UM Football Blog: 8/3

Read on for the latest surrounding Miami's football team, with analysis from CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

Head coach Al Golden made three comments at his press conference yesterday that I'd like to talk more about.

1) Luther Robinson may have had the best summer of anyone on the team.
Robinson came to the University of Miami as a three-star defensive tackle from the Fort Pierce area. At 6-foot-3 and around 300 pounds now, Robinson redshirted in 2009 and then made two starts in the 2010 season. He was set to be in the rotation last season but missed all year with an injury. He returned at full strength in the spring and had a solid month. Darius Smith and Curtis Porter are expected to be the starters and Robinson's one of three others returning who have previous experience. He started showing signs of being a solid player during his first season in 2010 but then took several steps back with the injury last season. The tools are there. He's a big kid who has some athleticism and was recruited out of high school by schools like Florida and South Carolina, in addition to the Canes. If he's truly had the best summer of anyone on the team, get used to his name. That means the light finally went on for him. One of the hardest thing for big defensive tackles to do is to stay motivated and play hard. It sounds like Robinson's made the commitment to do those things. If he can stay healthy, he should be able to log a lot of quality minutes this season and even become a possible starter at some point. Anyway you slice it, this would be great news for the defense.

2) Ramon Buchanan is fully healthy and ready to go.
More good news. Buchanan was the second best linebacker on the team early on last season. The best one, Sean Spence, is now gearing up for his rookie season with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Unfortunately, Buchanan missed most of last season with a knee injury. Then, he had to sit out all of spring. A lot of people were wondering what his status would be for the start of fall camp. Well, according to Golden, he's all set to go. When healthy, he could very well be the best linebacker on the team. Proven depth isn't good at this position right now so getting one of the top guys back in action is huge. It will allow fierce competition for the third starting spot and give Buchanan a chance to ease back into action a few weeks before seeing game action again. He should be ready for a strong senior season.

3) The starting quarterback will be named either following the first scrimmage (13th) or the second (19th).
Stephen Morris played some in each of the last two seasons for the Hurricanes and even has a few starts under his belt. Ryan Williams, however, started a full season at Memphis. Therefore, experience (and time spent in Jedd Fisch's offense) is about the same. Morris missed all of spring recovering from back surgery so it gave Williams a chance to step up and take a lot of reps. He struggled through spring, including a shaky spring game performance. Now that Morris is back in action, he will likely win the starting job. It's not been determined yet and it's probably because the coaches want them competing hard for the first couple weeks of camp. Don't be surprised if a starter (likely Morris) isn't named until after the second scrimmage to keep the competition fierce.


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