October 06, 2015

Hurricanes cornerback Tracy Howard on loss to Cincy, FSU and those "Fire Al Golden" banners

Tracy howard

No doubt we'll miss the always pleasant, always polite, often humorous, always frank, always outspoken cornerback Tracy Howard next season.

On Tuesday, when discussing the UM defense and the upcoming game at Florida State, Howard, a senior, answered questions about the loss to Cincinnati and the fan wrath aimed at coach Al Golden and his assistants.

“You’ve got to put things behind you,'' Howard said. "You’ve got to take the good with the bad. The loss did hurt. We gave it our all and didn’t come out on top. The only thing you can do is move forward to the next opponent. You can’t dwell on it. If you dwell on it, you’re going to get punished by the next team. You’ve got to keep your head up, and just keep rolling over. It’s life. Things happen. It is what it is.”

 How tough is it when he hears the criticism his coaching staff is taking?

“At the end of the day, it is what it is. That’s life. People are going to criticize you. When you’re doing good, people are going to love you. When you’re doing bad, people are going to be down on you. At the end of the day, you have to stay level-headed, be the same person. It is what it is. It’s life. I’m sure my coaches, I’m sure they’re tough. They can handle it. And we can handle it. I know everybody doesn’t like our coaches, but at the end of the day, it is what it is. We still have to go out there and perform and they still have to go out there and call plays. We still have to play for them, so, I mean…we can’t do much about it.”

How does Howard feel, and how does Howard think Golden feels when they look up and see the banner planes calling for his firing?

“I think he has tough skin,'' Howard said. We still have to go out there and play. We look at it, and we’re like, 'It is what it is.' It’s not going to stop. So at the end of the day, ain’t nobody got time to feel sorry. They don’t like him, we’ve been through that, but it is what it is. We’re still going to go out there and play for him. We’re still going to play.

"They’re going to call their play calls, we’re going to run the plays. It’s not like we’re going to go out there and say, ‘Forget the coaches’ and do our own thing. We can’t. We’re in it together at the end of the day.”

 Howard said his last go-around against FSU "means a lot to me, but it is what it is. Most definitely looking forward to Saturday, going out there with my team and having fun.”



Al Golden said Tuesday during his press conference in advance of the Florida State game that “subtle” changes – “in both personnel and play-calling’’ will occur for Miami (3-1, 0-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) against the Seminoles (4-0, 2-0).

“Whether that’s a [second string] becoming the [first string] or [second string] playing more, switching a position or whatever the case may be, we’ve done that,’’ Golden said. “We met as a staff on Friday, met with the kids on Friday, and a lot of that was implemented by the time we left on Friday night, in terms of how we want to proceed.

“To be perfectly frank, I’m not going to share it with you now, but some of what happened’’ in the loss at Cincinnati, Golden said, “necessitated it.’’

Some things you can expect: wide receiver Stacy Coley, who injured his left hamstring in the opener, sat out at FAU, then injured it again against Nebraska, will be back at FSU, according to Golden. The coach also said WR Braxton Berrios, who hurt his left knee in the opener and played sparingly at Cincinnati, “was the best he has been’’ on Tuesday. “I can see it in his eyes [Tuesday]. He feels better, he looks better. Those two guys will help us.’’

Weak-side linebacker Jermaine Grace is another matter. Grace, who already had hurt his right shoulder against Nebraska, as well as sustaining a head injury and going through concussion protocol, then injured his right ankle at 11:12 of the second quarter last Thursday against the Bearcats. But Golden said Tuesday that Grace, who was not with the rest of the team during the media’s 15 minutes of practice viewing and did not take any reps during the practice, “was much better [Tuesday] then we thought he would be.’’

Golden said the coaching staff had “more hope’’ Tuesday for a quicker recovery for Grace than they did Monday. “He went through a regimen today way ahead of where we thought he would be. There’s a really good possibility he could practice tomorrow. We’ll see. I did not feel that way Monday morning. He’s got a chance.’’

▪ Expect to see tackle Kc McDermott and guard Joe Brown in the offensive line rotation in Tallahassee. Neither of them played last week.

“Those two guys will play more, just to keep the rep counts a little bit more equal. …Both Joe and Kc need to help us. They need to step up. It’s going to help us stay fresher, play more guys there and hopefully be more effective than we were the other night.’’





Canes great Gino Torretta: take charge, make plays, close the deal -- and more


Spoke to UM quarterback great Gino Torretta today. 

He has the pleasure -- or maybe not -- of being the Touchdown Radio color analyst for the national broadcast of Saturday's Miami (3-1, 0-0 ACC) at Florida State (4-0, 2-0) game.

Torretta won't point the finger solely at Al Golden -- or for that matter, solely on the players. But ultimately, somebody, anybody, needs to step up and make it happen. 

"The players have to play,'' he said. "At some point you have to take over the game yourself as a player and you have to hate losing so much that you do whatever you need to do to get in the end zone. The players are the ones who have to execute.

"Look at all the great teams. There are certain times the offensive line, or whomever, says, 'Hey, the game's on us. We'll take over.' Or defensively, 'Hey, the game's on us.'

"You need that on any successful team. You have to hate losing that much that you can't be denied scoring, converting a third down, stopping a third down -- whatever."

"...At some point you need to make plays to win a game,'' he said. "You have to close the deal.''

Torretta said he wasn’t surprised that UM’s game was set for 8 p.m. — prime time on ABC — at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee. The Seminoles have won the last five games in the rivalry, but the intensity of this one is usually a crowd-thriller and draws a huge national audience.

“Obviously, my experience in the game will help me knowing the emotional side of it,” Torretta said. “One of my two losses was a night game there in 1989 when I was a redshirt freshman. The other trip was a noon game, Wide Right I, that we won.

“It’s a completely different environment as a night game and a lot harder on the visiting team. I think it’s going to be very difficult.”


The Atlantic Coast Conference announced Monday that the Virginia Tech at Miami game will be played at Sun Life Stadium at 3:30 p.m. Oct 17 and will be aired by ESPNU.

After Miami’s first ACC game at Florida State (4-0, 2-0 ACC) on Saturday, the Hokies (2-3, 0-1 ACC) will be UM’s first Coastal Division opponent.

Virginia Tech has lost two game in a row, including Saturday’s 17-13 loss at home to ACC opponent Pittsburgh.

