11:13 AM EDT, Fri August 17, 2018
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Gambling Projections Say Miami is Big Time Winner vs LSU

Gambling Projections Say Miami is Big Time Winner vs LSU

Even bookies in Vegas believe Miami’s bringing a W back to South Florida. With so many preseason accolades Miami has received over the summer, it’s obvious that the Hurricanes football team would have the same kind of anticipation coming from the gambling world in Vegas. However, what’s not expected are the high expectations being made as soon as it’s first game against an SEC-team like LSU. Recently, sports gambling source Covers brought together executives John Murray, Nick Bogdonavich, and Chris Andrews formed a roundtable discussing gambling rates and odds for upcoming college...
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The Recruiting Rules: Rule 9 - Win

The Recruiting Rules: Rule 9 - Win

This is kinda the point, yanno. The first 8 Recruiting Rules laid out various parts of the plan for teams to get talented players onto their rosters. But, in the end, the thing that matters more than anything is what teams do on the field. Which leads me to the final Recruiting Rule: Win I know, it seems so simple, but without turning potential into performance, everything a team sells in recruiting is for naught. Teams have to produce on the field to validate the paradigm used in recruiting. Or, that paradigm will cease working. David Furones of The South Florida Sun-Sentinel had this to...
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Miami Hurricanes 2018 Player Profile: DE Greg Rousseau

Miami Hurricanes 2018 Player Profile: DE Greg Rousseau

Mr. Rousseau is ready for his spotlight. Being the ‘new face’ anywhere is never easy. You have to learn a new routine, adjust to a new environment and prove yourself all over again to a group that serves as the vanguard of this foreign land and new home. For freshman defensive end Greg Rousseau, no name tag is needed; he’s forcing those around him to adjust to him. At 6’6” and a team website-listed 250 pounds, Rousseau certainly doesn’t look like any freshman that the Canes have enrolled as of late. With length, range and a quick first step, the former Champagnat Catholic High...
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The Recruiting Rules: Rule 8 - Recruit to your strengths

The Recruiting Rules: Rule 8 - Recruit to your strengths

Self knowledge is key to recruiting success Recruiting, at its heart, is convincing teenagers to come play for your team. Selling your program to someone else is made easier when the program has a clear sense of self, and is able to communicate that clearly. And that leads me to the next Recruiting Rule: Recruit to your strengths There are several areas in which a team can know their strengths. And, while mainly focused on the field of play, other factors at the University count, because other things at the University could (and likely will) count for recruits as well. If you remember EA...
Aug 16, 2018
Best Case, Worst Case, Likely: WR

Best Case, Worst Case, Likely: WR

What can we expect from this talented group of Miami wide receivers? There’s no doubting where the strength of the 2018 Miami offense lies. This year’s team has plenty of players with big-play potential; it’s only fair to expect some fireworks. From the starters to the rotation and depth players, down through the new comers, the success of the Hurricanes’ receiving talent likely has more to do with the team’s QB than its receivers. Best Case Scenario Ahmmon Richards has a season we couldn’t hope for in our wildest dreams. He dominates right from the jump, taking Greedy Williams...
Aug 16, 2018
Canes Camp Day 10: Videos and Recaps

Canes Camp Day 10: Videos and Recaps

I might have taken a couple days off of recaps, but the Canes kept working towards the 2018 season. Get caught up. Welcome back, Canes fans. Miami has had a closed scrimmage and a couple days of practice since our last recap (my bad, was focusing on getting The Recruiting Rules finished and published) but we’re back in action here today. So, you probably want less talk and more recap? Got it. Here we go. George Brown Jr. undergoes knee surgery After sustaining a torn MCL in Saturday’s scrimmage, Miami announced on Tuesday afternoon that redshirt junior OL George Brown Jr. would...
Aug 16, 2018
Build A Perfect Cane: PR/KR

Build A Perfect Cane: PR/KR

What characteristics does a Cane need to be the perfect return specialist? Special Teams may not be as beloved as the two major sides of football, but what it does do is build players into their respected positions as well as being entertaining to witness at the moment during a game. For only a few seconds after a drive, the guys on this squad have only a few seconds to show out and get an actual job as a linebacker, defensive back, or a receiver if they already don’t have one. However, there’s also several guys that made the best out of this opportunity, and a lot of the players to get...
Aug 16, 2018
The Recruiting Rules: Rule 7 - Stack Elite Classes

The Recruiting Rules: Rule 7 - Stack Elite Classes

1 good recruiting year does not a top-tier program make. While one-year recruiting performance can yield good results for a year or two — see Ole Miss, 2013 — championship level depth is built over time. By having good recruiting success year after year, the overall depth and quality of a team’s roster will transform from “a good team” to “a great/championship caliber program”. Which leads us to our next Recruiting Rule: Stack Elite Classes Year after Year Obviously, this is easier said than done, but a major key to building a championship caliber team is elite recruiting on a...
Aug 15, 2018
Jaquan Johnson and Shaq Quarterman named to CBS Sports pre-season All-American Team

