Game Notes: Miami @ NC State

The Hurricanes are scheduled to travel to North Carolina State this weekend. Here are some game notes.

MIAMI HEADS TO NC STATE IN SEARCH OF THIRD STRAIGHT WIN

-Miami travels to NC State on Saturday for a ACC cross-division matchup at Carter-Finley Stadium. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. and will air on the ACC Network.

-Miami is 8-5-1 all-time against NC State. The Hurricanes have won five of the last seven matchups against the Wolfpack.

-The series opened in 1939, with the Hurricanes defeating NC State, 27-7 in Miami.

 

A LOOK BACK AT VIRGINIA: CANES BECOME BOWL ELIGIBLE

-Miami improved to 8-6 all-time against Virginia with the win.

-Miami’s victory over the Cavaliers was the Canes first win at Virginia since 2008.

-With the victory, Miami is bowl eligible. The Hurricanes have played in 39 bowls all-time.

-Miami Starters:  

Offense: QB #15 Brad Kaaya, RB #1 Mark Walton, FB #36 Marquez Williams, WR #9 Malcolm Lewis, WR #82 Ahmmon Richards, TE #23 Christopher Herndon IV, LT #52 Kc McDermott, LG #74 Tyler Gauthier, C #67 Alex Gall, RG #63 Danny Isidora, RT #78 Tyree St. Louis.

Defense: DL #33 Trent Harris, DL #80 RJ McIntosh, DL #7 Kendrick Norton, DL #9 Chad Thomas, LB #53 Zach McCloud, LB #55 Shaquille Quarterman, LB #56 Michael Pinckney, DB #29 Corn Elder, DB #12 Malek Young, DB #6 Jamal Carter, DB #26 Rayshawn Jenkins.

-Junior kicker Michael Badgley, junior defensive lineman Trent Harris, junior quarterback Brad Kaaya and sophomore running back Mark Walton represented the Hurricanes during the coin toss against Virginia.

-Miami moved to 18-1 since 2011 when forcing three-or-more turnovers.

-Miami’s 222 rushing yards were a season-high in ACC play.

-Miami outgained Virginia 450-289 in total yards, including 206-119 in total yards during the second half.

-The Hurricanes did not allow a sack in the first half.

-The Hurricanes forced four turnovers in the second half and finished the game with five sacks and nine tackles for loss.

-Junior quarterback Brad Kaaya finished the first half by going 8-of-19 with 123 yards and one touchdown. He finished the game with 228 yards passing and two touchdowns.

-Kaaya threw for 200-or-more yards for the 27th time in his career.

-With his 44-yard pass to Malcolm Lewis in the second quarter, Kaaya passed Jacory Harris for second on the Miami career passing yards list.

-Kaaya’s second-quarter touchdown pass to David Njoku marked the 31st time in which he has thrown at least one touchdown pass in a game.

-Njoku has caught a touchdown pass in three straight games.

-Sophomore wide receiver Ahmmon Richards led the Canes with three catches for 100 yards, including a 77-yard touchdown. Richards reached 100 yards receiving for the second straight game and third time this season.

-Richards has hauled in 12 receptions of 20 or more yards during the 2016 season.

-Senior wide receiver Stacy Coley caught a pass for the 19th straight game, finishing with two catches for 39 yards.

-Sophomore running back Mark Walton led the Hurricanes with 111 yards rushing and a touchdown on 16 carries, surpassing 100 yards rushing for the fifth time this season.

-Senior offensive lineman Danny Isidora got the start at right guard to increase his consecutive start streak to a team-best 36 games.

-Fellow offensive linemen Trevor Darling and Nick Linder both had their consecutive start streaks snapped at 27 and 22 games, respectively.

-Sophomore offensive lineman Tyler Gauthier made his first career start.

-Freshman Joe Jackson forced his first career fumble. 

-Senior Corn Elder tallied his first career forced fumble.

