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 09-05-2007, 11:01 AM         #2201
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I'm back, went to the Casino for my bday and blew like 5 grand. So before I k!ll myself I wanted to post this.

September 5, 2007

Matt Shodell, CaneSport Magazine

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The pressure is on for Cane LB commitment Lerentee McCray.

He says everywhere he turns it seems people are telling him not to go to Miami.

"Most people around here root for Florida," he said. "People around here, I get criticism from Florida fans all the time. They say `You have to think about how Florida's 30 minutes down the road and that's where you need to be.'

"And the Florida coaches tell me that if I go there that everyone can get to come and watch my games."

Is that tempting?

"It is a little bit, but I try to stay focused on where I want to go and where I need to be," McCray said.

It doesn't help that his high school coaches are Florida and Florida State fans.

"They are all for whatever I want to do, but they also said it would be even better if I go to FSU," McCray said. "But they don't really try to lean me there."

McCray says approximately 10 colleges are still calling him on a weekly basis.

He remains in UM's corner.

"I'm still committed to Miami," he said. "It's still pretty strong, about the same.

"I just like everything about Miami - the coaches, the environment down there."

McCray says he will take all his visits and he's setting his first trip for Oct. 19.

Schools he's considering visiting along with Miami include Florida, Florida State, Tennessee, Wisconsin and LSU.

He says he had hoped to attend UM's season opener unofficially but couldn't make it.

"I'll try to make it there pretty soon," he said. "I talked to coach (Michael) Barrow, was just talking to him about how their game went, what I thought about the game. He was just seeing how it was going with me, stuff like that."

McCray's first game didn't go as well as Miami's.

His team lost, 37-7.

"We had a lot of miscues on offense and special teams," he said. "I was at linebacker and running back. I had 60 yards rushing, only got the ball six times. On defense I had around 15 tackles and a sack."
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UM quarterback Robert Marve returns to practice field

CORAL GABLES - Miami quarterback Robert Marve and wide receiver Jermaine McKenzie took a big step in their recoveries Tuesday.

Six weeks after the freshmen suffered serious injuries in a rollover crash, they were in uniform on the Hurricanes' practice field. Both are still limited in what they can do, and there isn't a timetable for when - or if - either may be cleared for game action this season.

"It feels good,'' Marve said. ``I think it's a blessing that I'm back on the field.''

They were hurt shortly past midnight on July 16 in the one-car crash on Interstate 75, about 110 miles away from Miami's campus. McKenzie fell asleep while driving Marve's 2007 Dodge Charger; the car rolled several times before coming to rest on its roof.

Marve suffered a broken wrist, dislocated finger and a deep cut on his left (non-throwing) hand, while McKenzie broke a neck vertebrae and wore a brace for several weeks. Another Miami player, linebacker Colin McCarthy, suffered minor injuries in the crash.

``I don't know my status,'' said McKenzie, who had the brace removed last week but isn't yet cleared to wear a helmet during workouts. ``Right now it's still day to day.''

It's still possible that one or both will be medically redshirted after the season, preserving their first year of eligibility.

Marve was one of the most sought-after quarterbacks in the country last season, after leading Tampa Plant High to a state Class 4A championship. He set state records with 280 completions, 48 touchdowns and 4,380 passing yards as a senior, earning him Florida's ``Mr. Football'' award.

``He's just going out there and doing fundamental stuff and things like that. He's not practicing,'' Miami coach Randy Shannon said. ``He's working on conditioning and getting his throwing motion down. ... No timetable, just when the body heals. He's throwing a little bit, but we're not going to let him get any contact.''
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True freshman DeMarcus Van Dyke impresses at Miami

CORAL GABLES - Miranda Lovett wandered into the Boys and Girls Club on 114th Street in Miami and signed up her 4-year-old son for a football league for 6-year-olds.

Fourteen years later, DeMarcus Van Dyke would jet past his peers again starting for the University of Miami as a true freshman cornerback. But on that day years ago, how did Lovett convince organizers to let her 30-pound son play with boys two years older?

"Well," she admits, "I changed the birth certificate a little bit."

There were many advantages to roaming secondaries while peers were exploring nap time. Coaches now rave about Van Dyke and how his good technique is because of his early start.

"He is fast, but he's a student of the game and a coachable kid," UM defensive coordinator Tim Walton said.

