Tag:Ramon Buchanan
Posted on: January 20, 2012 5:48 pm

Miami getting Ramon Buchanan back

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Al Golden and Miami got some good news about the Hurricanes defense in 2012 on Friday. It was announced that senior linebacker Ramon Buchanan had been granted a medical hardship waiver, and will be allowed to play for one more season. 

Buchanan played the first four games of the season for the Hurricanes before suffering a knee injury that ended his season against Bethune-Cookman on October 1st. Before the injury Buchanan had made 18 tackles, 2 for a loss, and had also blocked a kick.

In his career Buchanan has started 15 of the 39 games he's played in, making 106 tackles with 13.5 for a loss.

Miami was prepared to move into 2012 with only 6 starters returning on a defense that allowed only 20.1 points per game in 2011, good enough to rank the Hurricanes 18th in the country in that stat. With Buchanan joining the fray it should help Miami's chances of maintaining that success on defense, which it will need to do considering only 4 starters will be returning on offense.

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Posted on: October 9, 2011 2:46 am
Edited on: October 9, 2011 3:15 am

ACC Winners and Losers: Week 6

Posted by Chip Patterson

A handy recap of who really won and who really lost that you won't find in the box score.

WINNER: Logan Thomas

The struggles of the Virginia Tech offense and sophomore quarterback Logan Thomas were well documented after the 23-3 loss to Clemson a week ago. But Thomas absolutely silenced his critics with a near-perfect performance in the 38-35 win over Miami on Saturday. With 2010 ACC Player of the Year Tyrod Taylor watching from the sidelines, Thomas did his best Taylor impression orchestrating a game-winning touchdown drive in the final minutes of the game. Thomas may have capped his memorable night with a 19-yard touchdown rush to win the game, but it was performance through the air that showed the most improvement. Thomas completed 23 of 25 passes for 310 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions against a Miami back seven with NFL-caliber talent at nearly every position. The young quarterback had shown flashes of potential, but not quite put it all together until Saturday's victory. If Thomas can replicate that kind of production, the Hokies may not be as far removed from division contender status as we thought.

LOSER: Miami's defense

Miami defense - For the first time all season, the Hurricanes did not turn the ball over once on offense. Jacory Harris and Lamar Miller had the offense humming in the second half against Virginia Tech, giving the defense an opportunity to win the game in the final minutes. The unit has become significantly thinner in recent weeks, particularly with the loss of seniors Ramon Buchanan and Marcus Forston to season-ending injuries. That lack of depth showed late in the game, with the Hurricanes defense a step slower all over the field as the Hokies stormed back and won the game on a 19-yard Logan Thomas run up the middle.

WINNER: Wake Forest, your new ACC dark horse

With a 3-0 conference record, the Demon Deacons are tied with No. 8 Clemson and No. 13 Georgia Tech as the best team in the ACC. A national ranking may arrive for Jim Grobe's squad on Sunday, but the team's arrival as a contender was made on Saturday with the victory over Florida State. Sophomore Tanner Price and Josh Harris were impressive against a talented Seminoles defense, but the play of Wake's defense has changed the team's outlook in conference play. Nearly the entire starting lineup was part of 2010's disastrous 1-7 ACC record, but the unit is back and playing at an unexpectedly high level. Grobe is notorious for being tagged as a "player development" coach, but 2011's team might be another one of those squads that keeps that reputation going. The unit forced five Florida State turnovers on Saturday, picking off both Clint Trickett and EJ Manuel two times each to set up a short field for Price and the unpredictable spread offense. There are plenty of challenges left on Wake's schedule, including next week's contest against Virginia Tech, but the similarities that some have drawn to the 2006 team don't seem to be that radical.

LOSER: Florida State's offensive line

There are a lot of aspects to Florida State's team that aren't going as planned, but the struggles of the offensive line can be blamed for many of the most glaring problems. The Seminoles were one of the most productive rushing teams in the conference in 2010, and now the running backs have become a non-factor against quality opponents. The line is not opening up the lanes, and the backs are not finding their holes. The inability to rush the ball has now begun to have an increasingly negative effect on the passing game, as Florida State's opponents treat them as a one-dimensional team. The unit entered the season dealing with injury issues, and has continued to search for a working rotation. Getting EJ Manuel healthy brings 2011's best rusher back to the lineup, so that should be a start. But the line has to improve if Florida State wants to try and make the most of the season after this three-game losing streak.