FSU has beaten Boston College (3-2, 0-2) and Wake Forest (2-3, 0-2) the past two games, both on the road.

As of Monday, the Seminoles were favored by 10 points.

GOLDEN: "My only responsibility is to the team, to these student athletes, and to our staff. From a leadership standpoint I don’t pay attention to any of that.
  "We have a tight circle right now in terms of people that support us and people that want to find solutions and help us become the team we want to be. Other than that I can’t really worry about it as the head coach.
   "It’s not easy to be a leader. And from that standpoint I accept that responsibility. When the team doesn’t do well I accept that responsibility. And it should be on my shoulders.
   "From that standpoint as the leader I’ve got to make sure that I’m setting the tone for the team and what we’ve got to get done. And none of it involves anything on the outside, because none of that can solve the problem, none of that can help us play to our potential and the way we need to play Saturday night to get a big win. Because at the end of the day the only thing that matters is whether or not we’re doing what we need to do today and this week to play our best on Saturday.
    "If you live in last week it’s going to beat you twice and  I think our guys understand that. That’s our mindset. That’s my mindset as the head coach and student leader. Just focus on our student-athletes and our players, keep serving them and keep getting them to be the type of players and people we want them to be."
WAKE UP (Canes fan's viewpoint)
In closing, a reader who sat near Miami's bench at Cincinnati told me something very similar to someone close to the team who didn't want to be mentioned: 
 "There was very little life in the team... I saw very little fire within the team. I'm talking amongst the players. Not a lot of high fives. Very little show of emotion. But once the team made mistakes, the heads dropped, the disappointment was visible.  There was a drive in the third quarter when a holding call and missed field goal really hurt us. Coming off the field, there was no leader talking to the team. There was no "let's go team" chants...
"I still can hear Ed Reed's plea at the half of the B.C. game during the championship season. I can remember leaders like Ray Lewis, Warren Sapp, Ken Dorsey, Clinton Portis pushing the team. I remember when Jerome Brown had a tirade in Texas. This is the legacy of The U. Us against the world. On Thursday there was none of that. I feel like Golden wants everything to be so professional. So stiff. Emotions are a huge part of playing for the Canes. When the game was tight, the team seemed less focused, less driven. 

"Golden's play calling reminds me of 1980s Penn State football. You don't recruit speed to play big ten ball. You don't recruit a pro style qb to execute trick plays. Golden gets hesitant to let the ball fly when it's time to fight. He did it last year with FSU and Thursday with Cincinnati. I don't think he will change. He refuses to change the defense and handcuffs the offense. I truly believe he is unable to adjust." 


The official UM pregame celebration will be at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center, 505 W. Pensacola St., Tallahassee. To purchase tickets, go to www.miami.edu/pregame.






October 05, 2015

UM hoops update...

Hey there UM hoops fans...the season is right around the corner.

Coach Jim Larranaga met with the media today to fill us in on what's up, and here's what you need to know:

1. Ivan Cruz Uceda is a new man! Last season he weighed 237 and had 24 percent body fat. Today he is a svelt 217 lbs and only 9 percent body fat! "He is faster, quicker, stronger and will be a better Ivan than he was last year.'' (Writer's sidenote: I need to go see trainer Steve Felde!!)

2. Angel Rodriguez missed a week of training after getting his wisdom teeth out, but he's fine now, ready to go.

3. Asked about Oklahoma St transfer Kamari Murphy, Larranaga replied: "Love him!'' He went on to heap praise on Murphy's defensive skills, rebounding and ability to learn.

4. Where does he see UM among ACC competiton? "The league is very deep. We're not above the crowd, but we're in the mix.''

5. Davon Reed? "Getting better and better at everything.''

6. JaQuan Newton? "Has really improved his free throw shooting.''

7. James Palmer? "Will be competing for a lot of playing time. I see him more as a 2 or 3.''

October 04, 2015

Hurricanes-Seminoles set for primetime next Saturday

Thursday's loss at Cincinnati apparently wasn't enough to scare anyone making the TV decisions at ABC and ESPN away.

Late Saturday night, the network that decides the time slots and channels college football's biggest games are played decided it wanted the Miami Hurricanes (3-1) and 11th ranked Florida State Seminoles (4-0) on primetime next week.

UM and FSU will kickoff at 8 p.m. on ABC next Saturday in Tallahassee. FSU has won five in a row in the series and could put a crippling dent into Al Golden's future at Miami with another big win over the Canes.

Golden not only has been unable to beat FSU his first four tries, he's 4-7 against ranked teams and 10-15 away from Sun Life Stadium. Last year, the Canes let a halftime lead slip away at home as the Seminoles rode the legs of Dalvin Cook to a come-from-behind win in Miami.

October 02, 2015

Al Golden discusses injuries to Grace, Coley, 3rd down woes, the wind and more after loss at Cincinnati

UM coach Al Golden addressed reporters Friday following his team's 34-23 loss at Cincinnati. 

He talked injuries, breakdowns and much more.

Q: How did you come out of the game healthwise?

"Obviously Jermaine's injury hurt us based on how they were operating on offense. He seems to have an ankle. If we didn't have nine days I don't think we'd even be talking about it. I think he has a shot, but it won't be on the front end of the week for sure. Other than that, everybody else seemed to be good this morning."

Q: Reshawn Scott took a shot is he okay?
"He's good. All reports are that Coley is doing good too. There's a chance we could get him back this week too."

Q: Overall, your thoughts after having time to digest the film, anything new you saw on film you have to work on this week?
"We obviously have to get better up front on the offensive line in terms of our protection. Even the times that they did drop eight and collapsed three they were able to collapse our pocket. Again, I mentioned last night just the penalty and just how untimely they were. But we took a lot of points off the board and a lot of scoring opportunities off the board. We have to get that fixed. Obviously we kicked the ball out of bounds and gave them a short field again. Jon's doing a good job kicking. He's just got to get the first one jitters out of the way and just relax and trust his leg there. Obviously the punt return was huge and something that when we have a punter of our caliber we have to do a better job protecting him and covering the punt. I mean there's other things. There's a lot of things."

