A legitimate 2 deep across the line will go a long way in Miami’s quest to return to national prominence.
The grass is green, the sky is blue, and Miami will have another group of talented defensive ends to choose from this season. I love routine, and Miami’s defensive line has been that for several seasons now. As such, I wanted to take a look at the 2019 defensive line, specifically the DE position, and “rack ‘em and stack ‘em” in preparation for the season opener.
A legitimate 2 deep across the line will go a long way in Miami’s quest to return to national prominence. The lack of a weak spot on the D-Line will mean less double teams by opposing offensive lines, and the necessity to keep the backs and/or tight ends at the line of scrimmage to protect the quarterback. Expect a lot of sacks, tackles for loss, and general havoc on the line. A lot can change between now and August 24th, but let’s take this snapshot and run with it until further notice.
Here is the list of contenders (Alphabetical order):
Jonathan is a returning starter at defensive end, and has the greatest star potential for the 2019 year. He is the only clear-cut starter of the bunch in my opinion having played in 26 consecutive games, and starting the last 13. He is a well-balanced edge rusher entering his Junior season with Miami. Expect him to emerge as a leader on the defensive side of the ball after a season that saw him stack up 60 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries and five PBUs. For good measure, he added his first touchdown of his career on a fumble return versus the Tar Heels. Garvin was in the backfield early and often providing Miami with a disruptive force that ranked fourth in ACC and second on the team (behind Gerald Willis) with 17 tackles for loss. Not a bad resume for a Senior, let alone a Sophomore. Barring a major injury, expect Garvin to set the edge, and to control the LOS.
Harvey was the first player from the “Surge19“ class that officially signed with Miami during the early signing period. Having taken no official visits other than Miami, the proof is in the pudding that he was ALL cane from the start. As an early enrollee, he has taken the off-season program seriously, and has worked himself into playing shape rather quickly. Harvey’s defensive line coach at Vero Beach was former Hurricanes tight end Randy Bethel. Randy is also the father of current Hurricanes Senior Defensive Tackle Pat Bethel. With a long frame, and good speed, expect him to put on weight and still perform at an optimal level. Here’s a good player profile on him from earlier in the year.
If you think that the addition of Virginia Tech transfer Trevon Hill gives Miami an immediate impact player with NFL potential, you’re absolutely right. Without question, Tre is a talented edge rusher. Although he hasn’t played in a year, Hill is impressive when on the field. He spent four seasons at Virginia Tech, seeing action in 30 games with the Hokies after red shirting his freshman year. He had 16 starts, 94 tackles, 20.0 tackles for loss, and 11.5 sacks in two-plus seasons. He only played 3 games of what was expected to be a breakout Junior season last year before being dismissed from the team by Head Coach Justin Fuente. At the time, Coach Fuente noted it wasn’t just one incident that precipitated Hill’s dismissal. I read that as Tre has had some “issues” off the field that have hindered his ability to fully grow on the field. Hill is an admittedly passionate teammate, so let’s hope he has learned from his past situations, is willing to channel his passion, and will lead by example this season. I see him as a day 1 contributor, and potential starter if he is able to acclimate to the team and the staff well. We’re rooting for you, son. Be great!
As a redshirt senior, Patchan is one of most experienced and resilient players on the team. He saw action in 12 of 13 games and finished with career-high 29 tackles (14 solo) last season. Patchan has been the consummate team player during his tenure at Miami having endured a season ending knee injury in 2016, followed by switching to tight end to fill the void left when the TE group was thin due to injury in 2017. In 2018, the legacy Hurricane (his father Matt won championships with Miami in ’83 and ’87) had a good year as a back up. This season, Patchan should be a significant contributor. I don’t expect him to crack the starting lineup, barring injury at the position, but he will see significant snaps.
Miami’s defense was led by redshirt freshman Greg Rousseau in the spring who had at least 8 sacks. He saw action in just two games his freshman year before suffering a season-ending ankle injury that required surgery. Rousseau had five tackles (one solo) in a win over Savannah State prior to his injury. At 6’6 and 250lbs, Rousseau’s size, speed, and athleticism will undoubtedly create problems for opposing offensive lines. Believe it or not, Rousseau played WR and S among other positions in high school. Yeah, he’s a freak of nature athletically. I expect him to have a breakout year in 2019. Rousseau discusses his comparisons to longtime NFL veteran Calais Campbell with the Miami Herald.
