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 10 years ago '04        #3726
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One day into full pad workouts and somebody is already in the hospital. Senior defensive tackle Antonio Dixon was taken to HealthSouth Doctor's Hospital on UM's campus for dehydration Wednesday morning and has been admitted.

"We sent him to get some fluids in him," Shannon told reporters after practice.

UM spokesman Kerwin Lonzo said doctors are running some tests on Dixon.
"We'll keep you posted," Lonzo said. Dixon is the first player to be hospitalized that we know of this fall. Shannon said Tuesday the team has been practicing longer to get more reps for the younger players. Javarris James, Damien Berry, Lee Chambers and Joe Joseph are other guys who have been sidelined by the heat since practice began Saturday.

> Shannon told reporters freshman linebacker Gavin Hardin has been cleared to arrive at UM. Freshman safety CJ Holton was out at practice Wednesday, but didn't participate in contact drills again.

> Safety Anthony Redd*ck missed practice for the third straight day. Redd*ck missed the 2005 and 2007 seasons with injuries. Not a good sign.

> Shannon said he sent both of his kickers -- freshman Jake Wieclaw and Matt Bosher -- to kick off the infield dirt Wednesday morning at Dolphins Stadium. "Since the goalposts are up because Miami is playing Tampa Bay this weekend, we figured they could get some work that way," Shannon said.

Special teams coach Joe Pannunzio said he tries to send his kickers to kick off an infield dirt surface every third day at UM. "We'll probably send them once or twice more [to Dolphins Stadium]," Pannunzio said. "Either that or we'll just go for it on fourth down [Pannunzio joked]."

> Pannunzio went into deeper detail about the progress of the special teams, particularly the kickers, the guys working in the return game, the fliers and more.

Pannunzio said freshman kicker Jake Wieclaw is "a very accurate kicker and getting better... his biggest issue is he's been kicking off a tee in high school... and it's a learning process for him. It's probably invaluable that he's been here since January."

Pannunzio said he's looking at all the skill players in the return game -- including all of the freshmen. "We're looking for somebody to get out there and give us some field position," Pannunzio said. "It doesn't matter what year their in."

Miami's search for a return man isn't the only spot in the special teams the Canes are trying to fill. Both long-snappers from last season -- John Rochford and Ross Abramson -- are gone. Pannunzio said Chris Ivory and walkon quarterback Jake Byrne are the two guys currently competing for the long-snapper duties.

As for the fliers -- the guys who go head-hunting on punt returns -- Pannunzio said "we should be good at that. We got Khalil Jones and Ryan Hill who have been my two guys for years."

> Regarding the tight ends, Pannunzio said he's excited -- especially about the three he says will play: Dedrick Epps, Chris Zellner and Richard Gordon. "They're a year older, a year smarter, a year stronger, a year faster and a year more mature," Pannunzio said. "They look like they're coming into their own so hopefully it will be a big year for them."


Pannunzio said he just doesn't have that all-around guy. He said Zellner is the better blocker and Epps is the better receiver. "With Gordon, I used to have to kick his ace to go to class," Pannunzio said. "But now all I have to do is push him a little. It's part of his maturity."

Pannunzio said he's been surprised by the play of Tervaris Johnson, who moved over from safety to tight end this summer. "He's better than I thought he would be and he's a guy you might see in there a little bit. He's got a big enough body and he's not afraid to put his face in there."

Pannunzio said it could prove to be tougher for redshirt freshman Daniel Adderley. "He's never had his hand on the ground, his facemask turned or his nose bloodied."

> Shannon said the team's first day in pads was very physical and focused on establishing the running game and focusing on playaction passing. Shannon once again pointed to Laron Byrd and Travis Benjamin as the standouts among the young receivers. "The other guys are doing well," Shannon said. "but those are two guys that are standing out right now."

> Shannon said he hasn't set a timetable as to when he'll be looking for separation among the quarterbacks. "We've got three scrimmages, so we got plenty of time," Shannon said. "That's why I'm not panicking and trying to rush things.

> Sophomore running back Shawnbrey McNeal said he's now weighing between 193 and 195 pounds. He came in as a freshman at 180 pounds. "Being JJ and Coop you learn a whole lot. It's not about just helping them. It's no hatred or down talk. Everyone has the same amount of respect for each other," McNeal said.

> I got a chance to speak to redshirt freshman receiver Jermaine McKenzie for about five minutes today and will have a feature on him later this week. McKenzie is obviously a kid who has endured a lot in his time at UM including the neck injury he suffered when he his car did several flips on I-75 with him at the wheel last fall which ended his freshman season. McKenzie didn't play in the spring because of high ankle sprain. But now he's back, bigger and stronger and competing with a talented crop of freshmen to get in the mix. Be sure to check out the story later this week.

DON'T FORGET TO... Listen to the audio uploaded from today's practice as well as the video interviews. I uploaded the feature on defensive end Adewale Ojomo this morning.

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 10 years ago '04        #3727
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Randy Phillips languished in the Hurricanes secondary for the first three years of his career at the University of Miami. It wasn't because Phillips couldn't play and wasn't getting playing time. It was because Phillips was playing a position he is not made for.

It hit a crescendo last season when Phillips was toasted at Oklahoma as he simply couldn't stick with the faster OU receivers.

That seemed to be the end of the Phillips experiment at cornerback, but since he hadn't played his natural position of safety in quite some time, it wasn't like he could simply jump into the rotation at safety although he did get chances in spots.

Now he gets his real chance, the chance to show the kind of player he was always expected to be. Phillips is as close to a lock at safety as the 'Canes as three seniors are battling for two starting sports.

Phillips is battling Lovon Ponder and Anthony Redd*ck, but is expected to win one of the two safety spots when Fall practice ends.

"There is no where to go, but up for me," Phillips said. "I done hit rock bottom you know so I am just trying to get up."

But his experiences at cornerback over the past couple of years have made him a better player all around even though he didn't perform the way he would have preferred to have when given the opportunity last year.

Moving back to his natural position coupled with the experiences at corner have helped him understand the safety position even more than before.

"It allows me to recognize what the offense is trying to do, see the entire field and allow me to make plays. Being a cornerback, I know what the corners need and I know how they want me to help them," Phillips said. "I can tell a corner a certain thing to do so I can help him and things like that. It's showing from 7-on-7s that I am a big a.sset in the secondary because I've played corner."

However, Phillips was clear about one thing.

"Playing safety is all I ever wanted to do," Phillip said.

He also got the opportunity to play nickel back last year and came up big in Miami's 37-29 win over Florida State in Tallahassee.

"Florida State I went to nickel back and I had never played nickel back my entire life and had two interceptions," Phillips said.

But then Phillps also had games where he never saw the field, not for one single play, including Georgia Tech, North Carolina and N.C. State, all Miami losses.

"As far as the safety position, I missed three-four games that I didn't play in due to different reasons. But it was last year and that's out of the way," Phillips said. "I was there, I just didn't play. I got my act together. Everyone is so good, the veteran group is so ready. We are just rolling."

With the recent coaches poll that was released by the USA Today, Phillips was happy to see that.