Q: I noticed a couple times Dallas Crawford getting beat in coverage and other breakdowns in secondary. What happened?
"For sure. When we're rotated down on a double seam pass. Again, it's trivial to me who the player is. We had the rotation to hold the seam on the backside coming from height. In other words, there's two ways to hold the [receiver]. One is from a linebacker who has a little bit more of a difficult time holding a vertical rout that's running away from him. Or, you get on top of it from a safety standpoint. For that one to be completed just before the half when we had the call we wanted was a back breaker."

Q: The other big pass breakdown one was on Corn Elder getting beat on the 52-yarder before Cincinnati's last touchdown. What happened?
"That was a tough one because I had just decided to kick the field goal there because at that point we had only allowed five yards to that point. 21 minutes into the second half, I think we had only allowed five yards. But I know it wasn't a significant number. I was basically telling the defense 'Hey I know I've got the wind now and we're going to get our three points here, kick it off, hold them and get the ball back around midfield.' If I'm correct the play it happened on it was 2nd and 8. It was a double-whammy. That one hurt."

Q: A lot of fans probably want to know how coming off a bye week in a game you are favored in it almost looked like the defense wasn't ready for the quarterback?
"Yeah, so again, from that standpoint, the second drive was a one-play, 10-yard drive because of a punt return. Obviously, we missed a tackle that led to the first one where if we could have held them to three there that would have been a big stop there. But we missed a tackle and I think it ended up being a 25- or 30-yard play there. Then we let the seam up right before the half which hurt."

Q: Are you going to make any changes personnel wise or strategy wise?
"I don't think there's any question. Clearly with both safeties back now there's an opportunites to play more of our safeties that have been very productive. I was really proud of Kirby last night because when Grace went down Kirby played [weakside] linebacker most of the night. I thought he played it really well. Clearly, with Grace down and Gayot down, we're down to our third WILL right now, which is Kirby who wasn't getting a lot of reps. He went and did that during the game. Obviously, we had more flexibility in the second half with the two safeties back. So, we utilized it. There's certainly some things we're looking at on the defensive side. On the offensive side, we got to just keep working the combinations up front to make sure we've got the right combinations in the o-line -- that includes Joe Brown and Kc McDermott. There's other things we're looking at. There's no question about it."

Q: Obviously not having Gus Edwards in short yardage situations hurts this year. Has Trayone Gray done enough to enter the equation? Who is the best option?
"It's something we talked about at length during last week. Trayone's definitely getting closer. I think Tucker is getting closer. But I think at the same time on the third and half a yard we got knocked back up front and the same thing happened on the 3rd and 3 when we ran it to the left there on the fringe. In those two cases it doesn't really matter who the back is. But there's no question in terms of a short yardage back we're looking at those two options."

Q: When you look back on the third down conversion rate offensively this season, is it more execution? Is it playcalling? Is there a theme?
"We're looking all of it. As I look at this here, we had nine plays that were 3rd and 6 or more, six of which were 3rd and 8 or more. The five penalties had an impact there in terms of being in 1st and 15. We were 2nd and 20, 1st and 15, 1st and 19, 2nd and 13. So, those definitely have an impact. If we can get more third and manageables, our short yardage will definitely help that. We have to improve our short yardage. We're looking at all of it, including who were targeting and what we're calling and what we have to move to in terms of personnel and what our quarterback does good."

Q: Florida State has been a focal point the last couple years and the players said they didn't want it to be this year because it could impact this season. How do you change that mindset?
"Again, I didn't hear or see them say that. Again, this obviously a big game for us and something we're excited about. In terms of how we respond, regardless of the outcome on Saturday night because you can treat both of those same. You get a big win or have a tough loss, the fact remains we have to be consistent and move forward. It's not really about this game. This game is always going to be a big game. It's really about response and our quest to be a consistent team week in and week out and we weren't last night."

Q: How about the playcalling in the fourth quarter last night. You had 4th and 5 at the 16 and went for the field goal. What was the sequence in that? Did you think about going for a touchdown or just one of those get the points on the board?
"They gave us the two-high safety look we wanted on third down and had the call we wanted. Looking back at it, we got cutoff on the backside that we needed to. We just needed to be a little wider on our aim point. I think the running back cut back too quickly. We had positive yards to be had there. If we did and gotten into a 4th and 2 or 4th and 1, I may have gone for it there. But we had only let up five yards in the second half to that point in time. So I said let me get the points here, get the ball back with the wind, stop them and get the ball back in good field position. Obviously that didn't happen because they flipped the field on a pass on it."

Q: Badgley did well kicking at home, but on the road he struggles. What gives?
"I think we analyze the distance of those kicks. Obviously he has enough leg. But from that range, we need to a little bit more accurate. But it is a bit of a difficult challenge for him. From that standpoint, I believe in Badge. He does a great job for us. Obviously we would not have won last week if it wasn't for him. We lost last night as a team and I know he wishes he had a couple of those back. There's no question about it."

Q: You mention the wind a couple times. What were the conditions that the wind was a factor?
"Because I believed we wanted the wind in the fourth quarter, I chose to kickoff into the wind in the third quarter. Just because of the type of ballgame we were in. I knew it was going to be a four quarter game. So, from that standpoint if we were kicking towards our locker room the wind was going that way in terms of kickoffs and things of that nature and punts."

Q: Was it actually windy? I didn't notice it windy at all?
"Again, if that's your opinon, whatever. But I go by what the kickers tell me. From our standpoint, in terms of kickoffs and punts, it was definitely different going in one direction."

October 01, 2015

Rapid Reaction: Canes lose 34-23 at Cincinnati

Al Golden has quite a few bad losses in his tenure at the University of Miami.

But losing to a 2-2 Cincinnati team playing with its backup quarterback and 10 days to prepare for it all? Fair to say its inexcusable -- especially against a Bearcats defense that gave up 53 points in a loss to Memphis last week and lost to Temple at home earlier this season.

The Hurricanes (3-1) head to Florida State next week and haven't beaten the Seminoles in their last five tries. Was Thursday's loss just the beginning of another depressing downward spiral? 

Golden better hope not. While UM's administration hasn't come out and said Golden needs a certain win total to keep his job, athletic director Blake James has said repeatedly he wants to see improvement. That's going to be tough to do if things get away from Golden and the Canes quickly.

"I just told [the team] we have to stay together," Golden told WQAM after the 34-23 loss to the Beacats. "We haven't played an ACC game yet. We still have all our goals in front of us. Everyone is really disappointed. But I loved our approach, the way we came out. They made more plays than us. We have to fix what we have to fix. But I know we have the leadership to turn this thing around."

