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Miami vs. Florida State Preview

~ The following article was contributed by beloved Eye of the Hurricane blogger, Delray ~

This week the Miami Hurricanes continue their 2012 season and will try to stop the bleeding.  After a respectable 4-1 start, the Canes find themselves on a 2 game slide with back-to-back losses to Notre Dame and North Carolina.  This is a rivalry game for us and we all know anything can happen.  Most people feel we don’t have much of a chance, but never rule the Canes out.

Let’s take a look at our little brothers from the North.

Quarterback

3 EJ Manuel | 6-5, 238, SR

EJ had entered the season with a few people whispering Heisman candidate.  I don’t think he has had the type of year to keep him in that conversation but nevertheless, he has had a very good season.  EJ has converted 132 of 183 passes for a 72% accuracy rating.  He has thrown 14 touchdowns to only 4 interceptions to go with his 1,804 yards.  He isn’t a huge threat to tuck the ball and run but will not shy away from it either.

Running Backs

4 Chris Thompson | 5-8, 187, SR

Chris is the primary back the Seminoles will use throughout the game.  So far he has tallied 675 yards on 84 carries averaging just under 100 yards per game.  He is also dangerous catching passes out of the backfield hauling in 19 receptions for 201 yards.  When the Seminoles get close to the goal line, look for James Wilder to take over inside the Red-Zone.  Look for FB Lonnie Pryor to open the holes for whomever is behind him but don’t expect him to get the ball more than once or twice a game, just to keep the defense honest.

Wide Receivers

80 Rashad Greene | 6-0, 175, SO

84 Rodney Smith | 6-6, 219, SR

1 Kelvin Benjamin | 6-5, 243, FR

The Seminoles will use many different receivers but the one the Canes need to concern themselves the most with are these 3.  Together they have combined for 61 receptions for 850 yards and 7 touchdowns.  Kenny Shaw coming off the bench is no slouch either with 16 receptions for 350 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Tight End

35 Nick O’Leary | 6-3, 238, SO

This kid reminds me a Dave Casper type throwback TE.  Tough as nails and shies away from nothing.  Nick has 11 receptions for 136 yards and 1 touchdown.

Offensive Line

75 Cameron Erving | 6-5, 304, RS SO

71 Menelik Watson | 6-6, 320, JR

70 Josue Matias | 6-6, 325, SO

54 Tre Jackson | 6-4, 325, SO

52 Bryan Stork | 6-4, 312, RS JR

Not a senior in the group but this is a rugged group.  The Seminoles offensive line has allowed 11 sacks in 7 games and as a team rushes for 233 yards per game on average.

DEFENSE

Defensive Tackles

92 Anthony McCloud | 6-2, 322, SR

93 Everett Dawkins | 6-2, 301, SR

McCloud and Dawkins have combined for 1 sack this year (.5 each) and 29 total tackles.

Defensive Ends

91 C. Carradine | 6-5, 265, SR

95 Bjoern Werner | 6-4, 255, JR

Carradine and Werner have combined for 14 sacks this season, 18 tackles for loss and 63 total tackles.  These guys are the real deal.

Linebackers

7 Christian Jones | 6-4, 232, JR

10 Nick Moody | 6-2, 237, RS SR

11 Vince Williams | 6-1, 250, SR

This is an experienced group.  Jones leads the group with 39 tackles so far and the sole interception.  Williams is not far behind with 23 tackles.

Corner Backs

6 Nick Waisome | 5-10, 170, SO

27 Xavier Rhodes | 6-2, 215, RS JR

It says a lot about depth when you can lose perhaps one of the top corners in the league, not to mention one of the premier return men in the history of FSU, in Greg Reid.  These 2 men have not missed a beat.  Rhodes and Waisome have 3 interceptions between them and 32 tackles combined.

Safeties

20 Lamarcus Joyner | 5-8, 195, JR

31 Terrence Brooks | 5-11, 195, JR

Both of these guys are not afraid to come up and hit.  They are extremely fast and have 2 interceptions and 51 tackles between them.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Kicker

18 Dustin Hopkins | 6-2, 190, SR

Watching this kid kick and it is easy to tell he will be kicking on Sundays next year.  So far he is 12 of 15 and perfect from inside the 30 with a long of 51.  He is also 40-41 on PATs and 23 of his 59 kickoffs have been for touchbacks.

Punter

38 Cason Beatty | 6-3, 229, FR

Cason is averaging 39 yards per punt but has put 14 of his 23 punts inside the 20.

Punt Returns

80 Rashad Greene | 6-0, 175, SO

Rashad has returned 18 punts for 302 yards.  That would equate to just over 16 yards per return.  2 of those returns have been for touchdowns.

Kick Returns

9 Karlos Williams | 6-2, 229, SO

20 Lamarcus Joyner | 5-8, 195, JR

These 2 guys numbers on kickoff returns are pretty much mirror images of one another.  They average 29 yards per return and have 6 returns each.

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, the only team that could beat FSU this year was FSU.  They have the talent and experience to win outright until they get the bowl game.  I would like our chances if they hadn’t fell asleep for the second half of the NC State game but that’s the difference I guess between Five and Two.  Do the Canes have a chance this weekend?  Yes.  Is it a good chance?  Probably not as good as we would like.  But like Al said, we are going into this game with the mindset that we are playing to win.  Could be an exciting game.  Anything can happen in a rivalry game like this.  That’s why we play them.

Go Canez!

~Delray

Miami vs. Notre Dame Preview

~ The following article was contributed by beloved Eye of the Hurricane blogger, Delray ~

This week the Miami Hurricanes continue the 2012 season looking for their 4th straight victory as they head to Soldier Field in Chicago to take on the little green men from Notre Dame. Say what you want about the Irish, but the fact is they are undefeated and are playing good on both sides of the ball, particularly defense.  They have defeated both Michigan and Michigan State in well-played games.  They are not a team that will beat themselves.  They are disciplined and have good speed at the impact positions.

Let’s take a look at some of their starting players.

Offense  (Spread)

Quarterback:

 5 Everett Golson | 6-0, 185, SO

Everett is a stay in the pocket type passer.  He has completed 50 of 89 passes this season with 3 interceptions and 3 touchdowns.  He has an efficiency rating of 121.6 and will average about 160 yards a game.

Running Back:

 6 Theo Riddick | 5-11, 200, SR

Theo is the leading rusher for the Irish in terms of yardage and attempts with 242 yards coming on 63 attempts.  He has averaged just over 60 yards per game. He is also their leading receiver in terms of completions with 14 catches for 117 yards.