"That's good. That's great. That's where we want to be. Let them (other teams) have all the hype and live up to what the media says or the coaches poll. Once you are up there, you have no where to go, but fall. Where we are, no one expects anything from us. When we come out and shock the world, everyone will be like whoa. It's a great feeling to be the underdogs. We are not even classified as the underdogs. We are the butts. We are the puppies. We ain't even born yet," Phillip said. "You are going to see a lot of success this year."

 10 years ago '04        #3728
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Dixon update; practice notes

UM coach Randy Shannon told reporters Wednesday that senior defensive tackle Antonio Dixon was taken to the hospital after suffering from dehydration. Thursday morning, he said Dixon didn't suffer from dehydration, but from hyperventilation.

"It was one of those deals we found out that Dixon was hyperventilating," Shannon explained. "He was excited during the practice and the drill he did. He got going, short of wind, short of breath and it was fine. His body temperature wasnít above and beyond the normal. It was just a little high, but nothing great. But he was fine.

"Dixon is a guy to get excited. And when Dixon hyperventilates, he hyperventilates. He does it all the time."

Dixon was taken to Doctors Hospital in Coral Gables Wednesday morning by ambulance and a UM press release Wednesday afternoon updated his status by saying the 6-3, 322-pounder was "in good condition."

One Canes website reported early this morning that Dixon had already been released, but UM football SID Kerwin Lonzo told reporters Dixon was still in the hospital as of 11 a.m. Lonzo said UM is expecting Dixon to be released later this afternoon. Shannon told reporters "he could be back out practicing here by this afternoon."

"I went over to see him [last night], everybody did," Shannon said. "He was joking around, talking about eating fried chicken and stuff like that. He was good. We just have to be careful with big guys like that. You always have those situations happen. Heíll bounce back, keep rolling."

Dixon, who has suffered from condition problems in the past and even earned the nickname Two Play Dix from defensive line coach Clint Hurtt, told reporters at media day last week he feels like he's in the best shape of his life after losing more than 15 pounds and dropping down to 322. Despite what Randy said, I doubt he'll be practicing this afternoon.

Miami once again practiced for more than two hours Thursday, but about 10 minutes earlier than usual. Shannon said earlier this week he's trying to get his young players extra reps.

MORE NOTES...
> Linebacker Arthur Brown did not practice in the morning session Thursday and Shannon told reporters he could be back by Saturday's first scrimmage of the fall.

> Defensive tackle Marcus Forston, safety Anthony Redd*ck and defensive ends Eric Moncur and Allen Bailey did not practice either. Of Redd*ck, who I believe has now missed four days of practice, Shannon said: "It was his day to rest."

Shannon said Forston was a weight related issue. "Some guys we just rest here and there," Forston said. "Like I said, weíre going to be very careful in monitoring the weight that they do. Players after every practice weigh in and weigh out, we keep their weight at a certain amount of pounds. So, sometimes weíll sit some guys out because they lost just too much weight. Itís certain amount of weight loss. You just canít go out and say you lost 10 pounds in practice and they only got two pounds back. You got to be careful about that. So, we make sure we monitor that, especially those big guys."

> Shannon told reporters not to ask him about the quarterbacks until after the second scrimmage.

> Shannon told reporters freshman defensive end Gavin Hardin was flying in this morning and said the school is still "waiting on two maybe three more guys" to be cleared by the Clearinghouse. Defensive back CJ Holton arrived at UM Tuesday, which means he likely won't practice until next week. Linebacker Brandon Marti, safety Joe Wylie and defensive tackle Jeremy Lewis still have not been cleared.

"When the paperwork goes in, theyíll just roll in,Ē Shannon said. "[Gavin] has to go through a five day acclimation period. He can only wear shorts, go through meetings. He can wear shorts, but he canít practice."

> With so many guys out on the defensive line, freshman Micanor Regis of Pahokee High says he's been getting so many reps at right defensive tackle he's lost count. Shannon said Regis is "showing flashes of of being the defensive tackle of what we [once] had. Heís young, got a motor. Sometimes heíll come off the ball looking like a typical freshman, but then heíll come off and cause havoc in the backfield. Weíre pleased with his progress and the way heís going right now."

Shannon said if the season were to start today, Regis would get upwards of 25 plays a game. Regis, who was already cut up in high school, said he's trimmed down from 320 to 317 and added more muscle. Shannon said his biggest obstacle is getting used to playing against guys his size. "In high school I was the strongest guy on the field, but now itís like there are 10 other guys just as strong as me," Regis said. "Now, instead of my strength I got to use my technique."

> Even though in the first week of practice several key players from a year ago haven't been practicing with the first team, I wouldn't read too much into it. Safety Randy Phillips is a perfect example. He's been practicing on the second and third team, providing leadership and instruction for the younger guys.

"Iím still not going with the first team. Just kind of practicing hard, working with younger guys and trying to get the younger safeties going," Phillips said. "If you got all the experienced guys going with each other then, you know, when I run with the younger guys I can tell them what to do, be the leader of whatever group Iím in. Iím just rotating every different day. Might go with the ones, the twos or the threes. Iím just floating around."

> I'm now convinced Laron Byrd is separating himself from the rest of the freshmen receivers as the most likely to make an immediate impact this season. Byrd said he caught two touchdown passes Thursday and has lost count of how many he's caught this spring. Thursday, he caught a long pass down the middle of the field on a pass from Jacory Harris during a two-minute drill, then hauled in another on a fade route in the corner of the end zone during short-yardage drills.

I asked Byrd point blank what he's doing to make Shannon, who has now mentioned him twice after practice, blush about him. "Iím just putting in the hard work and effort. Thatís all Iím doing. Every day Iím coming out to play. Iím just focusing on doing my job. We got to think hard, knowing your role and I know my role. I know what it takes to come in and play hard. If heís impressed, thatís good. But Iím just trying to do what I can to help the team."

Although I'm going to save my interview with receivers coach Aubrey Hill for tomorrow, Hill had nothing but great things to say about Byrd. ""He's a very smart player. He's a big kid who can run. In our meeting room he's smart too. He always has his playbook open. It's not like it's all new to him, a new language. He knows what he's doing."

Receivers coach Aubrey Hill says he's impressed with his young group.

Here's what Hill had to say about each of them:

* Laron Byrd: "He's a very smart, conscientious player, is a big kid who can run. He's been showing a lot of great effort. In our meeting room he's a smart kid, has his playbook open. It's not like it's all new to him, a new language."

* Travis Benjamin: "He's an exceptionally fast kid, a big play guy. He's another bright kid, is a big play waiting to happen. He's been doing very well."

* Thearon Collier: "Pimp [Collier's nickname] is an inside receiver for us and has been doing very well. He's catching the ball. He's a little bolt of lightning. He can get in and out of spaces really quickly."

* Davon Johnson: "DJ's a very fast kid. He's been banged up a little bit, is doing well now. He's doing a great job for us."

* Aldarius Johnson: "AD, we know he's a freshman, but he's a returning guy from the spring. He's kind of picked up from where he left off."

* Tommy Streeter: "He's a big, tall kid who can run. He's doing well for us catching the ball."

* Kendall Thomkins: "Superman [Thompkins' nickname] is doing a great job for us catching passes. He's lightning quick also."

