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Miami Hurricanes News and Notes: Another Injury Tests the Canes’ Depth, Jeff Thomas Continues Turning Heads

Catch up with all the Canes chatter from the day here

NCAA Football: Miami at Toledo
Jeff Thomas leads the Canes leads the nation in yards-per-catch at 27.6
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Humble Thomas Making Lots of Noise for Canes -

“It is a direct result between what he does at practice and what he does on game day,” Brown said. “If you watch the phenomenal catches he makes on game day. If you watch Tuesday’s practice or Wednesday, he does it every single day out here. He has matured a lot being under [co-offensive coordinator/wide receivers] coach [Ron] Dugans, and taking coaching from him. On how to be a better practice player and the correlation between how well he practices to how well he plays. No question, he has become a much more mature player.”

The best wins and worst losses of the nonconference season - ESPN

Worst nonconference losses:

2. LSU 33, Miami 17

“Had the Canes actually won this game, they probably would still be ranked in the top 10 after a 3-0 start. Here’s the thing: With the exception of Virginia Tech and Duke (c’mon, pay attention), the rest of the ACC Coastal isn’t very good. Three of Miami’s most difficult remaining games are Oct. 26 at Boston College, Nov. 3 against Duke and Nov. 17 at Virginia Tech. Even if the Canes can win the Coastal Division and somehow, some way, upend Clemson in the ACC championship, this loss could still keep them -- and the entire league -- out of the top four.”

Miami Hurricanes TE Brian Polendey to have surgery, miss remainder of season - State of the U

“Obviously, Polendey was a depth/rotation player behind the two headed monster of freshmen Brevin Jordan and Will Mallory. But with this injury, Miami is now down to only those freshmen at TE. Fellow TE Michael Irvin II was previously lost for the year with a knee injury during fall camp.”

ACC Power Rankings: Week 4 - State of the U

“3. Miami Hurricanes 2-1 (LW: 3), Week 3 Result: 49-24 W @ Toledo, Next: vs FIU 9/22 3:30pm ET

Quick hits from UM coach Mark Richt’s news conference ahead of FIU - Sun Sentinel

“I’ll always give the same answer on the schedule. Just show me who we play and we’ll go play them. I don’t get into all that. I think fans like to get into that on that. But we have a lot of respect for them. Just like last week, we had a lot of respect for Toledo. We know they’re talented, we know they’re well coached. We know they’ve got speed. It’s a challenge for us to do a good job and hopefully come out on top.”

The Hurricanes’ plan at running back and the freshman who came on strong this week - Miami Herald

“The pretty even split of carries between Travis Homer and DeeJay Dallas on Saturday was a harbinger of UM’s plan moving forward. Impressed by Dallas’ development, coach Mark Richt said Tuesday that their number of rushing attempts will remain comparable. ‘I would keep it as equal as I can between those two,’ Richt said. ‘Keep them both fresh. They are both in excellent shape.’”

Injuries Aside, Canes Show Promise At Defense - State of the U

“According to the Miami Herald, the Hurricanes has risen to fourth in the nation for total defense. This includes leading the nation in tackles for loss, stopping opponents on third down, and being the 23rd best rush-defense in the nation. According to the piece, the team hasn’t made an official statement about the player’s status either for FIU or the entire season, but Richt has stated that the injury is not as severe as Ahmmon Richard’s injury last year.”

Fast Start, Strong Finish a Good Omen - State of the U

“Mark Richt’s words, his coaching staff’s sense of urgency since the LSU debacle was certainly made note of. His players are listening, evident in the way they started fast, wasting no time in putting Toledo in a near-impossible hole to dig out from, a 21-0 lead with just under three minutes left in the first half. The Canes were dominating on both sides of the ball, smothering the Toledo run game while Malik Rosier had his finest afternoon while wearing orange and green. He ran for two scores and threw one to Jeff Thomas, who continued his breakout season with a 38-yard score where he simply ran away from his defender.”

Recruit Game Recap: Week 4 - State of the U

“RB Marcus Crowley (Jacksonville Trinity) – 20 carries for 164 yards and a touchdown, 1 reception for 25 yards in 43-13 win over Jacksonville Bolles

ATH Damarius Good (Lake Brantley) – 10 carries for 46 yards and a touchdown, 2 receptions for 44 yards, 70 return yards in 50-20 loss vs Lake Mary

DE Jahfari Harvey (Vero Beach) – 11 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, .5 sack in 42-3 win over Fort Lauderdale”