Good Morning Canes Familia,
February has concluded giving way to the month of March. That means there’ll be plenty college basketball brackets, green-colored beverages, and articles dissecting Hurricane football practices. Plenty of events are set up to make the month interesting as we transition from winter to spring. However, let’s reminisce a bit on what took place in the final days of February.
NCAA Set To Decide Fate of Season Opener for Canes Football
By now you’re probably become aware that there are serious discussions to move UM’s season opener against the Florida Gators to August 24th. SOTU’s Cameron Underwood went into the specifics surrounding the matter.
Updated the Miami-Florida potential date change piece with the joint statement from both universities, ESPN, Florida Citrus Sports and the CFB 150th anniversary organization https://t.co/GmIxY6X73Z— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) February 28, 2019
SOTU’s Justin Dottavio broke down what could work in the Canes favor and what may come to bite them if the NCAA grants the petition to move the game from August 31st to the proposed August 24th date.
The Pros and cons of playing the Gators a week earlier. Is The New Miami ready to be unveiled on Saturday, August 24th? Or should Coach Diaz breathe a sigh of relief if the game stays on August 31st? https://t.co/yKHiwJVRGl pic.twitter.com/1pyiLRqavS— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) February 28, 2019
Note*: The University of Miami is still waiting for the NCAA to make their ruling on the eligibility of transfer QB Tate Martell for the 2019 season.
Canes Getting a Five-Star Visitor Next Month
Miami’s coaching staff continues to make headway on the 2020 recruiting trail. A sign of that positive momentum is a promise from Upland (Cali) LB Justin Flowe to visit UM on April 13th. Currently the top-rated linebacker in the ‘20 class, Flowe has offers from just about every major program in the country. So getting the LB on campus is a positive step in his recruitment.
Underwear Olympics Commence in Indy
The biggest job interview in the football world begins its televised portion of on-field workouts later this morning at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine. The University of Miami will be represented by six Canes looking to separate themselves from the pack through team interviews and the heavily scrutinized position-specific drills.
The lone Cane working out today will be RB Travis Homer. Thursday, Homer put up 17 reps (225 pounds) on the bench press. Later today, Homer will take part in the 40-yard dash and compete in position drills with the rest of the running back group.
You can catch DE Joe Jackson and DT Gerald Willis III when the take the DL group take the field on Sunday.
The final day of on-field workouts will take place Monday. CB Michael Jackson Sr., S Sheldrick Redwine and S Jaquan Johnson will headline the defensive backs group.
With all 32 NFL clubs on hand, six ProCane hopefuls aim to elevate their draft stock in Indianapolis this weekend. Check Out:— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) February 28, 2019
What’s at Stake for the Miami Six at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine https://t.co/FlVOyduojv pic.twitter.com/qb1TCJAxKv
Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald spoke with multiple NFL personnel that confirm a high draft value for both DE Joe Jackson and DT Gerald Willis III. In his six-pack of Canes notes, an NFC executive reveals to Jackson that Willis warrants a first round or second round selection. The same source believes Joe Jackson could be selected in the second or third round.
Senior Night For Women’s BB
Thursday evening served as the final game at the Watsco Center for forward/center Emese Hof and forward Khaila Prather. The two seniors along with the rest of their Hurricane teammates took to the floor for their final home game of the 2019 season against Georgia Tech.
SOTU’s Austin Pert recapped another big win for UM.
Led by junior Beatrice Mompremier’s 22 points and 16 rebound effort, the Hurricanes defeated the Yellow Jackets 69-56. Sophomore Mykea Gray chipped in 18 points and three rebounds to improve the Canes’ home record to an impressive 16-2 mark.
Canes Baseball Host UMBC
Coming off of a 10-8 win over FIU on Wednesday, Miami Hurricanes Baseball (6-2) tries to remain undefeated at Mark Light Field Friday night. The Canes host the UMBC Retrievers in a three-game series beginning this evening. The Retrievers are (2-1) entering the series. Junior Evan McKendry will get the start for UM on the hill tonight, looking to improve on his 2-0 record and 2.77 ERA. Start time is set for 7PM EDT.
Women’s Tennis will be in the Pennsylvania this afternoon, as they’re set to take on the Pitt Panthers at the Oxford Tennis Club. Start time is set for 1PM EDT. UM is currently ranked 18th in the USTA Top 25 poll. Junior Estela Perez-Somarriba is currently ranked seventh in nation entering this weekend’s action.
Have a Great Day and Go Canes!