- Oct 13, 2011
Some tidbits from Hurricane DriveÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.
- Talking to people who have been watching practice, the one thing you keep hearing about is Steve Morris making Ã¢â‚¬Å“the leap.Ã¢â‚¬Â While his physical ability was always there, he is now starting to command Jedd FischÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s offense. The same people who thought Ryan Williams would beat him out are now calling Morris a potential superstar. This is why heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been getting more and more burn. The Canes should have some experienced talent at quarterback headed into 2012, which is more than we can say about some other positions.
- One major concern the coaches have identified is physicality. When our coaches watched the FSU tape, they could not believe how much more physical the Noles were on defense and on special teams. Olivier Vernon was the only guy in orange and green busting heads.
- Vernon isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t talked about as a potential NFLer, but he wants to make the jump and has the ability (if not the production) to do so. In the FSU game, he played in coverage as an outside linebacker, caused havoc as a nickel DT, and fired off the ball as a defensive end. Sometimes in consecutive plays. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not a rah-rah Golden guy (more of a loner), so it's not a slam dunk he returns. But Vernon is the most talented player on next yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s defense and is a pivotal guy going forward.
- As for the rest of the NFL guys, I suspect Miller is the only one who makes the leap. A lot of our guys want to go, but wanting to go and leaving are two different things.
- The Class of 2012 is just about in the bag and the staff is already doing a lot of work on 2013. The coaches love Rayshawn Jenkins and Malcolm Lewis and feel they are two of the elite players in the class. Jelani Hamilton will be a battle, but overall they donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t believe the potential sanctions will have a major effect on the class.
- The early returns on 2011Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s late additions are not promising. Junior Alexis, Corey King and Hunter Wells have not wowed anybody. Thurston Armbrister is the best of the bunch but the jury is still out.
- The biggest problem threatening this program is the lack of young, talented defensive linemen. We have a lot of bodies but no impact players (aside from Chick) on the horizon. This program needs big, athletic war daddies if it wants to look like Miami again. Earl Moore looks like a good player but is short.
- One player who is showing out on the scout team is Dallas Crawford. WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s interesting is that heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s made the biggest impact on the scout team offense. Crawford is dynamic with the ball in his hands and has gotten snaps as option quarterback and running back. This isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t long term, as DÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Onfrio wants him in his defensive backfield.
- Two more players who are showing talent on Greentree are Rashawn Scott and Asante Cleveland. Expect both guys to make tremendous gains with an off-season under their belts. Also, Darion Hall is not long for the team. Just further highlights the need for running backs in this class.
- Gionni Paul is one of the hardest hitters on the team, but his mental game is keeping him off the field for now.
- Weakest coaches on the staff? Carroll and Kehoe. Best coach on the staff? McDonald in a walk.
- Jeff Ireland was at practice today watching Laron Byrd. He likes him as a potential late round pick.
- Most important piece of news: THE man in Miami athletics believes that, unless we get unexpectedly severe sanctions, Al Golden will be in Coral Gables.