Some observations:

> The Hurricanes are now 3-19 all-time under Al Golden when trailing at the half. If ever there is a damning statistic about halftime adjustments and coaching, that's it. 

Offensive coordinator James Coley can wear this one. His unit was facing a Bearcats defense that was shredded last week at Memphis. Miami managed only three points in the second half. 

More importantly, UM had a 20-17 lead in the second quarter and back-to-back possessions with good field position and couldn't capitalize with more points. They actually went on back-to-back three-and-outs with the ball at the UM 33 and Cincinnati 34 (kicker Michael Badgley missed a 51-yard field goal). That's on Coley and the offense.

> Miami's third down (4 of 15) and red zone woes (two fourth quarter drives resulted in only three points) continued. It's been the theme to the offensive struggles for awhile now. Miami is now a whopping 13 of 53 on third downs (24.5 percent). 

> Quarterback Brad Kaaya had his streak of throwing a touchdown pass in 16 consecutive games snapped. Kaaya finished 24 of 39 for 255 yards, but missed guys who were open at times and couldn't connect with his receivers when the Canes needed it in the red zone late (he was 0 for 4 in the red zone passing). His receivers let him down too with a handful of drops including a tough one on a diving attempt by sophomore Tyre Brady near the Cincinnati goal line. 

> Sophomore running back Joe Yearby (17 carries, 113 yards, 1 TD) eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark for the third week in a row and at times put the team on his back. But the Canes inexplicably went away from him in the red zone. Of his 17 carries, only two were inside the Cincinnati 20-yard line (one went for a touchdown).

Freshman Mark Walton had four carries for 15 yards and a score in the red zone. Walton, though, still isn't ripping off long runs. He finished with 12 carries for 34 yards (2.8 average). 

> Miami's offensive line was penalized a handful of times in key situations that hurt them on promising drives: 

- Right tackle Sunny Odogwu was flagged for clipping on the opening drive, it wiped out an eight-yard Joseph Yearby run to the Bearcats 10 (Miami settled for a field goal).

- Left guard Alex Gall was flagged for a false start at the Cincinnati three-yard line the second quarter (UM ended up scoring anyway on Yearby's eight-yard run to take a 20-17 lead). Gall later gave up a tackle for loss on a key 3rd-and-1 play on the opening possession of the third quarter when he was destroyed by Cincinnati's Alex Pace at the lane. 

- Left tackle Trevor Darling picked up two on one drive in the third quarter and gave up a quarterback hurry. 

"We killed ourselves on drives with operational penalties up front," Golden said. "We shut the drive down. Just disappointing."

> The costliest penalty was a holding play on freshman Jaquan Johnson. It wiped out Corn Elder's punt return for a touchdown in the third quarter. Elder has now had two punt returns for scores wiped of the board. UM had two touchdowns called back also against Nebraska. 

> The Canes gave up their fourth sack of the season (center Nick Linder and Danny Isidora) when Cincinnati was rushing only three defenders. It led to a missed 52-yard field goal.

> Kicker Michael Badgley had two misses (51 and 52 yards), but still finished 3-of-5 on field goals. He's 12 of 15 on the season.

> Miami played without starting safety Deon Bush and backup safety Jamal Carter in the first half because of targeting penalties two weeks ago vs. Nebraska. You can blame UM's terrible play on defense in the first half in part to that (UM held Cincinnati to one first down and five yards on its first four second half possessions with Bush back out there).

But the play of fifth-year senior Dallas Crawford at safety killed the Hurricanes all night. He was lost in coverage when Cincinnati quarterback Hayden Moore connected with Mekale McKay on an 11-yard touchdown in the first quarter and was beaten badly in coverage late in the half on a long completion that led to another Cincinnati score. Then, in the fourth quarter when UM needed a stop, Crawford came up and whiffed on a Hosey Williams 17-yard run. Two plays later, the Bearcats scored the clincher. 

Rayshawn Jenkins, meanwhile, missed a tackle on a long Williams run early in the game, but came back with his third interception of the season. It's clear that he and Bush are UM's best options in pass coverage. Yet, Crawford continues to see the majority of the snaps. Puzzling.

> Linebacker Jermaine Grace injured his ankle in the first half and returned to action. But he didn't play in the second half. Sophomore Juwon Young got the bulk of the work with Grace out. The Hurricanes could ill-afford to lose Grace, who was hurt in the Nebraska game too.

> Miami's pass rush in the second half was much better and a big reason the Hurricanes had success. Trent Harris had a stellar sack in the third quarter when he ran right over the left tackle and got to Moore. Sophomore Chad Thomas had a quarterback hurry at a bat-down of a pass at the line. 

> Ultimately, Corn Elder, who has been stellar for the most part this season, gave up the biggest defensive play of the game when he was beaten on a 52-yard pass play before Cincinnati went in for the decisive score.

Gameday blog: Miami Hurricanes at Cincinnati Bearcats

Live Blog Miami Hurricanes vs. Cincinnati: Oct. 1, 2015

Canes just walked into locker room to find a white-hot surprise!


The Cincinnati Bearcats are wearing their all-black uniforms tonight -- the word RUCKUS on the back of their helmets (note that the UC is in red) -- at Nippert Stadium for the nationally televised game against the University of Miami.

The Miami Hurricanes?

They were surprised tonight to walk into their locker room just now to find from Adidas their new #305Ice TECHFIT x #Primeknit uniform. 

It's all white, folks. And the iconic U on the matte-white helmet: Chrome (silver U). Also: silver U on the shoulder pads, and the word Miami in silver letters down the pant leg.

So, it's the bad guys vs. the good guys, tonight, Canes fans.

Enjoy your game.





Please keep Canes baseball OF Willie Abreu and his mom in your thoughts -- and if you can give a donation for his mom, please do

Willie Abre
  CINCINNATI -- University of Miami right fielder Willie Abreu has a huge heart and is one of the most loyal, lifelong Canes I know. Abreu, a Hialeah native out of Mater Academy,  likely has a future in the big leagues, but that heart is with his mom right now. 
While we're waiting for today's football kickoff at Cincinnati, here's something HurricaneSports.com released yesterday.
Help, if you can. And either way, please send Willie your positive thoughts!
Here is what UM wrote yesterday. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY as to protect UM and Willie's integrity.
Donate to Support Willie Abreu's Mother Rosie
A donation fund has been set up to help Miami Hurricanes junior outfielder Willie Abreu and his family recover after his mother Rosie suffered a stroke before the team’s postseason run to the College World Series in May 2015.

