“University of Miami freshman Jeremiah Ozias Payton, 17 years young and one of the nation’s finest prep receivers, missed his mother and father when he arrived in Coral Gables from Jacksonville in January to start a new life as a college student and early football enrollee.
“Just lonely,’’ Payton said Tuesday. “Knowing mom and dad isn’t there. Knowing you can’t go to them when you need help. You gotta figure it out on your own. It’s really just the real world.”
“Michael Irvin’s cancer scare earlier this week was just that: a scare.
Irvin, the former Miami Hurricanes wide receiver and Pro Football Hall of Famer, announced on his Instagram page Sunday he had tests done for throat cancer and the results came back 100 percent clean.”
“Through two weeks of drills, the excitement of merely getting back to football has started to wane. Injuries are starting to pile up and bodies are starting to ache. The off-days include hours of monotonous film study and meetings, as players and coaches start to sort through what’s working for and what isn’t.
And for the quarterbacks — the most scrutinized players on the roster this spring — there’s the somber reality that while progress is being made, there’s still a long way to go before Diaz or offensive coordinator Dan Enos will be happy.”
“Miami Hurricanes women’s basketball forward/center Beatrice Mompremier has been named an Associated Press All-American Honorable Mention.
She averaged a double-double over the course of the season, with 16.7 points and 12.2 rebounds per game. The Miami native recorded a double-double in 25 games, including a season-high 22 rebounds in The NCAA Tournament against Arizona State and 27 points in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament against Syracuse.”
“The media portion of spring practice number six started with the Hurricanes quarterbacks working on handoffs out of the I-formation with a fullback. I believe that redshirt freshman Realus George could have a role in this offense as long as he continues to progress and shows he can be a trustworthy blocker for Dan Enos and the Hurricanes offense.”
“Miami has made efforts to buck the current trend, starting with their 2019 recruiting class. Even though the Canes took another L after failing to secure the commitment of #1 recruit and Miami-legacy Vernon Carey Jr, they made sure they didn’t repeat the mistakes of the year prior and locked down the signatures of 4-star combo guard Isaiah Wong and 3-star power forward Anthony Walker. In the months since, both recruits have finished out their prep careers with quality performances on the court, so let’s check back in with the talented newcomers headed to Coral Gables this year:”
“There has been progress,” said Enos, who enters his first season in Coral Gables. But other than that, the former Alabama quarterbacks coach said QB play is still, “Not near where we need to be. Not near a championship level.”
Asked what needs to be improved, Enos said bluntly, “Fundamentals and techniques, learning our system and also defensive identification.”
“Monday, April 1st, we remember Sean Taylor, one of the greatest safeties ever to play the game of football. April 1st would’ve been Sean’s 36th birthday, so I decided to take a look back at the top-10 plays and moments from his incredible career at The U.”