Canes Convos: Garvin welcomes larger role, Jones prepared to start vs. LSU

Canes Convos: Garvin welcomes larger role, Jones prepared to start vs. LSU

Sophomore defensive end Jonathan Garvin has jumped some veteran players to work with the first team defense across from Joe Jackson early in fall camp. What did he learn from last season that has him prepared for a larger role in 2018?

“We dominated last year. Chad [Thomas] and all of them, they showed us how to do it. I thank them for it. We’re just going to carry on and do what they were doing and do it better if we can. We’re going to dominate.”

Garvin reported today that he is up to 6’5” and 252 pounds with his measurables. The second year player plans to use that frame to fight for his spot in the starting lineup during Saturday’s scrimmage.

“The competition, the emotion and how important it is to everybody,” Garvin said on what he looks forward to in scrimmages. “It’s going to be a lot of fighting and showing coach what you’re about, what you’re made of and what you can do.”

The offensive line has received praise so far in camp after struggling this past spring, and Garvin gave his take on where the O-Line is at right now.

“I think they’re growing,” Garvin said. “The biggest thing I notice is tenacity and I mean you have to respect that no matter how it goes. They are all real aggressive. They’re doing well and will keep going.”

Who has given him the biggest challenge on the O-Line?

“Everybody. That’s where tenacity comes in,” Garvin said. “It’s more about effort than anything and the effort itself makes it tough, so then you have to keep on going and do it with technique.”


**Going into his redshirt senior season, OG Jahair Jones has yet to play a meaningful down at the University of Miami. However, Jones has held a first team job at left guard since the first day of spring ball. Jones says it’s the improvement in his off the field habits that have gotten him in position to start versus LSU in the opener.

“Just staying in my playbook, keep asking questions, keep going over film - changing my diet, sleeping habits, things of that nature,” Jones said.

What will he be thinking if he makes his first career start versus LSU?

“It’s like any other game. We have got to come out there and perform,” Jones said. “That’s all. Just come out there, do your best. And try and come out with a victory.”

Mark Richt spent the day praising the first string O-Line’s performance so far this fall for their ability to work together as a unit and Jones agreed with that assessment.

“We are meshing together pretty well,” Jones said. “You know, since Coach Searels shifted around us, a bunch of positions that a lot of people never played or regain to play again. But, you know, it’s meshing together.”

On senior transfer Tito Odenigbo, who Jones says has been the toughest D-Lineman to go up against: “He’s strong, he’s nimble, agile. It’s competition, I like it.”


**After Thursday’s practice, junior DT Patrick Bethel showed up to the interview session with his jersey ripped over the right side of his chest and nearly falling off his body. While he wouldn’t reveal who did it or how exactly it happened, Bethel said it’s emblematic of the level of competition on Greentree and simply part of the game.

“It’s just work. It’s going to happen. It’s football. Next play. Let’s go,” Bethel said.

Bethel came to UM to as a defensive end, then kicked inside for his sophomore season, receiving backup reps at DT behind two future NFL draft picks in 2017. So far in fall camp, Bethel has been holding onto a starting role, while guys like sophomore Jon Ford are pushing to usurp him. Bethel elaborated on Ford’s progress as well as the D-Line as a whole.

“I think he’s doing a great job,” Bethel said on Ford. “I think the entire line is doing a great job. We still have a lot of work to do, a lot of progress to make.”

What does the D-Line have to do to make that next step?

“I don’t think [the young players] are really intimidated,” Bethel said. “I think they are more anxious to get out here and work. I can see today that they are really getting better. As leaders, we just have to make sure we’re leading by example, correcting them where they need to be corrected and as a unit we just need to keep pushing each other. In the end, everything will take care of itself and then we’ll become better.”

The Canes had a sour taste in their mouths to finish the 2017 season, but have used the fuel of three straight losses to ensure that never happens to them again.

“Of course. We didn’t go out the way we wanted to,” Bethel said on last season’s ending. “We have to build on that and use that to drive us and do whatever we can to not go back to that feeling.”

The Canes will play their first scrimmage of fall camp on Saturday night, and the staff has said that’s when the most depth chart separation happens.

“I think everybody is looking forward to the scrimmage coming up,” Bethel said. “You get to play against the best. You get to compete, tackle, have some fun and it’s going to be exciting and fun.”


**Head coach Mark Richt said earlier today he is hoping to get the backups on the offensive line more cohesive and operating as a unit. Junior offensive guard Hayden Mahoney echoed those sentiments as the team readies for Saturday’s scrimmage.

