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 10 years ago '04        #2101
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Putting his payday on hold
Hurricanes defensive end Calais Campbell has put off pro career with the hope of leaving a legacy at Miami.

Calais Campbell -- nicknamed ''The Big Show'' -- could be a millionaire.

But the 6-8, 280-pound University of Miami defensive end believes money can wait.

To Campbell, you can't put a price on a national championship. You can't put a price on a legacy.

''I'm very passionate about the U,'' said Campbell, a 2007 Playboy All-American and first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference end, who, according to NCAA rules, could have entered April's NFL draft because he had been out of high school three years. ``It wasn't even a close [decision] on me leaving. I knew I could have been a top pick. My goals were to win a championship, get my degree and break a record -- whether it be sacks or tackles-for-loss.

``Personally, I want to leave my mark here at the school.''

Barring injury, that should happen.

Campbell, who grew up in Denver, is the nation's No. 1 junior defensive end, according to ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. He played in all 25 games the past two seasons, with 13 starts and 119 tackles, 26 tackles-for-loss, 13 sacks, 25 quarterback pressures, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and 12 pass breakups.

Campell led the ACC and ranked fourth in the nation with 20 tackles-for-loss in 2006. He had a streak of seven games with at least one sack, and his 10.5 sacks (half a sack behind former tackle Kareem Brown) ranked second on the team.

''Phew! Let me tell you,'' offensive guard Derrick Morse said. ``He's an animal. Nobody I go against is better than Calais. He's a physical specimen, fast and strong. He looks skinny, but he takes that shirt off and he's pretty jacked. He can turn a speed rush into a power like that.

'When he came in a couple years ago and was on scout team, he was just tearing it up against the first-team offense. We knew then, that, `Man, this guy is for real.' He played every down on scout team like he was playing in a game.''

He's also one of the most gregarious players on the team. Rarely without a smile or an encouraging word, Campbell seems to make everyone he meets feel good.

''He's a great guy,'' UM coach Randy Shannon said. 'Over the summer and over the break we said, `Calais, you got to do community service. Go down to the juvenile detention center.' 'OK, Coach.' It ain't no distraction. Calais is going to do whatever it takes to be himself. He's not going to put himself on a pedestal. He's upbeat and positive.''

Campbell is the player, who, during games, looks toward the fans and repeatedly lifts his arms skyward, and then toward his body. ''I'm a very outgoing, optimistic person,'' he said before UM's bowl game against Nevada. ``I've always been the guy to keep everyone excited. It stinks when people boo, so I try to give them reason to cheer.''

Campbell expects to receive his degree in sociology, with a minor in advertising, in December. His father got sick and died in late 2003. Charles Campbell stressed education first and foremost.

Campbell has two sisters and five brothers. Four of his brothers play or have played collegiate football. That includes UM freshman defensive back Jared Campbell, who was offered an athletic scholarship at Washington, but decided instead to join Calais.

''He came down here mainly because he's seen what the U has done for me and how I've gotten stronger and faster,'' Campbell said. ``He wanted to be a part of that. I've reassured him we have a bright future at the University of Miami.''

And what about Campbell's future? Could he ever envision himself staying his senior year?

''It will be hard to turn down lots of money,'' he conceded. ``But I love it here and I would love to repeat if we win the national championship this year. You know how the Florida basketball players made a pact to come back and win? If some of the other guys on my team had that same [idea], that would be amazing.''
 10 years ago '04        #2102
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Catching on with experience
Hurricanes wide receiver Darnell Jenkins, a fifth-year senior, has become a more mature player intent on having a breakthrough season.


University of Miami wide receiver Lance Leggett concedes he's an old-timer --even if it's hard to believe four years have already passed.

Teammate Darnell Jenkins? He's antiquated.

''He's the old man of the group,'' Leggett said, laughing. ``We always mess with him. It feels like he's been around 20 years.''

Jenkins, the only fifth-year senior among UM receivers, has been recognized as a natural talent since he arrived on campus in December 2002 after initially not qualifying academically.

''It crossed my mind that I wasn't going to make it to [UM],'' Jenkins said early in his UM career. 'But I said to myself, `You haven't come this far for nothing.' ''

Now, Jenkins has earned one degree in liberal arts and is working toward another in sports sociology. He already is a success story. And after one of the best fall camps of any offensive player, Jenkins is ready to end his UM career with a season that will propel him to the NFL.

''Darnell has had an excellent camp,'' said receivers coach Marquis Mosely. ``He has stepped it up. He's a grown man who knows what to expect now. He's a very physical player, can catch the ball well and is very smart in the classroom. It's fun coaching him.''