Rosie suffered a stroke on May 25th and remained hospitalized for months after undergoing emergency brain surgery. A conAstant presence at Miami Hurricanes baseball games both at home and on the road, Rosie was forced to watch on television while her son captained Miami to the College World Series. While she is now out of the hospital and on the road to recovery, the Abreu family needs support in medical costs and ongoing therapy.

In an effort to support Willie, Rosie and his family during the difficult time, a donation fund has been set up to help pay for the Abreu’s medical bills.  Checks can be made out to Manuel Abreu, Willie’s father and Rosie’s husband, and must be delivered to assistant communications director Camron Ghorbi.

Checks can be sent to Camron at 5821 San Amaro Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146 or may be delivered in person to the Hecht Athletic Center.

It is imperative that any member of the Miami community who wishes to donate money to the family follow the procedure above in order to ensure Willie’s eligibility is not put in jeopardy. Please make sure all money is provided to Camron Ghorbi or another athletics department staff member and not given directly to Willie or any member of the Abreu family.

The entire University of Miami family thanks you in advance for your generosity to Willie, Rosie and the Abreu family. 

Here's a story our Andre C. Fernandez did on Willie this season: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/college/acc/university-of-miami/article23039991.html


September 29, 2015

Running back Clinton Portis (formerly of the Big East) named to 2015 ACC Class of Football Legends


Clinton Portis was among 14 former football greats named Tuesday to the 2015 Atlantic Coast Conference Class of Football Legends.

   So, you say he wasn’t in the ACC? Correct. But he is a legend, and what Canes fan doesn’t savor the photo of Portis kissing that crystal football after winning the 2001 title in the Rose Bowl?.

   As a true freshman starter at running back in 1999, Portis set a school record with five 100-yard performances, leading the Canes with 838 yards and eight touchdowns on 143 carries – 5.9 yards per carry – in 10 games. His 1,200 yards rushing during the 2001 national championship season was at that time the third-highest single-season rushing yardage total in UM history. He now ranks fifth in all-time career rushing with 2,523 yards.

   Portis continued his dominance in the NFL, earning Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2002 and amassing 9,923 rushing yards and 75 touchdowns in nine seasons – two with the Broncos and seven with the Washington Redskins.

   He retired as the 27th all-time leading rusher in NFL history.

   Joining Portis in the ’15 ACC Legends class are Pitt running back Tony Dorsett, FSU running back Warrick Dunn, Georgia Tech coach Bobby Ross, Boston College center Dan Koppen, Clemson linebacker Anthony Simmons, Duke running back Chris Douglas, Louisville quarterback Chris Redman, North Carolina offensive lineman Ken Huff, NC State defensive back and return specialist Fred Combs, Syracuse tight end Chris Gedney, Virginia defensive end Patrick Kerney, Virginia Tech defensive end Corey Moore and Wake Forest punter Chuck Ramsey.

   All 14 legends will be honored at the ACC Night of Legends on Dec. 4, and during the on-field pregame festivities at the ACC Championship.

   The question is, will the Hurricanes be on that field for kickoff?


September 27, 2015

Post-practice update: LB Marques Gayot out indefinitely, LB Jermaine Grace cleared to play, Braxton is back, Stacy Coley out for Cincy

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1. The expected news is that sophomore backup weak-side linebacker Marques Gayot is out indefinitely after the helmet-to-helmet collision Wednesday that sent him to the hospital overnight. Don't know when, or if, he'll be back this season.

2. Wide receiver Stacy Coley (hamstring) is out for Thursday night game at Cincinnati.

3. Wide receiver Braxton Berrios (knee) is back for Cincinnati. 

4. More positive news is that starting weak-side linebacker Jermaine Grace has been cleared for Cincinnati, but wore a yellow (limlited) jersey to protect him a bit, UM coach Al Golden said. They really have to be careful with Grace, as he also has had problems with his right shoulder, and was being observed under concussion protocol this past week. That said, it's kind of difficult to be careful when you're an active, talented linebacker in a nasty game.

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The following was written after our 15 minutes of viewing to begin practice:

First Canes practice today after Wednesday's practice in which sophomore backup weak-side linebacker Marques Gayot was airlifted to the hospital after an on-field, helmet-to-helmet collision.

Reporters watched the first 15 minutes.

The Canes were off Thursday and Friday from regular practice (they might have lifted or done conditioning, not sure), as well as Saturday, which served as the usual Monday day off -- because the next game is Thursday night at Cincinnati on national TV. (Cincy put a school-record 711 yards of offense on Memphis Thursday night in a LOSS to Memphis!)

So, Gayot, as expected, was not at practice today. He was released from Ryder Trauma Center on Thursday and had been put in a neck brace, according to UM.

Also not out there for the start of Sunday's practice: weak-side starting linebacker Jermaine Grace. Grace ran out a few minutes later in a yellow jersey, which in this case supposedly signifies limited. Grace was knocked out of the last game against Nebraska after a collision with teammates, and was going through concussion protocol as of last week. Not sure if he'll be playing Thursday.

Will not be a good thing if Grace is out in addition to Gayot at Cincinnati. Grace is fast and talented and super as the coverage guy -- "a tremendously talented playmaker,'' defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio said in fall camp. Grace is second on the team with 16 tackles after three games, with one tackle for loss and two breakups.

The young linebackers who have mostly played special teams -- Terry McCray, Mike Smith, Charles Perry, James King -- are just that, young and not very experienced. Move someone else on defense to linebacker? We'll see. There's not much time before Thursday's game.

In a red jersey (injured) Sunday: receiver Stacy Coley, who has had a hamstring injury and reinjured it during Nebraska. In positive news, Braxton Berrios was out there practicing. 


September 25, 2015

Canes' next opponent's QB, Hayden Moore, just threw for more yards than Hurricanes' previous three opponents combined



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   With former safety and current weak-side linebacker Marques Gayot (see below) likely out for Thursday's game, as well as top safety Deon Bush and fellow hard-hitting safety Jamal Carter out for the first half because of targeting last Saturday against Nebraska, not to mention the possibility of weak-side starter (and playmaker) Jermaine Grace still being injured and possibly held out, UM has to find a way to thwart this redshirt freshman Moore.

