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Saturday report: Kaaya/Heaps share 1st-team reps; several players take rest, help teammates

Thank you to David Furones, the Miami Herald correspondent who covered UM practice today. Here are his observations. Story coming later.

By David Furones 

The UM football team returned to Greentree Practice Fields Saturday morning for another fall camp two-a-day. The morning session went for a relatively calm hour and a half — with offensive line coach Art Kehoe even scowling at big linemen for walking instead of jogging between drills — before intensity ramped up in 11-on-11 goal line drills to wrap up practice.

Defensive tackle Corey King was seen in a red jersey and wearing a boot on his right foot at Sunday’s practice.

“I don't think it's too bad because there was a chance he could go today," head coach Al Golden said.

Linebacker Raphael Kirby (undisclosed) and cornerback Artie Burns (right foot/ankle) were in yellow jerseys after wearing red on Friday.

“I think they’re progressing,” Golden said.

Golden gave several key Canes a non-injury day off on Saturday, allowing them to act as player-coaches during practice. Duke Johnson, Denzel Perryman, Anthony Chickillo, Shane McDermott, Ereck Flowers, Malcolm Lewis and Braxton Berrios all watched on out of uniform and with whistles. Golden said he wanted to find out which players would step up with that group missing.

“If somebody goes down in the first quarter against Louisville, I don’t want to see that look that night. I want to see that look this morning,” Golden said. “All the guys that got pressed into action this morning and saw that that guy was not going to be playing, that’s the effect of it.

“We’re looking for that guy to say, ‘I’m ready. I’m prepared. My turn to step up.’ We’ll evaluate them like that. Braxton and Malcolm notwithstanding — although they are leaders — all the other guys are leaders, so I wanted to see who would replace the leaders.”

Who stepped up?

Golden listed Chad Thomas, Dallas Crawford and Clive Walford.

Overheard during drills, Golden said to Crawford, "Same guy every day, Dallas. I love it. I know you're hurting."

Rashawn Scott (shoulder/clavicle) watched practice with his right arm in a sling.

Brad Kaaya and Jake Heaps split first-team reps Saturday morning after Kaaya ran mostly with the ones on Thursday and Heaps on Friday. 

Gus Edwards ran in three touchdowns in goal-line drills that wrapped up Saturday’s practice after the defense stopped the offense on the first two reps. Two were in between the tackles and

“I wasn’t pleased with him early on today, but then he ran with more of a purpose,” Golden said. “Clearly that competition [with Joe Yearby for the No. 2 spot behind Johnson at running back] is escalating fast. I think Gus answered in the second half of practice.”

Thomas had a non-contact sack of Kaaya off play action on the first play of goal line.

Freshman linebacker Darrion Owens forced a fumble on Tyre Brady in earlier 11-on-11 action.

Following the afternoon session of Saturday’s two-a-day, the team has a day off on Sunday before the second scrimmage of the spring on Monday, another off day on Tuesday and returns to practice Wednesday.

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Great strategy by Coach Golden to make sure these players that are reserves are not depending on guys like Duke and Denzel to make all the plays. This strategy is a direct response to what happened last year when Duke went down. See who is willing to be the man and pick up the slack should an injury come to one of those team leaders and to see who of them will be a leader and say guys jump on my back and I'll take us to victory.

Golden said he wants to see which players would step up. UM fans want to see which coaches will step up. Wins against Famu & Savannah St mean nothing, just so the coaching staff know.

Maybe someday ESPN will come up with new INDEPENDENT & big-Least Network Channels so u can watch all those Garbage games against Garbage teams played during ur Garbage schedules back in the Ancient 1980's - 2000 days...

0-fer the acc ='s P-[]_[]

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Posted by: Tampa Cane (Coach D) | August 16, 2014 at 03:02 PM

QUALITY LACK OF ... still

At least Miami beats the garbage teams, unlike Florida and Georgia Southern!

LMAO at the acc ofor guy.....gators are ofor 3 against this acc last year alone . aubur was ofor last season too against this acc. The ACC ='s national champions

LMAO....I almost forgot about Georgia southern.....OK, no I didn't.

