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    Chasing Clemson: What Miami has to do to make ACC title game
    ESPN // Andrea Adelson

    We are starting a series today taking a look at the teams that made bowl games a year ago, and what they have to do to catch reigning ACC champion Clemson. First up: Miami.

    How they make the ACC championship: Behind quarterback Brad Kaaya and a vastly improved front seven. Pretty simple formula, right? Yes, it is true nothing has been simple at Miami for many years now, but the talent is in place for the Hurricanes to finally win their division. Kaaya goes into his junior season as perhaps the best pure passer in the league, and Miami returns a host of skill players to help him out -- from Stacy Coley to Joe Yearby to Mark Walton to David Njoku. The offensive line should be vastly improved with the entire two-deep returning. So that leaves defense with the biggest question marks. The group that has vastly underperformed given its talent level has a new defensive coordinator, new assistants and a new aggressive scheme that should help get immediate results. Though the entire secondary will be new, the strength should be with the returning players up front, whose time has come to finally start making an impact. We’re looking at you, Chad Thomas and Al-Quadin Muhammad. New coach Mark Richt is a veteran who has won division titles in the SEC. On paper, he’s the type of coach who fits perfectly at Miami.

    What’s holding them back: Miami has lacked the type of fight seen in championship contenders. Look at the way the Canes and Clemson played in their matchup a year ago. It was obvious the Tigers had more talent, but they also had more heart, desire and passion for the game -- intangibles that matter greatly for championship teams. In addition, Miami has not been able to dominate in the trenches. Miami’s offensive line has been plagued with injuries and inconsistency over the past several seasons; its defensive line has not dominated opponents on a weekly basis in years. Nobody is quite sure whether Miami has what it takes on both the offensive and defensive lines to put forth a championship-caliber team. The hire of defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski certainly brings reason for optimism, but the Canes have a lot of work to do to transform themselves in the front seven. Last season alone, they allowed an average of 201 yards rushing per game to rank No. 103 in the nation. Meanwhile, every starter is gone from the secondary, though Corn Elder has the potential to be an All-ACC player in 2016. Then there is the schedule, where a brutal October stretch awaits against Florida State, North Carolina, Virginia Tech (on five days' rest) and Notre Dame.

    X factor: Gerald Willis. The defensive tackle transferred from Florida and sat out last season because of NCAA transfer rules. Based on reports from the former coaching staff, Willis was impressive during practices and has the potential to be a difference-maker. Given how badly Miami has struggled up front, Willis could be a game-changer for the defense. Combine his talent with Kuligowski’s ability to get the most out of his players, and Willis becomes a bigtime X factor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Future Hendrix View Post
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    start playing games...

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    Quote Originally Posted by djp73 View Post
    start playing games...
    The rosters are almost here bro.

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    Play the games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tanner View Post
    Play the games.
    Patience is key, my friend. real talk, I think the rosters should be ready by the end of March, maybe April. I'll make it worth the wait, I promise.

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    Miami Hurricanes add defensive back Adrian Colbert, a Texas transfer
    Palm Beach Post // Matt Porter

    In desperate need of depth in its secondary, Miami seems to be in line to add an experienced player.

    Safety Adrian Colbert, who is graduating from Texas and looking for a new home for his final year of eligibility, announced on Twitter that he will play for the Hurricanes.

    Colbert played in 38 games for Texas over three seasons and is graduating in May. He will be eligible to play in 2016.

    “So blessed for the opportunity to continue my career at THE U. We got work to do, and it will come. #ACCTAkeOver,” he wrote as a caption to a picture of him dining with Hurricanes safeties coach Ephraim Banda and two recruiting staffers.

    Colbert visited UM this weekend and, apparently, it went well. Banda, who was a graduate assistant at Texas from 2012-15, knows him well. Colbert was recruited by Hurricanes defensive coordinator Manny Diaz, who held that position at Texas from 2011-13.

    He started four games in 2014, registering his only career interception, before losing his job to freshman Jason Hall. He tied for the Longhorns’ lead in special teams tackles (six) that season. Last year, he played in 12 games as a reserve and did not record a stat.

    Miami, however, needs safeties in addition to the expected rotation of Rayshawn Jenkins, Jamal Carter and Jaquan Johnson. Redshirt freshman Robert Knowles will be in the mix, with true freshmen Cedric Wright, Romeo Finley and Jeff James trying to make an impact once they arrive this summer.

    Colbert, listed at 6-foot-1 and 206 pounds, was a four-star prospect and the fifth-best safety prospect in the 2012 class according to 247Sports. Rivals rated him a three-star recruit and 24th at his position. Colbert, from Mineral Wells (Texas) High, was a state champion in the 200-meter dash and medaled in the 400 as a senior.

