Ryan Tannehill is back and eager to make fans excited for 2018

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Number 17 is back in uniform on the practice field with a big smile on his face. 

Every May all NFL teams hold voluntary practices for players to come out and run through plays they do not really use for months. Not really “voluntary” practices, all players come out and get to work in the blistering sun and prepare themselves for training camp essentially.

For number 17, it is pure excitement to be on the field.

Frustrating by watching the game with the coaches, even worse watching practice as well all of 2017. After being sidelined with a torn ACL, Ryan Tannehill couldn’t take the smile off his face in the first day of Dolphins OTA’s. Discouraged by watching the game with the coaches, even worse watching practice as well.

After a season of Jay Cutler under center, Tannehill looks to be more poised and more ready than ever. After six years of Tannehill in Miami, theres not much more to say than he is arguably and above average quarterback. With a frustrating and wavering fan base in Miami, these Dolfans want to see an elite Tannehill. All in all, this may be his last chance to prove himself to the Dolphins and to the city of Miami.

Under the steady eye of head coach Adam Gase, Tannehill has improved through the work they have put in together. Gase has had history with great quarterbacks as in Peyton Manning, other than the fiasco of Cutler last season, Tannehill has improved and can only get better from here.

His last eight games on the field included 215 yards per game, 69.1 percent of his passes were completed, with 13 touchdowns and five interceptions. Let’s face it, he looked pretty good. The five picks are a little too much for eight games, but he looked like a solid quarterback.

You can tell Tannehill was eager and and ambitious to get out on the football field all last season on the sideline. Standing next to Gase and other coaches, listening on in every play, helping and guiding other players through out the game and just being involved constantly along with being on crutches. With a year off he has a better understanding on what Gase and this offense is trying to do to get back in the playoffs.

With some work left to do for the rest of OTA’s and going into training camp this summer, Tannehill and the rest of the gang need to get back on track with their “star” quarterback. It all starts with a healthy Tannehill and the rest will fall into place for the Fins. The multiple weapons Miami acquired through the draft and offseason include Danny Amendola, Albert Wilson, Frank Gore, Mike Gesicki, Durham Smythe and Kalen Ballage. This will give Tannehill a chance to start fresh with some new players and return to the scheme of this offense.

 

Miami vs. LSU Preview

(8) Miami vs. (25) LSU

 DATE: SEPTEMBER 2, 2018

 GAME TIME: 7:30 PM

 WHERE: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

 Overview:

You can’t talk about LSU without acknowledging their supremely talented defense featuring All-American’s Devin White and Greedy Williams. White is the Tigers rover that erupted for 133 tackles in his first full year as a starter. Williams is a long cornerback with elite instincts and ball skills that had six interceptions in 2017. It shouldn’t surprise anybody to see both of these guys taken in the top 10-15 in the 2019 NFL Draft. They are as good as advertised.

Michael Divinity Jr., K’Lavon Chaisson and Jacob Phillips play alongside White at linebacker. Chaisson has extremely high expectations coming into his sophomore year. He has drawn comparisons to former LSU standouts Barkevious Mingo and Arden Key because of his ability to be disruptive off the edge as a pass rusher. He finished with two sacks in his freshman year while playing in 12 games. Divinity Jr. has just 28 career tackles and one career start coming into his junior year. We can expect LSU defensive coordinator, Dave Aranda, to use that group to attack Miami in a similar way that Miami’s Manny Diaz attacks opposing offenses – with a lot of pressure. Chaisson is the guy that Miami is going to see coming in a lot from the edge, but White will be attacking straight up the gut. He had 4.5 sacks a year ago and many seem to believe he was just scratching the surface of his pass rush potential.

Williams is complimented by an extremely talented defensive backs group that features Kristian Fulton, Grant Delpit, true freshman Kelvin Joseph, John Battle, Terrence Alexander and JaCoby Stevens. Those may just sound like names to you right now, but they won’t be Sunday night. It will be the most talented defensive backfield that the Miami Hurricane offense will deal with at any point of this season. Now, that doesn’t mean they are unbeatable. If any receiving group can challenge that unit, it is one that features the talent that Miami is equipped with.

