be a year or two before you reap those 10-win season, playoff-contention type of benefits from his program. I do believe that externally, at least among the social media fans and noise, look. If they slip back this year. There will be some chatter. It would be naïve and sugarcoating it to say otherwise.” " PalmBeachPost.com/sports

We backed into 9 wins going 2-4 down the stretch after Duke went down and with no pass rush all season. Now we're a deeper, more experienced, and a healthier team. How do we go 8-5? check RD's prediction on that UF Miami game.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- There is a tranquil fountain in Al Golden’s spacious office at Miami, a decorative waterfall that gives the illusion of peace.

It’s a futile attempt at serenity.

Since the story of the NCAA investigation Golden has been working tirelessly to navigate the program through one of the most highly-publicized and controversial NCAA investigations in the history of college football. He’s been doing it blindly; out of the loop, as lawyers and high-ranking university officials make the decisions. Even with his office door closed, there has been no escaping the residual effects the investigation has had on recruiting, on the field and in the media.

“The shock waves since have not stopped,” Golden said. “They may have gotten quiet externally for a little while, or they may have jumped to the next story and navigated the media away from it, but it’s always come back. I promise you it has always comes back. We have not been able to get away from it.”

Not that Golden has tried to run away from it -- quite the contrary.

One of the most underrated coaching moves in college football in recent years was the one that never happened. Golden, who was blindsided by the investigation from Day 1, is now in the midst of his third spring at Miami. His tenure has been lowlighted by three recruiting classes under the cloud of the NCAA investigation, two postseason bans, including the program’s first chance at the ACC title game, and one shocking concession from the NCAA that it gathered tainted evidence through unethical conduct. There have been enough distractions, not to mention other job openings, during that span to fill Sun Life Stadium. Yet Golden has found even more reasons to stick around.

“We have the good fortune of going to work at a place that, when it’s right, is as good as anywhere you can imagine in college football,” Golden said. “That’s what our job is -- to get it right. Our job is not to complain about what hasn’t gone right, or what has gone wrong -- anybody can do that. Our job is to fix it. To do that, you have to have a vision, you have to have leadership, and in this particular case, you have to have courage and resiliency and a great staff, and an administration that is committed and student-athletes that want to be a part of it. I feel like we have all of that.”

The one thing it doesn’t have, though, is closure. Miami is still arm wrestling with the NCAA, but the case took a major step forward on February 19 when the university received its notice of allegations from the NCAA. Miami has reportedly been charged with a lack of institutional control, and the school’s hearing with the NCAA’s committee on infractions is scheduled for June 14.

“It’s been very trying to say the least, very difficult, to work and recruit and live under that cloud, if you will,” Golden said. “But I don’t think there’s anybody that enters this building today that doesn’t think that finish line is within sight now.”

It’s been a long time coming.

Heading into the 2011 season opener against Maryland, Golden -- in his first game as head coach at Miami -- learned that eight of his players would be suspended by the NCAA for at least one game, including quarterback Jacory Harris. Somehow, Miami still found a way to win six games that season and become bowl eligible. They self-imposed their first postseason ban. After losing 12 starters last year, including the leading rusher, leading receivers, starting quarterback, and three offensive linemen, the media picked Miami to finish fifth in the Coastal Division standings. Instead, it finished 7-5 with a chance to play for the ACC title. See: Postseason Ban II.

During the span of those two seasons, the Penn State job came open. Golden played for the Nittany Lions and was a tight end under the late Joe Paterno. The Boston College job came open, where he was the linebackers coach from 1997-99. But never once did Golden even hint at the whisper of an interest in those jobs.

“That just shows his character, knowing a lot of coaches probably would’ve bailed and went to wherever they were offered, but he didn’t,” running back Duke Johnson said. “He stayed with us and he sees the potential we have and the things we can do. If that means him staying here and going through what we have to go through, we’re here with him.”

Miami defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio has seen, and helped, Golden pull programs out of the mud before.

With Golden at the helm, Temple played in a bowl game for the first time in 30 years. It was the first winning season the MAC program had seen since 1990. According to Temple, Golden also led the program through “the greatest academic turnaround in the NCAA APR Reform Era.”

D’Onofrio said their experiences at Temple have helped them at Miami.