"He does what you ask him to do."

Last week coach Randy Shannon yelled out across the field, "Hey, Phillip!" Van Dyke was confused until he was informed that for a brief instant, Shannon had mistaken Van Dyke for Phillip Buchanon, a former first-round NFL Draft pick for the Hurricanes.

The road from Pace High School to Coral Gables was longer than anyone thought it would be. Van Dyke, from a family of Hurricanes fans, committed to Florida when he was a senior in high school.

"The people down in Miami were calling me a traitor," he said.

Van Dyke and his mother agree that while his word rested in Gainesville his heart was still in Miami.

Immediately after making his commitment, he had doubts.

In response to Van Dyke's indecisiveness, his mother left a list of questions in the kitchen, questions like, "What school will develop you the best as a football player?" Every day after school for a week, Van Dyke wrote down the answers, the answers changed from day to day, but at the end of the week, the answer was Miami.

"Running through that [Orange Bowl] smoke it's a dream," Van Dyke said. "I saw them run through it against Florida State, and it's one of the reasons I came here."

Van Dyke attributes his speed to his development with coaches. Through the years, he worked closely with Pace defensive backs coach Mario Smith.

But the strength, he says, comes from Lovett, the single mother who raised Van Dyke and his two brothers.

While Van Dyke started learning his position by preschool, Lovett was working double shifts at the post office six days a week. In 10th grade, Van Dyke was exploring other sports such as basketball and track, thinking football wasn't his ticket.

Every night, Lovett and Smith were a.ssuring Van Dyke he would not only play football, but play it at the highest level.

"She is a warrior, just like I will be," Van Dyke said. "There have been lots of bad things, but you can never tell, and that's how I have to act."

Their relationship reached a high last week. Lovett saw the news on the Internet at the County Line post office and immediately text messaged Van Dyke he was a starter.

"I didn't know whether to laugh or cry," she said. "I just know that everyone in the office heard me scream."

Shannon gave a positive review of Van Dyke's debut in Saturday's 31-3 victory against Marshall. He played nearly the entire game at cornerback.

"He was jamming receivers, knocking them out of bounds and covering guys," Shannon said.

He was the only freshman starter. Once again, DeMarcus Van Dyke was ahead of everyone else.
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September 5, 2007

Carey Murdock
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There's a commercial playing during Big 12 Conference games this year. It's a commercial that portrays every day people being heckled by a voice off-camera.

In the commercial, someone makes fun of an old man trimming his hedges in black knee-high socks that sort of thing.


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Brent Venables wouldn't mind if Miami came into Norman with a f!ghting attitude
It's trying to promote better sportsmanship by fans. It ends with a tagline saying something about the viewer not wanting to be heckled, so why would they do the same to a student-athlete?

The first time I saw it, I laughed, but not at the people being heckled, or even the cleverness of the commercial. I laughed at the sentiment of the commercial - that the Big 12 actually wasted precious advertising space on such a hopeless and utopian view of big-time college athletics.

College football has become one of this country's biggest sporting events. Colleges benefit from the dollars these events bring in. But they somehow want to wish away the bad parts of big-time sporting events.

Or at least the parts they perceive as harmful or bad for the game.

Somehow sportsmanship and goodwill aren't things Sooner and Hurricane fans are thinking about heading into Saturday's showdown in Norman.

And that's not such a bad thing. Because as much as the NCAA and the Big 12 Conference want us hugging, laughing and cheering as one loving family inside Memorial Stadium on Saturday, that just won't happen.

Because that's not reality.

Reality is what's getting ready to happen this Saturday when Miami steps onto Owen Field.

It's Sooner fans wanting to exact some revenge for what happened between these two teams in the mid-80's something for which current players and coaches feel absolutely no sense of atonement.

But the present day drama still lies in Miami and Oklahoma. The Hurricane are looking to pave the road back to respectability.

And that path runs right through Norman.

The Sooners are a program that wants to prove they can no longer be pushed around by anybody, including a program known for their brash antics and bully mentality.

It's a Miami program with a notorious past of pre-game skirmishes and in-game f!ghts.

When Miami and Notre Dame had a series in the late 80's and early 90's, it was deemed the Catholics vs. the Convicts but Golden Domers.

Last season, the Hurricane were involved in an ugly benches-clearing brawl with Florida Atlantic.

