Something to Look Forward to…

Hard Rock

To say we are all looking extremely forward to the start of the new season is an understatement.  New Coach, new staff and somewhat new stadium.  However, I wanted to talk about some of the new faces we will see between the sidelines.  Players I believe will make an impact on weather this team finished 6-6 or 9-3.  Some may be new to college football and some have transferred from other programs.  There also may be other options at these positions but this is who I am most curious to see this upcoming season.

Gerald Willis – A UF transfer who had an issue with his temper (love this kid already) will be seeing a good deal of time at defensive tackle this season.  After sitting out a year in 2015 Willis is ready to go. Reportedly he has gained some weight and cut his body fat in half providing more quickness off the ball.  This will play into coach Diaz’s scheme nicely.  Although I do not believe he is a starter he will get more than his fair share of reps.

Marquez Williams – Talk about flying under the radar,  this kid played division II last year at Mars Hill U in Chapel Hill last season. At 5-10 and 280 he is one of the leaders of all canes, regardless of position, in the weight room.  He will be starting at full-back opening holes for a stable of running backs.  Make no mistake about it, he will hurt people before the season is over.  Unfortunately he only has one year of eligibility remaining so let’s hope he makes the best of it.

Zach McCloud, Shaq Quarterman and Michael Pickney –  These three young men are all freshman linebackers.  Given the lack of depth due to dismissals and poor recruiting over the past 4 years, this is a position, in my opinion, that new players will have to make the biggest impact in order for the 2016 team to be successful.  The good news is that all three enrolled early and had the benefit of spring practice.  This should make a big difference.  At least I hope it does.

Dayall Harris –  Dayall transferred in from playing Juco last year but prior to that he was enrolled at Ole Miss.  Things didn’t quite work out as he had planned and he found himself in a little bit of hot water.  Nothing serious like you would see at other SEC schools but enough to cause him to part ways with the program.  If I were to have written this last week he may not have been on my list but given the recent receiving injuries I believe he is in a position to shine.  Here’s hoping he makes the most out of this opportunity.

As many of you have seen over time, highly regarded recruits and transfers have come into the University of Miami.  Some have gone on to reach Pro=Bowl status while others have not lived up to expectation.  Make no mistake about it, this is the U and expectations will remain high.

I would like to hear who you are looking forward to seeing this year and who you believe will make an impact on this season.

Go Ganes

~Delray

36 Comments

  1. avatar

    Delray author

    August 22, 2016

    Not sure what happened but the last article disappeared? No clue but here it is again. Thanks!

  2. avatar

    canes4us

    August 23, 2016

    Thought this site was finished, been waiting for it come back on line for a long time. Welcome back. 11 more days.

  3. avatar

    Delray author

    August 23, 2016

    Welcome back! I’ll have an article Sunday Evening on the Canes first victim for the 2016 season…FAMU.

  4. avatar

    Uchamps

    August 23, 2016

    where did my comment go

  5. avatar

    Uchamps

    August 23, 2016

    Anyways, glad to see you got the ol girl kickin again Delray.

    Missed you guys. This is my family.

    Dayall and Willis should provide some much needed playmaking this season.

    Great additions.

    Im really excited to see what Mark walton and a line with no Alex Gall does this season

  6. avatar

    Delray author

    August 23, 2016

    You’ll have to wait till FAU on Willis. Word is he got suspended for the FAMU game. No details why though…

    It’s good to be back!

  7. avatar

    Canez1

    August 23, 2016

    Lots of suspensions the first couple games but that is always the case when a new coach comes in.

    Luckily the scheduling gods are shining down on us, for once!

    Really looking forward to some CFB. It makes life much better.

    Interested to see what the Rev brings to the table.

    GO CANEZ!!!!!

  8. avatar

    Delray author

    August 24, 2016

    Hopefully these suspensions are only 1 game. We want to make sure we hit the ground running come October.

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    Hollywood Cane

    August 24, 2016

    Good to see this place back up and running again. Can’t wait for the season to start. Lots of suspension issues to start the season but thankfully the first two games are laughers and App State should be win-able even if AQM and Grace are still suspended.

  10. avatar

    Delray author

    August 24, 2016

    HC, It’s great to be back!

  11. avatar

    bg1906

    August 25, 2016

    Glad you got it back! Not sure what happened to the other one.

  12. avatar

    CanesCanesCanes

    August 25, 2016

    Ok, back and running.

    First page I went to made it look like the site was shut down.

    We have an extra weak opening schedule for the first few games so the suspensions will be easily absorbed.

    Let’s get this bastard started up.

    Stadium looks un-forking-believable

  13. avatar

    Delray author

    August 25, 2016
  14. avatar

    Hollywood Cane

    August 25, 2016

    That 125 Bulleit has got to be good. I’m a big fan of their rye. Spicy and a bit strong without being harsh.

  15. avatar

    Canez1

    August 25, 2016

    Some chick I work with was drinking bulleit on the rocks the other night while I was having a Makers.

    I like the Bulleit better, much smoooooother but I think Makers 46 gives it a run.

    Big fan.

    Stadium looks absolutely off the chain and Oct 8th can’t come soon enough. Making a long weekend out of it due to the holiday.

    F it.

    Sounds like the D is dominating this camp and that is something we haven’t seen in a looong time.

    D should always dominate early camps.

    GO CANEZ!!!!!

  16. avatar

    Canez1

    August 25, 2016
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    CanesCanesCanes

    August 25, 2016

    Amazing difference isn’t it? Aside from all the other obvious stuff like the better seats, the roof etc. look at the two pictures and look at how close the seats are in relation to the field. They are way way way closer to the playing area now. That’ll help with noise and just the general overall atmosphere.

