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Miami head coach Al Golden has the least job security of any coach in the country, according to ESPN's Travis Haney.

This is the consensus take across the industry; Golden has gone 28-22 across four seasons even while trotting out consistent, NFL-caliber talent (seven Hurricanes were drafted this year from 2014's 6-7 outfit). Haney reports that "multiple people familiar with the program" have "repeatedly said" that retaining good friend and defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio could be Golden's ultimate downfall. "He may end up regretting [not firing D’Onofrio]," a source said in the spring, "but he wanted to be loyal to him. … It’s a big year for them." Said Golden: "You can be as talented as you want to be, but if you turn the ball over as much as you take it away, it’s going to be really hard to win games." Miami had a minus-1 turnover margin.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 16 - 8:03 PM

Miami rotated four RBs with the first team offense on Friday.

Those four backs are junior Gus Edwards, Joe Yearby, Mark Walton and Trayone Gray. The coaching staff seems to like what each brings to the table, as they offer different skill sets. if we had to guess, either Edwards or Yearby leads the team in carries this season.
Aug 14 - 11:16 AM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline is "very excited for the return" of Miami redshirt junior S Rayshawn Jenkins (back).

Jenkins missed last season after undergoing back surgery, but reports have him at 100-percent. "Deon Bush justifiably gets a lot of ink but I’m very excited for the return of Rayshawn Jenkins whom I ranked as a middle round pick after his 2013 campaign," Pauline wrote. The analyst stamped Jenkins as a preseason 7th-round prospect.
Aug 8 - 12:57 AM

Miami senior CB Tracy Howard's draft grade varies from "free agent material" to a "few middle round grades," TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline notes.

"Howard offers solid ball skills but poor size/speed numbers which I believe will knock him out of the seven rounds," Pauline writes. The Miami prospect has posted 74 tackles, 5 career INTs, 2 forced fumbles heading into his final season as a Hurricane. As a sophomore, Howard earned honorable mention ALL-ACC, but followed up with a quiet season, as a junior.
Aug 6 - 3:41 PM

Miami senior OLB Tyriq McCord "has good size and shows more interest in holding up the line against the run game than you'd expect for a rush specialist," according to NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

"McCord's stats don't scream top-100 pick, but the Hurricanes' depth in the front seven allows them to rotate players, spreading out the production," Reuter wrote. The 6-foot-3, 236-pounder recorded 6.5 tackles for loss and three sacks in 2014. "There's no questioning the Tampa native's athleticism on the edge, as he can close on ball carriers from behind," Reuter wrote. "McCord also has good size and shows more interest in holding up the line against the run game than you'd expect for a rush specialist."
Source: NFL.com
Aug 2 - 10:55 PM

Miami sophomore QB Brad Kaaya "showed enticing potential" as a true freshman while exhibiting "uncommon poise under pressure for a young quarterback," notes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

Once he got his feet under him, Kaaya threw only three interceptions in the last seven games. "Somewhat unexpectedly pressed into the starting job as a true freshman who arrived last summer, Kaaya performed well despite the Canes' 6-7 season," Brown wrote. "Miami's 2015 prospects appear shaky, but Kaaya is an excellent building block who could help change the team's fortunes." The analyst ranked Kaaya as the No. 95 player in the country. The 6-foot-4, 209-pound Kaaya threw for 3,198 yards and a 26/12 TD/INT rate (8.5 yards per attempt) last year.
Jul 29 - 7:34 PM

Miami sophomore RB Joe Yearby has returned to the school and team activities.

Yearby was not technically suspended but missed voluntary team activities. The Miami staff did not expect him back until camp opened, which begins August 6. Yearby did miss the spring game, so we don't know where he currently sits on the depth chart. Miami is looking to fill Duke Johnson's shoes.
Jul 27 - 10:35 AM

WalterFootball predicts that "it wouldn't be surprising if 2015 is a tough year" for Miami sophomore Brad Kaaya and his teammates.

