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‘Academic requirements’ trigger redshirt for 4-star 2019 Miami signee

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One very heralded member of Miami’s most recent recruiting class has yet to see the field in 2019, and, thanks to academic issues, you won’t see him at all this season.

After picking up his first win as The U’s head football coach this past Saturday, Manny Diaz revealed that linebacker Avery Huff and defensive lineman Cameron Williams will be utilizing their redshirt years this season. Per Diaz, the two defenders will be sidelined because of what he described as “academic requirements.”

The two players will still be permitted to practice with the team

“Cam and Avery are both not going to be able to play this year due to academic requirements,” the coach said according to the Miami Herald, “so this will be their redshirt year and they’ll be good to go next year.”

A couple of years ago, the NCAA instituted an academic redshirt for those student-athletes who do “NOT meet all of the initial-eligibility standards… for competition.” As relayed by 247Sports.com:

If a college-bound student-athlete does NOT meet all of the initial-eligibility standards (core-course progression requirement, minimum 2.3 core-course grade point average (GPA)) for competition, a separate certification is completed using the 16 core courses with the best grades in the student’s academic record (no core-course progression requirement) to calculate the core-course GPA for academic redshirt purposes. This core-course GPA is paired with the student’s SAT or ACT score and assessed against the academic redshirt sliding scale (minimum 2.0 core-course GPA).

Huff was a four-star 2019 signee, rated as the No. 12 outside linebacker in the country. Only three other signees in the Hurricanes’ 18-player class were rated higher than the Fort Lauderdale high schooler.

Williams, meanwhile, was a three-star signee.

Fenway Bowl to pit ACC vs. American

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Fenway Park confirmed on Monday that “America’s most beloved ballpark” will indeed host a bowl game this winter, as was reported back in April.

While full details are still forthcoming, the game will pit teams from the ACC and the American.

Fenway Park has hosted a number of games in recent years, but this will be the venue’s first college postseason game. Some might even say Fenway’s entire 107-year history has been building toward the opportunity to host a 7-5 ACC team against an 8-4 American team.

The Red Sox will become the sixth MLB franchise to host a college bowl game in recent years, joining the Yankees (Pinstripe Bowl), Diamondbacks (Cheez-It Bowl), Rays (Gasparilla Bowl), Marlins (the defunct Miami Beach Bowl) and Giants (Redbox Bowl, since moved to Levi’s Stadium).

 

A Miami QB was MIA from part of practice, but not the one you may think

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Given all the drama surrounding Tate Martell last month, it would’ve been safe to assume this latest Miami quarterbacking kerfuffle involved the Ohio State transfer.  This time, though, that assumption would’ve been incorrect.

Amidst multiple reports indicating his absence, Miami has confirmed that N’Kosi Perry was not at an early portion of practice with the rest of his Hurricane teammates Wednesday morning.  A UM spokesperson stated that Perry was not in attendance as he tended to what was described as an unspecified “personal issue.”

The program subsequently confirmed that Perry ultimately returned and finished out the practice as a full participant.

As a redshirt freshman last season, Perry started six games for the ‘Canes.  He, along with Martell, lost out to redshirt freshman Jarren Williams in the quarterback competition that extended on into summer camp last month.

Perry is listed as Williams’ backup, although he has yet to attempt a pass this season.  Martell, meanwhile, has been working with the team’s wide receivers.

Miami is in the midst of preparations for its Week 3 matchup with FCS Bethune-Cookman Saturday afternoon.

QB Sam Howell helps UNC start 2-0 with another 4th quarter comeback, Miami starts 0-2 for first time since 1978

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The Return of the Mack is no joke. Just ask his old defensive coordinator.

New Miami head coach Manny Diaz is still looking for his first victory in charge of the Hurricanes after North Carolina mounted yet another wild fourth quarter comeback to win 28-25 on Saturday night as veteran coach Mack Brown improbably moved to 2-0 on the young season.

The Tar Heels jumped out in front of their ACC opener with 17 points in the first quarter and were generally in control of the game until the ‘Canes eventually chipped away and took the lead late. Quarterback Sam Howell didn’t seem phased however, making it two weeks in a row that the true freshman was able to mount a game-winning drive in the final few minutes after topping South Carolina in a similar manner during Week 1. He finished the night with 274 yards and a pair of touchdowns, the last of which came with 61 seconds left in the game.

Tar Heels back Jarren Williams found the end zone on the ground as well and chipped in with 76 yards rushing as the team delivered their head coach’s first win back in Chapel Hill since 1997.

