Final spring observations

Final spring observations

DMoney
Below are my observations from the practices, scrimmages and spring game:

QUARTERBACK

Don't let the vanilla spring game fool you: Brad Kaaya has been lights out. He knows where to go with the ball, his completion percentage is sky-high, and his impeccable ball placement allows the receivers to run after the catch. Some of his red zone throws were legit jaw-droppers. He's the best player on the team by a good margin.

Malik Rosier
is still too inaccurate for me. When he misses, he misses high and by a mile. In fairness to him, these no-contact practices don't highlight his best attribute, which is running. Rosier also played best in scrimmage situations, which suggest he may be a gamer. But the accuracy needs to get much better if he wants to be a legitimate Miami quarterback. Watching Rosier makes you appreciate how easy Kaaya makes it look. It should be noted that the team switches to a read-option offense whenever Rosier is in the game.

Vincent Testaverde
is still learning the offense and takes too many coverage sacks. But when the ball comes out, it's better than Rosier's. Testaverde has a pretty good arm and shows nice touch on bucket throws. If he improves his mental game, he has a chance to be decent.

RUNNING BACK

There's no Duke on the roster, but this position should be fine. Gus Edwards won the most improved offensive player award and he deserved it. He's finally learning how to run with leverage and power. Once he gets in the open field, he's very fast for his size. You know what you're getting with Joe Yearby-- he runs hard, he has excellent feet and he'll always make the first man miss in space.

Trayone Gray
is starting to get comfortable at running back. Some of his jump cuts have been Duke-esque. However, he continues to have fumbling problems. If he can fix those, he'll bring a much-needed gamebreaking element to the RB corps. Walk-on Collin Alford won't play but he's a solid player with some quickness.

WIDE RECEIVER

No worries here. Rashawn Scott and Stacy Coley emerged as the clear-cut top guys. Coley didn't make the splash plays, but he was very consistent. The big plays will come if he continues to work hard. Malcolm Lewis and Braxton Berrios were reliable and QB-friendly over the middle. Herb Waters is not as consistent as a senior should be. He needs to do a better job finishing plays and winning contested balls. It'll never happen, but the best thing for him would be a move to corner. I've always felt it was his natural position.

Tyre Brady and Darrell Langham aren't there yet, for different reasons. Brady can separate but can't catch. Langham catches everything in his area but can't separate. Of the two, I think Langham has the better chance to contribute as a red-zone specialist.

TIGHT
END

This position will continue to play a big role in the offense because of Kaaya, but Clive Walford will be missed. Standish Dobard dropped too many balls this spring. He's a great blocker, though, and a load after the catch. Chris Herndon is going to play a major role. He's very football savvy, he lines up all over the field and he runs well. David Njoku didn't play at a big-time high school like Herndon, and he's a little behind in terms of football IQ. But athletically, he's as good as there is on the team. Njoku made some spectacular catches this spring and runs better than any Canes tight end since Jimmy Graham. He'll be a star sooner than later.

Jerome Washington reminds me of Richard Gordon: a unique size-speed athlete who can't catch. He's probably a year away, although he's physically ready to contribute.

OFFENSIVE LINE

This is the weakest position on the team. There are only four guys who I'd trust in a game. Nick Linder is rock-solid at center and was the most consistent lineman all spring. Trevor Darling has some bend and balance issues, but is still a quality tackle. The group got a huge boost when Kc McDermott came back. He reminds me a lot of Zack Martin. He can play tackle because his balance and technique are so good, but at guard he has the potential to dominate. Danny Isidora is a solid player who occasionally struggles with size. I think his best position is center.

After that, it's ugly. Alex Gall is a major disappointment. He doesn't play with the strength I expected coming out of high school. Despite his improvement, Sonny Odogwu is still not ready for FSU or Virginia Tech. He really struggles with pass blocking after initial contact, mostly because he doesn't move his feet. Hunter Wells has also improved but not enough. Joe Brown is a promising run blocker who struggles as a pass blocker. Jahair Jones is unplayable. We desperately need guys like Tyree St. Louis, Bar Milo and Ty Gauther to come in ready to contribute.

DEFENSIVE LINE

The talent is there. For the first time in years, we have a legitimate two-deep across the board. Mike Wyche has been a revelation this spring. He's slimmed down and is playing with a ton of confidence. There are different skill sets along the line: the athleticism of AQM and Chad Thomas, the steadiness of Trent Harris, the quickness of Anthony Moten and Ufombu Kamalu, the length of Jelani Hamilton. These guys dominated our undermanned offensive line from the first practice through the spring game. If the staff can't get this group to perform, they have no one to blame but themselves.

