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Miami junior LB Juwon Young has been suspended indefinitely.

Miami's release of the information offered just a cursory "violation of department rules." Per the Miami Herald's Barry Jackson, the actual reason behind the suspension involves the 6-foot-2, 248-pounder's access to a luxury vehicle from a car agency. Miami is trying to jump the gun on any possible NCAA violations here. "Multiple people inside the UM football program do not expect Young to be on the team this season," Jackson wrote. "One source cautioned that he's in limbo and it's still possible he could return but he's not in a good position." Defensive end Al Quadin Muhammad is also being investigated, though he remains in good standing with the team for the time being. Last season, Young was the Hurricanes' second-leading tackler, recording 57 of them.
Jun 24 - 3:08 PM

FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman tagged Miami QB Brad Kaaya, Houston QB Greg Ward and Tennessee RB Jalen Hurd as his top three dark horse candidates to win the Heisman.

Feldman views "dark horse" candidates as players listed in Vegas as 20/1 favorites (or lower) for the award. The analyst likes the 40/1 Kaaya the most by that standard, though he does caution that the Miami gunslinger might be handicapped simply by playing in the ACC, fearing that Clemson's Deshaun Watson and FSU's Dalvin Cook could push Kaaya to the side. The analyst noted that Greg Ward (50/1) would receive a huge bump in Heisman hype with a win over Oklahoma in the season-opener (though Leonard Fournette could tell you that recency bias can play a huge role, as he learned the hard way after struggling against Alabama in November). As for Hurd (50/1), Feldman calls him "a big physical back with freaky speed." Hurd's biggest hurdles to true national prominence on an award level might come from his own teammates. Not only will the talented Alvin Kamara be nipping at his heels for carries, QB Joshua Dobbs is, himself, a potential Heisman contender.
Source: FOX Sports
Jun 23 - 4:00 PM

In response to former Miami HC Al Golden saying that the Hurricanes' job "burned [him] out," former Miami OL Jonathan Feliciano wrote, "Ruining [peoples'] lives but you felt burnt out."

Feliciano added a confused emoji at the end of his tweet. Golden -- now a TE coach with the Detroit Lions -- spoke out about his time at Miami in an interview with the Detroit Free Press earlier in the week, saying that "it already took too much of my life." Feliciano went on WQAM to give the players' side of those tumultuous four years. "I’m in a group text with a few of my other teammates from Miami," he said, "and everyone that texted just felt disrespected, and felt like he was trying to put the blame on someone else." He also offered an unflattering Golden anecdote, saying that the coach tried to prod Ereck Flowers into returning to school for 2015 by telling the tackle he wasn't a first-rounder. Flowers didn't bite and the Giants subsequently selected him with the ninth overall pick.
Jun 23 - 2:23 PM

Miami sophomore S James King has left the program.

In a statement, HC Mark Richt wished King the best as he moves on from Miami. A transfer seems likely. Last season, the 6-foot-1, 203-pounder was used mainly on special teams. He was a three-star recruit out of high school. While Richt's statement was very by-the-book, the Palm Beach Post's Matt Porter hears that King is not actually leaving of his own volition, but was instead kicked off the team after an off-field incident earlier in June. Miami would not confirm Porter's report.
Jun 21 - 12:09 PM

Rivals recruiting analyst Woody Wommack highlighted Miami four-star 2017 G Navaughn Donaldson as one of the standout performers from the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge.

"[Donaldson's] wide body makes it so tough for opposing lineman to get around him and he has shown continued improvement over the last few times we have had the opportunity to watch him at marquee events," Wommack wrote. The 6-foot-6, 341-pounder is, indeed, a mountain of a human being. Should he stick with his Miami commitment, HC Mark Richt and the Hurricanes will be pulling in Rivals' No. 80 prospect for the 2017 cycle.
Source: Rivals
Jun 19 - 2:38 PM

Miami junior QB Brad Kaaya went 27-for-64 for 973 yards and a 4/0 TD/INT rate on 20-plus yard throws downfield last year.

As a sophomore, Kaaya posted Pro Football Focus' No. 13 passing grade among returning quarterbacks. "Outside of a pair of rough outings in Weeks 10 and 11 versus Virginia and North Carolina, he was remarkably consistent all season long," Jeff Dooley wrote. In all, Kaaya threw for 3,238 yards (61.2% completions) with a 16/5 TD/INT ratio.
Jun 18 - 11:51 AM

Former Miami HC Al Golden said that he felt "burned out" by the end of his tenure with the Hurricanes.

