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The Five: Most important newcomers on the Hurricanes' roster

With fall camp set to kickoff Tuesday, Aug. 5 it's time to start looking ahead to the season and what is in store for the Hurricanes in Al Golden's fourth season as head coach.

There are plenty of new faces on campus already, but here are the five most important newcomers you need to know about and follow. 

1. Jake Heaps, QB, Sr., 6-1, 210, transfer from Kansas: Golden didn't take long to go in search of a quarterback with some experience as soon as Ryan Williams went down with a torn ACL in his right knee late in spring camp. Here's all you need to know about Heaps -- he has more starts (25), completions (491), attempts (896), yards (5,182), touchdown passes (32) and interceptions (27) in college than anybody else on UM's roster combined. And that includes Williams and Gray Crow, who was just moved to H-Back. 

Heaps' experience gives him a leg up on the rest of the four-man field competing to start on Labor Day Night in Louisville. But how quickly he's able to pick up the offense will be pivotal of course. He's only been on campus since the end of June. But the good news is offensive coordinator James Coley has been able to visit with Heaps and his collection of freshmen quarterbacks two hours a week over the summer to break down film thanks to a new NCAA rule. So they aren't coming in completely raw. 

Heaps, who also played at BYU before Kansas, said the Hurricanes offense was very similar to the schemes and concepts he used at both of his previous college stops. He fully believes he can have success being a simple distributor in the Hurricanes' offense. That might be all coaches need to see from Heaps to land the starting job over redshirt freshman Kevin Olsen and true freshmen Brad Kaaya and Malik Rosier.

2 and 3. (tie) Calvin Heurtelou, DT, 6-3, 318, Jr., Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College and Michael Wyche, DT, 6-4, 330, Jr., East Los Angeles College: Miami's search for a dominant run stuffer has been ongoing for years now and both of these former JUCO standouts are expected to come in and contribute if not start. 

Heurtelou has been here since the spring and was already considered a co-starter along with junior Earl Moore (6-1, 304). Heurtelou posted 59 tackles with four sacks and two fumble recovers last season. Wyche arrived this summer. At East L.A., he racked up 26 tackles, 4.5 sacks and 5.5 tackles for loss including one interception as a sophomore.

Outside of senior Olsen Pierre (6-5, 305), who started 12 games and racked up 33 tackles, a sack and two quarterback hurries in 2013, Miami doesn't have much in the way of experience at defensive tackle. Moore started two games out of necessity as a true freshman and was in mostly on special teams last season after UM was able to bring in some transfers. Junior Corey King (6-1, 302) was pretty much in the same situation last year after starting once in 2012. Junior Jelani Hamilton (6-5, 290) has moved over from end and is also in the mix.

4 and 5. (tie) Juwon Young, LB, 6-2, 240, Fr., Albany, Ga., and Darrion Owens, LB, 6-3, 217, Fr., Orange Leaf, Fla.

- With Alex Figueroa and JaWand Blue getting booted off the team after being charged with sexual battery earlier this month, the linebacker position has become an even bigger area of concern than it already was. The good news for Miami is Young and Owens were already on campus for spring football and have at least 15 practices under their belts. 

Young, who chose UM over offers from North Carolina and Mississippi, had an interception in the spring game and is already listed as a backup to Denzel Perryman at middle linebacker. Owens, listed as the backup to Thurston Armbrister at outside linebacker, was a Semper Fidelis All-American and chose the Canes over Auburn and Georgia. 

Still, Miami is one Perryman turned ankle away from being in DEFCON 5. There is no time for sophomore Jermaine Grace (6-1, 213) and junior Raphael Kirby (6-1, 238) to mess around. They have to be ready to go.

HONORABLE MENTION

> Joe Yearby, RB, 5-9, 180, Miami Central: Golden moved Dallas Crawford to safety in part because of how much he believes in Yearby, who like Duke Johnson lit up Miami-Dade County in high school and is also coming off a serious injury.