Their defensive line is headlined by junior defensive end Rashard Lawrence, who finished the 2017 season with 3.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. Sophomore Glen Logan is expected to start at the other end and Texas Tech transfer Breiden Fehoko will be the starter at the nose tackle. The average weight among the three starters is 302 pounds. They are large human beings. It is fair to say that an inexperienced Miami front will be severely challenged by this Tigers defense front seven. Miami’s ability to adjust and attack this unit will absolutely be a determining factor in this matchup.

I am not nearly as confident in their offense as I am their defense. Ohio State graduate transfer quarterback, Joe Burrow, is unproven. Nick Brossette, LSU’s starting running back, has ran for 306 yards in his entire career. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, his backup, has just 31 career rushing yards. The LSU Tigers do not have an established running game for the first time in a very long time. They historically rely on their running game heavily. Just last year they carried the ball 563 times compared to 300 pass attempts. If LSU is going to be successful they need to establish the ground game. Yes, they do have Texas Tech transfer Jonathan Giles who was a thousand-yard receiver with the Red Raiders a couple years ago to help on the outside. They also inherit a couple of blue-chip freshman wide receivers Ja’Marr Chase and Terrace Marshall Jr. who are expected to give a spark to the offense from the get go. But none of those guys have played a single meaningful snap in an LSU uniform.

What I am saying, essentially, is that LSU’s offense is depending on five newcomers – not including offensive lineman. I simply cannot imagine a scenario that LSU is able to get into a consistent rhythm and challenge a veteran-led Miami defense that was ranked first nationally in sacks per game and third in turnovers gained in 2017 that returns nine guys with starting experience.

Malik Rosier is going to be challenged right off the bat by a tenacious defense. If Miami wants to win this game, Rosier needs to be better. It is almost that simple. You can look around the entire country and see teams winning and losing games based purely on the quarterback play. There are no more excuses.

The Hurricanes have a back in Travis Homer with over a 1000 career yards and averages 5.9 yards per carry for his career. Deejay Dallas averaged 5.3 yards per attempt in the time he played running back. Star wide receiver Ahmonn Richards is fully healthy for the first time in over a year and is primed for a break-out season that could potentially be his last in a Canes uniform. Then there is Lawrence Cager, Jeff Thomas, Mike Harley, Mark Pope, Brian Hightower, Evidence Njoku. The list goes on. As talented as LSU’s defensive backfield is, I would take Miami’s receiving corps.

Then you throw in the true freshman tight ends. Brevin Jordan was one of the nation’s top tight ends are a high school senior last year and signing to Miami in December 2017. He was named the day one starter and will consistently play alongside another true freshman out of Jacksonville named Will Mallory.

I believe the Hurricanes offense starts with establishing the running game. In Miami’s loss to Pitt they averaged less than two yards per carry. In a monumental win over Notre Dame they averaged 6.2 yards a carry. If Miami can impose their will in the running game early it’s over. The run game will then open up the passing game and the Hurricanes can keep the LSU defense on their heels. This is, of course, best-case scenario.

The reality is that this is going to be a defensive showdown. Miami has one of the top defenses in the entire country and LSU has a new and unproven offense with their third offensive coordinator is as many years. LSU’s defense is elite and Miami’s offense has proven to be explosive at times, but extremely inconsistent. So many things change over an off-season. There is no film to show any improvements LSU has made offensively. We don’t know if Rosier has improved as much as people around the program have said he has. The issue with these pre-season matchups is that it is all based on speculation until the lights come on.

