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 07-04-2008, 12:08 AM         #3601
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Streeter is unreal.. That kid is going to be a beast. Coaches gotta get these kids ready to play. AJ and Street will be ballin very soon

 07-04-2008, 09:53 AM         #3602
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Can we get this rivals articleJ
uly 3, 2008
UM fan base shifting north

.. Im very interested to know what i should expect..


 07-04-2008, 10:35 AM         #3603
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Broomfield (CO) Legacy High School DE Nick Kasa had hoped to visit Miami last month. But it never happened.

"I didn't get down there - I'm going to try and visit still, as an official visit," Kasa said. "Miami's definitely still in consideration."

But the Canes have some ground to make up.

Kasa lists his top two as Colorado and Florida.

"I like Colorado because it's close and I know all their coaches," Kasa said. "I really like Florida because we used to live in Tampa and I have a bunch of relatives that went there."

So what does Miami need to do to make up ground?

"I really want to see Miami, meet the coaches - that's a big thing, how I meld with the coaches," Kasa said. "I'm looking at how well a school is academically plus the football stuff."

Kasa says he's been talking with Cane coach Clint Hurtt.

"He says they want me to get down there and see the school," Kasa aid.

Miami offered him a scholarship during the track season last year. Kasa now lists over 20 offers.

Of what he knows about UM, Kasa said, "I know a little bit, am still researching it. I know they have pretty good defensive ends that come out of there."

Last year Kasa finished with nine sacks and 15 tackles for losses. He says he'll be playing both ways for the first time this year.

 07-04-2008, 10:36 AM         #3604
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When the Hurricane athletic program took the leap from the Orange Bowl to Dolphin Stadium, a big question was how many fans would follow up I-95.

The good news is that the overall number of fans attending games this year is expected to be at least the same as last year.

The good and bad news, depending on your perspective, is that a lot of the new fan base will be from Broward and Palm Beach counties.

University of Miami a.ssociate Athletic Director for External Affairs Jim Frevola, who previously was in charge of Miami Dolphins sponsorships, suite sales and marketing partnerships, says Broward and Palm Beach County season ticket holders have jumped by a 2:1 margin over the ticket sales of a year ago. And last year Broward County alone counted for more than 20 percent of the overall season ticket sales with Palm Beach at eight percent.

Frevola says UM has over 20,000 season ticket holders so far this season, including approximately 5,000 of the 10,175 available club seats and 50 luxury suites.

"It's along the lines of what we expected for sure," Frevola said. "All things are looking good. New sales (in Broward and Palm Beach) have doubled. We've already sold the same number of new seats today as we did all last year. Our renewal percentage today is higher than this time last year – our renewal is six percent higher than last year as of July 1.

"Our expectations were to stay consistent with our fan base and certainly grow it. We knew we'd lose some season ticket holders, unfortunately, and knew we'd pick up some fans."

Frevola says an added bonus is that most renewing fans appear content with the seat relocation process.

"It's hard because we're talking 21,000 less seats in the lower bowl," Frevola said. "That was a concern for us. But for most part complaints have been extremely minimal."

Frevola, asked if he has a sense of the overall economic impact of the move yet, said, "That's not something I can comment on."

Something he can comment on: The game day atmosphere. While UM has yet to announce its plans for Game 1, there are some general aspects of game day that fans can look forward to.

"The focus moving forward is that it'll be a much more interactive and fan friendly place to go," Frevola said. "We'll have more space to do entertaining things. We met (yesterday) with two radio stations that want to have live music, DJ's out there, things we never had space to do. We'll have concerts out there prior to every game. They'll have a stage area outside the stadium. It's something fans didn't get from us at the Orange Bowl."

The stadium will be wrapped in UM colors on game day, and the Ring of Honor will be displayed inside the 400 level facade. There also are plans to commemorate the national championship teams and 58-game winning streak using a high-tech cloth that adheres to the facade inside Dolphin Stadium.

"There are things we'll do to colorize (the stadium), make it look green and orange," Frevola said.

When fans arrive for the first game, they will see a product that has been completed in barely a year.

"When you move into a brand new constructed stadium you have years to get ready for it, and we've had less than a year – the deal wasn't announced until late August last year," Frevola said. "There's so much when you change stadiums. You think it's one stadium to another. But it's little details like which way will the band walk to get down on field, which tunnel will they come through, how can we get a tuba through that fence. And then huge details like what do you do with the two high definition monster scoreboards and who produces those things and how do you get highlights on there."

Something else UM has worked out: Which locker rooms will be theirs. The Marlins and Dolphins locker rooms are off limits, and Frevola says Dolphin Stadium has customized another locker room for the Canes.

 07-05-2008, 11:42 AM         #3605
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Webster's Recruitment Taking Off Premium Story

By Don Callahan
Inside Carolina
Posted Jul 3, 2008

After receiving his first scholarship offer from South Carolina in February, Kayvon Webster’s recruitment went into a relative drought until the Evaluation Period.

“Things really picked up in the spring,” Webster said. “I received 16 offers.”

North Carolina was among the 16 schools to extend Webster a scholarship offer over the spring.

During an Evaluation Period visit to Miami (Fla.) Pace High School, John Blake discovered Webster, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound athlete.

“My coach told me [Blake] has a lot of interest in me,” Webster said. “He also told me [Blake] is the number one recruiter.”

Along with UNC, Webster has collected offers from Auburn, Florida, FIU, LSU, Miami, Purdue, South Carolina, South Florida, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Vanderbilt.

Webster is being recruited as a wide receiver, cornerback and safety. He says he’s being recruited for all three positions equally.

At Pace, Webster starts at both receiver and linebacker. Last season, he accumulated 500 yards and eight touchdowns on 30 catches. Defensively he recorded 90 tackles, an interception, and forced four fumbles.

Webster says he has had conversations with coaches from most of the schools that have offered him. UNC, though, hasn’t communicated with Webster, outside of mail.

