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Golden was asked if he learned anything from last year regarding how to handle situations involving underclassmen contemplating the leap.
“I think our current players learned,” he replied. “I didn’t learn anything. I knew exactly what was going on. I think they know that some guys left for 20 cents on the dollar.”
AFTER THE MOVE
Washington was drafted 200th overall by the Eagles — the 30th pick in the sixth round — and didn’t make the team. Forston wasn’t drafted, earned his way onto the Patriots roster as an undrafted free agent, then was released after three games and subsequently named to the Patriots’ practice squad.
Streeter was taken 198th overall by the Ravens and signed a four-year, $2.19 million contract, with a signing bonus of $94,500.
Olivier Vernon, a defensive end, was the 72nd overall pick (third round) and signed a four-year contract reportedly worth $2.84 million, with a $638,000 signing bonus.
Miller, a running back, went 97th overall (fourth round) and signed a four-year contract reportedly worth $2.58 million, with a $486,000 signing bonus.
“I had talked to my mom and dad and pretty much had made up my mind to turn pro by about Week 10 last season,” said Miller, who rents a townhouse by himself near the Dolphins training facility in Davie. Miller had played sparingly in 11 games, but in Sunday’s win against Buffalo, he ran 10 times for 73 yards.
“If I would have stayed at UM, I probably would had had another good year, but I still believe I made the right decision. I’m living my dream.”
When asked if he might have made more money in the long run by finishing his UM career and earning his diploma, he replied: “I’m playing in the NFL. Most people don’t get that opportunity.”
Vernon, a defensive end, has had a fruitful season, in one game recovering a blocked punt in the end zone for a touchdown, and then blocking a field goal to subsequently earn AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.
“It’s been fun,” he said, “especially with the guys on this team. The veterans are really cool and make you feel comfortable.”
Vernon is 33 credits shy of earning a degree in criminology. He said balancing academics and athletics is tougher than most think. “I’m not saying athletes can’t do it,” he said, “but you know when you want to focus on something you love a lot — I mean, football is something I love — and that was my choice.”
Vernon, as well as Forston, acknowledged that it also was tough adjusting to their third defensive line coach in three years, as well as second head coach.
“Coach Golden had his new rules, and I was used to coach [Randy] Shannon’s ways,” Vernon said. “New coaches are going to implement all their rules and try to weed everybody out on a team that’s not following the program.”
Practice squad players — there are eight per NFL team — earn a minimum of $5,700 per week, though some teams pay more. Over 20 weeks, say, that would amount to a $114,000 salary.
“The main thing that really affected my decision to enter the draft was I wanted to help out my mom,” said Forston, whose mother, Pearline Simmons, is a school bus attendant in Miami-Dade County. “I just want my family to be happy and not worry about bills.”
Pearline Simmons said she is spending Christmas with Marcus in Foxborough.
“He’s happy,” said Simmons, who moved from Liberty City to Miami Gardens. “It’s nice and quiet up there in Foxborough.”
Simmons said she believes her son will prevail, no matter where he goes from here.
“He graduated with a degree in criminology last year, and I was proud as a mama could be,” she said. “He said, ‘In case I don’t make it in the NFL, I have something to fall back on.’ I told him, ‘Have faith and believe, because you’re going to make it.’ ”
All five players keep in contact with each other. Washington, who said he needs 18 more credits to earn his degree in criminology, said he tries not to look back at his decision to leave early. Last spring he told ProCanes.com that “if I knew I was going to be drafted that low, I would have stayed in school.”
Today, he is only looking forward.
“I have great faith in God,” Washington said. “I prayed a lot about it, weighed the pros and cons, and made my decision. I know God gave me the ability and strength and health to play football. I wanted to go to the big leagues.
“There’s no doubt if I keep my faith, I’ll be back on top and be the lineman I was in college.”
Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/12/24/3155176_p2/five-miami-hurricanes-who-left.html#storylink=cpy
Hope they all do great
ALL ABOUT THE U
i can tell all but miller and vernon have regret but they learn and the players on UM now have learned and hopefully they are smarter and stay if it's best
The Short Answer-ABSOLUTELY NOT!!
All these guys have tremendous talent and played for a tremendous University... And if they would have stayed they would have upped their Draft Stock exponentially and in turn upped their valuablity..
I wish them all the best in there respective futures.. but to me.. Al Golden was absolutely correct in his assesment and I hope the young guys did learn a lesson from it.. Just sad that that lesson had to come at the expense of these guys..
It was a bad decision on the part of these guys.. Bottom Line.
I think as long as you have your degree, you made the right decision. What if the league thing doesn't work out, then what do you have to fall back on? If you leave school early, you have to pay out of pocket to get back any remaining credits...why pay when you can get them free...at a world class PRIVATE institution. The only exception is a guaranteed contract of being a first rounder.
That's a good point...
But as I've argued on this board before, the heart of the issue with these guys is not the fact that they left early..
But Rather... WHY MAKE THAT DECISION??? Just doesn't make any sense... All of these guys had the talent to be first day draft choices if they would have stayed for their senior year.. They all have that kind of talent.. So.. Again?? WHY??
Why leave with only one year left?? Guess we'll never know...
We all know why....Vernon said it...... Golden has rules....these kids couldn't handle it and bailed.