That said, the site ranks him as the No. 3 QB in the 2017 class, ahead of even Cal's Jared Goff. "Sources say that they think that Kaaya has the potential to become a breakout star in 2015 or 2016," WF wrote. "He has a good physical skill set and showed some pocket-passing ability to go along with poise." So why might he not have a huge breakthrough year in 2015? "He has lost a ton of talent around him in the form of a stud left tackle (Ereck Flowers), wide receiver (Phillip Dorsett) and running back (Duke Johnson) to the NFL," WF wrote. The site grades him as a Rds. 1-3 prospect. The 6-foot-4, 209-pound Kaaya won the ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year award in 2014, completing 58.5 percent of his attempts for 3,198 yards with a 26/12 TD/INT rate (8.5 yards per attempt).
Jul 26 - 10:52 PM

Miami head coach Al Golden said senior S Deon Bush will likely see some time at CB this season.

"We'll treat him like [Ladarius] Gunter" last year, Golden told reporters. Gunter signed with the Packers as an undrafted free agent, and his lack of athleticism was likely the focal reason teams passed on him. Bush could see time outside and inside in the slot.
Jul 21 - 10:30 AM

Miami staffers expect sophomore RB Joe Yearby to return to practice on August 6.

Yearby's situation is a bit unknown. He is technically not suspended but is away dealing with a personal issue. Yearby was officially suspended for the spring game but for unknown reasons. He was and is expected to compete for the starting running back role.
Jul 21 - 9:58 AM

Miami senior S Deon Bush was "absolutely great for a true freshman in 2012 but took a step back as a sophomore, with injuries part of the problem," writes ESPN's Mel Kiper.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Bush posted 53 tackles, five forced fumbles, four TFL, two sacks, five passes defended and two interceptions as a junior. "Last year he made a leap and showed more of the all-field game you want out of a free safety," Kiper wrote. The analyst ranks Bush as the No. 3 senior safety prospect in the country.
Jul 19 - 6:39 PM

Miami senior DT Corey King has decided to transfer from the Hurricane's program, according to Sun Sentinel's Christy Cabrera Chirinos.

The 6-foot-1, 295-pound King was unable to play last season, as he was dealing with various injuries. The former Hurricane prospect had a hand injury that left him limited in spring practices. King redshirted in 2011, making one start, while making nine appearances in 2012, recording 13 tackles. In 2013, King recorded one tackle in three games, as a sophmore. With the Hurricanes having depth at defensive line, King was in danger of losing playing time this season.
Jul 13 - 2:54 PM

Miami redshirt freshman QB Malik Rosier said coaches are implementing specific run/pass packages for him behind sophomore starter Brad Kaaya.

"The staff loves his arm strength and believes he can be dangerous in read option sets," beat writer Barry Jackson stated. Rosier is also a member of the baseball team, but skipped the College World Series to work out with receivers. However, Rosier is not sure which sport he will choose in the long run. The redshirt freshman is behind Kayya on the depth chart for the foreseeable future.
Jul 12 - 12:03 PM

Miami sophomore Brad Kaaya and OC James Coley are working to improve the QB's completion percentage.

Kaaya's percentage was around 58.5 percent last season. "I want the completion percentage above 70," Coley said. "That’s elite. We’re all saying he’s an elite player. That’s where he should be throwing the ball at." All of Kaaya's teammates and coaches are hyping up the second year starter this offseason, and much of his play as a true freshman warrants the buzz.
Jul 12 - 11:03 AM

As a true freshman last year, Miami sophomore QB Brad Kaaya "showed a solid command of the offense, handling pressure well and showing off touch and accuracy," notes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"Kaaya was somewhat underappreciated as a freshman," Brown wrote. "Like just about any young player, his completion percentage was a touch low and his interceptions were high, but his potential is undeniable -- and all but three of those interceptions came in the first six games, when he was still settling into the position." The 6-foot-4, 209-pound Kaaya won the ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year award in 2014, completing 58.5 percent of his attempts for 3,198 yards with a 26/12 TD/INT rate (8.5 yards per attempt). He led the ACC in passer rating at 145.9 (ahead of Jameis Winston). Brown grades Kaaya as the No. 13 signal-caller in the land. "Now, it's a matter of overcoming the losses of the offense's best players: tailback Duke Johnson, tackle Ereck Flowers, receiver Phillip Dorsett and tight end Clive Walford," Brown wrote.
Jul 8 - 12:01 AM


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