One of the biggest storylines heading into the the Gator/Canes season opener on Saturday night was how Miami’s new signal caller would perform in his starting debut. And similarly to the theme of the game, it was shaky. However, there were a lot of other factors that lead us to believe there is a lot of potential for the redshirt Freshman who won the job this season.
While Jarren William’s performance certainly fell short of an elite level QB, he did show signs that he could one day, and maybe even this season, become elite. He’s been under a microscope since he was named starter earlier this month, and the pressure was on last night in not only his second-ever collegiate game, and first-ever start, but a start in a season opener. Not to mention against an 8th ranked, huge in-state rival with one of the nations best defensive fronts.
And he finished the game with a chance to take home a come-from-behind victory, but unfortunately he didn’t have a line that gave him enough time to do it. So taking all that into consideration, he showed he’s got what it takes to make Miami a force throughout this season.
Canes head coach Manny Diaz had all positive things to say about Williams’ play. He talked with the media after the game about what he thought of his QB’s performance, and only seemed more confident that he picked the right guy for the job.
“I mean, you probably can’t put a guy in a more adverse situation than in this stadium. The amazing atmosphere from both sets of fans, you know, their defensive front, which we knew was really good. Jarren never really blinked.
A lot of time he didn’t have a lot of time and I thought he just played a little of courage, you know, made some plays with his feet, scrambled the throw to keep this some things alive. I think you can see why we picked him to be our guy.”
Williams completed 19 of 29 passes for 214 yards and a touchdown, without throwing a single interception. He had a 65.5-percent accuracy rate, despite getting hammered by 10 sacks with a seemingly nonexistent O-Line in the second half. And beyond his stats, he showed extreme mental and physical toughness by competing until the end after getting hammered time and time again.
Moral victories are never the kind of victories you want to take away after a game, especially against a rival, but they can head into the rest of the season with confidence that they’ve got an offensive leader who will show up to play even in the most difficult situations.
Former Bucs- Hurricanes TE Winslow pleads guilty Monday
With his retrial on felony rape charges about to begin Monday in San Diego, former Hurricanes All American and NFL TE (including with the Buccaners) Kellen Winslow II accepted a guilty plea deal from San Diego prosecutors on two more of the charges against him.
Winslow was in court Monday afternoon, as prosecutors and his defense team told the judge that he agreed to plea, if the six other remaining serous charges against him would be dropped and he could avoid a longer sentence.
Kellen Winslow Jr. Pleads Guilty to Raping Unconscious Woman https://t.co/U8vnwUGm28
— TMZ Sports (@TMZ_Sports) November 4, 2019
Winslow had been previously convicted in June on four counts of rape and other sexual misconduct charges involving multiple women. The jury deadlocked on the eight remaining charges that were brought against him and a mistrial on those was declared. However, prosecutors exercised their right to retry the 38 year old Winslow on those remaining counts.
The guilty pleas Monday involve sexual battery on a 54 year old unidentified woman, who claims Winslow raped her in his Jeep in 2018.
The other count involved a 2003 accusation that Winslow had raped a then 17 year old San Diego High School student at a home during the summer, while he was a prominent 19 year old player at the University of Miami.
Winslow is a former All American tight end from the Miami Hurricanes from 2001-03 and played 9 seasons in the NFL, including three with the Buccaneers from 2009-11. He was the sixth overall pick by the Browns in the 2004 draft and is the son of former Chargers great and Hall of Fame inductee, Kellen Winslow.
After his rookie season Winslow suffered a horrific knee and leg injuries in a motorcycle accident in a Cleveland suburb mall parking lot. He was unable to play in the 2005 season, because of the injuries.
Winslow played three more seasons for the Browns before being traded in the 2009 offseason to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In exchange for a second and fifth round picks, the Bucs acquired Winslow and gave him, at that time, the largest contract for a tight end in NFL history with $36 million over six seasons.
In his first season in Tampa Bay he set the Bucs single season tight end receiving record with 77 catches and 884 yards. He led the team in receptions again in 2010, as the Bucs finished 10-6 and missed the playoffs on a tiebreaker. In his final Buccaneers season of 2011 Winslow finished with 75 receptions in a dismal 4-12 year.
Winslow had been facing life in prison, if convicted on all 12 counts. However, it is believed with the plea deal and the total now being six convictions/guilty pleas, that his sentence will be somewhere between 12 and 18 years on the charges.
Winslow will be sentenced in February.
Canes take rivalry game with shutdown of FSU
This long-standing rivalry provided an opportunity for two teams evenly matched teams to bring home a win to salvage a below-average season. It would provide a good momentum shift for the Canes or the Noles to head into the final few weeks of the 2019 season with.
FSU/Miami is always a hard fought matchup regardless of the state of each program but today, Miami wanted it far more in a 27-10 win.
As we wrote earlier today, the Noles and Hurricanes have both been bad for stretches of 2019. Inconsistency has killed both teams and would play a huge part of this game. The winner will be whoever has the most consistent offense.
And that’s exactly what it came down to.
In the first half, Florida State was not only playing against the Canes but also against themselves. They had 8 penalties for a total of 60 yards, which halted any attempted of offensive momentum for the Seminoles.
The defense, who in recent weeks have been much improved, wasn’t bad overall. However, they gave up a couple of big passing plays that resulted in touchdowns for Miami. If you have to place the blame on one side, it was the offense, or lack thereof.
The real issue for Florida State remains the offensive line. They allowed 9 sacks on Alex Hornibrook and James Blackman and didn’t create any holes for Cam Akers to produce on offense. OC Kendal Briles attempted to call creative plays with Akers running the wildcat to set up their single TD drive.
It was Briles’ effort to compensate for the lack of protection on the line, however, it wasn’t enough to produce more than one solid drive down the field.
The most glaring difference between the two programs today was that Canes QB Jarren Williams had time to throw down the field, while Hornibrook didn’t.
Florida State went into the game as a very mediocre football program with a opportunity to garner an important victory at home, but remains a poorly coached, mediocre program with a long way to go to get back to relevancy.
Credit to Miami, who’s now won three straight in the FSU series. They came into the game with the same record and similar issues to the Noles, who left with a hard earned win.
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