With emerging sophomore Gus Edwards (6-2, 234) and sophomore bruiser Walter Tucker (6-0, 218) around Yearby won't be pressed into major duty right away. But Yearby is going to get work when Johnson needs a breather and Coley wants to keep the offense going with an elusive and explosive back.

-- MANNY NAVARRO

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Manny pretty much nailed it. I'm optimistic that the DTs will make a difference. The negative nancys know little about football and will be amazed at what middle pass pressure does.

Manny and Susan,

Thank you! Reminding the fans about the present...not the past. Good articles the past two days. I feel refresh and support coach Golden and staff 100%.

I really hope DZP can anchor that LB group. Go 'Canes!

Golden has done a good job of recruiting and also bringing in heaps was good move as well. The question is will the coaches adapt to the players strength in order for us to be successful. Williams IMO was going to be the same type of distributor for this offense. Last year Morris was clearly hurt and we still continued to play action and roll him out into pressure. Putting Williams in last year would have been better than having a hobbling Morris out there. It also would have given him some valuable experience for this year and who knows we could have pulled one of those games out. All that's hindsight but I hope the staff will not be so rigid about sticking with players or schemes that are not working.

Here is hoping for a better season in 2014.

Is it to late to bring in Ray Lewis in some type of capacity? I know Ray would have to want to but sure would be nice to see him out there.

Another question is what do they want those new DT's to do? Do they want them to penetrate or hold up blockers? We need some penetrators and disrupters on the dline.

I'd throw Thomas on this list as well, we need pressure on the qb from the ends, and they can also keep him in the pocket for the interiors to sack or disrupt play.

Thanks Manny.

Good article, NOW I WANT TO SEE IT ON THE FIELD. EVERYTHING IS NICE AND PRETTY ON PAPER.

Coach NoD$%k, you're on the hot seat this year.

Hey Manny, FYI DEFCON 5 (blue) is the military's lowest state of readiness meaning all is well in the world. DEFCON 1 (red) is maximum readiness & ish is about to hit the fan. Common misconception.

You need a dominate Vince Wilfork type of guy to run a two-gap, read and react scheme. I hope these JUCO guys are that, otherwise we're looking at another season where the opposing offense is always ahead of the schedule on down and distance making it easier to get first downs, and harder for the defense to get off the field.

If you want to see pressure up the middle scrap this two gap read and react scheme

I'd also like to NOT see the O coming up to the line and has a chance to catch the D off guard, but then STOPS and looks over to the damn sideline, that is ridiculous to do EVERY play. Have a play called unless you really see a huge advantage, and then call an audible, but otherwise snap the ball, and catch them napping.

Darrion Owens height and weight is off in this article he's actually 6'4 238lbs

I'd also like to see our Defense get set before the play. I understand the walk-up concept, but that's not what we're using. It looks like D'Onofrio is just too late getting the calls in.

You need a dominate Vince Wilfork type of guy to run a two-gap, read and react scheme. I hope these JUCO guys are that, otherwise we're looking at another season where the opposing offense is always ahead of the schedule on down and distance making it easier to get first downs, and harder for the defense to get off the field.

If you want to see pressure up the middle scrap this two gap read and react scheme

