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 11 years ago '05        #3251
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caneboi where you get the articles from ? rivals?

 03-13-2008, 06:50 AM         #3252
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Dallas (TX) Skyline High School CB Steve Williams knows he's a high priority for Cane coaches.

UM offered him a month ago, and he's been in regular contact with Cane coaches ever since.

And not just a couple of coaches.

"I talk with coach (Wesley) McGriff, coach (Bill) Young, coach (Randy) Shannon, all the coaches," said Williams, who lists eight offers. "They talked to my coach and told me to call them in the morning on my birthday last Friday, and I talked to them – they were telling me happy birthday, asking what I was going to do for my birthday and how they want me to become a Hurricane."

Williams says he has tentative plans to visit UM March 29 for the Spring Game.

"They want me to come down there for that," he said. "I'm going to try my best to fly down there for that."

Williams says Miami and Texas Tech are even as his top two, followed by Texas A&M and Kentucky.

"Distance won't be any factor," he says. "It's whoever recruits me the hardest. It doesn't matter how far it is."

Last year he finished with 53 tackles, 10 passes broken up and two interceptions.

"I get compared to Phillip Buchanan, that's who Miami compares me to," he said.

Williams says, if he does take the UM trip, he may make a decision soon after.

"I really want to make my decision before the first game next year," he said. "Seeing the campus will help me on my decision on how it is down there."

 03-13-2008, 06:51 AM         #3253
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Greenwood (SC) High School DE Sam Montgomery received a Cane offer last month.

"I was very surprised," the 6-foot-5, 240-pounder with 4.44-second speed said. "It's a big one, so I was very impressed."

He has since talked with Cane coaches.

"We talked about how they wanted to get me out there, how I'm one of the top defensive ends in the whole nation, how I could be a good player and start for them," Montgomery said.

Montgomery is now up to 13 offers, including Florida, FSU, Alabama, USC, Clemson, South Carolina and Maryland.

"Right now I'm interested in all of them," he said. "I just have to find out more about their team chemistry, coaches, and their academic programs. I want to be a CPA – I'm real good with numbers and handling money."

He says there will be no distance factor.

"It's whatever has the place that feels like home," he said. "That's where I'll be."

Montgomery says he's already set two schools as definite official visits: Miami and USC.

He said he will also take an unofficial visit to UM, possibly in late May.

"We'll go down there and go to Florida State also, all those places (in Florida)," Montgomery said. "Miami's a solid program, produces wins, and I want to see what it's all about."

Montgomery says some programs are also recruiting him as an outside linebacker, but that his understanding is UM only wants him at end.

A tremendous athlete, he plays varsity basketball and also runs the 100 and 200 for his school's track team.

He had 16 sacks, 20 tackles for losses and over 80 total tackles last season.

"God has blessed him with size," Greenwood High School coach Shell Dula said. "Physically he's an intimidating looking person, plus he runs so well.

"He's wide open right now, but Miami's a place he is genuinely interested in."

 03-13-2008, 06:53 AM         #3254
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Props from all my boyz...i get the articles from canesport.com because i have a subscription with them..my dad might not renew it after this month but ima try hella hard to tell him too...

 03-13-2008, 07:49 PM         #3255
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PropS Caneboi for keeping the articles comin.

 11 years ago '06        #3256
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Props for the info. The Empire Strikes Back.

 03-14-2008, 02:13 PM         #3257
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Mayo (FL) Lafayette CB Jamal Reid says he received a Miami offer in the mail three weeks ago.

"I've talked to coach (Clint) Hurtt, and he was saying he likes me, that everyone there liked me," the 6-foot-1, 175-pounder with 4.5-second speed said.

UM is his third offer – he lists other offers from USF and Mississippi State.

And it's the Canes at the top of his list.

"Right now Miami's No. 1," he said. "I really like them a lot. I know it's a great program."

Another offer Reid would like to see: The University of Florida, which is 45 minutes away from his hometown.

He says, if UF offers, "I really don't know" if it would shake Miami from the top of his favorites list.

