Miami-North Carolina Postgame
Watching this Saturday’s game against North Carolina was like watching an entirely different Miami Hurricanes team. Miami looked flat, uninspired and emotionless against Florida State and Duke, but looked like an ACC Championship contender against North Carolina, particularly in the second half. The win against UNC, and specifically head coach Butch Davis, is a huge weight of Randy Shannon’s shoulders and one could see his emotion on the sidelines as the Canes rolled to a 33-10 victory. Here’s some post-game coverage regarding Miami’s performance.
- At the Miami Herald, Susan Miller Degnan speaks of Randy Shannon in rare form in Saturday showing emotion with his players. Miller Degnan also notes that former UM defensive back and current NFL safety Antrel Rolle spoke to the team before the game and may have encouraged players to show more emotion. Last week, ex-hurricane Dan Morgan criticized Shannon for not showing enough passion on the sidelines.
- Also at the Miami Herald, Manny Navarro posted several postgame interviews from UM players and coaches including Shannon, Jacory Harris and Asante Cleveland among others.
- The Miami Herald also has an interesting piece up regarding the emergence of TE Asante Cleveland and his developing role on the team.
- On the defensive front, Manny Navarro notes that UM’s defense played shutdown football after North Carolina’s big 76-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
- At the Palm Beach Post, Jorge Milian grades the Miami performance on offense, defense, special teams and coaching. Needless to say, each aspect of the team scored much higher compared to the weeks against Florida State and Duke.
- Also at the Palm Beach Post, Milian notes that the team presented Randy Shannon with the game ball following their victory.
- Over at the Sun-Sentinel, Dave Hyde argues that it is fun to watch the Hurricanes again.
- Also at the Sun-Sentinel, Steve Gorten speaks of Damien Berry’s unique and aggressive style of play which has resulted in Berry reaching 100 or more rushing yards per game in five straight games, a feat accomplished only by five other UM players.
- Over at CaneSport (subscription required), Matt Shodell notes that DB Jabari Gorman (Miami, FL/Monsignor Pace) attended the game against UNC and has moved Miami up his list of schools. Rivals claims that Gorman’s top three schools at this point are Alabama, Miami and Ohio State.
- Last week, the Sun-Sentinel reported that WR Eli Rogers had de-committed from the Hurricanes and QB and Hurricane commit Teddy Bridgewater would consider his options. It looks like Bridgewater is holding true to his word and will visit LSU on November 6th when the Tigers play Alabama.
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