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Miami Hurricanes News and Notes: Elite 11, Championship Odds, ProCane Updates

So much for the dead period

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Good Morning Canes Fam,

State of Declaration

A leader in the secondary, cornerback Trajan Bandy is on the precipice of a breakout season. State of the U’s Marshall Thomas provides a profile on what to expect from ‘Muddy B’ in 2019.

Will the offensive line hold their end of the bargain? It’s a question that Canes fans have pondered all offseason. We preview what’s on tap for Miami’s road graders in our latest 2019 Position Preview Series.

Where were you when Gino Toretta galloped for a first down on 3rd and 12? The legendary play came in at No. 57 on our 100 Greatest Plays in Miami History.

Marshall Thomas spotlights 2020 UM commit QB Tyler Van Dyke, who is coming off a terrific performance at Paradise Camp last weekend.

Van Dyke will be in action later today as he competes in the finals at the Elite 11 in Frisco, Texas. You can catch the broadcast of the competition in the near future on NFL Network.

The (Not-so) Dead Period

Last weekend we enjoyed plenty of news and information from the Paradise weekend. On Monday the NCAA’s month-long dead period came into effect. However, there’s been plenty of news on the recruiting front despite what is traditional a down time in the college football calendar.

Miami pulled a few commits before Monday’s deadline. 2020 OL Chris Washington, DE Elijah Roberts and 2021 Lakewood High School LB Cortez McKennzie gave their verbal pledges to join the Hurricanes. On Wednesday, the Hurricanes received a commitment from Mallard Creek (NC) DE Quentin Williams.

The Hurricanes currently sit ninth in 247 Sports 2020 Football Composite Recruiting Rankings. ESPN has UM sitting at sixth on in the current recruiting cycle, while Rivals has Miami ranked fifth.

2020 Camden (NJ) LB Tirek Austin-Cave is set to make his college decision on the fourth of July.

The Hurricanes have made the linebacker a priority for more than a while now. According to most industry forecasters, Miami is believed to be Austin-Cave’s most likely landing spot.

So much for there being no news during the dead period.

NCAA Set to Tighten Transfer Rules

After an off-season that saw the Hurricanes bring in eight transfers, it’s being reported that the NCAA is set to tweak their immediate-eligibility waiver process.

Win Totals set at 8.5 for UM Football

On Wednesday, Fanduel released their win totals for the 2019 season for the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Hurricanes were provided a projection of 8.5 wins after their 7-6 season in 2018.

CBS Sports columnist Barrett Sallee took the under in his projections for the conference based on the over/under totals.

IF, IF, IF...

Plenty has to go right for a program to win a national championship. ESPN columnist Bill Connelly points out the “IFs” that could result in the Hurricanes being +6000 odds to win a national championship this season.

Countdown to Training Camp is on!

We’re under 30 days away from the Hurricanes returning back to the practice field for the start of preseason training camp. Before the team reports to campus on July 22nd, we’ll get to hear from head coach Manny Diaz and a few Canes players when they head to Charlotte, North Carolina for ACC media days from July 17-18.

When the Canes do take the field, they’ll have the luxury of practicing indoors or outdoors for the first time in 2019. According to Christopher Stock of, the Greentree Practice Fields should be available when camp commences. The fields were resurfaced for the first time in three years. Miami spent the entirety of spring practice inside the confines of Carol Soffer Indoor Practice Facility.

The Jacksons Discuss Going From ‘The U’ to the Star and Other ProCane News

Dallas Cowboys rookies DE Joe Jackson and CB Michael Jackson took the stage this past week in a get-to-know-you segment. The pair discussed the standard at UM and how it translates to being Cowboys.

Before returning home for Paradise Camp last weekend, former UM safety Sheldrick Redwine spoke with the media before the Cleveland Browns took their summer holiday.

Last week we talked about how the Oakland Raiders will be featured on HBO’s Hard Knocks this August. On Wednesday, we learned that the Carolina Panthers will be the subject of the eight episode docu-series All or Nothing. The series will follow the Panthers through the ups and downs of the 2018 season. Canes fans should expect to see a lot of TE Greg Olsen. DT Kendrick Norton could make a cameo after signing to the team’s practice squad in 2018. The series will premiere on Amazon Prime on July 19th.

Two Former Canes Hoopsters Headed to Vegas

Davon Reed and Ebuka Izundu will each sport a Golden State Warrior uniform for the NBA’s annual Summer League showcase in Las Vegas.

The 305 Beat

Manny Diaz has won over his team and Miami’s established alumni base. In his latest article, Manny Navarro of The Athletic ($) speaks with the former Canes’ legends about how the head coach is implementing a familiar culture.

The Miami Herald’s David Wilson interviewed Miami Columbus head coach Dave Dunn about his star pupil and recent Hurricane commit, DE Elijah Roberts.

Non-Revenue Roundup

Former Women’s Basketball star F Emese Hof and ACC Champion hurdler Samantha Gonzalez were among the 585 women nominated for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

Two members of Hurricanes Men’s Tennis named All-ACC Academic Team. Freshmen Franco Aubone and Francisco Bastias both received recognition for their achievements in the classroom.

Five members of Miami Women’s Tennis named to the All-ACC Academic Team.

  • Esetela Perez-Somarriba (Junior) — Named ACC Scholar Athlete of the Year
  • Daevenia Achong (Freshman)
  • Ana Madcur (Senior)
  • Lucia Marzal (Freshman)
  • Daneilla Roldan (Senior)

Eight members of UM’s Track & Field team were named to the All-ACC Academic Team.

  • Debbie Agajabe (Senior)
  • Michelle Atherley (Senior)
  • Carolyn Brown (Senior)
  • Brittany Ellis (Junior)
  • Samantha Gonzalez (Senior)
  • Anna Runia (Senior)
  • Alfreda Steele (Junior)
  • Raheem Chambers (Junior)

Go Canes and Have a Great Day!