Reid says he will drive down with his uncle to Miami "soon." He says he hopes to make it in time to watch a spring practice.

Last year Reid, who also plays varsity basketball and baseball, finished with nine interceptions, three returned for touchdowns. He also had three punt returners for scores. And he was a standout wide receiver – he set a school record as a sophomore with 1,072 receiving yards (56 catches, 17 touchdowns). This past season he had 42 receptions for 1,013 yards and 15 touchdowns.

"Jamal is just a playmaker from all areas," Lafayette High coach Joey Pearson said. "He makes big plays for us on offense, defense, special teams. Some schools also like him as a receiver.

"He's such a complete player. From a recruiting standpoint he's a playmaker, No. 1, and he's a touchdown machine."

 03-14-2008, 02:14 PM         #3258
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Marietta (GA) Lassiter High School TE Philip Lutzenkirchen has a unique connection to the University of Miami: His aunt is women's basketball coach Katie Meier.

And it was Meier that first brought Lutzenkirchen to the attention of Cane coaches.

"She brought them my highlight tape," Lutzenkirchen said. "They probably figured it's my aunt, so who knows (if I can play)? But on film they said they saw all this good stuff they liked, said I'd be an ideal tight end for them and they asked if I'd like to play for them. I said `Yes sir, you guys constantly put guys in the NFL, are Tight End University.' They like me, and it's a plus that my aunt's down there."

Lutzenkirchen says he's still waiting to hear if he will get a scholarship offer.

He's spoken on the phone with coaches Patrick Nix and Joe Pannunzio.

"So far I have offers from Georgia Tech, Auburn, Stanford, Mississippi State and Troy," he said. "I get some mail from Miami every couple of days, handwritten letters with some inspirational quotes, say that they want me to be a Hurricane."

Lutzenkirchen has been to Miami twice to see his aunt and says "I love it. It's a beautiful campus and a great school."

He says the Canes "have an advantage" over other schools right now.

"I'm still looking to visit some schools to see how I like the campus and education," he said. "Because I've been down to Miami that gives them an advantage, and my aunt speaks highly of coach (Randy) Shannon and the school.

"They said they're planning on recruiting a couple of tight ends, so I'm not sure if they'll offer, but I hope they do."

He says if Miami does offer "it's a real high chance I go there. I'm looking for a school with good education and that will help me be a better tight end. (Meier) said coach Shannon's a really good guy and is definitely going to turn the program around, all good things."

Last year Lutzenkirchen finished with 46 receptions for 496 yards and seven touchdowns. On defense he played outside linebacker and some safety, finishing with 49 tackles, an interception and a blocked punt he returned for a touchdown.

 03-15-2008, 06:52 AM         #3259
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Andover (KS) Central High School LB Jaydan Bird lists several offers this recruiting season: Kansas, Kansas State, Ole Miss, Boise State and Miami.

And, despite never visiting Miami and living far from the Sunshine State, the 6-foot-3, 230-pounder knows plenty about the Canes. He works out with Cane commitment Bryce Brown and speaks every week with current Cane Arthur Brown (Bryce's older brother).

Bird works out with the same trainer the Brown's use – Brian Butler.

"I was with Arthur Brown when he was being recruited – he said the coaches at Miami are real cool, that it's a real nice place down there," Bird said. "He said it's going real well there. He said spring practice is tough, but he's making it through.

"He's a real good guy. He helped me with a lot of things. I trust him. It was a good fit for him, but I don't know yet if (Miami) will be a good fit for me."

Bird says Bryce is always in his ear about becoming a Cane.

"He's trying to get everyone to go to Miami," Bird said. "I'm like, `I'll see when the time comes.'"

Another player Bryce and Bird work out with that also has a Cane offer is Huldon Tharp.

"We talk, say it would be really cool if we did go to the same school together," Bird said. "But we're not pressuring anyone to one school."

Linebackers coach Michael Barrow is recruiting Bird to UM.

"I've talked to coach Barrow a bit – I like him," Bird said. "He's real down to earth, funny."

Bird says he doesn't have any schools at the top of his list yet. He says he'll narrow things down by taking official and unofficial visits.

