Spring ball starts today

In about an hour the 2012 University of Miami football team will step on the field for the first time this year.  It has been over three months since they stepped on the practice field.  Before I begin there is going to be a new twitter account for this blog.  It will be @gacanefanblog, it will be open to all and tied to a new email address too.

Several writers have said Miami has a very difficult schedule with the three of the five first games on the road. Miami plays several tough teams next year, but they only have one tough back to back game. That being Vtech on Thursday and then going to Uva.  They open with BC, and then go to K-State the following week.  After that they don’t play a tough game till Notre Dame.  Georgia Tech may be the worse team in the ACC next year next to Duke.  Paul Johnson has put himself on the hot seat with his weak defense, lack of a real passing game, and acting like an ass about commitments. He was high school kids to keep their commitments to Georgia Tech and not visit other schools.  The he turns around and try to change kids minds about their commitments to other schools.  He was worn out his stay in Atlanta and will be fired by next December.  The AD for GT may be fired as well after the basketballs teams’ poor year.  I also don’t think NC State will be much of a challenge next year, even though I respect O’Brian as a head coach.  UNC is also going to be down because of the transition of a new head coach and losing several key defensive players.  Miami will have key breaks before playing FSU and Virginia Tech in conference games.  I am not going to say Miami will win all their games, but the schedule is not as bad as being reported.

Coach Al Golden came out with the depth chart which he ranks who had the best of-season workouts.  There wasn’t that amount of surprises as there were last year when he wanted to send a message to the team.  Ray-Ray Armstrong was the only person who made the starting lineup that started last year.  After last season I expect several changed on the secondary.   When new incoming freshmen start practice in August, many of them will press the veterans for their starting positions.  The other position to watch for is linebacker with Spence moving on to the NFL.  The two linebackers for the state of Georgia will be interesting to watch; Kirby and Johnson.  UGA and GT fans were not thrilled when they left the state.

The major battle for spring was going to be Morris and Williams for the starting quarterback job.  With Morris limited in spring practice, that will not happen until summer practice.  James has been listed at the starting running back, but Clements had a far better 2011.  Miller seemed to burn out at the end of games, and Clements picked up the tempo when he got the ball.  Unless something changes I think by the end of spring camp Clements will be the starting running back.  The battle for receiver real will not start till summer ball.  I expect Dorsett and Hurns to be the starters and the end of the year.  The offensive line will be a battle this season.  They have to stop making stupid false starts penalties.  I still have a feeling that bringing back Art, could back fire on Golden.

I am going to try to write when I can this spring.  I really have as much access as the Miami newspaper writers.  They are only allowed to interview players and coaches before practice.  The university records all of them and puts them on the internet. The spring game will be April 14th, on CSS.  Which means it will not be live here in Georgia or the Carolina’s.

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