-Freshman Ramon Buchanan, who played linebacker in high school, said he came to UM with intentions of moving to safety. He has split time between free and strong safety. "It's a little bit different," Buchanan said. "Safety, you've got to watch everything. Linebacker, you have to watch like a triangle, just the backfield."

-Freshman kicker Jake Wieclaw said he benefited from Wednesday's practice at Dolphin Stadium. The kickers were allowed to get a feel for the playing on the baseball infields. Even though Matt Bosher appears the front runner for the job, Wieclaw said he's still in the hunt. "I don't feel like I'm behind," Wieclaw said. "I feel like all of us kickers are where we need to be. It's just a matter of who handles pressure better."

-Today's Marve Moment: After practice, he shared a cool-down tub with Travis Benjamin and Shawnbrey McNeal.

-Today's Jacory Jib Jab: While he and Damien Berry were sitting on mini-cart after practice, the carted lifted almost causing both to fall. Jacory's response: "I guess I am gaining weight."
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 10 years ago '05        #3729
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 10 years ago '04        #3730
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Going into his senior year, Lovon Ponder is the most confident he has been during his UM career.

Ponder no longer has to play behind players like Kenny Phillips and Brandon Meriweather and the starting position is almost his to lose.

"I am much more confident this year," Ponder said. "The last couple of years here I was playing behind Kenny Phillips and Brandon Meriweather--guys who were first round picks in the NFL. You kind of understand you are going to be a backup--but you want to be the best backup--because you know those two guys are going to play well."

This year Ponder is battling with seniors Randy Phillips and Anthony Redd*ck for the starting position. Phillips was moved from cornerback to safety during last season and Redd*ck is coming off an ACL tear that caused him to miss the season.

Ponder has more starting experience at safety than any player on the roster. He started 12 games during his UM career. His best season came during his sophomore year when he started nine games and made 53 tackles and on interception.

"Guys are competitive and the best man wins, but we also compliment each other really well," Ponder said. "Guys are prepared now and we are ready to go."

Throughout his career Ponder has dealt with nagging injuries. This offseason Ponder says he did a lot of preventative work to avoid injuries. This summer Ponder went through a full summer of workouts and he is stronger than he has ever been, raising his bench press to 315 pounds and his squat to 400 pounds.

"This offseason I was doing some proactive things with rehabbing," Ponder said. "I have some things that weren't hurting, but I knew they could possibly get hurt during the season, so I was strengthening those things."

"I was much swifter and much smoother out there in seven-on-sevens flying around. I was able to run with guys and make a big impact out there."

During his playing career Ponder has played with corners like Antrel Rolle, Kelly Jennings, and Marcus Maxey. He says he sees signs of DeMarcus Van Dye being a similar type of shutdown corner.

PONDER ON DEMARCUS VAN DKE

"He has tremendous makeup speed. We were out at seven-on-sevens one day and he got beat off the line by Kayne Farquharson and he just ran him down and ran the ball down and made the pass break up. I just stopped what I was doing and looked at him. He was flying to get back there. He can be one of the best cornerbacks in college football."

"I remember talking to him last year when he first came in and he was real nervous. He would always ask me about how fall camp is and how the defense is and how the receivers in college are. Now he is a guy who is ready for anything and he is just like I am ready to play."

 10 years ago '04        #3731
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Freshman wide receiver LaRon Byrd caught two touchdowns during today's practice and continues to be one of Miami's most productive receivers through the early part of fall camp.

Today's touchdowns came during the two-minute drill and during red-zone drills, in which he caught a fade route for a touchdown.

Byrd (6-4, 211) has been mentioned twice by Head Coach Randy Shannon--who doesn't like to single any player out--following practices he has performed well.

"I am just putting in hard work and effort," Byrd said. "Everyday I put on the pads and I am just doing my job. I have to think hard and know my role and I know my role is to play hard, so I am playing as hard as I can. If [Coach Shannon] is impressed that is good, but I am just doing what I can to help the team."

Byrd's blend of size and speed along with his advance understanding of the wide receiver position are reason's he has been able to make an early impact during fall practices.

[He is mature] not only on the field, but in the meeting room," wide receiver coach Aubrey Hill said. "He is a smart kid, he has his playbook open and asking questions. It is not like it is brand new to him it is not like it is a new language like it is with most freshmen. He is very physical and he has a presence about him."

Though he is only a freshman, Byrd may be the number one receiver option Miami has been searching for the past few seasons. He has shown the capability to be a strong vertical target with his speed and a good red-zone target with his size and leaping ability.

While Byrd has outperformed the expectations most had for him coming in as a freshman this year, he still feels like he has a lot of work to do before the season begins.

"I feel like I am doing alright, but there is always room for improvement," Byrd said. "Each day I try to come out here and correct the mistakes I made yesterday. I have been up in the film room everyday, so I look at the minor things I do wrong and I try to correct them everyday. I have a lot of work to do before I become a starting college receiver though."

"I need to clean up everything, from looking the defensive back off to running precise routes to flattening my routes off, and my footwork. Everything it takes to be a starting receiver, I need to work on that."

As a senior at Hahnville High School last year Byrd caught 50 passes for 630 yards and 13 touchdowns.

The toughest adjustment for Byrd during the first week of fall camp? Getting physical with the stronger college level cornerbacks.

"In high school, you might being playing against nobodys," Byrd said. "In college, it is all division one prospects, so it is real hard running your route pattern. You might have a 6-feet-3 corner jamming you, so with the physical part, you definitely have to step that up and then have the mentality and be smart. You have to be smart about the coverages. You don't want to run in the flat against a Cover Two because then the middle linebacker will knock your head off."

Byrd doesn't know how many touchdowns he has scored since fall camp began, but he cracks a smile when he talks about how many touchdowns he wants to score per practice.

"I don't know, I haven't kept count, but my goal is to try and score at least five a day,"
he said.

 10 years ago '04        #3732
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The team practiced in full pads Thursday morning and will resume practice in the afternoon for their first two-a-day. Another freshman stepped up and had a solid day scoring touchdowns.

SHANNON QUOTES

"Today was a physical practice. We had some goal-line and some short yardage. It was real physical. It was a good opportunity for a lot of guys to get some reps. It was pretty good, we balanced it off with offense on one half and defense on one half, which is a starting point of what we want to get done."

NEWS & NOTES

? DT Antonio Dixon is still in the hospital and will be released in the afternoon. He is still awaiting more test results. Complete report on Dixon

? Freshman LaRon Byrd scored two touchdowns in practice--one during a two-minute drill and the other was a fade route during redzone drills. Byrd continues to impress in the first week of practice. He did confirm that his name is spelled "LaRon" as opposed to "Laron", which is in the media guide. More on Byrd

? Freshman Gavin Hardin was cleared by the NCAA on Wednesday and was on a plane to Miami in the morning and was not at practice. He could be at practice in the afternoon, but will have to go through a five-day acclamation period before he can fully participate in practice.

? Freshman DT Marcus Forston did not practice because he lost too much weight from practice. Players constantly weigh in after practice to have their weight monitored. Some players have to sit out of practice if they have lost too much weight from the day before.

