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 10 years ago '04        #3901
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami practiced in full pads on Tuesday in preparation for the Florida game this Saturday.

SHANNON OPENING STATEMENT

"We practiced for Florida and things went well today. The scout team did a great job of giving us looks. They flew around and had a lot of excitement today. They executed what we need to get done, but we are still not ready for the game right now."

NEWS & NOTES

? No matter how good his scout team performs this week in preparing the team for Florida, Shannon says there are some things about Florida which just can't be emulated.

"All you can do is get them in situations where you do the running plays and guys have to get in position to make a play," Shannon said. "You can't emulate a left-handed quarterback or their receivers. All you can do is emulate the routes. It is game time when guys will have to get used to the speed."

? Coach Randy Shannon said that he believes due to a new NCAA rule that the Florida-Miami game would have to be played this Saturday, or it wouldn't be played this year.

"The one thing about the NCAA is that no matter what, you are going to play the game," Shannon said. "They don't reschedule games anymore because of Hurricanes. You have to move the location and play or that is it and you move on to the next game."

? Scout team notables were as follows: QB Taylor Cook (emulating Tim Tebow), RB Damien Berry (Chris Rainey), RB Lee Chambers (Jeff Demps), RB Shawnbrey McNeal (Brandon Jacobs), and WR Jermaine McKenzie (Percy Harvin).

? Other players on scout team are: TE Daniel Adderley, OL Tyler Horn, DE Marcus Robinson, DE Gavin Hardin, DT Jeremy Lewis, LB Kylan Robinson, LB Jordan Futch, S Lovon Ponder, S Jared Campbell, S C.J. Holton, and S Ramon Buchanan.

? The defensive line features a number of young players, which senior safety Anthony Redd*ck has seen a difference in this year's unit than last year's. "Not more talent, but more determined to get the job done," Redd*ck said.

? S Anthony Redd*ck says he feels 100 percent after suffering missing the 2007 campaign and playing just one game in 2006 due to two knee injuries.

? Freshman LB Sean played in the base defense against Charleston Southern and did a nice job in finding the ball. "He reminds me of myself a little bit," Redd*ck said. "He flies around and gets to the ball. That's his motto. Wherever the ball is, that's where I think you'll find Sean Spence."

? LB Glenn Cook says a number of former Canes have begun calling. "They have already been talking to us," Cook said. "If you name them, it has been there. Some of the guys from last year like Kenny Phillips and Jon Beason has called me. It is a big game."

? OL Orlando Franklin and DT Antonio Dixon were jawing at one another at the beginning of practice.

? Practice resumes Wednesday afternoon.

 10 years ago '04        #3902
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3 days !!! 3 fu*kin Days !!!

 10 years ago '05        #3903
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sh*t is amping me up

 09-04-2008, 02:08 PM         #3904
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LETS GET IT

 10 years ago '08        #3905
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Will ya`ll do me a favor and beat the SH*T outta Florida? I`m so tired of everybody overrating those pathetic bastards... I`m not even a UM fan, but that sh*t that Murphy said....:disdain2:

 10 years ago '04        #3906
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Linebacker Glenn Cook knows what it is like to play in the in a Florida-Miami game.

Cook played in the Peach Bowl as a reserve in 2004, making two tackles.

According to Cook, the Florida game was the most intense game he has played in as a Hurricane.

"It is intense," Cook said. "It is probably the most intense game that we have played as far as intensity and a lot of trash talking. We didn't want to lose. They said a couple of things the whole time we were there and it is going to be a lot of fun this Saturday."

As the middle linebacker of the defense, Cook will play an important role as the quarterback of the defense. He will have the tough task of reading and going against Florida quarterback Tim Tebow and will try to contain him.

"He just make plays," Cook said. "That is basically what he does. It might not look pretty, but he is a playmaker and he is going to get the ball in the right people's hands. He takes advantage of mistakes and he really picks defenses apart. You can't mess up a lot, so you have to be real sound against the offense."

"We have to give [Tebow] different looks. We have to make him try and read the defense a little more and keep him in the pocket."

Because Florida's spread offense creates many favorable match-ups in space, Cook says an important key during the game this week will be making sound one-on-one tackles in the open field.

During their season opener against Hawaii last week, Florida had four plays of 30 yards or more--three of those plays resulted in touchdowns.

"They just take advantage of mistakes," Cook said. "Every little mistake you make, they are not going to let that pass. They like a lot of home run plays. You don't really see too many long drives out of them. That will be the key this week, stopping the big play."

"There will be a lot more open field tackling. There is a lot more one-on-one coverages with the way that they spread you out. It is going to be important to get them on the ground and make that play."

Cook understands that if the defense can't wrap up and make those tough one-on-one tackles, it could turn into big plays by the Florida offense. Florida particularly took advantage of those mistakes with their explosive running game. Freshmen Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey combined for 134 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries.

"If you make mistakes, the will get you for a big play," Cook said. "Not just ten yards, they can take it to the house. We have to key on not giving up big plays. We talk all week about stopping the big play and if we do that, we should have a little bit of success against them."

 10 years ago '04        #3907
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami center Xavier Shannon knows that the offensive line must dominate this week for the UM offense to be productive.

Miami's running backs, Graig Cooper and Javarris James, need to have a big game this week against Florida and that starts up front with the offensive line.

"With our offensive line, we feel like we can dominate anyone in the country," Shannon said. "That is what we plan on doing the entire year. We are going to put the burden on ourselves for the entire team."

"We plan on doing better than we did last week. We left a lot of points on the field [last week]. This week we need to score as many points as possible. We want to come in here and make a statement."

Shannon is so confident in the running game going into the game this week, that he says Florida better be away of Miami's offensive backfield. He will have the tough task of going up against Florida defensive tackle Lawrence Marsh, who totaled three tackles and two sacks last week against Hawaii.

"We have weapons on our offense too. We have number two (Graig Cooper) and number five (Javarris James) in our backfield and they are the best pair of running backs in the country. That is what Florida has to worry about."

"With two and five, I feel like anything is possible."

This week redshirt freshman quarterback Robert Marve will be making his first collegiate start. Shannon's advice to Marve going into the start at the hostile Ben Hill Griffin Stadium?

"Just play football," Shannon said. "This is the same game that you have been playing your whole life. There is no pressure on you because you have ten other people around you who is going to help you."

"I expect Marve to do great things. Last week, the same was said about Jacory and taking his first snap in college. Jacory played very well and Marve is going to do the same thing."

Going into this week's game Miami has won six straight games dating back to 1986. Shannon says he is very aware of Miami's current win streak against the Gators and it is important to him to keep it going.

"We want to keep it going," Shannon said. "We want to make it 0-7 for them and the next time we play the Gators, we want them to worry about going 0-8."