-Senior Jamal Carter Sr. led the Hurricanes with nine tackles (five solo).

-Freshman Malek Young made his first career start at cornerback.

 

MEET THE NEW GUY IN TOWN - MARK RICHT

-University of Miami Director of Athletics Blake James announced on Dec. 4, 2015 the hiring of Hurricane alumnus Mark Richt as the 24th head football coach at The U.

-Richt was officially introduced to the public at a news conference at the Shalala Student Center.

-Richt, born in Omaha, Neb., and raised in Boca Raton, Fla., returned to his alma mater after leading the University of Georgia football program for the previous 15 years. During that time he compiled a 145-51 overall record and an 83-37 mark in Southeastern Conference play.

-Richt won two SEC championships, six SEC East titles and nine bowl games, and finished the season in the Associated Press Top 10 rankings seven times.

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

-Miami will be in search of its second straight win against NC State and its sixth in the last eight years.

-The Hurricanes will look to capture their first win in Raleigh since 2004.

-A win over the Wolfpack this Saturday would hand the Hurricanes their first win over NC State on the road since 2004.

-Kaaya will look to throw for 200-or-more yards for the 28th time his career. In 27 of his 35 career games, Kaaya has thrown for over 200 yards. He also has at least one touchdown in 31 career outings.

-Kaaya is 374 passing yards shy of moving into the ACC’s all-time top 10 in career passing.

-With 232 yards passing this weekend, Kaaya will become the first Miami quarterback to throw for over 2,800 yards in three straight seasons.

-Sophomore running back Mark Walton needs just 115 yards rushing to crack 1,000 yards for the season. It would give Miami an 1,000-yard rusher for the third year in a row (Joe Yearby 2015, Duke Johnson 2014). It would also mark just the second time Miami has achieved this feat in program history. James Jackson (2000), Clinton Portis (2001) and Willis McGahee (2002) were the running backs that rushed for 1,000-or-more yards.

-Senior wide receiver Stacy Coley needs just one more receiving touchdown to move into a four-way tie for seventh on Miami’s all-time single season receiving list for touchdowns.

-Coley needs just five receiving yards to become just the eighth Miami wide receiver to record 2,000-or-more career receiving yards.

-If running back Joe Yearby surpasses 100 yards rushing, it would mark the eighth time in his career in which he has passed the century mark and would tie him for eighth all-time at Miami with Frank Gore. 

-Senior offensive lineman Danny Isidora will look to make his 37th consecutive start. Isidora’s current consecutive start streak of 36 games is the team’s longest.

 

SO CLOSE

-Miami’s four losses this season have come by a combined total of 32 points (8.0 points per game average).

-Two of Miami’s four losses have come by three points or less.

-Miami’s loss at home against Florida State came by one point after the Hurricanes had their extra point blocked late in the fourth quarter.

 

YIPPEE KAAYA

-QB Brad Kaaya is in the midst of a junior season at Miami in which he has already posted career numbers that rank among the most prolific in program history.

-Kaaya was on the preseason watch lists for eight major honors: The Lombardi Award, the Manning Award, the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm, College Football Performance, the Davey O’Brien Award, American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team, the Wuerffel Trophy and the Maxwell Award.

-Kaaya’s 9,004 career-passing yards are already the third-most in Miami history. His 3,238 passing yards as a sophomore in 2015 are tied for the sixth-most in a single season, while his 3,198 yards in 2014 are the eighth-most. He is the only QB with two individual seasons ranking in the top 10.

-His 9,004 passing yards rank 13th on the ACC all-time career list. Kaaya is one of only 13 signal callers in league history to pass for over 9,000 career yards. In addition, Kaaya is just the second quarterback in program history to throw for 2,500 yards-or-more in three straight seasons.

-With his three touchdown passes at Appalachian State, Kaaya passed legendary Hurricane quarterbacks Craig Erickson, Gino Torretta, Steve Walsh and Vinny Testaverde on the all-time touchdown pass list.