While the lack of communication has resulted in a lack of interest in UNC thus far, Webster sees a lot of positives in the school.

“It’s a good school and they should be good this year and in the future,” Webster said. “But I haven’t really thought about them, because I haven’t really heard as much from them as others.”

Webster says he’s open and doesn’t have any favorites. However, a couple of schools stand out in his mind – South Carolina and South Florida.

“South Carolina [sticks out] because they were my first offer,” Webster said. “They offered me in February, so I’ve been talking to them for a long time.

“USF, I went up to the camp [and] it was nice. I really like the coaches.”

During the football season, Webster figures to make a verbal commitment.

“I want a place I can win a title,” Webster said. “Location is not a factor.”

In addition to attending USF’s camp, Webster has camped at LSU and Miami. He said he will camp at Alabama later this month.

 10 years ago '05        #3606
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 07-06-2008, 08:44 AM         #3607
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Thanks for the Article..

 10 years ago '04        #3608
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im so tired of watching clips from the spring scrimmage and the spring game...and last years FSU and Texas A&M games(why couldnt we play like that all year?)

the seasons cant get here fast enough

 10 years ago '04        #3609
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 C.R.I.P. said
im so tired of watching clips from the spring scrimmage and the spring game...and last years FSU and Texas A&M games(why couldnt we play like that all year?)

the seasons cant get here fast enough
you aint never lied bruh:banghead:

 10 years ago '04        #3610
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For months, the University of Miami has been studying how to UM-ify Dolphin Stadium, beginning Aug. 28 against Charleston Southern. ''Whatever it takes to make them happy, we'll do our damndest,'' Dolphin Stadium president Bruce Schulze said.

Here is the plan, disclosed in June interviews with UM and Dolphin Stadium officials:

• Field presentation: Players will continue running though smoke, and the tunnel, onto the field. But unlike at the Orange Bowl, there will not be a ''U'' atmidfield, or the word ''Miami'' -- with Canes helmets -- in the end zone. Nor will Dolphins fans see their logo at midfield or ''Dolphins'' in the end zone.

''It would be difficult to do that'' with two football tenants, Schulze said. But windscreens will display UM's logo elsewhere, including stadium corners.

• In-stadium presentation: Some Dolphins items -- including the Honor Roll -- will be concealed during Canes games. The 400-level facade will be covered in a removable wrap featuring UM's Ring of Honor and acknowledgement of All-Americans, the national championship years and the 58-game home winning streak. ''The lower-bowl field walls will be wrapped in our colors,'' UM a.ssociate athletic director Jim Frevola said.

• Entertainment: The plaza area outside Gate G will be a UM fan zone, with kids games and entertainment -- something Frevola said the OB lacked. ``We will have DJs, live music on the club level. And there will be more formalized player autographs than we've ever done.''

• Tailgating: Dolphin Stadium's RV lot (intersection of 26th Ave. and 203rd Street) will open six hours before kickoff, and main stadium lots will open four hours before. The OB's official lots opened four hours before kickoff, but at the OB, fans could tailgate in front of homes for longer than that.

• Parking: A season pass costs $150 (general spot) and $210 (preferred, club level only) -- less than last year's $240 season package. Single-game prices aren't set.

• Alcohol: Will be sold until the end of halftime -- same as at Dolphins games and UM's policy last year. Twenty-five NFL teams sell alcohol until the end of the third quarter, but Schulze said the earlier cutoff helps manage the crowd and reduce staffing.

• Amenities: Dolphin Stadium remodeled one of its NFL visitors locker rooms for UM to use. Fan amenities are obvious: all chair-back seats, more food offerings, cleaner bathrooms, the JumboTron replay scoreboard, etc.

• Transportation: UM will offer free transportation from campus for students only.

• Seat relocation: This was challenging because Dolphin Stadium has 21,000 fewer lower-bowl seats than the OB. UM -- which sold 28,000 season-tickets last year and is on pace to increase that slightly -- prioritized based on length of season-ticket ownership.

''We had complaints initially, but a very, very small percentage,'' Frevola said. ``Most got seats within a reasonable proximity to their old seats.''

Only twice (Oct. 4-5 and Oct. 25-26) will UM and the Dolphins play home games on consecutive days. The dirt infield would be covered by then unless the Marlins make the playoffs. ''Damaging the field will not be an issue -- the sod is way too durable,'' Schulze said.

But the Marlins' Luis Gonzalez predicts ''that field is going to be a goat track. That's not going to help'' the Marlins defensively.
• UM hasn't pursued Miramar's Eugene Smith, South Florida's best Class of 2009 quarterback, mostly because it has four young quarterbacks. But the Canes already are showing a strong interest in Miami Central junior-to-be quarterback Jeffrey Godfrey, his father said. Although A.J. Highsmith, Alonzo's son, said he will enter UM next year as a quarterback, he eventually could play defensive back. . . . With Minnesota cutting Kyle Wright last week, UM's top 2007 quarterback and biggest 2007 sack producer ( Vegas Franklin) are without NFL jobs.
good to hear theyve started talkin to Godfrey, that kid is cant miss talent

 07-08-2008, 03:31 PM         #3611
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Always been a fan of ND vs Tha U games. Catholics vs Convicts . Plus since both teams are about to come back from the dead it will be good to see them face each other

 10 years ago '04        #3612
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As UM tries to rebound from last year's 5-7 disaster, it's good to see alums and a prominent former coach reaching out to help. While several players have offered guidance to incoming freshmen, Jimmy Johnson offered advice to Randy Shannon, with Shannon visiting J.J. in the Keys this offseason.

''When you have a coaching change, some people blossom and some fall by the wayside,'' Johnson recounted telling Shannon, who played for J.J. at UM and worked on his Dolphins staff. ``I emphasized the importance of maximizing everybody on campus, whether it be one of the older players that can help on special teams. Make sure everybody contributes. If they don't feel like they can contribute with the new regime, then not only will there be some dissension, but [the coach] wouldn't be maximizing the talent.''