"We need to show that the University of Miami still runs the state of Florida."

 10 years ago '04        #3908
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami offensive lineman Jason Fox takes a lot of pride in the school he plays for, the teammates he plays with, and the Hurricane community he represents.

The 'U' symbolizes all that Fox loves about The University of Miami.

So when he had a chance to respond to the comments Florida wide receiver Louis Murphy made about Florida being the real 'U' Fox wanted to take the higher road, but he couldn't hide how agitated he is by the comments.

"They can talk whatever they want," Fox sad. "They can say whatever they want and try to fuel the media and try to get whatever they are trying to do, but they are going to look pretty dumb when they come out and we stick it to them."

"We are going to talk with our helmets when we go out there Saturday and we are going to shut them up quick."

Fox, who has started 24 games during his UM career, is no stranger to big games. He's played in games at Florida State, at Virginia Tech, and at Oklahoma, but he says this is the most emotional he has seen his team going into a game.

"All of us are fired up," Fox said. "That is the reason we came to Miami, to play in big games like this. You don't shy away from games like this. That just fires everybody up. Everybody is pumped in the locker room and the attitude on this team, we have always been fired up, but for this week everybody is more emotional and everybody can't wait."

Going into this week, the primary objective for the offensive line is to open holes for the running game early. If Miami establishes a running game early, that will open up the passing game later and allow freshman quarterback Robert Marve to ease into the game.

"That is our goal every week, to pound [the defense]," Fox said. "That is definitely one of our major concerns this week, lining up and wearing them out. That is one thing Stoutland is stressing and we are even stressing to ourselves. We are holding each other accountable and we have met just as a group to watch extra film on these guys. We are going to be ready to play. We have to be."

"That is going to help out everybody. If we can run the ball up front, that is going to open up a lot of things. It is going to allow the running backs to make plays, it is going to allow the receivers to make plays, and it just opens up the floodgates a little bit. If we are going to be successful, we are going to need to be able to pound the ball."

Fox says he isn't concerned at all about Marve starting his first career game at Florida. According to Fox, Marve is a gamer and will be ready to play.

"Robert, we have all the faith in him. As an offensive line, we are going to have to protect him so we can make plays," Fox said. "We have all the confidence in the world no matter where we are playing. I know he will play well."

"He is definitely a fired up guy. He likes jumping around and he likes getting players fired up. He is not going to back away because it is a big game. He is going to step up to the plate and play well."

The main reason why Fox is confident about this weeks game? He knows everybody is counting the Hurricanes out this week and that is when Miami plays their best football.

"Not a lot of people are giving us a chance right now and that kind of fires everybody up. People are going to go out there flying around full speed, so it is going to be hard for anybody to stop that."

 10 years ago '04        #3909
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Miami Offense vs. Florida Defense

Miami's quarterback situation can't get much worse than it was a year ago, when Kyle Wright and Kirby Freeman combined to throw 20 interceptions to 16 touchdowns and the passing attack ranked 108th nationally. Enter redshirt freshman Robert Marve, who is making his first collegiate start Saturday in The Swamp, at night and on national television. Marve is a talented signal-caller with adequate size, a strong arm and above-average mobility, but his inexperience in pressure-cooker scenarios is an obvious concern.

Making matters worse is the fact that Miami's wide receiver corps is a work in progress. Leonard Hankerson and Khalil Jones combined for 78 yards on seven receptions all of last season, and neither is a huge vertical threat. Sam Shields was supposed to emerge as the playmaker of the group, but he currently is listed as the fourth receiver on the depth chart. The most dangerous pass-catcher of the group is freshman Aldarius Johnson, who will get his chance to shine as the third option Saturday.

On paper, this looks like a favorable matchup for the much-improved Florida secondary. CBs Joe Haden and Wondy Pierre-Lewis are emerging standouts, and FS Major Wright showed off his playmaking ability with an interception return for a touchdown in the Week 1 win over Hawaii. A little pressure from DEs Carlos Dunlap and Jermaine Cunningham could make it a long night for Marve.

If Marve is not up to the challenge, the Hurricanes will turn to another freshman, Jacory Harris. Harris performed admirably in the opener, filling in for the suspended Marve, and while Harris is not much of a passing threat, he is an excellent athlete who is capable of scrambling for big chunks of yardage. Don't be surprised to see Harris in the game in certain packages -- particularly goal line and short yardage -- in order to maximize his running skills.

Ultimately, Miami must run the football with great success to pull off the upset. The Canes boast a big, strong offensive line that averages 320 pounds, a unit that is capable of wearing down a somewhat undersized Gators defensive line. Miami must control the clock by protecting the ball and converting on a high percentage of third and fourth downs, and if that happens, RBs Javarris James and Graig Cooper are talented enough to gash Florida's defense on the ground. James is a slashing junior with good size and power, while Cooper is a sophomore with more explosiveness.

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Florida Offense vs. Miami Defense

Coach Urban Meyer has to be pleased with what he saw from his rushing attack in Week 1's 56-10 drubbing of Hawaii. Instead of relying heavily on returning Heisman Trophy-winning QB Tim Tebow, Florida's ground game received contributions from many players. In fact, 11 Gators chipped in on an effort that netted 255 yards on 38 carries. Most impressive was the freshman duo of Chris Rainey and Jeffrey Demps, who combined for 134 yards and two scores on eight carries. Demps, who had a 76-yard run, and Rainey, who had a 58-yarder, are speedsters capable of hitting a home run at any point. Florida suddenly boasts ridiculous depth at running back, including the versatile Brandon James (who accounted for 121 all-purpose yards versus Hawaii), USC transfer Emmanuel Moody, bruising senior Kestahn Moore and sophomore Mon Williams (who returns after sitting out 2007 with an ACL tear). As a result, Tebow carried the ball only nine times against the Warriors, which is more palatable than the 16.2 carries per game he averaged last season

With so much talent to account for, defending Florida's ground game will be no easy task for the Hurricanes. Expect Miami to spend most of the evening in nickel and dime personnel packages, putting as many of its best athletes as possible on the field at the same time. In addition to excellent play from senior MLB Glenn Cook and junior WLB Colin McCarthy, the Hurricanes need Ss Anthony Redd*ck and JoJo Nicolas to be big factors against the run.

Not everything was positive for the Gators' offense in the opener, though. In fact, the Hawaii tape exposed more vulnerability than expected, particularly in the passing game. For starters, Florida's offensive line did a below-average job in pass protection. The line has been shuffled due to the injury to LOG Jim Tartt, whose streak of 18 consecutive starts came to a close last week. While there is a decent amount of starting experience along the line, none of the starters is returning at the same position he played a year ago. As a result, miscommunications and indecisiveness led to protection breakdowns. You can expect the Hurricanes to attack the potential weaknesses more aggressively with their superior athletes.