-Kaaya’s 61 career touchdown passes rank third all-time in Miami history.

-Kaaya has thrown for 200 or more yards in 27 of his 35 career games and has 10 career 300-yard performances. His career high of 405 yards came at Florida State on Oct. 10, 2015. His 25 career 200-yard passing games are the most among active ACC quarterbacks.

-Kaaya’s 10 career 300 yard passing games are ranked second behind Clemson’s Deshaun Watson among active ACC players.

-Kaaya was one of just three players nationally to throw for 3,000-or-more yards, 10-or-more touchdowns and five-or-fewer interceptions in 2015.

-As a freshman in 2014, Kaaya was named the ACC Offensive and ACC Overall Rookie of the Year after a stellar first campaign with the Hurricanes.

 

CAN OF CORN

-Through 10 games in 2016, Corn Elder has totaled 61.0 tackles (46.0 solo), 4.5 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks, one interception and nine pass breakups.

-His nine pass breakups are a team best. He also leads the team with 46.0 solo tackles.

-In the Hurricanes’ home opener against FAMU, Elder picked off a pass and tallied a pair of tackles.

-In Miami’s first road game of the year at Appalachian State, Elder tied a then career high with 7.0 tackles. He also tallied a sack, a tackle for loss, one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry.

-Against Florida State, Elder registered 6.0 tackles and one pass breakup.

-In the Hurricanes’ matchup against North Carolina, Elder posted career highs in tackles (14.0) and solo tackles (11.0). He also tallied a pass breakup and a sack.

-Against Virginia Tech, Elder made six stops and had two pass breakups.

-Elder recorded a team-best 9.0 solo tackles and had a pass breakup versus Pittsburgh.

-This past weekend versus Virginia, Elder recorded 5.0 tackles (4.0 solo), a sack, a forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

 

KOOL CANES

-Craig Kuligowski, who is widely regarded as one of the top defensive line coaches in the country, has already made an immediate impact in his first season at Miami. The Hurricanes currently lead the nation in tackles for loss per game (9.0) and rank 18th in sacks per game (2.90).

-Through 10 games, Miami has totaled 90 tackles for loss and 30 sacks. In 2015, the Hurricanes recorded 66 tackles for loss and 26 sacks for the entire season.

-Prior to arriving at Miami, Kuligowski spent 15 years at Missouri, where his defensive line units frequently ranked among the nation’s best in tackles for loss and sacks.

 

GETTING DEFENSIVE

-Under first-year defensive coordinator and Miami native Manny Diaz, the Hurricanes rank in the top 25 nationally in four different defensive categories: scoring defense (No. 13/19.3), team sacks (No. 18/2.90), tackles for loss (No. 1/9.0) and total defense (No. 24/353.9).

-Miami has allowed 22 touchdowns in its last 42 quarters dating back to last season.

-Miami has held eight of its 10 opponents under their 2016 scoring average.

-Miami has started and finished games strong, outscoring its opponents by a combined 136-71 in the first and fourth quarters of games.

-The Hurricanes have held three opponents scoreless in the second half this season (FAMU, North Carolina and Virginia).

-In its ACC opener against Georgia Tech, Miami’s defense accounted for 12 points, as freshmen Shaquille Quarterman and Joe Jackson each returned a fumble for a touchdown.

-In 2016, through just 10 games, nine players already have at least 5.0 tackles for loss. In 2015, just four players finished the season (13 games) with at least 5.0 tackles for loss.

-Against Appalachian State, Miami held the Mountaineers to just 2.6 yards per carry on the ground.

-Miami dominated FAU in the first half, as it held the Owls to just one yard rushing on 17 attempts. The Hurricanes also did not allow the Owls to convert one third-down conversion as they went 0-for-11. FAU finished the game with just 46 yards. 

-The Hurricanes opened the year on a high note, as they held FAMU to just 43 second-half yards.

 

MAKING HIS MARK

-Running back Mark Walton has rushed for over 100 yards in five games this season.