With so many promising freshmen, Shannon and his staff face challenges maintaining the focus of any older players who are beaten out by younger ones.

'I said to take a one-on-one conference with every one of those older players and ask them, "How can you help this team get better?' '' Johnson said. "When they say, "Coach, I may not be a starting linebacker, but I know I can help on kickoff coverage, well you know they're going to bust their rear end to be the best they can be on kickoff coverage and they'll have a positive attitude, whereas if they get phased out, there's going to be some back-talking behind the scenes. You don't need that.''

Johnson - who has been a sounding board for Shannon and advised him last year to ''keep a notepad of things you want to change'' -- was thrilled to see Bill Young hired as defensive coordinator. 'I said to Randy, "How in the world did you get Bill Young?" What he accomplished with Kansas, he'll do some outstanding things'' here.

Meanwhile, Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma reached out to freshmen Arthur Brown and Sean Spence, offering his cell number and mentoring. (Panthers linebacker Jon Beason did, too.) Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork reached out to Marcus Forston. Aldarius Johnson said he cultivated a friendship with Andre Johnson and has spoken with Reggie Wayne and Santana Moss.

UM alums take losing so hard than Beason was ''in tears'' during games last year. Vilma said last winter that what troubled him in recent years is "guys not improving year to year. You can't say it's all the talent.''

But after working out with Canes players at 7 a.m. this summer and watching several (such as Allen Bailey) improve this spring, Vilma -- like others -- feels encouraged: "You see everyone wanting to improve. I like Jason Fox's demeanor -- he will be a good leader.''
the freshman are learning from the best. ed reed needs to holla at vaughn telemaque and antrel rolle needs to holla at brandon harris:applause:

gotta keep it in the family

 10 years ago '04        #3613
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The Four Horsemen from Northwestern all had high expectations coming to Miami. Aldarius Johnson, Sean Spence, Marcus Forston and Jacory Harris all made their debuts in the Spring getting to Coral Gables ahead of the rest of the freshman as they are all expected to either start or get extensive playing time as freshmen this Fall.

But none of them had more expectations than Johnson. While Sean Spence made the immediate impact in the Spring taking a starting outside linebacker position, his quick emergence was a bit of a surprise.

Marcus Forston was expected to get a lot of playing time and possibly start, but even the top rated defensive tackle in the country had some question marks because he is facing offensive linemen at least 50-60 pounds heavier than what he saw in high school.

Harris is competing with Robert Marve for the starting quarterback position, but is considered the underdog in regard to that battle.

But Johnson, with his physical size and strength, he was considered the most college ready of them all, especially considering the deficiencies Miami had at wide receiver in 2007.

At 6-foot-2 1/2, 215 pounds upon arrival, Johnson presented Miami with a big physical target, one it hasn't had since Andre Johnson.

He also put up the most phenomenal numbers of any wide receiver in the history of Miami-Dade County. And he did that in back-to-back seasons.

Johnson broke the Miami-Dade County record with 72 catches and 1,361 yards and 19 touchdowns as a junior in helping the Bulls to the Class 6A state championship.

With all the expectations entering his senior year, he caught 76 passes for 960 yards and 13 touchdowns to break his own receptions record in helping the Bulls win a second straight championship.

He did that while being double and triple teamed throughout the season while defenses focused on him constantly. The attention that Johnson commanded helped Northwestern teammate and fellow wide receiver Kendal Thompkins get a scholarship offer to Miami as Thompkins emerged out of the slot catching 50 passes himself because he faced constant single coverage.

Most high school quarterbacks out of Miami-Dade County don't complete 72 or 76 passes in a season which gives an indication of how special those seasons were.

While the expectations were high coming into the Spring, Johnson not only met the expectations, but he got bigger and is now a solid 225 pounds making him even more dangerous.

What makes Johnson special is his understanding of the game. He knows how to use his body, attacks the ball and has about as good a pair of hands as anyone that Miami has had on its roster in years.

While Johnson might not be the starter when the season begins in August, he's definitely in the rotation of four wide receivers that will likely play a majority of the snaps which will likely include Sam Shields, Jermaine McKenzie and Kayne Farquharson. He could have the best freshman year that Miami has seen from a receiver since Reggie Wayne donned a "U" on his helmet.

The reality is, Johnson is a playmaker. He's a "go to" type of receiver, and he will be a major difference maker on the field, whether it's down the field or on short possession patterns.

While he doesn't have blazing 4.4 speed Johnson's speed is deceptive because he uses his body exceptionally. And he has "football speed" which separates him from defensive backs.

Surely, the quarterback situation will play a role in how effective Johnson is immediately. Having played with Harris for two years in high school, it would most likely be in Johnson's best interest if Harris was named the starter because they have a relationship and knowledge of each other.

But regardless of who plays quarterback, Johnson has all the makings of being a number one option and should have a very successful freshman season.

2008 Projection for Johnson: 38 catches, 585 yards, 6 touchdowns

 07-09-2008, 01:15 PM         #3614
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Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork reached out to Marcus Forston

Now thats what is up.. Vince will teach that cat to muthafu*kin BEAST

 10 years ago '04        #3615
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The Hurricanes football team continue to have 7-on-7 workouts twice a week before the team officially reports on July 31.

Freshman wide receiver LaRon Byrd, who stands 6-foot-4 and weighs 205 pounds, has been impressive thus far according to various sources.

Byrd has been described as a "playmaker" this summer, which bodes well for him given the fact that he has received jersey No. 47. Michael "The Playmaker" Irvin made the No. 47 jersey famous at UM and Byrd hopes to follow suit.

Byrd has shown the ability to go get balls and has decent speed according to sources.

Miami has not had a big physical receiver since Ryan Moore, who led the team in receiving as a freshman in 2003. Byrd reportedly has similar hands to Moore, but has more speed.

If he continues to shine, Byrd would join Aldarius Johnson as two freshmen receivers who will make an immediate impact.

Insiders are saying the other smaller freshman receivers--Travis Benjamin, Davon Johnson, Thearon Collier, and Kendal Thompkins--are still adjusting to the college game.