Thirty-one players were suspended following that game and it led to head coach Larry Coker losing his job.

Even before that nasty incident in the Orange Bowl, the Hurricanes had been involved in altercations the year before. Following a 40-3 loss to LSU in the Peach Bowl, Miami and LSU players locked up in an ugly brawl which spilled over into the stadium tunnel.

When Miami visited Louisville last season, they caused a ruckus during pre-game warm-ups when they gathered on the 50-yard line and started stomping on the Cardinal mascot.

It's a reputation that Randy Shannon has been asked to change with his new position as head coach at Miami.

But with Miami coming to town, it's likely that this won't be your average football game in Norman.

Miami is trying to rebuild its swagger under Shannon. And that could mean plenty of talking before things kickoff on Saturday.

And the OU players and coaches know that.

"We've talked to them. They'll come in here very confident and sure of themselves and our players aren't stupid either," said defensive coordinator Brent Venables. "They know. That's all part of it. They know."

The Sooners are no strangers to pregame altercations. They've had their fair share of such goings on inside the Cotton Bowl over the years.

It's never been a situation that's gotten out of hand for Oklahoma.

"I like a certain degree of the pregame shenanigans," admitted Venables. "It adds a little spice to it and it can excite guys."

"It gets everybody juiced up, there's emotion involved and let the kids have fun and go out and compete."

With so much talk of student-athletes and grade point averages and community service, it's nice to know that sometimes football is still considered a challenge, a f!ght and a battle each and every Saturday.

It's the reason fans flock to Memorial Stadium every weekend. And it's the reason tickets will be at a premium on Saturday.

And to put on blinders and to think that things aren't said which could make mother's cringe in these contests is completely nave. It's actually something that a lot of players want out of games like this one.

"It gets everybody into the game and ready to play," said Reggie Smith of trash-talking during games. "Nobody's gonna be half-stepping, it's gonna be all out. We're not supposed to but it wouldn't bother me. It wouldn't bother me none."

Talking to OU players and coaches, they expect some amount of bravado coming from the Canes this Saturday. In fact, you get the distinct impression that they'd welcome some of those pregame shenanigans this Saturday.

"I feel as though if you put us against the wall, we're going to come out f!ghting," said Nic Harris. "That's what the fans expect and that's what all of us expect. I'm not saying literally f!ghting, but on the field and within the aspect of playing football. We're going to come out and we're going to grind and work for it each and every down and each and every inch."

But regardless of whether Miami comes into Norman and tries to push the Sooners around, Venables knows there are limits to these types of matchups and these types of emotions.

And none of the history or perceptions about this Miami program takes away from the respect Oklahoma has for the type of athletes they'll be facing this Saturday.

When the subject has turned to the Miami players and their talent level during this game week, these Sooners stand up and take notice.

"That doesn't take away from the tradition, that doesn't take away from the swagger and that doesn't take away from The University of Miami," added Harris. "They're still going to come out and play and they're still going to come out to play up to their ability."

"That (pregame emotion) is not going to help you win," said Venables. "What you want to do, all that being said, is you have to maintain a composure and a focus on how it is you're going to win a game."

That may be true. But it still would be fun to see a little bit of that Miami swagger at midfield on Saturday morning.

Even the Big 12 goodwill toward men department couldn't turn that one down.
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September 5, 2007

CaneSport.com Staff

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NORMAN, Okla. -- Head coach Bob Stoops and select players met with the media at the weekly football press conference in the Kerr-McGee Stadium Club Tuesday.


HEAD COACH BOB STOOPS
Opening Comments:
"Getting into last week, I was pleased overall with the clean and solid play in all parts of our game offensively, defensively and special teams.
"Offensively, everyone wondered how Sam Bradford would handle the situation. Regardless of the situation and who you are playing, going out in his first game, I thought he was remarkable how cool, calm and collected he was and how he executed. He was excellent in the huddle and at the line of scrimmage. I could think back to several years and first year quarterbacks having two or three fumbled snaps. A lot of things can go wrong, and he just executed in a wonderful way. He threw the ball well with those bubble screens.

"It depends how the other team is playing you, sometimes that play is an option instead of handing it off. He hit those guys going downhill going full stride. He really played well and threw some nice deep balls. He was only off-target on two. One was a deep bomb and was just overthrown by a couple of steps, but it was really out there in a good spot. The other one was an out-route, but the rest of it was really solid. Our receivers came up with some great plays off of the catch."

