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Miami Hurricanes News and Notes: Canes Vanquish Blue Devils, Dewan Hernandez Impressing the NBA, Blake Baker’s Five

We’re swinging into the weekend.

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Good Morning Canes Fam,

Regular Season Finale for Canes Baseball

Friday evening marks the second night in the home finale for Miami Baseball. After producing a 4-3 win against Duke on Thursday, the Hurricanes look for their second win of the series tonight. P Evan McKendry (4.53 ERA) will make his long-awaited return to the mound after missing nearly a month of action.

State of the U’s John Reynolds gives an in-depth rundown on the Blue Devils in this week’s edition of This Week in ’Canes Baseball.

Reynolds also recaps UM’s victory last night, led by two home runs from sophomore Alex Toral.

First pitch is set for 7pm EDT. You can listen to the game on 790 The Ticket. The game will also be televised on ACC Network Extra.

State of Declaration

Former Hurricanes basketball star Dewan Hernandez continues to make the most of his opportunity at this week’s NBA Scouting Combine. SOTU’s Evan Hadrick details how Hernandez played his way to a combine invite.

With a new face overseeing a talent-rich defense, State of the U’s MarshThomas highlights five players that are poised for a breakout under new defensive coordinator Blake Baker.

Marshall was back at it again on Thursday, providing Canes fans with the next installment in his 100 Greatest Plays in Miami History series.

With the NCAA forming a group to study the idea of compensating players for their images and likeness, the topic of bringing back EA Sports NCAA Football franchise has emerged. SOTU’s Justin Dottavio analyzes what a return of the iconic video game franchise would mean and some adjustments that would make the title accurately resemble today’s game.

Start Time Announced for UVA Game

Earlier this week, Miami announced the start time for both their games against North Carolina and Bethune-Cookman. On Thursday, we learned that kickoff for Miami’s game against Virginia is set for 8pm EDT on October 11th.

Tales From the Recruiting Trail

The reward miles continue to pile up for the Hurricanes football staff. The search for the next generation of Hurricanes found members of Manny Diaz’s staff once again spread out across the map. Louisiana, New Jersey, and Georgia were some of the areas of focus this week. UM was also present for some spring games and ‘jamborees’ throughout the state of Florida.

InsidetheU reports that Miami was on-hand to watch Miami Norland OT Issiah Walker Jr. at a spring scrimmage against both Fort Lauderdale and Monarch.

Programs across the country continue to pursue 2020 Belen Jesuit RB Don Chaney Jr. The highest-rated commit in Miami’s 2020 class — according to 247 Sports — Chaney remains a firm commit to the U.

UM is hoping to pair another talented back with Chaney in the 2020 class. One target that fits the bill is Deerfield Beach RB Jaylon Knighton. Recruiting insiders believe that Knighton’s decision will come down to Florida State or Miami.

The 305 Beat

It’s no secret that Miami has a need at linebacker entering the 2019 season. Fortunately for the Hurricanes, the team will add St. Thomas Aquinas LB Avery Huff over the summer to help address the issue. Christy Chirinos of the Sun Sentinel spoke to the soon-to-be Hurricane LB about his path to The U.

Miami’s starting quarterback remains up for grabs entering training camp. Andrea Adelson of ESPN describes why the time is now for Tate Martell this coming season.

Manny Navarro of The Athletic reveals how sophomore TE Will Mallory plans to carry on both Miami’s tight end lineage and a family tradition.

Cam’ron Harris, K.J. Osborn, and Tate Martell are just some of the names that have created some buzz within Miami’s football program. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald details what team personnel are saying after spring.

The number one LB in the Sunshine State in the class of 2020, St. Thomas Aquinas LB Derek Wingo, continues to be a priority for the Hurricanes. David Wilson of the Miami Herald dives into Miami’s chances of flipping the Penn State commit.

Cameron Ghorbi of takes a trip down memory lane, as former Hurricanes’ stars Brock Berlin and Devin Hester discuss some of their personal highlights in the UM vs UF rivalry.

Non-Revenue Sports

Today marks the first day of the ACC Women’s Rowing Championship in Clemson, South Carolina. It’ll mark the Canes’ first competition since participating in the Lake Wheeler Invitational in April.