As if a 52-13 loss to Kansas State on Saturday wasn’t bad enough, things got worse for the University of Miami football team on Sunday.
Coach Al Golden announced that starting weak-side linebacker Ramon Buchanan , a 6-1, 226-pound fifth-year senior, would need surgery and miss the rest of the season.
“He’ll undergo surgery this week,” Golden said. “I’m terribly upset for the young man — he has put a lot into it. That’s tough.”
Buchanan reinjured the right knee that kept him out of the final eight games last season. Jimmy Gaines and Tyrone Cornileus, both juniors, are expected to compete for Buchanan’s position.
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There is a possibility Buchanan could be granted a medical redshirt from the NCAA and gain a sixth year of eligibility.
“I hate to comment right now without knowing,” Golden said of that possibility. “I’m just very proud of the way he fought back this year and how he has been leading.”
In addition to the Buchanan injury, Golden said senior safety Vaughn Telemaque will miss Saturday’s game against Bethune-Cookman, and junior receiver Allen Hurns is under observation and questionable because of a head injury sustained against the Wildcats.
Telemaque was seen with an ice wrap on his left knee after the Kansas State game.
“Our team just got significantly younger,” Golden said, knowing his roster already was marked by an abundance of freshmen and sophomores.
As for the thrashing that Kansas State handed Miami on Saturday, Golden said, “We got beat by a better team that played better. As painful as that is to say, they executed better than we did, their playmakers played better than ours, and they were coached better. They beat us in all three phases [offense, defense, special teams]. If you lose in all three phases, that’s the head coach’s fault. So that’s on me.
“It’s my fault. I’m not making any excuses. I am here to go to work, and we have a lot of great kids that are going to bounce back this week.”
A few statistics prove how futile Miami’s efforts, particularly defensively, were against Kansas State:
• The Wildcats only had to punt once.
• Kansas State had nearly 15 minutes more of ball possession than Miami.
• UM had 40 yards rushing; Kansas State had 288.
• Kansas State totaled 498 yards; Miami 262.
Golden doesn’t want to spend too much time mulling those numbers or looking back at what Kansas State did to his team.
“I asked them to leave that game in Manhattan [Kan.],” he said he told his players. “We’re not going to let this game beat us twice. We just have to move forward. We have to execute, we have to keep our poise. And we have to create some value from that loss. I know it’s hard to do, but we have to learn. We just have to settle them down. We played a lot of young guys on defense. We need to take a deep breath, try to get better and go from there.
“We know what to fix after watching it, and we’ll start getting it fixed Monday.”
Don’t expect any massive changes because of what happened against Kansas State.
“We’re disappointed, but we’re not discouraged,” Golden said. “We’re not going to change the way we do things or go about things. I told the players that Saturday night. These coaches are going to work their tails off, and we’ll move forward.”
Returning to the team Monday will be junior defensive tackle Luther Robinson, who had been suspended for what Golden called “detrimental conduct” and did not make the trip to Kansas State.
Freshman offensive tackle Ereck Flowers was said to be “fine” by Golden although his ankle was in a wrap after Saturday’s game.