-This past weekend at Virginia, Walton dashed for 111 yards on the ground.

-Against Pittsburgh, Walton rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown.

-Against North Carolina on Oct. 15, Walton rushed for 82 yards on a career-high 24 carries.

-Walton has nearly doubled his 2015 rushing total of 461 yards. He currently leads the team with 885 yards on the ground.

-Walton scored a touchdown on the first play of the game at Appalachian State, as he raced 80 yards for the score. His 80-yard run was the longest of his young career.

-Walton’s 80-yard touchdown run against Appalachian State is tied for the second-longest rush in the ACC this season.

-In 23 career games, Walton has scored 21 touchdowns (20 rushing, one receiving).

-On Sept. 10 against FAU, Walton rushed for a career-high 155 yards. He also scored a career-high four touchdowns against the Owls. His 155-yard output against FAU was the fifth highest rushing total in the ACC this season. In two career games against FAU, Walton has totaled seven rushing touchdowns.

-Walton got off to an impressive start to the 2016 season, as he rushed for a then-career-high 116 yards and had one touchdown against FAMU.

-Walton delivered an impressive first season with the Hurricanes as a freshman in 2015, ranking second on the team with 1,054 all-purpose yards and first with 10 total touchdowns.

-Walton’s 10 touchdowns - nine rushing and one receiving - were tied with Stacy Coley (2013) for second-most by a Miami freshman since 2000.

-Walton, who had 461 rushing yards and 293 receiving yards, was one of just 11 freshman running backs nationally with eight-or-more rushing touchdowns in 2015.

 

AHMMON RICHARDS AMONG THE BEST UM FRESHMAN WRs ... EVER

-Freshman wide receiver Ahmmon Richards currently leads the Hurricanes with 732 yards receiving. His 732 yards currently rank second on the all-time freshman receiving yards list.

-Michael Irvin holds the all-time freshman receiving yards record. Richards stands just 109 yards behind Irvin’s all-time record.

-His 21.53 yards per reception ranks are tops among all FBS freshman nationally. Richards’ 21.53 yards per reception are ranked fourth nationally overall.

-Richards’ 732 yards receiving lead all FBS freshman nationally.

-Richards has been honored as the ACC Rookie of the Week twice this season.

 

FRESHMAN PHENOMS

-Miami freshman linebackers Michael Pinckney, Shaquille Quarterman and Zach McCloud have made an immediate impact in their first seasons at The U.

-The three rookie linebackers have combined for 127.0 tackles, 18.0 tackles for loss and 5.0 sacks. They have combined for nearly 18 percent of the team’s tackles this season.

-The Miami freshman trio has started at linebacker in the Hurricanes’ last eight games. UM is the only school in the nation that has started three true freshman linebackers.

-Quarterman and Pinckney are ranked first (61.0) and fifth (44.0) on the team in tackles, while McCloud ranks 13th on the team in tackles (22.0).

 

THE SPECIALIST

-Through 10 games this season, punter Justin Vogel has lived up to his preseason all-conference honor. The Tampa, Fla., native has 49 punts for 2,152 yards. His 43.9 yards per punt average ranks second in the ACC and 27th nationally. 

-Vogel has 17 punts that have landed inside the 20-yard line and has 13 that have gone over 50 yards. 

-Vogel earned Preseason All-ACC honors after a stellar junior season in which he was recognized with All-ACC Third-Team honors by the media and All-ACC honorable mention from the league’s coaches.

-Vogel averaged 42.5 yards per punt in 2015, while his 73-yarder against Clemson on Oct. 24 was the longest of any ACC punter in 2015. He totaled 13 punts of 50 yards or more last season.

-Vogel was one of 28 punters to be named to the watch list for the 2016 Ray Guy Award. Vogel is a three-time Ray Guy Award nominee and was a semifinalist for the award in 2014.