LINEBACKER

It's Jermaine Grace and everyone else. Grace is developing into a full-blown star who can cover, blitz and run sideline-to-sideline. Raphael Kirby has been solid but is not an impact player like Grace of Denzel Perryman. Darrion Owens plays hard and is one of the best size-speed guys on the team and he plays hard, but still hasn't had that major breakthrough. It could come in fall camp. Tyriq McCord has been a pleasant surprise at SAM and is much-improved in space.

With Perryman gone, this group really needs Juwon Young to take the next step. He is the only physical presense in a group of finesse players. He's steadily improved but still has room to grow mentally.

SAFETY

It's a similar story here. There is one front-line player (Deon Bush) and a lot of question marks. Dallas Crawford is physically limited. Jamal Carter has a questionable football IQ and doesn't tackle as well as he should. Rayshawn Jenkins is perpetually hurt or in the doghouse. Jaquan Johnson has the potential to be excellent, but his aggressive style will result in a lot of big plays (the bad kind) as he continues to learn the game. This unit needs Bush to stay healthy.

CORNERBACK

Solid group. Corn Elder is ten pounds away from stardom. He battled Coley all spring. Artie Burns is the best press corner on the team. Tracy Howard has been banged up but is a solid veteran. Ryan Mayes was a question mark after the departure of Antonio Crawford, but he turned in a quality spring. His length is an asset and he's gotten tougher. It's still a little thin, but there will be three freshmen competing for that fifth spot.

Overall, this is Brad Kaaya's team. If we protect him, he will carry us to more wins than last year. If the offensive line struggles, it could get ugly. Defensively, the talent is there. Whether the coaches can get them to execute the scheme is another story.
 

Comments (206)

I noticed you didnt mention gadbois, is his eligibility in question?

I agree with all of this, though carter did impress the hell out of me in the spring game
 
Isidora had a very good year last season until the FSU game and he was historically bad the rest of the season. He got demoted to second string during Spring practice and performed poorly in the scrimmage. It is vital that he returns to his pre FSU form. If he does not the domino effect will be severe and the OL is likely to be a mess. If the OL is a mess, we will struggle to win 6 games.

Dobard stunk last year as a blocker. Maybe he got a lot better during Spring. Despite being undersized, Herndon was a much more effective blocker than Dobard last year.
 
Is Randy Melvin an upgrade and has the defense become primarily a one-gap, get up the field front?
 
Is Randy Melvin an upgrade and has the defense become primarily a one-gap, get up the field front?

Our leader Al Golden only hires the best quality coaches to represent this fine institution. The defense has to learn to trust the process and they will be fine. Remember, yards don't matter.
 
Wow... So basically we are fcucked

Disappointing to hear about Dobard. Also disappoint that Herndon didn't redshirt last year.

Really disappointing to hear Juco Jahair Jones is unplayable. Wait what?!? Really sucks to hear about Galls progression and how bad Isadora is playing...

What the hell happened to Herb And Lewis?!? The need to step it up bc with the softness of coley and the injury prone Scott- we are gonna need them to step up. Mind bogging why Brady wasn't shirted last year...

Safety seems like a one big mind ****. If bush is our only front line player... We are in trouble. He gets injured every other game.

Not looking too positive for the season. Gonna need to rely on a bunch of young kids agian and in year 5
 
The more I read stuff like this, the more I see another sub .500 season. Im far from sold on that WR corp. The lack of a vertical game is concerning. I cannot for the life of me figure why Herb Waters isnt better than he is, but he isnt. It was really driven home on that last offensive play against FSU. He had the coverage he needed to win that battle but simply did not.

Berrios and Malcolm Lewis are complimentary (or is it complementary - i always get those confused) players. The only legit WR I forsee is Rashawn Scott. My prediction is that Stan Dobard will be the leading receiver this season.

Im far from sold on Gus Edwards being a feature back. Based on what DMoney is saying about our O line, Im guessing we're gonna play alot of 3 yards and cloud of dust type ball complemented (or is it complimented - I always get those confused :) by some play action to the tight ends.



Defensively, I believe that we will have some solid talent but until Pyrite decides to play defense like an adult, I cannot carry any optimism into the summer. Again, the Nebraska game will likely tell us everything we need to know. Here's hoping.
 