Also, the timing between Tebow and his receivers appeared to be off during the majority of last week's game. Sure, part of the problem could be chalked up to opening-game jitters, but a bigger issue was Florida's personnel. With playmaking WR Percy Harvin out last week and seam-stretching TE Cornelius Ingram out for the season, Tebow simply did not have his typical array of experienced, explosive weapons. After watching the tape, it was obvious the Gators' receivers were not getting open fast enough and did not do a good job coming back to Tebow when he was forced to scramble, which was more often than not. If Harvin returns near 100 percent Saturday, it should be a huge boost, but even then, Miami would be wise to take a more aggressive approach early on to try to get Tebow out of sync and possibly force a turnover or two. Hawaii's defense, which ranked 46th nationally in points allowed last season, held the Gators scoreless for the first 18-plus minutes of last Saturday's game. Miami might be young on the defensive side of the ball, but it has far more athleticism and speed with which to attack.

DE Eric Moncur is expected to play despite the recent death of his mother, who lost a battle with cancer, and his presence not only will be emotionally inspiring for his teammates but also will arm first-year defensive coordinator Bill Young with one of his best pass-rushers. Moncur (5.5 sacks in '07), DT Antonio Dixon (1.5 sacks) and freshman DE Marcus Robinson need to apply consistent pressure on Tebow without much help from blitzing linebackers and safeties. Simply put: The Canes best chance of keeping Tebow and his mates in check is to keep Tebow bottled up and under duress, while dropping seven defenders into coverage as often as possible.

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Key individual matchup

Miami QB Robert Marve versus Florida DS Major Wright

Coach Urban Meyer challenged Wright to step up as one of the defense's top playmakers in 2008, and Wright responded with a 32-yard interception return for a score in the first half last week. Only a sophomore, Wright is blessed with very good natural instincts and closing burst, which he uses to jump routes in front of him. The hard-hitting safety also excels in run support (67 tackles in 2007). A versatile playmaker like Wright must be accounted for during each pre-snap read -- run or pass -- in addition to progression reads. Unfortunately for Miami, Marve's inexperience could be costly in this regard.

Ideally, the Hurricanes would have given Marve some game experience prior to Saturday night's trip to The Swamp. However, a car accident last year and a one-game suspension served during the opener k!lled that plan. Offensive coordinator Patrick Nix will do everything in his power to limit Marve's responsibilities while putting him in the best situations to succeed, but it ultimately will be up to Marve to make the proper reads and decisions.

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Special Teams

Brandon James reminded the nation of his difference-making skills last week when he returned a punt 74 yards to the house. Chas Henry has a strong leg but has room to improve with his directional punting, as three of his four attempts went for touchbacks last week. The Gators did not attempt a field goal in the opener, but the top contenders for the job are senior Jonathan Phillips and true freshman Caleb Sturgis. While Phillips obviously has more experience, Sturgis is a raw talent with an enormous leg.

Improving upon a pedestrian special teams unit from a year ago was a huge emphasis for the Canes during the offseason. Saturday night's trip to Gainesville should serve as quite a litmus test. Much of the unit's success relies on the leg of Matt Bosher, who is punting and kicking for Miami this season. Bosher connected on his only field goal attempt (22 yards) in the opener, and he displayed good control on his first three punts of the season, landing two inside the 20-yard line. Bosher also does a decent job on kickoffs. Miami is looking for a big improvement in the return game after ranking near the bottom of the ACC in that department a year ago. It is counting on Cooper, who took his only punt return attempt 66 yards to paydirt last week, and Ryan Hill, who handled both kickoff returns in the opener, to provide the biggest sparks.

Scouts' Edge

Miami is headed in the right direction under coach Randy Shannon. The program obviously is recruiting better than in recent years, which can be seen in its increased speed at most positions. However, the Hurricanes still are young and in transition, which does not bode well for a night game in The Swamp versus Tebow and the Gators. Miami might keep things close for the first couple of quarters, but eventually, Florida's experience and depth will kick in. The Gators' much-improved defense will force Marve into some critical errors in his first collegiate start, and the Miami defense eventually will wilt against the speed of Tebow, Brandon James, Harvin, Demps, Rainey and the rest.

 10 years ago '04        #3910
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Cornerback Brandon Harris will have to play well beyond his years this week against Florida.

Harris is lining up as UM's nickel back and will go up against the bevy of speedy receiver Florida will throw at him.

Harris will likely be tested early, but if his performance against Charleston Southern is any indication how he will play this week, he should be just fine.

Against Charleston Southern, Harris never looked out of place and made a nice tackle for loss of four yard in the second half that energized the rest of the defense.

Read on here as Harris shares his thoughts on the game this week, what he expects about playing in a big time college game, and his thoughts on the comments Florida players have made going into the game and how it will motivate Miami.

What are your opening thoughts going into the big game this week?

"It is a big game and a big situation for us. It is going to be a big chance for us to really put our team on the map this year. I was being recruited by Florida and I know what the atmosphere up there in the Swamp is like. It will be exciting to go up there and play a game."

How many times did you watch a game at Florida during the recruiting process?

"I made two trips up there last season and I got to experience two rivalry games. I was up there when they played Tennessee and Auburn. I know Florida is a big time program and they are used to being in these situations, but so are we. The rivalry continues this year and hopefully we can come out on top."

Everybody talks about the noise and how loud it is up there. Is it as loud as people make it out to be?

"The noise is what everybody says it is. The way the stadium is built, the crowd is really on top of you while you are on the field and it gets pretty loud. They have about 92,000 people there and there is a lot of screaming."

What are your thoughts on how you played against Charleston Southern?

"I think I did pretty well. I had a couple of mistakes that I got corrected in the film room, but overall I think I had a pretty good game. Charleston Southern runs a similar style of offense to Florida, so that is why it is good to go against them. I think I should be well prepared going into this game this Saturday."

You had a play where you made a tackle for a loss and showed a lot of emotion on the field. What type of confidence, if any, do you get when you make plays like that?

"When I made that play, it really showed me that I was ready to play on the college level. It really gave me the confidence that I needed going into Florida. Before the game I was worried about if I could match up with these guys because most of their receivers are veterans and I am coming straight from high school. Playing in that game really gave me confidence though and I am ready to play Florida."

Are you still expecting to handle some kick return duties this week?

I am still expecting to take some reps at kick return this week. Hopefully, we can change the game on special teams like we did against Charleston Southern. The special teams will be a real important part of this game. We take it very serious.