-After spending the 2013 season at Florida, Vogel averaged 42.8 yards per punt and 62.1 yards on kickoffs in 2014. He was named Third-Team All-ACC by Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.

 

THE COLEY CONNECTION

-Wide receiver Stacy Coley has established himself as one of the Hurricanes’ top pass catchers of all-time. In 46 career games, Coley has hauled in 150 receptions (second all-time) for 1,995 yards (eighth) and 19 touchdowns (tied for seventh). 

-Coley’s eight receiving touchdowns rank 27th in the NCAA and second in the ACC.

-He currently stands as the team’s leading pass catcher with 47 receptions.

-Coley has caught a pass in 19 straight games.

-On Oct. 10, Coley was named ACC Receiver of the Week after he hauled in seven catches for 80 yards and two touchdowns against Florida State.

-Coley had a dominant freshman season in 2013, earning Freshman All-America honors and All-ACC recognition after leading the team with 1,461 all-purpose yards.

-After a quiet 2014, he returned to form in 2015. Despite missing two games with a hamstring injury, Coley finished second on the team in catches (47) and receiving yards (689).

-Coley’s 79.2 yards-per-game average in conference play ranked second in the ACC last season.

-He caught at least three passes in each of his final nine games in 2015, and had 678 yards over that span.

-Following the 2015 campaign, he earned All-ACC Second Team (Coaches) and All-ACC Third Team (ACSMA) recognition.

 

BADG-O-MATIC

-Junior Michael Badgley enjoyed a prolific season in 2015, setting the Miami single-season record for made field goals (25) and besting the previous school record held by Jon Peattie (22, 2003). He entered 2016 on the watch list for the Lou Groza Award, which honors the nation’s best kicker.

-He is a perfect 19-of-19 in field goal attempts from between 40-49 yards during his UM career.

-Badgley has connected on 42 extra points this season. His consecutive streak for PAT kicks made ended against Florida State at 72. He has now 116 PAT kicks made for his career. He is 14-for-18 in field goal attempts this season.

-This past weekend at Virginia, Badgley was 2-for-3 in field goal attempts as he was good from 40 and 44 yards.

-On Nov. 5 versus Pittsburgh, Badgley was 3-for-3, connecting from 46, 48 and 25 yards out.

-Against Notre Dame, Badgley was 2-for-2 in field goal attempts as he connected on attempts from 43 and 38 yards out.

-On Oct. 15 against North Carolina, Badgley hit a pair of field goals from 47 and 22 yards out. 

-Against Florida State, Badgley drilled two field goals, including a season-long 51-yarder. His 51-yard field goal against FSU is tied for the third longest field goal in the ACC this year. 

-Against Appalachian State, Badgley connected on six extra points and a 44-yard field goal.

-Badgley tied a UM record when he hit a 57-yard field goal against Georgia Tech in 2015.

-The Summit, N.J., native set a school record when he hit five field goals against Nebraska in 2015, and would tie that mark later in the season with five field goals made against Pittsburgh.

-Badgley’s 2.08 field goals per game average ranked first in Division I last season, while his 25 made field goals were tied for fourth-most in the nation. He ranked 16th in scoring (9.6 points per game).

 

THE SOUTH FLORIDA DUO

-Miami running backs Mark Walton and Joe Yearby have combined to rush for 1,460 yards this season.

-Louisville’s rushing duo of Lamar Jackson and Brandon Radcliff are the only other rushing tandem in the ACC that have more combined yards than Walton and Yearby. 

-Walton (885) and Yearby (575) have accounted for 91 percent of the Hurricanes rushing output this year.

-In addition, Walton (66) and Yearby (42) have combined for 108 points.

-Both Walton (Booker T. Washington) and Yearby (Miami Central) attended Miami-area high schools before joining the Hurricanes.

 

Consistent canes

-Offensive lineman Danny Isidora leads all Hurricanes with 36 straight starts.

