Yikes, that was ugly. I think I heard Al Golden say, “What the hell have I gotten myself into?” from the press box. The Canes stunk up the joint worse than one of my post-La Spada’s dumps. A 33-17 drubbing at the hands of Notre Dame that wasn’t even as close as the score indicates. 10 penalties. 4 turnovers. And a partridge in a pear tree.
As always, let’s take a look at the good, the bad, and the ugly:
- Mike James. Props to interim coach Jeff Stoutland for not only starting James, but giving him significant playing time. It was nice to see Mike out there, able to take his mind off the pain of recent weeks, if only for a few hours.
- Matt Bosher. This kid is going to be missed next year – if not for his kicking abilities, then for his tackling abilities on kickoff coverage. Is it me, or is Bosh our leading tackler on special teams? 40.8 yard average on punts, 2 for 2 on extra points, and he made his only field goal attempt, a 47 yarder. Bosh leaves some pretty big shoes to fill.
- Brandon Harris. No, he didn’t have his best game, getting toasted on one play for a TD by the NFL-ready Michael Floyd. But, the poor showing probably means Brandon is coming back for his senior year. I can’t imagine many NFL teams wanting to spend a first rounder after that display. No other player’s presence is as important for the 2011 Hurricanes than Brandon’s.
- The turnovers. 3 Jacory INTs and 1 Morris INT. Unacceptable. Midway through the 2nd quarter, the Hurricanes were on pace for 12 interceptions. Jacory’s stat line looks worse than Amy Winehouse on a Sunday morning: 4/7, 37 yards, 3 INTs. Jacory’s leading receiver yesterday (Harrison Smith) is not a member of the Miami Hurricanes.
- The penalties. (in Allen Iverson ‘Practice?!’ voice): ‘Ten?! Ten?!’ Ten mother f’n penalties. Golden was in the press box doing an interview when he brought it up – it was the first thing he mentioned. Just unacceptable. This team is about as disciplined as Lindsay Lohan in a restroom with lines of coke on the counter. This has got to change and it is something that Golden will surely address.
- The tackling. I swear, this team would be undefeated if it just shored up the penalties, the turnovers, and the missed tackles. Problem is, that’s most of football. Over pursuits, missed tackles, missed coverages. We sound like a broken record. I’m looking forward to Kelvin Cain playing at linebacker next year, along with Spence. Those two, along with Ramon Buchanan, should make for a formidable linebacking trio.
- Wilcots/Barnhart fist bump. Did anyone else see this at the end of the halftime show? The icing on the abysmal cake that was the first half was this impromptu fist bump between CBS’ Solomon Wilcots and Tony Barnhart, wrapping up the halftime segment. Ill advised. I think they bumped once and Wilcots went in for another and Barnhart was like an awkward old white guy caught in headlights and didn’t know what to do. So awkward. I would have felt more comfortable watching a brother and sister make out. Memo to Barnhart: Please don’t attempt anything that remotely requires rhythm. This includes fist bumps, break dancing, and Michael Jackson:The Experience on Wii.