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Morris among new starters after Cane suspensions

Posted on: August 30, 2011 7:17 pm
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Simultaneous to the NCAA ruling on the eight Miami players now suspended for the Hurricanes' Monday opener against Maryland, the program also released its first depth chart of the 2011 season. With the suspended players absent from the depth chart, here's a rundown of who will be starting for the 'Canes against the Terps:

Stephen Morris, quarterback. With Jacory Harris unavailable, the 6'2" sophomore unsurprisingly gets the nod over Spencer Whipple. Morris appeared in six games a year ago and started four, with the typical ups-and-downs of freshman quarterbacks; he led the Hurricanes to victories over Maryland and Georgia Tech late in the year but only completed 54 percent of his passes and tossed more interceptions (nine) than touchdown passes (seven).

Allen Hurns, wide receiver. A true sophomore, Hurns saw action in nine games in 2010 -- mostly on special teams -- before suffering an injury. He did not record a reception. But he'll get the start against the Terps anyway after the suspensions of Aldarius Johnson and Travis Benjamin.

Darius Smith, defensive tackle. Potential All-American Marcus Forston is out, so in steps the 6'2", 360-pound JUC transfer tackle from Lackawanna (Pa.) College. (No doubt he'll be a favorite of fans of The Office.) Smith was originally recruited to Temple by head coach Al Golden before failing to qualify academically.

Andrew Smith, defensive end. Smith started seven games as a sophomore but came off the bench as a junior. With both Olivier Vernon and Adewale Ojomo suspended, though, Smith is set to get the call against Maryland. Even as a substitute, Smith tied for fourth on the team with three sacks in 2010.

James Gaines, linebacker. All-ACC 'backer Sean Spence is among those sitting the single game against Maryland, so sophomore Gaines, a native of Canisuius, N.Y., will get the call. Gaines appeared in six games as a true freshman and made one assisted tackle.

Michael Williams, cornerback. The suspended Ray Ray Armstrong was a safety, but Jojo Nicolas's move back to that position to fill that hole opened one up for Williams, a senior who sat out last seaso nafter transferring from Wake Forest. Williams started four games for the Demon Deacons in 2009.

Miami has not named a starter at tight end, the position of the suspended Dyron Dye.

Comments

Since: Jun 25, 2007
Posted on: August 31, 2011 11:53 am
 

Morris among new starters after Cane suspensions

It should be a good game. With all of their starters, Miami would be tough to beat. I guess this opens the door for the Terps at home. Hopefully they can take advantage.



Since: Jan 28, 2011
Posted on: August 31, 2011 11:00 am
 

Morris among new starters after Cane suspensions

Category 5 baby..........



Since: Aug 13, 2010
Posted on: August 31, 2011 9:10 am
 

Morris among new starters after Cane suspensions

Its a sell out already for Monday night's Labor Day Terp Fest at Byrd Stadium. The Terps finished 23rd in the polls last season, won a tremendous victory in their bowl game, and return an even stronger team this year. ACC Rookie of the year Danny O'Brien is as sharp as ever and the Terps have a stable of solid RB's with lightening speed.  On defense, All American Kenny Tate has moved into Coach Edsall's new "star" position, a hybrid combination of safety and linebacker. He is coupled with one of the strongest defensive lines in the ACC and with a solid, speedy secondary led by Dexter MacDougle and Cameron Chism.
 
It was a close game in Miami last year, with the Terps losing in the last 90 seconds. This year, it will be a different story under new Head Coach Randy Edsall.  O'Brien will show his stuff for a national tv audience and the Terps will win, 28 -14. 



Since: Feb 19, 2008
Posted on: August 31, 2011 8:48 am
 

Morris among new starters after Cane suspensions

Dude...there is a big freakin's storm headed your way...you better hide your women and children.  Tongue out



Since: Feb 19, 2008
Posted on: August 31, 2011 8:47 am
 

Morris among new starters after Cane suspensions

Morris was the QB at the helm last year when the Canes beat the Terps.  Canes 44 - Terps 17.



Since: May 24, 2010
Posted on: August 31, 2011 4:49 am
 

Morris among new starters after Cane suspensions

Maryland wins in a close game, as most fans of Miami know, Morris should be the starter anyway, I expect him to play well in a close defeat!  As long as you guys beat OSU I'll be happy!



Since: Oct 4, 2008
Posted on: August 31, 2011 1:29 am
 

Morris among new starters after Cane suspensions

The thing is man, call us Cry-ami all you want but the truth is, Miami is still going to win due to the fact the our back ups are better than ya'lls starters. i mean honestly, who do yall have that can even play at the level of competition of us. So until after the game, im going to say Miami wins due to the facts and stats from last year. My prediction is Miami, and that wont change until i see the end of the game.



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: August 30, 2011 10:26 pm
 

Morris among new starters after Cane suspensions

Morris has been blowing practice up, i believe morris was going to be the starter. more upside, and if they beat maryland he is in for ohio stste.



Since: Aug 30, 2011
Posted on: August 30, 2011 9:48 pm
 

Morris among new starters after Cane suspensions

What has Maryland done the past years oh lol nothing.....And Cry-ami lol we have yet to even open our mouths up or deny anything so I think your the team that will be crying when you lose on Monday to our backups. 



Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: August 30, 2011 9:25 pm
 

Morris among new starters after Cane suspensions

Agreed. And listing Gaines as a replacement for a suspended player is not accurate either. Gaines has been wearing a black jersey in practice for a reason!!!


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