Thanksgiving is here, and as we get into the holiday season, it’s important to remember what you’re thankful for in your life. Family, friends, freedom, there is just so many things to list. While those are the most obvious things, I also wanted to share what I'm thankful for when it comes to our beloved Miami Hurricanes.
The first thing on my list of Canes to be thankful for is our head coach Manny Diaz. While the 2019 season has been one heck of a rollercoaster up to this point, you cannot deny the excitement that he’s brought to the Miami program. Even with the most recent loss to FIU, I'm still very confident in Diaz leading the Hurricanes.
MANUEL ALBERTO DIAZ THE SECOND pic.twitter.com/Non4zpJThk— Bring Daz To Miami (@hurricanesmarsh) July 20, 2019
Though we’re 6-5 at the moment, Diaz definitely has the Canes steering towards greener pastures, and the future looks bright for the UM program.
Moving on, I'm thankful for our young quarterback, Jarren Williams. The redshirt freshman has endured a crazy experience to get where he’s at today, but you have to love what Williams has been able to do lately. In a three game stretch, Williams threw nine touchdown passes, and more importantly led Miami to three straight wins, almost resurrecting the Canes season by himself.
And while the Hurricanes still have two games to go in 2019, perhaps the most exciting part is that Williams is only going to improve and get better. Miami has been looking for the quarterback to lead the Canes back to prominence for over 15 years, and Williams might just be that guy.
What I'm thankful for next is something we can all agree on, Miami’s offensive line. A group that has progressed perhaps more than any on the team, they have come so far from where they were at in the beginning of the season. From giving up 10 sacks to the Gators, to now putting together several consecutive strong performances, this group has been instrumental in Miami’s recent surge.
Saying it again, clap it up for the Canes offensive line the last two weeks. Pitt and FSU were terrorizing QB's up until they played Miami, and the Canes OL stepped up big time— Bring Daz To Miami (@hurricanesmarsh) November 6, 2019
I’m thankful for players like Brevin Jordan and Gregory Rousseau. Guys who are some of the best at their positions in the entire country, and who Miami will have for at least one more season. Watching both players develop into what we all expected and anticipated when they signed with Miami has been a pleasure, and the best is yet to come.
Rousseau blows past the FSU guard like he’s playing freshman level on NCAA Football. His 12th sack on the year pic.twitter.com/FIfkoVcGwA— Bring Daz To Miami (@hurricanesmarsh) November 6, 2019
I’m indeed thankful for guys like DeeJay Dallas and Al Blades Jr., players who represent what “The U” is all about and play with Miami on their sleeves. Fans of the Canes definitely appreciate players who share that same passion for the program as we do, and these two guys definitely have that.
DeeJay Dallas moments before kickoff pic.twitter.com/tnw1jGBFAG— Christopher Stock (@InsideTheU) October 6, 2019
I’m extremely thankful for seniors like Shaquille Quarterman, Michael Pinckney and Romeo Finley, players who have put their heart and soul into this program for the last four years, and will leave Miami better than they found it.
I’m thankful for the youth of this team, and the fact that younger players like Nesta Jade Silvera and Dee Wiggins will be here for the future. In the last three games, we’ve seen this team go through a major transformation, and really give us a glimpse of what Miami can accomplish in the next few years.
All in all, I'm thankful for the Miami Hurricanes in general, and that’ll be the case every year of my life. Yes, they’ve put me through some horrendous moments and have caused me to have many sleepless nights, but they’ve also given me incredibly great memories throughout my life. Through the Canes, I've been able to gain lifelong friends who I wouldn’t have been able to meet if it wasn’t for Miami. So win or lose, no matter what year, it’s always great to be a Hurricane!
What about the Canes are you thankful for?