“I am just hoping to build unison,” Mahoney said. “First, second team; third team, everybody. Just create three solid lines and just create good teamwork. Everybody is battling, everybody is competing. [Offensive line] Coach [Stacy] Searels preaches that, just ‘everybody compete every day.’ And that, especially Saturday, that is what’s going to be big for us.”

Mahoney has been working with the starters at right guard since the end of spring ball, but sees that one freshman on the line has been pushing for serious playing time.

“DJ (Scaife) has been doing really well,” Mahoney said. “He has been grading out well. And he is going to be a good player, he has done really well.”

Another newcomer is redshirt junior offensive guard Venzell Boulware, who transferred into the program over the summer as a grad transfer from Tennessee and is trying to steal one of the starting guard spots on the line. Mahoney updated what he’s seen from his backup.

“He is a good player, I like Venzell,” Mahoney said on Boulware. “You know, we help each other a lot. He is obviously an older guy, just like me. But, we help each other and we are competing every day. He is a good guy. He competes. He is good technique wise, good everything.”

“He’s adjusting well. The heat can get to people, but he clawed through it just like everybody does. Now he’s getting better. The first two days he had to get over that hump and now he’s doing really well.”

ddann

Sophomore
Joined
Oct 10, 2017
Messages
1,507
#2
On senior transfer Tito Odenigbo, who Jones says has been the toughest D-Lineman to go up against: “He’s strong, he’s nimble, agile. It’s competition, I like it.”

Tito has been tougher to go up against than Willis???
 

SayWhat

Sophomore
Joined
Sep 25, 2017
Messages
1,429
#3
On senior transfer Tito Odenigbo, who Jones says has been the toughest D-Lineman to go up against: “He’s strong, he’s nimble, agile. It’s competition, I like it.”

Tito has been tougher to go up against than Willis???
I'm not surprised by that. When was the last time Willis played a meaningful down? He may rise to the occasion this year, but he's had so much time off that I'll be pleasantly surprised with anything he gives us.
 
Joined
Nov 28, 2012
Messages
155
#4
On senior transfer Tito Odenigbo, who Jones says has been the toughest D-Lineman to go up against: “He’s strong, he’s nimble, agile. It’s competition, I like it.”

Tito has been tougher to go up against than Willis???
If true that is GREAT news for us
 

CaneFan954

Redshirt Freshman
Joined
Aug 19, 2016
Messages
740
#5
On senior transfer Tito Odenigbo, who Jones says has been the toughest D-Lineman to go up against: “He’s strong, he’s nimble, agile. It’s competition, I like it.”

Tito has been tougher to go up against than Willis???
Maybe he hasn't lined up against Willis as much.
I don't know where the DTs line up opposite the Olinemen currently, but maybe he sees Tito more than he does Willis.
I'm personally not gonna read too much into it.
 
Joined
Mar 18, 2016
Messages
627
#6
"Garvin reported today that he is up to 6’5” and 252 pounds with his measurables "

whole D-line getting up there--last year he played well but was 235 pounds.
 
Joined
Dec 10, 2012
Messages
4,630
#7
Tito is also a senior right? 3 years of D-1 Strength training. I'm not surprised by that either.
 

jnw4563

Sophomore
Joined
Nov 26, 2012
Messages
1,087
#8
On senior transfer Tito Odenigbo, who Jones says has been the toughest D-Lineman to go up against: “He’s strong, he’s nimble, agile. It’s competition, I like it.”

Tito has been tougher to go up against than Willis???
Could it be that Willis is lining up against Mahoney at guard instead of Jones most of the time? I don't think Jones is getting a steady dose of Willis.
 

CaneFanWNY

This Account Has Worked For 30 Years
Joined
May 26, 2015
Messages
2,310
#9
Damn, I always thought Garvin was in the 6'3 range, awesome.

Getting some damn good vibes from this article. Keep up the good work, Stefan!
 
Joined
Mar 18, 2016
Messages
627
#11
Damn, I always thought Garvin was in the 6'3 range, awesome.

Getting some damn good vibes from this article. Keep up the good work, Stefan!
Nike Camp as a HS Junior he was 6'3.5" and 227 pounds so not out of the realm at all.
 

LuCane

Administrator
Staff member
Joined
Oct 21, 2011
Messages
11,513
#12
Nike Camp as a HS Junior he was 6'3.5" and 227 pounds so not out of the realm at all.
And, regardless, his most functional attribute is that crazy wingspan. Between Garvin and Rousseau, they've probably got 14+ feet of wingspan (which is about the width of an offensive line lined up).
 