   Moore came in to replace redshirt junior QB Gunner Kiel, who was knocked out of the game and sent to the hospital after a brutal helmet-to-helmet hit. And we thought Kiel was a gunslinger?!

  Yes, Memphis beat Cincinnati 53-46 in the last minute, but Moore who replaced Kiel late in the first quarter, broke the 47-year-old University of Cincinnati single-game passing record by completing 31 of 53 passes for 557 yards and four touchdowns, with two interceptions.

For comparison's sake, Nebraska threw for 309 yards against the Canes, FAU threw for 166 and Bethune-Cookman threw for 26.   

So, by himself, Hayden Moore threw for 56 more yards than Nebraska, FAU and Bethune-Cookman combined. Ouuuuuch!! Granted, Memphis' defense looked horrible (and I guess is horrible), and no way UM's D would have allowed that, but that's still an incredible number.  

I have the solution to Hayden Moore.

It's called Brad Kaaya and Joe Yearby and company against a Cincy defense that also looked weak -- and a UM D that has to step up in the absence of some good players.


  So, you likely know by now that University of Miami linebacker Marques Gayot is out of the hospital after being airlifted to Jackson Memorial’s Ryder Trauma Center on Wednesday during practice.

   “Sophomore linebacker Marques Gayot was released from Ryder Trauma Center [Thursday] morning and is expected to make a full recovery,’’ UM wrote in a release Thursday evening.

   On Wednesday, UM said Gayot would be placed in a neck collar.

   Two sources said Gayot had been examined for a concussion. Gayot played Saturday after fellow linebacker Jermaine Grace first hurt his right shoulder and then got into his own collision after returning to the game.

   UM coach Al Golden said previously that Grace was going through concussion protocol.


September 24, 2015

Hurricanes LB Marques Gayot released from hospital, calls neck injury 'minor setback for a major comeback'

Hurricanes sophomore linebacker Marques Gayot was released from the hospital Thursday morning, 24 hours after he collided with a teammate in practice, injured his neck and was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center in Miami.

Gayot, who is expected to make a full recovery, then posted the following message on Twitter aimed at Hurricanes fans.

No one at UM has yet to address how long Gayot will be out of action for the Hurricanes.

UM coach Al Golden has yet to address the media this week and skipped his weekly Q&A session on the ACC Teleconference Wednesday to deal with Gayot's injury.

> Cincinnati quarterback Gunner Kiel, whom the Hurricanes are scheduled to face Oct. 1, was carted off the field Thursday after a helmet-to-helmet collision with a Memphis defensive player.

He was placed in an ambulance and taken to a local hospital. 

September 23, 2015

UM football player injured in practice, airlifted to Jackson for 'precautionary reasons'

A University of Miami football player was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital Wednesday morning after being injured in practice, a Miami Herald source has confirmed.

The unknown player was hurt during a head-to-head collision in practice. 

Here's what UM released moments ago: "A University of Miami football student-athlete suffered an injury during practice and was transported to the hospital for precautionary reasons."

UM coach Al Golden was scheduled to speak during the ACC teleconference Wednesday morning at 11:50 a.m. but did not participate according to moderator Mike Finn "due to a situation."

Stay tuned for more details. 

September 22, 2015

Strange nameplate font on back of Miami Hurricanes' jerseys being replaced, per athletic director Blake James

That strange lettering on the back of the Canes’ jerseys?

   Sacked – and never getting up.

   Miami athletic director Blake James sent out a tweet Tuesday afternoon that said the Canes will have a new nameplate font on their jerseys.

   “After further review we have decided to change the nameplate font on all @CanesFootball jerseys to a traditional block letter font,’’ James tweeted.

    The current font mixes upper and lower case lettering for players’ names, making it difficult to distinguish some of them. Many fans did not appreciate the strange lettering from the start.


  “I thought it was hard to read some of the names,’’ James told The Herald in a text message. “They will be done for Cincy.’’

    By 8 p.m., James’ tweet had 277 retweets and 245 favorites – and plenty of comments, several of them urging James to also change head coach Al Golden and defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio.

   Others were actually polite – and funny.

   “Sweet… I like uniforms overall,’’ said @E29MIAMI.

   “Great, I can’t read Russian,’’ said @TMillerGolf.

    And this, from @havanacane: “Just win baby win…’’

   *** Four players received game balls Tuesday, according to HurricaneSports.com: quarterback Brad Kaaya, kicker Mike Badgley, cornerback Corn Elder and receiver Rashawn Scott.


The good, the bad and the ugly on offense for the Hurricanes through 3 games

There are plenty of reasons to feel good about the way the season has started for the Hurricanes offense:

> UM ranks 20th in scoring (41.7 points per game), 36th in total offense (472.0) and is tied for 11th in fewest turnovers (two).

> The Canes' young offensive line has allowed only three sacks (tied for 23rd fewest) and seven tackles for loss, tied for the fewest in the country with Toledo, Texas Tech, LSU and Navy. Left tackle Trevor Darling has given up two of those sacks. 

> Quarterback Brad Kaaya ranks 50th in QB rating (145.53), is completing 61.4 percent of his passes and has thrown a touchdown pass in 16 consecutive games dating back to last year. He's thrown five touchdowns compared to just one interception.


Maybe the biggest reason to be excited: sophomore running back Joe Yearby has proven in his first three games as the starter to be just as explosive a weapon as Duke Johnson was.

Yearby is averaging 7.59 yards per carry, which ranks 10th in college football among players with at least 30 carries. He's averaging 10.3 carries per game and is pretty fresh after just a few games.

Last year, Johnson averaged 6.83 yards per carry and averaged 18.6 carries a game.

It's not just the running game where Yearby has been effective. Of the 99 players in the country with at least 42 touches from scrimmage, Yearby's 9.0 average per touch ranks second only to Georgia Southern's Matt Breida (9.8 yards per touch).

Last year, Duke finished 19th in touches (280) and tied for third in yards per touch (7.4) among the top 100 players nationally in plays from scrimmage. Only Toledo's Kareem Hunt (7.8) and Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon (7.6) averaged more.

