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 2 years ago '07        #12321
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 2 years ago '05        #12323
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UM football with low national expectations and some lingering concerns; Heat chatter; Boras on Jose Fernandez contract; Dolphins
SUNDAY BUZZ COLUMN
UM football opens fall practice in a month, and while people internally cite several reasons for optimism (Brad Kaaya’s development, a talented group of skill-position players and pass rushers), expectations are the lowest in years --- Bovada.com lists UM’s over/under for wins at six --- and there are several causes for uneasiness. Among them:
### An offensive line loaded with questions and just 22 career starts from returning players.
Gone, of course, are the line's best players: Ereck Flowers, Jon Feliciano and Shane McDermott.
“It’s very unsettled, as far as who the starters are,” Al Golden said earlier this offseason.
After spring practice, I asked offensive coordinator James Coley what he can feel confident about with his o-line. He mentioned two things: Nick Linder at center and Alex Gall at left guard.
“I like the way they’re playing,” Coley said.
Danny Isidora looks like the starter at right guard; offensive line coach Art Kehoe says he’s very happy with him.
But Coley said after spring ball he’s “absolutely” worried about tackle, where nobody had emerged as a definitive starter among Kc McDermott, Trevor Darling, Jahair Jones and Sunny Odogwu. Summer arrivalTyree St. Louis also has injected himself into the mix.
St. Louis "is trying to figure out the system, but once he gets that, he's going to be a great player," Gall said.
With Taylor Gadbois dismissed from the team, McDermott and Darling figure to have the best chance to win starting jobs.
McDermott said he wants to be the left tackle, replacing Flowers: “We've had great left tackles over the years. It's a job everyone wants.”
### A need for more consistency (or in Gus Edwards’ and Rashawn Scott's case, durability) from UM’s top offensive weapons.
New starting tight end Standish Dobard is an excellent blocker but has struggled with drops and fumbles – he couldn’t hold onto an easy touchdown in the spring game --- and “he hasn’t been as consistent as we wanted him to be,” Coley said after spring ball. “He’s putting a lot of pressure on himself, like he’s got to be Clive Walford.
“He put a lot of pressure on himself, and we put a lot of pressure on him. But he’s got to play the game like he plays it. He’s got really good hands. It’s a ball. It’s coming your way. Catch it!”
Scott, the senior leader of the receiver group, had two deflections that led to interceptions in the spring game (coaches say that was not reflective of his offseason) and must prove he can stay healthy after playing in only four games the past two years. (He also has been suspended in the past, though coaches have seen personal growth in the past year.)
Stacy Coley impressed the staff with his improved attention to detail and work ethic this offseason but has much to prove after a sophomore slump (23 catches, 184 yards, no touchdowns after producing 33-591-7 as a freshman).
Edwards, the first-team running back throughout spring, made major improvements but left the spring game with a shoulder injury after missing three key games last season. UM wants him to carry over his good practice work into games.
Running back Trayone Gray, who coaches hoped would emerge, instead struggled with fumbles and missed time because of academics. Joe Yearby was banned from the spring game after being tardy the day before but his skill set excites the staff, as does running back Mark Walton's arrival.
### Depth at linebacker and cornerback.
There are only three experienced cornerbacks on the roster (Artie Burns, Corn Elder and Tracy Howard) --- redshirt Ryan Mayes is the fourth at the moment --- because slot corner Antonio Crawford inexplicably bolted to West Virginia.
When Crawford told UM he wants to be a star, a UM coach asked why he can’t be one here. He didn’t have a good answer.
Only four linebackers have significant experience --- Tyriq McCord (who has shifted from a hybrid end/linebacker role), Raphael Kirby, Jermaine Grace and Darrion Owens. UM feels good about those four.
### Mistakes.
UM too often self-destructs (its 88 penalties ranked 107th of 125 schools last season), and penalties remained problematic in the spring. What’s more, UM committed four turnovers in the spring game.
“We were minus one in turnover ratio last season, weren’t smart in protecting the ball,” Golden said. And “you had 826 yards in penalties. I don’t know how you think you can be excellent team if you’re going backwards. We have to be a smarter, more disciplined team.”
### Special teams.
Golden decided to continue coaching them, but because punts and kickoffs weren’t a part of the spring game or spring practices, it’s difficult to gauge if anything has improved.
UM mustered a meager 145 yards on 22 punt returns last season (6.6 average, 87th in the country) and ranked 80th in kickoff return average, with Coley averaging a pedestrian 22.5 yards. Coley remains the first-team kickoff returner and Braxton Berrios (who had four returns for 20 yards in 2014) is now listed as the first-team punt returner.
The other serious concern is kickoff return defense; UM was 12th worst in the country, permitting 24.6 yards per return. Kicker Michael Badgley has a strong leg and was 14 of 18 on field goals but also inexplicably missed four of 38 extra points and was erratic on field goals this spring.
Defensive tackle can be put on this “uneasiness” list every year, because UM hasn’t had an elite one sinceVince Wilfork 12 years ago.
Positives? There are certainly some of those, which we will explore in columns over the coming weeks.
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gon be a long year, til this brain dead staff kicks rocks
 2 years ago '04        #12324
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Man everybody around me is excited about football season while I just couldn't care less right now.
 2 years ago '07        #12326
theFREAK 3672 heat pts3672
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 DEDOS said:
@ avy
 2 years ago '05        #12328
Deeangoe 2 heat pts
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@keeping this thread alive, just just too painful to look for updates
 2 years ago '07        #12329
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 Deeangoe said:
@keeping this thread alive, just just too painful to look for updates
 2 years ago '07        #12330
theFREAK 3672 heat pts3672
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 2 years ago '07        #12331
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 2 years ago '05        #12332
Deeangoe 2 heat pts
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wow I've been so outta the loop i thought yearby being suspended was news

in fact this was before the spring game, i just read he hasn't been with the team since june tho



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 2 years ago '04        #12333
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New uniforms are dope.
 2 years ago '07        #12334
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 Deeangoe said:
wow I've been so outta the loop i thought yearby being suspended was news

in fact this was before the spring game, i just read he hasn't been with the team since june tho

 2 years ago '05        #12336
Deeangoe 2 heat pts
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same ole used car sales tactics
 2 years ago '07        #12337
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 Deeangoe said:
same ole used car sales tactics
 2 years ago '04        #12338
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 theU said:
I almost threw my laptop through the monitor. So fu*king tired of this and this attitude has pretty much been the reason why I have emotionally detached myself from this year.
 2 years ago '04        #12339
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 theU said:
i see you reppin the U all over BX

props to you good sir
 2 years ago '04        #12340
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 C.R.I.P. said:
I almost threw my laptop through the monitor. So fu*king tired of this and this attitude has pretty much been the reason why I have emotionally detached myself from this year.
dont worry my friend

5-7 season coming up. folden and his band of merry f*ggots will be gone soon.
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