He plans to visit Miami this summer.

Of what he's looking for in a college, Bird said, "I'll be looking for how comfortable I am, my relationship with coaches, players, how down to earth they are. And the academic part for sure – I want to study business finance."

Last year Bird only played in four games due to a cracked fibula. He had 60 tackles and four sacks in those games.

He says he's not only back 100 percent, but also that he's better physically now than he was then.

"I've gotten bigger, faster and stronger," he said.

As a sophomore Bird had 120 tackles with 10 sacks, an interception and three fumbles caused. He also played running back and rushed for over 1,600 yards with 28 touchdowns.

He will be making an early decision on a college.

"I'm graduating early, so I'll decide at some point in the summer," Bird said. 'I'm not sure I can take official visits because my senior year won't have started yet. So I might have to visit everywhere unofficially."

 03-15-2008, 06:59 AM         #3260
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Where Erboddi At???..yall Canes Been Kinda Dead Lately!!!

 03-15-2008, 07:02 AM         #3261
CANEBOI11  OP
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Also Heard Darnell Jenkins Got His 40 Time Up At His Pro Day

 11 years ago '05        #3262
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 CANEBOI11 said
Where Erboddi At???..yall Canes Been Kinda Dead Lately!!!
lol spring break son...party every night :applause:

 11 years ago '07        #3263
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 Deeangoe said
lol spring break son...party every night :applause:
Exactly

 11 years ago '04        #3264
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sh*t n*gga i'm in Panama City right now on my friend's computer!!!

 11 years ago '04        #3265
madness 21 heat pts21
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i been up in las olas, fort lauderdale the past couple of nights partyin with white girls:applause:

 11 years ago '05        #3266
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I just got back from the Ft. My boy has a condo on the water right off of Las Olas. fu*king fantastic time. Miami taught me once again, that I have money, just not enough.

 11 years ago '05        #3267
Deeangoe 2 heat pts
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hmm lets see, prive, bed, karu & y, cameo, nikki beach, skydiving, voodoo lounge in ftlauderdale = :D :applause:

ps all in the span of a week


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 11 years ago '05        #3268
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:finger: yall. Man spring break aint til next week for me and I still cant do nothin but look for a job and focus on gettin outta high school.

 03-18-2008, 08:02 PM         #3269
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Miami's three quarterbacks spoke after today's drills:

JACORY HARRIS

Harris said he "struggled with some of the signals, made a couple of bad plays" in today's first practice since spring break.

The reason?

"The week off, I kind of forgot about the signals from having fun on spring break," Harris said.

Harris went back to his high school every day of spring break to see his old friends.

And Harris says he's become good friends with fellow quarterbacks Robert Marve and Cannon Smith.

"Marve will help me out, I help Cannon out, Cannon helps Marve out," Harris said. "It's a brother thing. We always stick together."

Harris said the biggest feedback he got from his scrimmage performance was to concentrate on his footwork.

"On film I had happy feet in the pocket, wouldn't stay still," he said. "I wasn't taking proper drops."

Harris says "it was a big turnaround" from the UM offenses of recent years having some big passing plays in the scrimmage.

"Coach is keeping things simple for us because we're all freshmen, but we're all smart and can pick up on plays," Harris said.

Harris spent a lot of the scrimmage in the shotgun, which is how he spent most of his time in high school games.

"It depends on what plays are being called when you're in," Harris said. "I feel comfortable (either way). At our high school we never went shotgun in practice, were straight under center."

Harris said he was disappointed with his scrambling in the scrimmage: "I want to show people the 4.5 instead of the 4.8," he said.

* Asked his take on if more than one quarterback plays in games next season - something Randy Shannon hasn't ruled out - Harris said, "I never played like that, so I wouldn't know how it would be. If that happens ... I'm sure it'll probably be one quarterback."

ROBERT MARVE

Marve hadn't spoken publicly since doing well in the team's first spring scrimmage, and he said today that, "I think the scrimmage was good. The excitement's back in the University of Miami a little bit. I thought we played well as a team, had a lot of hustle. It was an improvement and exciting."

