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Miami Hurricanes News and Notes 9/19: Happy Yom Kippur, Jeff Thomas as living legend, and tight ends

Miami hosts local FIU on Saturday, September 22nd

NCAA Football: Miami at Toledo Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

The FIU Golden Panthers are 27 point underdogs to the Miami Hurricanes better known as their cross-town rival. FIU and the University of Miami face off on September 22nd at 3:30pm eastern time on ESPN2/U at Hard Rock Stadium. Former ‘Canes head football coach Butch Davis is now the leader of the Golden Panthers and brings a 2-1 record and 83rd ranking per the S&P+ to Hard Rock Stadium to face the 24th ranked ‘Canes.

Miami is also 2-1 with a loss to the LSU Tigers and convincing wins over the Savannah State Tigers (FCS) and the Toledo Rockets. Miami leads the nation in tackles for loss and looks to dominate the Conference USA Golden Panthers who want to compete for talent in the “State of Miami.”


Miami may be without two star players in safety Jaquon Johnson and wide receiver Ahmonn Richards for the FIU showdown. Miami sophomore cornerback Trajan Bandy says it’s, “Next man up,” per Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald. That next man should be sophomore safety Amari Carter.

Christy Cabrera Chirinos of the Sun Sentinel discussed Manny Diaz’s aggressive play calling which has logged an FBS leading 11.7 tackles for loss per game.

Our very own John Reynolds posted a recruiting update for the week. It shows that Mark Richt’s recruiting reach stretches all the way to New York City.

The Miami Herald has video of Thomas Brown discussing Hurricanes tight end Brian Polendey going down with a season ending injury. The ‘Canes have suitable replacements but not quite veteran experience at the position.

The Herald’s Susan Miller Degnan discusses not only the tight end depth but the depths to which Jeff Thomas can impact the Miami offense. Thomas has averaged over 20 yards per catch in 2018 and is the playmaker the Hurricanes haven’t had since Santana Moss wore the orange and green.

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And of course there’s this guy

The College Football Vidz guy got stoked over Miami hosting FIU and I couldn’t look away.

Happy Yom Kippur

Lastly, I want to wish a happy Yom Kippur to our Jewish members of the ‘Canes family.