Joined
Jul 25, 2017
Messages
3,833
#13
And, regardless, his most functional attribute is that crazy wingspan. Between Garvin and Rousseau, they've probably got 14+ feet of wingspan (which is about the width of an offensive line lined up).
Which will pay dividends against an option team like GaTech or even teams trying to run spread option.

With a wingspan like that, you can play the pitch and still reach the QB if he keeps.
 
Joined
Nov 2, 2011
Messages
10,038
#14
On senior transfer Tito Odenigbo, who Jones says has been the toughest D-Lineman to go up against: “He’s strong, he’s nimble, agile. It’s competition, I like it.”

Tito has been tougher to go up against than Willis???
I think the reality is that Willis - although good - is not the second coming of sapp, and Tito is an experienced vet who knows how to cause havoc from the inside
 

brock

All-American
Joined
Dec 4, 2011
Messages
23,758
  • Deleted by brock
Show…

brock

All-American
Joined
Dec 4, 2011
Messages
23,758
#15
Could it be that Willis is lining up against Mahoney at guard instead of Jones most of the time? I don't think Jones is getting a steady dose of Willis.
I think It has to do with Miami probably not doing much of offense 1s vs defense 1s outside of the individual periods in practice so he’s not seeing willis as often. Regardless it’s good to see Tito making an impression. Willis has been getting rave reviews all fall camp and looks the part
 
Last edited:
Joined
Jan 16, 2016
Messages
2,980
#17
Tito is also a senior right? 3 years of D-1 Strength training. I'm not surprised by that either.
He's big and very athletic. Probably uses his dexterity to gain leverage and overpower dudes... Interesting to hear.
 

1LuvCane

Sophomore
Joined
Aug 9, 2018
Messages
928
#18
I think It has to do with Miami probably not doing much of offense 1s vs defense 1s outside of the individual periods in practice so he’s not seeing willis as often. Regardless it’s good to see Tito making an impression. Willis has been getting rave reviews all fall camp and looks the part
In the Sun Sentinel article several days ago, Coach Richt was qouted raving about Willis. I think you're right on this one.
 
Joined
Jan 16, 2016
Messages
2,980
#19
The offensive line has received praise so far in camp after struggling this past spring, and Garvin gave his take on where the O-Line is at right now.

I think they’re growing,” Garvin said. “The biggest thing I notice is tenacity and I mean you have to respect that no matter how it goes. They are all real aggressive. They’re doing well and will keep going.”

Who has given him the biggest challenge on the O-Line?

Everybody. That’s where tenacity comes in,” Garvin said. “It’s more about effort than anything and the effort itself makes it tough, so then you have to keep on going and do it with technique.”

Yup.
 

edge

Junior
Joined
Nov 28, 2011
Messages
1,956
#20
If I recall correctly, Jones was pretty much written off by everyone last year. What an amazing turnaround!
 

2019 Commits

WR
6'1"
186
Neptune Beach, FL
OLB
6'0"
200
Fort Lauderdale, FL
OLB
6'3"
200
Fort Lauderdale, FL
S
5'11"
195
Hollywood, FL
CB
5'10"
150
Hollywood, FL
DE
6'4"
225
Vero Beach, FL
DT
6'4"
270
Brooklyn, NY
OLB
6'2"
195
Miami, FL
DT
6'2"
280
Buford, GA
CB
5'10"
170
Opa Locka, FL

Latest Predictions

by dedavis88
High
by Stefan Adams
Medium
by Cane from Italy
High
by BrianF
High
by Matthew_Suero
Certain

2018 Schedule

09/02
LSU
Arlington, TX
L 33 - 17
09/08
Savannah State
Miami Gardens, FL
W 77 - 0
09/15
Toledo
Toledo, OH
W 49 - 24
09/22
FIU
Miami Gardens, FL
W 31 - 17
09/27
North Carolina
Miami Gardens, FL
W 47 - 10
10/06
Florida State
Miami Gardens, FL
W 28 - 27
10/13
Virginia
Charlottesville, VA
L 16 - 13
10/26
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA
L 27 - 14
11/03
Duke
Miami Gardens, FL
L 20 - 12
11/10
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, GA
L 27 - 21
11/17
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA
W 38 - 14
11/24
Pittsburgh
Miami Gardens, FL
W 24 - 3
Top