If you haven’t heard by now, the University of Miami has announced that backup DE Kelvin Cain is no longer with the Miami Hurricanes football team.
Miami remains thin at defensive end and Cain’s departure leaves an opportunity for some of the talented freshmen to showcase their abilities.
Freshman DE Tyriq McCord has impressed coaches and as a result, began to see more time on the field.
I for one, was excited about Cain going into the season. Hailing from Clovis, California, the 6-3, 230-pound junior had his most notable game of the season against Bethune-Cookman, where he returned an interception 59-yards for a touchdown.
Now, one may ask, how is Cain’s departure significant? Well, for starters, Cain becomes the second junior to leave under head coach Al Golden’s regime. Junior OL Jermaine Johnson left the team last month citing “personal reasons.”
Is Golden the cause for some players wanting to exit Miami? One can not be sure, but players bolting for greener pastures may not sit well with a potential recruit. After all, who would want to play for a coach that forces his players out?
On the other hand, perhaps Golden has begun to rid the team of the former Shannon recruits. Some may say that Shannon evaluated prospects on star rating rather than talent. Golden is the opposite and he runs a tight ship. The current head coach appears to put forth the physical effort when evaluating potential recruits and he has even begun to host his own football camps, something that former head coach Randy Shannon did not do.
Whatever the case may be, Golden is beginning to fill the Miami roster with his kids. Not to say that the Shannon recruits do not want to work for playing time, but it seems that many of them felt entitled to see the field. As we have seen, this year especially, with Golden in charge the best player plays. It can be seen in the myriad depth chart changes this season and Golden rotates his players time and time again, rewarding the player who steps up the most with playing time.
As reported by the Miami Herald, perhaps Cain’s departure was a misunderstanding altogether. Maybe he didn’t quit. But, if the effort is not given, the field will not be seen.
Cain leaves Miami with 43 tackles, two sacks and one interception.