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Todd Bowles not surprised at Tom Brady’s appearance at offseason workouts

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Tom Brady showed up at the Buccaneers’ voluntary offseason workouts Wednesday and Thursday.

The quarterback was vocal last year in encouraging players not to show up for voluntary workouts, and in his career, Brady has been known to skip the voluntary program.

So why did he show up in phase two of the program this week? New coach Todd Bowles said Friday he didn’t request Brady’s appearance but wasn’t surprised to see the seven-time Super Bowl champion.

Tom’s a worker,” Bowles said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “Tom comes in on his own. He doesn’t need to be here, but you don’t play that long without having inner drive. We have great communication, and we have a great relationship. He comes in on his own and works. He doesn’t need the work everyone else needs, but the camaraderie, when he comes in here, is very good.”

Bowles still plans to call the defensive plays this season, and while he will have a little input in some of the offensive meetings, he doesn’t plan on changes to the offense. Offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich will remain in charge of his unit.

“Everybody thinks I’m changing the offense,” Bowles said. “I didn’t get a head job to be an offensive coach. That’s not my job. I’ve always been a defensive coach, that doesn’t mean I can’t be a head coach.

“Tom and I understand that. We have a great relationship going forward. We communicate constantly and I just look forward to working with him from a different angle. But we always talked football off the field when he was here, regardless.”

Todd Bowles not surprised at Tom Brady’s appearance at offseason workouts originally appeared on Pro Football Talk

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Sep 11, 2021; Morgantown, West Virginia, USA; Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

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The Miami football team entered the 2022 offseason with a lack of experience at several positions. New head coach Mario Cristobal and his staff have adeptly used the transfer portal to improve the experience for the Hurricanes at multiple positions. Miami has added 11 transfers during the 2022 offseason.

Cornerback Darryl Porter Jr., defensive ends Mitchell Agude and Akheem Mesidor and linebacker Caleb Johnson all project as starters for the Miami football team on defense in 2022. Defensive linemen Jacob Lichtenstein and Antonio Moultrie add depth, experience at versatility to play inside and on the edge in 2022.

Defensive tackle Leonard Taylor is entering his second season of college football after tying for the team lead with 8.5 tackles for loss as a true freshman in 2021 despite playing limited snaps. Fourth-year redshirt sophomore Jared Harrison-Hunte and Taylor are the projected starting DTs in 2022.

Miami also added rising sophomore DT Darrell Jackson from Maryland. Jackson had 22 tackles for the Terrapins as a true freshman in 2021. Rising fifth-year redshirt junior DT Jordan Miller provides Miami with experience and depth. Harrison-Hunte, Jordan and Taylor were the only returning Miami DTs with extensive snaps.

Porter is part of an experienced group of CBs for the Miami football program. Al Blades Jr., Marcus Clark, Marcus Clarke and Te’Cory Couch are all returning CBs for Miami who have started at some point in their careers. Tyrique Stevenson was the best CB for Miami during the 2021 season after transferring from Georgia.

Agude and Mesidor bring extensive experience as starters at UCLA and West Virginia. Jahfari Harvey and Chantz Williams return for Miami to provide the Hurricanes depth at edge rusher. Miami has a group of young talented edge rushers behind them who can develop this year and learn from the veterans.

Johnson is expected to start for Miami at middle LB over returning starter Corey Flagg. Keontra Smith and Waynmon Steed return for Miami at the outside LBs. Freshman Wesley Bissainthe is expected to challenge to be in the rotation at LB. Miami lost most of its depth at LB to the transfer portal.

2-year starting LB at UCLA

Miami adds a 5th Power 5 transfer starting defender. Incredible

✅ Jake Lichtenstein (USC)

✅ Mitchell Agude (UCLA)

✅ Akheem Mesidor (WVU)

✅ Daryl Porter (WVU)

✅ Caleb Johnson (UCLA) https://t.co/pbVGQTGdEj

— Pick Six Previews (@PickSixPreviews) April 22, 2022

On offense, running back Henry Parrish and wide receiver Frank Ladson add depth and experience. Parrish was the top RB for Miami this spring with returnees Don Chaney Jr. and Jaylan Knighton out with injuries. Rising sophomore Thad Franklin is expected to be part of the rotation for Miami at RB in 2022.

Parrish is valuable as a receiver and runner out of the backfield. Miami lost Cody Brown as a transfer after spring practice. Highly touted true freshman RB TreVonte’ Citizen brings size and speed and could challenge for carries this season. Chaney, Knighton and Parrish provide Miami with good experience at RB.

Ladson will compete with Jacolby George and leading returning WR Key’Shawn Smith for first-team snaps as the outside WR in 2022. Smith started with leading receivers Mike Harley and Charleston Rambo in 2021. George had an outstanding spring and is a candidate for a breakout 2022 season.

With 14 signees in the 2022 freshman class, Cristobal and his staff did an outstanding job using the transfer portal to add depth, experience at talent to the roster for the upcoming season. The transfers have a nice blend of experience and players with multi seasons of eligibility remaining.

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No. 6 Miami Falls in Rubber Game to No. 21 Florida State

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Miami Hurricanes baseball team came up short to rival Florida State, 6-4, in front of 4,544 fans at Dick Howser Stadium Sunday afternoon.

“I’m disappointed in the outcome,” Miami head coach Gino DiMare said. “Even though Alejandro [Rosario] gave up some hits, some were some soft hits. I liked the way he pitched, to be honest with you. I thought he handled himself well.”

Rosario struck out six across 3 2/3 for the Hurricanes (37-14, 18-9 ACC) before giving way to the bullpen.

After the Seminoles (32-18, 15-12 ACC) struck in the first inning on a two-run jack, the Hurricanes back Rosario and responded immediately.

Miami right fielder Zach Levenson ripped an RBI double to left, cutting the deficit in half.

Then, one inning later, the sophomore worked a bases-loaded walk to even the score, 2-2.

Freshman second baseman Dorian Gonzalez Jr. followed with a sacrifice fly, giving the Hurricanes a 3-2 advantage.

After surrendering the early home run, Rosario settled down across the next two frames, retiring six of seven hitters.

Florida State regained the lead with three unearned tallies in the fourth, ending Rosario’s day.

Miami relievers Rafe Schlesinger and Ronaldo Gallo held the Seminoles right there.

Schlesinger got a pop out to end the fourth before Gallo tossed a scoreless fifth.

Right-hander Alex McFarlane struck out the side in the sixth, keeping the Hurricanes within two.

“Given the situation, we had a lot of guys available in the bullpen, so we’re probably going to them a little quicker than we normally would,” DiMare said. “It’s a Sunday rubber-match game, it’s a big game, so that’s why we’re doing it. I thought all the pitchers came in and did a very good job.”

In the seventh, Florida State tacked on an insurance run on third baseman Jordan Lacey’s RBI triple before Andrew Walters entered to get the final out of the frame.

Miami center fielder Jacob Burke got the run back with a solo shot in the eighth, pulling Miami within 6-4.

Walters punched out the side in the eighth, but the Hurricanes couldn’t come up with a key knock in the ninth off of Florida State reliever Davis Hare, who earned his third save of the season.

Florida State hurler Ross Dunn (2-4) earned the win, surrendering only one run over five innings out of the bullpen.

After a day off Monday, the Hurricanes return home for their final homestand of the regular season, beginning with the FGCU Eagles Tuesday. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. at Mark Light Field.

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