There may be just one person out there who knows what the status of Miami cornerback Antonio Crawford is right now with the Hurricanes. That one person is Antonio Crawford.
Crawford generated a little buzz Saturday evening when he seemed to vent some frustrations on his Twitter account. Those tweets were soon removed but that did not help answer the question regarding his status with the Hurricanes Sunday. When Miami head coach Al Golden met with some reporters, Golden seemed unaware of Crawford’s Twitter rant and suggested he was hopeful Crawford still planned to be a part of the program in 2015.”
“Anytime there’s an internal issue, we don’t communicate that publicly,” Golden said according to The Miami Herald. “If that is the case, if that’s what his decision is, then we’ll make that clear to you guys. But in terms of anything from a personal matter, I can’t even tell you, how many, with 114 kids, we go through a lot of this and it’s just a different era. A lot of it is played out publicly, so if that’s his case, we’ll release it.”
Crawford, a former three-star recruit out of Tampa according to Rivals, was listed third on the depth chart at one cornerback position at the end of the 2014 season, behind senior Ladarius Gunter and sophomore Corn Elder.
There is some suggestion that Crawford had thought about previously leaving the program, and the recent string of events seems to suggest that mya end up becoming a reality. For now there is nothing official from either end of the story.
Golden did confirm two players are no longer a part of the program. Kicker Matt Goudis retired due to a back injury that bothered him for much of the 2014 season. Former walk-on wide receiver Garrett Kidd is also retiring form the program.
The first quarter of Thursday night’s ACC game may have come at a cost for Miami. Running back Duke Johnson took a knee to the head on a play and was sent to the locker room. He was later reported to be done for the game, leaving Miami without their top offensive player with three quarters still to play. It got worse for Miami, who trails UNC at halftime by a score of 17-14.
Later in the first quarter the Hurricanes lost wide receiver Phillip Dorsett, who took an awkward helmet shot to his left leg and needed to be assisted off the field, although he did walk under his own power. He was also reported to be done for the night as well and returned to the sideline out of uniform and on crutches before halftime. Dorsett is Miami’s third-leading receiver this season and provided one of the top offensive highlights of the night by hauling in a 68-yard pass from Stephen Morris.
As far as the scoreboard was concerned, Miami had to settle for two field goals and trailed North Carolina at the end of the first quarter, 7-6. North Carolina’s offense had been thriving on the play of tight end Eric Ebron, who quickly went over 100 yards. While Bryn Renner has been leading the offense for most of the night, it was Marquise Williams who came in and connected with Ebron, who broke away from defenders and sprinted down the right sideline for a 71-yard touchdown.
It would be the special teams that gave Miami a lead early in the second quarter though, when North Carolina had a field goal blocked. Miami’s Ladarius Gunter returned the blocked kick 67 yards for a touchdown.
North Carolina took back the lead later in the second quarter when Renner completed a 20-yard touchdown pass to Quinshad Davis.
The Tar Heels may have Miami on the ropes. The defense has forced Morris to make some poor throws and without Johnson and Dorsett, the Miami offense needs to see some players step up to fill those roles consistently. If Miami can get by this week given the ay this first half has played out, they should feel very fortunate.