No worries at WR? one kid hasn't been healthy ever and Stacy was absolute trash last year how is WR No worries??
 
The situation with Herb Waters has me very confused. There is no way that he shouldn't be one of our best receivers and playmakers right now. It makes no sense at all. That said, the WR corps should be very good.

Despite all the huge misses I like the group at RB. I hope Gray put's it together because as D$ stated he is our only homerun threat in the group. Edwards and Yearby will be a very solid tandem.

I really like this group at TE. We may not have a star among the right now but I love the depth here. Lots of size, some speed and raw athleticism. Disappointed to hear about Dobard's rough spring catching the ball but I'm not too concerned. Stan has major talent and could be a big weapon for us. I love the potential of Herndon and Njoku. With a little more polish they could be big time players here.

We all knew that this OL would have serious depth issues. As it stands now we at least have the players to have a very good starting 5. If Gadbois does indeed come back in the Fall then we could go with McDermott-Darling-Linder-Isadora-Gadbois. I'm not too worried about Isadora. We all know that he is capable of being a good steady player at guard. I'll chalk it up to the ups and downs of being a young player. Bottom line is St Louis and Milo need to arrive ready to hit the ground running.

We finally have a Miami caliber 2 deep across the DL and that has me very excited yet apprehensive at the same time. Can the coaches put these guys in position to make plays? I really hope so because wasting a group like Chad Thomas, AQM, Trent Harris, Demitrius Jackson, Michael Wyche, Calvin Heurtelou, Coutrell Jenkins, Anthony Moten, Ufomba Kamalu, and Jelani Hamilton(assuming the light has come on) would be wholly criminal.

I wish we had more depth at LB but again this a good group that will get better as the season moves along. Grace should become the next great UM LB at Will and Kirby should be very solid at Mike. For me the key here is the development of Darrion Owens. Like D$ said it should only be a matter of time before it really clicks for him. When it does, Owens has all the tools to be a terror at Sam. McCord at Sam is intriguing to me but I always thought that his game was all about playing fast forward and downhill. It will be vey interesting to see if he can play laterally and in reverse. Gayot and Young can play and have very bright futures. For them it's all about learning to play within this scheme as they are young. It would be great if Charles Perry is able to contribute right away but not necessary.

Great frontline talent at CB with Burns, Elder and Howard. Recruiting misses and Antonio Crawford leaving hurt us here. If Ryan Mayes can be solid and one of the frosh step up we will be good here however.

Safety is frustrating because we have the talent but the position still seems to be unsettled. Bush is a surefire starter with the potential to be an AA but it's hard to tell what player we are going to get. Do we get a finally healthy Deon Bush that fulfills the promise of his freshman campaign by putting it all together his senior year or do we witness a solid yet unspectacular year from him then watch him drop jaws at the combine?

Jamal Carter should be a lock to start at the other safety position but to this point the junior to be still has people taking about his potential. Carter has struggled thus far with his tackling and understanding his role within this system.

Does Rayshawn Jenkins assume his pre injury form? Is he even going to be healthy by the start of the season? It would be a hige boost to get him back 100% as he is our only true ball hawk in the secondary and Jaquan Johnson is just a true frosh.

How does Dallas Crawford fit in to the equation? What will his role be given his high football intelligence yet average speed? There are far too many question marks for the safety position given the talent and experience we have there.

Obviously QB is fine(depth is terrible) as Brad Kaaya is the leader of this team. To me the key is being proactive in the passing offense by emphasizing plays that get the ball out quick thus mitigating our weakness in pass protection. If we can keep Kaaya's uniform clean, this could be a very good offense. Defensively the front line talent is there. I just have no idea what to expect given the fact that I don't understand what we run on defense or why we run it. Depth is paper thin at OL, QB, CB and S. This team must stay healthy to have any chance of having a good season.
 
A depressing but not unexpected post. It seems like we only have one real standout player on the team (Kaaya). This is going to be a long, long season. By the way, it hasn't been discussed much but our misses at WR have turned the position into something that looks very mediocre heading forward. We don't have one top level talent in the freshman or sophomore classes.
 
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The OL is a disgrace at this juncture of Golden career. He and Kehoe have made a fine mess of things. Kehoe has 30 years coaching OL and the dude makes almost everyone he coaches, look like a project. You will have no success what so ever with a busted ass group. It trickles down into everything. Penalties, Sacks, YPC, Turnovers and lastly, Injuries.

