Analysis: Buchanan done

A lot is happening in Coral Gables as the Canes prepare for Bethune Cookman this week, including the loss of senior linebacker Ramon Buchanan for the rest of the 2012 season. Here are some news and notes.

The Hurricanes got blasted on the field Saturday by the score of 52-13. To make matters worse, the team suffered a few key injuries.

According to head coach Al Golden on Sunday, senior linebacker Ramon Buchanan is done for the season with another knee injury. Senior safety Vaughn Telemaque was dinged up as well and has already been ruled out for this weekend's game. And wide receiver Allen Hurns, who suffered a head injury after his second catch on The Opening drive, is still being evaluated.

What do these injuries mean for the Hurricanes?

Buchanan, who had ACL surgery last season, is likely finished with his college career. The option of pursuing a sixth year of eligibility is still there but it's not likely. The former four-star recruit from Palm Bay High started a lot of games in his Miami career but never became the difference maker many people had expected.

Buchanan was one of the starting linebackers in each of the first two games. While Denzel Perryman and Eddie Johnson seem to have the other two spots locked up for now, Buchanan's replacement in the lineup will likely be either Jimmy Gaines, Thurston Armbrister, or Tyrone Cornileus.

Gaines was the projected starter going into fall camp but suffered an injury and has been limited in each of the first two games. When he's back to full speed, hopefully by the Georgia Tech game next weeknend, he will likely win the job since he's one of the team's three best linebackers. Until then, it could be Armbrister (who started against BC) or Cornileus (who was listed as Buchanan's backup for the K-State game).

Depth could become a big concern in a hurry. Getting freshman Raphael Kirby back in time for the Georgia Tech game becomes that much more important than before.

Telemaque is Miami's most experienced safety but the former four-star recruit has never become a difference maker in Miami's secondary. He started each of the first two games and will likely get replaced in the lineup by Deon Bush, who served as the team's third safety alongside Telemaque and Kacy Rodgers. The true freshman seems to be playing well right now and Golden singled him out for his strong play Saturday.

The injury to Hurns is key in that he's the most proven wide receiver on the roster. He had the best game against BC and was off to a strong start against KSU when the injury happened. Until he returns, look for a committee of receivers to be given opportunities. Malcolm Lewis or Phillip Dorsett will likely join Rashawn Scott in Miami's starting lineup if Hurns is unable to go.


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