Posted by: Is it football season yet | July 29, 2014 at 09:20 AM

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Calvin Heurtelou is a decent average DT that had 3 or four other offers from the likes of Tenn.-Wisky-Neb-Rutgers teams that wanted him to come and just to round out the DT position and compete for spot rotation play. Michael Wyche, likewise, a decent average DT with offers from only Arky St.-Troy St.-Wash. St. (was offered by USC but USC recended the offer and told Wyche he could walk on as a "referred walkon" to earn a 'ship)(247sports has Auburn-Bama-Turds offering which is just not true other than "preferred walkon status if that.) Now don't go nuts Cane fans. I'm not trying to peahzzz in ur fruitloops. Just know what these kids are and not to expect them to come right in as Juniors, dominate and shine. These kids were up against below average JUCO talent the last to years and were head n shoulders better than anyone they went up against. They will not do that against ACC teams, Neb and even Cincy week in and week out. We lost 3 DT's that rotated in from last years team. Against the Turds we were at our very best physically competing up front and LB's flying to the football. Over a season with injuries we were whittled down to what we were against Duke. On paper, we look better up front than anytime since Golden n BFF has been here. But now losing the LB depth we are right back to where we were last year if not a little more depthless and certainly less experience. All I'm saying is Heurtelou and Wyche are good additions. Not Great, special or difference makers. The keys will be the others rotating around the (King-Pierre-Moore-Hamilton.) That's basically 6 guys to man the 2 DT set and 3 -4 DT Goal-line/short yardage set. (yes there are Freshman 6-1 Jenkins and Moten(could be elite. everyone wanted him), whose a true strongside headup over OT - DE. But these kids are in for a culture shock playing D-1 from H.S.... we're still waiting on Hamilton.) The LB's are now more of a concern. Because injuries on Defense ALWAYS occer to the interior fron 7 more than just about any position on the football field. And those injuries, major, mior and weeks on end nagging ones will come. I just hope we will be able to weather those storms and some of these new guys step up and surprise. Just keep the expectations to a minimum. This team is still 2-3 good to very good developed players short at D-Line-LB and Safety.

Now as for the above ratings of the top-5 newcomers to make an impact... CHAD THOMAS is THE ONE. Some of you will be mad at me because I 'dissed" some players and brought to light that really no Top-Programs wanted some of them because they simply wouldn't be upgrades to their starters and not any better than the young redshited recruits that they already have and are developing. ie-role players... CHAD THOMAS, if used correctly WILL be an Animal on defense that QB's, out of the huddle will have to identify immediately. I'm still amazed that he's not at BAMA, not redshirting and seeing the field there. But he's here and it's special kids like that that we need at all positions. U know, like back in '84-'94 n '99-'02.

T-BRED's not ponies... No Bucks, No Buck Rogers.

Nice breakdown, Johnny C.

I'll believe the D-Line is improved only when I see it happen on the field on a fairly consistent basis. The D-Line and the QB situation are the wild cards this year. A good D-Line makes the back seven on defense look better. If either one underperforms, it will be a very disappointing season. For Olsen's sake, I hope Heaps is the starter at Louisville. Olsen will not be ready for that atmosphere.

The Canes took a spring break in the middle of Spring practice are they doing the same in fall practice.......WOULDNT SURPRISE ME AT ALL............
How many times will Golden remind us of NCAA to harm the School more..... MY GUESS 1.142 could go over if we get our A S S BEAT

Use Tracy Howard and Artie Burns to pay press coverage and allow the dt's to get coverage sacks, confuse the new QB from UL with different looks, disguise the defense pre-snap. You can do things to aid the d-line, including running a scheme that they can thrive in. Obviously our d-line doesn't thrive in a two gap scheme.

Use Tracy Howard and Artie Burns to pay press coverage and allow the dt's to get coverage sacks, confuse the new QB from UL with different looks, disguise the defense pre-snap. You can do things to aid the d-line, including running a scheme that they can thrive in. Obviously our d-line doesn't thrive in a two gap scheme.
Posted by: Is it football season yet
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Also movement, not having everyone set, sort of like old Cowboys flex D, it made many an OL jump off sides. As you said they ALSO have a new QB, and at home, natl tv, he can get the jitters early.

Gee, Rick, I'd have thought you would know there is a limit on the number of spring practices and that many teams break them up so the kids can absorb more.

SHHHHH, Rick is a crucial insider. don't rustle his jimmies, he'll go all caps.

I wanna see PURE AGGRESSIVE SPEED from our Defense. The kind that terrorized college football. Our DB's speed are comparable to our LB's speed from early 2000. Don't like that at all. SPEED KILLS EVERY TIME.

Golden, I've backed you since you got here but I have to say this....

