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Posted on: August 25, 2011 4:34 pm
Edited on: August 25, 2011 4:40 pm
 

Golden optimistic about Seantrel Henderson's back

Posted by Chip Patterson

The number one concern of most Miami football fans right now is the status of the 12+ players allegedly connected to the NCAA's investigation of the football program. So it should come as a welcome change of pace to hear some positive news regarding the status of another star Hurricane, particularly one not named in the Yahoo investigative report.

Head coach Al Golden did inform the media on Thursday that the school planned to declare players associated with the investigation ineligible with hopes of getting them cleared before the Hurricanes' season-opener on Sept. 5 against Maryland. But he also was able to give a positive update on offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson's recovery after undergoing back surgery on Aug. 8.

"Everything is positive right now in terms of the back injury," Golden said. "We're optimistic, but we're being cautious with it. We're talking about a young man that has a really positive future and bright future. We just want to be prudent with it and we really won't know anything for 3 or 4 weeks probably."

According to CBSSports.com's Brian London, the sophomore tackle was seen lifting weights on Thursday morning, and Golden added that he already has been able to get into his stance. This news is extremely uplifting particularly after reports surfaced that the FWAA Freshman All-American may miss the entire season recovering from the operation.

But "3 or 4 weeks from now" brings us to a crucial point in Miami's schedule if they plan to compete for an ACC Championship this season. After facing Bethune Cookman on Oct. 1, the Hurricanes play all five Coastal Division opponents in a row. First back-to-back away games against Virginia Tech (Oct. 8) and North Carolina (Oct. 15), followed by a home stretch against Georgia Tech (Oct. 22), Virginia (Oct. 27), and Duke (Nov. 5). The Hurricanes' season could be determined in that stretch, and they will need as many players healthy (and eligible) as possible in order to compete for a Coastal Division crown.
Posted on: April 19, 2011 4:51 pm
Edited on: April 19, 2011 5:44 pm
 

Miami's depth chart shuffle not a shock

Posted by Chip Patterson

With Miami's spring game in the books, Al Golden and the Hurricanes coaching staff released their final post-spring depth chart on Monday. Then, a few hours later, they made a few last-minute changes and released another. Many fans and critics have taken to speculation as to what the many changes and final results might mean for Miami heading into the summer break. One item that has been particularly headline-worthy is the lack of a starting quarterback.

That "controversy" should come as no surprise considering the attitude that Golden has brought to the Hurricanes since arriving in December.

If there is one thing that has jumped out from following the Hurricanes' spring practice it has been Golden's love for competition. One of his first goals after observing the Hurricanes was to increase the speed and toughness during Miami practices. He constantly is asking for more of the Hurricanes, but has shown he is not afraid to compliment/promote a deserving player.

Take the running back position, for example. Lamar Miller, Mike James, and Storm Johnson have been shuffled all spring in the multiple depth charts. When one player brought his best stuff and did something that deserved recognition, they found themselves atop the depth chart. In Saturday's spring game, Miller exploded with a 166 yard, three touchdown performance to lead the Orange team in a 30-17 victory over the Green team. When the depth chart was edited and re-released for the final time until the fall, Miller found himself standing alone as the first-string running back.

At the quarterback position, the coaching staff entered the weekend hoping that one player would emerge the way that Miller did.

"We’re continuing to let them compete and at the end of spring we’ll see where they’re at," offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch said of Harris and Morris earlier this spring. "But right now I see good things from both guys, and they’ve got to continue to compete and step up and show who wants to be the leader and No. 1 guy."

But when spring workouts came to a close neither Harris nor Morris had done enough to convince the coaches that they were THE choice at starting quarterback.

Morris certainly got the better of the spring game, completing 14 of 22 passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns. Morris did throw one interception to 2nd team all-ACC linebacker Sean Spence, which was returned for a touchdown. But the performance still outshone Harris' 18-for-30, 149 yard performance with no touchdowns and two interceptions.

Morris and Harris combined for 24 interceptions last season, and there has not been enough improvement in the spring for Golden to award the starting job to either quarterback. So just as he promised, Golden will let the players compete until someone has stepped up and earned the job.

But the quarterback indecision becomes even less of an issue when you realize how many different places on the depth chart the Hurricanes have a similar issue. Middle linebacker, right tackle, tight end, wide receiver are all positions still in open competition, and while Golden has identified starters at the cornerback position - all signs point to possible mix-ups before September's kickoff.