Wide Receivers

81 John Goodman | 6-3, 215, SR

7 TJ Jones | 5-11, 190, JR

 9 Robby Toma | 5-9, 185, SR

None of the receiving crew really stands out.  They are very balanced with Jones having 11 catches and Goodman and Toma chipping in with 9 each averaging about 15 yards per completion.

 

Tight End

80 Tyler Eifert | 6-6, 251, SR

This may be Miami’s most difficult match up this year at the Tight End position.  Tyler is a good blocker and also has 9 catches for 158 yards and 1 touchdown.

Offensive Line

70 Zack Martin | 6-4, 304, SR

74 Christian Lombard | 6-5, 309, JR

66 Chris Watt | 6-3, 310, SR

57 Mike Golic | 6-3, 295, SR

52 Braxston Cave | 6-3, 304, SR

So far this season the Notre Dame offensive line has only let up 8 sacks. 5 of them came week #2 vs. Purdue and only 1 in the last 2 weeks against Michigan and Michigan State.  They have rushed for 561 yards and scored on 5 rushing touchdowns.

Defense:  (3-4)

Nose Tackle:

9 Louis Nix | 6-3, 326, JR

Somebody help me with this please?  This kid sounds familiar, I could be wrong, but he may have been a Miami commit at one point but I’m not sure.  Anyway . . .  Louis has 3 sacks on the year in 4 games and 16 tackles.  He clogs up the middle and allows the line backers to feast.

Defensive Ends:

 K. Lewis-Moore | 6-4, 306, SR

 7 Stephon Tuitt | 6-6, 303, SO

Tuitt is the speed rusher who has 6 sacks already on the season to go with 14 tackles while Moore has 7 tackles on the other side.

Linebackers:

13 Danny Spond | 6-2, 248, JR

55 Prince Shembo | 6-2, 250, JR

5 Manti Te’o | 6-2, 255, SR

48 Dan Fox | 6-3, 240, SR

The leader of this group is Te’o.  He was highly recruited out of high school in Hawaii.  Everybody, including myself thought he would end up at SC West.  He chose Notre Dame and they are sure glad he did.  So far he has lead the team with 38 tackles and is tied in the team lead with 3 interceptions.  Fox has added 20 tackles while Shembo has chipped in with 17.  Spond has only seen the field in 2 games but has shown good range and has 10 tackles to show for.

Corner Backs:

2 Bennett Jackson | 6-0, 185, JR

6 KeiVarae Russell | 5-11, 182, FR

Jackson is the more aggressive of the 2 with 18 tackles and tied with Te’o for the team lead with 3 interceptions.  Russell, only a freshman, has 10 tackles and 1 interception.

Safeties:

17 Zeke Motta | 6-2, 215, SR

41 Matthias Farley | 5-11, 200, SO

Farley will play the last line of defense at the free safety while the strong side belongs to Zeke who is 2nd on the team with 26 tackles trailing only Te’o.

Special Teams:

27 Kyle Brindza | 6-1, 225, SO  Kicker

Kyke is 6 for 7 on field goals this year with a long of 47 yards.

35 Ben Turk | 5-11, 186, SR  Punter

Ben has averaged 41 yards per punt on 19 punts.

Returns

19 Davonte Neal | 5-9, 171, FR  PR

Neal has returned 7 punts for 28 yards for a 4 yard average with a long of 11 yards.

4 George Atkinson | 6-1, 210, SO   KR

Atkinson has brought back 3 kick offs for 69 yards.

When the schedule comes out every year you always read through it and circle a couple games in your mind.  This would be the game that gets circled right away.  Although it may not have the flair of the rivalry in the late 80s, we do have 2 teams that have hit bottom and are building their way back up to what they hope will be national prominence.  There is probably more at stake for ND in this game as they are an independent and every game to them is important.  They have their eyes on a bigger prize this year than the ‘Canes do.  I don’t think that will make a difference in how either team approaches the game.  It should be an exciting one for sure. 

Notre Dame’s strength will be in their front 7 defensive position.  In order for Miami to win, they must win that battle and give Morris time to pick his open receivers.  If they give him time, Miami has a good shot at an upset.  Miami’s defense will also be in for a difficult test.  I don’t believe the Notre Dame team is anywhere as good as Kansas State.  However, having a strong tight end and a versatile running back that can catch the ball out of the backfield will give them fits if the proper scheme is not followed.

Go Canes!

~Delray

Billy Corben Returns to ESPN’s 30 for 30 With “Broke”

~ The following article was contributed by beloved Eye of the Hurricane blogger, Delray ~

If you are like me, you’ve probably had one of those days when you are paying your bills and balancing your check book and wondering how you are going to make ends meet for a particular day, week or month.  You slowly dream off about having a high-paying job, thinking that all these problems would be gone.  However, with high paying jobs and bigger salaries come bigger problems. This can be particularly true with professional athletes whose egos are second only to the size of a Laspada’s sub.

Tuesday night at 8:00pm our favorite filmmaker, Billy Corben (The U, Cocaine Cowboys, and Square Grouper just to name a few), will release his latest documentary Broke on ESPN as part of the Network’s Peabody Award-winning series, 30 for 30. 

The idea for Broke originally came to Billy while working on the highest-rated documentary in the 30 for 30 series The U.  During the interviewing process of putting The U together, Billy noticed former Hurricane quarterback Bernie Kosar a bit frazzled during his interview.  This was out of character for Bernie and it was evident something was bothering him.  A week later, Bernie made headlines in local papers as he was in the process of filing for bankruptcy.  Bernie had been highly leveraged and when the bottom fell out of the market, many people fell with it.  Bernie was one of them.

In Broke, Billy specifically explores the financial downfall of a few different athletes including Leon Searcy, Andre Risen, Keith McCants and Cliff Floyd. Each former athlete will tell stories of family members, hangers on,  shady financial advisors, and of course cars,  women and jewelry.

Let’s take a look brief look at each of these profiled athlete’s careers…

Leon Searcy

Leon Searcy is a former NFL offensive lineman who played primarily with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Jacksonville Jaguars in an 11-year career spanning between 1992 and 2002.  Searcy also won 3 National Championships with the Miami Hurricanes and was inducted into the University of Miami Hall of Fame in 2003.