While the elation was palpable for UNC, the disappointment was all over the faces of the Miami sidelines after they piled up 488 yards of total offense and had their chances throughout. UM quarterback Jarren Williams was an efficient 30-of-39 for 309 yards and two touchdowns but just couldn’t get the team over the hump despite playing well.

Kicker Bubba Baxa had an off night to say the least too, missing a chip-shot 26-yarder in the first half and ending the game with a shanked 49-yarder that would have sent things into overtime.

In the end, Miami starts out 0-2 for the first time since 1978 and puts the trendy ACC Coastal pick behind the sticks in the division race just as it is getting going.

All-22: Which college has the best starting lineup of alums in the NFL, Alabama or Ohio State?

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Though college football has been in action nearly three full weeks already, the folks over on the professional side of the sport finally got around to kicking off their season on Thursday night when the Green Bay Packers beat the Chicago Bears in a game that was decidedly Big Ten-esque the way things unfolded.

This is a big year for the league, which is celebrating their centennial season in the run up to the Super Bowl. While some fans might have a rooting interest in various NFL franchises across the country making it to the big game, even more folks from the college game have a stake in seeing alumni from their favorite school do well on Sundays.

To that end, it was interesting to take a look at the number of players from each program on NFL active rosters entering Week 1 of the 2019 campaign. Not surprisingly, Alabama led the way with 56 players cashing checks from pro teams, followed by Ohio State with 44, Florida (35), Miami (34), LSU/Florida State (32) and Oklahoma (31) among others.

There are actually two colleges — the Buckeyes and the Crimson Tide — who could produce a full starting 22 in the league and we decided to figure out who would slot where. Several others came ever so close but were short at a position or two and had to be bumped off the list for now.

So who has the best All-22 in the NFL? We picked the best players for Alabama and Ohio State that were active and slotted them in. Take a look below and vote in the poll at the bottom of the post to let your opinion be known.

Alabama

QB: A.J. McCarron (Houston Texans)

RB: Derrick Henry (Tennessee Titans)

WRs: Julio Jones (Atlanta Falcons) and Amari Cooper (Dallas Cowboys)

TE: O.J. Howard (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

OL: Andre Smith (Cincinnati Bengals), Cam Robinson (Jacksonville Jaguars), D.J. Fluker (Seattle Seahawks), James Carpenter (Atlanta Falcons), Ryan Kelly (Indianapolis Colts)

DL: Da’Shawn Hand (Detroit Lions, Marcell Dareus (Jacksonville Jaguars), Quinnen Williams (New York Jets), Jonathan Allen (Washington Redskins)

LBs: Dont’a Hightower (New England Patriots), C.J. Mosley (New York Jets), Rashaan Evans (Tennessee Titans)

DBs: Landon Collins (Washington Redskins), Eddie Jackson (Chicago Bears), Dre Kirkpatrick (Cincinnati Bengals), Marlon Humphrey (Baltimore Ravens)

Ohio State

QB: Dwayne Haskins (Washington Redskins)

RB: Ezekiel Elliott (Dallas Cowboys)

WRs: Michael Thomas (New Orleans Saints) and Curtis Samuel (Carolina Panthers)

TE: Jeff Heuerman (Denver Broncos)

OL: Taylor Decker (Detroit Lions), Isaiah Prince (Miami Dolphins), Pat Elflein (Minnesota Vikings), Andrew Norwell (Jacksonville Jaguars), Corey Linsley (Green Bay Packers)

DL: Joey Bosa (Los Angeles Chargers), Nick Bosa (San Francisco 49ers), Cameron Heyward (Pittsburgh Steelers), Johnathan Hankins (Oakland Raiders)

LBs: Jerome Baker (Miami Dolphins), Darron Lee (Kansas City Chiefs), Raekwon McMillan (Miami Dolphins)

DBs: Denzel Ward (Cleveland Browns), Marshon Lattimore (New Orleans Saints), Malik Hooker (Indianapolis Colts), Malcolm Jenkins (Philadelphia Eagles)


Just missed:

  • Florida (Jeff Driskel is on IR), Miami and LSU (Danny Etling is on a practice squad) needed a quarterback on the active roster.
  • Florida State needed another offensive guard.
  • Oklahoma is missing a center and fourth defensive back.
  • Georgia and Tennessee came close too, needing another offensive and defensive lineman.
  • Texas A&M was missing a linebacker.
  • Clemson was short a pair of offensive linemen.
  • Auburn needed another active wideout.
  • Andrew Luck’s retirement prevented Stanford from the full 22.
  • Fellow Pac-12 programs Washington and UCLA nearly hit position bingo but came up just short.
  • A linebacker was all that prevented Notre Dame from joining the above list.
  • Iowa was a running back and wideout away.
  • A number of other schools were three or four players short.