The Miami Hurricanes will open the 2013 football season with back-to-back national TV games on the ESPN family of networks, that being said it was about time for the season preview. With the season coming up, Al Golden definitely has more than a few tricks up his sleeve, as most of the recruits on the team are His recruits. Al Golden, when he came from Temple, stated that he wanted players that were Hurricane players. Players that harkenend back to the 80s and 90s era where green and orange were the most important thing in their lives. What transpired thereafter was 11 players who quit the team because they couldn’t hack it, and a bunch of determined, enlightened, and perseverant student athletes poised to go for a National Championship run that would add to our storied legacy. After all the scandal and all the turmoil was seemingly hashed out, it would appear the Hurricanes can get back to doing what they do best and focusing on the football field. This year with a potent offense, as well as, a equally adept defense that knows the system hopefully by now and will be more aggressive this year. Although I disagree with the loss of Jed Fisher who moved on to the NFL to become even better coach, hopefully his replacement, FSU defector and hopefully not a Tony Sparano in our mist. James Coley comes highly regarded, and supposedly was one of the Florida State scums best recruiters. Our offense had been humming for three years already under the tutelage of Jed Fisher hopefully James Coley doesn’t try to inject a virus that is semi hole scum. Mark D’Onofrio is another problem in my personal opinion. Hopefully his read and react defense will do a lot more reacting this season. Now that the unpleasantries are out-of-the-way let’s go ahead and super over hype the greatest team in the history of mankind the University of Miami Hurricanes.
Starting with offense Stephen Morris comes off of a season of disappointment and learning. In my opinion, and I have said it again and again, Morris is the next best thing since Jim Kelly at our school. Stephen learned last year hopefully to read defenses a little better, and not to get caught up in the zone. Stephen has all the arm strength and the size, virtually everything necessary to be better than Jim Kelly was when he was a Hurricane. Hopefully this season will be his coming out party so that the NFL can see what Jim Kelly Junior looks like. As far as running back goes we are as deep as we were in the days when we had Frank Gore, Willis McGahee, and James Jackson sharing a backfield. Leading the way for the RBs is Randy “Duke” Johnson. The sophomore running back is a battering ram of 99 speed. I personally witnessed his state championship game, where he had a state record six touchdowns against a team that had allowed less than 100 points the whole season. This is not high school, and last year DUKE Johnson was over run in my personal opinion, but this depth will allow us to share the load. This will allow Duke the recovery time he needs to always be at 100%, and a 100% Duke Johnson is scary for the rest of the NCAA. A incoming Freshman might help with the load lightening, and you may have heard of his Dad, All Time UM Legend Ray Lewis. Ray Lewis III joins the Canes after an impressive high school career at Lake Mary. Our offensive line is anchored by Shane McDermott, Center, who was on the Rimington watch list to win the Rimington award for best offensive lineman in the NCAA. Along with Seantrel Henderson, this offensive line should be one of the strongest ones we’ve had since we made our national championship run in 2001. Last but not least is the wide receivers, who are also a potent bunch of speedsters, ready to blaze down the field. Philip Dorsett, #4, is one of the main WRs whose shown a lot of promise in the off-season through hard work in the weight room as well as off the field in the classroom. Allen Hurns, #1, is the other half of the lightning and thunder that the wide receiving corps plan to bring to the yard each and every Thursday or Saturday.
Now defense underperformed for most of the season for the last two years now under the coaching tutelage of Mark D’Onofrio. D’Onofrio must think he’s still at Temple, because he has turned a defense that for 10 years was in the top 10 of 130 schools in the NCAA in defense, into a read and react high school looking joke. My best friend Snufy likes to point out, that maybe it’s because they don’t understand the system that we had so many blown plays and blown coverages in the past couple years but football players are football players so when the system isn’t working you would adjust and I don’t see much adjustments out of Mark D’Onofrio. They say talent can overcome coaching most of the time, so if any season, this would be the season were talent could overcome the coaching. Leading the way for our linebacking corps is number 52, Denzel Perryman a homegrown champion from right here in Miami, has been working as hard as his legendary predecessors to be just as formidable a leader for his defensive unit. Anthony Chickillo, another Defensive Captain and Number 71, is one of the elder statesmen trying to keep the tradition of the U alive and well, and following the DL examples of Warren Sapp, and Jerome Brown. Freshman, 66 Sunny Odogwu, a 6’8 318 pound freshman from Baltimore, Maryland will also be another following the example if he is not redshirted this season. The back of the house is also healthy with DBs, 30 AJ Highsmith, 2 Deon Bush, and 35 Nate Dortch looking to do most of the heavy lifting in pass coverage and run stuffing this season and with the Senior wisdom of Highsmith, the young bucks should perform well this season.
The Hurricanes look as promising as we have since about the 90s, and with a Butch Davis like approach have a perfect blend of studies and athletics, as well as nothing to hide behind closed doors as far as tomfoolery in the program goes. Al Golden has a gleam going as promising as the Jimmy Johnson era, with HIS players, reminiscent of the Howard Schnellenberger recruiting style. With hard work and a little elbow grease, hopefully this will turn out to be the perfect storm of coaching and recruiting at the football level. The hurricanes open the season at home August 30th, against Florida Atlantic, and shortly thereafter take on the smelly Florida Gators both at SLS. The same Florida Gators who haven’t played the Hurricanes for several years possibly due to fear. Since it’s looking like the hard work will pay off, and a foundation of youth and talented players firmly in place, and in a U state of mind the rest of the nation better watch out, because here comes the Hurricanes and were taking no prisoners baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!