Andre Rison

Andre played professionally for the Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, and the Canadian Football League’s Toronto Argonauts. Rison was selected to the Pro Bowl five times, from 1990–1993, and once again in 1997.  He may best be known for having his house burnt down by Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes.

Keith McCants

Keith played for six seasons in the NFL for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Houston Oilers, and the Arizona Cardinals from 1990 to 1995. He was selected by Tampa Bay in the 1st round (4th overall) of the 1990 NFL Draft.  Coming out of Alabama, Keith was expected to be the top pick in the 1990 NFL Draft.  However, due to his family accepting money from an agent (this is the SEC after all), he fell to the 4th pick overall.

Cliff Floyd

Cliff played for a total 17 seasons spanning from 1993 through 2009 for several teams including the Montreal Expos, Florida Marlins, Boston Red Sox,  New York Mets,  Chicago Cubs,  Tampa Bay Rays and San Diego Padres.  His best year came in 2001 with the Marlins when he hit .317 with 31 home runs and 109 RBIs.

I know many of you are scratching your head just like I am at how these guys have gone broke after making so much money.  Billy will dig deep on this one looking at the competitive nature these athletes take with them on and off the field. 

I loved watching The U and enjoy Billy’s work.  If Broke is as good as advertised, it should give Billy’s previous documentary a run for its money in ratings.  At the very least, it will be an intriguing film that Corben can add to his resume.

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Miami vs. NC State Preview

~ The following article was contributed by beloved Eye of the Hurricane blogger, Delray ~

This week the Miami Hurricanes continue the 2012 season and will try to go 3-0 in their division as they host the Wolfpack of N.C. State.  Miami is coming off an emotional 42-36 victory at Georgia Tech while the Wolfpack, also at 3-1,  are coming of a very convincing victory over The Citadel. Let’s take a look at what the Canes will be facing this coming Saturday at noon in Sun Life Stadium.

OFFENSE

Quarterback

8 Mike Glennon | 6-6, 232, RS SR

Mike has had a decent year so far in leading the Wolfpack to its 3-1 start.  He has completed 85 passes on 134 attempts for 982 yards including 6 touchdowns.  He has also thrown 4 interceptions.  Glennon is no threat to run at all.

Running Backs

26 Tony Creecy | 6-0, 210, RS SO

44 Logan Winkles | 6-1, 252, RS SO

Creecy will see the most of the carries while Winkles will do the blocking.  Creecy has had 31 rushes so far for 130 yards.  The Wolfpack will also use Shadrach Thornton and Mustafa to run the ball.  Thornton made his debut last week rushing yards with 145 and 2 touchdowns.  Look for the Wolfpack to try to work him into the lineup.

Wide Receivers

88 Quintin Payton | 6-4, 210, RS JR

4 Tobais Palmer | 5-11, 175, RS

Payton by far will be Glennon’s main target on Saturday.  So far this season the 2 have connected for 338 yards on 17 receptions and a touchdown.  Palmer has 13 catches for 96 yards.  Also watch for Bryan Underwood when the Wolfpack spreads out the field.

Tight End

87 Mario Carter | 6-4, 262, RS SR

Mario is a fifth year senior who has 9 receptions for 81 yards.

Offensive Line

74 Tyson Chandler | 6-6, 340, RS SO

64 Andrew Wallace | 6-5, 293, RS SR

79 R.J. Mattes | 6-6, 313, RS SR

72 Zach Allen | 6-3, 328, RS SR

53 Camden Wentz | 6-3, 301, SR

The offensive line has allowed 12 sacks so far this season.  This seems like a high number for only 4 games, particularly when you are playing schools that are not powerhouses.  Seeing as Glennon cannot run, the Miami defense could be able to take advantage of this situation.

Defense

Defensive Tackles

69 Thomas Teal | 6-2, 315, RS SO

75 T.Y. McGill | 6-1, 298, SO

Teal and McGill each have 7 tackles with a total of 5 for a loss.  McGill has the sole sack.

Defensive Ends

92 D. Cato-Bishop | 6-4, 278, RS JR

55 Brian Slay | 6-3, 274, SR

Bishop and Slay have combined for 10 tackles with 4 coming at a loss.  Slay has the lone sack.

Linebackers

5 Rodman Noel | 6-3, 210, SO

34 Rickey Dowdy | 6-2, 240, RS JR

7 Sterling Lucas | 6-2, 231, RS SR

The trio of starting linebackers for the Wolfpack has combined for 54.5 tackles this season, 11 of which have been for a loss.  They each have contributed with a sack. 

Corner Backs

1 David Amerson | 6-3, 194, JR

25 Dontae Johnson | 6-3, 196, JR

Amerson is the more dangerous cover men on the defensive side of the ball.  He leads the team with 3 interceptions (look for him to be the one that tries to cover Dorsett when they go into man coverage).  He also has 14.5 tackles while Johnson has chipped in with 12.

Safeties

30 Brandan Bishop | 6-2, 205, SR

27 Earl Wolff | 6-0, 207, RS SR

The odd thing about the 2 safeties for the Wolfpack is that they both are 1 and 2 on the team in tackles.  I can’t particularly say this is good or bad but it’s something to take note of.  Bishop leads the team with 27 tackles while Wolff has 23.  Each player also has a pick.

SPECIAL TEAMS

K – 32 Niklas Sade | 6-3, 200, SO

Niklas has been 3 for 6 on field goal attempts including 1 for three beyond the 30 yard mark.  Of his 21 kickoffs, 12 have been touchbacks.

P – 36 Wil Baumann | 6-4, 185, SO   

Will has averaged 40.2 yards per punt on 20 punts.  He has had 10 fair catches, 2 touchbacks, and 4 inside the 20.

KR – 4 Tobais Palmer | 5-11, 175, RS SR

Tobias has had a modest time returning kicks this year by averaging 26.1 yards per attempt with 7 attempts, including a long of 43 yards.

PR – 2 Rashard Smith | 5-11, 176, RS JR

Smith has taken one to the house this year, a 73 yard return which has given him a nice average for the year of 12 yards on 10 chances.

Aside from their opening game against Tennessee, NC State has not faced another formidable opponent.  Granted they beat a tough UConn team 10-7, but between The Citadel last week and South Alabama the week before,  there is still a lot of questions surrounding this team that may not have found its identity yet.  NC State is a good team that can win this game.  If the Canes come out like they did last week and finish like they did last week they should easily get the win.  They have won 2 in a row so this is something that they should build on.

Go Canez!

