As Miami prepares for their final home game of the season, there has been a whirlwind of set backs for the ‘Canes who have been battling injuries and suspensions. In the midst of all of the turmoil, senior day will be held on Saturday and RB Mike James will be poised to lead the ‘Canes to victory against a battered South Florida.
Let’s have a look at what is happening in the world of Miami Hurricanes football.
- Miami received another big blow to their already depleted receiving corps. The Miami Herald has reported that senior WR Davon Johnson will be sidelined for the remainder of the season. According to the Herald, Johnson underwent season-ending surgery and joins teammates Robert Lockhart Jr., Malcolm Lewis and Rashawn Scott on the ‘out/out for season’ list. With Johnson’s absence, expect to see freshman Herb Waters receive ample playing time along with Kendal Thompkins. Hurns is battling a fractured thumb but is expected to play on Saturday.
- S Deon Bush is not expected to play during the ‘Canes final home game against USF. The freshman safety is still recovering from a neck injury (stingers) that he sustained against Virginia Tech.
- Inside The U is reporting that DE Kelvin Cain is expected to play against USF. If you all remember correctly, Cain abruptly left the football team a few weeks back but reportedly denied ever quitting. Cain was reinstated by head coach Al Golden after what seemed like an adolescent game of he-said-she-said. In any event, Cain’s return can only help the ‘Canes struggling defense.
- Since we are on the topic of reinstatement, LB Eddie Johnson is back on the squad (thank God). We saw how the ‘Canes linebackers held up against a then 3-6 Virginia team and the freshman’s return is much welcomed – and indeed appreciated. Johnson was suspended for undisclosed reasons and Golden told Palm Beach Post reporter Jorge Milian, “You (have) to be accountable, responsible, be a good teammate. I’ve been in this situation before, and hopefully he’ll come out of it stronger and respond.”
- LB Gabe Terry will not play against USF. Terry has had disciplinary issues off-and-on during the season and did not travel with the team to face Virginia. His return is unknown.
- With the cloud of negativity above, let’s take this time to focus on something bright – RB Mike James. The senior running back has endured the loss of family, including his mother, but remains humble and thankful for what he has and who he has become. James is the epitome of heart and if only his enthusiasm could somehow turn contagious to some of the younger Hurricanes. Saturday will be that last time that James plays in Sun Life Stadium on a collegiate level, perhaps he will be given a shot to return via the NFL. I would like to personally say, thank you Mr. James for your hard work, perseverance and your desire to succeed with the intent to make yourself and those around you become better people. Miami fans appreciate everything that you have given to this program and we wish you nothing but continued success – both on and off of the field. During his Miami career, the Haines City, FL. native played in 48 games, rushed for 1,248 yards and scored 16 rushing touchdowns.
Sources: The Miami Herald, Palm Beach Post, hurricanesports.com