UM’s Leonard Hankerson is a preseason candidate for the Belitnikoff Award, presented annually to the best collegiate receiver.
The senior from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Ft. Lauderdale led the Hurricanes in receiving last season with 45 receptions for 801 yards and six touchdowns.
UM’s Brandon Harris is on the preseason watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, presented annually to the nation’s top defensive player by the Charlotte Touchdown Club, and is a preseason candidate for the Jim Thorpe Trophy, presented annually to the best defensive back.
The junior from Booker T. Washington High School in Miami was a first team All-ACC selection last season and is a 2010 Sporting News Preseason All-America selection.
UM’s defensive lineman Allen Bailey was added to the watch list for the Rotary Lombardi Award (down linemen) on Friday.
The senior from Sapelo, Georgia is also up for the Bednarik Award (best defensive player), Ted
Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award and Bronko Nagurski Trophy (also best defensive player).
UM’s Colin McCarthy is on the preseason watch list for the Dick Butkus Award, presented annually to the nation’s top linebacker. The senior from Clearwater Catholic High School was a second team All-ACC selection last season and joins fellow ‘Cane linebacker Sean Spence on the list.
McCarthy is also on the Bednarik Award list (best defensive player in college) and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy list (best defensive player).
UM’s Matt Bosher is on the preseason watch list for the Lou Groza Award, presented annually to the nation’s top placekicker. The senior kicker from Jupiter, Florida is also a candidate for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS award, which recognizes seniors who excel in the areas of community, classroom, character and competition.
Read AP reporter Tim Reynold’s recent story on Bosher here.
Miami Arena? Yeah, I miss it.
With its small capacity and lack of suites a beancounter’s nightmare, they did get one thing right.
The catwalks. Rafters. Whatever you want to call them. Most of you never looked up there, let alone walked on them. But with their placement, they were perfect for us photographers. For basketball, they crossed right above the rim on both ends. Another pair even lined up perfectly over goal for the Florida Panthers’ first five seasons.
I often mounted a remote over the basket in those days, as evidenced by the shot of James Jones against Providence College in 2000. This image is one of 290 images from the 2000 season I recently uploaded to the Caneshooter Archive. The ‘Canes won the Big East regular season championship that year and advanced to the Sweet 16 in the tournament.
When the ‘Canes moved to the BankUnited Center on campus, our perfect overhead remotes were history. The new building’s catwalks span the outside perimeter of the floor, and only one crosses the court, right above the scoreboard. There is one location for an off-center view of the hoop, and I may try it out this upcoming season.
So despite the inch thick layer of dust, chalk marks of how many bolts were loose and occasional rat, I kind of liked the “old” place. I’m likely the only one.
A story in today’s Miami Herald describes ‘Canes OL Orlando Franklin as “all business” and that he is “a scowler.”
Except after wins over Oklahoma, that is: