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 10 years ago '04        #2541
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October 31, 2007

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Freshman cornerback Doug Wiggins has been a no-show for practices the past week because coach Randy Shannon says "Doug has some personal things he's taking care of. When he finishes them we'll discuss his problems."

Shannon said Wiggins remains on the team and is attending class at UM.

Wiggins is also dealing with a hamstring injury.

"It wasn't anything really bad he's done, he's just taking care of some things personal-wise now," Shannon said.

Wiggins graduated high school early, arriving at UM in time for spring practice. But he never worked his way into the rotation, struggling to pick up the nuances at nickel and dime.

The 5-foot-11, 188-pounder was rated the nation's No. 4 cornerback prospect by Rivals.com. His senior year he played quarterback and passed for 1,324 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also played cornerback, but teams rarely threw his way. As a junior he threw 13 touchdowns as a quarterback and had seven interceptions while playing safety.
 10 years ago '04        #2542
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Facing Florida State wasn't just any other game for OL Orlando Franklin.

It was personal.

Franklin was heavily recruited by the Seminoles two years ago out of high school, and one of his best friends Preston Parker, a former high school teammate plays for FSU.

Franklin and Parker speak regularly.

"I tell him he should have come to Miami all the time," Franklin said. "I grew up with Preston. He was telling me he was going to Miami all the way up to Signing Day, that morning. That was pretty personal, when he switched out."

The two got together on the field after the game. Franklin said Parker was upset about the loss.

What did they talk about?

"He was saying they should have won, that I know they should have won," Franklin said. "That's what he told me - `Oh, you know we should have won.' I said, `Hey, we'll see next year.'"

Franklin said coaches graded him out at 100-79-100 for the Florida State game.

"100 in effort, 79 in technique and 100 in a.ssignment," Franklin said.

* Franklin estimates he's playing 35 snaps a game, which is about the same amount as starting left guard Andrew Bain.

Franklin says he's working most on his technique.

What does he expect for himself down the road?

"Next year I see myself being the starting left guard, and the year after that I see myself going back to tackle," Franklin said.

Franklin, who played tackle in high school, said the adjustment to guard hasn't been difficult.

"It wasn't that hard of a transition," he said.
 10 years ago '04        #2543
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Randy Phillips is a man in motion.

He began the season at cornerback, then was moved to safety after he struggled against Oklahoma. He got extensive action at dime at Florida State and came through with two interceptions.

Now he says he'll be playing nickel this weekend.

"Where (coaches) put me, that's where I go," he said. "Someone gets hurt, I fill in."

Phillips said he was moved to nickel on Monday. He says he has no problem playing anywhere on the field.

"If I'm on the field it's good," he said. "God blessed me with talent. My coach sees I can play multiple positions. We want to win. Whatever we've got, we're going to use it."

Phillips says he feels most comfortable at safety. That's the position he played in Pop Warner and high school.

"In high school I was going to be the next great safety, then I moved to cornerback when I got here," Phillips said. "That kind of slowed me down as far as my playmaking ability because if nobody throws over there I can't really do anything. At cornerback I'm real physical because I like to stop the run, stuff like that. At corner you need guys with more patience, that cover and let safeties do the dirty work. I'm a guy that likes to make plays, read an offense."

Asked about the upcoming game against NC State, Phillips said, "We thank them for beating Virginia. Now we just have to go out, play hard and execute."

Of the NC State offense, Phillips said, "They have two great running backs that run hard, are hard to tackle. They're going to be one of the best backfields we face all year. And their receivers are good."

This is the homecoming game for the Canes.

"You never want to lose at homecoming," Phillips said. "You want to go out and perform at a high level. Homecoming is always special."

* The team now controls its own destiny in the ACC.

Phillips' take on that?

"We have to take it one game at a time, one play at a time," Phillips said. "Early in the year we probably tried to look forward, look down the schedule with so many great teams coming up. Now they're here and every game counts. We lose one and our dreams can be shattered. We have to play one at a time. We just can't slip up."

* With only two games left at the Orange Bowl, Phillips said, "I have no control, no feelings" about it.

He adds, "I can't control it, so I can't worry about it. When the other team says `Hut' and hikes the ball it doesn't matter where we're at. We can be in a hallway."
 10 years ago '04        #2544
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November 1, 2007

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DERRICK MORSE Q&A

Q: You got some help with Virginia and Virginia Tech losing last week.

Morse: It's everything we were hoping for. We put ourselves in that position, but we got a little help and now we're in the driver's seat. We didn't plan to have a couple of those losses, were out of the ACC Championship run. Now we're right back in it and control our own destiny. Everyone sees we can still salvage this season and end up in the ACC Championship and a BCS Bowl game. Everybody's excited about it. You can tell everyone's spirits are up. We're definitely on the right track.