Cam Williams is a jewel awaiting his opportunity to shine. Another tall and slim Defensive End at 6’5 and 215lbs, he has been on campus for a couple of weeks now and isn’t looking to wait around for an opportunity. His initial contribution will likely be in passing situations, but I expect the strength and nutrition staffs will beef him up into an every down body type during the season. His style of play could benefit from some adjustments at the collegiate level, and I am confident he will be able to make the transition. You can read more about him in this player profile we posted previously.
Former UCLA DE Jaelan Phillips has joined the team, but will sit out the 2019 season in accordance of NCAA transfer rules. Phillips will likely have an impact on the scout team.
With a legit two deep at the position that could start, our defensive end position group should be a force to be reckoned with this coming season. Equally impressive depth and talent at the defensive tackle position will bode well for the defense’s ability to create havoc in Blake Baker’s system. Expect this group to apply maximum pressure on opposing quarterbacks, which should create opportunities for turnovers.
DE position rankings
Jaelan Phillips (ineligible this season due to NCAA transfer rules)
Rousseau over Hill may seem like a shocker, but with Rousseau having an excellent spring after his return from injury, and Hill being new to the program, I’m giving a slight edge to Rousseau. Regardless of who starts, I expect all of the defensive ends to play meaningful snaps this season.
I welcome the best player at every position earning the privilege to start. This is, after all, The New Miami. #TNM
The first foe of the 2019 season is a familiar one.
The 150th season of College Football starts with a rivalry that, while fierce for many years, has not been played since 2013.
The Miami Hurricanes and the Florida Gators will open not only their respective seasons, but the entire college football season, with a “neutral site” match-up at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, FL on August 24th.
Miami is looking to get the swag — and success — of old with new Head Coach Manny Diaz. Florida had a resurgent 2018 season under then-new coach Dan Mullen, and look to keep that upward trajectory going in this game. And, if there wasn’t enough bad blood between these teams (which there is, trust me), Florida beat Miami for several recruits in the 2019 cycle, and Dan Mullen was passed over for the Miami HC job twice, when it went to Al Golden and Mark Richt, respectively.
So yeah, there’s plenty of football to discuss, but this game cuts much deeper than JUST what happens on the field.
Florida on Offense
The Gators hired Mullen to do two things: fix the QB position and get the program back to winning big. After one year on the job, Mullen is making strides towards both goals.
Before coaching Mississippi State 9 years, Mullen was a trusted Urban Meyer assistant at Bowling Green, Utah, and Florida, helped develop Alex Smith into the #1 overall NFL Draft pick at Utah, and was a record-setting Offensive Coordinator for the Gators, helping the team to 2 National Championships, and got the absolute most out of Tim Tebow’s incredible size and athleticism (and limited skill). Tebow won the Heisman Trophy under Mullen’s coaching.
The QB play at Florida had lagged for a few years until Ron Zook and Will Muschamp, and that led to the Gators’ offense being quite pedestrian. The move to bring Mullen back as HC was a direct step to address that issue. And, in year 1 back in Gainesville, QB Feleipe Franks was the beneficiary of Mullen’s QB coaching experience and offensive scheme. The sophomore from Wakulla, FL saw increases across the board statistically, and had a 24-6 TD-INT ratio with nearly 2500 yards passing.
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Franks had a couple big time, game-winning throws, but was only 54% completions on the year, so there’s room for improvement, or the chance for Miami to make plays defensively. Franks has a very strong arm, but as evidenced by his completion percentage, he can lack touch at times. Miami will try to use pressure, and solid coverage, to affect him in the passing game. Franks is a big QB at 6’5” 227lbs, with good running skills. Franks can use his legs to move around in the pocket, scramble for yards, and as a runner in designed QB runs.
A key to Franks’ improved passing was the methodical, physical, and diverse Florida run game. Lamical Perine and Jordan Scarlett both ran for more that 775 yards, and Dameon Pierce added 424, Franks himself ran for 350, and do-it-all athlete Kedarius Toney added 240 on a variety of traditional runs and trick plays. Of those players, only Scarlett has departed. And, there are other talented backs on the roster, like Malik Davis and Nayquan Wright, who could find playing time for the Gators.
Florida was very effective running the ball in 2018. The Gators ran for 213.8 yards per game, good for 27th nationally. This was buoyed by 4 games rushing for over 250 yards, and highlighted by a 367 yard effort against Vanderbilt. Not only is Florida’s offense predicated on an effective run game, it is efficient as well. The Gators averaged 5.27 yards per carry in 2018, and were held under 5.0ypc on only 4 occasions last year. Florida lost 3 of those 4 games, which comprised all of their losses on the year, so stopping or at least limiting the run will be paramount for Miami in this season-opening game.