? Freshman LB Arthur Brown did not practice due to a minor injury and will miss the afternoon practice, but is expected to participate in Saturday's scrimmage following a day off on Friday.

? Freshman DT Micanor Regis would play if the game was today according to Shannon and he is getting a lot of reps this fall. He is playing right defensive tackle on the first and second units. Shannon would like him to play 25 plays this year. "We are kind of excited about him," Shannon said.

? Freshman Ramon Buchanan said he wanted to play safety as opposed to linebacker and is coming along well. He had two interceptions in Wednesday's practice giving him four this fall.

? Shannon said he will address how the quarterbacks are doing during the team scrimmages. The first scrimmage is Saturday, Aug. 9.

? S Anthony Redd*ck (knee) and LB Romeo Davis (knee) did not practice as a precaution. Both players are being guarded this fall as they recover from ACL injuries causing them to miss the 2007 season.

? Starting DEs Eric Moncur and Allen Bailey remain out with injuries.

? Practice resumes Thursday afternoon and the team has a day off on Friday.

 10 years ago '04        #3733
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The Hurricanes practiced Thursday afternoon to complete their first two-a-day of fall practices. The first major injury of the fall occurred as junior guard Chris Barney will be out four to six weeks.

SHANNON QUOTES

Shannon on Barney: "He'll be out probably four to six weeks," coach Randy Shannon said. "That happens in camp. It aint a blow, we got (Joel) Figueroa, Orlando (Franklin), Harland Gunn, and A.J. Trump so we still have four guys. You've got to move on."

NEWS & NOTES

? OL Chris Barney suffered an undisclosed injury on Thursday and will be out 4-6 weeks according to Shannon. Barney was the first-team left guard in the first week of practices. More on Barney

? DT Antonio Dixon has been released from the hospital and attended practice, but watched from the sidelines. He is expected to participate in Saturday's scrimmage.

? Freshman Gavin Hardin was at practice, but will not be able to fully participate in contact drills until August 15.

? Freshman safety C.J. Holton completed his fourth day of the acclamation period, which required players to have five days before fully participating. He will be able to go through contact drills on August 11.

? There were four NFL scouts at practice in the morning. Representatives were there to watch "6-7 seniors" according to a source. CB Bruce Johnson is the senior generating the majority of the buzz. WR Kayne Farquharson also has some eyes on him. Scouts from the New England Patriots, Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings, and Jacksonville Jaguars were at practice. There have been 2-3 scouts at each practice this fall.

? Freshman LB Arthur Brown was held out, but is still expected to participate in Saturday's scrimmage.

? Freshman DT Marcus Forston missed the morning practice due to a weight loss and did not practice in the afternoon either. He is expected to practice on Saturday.

? Freshman QB Taylor Cook worked out at punter following practice. Cook was an all-State punter out of Eagle Lake, Texas last season averaging 42.3 yards per punt.

? Saturday's evening scrimmage will consist of 80-90 plays and will be closed. The scrimmage is at night because Miami's first three games are at night.

? The team will have a day off on Friday before a Saturday night scrimmage.

 10 years ago '04        #3734
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Junior offensive lineman Chris Barney suffered an undisclosed injury on Thursday.

Barney was the first-team left guard this fall.

"He'll be out probably four to six weeks," coach Randy Shannon said. "That happens in camp. It aint a blow, we got (Joel) Figueroa, Orlando (Franklin), Harland Gunn, and A.J. Trump so we still have four guys. You've got to move on."

Barney, 6-5, 345, dropped 15 pounds from last season after not playing as a sophomore.

"It's bad for him because he was been coming along, he dropped a lot of weight, and he's been doing great in practice," Shannon said.

Last season, Barney did not play in any games as he was relegated to scout team duties.

"Last year I was blaming everything on everybody else except myself," Barney said. "I sat down with the coaches and I finally realized it wasn't anybody's fault by my own. I was not doing what I needed to do, so I stepped my game up."

Barney played in six games--making one start--as a redshirt freshman in 2006.

The earliest Barney would be able to play would be September 4, two days prior to the Hurricanes second game of the season.

 10 years ago '04        #3735
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Senior defensive tackle Antonio Dixon left Wednesday's practice on an ambulance after hyperventilating and stayed overnight at Doctors Hospital.

"Dixon is fine," coach Randy Shannon said. "He stayed [in the hospital] over night for tests, but everything they checked out was great. It was nothing major with Dixon. It is one of those situations where it is hot down here at Miami and we are always going to have precautions with everything we do. We put the safety of the kid first and everything else second."

Shannon and some of the players went to the hospital to visit Dixon and he was joking around with them and talked to them about eating fried chicken.

"We just have to be careful with big guys like that," Shannon said. "You always have those situations happen, but you bounce back, keep rolling, and he'll be ready to practice."

Dixon, 6-foot-3 and 322 pounds, said on media day he felt he was in the best shape he has ever been in.

"He was in great shape," Shannon said. "It is one of them deals where Dixon was hyperventilating. He was excited in practice doing the drill and his adrenaline got going. He got short of wind, short of breath, and he was fine."

Shannon said his body temperature was not above and beyond what was normal and said Dixon "will probably be back this afternoon" to practice.

Shannon originally said after Wednesday's practice that he had dehydrated.

"No (he did not dehydrate), but you always have to be careful when a guys does that," Shannon said Thursday. "Dixon is a guy that gets excited and when he hyperventilates, he hyperventilates and he does it all the time."

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that sucks about barney, but at least big orlando franklin can step in now

 10 years ago '04        #3737
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Some recuiting news i came across

* Brandon McGee, who was at UM's first practice last Saturday, has things narrowed down to four schools and UM is one of them. The Canes are in excellent shape here, especially considering their need for corners in this class. His press conference is scheduled for next Monday, when he'll announce his decision.

* Lamar Miller is still in the picture. While the Canes already have two running back commitments, Miller still has an offer from the Canes and this is still his dream school. It'll be interesting to see how this plays out but don't scratch Miller off the list just yet -- something a lot of UM fans did prematurely a couple weeks ago.

* Andre Debose spoke to one of the guys who covers LSU recruiting for Scout last night and indicated that his top 2 are LSU and Miami. Debose and two of his teammates (defensive end Dyron Dye and safety Ray Ray Armstrong) visited Miami recently and the Canes look to be in very good shape moving forward.

* Orson Charles had a very good visit to Miami last weekend. He's getting ready to narrow his list down some and you can be sure the Canes will make the initial cut. I think UM is still in excellent shape for him.

* In case things don't work out with Charles or in case the coaches decide to take two more tight ends, other prospects are still out there. Utah's Richard Wilson and Michigan's Dion Sims have both indicated recently that they plan on taking official visits to UM later in the year.

* Xavier Nixon, the top-rated offensive tackle prospect in America according to Scout, recently indicated that he knows who will get 3 of his official visits -- Miami, Florida, and LSU. While several schools are competing for his final 2 spots, Nixon expects to have a final 5 by the end of August. His desire to play early and the Canes lack of depth at the tackle position after the 2008 season should really help Miami's chances of landing the 5-star tackle.

