Notes from Thursday’s Practice
State of the U’s Gabriel Urrutia dropped some of his observations from a testy Thursday practice. Urrutia outlines how offensive coordinator Dan Enos has brought accountability to the offense.
Former Hurricane greats Calais Campbell and Edgerrin James observed practice yesterday.
I have a really good feeling about #TheU right now! @Coach_MannyDiaz has the team looking ready! And can’t wait for @EdgerrinJames to get his gold jacket! #SurroundedByGreatness pic.twitter.com/rvJpKWuUY4— Calais Campbell (@Campbell93) April 11, 2019
After his ESPN interview and publicized conversation with former Hurricane Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, punter Louis Hedley is tentatively set to arrive to the team in early May.
Sophomore LB Bradley Jennings Jr. has reportedly made strides this spring as he learns the responsibilities of middle and weak-side linebacker positions.
With injuries to De’Andre Wilder (neck) and Waymon Steed (knee), the Hurricanes have a significant need for linebacker depth behind starters Shaquille Quarterman and Michael Pinckney.
The linebacking corp is set to receive a boost with the additions of freshmen Sam Brooks and Avery Huff later this summer. In the meantime, DC Baker has discussed the possibility of adding a transfer at the position.
Running back Robert Burns is set to undergo a medical procedure that will force him to miss the remainder of spring practice
Center Corey Gaynor left last weekend’s scrimmage with an undisclosed injury. After missing practice on Tuesday and Thursday, Gaynor’s availability for Saturday’s scrimmage remains in doubt. In the meantime, Navaughn Donaldson has been taking first-team reps at center.
Safety Amari Carter returned to practice on Thursday.
DT Jon Ford missed practice on Thursday with a wrist injury.
Blake Baker said staff has discussed getting a transfer at linebacker, but no plans to do that yet. Walk-ons like Darian Stephenson have played well he said. Baker also mentions Ford is meeting with doctors about his wrist. Told yesterday surgery may not be necessary. #UM— Manny Navarro (@Manny_Navarro) April 11, 2019
WR Brian Hightower sported a brace around his left knee according to Manny Navarro of The Athletic.
Gabriel Urrutia of State of the U pointed out the absence of WR Mike Harley from practice on Thursday.
TE Brevin Jordan remains sidelined with a leg injury.
Scrimmage No. 2 set for Saturday
The Canes continue to take their spring ball on the road this year. On Saturday, Miami will take part in their second scrimmage this spring at Nathaniel Traz Powell Stadium. It will be a high noon start. Unlike Miami’s first scrimmage, this practice will be open to both the media and public.
Jaelan Phillips Takes First Visit to the Gables
Former UCLA star DE/OLB Jaelan Phillips will make his first visit to UM this weekend.
The UCLA transfer has indicated that he plans to make the move to Miami in July.
Canes Baseball Riding ACC win Streak
With eye on winning their division, this weekend’s three-game set against Virginia (21-13) is a vital series to Miami baseball (22-12). State of the U’s John Reynolds previews an important series between the two ACC powers.
Taking the hill for Miami is “Mr. Friday Night” P Evan McKendry. First pitch is set for 6pm EDT. You can watch the game ESPN Network Extra.
State of Declarations
Wins over everything. That includes swagger. SOTU’s Marshall Thomas highlights why winning football games will be the ultimate catalyst to returning the swagger to the U.
When Miami Wins, The Swagger Will Be There https://t.co/oI3oKJnd8X— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) April 11, 2019
Much to the chagrin of SOTU manager Cam Underwood, the Virginia Cavalier are your 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball champions. SOTU’s Evan Hadrick breaks down the final ACC Power Rankings for the 2018-19 season.
ACC Basketball Power Rankings: Post-Tournament Edition - The ACC is back on top of the college basketball world. Let’s take a final look at where everyone finished the season #TheU #GoCanes https://t.co/l81RVNzNJB— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) April 11, 2019
The 305 Beat
An 88-foot Yacht, Stogies and one heck of a rousing speech. Manny Navarro of The Athletic recaps a memorable night at The Wharf for Manny Diaz and his staff.
Susan Miller Degnan of the Miami Herald profiles the impressive abilities of DE Greg Rousseau and why some people consider him similar to former Hurricane DE Calais Campbell —including Campbell himself.
The Gators are going to have to find their bait somewhere else. Christy Chirinos of the Sun-Sentinel dives into the reaction — or lack thereof — regarding Florida’s taunting tactics ahead of August 24th’s season opener.
In his latest six-pack, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald updates us on a couple position battles and personnel concerns regarding Miami’s roster.
Miami Alum James Jones Named GM of the Phoenix Suns
On Thursday, former 14-year NBA veteran James Jones was named Phoenix Suns general manager. Jones spent the previous two seasons working as the Suns’ vice president of basketball operations. Here’s the official press release of the move.
Miami Men’s Tennis travel to Raleigh to duel with NC State for a noon showdown on the court. It’s the penultimate game of the season for the Hurricanes, with the season to conclude on Sunday on the road against Wake Forest.
Miami Track and Field will be hosting their annual Hurricane Alumni Invitational. The two-day event begins with day one of the decathlon at 12:30 today.
GO CANES AND HAVE A GREAT DAY!