Good Morning Canes Familia,
It’s another great day to be a Hurricane. We’re now less than a week away from Thanksgiving and fisitcuffs for waiting in line for those Black Friday deals. For now, let’s enjoy the calm before the holiday storm and jump into the latest from Coral Gables.
Hurricanes Football makes its final road trip of the 2018 season, travelling to Blacksburg, Virginia to take on Virginia Tech. Miami heads to Lane Stadium dragging a dubious four-game losing streak. The Hokies, are in the midst of a three-game spurt in which they too have not secured a win. Something will have to give on Saturday for one side, while the other continues to mope in what continues to be their season of discontent.
Let's reminisce on the #MIAvsVT rivalry this week:— ACC Digital Network (@theACCDN) November 12, 2018
to 2⃣0⃣0⃣1⃣: Ed Reed's 2nd INT of the game seals @CanesFootball's spot in the BCS Championship! #ItsAllAboutTheU (@TwentyER) pic.twitter.com/ecxqKexrHD
Offense: RB Travis Homer
Defense: LB Shaq Quarterman, DT Tito Odenigbo
Special Teams: CB Al Blades Jr.
Gerald Willis III Earns an Invite
Miami’s senior defensive tackle has produced a stellar season, one in which he was named an ESPN midseason All American. You can add another accomplishment to Willis’ accolades, after the Louisiana native garnered an invite to 2019 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.
Willis may be the first Hurricane to announce the invite to the premier all-star game before the 2019 NFL Combine, it’s likely that he won’t be the lone Cane making the trip. Stay tuned for more announcements in the coming days.
Blake James Stands Up for CMR
On Thursday UM Athletic Director James Blake took the airwaves of the Joe Rose Show on 560 WQAM.
Blake James said he won't force Mark Richt to make staff changes, but the 2 will meet to discuss how to fix what's broken.— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) November 15, 2018
I mean, they could do that or just follow the steps I already laid out and things will be fine: https://t.co/yjUZvBBRuT
If you missed the interview, be sure to click the link below.
Declarations of State
How are the Hurricanes going to beat Bud Foster’s Defense you ask? Well our in-house X’s and O’s expert Justin Dottavio breaks down VT’s tendencies on both sides of the ball. Let’s hope the staff takes heed of some of Mr. Dottavio’s advice on Saturday.
Film Preview: Miami at Virginia Tech. The 5-5 ‘Canes face the 4-5 Hokies in Blacksburg, VA. Miami needs to slow down Ryan Willis who has thrown 16 touchdowns and only four interceptions in 2018 while finding a way to score on Bud Foster’s defense. https://t.co/PrlrsIbVRP pic.twitter.com/P54N3K8lOB— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) November 15, 2018
After reading the piece on how to beat VT, catchup up on the who portion of our weekly breakdown in the Miami Hurricanes Matchup Preview.
The quest to win six continues as the Canes head to Blacksburg on Saturday. In a battle between two slumping ACC Coastal powers, we examine the difference makers who look to end their teams’ losing ways.— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) November 15, 2018
Miami Hurricanes Matchup Preview: Virginia Tech https://t.co/CbEAdjwLnQ pic.twitter.com/SooM6SgBNJ
UM Basketball Returns to the Charleston Classic. Evan Hadrick gives the details on Miami’s return to this preseason tournament in 2019
Canes Basketball Looking to Stay Undefeated
With basketball season back underway, Saturday’s are not exclusively for football any longer. The Mens Hoops will be back on the hardwood of the Watsco Center, where they’ll take on the (2-2) Bethune-Cookman Wildcats at 2PM EDT.
Hester Travels Down Memory Lane
Hurricane legend Devin Hester was featured recently on a show called Fresh Look on Films, produced by the Stadium Network. Here’s a snippet from his appearance.
.@D_Hest23 explains how he once tried to find a former high school teammate on the opposing sideline WHILE returning a kick for a TD during this #FreshLookOnFilms, #presentedby @Wendys. pic.twitter.com/0a0w9DsjMc— Stadium (@WatchStadium) November 15, 2018
News From the Miami Media
Manny Navarro of The Athletic ($) sat down with former Hurricane offensive linemen Joaquin Gonzalez, Brett Romberg and Bryant McKinnie to address what’s been ailing Miami’s offensive line.
Christy Chirinos of the Sun Sentinel ponders whether UM has fixed their issues from their game against the Yellow Jackets. Chirinos addresses the possibility that freshman RB Cam’ron Davis could be in line for more touches against the Hokies this weekend.
In his latest article for the Miami Herald, Barry Jackson outlines the 2018 freshmen that will be redshirted entering the final two games of the season.
Non Revenue Roundup
Sunday will mark the final home game of the season for the Miami’s Womens Volleyball. The squad will take on Pitt as the seniors should be honored in their final home game at the Knight Complex.
The No. 24 ranked Women’s Basketball team looked to remain undefeated on this young season. The Canes hosted No.19 Marquette at the Watsco Center yesterday evening. UM came out of the contest with their undefeated record intact, winning 63-55. Junior Beatrice Mompremier led the way with 24 points. C Emese Hof and G Laura Cornelius scored 10 points each.
Have a Great Day and Go Canes!