Jenkins has been waiting a long time to make his mark. Last year was destined to be his year, too -- until he tore the posterior cruciate ligament of his right knee in the third quarter of the Sept. 16 Louisville game. He had caught three passes that day for 67 yards and came into the game with 10 catches for 116 yards.

Fully healed, he knows he has one last shot. He missed spring practice to tend to family issues and said he is back with a clear head.

''My career has had a lot of ups and downs,'' said the 5-10, 188-pound Jenkins, who graduated from Miami Central High and has 62 catches for 675 yards and four touchdowns in 38 games. He also has returned 34 kickoffs for a 17.9-yard average and 77 punts for an 8.6-yard average. ``I really haven't had the season I felt I could be happy with. This season right here is the one where everything is on the line. I was always the fourth receiver. Now I hope to start.''

Leggett said a big difference in Jenkins this fall is ``a great attitude.

``He's like a new man. I always loved being around Darnell, but now I love being around him even more. He's more mature right now. In the past he had his times. Nothing bad, but if something happened he'd be down the whole practice. Now, if he's down in the locker room, he's not going to let it come on to the field.''

Added receiver Khalil Jones: ``You feed him the ball this camp and he always does something with it. I think he's in the zone now.''

Jenkins said the difference this season is that ``everyone is doing their a.ssignments and no one is faulting any other positions for anything that goes wrong. Like if there is a blitz and someone doesn't pick it up, we won't blame it on the offensive line, or we won't blame it on the running back for not picking up the block. We'll just fault ourself for not getting open quick enough.''

He said he has improved most in blocking. ''That's where I needed the most work,'' he said.

Jenkins said he'll be sad to play his last season at the Orange Bowl, knowing the team will soon move to Dolphin Stadium.

''I watched them in the Orange Bowl growing up,'' he said. ``There's just something special about it.''

And as much as he wants to excel individually, he says his real goal is to be a leader so the team can benefit:

``I want to do whatever it takes for this team to win a national championship.''
 10 years ago '04        #2103
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Appetite for stardom
Defensive end Eric Moncur hopes his improved conditioning will add up to more quarterback sacks for the Hurricanes this season.


Eric Moncur has a confession to make.

''I used to be hooked on those McDonald's double cheeseburgers,'' the soft spoken, 6-2, 245-pound defensive end said with a hint of embarrassment.

``Every day it was a couple of double cheeseburgers, fries and a Powerade . . . but now, I feel rocked up.''

The former Miami Carol City standout has plenty of reasons to feel ''rocked up.'' For starters, he has lost 20 pounds since last spring. His body fat percentage is under the new 15 percent maximum for defensive ends, according to team rules. And he no longer feels like his motor is going to run out by the end of games and practices.

But do you want to know the real reason Moncur is excited about this season? He's knows he's going quarterback hunting with an All-American in Calais Campbell. And he knows a feast could be in store.

''I plan on having a big year,'' said Moncur, a redshirt junior who is expected to start opposite Campbell this season.

``He's going to be getting a lot of attention from the teams we play, who are going to be focus on him because he's an All-American. That's going to give me a lot of opportunities to get a one-on-one with certain guys and I just have to take advantage of it.''

Considered the state's top pass rusher when he graduated from Carol City in 2002, the road to getting on the field at UM has taken what has felt like an eternity for Moncur. Instead of entering UM as a freshman, he deferred enrollment in 2003 and redshirted in 2004.

The following season, he earned All-ACC freshman first-team honors by the Sporting News when he finished third on the team with nine quarterback pressures.

KNEE INJURY

Then, last season, he made three starts in the season's first month before a knee injury sidelined him and he found himself coming off the bench behind then-senior Baraka Atkins.

''It's been frustrating, but I really haven't let it get me down,'' said Moncur, whose father, Benny, a 6-9 center at Miami Jackson High, played college ball for the University of Houston in the early 1980s.

``Everything happens for a reason, and that's the attitude I took towards it. I just kept working hard and now I'm in a position where I can be one of the best defensive ends in the country. That's what I'm pushing to do.''

Defensive line coach Clint Hurtt said Moncur reminds him a lot of former Hurricane and first-round NFL draft pick Jerome McDougle, whose own pro career has been hampered by injuries and mishaps.

'If I had to sum him up in one word, it's `dangerous,' '' Hurtt said.

``He's absolutely dangerous, extremely explosive, fast, athletic, plays the game with a passion. His motor goes nonstop. The only thing I get on him for now is that he needs to learn how to have amnesia. . . . He needs to learn how to let it go [after mistakes].''

TRIBUTE TO PATA

One thing Moncur refuses to let go of is a close friendship with the family of the late Bryan Pata. Moncur, who wore a knee brace made by former Canes linebacker Jon Beason late season with Pata's name inscribed on it, plans on wearing Pata's football gloves this season.