Freshman linebacker Sean Spence continues to impress this summer although there is still question whether or not he can be productive as a 205-pound linebacker. Durability could become an issue if he is expected to be an every down player because of his size and the time it takes to adjust.

Freshman cornerback Brandon Harris has also shown positive signs although it might be tough for him to win a starting spot by August 28 when the season begins.

 10 years ago '04        #3616
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When Randy Shannon accepted the job as the Miami football coach on Dec. 8, 2006, he emphatically denied that the Hurricanes were heading in the wrong direction.
"This program is not at a standstill," Shannon said. "The program is not on a downslide. We are on an upward movement. As a coach, you want a challenge. I want somebody to say that I can't do it. If I hear, 'I can't,' I'm going to prove you wrong.

"You can never stay the same in life. You always go up and down. You try to get better every year, every day, every week, every second."

Shannon may have miscalculated exactly where the Hurricanes were when he took over. Miami lost its final four games en route to a 5-7 finish, the program's first losing record since 1997.

There was a confluence of contributing factors to the Hurricanes' demise. Erratic quarterback play, a rash of injuries and the inability to simply plug in the next All-American in waiting were among the most noticeable. Couple that with Shannon finding his way as a first-year head coach while breaking in new offensive and defensive coordinators and you have the kind of perfect storm that was anything but 'Cane-like on the field.

"Nobody in the program wants to go 5-7," said Shannon, who immediately went to work to correct matters.

Borrowing from the recruiting model made famous by the program's architect for success -- Howard Schnellenberger -- and followed by his successors Jimmy Johnson, Dennis Erickson and Butch Davis, Shannon roped off the "State of Miami" in a dogged recruiting blitz.

A Miami native, Shannon was a standout linebacker for the Hurricanes under Johnson and 13-year a.ssistant under Erickson, Davis and Larry Coker. He understands that controlling the "State of Miami" -- South Florida's three largest counties (Dade, Broward and Palm Beach) -- on the recruiting trail a.ssures the Hurricanes a bountiful supply of top-end talent.

Of the 33 players the Canes list among their '08 signees -- nine of whom enrolled in January and took part in spring drills -- 19 hail from South Florida.

More specifically, those recruiting efforts had a focus. Eleven of the freshmen played at either Miami Northwestern or Miami Booker T. Washington, which captured state championships.

"We're recruiting players from winning teams who win championships," he said. "You're going to develop that winning attitude by recruiting that type of guy. That sense of urgency will come back."

How quickly the Canes will rebound is not clear, but there's little doubt that the process began in earnest over the course of the '07 season, when 11 freshmen -- which tied Clemson and North Carolina for the most in the ACC -- saw action.

Given the quality of the Canes '08 recruiting class, which at least one recruiting service ranked as the best in the nation, don't be surprised if they lead the league outright this season.

The effort to take corrective steps toward a turnaround did not stop with recruiting. Shannon also brought two new staff members on board.

Bill Young, a 39-year coaching veteran, takes over the defensive coordinator duties for Tim Walton. The well-traveled Young joins the staff after a six-season run as coordinator at Kansas. Miami native and former Florida standout Aubrey Hill steps in as the receivers coach, coming to the Canes after three seasons at Pitt.

As a staff, there will be a premium placed on teaching, with so many first- and second-year players in the program. There is no substitute for experience, which the Canes will lack in a number of key positions, most notably quarterback, receiver and kicker. Minimizing mental mistakes and avoiding the abundance of physical ones which contributed to last season's demise, is a priority if "The U" is going to get back on track quickly.

Not to be overlooked is Miami's new "home" field. Now that the wrecking ball has turned the venerable Orange Bowl to a pile of rubble, the Hurricanes will become co-tenants at Dolphin Stadium.

While the Hurricanes' historic old haunt housed plenty of memories, the program should benefit nicely from the NFL digs with all the amenities, including spacious locker rooms, suites, video boards and the like. Whether that will prove to be a boon for the school's relatively shoddy attendance over the years is unclear, especially because the stadium is easily a 30-minute drive from campus.

Nevertheless, the move uptown should help recruiting, which is clearly at the forefront of Shannon's makeover plan.

 10 years ago '04        #3617
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Second-year offensive coordinator Patrick Nix loves the physical tools and the intangibles his stable of four quarterbacks brings to the table. He's also a big advocate of the intangible qualities that redshirt freshman Robert Marve (6-1, 203) and freshman Jacory Harris (6-4, 170) possess, not the least of which are their championship-winning credentials.
Unfortunately, the championships won by Marve and Harris were at the high school level.
Regardless who wins the starting job coming out of August camp, they will be making their first collegiate appearance in the Aug. 28 opener against Charleston Southern.

Marve and Harris emerged from the spring as the front-runners for the job, ahead of freshman Cannon Smith (5-11, 200), who actually has an additional year of playing experience courtesy a prep school season at Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy.

That trio will be joined by freshman Taylor Cook (6-7, 230) when camp opens.

Marve, whose development as a freshman last season was stunted by an automobile accident that left him with a hand injury requiring surgery, did make it back in time to work with the scout team. Nix figures that limited experience, the corresponding mental repetitions, and the time around the program will be beneficial.

"I don't know that it's as much the mental reps that he got a year ago, as it was being able to get away from home and experience being away from home," Nix said. "To go on the road with us [and] be with us at home, that probably benefited him as much as anything. I think seeing the mistakes that those other guys made has been a benefit for him."

There were plenty of mistakes to learn from. Graduated Kyle Wright and Kirby The Circus, who transferred, combined to throw 20 interceptions and just 16 touchdown passes for a passing offense that not only ranked last in the ACC but 108th nationally.

"The thing we kind of missed last year, we were able to run the ball for the most part, but we couldn't find a way to get the passing game going and find guys to make plays in the passing game," Nix said. "That's something we'll have to find this year."

Nix made it clear he's not looking back on last season's turnover-plagued problems at quarterback.