Jefferson led the Gators with 35 catches, 503 yards, and 6 TDs a year ago. But 7 other players caught 10 or more passes, 6 other players had 170 receiving yards or more, and 5 other players (not including Toney who only had 1) had 3+ receiving TDs in 2018 for Florida.
So, Florida’s passing game is moderately successful, predicated on a strong run game, and diverse to the point that stopping 1 player won’t necessarily be the death knell for the group as a whole. But, despite inaccurate statements to the contrary parroted by some UF fans on social media, the Gators do not heavily feature their TEs in the passing game. But, that may be a wrinkle UF tries to deploy in the season opener to go against their tendencies and expose a weakness in Miami’s defensive gameplan.
Florida’s offensive line was pretty good a year ago. You can’t be a top-30 rushing team in the country without a solid line. The Gators will, however, have to replace 1st round NFL Draft Pick Jawaan Taylor, and that could weaken this group a bit.
Florida on Defense
While Mullen was brought in to revamp and revitalize the Gators’ offense, the defense is something that has been playing at a high level for years. The formula for Florida is play ball-control offense, hit a couple explosive plays, and lock opponents down with a tough, physical defense. And, in large part, they did just that in 2018.
The Gators’ defensive line is an interesting mix of experienced players and talented newcomers. Seniors Jabari Zuniga and Adam Schuler look to be top of the rotation guys along the line. A big hole up front, however, is the departure of DE Jachai Polite, whose pass rushing prowess will be tough to replace. Junior Jeremiah Moon is the likely candidate to fill that role, but it remains to be seen if he can approach the level of excellence that Polite displayed.
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Additional players to know up front are Kyree Campbell, T.J Slaton, Antonneus Clayton, and a bevy of talented freshmen. This is a deep group on talent, but production and performance will need to improve from a few guys to replace the departed starters.
At Linebacker, David Reese leads the way for the Gators. Fellow starers Vosean Joseph left early for the NFL Draft, and Rayshad Jackson, a redshirt senior, elected to transfer this offseason. That attrition was replaced by the arrival of Jonathan Greenard from Louisville.
In 2018, Reese and Joseph were the top 2 tacklers for the Gators, but the next 9 highest players in terms of tackles were DBs or DL. But, the absence of Joseph, the team’s leading tackler and a destructive force on the defensive side of the ball, is a big hole for the Gators to fill for the upcoming season.
Florida (incorrectly) bills themselves as “DBU”, and the plethora of DBs they sign on a yearly basis is a likely reason why. Florida has several players with top end pedigree in the secondary, and those players will look to curtail Miami’s passing game, which looks to take a major step forward after a miserable 2018 season.
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CBs Marco Wilson and CJ Henderson are South Florida natives, so they’ll obviously want to put on a show against the Canes. Joining them in the secondary are Trey Dean, Shawn Davis — yet another SoFLA native, and Brad Stewart, along with, you guessed it, even more DBs who signed this past year with the Gators.
While many may deride what UF DBs do in the NFL, they are among the top groups on performance in the college ranks, and Miami will have to find a way to navigate the offense to contend with that fact.
With Florida coming off a strong season, and Miami coming off a scuffling 7-6 campaign, the Gators are an early 7.5 point favorite in this match-up. This is a pretty heated rivalry, despite the fact that these teams haven’t played in 6 years, and I expect things to be chippy early on, if not throughout.
This game is the opener of the 2019 season, College Football’s 150th year. To give it the spotlight it deserves, and to serve as the appropriate opening course to a year long celebration of the sport, Canes-Gators was moved up from it’s originally planned and announced date of August 31st to the new date: August 24th. This Week Zero game is the earliest either team has played a contest, and will be a tough test for each.
For Florida, the stakes are moderately high. They want to build towards a potential championship season — if they can get by the Georgia Bulldogs — and use a win over Miami as the starting step along that path.
With a staff that’s been there for a year, a strong 2019 recruiting class, and a 10-win season to their credit in 2018, the Gators look the stronger and more settled program heading into this game. And, yanno, they’d like to beat Miami for a 3rd time (in 11 games) in the last 35 years.
For Miami, this game is hopefully the beginning of a return to greatness. The Canes have dominated the Gators in recent games, going 8-2 in the last 10 games against the team from Gainesville. There’s a new staff in town, a new energy, and The New Miami would like to showcase itself in a new, better light. Fleeting flirtations with greatness have been few and far between over the last 15-ish years, but beating Florida would certainly be an addition to that list.
