Miami Football: 4 Biggest Improvements Stephen Morris Has Made
University of Miami quarterback Stephen Morris will climb up the school’s record books this coming fall—barring injury, of course.
Last season, he set an ACC single-game record with 566 passing yards against North Carolina State and a school record for pass attempts in a season. Morris is no stranger to launching the football 30-40 times in a game, but the most important factor is throwing it effectively.
I believe Morris makes the Hurricanes a true ACC threat because his game has clearly progressed since last season.
Morris dominated the beginning of the 2013 campaign as he finished with 256 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions on 13-of-23 passing in the spring game.
Here are the four biggest improvements Morris has made so far this offseason.
Miami Football: 4 Weakest Positions to Worry About
The 2013 Miami Hurricanes return 19 starters but still have plenty to work on before the upcoming season. Last year’s defense was one of the worst in the country, and the spring session didn’t show much improvement.
While the defense is still trying to figure out its identity, the offense could very well be one of the best anyone has seen at Miami in years.
Here are the four weakest positions Miami needs to work on before the season begins.
Miami Football 2013 NFL Draft Preview
There once was a time when the Miami Hurricanes were absolutely running things when it came to the NFL draft. If you played your college ball for this program, you were going to the next level and had an upper hand over every other rookie just because you were a Hurricane.
This isn’t exactly the case with the 2013 class, as the talent is as weak as this program has seen in a mighty long time. There certainly aren’t any ex-Miami players going in the first round, and everybody else on this list will have to wait a long time before hearing their name called. Simply put: This is going to be a bad year for the Miami Hurricanes NFL draft class.
Although there aren’t any household names this year, there are sure to be a couple of players receiving a late look from an NFL team. There is no way Miami goes a season without having at least one player drafted in the NFL.
With the draft quickly approaching, here is your complete Miami 2013 NFL draft preview.
Note: This slideshow will be updated as each Hurricane is selected throughout the NFL draft.
Miami Football: 5 Things to Look for in the Spring Game
After 12 practices and two intra-squad scrimmages in March and April, the Miami Hurricanes’ football team will head to Sun Life Stadium for the annual spring game to complete spring practice.
Miami finished its final workout on Thursday, and most of the team made it through spring ball relatively unscathed injury-wise.
The spring game is at 3 p.m. EST on Saturday, April 13 and can be seen on ESPN3.
I will also be covering the game, so check back for updates throughout Saturday.
Here are five things to look for in the spring game.
Miami Football: Week 5 Spring Practice Stock Report
The Hurricanes finished their fifth week of spring ball with a light practice before their second spring scrimmage on April 5 in Naples, Fla.
The Hurricanes’ first scrimmage was somewhat successful considering poor weather conditions. Kicker Matt Goudis made three field goals, including a 49-yarder.
Here is the Hurricanes’ stock report before the scrimmage tonight.
Miami Football: Week 4 Spring Practice Stock Report
As the old saying goes, another day, another dollar.
We’ve made it through another week of spring practice, so another week, another stock report.
The fourth week of spring ball has come and gone for the Miami Hurricanes football team, and it included the first of two full-padded scrimmages before the annual spring game.
Some players were able to impress coaches, while others have some ground to make up.
I will caution you, though. When looking at scrimmage stats themselves, remember they are some of the most meaningless numbers in all of sports.
With that being said, here is Miami’s Week 4 spring practice stock report.
Miami Football: 10 Ways You Know You're a Hurricane Fan
If you are a diehard college football fan, it’s not very hard to pick out what your favorite team is. In Alabama you will see the color crimson plastered all over with some even sporting a Bear Bryant houndstooth hat.
If you head into Gainesville, Fla., you will see cut-off jean shorts and a bunch of people clapping incorrectly—aka Gator chomping.
Miami fans have their own tradition and let’s be honest—there is nothing like it anywhere. Read on to know how to spot a ‘Canes fan.
Miami Football Recruiting: 6 In-State Stars Al Golden Must Land in 2014
The Miami Hurricanes are off to a quick start in the 2014 recruiting cycle, having already received four commitments from top high school players.
After taking heat for missing out on top South Florida prospects in February, head coach Al Golden has secured each of these non-binding commitments from players in “The State of Miami.”
Two players who will be discussed are current commits, but remember how crazy the recruiting game can be. Until the respective player’s name is on a national letter of intent, it is far from official.