Can Yearby handle more of a workload? We'll find out in the coming weeks. But with freshman Mark Walton having less success running the ball (4.43 yards per carry), the Hurricanes might not have much of a choice. Walton said after the FAU game he was having trouble finding holes and creases as easily as he would like.


As encouraging as all of those starts are, we know the struggles the Hurricanes have had on third down and in the red zone could come back to haunt them as the season progresses and the schedule gets tougher.

UM's third down woes are nothing new. They struggled on third down last year, too. Right now, the Canes rank next-to-last in converting (9 of 38, 23.68) among 128 FBS programs.

Even if you believe the idea that strategically the Canes are using third down simply as a setup for fourth down on certain parts of the field, UM is converting just 14 of 43 on what Golden refers to as "money downs." That's a 32.5 conversion percentage. That's not good to begin with, but even more troubling when you consider that happened against Bethune-Cookman, FAU and Nebraska, three of the worst defensive teams in the country.

Overall, UM hasn't had to face third down very much because they've been exceptional on first and second down. But against better competition you have to convert. The Cares are tied with Oregon, Florida State and Nebraska for having faced the 35th fewest. Each of those other teams, though, are converting at 36 percent or better.

It isn't just third and long the Canes are struggling in. UM has been in 3rd-and-3 or less 12 times. Coordinator James Coley has called for the run and pass evenly (six times each) and his offense has converted just three times (once passing, twice running) overall.

Last year, UM had 3rd-and-3 or less 52 times and converted at 50 percent running the ball (17 of 34) and 47.3 percent (9 of 19) when they decided to pass it. Gus Edwards ran it 12 times in those situations and picked up five first downs. Duke picked up first downs 11 of the 16 times he ran it in those situations. Yearby ran it three times in third-and-short and didn't pick up a first down.

Having a healthy Edwards would probably make things easier for UM's offense in short yardage situations. So far, Trayone Gray hasn't gotten many opportunities to fill Edwards' shoes. Might we see that in the coming weeks? Maybe. 

Kaaya, meanwhile, is 9 of 27 on third down (33.3 percent), the second-lowest completion percentage of any of the top 100 quarterbacks in the country with at least 14 pass attempts on third down. Only Kent State's Colin Reardon (6 of 21, 28.6 percent) is worse.

The staggering part of Kaaya's struggles is the fact that he simply can't connect with his veteran receivers on third down.

Fifth-year senior Rashawn Scott has been targeted a team-leading six times on third down and has only catch for nine yards -- when he fell a yard short of the marker against Nebraska and UM ended up settling for a field goal. Herb Waters is next on the list with five targets on third down and he doesn't have a single catch. Fourth-year junior Malcolm Lewis has been targeted twice on third without a catch as well. 

Meanwhile, sophomore Tyre Brady (2 targets) and freshman Lawrence Cager (1 target) have two first downs on money downs between them, both came through with big catches against Nebraska.

Where Kaaya has had most of his success on money downs is checking down to his running backs and tight ends. Walton (3 targets) and Yearby (3 targets including a fourth down catch) have converted on money downs four of the six times they've been targeted out of the backfield.

Standish Dobard has been targeted four times on money downs, he's cashed in once for a first down on third down and a touchdown on fourth down, both against Bethune-Cookman.

Last year, UM wasn't great on third down either. But at least Kaaya was connecting with his receivers on third down. He was 57 of 99 on third down (57.6) and produced 35 first downs in those situations.

Kaaya certainly misses his go-to receivers from last year. A look at the numbers on third down last year shows Phillip Dorsett had 12 catches including nine first downs (1 catch, 1 first down on 4th down) on third down. Clive Walford had 10 catches for eight first downs (1 catch, 1 first down on 4th down) and Duke Johnson had 14 catches for six first downs (5 catches, 3 first downs on 4th down) on third down.

If there's a reason for hope its the potential return of slot receiver Braxton Berrios. Last year, Barrios had five catches for 53 yards and five first downs on third down. He also had three catches for 33 yards and two first downs on fourth down.


The Hurricanes rank second nationally with 21 trips in the red zone, but they've gotten into the end zone only 10 times on those trip. That 47.62 touchdown percentage ranks 108th nationally. Last year the Canes ranked 105th (51.06 touchdown percentage).

Last Saturday against Nebraska UM was up 14-0 and about to go up three touchdowns when they had a first-and-goal situation at the Cornhuskers 3. But back-to-back runs by Walton netted just one yard before a false start penalty by left guard Alex Gall on third and goal moved the ball back to the six. UM ended up settling for a field goal when Kaaya failed to connect with David Njoku in the end zone on third down.

Had UM scored a touchdown in that situation or a couple of others when they were in the red zone they wouldn't have needed overtime to survive against Nebraska.

Running the ball better in the red zone would help. UM is averaging only 2.75 yards per carry in the red zone compared to 6.75 yards when they line up on the rest of the field. UM has run it 32 times in the red zone and thrown it 28 times. The Canes are 12 of 28 inside their opponents 20 (42.9 percent) passing compared to 52 of 79 (65.9 percent) when the line of scrimmage is outside the red zone.

So, the shorter field ultimately means bad results for the offense. That's something Coley and Kaaya have to address.

September 21, 2015

Brad Kaaya honored by ACC; UM's next QB opponent -- Cincy's Gunner Kiel -- suffers concussion

   Hurricanes sophomore quarterback Brad Kaaya continues to impress.

   The Atlantic Coast Conference announced Monday that Kaaya was named the league’s Offensive Back of the Week for his career-high performance in Miami’s 36-33 overtime victory against Nebraska on Saturday at Sun Life Stadium.

   Kaaya threw for 379 yards and two touchdowns Saturday.

   Earlier in the day, ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit called Kaaya “one of the best-kept secrets in college football.’’

   Kaaya completed 25 of 42 passes Saturday. Though he also threw his first interception of the season, it was his first pick thrown in 110 pass attempts.

   Kaaya, the ACC reigning Rookie of the Year, has now thrown a touchdown pass in 16 consecutive games. The only UM quarterback in the last 20 years with a longer streak is Ken Dorsey, who had streaks of 23 and 17 games.

   Sophomore Michael Badgley was not recognized for kicking a UM record-tying five field goals Saturday, including the 28-yard winner in overtime. The ACC sometimes give co-weekly awards. Ryan Switzer of North Carolina was honored for returning five punts for 168 yards, including one return for an 85-yard touchdown.