Marve said "it was different' being out in front of a UM crowd for the first time.

"I had a lot of fun," he said.

Of his scrambling in the scrimmage, he said, "It's just part of my game. It felt good being on my feet, seeing the field well. That's just part of my game."

Marve's biggest challenge this spring?

"Just picking up the playbook, getting familiar with the guys," he said. "Just feeling comfortable in the system."

* Asked his take on UM possibly playing more than one quarterback in games this year, Marve said, "It does not matter if we all three play. I promise you, I just want to win games and have fun."

* Asked about Kayne Farquharson dropping a deep pass in the scrimmage, Marve said, "I missed him one time, too. We laughed about it a little bit. We came out over spring break, threw some balls. I told him I'll get him next time on the rollout. Deep balls are more timing than anything. It's our first time playing in real action, and to play with the wind the way it was and sling the ball around felt good. Those deep balls are time-consuming. We'll get that down."

Marve said he thinks the deep ball will be a big part of the offense this year.

"When you trust (the offensive line) you can sit in there and make those throws," he said.

* Of having to sit out last year, Marve said, "Everything happens for a reason. It hurt me more just not being able to help the team more than anything."

CANNON SMITH

Smith isn't sure why he received fewer reps than Harris and Marve in the team's lone scrimmage of the spring.

"I took one set of 12, attempted four passes," Harris said. "I can't control that. I don't know what to expect next scrimmage. I could throw the ball 20 times or I could throw it twice. I'm not really sure. Whenever I get in there I'll try to do my best, make the most of my opportunities."

Smith says he hasn't been able to show what he can bring to the table at UM yet.

"I had limited opportunities," he said. "I don't think anybody's been able to see what I'm about. Hopefully they'll get a chance to.

"I have to do a better job of showing what I can do with the opportunities I do have."

Smith says he's getting opportunities in practice.

"We're rotating," he said.

Smith said his feedback from the scrimmage is that "overall they're happy with us, but we have to make more points."

Smith had the longest pass completion of the scrimmage, hooking up on a long gain with Richard Gordon.

"When I saw the defense bust I got excited and threw it right to him, into his body," Smith said. "I didn't want to overthrow him or anything like that."

One big positive for Smith: He is the only QB that hasn't thrown an interception this spring.

 03-18-2008, 08:03 PM         #3270
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The highlight of today's practice: A 40-yard interception return by Chavez Grant.

Players said Grant picked off a Robert Marve pass in 11-on-11 work.

There were several dropped passes, but the running game made up for that. Graig Cooper and Javarris James each had a couple of long runs, and each had long touchdowns.

Derron Thomas also broke a 50-plus yard run for a touchdown.

* In injury news, WR Jermaine McKenzie returned to drills today. He'd missed time with his ankle in a boot.

* The offense ran after practice today because the defense stopped them on six consecutive third-and-short situations.

"Every day is a competition at the end of practice," coach Randy Shannon added. "It's to make you understanding losing is no fun. We did a tug of war one day (to determine if the offense or defense would run)."

* After having last week off for spring break, players said it was tough to get back into the swing of things today.

Javarris James and Demarcus Van Dyke were among a group of 10-20 players that spent a lot of the week off on the beach – South Beach, to be exact.

"We were just walking around, holler at the girls a little bit," James said. "We were trying to show off the (Andreu) Swasey workout we have going. It was fun. We would lift weights, handle business also. We'd hang around, crack jokes."

Van Dyke adds, "Spring break was real fun for me. We went to the beach, hung out at night. We were enjoying the moment."

Not surprisingly, safety Lovon Ponder said it was tough for some to get back out there today.

"Some guys still had that spring break lag in them," Ponder said. "But you just know you have to get back in the rhythm."

Van Dyke added, "It was tough at first, we were kind of rusty. But on the third-and-five blitz period we started getting in a groove."

* Left DE Allen Bailey continues to get first group reps.

"I'm feeling comfortable there," he said.

The toughest part of his transition from linebacker?

"Right now it's just trying not to always bull rush, reading blocks," Bailey said.

