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Michael Badgley nails 57-yard field goal in Hurricanes win

Miami Hurricanes place kicker Michael Badgley (15) after Miami defeats Georgia Tech 38-21. Badgley belted a 57-yard field goal as time expired in the first half as the University of Miami hosts Georgia Tech at Sun Life Stadium on Saturday, November 21, 2015.
Miami Hurricanes place kicker Michael Badgley (15) after Miami defeats Georgia Tech 38-21. Badgley belted a 57-yard field goal as time expired in the first half as the University of Miami hosts Georgia Tech at Sun Life Stadium on Saturday, November 21, 2015. adiaz@miamiherald.com

Name the distance and confident, spunky Miami field-goal kicker Michael Badgley insists he can nail the ball that far.

Badgley, a sophomore semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award, likely would say he could split the uprights from 100 yards.

On Saturday, his 57-yard field goal as time expired in the first half was good enough to tie the UM school record, first kicked by Danny Miller at Florida State in 1981.

The kick exceeded his personal best — kicked two years ago at Fork Union Military Academy – by one yard.

“You talk about a confident guy,’’ said UM interim coach Larry Scott. “Sometimes you look at him like, ‘Badge, come on, are you serious?’ He tapped me a couple times and he said, ‘I got it. I got it.’ Finally, on the third time he did it, I said, ‘OK, go do it.’’’

Said a grinning Badgley, who cut his mullet hairstyle Monday for a more conventional, clean-cut style: “I think [holder] Justin Vogel knew I had it before I did. He was giving me congratulations before it went through the uprights…’’

Quarterback Brad Kaaya, a close friend of Badgley’s, said the kick “might have been good from 60 or 62 maybe. It was a rocket.’’

Added Kaaya: “…That’s good to have on his Lou Groza resume. I still think he should give me and [receiver] Lawrence Cager credit on that because I got him an extra five yards.”

CANES SUSPENDED

The news Saturday before the kickoff at Sun Life Stadium: Hurricanes sophomore wide receiver Tyre Brady and junior tight end Standish Dobard were suspended for the game for violating an undisclosed team rule.

Scott declined to answer whether either of the suspensions will continue into next week.

This is not Brady’s first transgression, as his first suspension was announced just before this season’s opener against Bethune-Cookman.

Brady has nine catches for 112 yards and a touchdown. Dobard has eight catches for 90 yards and a touchdown.

SENIORS HONORED

The Hurricanes seniors (including four redshirt juniors athletically) were honored Saturday during a pregame ceremony, their family members accompanying them onto the field.

The players honored: Deon Bush, Quincy Casimir, Dallas Crawford, Jared Goldenberg, Calvin Heurtelou, Tracy Howard, Ufomba Kamalu, Raphael Kirby, Tyriq McCord, Joseph Rogers, Rashawn Scott, Herb Waters and Hunter Wells.

RB Collin Alford, DL Jelani Hamilton, TE Jake O’Donnell, DT Earl Moore and WR D’Mauri Jones, all redshirt juniors, are graduating, a UM spokeman said. It is uncertain whether they will return next season.

INJURIES

UM safety Deon Bush and defensive end Chad Thomas were injured on the same play with 12:57 left in the first half. Both returned.

QUAN MUHAMMAD WATCH

Redshirt sophomore rush linebacker Al-Quadin Muhammad, who was suspended from school all last season, was asked if he knows what he wants to do after the season.

“I don’t want to talk about it now. Sorry,’’ Muhammad said. .

MORE BANNERS

The Al Golden banner planes were gone, in their place two banners regarding possible successors. The first banner: “Make Miami great again – Butch Davis 2016.’’ The second: “We need a coach not a 27-47 ‘recruiter’ #SayNoToMario’’ [Cristobal].

NEW STARTERS

Sophomore offensive lineman Kc McDermott made his first career start at right tackle Saturday, while freshman Cager made his first career start at receiver.

UM-GT CONNECTIONS

The Hurricanes have several players on their roster from Georgia. They include freshman quarterback Evan Shirreffs (Jefferson), walk-on receiver Clayton Turner (Marietta), tight end Chris Herndon (Norcross), defensive end Ufomba Kamalu (Fayetteville), linebacker Juwon Young (Albany) and linebacker Raphael Kirby (Stone Mountain).

Also, Georgia Tech’s Victor Alexander and Lynn Griffin and Miami DT Kendrick Norton graduated from the Trinity Christian School in Jacksonville.

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