Q: NC State likes to blitz. Does that put an emphasis on the offensive line's play?

Morse: They definitely blitz a lot and pack the box, pretty much say, `You can't run the ball.' But so far our mentality each week going into each game is `We're going to run the ball no matter what.' And we proved that against Duke when they stacked the box. We came out and ran the ball great the second half at Florida State, so that gives us a lot of confidence, too. So we expect to do the same against NC State.

Q: NC State seems to blitz every third down. Is that what you've seen?

Morse: Yeah. We've gotten our blitz percentages from our coach. A lot of teams come on third down. We expect the blitz from them. But we have a great scheme and haven't had a problem picking up the blitz yet this year. So hopefully we'll hurt them by picking it up.

Q: What's the mindset with four games left?

Morse: it's like a playoff now, coach was saying. We win out now and we're going to the ACC Championship. And if we lose it's our fault and we put ourselves in that position. We got pretty lucky with what happened this weekend. We're right back in it and we're excited.

Q: Did you watch the Virginia and Virginia Tech games last week?

Morse: I was at home watching with my family. I was a Boston College fan Thursday night and was an NC State fan Saturday. But now I'm back to being a Miami fan. We'll be playing all three of them pretty soon.

Q: NC State has a 3-5 record.

Morse: Just watching them, their record doesn't really show how good they are. Just like Georgia Tech, they have a lot of talented players, play hard. They're NC State, have great athletes. That's how they win games. We'll be in for a good game Saturday.

Q: Did the bye come at a good time?

Morse: We definitely needed that break. We had three weeks of camp, eight weeks of games. Your body needs some type of rest. Coach Shannon did a good job of getting us that rest without giving us too much or too little. I know everyone's feeling fresh. I know everybody's ready and anxious to play, that's for sure.

Q: Talk about Teraz McCray.

Morse: Teraz is a load. He's strong and he's short, but he uses that to his advantage. He comes off the ball extremely fast, which helps us prepare for teams, what we're going to see. Not many guys can play like him. What makes him so tough to block is his explosiveness, quickness and strength. You can't be passive on him. You try to bullrush him and he'll do a swim over you. Those type of players make you a lot better. He's doing a great job. He's one of the toughest guys on the D-line to block. I'm glad he's having a great year.

Q: How big was that final pass of the FSU game for Kirby Freeman's confidence?

Morse: He won us the game. We expect him to play Saturday and expect him to play well.

Q: Talk about Kirby as a player.

Morse: Kirby as a player, you never know where he's going to be. If he's getting pressure he'll run to one side, and if there's nothing he'll run to the other side just trying to make a play. So you never stop blocking because you never know if the ball's thrown or if he's still got it. It's exciting, and that's how he makes plays.

Q: Kyle Wright's run the ball well this year. It seems like every game he gets a big first down with his legs.

Morse: Right. He's definitely been running the ball real well. I think he learned that from Kirby. He's been doing a great job. He realizes how important third downs are, and if he can get them he puts his helmet down and gets them. That's big for our offense, and we can't wait to get him back.
 10 years ago '04        #2545
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Shannon's 'first guys' raise hopes for UM
UM coach Randy Shannon's first recruits are showing why they will be the key for the football program's turnaround.

One of the first things coach Randy Shannon told reporters this season was to expect to see many of the 19 players in his first recruiting class on the field. And so far, more than half have played in some capacity -- including five who have played prominent roles.

Running backs Graig Cooper and Shawnbrey McNeal have a made splash in the backfield. Cooper leads the team in rushing and McNeal has come on of late. DeMarcus Van Dyke has made four starts at cornerback in eight games. Orlando Franklin plays half of the game at left guard and Kayne Farquharson, a JUCO transfer, has had his moments at receiver. All are expected to play a lot again Saturday, when the Hurricanes (5-3, 2-2) host North Carolina State (3-5, 1-3) at noon in the Orange Bowl.

But behind the scenes -- on special teams and on the scout team -- there are other young players whom coaches are getting really excited about. And aside from maybe two or three players who might not pan out, Hurricanes coaches believe Shannon's late push for recruits after he got the job in January should provide a solid foundation for the program's turnaround.

''There's no doubt we're excited about the progress of the freshmen,'' recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach Clint Hurtt said. ``You may not see what some of those guys are doing because they aren't in the game, but we love what many of them are doing in practice, on special teams and on scout team. We got high hopes.''