WINNER: Clemson's winning streak

The Tigers improve to 6-0, even losing Boyd to the strained hip. Luckily the Tigers had built a lead at the time of the starting quarterback's injury, so Cole Stoudt's job was not too difficult. But considering how much time Boyd spent mastering the intricacies of Chad Morris' system in the offseason, it has to be comforting for Tigers fans to know that Stoudt can keep the machine moving forward while under center. If Stoudt gets the start against Maryland next week, there will be some drop-off. But after seeing the freshman move the ball against Boston College's defense, head coach Dabo Swinney was able to get some comfort in Stoudt's ability if Boyd is unable to play. Rushing Boyd back and/or causing further injury would be the worst possible situation for the undefeated Tigers, and if there is any question regarding Boyd's health the Tigers should be able to continue performing at a high level with Stoudt.

LOSER: Georgia Tech's ability to close out opponents

Georgia Tech was not a loser on Saturday, but they took a step back with yet another poor defensive showing in the fourth quarter. In their three ACC contests combined, the Yellow Jackets have given up 48 fourth quarter points, while only allowing 31 points in the first three quarters of play. The reasons seem to be different every time, but the result is always the same. Against Maryland, it was allowing backup quarterback C.J. Brown and Davin Meggett to establish a powerful downhill running attack. Against N.C. State it was soft coverage and lack of focus with a big lead. The Yellow Jackets are 6-0 and sitting on top of the ACC standings, but they might not be so lucky if they let another opponent climb back into the contest late.

WINNER: Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown

Maryland's inconsistencies and offensive struggles since their opening night win have been well documented, but a quarterback change in the loss to Georgia Tech introduced a new aspect to the offense. Sophomore quarterback C.J. Brown took over for 2010 ACC Rookie of the Year Danny O'Brien in the second half, and led two touchdown drives in the fourth quarter to bring the Terps back into the game against the Yellow Jackets. Brown presented a new rushing threat for the opposition, and was able to get an effective read game going with running back Davin Meggett. The backup quarterback finished as the game's leading rusher, thanks in large part to a 77 yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter. Brown struggled mightily trying to move the ball through the air, but he at least presents offensive coordinator Gary Crowton the option of possibly using a two-quarterback system to keep opposing defenses on their toes. Imploring the two quarterback tactic can be toxic to a team in certain situations, but at 2-3 Maryland needs something to jump start the sputtering offense.

LOSER: This Clemson fan

Tajh Boyd's hip was not the only Clemson thing slightly out of place on Saturday. CBSSports.com's Adam Jacobi pointed out this lost soul from the Michigan-Northwestern game.

WINNER: N.C. State CB David Amerson

N.C. State's sophomore cornerback was responsible for two of the Wolfpack's four interceptions in the second half against Central Michigan. After the Chippewas came out firing and took an early lead in Raleigh, N.C. State's defense answered with big stops and turnovers in the second half while the offense piled on the points and N.C. State picked up a much-needed bounce back win after dropping two straight.

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Posted on: October 6, 2011 10:21 am
Edited on: October 6, 2011 10:21 am

Miami loses DT Marcus Forston for the season

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Miami's defense just can't catch a break on the injury front.

Just days after learning starting linebacker Ramon Buchanan was lost for the season due to a knee injury following the Hurricane's game against Bethune-Cookman, it appears the man starting in front of him is lost for the year as well. Defensive tackle Marcus Forston suffered a non-contact knee injury during practice on Wednesday and will miss the remainder of the season, the school announced Thursday morning.

Forston was expected to be a key part of the Miami defense after returning to school instead of declaring for the NFL Draft. He had five tackles and a sack in three games as a starter this season and will have one year of eligibility left if he opts to return for a senior season in 2012. As a sophomore last year he recorded 37 tackles, 12 of which were for a loss. He missed all but three games in 2009 with an injury and received a medical redshirt.

The 6-foot-3, 295-pound tackle missed the season opener against Maryland after being implicated in the Nevin Shapiro scandal for receiving extra benefits.

Miami hits the road to play Virginia Tech on Saturday.
Posted on: October 3, 2011 11:29 am
Edited on: October 3, 2011 11:32 am

Miami LB Buchanan (knee) out for the year

Posted by Chip Patterson

The start of the Al Golden era at Miami has been shaky and plagued with inconsistencies. Moments of greatness and potential seem to be met with setbacks at every turn. The defense is the victim of the latest piece of bad news out of Coral Gables, with the announcement that linebacker Ramon Buchanan will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Buchanan sustained the injury in the first quarter of the Hurricanes' win over Bethune-Cookman on Saturday. Golden had no official report after the game, but the senior linebacker was on crutches during the second half of the 45-14 victory.