Here is an early look at six in-state recruits the ‘Canes must land in 2014.
Note: All profiles and rankings taken from 247sports.com.
Miami Football: 5 Teams Stephen Morris Will Have to Beat with His Arm in 2013
The Miami Hurricanes will head into the 2013 with concerns on the defensive side once again. Although the talent is there, no one really has any idea how improved one of the worst defenses in the country will actually be.
That being said, if the defense is unable to stop anyone’s offense again, the Hurricanes will need to rely on the arm of senior quarterback Stephen Morris to win games.
Here are five games in which Miami may need to rely on Morris’ arm to bail it out of close games.
Miami Football: 5 Under-the-Radar Players Who Could Shine in Spring Practice
With March underway, many eyes are looking forward to the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, searching for under-the-radar sleeper teams to make a run for the championship.
Meanwhile, on the football field, the Miami Hurricanes have a few players who could emerge as sleepers on the depth chart.
The ‘Canes are looking for these athletes as a number of injuries are holding key backups out of spring practice.
Here are five under-the-radar players who could shine this spring.
Miami Football: 4 Freshmen the Hurricanes Can Build Around
With national signing day in the rear-view mirror, the Miami Hurricanes football team will begin to prepare for the 2013 season with 16 new players.
Though head coach Al Golden isn’t afraid to use true freshmen, playing time for these young players will be at a premium. Miami returns 20 starters overall and more than 30 on the two-deep roster.
The 2013 class does, however, hold a few signees who will be leaders for the Canes in the coming years.
Here are four players Miami head coach Al Golden can build future teams around.
Miami Football: The Good and the Bad of National Signing Day
National signing day was over as soon as it came, but not before a whirlwind of top high school football prospects committed to schools all over the country.
The Miami Hurricanes coaching staff was targeting at least seven players, and last week I wrote how national signing day would make or break the Canes’ 2013 class.
Although it appeared to be heading south after Alex Collins committed to Arkansas on Monday and three of the first four Miami targets went to other teams, things turned around late in the day.
All things considered, head coach Al Golden put together a solid recruiting class.
Here is the good and bad of national signing day for the Hurricanes.
Miami Football: The 5 Biggest Canes' Recruiting Busts Since 2005
The most annoying part of the college football recruiting season is going to recruiting sites and see scouts rating players with little stars by their name. Although for the most part, those stars have been fairly accurate, it definitely isn’t something I would bet money on.
Over the years, the Hurricanes have had several highly rated players come to Miami, only to sit on the bench or be practice squad players. In return, the Hurricanes have a had a 2-star rated player, Orlando Franklin, become a starter in the NFL.
So I decided to write a list of 4-and 5-star recruits since 2005 that never met expectations.
Miami Football Recruiting: Canes' Top Priorities on National Signing Day
Although the Hurricanes will return 20 of 22 starters this upcoming season, it doesn’t mean they won’t need much from the recruiting scene next Wednesday. There are a lot of holes to fill, especially on the defensive side of the ball.
Coming off a very mediocre 7-5 season, the Hurricanes must fill gaps and add depth. Here is a list of the Hurricanes’ top priorities for Feb. 6.
Miami Football: Canes' Recruits to Watch in High School All-America Games
The Miami Hurricane coaches have been on the recruiting scene a lot this past month and many of the future Hurricanes could be playing in both the US Army All-American Bowl and Under Armour Game this weekend.
There are several players in the games that have Miami listed as one of their favorite choices but have yet to give a verbal commit.
Here are a list of some of recruits that could actually choose Miami, as well as some that have already verbally committed.
Scout.com rankings and information located here.
Miami Football Recruiting: Updates on 2013 Commits and Targets
The Miami football program may not be what it once was, but that doesn’t meant “The U” can’t get back on track.
Head coach Al Golden is a good recruiter, and Miami is still one of the premier college football programs in the country. The Hurricanes have produced some great football teams and individual players throughout the years, so Miami is undoubtedly a major draw for elite recruits.
Things can turn around for Miami, and that all starts with recruiting.
If you’re a fan of Miami football or even just college football recruiting in general, consider this to be your “one-stop shop” for Miami recruiting.
You’ll find all the news, analysis and updates on commitments and targets that you’ll ever need right here.
Note: All 2012 stats via 247Sports unless otherwise noted.