~Delray

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Miami vs. GA Tech Preview

~ The following article was contributed by beloved Eye of the Hurricane blogger, Delray ~

This week the Miami Hurricanes continue the 2012 season and will try to put a small winning streak together as they take on the Yellow Jackets of Georgia Tech, Saturday at 3:00 pm at Bobby Dodd Stadium. The Yellow Jackets are coming off a very convincing victory against an injury-depleted Virginia team in which the Yellow Jackets amassed almost 600 yards of offense, 461 of which came on the ground.

OFFENSE

Quarterback

13 Tevin Washington | 6-0, 205, SR

Just as past QBs for Georgia Tech have shown, Tevin is in the same mold, run first and maybe sprinkle a few passes in here and there. Tevin has rushed for 253 yards on 39 carries, while he has completed 23 out of 34 pass attempts for 382 yards. On foot he has accounted for 4 touchdowns, while in the air he has thrown for 3.

Running Backs

25 Robert Godhigh | 5-7, 188, JR

37 Zach Laskey | 6-1, 208, SO

17 Orwin Smith | 6-0, 205, SR

Laskey is the main “go-to” back of the 3-headed triple option run by the Yellow Jackets so far this year. Zach has 187 yards on 28 carries and 1 touchdown. Orwin Smith will also see some hand offs as he has rushed for 138 yards on 11 carries. All in all, the Yellow Jackets have had 13 different people rush this year for 1,122 yards with a 6.9 yard per carry average.

 

Wide Receivers

83 Jeremy Moore | 6-3, 183, JR

81 Jeff Greene | 6-4, 210, SO

If you are a wide receiver coming out of high school, why would you choose Georgia Tech? The Yellow Jackets under Paul Johnson run one of the heaviest run offenses in the country. When a pass play is called and it is successful, it will usually catch the defense off guard and be a huge gain. So far the Yellow Jackets have an average of 19 yards per completion. Jeff Greene has led the receiving corps so far this year with 5 receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown. Jeremy Moore has chipped in with 3 receptions for 64 yards.

Offensive Line

64 Ray Beno | 6-2, 292, JR

70 Shaquille Mason | 6-1, 305, SO

50 Jay Finch | 6-3, 285, JR

77 Omoregie Uzzi | 6-3, 307, SR

52 Will Jackson | 6-3, 290, JR

The offensive line of Georgia Tech (a.k.a. The Ankle Bitters) will not yield too many sacks due to the type of offense they run. So far this year they have only yielded 4 sacks.

DEFENSE

Nose Tackle

90 T.J. Barnes | 6-7, 345, SR

Yes, I did double check these numbers. 6-7 345 lb. Nose tackle. He doesn’t get into the backfield too often but clogs up the middle and allows the linebackers to roam. So far on the year he has 5 tackles.

Defensive Ends

93 Emmanuel Dieke | 6-6, 270, JR

94 Izaan Cross | 6-4, 300, SR

Emmanuel and Izaan have combined for 11 tackles with 1.5 being for loss. They have no sacks so far in this young season.

Linebackers

11 Brandon Watts | 6-2, 238, JR

45 Jeremiah Attaochu | 6-3, 240, JR

32 Jabari Hunt-Days | 6-3, 252, FR

54 Quayshawn Nealy | 6-1, 232, SO

The line backing crew is a very busy bunch. Hunt-Days, a RS Freshman, leads the group with 19 tackles, with 2 being for a loss. Nealy follows with 18 tackles, with Watts just behind him with 17 and a sack. Attaochu has chipped in with 13.

Corner Backs

14 Jemea Thomas | 5-11, 195, JR

6 Rod Sweeting | 6-0, 184, SR

The cornerbacks have no interceptions this season but are very aggressive with 13 tackles each.

Safeties

1 Isaiah Johnson | 6-2, 208, JR

4 Jamal Golden | 6-0, 188, SO

Johnson, the strong safety, is a safety/lb combo player. His 18 tackles is 2nd on the team and he also has a sack. Golden will drop back into coverage with the safeties.

Special Teams

44 David Scully | 6-2, 202, JR – Kicker

Scully has converted both attempted field goals this season both from 30-39 yards out and is 18 – 18 on his extra point attempts. He also has 9 touchbacks on 21 kickoffs this year.

82 Sean Poole | 6-1, 160, JR – Punter

Sean has 13 punts this season with a 40.5 yard average.

Returns

14 Jemea Thomas | 5-11, 195, JR

Not much here. Jemea has had 2 punt returns with a long of 3 yards and a short of 1 yard. You can do the math on this one.

17 Orwin Smith | 6-0, 205, SR

Orwin has averaged 21.5 yards per return on kickoffs with a long of 26 yards.

In order for Miami to compete in his game, they must play a very disciplined defense. We have done well against Georgia Tech the past few seasons, one of which was a start for Stephen Morris in this same place. Georgia Tech likes to get out quick on teams and the Canes have had to try to dig themselves out so far. Miami needs to try to get up on Georgia Tech and score first, stick to the game plan, and let the Yellow Jackets chase them. The past games are in the past with no rear view mirror. I believe this young team has learned a tremendous amount since the season has begun. If Miami wins this game it will put them in great position to compete for the division title. This could be the corner we are looking to turn.

See you in Atlanta!

Go Canez!

~Delray

Miami vs. Bethune Cookman Preview

~ The following article was contributed by beloved Eye of the Hurricane blogger, Delray ~

This week the Miami Hurricanes continue the 2012 season with their third game of the year against the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats.  I know the Canes have not had great luck against the “Wildcats” lately.  Let’s hope that these Wildcats have a bark worse than their bite.  I do not have a much information on the Bethune-Cookman team available to me as I typically do, but I can give you what I know.

Last year the Hurricanes got burnt pretty bad by Bethune Cookman.   Granted, the Canes won the game 45-14, but it was more the stat sheet that caused some unrest amongst the Cane Nation.  The Wildcats had 24 first downs to Miami’s 15,  442 yards to Miami’s 335, and dominated time of possession almost 2-1.  At the end of the 1st quarter, Miami found themselves in a 7-0 hole having to fight back.  Not the kind of domination we are used to when we are playing a clearly lesser opponent.

Quarterback

The Wildcats run a dual quarterback system.  Both Jackie Wilson and Brock Waters can throw the ball, but so far this season Waters is more apt to tuck the ball and run.  Based on last week’s Miami game, he will probably see more action than Wilson, although Wilson did play more than Waters in the previous game,  a 27-14 victory over South Carolina State.