Miami has a new coach. A new OC. Tons of new players (Transfer Portal, wassup!?). And another chance to begin to build a path toward returning to the CFB elite. Maybe that’s a bit much to put on this one game, but a strong showing and (hopefully) a win would be a major statement, and give the Canes an early-season calling card victory upon which they would hope to build a strong season.
In a primetime showdown against Virginia Tech in 2005, a defensive score by Miami secured the win.
During the 2005 season, the Hurricanes bounced back following an opening week loss to the Seminoles to win eight straight games. One of those victories came in Blacksburg against Marcus Vick and the third-ranked Hokies.
As underdogs, Miami came out hot, with Kyle Wright and Tyrone Moss leading the offensive attack. On the other side of the ball, the Canes defense had Vick under pressure all night and kept the Hokies out of the endzone for most of the ballgame.
Towards the end of the third quarter, the Hurricanes defense gave Tech and the rowdy crowd at Lane Stadium the dagger.
Starting projections for each position on the offensive side of the ball
Last season Miami struggled mightily on offense (They ranked 104th out of 129 Division I programs for Total offense), but in 2019 Miami is poised to explode. With dynamic playmakers at every skill position, a proven quarterback developer and offensive mind shaping the playbook, and a new head coach rocking an overt “Miami attitude” this phase of the game should finally be fun to watch again.
The nation will get its chance to see the debut of “The New Miami” #TNM as the Hurricanes headline the kickoff of college football’s 150th season. ESPN will broadcast the Week 0 match up against the Florida Gators on August 24th, 2019 at 7pm. In order for Miami to secure a convincing win, each player on Miami’s offense will be expected to raise their level of play.
Now let’s take a closer look at each position group.
As mentioned in the OLine breakdown article I wrote previously, 11 of our current 14 offensive lineman are redshirt Sophomore’s or younger. With youth and inexperience across the line, Coach Barry needs to field the best 5 lineman regardless of their position. This position is critical to Miami’s success, and lineman will need to shuffle around until a fit is found. Coach Barry seemed to agree during the spring evaluation period.
Coach Barry | Post Practice Presser | 4.2.19 - YouTube
Navaughn Donaldson will be a leader on the 2019 OL.
Justification - I based my opinion here on prior contributions (Donaldson, Scaife, and Gaynor), spring lineups and staff feedback (Nelson), and a coin toss (Reed and Hillary).
Wow. What coach wouldn’t want to start his first season with a squad of running backs like this? Coach Eric Hickson has a stable of quality backs to choose from in Junior DeeJay Dallas, a vocal leader and the most productive returning back in rushing attempts (109), rushing yards (617), receptions (10), receiving yards (85), and rushing touchdowns (6); sophomore Lorenzo Lingard, a 5 star prospect that suffered a season ending knee injury in practice last season; sophomore Cam’ron Harris (formerly Cam’Ron Davis) who had a great second half of the season coming on after Lingard went down; and Robert Burns, a hulking back that has yet to fulfill his potential on the field due to injuries. Auburn transfer Asa Martin deserves an honorable mention, but due to NCAA transfer rules he will not be eligible to play this season.
My projected starter at RB: DeeJay Dallas
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Justification - I based my opinion here on prior contributions, but with a new OC in charge of the reins don’t be surprised to see multiple backs on the field together to stress the defense beyond its capacity. The dynamics here are plentiful, and this group should be very productive this season.
As college teams look to spread the field and go vertical more often than not, not many options are left for fullbacks. Blocking, short yardage situations, and the occasional slip into the flats will likely be the go to for this position. Much remains to be seen about how Coach Enos will utilize the fullback position at Miami, but Realus George, Jr. and Michael Parrott are going to have to duke it out for the starting role.
My projected starter at FB: Realus (Booman) George, Jr.
Realus (Booman) George, Jr.
Justification - With only two true fullbacks on the roster, the tie breaker for me was their measurables. Pops has 3 inches and several pounds on the older Parrott, and I believe that will come in handy as he fights to keep the offense moving down the field.
With an immensely talented and deep position group, Wide Receivers Coach Taylor Stubblefield will have his pick of size and speed to create mismatches against opposing defenses. This young, but gifted, receiving corps will be lead by Junior Jeff Thomas and Grad Transfer K.J. Osborn. As a Redshirt Senior, Osborn has brought his lunch pail and hard hat to Miami, and his work ethic is rubbing off on the other receivers. Mike Harley, Mark Pope, Brian Hightower, Dee Wiggins, Marshall Few, Evidence Njoku, and true freshman Jeremiah Payton will all see snaps this season. Payton has been consistent in his short time on campus, and Coach Stubblefield will likely call his number early and often.