Lamar Miller was the only one who should have gone....just because he is an RB
Still ADRIAN & this was even said by numerous former CANES-Not a 1 was ready to leave bro. And deep down although they won't admit it-they know they made the wrong decision. I understand wanting to help the family & all of that but, 1 year is not a long time & everyone of those guy's stock would have went up by a huge amount if they would have had the right attitude. You can even tell by Vernon's remarks that he says AG was trying to weed them out. That's not the case at all-THEY DIDN'T WANNA PUT IN THE WORK IT TAKES TO BE A GOOD FB PLAYER vs a GREAT 1 -That's what it amounts to. They were coddled by RS & they got an eyeopener when a coach who came in & held them accountable & wanted the same every day. They were just not willing to do it so, they rolled the dice & although Miller & Street was drafted a lil high-They could have been drafted so much more higher I don't care what any of them say.
Street had 1 good season his whole career here & automatically that makes you think you are ready for the next level-sh -No way-they had just got into bad work habits-lazy & just did not want to go along with the program bottom line. We saw what can happen if you buy in & that was with mostly fresh & sophs so, these guy's can say what they want but the bottom line is-they come in-play another season-work hard & they are looking at a lot better draft this year.
CANE 4 LIFE & BEYOND !! I BLEED ORANGE & LIVE GREEN !!!!
Good Luck to them all, they have Graduated and made Grown men decisions now was it the best probably not for Washington, Streeter and Vernon but for Fortson I think the kid was tired of being hurt all the time, Miller had to go a RB career in the league is short.
I say Good luck and Do well Canes.
It is very clear to me that the main reason was not wanting to conform to AG's new tougher rules. They were all soft from Randy. In a way, I can't blame them after so many coaching changes.
For Forston, he said his mom was working as a bus aide, not even a bus driver, so she probably making minimum wage. He probably needed the money, and I don't think anyone can loan these guys a few thousand dollars till they graduate.
I really wished Washington would have stayed. He could have been the 1 guard taken. And to top off everything, he on a practice squad and he doesn't have a degree. He is one injury away from nothing because he has nothing to fall back on. At least Vernon has a couple million to work with.....and go back to school. B. Wash can't afford to finish at the U.
Most of these guys told Randy Shannon during recruiting that they wanted in the NFL ASAP. They didn't care about where they would get drafted, they just wanted to get to the NFL as fast as they could.
I really wish them all the very best... BUT it really sucks to know that these guys bailed on the program because they didn't want to go through with Coach Golden's toughest as a coach... If Miami had just come off a 9 or 10 game win season, then I would've maybe been ok with them leaving BUT a 6-6 season...
Coach Golden wasn't weeding anyone out, he was letting the players do that themselves... (Because truth me after watching some of these guys his first year,they wouldn't return if he was weeding them out.)
Bottom line, these guys didn't want to have to fight with true freshman for playing time so they left...
That may be true.. But think about this.. If Marcus stays one more year then he's projected as one of the top DT's in the Draft the following year, or at least a higher pick.. Imagine how well he would have been able to take care of his mother then??? What's one year for a chance at a BIG TIME Pay Day??
This post was edited by swaggerforlife 19 months ago
honestly at the end of the day for whatever reason it's over and this is beating a dead horse lets just hope that everybody learned from this
Absolutely!! Happy to have a Coach like Al Golden and the love direction we're headed..
exactly like i understand why we still talking about this but damn its over now and other then fortson the rest of the guys who left actually led to young guys this year replacing them and making us excited for the future
You got that right Adrian. There should not be 1 & I mean 1 dude even thinking bout leaving early & that goes for SH too. The kid didn't even get his game back until about the last 2, he was a mental mess most of the season & wasn't even sure if he still wanted to play & even saying this stuff at frat parties. These soon to be SR's, needs to come to work this spring & Summer & leave it all out on the field this year, battle every game like it's your last. They have a big chance to redeem themselves this coming year by knocking off UF-FSU possibly 2 x so-I believe AG has their minds in the right direction & has just made all the RS left overs see that nothing comes easy, you have to bust it to get it. You think our great teams in the 80's who got it started just messed around-hell no-there will be a load that will tell ya-They had leaders on those teams that held players accountable-Jerome Brown was the man & he ran that D & if you wasn't putting out in practice-he handled it & that is what we have to get back to.
Those dudes loved the game so much & wanted to prove so much-they came out to practice every day & busted it like it was game day. Get some old CANES to tell ya what those old practices were like-it was some dog fights out there & that is what AG is building again & those that left-just didn't want it-pure & simple. Now the ones that are still here have bought in & it just may help a few that wouldn't have made it to the NFL under RS make it now with AG at the head spot. Winning doesn't come easy but-you practice hard & you want it-it can become easier & so much more rewarding when you know you have done & put out all you got & when you do achieve those goals-THEY MEAN A 100% MORE BECAUSE "U" KNOW YOU EARNED THEM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
can only pray bruh if everybody stays we got great potential just gotta hope they smart enough to see whats best and then maybe we can shock the world again
There is just no way any of them had good of enough season to leave bro-CP didn't play til the end of the season while SH was getting beat out by a true bro so-I don't think we have anything to worry about. Also what AG said after last year-I have no problem with kid's going to the NFL but, I am gonna recruit kid's who wanna win championships & ACC 's 1st. That is the #1 priority I want in my recruits, to accomplish things here before they think about the NFL" So, I see a lot of our guy's that we just bolting because they could start to slow down bro. We are not gonna put them in the league on our rep any more or not as many any way. They are gonna have to do something & prove it on the field now. Being drafter as recruiting on our past is became much harder. Although AG will still sell our past-we have to start again & win NOW to be looked at seriously now bro. And kid's who would have just flown now, might stay that extra year to accomplish championships before leaving.
Envy the past, Fear the future
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