  The Canes (3-0) are off this week and next play Oct. 1 at Cincinnati (2-1).

   Bearcats’ redshirt junior quarterback Gunner Kiel left the game Saturday against Miami of Ohio after sustaining a concussion in the third quarter. His status is unknown as Cincinnati heads into a Thursday-night game against Memphis. 


September 20, 2015

Reflecting on an inspiring game turned ugly -- then happy again. Regarding "happy," check this out:

 Would have liked to seen this unedited, but we'll take what we can get. Thanks to HurricaneSports.com.


Random thoughts:

*** Have you exhaled yet?

*** Did UM really almost lose that game? 

*** How could the defense be so dominant the first three quarters, with spot-on tackling, an impressive third-and-8 sack by Trent Harris that forced Nebraska to punt, a crucial sack by cornerback Artie Burns late in the second quarter at the UM 1-yard line, another interception by Deon Bush to close the third quarter and put UM at the Nebraska 23 (which was ultimately squandered when Brad Kaaya threw his first pick of the season from the Nebraska 8), and force the Cornhuskers to punt six times (two other drives were ended by the picks) and come up with only 10 points -- then absolutely fall apart in an eight-minute span that saw the Huskers score 23 points?

*** Al Golden's 15-yard sideline penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct following Nebraska's "roughing the snapper" (punter?) penalty in the fourth quarter was too weird (and not prudent) -- especially after UM's sideline bench was warned in the first quarter and then actually was penalized and lost five yards in the third quarter (warning not heeded). Golden talked about some of the other penalties in his post-game press conference, but he refused to talk about his program's "bench control" when it was brought up by a reporter.

"I'm not discussing bench control,'' Golden said, shaking his head and furrowing his brow. "I mean, Come on. We haven't had bench-control issues at all in my tenure here.''

That is, until last night.

*** UM will miss hard-hitting, intense-playing safeties Jamal Carter and senior star Deon Bush after they were thrown out of the game in the final quarter for targeting.


Last Updated - Oct 23, 2013 
A new football rule going into effect requires that players who target and contact defenseless opponents above the shoulders will be ejected. The change increases the on-field penalty for targeting by adding the automatic ejection to the existing 15-yard penalty.
The rule, passed by the Football Rules Committee in February and approved by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel in March, addresses the committee’s concern about player safety by taking more measures to remove targeting, or above the shoulder hits on defenseless players, out of the game.

The rule in football means that discipline for players flagged for violations will mirror the penalty for fighting. If the foul occurs in the first half of a game, the player is ejected for the remainder of the game. If the foul occurs in the second half or overtime of a game, the player is ejected for the remainder of the game and the first half of the next contest.

In an effort to address concerns when one of these plays is erroneously called on the field, the ejection portion of the penalty will be reviewable through video replay. The replay official must have conclusive evidence that a player should not be ejected to overturn the call on the field.

Additionally, a post-game conference review remains part of the rule, and conferences retain their ability to add to a sanction.

The action by the committee continues a progression to address dangerous contact through its rules. Targeting, initially approved by the committee as a separate foul in 2008, has been generally successful in terms of its application by officials, which made the committee feel comfortable in adding to the penalty.


  *** If Jermaine Grace (shoulder) has a problem with stingers, that is not good. I've seen too many players over the years endure seemingly endless pain with them, only to miss a lot of playing time before having to resort to surgery. Jermaine Grace is one UM lb you don't want to lose. He's a play-maker who has a bright future. The Canes already lost Darrion Owens last week to a season-ending knee injury. Thankfully, Juwon Young returned to action Saturday. Grace came out of the game for good at 9:28 of the third quarter, and he looked really disoriented. (Actually, hope that had nothing to do with any other type of injury). Look for Marques Gayot to get more playing time in that case.

***Back to penalties: Are you kidding me? Nebraska owned the penalty situation in the first half, but UM made the Huskers look like amateurs by the end of the game. The Canes ended with 13 penalties for 114 yards. Epic fail. 

In the third quarter, UM was flagged three times (only two counted because an illegal formation was declined), including a holding call by Sunny Odogwu that negated a Mark Walton touchdown.  

 In the fourth quarter, UM was flagged six times for 65 yards. Walton had another touchdown negated with a holding call by Standish Dobard.

*** The good includes Joe Yearby, who ran for 125 yards and a touchdown for a 7.4-yard-per-carry average. He's looking mighty good.

*** WR Rashawn Scott, please stay healthy. After bad injuries and bad behavior marred much of his career, he has blossomed in his fifth-year senior season. Against Nebraska he gained 151 yards on nine catches.

*** Some other receivers came out of the woodwork, including Tyre Brady, who had his first career catches (2) and first touchdown. Tight end Chris Herndon had three catches for 32 yards and a touchdown. Herb Waters continued his progress with four catches for 82 yards. David Njoku got into the action with two catches for 23 yards. And former four-star recruit Lawrence Cager had his first collegiate catches (2) for 16 yards. In all, nine players caught passes. Very good.

*** Brad Kaaya continues his journey to stardom, with a career-high 379 yards and two touchdowns, but his first interception of the season, which Golden blamed on himself for the play-calling. But no doubt the Hurricanes need to improve in the red zone, only scoring two touchdowns (and five field goals) from the red zone against Nebraska. 

*** Cornerback Corn Elder is a beast and has a great name. Elder saved the day and the game with his pick in overtime. He is third in the country in passes defended, 12th in punt returns, second in punt returns for touchdowns, 10th in fumbles recovered.

 *** Michael Badgley's kicks are getting stronger -- and he loves pressure, which is a good thing. Badgley leads the country in field goals per game and is 10th nationally in scoring. He has made 9 of 10 field-goal attempts.

In closing, I do think the Canes will get better from here, and will use their second-half deficiencies to drive them harder this open week as they prepare for that crazy October, starting with a Thursday-night ESPN game Oct. 1 at Cincinnati. 

Let's just hope for their sake that the injury situation is not as bleak as it seems, and that receiver Stacy Coley (looks like he reinjured his hamstring/knee area) isn't out for long, and Jermaine Grace avoids contact this week -- and whomever else is banged up gets healed. 



September 19, 2015

Gameday blog: Miami Hurricanes vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers

Live Blog Miami Hurricanes vs. Nebraska: Sep. 19, 2015

September 16, 2015