TAKE THE COLLARS OFF! UN-HANDCUFF THEM GOLDEN!! WHAT I SAW BEFORE THE BOWL GAME LAST YEAR WAS EMBARRASSING. YOU LET L OSERVILLE GET INTO THEIR HEADS!!! THIS ISN'T PSU!

I wanna see PURE AGGRESSIVE SPEED from our Defense. The kind that terrorized college football. Our DB's speed are comparable to our LB's speed from early 2000. Don't like that at all. SPEED KILLS EVERY TIME.

Golden, I've backed you since you got here but I have to say this....

TAKE THE COLLARS OFF! UN-HANDCUFF THEM GOLDEN!! WHAT I SAW BEFORE THE BOWL GAME LAST YEAR WAS EMBARRASSING. YOU LET LOSERVILLE GET INTO THEIR HEADS!!! THIS ISN'T PSU!

Sorry for the double post guys.

I'd also like to see our Defense get set before the play. I understand the walk-up concept, but that's not what we're using. It looks like D'Onofrio is just too late getting the calls in.
Posted by: Tampa Cane (Coach D) | July 29, 2014 at 10:15 AM
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So what happens if the other teams calls an auduble?


How many times will Golden remind us of NCAA to harm the School more..... MY GUESS 1.142 could go over if we get our A S S BEAT

Posted by: Rick | July 29, 2014 at 11:05 AM

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Al Golden is forced to put the NCAA attack reminders out there on a regular basis, because the false information carpetbaggers, such as you, Calvin/Harriet, and a variety of others, absurdly via lies try to convince Miami recruits and others that the almost 3 year NCAA investigation and subsequent sanctions had no negative affect on the Miami football program.

As crazy as Zook gets loving on AG, the rick's are worse.

If we're sitting at 1-3, then I'll start calling for AG's head again. until then, hush.

If we play a good game, but lose to UL, hush.

Foreclosing on this season is plain stupid. AG and DNO may be Turds, but there is football yet to be played.

Harphong its going to be hard to go 1 - 3 after Louisville the Canes have cup cakes U RE RE ....... DONT CHALLANGE ME LITTLE BOYS, MAYBE GOLDEN WILL ACTUALLY BUILD A NIGHT CLUB ON CAMPUS SINCE HIS SORRY ASS CANT GET TOP RECRUITS, AND DONT GIVE ME THE 2016 CLASS IS RANKED 1st. they will be gone half of them

Golden put a night club in the weight room, SHOWS U HE CAN NOT MOTIVATE, THE KIDS DONT BELEIVE IN HIM. NIGHT CLUB IN WEIGHT ROOM AND THE 2 PLAYERS TOOK IT UP A NOTCH AND BROUGHT THE PUSSY AND BEER

NOTHING BUT BLUE SKIES....... GOLDEN AND U BOTH RE RE'S

ROFLMFAO - he actually had a spring break in the middle of spring practice, AND NOT ONE OF U HAVE STOOD UP FOR MR FAKE GOLDEN..... WONDER WHY WE SUCK

LOVING ME SOME ROSE!!!

FSU coach Jimbo Fisher made the rounds at ESPN Monday, appearing on a slew of the network’s television programs and radio shows.

However, the most interesting news stemming from Fisher’s appearance in Bristol, Conn., may not have come from anything Fisher said on air. Instead, an ESPN employee named Natasha Rose made headlines for comment she made about Fisher on her personal Twitter account.

“The moment you walk by Jimbo Fisher at work and do everything in your power not to punch him,” Rose wrote.

Rose’s account was suspended following the tweet and a barrage of messages from angry FSU fans. Tomahawk Nation implied that she was a "Miami Hurricanes fan".

It was reported that Calvin/Harriet/Rick and several other screwball posters on the 'Eye On The U' blog blamed Rose's actions on Al Golden and also took the opportunity to once again claim the NCAA investigation did not damage the UM football program to which Rose said she wanted to punch those twerps ignorant lights out.

All of this is a gentle reminder that football season cannot come soon enough.

