Hello Friends. Let’s get our days started with some Canes news, shall we?
Jermaine Grace “speaks” about his situation
Recently dismissed LB Jermaine Grace took to Instagram to speak his mind on his current situation.
The information you need to get from there: “I’ll be back really soon.” So, reading between the lines of what he said, it seems as though Grace will be looking to appeal his dismissal.
Obviously, adding the most experienced LB back onto the roster would be a good thing for Miami, and rejoining the team would be positive for Grace as well. We’ll have to wait and see how this plays out.
4-star LB Diamante Howard commits to Miami
Mark Richt and company continue to pound the recruiting trail, this time securing a commitment from Miami (FL) Southridge 2019 LB Diamante Howard
#WelcomeToTheU, Diamante Howard. 2019 LB, and Sean Taylor’s Cousin, commits to #Canes. #TheU https://t.co/hPyAeS5bAx pic.twitter.com/ECeKUgoE1p— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) September 2, 2016
A 4-star recruit, Howard has a wealth of talent and athleticism. He’s 6’2” 178lbs, but he’s only a sophomore, so he’ll grow. Howard is the latest player from Miami Southridge to commit to the Canes, and he won’t be the last. That program has a tradition of great players who have come to Miami — starting Safety Jamal Carter is a Southridge alum — and they have upped their roster talent with several high level transfers in recent years. That’s a school you’re going to want to know the name of if you’re a recruitnik.
If you’re looking at the picture in the above tweet and wondering “why is a linebacker wearing #26?” Easy answer: Howard is a cousin of the late Sean Taylor.
Howard is years away from his National Signing Day, but he’s a top tier, elite talent. And, a Hurricanes legacy. All of that works well for me.
Appalachian State Blows It
I watched this whole game and discussed it with the people on Twitter. Appalachian State went to Tennessee to open their season. And, for a while, it looked as though the Mountaineers were going to beat the Volunteers in their own building.
However, fatal mistakes and questionable (read: TERRRRRRIBLE) playcalling and clock management were AppSt’s undoing, as they squandered a 13-3 lead before losing to 20-13 in OT.
Appalachian State is a good little team. They run the ball well. Their spread-based offense uses a lot of motions and different types of run plays (think jet sweep more than inside iso). They have a good system, they play hard on defense, and they execute the gameplan.
Why am I bringing this game up? Because throughout the WHOLE GAME people kept bringing up the fact that Miami travels to Boone, NC to face Appalachian State in 2 weeks.
So Mark Richt's Miami Hurricanes plat AT Appalachian State in two weeks.— Arky Shea (@ArkyShea) September 2, 2016
Miami goes to Appalachian State in two weeks.— Big OOT Sports (@BigOOTSports) September 1, 2016
Friendly reminder that Miami plays AT App State in a couple weeks.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) September 2, 2016
Miami could lose @ App. State...— Jake Winderman (@jakewinderman) September 2, 2016
Make Miami AT App State in a couple weeks appointment TV.— Patrick Engel (@PatrickEngel_) September 2, 2016
Tough one for App State. @AppStCoachSatt doing a great job. Miami will be tested in two weeks when it travels to Boone, N.C.— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) September 2, 2016
I could continue, but you get the idea.
Intrepid Canes fans Alex Herron and Jon Watler succinctly summed this phenomenon up for us:
So what I've gotten out of a horrid performance by UT against an average (at best) App State team is that Miami Miami Miami Miami Miami.— alex herron (@Captain_Cane) September 2, 2016
Tennessee almost loses to App State. The entire CFB world turns it on Miami. Y'all are hilarious.— JonJon (@JonWatler) September 2, 2016
Look, EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT MIAMI IS GOING TO PLAY AT APPALACHIAN STATE!!!! This isn’t anything new, guys. You’re not breaking news by bringing this up, and not hurting any Miami fan’s feelings by telling us about a game on the schedule.
I get the thought: Tennessee struggled vs AppSt at home, so transitively (falsely, but whatever), AppSt will dominate Miami, a similar team to Tennessee, at their place. I get it. I disagree with it, but I get it.
Look, Miami has 2 games before traveling to Boone, NC. And I know EVERYBODY in the College Football world will be rooting for Appalachian State vs Miami.....just like we all rooted for the Mountaineers against the Vols tonight. But let’s just take things one game at a time.
We’ll deal with AppSt on September 17th.
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What’s the Matchup of the Week vs FAMU? Devin Tucker tells you all about it
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Who’s starting at LB against FAMU? CMR’s appearance on the late-night Sportscenter with Scott Van Pelt could have had some foreshadowing.
On @notthefakeSVP just now Mark Richt all but confirmed he plans to start three true freshmen at LB vs. FAMU. pic.twitter.com/wgYW1k221X— Matt Porter (@mattyports) September 2, 2016
There’s A BUNCH of great College Football on this weekend. Check out the lay of the land with our handy dandy viewing guide.
Want a preview of the X’s and O’s ahead of the FAMU game? Our resident coach Justin Dottavio has you covered with this edition of Clinic Talk.
We’ll talk more recruiting later, but 4-star ATH commit DeeJay Dallas had another long touchdown in his HS’s game on Thursday night that you will probably enjoy.
So Deejay Dallas is kind of good... 58 yards for a TD. https://t.co/lCOZda5bi4 pic.twitter.com/t8qgJddxKB— Andrew Ivins (@Andrew_Ivins) September 2, 2016
That’s it for today, guys.
SEE YOU AT THE ROCK TOMORROW NIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!