"We don't dwell a whole lot on last year, because a lot of those guys that made those mistakes last year aren't here," he said.

Marve arrived at Miami after capturing Florida Mr. Football and Parade All-America honors in the 2006 season at Tampa Plant, where he broke Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow's single-season state records for passing yards (4,380) and touchdowns (48). In the process, he led Plant to a state title.

Harris brought two state titles and a mythical national championship with him to the Coral Gables campus when he enrolled in January out of the Miami Northwestern power plant program. He too won Mr. Football and Parade All-America honors after guiding the Bulls to the 2007 crown, capping a career highlighted by a 30-0 record.

As a senior, Harris passed for 3,445 yards and 49 touchdowns, eclipsing Marve's year-old record, while completing nearly 67 percent of his pass attempts with only six interceptions.

"Both of them have very good arms; they can move," Nix said. "They're both very competitive and they're winners. There's not a whole lot of difference between the two guys.

"The only negative is going to be experience, with both of them. I think they have everything else -- the tools, the desire and the work ethic, which is going to carry both of them a long way."

Smith is built more in the mold of former Cane Brock Berlin, but Nix notes that he doesn't quite have the arm strength or mobility of either Marve or Harris. He also spent the spring acclimating himself to a fourth offense in four years, after playing at three different schools over his final three seasons of prep eligibility.

Cook is a big, raw talent who played in a run-oriented attack in Texas but suffered a MCL knee injury at the end of his senior season.


There was nothing wrong with the Hurricanes' ground game that a decent passing attack wouldn't have made better in '07.
The good news is both junior Javarris James (6-0, 214) and sophomore Graig Cooper (6-0, 202) return after combining for 1,264 yards and eight rushing touchdowns a year ago.

After bursting on the national scene as freshman by rushing for 802 yards in '06, James slipped a bit last season (582 yards) last season. A tough, between-the-tackles back with an exceptional burst once through the line of scrimmage, James came through spring practice with a slight edge over Cooper in his bid to retain the starting job.

Holding off Cooper will be no small feat after the prep school transfer's impressive rookie season with the Canes. The Memphis, Tenn. native -- by way of Milford (N.Y.) Prep -- left a strong first impression on the Miami coaches when he ran for 116 yards on 12 carries (9.7 ypc) in last season's opener against Marshall. He also cracked the century mark with 101 yards against Duke and finished the season with a team-high 682 yards on 125 carries (5.5).

At full strength, the 1-2 punch of James and Cooper could take quite a burden off the rookie quarterbacks. Not only are they capable runners, but they are rock-solid as receivers out of the backfield and could provide valuable check-down options for a young quarterback. James has 31 career receptions for 300 yards and a score, while Cooper snagged 13 for 129 yards and a touchdown last season.

"I don't think there's a doubt that Coop and J.J. can get it done and they're going to get it done," Nix said. "We've just got to keep both of those guys healthy to where they can get it done."

To that end, the Canes are looking to bolster their depth at tailback.

"If you don't have anybody behind them you don't have very much flexibility, because you've got to keep one of them fresh and be careful [not] to get one hurt," Nix said. "We've got to find two or three of those other guys who are going to come along and help those two, take some of the load off them and give us the confidence they can go in and help us win."

Sophomore Shawnbrey McNeal (5-11, 190) is the fastest back and could provide the kind of changeup to the more physical styles of James and Cooper.

As a freshman he ran for 90 yards on just 20 carries, highlighted by a 39-yard touchdown run against Georgia Tech.

The Canes also got a lift in the spring from converted defensive back Damien Berry (5-11, 198), a sophomore, who ran for more than 1,000 yards as a high school senior at Belle Glade Glades Central.

Senior Derron Thomas (5-9, 204) and redshirt freshman Lee Chambers (5-10, 180) provide additional depth.

The fullback position was manned by a committee last season, less than ideal given Miami's long-standing commitment to a conventional two-back set.

"Last year we didn't have a true fullback, and that's one thing that hurt us a lot," Nix said. "That's one reason we went out and signed Pat Hill and John Calhoun to come in early from high school. Both of them had a good spring and hopefully will be able to fill that role."

Hill (5-10, 248), is a junior transfer from El Camino (Calif.) Community College, while Calhoun (6-3, 235) is a freshman from Sebastian River.

Both appear adept at blocking and catching passes out of the backfield, which is a staple in Miami's attack.


Quarterback isn't the only position where youth will be served in Miami's offense. The Hurricanes have no choice but turn to youngsters after consecutive seasons of sub-par play from their wide receivers.
Junior Sam Shields (6-0, 180) is the only proven commodity among four returning letter winners. As a sophomore Shields led the team with 27 receptions for 346 yards and three touchdowns, highlighted by a six-catch, 117-yard performance in a victory over Texas A&M.

The other returning letter winners -- sophomores Kayne Farquharson (6-2, 185) and Leonard Hankerson (6-2, 218) and senior Khalil Jones (6-2, 220) -- combined for 16 receptions, 158 yards and two touchdowns.

"You've got four right there who have the experience," Nix said. "Then obviously, Aldarius "Glue Hands" Johnson coming in had a really good spring, and we feel like he's just going to get better and better with time. He's a very smart player and a very hard worker and good player who we feel is going to help us."

Johnson (6-2, 217), a January enrollee out of Miami Northwestern, has drawn comparisons to former Georgia Tech star Calvin Johnson. Coincidentally, Nix was the Yellow Jackets' offensive coordinator during Johnson's All-America junior season. A physical force, Johnson collected 148 receptions for more than 2,300 yards and 32 touchdowns over his final two seasons of high school.

Another newcomer to the mix will be speedy redshirt freshman Jermaine McKenzie (6-2, 173), who has battled injury in his young career.

More help is on the way courtesy of a signing class that includes five freshmen who bring diversity in size and skills to the table.