Running Back 

Isidore Jackson and Rodney Scott handle the running duties.  Isidore is averaging over 100 yards per game on 21 touches for a 4.9 yards per carry average.  Scott is the lesser-used back but has 2 touchdowns with a 6.6 yards per carry average.  Scott is more apt to crack a long run as he can be dangerous once he breaks free in the secondary.

Wide Receivers

Eddie Poole and KJ Stroud handle the receiving for the receiving duties for the Wildcats.  Eddie has racked up 157 yards on 7 catches for the year.  When he is not open, look for the  KJ Stroud to be the second option.  KJ has 6 receptions for 83 yards.

Tight End

The Wildcats are a team that will use the TE as a blocking TE.  So far this season Jordan Murphy has 1 reception for 4 yards.  He should not be much of a threat.

Defense

Defensive Line

DE 50 RICHARDSON,LeBrandon
DT 91 TONEY,Tevin
DT 99 LOVE,Harold
DE 47 FLOYD,Markeil

Linebackers

WLB 13 LANE,DAWUD
MLB 41 MARCELLON,Nesly
SLB 9 DANTZLER,Tavar

Secondary

RC 21 BURKE,Tim
FS 7 ADDISON,Nick
SS 23 HOWARD,D.J.
LC 29 HANKS,Dion

 

In the game vs. SC State last week,  the Wildcats defense had 5 tackles for loss,  2 interceptions and 2 sacks.  LeBrandon Richardson is the star on this defensive side of the ball accounting for 2 of the tackles for loss and 2 sacks.  In the secondary,  Dion Hanks had both picks for the Wildcats.

Special Teams

Kory Kowalski

So far this year Kory has 13 punts for a 37.5 average with a long of 47.

Returns

Jazz Moss and Tyree Green handle the kick-off returns averaging only about 15 yards per return.  Courtney Keith will do the punt returns.  He has 3 returns thus far for 24 yards.

This may be the type of game the Canes need to bounce back after being humbled last week.  A lot of people will be looking at not just if the Canes win or lose,  but how they respond.  Had the Canes won last week it would have been a great turnout for their home opener.  Don’t let the fact that they lost last week curtail you from attending this week’s game.  Let’s get some momentum going and head into Atlanta the following week and start building on each win –  something the 2011 team struggled with.

Hope to see you all Saturday!

~Delray

Miami vs. Kansas State Preview

~ The following article was contributed by beloved Eye of the Hurricane blogger, Delray ~

This week the Miami Hurricanes continue the 2012 season with their second game of the year against the Wildcats from Kansas State.  Kansas State comes in with a strong team that returns 8 starters on offense and 6 on defense.  Kansas State opened with a convincing 51-9 victory last week vs. Missouri State in which the Wildcats racked up 493 total yards.  They also gave up 418.  This could be another barn-burner like we saw in Chestnut Hill this past weekend as the Canes open against their first ranked team this season.

Offense
 
Quarterback

7 Collin Klein | 6-5, 226, SR

Most of us recall Colin Klein from last year’s game as he sliced and diced our defense with precision passing and his ability to run the ball.  The senior Heisman candidate is the heart and soul of the team.  As he goes, so goes the Wildcats offense.  He finished with 1,161 yards rushing last year and 1,918 passing.  If the Canes can stop him,  they will win the game.
 
Running Back
 
33 John Hubert | 5-7, 185, JR

John comes in after having a very promising sophomore season,  rushing for 970 yards on 200 carries. That’s an impressive 4.8 yards per carry.  Look for the Wildcats to try to confuse the Canes defense with plenty of option plays involving John and QB Klein.
 
Wide Receivers

16 Tyler Lockett | 5-11, 170, SO
3 Chris Harper | 6-1, 225, SR
86 Tramaine Thompson | 5-7, 165, JR

Harper is the returning leader of the bunch with 40 catches for 547 yards and 5 touchdowns last year.  But Lockett may be the the gem of the group.  After winning the Big 12 offensive Freshman of the Year Award last year,  he should explode onto the scene. Thompson looks to improve on his 21 receptions and 338 receiving yards in 2011.

Tight End

80 Travis Tannahill | 6-3, 245, SR

Tannahill may be the best blocking tight end in the country and when Klein gets in a bind, he is a more than apt security blanket.  He is underutilized in the current system having only caught 10 balls last year.  However,  he cannot be ignored as a receiver.

Offensive Line

66 B.J. Finney | 6-4, 297, SO
79 Keenan Taylor | 6-4, 278, JR
50 Nick Puetz | 6-4, 306, SR
55 Cody Whitehair | 6-5, 300, FR
78 Cornelius Lucas | 6-8, 331, JR

In 2011, the offensive line allowed the Wildcat offense to gain 2,411 yards rushing.  They yielded 42 sacks for a loss of 246 yards.

Defense

Defensive Tackles

96 John Sua | 6-0, 290, SR
92 Vai Lutui | 6-2, 280, SR

Vai played in all 13 games last season and recorded a sack along with 2.5 tackles-for-loss.  Sua played sparingly in 4 games last year and will get his chance to play as a senior this year. 
 
Defensive Ends
55 Adam Davis | 6-0, 254, SR
42 Meshak Williams | 6-3, 245, SR

The two returning starting defensive ends combined in 2011 for 11 sacks with 18 tackles-for-loss.  They will definitely test our offensive line come Saturday.
 
Linebackers

4 Arthur Brown | 6-1, 223, RS 
50 Tre Walker | 6-3, 222, JR
2 Justin Tuggle | 6-3, 227, SR

We all know the Arthur Brown story so I’ll spare the details.  Arthur recorded 101 tackles last year, 9.5 tackles-for-loss and 2 sacks and will be all over the field.  Walker was next with 52 tackles including 3 for a loss.  This will be Tuggle’s first opportunity to get some significant playing time as he played in 4 games last season recording 1 tackle.
 
Corner Backs

3 Allen Chapman | 5-11, 180, SR
24 Nigel Malone | 5-10, 176, SR

Both corners are returning starters from last season combining for 23 passes defended.  Malone was top on the team with 7 interceptions while Chapman had a solo.
 
Safeties

23 Jarard Milo | 6-1, 188, SR
12 Ty Zimmerman | 6-1, 202, JR

Zimmerman is the returning starter from last year recording 58 tackles, 1 sack and 2 interceptions.  Milo did see action in 12 games last season but with limited playing time.
 