Different coaches have their own quirks about how to do deal with personnel, particularly in the offseason. Maybe this is just Golden's style. He has entered a situation of predictability and wiped the slate clean. There is a new formula being written at Miami, we just have to wait until the fall to see how well it works.
Posted on: April 19, 2011 4:51 pm
Edited on: April 19, 2011 5:44 pm
 

Miami's depth chart shuffle not a shock

Posted by Chip Patterson

With Miami's spring game in the books, Al Golden and the Hurricanes coaching staff released their final post-spring depth chart on Monday. Then, a few hours later, they made a few last-minute changes and released another. Many fans and critics have taken to speculation as to what the many changes and final results might mean for Miami heading into the summer break. One item that has been particularly headline-worthy is the lack of a starting quarterback.

That "controversy" should come as no surprise considering the attitude that Golden has brought to the Hurricanes since arriving in December.

If there is one thing that has jumped out from following the Hurricanes' spring practice it has been Golden's love for competition. One of his first goals after observing the Hurricanes was to increase the speed and toughness during Miami practices. He constantly is asking for more of the Hurricanes, but has shown he is not afraid to compliment/promote a deserving player.

Take the running back position, for example. Lamar Miller, Mike James, and Storm Johnson have been shuffled all spring in the multiple depth charts. When one player brought his best stuff and did something that deserved recognition, they found themselves atop the depth chart. In Saturday's spring game, Miller exploded with a 166 yard, three touchdown performance to lead the Orange team in a 30-17 victory over the Green team. When the depth chart was edited and re-released for the final time until the fall, Miller found himself standing alone as the first-string running back.

At the quarterback position, the coaching staff entered the weekend hoping that one player would emerge the way that Miller did.

"We’re continuing to let them compete and at the end of spring we’ll see where they’re at," offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch said of Harris and Morris earlier this spring. "But right now I see good things from both guys, and they’ve got to continue to compete and step up and show who wants to be the leader and No. 1 guy."

But when spring workouts came to a close neither Harris nor Morris had done enough to convince the coaches that they were THE choice at starting quarterback.

Morris certainly got the better of the spring game, completing 14 of 22 passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns. Morris did throw one interception to 2nd team all-ACC linebacker Sean Spence, which was returned for a touchdown. But the performance still outshone Harris' 18-for-30, 149 yard performance with no touchdowns and two interceptions.

Morris and Harris combined for 24 interceptions last season, and there has not been enough improvement in the spring for Golden to award the starting job to either quarterback. So just as he promised, Golden will let the players compete until someone has stepped up and earned the job.

But the quarterback indecision becomes even less of an issue when you realize how many different places on the depth chart the Hurricanes have a similar issue. Middle linebacker, right tackle, tight end, wide receiver are all positions still in open competition, and while Golden has identified starters at the cornerback position - all signs point to possible mix-ups before September's kickoff.

Different coaches have their own quirks about how to do deal with personnel, particularly in the offseason. Maybe this is just Golden's style. He has entered a situation of predictability and wiped the slate clean. There is a new formula being written at Miami, we just have to wait until the fall to see how well it works.
Posted on: January 27, 2011 4:50 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2011 4:52 pm
 

Harris will get a fresh start with the new staff

Posted by Chip Patterson

Jacory Harris has been a polarizing figure for Hurricanes fans since his breakout as a freshman splitting time with Robert Marve. When he's playing well, he looks like one of the best quarterbacks in the ACC. He has even been put on several Heisman watch lists at different times throughout his career. Then come the arm-punts.

Harris has failed to string together a consistent streak of mistake-free games through his three years in Coral Gables. After missing three games with a concussion in 2010, Hurricanes fans saw a glimpse of the post-Jacory era with freshman quarterback Stephen Morris. Harris was beyond frustrating this past season, throwing at least one interception in 8 of his 10 appearances. He totaled 15 interceptions on the season, which look even worse compared with only 14 touchdowns.

But there is a new regime at Miami under head coach Al Golden, and a fresh chance for Harris to reclaim the starting position for his senior year. New offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch recently addressed the quarterback situation in a recent radio interview on WQAM 560.

“If [Jacory] has what we’re looking for in a quarterback, he can have a great year, and Stephen the same,” Fisch said, “They both have an opportunity to do something special. What I can’t wait for is to be a part of that with them, to help them along, not hold anything back and not hold anything against them for what they’ve done in the past.”

Fisch was the quarterbacks coach for the Seattle Seahawks in 2010, and was offensive coordinator for Minnesota in 2009. He plans to institute a pro-style offense, asking the quarterbacks to be "the point guard" of the offense; delivering the ball to the different playmakers on the field. He has already addressed the nation-leading 27 interceptions in 2010, a number that Fisch says he wants to "at least cut in half."

If cutting down interceptions is a main focus, it could be tough for Harris to win the starting position outright. Unless he has overcome his knack for giving the ball to the other team, in which case this "clean slate" is the best thing that could happen for his career.

 
 
 
 
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