LaRon Byrd (6-4, 205) and Tommy Streeter (6-6, 200) add more size and big playmaking to the mix. By contrast, Travis Benjamin (5-11, 141), Thearon Collier (5-9, 163) and Kendall Thompkins (5-10, 165), should provide a smaller, shiftier group capable of creating mismatches from the slot.

"We've got a bunch of them coming in that are very talented, but you don't know which guy is going to make plays for you and do it early," Nix said. "We'll have a lot of options this year, which will be nice; 10 or 11 guys you can choose from. That was one thing last year, number-wise, we just didn't have a lot."

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Senior tight end Chris Zellner (6-2, 247) hopes to continue Miami's outstanding tradition at the position, where he nabbed 13 passes a year ago and was instrumental in the run game.

Zellner will get some help from juniors Dedrick Epps (6-4, 255), who had eight receptions including a touchdown catch, and Richard Gordon (6-4, 260).


At first blush, Miami's offensive line situation appears to be a rebuilding project. While the Hurricanes return only two full-time starters, two others started at least three games, while five more earned letters for substantial playing time.
"People think we have a retooled offensive line, but we have a lot of experience, a lot of playing time, on that offensive line coming back," Nix said. "When you really look at it, three out of the five started last year."

The Hurricanes have the most experience where it may matter most, especially with inexperienced quarterbacks.

Junior Jason Fox (6-6, 306) returns as a third-year starter at left tackle and the Hurricane lineman with the most NFL potential at this point. The right tackle position will probably go to senior Reggie Youngblood (6-6, 312), who made nine starts last season and has three years of playing experience.

Factor in the return of versatile junior Chris Rutledge (6-5, 314), who made three starts at tackle last season, and the Canes appear battle-ready on the edges.

"Those three will battle for those two spots," said Nix, who hopes to be able to rotate the trio and keep them fresh. That will be made easier with tested, fifth-year senior Tyrone Byrd (6-5, 309) also available for action at either tackle spot.

There is quite a bit more uncertainty regarding the interior line positions.

Sophomore left guard Orlando Franklin (6-7, 345) made three starts and saw considerable playing time as a freshman last season, and many believe he will be a future star.

"Without a doubt, Orlando, with the playing time he got last year, is going to help a lot," Nix said.

Sophomore Joel Figueroa (6-5, 344) appears to have the lead at right guard after earning playing time in seven games last season. He could get pushed by junior A.J. Trump (6-3, 308), who has seen action at guard and center.

"Center is the biggest question mark up front," Nix said. "We've got three or four guys that will continue to battle there, get reps and we'll see what happens."

In all likelihood, senior transfer Xavier Shannon (6-1, 298) the son of the head coach who played all five positions during his career at Florida International, will get the opening day nod.

"[Shannon] is pretty natural at it," Nix said.

"He's played it before; he's played a little bit of everything before."

Not to be discounted from contention are Trump, redshirt freshman Tyler Horn (6-4, 295) and junior Matt Pipho (6-7, 315).

While there may be some question marks, size won't be one of them for the Canes. Beyond the most likely contenders for playing time, junior tackle Chris Barney (6-4, 340) and sophomore Ian Symonette (6-9, 364) could also make their way onto the field.


For a second consecutive season, the Hurricanes will be breaking in a new kicker. Incoming freshman Jake Wieclaw (6-2, 180) should have the inside track to a position that has been unsettled, at best, for the better part of the last four seasons.
Wieclaw set the Illinois high school state record with 48 career field goals, despite contributing just nine (on 11 attempts) when his senior season was cut short by a broken foot. He has a career-long of 52 yards.

An outstanding athlete who was good enough to start at receiver, Wieclaw is a strong contender to handle kickoff duties as well.

Competition could come from junior walk-on Alex Uribe (6-1, 171) or sophomore Matt Bosher (6-0, 195), who handled all of Miami's punting duties and occasionally kicked off last season.


Most teams would be concerned while facing the prospect of replacing three of their four most productive defensive linemen. As it turns out, the Hurricanes may ultimately be better, even though they enter the season without a bona fide star.
That, however, doesn't mean there aren't a few on the horizon.

Senior defensive end Eric Moncur (6-2, 250) is the lone Hurricane with more than four starts last season. An eight-game starter at left end, Moncur piled up a career-high 48 tackles, including 11 for loss, six of which were sacks.

Senior Antonio Dixon (6-3, 328) and junior Joe Joseph (6-3, 304) each earned four starts last season at defensive tackle along the injury-riddled line. Joseph finished with 25 tackles in 10 games, highlighted by his career-best nine stops in a road win at Florida State. An early-season injury limited Dixon to just nine appearances and four starts, and Miami's resident space-eater responded with 21 tackles.

They form the nucleus of a group that has considerable talent, even if it's short on experience.

"Going through the spring, we're almost like a pro football team from the standpoint of numbers," said Bill Young, the first-year coordinator. "We're very, very thin. There was one practice where we only had two defensive ends for the entire practice. We were only two-deep [at defensive tackle]."

Of course the lack of bodies may end up being a blessing, because it required a high volume of repetitions in Young's new scheme.

"We were able to get them a lot of reps and they caught on quickly," Young said. "We put a lot of stuff in -- probably a little more than we really wanted to -- and they caught on a little faster than we anticipated."

Freshman Marcus Fortson (6-2, 309), widely considered the nation's top interior lineman when he signed out of Miami Northwestern, and sophomore Chaz Washington (6-4, 320) saw considerable practice action in the spring. Senior Dwayne Hendricks (6-4, 298) missed spring practice, but he's expected back by August camp. There he will join junior Luqman Abdallah (6-3, 307) and sophomore Josh Holmes (6-0, 290) to give the Canes more depth.

There is more than enough physical talent at end for Miami to replace Calais Campbell, who jumped to the NFL after a sub-par junior season. While Moncur is the veteran, most people around the program speak of sophomore Allen Bailey (6-4, 287) in hushed, reverent tones. One would consider that odd, given Bailey did not make a single tackle in 12 games, predominantly on special teams but also at linebacker.

