It’s Wednesday everyone, and that means we are a mere 10 days until the Canes kickoff against the Florida Gators in Orlando. Tuesday was an eventful day for the Miami program, between media day and Derrick Smith announcing he’ll be leaving UM, there’s much to recap.
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Starting things off, junior safety Derrick Smith announced his intent to leave Miami near midnight on Tuesday.
Derrick Smith announces he will be transferring from Miami. https://t.co/8qSPzc27e4— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) August 14, 2019
We wish Derrick the best of luck.
Moving on, Gaby and I were at media day. I talked to plenty of defensive players for the Canes, including DJ Ivey, Zach McCloud and Nesta Jade Silvera. Gaby spoke to Trevon Hill, Gregory Rousseau and others.
We also chatted it up guys on the offensive. Mark Pope, Jeff Thomas, Lorenzo Lingard and several others. Brevin Jordan also told the story of how he talked Jarren Williams out of transferring back in December.
Once the players left, the assistant coaches came through for questions. Taylor Stubblefield, Eric Hickson and Todd Stroud were among the coaches we talked to.
Following media day, the team went out and had a very physical and intense practice Tuesday afternoon.
Though he wasn’t at practice on Monday, quarterback Tate Martell was there Tuesday.
Tate Martell is at practice today— Beat UF (@hurricanesmarsh) August 13, 2019
The 100 Greatest Plays countdown hit #10 as we remember one of the greats hit in Miami history, when Micheal Barrow nearly killed Tamarick Vanover in 1992.
College Gameday announced that they’ll be at the Miami-Florida game on August 24th.
Justin Dottavio wrote an article explaining the reasoning behind Manny Diaz announcing Jarren Williams the starting quarterback.
Why it was smart for Coach Diaz to name a starter now. Jarren Williams got the nod as starting QB 12 days before the Hurricanes and Gators renew their rivalry. https://t.co/Wt3zzYeT3q pic.twitter.com/7HS4cTz3k8— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) August 13, 2019
There was also two player profiles done. First by Kevin Fiedler, who took a look at cornerback Al Blades Jr.
#Canes legacy comes and goes but someone with as much talent and potential as Al Blades Jr. (@AlBlades_Jr) doesn’t.— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) August 13, 2019
A big year could be in the cards for Blades Jr on defense. Here’s our 2019 player profile on the sophomore CB.
Next was by Dylan Goldman who previewed defensive end Scott Patchan.
KappaCane ranked the roster for the tight ends, headlined by the two headed monster of Brevin Jordan and Will Mallory.
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Former Miami defensive tackle Kendrick Norton was at the Canes scrimmage on Saturday. Norton is still recovering from his injury that he suffered in July.
Joe Jackson is thriving so far for the Cowboys in training camp as a rookie, and had his first preseason game, finishing with four tackles. Fellow rookie and Miami Hurricane, cornerback Michael Jackson also had four tackles.
This is why Dallas selected DE Joe Jackson. He's an excellent run defender. pic.twitter.com/Ka23TQ3wup— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) August 11, 2019
Rookie CB Michael Jackson with an interception in one on one drills pic.twitter.com/5eFukmnonn— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) August 1, 2019