-Fellow offensive linemen Trevor Darling and Nick Linder had their consecutive start streaks snapped at 27 and 22 games, respectively this past weekend against Virginia. 

-Isidora, Linder, Darling and running back Joe Yearby were the only Hurricanes to start every game last season.

-Miami’s active all-time start leaders include offensive lineman Danny Isidora (36), quarterback Brad Kaaya (35), defensive back Rayshawn Jenkins (31) and wide receiver Stacy Coley (29).

 

ALMOST PERFECT 10

-Teams rarely beat Miami when scoring 10-or-fewer points.

-The Hurricanes are 161-2 in their last 163 games when holding opponents to 10 points-or-fewer, after winning 45-10 at Appalachian State. That run goes back to Oct. 1, 1977, ironically, a season that began with Miami holding its first two opponents to exactly 10 points apiece and still losing both of those games.

-The only 10 points allowed-or-fewer losses since: Nov. 8, 2003 to Tennessee (10-6) and Sept. 5, 2005 to Florida State (10-7).

 

#TIGHTENDU TRADITION ALIVE AND WELL

-Junior Christopher Herndon IV and redshirt sophomore David Njoku have played significant roles in the offense this season.

-Njoku (30) and Herndon IV (22) rank third and fourth on the team in receptions, respectively. Njoku (448) and Herndon IV (280) have combined for 728 yards receiving.

-Njoku’s 30 receptions this season rank fifth among ACC tight ends.

-Njoku and Herndon IV have combined for 26 percent of the team’s receptions this year.

-Miami added two tight end signees in 2016: Jovani Haskins and Michael Irvin II.

 

BLOCK PARTY

-The Miami Hurricanes have proven to be a force when it comes to blocking kicks and punts this season. Through 10 games in 2016, Miami has combined for eight blocks on special teams with three coming on punts attempts and five coming on field goal attempts. 

-Miami leads the nation in blocked punts and is ranked second in blocked kicks.

-Sophomore RJ McIntosh blocked his first career punt against FAU on Sept. 10. It marked the second straight week in which a Miami player had blocked a punt. Pat Bethel blocked a punt in the Hurricanes’ season opener against FAMU.

-McIntosh also has blocked two kicks this season. His two blocked kicks are ranked fourth in the NCAA and first in the ACC.

-On Oct. 29 at Notre Dame, Miami freshman Zach McCloud blocked his first career punt.

-The Hurricanes are one of just 16 teams nationally that have blocked punts this season and one of just 60 teams that have blocked kicks this year.

 

BRINGIN’ IT BACK WITH BERRIOS

-Miami’s punt return attack ranks 11th in the country (13.3 avg.) in large part to the play of junior Braxton Berrios, who has played a key role in the Hurricanes punt return game this season. 

-The North Carolina native ranks 12th in the country and third in the ACC in punt return average (13.3 avg.). He also is one of just six players this season that have returned a punt for a touchdown.

-His 41-yard punt return for a touchdown in Miami’s season opener against FAMU was the first of his career. It also marked the first time a Hurricane had scored on a punt return since Corn Elder did so against Bethune-Cookman in 2015.

-Berrios also had a career-best 43-yard punt return, which set up the Hurricanes second touchdown of the night against Florida State.

-Berrios’ punt returns of 43 (vs. FSU) and 41 (vs. FAMU) are ranked as the eighth and ninth longest punt returns in the ACC this year.

-Off the field, Berrios excels in the classroom with a team-best 3.986 grade point average in finance/entrepreneurship. He also has never received a grade lower than an A- since coming to college. 

 

WELCOME TO THE SHOW

-Miami had 13 freshmen make their debuts on Sept. 3 against FAMU in the form of DL Pat Bethel, DB Romeo Finley, RB Travis Homer, DL Joe Jackson, DB Jeff James Jr., TE Michael Irvin II, LB Zach McCloud, WR Dionte Mullins, LB Michael Pinckney, LB Shaquille Quarterman, WR Ahmmon Richards, DB Cedrick Wright and DB Malek Young. 

