Twenty-Two year old University of Miami walk-on football player Joey Grosso died lobster diving. Grosso had just been selected to the team.
Grosso was scuba diving off of Pompano Beach on the opening day of Florida’s lobster mini season. This two day event that allows divers a chance to catch lobster before commercial fisherman put their traps in the water.
Grosso was found floating unconscious Wednesday morning, and pronounced dead upon arrival at an area hospital, according to a report from the Miami Herald.
“This has been the most tragic 24 hours that anyone in our family has ever experienced,” stated Grosso’s cousin Michael Becker. “He was a diehard UM fan — our whole family is. He didn’t even care about playing; he just wanted to say he was a Miami Hurricane. It meant the world to him.”
Down by 10 points early Miami finally decided it was time to play football -- the largest deficit faced by Miami this season, there was no panic coming from anyone on the Hurricanes' sideline as they went on to beat the Wrambling Wreck 45-30.
Once the Canes got started – Quarterback Stephen Morris threw 3 TD’s and 324 yards passing. Running back Duke Johnson rushed for 184 yard on 22 carries and a grand total of 325 all purpose yard.
Miami is currently ranked No. 14 in the poles and remain unbeaten.
A season of high expectations for the Miami Hurricanes begins with a 34-6 victory over the Florida Atlantic University Owls at Sun Life Stadium. The Canes got off to a slow start, turning the ball over on downs on their first possession after Duke Johnson was stuffed on 4th and 1, deep in Owls territory. Duke responded admirably, however, breaking open a 53-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter for Miami’s first touchdown of the year. Miami found its groove on offense after Duke Johnson's touchdown, finishing the half up 20-3. Florida Atlantic struggled on offense for most of the game, unable to adjust to Miami’s speed on defense. The Owls used three different quarterbacks throughout the game, none of whom had much success in the passing game. FAU’s only field goal of the first half came as a result of success in the running game and costly Hurricane penalties, which helped the Owls get into the red zone. The Hurricanes were able to hold the Owls to a field goal both times they were in the red zone, an optimistic sign for a defense that was historically bad last season.
Dark horse Heisman candidate Stephen Morris had an average game, finishing the third quarter 15 of 27 for 160 yards with a touchdown and an interception, before being replaced by backup Ryan Williams. Morris’s receiving core didn’t give him much help, dropping wide-open passes and running erratic routes. Morris and his receivers will have to make sure to be on the same page against a much better Gator defense next week. Duke Johnson finished the game with a career high 186 yards rushing and 224 all purpose yards, both career highs. The Canes are going to need more of the same from the sophomore running back against a tough Florida run defense. Following the victory last night, the Canes get an extra day of rest to prepare for arguably the biggest game of their season.
Miami Hurricanes big man Kenny Kadji certainly is an NBA prospect at 6'11" 240 pounds, but what I would question is his ability to defend the post at the next level.
Kenny is an above average athlete for his size as you can see in his highlights -- he's no Kevin Durant so his ability to shoot from the three point line is not impressive and this is not a knock on his ability, he's going to make his money from 17 feet and in.
Kenny will have a long NBA career as post defender who can be a double double guy.