I think special teams will play a major role. When you are playing against two very talented teams, with speed type of teams, special teams plays a role because that can really change the game.

You've never experienced a big game at Miami before. What type of emotions and focus are you noticing from your teammates this week as they prepare for Florida?

"The whole team is very excited. Everybody is watching all the sports networks and nobody is giving us a chance in the game. We watch some of the shows in the player's lounge and people have us getting beat by 40 or 50 points. It is really frustrating, so everybody is coming out and practicing hard and we want to show that we are a talented football team in spite of what the record was last year."

I think a lot of the players are steamed because they know how hard we work in the summer and the caliber of team that we have. We really think we have a championship caliber team this year. The lack of respect we get from sports writers, that just makes everybody want to practice a little harder.

What was your reaction to the comments that Louis Murphy made?

"I was kind of shocked that they came and made those statements. Now we know how much they are disrespecting us in their house. They players are upset, especially the upperclassmen that have been here. They know how important the Florida game is. Miami never loses to Florida, so they have that feeling and they try to pass that on to us. We are really excited to go up there and just take those words and shove it right back at them."

Do you think the secondary will take an extra long look for Louis Murphy this week?

"He is one of the top guys they are going to have to look out for. Some of the things he said in the papers, I think we will be putting out a special eye for him."

Where in the locker room is his quote posted?

"It was put all over. In the locker room, we have motivational pieces posted in every locker. His quote is one of the top quotes that we have somewhere in the locker room with his picture on it, so everybody knows who said it."

"Each locker has a Florida football player inside their locker and usually under each picture is a quote that they said. It is pretty much just motivational things coming from Louis Murphy and Matt Patchan and some of the things he said during the recruiting process."

Have any of the former 'Canes talked to you this week about what this rivalry means?

"Some of the older guys to and they relay the message back to us. They just basically say that Florida don't beat Miami. In spite of their records and the great teams that Florida has put together, we just don't lose in that rivalry."

Do you feel like underdogs in this game?

"We feel like underdogs. They are a great program and they have put together great recruiting classes just like we have and they have a lot of experience on both sides of the ball. We really do feel like underdogs, but that isn't going to affect the way that we play."

"Really and truly, the pressure is on them, but I think we are putting extra pressure on ourselves, just knowing how the rivalry is and how bad we want to win this game. We are excited and ready to play hard."

What are your thoughts on going up against Tim Tebow? Have you ever seen a player like him?

"Tim Tebow is a great quarterback. I was excited to watch him play last year during the recruiting process. I love watching him on the field and the way he plays with emotion for the game. It is exciting going against him."

 10 years ago '04        #3911
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami coach Randy Shannon was eating lunch at one of his regular stops near campus this week when a young fan approached his table and interrupted his time with Texas Toast.

"Are you Randy Shannon?" he asked.

Shannon nodded and posed for a picture with the boy, who informed him he'd be at the game against Florida this week in Gainesville.

In his second season as head coach, Shannon has become the face of Miami football. The identity of his team, though, is not so clear.

Of the 100 players on the roster, 40 are either true or redshirt freshmen -- quarterbacks included. Overall, 21 true freshmen played in the Hurricanes' season opening 52-7 thumping of Charleston Southern. While they looked good in the process, Shannon knows Saturday's game at No. 5-ranked Florida will reveal a lot more about where his team is and how much further the program must go before it regains its status as a national title contender.

"I really do think we need a game like this," Shannon said. "We need to know where we're at as a staff, and as a football team to know where we're at from this point. Playing Florida is a great opportunity to put our standards and our measures to where they're at right now.

"I think that's what you want to get at, to that level. Florida has been one of the premier teams in the country for probably the last four or five years. You always want to get back to that level. We've got young players like they had young players when coach (Ron) Zook was there. ... This is the backbone of what we're trying to build this program with. This is just the foundation and the start with these young guys."

While the Gators' offense will be run by Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, the Hurricanes will be led by redshirt freshman Robert Marve, who has never played in a college football game. One of the reasons Marve came to Miami, though, was to play a role in rebuilding the program.

"In high school, my high school team started off on the bottom going up," he said. "It was a big thing to be a part of that. I know how great it can be to be on the upside of a program that's been down for a second, and I'm just trying to do as much as I can to prepare and help us get to where we need to be."

Had this game been played at the same time a year ago, Shannon said, he probably would have lost some weight and chewed his nails down worrying about it. Not this season. The difference is he has a core group of veterans who can share time with the younger players.

"This is the first time we've been healthy since I've been a head coach at the University of Miami," he said. "Last year, the second game of the season, third game, we was trying to dress 50 guys. Now, we're able to pick and choose who we need to try and things like that."

The strengths of this team are the offensive line, the tight ends and the running backs. But in a program trying to rebound from a 5-7 season that included just two conference wins, everything is a question mark.

Doubt swirled around the program this summer mainly because of the uncertainty at quarterback and the unproven talent on the roster. The Hurricanes were picked by the media to finish third in the Coastal Division behind Virginia Tech and North Carolina, respectively. But both of those teams looked unimpressive in their debuts last week, causing some to wonder if Miami might be capable of more than originally expected.

"This game will at least set a mark for the University of Miami," said senior safety Anthony Redd*ck. "Coming into this game, coming into this year, a lot of people are doubting us, except for the people that are here, except for our families. We have a lot to prove. I think we have just as many playmakers as they do. We really do. I think everybody that's here could've went to Florida."

Not only is this a chance for Miami to prove itself within the conference, but following an opening weekend in which the ACC was embarrassed on the national stage, it's a chance for the Hurricanes to help heal the league's bruised reputation.

"We're always looked at like we're not a strong conference, but for us and the ACC it would be a tremendous boost," Shannon said. "It would give us a lift and get the conference what I call some growth to it."

Shannon's 2008 recruiting class has been lauded as the best in the nation and was ranked No. 1 in the country by ESPN.com. But even he can't predict how the teenagers will respond to playing in the Swamp.

"You don't know until the game time comes," Shannon said. "You don't really know. All you can do is throw 'em out there."

That's exactly what he did last weekend.

Eleven different receivers caught passes, six were true freshmen.

"It's the best gauge of the season, without a doubt," said receivers coach Aubrey Hill. "With so many receivers we're playing, to see them against really good competition for 60 minutes, for the whole entire game will be very exciting."

Five true freshmen rotated in on the defensive line, three in the secondary and two at linebacker. Expect more of the same against the Gators -- as early as the first quarter.

Shannon has no choice.

"They have to play," Shannon said. "We don't have the numbers not to play the young guys. They are our second team guys. They are the guys that are going to help us win."

Saturday's game will help determine how quickly they can do it.