“Certainly we had our share of tough moments to go through at Temple, to be honest with you,” D’Onofrio said. “We came in there, I think our first year we had 53 scholarship players. We had to slowly build that program back up. We had the greatest turnaround in college football on the field and off the field. There was a lot to dig in and do there. The last thing the people see are the wins, but the first few years there, they were tough. Those were tough days. We had a few 62-0 defeats in 2006.

“That’s just how we’re built, so to speak, and conditioned,” he said. “You go to work and coach who’s there, and whatever issues come up, you just go in there, don’t make any excuses and go to work. With Al, he sees the long-term vision of what can be done here. That was the reason to come here and take this job. It’s a job that has tremendous potential based on the football players you can get here. Miami has national appeal. From that standpoint, we felt confident that if we stayed the course, we could have success.”

On the field, they’re getting much closer.

Despite self-imposed sanctions that included scholarship reductions, Golden and his staff still landed the No. 15 recruiting class in the country for 2013. The Canes added a pair of top prospects after signing day in ESPN 150 tight end Derrick Griffin -- the No. 1 prospect at his position and a longtime Texas A&M commit -- and ESPN 300 RB Cornelius Edler.

Golden’s biggest recruit, though, was former Florida State assistant James Coley, one of the Noles’ top recruiters who left his alma mater to be the Canes’ offensive coordinator. Like Golden, the NCAA debacle did not scare Coley.

“At the end of the day, there’s a lot of energy here, positive energy, and that starts from the top -- from the president, to the AD, to the head coach,” Coley said. “For the last couple of years, they’ve been a real force, and they’ve fought through a lot, off the field and on the field. It’s good to see this team grow.

“There’s a lot of strength from the president, and from the athletic department,” he said. “I noticed it right away when I got here, what a strong school it is. I think if you’re anywhere else, where there’s not a lot of substance to a particular place, I think people bolt. But if the place is strong and it’s worth fighting for, you don’t leave.”

Golden never intended to.

38 days to put all that on the field. Hurry up.

The second fastest Cane is receiver Herb Waters (4.39 averate, 4.33 fastest), also coming off a knee injury. Swasey said Waters ran a 4.65 average as a freshman.

Safety Jamal Carter, listed as 6-1 and 207, set the power clean record of 318 pounds, 10 pounds more than the late Sean Taylor. Carter also did 20 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press.

Duke Johnson, impressively fast coming off a broken ankle with the team's third-best 4.42 average and 4.33 fastest

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Recruits will be paying attention.

Great reporting Susan. As Rece Davis said; "All arrows are pointing up for the Canes."

One of the glaring weaknesses since late in the Coker era has been size, speed and conditioning. And after the Shannon era we added lack of talent to the list. Many games Miami played saw them reasonably competitive for the first half (think of last year’s FSU game) only to see the lack of quality depth expose our weakness. Also, this problem fed on itself as the season progressed as undersized players simply wore down.

For the poor souls who simply don't understand recruiting rankings and attempt to do an apples to apples comparison with FSU ridiculously hoping this will somehow reflect badly on coach Golden--Miami's cupboard was bare when he took over in 2010--this was anything but the case concerning FSU.

Further, due to the toxic culture coach Golden inherited it has been a grueling process weeding out the malcontents and players Miami was forced to take due to the NCAA investigation to have any semblance of depth. It hasn’t been pretty, but we are now starting to see a program that will soon be feared by our competitors.

Miami is now faster, stronger, bigger and becoming more talented. Obviously you don’t make up in a few short years for a program that was in a death spiral BEFORE the most damaging NCAA attack EVER!

Al Golden and the talented coaching staff he has put together have performed miracles over the last several years that will soon produce more National Championships.

I consider it a good sign when other team's fans come here to trash talk....

Means they are paying attention...

Means they fear the U rising back to it supremacy.

Canes may not be there yet, but it's starting to turn around.

We are heading back to our rightful place....BEST CFB team in the State, then eventually the country...

Here's the thing Al Golden apologists. If Nick Saban had taken over the same roster, under the same circumstances, Miami's only 2013 lost would have been to Florida ST. Nick Saban did take over Alabama while they dealing with an NCAA inquiry. Alabama won the national title three years later. So you can make your own judgment about what that says about Al Golden.

We don't need alfraud to be better than Saban. Just better than David Cutcliff!!

We have a lot of talent and the team looks good this year. Speed all over the field like back in the Butch n Jimmy days

Hey Dom, how do you feel about the guy who will be making the in-game strategic decision making this season?