At the top of the list is quarterback Robert Marve, who has returned from the car accident he was involved in this summer with fellow freshman Jermaine McKenzie and impressed while working with the scout team.

McKenzie, meanwhile, is drawing rave reviews from coaches since returning to the scout team the same way he did during summer workouts.

''I'll reserve comments about receivers because I don't coach those guys,'' defensive backs coach Wesley McGriff said Wednesday. ``But I would hate to face Jermaine McKenzie on Saturdays. That's all I'll say.''

Of the four freshman defensive backs UM signed in February, McGriff said Damien Berry and Joseph Nicholas likely will be the first to compete for playing time in the spring. Berry, whom Shannon praised again Thursday for his special teams work, is a player McGriff said figures will see playing time at nickelback and safety next season.

''He's just so physically tough. He'll strike you,'' McGriff said. ``He watches a lot of film and is really getting that down. Once he does, his talent is limitless.''

Said Hurtt: ``He reminds me of [former Hurricane] Antrel Rolle.''

Although Franklin has been the most impressive freshman lineman, offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland said Thursday that guard Harland Gunn and center Tyler Horn should more than compete for starting jobs in the spring after the Hurricanes lose their three interior starters to graduation.

''Horn is very athletic,'' Stoutland said. ``He's gaining a lot of weight now and he's put on 10 pounds in the last two weeks.

Said Hurtt: ``Of all the guys my defensive linemen have to line up against the scout team during one-on-ones, Harland Gunn is by far the one they hate to go up against most. That boy is mean.''

Hurtt said of his young linemen, Adewale Ojomo has made the most strides since arriving in the fall. He also praised the play of linebacker Allen Bailey, who has moved up to No. 2 on the depth chart at middle linebacker.

''We take a lot of pride being Shannon's first guys,'' Ojomo said. ``I was telling Jermaine McKenzie in the shower the other day that I don't expect him to drop passes. I expect a lot from him because we're the future of the program.

``We talk all the time about being Shannon guys and making it happen. Those old guys had their chance and us young guys have to come around and help this program turnaround. Our time is soon.'
 11-02-2007, 01:51 AM         #2546
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I can't wait to see Allen Bailey play a lot.
 10 years ago '04        #2547
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dont sleep on damien berry, kids gonna be explosive in the secondary with doug wiggins and DVD
 10 years ago '04        #2548
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 madness said:
dont sleep on damien berry, kids gonna be explosive in the secondary with doug wiggins and DVD
i seriously doubt Doug Wiggins will ever play here
 10 years ago '07        #2549
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Damn, its official...Freeman is the worst qb in Miami history
 10 years ago '07        #2550
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I swear, Imma k!ll Kirby Freeman:banghead::finger:

Edit:Imma take out Darren Daly too


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 11-03-2007, 02:42 PM         #2551
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I'm going to k!ll fu*king KIRBY FREEMAN. YOU MAKE ONE MOTHERfu*kING COMPLETION? ARE YOU fu*kING KIDDING ME
 10 years ago '05        #2552
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cant believe this sh*t, didnt see the game cuz im in gainesville right now for gator growl but unbelievable 1 completion the whole game is pitiful
 11-03-2007, 03:34 PM         #2553
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Kirby Freeman is really a piece of sh*t QB. I have seen at least 12 QB's in high school better then him. And thats not even an exaggeration. I don't think Ive ever see a college QB this bad. Shannon needs to do something about this right now
 10 years ago '04        #2554
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one completion? three picks?
unbelievable
freeman should have his scholarship revoked
 10 years ago '04        #2555
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1 for 14? WTF!!!

i didnt see the game, but im seeing the stats like wat the fu*k
 10 years ago '04        #2556
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to add even more insult to a sh*tty day, robert marve was arrested in coconut grove a couple nights ago
it was only a misdemeanor, but u know shannon and his zero-tolerance policy


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 10 years ago '05        #2557
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 madness said:
to add even more insult to a sh*tty day, robert marve was arrested in coconut grove a couple nights ago
it was only a misdemeanor, but u know shannon and his zero-tolerance policy
Yea i just saw about it. I aint know if it was true or I was late cus I aint really been on the computer much but on InsideTheU.com it says it happened on Halloween.
 10 years ago '07        #2558
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at whoever saw anything in kirby freeman to even consider recruiting him...the man honestly cant do anything right
 10 years ago '04        #2559
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goddamn we fu*king suck...

We need this 2007 recruiting class to come to campus like right fu*king now!
 10 years ago '04        #2560
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we should have won this game.



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how a groupd of officials could miss this call compeltely bamboozle's me.


only ACC Refs...i hope they burn in hell
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