"Juaquin Iglesias was one of our players of the game and had an exceptional night. He and Malcolm Kelly, who had some great plays of his own. Jermaine Gresham made some nice runs, as did DeMarco Murray in his first start scoring five touchdowns. The protection was solid by the offensive line and they really competed well."

"Defensively, I thought our structure and positioning on the ball and tackling were very sharp. I have seen us in some early games in other years, regardless of who we are playing, busting a.ssignments and alignments and giving them something because of us not communicating properly. It has happened in other games and it didn't happen last week. Guys were very solid and very good. The secondary and the linebackers really got some good pressure up front."

"Nic Harris was a player of the game for us. He applied a lot of pressure, had a sack and an interception for a touchdown. He had a very solid day."

"I was really pleased with the kicking game as well. I felt the guys punted well and Garrett (Hartley) kicked the ball in a great way on his kickoffs. We were able to pin them inside the 15 yard line most of the night. Lewis Baker was exceptional covering kicks."

"We have a perspective on the win. (North Texas Head Coach) Todd Dodge and his staff have only been there a short while to work with that group. We have full understanding of all of that, but I was just overall pleased with our play. That is what we really always pay attention to."

On the matchup versus Miami:
"We are really excited to have a great match up this week with Miami. They are another tradition-rich program who we have a good history with and had a lot of great games with, important games. Miami is a program we have great respect for when we watch those guys play. Randy Shannon does an excellent job. I have known Randy a long time and he has been there and always had great defenses. I know he will do a great job with them, and already has with them in the first game versus Marshall. They are well-coached and always in position. They are very competitive and talented guys running around with a lot of speed and size. Miami is an excellent program and an excellent looking team coming in here this week."

"Offensively, they are excellent running the football. They have two really great running backs. Even when you restrict running lanes, they can find something and make something happen and make people miss them. We will see a lot of athletic receivers and a quarterback who can do a nice job with his legs as well as throwing if they chose to emphasize it more, which I am sure they will. They have a balanced attack, and any time you can run the football it helps with your passing game."

On challenges his team will be face with Miami:
"The defensive front is one of the better ones in college football. It is early in the season, but watching them last week and watching them play last year, they have excellent personnel all across the front four. They have great depth with guys that come in to rotate. To me, they are picking hairs who is starting because they are all really good. Sometimes I feel that way with our front when we rotate eight or nine guys. They have excellent quality players, not only up front but in their experienced secondary and excellent backers. It is a solid defense and one that has been together. Randy (Shannon) and his staff have always had a record of good defenses."

On how he will approach the running back rotation this week:
"We are going to play them like we have planned all along. We want to rotate those guys in and give guys a series here and a break here. If a guy breaks a big run then he is usually gassed, then we will throw another guy in there who is fresh. Hopefully in the fourth quarter then we have fresh guys still coming at them. I see that as a great advantage to have some guys that will keep each other fresh who are really quality players. The offense doesn't change with them, but they all have a little different style."

On the offensive line's play against North Texas:
"Everyone always just loves to talk about the quarterback, but if you aren't being helped then you are going to have a hard time. The line protected him, along with our tight ends and full backs. The protection was really good, and that was a big part of it. Again, you saw some receivers make some plays on short throws that really helped us statistically."

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JUNIOR RECEIVER JUAQUIN IGLESIAS
On playing Miami:
"They're a good team, and always fast. We just have to prepare like we do every week and just focus. We have to be ready for everything that they throw at us and everything they're going to line up for us. It seems like the offense is pretty good and their defense may make some stops for us, so we are going to try and carry it over and come out there ready to play. I think we're ready. We're going to be ready by the time the game comes. We're just going to practice hard and we'll be prepared."

On past games against Miami:
"Coach pulled up an article about the Miami-Oklahoma game yesterday and it is a big game and it just puts that much more emphasis on the game. We know it's going to be a good game and we're going to give it our best."

On the emphasis of playing Miami:
"Coach said that these games mean a lot to the fans and a lot to the program, but he told us when it comes to Saturday it we just have to be prepared to play the 2007 Miami team. It puts a lot on our shoulders. But like coach said you come to Oklahoma to play games like this and face these types of challenges. It's a big challenge for us. I know I've been waiting to play against Miami and it's just one of those teams you grow up watching on TV and we're excited for it."