* Jon Bostic's comments about Miami in an interview with Scout.com earlier this week don't sound too encouraging for the Canes. The UM coaches are likely working this one hard but there are other options -- Jarvis Jones, the top-rated recruit in the state of Georgia, plans on taking an official visit here, and Jelani Jenkins, the top recruit in Maryland, plans on taking an unofficial visit here soon.

* Jamal Reid was scheduled to visit UM a few weeks ago but he was unable to make it. Don't think that'll hurt UM's chances, as Miami is his dream school and he's indicated to me in the past that if he decides to play defense in college, he'll likely become a Hurricane.

* Kayvon Webster recently indicated that he might have a decision made before the start of his senior season. The Canes have offered the talented cornerback prospect and I'd be surprised if he ended up elsewhere.

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 P. Dedos said
^ good shyt... so i guess that shannon only can recruit in south florida can be thrown out the window now

debose :wow: no UF or FSU ? wowzers

by the way lamar miller was at the morning practice today... he talked to shannon, barrow, and other players
Actually UF seems to have cooled on Debose a little bit

ďI havenít really heard from Florida in a while,Ē Debose said. ďI am not worried about it though, because I have other schools that are really getting my attention.Ē
And I know we`ve been stopped calling his garbage a.ss, so I guess it`ll be out of ya`ll and LSU...

 10 years ago '04        #3739
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- It went by fast, but Miami cornerback Bruce Johnson is entering his final season at UM this year.

Johnson is UM's most experienced returning cornerback and he is expected to be a solid starter this season and be a lockdown man-to-man defender this year.

Johnson started eight games last season and recorded the only interception of his career. He has started 12 games over his career at UM.

How excited are you for the upcoming season?

"I am real excited to see us prove ourselves this year. We have been working real hard on offense, defense and special teams. I think we are gelling together right now and I feel that if we keep it going, the sky is the limit for us this coming year."

What do you think is the biggest thing that is different about you this year?

"I know last year coming in I had a lot of confidence, but now my confidence is sky high. I feel that now my confidence is high and I am keeping energy up for my teammates during seven-on-seven or during workouts. If all of us can feed off each other and keep the intensity and energy going, then it is going to be scary what we can do this season."

"This is my last year and I know the ins and outs of what I need to do and now that I know everything, I can just play free out there. I can use my talent with the new scheme we have and trust in the scheme. I feel that I can have somebody to count on now because I get confidence from my teammates now."

Has it hit you yet that this will be your last season here?

"It has entered my mind, just reminiscing on what it was like when I first got here. It flew by quick, but I can't go back in the past and I just have to control right now and that is to help this team and help us be as successful as we can."

How much have you matured while being here since your freshman year?

"I feel like I have matured a lot since my freshman year coming in. That is something all freshmen go through. We have to mature and grow up as men. I think being around these coaches helps us a lot with maturing and knowing what is wrong and what is right as men. Being around this atmosphere is helping me mature as a person."

What do you feel like is the strength of the defense?

"Our strength right now is that we are all connected together and we are a lot cooler with each other. That is a big part of playing well on the field. You can't have guys out there who don't communicate. That will mess everything up. We have a bunch of guys who are cool with each other and if we get on each other, it is to help you out, so we can be better together."

How much has Demarcus Van Dke improved since last year?

"He could start for any school I think. Demarcus is real smart and he has real good ball skills. He has the potential to do great things around here. I really feel good about him this season."

"He is getting experience and a year older now. He is calmed down and has got the freshman jitters out. With taking everything in and learning the new system, he is doing fine and I think he will be a real big help to our team coming up."

What did you see from Brandon Harris this summer?

"I saw a lot of hard work when we were running. In the weight room he was always enthusiastic and up-beat. When we go out there for seven-on-seven he is always right there with us older guys trying to learn something from us. That is what freshmen need to do is just come here and try and learn as much as possible right away. He has done a great job of doing that."

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Usually by this time of fall camp, it's already apparent who the starting wide receivers will be in the first game of the season.

But so many wide receivers have produced on different days during the first week of fall camp that the wide receiver position battle is still wide open.

Wide receiver coach Aubrey Hill says at this point he doesn't have a receiver who has separated from the pack as being the number one guy. Right now he has a solid group of players who each contribute on different days.

"As of right now it is like a receiver group by committee," wide receivers coach Aubrey Hill said. "At the same time, as coaches we always have to adjust. We will sit down and if a guy is really starting to separate himself, then he might be our go-to guy. As of right now we are going to have a receiver group by committee and try to find those guys that can run specific routes and make plays for us."

With the influx of freshmen Miami brought in with their 2008 recruiting class, UM has the most depth at wide receiver in quite some time.

Miami brought in seven wide receivers in the latest recruiting class. With the group of freshmen combined with the five receivers already on the roster, the wide receiver unit is one of the deepest on the team.

Head Coach Randy Shannon expects four players to receive playing time at wide receiver this year and receivers coach Aubrey Hill says the freshmen have been key during fall camp because of the competition they bring to the unit.

"They really have helped this group, just with bringing the speed and bringing the athleticism and a hunger to the group," Hill said. "Those are things that really have helped us get better with so many guys pushing the older guys."

Veteran receivers Sam Shields, Kayne Farquharson, Jermaine McKenzie, Leonard Hankerson, and Khalil Jones are definitely more seasoned at this point in fall camp compared to the freshmen, but Coach Hill is quick to say no starting position has been decided.

"Nobody has got a position. Nobody has a job just sewn up. Everybody has to come out and practice better and then we will evaluate it after the scrimmages as a coaching staff. All freshmen have been pushing the older guys because everyday there is a new freshman making a big play."

"Those guys have been very good as far as having leadership and showing the freshmen what to do. They give them a little taste of what I am going to be like and how I get after them pretty good. They made sure to forewarn them to make sure you run to every drill and get in your playbook."


THE FRESHMEN

Freshmen LaRon Byrd and Travis Benjamin are the two receivers who have garnered the most buzz during the first week of fall camp and been scoring the most touchdowns of any of the receivers in the group.

Byrd (6-4, 215) is a receiver who is a strong vertical threat because of his size and straight-line speed. He is a big target downfield that will go up and f!ght for balls while they are in the air. Hill says he is impressed with Byrd's maturity as a freshman.

"[He is mature] not only on the field, but in the meeting room," Hill said. "He is a smart kid, he has his playbook open and asking questions. It is not like it is brand new to him it is not like it is a new language like it is with most freshmen. He is very physical and he has a presence about him. You know he is in the game and he is going full speed."

Benjamin (5-10, 165) has been a playmaker this fall camp because of his elite speed. He claims to have been timed at a 4.26 in the 40 this summer by strength coach Andreu Swasey. Benjamin has proved to be a deep threat down the field and a receiver who can take a quick pass and make defenders miss.

"He is clearly one of the fastes [receivers I have coached]," Hill said. "I haven't put a clock on him as far as that goes, but he can run as fast as he needs to. For example: if there is a 4.4 or 4.3 defensive back chasing him down, he will run as fast as he needs to so that he can score. He is very electrifying."

Coach Hill talked briefly about some of the other freshmen receivers and how what type of skills they have shown him early in fall camp.