Moved to end in the spring, Bailey played like a man-child.

"I've only seen one player that I've coached that I can put in the same category just from a physical outlook, and that was Alonzo Spellman," Young said. "I coached him at Ohio State, and he reminds me a lot of Allen. Allen may be a little thicker at the same stage in time than Alonzo was. He has great, great physical traits. He's really been blessed."

Sophomore Steven Wesley (6-3, 257) and redshirt freshman Adewale Ojomo (6-3, 244) have drawn praise from the coaches.

"Wally [Ojomo] we think has a chance to be a heckuva player," said Young, who is also counting on the return of junior Courtney Harris (6-3, 267), who missed the spring.

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Injuries at linebacker hit the Hurricanes hard a year ago, and although they must replace graduated Tavares Gooden's 100 stops, they hope to do that with healthy numbers. The pieces certainly appear to be there to get that done.
Capitalizing on injuries that thrust him into the lineup, junior Colin McCarthy (6-3, 230) emerged as a play-making star of the future from his strong-side position. The team's top returning tackler (68), McCarthy logged 12 tackles for loss, including a pair of sacks. He returned a fumble 27 yards for Miami's clinching touchdown at rival Florida State, and also added a 30-yard return with his first interception against Texas A&M.

McCarthy, however, sat out spring practice. Among those who did not were junior weak-side linebacker Darryl Sharpton (5-11, 232) and senior middle linebacker Glen Cook (6-0, 235), both of whom missed a great deal of last season with injuries.

Sharpton, who started the final five games of last season and finished with 57 tackles, is versatile enough to have played all three linebacker positions throughout his career. Cook is back for a sixth season after missing all of '07 with a foot injury. An 11-game starter in '06 -- with a team-high 14 for his career -- Cook piled up 64 tackles in his last season in the fray.

"Darryl Sharpton and Glenn Cook really had outstanding springs," Young said. "They're veteran guys who have been around the program and have done a lot.

Romeo Davis (6-3, 234) returns for a fifth season after missing all but two games last season with a right knee injury. A starter in '05 at weak-side linebacker, he will likely back up Cook in the middle, providing veteran depth to a corps that also includes seniors Spencer Adkins (5-11, 230) and Eric Houston (6-2, 230). Sophomore Kylan Robinson (6-1, 232) is also back.

While the return of veterans is important, the real buzz about the program is the arrival of a heralded freshmen class of linebackers that has no peers nationally. Leading that wave were a pair -- Arthur Brown (6-2, 230) and Sean Spence (6-0, 202) -- who enrolled in January and wasted no time making their presence felt in the spring. Not that anyone expected otherwise. Brown was the nation's top-rated linebacker out of Wichita (Kansas) East, while Spence starred at Miami Northwestern, where he made 41 consecutive starts.

"They took the majority of the reps," said Young, who worked Brown and Spence at the weak- and strong side, respectively. "I thought [Brown] and Spence both were really out-standing recruits, guys that don't come along very often. We think that they're going to be able to contribute, not only on defense, but on special teams."

They aren't alone among heralded freshmen linebackers headed to Coral Gables. When August practice opens, they will be joined by classmates Jordan Futch (6-3, 202), Gavin Hardin (6-4, 240), Antonio Harper (6-3, 220), Brandon Marti (6-0, 196) and Marcus Robinson (6-2, 210).


The one segment in Miami's defense seemingly destined for a breakthrough season is the secondary. Five players have considerable starting experience from a year ago -- not including veteran senior safeties Lovon Ponder (6-0, 219) and Anthony Redd*ck (6-0, 208) -- the Canes should have no trouble replacing safeties Kenny Phillips and Willie Cooper, and corner Glenn Sharpe.
"It's an excellent group of athletes," Young said. "I think our corners should be a real solid position for us."

As well it should. Senior Bruce Johnson (5-11, 172), senior Elvis Patterson (6-0, 208), junior Chavez Grant (5-11, 180), sophomore Demarcus Van Dyke (6-1, 174) and senior Carlos Armour (6-3, 206) combined to make 30 starts at corner last season. Phillips, however, has since moved to safety, when he joins Ponder and Redd*ck, who have 19 career starts between them.

Phillips, Ponder and Redd*ck, who was on a course for stardom until suffering a pair of devastating knee injuries, are capable of playing both the free- and strong-safety spots. Young noted it's the same flexibility the Canes have at corner, where they've all been cross-trained to play either the field (wide side) or boundary (short side) positions.

The return of junior Ryan Hill (5-11, 195) from wide receiver to safety, where he was initially projected as a signee, further adds depth to a strong group. Sophomore JoJo Nicolas (6-1, 200) has continually shown improvement to the point that he will also play significantly.

"It looks to me like a really good situation in that we've got a good mix," Young said. "We have some very experienced older guys who have seen a lot of good football, and a really talented young group coming in and some guys in between."

Among the incoming talent, cornerback Brandon Harris (5-11, 185) -- the Gatorade Player of the Year in Florida -- is considered the best freshman cover corner in the country and a threat to see immediate playing time.

That won't likely be the case with four other defensive newcomers, all of whom are listed as safeties. C.J. Holton (6-2, 195), C.J. Odom (6-0, 210), Vaughn Telemaque (6-2, 190) and Joe Wylie (6-2, 172) may find the most direct route to early playing time will be through special teams, because of the Hurricanes' defensive backfield depth.


The job belongs to sophomore Matt Bosher (6-0, 195), who performed admirably as a freshman in '07. Bosher average 40.2 yards an attempt, including a long of 75 yards. Opponents chose to fair catch 19 of his punts, contributing to the Hurricanes' rock-solid 35-yard net average.
After evaluating Bosher in the spring, Young sees no reason he can't be of value to the team's defensive efforts, which always begins with field position.

"We thought he did a very good job," Young said. "He was booming the football. He's got a very good leg and got a lot of height and distance."

Accuracy is the lone area where Bosher needs significant improvement, after managing just nine punts downed inside the opponents' 20, which ranked next-to-last in the ACC.