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Will ya`ll do me a favor and beat the SH*T outta Florida? I`m so tired of everybody overrating those pathetic bastards... I`m not even a UM fan, but that sh*t that Murphy said....:disdain2:
Give me a fu*king break. Miami players have talked way worse sh*t going into this game than Murhpy did. Overrated? UF has waxed you f*g**ts for years now, get off their d*cks. UF is a great program, something FSU isn't anymore and can only hope they still can become after they get laid out by the NCAA.


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 09-06-2008, 09:08 PM         #3914
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I really hope Shannon fires Nix right away. Also bench Marve that n*gga is dumb as sh*t. THROW THE fu*kING BALL AWAY

 10 years ago '06        #3915
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Our team needs to learn how to ADJUST in the Second half. That is something we have failed to do, in the past few years. We were being WAY to conservative with screens and short passes. We need to go deep with all the speed that we have. Our Defense was on point tonight though.

 10 years ago '04        #3916
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We need to pay attention to OC's over the course of this season, because Nix is gone. I'm done with this dude. Defense played really good.

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 booie4 said
We need to pay attention to OC's over the course of this season, because Nix is gone. I'm done with this dude. Defense played really good.
sh*t my n*gga i started paying attention and looking for OC's as soon as the game was over. fu*k patrick nix.

 10 years ago '05        #3918
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whats good bx fam

just literally got in from gainesville...was a great fu*king weekend with the exception for the game...the atmosphere was fu*king great. surprisingly the fans werent jerks like like fsu fans..i sat in the student section and had no encounters like in tally last yr where i got bottles of water thrown at me and my friends at the fsu student section...i sat with my 2 boys who are gator fans, for a good three quarters they were acting as if they were the ones losing...even tho we lost i was content with our peformance, defense was on point and kept us in the game, once our offense develops were gonna be good...its a shame were not gonna play for a while at the swamp again. ima prolly be in my 30s if the canes ever play in gville again

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UM FOOTBALL
Recruits take note of Canes' gritty play
UM coach Randy Shannon said he received calls throughout the night from high school players praising the underdog in Saturday's 26-3 loss to Florida.


University of Miami football coach Randy Shannon said his phone rang for hours following the Hurricanes' 26-3 loss to No. 5 Florida in Gainesville on Saturday.

Shannon said the calls were from recruits, congratulating the Hurricanes coach for a well-played game and confirming their allegiance to UM. Despite the lopsided score, the Hurricanes' gritty performance -- they trailed 9-3 after three quarters -- has drawn the attention of teenagers who might want to be part of the rebuilding process and now know they have a chance to play early.

Said Shannon: 'We had more kids calling us last night from 1 to 4 in the morning. [They would say,] `Coach I'm still coming to Miami. I'm excited about it, Coach. You guys played well.' ''

When asked how the game affected recruiting, Shannon made a cryptic statement that appeared to reflect his disappointment at UF coach Urban Meyer choosing to throw the ball into the end zone near the end of the game. Shannon, however, refused to name Meyer.

''I'll just say this one statement,'' Shannon said. ``Sometimes when you do things, and people see what type of person you really are, you turn a lot of people off. Now, whatever you want to get out of that, I won't say it again. But it helped us. It helped us more than you'll ever know.''

The loss was quite a contrast from the second game of last season, when the Hurricanes were humiliated on national television in a 51-13 road loss against then-No. 5 Oklahoma. That day, the Canes left Norman, Okla., with little to rally around.

But Saturday, the Hurricanes left Gainesville with hope that the experience at UF will help them improve for their next game -- another tough place to play. Miami has this weekend off before traveling to College Station, Texas, to play Texas A&M on Sept. 20.

''I think we're a whole lot better than we were last year when we went to Oklahoma,'' Shannon said. ``Same situation, same ranked team, but different deal. A loss is a loss no matter how you do it. But we've got to keep improving from last year to the next game to the next.''

The Hurricanes were helped at UF by an infusion of young talent. Freshman linebacker Sean Spence made five tackles (two for 14 yards in losses) and a sack, and freshman quarterback Robert Marve completed more than half his passes without turning the ball over.

The defense flustered Gators quarterback Tim Tebow by shutting down the run, and the offense managed to grind time off the clock despite struggling to sustain drives.

Tebow needed two long, fourth-quarter drives to give the Gators some separation.

''I think we've closed the gap,'' Shannon said. "Are we a lot better than we were last year? Yes. Are we a lot better . . . with this football team competing and playing hard and f!ghting? Yes.''

ē The Hurricanes lost an important part of their running attack Saturday when tailback Javarris James left the game after only two carries. Shannon said he wasn't sure about the extent of James' injury, but that he thought it was a high ankle sprain. That type of injury can keep a player out for several weeks.

''That was probably one of the biggest things that hurt us offensively,'' Shannon said. "Because Javarris is our big back and we weren't able to use our big back in a game like this where you've got to pound it, pound it, pound it.''

 10 years ago '04        #3920
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Sean Spence made a statement on Saturday.

With the Hurricanes trailing 23-3 in the fourth quarter, Gators quarterback Tim Tebow fired a pass to Brandon James in the flat.

Spence met James as soon as he caught the ball and laid a big hit on him resulting in a five-yard loss. Nearly everyone in attendance wanted to see a replay of the perfectly timed hit, which is exciting for Miami fans considering he's only a freshman.

"He's a tough little guy. He got up and shook it off," said Spence, a 6-foot, 202-pound linebacker.

And based on his performance against the Gators--five tackles, two for a loss, and one sack--along with how he has performed on the practice field, Spence is on his way to being a star.

"He played well for us," coach Randy Shannon said. "That's one of the young guys for the future of this program who did well. He did a tremendous job."

Spence said: "I felt good. I went out there and played my role."

Spence was the only Hurricane to record a sack on Tebow as Spence brought down the reigning Heisman Trophy Winner in the first half on a 3rd-and-4 situation in the second quarter for a 9-yard loss.

The defense held strong throughout the first three quarters keeping Miami in the game as the Gators scored just one touchdown on their opening drive and recorded a safety on a blocked punt.

"The defensive scheme for the linebackers was to move around to confuse them a little bit," Spence said.

Overall, Spence was happy with the defense's effort in the game as they allowed 345 total yards--102 coming in the final quarter.

"For the first three quarters, I was very excited that we only held them to nine points as they are one of the highest scoring teams in the SEC," Spence said. "In the fourth quarter, we just have to do what coach Shannon preaches to us every day in practice and that is to finish, finish, finish."

Defensive coordinator Bill Young had a good defensive scheme in plan to keep the Gators offense frustrated and allow the UM defensive players to be in good position.

"We did what coach Young emphasizes and try to rattle them a little bit," Spence said. "Once you get to learn everything, get everything down pat, know what you're doing, and know your a.ssignment, it is very easy playing in his system."