Of how the whole line is performing, he said, "It's coming together. We're feeding off each other, learning from each other."

Of why he wanted to stay at linebacker coming out of high school, Bailey said, "I just wanted to give it a try because they said it can't be done at my weight."

He added, "But then a situation came up for the team, so I moved."

* WR Kayne Farquharson says he simply lost the ball on a deep pass that he couldn't handle in the scrimmage.

"I take full responsibility – it was just lack of concentration on my part," Farquharson said.

He also spoke about the performance of the quarterbacks this spring:

"I talk to (Robert Marve and Jacory Harris), I'm good friends with both of them," Farquharson said. "They're good athletes with bright futures.

"Cannon (Smith) is a great quarterback also, has a strong arm, is accurate."

* The offense did its first extensive no-huddle work of the spring today.

"We're picking it up quick, which has been the same for all of spring practice," QB Cannon Smith said.

* Patrick Hill struggled to finish running sprints at the end of the day's work. Coaches had to help him finish by literally pushing him in the back as he ran.

* Romeo Davis did up-downs and crab walks for over 30 minutes after practice ended. There was no word on why he was being punished.

 03-18-2008, 08:06 PM         #3271
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RANDY SHANNON Q&A

Opening statement: Our first day off of spring break we came out there, flew around a little bit. We were a little rusty which is what you expect when you get a week off. There were some good things coming off of break.

Q: Were players out of town for break?

Shannon: I don't know. I was out of town. I was just visiting boosters and alumnus, ex-players.

Q: Now that you've seen tape, what's your take on the scrimmage?

Shannon: There were some good things happening in the scrimmage. We re-evaluated the snaps, and those things can be easily corrected. All-around it was pretty good.

Q: How is Khalil Jones doing?

Shannon: Khalil is doing well. He made two big-time catches in the scrimmage. It was good to see him do that.

Q: Did Glenn Cook get his clearance yet for an extra year?

Shannon: Don't know yet. The NCAA, it's baseball time, so they'll handle baseball first and will go to the next sport afterward.

Q: What does the success of the basketball team do for UM?

Shannon: It's good for the university and the City of Miami. It's a great opportunity for coach Haith and the basketball team. We're proud of them. It's great to watch those guys play.

Q: With all the freshmen coming in expecting to compete for jobs, are you amazed at how they've done so far?

Shannon: No, because these guys are different. The guys we targeted are guys we felt could come in and help us right away. Physically was going to be the one thing that would hold most people back, not the mental aspect.

Q: What has Bill young added?

Shannon: Bill's a great defensive coach. It's not like he's added things. He's doing what he's always done, and that's instructing and make sure the defense is playing the way it always has.

Q: Might you play more than one quarterback interchangeably in games?

Shannon: Anything can happen. We can play all three of them. That's a long time from now.

Q: Are they all progressing?

Shannon: They're doing a whole lot better than what we thought. They're completing, throwing short passes, completing deep balls. And they're doing the checks we want – they see blitzes, check out of us and get us into the right play. So we're excited about it, their progress.



 03-19-2008, 09:14 PM         #3272
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WEDNESDAY

After practice today offensive coordinator Patrick Nix broke down what is going on across the board on offense. Here's what he was saying about each position:

QUARTERBACK

Nix didn't want to talk individually about how each quarterback is performing. But he did say of the overall position that "I think all of them are about where you expect them to be as freshman. Robert (Marve), from his experience, being around, is a little bit ahead. Jacory (Harris) is still learning the ropes in school, the weight room. The good thing with Cannon (Smith), he's already had that year away from home (at prep school), so he's able to adapt a little bit quicker. I think all of them have done a good job of adapting. They are not in an easy situation right now, and we're not backing away from it, slowing down for them at all. We're making them go full speed, and they've all handled it pretty well. We did hit the limit a few times and had to bring back, but we continue to push, continue to go, and they've handled it pretty well."