On moving past Saturday's victory:
"We just take it week by week and we have to consider that what happens in the past is done. This week is different and it's a bigger challenge for us and we're not going to dwell on the past."

On quarterback Sam Bradford since Saturday's win:
"Yesterday it seemed like he's more confident and we're proud of him. I know I was behind him from the beginning. Just seeing him out there I'm ready for him to play for him to see some more. He did a great job and you can tell just the way he throws the ball that he's more confident in himself and hopefully that will carry over."
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SENIOR DEFENSIVE END ALONZO DOTSON
On playing "smart football":
"I think a lot of the credit goes to Coach Stoops stressing and making it a strong point that we do the things that we can control. There's simple things that we can control before the ball is snapped. After the ball is snapped holding on to the ball and making sure we have great ball security. When you go back over the stats turnovers can hurt you and we all know that in this game. We try to keep that to a minimum. We just have to play smart football and Coach Stoops stressed from spring to summer not to do little things that can hurt us and put us on the eight ball.

On the team's chemistry:
"We spend so much time together. You begin to build a relationship with guys. If I'm with you all day and we go out to eat and the movies you start to care about that guy a little more. So I think we hold each other more accountable and we don't want to let each other down. I think there is a strong bond on this team. It is a special team and we do seem to hold each other more accountable on the field and off the field. We try to do everything we do right so we can go further. We break it down on the simple things and a lot of teams don't do that. I think that the bond has created a focus on the little things."

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JUNIOR CENTER JON COOPER
On his first game:
"I think I did alright. I think I could have done better , along with everyone else. We have a lot more potential than we played, but I think we played pretty well."

On the team's knowledge on the size of this game:
"Oh yeah. We have known it for a while. We have talked about it for a while. It is huge. We are excited about it, I am sure they are excited about it. I'm sure they are confident and they should be. We are confident too. We are ready for a great game."

On the performance of the offensive line:
"We feel we have a lot to improve. We played pretty well as a unit but we always feel like we can get better and better every game so we hope to get a lot better this next game."

On the challenge of Miami:
"They are a great challenge. They are good up front and they have strength, speed and size so we have to get better during the week."

On Sam Bradford:
"He is a great player, good kid. We all knew what he could do so it was just nice to see him do it out on the game field."

On the key to Miami:
"We are going to have to be physical, we are going to have to be fast, we are going to have to execute well. We can't make mistakes or they will capitalize on them. They are very capable guys, they move around the field. But we will be ready, the bigger the challenge the bigger the opportunity."

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SENIOR LINEBACKER LEWIS BAKER
On Curtis Lofton playing middle linebacker:
"He is a guy that knows what he is doing. He has a lot of confidence going in as a middle linebacker and that makes you feel comfortable going in and playing with a guy like that. He has been here a while and when you see him putting in the work, watching extra film learning the little things, as a teammate you appreciate that. Knowing that he knows what he is doing and he trusts you and you trust him, it makes it a whole lot easier."

On Miami coming in and running the ball:
"I think that is everybody's game plan in football these days because once you get to the passing game and that is all you have things aren't always too good. But yeah we think they will come in and try to run and our plan is to shut it down."

On the rivalry between OU and Miami:
"You hear it every once in a while around town and Coach Stoops told us a little bit about it. He talked to us about the history. It makes you want to play harder on Saturday. I grew up in Florida and my favorite team was Florida State so it will be fun."

On his performance:
"I am happy, as a linebacker I feel I can always do better. It was a fun game but I hope to just keep getting better."

On the Miami offense:
"They do a lot of things. They try to make it hard for you to key in on one thing. They are good at what they do. I think the main thing is that they are going to come in and try to run the ball and our plan is to stop it."

On what the win last Saturday did for the team:
"The main thing is that we have a bunch of young guys. Coming out and starting that way gives everybody a lot of confidence and we are going to need that going into this game coming up."

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JUNIOR SAFETY NIC HARRIS
On what he has learned about the history of the OU-Miami series:
"I have learned that before my years of playing it was a great game. There is a lot of tradition and history behind it and it is going to be a great game Saturday. It is going to be a great test early. We just have to come in and have a great week of preparation."