Kaaya, no matter how great he is. No matter if he is the best player on offense. Will not be able to overcome the disaster that will be bent over in front of him. Which may very well end up making things worse. If we have to depend on a backup. Hell Kaaya may become a Kyle Wright very quickly and start thinking DL are under his bed.

The WR group is another disaster at this point.

If Coley can get back to being the guy we seen 2 years ago. Yeah, you got at least one player but that is something that may not happen.

Scott has played in 19 of 38 games in his time here. Either hurt our suspended. He can make a circus catch one play. Then make a simple catch look like it was an impossible grab.

Water is a complete mystery. The guy has shown he can come through in clutch situation and disappear for weeks after. Not even being seen on the field. As long as that saga has gone on. I can't count him as being a positive. Even though i have seen this guy make the plays. When the plays needed to be made.

Lewis is a guy that will avg 9 or 10 yards a catch, but nothing more than that. Take away his long of 48 yards last season and he avg 8 yards.

Berrios is the same player imo. Neither does much once they make a catch, but both see way to much time on the field.

Yet even if the WR group was full of AA. The OL being the hot mess that it looks to be. Would backfire any success that they could have. Kaaya is going to get murked behind those dudes.

On paper, no reason the defense shouldn't be by leaps and bounds. The only reason this team will stand a chance in any game. Looking at it on paper. You have the best DL unit in years at this program. If this was the old days. I would say they could be a top group that could supply pressure all on their own.

Yet we have seen what this unit was forced to do the previous 4 years under this staff. Until proven otherwise come the season. I can't put faith in paper.

One thing i can count on is Grace. The guy is one of the top players we have had in a long time. He is a championship team caliber of player.
 
The only 2 positions i see a problem with is corner and the OL, everywhere else we are solid, we are going to have to play the freshmen coming in for those positions hopefully milo and st louis will be surprises early on, and i hope jackson kerr balls out early, because if we see redwine out there next year we are screwed

Honestly if we get to the QB those secondary issues wont be as bad
 
It is what it is. This season was preordained to be a disaster when they brought Folden back. Our only hope is that the new president hires a competent AD who finally puts us out of our misery.
 
That has 5-7, 6-6 written all over it.

The WR, DB, and OL misses are finally coming home to roost. There is nothing they'll be able to do to mask those deficiencies well enough to win more than 6 games.

This is truly the beginning of the Al Golden farewell tour.
 
Below are my observations from the practices, scrimmages and spring game:

QUARTERBACK

Don't let the vanilla spring game fool you: Brad Kaaya has been lights out. He knows where to go with the ball, his completion percentage is sky-high, and his impeccable ball placement allows the receivers to run after the catch. Some of his red zone throws were legit jaw-droppers. He's the best player on the team by a good margin.

Malik Rosier
is still too inaccurate for me. When he misses, he misses high and by a mile. In fairness to him, these no-contact practices don't highlight his best attribute, which is running. Rosier also played best in scrimmage situations, which suggest he may be a gamer. But the accuracy needs to get much better if he wants to be a legitimate Miami quarterback. Watching Rosier makes you appreciate how easy Kaaya makes it look. It should be noted that the team switches to a read-option offense whenever Rosier is in the game.

Vincent Testaverde
is still learning the offense and takes too many coverage sacks. But when the ball comes out, it's better than Rosier's. Testaverde has a pretty good arm and shows nice touch on bucket throws. If he improves his mental game, he has a chance to be decent.

RUNNING BACK

There's no Duke on the roster, but this position should be fine. Gus Edwards won the most improved offensive player award and he deserved it. He's finally learning how to run with leverage and power. Once he gets in the open field, he's very fast for his size. You know what you're getting with Joe Yearby-- he runs hard, he has excellent feet and he'll always make the first man miss in space.

Trayone Gray
is starting to get comfortable at running back. Some of his jump cuts have been Duke-esque. However, he continues to have fumbling problems. If he can fix those, he'll bring a much-needed gamebreaking element to the RB corps. Walk-on Collin Alford won't play but he's a solid player with some quickness.

WIDE RECEIVER

No worries here. Rashawn Scott and Stacy Coley emerged as the clear-cut top guys. Coley didn't make the splash plays, but he was very consistent. The big plays will come if he continues to work hard. Malcolm Lewis and Braxton Berrios were reliable and QB-friendly over the middle. Herb Waters is not as consistent as a senior should be. He needs to do a better job finishing plays and winning contested balls. It'll never happen, but the best thing for him would be a move to corner. I've always felt it was his natural position.