The Prediction

Let’s talk about coaching really quickly. LSU’s head coach Ed Orgeron has a career coaching record of 31-33. He is, however, 15-6 at LSU. It is a significant turnaround from his first stint in

the SEC at Ole Miss, where he went 10-25 from 2005-2007. Against top 10 opponents, Orgeron is 2-10. Against ranked opponents, he is 7-17.

Mark Richt, on the other hand, has a record of 164-58 and is the reigning ACC Coach of the Year. From a purely coaching standpoint, Miami has the clear upper hand. I think that is one of the quietest factors in this game.

This is a game between unfamiliar opponents that are going to have to feel one another out. It is not like it is the sixth week of the season and they can go watch film on one another schemes and personnel from the past couple of weeks. Both of these teams are establishing new identities that will be displayed openly for the first time on the pitch of grass inside the $1.15 billion-dollar stadium.

Ultimately, I believe the LSU offense against the Miami defense is a much bigger concern than Miami’s offense against the LSU defense. Miami has experience on offense and LSU simply doesn’t. One of their top offensive lineman is suspended for the game and that forces a JuCo transfer in Damien Lewis to have to step in and play right away against a fast and mean Miami front seven.

I don’t believe it is going to be a blow out. I have all the respect in the world for Dave Aranda and his defense, but Miami gets the job done in Jerry World.

Miami Hurricanes: 27

LSU Tigers: 20

All Things Deejay Dallas; he is no RB, he is everything.

Photo Courtesy: Sun Sentinel

Miami Hurricanes Athlete Deejay Dallas is the whole enchilada. What are you going to get out of him? He can run the ball from the backfield, catch the ball on a fly, take back punts and kicks and do you want him to throw the ball? Done.

 

Reigning from Brunswick, Georgia, Dallas is going into his second year at The U. Being one of the most versatile players in the country, he is expected to shine this year and have an even bigger impact for this Hurricanes team. Starting in the receiver position last year he then transferred to running back. He also played quarterback in the wildcat along with punt and kick returns.

Playing 12 of the 13 games last year as a freshman, Dallas ran for 217 yards, three touchdowns on 41 carries. He also caught four passes racking up 92 yards.

He is listed at 5’10 220 pounds. He has gained an impressive 25 pounds in the offseason after being 195 in 2017. The sturdy and speedy Dallas is an extremely skilled athlete that can handle multiple roles on the field. He clocks in at 4.45 in his 40 yard dash and is one of the faster guys on the team. He is also already helping out freshman like Cam’Ron Davis and Lorenzo Lingard with their game and ways to improve in certain areas.

Dallas and Jeff Thomas are a lock for punt and kick returns for the Canes this upcoming season. Both speedsters put on a show with their legs last year and look to do go above and beyond this year. This Miami Hurricanes team has a lot of promising signs to be exceed everyones expectations this year.

With the guy who can do it all, Deejay Dallas is a big aspect to this team and their success. If healthy of course the one-two punch of RB1 Travis Homer and Dallas in the backfield can be lethal. Running backs coach Thomas Brown is by far impressed with what Dallas has become. Not only impressive but there is more to come from him with a whole lot of potential.

300 Pairs of Shoes are Donated by Lonnie Walker IV to Hometown Basketball League

(Photo: Sports Illustrated)

After signing for almost $2 million with he San Antonio Spurs, former Cane Lonnie Walker IV donates 300 pairs of Adidas Crazy BYW shoes. Where? A Youth Basketball League in his hometown of Reading, Pennsylvania.

Drafted in the first round by the San Antonio Spurs, Lonnie Walker IV has shown all signs of greatness in the NBA Las Vegas Summer League. Aside from the court, off the court he is already helping out the youth of the country.

Walker went back to his hometown of Reading, Pennsylvania where he donated 300 pairs of Adidas Crazy BYW shoes to a local basketball league. The estimated worth of all 300 pairs? $30,000  for the Blacktop Basketball League in Reading.

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Adidas executive Eric Wise attended and played basketball at the same high school as Walker in Pennsylvania. So it was only right for both of them to be in attendance. The former Hurricane has already shown many signs of professionalism on the court. Now he has already made an impact on his own community giving back to local basketball players.