The SEC is s--ing ESPNs kak
ESPN s-ks SECs kak

All day its sec this sec that. Ads, etc. There is absolutely no journalistic unbisaed reporting. Why? They need to enlarge the SEC in everyones eyes so they can get the ratings.

Fact is, look at the ratings for ESON games

#1 Miami
#2 FSU
#3 Miami
#4 Miami

LOL

Youhave fun watching UF play LSU and get dismantled

again

@holmie: real talk. Its an obsession with these 'folk'. SEC this, SEC that. That's how the south is. It's SEC football, then God. Not that I'm proclaiming his existence.

Well I live in the North East, lower Manhattan to be specific, and I can. tell you this end cares much college football, much less the SEC. I congregate with fellow Floridians at a local sports bar to get my college football fix. My view is that by constantly banging that SEC chit, ESPN has given everyone who lives in SEC country a exaggerated sense of appeal for the conference than what actually exist. This leads some SEC fans to puff up their chest with the misplaced belief that others have SEC envy. Nothing could be further from the truth. Here's the reality. No one in New York is enchanted by anything tied to the deep south.

I keep reading it's too close to call. well if it's that close guess what it goes to Kid. Lets face facts, the ODDS are we could be 2-3 by the end of September. Ok Maybe 3-2 but no better and looking at at least 2 more losses the rest of the way. I feel that's the way it will be no matter who starts. So lets build a base for next season when I think this program can finally make some noise. Heaps has no upside and even if he was the difference between 7-5 and 8-4 it's not worth it.

No in New York is interested in college football, much less the SEC.

Maybe someday ESPN will come up with new INDEPENDENT & big-Least Network Channels so u can watch all those Garbage games against Garbage teams played during ur Garbage schedules back in the Ancient 1980's - 2000 days...
0-fer the acc ='s P-[]_[]
Posted by: S.E.C. & GATORS # 1 !!!
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Hell yeah I love RE-watching us pound the Gators, and Neb, and OU, and ND, and Texas, and PSU, sprinkled in with some FSU, yep those garbage schedules are the best.

Hey bob_bba70 - Haven't seen you on this blog in a long time until recently - good to have you back- keep providing your opinions no matter who may get ruffled - 8-4 may certainly be as good as it gets this season.

Rboud, Bob,
I am in that camp right now.

MHP gets me excited and helps me see the brighter side.

Espn is recruiting aide and should be banned by ncaa rules. They promoted the witch hunt against the U. These schools no they need south Florida talent to compete and what better way to get it than to take out miami

To all my bloggers and bob_bba70,

If 2-3 the best we can do by end of September, the coaching staff will be the reason. Louisville, Nebraska, and Duke are not a difficult schedule. I see the Canes winning throughout the month of September 2014. By the way did everyone on this blog received their ticket card(s) this week or today?
Let's stop being critical and more supportive...sell out the stadium. The NCAA and ESPN does not want the Canes to dominate again.

Alabama, LSU, UGA, and Auburn are buying recruits...just pay attention to their families and school admission officers. Alumni funds cannot be trace and the HCs are aware of this practice. ESPN nor any investigating reporter would never conduct a review of high school transcripts of the SEC players. Why! ESPN has a contract with the SEC. Lou "Spitting" Holts and Marky May are instructed to sell the SEC at every opportunity, while on the air. I am wondering if Lou was aware of this academic problem at ND, because this is not an isolated situation anymore?

ND is America's team and the NCAA will not mess with Mother Mary. ND has power and has the ability to pick and choose how they will play...independence for football, and conference for all other sports. How will they make the playoff when the other schools have to play a conference championship? Do ND get an automatic bid based on ratings and strenght of schedule? The ACC will be a power conference with ND as a full time participant. Drop the military teams and add Canes, VT and FSU as annual games, since they discontinued games with U-M and MSU.

Great post RHC

Maybe someday ESPN will come up with new INDEPENDENT & big-Least Network Channels so u can watch all those Garbage games against Garbage teams played during ur Garbage schedules back in the Ancient 1980's - 2000 days...

0-fer the acc ='s P-[]_[]

Posted by: S.E.C. & GATORS # 1 !!! | August 16, 2014 at 04:15 PM
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The Canes were 14-6 vs the SEC (as it is comprised now) in the '80's.