Asked the benefits to using Marve and Harris in shotgun, which is how they spent much of the first spring scrimmage, Nix said, "It takes a little pressure off them with having to worry about steps. The biggest thing is it's what both of them are used to. We have to break them from being so used to shotgun (in high school), being used to being underneath. In practice we're underneath a lot more than gun because we're trying to get used to that. But during the scrimmage it's a little different – you want to win, compete, don't want to have fumbled snaps and all that kind of stuff. You want to put them in the situation they're most comfortable in.

"Right now they're more comfortable in the gun, but they're getting more comfortable underneath which they have to, because that's what we're going to be a lot of (the time)."

Is it possible Nix will go with two quarterbacks in games, essentially playing with the hot hand?

Posed that question, Nix responds, "Who knows. We'll worry about that when it happens."

He adds, with a laugh, "I'd just like to have a hot hand."

OFFENSIVE LINE

Nix expressed the most concern here at the center position, which is no surprise.

Asked if that's one of the biggest question marks of the entire offense, Nix said, "Probably so. When you figure it out let me know."

He adds, "They're doing pretty good. We've got three of them (Xavier Shannon, Matt Pipho and Tyler Horn). What's hurting more than anything is you have Xavier and Tyler, who are both new to the system, trying to learn what's going on. Pipho has been around but has played a lot of guard and is still learning. It's still early to give a fair evaluation of them because they're so new to the position and to the system. But they've all done good things. One of them will emerge by the time we get to the fall, to a game.

"It's nice to have some depth at that position."

RUNNING BACK

Nix says at tailback he's not worrying about trying to fit five capable players onto the field in games.

"At tailback you're going to have injuries," he said. "It's going to happen. Look at last year – when we got to the end we had one. We had five going in. At this point you are building depth so when the injuries start hitting you're ready to take it on. We'll find the two or three guys that are going to get it done and will play them until the injury bug hits that position. It's the most physical position on the field with taking hits."

Nix says he will be rotating backs in and out of games.

"We don't have the 230-pound back you're going to feature 30 times," he said. "Those are the guys that can play and not get hurt."

Nix said of fullback Patrick Hill's play that "Pat coming from JUCO and having this spring is a huge advantage for him. He's done really well. He's given us a solid blocker who can do some things out of the backfield catching the ball, has some runs here and there. And John Calhoun has done a real good job as a true freshman stepping on campus. We'll be able to use them in certain roles to help out for sure."

RECEIVER

Asked if the team is better at receiver than a year ago, Nix responded, "We're deeper. I think that makes us better. And when we get the other guys in (this fall) that will make us even deeper than that. Last year at this time we had three, and that's all we had. We lost two that got injured, which made life difficult. This year we're two deep across the board with an extra couple of guys that can help us.

"It's nice to have at least a little bit of depth so you can run your offense and get a lot done. By having the depth at receiver, I don't know we're any better individually, but just the depth makes us better."

Nix wouldn't say if the team will go to more of a spread attack if some of the receivers pan out as playmakers.

"Which one are you going to take off the field – Javarris (James) or Coop (Graig Cooper)?" Nix said. "Are you going to take Dedrick Epps or Richard Gordon or (Chris) Zellner off? I can't say the receivers are better than those guys. We're going to put the best 11 on the field."

TE/H-BACK

Nix was asked if he's seen anything to convince him the tight end/H-back position should be incorporated heavily into the passing game.

"They'll be incorporated," he said. "I think they all can do good things, can catch the ball. Last year they were young, we got the guys back. At this place it's hard to be a tight end because you're compared to two or three of the best of all time. But they've done a good job, are getting better."

Nix says he doesn't see any tight end being THE guy who stays on the field for a lot of snaps.

"A guy may play five snaps in a row, and that'll be it," Nix said. "We won't have one of them stay on the field. They're better fresh. The next guy comes in and they can stay fresh – those defensive ends and linebackers have to play a lot more. Hopefully that will give us an advantage of keeping guys fresh. Each one of them will play 20 snaps instead of one guy having to play 40, which is a good deal. It's nice having different personnel groups.

"Hopefully (other teams) will have a lot to work on when they try to defend us."

