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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.

The Streak: Weeks 131-136‏

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

Well, it’s Friday and we are back with our weekly installment of The Streak.  It is getting close to opening day, so we are going to pick up the action a bit by adding an extra game.  This installment will review weeks 9 through 14 of the 2010 season. This will take us from weeks #131 to #136.  We will see some regulars and two new entries to our list. 

And away we go!

Week # 131

JIMMYYYYY!!!!  We all know what movie that was from by now, but Canes fans were shouting it in Carolina when Jimmy Graham hauled in a 19 yard touchdown pass from Drew as the Saints walloped the Panthers 34-3.  Jeremy Shockey also scored on a 7 yard pass from Drew for the Saints.   Welcome to The Streak, Jimmy!  Also a welcome goes out to Javarris James who scored twice for the Colts, who lost a close one on the road to the Eagles 26-24.  Javarris’ runs came on rushes of 6 and 1 yard out.  In Buffalo,   Greg Olsen scored on a 4 yard pass from Jay Cutler to give the Bears the early lead that they did not relinquish despite a Roscoe Parrish 14 yard touchdown reception.  The Bears won on a 4th touchdown by Earl Bennett 22-19.  At home in Baltimore,  Willis McGahee scored on a 32 yard rush as the Ravens defeated the Dolphins 26-10.

Week #132

Back from last week after breaking the ice with his first few scores,  Javarris James returns with a 3 yard touchdown run in the Colts 23-17 victory over the Bengals.  In Chicago, both Devin Hester and Greg Olsen were recipients of passes from Jay Cutler that they turned into scores.  Devin’s was from 19 yards out while Greg’s from 17 as the Bears defeated the Vikings 27-13.   Out on the bay,  Frank Gore had a short 1 yard touchdown, but it was needed as the 49ers got by the Rams in overtime, 23-20.  In Jacksonville,  Andre Johnson had 9 catches for 146 yards including a 9 yard touchdown pass from Matt Schaub.  He couldn’t do it alone, though, as the Texans dropped one to the Jaguars 31-24.  And finally in Tampa, Kellen Winslow scored for the 1st time of the season to help the Bucs defeat the Panthers 31-16.  Kellen scored on a 20 yard pass from Josh Freeman late in the 2nd quarter.

Week #133

A couple of receivers were absent for a few weeks are back in week #11 of the 2010 season.  Reggie Wayne had 107 yards in receiving, including an 11 yard touchdown pass from Peyton who threw for almost 400 yards as well.  Normally, this would translate to a Colts win but this game was played in New England and belonged to the Patriots defense, who forced 3 interceptions in a 31-28 win.   In an overtime thriller,  Santana Moss scored on a 5 yard pass from Donovan McNabb as the Redskins defeated the Titans 19-16.  Santana totaled 106 yards on 6 catches for the day.  In Carolina,   Ray Lewis picked off a Brian St. Pierre pass late in the 4th quarter and returned it 24 yards to seal the Ravens victory over the Panthers 37-13.

Week #134

Back after scoring his 1st touchdown in week #10,  Kellen Winslow is back as the Bucs tried to get a firm spot on the playoffs.  The Ravens had other ideas, and despite Kellen’s 5 yard touchdown reception,  the Bucs fell to the Ravens 17-10.  Also attempting to set up a favorable playoff position were the Bears who hung on to win 31-26 over the Eagles despite leading 28-13 early in the 3rd.  That lead was made possible by a 9 yard reception by Greg Olsen on a pass from Jay Cutler.  The win pushed the Bears to 8-3 and dropped the Eagles to 7-4.  One team not going to the playoffs was the Texans.  But that didn’t stop Andre Johnson to continue his habit of finding the end zone.  Andre scored on a 2 yard pass from Matt Schuab as the Texans shut out the Titans 20-0.

Week #135

Week 13 was the week of the Colts as they accounted for all 3 scores.  Javarris had 2 of them,  both on short runs while Reggie scored on a 34 yard pass from Peyton.  The game itself was spectacular as the Cowboys looked to be on their way to easy victory but the Colts struck back with 21 -forth quarter points only to see it all for not as the Cowboys won in overtime 38-35.