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    fire that coach.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Future Hendrix View Post
    Patience is key, my friend. real talk, I think the rosters should be ready by the end of March, maybe April. I'll make it worth the wait, I promise.
    Good news, the guys have finished editing Miami. Bad news, Miami is one of just 25 teams that they have done. If you failed math in HS, that's less than 1/4 and they began in February. At this pace, they won't be done until probably June or July. But like I said, Miami is done. So the ball is now in your court, start it this week and just deal with some of the weird roster kinks (ie Connor Cook is still in the game, Deshaun Watson is still a sophomore) or power through it and realize that by year three, all of those guys will be gone?

    The choice is yours, my friend.

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    2016 Miami Hurricanes spring football preview: Who’s the backup QB?
    Palm Beach Post // Matt Porter

    When it comes to quarterbacks, Miami hasn’t had it this good in a while.

    Brad Kaaya enters his junior season as one of the nation’s top returning passers and a potential first-round draft pick, should he choose to turn pro early. He was the ACC’s most efficient quarterback last year and led the conference in passing touchdowns and yards per attempt. With at least one more season ahead of him, he ranks fifth at UM in career yards (6,436), eighth in touchdowns (42) and fourth in completion percentage (59.8).

    Whenever his Miami career ends, Kaaya is all but certain to become the first Hurricanes quarterback drafted since Ken Dorsey in 2002. Noted quarterback guru Mark Richt, who plans to take an active role in coaching the position and calling plays, can’t wait to get his hands on him. Richt also has a promising stable behind him, and will relish the chance to develop them.

    Yes, it feels like the Hurricanes are a long way from the dark days of last October.

    A look at Miami’s quarterback situation:

    Projected depth chart
    Brad Kaaya, Jr.
    Malik Rosier, R-Soph.
    Evan Shirreffs, R-Fr.
    Vincent Testaverde, Jr.
    Jack Allison, Fr.

    Expected starter: Kaaya, clearly. It’ll be interesting to hear his take on what Richt’s plans for him and the offense, and see how he looks entering what should be a highly productive junior season.

    Major storyline: Who will win the backup spot? Rosier performed admirably in his lone start last year, subbing for a concussed Kaaya Oct. 31 at Duke. He went 20-of-29 for 272 yards with two touchdowns and one interception, and would have earned more acclaim had the game not ended the way it did. Shirreffs, 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds, has a strong arm and smarts that excite UM coaches. He should challenge Rosier (6-1, 212). Coaches will get an early look at Allison (6-5, 195), who enrolled in January and is due for a redshirt year. Will Testaverde (6-1, 187) become more than a famous name who holds a clipboard?

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    2016 Miami Hurricanes spring football preview: At RB, the bus is full
    Palm Beach Post // Matt Porter

    Miami’s coaches would have no problem entering the season with running backs Joe Yearby and Mark Walton splitting carries.

    Gus Edwards might take exception, however.

    The 6-foot-2, 240-pound redshirt junior, known as “The Bus,” will return for the spring after missing all of 2015 with a foot injury. Straight-line fast and powerful, he could team with the small, shifty Yearby and versatile Walton to give the Hurricanes one of the ACC’s best all-around rushing attacks.

    A look at Miami’s running back situation heading into the spring practices, which begin March 15:

    Projected depth chart
    Joe Yearby, Jr.
    Mark Walton, Soph.
    Gus Edwards, R-Jr.
    Trayone Gray, Jr.

    Expected starter: Yearby, but it’s looking like new running backs coach Thomas Brown inherits a three-headed monster. Edwards was the starter before his injury last year. Walton will see plenty of action. At this point, Miami should have be concerned about its running game — even though it ranked 112th in yards per carry last year.

    Major storyline: Is the Bus on time? Edwards was due for a big year – UM coaches believed he could put up a 1,000-yard season — before suffering a left foot injury in a scrimmage last Aug. 22. With plenty of time to recover he should be ready to go, but we’ll want to see how he looks. Yearby, who quietly rushed for 1,002 yards and six touchdowns while starting every game, won’t give up his spot easily (he also, in all likelihood, won’t be throwing the ball much). Walton (461 yards, nine touchdowns) showed vast promise as a young true freshman (he turns 19 on March 29). How will Richt use all three? Will Gray (169 yards, three touchdowns in two seasons) find a meaningful role? The backfield is so crowded that Walter Tucker, who never gained traction, elected to transfer. It seems inevitable that Homer, who arrives in May, will redshirt. He was the only back UM signed this offseason. Restocking the position in the 2017 signing class will be critical.

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