Here are some highlights:

In 1984, with arguably our worst team of that decade, we beat Bo peep and #1 Auburn in the Kickoff Classic. Auburn wanted to play us in that game to proove a point- they "believed" they were #1 the previous year.
They wanted us- They got us.

In 1988 we gave LSU one of there worst home loses in the history of the program in the modern day era. A 44-3 stomping in "Death Valley".

Then there was the 1989 National Championship where we handled Alabama with relative ease on our way to our 3rd Natty.

Keep embarassing yourself with these ignorant posts kid. I'll teach you a little about the college game.


GO CANES!!!

IF this academic cheating is supposedly going on at UNC and Notre Dame, then what the hell does everybody think the SEC schools are doing? They damn sure ain't living a clean life but ESPN or the NCAA would not dare check in on good ole Alabama, Auburn, LSU, or Florida. Just watch when Saban retires or another coach or team takes Alabama's place as the top program winning wise that's when you will see an NCAA investigation and bama be on probation like SMU was back in the day. Funny thing is a Father can pimp his son out like a prostitute the way Cam Newton's dad did and the NCAA turns a blind eye to it. But let somebody buy diapers for one of our recruits and we get a four year probation back in the 90's.

By the way did everyone on this blog received their ticket card(s) this week or today?
Let's stop being critical and more supportive...sell out the stadium. The NCAA and ESPN does not want the Canes to dominate again.

Posted by: RichmondHeightsCane | August 16, 2014 at 09:09 PM
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Good post Richmond.

I'm up here and I'm set for FSU and Nebraska. Virginia and Pitt are nearly set.

I'm in NJ. I would go to every frickin' game if work allowed for it. No excuse for these So. Fla guys not to go to 5 or so games this year.

yea, i know, the pairing of the t.v. time and college football games has corrupted the sport beyond belief. It really is sad. I mean, how can you pay a head coach 50 mil contract(or whatever the absurd amount is) and the rest of the state is LITERALLY NOTHING. I go to school in the Florida panhandle, ergo, i must live within proximity. And the running joke is this(and unfortunately, it is commonly accepted) that this area is referred to as Lower Alabama!!! GTFOHWTBS.

I dont doubt that the SEC is buying their recruits. Consider this: how does Alabama pull away what was considered a die hard cane in Mario Cristobal after being being brought in as an Assistant head coach with the canes. After last years debacle, how does Florida continue to pull in second-tier talent. How does Tennessee have(mind you, that they've been above .500 one time since 2009 ),yet they still manage to put above par recruiting classes.

Where does all that money from the t.v. deals and the seldom empty seats for these supposed institutions of higher learning, really go? What is a couple grand in the grand scheme of this backwards economy?

ESPN is on the take too,no doubt.

ACC brand across all sports will be more valuable. No one likes in SEC villages or gives a crap about most of the schools. Bad ESPN investment.

Starksville? Is that really a place?

"By the way did everyone on this blog received their ticket card(s) this week or today?
Let's stop being critical and more supportive...sell out the stadium. The NCAA and ESPN does not want the Canes to dominate again".
Posted by: RichmondHeightsCane | August 16, 2014 at 09:09 PM

What makes this blog great is difference of opinion, not coming in here singing Kumbuya!
We have unity! The unity that we want UM to win games, be nationally ranked, win bowl games, play in big games, beat our arch rival FSU, take on all comers anywhere & anytime and be successful.

"ESPN nor any investigating reporter would never conduct a review of high school transcripts of the SEC players. Why! ESPN has a contract with the SEC. Lou "Spitting" Holts and Marky May are instructed to sell the SEC at every opportunity, while on the air".

Your speculation is nice but the SEC has been kicking tail and taking names for a while. Like the last 30 years.

Part of the fabric of being a Canes fan is knowing others despise your colors and our team, they root against us! they hope we'll lose our game----it's always been that way for a Canes fan. That's really a big part of the fun. If you travel around the country and talk with College football fans everyone's got a story of a UM team, coming to their stadium and laying a good beatdown on them. From the NCAA to Schools around the country part of the fun is sticking their noses in it after we thoroughly defeat their teams.