 03-19-2008, 09:15 PM         #3273
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Wed. highlights: Big hits, big plays




Javarris James had a nifty TD run in today's drills
News from today's practice: CB Chavez Grant has worked his way up to the first group. Matt Bosher made a short field goal under pressure in 11 on 11. Marcus Forston had a couple of big hits on the goal line for losses (players said the defense stopped the offense twice on the goal line, so it was the offense doing the running after practice). Robert Marve made a TD throw to Jermaine McKenzie on the run. Dedrick Epps also had a nice reception inside the 10-yard line. Bruce Johnson made defensive play of the day, breaking up a pass in the end zone.

"They threw a fade route to Leonard Hankerson and he slapped it out of his hands," linebacker Sean Spence said. "It was a big play."

Jacory Harris had some trouble under center today, fumbling a couple of snaps. Shawnbrey McNeal also fumbled a couple of times today. Javarris James had nice 20-yard TD run and had another long run to get the team into the red zone.

"We had some big plays on offense and defense," OT Chris Rutledge said. "We had fumbles here on there, but will get that corrected."

* Players currently in the top two groups on the offensive line:

RT – Reggie Youngblood, Chris Rutledge

LT – Jason Fox, Tyrone Byrd

C – (No order) Xavier Shannon, Tyler Horn, Matt Pipho

RG – Joel Figueroa, Harland Gunn

LG – Chris Barney, AJ Trump or Ian Symonette

Rutledge said of Barney's play that "Barney is improving every day. He's lost a lot of weight, knows the offense better. He's improved a lot."

Of the center position, Rutledge says, "It's a competition thing there. All three of them work with the ones, twos, get reps in and out. We may not know until two-a-days who will start there."

Rutledge said each of the centers brings something different to the table. Of Pipho, he says, "Matt's the brain. He knows what everyone is supposed to be doing, their a.ssignments. Of Shannon, he says, "Xavier is more of a technique guy, is good with his hands. He likes to get in there, be physical." Of Horn, Rutledge said, "He's still learning a little bit, but he does play with a lot of intensity and fires off the ball a lot. He doesn't care about making mistakes – that's how coaches talk to us, say to just play 100 miles an hour. He does a good job of that."

Rutledge says he's fine in his role playing behind Youngblood right now.

"We're a team and we're going to get our opportunities," Rutledge said. "You just have to be ready when you're number is called. You never know when you're going to be up there."

* LB Sean Spence says his spring is "coming along well." Spence continues to receive the majority of the first group reps at weakside linebacker with Darryl Sharpton at strongside and Glenn Cook in the middle.

"I have a lot of help from my fellow linebackers and coach (Michael) Barrow," Spence said.

He knows he'll have his work cut out to be a first-teamer when Colin McCarthy returns from injury.

"It'll be pretty hard," Spence said. "But that's what makes us better, competition. We're all looking forward to it."

 03-19-2008, 09:16 PM         #3274
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WEDNESDAY
Shannon: Today was better

RANDY SHANNON Q&A

Opening statement: We had some situational stuff today, goal line. It worked out pretty well. We've got tomorrow off and the next day will be a little easier before we have another session. The quarterbacks have been executing pretty well right now. It's going well. It's spring football. Once you get better every day you'll be okay. Yesterday practice wasn't as crisp at all, but today was better.

Q: Is Colin McCarthy back practicing at all?

Shannon: No. He's out the spring.

Q: How important is it to get these guys to bond on and off the field?

Shannon: Very important, because that saves you a lot of problems because guys stick with each other, help as far as the learning curve, getting adjusted to things. Off the field, socially, you have to have people around to make you know `This is what the coaches expect out of you.'

Q: Talk about Sean Spence and a.ssess how he's doing.

Shannon: He's doing very well. He's an electric player, is making a lot of tackles. He's got a knack for getting to the football, and that's what he had in high school. We're enthused about him.

Q: He doesn't seem like a real big guy.

Shannon: Most of those guys don't come in big out of high school. (Jonathan) Vilma was very small. Myself, I was very small. Linebackers coming in don't have to be huge. You expect those guys to participate by the second year. We're pleased with Sean right now.