"SINCE HIS SORRY ASS CANT GET TOP RECRUITS:

Well, he had a top 10 class last year so someone had to be a top recruit, right Riki? Challenge you? How does one even begin when all you post is manure. You make predictions on the Canes' first four games as if you know what the result will be and we are not supposed to "challenge" you?

Dope, dope, dope. You, Gallo and CaneFart '72.

Don't challenge the RICKTARD?!!!! LOLOL. stuck on a nightclub promo?! that settles it - all the evidence I need, Tell us all more how you are privy to insider information about how the coaches think and speak,PLEASE. You haven't dropped one of those yet, since you've been back.

You owe us some of your crucial ALL CAPS scoops!

Welcome to the "U"....Tyree St. Louis!!

Welcome to the "U"....X2!!!

With Loftus' commitment to the Canes, Miami now has 6 Offensive Linemen committed in the 2015 Class. Loftus joins Tyree St. Louis (who committed earlier today), Leeward Brown, Hayden Mahoney, Tyler Gauthier, and Geron Christian.

Yup. Now let's see which RBs stick.

“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.” - James Coley OC []_[]Miami


Love the energy around our program right now. Coaches Golden, Coley, Carrol, Barrow, etc... such cool dudes. Donna has always had a knack of surrounding herself with good energy. Love where this program is going and I want the love for []_[] to come back.

It's all about this []_[].

We're getting some really good recruits, and it's early, but it sure bodes well as long as we can keep them.

"Not Great, special or difference makers."

They just have to plug the middle and take a double team. They don't have to be world-beaters.

I'm excited to get Trayone Gray in camp sometime soon. He may round out that running attack this year or the receiving corps. Would love to see him in the top 4 backing up Gus so we could go out and just pund teams with the running game.

Posted by: Cola Cane | July 29, 2014 at 03:00 PM

You figure you lose some every year, that's why you recruit till the end, but it's good to know kids want to be here and they won't all leave. We have 4 top-flight RBs and if we only keep 50% of that position we still have 2 Fl boys no matter what.

It's good to know kids want to be here. It hasn't been like this in a long time.

I got coach Coley covered also, he runs his mouth on twitter (A LOT) AND SOME RECRUITS LAST YEAR, THAT WAS COMMITED AND THEN LEFT SAID SEVERAL HURRICANE COACHES RUN THEIR MOUTHS BUT CANT BACK IT UP ON THE FIELD........ SMACK AGAIN...... DID FSU MISS COLEY ANY?

Mahoney Pearson GOOD ENERGY DONT MEAN SQUAT IF U DONT BEAT A TEAM WITH A WINNING RECORD, DUKE HAD 2 & 3 STARS RECRUITS, GOLDEN HAS 3 & 4 STARS RECRUITS WITH A COUPLE 5 STARS.....WHO GOT A BEAT DOWN FROM A BASKETBALL SCHOOL>>>>>>>> GOLDEN AND HIS DIV III COACHING STAFF

Hey, Riki, the Seahawks had a DJ at practice today. Going to tell Coach Carroll that he "can't motivate" the team? Why don't you call him and give your insight. Any NFL coach would love to hear from you.

Oh, NO, Riki! Canes just landed two stud recruits today. The HORROR! Looks like everything you write is a pile of manure. Just like your skewl, the UFilth.

heya TRick, where'd you get your insider info?

Gatards are down to 7 recruits?
Canes keep adding top recruits? Rich get richer.

http://247sports.com/Season/2015-Football/CompositeTeamRankings

Miami #9 and rising
Gators are looking UP at the 11 three stars that Pitt has, at #49 and falling fast.

4-8 and self-blocking being your secret weapon will do that to you....

Tyree St. Louis was getting the hard press from Brian White and Mike Summers of the Ufilth Gatards. But he saw that his job as offensive tackle would be to block the offensive guard, decided to go with a REAL offense instead.

You chose well, Tyree! Welcome To THE U!

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