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FIU kicker who taunted Miami after beating the Hurricanes is now joining the team

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If you can beat them… join them? That may not be how the old saying goes but they are words to live by for one player.

Confirming reports that surfaced earlier in the week, FIU kicker Jose Borregales announced he was graduate transferring across town to join the Miami Hurricanes.

While a kicker changing programs in the same city is usually not huge news, Hurricanes fans may well raise an eyebrow or two at the move given recent history. You may remember Borregales’ name for his role in the Panthers upset in late November at the site of the old Orange Bowl. He hit a trio of kicks against the ‘Canes, including one from 53 yards, in the win and memorably celebrated a fourth quarter extra point by, well, taunting the team he just joined:

His future ‘Canes teammates might overlook such antics however given that Borregales should reinforce one of the team’s key weaknesses. FIU’s career leader in points scored, he should boost a kicking game that used three different players yet went just 12 for 20 (60 percent) this past season.

Borregales, meanwhile, booted 21 of his 29 attempts through the uprights and is immediately eligible for 2020. Thankfully for fans of The U, the excitable kicker can now celebrate his big field goals to help Miami win instead of causing the opposite result on the scoreboard.

Miami confirms SMU’s Rhett Ashlee as new OC

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The offensive marriage of Miami and Rhett Lashlee has been consummated.

Friday, it was reported that Lashlee was set to become the offensive coordinator at The U. Saturday, the Hurricanes confirmed the hiring.  Lashlee will also serve as quarterbacks coach.

” Lashlee’s hire is pending completion of a standard University background check,” the university’s release added.

” We are thrilled to welcome Rhett Lashlee and his family to the UM family,” Miami head coach Manny Diaz said in a statement. “Rhett has directed some of the most innovative offenses in college football in recent years. Offenses that attack quickly, creatively and efficiently. We are excited to see how Rhett will look to spread the ball around and utilize.”

Lashlee spent the past two seasons in the same jobs at SMU. At the FBS level, he’s also been the coordinator at Arkansas State (2012), Auburn (2013-16) and UConn (2017).  He was also the coordinator at FCS Stamford in 2011.

This past season, Miami ranked 98th in the nation in total offense with an average of 367.2 yards per game. SMU averaged 489.8 ypg, the ninth nationally. The Hurricanes ranked 90th in the country with 25.4 points per game. The Mustangs had one of the top-scoring offenses with 41.8 points per game, seventh at the FBS level.

At the collegiate level, Lashlee began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Arkansas in 2006.  He was also a graduate assistant at Auburn in 2009-10.

Lashlee played his college football at Arkansas.  He was a quarterback for the Razorbacks from 2002-04.

Miami nabs Rhett Lashlee from SMU to coach offense

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The Miami Hurricanes were shut out in their bowl game, which was a brutal reminder the Hurricanes need a lot of help in getting the offense in gear moving forward. Heda coach Manny Diaz will hand that responsibility off to his new offensive coordinator, Rhett Lashlee.

Lashlee is reportedly on his way from SMU to Miami to fill the same position as an offensive coordinator.

Miami has not officially announced any coaching staff additions as of yet, although one could be expected as soon as early next week.

Miami ranked 98th in the nation in total offense with an average of 367.2 yards per game. SMU averaged 489.8 yards per game with the 9th-ranked total offense in 2019. The Hurricanes ranked 90th in the nation with 25.4 points per game. SMU had one of the nation’s top-scoring offenses with 41.8 points per game (7th in the nation). While there is a difference in the overall level of competition both programs faced in 2019, those are still drastically different and enough reason to be encouraged about Miami’s potential future on offense with Lashlee calling the plays.

Lashlee has been all over the place the past few years in his coaching career. After a four-year run at Auburn as an offensive coordinator and quarterback coach from 2013 through 2016, Lashlee spent the 2017 season at UConn and the past two seasons with SMU. This will be Lashlee’s first time coaching in the ACC.

Five-star 2018 RB Lorenzo Lingard transfers from Miami to Florida

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Lorenzo Lingard may have left Miami, but he hasn’t left the state of Florida, as it turns out.

Late last month, it was confirmed that Lingard had entered the NCAA transfer database.  Friday, Lingard confirmed on Twitter that he is transferring to Florida and will continue his collegiate playing career with the Gators.

“I am truly blessed and thankful to be a Gator,” Lingard wrote. “The people who made this possible have changed my life.  I am ready to do whatever it takes to become the best [G]ator as a team player and student-athlete.

“I know my Dad is excited for this.  I want to maximize everything.”

It’s believed, though, the running back will have to sit out the 2020 season. That would leave him with two years of eligibility he could begin using in 2021.  That season, he would be a redshirt sophomore.

A five-star member of The U’s 2018 recruiting class, Lingard was rated as the No. 2 running back in the country. He was also the No. 6 player at any position in the state of Florida and the No. 25 recruit overall on 247Sports.com‘s composite board. The back was the highest-rated signee in The U’s class that year.

A knee injury essentially cost Lingard the last half of his true freshman season. This year, he appeared in just two games.

During his brief time at Miami, Lingard ran for 136 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries. All of that production came in 2018.

Five-star 2018 RB Lorenzo Lingard looking at transfer from Miami

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For Lorenzo Lingard, it appears he’ll attempt to live up to his recruiting pedigree at somewhere other than Miami.

First reported by al.com and subsequently confirmed by 247Sports.com, Lingard has opted to enter his name into the NCAA transfer database. A UM official has since confirmed that Lingard is listed in the portal.

Lingard could ultimately opt to remain with the Hurricanes. Normally, however, this is a player’s first step out of a program.

A five-star member of The U’s 2018 recruiting class, Lingard was rated as the No. 2 running back in the country. He was also the No. 6 player at any position in the state of Florida and the No. 25 recruit overall on 247Sports.com‘s composite board. The back was the highest-rated signee in The U’s class that year.

A knee injury cost Lingard the last half of his true freshman season. This year, he appeared in just two games. That will allow him to enter 2020 as a redshirt sophomore. He will likely, though, have to sit out next season if he moves to another FBS school.

During his brief time at Miami, Lingard ran for 136 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries. All of that production came in 2018.

Lingard’s decision to enter the portal came a couple of days after fellow back DeeJay Dallas declared early for the draft.