The Palm Bay native has started every game this season, and is sixth on the team in total tackles. The combination of suspensions and injuries have kept the personnel combinations in constant rotation. Buchanan is eligible to apply for a medical hardship waiver that would allow him to return to the team for a fifth year.

The 2-2 Hurricanes (0-1 ACC) will return to conference play this week with a trip to Blackburg to face No. 21 Virginia Tech. The game has huge implications for both teams in the Coastal Division, with Georgia Tech appearing to pull away as the new frontrunner.

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Posted on: April 8, 2011 5:34 pm

Miami LB Ramon Buchanan reinstated after arrest

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Last month, Miami linebacker Ramon Buchanan made waves in the headlines for all the wrong reasons: he was arrested and charged with five crimes, including two felonies, after an incident at a Coconut Grove nightclub that involved police officers. According to the police report, Buchanan allegedly resisted arrest, tried to headbutt a police officer, then spat on him, then allegedly told him “I’m a U.M. football player .... I’ll get out of it. F--- the police," which is highly inadvisable.

Today, however, Buchanan's future seems immensely brighter than those few short weeks ago, as head coach Al Golden announced that Buchanan had been reinstated and was practicing with the team. Not only that, just as Buchanan (allegedly) drunkenly predicted, the Miami Herald reported that he might not face any criminal charges for the incident:

“Ramon Buchanan has been reinstated for us and he’ll be practicing today,’’ Golden said Thursday before practice. “He’s taking part in all team activities. He’s done everything that we’ve asked him to do – both me and the athletic department.’’

Golden was asked if a possible suspension, which has not been announced, would be affected by him being reinstated.

“It has nothing to do with that,’’ Golden said. “Right now we’re reinstating him. Again, he has done everything that we’ve asked him to do, and I’m going to keep those things private in terms of what we asked him to do. But it was a considerable amount of things and it will be ongoing here throughout the summer.’’

As to that whole avoiding charges part, the Herald didn't cite anybody making that specific statement, but Florida law may very well be on Buchanan's side:

According to a search by The Miami Herald, the March 18 incident was Buchanan’s first arrest. It is possible he could enter into a pretrial diversion program, which would result in charges being dropped should he fulfill all the requirements. Such requirements might include, for example, extensive community service, taking anger management classes and completing an alcohol-related education program, etc.

One would surmise that Buchanan has been made perfectly aware by Golden that he is on the thinnest of ice with the Miami program right now. Contrary to Buchanan's claim, his status as a Miami football player isn't what stands to help him avoid charges, it's his status as a first-time offender. Moreover, he's been granted a second chance by Golden and, perhaps, the legal system. He is very unlikely to receive a third.

Posted on: March 22, 2011 2:21 am
Edited on: March 22, 2011 2:38 am

Miami LB arrested on two felonies, other charges

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Miami linebacker Ramon Buchanan is in a world of trouble today after being arrested on Friday and charged with several crimes, including two felonies. According to court documents, Buchanan's alleged felonious conduct was violent behavior toward police officers. The Palm Beach Post has more:

Buchanan, 21, was charged with resisting a police officer with violence and battery on a police officer, firefighter or emergency medical care provider, both of which are felonies.

Buchanan also is accused of three misdemeanors - disorderly conduct, resisting a police officer without violence and trespassing.

Miami head coach Al Golden has suspended Buchanan indefinitely.

Unfortunately, according to the Post, the Miami Police Department has not provided an official report of the incident yet, so not only are we waiting for the other side of they story, we're waiting for both -- the only known details of that night are the pending criminal charges.

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Speaking generally, then, it's always worth reiterating that it is never, ever a good idea to lose one's temper with (or even near) a police officer. That's easier said than done, of course, but if one perceives an overstep or other mistake by a police officer, the correct place to address that is in a courtroom, and not 18 inches from the cop's face, at the top of one's lungs, spittle flying. Resorting to violence in that situation has not only never worked, it routinely costs young people (almost exclusively men) a shot at a successful future. Again, that's all speaking generally; Buchanan is still innocent until proven guilty.

From a practical standpoint, as far as football is concerned, Buchanan's suspension and potential dismissal is a tough blow to the Miami defense. The 'Canes don't lose many starters from 2010, but leading tackler/team captain LB Colin McCarthy is off to the NFL, and there's enough flux that having a returning starter senior (wherever in the linebacking corps Golden needed him) would have helped provide stability to the situation. Now, it appears rising senior Sean Spence will have to be the unit's leader almost by default.

That's all by the wayside, though, as Buchanan is now in danger of turning from an experienced veteran to a convicted felon. For a program so committed to discipline that this is its first arrest since 2007, this could be a major hit from both a PR and a personnel perspective.

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