"I have seen Davon make some touchdown passes, Kendal, also Thearon is making touchdown catches, and even Streeter," Hill said. "We are getting them a lot of reps and we have been doing a phenomenal job as far as getting these guys reps."

Davon Johnson: "D.J. is a very fast kid. He has been banged up a little bit, but he is good now."

Aldarius Johnson: "To me, you know he is a freshman, but he is a returning guy from the spring and he has picked off from where he left off."

Tommy Streeter: "Big, tall kid who can run. He has been doing a good job catching the ball and everything."

Kendal Thompkins: "He has been doing a great job catching passes for us and he is lighting quick also."

 10 years ago '04        #3741
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Scrimmage recap

Although we the media only got to see eight plays of Saturday night's opening scrimmage of the fall (rapper Luther Campbell and about 300 other guests got to see it all), Randy Shannon and his players shared some of the highlights from it with us after it was over (CLICK HERE FOR THE AUDIO).

> Shannon said the team had a situational scrimmage focusing on the two-minute drill and said he rested a lot of his veteran guys. "We treated it like it was a preseason game," Shannon said.

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"The quarterbacks looked good," Shannon said. "They didn't turn the ball over. So, that was good. When you don't turn the ball over you have an opportunity to win the game. Those guys did a good job with that and we're excited about that."

Offensive tackle Jason Fox said the quarterbacks didn't show any timidness. "They've always seemed comfortable since camp started," Fox said. "I haven't seen any timidness. They don't act scared at all."

Fox said there were several presnap penalties, though, in the red zone that k!lled offensive drives.

"We had I think two jumps before the snaps and a couple of other penalties, where we had receivers lined up on the line or tight ends, I don't know the exact call, but they pushed us pack," receiver Kayne Farquharson said.

> Shannon said running backs Javarris James and Graig Cooper didn't participate in more than 5 to 10 plays, giving senior Derron Thomas most of the work.

"Derron Thomas did a lot of good things tonight. He ran the ball well, caught the ball well, protected well, he's the guy that stood up in the run game," Shannon said.

> The offense scored two touchdowns and made two of three field goal attempts according to coaches and players. Shannon praised the play of the tight ends, estimating that they made about five catches.


> 467241mFreshman receiver Davon Johnson had the highlight of the night, going skyward and pulling in a touchdown pass over two defenders on about a 20-yard pass by Robert Marve. "My job was to block the safety and get about two steps in front of him and about two steps up the field," Johnson explained of his touchdown catch. "Robert Marve threw the ball and then I made a big play. It was like a jump ball and I took it off one of the defenders heads and took two steps into the end zone."

> Chris Zellner scored the other touchdown on a short pass from Jacory Harris.

> Shannon said the receivers "caught the ball well pretty decent, not well." And he estimated about two drops including a big play in which tight end Richard Gordon was stripped of the ball by safety Ryan Hill. Gordon supposedly made up for it with a nice 15-20-yard catch down field. "It was unbelievable," Shannon said.


> Defensively, the Canes didn't create any turnovers, but Shannon said there were about four sacks. Players told us redshirt freshman Adewale Ojomo (READ HIS STORY) had two of them. Freshman defensive tackle Micanor Regis and sophomore Joe Joseph also supposedly had a sack.

Fox said the offensive line did a good job but that "we need to focus on picking up run blitzes better." He said Orlando Franklin replaced the injured Chris Barney with the first team. "But I know A.J. Trump got some reps there in the too," Fox said. "They were trying some guys at new positions. Matt Pipho even played some left tackle today. And he did real well from what I've seen. Coach Stoutland is just trying to get a feel for everybody is at."

> Shannon told reporters defensive tackles Marcus Forston and Antonio Dixon and safety Anthony Redd*ck will be back at practice Monday. "The other guys are still rehabbing and stuff like that," Shannon said, likely referring to defensive ends Eric Moncur and Allen Bailey. "When they come back they won't be full go. Eric will probably do some things Monday, but he won't be all the way to toe. He'll be eased back into it."

> Kicker Matt Bosher said he connected on a field goal within 35 yards and attempted and missed a 54-yard field goal. Walkon Alex Uribe also connected on a 38-yard field goal. Jake Wieclaw made an extra point.

"I just kept it out a little bit left and it didn't come back in for me," Bosher said of the miss.

> Cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke said he thought he had a good day with a few tackles and a pass breakup. He talked about Hill's strip on Gordon and a tackle made by Carlos Armour on Daniel Adderley. "I think our secondary is getting real physical," DVD said of the DBs.

DeMarcus said he was with the ones and twos along with Bruce Johnson, Chavez Grant and Brandon Harris. The safeties were Randy Phillips, Joseph Nicholas, Ryan Hill and Lovon Ponder.

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The Hurricanes held the first of three night situational scrimmages Saturday at Cobb Field, where all three quarterbacks saw work.

Coach Randy Shannon wouldn't talk specifically about his quarterbacks, other than to say they all did well, and he was happy there weren't any turnovers. He did praise his running backs and singled out senior Derron Thomas.

''We got a lot of work done and ran some two-minute drills,'' Shannon said. ``The running backs did a good job. . . . Derron Thomas did a lot of good things. He ran the ball well. He caught the ball well and protected well. He's the guy who stood up in the running game.''

Shannon also was pleased in the work from his receivers, especially tight end Richard Gordon.

UM scored at least two or three times, according to Shannon.

Shannon also said UM's defense came up with four sacks, adding he rested ``a lot of veteran guys. We played them early and then rested and treated them like it was a preseason game.

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Growing up in a home with 12 brothers and sisters, University of Miami offensive lineman A.J. Trump learned early in life about making the most of his opportunities -- especially when it came to grabbing stuff out of the fridge.

''I got beat up a lot by my older brothers,'' said Trump, the middle child of a group of eight brothers and four sisters. ``And most of the f!ghts were over food. It was survival. It kind of got me ready for college.''

Trump, who has spent the better part of his first three years at Miami idled by a knee injury, might finally be ready to f!ght for the Canes.

Even before fellow redshirt junior Chris Barney sustained a serious injury Thursday that is expected to keep him out at least two to three months, Trump was figuring into offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland's plans.

Since camp began Aug. 2, Trump, who is 6-3 and 300 pounds, has been receiving snaps with the first and second teams at all three linemen spots.

''I call him The Trump Card,'' said Stoutland, whose offensive line is considered to be the strength of Miami's team this season. ``He's very important to what we're trying to do. He's going to play during the season. He's proven he can be on the field.''

Trump came to Miami -- after choosing the Canes over Notre Dame and Florida -- with high expectations.

An all-state selection at Clearwater Central Catholic, Trump started at tackle on offense (grading out at 91 percent) and defense (81 tackles and 10 sacks), and he even played fullback and middle linebacker during his senior year after UM teammate Colin McCarthy sustained an injury.

He was selected to play in the CaliFlorida Bowl All-Star game and was tabbed by Rivals.com as the nation's eighth-best guard.

A SLOW START

But he has been unable to get his career at Miami going. After playing well on the scout team in 2005, Trump moved into the backup role at center and guard and played in five games -- primarily mop-up duty -- in 2006.