Miami Hurricanes don't cry, we don't make excuses, we don't care where we play, we don't care who's in the lineup! We don't care who starts at QB. We have one mission: Anytime, Anywhere! We pride ourselves on wanting to perform! wanting to beat you, wanting to win!

Do you know they have a lists of The Top 100 College Nicknames/Mascots Among NCAA Division I Schools and UM did not make the list?
The Tulsa Golden Hurricanes made the list, and so did, Fighting Irish, the Dragons, Spiders, Hawkeyes, Badgers, Gators, Seminoles, Rainbow Warriors, Red Storm & Red Flash. The Aztecs made the list and so did the Buckeyes, Hoosiers, The Anteaters and so many ridiculous school names I just need to stop.

You see, the Miami Hurricanes get slighted all day long--that's why we'll play anybody, anywhere, anytime!
We all know what Hurricane force winds can do. A hurricane is no laughing matter.

I'll know Al Golden is doing a good job when we roll into UL and Nebraska and 5 minutes into the 4th quarter, there's a half filled stadium that was packed at Kick Off because UM has throttled their offense and they know the outcome is inevitable. A UM victory!

Kaaya, who was heavily pursued by schools such as USC and UCLA after he committed to Miami, said he has loved the Hurricanes since he watched them win the national championship when he was 6.

“I stepped foot on campus and just felt like a different vibe, different from anywhere else I visited,’’ Kaaya said of UM. “I have to think it’s the vibe of the coaches. It’s a more genuine feel than anywhere else I visited, not to diss any other school.’’

-B. Kaaya

Yup.

Chad Thomas is the headliner and will be in the rotation at DE this year. He's also just one of several really good defensive line prospects like Anthony Moten & Michael Wyche on the interior. They're complemented by Trent Harris & Demetrius Jackson coming off the edge. At LB you have Darrion Owens and Juwon Young who are physical freaks that will be playing this year. Don't forget about Mike Smith either. Then there's Marques Gayot & Kiy Hester who are already providing healthy competition for what appears to be a deep position for us (in spite of Rayshawn Jenkins' injury). That's just off the top of my head and I haven't even begun to talk about the offensive recruits.

Joseph Yearby is one of the best RB's in the nation that nobody (even some Miami fans) seems to acknowledge as such. His 2 biggest faults are basically not being named Sony Michel or Dalvin Cook. Other than that he's an absolute beast. Braxton Berrios is Tweeder from Varsity Blues reincarnated. He'll be in the mix in the return game early on and his role could grow dependent upon how quickly he masters special teams. Kc McDermott and Trevor Darling were the 2 best OL prospects in the state and anyone who says otherwise is a damned liar. Then there's James Coley's hand-picked QB prospect, and son of that one chick from the movie Friday (which is just awesome), Brad Kaaya.

http://www.canesinsight.com/content/2466-2014-Preview-Are-You-Excited-Or-Are-You-Scared

Interesting article outlining the good, the bad, and the ugly.

I'm with BOB_BBA, a tie goes to Kaaya. Get the kid some snaps ASAP.

The Headline ...

* UM football *

Canes defense making progress in the trenches

Mark D’Onofrio’s goal of getting the Canes to finish stronger on defense starts with rebuilding depth at the tackle position.

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who, seriously who the Fffffuuuuk do u think u are fooling ?

... "Canes defense making progress"

yeah ? , according to who, whom, u ?

gettn richer beeyotch


still

In 1984, with arguably our worst team of that decade, we beat Bo peep and #1 Auburn in the Kickoff Classic. Auburn wanted to play us in that game to proove a point- they "believed" they were #1 the previous year.
They wanted us- They got us.

In 1988 we gave LSU one of there worst home loses in the history of the program in the modern day era. A 44-3 stomping in "Death Valley".

Then there was the 1989 National Championship where we handled Alabama with relative ease on our way to our 3rd Natty.

Keep embarassing yourself with these ignorant posts kid. I'll teach you a little about the college game.


GO CANES!!!

Posted by: NJshoreCane | August 16, 2014 at 10:04 PM

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and then, through the sludge, slunk n slime dripping between cracks of the boardwalk, Snookie, the Quintessential canecumbucketfan was conceived ...