Week #136

Facing the possibility of not reaching the playoffs, the Colts needed to step up and Javarris was their man in week #14 giving the Colts the early lead that they did not let go of in defeating the Titans 30-28.  James’ run came from 1 yard out while Reggie Wayne cracked the 100 yard barrier on 4 catches.  In another nail bitter,  Kellen Winslow scored on a 41 yard pass from Josh Freeman in the 4th quarter to put the Bucs up 17-10 over the Redskins.  Not wanting to roll over the Redskins came back down and scored on a 6 yard pass from Donavan McNabb to Santana Moss with 6 seconds left to tie the score.  Wait,  they still have to kick the extra point right?  Somehow the Redskins botched the extra point and the Bucs held on to a 17-16.   Also showing some late game heroics was Andre Johnson.  Andre’s 5 yard touchdown reception to go with his 46 yard touchdown pass earlier helped the send the Texans into overtime with the Ravens.  Willis McGahee had started the scoring off for the Ravens earlier on a 1 yard run.  When the smoke cleared, the Ravens took the win, 34-28.

The Streak: Weeks 126-130

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

Can you smell it? The smell of freshly cut grass as the morning dew rises off the morning glare as you take the first step outside? You know what that smells like?  Smells like Victory.  It’s that time of season as the 2012 version of the Canes take the field for the opening of fall practice.  Okay,  I just got caught up in the moment.  Today we have the our next installment of The Streak.  This week we will look at weeks 126 through 130 which will encompass weeks 4 thru 8 of the 2010 NFL Season.  There will be no new names just the same few grinding out yard after yard and touchdown after touchdown.

Week #126

Week #4 of the NFL season was actually a bit lackluster for the Canes but they did manage to take one to the house.  In a battle of heavyweights the Ravens came into Pittsburgh for another classic matchup with their division rivals.  The Steelers,  without star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (suspended for alleged rape), gave the Ravens all they could handle.  In the end though, it was the Ravens that prevailed 17-14.  Willis McGahee scored on a 9 yard run in the 2nd quarter to keep The Streak alive.

Week #127

There was a little more action happening this week as the Canes got a hat-trick.  Willis scored again for the Ravens as Baltimore pushed its record to 4-1.  Willis’ score game on a 30 yard run and helped his team to a 31-17 victory over the Broncos.  Frank Gore scored on a 1 yard run late in the 4th but it was just not enough as the Eagles defeated the 49ers 27-24 out on the bay.  Out in the desert,  Jeremy Shockey’s short touchdown pass from Drew Brees gave the Saints a 10-0 early lead but the Cardinals came back late to defeat the visiting Saints 30-20.

Week #128

Week #6 of the 2010 season brought a few receivers into the mix.  Devin Hester did what he does best and took a punt back 89 yards for a score against the Seahawks.  Devin’s return brought the Bears to within 3 but the Seahawks prevailed in the end 23-20.  Andre Johnson and the Texans played host to the Chiefs and Andre scored in a big way!  Down by 3 with 36 tics left on the clock Andre hauled in a pass from Matt Schaub to give Houston the come from behind win 35-31.

Week #129

Willis is back after a week off.  This time scoring on a 2 yard run as the Ravens kept Buffalo in the winless column with a dramatic 37-34 victory in overtime.  The win moved the Ravens to 6-2 on the year.   Santana Moss is back and he helped the Redskins with a hard fought 17-14 victory over the Bears.  Santana had a 24 yard pass reception from Donovan McNabb.  The game was won on 92 yard interception return by DeAngelo Hall.

Week #130

It doesn’t seem like we can go through an entire segment without Reggie does it?  Reggie is back this week catching a 15 yard pass from Peyton as the Colts defeated the Texans 30-17.  In a losing effort,  Andre Johnson had 7 catches for 106 yards and 1 score on a 28 yard pass from Schaub.  Out by the bay,  Frank Gore and the 49ers provided some 4th quarter fireworks scoring 21 4th quarter points to defeat the Broncos 24-16.  Frank rushed 118 yards on 29 carries including a 3 yard run in the 4th to secure the victory.