He was inching closer to the starting lineup near the end of the 2006 season, when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Trump tried to come back last year, but admits, ''I think I tried to come back a little early and it wound up setting me back.'' But now, he said, ``I feel like a freshman again.''

''Some people kind of forgot about him,'' said left tackle Jason Fox, who along with centers Xavier Shannon and Matt Pipho are the closest guys on the team to Trump.

``A.J. is a really big competitor. He cares a lot and he's a really good athlete, too. And you can tell he's really versatile because he can change from all those positions without skipping a beat. It's fun to have him back.''

Stoutland said Trump also can be a lot of fun to deal with off the field. Stoutland said he has been challenged by Trump during team study sessions in the film room, but ''not in a disrespectful way.'' Stoutland said he wouldn't be surprised if Trump ends up coaching after college.

''When he's learning concepts, he'll challenge me at times. But I like it,'' Stoutland said. ``His best attribute is that he's so smart. He's in the right position all the time. His presnap reads are amazing.''

That can be good -- and bad. Fox said Trump gets so involved in studying presnap reads, he turns into a facilitator on the field. Usually, Stoutland said, that is when he has to step in and tell him to relax.

''He cares so much, sometimes he goes overboard,'' Fox said. ``Sometimes, you got to make calls out there and sometimes Coach Stoutland gets on him for calling too much stuff, describing the play at the line instead of making a few basic calls. But it's good too because you know how much he loves the game and that he's excited to go.''

It might take a while to figure out where Trump ends up this season.

In practice, he has been working mostly at right guard behind sophomore Joel Figueroa.

But Trump said he is still taking a few snaps behind Orlando Franklin at left guard, and even a few behind Shannon at center.

STAYING FRESH

Stoutland, who likes rotating players to keep them fresh, said the plan is to plug Trump in wherever he can to spell others.

''The thing about a lot of guys is that they have trouble switching stances,'' Trump said. ``I'm a natural lefty, so the left guard is easy. Right guard, I'm learning right now. I'd love to compete at center, but if my role is to play both guard and make sure Orlando and Fig get enough rest, that's what I'll do.''

Last year, UM had Chris Rutledge rotating at left and right tackle behind starters Fox and Reggie Youngblood. Trump could do the same at guard. It is a philosophy Stoutland, in his second year, said is necessary for longevity and success.

''[Having a rotation] helps guys get to the end of the season without bald tires,'' Stoutland said. ``Down here, the humidity takes a lot out of you. You need guys who can go in for a few series and help guys stay fresh. But we can't do it if there's a dropoff. A.J. doesn't give us a dropoff at all.''

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University of Miami coach Randy Shannon a.ssured reporters this week he would let them know when Allen Bailey and Eric Moncur, the team's projected starting defensive ends, are healthy enough to return.

But one way to tell might be to look at how dirty, sweaty and tired redshirt freshman Adewale Ojomo is after practice. The 6-3, 250-pound defensive end from Hialeah High has been sharing what has become a heavy workload at end with a small group of first- and second-year players since fall practice began a week ago.

And if Moncur or Bailey are not back by the Aug. 28 season opener, that load should get even heavier.

''We need Allen Bailey,'' said Ojomo, who was slated to start the season behind Moncur at right end. "Right now, we're going out there, taking a lot of reps. We need him to come in to take some of the reps so we can rest a little bit and last the season. Eric is a big leader on the D-line in general. If he's not healthy, we'll go without him. But we really could use him.''

LIMITED AVAILABILITY

With Courtney Harris out for the season, Moncur and Bailey limited to conditioning drills and incoming freshman Gavin Hardin unable to begin practice until next week, Ojomo, sophomore Steven Wesley and true freshmen Andrew Smith and Marcus Robinson are the only available ends for Saturday night's scrimmage.

Shannon, though, said the shortage at end has been good for his young players.

''If he's seeing the same things 1,000 times, all he can do is get better,'' Shannon said.

Consider Ojomo the guy UM's staff hopes to see the most growth from. Last year, while Miami's defensive line struggled to create much of a pass rush or stop the run, Ojomo earned top defensive honors on the scout team.

UM offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland said Ojomo was ''relentless coming off the edge'' in practices.

''Ask Jason Fox, and he'll tell you how much Ojomo made him a lot better,'' Stoutland said.

It looked as if it might take Ojomo, the cousin of Dolphins linebacker Akin Ayodele, some time to put on the weight needed to play in college. On National Signing Day, Ojomo wore a suit and tie and looked more like a receiver, at 212 pounds, than a defensive end. But by the time he arrived on UM's campus a few months later, he was up to 234 pounds. In the past year, Ojomo said, he has added 16 pounds of muscle.

''Adewale is a very serious demeanor kid,'' UM defensive line coach Clint Hurtt said. ``He doesn't joke around. He doesn't play a lot. Sometimes, he's such a serious guy he may turn off certain people. He's a lot more mountain man -- to himself, elusive. Adewale has an edge about him. As a coach, I appreciate that because sometimes you need guys like that. He's not afraid to tell his teammates to step up their game.''

VERSATILE ATHLETE

Former Hialeah coach Steve Smith, now at Miami k!llian High, said Ojomo was the same in high school and liked to set examples with his athleticism. Ojomo, whose father is Nigerian, grew up in Miami Gardens with his mother and said he began playing football at age 9. At Hialeah High, Ojomo started at small forward on the basketball team and played defensive end, linebacker and tight end for Smith.

Hurtt, who compared Ojomo to former Hurricane Jamaal Green, said the only area Ojomo needs to improve ''is his feet.'' Hurtt said he would like a rotation of five players at defensive end, but he expects Ojomo to ``come in and be a key contributor.''

''He's a high-motor kid,'' Hurtt said. ``He's gotten a lot better rushing the passer. He was already a very strong kid coming in the door in the run game. He's got great explosion, great hands. . . . All those offensive linemen keep coming up, talking about him.''

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami held their first scrimmage of fall practices today. Read on to find out more.

SHANNON OPENING STATEMENT

"We had a situational scrimmage today. It was pretty good and we got a lot of work done. We had some two minute drills. The running backs did a good job of running the ball. We didn't play Javarris and Cooper that much at all. We probably played them five or ten plays, so it wasn't that much work."

NEWS & NOTES

? Davon Johnson made the play of the scrimmage with a 20-40 yard touchdown reception from Robert Marve in which he fought for a ball while it was in the air with a defensive back and was able to come down with it in the end-zone.

"It was a jump ball and I took it off the top of one of the defender's head and I took about two steps into the end-zone," Johnson said.

Johnson could receive a significant amount of playing time as a freshman this season because of his speed.

"My speed is still working for me [on the college level]," Johnson said. "If you are fast, then you are always fast. I am not the biggest guy and I am not the strongest guy, but a lot of defensive backs will respect you if you have speed."

? Tight end Chris Zellner scored the other touchdown of the night for the offense in the red-zone.

? Shannon said the quarterbacks performed well in the scrimmage because they did not commit any turnovers. "They looked pretty good. They didn't turn the ball over, so that was good. When you don't turn the ball over, you have an opportunity to win games. If we don't turn the ball over and we cut down on the penalties, then we will be fine."