Miami Football: Projecting the Hurricanes' 2013 Defensive Depth Chart
There were so many different players plugged into last year’s defense that it will be very hard to predict who will actually start in the opening game of the 2013 season for the Miami Hurricanes.
There will be plenty of freshmen coming in, and with the way the defense played last season, they could easily find themselves fighting for a starting spot.
No matter who starts, the Hurricanes must improve from their No. 116 ranking they finished with this season.
Here are my predictions on the 2013 Miami Hurricanes’ defensive depth chart.
Note: This prediction is based solely on the current ‘Canes roster.
Miami Football: 10 Reasons Al Golden Was Right to Turn Down Wisconsin
Miami football head coach Al Golden has been in popular demand according to the rumor mill this offseason, and it culminated in the University of Wisconsin offering a head coaching position to him.
Golden, however, passed up on the opportunity to coach the Badgers and is sticking with the Hurricanes.
The soon-to-be third year coach had plenty of reasons to stay with the Hurricanes, but here are 10 notable reasons Golden was right in turning down Wisconsin.
Miami Football: 7 Reasons Canes Should Be ACC Coastal Favorites in 2013
The Miami Hurricanes will enter the 2013 season as the defending Coastal Division champions even though they never played in the 2012 ACC Championship Game against Florida State due to self-imposed bowl sanctions.
So who’s to say the Canes couldn’t repeat?
I honestly believe next year’s team will be much improved and have the athletes and coaches to prove to the entire country that the 2012 season wasn’t a fluke.
Here are my seven reasons the Hurricanes should be ACC Coastal favorites.
Miami Football: Handing out the Hurricanes' Post-Season Awards
For the second-straight season I am providing everyone with my annual football awards from the Miami Hurricanes 2012 season. As stated in last year’s article, I am not able to hand out any awards to scout player’s as I do not attend any practices.
Overall there are plenty of awards to hand out, some surprising and some no-brainers.
Read on to see who won what!
Miami Football: 8 Reasons the Canes Will Win 10 Games in 2013
The Miami Hurricanes finished the season at 7-5 (5-3 ACC) while sharing the ACC Coastal Division championship with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
Next season should be a better one as the Hurricanes are bringing back a plethora of returning players.
If everything falls into place there is no reason why the Hurricanes don’t have a shot of winning at least 10 games, something they haven’t done since 2003.
Here are eight reasons the Hurricanes finish with 10 wins next season.
Miami Football: Winners and Losers from the Week 9 Game Against the Hokies
The Miami Hurricanes beat the Virginia Tech Hokies 30-12 on Thursday night in Miami. The win snapped a three-game losing skid and gave the Hurricanes sole possession of first place in the ACC Coastal division.
Running back Duke Johnson led the way with 217 all-purpose yards, including an 81-yard kickoff return. Duke finished with 104 yards and a touchdown on just 11 carries.
Here are my winners and losers in the win against the Hokies.
Virginia Tech vs. Miami: Complete Game Preview
The Virginia Tech Hokies (4-4, 2-2 ACC) visit the Miami Hurricanes (4-4, 3-2 ACC) in very important match-up between coastal division teams. The Hurricanes are losers of three straight games while the Hokies have lost three out of the last four.
Both teams need the win to get closer to representing the coastal division in the ACC Championship.
Here is the complete game preview of Virginia Tech vs. Miami.
Miami Football: Winners and Losers from the Week 8 Game Against the Seminoles
The Miami Hurricanes fell to the Florida State Seminoles on Saturday, 33-20. It was the third-straight loss for the Hurricanes.
The Hurricanes offense struggled against the Seminole defense as Miami was limited to just 258 yards of total offense.
Miami’s defense played a little better but still allowed 218 rushing yards (447 overall) to FSU.
Here are the Miami winners and losers in the loss to the Seminoles.
Miami Football: Midseason Grades and Awards
The Miami Hurricanes will enter the second half of the season sporting a 4-2 record, 3-0 in the ACC. As expected, the young Hurricanes team has showed a lot of holes in its game, but it has also provided some insight on what we can expect to see in the future.
Going into this season, I was almost positive that the offense would struggle (returned only four starters) and the defense would be much improved over last year’s squad.
I was completely mistaken. The defense has been absolutely atrocious while the offense has been somewhat surprising.
Here are my grades for the Hurricanes at the midpoint of the 2012 season.