Noles News 04.05.12

Football practice was cancelled yesterday due to inclement weather, so let's jump to the next order of business. I Tweeted this yesterday:

The player is junior linebacker Jeff Luc. The coaching staff has not granted a transfer/release request, and I expect this to be discussed after spring practice is finished. Kansas State, Louisville, Rutgers and UCF are some of the schools Luc will consider if he does indeed go through with the transfer. All offer a chance for him to start for two years. FSU's coaching staff wants him to stay, so expect them to attempt to convince him to stay. I'll have more thoughts on this when the final decision is made, but this is something I've sat on for a while as I gathered more info from different sources.

Jimbo Fisher will not discipline James Wilder Jr. any further.

E.J. Levenberry's visit to FSU has been a very good one. Don't be surprised to see a commitment from him at some point.

Miami And USF After Florida State Commitment Ro'Derrick Hoskins - SBNation.com
Florida State linebacker recruit Ro'Derrick Hoskins had quite the surprise waiting for him when he came from school Monday: seven letters from in-state suitors.

ACC's top newcomers - ACC Blog - ESPN
The ACC hauled in three of the nation's top-10 recruiting classes for the Class of 2012, and several teams could benefit immediately for their efforts

Tigers Hold First Stadium Scrimmage - Shakin The Southland

Clemson finished their first stadium scrimmage last night, and there are mixed reviews of different areas of the team so far. In the first scrimmage the defense should be ahead, particularly up front, but that wasn’t the case overall with the holes we have. Of course no one can cover Sammy Watkins (2 50yd TDs) but I would’ve expected to hear more good things on defense than I have. This is the most concerning thing I take away from the scrimmage.

A.C. Leonard Pleads No Contest To Battery Charge, Sentenced to Six Months of Probation - Alligator Army
Florida tight end A.C. Leonard plead no contest to a battery charge and received six months of probation on Wednesday.

Al Golden and His U-Tough Program: What's Been Missing Under Previous Coaches - The 7th Floor
i'm sure it is a decent program, but players are still needed. Miami doesn't have enough good players.

Bowden: restrictive drug testing needed - ACC Blog - ESPN
LOL. He says this after he left.

All Good Things - Gobbler Country
Wishing GC well as he leaves.

Spring Depth Chart Updates: Clarke Moves to Defense - Testudo Times

Clemson confirms it will play UGA in 2013/2014

Updated (But Not Yet Official) 2012 F/+ Projections - Football Study Hall
Interesting stuff here.

Orange Sun, Blue Sky: Florida's Offense Will Return To Form In 2012 - Alligator Army

Bucky Hodges, Matt Rolin Updates | The Key Play
Rolin is also looking at VT (obviously) and VT.

BCS report includes one great, six bad postseason reform ideas - Andy Staples - SI.com

Hosting semifinal games on campus would guarantee happy fans, packed stadiums
There is only one reasonable explanation for the awful Rose Bowl-centric proposal
The people who outsourced the postseason could still find a way to screw this up.

FSU's Pender a potential 'impact newcomer' - ACC Blog - ESPN
Travis Haney's debut piece for ESPN.com this week looks at potential impact newcomers among early enrollees this spring. Florida State running back

Maryland Minute 04.02.12 - Kenny Tate is Staying at Linebacker - Testudo Times

Tight End Recruit Standish Dobard Commits To Miami Hurricanes - SBNation.com

Standish Dobard, a top tight end recruit, has committed to the Miami Hurricanes. Kid is a stud.

Pre-Snap Read: Miami's Walk-On Program

The search for walk-ons is one part of Miami’s larger plan. If not a plan, it’s an approach for dealing with what’s here and what’s coming: Miami is already hurting for numbers after losing nearly 35 players off last year’s roster, and the thin-roster woes may continue if the N.C.A.A. does hand down scholarship reductions as part of the scandal involving a former booster that surfaced last August.

Miami is already playing below the 85-scholarship limit, which does reinforce the idea that Golden has already begun planning for a future without the normal number of scholarships per recruiting cycle. In fact, Golden and Miami might have elected to go forward with fewer scholarships as a way to lessen any blow the N.C.A.A. might deliver in the near future.

Looking merely at 2012, the Hurricanes could use the added bodies up front. The Hurricanes lost three starters off last year’s line: left tackle Brandon Washington, left guard Harland Gunn and center Tyler Horn. Would-be starting guard Jon Feliciano suffered a knee injury last week. As of today, Miami’s starting line features two sophomores and three juniors.

One of those junior, right tackle Seantrel Henderson, has been a significant disappointment. Miami’s 13 linemen have combined for 42 career starts, led by 16 from junior right guard Brandon Linder. Will taking walk-on linemen help this number? No, but accepting walk-ons may add an infusion of younger talent, which Miami lacks.

While the Hurricanes are short on seniors, the roster only lists two freshmen linemen — Ereck Flowers and Hunter Wells, with Wells himself a former walk-on. Can you see why the program may be enticed by the idea of adding another five or six linemen via the walk-on program? It’s depth, most of all, but even if only one pans out, that’s one starter or key reserve who can help build up the current crop of younger linemen.

In the long term, one way Miami can deal with fewer available scholarships is to pick its battles. That means attacking line depth with a walk-on program; fewer scholarships will be felt across the board, but the Hurricanes can continue bringing in skilled star players — quarterbacks, cornerbacks, receivers — while building depth with non-scholarship walk-ons.

Perhaps that’s Golden’s new approach. Let’s say that the Hurricanes either self-impose or have the N.C.A.A. impose 12 scholarship losses over the next three years — not saying either is going to happen, but consider the possibility. That’s four fewer scholarships per cycle. For every walk-on linemen Miami brings in, that may be one more offer it can extend to a five-star cornerback or running back — the next Tracy Howard or Duke Johnson, if Golden gets lucky.

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