On coming out so strong in the season opener:
"It is a great start to come out the way we did, you kind of ride on a high. But we also have to keep things in perspective and have a great week of practice this week."

On Sam Bradford:
"He came out and had a great week. You couldn't ask for much more than what he did. If he comes out and does that again, it is going to be great."

On the Miami offense:
"From my understanding they are pretty much a balanced offense. They are going to give you a steady dosage of running and passing. We just have to come out and read our keys and play to the best of our ability."

On Miami with a new head coach:
"They are still the University of Miami and they still have that speed. They are still going to come out ready to play each and every down. We have to come out ready for it and play to the best of our ability."

On the difference in Miami and North Texas:
"We look at each opponent as being the best we have ever played. We have to come out and play like this game is our last game. We take it one day at a time. We have to play like it is a bowl game. We have to come out and start early. We have to have great preparation to make sure we understand what is coming at us. We can't let the running backs get into the grove."

On the team's ability to stay focused:
"I think Michael Jordan said it best, 'Focus and determination is to be able to think about absolutely nothing, when absolutely necessary.' So we just came out and had that focus. We came out and didn't waiver. We just have to do the same thing this week. We just try to be perfect and anything less is unacceptable."

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DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR BRENT VENABLES
On the statement that Miami has declined in recent years:
"I think it is a false statement that Miami is in decline. Their record may not be indicative of the talent they actually have. It is a program with great pride and tradition. In their mind they have a clean slate and they will come here and compete hard all four quarters. "

On Miami's ability:
"When I watch them I see great speed and ability. They are tough, physical and talented. Those Florida kids are tough, hungry and prideful. We know they are going to be a quality opponent and we are looking forward to the challenge."
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OL Derrick Morse isn't guaranteeing a victory on Saturday at Oklahoma.

But he's coming pretty close to guarantee territory.

Asked "How big a statement would it be if you guys can actually win this game?" Morse responded, "I think it's going to be a huge statement WHEN we win. Oklahoma's a great team. They're ranked and we're not. So just knocking off a ranked team is going to be great."

Pressed on the `When we win' comment, Morse said, "Well, I don't play to lose. I don't go up there expecting to lose. It's not why I came to Miami. I expect to win. I expect to go up there and win."

Morse says he's confident the UM line will get the job done against a solid Sooner defensive front.

But that doesn't mean it will be easy.

"They have a lot of moves and they're very powerful," Morse said. "Watching them play North Texas (in the opener), the way they manhandled guys sometimes with different club moves and ripping up the field ... and they play all the way the whole play, don't have any loafs. They're going to be playing to the end; we're going to be playing to the end. It's going to be a good battle."

Morse adds that the Oklahoma defensive front "Is very similar to our defensive guys. I believe their defense is very similar to our defense, and we've been going against them all camp. We know how tough our defense is, so we know we're in for a tough, long game."

How many yards per carry does Morse think UM can realistically average against Oklahoma?

"I think four or five is realistic having JJ (Javarris James) and Coop (Graig Cooper) back there," Morse said. "As long as we block it. It all depends on the offensive line. If we get the front four blocked I know Javarris and Coop are going to make some guys miss. And I think there's no reason why we shouldn't get four or five yards a carry."

Miami didn't allow any sacks and had 260 yards rushing in Game 1 against Marshall.

The team hopes to ride that momentum on Saturday.

"It gives us a tremendous amount of confidence going into this week against Oklahoma," Morse said. "As an offensive lineman, seeing over 250 yards rushing it makes you feel you got your job done. We did real well. There's always room to get better and we know that. We're playing Oklahoma, which is a great team. We'll see this week how we do and how we respond."

* Morse said true freshman Orlando Franklin played well against Marshall.

"He did an awesome job subbing in all game," Morse said. "He played tough, played hard all game. He's full of energy and it's good to have him in there to have that rotation."
 10 years ago '04        #2210
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Secret "O" in store for Sooners?

I've never been one to buy into the idea teams would withhold an entire offense for a tougher team the following week. Maybe, a few trick plays here or there. But an entire offense?

This week as Miami has prepared for Oklahoma, some of you brought up the idea that UM may have been saving something for the Sooners this week and thus that was the reason Kirby Freeman and the pass offense put up an unimpressive 81 yards against Marshall's weak pass D last Saturday. So I decided to raise the question. And to my surprise, I got a lot of smiles after practice Wednesday when I asked if offensive coordinator Patrick Nix simply didn't want to tip his hand to Oklahoma last week.