Justification - I based my opinion here on prior contributions and leadership potential. Upperclassman balling provides leadership where it matters, especially when there is so much talented youth at the position. Expect many differing formations, and receivers lining up at multiple positions throughout a game, to cause matchup problems for opponents. #Scheme
SophomoreBrevin Jordan, who earned second-team All-ACC honors last season, will look to get back on the field after hyperextending his knee in practice this spring. He was a force to be reckoned with last season as the teams second leading receiver with 32 catches and 4 TD’s. His main competition will be fellow SophomoreWill Mallory, who is poised for a breakout year.
Will Mallory | Post Spring Game Presser | 4.20.19 - YouTube
Tight ends Coach Stephen Field has raved about Mallory this spring, so I expect that the “two headed monster” will have significant roles in the offense this coming season. Rounding out a very talented position group are Michael Irvin II and Brian Polendey who are both looking to make an impact this season as each was injured for a majority of the season last year. While all of the returning tight ends are working their way back from injury last season, Jordan has remained relatively healthy out of that group by only missing 1 game last season. Freshman Larry Hodges joined the fray last week, but I am projecting him to play minimal, if any, snaps this season. There's just too much depth at the position for him to actually see the field.
My projected starter at TE: Brevin Jordan
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Justification - Brevin was our all everything TE last season as a true freshman, earning All ACC 2nd team honors (could have easily been 1st team), and there is no reason to believe he won’t be equally as productive again this season. How can you project ANYONE else here?
There have been few positions that evoke the type of arguments I've seen on twitter like the quarterback position at University of Miami. Objectively speaking, none of the potential starters has separated themselves from the pack with enough ferocity for Coach Manny Diaz to name a starter coming out of spring evaluations. Honestly, even if one had, I doubt the staff would call it this soon. This is a position group that is going to battle into the fall, and I have no problem with that. Miami has needed true competition on Greentree for some time at the QB position, but for any number of reasons (sanctions, staff, etc) it hasn't materialized. Until now.
N’Kosi Perry - Returning with the most experience under his belt, N’Kosi has a cannon on his shoulder, and wheels that can get him to the next level. Expect him to go down swinging in this battle as he has the goods, but the question is has he matured enough, on and off the field, to be the man?
Jarren Williams - The protege has the highest ceiling of the group, but has not put together a consistent enough performance for the staff to label him as the one. Yet. He is a pure passer with great accuracy, and this is vital to being a Quarterback and not just a ball thrower.
Coach Enos went through touch drills with the QB’s recently and explained the importance of the two in the video below.
Canes Football | Coach Enos Mic'd Up | 4.16.19 - YouTube
Tate Martell - The talented OSU transfer didn't have a good showing for the first half of spring evaluations, but was able to close the period out strong. The best runner of the “Big Three”, Tate has the killer instinct and moxy most fans want to see out of their starting QB. His limited experience under center is a hindrance, but nothing disqualifying.
With these notes expressed, I had to make a decision. I feel like I made the best decision available under the circumstances, and with the information that is available at this time.
My projected starter at QB: N’Kosi Perry
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Justification - N’Kosi has the most experience of the three quarterbacks seeing action in 11 games (6 starts) last season, he threw for 13 TD’s with 6 INT’s, and was ranked as the “Best Red-Zone QB” by Pro Football Focus in 2018. PFF had this to say about his red zone play:
There have been 92 FBS quarterbacks to attempt at least 25 passes inside the red zone and Perry tops them all in grade inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. While he’s been subjected to three dropped passes in the red zone (something that is a common occurrence this year for the Hurricanes), he’s thrown for an adjusted completion percentage of 61.5 percent and 11 of his 13 completions have been for a touchdown. He’s not been afraid to push the envelope with his throws, showing off his arm strength into tight red-zone windows yet he’s taken care of the ball admirably and not made a single turnover-worthy play in the red zone this year.
The last sentence is a good synopsis of N’Kosi’s play in clutch situations, and exactly what I want to see at the helm. Perry has wised up and dropped the off field shenanigans that have plagued him in the past, and he is exhibiting the leadership, maturity, and consistency necessary to earn the privilege of starting at quarterback for the Miami Hurricanes.
Overall, I welcome the best man at each position to take the field for each game. No seniority. No favorites. No gimmes. This is big time football, and it requires preparation, scheming, and calculated gambles.
I’ve made mine, so now its your turn. How do my projections compare against yours?
Let me know in the comments below, but justify your picks.
The Hurricanes fell just short of continuing their season Sunday night.