Fast and faster... Strong and stronger...

It's an Al Golden thing baby!

These are all Golden players. While the defense needs some work, the offense of side looks better and better every year. We took a step back in the offense last year because of a new offense of coordinator. Look for the offense to be better this year. Defense has to be better. I can' t see them be worst than last year.

As for the person who was questioning me about VT not having the it factor, VT has never had the it factor. Except when they had Michael Vick. Yes, they beat Miami last year, but Miami was an average team last year. When Miami is really good, VT can't beat Miami.

Faster and faster... stronger and stronger... All countered bcuz of poor in-game decision making by Golden and his staff.

Let's hope not cool j. Maybe the staff got a wake up call from last season, and maybe Dno sees that this is his last chance to improve the D, and maybe he'll follow through with that, and change the technique and make better adjustments. I know it's a lot of maybe's but who knows right?

My Gators are faster but only flashing lights behind them

Canes may not be there yet, but it's starting to turn around.

We are heading back to our rightful place....BEST CFB team in the State, then eventually the country...

Posted by: Commander Cane | July 25, 2014 at 06:37 PM

Still delusional after all these years. Ranked behind UCF, the sorry 4-8 Turds and the #1 NOLES. Same empty spouting off BS for well over a decade. ur #4. In the State.

So much for everyone claiming Coach Golden is making our team SLOW!

Let me make this clear!!! I just checked the Rivals recruiting rankings from 2010 to 2014. Except for the first year Al Golden took over, Miami's recruiting class is rated higher than ALL other ACC schools except for Florida St. and Clemson. HOWEVER, WE CONSISTENTLY LOSE TO TEAMS THAT ARE RANKED LOWER THAN WE ARE IN RECRUTING!!! Football is about COACHING FIRST, SECOND, AND THIRD and then recruiting. Golden and his BFF have to go if we don't win 10 games this year PERIOD!! Don't wanna hear about NCAA crap hanging over our heads over the past years. We STILL RECRUITED BETTER THAN 90% OF THE TEAMS IN OUR CONFERENCE!!! NO MORE EXCUSES!!!!

I REALLY SUCK AT COACHING

Some prolific blogger calling himself Blue Skies is singing a tune for what Al Golden keeps hanging in his Office. Wants to talk about 2011 and NCAA troubles which are no longer issues.
Mr. Dark (Blue Sky) Shadows, you can sing Golden's praises all night long but a true Cane's fan like myself--was born here, resides here, and will be here, always was here, long before you showed up and will be here when you and Al Golden both are long gone.

You see buddy! You can't blog your way out of mediocrity. You can't talk or press conference your way out of loses. You can go and get a 1000 more like you but nothing solves this problem but winning games and playing in bowl games, and beating your arch rival FSU.

You can't go over it!
You can't go around it!
You can't go under it!
There's no where to run or hide!
You must perform! JJ, Dennnis, Butch Davis, Schnellenberger are legends here in South Florida not just because they won Championships but also because they treated the fan base with a modicum of respect. They valued fans and lately that message has been lost in translation.

This is a proud program with a lot of previous success and if you come here and come across as ungracious and flippant to any part of the fan base--that might not be such a smart idea.

Rabble....you really think they are no longer ncaa issues? He has one freshman class since we kicked the NCAA out of miami. Next season will only be his second. This year is his first incoming class without a cloud. The effects will linger into next season when these freshmen will be fully integrated into his system. Don't buy into recruiting sites because they can't cover every highschool student and the ones they do they are mostly wrong about. Thomas and Moten coming in with this new juco NT and we will see improvement on D. Offense will be hot with Duke and Dorsett back. We will surprise. Go hate somewhere else.

Sid,
Give HTC back his name. c'mon man, don't be that way.

HTCane hi you doing sir!
I'm not hating anyone. I'm calling it straight down the middle! I need no one to agree with me and I don't follow any recruiting sites.
The NCAA is not an issue for any program today. They've got enough issues trying to keep College sports on an amateur level. Besides they're preparing for the numerous lawsuits they will soon face.
Go ahead HTCane! overlook what's right in front of you.
There are no lingering NCAA effects on UM's program. Trustees and Internal power brokers blinded by this regime want to play that card to justify the contract extension they already handed out.
You Golden apologist love to say:
Golden could have left the UM program, as he was blind-sided by the NCAA Sanctions?? Really??