Special Teams

10 Anthony Cantele | 5-10, 189, SR – Kicker

Anthony was 17 of 23 in field goals last year including 4 of 7 beyond 40.  He has a long of 54 so he has a leg and experience.
 
38 Mark Krause | 6-1, 212, SO – Punter.

This will be Mark’s first year as the punter, however, he did beat out last years’ starter, Ryan Doerr, who averaged 41 yards per punt in 2011.
 
Returns

16 Tyler Lockett | 5-11, 170, SO

Tyler will handle both the kickoff and punt returns.  As mentioned earlier, he was the 2011 Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year, an award he received more so for his return ability than his play at wide receiver.  He is most dangerous in returning kickoffs. Last year he average 35.2 yards per return while housing 2 of them, including a 100 yard return.  This will be a great test for our special teams who looked good in this area last week.
 
In sizing up the Hurricanes’ opponent this coming week,  the one thing that stands out is the amount of seniors the Wildcats have starting.  They are experienced and, as most teams coached by Bill Snyder,  they are disciplined.  The Hurricanes could really learn a lot from looking at last year’s Kansas State team.  They were a little more disciplined,  a little more conditioned and had a little more desire.  As a result, the Wildcats won 10 games.  What was interesting was how they won 10 games.  8 of those wins came by a total of 33 points.  Any of those games could have gone either way.

Miami vs. Boston College Eagles Preview

~ The following article was contributed by beloved Eye of the Hurricane blogger, Delray ~

It’s been a long summer.  Just like Tom Petty sang, “the waiting is the hardest part.”  Well friends and fellow Canes fans, the waiting is almost over.  This coming Saturday our beloved Miami Hurricanes travel into the Chestnut Hill area of Newton, Massachusetts and take on the Eagles of Boston College.  Like last year, I’ll be taking a look at our Canes opponents every week to try to gauge what will be in store for us.  With Boston College being our first opponents, it’s not as easy to predict who will start at certain positions and such.  Boston College has had some significant injuries both on the offensive and defensive side of the ball.  So I’m going to take a shot at it and we can always discuss on the blog if there are any changes.

OFFENSE: Boston College returns 9 starters from last season including:

Quarterback:

  • Chase Rettig #11, Height: 6-foot-3, Weight: 212 pounds, Class Year: JR

As Chase goes, so do the Eagles.  Chase had a Heisman-like performance last time he was on the field against the Hurricanes. Come to think of it, most QB’s did last year.  Besides that he completed 54% of his passes for 2011 with 12 TDs and 9 INTs.  This all computed to a quarterback rating of 12.2.

Wide Receivers and TEs:

  • Colin Larmond #1, Height: 6-foot-3, Weight: 202 pounds, Class Year: SR
  • Alex Amidon #83, Height: 5-foot-11, Weight: 185 pounds, Class Year: JR
  • Jonathan Coleman #14, Height: 6-foot-4, Weight: 208 pounds, Class Year: JR
  • Mike Naples #89, Height: 6-foot-4, Weight: 240 pounds, Class Year: JR

The Eagles where dealt a blow to their receiving ranks when both their top receiver and tight end went out with injuries.  Chris Pantele, a senior tight end, and Bobby Swigert, the best returning receiver from last year, will be watching from the sidelines due to injuries.  Lammond, who went 1,220 yards on 68 catches last year, is the deep threat the Canes need to worry about.  Amidon and Coleman combined for almost 900 yards on 55 receptions.  Look for the Eagles to use RB Tahj Kimble in the slot as an option. Mike Naples finished 2011 with 1 catch for 8 yards and was primarily a blocking back behind Pantele.

Running Back:

  • Andre Williams #44, Height: 6-foot-0, Weight: 222 pounds, Class Year: JR
  • Rolandan Finch #28, Height: 5-foot-10, Weight: 209 pounds, Class Year: JR

There was a sigh of relief that went out through the ACC defenses when word spread that Montell Harris would no longer be playing for the Eagles.  That faded quickly when we were reminded that he didn’t play last year against Miami either when a 3-8 team embarrassed the Canes at home.  This year, look for the Eagles to rotate Williams and Finch as different situations arise.  Finch, or “Deuce” as he is known, is a bruiser who had a career day against Maryland last year rushing for 242 yards.  It’s just a hunch, but look for Chase to use both of these guys out of the backfield on short passes if the Canes are not able to apply pressure at the line of scrimmage.

Offensive Line:

  • Ian White #62, Center, Height: 6-foot-5, Weight: 303 pounds, Class Year: JR
  • Bobby Vardaro #76, Guard, Height: 6-foot-5, Weight: 301 pounds, Class Year: SO
  • Harris Williams #64, Guard, Height: 6-foot-4, Weight: 301 pounds, Class Year: SO
  • John Wetzel #73, Tackle, Height: 6-foot-8, Weight: 302 pounds, Class Year: SR
  • Emmett Cleary #77, Tackle, Height: 6-foot-7, Weight: 303 pounds, Class Year: JR

As Miami was once known as quarterback “U,” Boston College should be known as O-Line College.  Through the past 10 years the Eagles have turned out numerous offensive lineman that have gone on to have productive years in the NFL including Lions tackle Gosder Cherilus, a first-round draft pick in ’08; Bucs tackle Jeremy Trueblood, second round in ’06; Giants guard Chris Snee, second round in ’04; Patriots center Dan Koppen, fifth round in ’03; Cowboys tackle Marc Colombo, a first-round pick of the Bears in ’02; and most recently Anthony Costanzo, a first round pick of the Colts in 2011.  Obviously they are teaching the offensive line something up there and it is working.  With all the injuries to their receivers, the Eagles will need to work extra hard as teams will be gearing up for the run.

DEFENSE:

Defensive Line:

  • Kasim Edebali #91, Defensive End, Height: 6-foot-2, Weight: 249 pounds, Class Year: JR
  • Kaleb Ramsey #96, Defensive Tackle, Height: 6-foot-3, Weight: 302 pounds, Class Year: SR
  • Dillon Quinn #92, Defensive Tackle, Height: 6-foot-6, Weight: 292 pounds, Class Year: JR
  • Brian Mihalik #99, Defensive End, Height: 6-foot-8, Weight: 285 pounds, Class Year: Soph

The Eagles got some good news when Ramsey was granted an additional year due to an injury that kept him out of every game but the opener last year.  They will be strong and have depth at the DT position.  On the outside, they are a bit weaker as they only accounted for 11 sacks last year.  Add to that Max Holloway, the leading end from last year, left school early.  This will be a good test for the Canes to open the inside up.  If that doesn’t work, look for more runs to the outside.