Q: Is Cannon Smith getting fewer reps than Jacory Harris and Robert Marve?

Shannon: Everybody gets reps. We've only got two-deep, (and) quarterback is three-deep so somebody is going to get short some reps.

 03-19-2008, 09:17 PM         #3275
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Coach talk with Barrow, Hill, Robinson
* Linebackers coach Michael Barrow says he's happy with what he's seen from his linebackers so far this spring.

"Right now guys want to be the best, are putting in the time, doing everything they can to help this team win," Barrow said. "We've always got to get better. Every day we have to be committed on being the best."

Barrow also spoke about the play of freshman Sean Spence: "He knows the game," Barrow said. "He's a student of the game, just makes plays. The biggest adjustment is adjusting to the tempo of the game, tempo of practice. For some of them it's like being in a foreign country. But for Sean it's like he's been here for years."

Of another freshman, Arthur Brown, Barrow said, "He's doing well. He hasn't been exposed to a lot – in high school it was `Line them up, get to the ball.' That's as opposed to Sean, who was taught the fundamentals inside and out. Arthur came in, is adjusting and playing well. I'm very happy with his progress."

Spencer Adkins is making the transition to middle linebacker this spring after playing outside last year.

"Spencer's doing great," Barrow said. "We call him `Megatron.' He's transforming real good, making plays, banging people. He's a guy that can play all three (linebacker positions)."

* WR coach Aubrey Hill spoke about some of his receivers. Here's what he was saying:

Jermaine McKenzie: "Jermaine is doing very well. He catches the ball very well, is learning the system. He's one of many receivers f!ghting for a spot."

Aldarius Johnson: "He's a very skilled young man. He catches the ball very well, runs after the catch very well. He has great size, is a smart kid. All those thing he does well. The thing he's trying to overcome is this is his first time out here. He's going to get some guys a lot bigger, faster (to go against). It's still a learning curve, a process he has to go through. He hasn't done his senior prom yet, so that puts it in perspective. But at the same time I think he has a chance to be a really, really good receiver."

Sam Shields: "Sam has, at this point, been very consistent. He's been coming to work every day, keeping his mouth shut, doing everything we ask him to do. That's pretty darn good."

Leonard Hankerson: "He's solid, has been playing a lot of different positions and is catching the ball real well. He's a smart kid and can make plays for us."

Kayne Farquharson: "He's doing well, has made some plays, let some plays get away. He's been inconsistent at times, consistent at times. We're trying to find guys who are accountable and consistent."

Asked how good this receiving corps will be when the new faces arrive in the fall, Hill smiles.

"It's competition that can allow the good to get better," Hill said. "There won't be a day out here that a guy can say, `I can relax, I've arrived and this job is mine.' Every day there will be someone screaming down their back trying to take their job, and that will help our group, our offense and the team."

* RB coach Tommie Robinson says he's happy with how his players are performing.

"Guys are competing, man," he said. "They're out there trying to learn. We put in some new stuff, put guys in different situations. They're doing a good job picking it up. I'm pleased with the way they're competing, practicing and the effort they're giving.

"I'm pleased with the running back group as a whole. We've got a lot of work to do, have a ways to go before we get to where we need to be, but I'm pleased with the progress. And I know for a fact we can get there. We'll be fine. But I'm a football coach – I won't ever be satisfied. It always can be better."

Robinson says Graig Cooper's putting on some extra weight hasn't cost him any speed or quickness.

"He didn't lose anything," Robinson said. "Gaining the weight will allow him to take a few more licks and his body won't wear down so much. He's like a boxer, is able to take more body shots now."

Robinson says Javarris James has taken on a leadership role on the team.

"He's doing a great job for us catching the ball, running the ball, blocking, protection," Robinson said. "I'm real, real proud of the way JJ has been practicing and competing. JJ is just working his butt off and leading by example."

Asked about the development of Lee Chambers and Shawnbrey McNeal, Robinson said, "It's coming. I've been pleased with their development so far. We have a way to go with those kids. They have to continue to grow up, get better, and they will. We'll get there."

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