“Lonnie has been nothing but genuine in being a role model and carrying himself the right way,” Blacktop board member Wynton Butler said. “That’s what he’s done from the beginning. He’s everything we knew he would be, in terms of how he carries himself. He’s been nothing but a perfect role model.

The connection between Wise and Walker helped him sign an endorsement deal with Adidas prior to the 2018 NBA Draft. At 19 years-old, Walker is averaging double-digit figures with the Spurs. He looks to live up to the hype on and off the court.

And with the 13th pick the Miami Marlins select Connor Scott out of Plant HS

As we all know the Miami Marlins have had a roller coast ride over the past five years or so. After trading basically their entire in the offseason last year, they have been fishing for depth desperately.

With high hopes going into the draft, the Marlins selected Connor Scott out of Plant High School in Tampa, FL. An outfielder who stands 6’4 and 180 pounds. The lefty was also a pitcher in high school and highly recruited to the University of Florida. Committing to be a Gator he was also ranked No. 18 overall in the MLB pipeline and the third highest outfielder by Baseball America. Scott is very silent at the plate when loading but explodes at the point of impact. Seems to have power to all fields with an above average arm from centerfield and decent speed to add to his strengths.

After the pick was in and his name was called, Scott heard Jeter’s voice welcoming him aboard. For the past five years, the Marlins have used their first round pick on a high schooler. All five have yet to make it to the show for the Fish.

The other two players the Marlins selected on Monday night are also high school players. Along with shortstop Osiris Johnson (53rd) and catcher Will Banfield (69th).

Being the first outfielder drafted in the first for the Marlins since Christian Yelich back in 2010, Scott seems to fit perfect within the mold of this Marlins outside. Speedy, strong defensively with a little bit of pop in their bat. Comparing to Lewis Brinson, the Marlins current centerfield, Scott looks to be the same player with potentially more power from the left handed side.

Hitting a total of .520 in his final year with 5 bombs in 20 games, Scott was also lights out on the bump. Going 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA in 23 innings. All in all from the offensive side he hit .424 in 72 games in high school.

The Marlins look to sign Scott soon for a contract worth a little more than $4 million.

As for the other draft picks, Johnson, a 6’0 180 pound shortstop out of Encinal High School in California is a player with a lot of tools and has the potential to be better. Committed to Cal-State Fullerton, he is 17 years old and has high expectations in the future to help out this Miami team.

The third pick, catcher Will Banfield out of Brookwood High School in Georgia is a Vanderbilt commit with great potential behind the plate. The sky is the limit for him behind the plate and great signs with the bat in his hand. Banfield is a highly anticipated player that fans should be excited to see in the upcoming years.

A very early preview of the 2018 Miami Hurricanes

Mark Richt and his Canes expect to be in contention again this year in the College Football Playoffs. 

Finally breaking out into the big picture and being able to play in a New Years Six Bowl, Miami made a statement last year. Coming in at No. 8 in the way too early rankings according to ESPN, The U looks to get back in a bowl game and make some noise.

Mark Richt and the Canes went 10-3 capturing the ACC Coastal Division. Not ending the way most fans wanted to, losing 34-24 in the Orange bowl to the Wisconsin Badgers. However, Richt has the boys in the right track to have, what is expected, a remarkable season.

The Hurricanes have many offensive weapons, the turnover chain should make its appearances once again this year, and the question that always lingers is the QB job. Having all the right pieces, Miami just needs to put them together.

Malik Rosier is coming off a 10 win season with the Canes. The fifth year senior has proven that he can get the job done at times but at other times fans aren’t the biggest supporter of him. During the three game losing streak Miami had last year to end the season, Rosier’s passing percentage was 44.9 percent. N’Koski Perry, Cade Weldon and true freshman Jarren Williams are ready to take his job this offseason. If Rosier’s accuracy doesn’t play up to par, there will cost likely being some changes on who is under center.