A liberal arts major who is engaged to his high school sweetheart, Moncur said he plans on living out Pata's dream by making it to the NFL.

First, though, he plans on graduating in December and meeting with Campbell plenty of times this season for quarterback-sack celebrations.

''Everybody says Calais is going to get a lot of attention,'' Hurtt said. "He may or may not, it depends on what other teams are going to do. We're not sure if they are going to turn and double-team him or just chip him with a back.

"But I can tell you this, if they do give [Campbell] too much attention, [Moncur] is going to make a lot of people pay.''
 10 years ago '05        #2104
Deeangoe 2 heat pts
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yo madness...are these all the articles that came out today in the hurricane preview in the miami herald"?
 10 years ago '04        #2105
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 Deeangoe said:
yo madness...are these all the articles that came out today in the hurricane preview in the miami herald"?
yessir...there's one last one on the kicking competition i'm bout to post up
 10 years ago '04        #2106
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Intense battle to gain a foothold
Three players will share the kicking duties this year for the Hurricanes, but their roles could change during the season.


When kicker Daren Daly transferred to the University of Miami from Florida State, he eyed the 2007 season.

Daly, a junior, projected an intense kicking competition that would give him his best shot to win one of the Hurricanes' three open jobs. After UM lost Brian Monroe and Jon Peattie -- who split punting, kickoff and placekicking duties -- to graduation, Daly, redshirt freshman Matt Bosher and senior walk-on Francesco Zampogna were vying for the first-team kicking roles. Coach Randy Shannon announced Tuesday that Daly will handle kickoffs, Bosher punting and Zampogna field goals and extra points. The kickers said they had a close battle for jobs during the preseason, perhaps suggesting that their roles might change during the season. Intent on holding tryouts, Shannon had the three rotate during preseason camp to allow performance to dictate which player suited each role. ''The one good thing is we have three kickers that have a lot of talent,'' special-teams coach Joe Pannunzio said more than halfway through preseason camp. ``What we have to find is who is going to separate themselves and who is going to be the guy that can make those kicks. To be honest, until that guy actually makes it, this might be an ongoing process.''

Shannon said he preferred not to have one player shouldering all the kicking jobs, although it's unclear whether spliting up the roles during the season will help the Hurricanes.

''I don't think that there is any one guy here out of all the kickers that is good enough to [punt, kick off and placekick],'' Daly said.

Shannon said on national signing day the one position he regretted not filling was kicking because he wanted more depth and competition. During spring practice he was not pleased with how the competition played out and mentioned he would consider offering a late scholarship if he found an able kicker available. That never happened, so Shannon is left with three players who have little experience.

Last season, Daly had four punts for an average of 41.5 yards, and Zampogna and Daly each had four kickoffs for averages of 55.8 yards and 62.2 yards, respectively.

UM's kicking game hardly was overpowering in 2006. Peattie tied for 62nd in the nation, converting 12 of 19 field goal attempts (63.2 percent.) Monroe ranked 36th in the country as a punter, averaging 41.7 yards.

Bosher, a first-team All-State kicker in 2005 at Jupiter High -- who also punts -- wants to show why Scout.com previously rated him the nation's No. 1 kicker. Shannon has been fairly tight-lipped on his evaluations of the kickers, so it's unclear whether he has been impressed by the highly touted Bosher.

With Peattie and Monroe gone, Zampogna said he sees ''more of an opportunity'' to contribute.

''I like it a lot better like that,'' Daly said. ``[The competition] pushes guys. It pushes me to get better, it pushes Francesco to get better and it pushes Matt to get better. Pretty much it weeds out whoever doesn't want to compete.''

Pannunzio took some solace knowing UM could carry on a kicking competition until the players sort it out, adding: ``We still have options, right?''
 10 years ago '04        #2107
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Long odds for UM in national title bid
An unranked preseason status, combined with a tough schedule, makes UM's chance to play in the BCS title game unlikely, analysts say.

For Hurricanes fans who despair at their football team doing nothing less than winning a national title, this could be another Maalox year.

''No possibility,'' ESPN college football analyst Lee Corso said. ``They can forget about it -- unless lightning strikes twice. Miami, being unranked, has to hope for seven, eight, 10 teams to lose games, including some teams twice. So, they've got no chance.''

Actually, Miami does have a chance, say two national Bowl Championship Series analysts -- a slim chance.

''Miami is not done before it begins,'' Jerry Palm said. ``Being undefeated will likely get them to No. 1 or 2 before the bowl game.''

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``But you usually don't get teams that people think are mediocre before the season all of a sudden going undefeated.''