Q: Hey Darnell Jenkins, were you guys holding back?
A: "That's what Coach Nix wanted. And if we do everything against Marshall, they have all our film. Right now, we're just going over offense and preparing ourself."
Q: So people are going to be surprised? Real surprised?
A: "Watch the game Saturday," Jenkins said. "Stay tuned."

Jenkins got me thinking. Maybe there is something to it. But I had to ask some more. How about Lance Leggett?

Q: You caught a lot of quick little flare passes on Saturday, any chance we see you downfield some more?
A: "[Laughter]. I don't want to say anything. You'll see Saturday."
Q: But will the offense be more exciting?
A: "I don't really want to say. Just wait for Saturday. We can throw the ball. I know the fans want to see it. They just got to wait."

Jason Fox smiled when I asked him the same line of questioning. Sam Shields too. As much I want to believe there is some great pass offense in store waiting to be unleashed, I'm still very much skeptical. It's been a long time since I can remember Miami's pass offense being very effective. Why wouldn't Nix want his kids to go into Oklahoma with some confidence it could throw downfield?

For those of you wondering the last time Miami's pass offense actually had a big day, I went back and researched last season. The biggest passing day? 299 yards against Duke. The Canes, in fact, eclipsed the 200-yard passing mark only five times in 13 games last season. For the record, the last 300-yard passing game came against Wake Forest in 2005. What about the last time a Miami receiver had more than 100 yards? Lance Legget (6 catches for 131 yards vs. Duke). It was the only time a Miami receiver went over the 100-yard mark at all last season.

There's no doubt 81 passing yards probably won't be enough to beat Oklahoma Saturday. Miami's pass offense has to be more effective than that because Oklahoma's defensive line is no joke. After speaking with left tackle Jason Fox, center John Rochford and right guard Derrick Morse, all three said OU's d-line is just as good as the one they face in practice everyday, "just younger," Fox told me and "a bit lighter and faster" at defensive tackle according to Morse and Rochford.

"They'll get into your body and try to use a rip move or a club move," Rochford said when describing OU's attack. "It's something we're going to have be ready for. From what I saw on film, it looked like they only had one or two moves each time. They didn't blitz a lot on North Texas, they didn't need to. But we'll be prepared if they bring it this week. These guys are good, they're big, strong, we have to bring our A-game this week."

* I also asked Jenkins what having a guy like Sam Shields (who was suspended last week) back in the lineup would mean to Miami's offense. Apparently, he thinks it will make a huge difference.
"It takes pressure off," Jenkins said. "It takes them from play 3 [defensive backs] over 2 [receivers] or man. Now, they may back up a little because of the speed. He's a big threat. All of us have speed, it just hasn't been shown yet. Like I said, watch Saturday."

Shields is listed third on the depth chart, but Shannon later added "what does that really matter? They all play 35 to 40 plays anyway."


sounds like we got a couple things in store for the sooners...


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 10 years ago '05        #2211
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fu*k i cant wait....ima be hungover from the night before prolly working on 3hr sleep.....aint no way in hell im missing this game...even when they tryed to trick me into working double shift on saturday...i was like hell nah, got some other dude to cover for me while i get drunk at a bar watching the game
 10 years ago '04        #2212
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10 mns til kickoff
 10 years ago '05        #2213
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yes sir gametime is upon us
 10 years ago '07        #2214
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freeman i hope this kid burns them
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wtf how was that not pass interferance
 10 years ago '07        #2216
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Our D Better Man Up!!
 09-08-2007, 10:35 AM         #2217
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I can't take another loss like this. Seriously something bad will happen
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 RakimAllahNY said:
I can't take another loss like this. Seriously something bad will happen
i feel your pain :sick:
 09-08-2007, 01:09 PM         #2219
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Did Shannon and Nix get out coached or what. I don't think I've ever seen us this out coached since I started watching. At least Coker's defense never let this happen.


Option with Wright?
Spread passes with Freeman?
Blown coverages all over the field?
3 Touchdowns with one player and you still play man on man with no help?

And I know its one game but you can you that excuse for young players like DVD and Coop.. But when your getting out coached thats going to continue all year.
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back to the drawing board boys
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