Third-year special teams coach Joe Pannunzio has some work to do in order to shore up the Hurricanes' performance, which has been little more than pedestrian in recent seasons.
Not only have the Canes had to deal with up-and-down performances by kickers and punters, there has been nothing resembling a consistent return threat since Devin Hester bolted to the NFL after the '05 season.

Miami was among the ACC's worst programs in the return game in 2007, averaging 19.3 yards on kickoffs and 8.3 on punts. Whether that will lead to some new faces replacing the likes of Hill, Gordon and McNeal on kickoffs and Cooper or Grant on punts remains to be seen.

Suffice to say, an athletic-heavy signing class could go a long way to providing some much-needed help, both in returns as well as coverage. Hurricane opponents were superior in both kickoff (21.7) and punt returns (9.1) last season.

Of course, Pannunzio has every reason to expect improvement in the kicking game, considering graduated Francisco Zampogna converted an ACC-low nine field goals on 15 attempts. Darren Daley was 4-of-6 on field-goal attempts, but neither converted from longer than 47 yards. Jake Wieclaw's leg strength should make a significant difference, providing the coaching staff the confidence to attempt one field goal longer than 50 yards, something they didn't do last season.

Beyond the punters and kickers, the Canes must also replace 12-game long snap-starter Ross Abramson. Redshirt freshman Chris Ivory (6-2, 222) is Abramson's likely successor.


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With so many youngsters ready to get into the playing mix right away, Miami's schedule provides very little relief, beyond the inaugural Dolphin Stadium opener against Charleston Southern.

That will be followed by road trips to Florida and Texas A&M, sandwiched around an open date; not exactly the preferred travel calendar for breaking in a first-year, starting quarterback.

Rebounding from last season's 5-7 mark won't be easy for a team that went into spring with 38 freshmen or sophomores on the roster and figured to pick up as many as 20 more by August.

Don't expect any excuses from a coaching staff more determined than ever to get things corrected.

"We're totally different right now," Nix said in early June. "I think we're a lot better than we were at any time last year. We have more depth. I think there are a lot of positives coming out of the spring. The one obvious negative we're going to have to look at is the experience."

On defense, it will help that Young is a veteran -- albeit first-year at Miami -- coordinator with plenty experience when it comes to teaching.

"Our kids caught on real quickly, and their work ethic and attention to detail has really been good," Young said. "It's a real sharp group of young men."

Still, he won't risk overloading the youth-laden defenders too early.

"We don't want to confuse them, because defense is a game of reaction, and if you're thinking too much you can't react," he said. "So we'll try to keep it as simple as we possibly can as long as we possibly can."

Beyond significantly upgrading the talent base, Miami catches a break from the ACC schedule makers who have them facing Coastal Division contenders North Carolina and Virginia Tech at home, along with That Clown College for Girls and Wake Forest, who are arguably two of the best teams in the Atlantic Division.

Whether the schedule is important will probably hinge of the development of young quarterback prospects Marve and Harris. It's anyone's guess how that will work out.

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lmao at the filter names being in there

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Tight end Dion Sims names five favorites
ESPN 150 Watch List talent Dion Sims told affiliate Web site, "Ohio State, Miami, Tennessee, Georgia and UCLA are my top five for football."
He added, "Michigan and Michigan State are in there, but not in my top five. They've all offered."
Sims is also a highly regarded basketball prospect with offers from Kent State, Penn State and Iowa.

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Hope The Ole Ball Coach Can Can Whip These Boys Into Shape This Year...

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Expectations of a much better offense are floating around, but a successful offense starts up front.

Without a strong offensive line, it doesn't matter who plays quarterback, running back or wide receiver if there is no time to throw and no holes to run through. Naturally, that makes the offensive line the most important part of the rebuilding movement to get Miami back to the top of the mountain.

That being said, if there is a real strength on the University of Miami offense, it would be the offensive line, but only to an extent.

While the unit is improved from last year, it's also a unit that has a similar problem to that of the defensive line: little depth.

The only difference at this point is that the offensive line has no injuries among the starters at the present time while the defensive line is suffering.

Even better, they all played in the Spring for the most part.

Offensive tackle is probably the strongest position at the present time because there are essentially three starters in Jason Fox, Reggie Youngblood and Chris Rutledge.

On the inside, senior Xavier Shannon will be in charge of the line at center. Next to him will be a pair of young, but talented guards in Orlando Franklin and Joel Figueroa.

As a unit, the offensive line is arguably the best line the 'Canes have had in since 2004.

However, the unit has no depth and no incoming freshmen to count on either as Northwestern offensive linemen Ben Jones and Brandon Washington have still not qualified to date making picking up solid offensive linemen in the 2009 recruiting class a must.

Senior Tyrone Byrd will be an option at tackle in the event of an injury, but Byrd's career at UM has been a big disappointment after so much was expected of him as a young player.

Redshirt freshman Harland Gunn is an option at guard in the event of injury, but he has no experience having redshirted his freshman season. However, the redshirt freshman has gotten bigger and stronger over the past year and could surprise people. His explosion off the ball makes him a player to watch in the future.

Backing up Shannon will likely be Tyler Horn or Matt Pipho. Neither one has much experience, but with future potential being something the coaches must look at, Horn seems like the natural choice to step in for Shannon if needed. However, going from a two-year starter, albeit at FIU, to a player that's never gotten onto the field in his career would be a major blow to the unit.

Pipho also took reps at guard late in the Spring making him a more likely candidate to be a back up at guard along with A.J. Trump. Trump was a highly touted lineman out of high school, but he suffered an ACL injury as a redshirt freshman and has been unable to get in the mix since then. He only played in one game as a redshirt sophomore, the opener against Marshall, but is finally healthy and maybe can live up to his high school hype.

No matter what, if healthy, this unit can be one that does great things and will be what gets Miami wins that it failed to last year. However, if injuries start coming, with little experience from the backups, it could get ugly.



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