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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: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: August 30, 2011 9:23 pm
 

Morris among new starters after Cane suspensions

Even if Spence was playing Gaines and Spence would be starting. Gaines took the job from Jordan Futch.



Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: August 30, 2011 9:21 pm
 

Morris among new starters after Cane suspensions

I can't wait til this weekend when my Alma Mater, Maryland opens up a can of whup-butt on those stinking thugs from Cry-ami!!!  Go Terps!!!!  Don't cry, it will give you an excuse for the butt-whupping you were going to get anyways, but now you can whine and tell everyone how you lost because half your team was suspended--all 8 guys of it!!



Since: Aug 30, 2011
Posted on: August 30, 2011 9:18 pm
 

Morris among new starters after Cane suspensions

Other than maybe 1 or 2 of the replacements, I think we can handle the Terps. The 4 and ^ game suspensions are going to hurt once we hit the Hookies. Luckily Ohio State will still have players sitting when we bring them to our house. All in all this may just be doable.



Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: August 30, 2011 7:54 pm
 

Morris among new starters after Cane suspensions

I just can't wait until the games begin and we don't have to read about this Shapiro crap every single day!



Since: Jun 17, 2009
Posted on: August 30, 2011 7:37 pm
 

Morris among new starters after Cane suspensions

It's amazing how poor these major websites get their facts:

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

Dyron Dye is not a TE. He had changed to TE BRIEFLY, but was back playing d-line. There are 5 other TE's on our roster who would play before him, yet they make it seem like needs to be replaced by someone.



Since: Sep 12, 2008
Posted on: August 30, 2011 7:23 pm
 

Morris among new starters after Cane suspensions

Harris missing 1 game isnt the worst case scenario for Golden if the competition was as close as he says it was.
This way he isnt forced to make a choice and he can see how game 1 goes.


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