Miami Hurricanes Football: News and Hearsay, 9/24


Sep 22, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Miami Hurricanes receiver Phillip Dorsett (4) carries the ball against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the second half at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Miami won 42-36 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-US PRESSWIRE

With Miami coming off of an intense come-from-behind victory against Georgia Tech, let’s have a look at what is going on in the world of Miami Hurricanes football.

* The ACC has announced it’s Football Players of the Week.  Two Miami Hurricanes have made this week’s list: Sophomore WR Phillip Dorsett “tallied career highs with nine receptions for 184 yards and a touchdown in Miami’s thralling 42-36 come-from-behind overtime win at Georgia Tech…his 184 receiving yards are the seventh-most in a single game in school history…Dorsett entered the game with 12 catches for 89 yards through the first three games of the season and only 236 receiving yards in 15 career games.  Also making the list is Freshman LB Eddie Johnson.  “The Atlanta native had a career-high nine tackles (six solo) and assisted on a tackle-for-loss in front of his hometown crowd…”  Congratulations to the both of them.

* As expected, Freshman WR Malcolm Lewis will not return for the remainder of the season.  The starting wide receiver suffered a dislocated ankle during the first quarter of Saturday’s game at Georgia Tech.  “I saw from where I was, around midfield, it just didn’t look right,” said head coach Al Golden.  “It didn’t look good so I ran out there.  I knew he was scared.  We’ve all had injuries at one point and you start thinking ‘is my season over?’  That’s what you think when you can’t see the result of the injury.  Certainly, in this case, he could see the result of the injury.  That was tough.”  According to Golden, UM will apply for a medical hardship waiver for Lewis.  He will indeed undergo surgery at some point this week.

* Also against Georgia Tech, P Dalton Botts suffered a sprained ankle.  Said Golden, “We don’t think it’s a high ankle where it’s going to be multiple weeks or anything.  It’s probably going to be Thursday or Friday before we know where we’re going to be.  Hopefully, by Thursday we’ll be able to get him to kick a little bit.”

* Freshman CB Tracy Howard saw limited action in Saturday’s win against Georgia Tech.  When asked why Miami used him sparingly, Golden said, “We really don’t want to play a lot of freshmen in the back four in a game like that.  That’s such a hard defense to play as a freshman.”

* Seantrel Henderson is now listed as a LT co-starter on Miami’s latest depth chart.

* Ben Jones is also listed as a co-starter at RT with freshman Ereck Flowers.

* Rashawn Scott will take the place of injured WR Malcolm Lewis during this Saturday’s game against North Carolina State.

* Dalton Botts is still listed as the starting punter despite suffering a sprained ankle in the ‘Canes game against Georgia Tech.  It is still unclear as to whether or not Botts will actually play.  He was seen on crutches with a boot on his foot during Miami’s practice on Monday.

* Denzel Perryman is still not listed on the latest depth chart.  Jimmy Gaines is listed as the starter at MLB.

* S Vaughn Telemaque is listed as the backup safety to AJ Highsmith.  Telemaque is coming off of a knee injury that he suffered in Miami’s game against Bethune-Cookman.

* LB Raphael Kirby was seen wearing a red jersey (non-contact) during practice.

* Freshman RB Duke Johnson leads the nation with 838 all-purpose yards.  At this rate, Johnson is on pace to break Willis McGahee’s single-season record of 2,102 set in 2002.

* QB Stephen Morris threw for 436 yards against the Georgia Tech defense.  That is the most yards by a Miami quarterback since Gino Toretta threw for 485 yards against San Diego State in 1991.