"The way I look at [the tumult at Miami] is it already took too much of my life, so I moved on," Golden said. He added that he does miss his players and the connections he forged with the Hurricanes. Golden held a 32-25 record over the course of four-plus seasons at Miami. He indicated that he isn't necessarily throwing in the towel on becoming a head coach -- he is currently serving as TE coach with the Detroit Lions -- but that for the time being, he is content with his lot in life. "It’s too early to start thinking about [another head coaching job]," Golden said.
Jun 17 - 2:46 PM

Miami redshirt sophomore TE David Njoku's 2.09-meter leap ranked No. 1 among college football players in the high jump during the indoor track season.

Folks, we're talking about a 6-foot-4, 240-pounder. Njoku's athletic exploits are nothing new. He won the high-jump national championship at the 2014 New Balance Nationals Outdoor in his last year of high school, for instance. The raw but uber-gifted Njoku had 21 catches for 362 yards and one touchdown last season as a redshirt freshman. With Brad Kaaya improving and the TE-friendly Mark Richt in town, Njoku could be in line for a big breakout.

Miami senior CB Corn Elder had five tackles, one interception and three pass breakups in the spring game.

Elder was a thorn in quarterback Brad Kaaya's side all afternoon in Mark Richt's first spring game. Fortunately for Kaaya, Elder was the only player who intercepted a pass off him all spring long.
Jun 10 - 6:14 PM

Miami junior QB Brad Kaaya acknowledged that he "still [has] things to learn."

"I haven't arrived yet. I haven't hit my ceiling. I still think I have a ways to go and I can get better and make the team better," Kaaya said. He spoke highly of his relationship with new HC Mark Richt and talked about Richt's recent decision to donate $1 million toward the building of an indoor practice facility. "He just wants it to happen. He just has our best interest at heart. I appreciate it. The team certainly does, too."
May 28 - 3:02 PM

As Miami transitions to incoming DC Manny Diaz's 4-3 scheme, Diaz says his players will play more aggressively and physically.

Diaz is talking about the little things like setting a hard edge, pursuing the ball until the whistle and taking intelligent angles. He has some help in the chalk room, namely from former Missouri assistant Craig Kuligowski, who oversaw a spate of stud defensive linemen with the Tigers. Last year, Mizzou ranked No. 2 in the FBS with 106 tackles for loss, while Miami had a mere 66. "[The players] instantly bought in because they see this defense is about defensive linemen making plays," Diaz said. [They] know his track record, so he had instant credibility when he walked in and then he said, ‘Hey, by the way, we’re playing a scheme where instead of you worrying about tying up blocks or standing on the line of scrimmage, we’re going to eat in the backfield.’"
Source: ESPN.com
May 26 - 7:54 PM

Miami added Mars Hill graduate FB Marquez Williams on scholarship.

This is quite a story. Rarely does a Division II player jump to the FBS level, and even less often to a historic program like Miami. Williams sent his game tape to Jon Richt, who coaches quarterbacks at Miami and played for Mars Hill in college. Williams will earn his master’s degree in public administration at Miami.
May 26 - 10:18 AM

Miami head coach Mark Richt plans to donate $1 million of his own money to help the school build an indoor practice facility.

The facility is apparently No. 1 on Miami's priority list, and it makes sense as Miami's pro day this spring was nearly ruined by rain. The entire project, not just this facility, will reportedly cost around $20 million, and Miami is currently one of the only top programs without this kind of facility. We are struggling to remember a coach donating this amount of money before coaching his first game with the program. Granted, Richt did play for Miami.
May 25 - 9:51 AM

Former Miami senior FB Walter Tucker made a post on Instagram that alluded to a transfer to Florida International.

This is not official yet, but Tucker strongly hinted that a transfer to the Golden Panthers was in order -- the Instagram post contained a picture of the 6-foot, 225-pounder superimposed over the backdrop of FIU's stadium. "God gave me a second chance to play the sport I love and to be honest I have to give God all the glory for helping me with this decision!" Tucker wrote. He was mainly a special teams contributor with the Hurricanes. Per the Palm Beach Post, it is not yet known if Tucker has graduated. If so, he would be eligible to play immediately at Florida International. If not, he will have to sit out a year. Stay tuned on all fronts.
May 24 - 12:11 PM

Miami redshirt sophomore OL Tyler Grimsley will transfer.

Grimsley recently asked for a release from his scholarship. On Monday, the Hurricanes were kind enough to oblige. The 6-foot-3, 300-pound Grimsley was outside the two-deep on the depth chart exiting the spring, a dismaying development for a player who had never seen the field.
May 23 - 8:51 PM


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