-The Hurricanes have started six true freshmen season - a figure that is tied for second in the country with Maryland and Texas. South Carolina leads the nation with seven true freshman starters this season.

 

ZAGACKI AND BAILEY RETURN TO THE BOOTH FOR YEAR 15

- “Voice of the Hurricanes” Joe Zagacki and color commentator Don Bailey, Jr. are in the booth for their 15th year of Miami football on the radio.

-The radio team has broadcast 224 straight games together.

 

CREATING A TRUE HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE

-Through five home games this season, Miami has seen 294,038 fans pass into the newly renovated Hard Rock Stadium - a figure that ranks as the 34th in the nation.

-The Hurricanes have averaged 58,808 fans per game this season - good for 29th in the nation.

-Miami has seen more than 50,000 fans attend each of its first five games this season.

-The Hurricanes have never posted single game attendance marks of 50,000-or-more in each of their first five games.

-Miami sold out its home game against Florida State on Oct. 8.

-The Hurricanes currently have over 42,000 football season ticket holders.

-Since the hiring of head coach Mark Richt on Dec. 4, 2015, Miami has added 15,000 new season ticket holders.

 

#PROCANES CONTINUING TRADITION

-Miami currently has 43 #ProCanes on NFL rosters22 of 32 NFL teams had at least one former Cane on their roster, while the Indianapolis Colts lead all teams with four.

-Miami had two players selected in the 2016 NFL Draft: DB Artie Burns (1st round, PIT) and DB Deon Bush (4th, CHI).

-Miami had eight former student-athletes sign free agent contracts following the 2015 season: Rashawn Scott (MIA), Tracy Howard (CLE), Ufomba Kamalu (DEN), Calvin Heurtelou (HOU), Herb Waters (GB), Tyriq McCord (PIT) and Raphael Kirby (DET).

-The Hurricanes have had five or more players taken in the NFL Draft on 24 separate occasions since 1980.

-Ninety-five Hurricanes have been picked in the NFL Draft since the start of the 2000 season, a figure that is tied for second-most among all NCAA programs.

-Miami’s 29 NFL first-round draft picks since 2000, including Artie Burns (No. 25 overall) in 2016, are the most among all NCAA programs.

 

WISE GUYS

-University of Miami football juniors Braxton Berrios and Brad Kaaya were named to the 2016 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District™ Football First Team in District Four.

-Berrios, who sports a 3.98 grade point average majoring in finance and entrepreneurship was selected to the team for the second consecutive season. Kaaya was earned a spot on the team with a 3.33 grade point average in public relations.

-Both are now eligible for CoSIDA Academic All-America honors. The CoSIDA Academic All-America® Teams will be selected later this month.

 

CANES RECEIVE LEAD GIFT FOR INDOOR FACILITY

-The University of Miami announced earlier this fall the largest donation in the history of the Department of Athletics as the lead gift for a state-of-the-art football indoor practice facility.

-In honor of their mother, Carol, Jeffrey Soffer and Carol’s other children, have made a $14 million commitment towards the Carol Soffer Football Indoor Practice Facility.

-The 81,800-square-foot facility will feature two field-turf fields – one 80 yards long and an additional 40-yard field directly connecting to the Squillante Strength and Conditioning Center. 

-The project includes a 20,000-square-foot football operations center with a mezzanine level that will house all of the football coaches’ office space.

-Head coach Mark Richt also made $1 million commitment towards the project.

 

THE CAPTAINS

-This season Miami is selecting its captains on a game-by-game basis.

-In game 11, senior wide receiver Malcolm Lewis, freshman linebacker Shaquille Quarterman, junior defensive lineman Chad Thomas and senior punter Justin Vogel will represent the Hurricanes during the coin toss against NC State.

 

UP NEXT

-The University of Miami football team returns home to Hard Rock Stadium on Nov. 26 to welcome Duke. The kickoff time has not been announced.


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