Spence flourished in the game and received a lot of playing time alongside Glenn Cook and Colin McCarthy.

"He made some plays," Shannon said. "He did a nice job and Coach Young did a good job of blitzing him and using his talents and things like that, even making plays. That is why we use him in the rotation with those older guys all the time."

Prior to the season, ESPN's national recruiting analyst Tom Luginbill listed Spence as one of the nation's top five impact freshman.

"He fits the mold of the undersized outside (linebacker) that can run sideline to sideline," Luginbill said.

With his performance, Spence, currently a back-up, could be challenging junior Darryl Sharpton for a starting position although Sharpton did have six tackles in the game.

Miami resumes practice Wednesday afternoon as they have an off week this week before facing Texas A&M on September 20.

"Even though we have a young team and we have a lot of young guys on our team and we showed we can play with anybody," Spence said.

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- According to Miami Coach Randy Shannon, while nothing has been officially been diagnosed by the athletic trainers, it is believed Javarris James sustained a high ankle sprain against Florida Saturday night.

James left the game with 4:23 to go in the first quarter and never returned. He was seen on the sideline with crutches and a boot on his affected leg. James totaled four yards on two carries against Florida.

Shannon will find out more details on the injury later today after he meets with the training staff.

"I will find out today," Shannon said. "He left the game with a high ankle sprain and you know how those are. They are tough for running backs to run on. He has a high ankle sprain as far as I know right now. We will know more today when the doctors come in and we meet as a staff."

Recovery for high ankle sprains vary with the severity of the injury, but usually it takes anywhere from 4-8 weeks until the injury is fully healed.

"That is the thing, because bodies heal different," Shannon said. "High ankle sprain can be three to four weeks or it can be a week and a half or two. It depends on when his body can heal fast."

According to Shannon, losing James during the Florida game was one of the toughest obstacles the offense had to overcome.

"That was probably one of the biggest things that hurt us offensively because Javarris is our big back and we weren't able to use our big back in a game like this," Shannon said. "We weren't able to pound it. Javarris was the bang guy that could probably get his 20-yard bursts or 40-yard bursts because he is a physical back."

In James' absence, running backs Graig Cooper, Derron Thomas, and Shawnbrey McNeal combined to run the ball for 55 yards on 24 carries against Florida.

James has started 23 of the 27 games he has played in during his career at Miami while totaling 1,461 yards and nine touchdowns.

 10 years ago '04        #3922
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Overall Miami should feel good about the way they played with Florida, a top five team in the country.

Here are five things from the game that have me excited going into the Texas A&M game.

5. Sean Spence

When Spence was on the field at Florida, he was Miami's best defensive player. As a true freshman, he might be the most technically sound player on the defense. When Spence tackles a player, they go down immediately. Miami found their next great linebacker in Spence while at Florida. Oh and by the way, Spence was the only player on the Miami defense who was able to sack Tim Tebow.

4. Offensive line in pass protection

The line allowed a couple sacks late in the game when the Gators knew the pass was coming, but for the majority of the game the offensive line protected the quarterbacks well. For most of the game, Florida threw some tough blitzes at the offensive line, but they picked them up rather well. The area the line must improve going into the Texas A&M game: commit fewer penalties.

3. Play of Robert Marve and Jacory Harris

I know Marve and Harris didn't put up spectacular numbers against Florida, but remember these guys are freshmen and the fact that they didn't turn the ball over in The Swamp is very impressive. In five road games last year, Miami's quarterbacks combined to throw nine interceptions. For the most part Marve and Harris played in one of the country's nastiest venues in primetime with great poise and maturity.

2. Recruiting impact

I know Florida won the game, but the fact that Miami played so many freshmen and that the game was close through three quarters had to impress recruits. Miami can now tell a recruit, 1.) we will play you as a freshman in big games like this and 2.) we are only a player or two away from beating a team like Florida, so come to our school and we will build something great. The fact that Miami lost to Florida won't hurt them in recruiting.

1. The defense is back

Miami's defense flustered the reigning Heisman Trophy winner and bottled up the most explosive offense in the country for three quarters Saturday. The front seven of the defense executed the zone-blitz defensive scheme beautifully. The fact that Miami still hasn't forced a turnover on defense is a little concerning, but I have no doubt they will come in the next game. Imagine what the defense will do to the lesser offenses they face in the coming weeks.

 10 years ago '04        #3923
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For three quarters the University of Miami looked like it might have a chance to pull off what would have to be considered a "miraculous" upset in The Swamp Saturday night.

But those hopes ended when Percy Harvin scored at the start of the fourth quarter giving the Gators a 16-3 lead that was simply too much for the 'Canes offense that spent much its time going nowhere.

While there are a number of positive things to take from Miami's performance Saturday night, including Matt Bosher's 50-yard field that he kicked with great confidence to the fact that Bosher was not afraid to make some powerful tackles against Florida speed demons.

Other positives included the following:

? Defensive coordinator Bill Young was ready. He put together a plan to stop Florida and it worked for three quarters. If anyone told me that the 'Canes defense would have held Florida to seven points for three quarters, I'd say they were crazy. And I am sure most 'Canes would have been stunned. Even better, the only reason they gave up the seven is because the Gators got the ball at the 35-yard line to start the passion.

? Sean Spence is clearly of the best defensive players on the University of Miami defense right now, if not the best. There isn't any doubt he should be starting with Glenn Cook and Colin McCarthy. He was in on play after play after play. He laid a vicious hit in the fourth quarter and picked up Miami's only sack of Tim Tebow rag dolling the quarterback that outweighs him by 40-50 pounds.

? Glenn Cook looks like a different player. He won't be losing the starting middle linebacker spot any time soon. He looked very good against Florida and made a lot of plays. My opinion has changed of him. He really looks like a leader out there.

? Brandon Harris is another one who should be in the starting line up. He's the best cover corner Miami has right now. Chavez Grant bit up on the first touchdown pass for some inexplicable reason with Tebow rolling out facing major pressure. If he stays home, he knocks the ball away and the Gators have to kick a field goal. Harris just has that swagger and he needs to be on the field covering the opponent's best receiver.

? The defensive line, for the most part, played very well. They got good pressure on Tebow sans the first series where the defensive ends failed miserably in containment as they got pinned inside allowing Tebow to roll out freely. But most of the game, the defensive line did a very good job.