It’s getting close to the end. Sorry for the spoiler alert, but let’s enjoy this why we can.  I look forward to seeing you all very soon.  I do notice a few of you read the article and either ‘Like” it or comment it on the “Eye of the Hurricane” Facebook page.  It’s good to know that some of you are enjoying this as much as I am!

~Delray~

Willis McGahee Week 122

The Streak: Weeks 121-125

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

Anybody else getting excited? Only 1 week left until practice starts. Can’t wait. Until then, let’s keep The Streak going. This week we will look at weeks # 121 – 125 that encompass the final 2 weeks of the 2009 season and the first 3 weeks of the 2010 season.

Week #121

Andre Johnson returned home to Miami and had a 10 yard touchdown catch as the Texans beat the Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Also catching a touchdown pass this week was Greg Olsen, who scored on a 7 yard pass from Jay Cutler as the Bears beat the Viking in overtime 36-30. On the ground, Frank Gore scored from a yard out as the 49ers defeated the Lions 20-6.

 

Week #122

In Oakland, the Ravens scored three touchdowns and they all came courtesy of Willis McGahee. Willis scored on runs of 2, 77 and 2 yards, respectively, as the Ravens defeated the Raiders by a score of 21-13. Willis had 167 yards rushing on 26 carries for the day. Frank Gore also eclipsed the century mark and had a modest 2 touchdown performance for the 49ers as they defeated the Rams 28-6. Frank had 107 yards rushing to go with his touchdown runs of 28 and 6 yards. Also back from last week is Greg Olsen, who had 5 receptions for 94 yards, including a 7 yard pass from Jay Cutler that helped the Bears defeat the Lions 37-23.

Week #123

Reggie Wayne got in on the action in the first week of the new season with a 14 yard reception from Peyton. All kinds of fireworks this game! Reggie had 100 yards, Austin Collie had 163 yards receiving for the Colts and Peyton had 433 yards passing. This was offset by Arian Foster rushing for 231 yards as the Texans defeated the Colts 34-24. Roscoe Parrish scored on a 31 yard pass play from Trent Edwards but the Bills fell to the Dolphins 15-10. In NY, Willis McGahee rushed for -2 yards but the only yard that mattered was the 1 yard touchdown run as the Ravens won a defensive battle 10-9.

Week #124

The Bears improved to 2-0 in the young season. Both Hester and Olsen scored to help the Bears defeat the Cowboys 27-20. Hester scored on a 9 yard pass reception, while Greg’s came on a 39 yard pass, both from Jay Cutler. Reggie helped the Colts get back to their winning ways catching a 10 yard pass from Peyton, who won the battle of the Mannings as the Colts defeated the Giants 38-14. In Washington, Andre Johnson’s 12 reception 158 yard game tying 4th quarter touchdown performance offset Clinton Portis’s 2 touchdown performance as the Texans defeated the Redskins in overtime 30-27. Andre’s touchdown was a 34 yarder while Clinton had a pair of short scores. And on Monday night in San Francisco, Frank Gore had 112 yards on 20 carries that included a late 4th quarter touchdown run of 7 yards. The Saints however, had other plans, kicking a 25 yard touchdown for the win 35-22.

Week #125

A couple of tight-ends got in on the action this week. Greg Olsen, who has been on a tear, helped the Bears defeat the Packers 20-17 to go to 3-0 on the year. Greg’s touchdown pass came from 9 yards out from Jay Cutler. Also getting in on the act was Devin Hester, who returned a Brad Maynard punt 62 yards for a score. Jeremy Shockey started the scoring off for the Saints with a 2 yard pass from Drew Brees but the Saints dropped one to the Falcons in a 27-24 overtime thriller. Santana Moss had a nice game in St. Louis as he hauled in 6 receptions for 142 yards, including a 21 yard pass from Donovan McNabb, but the Rams scored the final 16 points to give them a come-from-behind 30-16 victory over the Redskins.