Tyre Brady and Darrell Langham aren't there yet, for different reasons. Brady can separate but can't catch. Langham catches everything in his area but can't separate. Of the two, I think Langham has the better chance to contribute as a red-zone specialist.

TIGHT
END

This position will continue to play a big role in the offense because of Kaaya, but Clive Walford will be missed. Standish Dobard dropped too many balls this spring. He's a great blocker, though, and a load after the catch. Chris Herndon is going to play a major role. He's very football savvy, he lines up all over the field and he runs well. David Njoku didn't play at a big-time high school like Herndon, and he's a little behind in terms of football IQ. But athletically, he's as good as there is on the team. Njoku made some spectacular catches this spring and runs better than any Canes tight end since Jimmy Graham. He'll be a star sooner than later.

Jerome Washington reminds me of Richard Gordon: a unique size-speed athlete who can't catch. He's probably a year away, although he's physically ready to contribute.

OFFENSIVE LINE

This is the weakest position on the team. There are only four guys who I'd trust in a game. Nick Linder is rock-solid at center and was the most consistent lineman all spring. Trevor Darling has some bend and balance issues, but is still a quality tackle. The group got a huge boost when Kc McDermott came back. He reminds me a lot of Zack Martin. He can play tackle because his balance and technique are so good, but at guard he has the potential to dominate. Danny Isidora is a solid player who occasionally struggles with size. I think his best position is center.

After that, it's ugly. Alex Gall is a major disappointment. He doesn't play with the strength I expected coming out of high school. Despite his improvement, Sonny Odogwu is still not ready for FSU or Virginia Tech. He really struggles with pass blocking after initial contact, mostly because he doesn't move his feet. Hunter Wells has also improved but not enough. Joe Brown is a promising run blocker who struggles as a pass blocker. Jahair Jones is unplayable. We desperately need guys like Tyree St. Louis, Bar Milo and Ty Gauther to come in ready to contribute.

DEFENSIVE LINE

The talent is there. For the first time in years, we have a legitimate two-deep across the board. Mike Wyche has been a revelation this spring. He's slimmed down and is playing with a ton of confidence. There are different skill sets along the line: the athleticism of AQM and Chad Thomas, the steadiness of Trent Harris, the quickness of Anthony Moten and Ufombu Kamalu, the length of Jelani Hamilton. These guys dominated our undermanned offensive line from the first practice through the spring game. If the staff can't get this group to perform, they have no one to blame but themselves.

LINEBACKER

It's Jermaine Grace and everyone else. Grace is developing into a full-blown star who can cover, blitz and run sideline-to-sideline. Raphael Kirby has been solid but is not an impact player like Grace of Denzel Perryman. Darrion Owens plays hard and is one of the best size-speed guys on the team and he plays hard, but still hasn't had that major breakthrough. It could come in fall camp. Tyriq McCord has been a pleasant surprise at SAM and is much-improved in space.

With Perryman gone, this group really needs Juwon Young to take the next step. He is the only physical presense in a group of finesse players. He's steadily improved but still has room to grow mentally.

SAFETY

It's a similar story here. There is one front-line player (Deon Bush) and a lot of question marks. Dallas Crawford is physically limited. Jamal Carter has a questionable football IQ and doesn't tackle as well as he should. Rayshawn Jenkins is perpetually hurt or in the doghouse. Jaquan Johnson has the potential to be excellent, but his aggressive style will result in a lot of big plays (the bad kind) as he continues to learn the game. This unit needs Bush to stay healthy.

CORNERBACK

Solid group. Corn Elder is ten pounds away from stardom. He battled Coley all spring. Artie Burns is the best press corner on the team. Tracy Howard has been banged up but is a solid veteran. Ryan Mayes was a question mark after the departure of Antonio Crawford, but he turned in a quality spring. His length is an asset and he's gotten tougher. It's still a little thin, but there will be three freshmen competing for that fifth spot.

Overall, this is Brad Kaaya's team. If we protect him, he will carry us to more wins than last year. If the offensive line struggles, it could get ugly. Defensively, the talent is there. Whether the coaches can get them to execute the scheme is another story.

So the team is basically set in stone here. Fall camp kicks off in roughly 14-weeks or so, which realistically is not enough time for the kids to "grow" enough to be appreciably better.

What is your prediction for 2015 record wise sir?
 

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