It has been six years since Miami won its last national title, and this season, according to pollsters, could be the grimmest of all. For the first time since 1998, the Hurricanes are not ranked in The a.ssociated Press and USA Today (coaches) preseason polls. Despite road games against anticipated national powers Oklahoma and Virginia Tech, and fellow Top 25 teams Texas A&M and Florida State, it would be a dizzying climb to reach No. 2 or No. 1 for a chance to play in New Orleans for the national title.

HISTORICALLY TOUGH

In the past 20 years, there have been 13 teams to lose a game and still end up in the top two at the end of the regular season, said BCS analyst Brad Edwards of ESPN.

But here's the punch line: ''Of those 13 teams,'' Edwards said, 'only LSU in 2003 was ranked outside the preseason AP or coaches' polls. What that tells you is if you lose a game, history says you need to be ranked pretty high to start the season and overcome a loss. In other words, UM better win out.''

Palm and Edwards agreed that, unless there is the rare occurrence of three undefeated teams from any of the six major conferences after the regular season, a team to go undefeated from the Southeastern, Atlantic Coast, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-10 or Big East virtually will be guaranteed a place in the title game.

''I can a.ssure you if Louisville had not lost to Rutgers last year and had gone undefeated, as maligned as the Big East was, they would have played in the national championship game instead of Florida,'' Edwards said.

The first BCS standings will be released Oct. 14, after most teams have played six games. The formula is based two-thirds on humans (the Harris Interactive Poll of former coaches, former players and the media; and the coaches' poll) and one-third on the compilation of six computer rankings (with the high and low results tossed out weekly).

Big victories early move teams up higher and faster, so a UM victory Sept. 8 at Oklahoma likely would catapult UM into the top 15, or even top 10, the analysts said. UM opens against Marshall at noon Saturday in the Orange Bowl.

''The thing I don't understand,'' SportsLine.com analyst Dennis Dodd said, ``is why is FSU in and UM out? They had identical records last season [7-6]. FSU beat them by three. FSU has [six] home games this year and an ungodly schedule.

``But national title? I'd say, no. They have a tough schedule, there are too many holes and a lot better teams.''

TEAM IS UNFAZED

UM players and coaches are not fazed by their team's absence from the rankings. Most said they didn't deserve to be ranked after last season. All are convinced that will change in a hurry.

''People who make judgments on that can't even play badminton,'' defensive line coach Clint Hurtt said. ``But still, we put ourselves in this predicament. We tell the kids to stay away from the newspapers and off the Internet and they'll be OK.''

Most can't stay away.

''It hurts a little because everybody looks at those rankings,'' said defensive end Calais Campbell. 'You want to know where everybody is ranked. I'm a very optimistic person, so I look at it like, `We've got something to prove.' We have to show everybody we're better than they think we are.''
 09-01-2007, 12:00 AM         #2108
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You know I know ESPN and everyone hates the Thug U persona.. But man I loved it, some of the worst days was when Butch coached with his bullsh*t rules.. I mean I know you need to control it but damn.. It aint a win for Miami unless you celebrate.. I know they haven't won anything to celebrate about but I hope when they do they let em go out and do it
 10 years ago '05        #2109
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i hate donna shala with her wackass high academic standards
 09-01-2007, 05:51 AM         #2110
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Happy Gameday Folks...

It's About that Time to Get Ready and head to the OB..
 10 years ago '05        #2111
Deeangoe 2 heat pts
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fu*k, your so lucky, i wont be seeing todays game
unless by some miracle someone finds a link to watch it online
thank you job, for ruining my day.......next saturday tho aint no way in hell im coming to work
 10 years ago '04        #2112
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 Deeangoe said:
i hate donna shala with her wackass high academic standards
man the standards are fine, you'll see.


our whole 07 class got in and i expect most of our 08 class to get in besides Marcus Robinson...heard that n*gga has horrible grades
 10 years ago '07        #2113
KingOnSlaught 1 heat pts
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weeeeee ready !!! weeeeee ready!!
 10 years ago '07        #2114
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yeeeeeeah
 10 years ago '05        #2115
Deeangoe 2 heat pts
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props...cant wait to go back to tallahasee this yr
 10 years ago '04        #2116
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so no link? dammit i'm pissed!!!!!!!!!!!!
 10 years ago '07        #2117
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so whats good there is no espnU stream or something? what is everyones back up?
 10 years ago '05        #2118
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unfortunately radio....i have espnu at the crib but im at work :banghead:
 10 years ago '04        #2119
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 KingOnSlaught said:
so whats good there is no espnU stream or something? what is everyones back up?


listen to it on WQAM.com

if the live stream dont come through
 10 years ago '07        #2120
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how much is it to get espnu on directv?
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