I hope you enjoyed the article this week. It’s getting close to the end, as most of you know, but it’s a great ride so enjoy it while it lasts.

Delray

The Streak: Weeks 116-120

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

Happy Friday everyone!  It has been a busier than usual week in Coral Gables with Ray Ray being shown the door and practice due to start in 2 weeks.  Most of us where disappointed by this news as this was his last opportunity to shine when the majority felt he had not lived up to the hype he came in with.   Hopefully he turns it around before it’s too late.

Anyway,  without further delay,  let’s look at this week’s entry for The Streak.  This week we look at weeks #116-120 which will encompass the 11th through 15th weeks of the 2009 season.  Does The Streak end here?  Not if Reggie has anything to say about it!

Week #116

In Lambeau Field,  the 49ers did not fare so well being in a different bay.  The Pack got out to an early lead and hung on 30-24.  Frank Gore didn’t have a great day on the ground but was able to haul in a 10 yard pass from Alex Smith to make it a respectable game.   In Houston,  the Texans and the former team from Houston had it out on Monday night.  This was an exciting game but in the end the Oilers um,  I mean Titans, prevailed 20-17 on a last-minute 52 yard field goal.  Andre Johnson made his contribution with a 12 yard touchdown pass from Matt Schuab in the 2nd quarter.

Week #117

Frank Gore is back this week and he is still catching passes.  Seven of them to be exact.  One was for a 4 yard touchdown from Alex Smith as the 49ers got back into the “W” column with a 20-3 rout of the Jaguars.   Santana Moss and the Redskins lost a tough game to the Eagles 27-24 on a late David Akers field goal.  Santana hauled in a 4 yard pass from Jason Campbell for a score.  In Houston,  Reggie Wayne had a 4 yard touchdown reception from Peyton as the Colts upended the Texans 35-27.  It must have been a tough loss for the Texans as they allowed 21 fourth quarter points.  And in Baltimore in overtime,  the Ravens defeated their division rival Steelers 20-17.  Willis McGahee started the scoring off in the 1st quarter for the Ravens with a 2 yard run.

Week #118

In Green Bay,  the Packers jumped out to a 17-0 lead against the Ravens.  It was too much to overcome, even with a Willis McGahee touchdown, as the Ravens dropped one on the road 27-14.  Over in Jacksonville,  Andre Johnson had 7 receptions for 99 yards including a 1 yard pass from Schaub in a 23-18 loss at the hands of the Jaguars.

Week #119

A couple of guys scoring a couple touchdowns in week #14 of the 2009 season.  For the third week in a row we get to call Willis’ name.  Willis had runs of 8 and 19 yards as the Ravens took some frustration of last week’s loss out on the Lions with 48-3 drubbing. Just like Willis last week,  Andre Johnson came back with a vengeance at the expense of the Seahawks.  Andre had 11 catches for 193 yards including 2 touchdowns from Schuab.   The first being from 64 yards, and the 2nd  from 17 yards out.  Houston just plain beat up on Seattle 34-7.   In prime time some players just shine a bit brighter.  Frank Gore on a Monday game showed up for the 49ers with a 167 yard performance that included a 2 yard touchdown run as the 49ers defeated the Cardinals 24-9 out on the bay.

Week #120

If I had to single one non-Cane out as being the most instrumental in this untouchable streak it would be Peyton Manning.  This week was no different.  Down by 3 late in the game on the road in Jacksonville,   Peyton hit Reggie Wayne for a 65 yard pass on 3rd and 5 for a touchdown.  Not only did it win the game,  it kept The Streak alive as this was the only touchdown scored by a Cane this week.  Perhaps we can give him one of those honorary degrees or something? Thanks Peyton!  And you too, of course, Reggie!