Linebackers:

  • Steele Divitto #49, Linebacker, Height: 6-foot-3, Weight: 220 pounds, Class Year: JR
  • Kevin Pierre-Louis #24, Linebacker, Height: 6-foot-1, Weight: 212 pounds, Class Year: JR
  • Sean Duggan #34, Linebacker, Height: 6-foot-4, Weight: 228 pounds, Class Year: SO 

A lot of people are thinking that now that Luke Kuechly no longer roams the middle, teams can come in and have their way with this Eagles defense.  Not so fast, my friends.  Kevin Pierre-Louis has stepped into this spot and will fill in nicely.  No he is no Luke, but will get the job done.  This year’s linebacking crew will be a bit smaller than last year’s, but should have decent speed  are very instinctive and are capable of making plays.  Again, this will be a good test for our offensive line.

Secondary:

  • Jim Noel #23, Defensive Back, Height: 6-foot-4, Weight: 185 pounds, Class Year: SR
  • C.J. Jones #6, Defensive Back, Height: 5-foot-11, Weight: 178 pounds, Class Year: SO
  • Manuel Asprilla #21, Defensive Back, Height: 5-foot-10, Weight: 167 pounds, Class Year: SO
  • Josh Keyes #25, Defensive Back, Height: 6-foot-2, Weight: 208 pounds, Class Year: SO

The Eagles did well in the secondary allowing only 8 passing touchdowns in 12 games.  There top corner is Asprilla, who comes off last year with 30 tackles and 3 break ups.  While the Eagles do lack a true lock down corner, they do have depth and due to that competition they have created, they have pushed themselves to be better.  One thing they will need to be more effective with will be a productive pass rush to force the opposing teams QB into bad decisions.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

  • Nate Freese #85, Kicker, Height: 6-foot-0, Weight: 181 pounds, Class Year: JR
  • Gerald Levano #32, Punter, Height: 6-foot-2, Weight: 210 pounds, Class Year: SR

As far as kickers go, Nate Freese has been consistently inconsistent. Although going 10 for 16, he did hit a career long back in 2011 with a 52 yard field goal.  Freese also connected on 4 field goals over 40 yards in length, yet missed a 23 yarder.  If he can put it all together, he may be the difference is a few games and the difference between if Boston College goes bowling or not.  After a few years of waiting in the wings, Gerald Levano gets his first crack as the punter for the Eagles.

The Streak: Weeks 144-149

~ The following article was contributed by esteemed Eye of the Hurricane blogger, Delray ~

I’ve been putting off writing this article for a little while,  partly due to procrastination but mostly because of the melodrama that this is the final segment.  Like all good things that come to an end, one of the most significant streaks in college/pro sports also follows the same path.  So with bitterness and a smile, here is the last segment of “The Streak.”

Week #144

Week 5 in the 2011 season saw an absolute decimation on the part of the 49ers who completely destroyed the Bucs 48-3.  Frank Gore lead the way with 125 yards rushing including a 2 yard run.  In North Carolina,  Greg Olsen had a 5 yard touchdown pass from Cam Newton in the 4th quarter to put the Panthers up late,  but Drew Brees with the help of Jimmy Graham,  who had 8 catches for 129 yards,  scored on a 6 yard pass to Pierre Thomas with 57 seconds remaining to give the Saints the win 30-27.

Week #145

Frank Gore kept the 49ers going, notching their 5th win in 6 tries with a 25-19 victory over the Lions.  Gore had 141  yards rushing on 15 carries including a 1 yard touchdown run.  It still baffles me that teams will still kick to Devin Hester.  This time the Vikings decided to roll the dice on a kick-off and the end result was something we have seen too often . . . a 98 yard kick-off return for a touchdown.  Couple that with a 48 yard touchdown pass from Jay Cutler and this had the makings of a blow-out.  Bears 39 – Vikings 10.

Week #146  

Speaking of blow outs,  when’s the last time you can recall a team getting beat by 55 points?  No, I’m not talking about Oklahoma or Nebraska in the 80s when they played schools like The Community College of Wyoming,  I’m talking Sundays.  Well, on the 7th week of the 2011 season, the Saints made the Colts their bitch.  There is no other way to put it.  Contributing to this old fashion beat down, Jimmy Graham had short 2 touchdown catches from Drew Brees.  Final score: Saints 62 – Colts 7.  Ouch!  Another tight end scoring this week was  Kellen Winslow II, who hauled in a 2 yard pass from Josh Freeman for a score.  It was just not enough, as the Bears squeaked by the Bucs 24-18.

Week #147

I believe we  have a new entry to the streak this week:  Jonathan Vilma fell on a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown.  After further review . . . this is actually his 2nd touchdown.  The first came back in 2004.  But we’ll take it anyway.  The Saints did fall to the previously-winless Rams 31-21.   Frank Gore and the 49ers picked up where they left off after a bye week.  Frank had 134 yards rushing including a 4 yard touchdown run as the 49ers improved to 6-1 with a 20-10 victory over the Browns.  In North Carolina, 2 former Cane tight ends got on the score sheet.  Jeremy Shockey scored on a 1 yard pass from Can Newton while Greg Olsen hauled in a 39 yarder.  This game came down to the wire, but an Olindo Mare missed field goal from 31 yards out gave the Vikings the victory, 24-21.

Week #148

Up in Denver, Willis McGahee brought the Broncos back in the 2nd half for a victory over the Oakland Raiders 38-24.  Willis had 163 yards rushing on 20 carries including scores from 60 and 24 yards out.  Kellen Winslow II caught a short 5 yard pass from Josh Freeman this week, but the Bucs dropped one in the Dome 27-16.

Week #149

In Week 11, the Lions and Bears met in Soldier Field, and I guess the Lions didn’t get the “DON’T KICK TO DEVIN HESTER” memo.  Devin ran another punt back from 82 yards as the Bears defeated the Lions 37-13.  Also scoring this week was Jimmy Graham, who had a 21 yard TD reception from Drew Brees as the Saints defeated the Falcons in OT 26-23.