TO GO WHERE? With a 49-49 record?? No Bowl victories?? Who wanted him so bad?? Answer the question?? Perhaps 1 School? Maybe??

"In press conference remarks upon his hiring on December 13, 2010, Golden emphasized the importance of the University of Miami football legacy. "It's the most recognizable brand in college football," he said. "I go back to the former players that are here, the five national championships, 20 national award winners, countless All-Americans, incredible tradition. It's a dream job."

Golden was hired in 2010 prior to the beatdown we received from Notre Dame in the Sun Bowl--remember??

Their was a recruiting class in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014---HarrietTubmanCane--I'm not really sure I follow where you're coming from buddy! I will make 1 comment as to why your argument doesn't hold water----The initial Press Conference said it all---I can't, in good conscience, continue to listen to you apologist make excuses for why a coach makes so little progress year to year-when according to his own words--UM is the most recognizable brand in all of College football.
You apologist want to give Golden extra time that we've never afforded anyone before him. I just happen to believe that great coaching shows up right away! You can see it in the results, the recruiting, the players. You don't need 6-8 seasons to figure it out regardless of NCAA past issues.

For all you guys crying and playing the NCAA sanction card: This is what Butch Davis dealt with while here at UM:
"Davis was hired as the head football coach at the University of Miami in January 1995. Not long after Davis was hired to head coach at the University of Miami, the Hurricanes were found to have committed several violations of NCAA rules during the tenure of his predecessor, Dennis Erickson. As a result, the Hurricanes were barred from postseason play in his first year (despite an 8–3 record) and lost 31 football scholarship spots over several years. Davis earned a 51–20 record during his tenure as head coach. During Davis' final year of coaching the team, the Hurricanes finished 11–1 and were ranked as the second best team in the country in 2000, but due to a quirk in the Bowl Championship Series formula, the team didn't play in that year's national championship game, the 2001 Orange Bowl. The Hurricanes were passed over in favor of the Florida State Seminoles, whom they'd beaten in the regular season and who lost the Orange Bowl to the Oklahoma Sooners 13-2. The Hurricanes earned recognition from the American Football Coaches Association for outstanding graduation rates in each of his six seasons at Miami. Numerous professional football players were coached or recruited by Davis in his time at Miami.
****Davis' smaller-than-usual recruiting classes are widely considered to have laid the foundation for Miami's undefeated national championship team of 2001***
(under Davis' former offensive coordinator, Larry Coker), since many of his recruits were forced to play right away."

I don't recall Butch Davis allowing a little NCAA misquito to be his legacy. I recall Butch Davis' teams ready to deliver a severe beatdown! He coached some of the greatest talent in UM history.
You see HTCane we've already been down this road before. No excuses!!


I am a realists. If there were never any investigations then issues such as multiple elite QB to challenge Olson like Kayaa and Malik will challenge each other would have been the norm. Instead, we get to watch Crow make the transition to TE.

And then I am an optimists because I believe that there are only two games that on paper we should lose and that is Nebraska and FSU. I expect us to win 10 games and with a little luck anything could happen.

"As for the person who was questioning me about VT not having the it factor, VT has never had the it factor. Except when they had Michael Vick. Yes, they beat Miami last year, but Miami was an average team last year. When Miami is really good, VT can't beat Miami."

We put the ball on the carpet 2x on kick-off returns when we could have made a house call. IT was raining and they had a big QB that could run the ball in dual threat.

That rainy game was an example of ball control. No Duke Johnson, no running game, no pass rush, and 2 fumbles on the way to the house by Stacy and Artie. Total anomale of a game and will not happen again. Anyone who simply looks at the final score without understanding how the game played out and uses that to make a prediction about this season doesn't know what they're talking about. We are a much better team than what was seen that day.

Team Stat Comparison
VT MIA
1st Downs 26 12
3rd down efficiency
8-14 3-12
4th down efficiency
0-1 2-3
Total Yards 549 352
Passing 366 324
Comp-Att
25-31 16-29
Yards per pass
11.8 11.2
Rushing 183 28
Rushing Attempts
47 24
Yards per rush
3.9 1.2
Penalties 11-71 2-10
Turnovers 0 2
Fumbles lost
0 2
Interceptions thrown
0 0
Possession 39:30 20:30

Don't listen to people who have a superficial understanding of the game; especially national pundits.

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