Happy Tuesday morning everyone. Let’s get the day started with some Canes.
QB Tyler Van Dyke, RB Jaylan Knighton win Weekly ACC Awards
After their outstanding performances in the Canes’ 31-30 win over the then-18th ranked NC State Wolfpack, Miami Hurricanes QB Tyler Van Dyke and RB Jaylan Knighton were named the ACC Rookie and RB of the Week, respectively.
ACC Football Players of the Week! ⤵️— ACC Football (@ACCFootball) October 25, 2021
@WakeFB: QB + DB + DL
@CanesFootball: RB + Rookie
@Pitt_FB: OL + LB
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The pair was already at the top of our 3 Stars from the win, so this isn’t a surprise around these parts. Both Van Dyke and Knighton were instrumental in leading Miami to victory, so them winning their individual ACC awards fits 100%.
Congrats to both Tyler and Jaylan! Keep it going!
Starting Safety Bubba Bolden out for the Year
The hits keep coming for the Miami Hurricanes as another starting player is out for the year. Head Coach Manny Diaz announced today at his Monday presser that Safety Bubba Bolden has an injured shoulder that needs surgery. Bolden will miss the remainder of the season.
Manny Diaz said S Bubba Bolden (shoulder) is out for the rest of the year. "It's affecting his tackling, his overall play." Diaz said Bolden injured his shoulder against Virginia. "Tough loss with the leadership he brings." Says Isaiah Dunson moving to safety— Manny Navarro (@Manny_Navarro) October 25, 2021
Former Miami TE Brevin Jordan — a HS teammate of Bolden’s at Las Vegas (NV) Bishop Gorman as well — came on social media to say that Bolden has been playing with a torn shoulder since the Appalachian State game.
Regardless of whether the injury has been since App State or Virginia, Bolden’s play has obviously suffered this season. He was named preseason All-ACC with the highest number of votes at his position, and quite simply did not play to that standard. That he’s had an apparently major shoulder injury for the majority of the season to this point begins to shed light on why his performance was so vastly different from what he’d previously done.
Obviously, we never root for injuries, and this is yet-another season ending injury to a starting player for Miami. Bolden joins QB D’Eriq King, RB Donald Chaney Jr., and OL Corey Gaynor in having his season ended by injury.
We wish Bubba a successful surgery and complete recovery and look forward to seeing him back on the field again in the future.
Kentucky’s Mark Stoops asked about the Miami Head Coaching Job
I know this may be shocking to some of you, but Manny Diaz’s job security in the estimation of many is not great at present. With Miami’s struggles to a 3-4 record, the chatter around the future of the Canes Coaching situation has gotten louder and louder, both locally and nationally.
To that end, on Monday, Kentucky’s Mark Stoops — a former Miami assistant whose Wildcats are 6-1 and ranked 12th in the country — was asked about the potential for him leaving to take the Miami job.
To his credit, Stoops said he was “not getting into that” before joking that he’d rather have questions of that nature rather than having local media questioning when he’d be fired and run out of town.
Obviously, with several major coaching jobs already open, and the potential for Miami to join them in coming open as well, there’s going to be this kind of talk. Coaches are going to be asked about potential job movement, especially for jobs at schools they’ve previously been connected to.
For now, Stoops is the first coach that’s been directly asked, but it’s not really anything serious because the Miami job isn’t open.
Blips on the Radar
Canes are going with a classic uniform combo this week at Pitt: White over Green.
Next weekend’s Georgia Tech-Miami game is gonna be another early kickoff, kids.
Per @theACC earlier today, GT at Miami will be a 12:30pm kick on regional sports networks.— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) October 25, 2021
Bally's Sports Florida, here we come!
A quick bit of recruiting news: twin recruits Ja’Cari and Demari Henderson, who both held offers from Miami, committed to UCF on Monday afternoon.
Also from his weekly presser, Manny Diaz said that Miami won’t sign anywhere NEAR a 25 man recruiting class, stating the ability to improve the team more dramatically and immediately through the Transfer Portal necessitates leaving spots open for older players rather than HS prospects.
And, he also took a shot at fans who are upset with the performance of the team, noting that it’s harder to recruit when people talk negatively about the program.
Well coach, if you started winning more.....
- This week’s poll watch. Miami’s gonna make it back on this list one day....
- Roman Marciante’s Student of the Game video review from the NC State game
- The Week 9 Recruit Recap
- Craig T. Smith’s Monday Musings
- Yesterday’s Storm Center
ANYWAYS, that’s it for today. Make it a terrific Tuesday.