Miami had the bases loaded with one out or less twice, and scored just one run out of the two opportunities. Those two missed chances all but doomed the Hurricanes in a season-ending loss to the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
The loss wraps up an incredible season for Miami that saw the Hurricanes finish at 41-20 on the year. Most of the lineup should return for the ‘Canes next season, and the future is bright for this team.
Miami got out to an early 1-0 lead with a home run from Ray Gil, but a three-run rally from Mississippi State gave the Bulldogs a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. MSU only had one ball stuck for solid contact in that inning, but their speed allowed them to strike for three runs. For the rest of the game the Hurricanes searched for a response but couldn’t seem to get a hit when they needed it.
MSU added two crucial runs in the top of the eighth off of Daniel Federman. Federman struggled at the end of the season and he’ll hope to reset his mind over the offseason heading into the 2020 season, where he’ll still be one of Miami’s most important relievers.
Besides the three run fourth inning, Slade Cecconi pitched what was probably his best game all season. The freshman pitched beyond his years, tossing seven innings while striking out six against one of the best lineups in the nation. He made a strong case to enter the weekend rotation if one of Miami’s established starters leaves for professional baseball following the draft over the next two days.
While the end of this season is disappointing, it’s clear that Gino DiMare has put this program on the right path towards success. Next year Miami should enter the season with College World Series aspirations, and the experience of a tough defeat in Starkville could prove invaluable in 2020. This team fought tonight, but ultimately it lost to a better, more experienced team. Coach DiMare will make sure they learn from that, and he has the ‘Canes poised for big things next year.
The Hurricanes second consecutive blowout win put them into the regional final.
A hurricane rolled into Starkville, Mississippi as Miami dominated the Central Michigan Chippewas in an 18-3 win that propelled the Hurricanes into the regional final vs Mississippi State tonight. The ‘Canes have to get two more wins to advance to the next weekend of the NCAA Tournament.
Miami’s offense exploded to launch six home runs over the fences of Dudy Noble Field on Sunday afternoon. More importantly, the ‘Canes scored early and often to allow the starting lineup and bullpen to rest for the second consecutive game. Starter Brian Van Belle did a fantastic job on the mound for the Hurricanes, throwing eight innings and limiting the bullpen use to just one inning from Alex Ruiz.
Alex Toral made the biggest impact on the game for the Hurricanes, launching two home runs to right field and driving in four runs on his own. Gabe Rivera also continued his great stretch of play with a two-run home run in the top of the third that started the scoring for Miami. Anthony Vilar, Ray Gil, and Adrian Del Castillo all knocked home runs of their own to put the Hurricanes in total control for the entire game. Del Castillo in particular has been fantastic in his first postseason, hitting three home runs in three games. After today’s performance he finds his name all over the Miami record books:
Every single Miami starter had an RBI except for Michael Amditis and JP Gates, both of which exited the game early in favor of replacements to get rest for tonight’s showdown against Mississippi State. Amditis could be particularity important tonight, as Miami will rely on him to shutdown MSU’s running game in what should be a much closer match up.
Now the Hurricanes will search for a way to win two consecutive games over the No.6 national seed Bulldogs. The most difficult of those two games could be tonight, where the Hurricanes will be playing their second game of the day. Fortunately for Miami, the offense seems to be firing on all cylinders heading into their biggest game of the season. The ‘Canes have a lot of momentum heading into tonight, and now it’s time to capitalize.
Winning Pitcher: Brian Van Belle (10-2, 8.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 K)
Losing Pitcher: Jordan Patty (4-3, 3.2 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 3 K)
(Box score posted when available)
Date & Time: Sunday, June 2, 9:00 P.M. Eastern
Hurricanes Starter: Not announced
Mississippi State Starter: Peyton Plumlee (5-4, 3.89 ERA)
The best of the best that played Defensive End at Miami.
A big part of the rise to dominance in the 1980’s for The U, was the play on the defensive side of the ball. Miami would terrorize opponents by living in the backfield, sacking the QB, and getting many tackles for loss. The Canes have been blessed with some of the best Defensive Ends to ever step foot on a college football field.
What does a Defensive End have to have to be a great player at that position?
1. Pass Rush Ability
2. Ability to set the edge on running plays
3. Relentless in his pursuit
4. Can make game changing plays
5. A Nastiness and Edge about himself
6. Size and length
These are the guys who make Miami’s perfect position room for defensive ends.