Now to what drove me nuts, and I am not the only one because as I walked back to my car Saturday night, I ran into Sam Shields' mother and father as well as Jacory Harris' father, not to mention a number of other Hurricanes fans who were crying for the same thing I and a number of other media members were bemoaning:

? Play calling, play calling, play calling - on offense. If what offensive coordinator Patrick Nix called for a game is the best he can come up with, he will be out of a job at the end of the season. You pray for his success, but he has to do a better job of mixing it up. He is the absolute antithesis of Bill Young right now. While Young looked like he knew what he was doing, Nix's play calling made him look confused and clueless? While I understand the 'Canes were trying to play it conservative to stay in the game and keep the Gators offense off the field, to win against a top five team on the road, you have to take chances. While it's okay to play it somewhat close to the vest for a portion of the game, how does Robert Marve get any better if you don't let him throw the ball? The 'Canes threw the ball 22 times and only twice did the ball go downfield. More than half of the passes Marve and Jacory Harris threw were dump offs in the flat or screens that never worked. Players told me early in the week they saw weaknesses in Florida's secondary and that they were going to downfield. Nix never tested them. There was not one crossing route thrown, not one post pattern thrown, nothing over the middle, no trick plays (remember you are a 22 Ĺ point underdog), nothing out of the ordinary. The 'Canes essentially ran five offensive plays in different variations over a 60 minute football game. Wide receiver screen left and right, running back draw play, quarterback draw and a quarterback sweep. It was brutal and painful to watch. With the score 9-3, the chatter on the sideline was, the 'Canes were one play from making it 10-9 (offensive or defensive) and having a lead in the second half. Had that happened, the mood of The Swamp would have changed. With that being the case, why did Nix not take one chance? Instead, it was screen, draw, screen, punt. It almost makes me wonder aloud if Nix ever saw film of Marve in high school. While I am sure he did, he needs to refresh himself on it and watch how Marve threw 48 touchdown passes and over 4,300 yards. That means he can throw the ball. Give him a chance to do that. When you are such a big underdog, if you lose, who cares, you were supposed to lose. But a couple of big plays and you have a shocking win. But we'll never know now because Nix refused to take a chance.

? It's time to play a certain amount of receivers. It was cute against Charleston Southern, but the 'Canes played nine receivers against Florida, too many. Aldarius Johnson is probably Miami's best receiver, but this constant in and out doesn't work. He caught almost 200 passes from his sophomore to senior year in high school. He's got two catches in two games at UM. You can't be a game changer or playmaker if you are never getting the ball thrown your way. And the constant change in receivers affects the quarterback-receiver chemistry. Leonard Hankerson is currently listed as the starter. That needs to change. He dropped three passes including the first pass of the game. Sam Shields is barely getting on the field. He was expected to be one of the main targets. There is simply massive confusion at the receiver position and it needs to get figured out quickly. Five, maybe six receivers should play in a game, not 9 or 10. And that's with Davon Johnson not traveling and with Jermaine McKenzie still injured.

? Damien Berry was considered the 'Canes best Special Teams players last year. He was a demon. He was suspended last week against Charleston Southern. Does that mean you don't play him on Special Teams? If there was a glaring weakness Saturday night, it was Special Teams. Matt Bosher should not have to make tackles on kick offs or punts and he had to do that three times. Berry would make a difference there. Get him back on Special Teams immediately.

? Play one quarterback. I am one of Jacory Harris' biggest supporters, but if Marve is the starter, make him the starter and play him as the starter throughout the entire game, i.e. the back up does not play unless the starter is completely terrible or gets hurt. Marve had just led a 16-play drive that led to Miami's only points of the game. The defense then produced a three and out. And the next possession Harris was in the game. Just because Randy Shannon said he was going to play Harris doesn't mean he had to do it. He has the right, as head coach, to change his mind. And that was not the time to mess with the QB situation when Marve was finally getting his feet wet.

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami Coach Randy Shannon addressed the media Sunday morning following the 26-3 loss to Florida Saturday night.

Read on for the transcript of Shannon's meeting with the media.

Opening statement

"After reviewing the Florida film, we had some opportunities to get some things done and we didn't. We went into the game saying we need to take it into the fourth quarter and get the crowd out of it in the first quarter and we did. We felt like we had a great opportunity to do it grinding the ball out and it was so close that if we were able to capitalize on a play--one of the calls in the game was the turning point and after that happened, we didn't overcome it, but we kept playing hard. The thing we need to do as a team is find a way to get a turnover on defense or maybe a special teams turnover--something that gives us a little bit of wow here it is. Then I think we would have pulled it off. We didn't have those plays happen in the game for us. We have to find a way to get those plays in a place like Florida on the road."

On the body language and respnse of the defense after the overturned reception and if they had a let-down after that play...

"They did a good job of responding to it, Florida did, but it was more our guys not paying attention defensively on what we need to do. We made adjustments and we stopped them, but then they come back with the same formation and the same plays and some guys go brain locked. That's football. Guys are going to make mistakes and we have to keep building on."

On how Robert Marve and Jacory Harris handled the speed of the game...

"They were ok. They didn't turn the ball over. They threw the ball and got it in people's hands. When nothing was there, they took off running, which is good. That is what we wanted them to do, get the ball into guys' hands and they threw a couple of hitches to the receivers and routes to the tight ends and we took shots down the field. There were opportunities and shots. Hankerson had the guy beat and the ball has got to be thrown in-bounds and we will make that play and that is the play of the game."

On his thoughts on the reviewed catch that was ruled complete...

"Possession? His body was out of bounds. They said his elbow was in-bounds. His whole body was out. You make your own judgment on what it was. The rule is that if your body is out of bounds, your body is out of bounds. Really, you are supposed to get both feet in-bounds. The elbow didn't hit first."

On if the refs talked to him about the possession on the catch...

"Nope, they didn't talk to me about it. I tried to talk to them and they didn't talk."

On if he thought the pass interference call that led to a touchdown was a catchable ball...

"That is all I wanted to know is if it was uncatchable or not. They didn't tell me. It is what it is. Like I told [the refs] before the game, you guys are going to make the calls on what you see is right. You are officials and you are going to do the right things that are right. I may disagree with maybe three calls in the game that would have made the difference in the game, but you know what? They made the calls and I can disagree with them, but they are officials. They don't have instant replay in their head and they don't have video cameras that they can go and look at. Some times you have to let teams play and if you are going to do that, you have to call it both ways."

On if there was any though on opening up the passing game...

"We did open up the passing game. We threw the ball downfield. What you want us to throw, eighty times a game? The tight end caught an out-route for about eight yards. We threw to Hankerson deep and we tried to get one to Travis Benjamin deep, we tried to get one to Same Shields deep, and we ran tight ends cross deep. Where do you want to throw the ball at?"

On if he was surprised the running game couldn't produce more...