? Running back Derron Thomas did not score any touchdowns, but he broke "a couple of long runs," he said.

"Derron Thomas did a good job today," Head Coach Randy Shannon said. "He ran the ball well, caught the ball well, and protected the ball well. He is a guy who stood out in the running game."

Thomas, a senior, is going through the final fall camp of his UM career. "I am just glad to be here and everything is going good," Thomas said. I am working hard and just running behind the O-line and taking the holes they give me."

? Safety Ryan Hill stripped tight end Richard Gordon on a potential big play, but Shannon says he was more impressed by the way Gordon regrouped after the blunder. "Richard Gordon had an opportunity to make a big play and Ryan Hill got the ball out, but then [Gordon] came back and caught a nice 15-20 yard pass down the field and it was unbelievable.

"The tight ends caught about five passes tonight and did a nice job running without the ball."

? Matt Bosher made two field goals within 40 yards during the scrimmage. He attempted a 54-yard field goal, but did not convert.

? Defensive tackle Micanor Regis had two sacks during the scrimmage, defensive end Adewale Ojomo had a sack, and defensive end Marcus Robinson had multiple tackles for loss. DeMarcus Van Dke broke up one pass.

? Defensive tackles Antonio Dixon and Marcus Forston and safety Anthony Redd*ck are all expected to return and participate fully in practice Monday according to Shannon. Defensive ends Eric Moncur and Allen Bailey will be "eased back into it" on Monday, but won't participate fully. Defensive end Gavin Hardin was in his jersey and helmet, but he was not fully dressed.

? RB Jaamal Berry, LB Phil Walker, RB Jason Douglas, DB Artice Kellam, and 2010 S Gideon Ajagbe were among the recruits in attendance.

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Expectations are high for freshman cornerback Brandon Harris and slowly, but surely he's starting to make his mark in the secondary as he's already broken his way into the second unit.

In Saturday night's scrimmage, he said there were some nerves and jitters, but he got better as the scrimmage went on.

"It was a real good experience for me, my first scrimmage in college. I had a little bit of nerves at first, but I sort of filled into it as it went on. I will adjust from there and make some corrections for the next one," Harris said. "It's a lot different cause you know a scrimmage is more of a game mode. There are a lot of emotions flying. Nerves are flaring. It makes it that much harder."

He came up with a couple of pass break ups and gave up one completion in some tight coverage, but Harris said the secondary didn't come up with any turnovers Saturday night.

"It went good. It was exciting. We got a lot of work to do on both sides of the ball, but we got some good things accomplished that our coaches complimented us on about, but we still got some things to do and pick it up tomorrow," Harris said. "I feel like I performed well tonight, but I know I got to keep working, work on my technique, fill in better and play a little harder for the team."

"I had some pretty tight coverage on a couple of passes. I had one where it was caught on the sideline. A couple of others I was in pretty good position when the quarterback was trying to throw the ball."

Harris confirmed that he is currently on the second unit, but he's the first corner off the bench in what the 'Canes call the "Bandit" package which is a nickel formation.

"Right now I am on the second unit on defense, but I am on the first bandit package which is like nickel situations and things like that, playing the slot receiver," Harris said. "I am liking it. I am adjusting to it and feeling good about it right now."

However, Harris admits there is an adjustment period that people don't understand beyond the speed of the game.

"It's a bigger difference than a lot of people may think. The game speed is different and just learning the system, it's a more complicated system and you have to adjust to things more on the offense. In high school it was just line up and play. In college you have to know what's in front of you," Harris said.

On the Quarterbacks
Harris commented on the quarterback play as well as it's his job to read the eyes of the quarterbacks.

"They are all throwing the ball so well you don't know who is in the game. They are challenging well," Harris said.

On the freshmen class

"The freshmen are doing good, stepping in playing ball. Everyone wants to come in and contribute," Harris said.

On the playbook from high school to college

"It's a lot thicker. We put in a new stack everyday," Harris said.

On big plays Saturday

"Oh yeah, we had a couple of big catches, deep balls for touchdowns. I know Davon (Johnson) had a big catch for a touchdown. Laron Byrd had a great catch down the sideline, but it was out of bounds," Harris said.

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thats some bullsh*t... I dont like n*ggas that play games and let other people force they hands... how u drop a team and then let people tell u that thats where u need to be....
McGee said. "My uncle pressures me every day about going to Miami."

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 booker20 said
thats some bullsh*t... I dont like n*ggas that play games and let other people force they hands... how u drop a team and then let people tell u that thats where u need to be....
That's the worst part of recruiting, n*ggas can't be straight up about sh*t. Kids who play games are usually some hoes so I don't try to sweat it but it's still fu*ked up.

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ya its fu*ked up will take it tho :)


after the PJ fiasco last year nothing is in writing until the letter is SIGNED!

How TJ did us last year was much worse than PJ... but fu*k em all... we'll regroup

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The Hurricanes didn't have to go far for their newest commitment.

Lauderhill (FL) Plantation High School DB Brandon McGee announced moments ago that he will be attending the University of Miami.

After thanking his family members and coaches along with college coaches that recruited him, he made his announcement.

"It's the moment you've all been waiting for," McGee said. Then he put on a Hurricane hat. And his family members put on Cane hats as well.

McGee's decision was highly anticipated. And the drama built after he publicly said Aug. 2 that he had ruled out the Canes.

Turns out McGee was just having fun with everyone. He put the Canes back in the race shortly after ruling them out.

McGee says a big reason he chose UM is his relationship with coaches.

Jeff Stoutland was his primary recruiter.

"He just builds our relationship, asks how I'm doing," McGee said. "He talks a lot of football, and sometimes we shy away from the football and just talk about how life is going. A lot of recruiters, sometimes their main focus is football, and some do shy away from football and want to know how I'm doing. I like that: If football's the only thing a recruiter talks about, in my eyes I see that's why they really want me, don't really want me as a person."

McGee also built a relationship with head coach Randy Shannon.

"Coach Shannon, he was talking to me about their needs at the cornerback position," McGee said. "He was telling me everything about the past players at the University of Miami, talking more to get to know me instead of just about football. Coach Shannon's a real cool dude. I could tell just from talking to him that he actually cares for his players."

McGee lists over 30 scholarship offers. It's a testament to his tremendous ability.

"I've been around a lot of great kids, and this is one of the best I've ever coached," Plantation High coach Steve Davis said. "A lot of great schools recruited him."

Last year McGee played quarterback in seven games (he missed three due to injury) and had 1,100 passing yards with 13 touchdowns. He also rushed for 450 yards and three more scores. A 6-foot-0, 180-pounder who was timed at 4.38 seconds in the 40 at the Florida State summer camp, he expects to play defensive back at UM.

"My coach always jokes with me about playing like (West Virginia's) Pat White," McGee said. "We can run the spread offense, so he calls me Pat White."

McGee's family is certainly on board with his decision to attend Miami.

"My whole family loves Miami," McGee said. "My uncle pressures me every day about going to Miami."

McGee hopes to be able to graduate high school early in order to arrive at UM in January.

* McGee's first cousin, Cedric McGee, plays for Pittsburgh.

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