No matter the QB, this offense has weapons. Coming off knee surgery and looking better than ever, Ahmmon Richards is back along with speedsters Jeff Thomas and Mike Harley. In the backfield it includes Travis Homer and DeeJay Dallas who we have all seen what they can do. The two freshman tight ends Will Mallory and Brevin Jordan have high expectations coming into this program and making a name for themselves. Other players like Lorenzo Lingard, Lawrence Cager, and Mark Pope also are going to have a big impact on this offense.

Lets face it, the offensive line has not been great. The only sure things are the two seniors of Tyree St. Louis and Tyler Gautheir. Also, sophomore Navaughn Donaldson have the job locked. The rest of the O-Line is up for grabs. The summer is long and this coaching staff will put something together to protect the line.

The dazzling turnover chain caught the country’s attention last year 30 times. With 13 fumbles and 17 interceptions, the Canes should repeat this number of turnovers. However, during their 1-3 finish the coverage struggled as opponent completed 70.1 percent of their passes in those four games and only picking it off once.

The D-Line is looking solid though, with Joe Jackson, Johnathan Garvin, Gerald Willis and highly anticipated Nesta Silvera all have NFL talent. This line should hold it down and go to work int he trenches foe this Canes team. Other than them, the rest of this defense is about to improve with some new players and current ones. Jaquan Johnson, Michael Jackson and Trajan Bandy lead the secondary. Michael Pickney, Shaq Quarterman, and Zach McCloud lead the linebacker squad with other competitors in line.

With Michael Bagdley out the door, Bubba Baxa will fill his shoes in a big role for this Miami Hurricanes team. Punter Zach Feagles struggled last year, we all know that. With a lot of offseason work he should grow and make this season better than last. Also, expect Jeff Thomas or Deejay Dallas to back up Braxton Berrios job last year at punt returner.

With work to do this offseason, Miami will look to get back into the College Football Playoffs discussion and the ACC title game. Mark Richt is building a championship caliber team little by little. There has been signs and it has been proven last year. Opening up against LSU, Miami’s goal to come out with some fireworks and show the world the U is back.

Prediction:

National Ranking: 4

ACC Coast Prediction: 1

College GameDay Picks Week 10

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Army at Air Force

Des – Air Force

Thurman – Air Force

Corso – Air Force

Kirk – Army

Gaby – Air Force

Penn State at Michigan State

Des – Penn State

Thurman – Penn State

Corso – Penn State

Kirk – Penn State

Gaby – Penn State

LSU at Alabama 

Des – Alabama

Thurman – Alabama

Corso – Alabama

Kirk – Alabama

Gaby – Alabama

Clemson at NC State

Des – Clemson

Thurman – Clemson

Corso – Clemson

Kirk – Clemson

Gaby – Clemson

Baylor at Kansas

Des – Baylor

Thurman – Baylor

Corso – Baylor

Kirk – Baylor

Gaby – Baylor

Arizona at USC

Des – USC

Thurman – USC

Corso – Arizona

Kirk – USC

Gaby – USC

Stanford at Washington State

Des – Stanford

Thurman – Washington State

Corso – Washington State

Kirk – Stanford

Gaby – Washington State

Texas at TCU

Des – TCU

Thurman – TCU

Corso – TCU

Kirk – TCU

Gaby – TCU

Iowa State at West Virginia 

Des – West Virginia

Thurman – West Virginia

Corso – Iowa State

Kirk – Iowa State

Gaby – Iowa State

Virginia Tech at Miami (Kirk Calling Game)

Des – Miami

Thurman – Miami

Corso – Virginia Tech

Gaby – Miami

Oklahoma at Oklahoma State

Des – Oklahoma State

Thurman – Oklahoma State

Corso – Oklahoma State

Kirk – Oklahoma

Gaby – Oklahoma State