"No, we wanted to keep the ball close to the fourth quarter. We had shots in the run-game. We hit some for eight, nine, and six yards and then we would get stuffed for one or two minus yards. That is going to happen when you play in a game like this. Two teams that are physical on defense and you try to run the ball and take the pressure off the quarterback, which we did, he didn't turn the ball over and he made the right reads.

On why the offense had an issue in sustaining drives...

"It was more of the rhythm of everything. You look at the first play of the game and then the second and third play of the game, you had two drops by veteran receivers. It wasn't a rookie receiver. It was two veteran receivers. Then we are moving the ball downfield and you get an illegal procedure penalty by Rutledge. When you got a rhythm going with a team, penalties are going to k!ll you. We rotated a lot of young guys and young guys have to get that experience in the game. They did a good job of manning us up on the outside with those young guys. It happens, but the young guys have to experience it. But like Aldarius made a play when a guy was draped over him. Those things are going to happen, but we have to get better. If we don't play the young guys and we just play the veterans, you never know and you won't get any better."

On penalties being key plays in the game and changing momentum...

"I'll give you some key things that happened in the game. Third down situation, Ojomo is offsides. That is a big play in the game on the first drive if I am not mistaken. Orlando Franklin, we punt the ball and go into halftime and we are down 7-3. Now that block punt was a momentum changer. They weren't going to try and go block a punt at that point and time because it was to far upfield. Now we move down closer to the end-zone and that is what coaches do is go for the block punt. With the Rutledge penalty, we have a drive rolling and we got down to the 30-yardline and a penalty comes and they move you back first and 15. The guys didn't panic, but those things can't happen. I will give you another one: the Antonio Dixon late hit. Yeah, the guy caught it for a 15-yard reception, but now tack on another 15 yards. Those things in a game like that are crucial. Those are four crucial penalties. I think as a team we cut down the penalties, but if you take those four penalties, those are crucial situations."

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On if he feels better about this team after the Florida game...

"I think we are a whole lot better this year than we were from Oklahoma a year ago from now. It was the same situation and the same ranked team, but it is a different deal. A loss is a loss no matter how you do it, but we have to keep improving from last year to the next game to the next game. We did some good things this week, but we did some bad things this week."

On if off week makes it hard to keep team in rhythm...

"No, just go back and practice and get back in the rhythm of practicing and doing things like that. One thing about these young guys, they don't know any better. If you look at the game, it wasn't the young guys who screwed up. The young guys didn't screw up besides Adewale Ojomo with an offsides. Sean Spence didn't screw up and the young receivers and quarterbacks didn't screw up. They don't know any better. All they know is go full speed and play hard. That is why I don't worry about the young guys."

On the play of Sean Spence...

"He made some plays. He did a nice job and Coach Young did a good job of blitzing him and using his talents and things like that, even making plays. That is why we use him in the rotation with those older guys all the time."

On the play of the secondary...

"They did well, but they gave up too many deep balls. Van Dke gave up a corner route, which he should have been outside making a play. His eyes got him looking in the backfield. The other touchdown by the tight end in the corner was a bust. It wasn't a cornerback, but it was someone else who bust."

On the latest on Javarris James...

"I don't know, I will find out today. He left the game with a high ankle sprain and you know how those are. They are tough for running backs to run on. He has a high ankle sprain as far as I know right now. We will know more today when the doctors come in and we meet as a staff."

"That was probably one of the biggest things that hurt us offensively because Javarris is our big back and we weren't able to use our big back in a game like this. We weren't able to pound it. Cooper is a changeup guy. When you have to force Cooper in that role and you have a bunch of changeup guys--we have Derron and Shawnbrey--but that is the one thing we missed was that Javarris was the bang guy that could probably get his 20-yard bursts or 40-yard bursts because he is a physical back. We aren't going to get that from the other guys and we knew it. That is one of the biggest loss of the game offense wise."

On if there is cause for big concern with high ankle sprain and Javarris...

"That is the thing, because bodies heal different. High ankle sprain can be three to four weeks or it can be a week and a half or two. It depends on when his body can heal fast."

On Allen Bailey and Eric Moncur...

"They did well chasing the ball. You could tell they were a little rusty, but for the most part they chased well and got after it. I wasn't expecting for them to go out there and light the world up, but they did a lot of great things to help other people make plays. A couple of times Eric had pressures and he was just a step slow, which is normal coming back."

On if the Florida game is a step forward that he likes seeing...

"We played with them until there wasn't much time left to go in the fourth quarter. Still, when you have an opportunity, you have to capitalize on it, but that is why I wanted to see where we stand at with this young team. Where are we at? Are we up here or are we down here? Where are we compared to the top five teams in the country. Have we closed the gap on where we need to be at?"

"I think we closed the gap. Are we a lot better than we were last year? Yes. Are we a lot better from what I see with this football team that they compete the whole game and keep f!ghting? Yes."

On the defensive plan to stop Tebow...

"We were going to make Florida throw the football and execute it. We did a great job except for two drives in the game. On those two drives, it was huge for the simple fact that we had them backed up and they went 95 yards and then they went 86 yards. Those are the drives that Tebow got his yards on. The possession time was equal the number of plays was equal. The only thing was those two drives that hey had, they had big pass plays in those situations. Those were key situations that they took shots at."

On Matt Bosher's game...

"His first kick, he came right off the sideline and said I rushed it coach it won't happen again. The next punts, he was fine. The 50-yard field goal is what we expect out of Bosher. He is an athlete and our kickoff coverage, that was unacceptable and our punt team was unacceptable and we will evaluate that and make changes probably. We have to be a lot better. We have athletes and guys who can run down there and get it done. Sometimes we looked good on it and sometimes we didn't."

On guys wrapping up on defense while tackling...

"It has been stressed during practice. They are trying to go for k!lls shots. You are going to see the same guys do it all the time. It is going to be Darryl Sharpton. He is the number one guy, I will tell you right now. He will run in there and won't try to wrap up, he will just use his force. The next guy is Colin McCarthy. Coach Barrow grinds on them about wrapping up and getting guys down on the ground instead of making the crowd excited about it."

On if Shannon will re-evaluate this week on how to get the ball to his playmakers on offense...

"Florida did a good job. Our receivers did not do a good job of getting open. We ran our route combinations and ran five or six different route combinations and they didn't get open. Like I told them guys, you are young, but you came to the University of Miami to play and you have to get open. You have to find a way to get off that ball and get the ball to you."

On the affect the game last night had on recruiting...

"You know what? Me and Coach Hurtt had more kids calling us last night from one o'clock until about four o'clock in the morning. 'Coach I am still coming to Miami and I am excited about it coach. You guys played well.' I will just say this one statement. Sometimes when you do things and people see the type of person that you really are, you turn a lot of people off. I won't say more than that, but it helped us. It helped us more than you will ever know."

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