UM Football Blog: 7/6

The start of football season is now less than two months away. Read on for the latest news and analysis surrounding the team from CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

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Taylor Gadbois was removed from the team last week in news that surprised some people, including Gadbois himself.

"It's all about the U. Thanks for all the support from fans players and coaches, I will always be a Hurricane. I will always love you Miami this was not my decision but I am no longer a Miami Hurricane."

Gadbois, a rising senior, missed the second half of last season with a knee injury and then sat out the spring. He was expected to compete for Miami's starting right tackle job in the fall. The Hurricanes now return just two primary starters -- right guard Danny Isidora and center Nick Linder. Trevor Darling, K.C. McDermott, and Sunny Odogwu are now likely going to compete for the two starting tackle jobs.

Losing Gadbois means Miami will have to replace his experience but the trio of tackles just mentioned probably offer more upside. The Canes are hoping someone like Jahair Jones, a Junior College transfer who went through spring football with the team, can become part of the rotation this fall as well.

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Four new scholarship players started school last week, which means all 22 of the players Miami signed back in the springare officially in school. The four newest additions were Lawrence Cager, Jamie Gordinier, Kendrick Norton, and Evan Shirreffs.

Cager surprised a lot of people when he committed to Miami back in January. He's a four-star prospect from the Washington, DC area. Coaches like his size and how he should be able to create some mismatches early on.

Gordinier was a lightly recruited player from New Jersey. He will play that hybrid (OLB/DE) position that Al Golden and his staff like to use. There is already good depth there so his playing time outlook doesn't look too promising right away.

Norton was a late addition to Miami's commitment list last recruiting season. A lot of people think he'll end up being a better offensive lineman but he's coming in to play on defense and will have a chance to crack into an unproven rotation.

Shirreffs signed with Miami after getting just one FBS scholarship offer. At 6-foot-6, he had a strong senior season and helped his team win a state championship. With the depth at quarterback in place, he's likely going to redshirt barring injuries ahead of him.

The Hurricanes also welcomed University of Florida transfer Gerald Willis, a former five-star defensive line recruit from the state of Louisiana. Willis seemingly has a bright future but will have to sit out the 2015 season due to NCAA transfer rules.


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