Well,  that brings us 5 games closer to a mark that will probably never be broken.  A bunch of things are going on for college football fans over the next few days.  Vernon Hargraves II will narrow his list to a top 5 tomorrow.  BG,  break out that crystal ball and give it a coupe lucky rubs.  We really want this kid!  Also, Artie Burns will be announcing Monday.  Let’s hope that the pipeline from Northwestern proves a bit more successful than the last time.  And, to top it off, I hear there is a big announcement out of Clemson at noon tomorrow. Not sure what it will be, or if it will affect us. 

Like I said earlier,  only 2 weeks left until practice starts up and a lot of spots are open.  Should get interesting.

~Delray

The Streak: Weeks 111-115

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

TGIF and that means it is time for your weekly installment of The Streak. Today we will look at weeks 6 through 10 of the 2009 season. The Canes are still going strong and have started out with one of their most productive seasons to date.

And away we go…

Week #111

Week # 6 of the 2009 season was a week for the tight ends. Let’s start it off with Jeremy Shockey and the Saints. Jeremy got a little revenge as the Saints beat up on the Giants 48-17. Jeremy caught a 1 yard pass from Drew in the Dome early on to begin the onslaught. Greg Olsen and the Bears didn’t fare as well in Atlanta. Greg hauled in a 2 yard reception from Jay Cutler to tie the game up with the Falcons but Matt Ryan marched his team back down the field for the winning touchdown giving the Falcons a 21-14 victory.

Week #112

wThe seventh week of the 2009 season brought a few more receivers to this week’s recap. Reggie Wayne opened the floodgates for the Colts by scoring the first touchdown of the game on a 6 yard touchdown pass from Peyton in a 42-6 blowout at the hands of the Rams. Chicago didn’t do much better than the Rams did getting the crap kicked out of them by the Bengals 45-10. Seven of those points came on a 5 yard Devin Hester reception in the 4th quarter. And over in England at Wembley Stadium, the Patriots and Bucs had at it. Brandon Meriweather started off the scoring with a 39 yard interception return for a touchdown as the Patriots dropped the Bucs to 0-7 by defeating them 35-7. Brandon had 2 picks on the day.

Week #113

Reggie Wayne was back this week scoring on a 22 yard pass from….wait for it…… (WTF?) Joseph Addai in the 4th quarter that proved to be the game winner as the Colts beat the upset-minded 49ers 18-14 to go to 7-0 on the season. The scoring was started off by none other than Frank Gore who ripped off a 64 yard run early on in this thriller.

Week #114

Week #9 was more about the tight ends with a little bit of Frank. In Tampa, Kellen Winslow scored the first of three 4th quarter Tampa Bay touchdowns to give the Bucs their first win of the season 38-28 over the other bay. Kellen scored on a 4 yard pass from Josh Freeman. If that wasn’t big news, Greg Olsen’s performance in Chicago was. Greg scored 3 touchdowns for the Bears this week but the defense got lit up Kurt Warner and the Cardinals by the score of 41-21. Greg scored on receptions of 33, 3 and 20 yards, all courtesy of Jay Cutler. As promised, a little bit of Frank Gore: Frank had a 3 yard touchdown run in the second quarter but it was the Titans that came out on top 34-27.

Week #115

Frank is back again this week this time willing his team to a 10-6 victory over the Chicago Bears. To go along with the game’s only touchdown, a 14 yard run, Frank broke the century mark on 25 carries. The Bears had a chance at the end but Greg Olsen was unable to haul in a last second pass from Jay Cutler. They always say that in order to be a champion, in your most important games your best players have to be your best players. That means Reggie Wayne. In a classic matchup of the Patriots and the Colts, Reggie dominated by having 10 receptions for 126 yards including the game winner with 7 tics left on the clock. A few of you will remember this game as the game Belichick decided to go for the 1st down on 4th and 2 deep in their own zone only to come up short because he was too afraid to put the ball in Peyton’s hands. Can you blame him when he has a guy like Reggie Wayne to throw to?

Hope you guys enjoyed this week’s article.

Have a safe weekend. We only about 3 weeks left before practice starts, then it will be off to Chestnut Hill for opening day before you know it.

~Delray