:ie: the new 21st. Century we never won anything cane fan.

fuugk sack again

fuugk picked again

@the s . e . c .: yea, but is any of that money going into your pocket? Doubt it

We all heard the same hype about the defense last year. Dnofrio shouldn't even be here, so he should just stay away from the cameras.

Just watched a college football report on ESPN. The analyst were talking about Louisville under Petrino as a sleeper team to make the playoff. The analyst have already written Al Goldeni off in terms of being competitive on Labor Day night. Goldeni-the great escape artist. All Al Goldeni does is escape responsibility for for poor game-day results.

I hope you choke on me

https://soundcloud.com/insidetheu/art-kehoe-on-importance-of-talent

Yup.

Mp I hope you take all of me. HTC I think you should start somewhere mid shaft. Championship you should use alot of saliva. Harpong I hope you don't drag your teeth. Blue I need you to get close UPS and keep your hands out of your pants. The rest of you who post obsessively over the same thing. Talking about a coach whose not even here. Etc etc etc. Watch and take notes cause your turn is next.

F espn
F mark may
F Chris fowler
F danny kannel
F lou Holtz
F the other white dude on espn
F the old fart who had a stroke who played at FSU

F yahoo sports
F SI

The canes are recruiting their butts off andputting together a scary run. The media and espn are s88tting their pants like "uh oh here they come again" lets not mention them in any thing, lets not pick them in anything"

But at the same time, "cam we have youall on espn"???

HYPOCRITES.

WHERE IS THE OUTCRY ABOUT THE CHEATERS IN SOUTH BEND? WHERE ARE THE DAILY INCESSANT HEADLINES ABOUT HOW DIRTY AND TOXIC THAT PROGRAM IS??

Holmie, have you taken your pills yet.

The canes are recruiting their butts off andputting together a scary run. The media and espn are s88tting their pants like "uh oh here they come again" lets not mention them................


Wow. Do you seriously believe this load of crap?

I am hoping the offensive coaches are preparing for numerous blitz packages from Louisville on Labor Day. Louisville know that they cannot play straight up against that elite WRs core. Strong took away the running game Morris first read. The TEs, Slot, and RB will be open all night. Coley and Gray in the slot!

ESPN is picking Louisville without Teddy and Strong. WOW! Petrino can coach, but let's see how they do with a new DC and 3-4 scheme. The reason I am picking the U, because we are catching Louisville early, with a new coaching staff and QB.

Mhp,
Good article.
I thought juwon young was one of the rapists.
Also, the second half of the article is the rationale, yes, I has, for my trepidation.

Rhc,
Catching UL at the start, with a new qb, new dc and scheme with huge personnel turnover, is our best set of factors.

Reading the article on hurricane finish inspires even less confidence on the dline.

I think U might need Crawford on O at some point. U need as many weapons as possible, because the D is just not going to be good.

The DL is a problem. this is a very mediocre coaching staff. I don't think UM has ever has such mediocrity. Maybe before Snelly, but even then they were "ready.".

This is the real typad profile, enjoy:

sidcane

alachua county detention center

30 year fan

Interests: UM Football ,beating the gators,laughing at ignorant gator fans, ATV riding with my wife and kids, fishing with my kids, working for a living, surfing, recreational shooting(not the Arron Hernandez kind),eating Mexican food( not stealing from taco vendors),ancient history, the universe,


Two things jump out.
One, this dude is obsessed with the Gators big time. Note all the Gator/Gainesville references. Way more than any reference to the canes.
Two, poor fellow is highly delusional. the 40 year old Bunell Virgin talks about imaginary wife and kids.

"Ancient history" is fitting, that is why he calls himself a cane fan. He is a student of ancient history, like the last time the canes were relevant.

Folks you can't make this up. Truth is stranger than fiction. And more pathetic as well.

WHERE IS THE OUTCRY ABOUT THE CHEATERS IN SOUTH BEND? WHERE ARE THE DAILY INCESSANT HEADLINES ABOUT HOW DIRTY AND TOXIC THAT PROGRAM IS??
Posted by: holmie
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It's all good Holmie, Splou Splotz knows he can't run his spitting yap about ANYTHING, because Rece Davis will call him out, (he loves doing that), and the football world KNOWS and will never let ND live it down, in any stadium they go into, you'll see.

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