Ted Hendricks: 6’7 220lbs Nicknamed The Mad Stork, Ted may be the greatest player to ever play at the University of Miami. Ted was a 2 time All-American at Miami, and he finished with 327 total tackles and 12 fumble recoveries. Hendricks finished 5th in the 1968 Heisman Trophy selection. A member of both the College and Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Danny Stubbs: 6’4 265lbs Stubbs is your prototypical Jimmy Johnson DE. Originally a LB, Johnson moved Danny to DE his sophomore year. Stubbs holds the All-Time career (39-1/2) and single season (17) Miami sack records. Drafted in the 2nd round by the San Francisco 49ers.
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Calais Campbell: 6’8 300lbs Campbell is more of a 5 technique DE than the typical 4-3 player that Miami employs. His size and athleticism allow Calais to be one of the most disruptive at his position. In 2006 he recorded 10-1/2 sacks for the Canes, and ended his career with 19-1/2 sacks. Campbell was a 2nd round pick of the Arizona Cardinals and the 2017 PFWA NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
Rusty Medearis: 6’3 255lbs The best pure pass rusher in Miami history. Medearis burst onto the scene in 1990 with a 5-1/2 sack game in his 1st start vs Texas Tech. Career was cut short with a devastating injury in 1993. Medearis finished his Miami career with 22 sacks in just over 2 seasons. Rusty is a member of the UM Sports Hall of Fame.
Kevin Patrick: 6’4 255lbsPatrick is one of the most relentless and intense players to ever put on a Miami uniform. Kevin was the 1993 Big East Defensive Player of the Year and a 1st team All-American. He finished his Miami career with 23 sacks, and is a member of the UM Sports Hall of Fame.
Bill Hawkins: 6’6 265lbs Hawkins was a 3-year starter for Miami, and also fit the mold of Jimmy Johnson’s want at DE. Bill was a 1st team All-American in 1988 and finished his Miami career with 22 total sacks. Bill was drafted in the 1st round by the LA Rams, and is also a member of the UM Sports Hall of Fame.
Jerome McDougle: 6’2 264lbs Jerome was relentless coming off the edge for the Best Team in College Football history, the 2001 Canes. Started his career in JUCO, but became an immediate impact player for Miami. 1st team All Big East in 2002, and was a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Defensive End Award. Jerome was a 1st round pick of the Eagles.
Greg Mark: 6’3 252lbs Mark is often overlooked as one of the greats in Miami history. Greg is 2nd all-time in career sacks (34-1/2) and single season (15-1/2). In his Senior season Mark was a 1st Team All-American by the AP. Greg was a 3rd round pick by the NY Giants.
What do you think of the “Perfect Defensive End” room? Miami has a lot of great choices, but these are my guys.
A fumble recovery for a touchdown by Colin McCarthy sealed the deal for a Canes win over FSU in 2007.
2007 was a very strange, ultimately depressing year for the Hurricanes. Miami went 5-7, we closed down the Orange Bowl, things just weren’t pleasant.
Interestingly enough however, one of the teams that the Hurricanes beat that year was Florida State, in Tallahassee. Miami came into Doak Campbell Stadium with a 4-3 record, taking on the 4-2 Seminoles and Bobby Bowden.
It was an odd game, with 10 total turnovers, and yet it was exciting till the very end. Kirby Freeman hooked up with Dedrick Epps with 1:15 to go in the game, putting the Canes up 30-29 with just over a minute to play.
11 seconds after Epps scored for Miami’s offense, linebacker Colin McCarthy picked up a fumble and dashed into the end zone. Now down by eight points, FSU couldn't settle for a field, and the Hurricanes defense secured the 37-29 win.
Once known as “QBU” which former Canes quarterback had the best career in the NFL?
So last year, we did a countdown of the top five Hurricanes at each position, though we only ranked them based off their accomplishments while at Miami. This summer, we’re again doing a countdown of top five Hurricanes at each position, though this time we’re judging them off their accomplishments in the NFL.
Although he was absolutely phenomenal at Miami in college, that success didn’t quite translate over to the NFL. Dorsey played from 2003 to 2008 for the 49ers and Browns, and never quite got his shot, since Cleveland and San Francisco both drafted quarterbacks in the first round while he was on each team (Alex Smith, Brady Quinn). However, the reason he makes this list is because of the success he had in the NFL as a coach. From 2013 to 2018, Dorsey was the quarterbacks coach for the Panthers, helping Cam Newton win the NFL MVP in 2015 while also leading Carolina to a 15-1 record and a Super Bowl appearance. In February of 2019, Dorsey was hired to the QB coach for the Bills.
#Canes great Ken Dorsey who was on the Appalachian State coaching staff is returning to the NFL to become the new QB coach for the Buffalo Bills.