Week #150

Almost!  Most of you are aware that a touchdown pass to Kellen Winslow was negated by a offensive pass interference call.  Oddly enough, Sam Shields – another Cane – was covering Kellen on the play.  A few other notes,  Peyton Manning was out so Reggie Wayne’s production dropped off as a result.  In Denver, DJ Williams caused a fumble but Matt Slauson beat him to the ball in the end zone for the defensive touchdown  (we should at least get an assist on that one).  Oh well,  like I mentioned earlier,  all good things must come to an end. 

I’d like to thank all of you for the thumbs up on Facebook.  It’s nice to know someone out there is enjoying this as much as I am.  Thanks to the Canes who made The Streak possible.

I’ll be back next week with a preview of the Boston College Eagles, our first opponent for the 2012 season.

Go Canez!

~ Delray

The Streak: Weeks 137-143

~ The following article was contributed by beloved Eye of the Hurricane blogger, Delray ~

Welcome back, Canes fans, it’s everybody’s favorite time of the week. No, not because it’s Friday but because it’s time for the next segment of The Streak. Today we will look at weeks 137 thru 143, which will take us through the last three weeks of the 2010 season and the first four weeks of the 2011 season. No new faces this week, just a bunch of Canes grinding out the only way they know how.

Week #137

The 15th week of the 2010 season saw 3 Canes score multiple touchdowns. In Dallas, Santana Moss had 2 touchdowns receptions, one from 10 and another from 5 yards out. This was a shoot out in Texas with the Cowboys prevailing 33-30 with a last minute field goal. Jimmy Graham continued his dominance with the Saints by getting the scoring started with an 18 yard pass from Drew Brees. The two would connect again from 1 yard out, but the Ravens finished strong in the 4th quarter to get the 30-24 win. The Bears continued their march towards the post-season with a 40-14 thrashing of Minnesota. Devin Hester scored on a 15 yard pass from Jay Cutler and then ran back a punt 64 yards. Really! Teams actually still kick to him? Anyways… Andre Johnson only scored once and the Texans could have used more scoring all around as they came up short against the Titans 31-17. Andre scored on a 12 yard pass from Matt Schuab.

Week #138

Keeping up the multiple touchdown format, Kevin Winslow II had finished the day with 7 receptions for 98 yards including 2 touchdowns from 21 and 10 yards out from Josh Freeman. The Bucs inched closer to the playoffs with a 38-15 win at home against the Seahawks. Devin is back from last week this time helping push the Bears to a 38-34 victory at the hands of the Jets. Devin connected with Jay Cutler from 25 yards out as the Bears improved to 11-4 on the season.

Week #139

JIMMMMYYYY. I think we all just love saying that. Mostly when Jimmy Graham finds the end zone. Jimmy connected with Drew Brees from 4 yards out but the Saints fell to the Bucs 23-13. We can’t go too long without bringing up Reggie Wayne. Reggie scored from 7 yards out on a pass from Peyton as the Colts managed to beat the Titans 23-20 on a 43 yard field goal as time expired. I swear Adam Vinatieri has ice in his veins. Not only did it win the game for the Colts, it allowed them to get into the post-season as well.

Week #140

We’ll start 2011 off the way we ended 2010: with Reggie Wayne scoring on a 6 yard touchdown pass from ….wait…Kerry Collins? That’s right, Peyton has neck surgery and caused him to miss the entire 2011 season. I always believed Peyton was one of the more important non-Canes as far as the having an impact on The Streak. I truly believe if he was not hurt it would still be going. The Colts lost the game 34-6 to the Titans. On the other side of the ball, Andre Johnson had a nice game catching a 4 yard pass from Matt Schuab to go along with his 98 yards. Reggie also had a respectable game with 7 catches for 103 yards. Jimmy kept getting better and better for the Saints as he connected with Drew Brees from 5 yards out but this was a party to celebrate in Green Bay as the Packers defeated the Saints 42-34.

Week #141

Week 2 of the 2011 season saw Andre Johnson continue his pace in his hometown as the Texans came into Miami and beat the Dolphins 23-13. Andre had 7 catches for 93 yards including a 23 yard pass as the Texans improved to 2-0. In a new city but the same results, Willis McGahee scored from a short distance as the Broncos squeaked by the Bengals 24-22. Willis had 101 yards on the day. Another back scoring for his team was Frank Gore, who scored also from a short distance. The 49ers let this one slip away giving up a 10 point 4th quarter lead and losing in overtime 27-24 to the Cowboys. On the same topic of tight games. Santana Moss connected with on an 18 yard pass from Rex Grossman in the 4th quarter to help the Redskins defeated the Cardinals 22-21 pushing the Redskins to 2-0.

Week #142

Willis McGahee continued to provide dividends for the Broncos after he was released by the Ravens in the offseason. This time scoring on a 5 yard pass from Kyle Orton. In the end though, the Titans prevailed on a late 4th quarter touchdown to defeat the Broncos 17-14. Jimmy Graham helped the Saints notch their 2nd win in a row connecting with Drew Brees from 27 yards out for a 40-33 victory against the previously undefeated Texans. Two Canes in this game eclipsed the century mark. Jimmy had 100 yards on 4 catches and Andre Johnson, although he didn’t score, had 7 catches for 128 yards on the day. Another Cane that showed up in a new city this year was Greg Olsen. Greg scored the game winning touchdown on a 16 yard pass from Cam Newton as the Panthers defeated the Jaguars 16-10.

Week #143

In just a little over a year, Jimmy Graham has made a name for himself as one of the top tight ends in the league. Jimmy scored his 3rd touchdown in four weeks connecting with Brees on a short pass as the Saints defeated the Jaguars 23-10. Jimmy finished the game with 10 catches for 132 yards. Another of the top tight ends in the league, Greg Olsen, returned to his former team to catch a late pass from Cam Newton but the Panthers came up short to the Bears in Chicago 34-29. The Panthers would have had a better chance if they didn’t kick to Hester, who ran a punt back from 69 yards out. How about a barn-burner! Frank Gore took a handoff from Alex Smith and took it 12 yards with 3 minutes left as the 49ers defeated the Eagles 24-23. Frank finished the day with 127 yards rushing on 15 carries. The Redskins were a surprise team early on last year, and part of it was due to Santana Moss who scored on a 6 yard reception to help the Redskins off to a 3-1 start with a 17-10 victory against the Rams.

There’s only one more segment left after this one, so hold on for just a little bit longer. After that I’ll have the pregame views of the Canes’ opponents, kicking off with the Canes first opponent, Boston College.