Jaquan Johnson and Shaq Quarterman named to CBS Sports pre-season All-American Team

Miami’s Jaquan Jonson and Shaq Quarterman named to the CBS Sports preseason All-American team. More good news for the Hurricanes as they gear up for the upcoming 2018 season. Two defensive players are gaining even more recognition. Safety Jaquan Johnson and linebacker Shaq Quarterman were both named to the CBS Sports Preseason All-American team. Johnson received first-team honors, while Quarterman was placed on the second-team. Johnson was the leader of the Miami defense in 2017 as a junior, and led the team with 96 tackles. Johnson also had four interceptions, running one back for a...
Aug 15, 2018
The Recruiting Rules: Rule 6 - Follow the Visits

The Recruiting Rules: Rule 6 - Follow the Visits

Talk is one thing, but visits are the real key to recuiting Earlier in The Recruiting Rules, we talked about communication being key. It shows intent and, on some level, a connection between player and team. But, talk only goes so far and actions speak louder than words. And that brings us to our next Recruiting Rule, which is the very embodiment of “Actions > Words” Follow the Visits In moving from talk to action — visiting a school — the player, and team, each elevate their connection in recruiting. Visits show intent and can go a long way to building and cultivating the...
Aug 15, 2018
Miami Hurricanes Player Profile: Mike Harley

Miami Hurricanes Player Profile: Mike Harley

The sophomore WR will need to stand out in the crowd of talented wideouts Miami’s 2017 freshman class of wide receivers was all about one thing; speed. Jeff Thomas and Mike Harley joined Ahmmon Richards to create the speediest group of playmakers in perhaps the entire ACC. However the promise of deep plays downfield was largely unrealized as Richards fought through injuries and Harley didn’t insert himself into the offense as quickly as Thomas did. In 2018, Miami’s impressive recruiting at the position hasn’t let up one bit, which isn’t a great development for sophomore Mike...
Aug 15, 2018
Clinic Talk: Spicing Up the Swing-Draw Pass-Run Option

Clinic Talk: Spicing Up the Swing-Draw Pass-Run Option

Adding variety to a key play in Mark Richt’s 2017 offense Mark Richt employed the swing draw pass-run option multiple times over the 2017 season with much success. To clarify, I call it a pass-run option in my playbook because the first read from the quarterback is to throw the swing, and then to run the draw. However, since RPO is the more known phrase I try to stick with what gets clicks. I wrote about the swing draw a few times on SOTU, but most recently for my post “The Impact of Run-Pass Options on college football.” While Richt and Art Briles used the draw in their run portion...
Aug 15, 2018
Miami Hurricanes Player Profile: RB Robert Burns

Miami Hurricanes Player Profile: RB Robert Burns

A physically talented player looks to put injury woes behind him. Robert Burns is a talented Redshirt Freshmen out of Gulliver Prep. The Miami-Dade County native earned 4 stars out of high school by ESPN. Burns is listed at 5-11, 215 and is a powerful back with good speed and can do some damage if given the opportunity in space. For a back his size he possesses the ability to change direction quickly and displays really good foot work. What really helps his play making abilities is his instinct running the ball. He’s very good at finding that first hole and getting to it without any...
Aug 15, 2018
The Recruiting Rules: Rule 5 - Speed kills

The Recruiting Rules: Rule 5 - Speed kills

You can never, ever, have too much speed. Whether its the pace at which plays are run or the quickness of a given player, speed is something that teams both covet and fear. And, that double edged sword leads us to the next Recruiting Rule: Speed Kills Now, this rule is both a guideline to recruiting and a program philosophy. When considering most positions — QB, OL and interior DL and maybe certain LBs being the exceptions — speed is a major factor in player evaluation and roster construction. Speed — along with size (as detailed in Recruiting Rule 4) is something that you can’t...
Aug 14, 2018
Miami Hurricanes OL George Brown Jr. to undergo knee surgery

Miami Hurricanes OL George Brown Jr. to undergo knee surgery

Another injury for the Canes ON Tuesday afternoon, the University of Miami announced that redshirt junior OL George Brown Jr. would undergo surgery on his knee. Here’s the press release from Miami Athletics: CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami football program announced Tuesday that redshirt junior offensive lineman George Brown, Jr. has sustained an MCL injury in his right knee. Brown will undergo surgery this week at the UHealth Sports Medicine Institute at The Lennar Foundation Medical Center, and is expected to make a full recovery. Brown, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio,...