You may be surprised to see ole Erickson on this list, and honestly you have good reason to. In seven NFL seasons, Craig played for the Eagles, Buccaneers, Colts, Dolphins and Bears. He makes this list based solely off his 1993 season with Tampa Bay, where Erickson threw for over 3,000 yards and 18 touchdowns. The next year, Erickson nearly hit 3,000 yards again.
The man who played in the NFL until he was at least 57 years old. Vinny was the number-one overall pick in the 1987 Draft, and played for the Buccaneers, Browns, Ravens, Jets, Cowboys, Patriots and the Panthers. In total, his career in the NFL lasted 21 seasons, and Vinny had some great memories, like when he brought the Jets back from 23 points down in the fourth-quarter to shock the Dolphins in 2000. He still holds the Tampa Bay record for career passing yards (14,820), and his 33 touchdowns in 1996 is still a Ravens single season record. He also the NFL record consecutive seasons with a touchdown pass, as well as being the oldest player to win an NFL game (44).
2000 'Monday Night Football': Dolphins vs. Jets highlights - YouTube
2. Bernie Kosar
If it wasn’t for John Elway or perhaps Earnest Byner, Kosar would’ve gone to the Super Bowl and maybe even be number-one on this list. For the Browns, Kosar did a lot of winning. His 489-yards of passing in 1986 was a playoff record until 2018. He led Cleveland to three AFC Championships in four years from 1986 to 1989, only to be snakebitten each time. In 1993, Jimmy Johnson signed Kosar to replace the injured Troy Aikman. Kosar filled in admirably, and helped Dallas win the NFC Championship game once Aikman was hurt again. Though he didn’t start in the Super Bowl, Kosar still got a championship ring when the Cowboys won. Bernie then spent 1994 to 1996 with the Dolphins, and actually taught Dan Marino the famous “fake spike” play that he used to beat the Jets with in 1994. In his eight year NFL career, Kosar was a two-time Pro Bowler.
Tribute to Bernie Kosar - YouTube
Bernie Kosar has Earnest Byner, Jim Kelly has Scott Norwood. If the Bills were able to win just one of those four Super Bowls, Kelly would be remembered much differently today. As quarterback for the Bills, Kelly changed a franchise in Buffalo and made them winners. Implementing the “no-huddle” offense, the Bills became one of the greatest machines in NFL history. As Buffalo’s starting quarterback for 11 years, Kelly led the Bills to the playoffs in eight of those seasons and won six division championships, and four AFC championships. While he didn’t win a Super Bowl, Kelly was still inducted into the Pro Football Hall Of Fame in his first year of eligibility. He’s the only Hurricane quarterback to be in the Hall of Fame.
An offensive outburst propelled Miami past Southern on Saturday.
The Miami Hurricanes used an offensive outburst to get past the Southern Jaguars in an elimination game Saturday. A four run first and eight run fifth allowed Miami to rest its’ key players, and most importantly, the pitching staff.
The ‘Canes got off to a quick start in the first, with a two-out four run rally. A single and a walk from Freddy Zamora and Adrian Del Castillo set up a Ray Gil RBI single. JP Gates followed with an RBI single of his own, and then Alex Toral doubled to left to score two and give the Hurricanes their second early 4-0 lead in the last two days.
Evan McKendry dealt a beautiful four innings before the Miami offense blew open the game in the top of the fifth. The frame started with a walk, a double, and another walk to load the bases with nobody out. After JP Gates struck out Alex Toral came to the plate and drove a single to right center to score two for Miami. Another walk loaded the bases again, and this time the RBI hit came from Gabe Rivera, as he drove a three-RBI double down the left field line. He advanced and then scored on two wild pitches, and then Anthony Vilar knocked a single with Jordan Lala on base for Miami’s 12th and final run of the game.
With Miami firmly in control Gino DiMare removed Evan McKendry from the game. McKendry threw just 37 pitches, and his outing could be treated like a bullpen session, which would allow him to pitch another game this weekend. The game he would be available for would almost certainly be a winner take all game on Monday if the Hurricanes were to make it that far.
Additionally, Miami didn’t have to use either Daniel Federman or Greg Veliz this afternoon. That’s crucial for the ‘Canes, especially because Sunday could see Miami forced to play two games.
Now, the Hurricanes will play the loser of the Central Michigan vs Mississippi State game tonight in an elimination game tomorrow afternoon. The winner of that game would advance to the regional final on Sunday night. If the ‘Canes did advance to the regional final, they’d have to beat their opponent twice to advance.