  18. avatar

    Canez1

    August 25, 2016

    No doubt about it…

    I liked the old place lol, the new place is just crazy and they are still not done. I think they are renovating all of the club stuff inside by next yr.

    I will probably just go the season ticket route from here on out. Just makes sense and I have a built in excuse to bust down there whenever.

    The entire place will be basically brand new.

    Love it.

    I just wish our home schedule didn’t suck so bad this yr. I would like to get down a couple more times.

    The FSU game atmosphere is going to be out of this world.

    GO CANEZ!!!!!

  19. avatar

    Canez1

    August 25, 2016

    Watching the phins v atlanta game and it looks like they will be home on Thurs, so we should get a good look at the new crib.

    Those Screens in the corner are MONEY!!

    So glad Clappy Jr is gone.

    Creepy old azz uncle fester heeaded weirdo.

    GO CANEZ!!!!!

  20. avatar

    CanesCanesCanes

    August 25, 2016

    Agreed.

    The place was ok before, we were just getting shitty crowds.

    It’s a premium venue niw.

    You’re on the money about the club renos.

    The 200’s are getting an interior makeover after this season. They’re perfectly fine now, imo, but I guess they just wanted to redo everything.

    Us more mature guys need our AC, couches, and some nice food and drinks to step into from time to time, between quarters, etc.

  21. avatar

    Canez1

    August 26, 2016

    “Us more mature guys need our AC, couches, and some nice food and drinks to step into from time to time, between quarters, etc.”
    ________________________________________________________

    LOL you ain’t kidding!

    Plus it makes the other half happy as well, which never hurts.

    GO CANEZ!!!!!

  22. avatar

    Hollywood Cane

    August 26, 2016

    I just want some damn shade. That stadium was an oven with no roof. I’ve been to a million scorchers in the Orange Bowl but at least the open end let in a bit of breeze to where it wasn’t absolutely unbearable. A noon game at (formerly) SunLife Stadium was horrible. In the lower levels, there isn’t the tiniest hint of a breeze and I’d just sit there baking in the sun trying to chug my beer before it got too hot to drink. The difference in late afternoon games where the sun would start going behind the stadium and the home side of the stadium got shade was night and day in terms of comfort. I can only imagine how great it’s going to be now that every game will be like that.

  23. avatar

    Canes Outsider

    August 26, 2016

    YAY!

  24. avatar

    Uchamps

    August 26, 2016

    Suspensions will help build depth while we knock out the cupcakes.

    I absolutely have to be inside the new stadium. looks amazing and should provide some much needed home field advantage. Also looks like the away side will cook as thats the only side open to direct sunlight.

  25. avatar

    Canez1

    August 27, 2016

    Great point Champ.

    Blazing in that sun all game is going to wear down anyone.

    Love it.

    GO CANEZ!!!!!

  26. avatar

    bg1906

    August 27, 2016

    Grace and Muhammad both dismissed… Wow… Kids too in a hurry to damn floss!

  27. avatar

    Delray author

    August 27, 2016

    This is unreal. We have guys that are going to step in and eat but this stupidity on the players part has cost them millions of dollars, literally.

  28. avatar

    CanesCanesCanes

    August 27, 2016

    This sucks.

    But as bad as it sucks, it would have sucked worse had this gone on and on, those guys had played, and then it becomes an eligibility issue maybe even with games forfeiture. You just never know.

  29. avatar

    Canez1

    August 27, 2016

    Any hint of foul play by anyone associated with this program and you are gone.

    No one is worth the risk.

    Moving on…

    GO CANEZ!!!!!

  30. avatar

    Nashvillecane

    August 27, 2016

    I agree with bg, boys trying to shyne waaay before time. Seems like the same type shyt that got us caught up with the rat shaperio?? If that’s the case, like C1 said, WE can’t even look like WE got some bs going on…

  31. avatar

    nashvillecane

    August 27, 2016

    But damn grace and aqm would have SHYNED in this type defense. Oh well…Still hype bout the season!!

  32. avatar

    bg1906

    August 28, 2016

    Stupid is as Stupid Does! PATIENCE! All that is required as a little patience and some hard work getting better at your craft and all of that will come. Funny thing is, EVERYONE knows it’s not yours so are you REALLY flossing at that point? NO! So why risk it, then to a guy that wants a stake of your career later??? You fall for that REALLY? A fool and his money are soon parted! :-/

  33. avatar

    CanesCanesCanes

    August 28, 2016

    Stupid move by these guys. In so many ways.

    If I feel bad for anybody it would be Grace. Don’t get me wrong, he made his mistake and he’s paying for it, but at least he’s been a worker, and a no problem guy before this.

    AQM has been a huge disappointment. Nothing but drama since he’s been here. A world full of talent and physical measurables, always going to be the next big thing, always drama.

    Maybe these guys will one day play in the NFL, maybe not, but they missed an opportunity to showcase this year and put some valuable tape in scouts hands

  34. avatar

    Six

    August 28, 2016

    My cell would barely work at Sun Life down on the field. I thought it was b/c of the service being spotty. It was b/c my phone was f*ckin cooked by the heat down there

    At least that’s what I thought

    The season can’t get here soon enough

  35. avatar

    JSQ

    August 29, 2016

    What does a girl gotta do to get a jello shot around here?

  36. avatar

    Delray author

    August 29, 2016

    I’ll give you a hint….

    NEW BLOG UP!

    Welcome back JSQ!

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