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 10 years ago '04        #4001
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Freshman wide receiver Aldarius Johnson feels like his adjustment period to the college game is about to end.

With each week of practice and each game, Johnson says he feels more and more comfortable and he feels a breakout game may be coming soon.

"After every catch I feel like I get better as the day goes on," Johnson said. "I feel like the next catch I get, I might take it to the house."

Johnson admits that the transition from high school to college has been more difficult than he expected. He says he has had to humble himself into understanding his role as a freshman and that he can't expect the seven, eight, and nine reception games he had at Northwestern High School.

On the season Johnson has totaled five receptions for 44 yards. Against Texas A&M last week he finished with three receptions for 19 yards.

"It is tough, but I am a freshman and everybody is always telling me how it is going to be as a freshman, so I am pretty used to it now," Johnson said. "My stats are going up as the games go, so I might come out this game and catch five. I just pray to God I have a good practice and a good game."

With Johnson's humble attitude toward the game now comes a better understanding of what he needs to improve this season so he can put up the numbers he is accustomed to.

"In the beginning I wanted to catch the ball, but I didn't make sure that I had the ball before I ran," Johnson said. "Now I am feeling more comfortable and I know I need to catch the ball and that is when I can make some moves happen and do what I got to do to score."

"It was real tough. I thought the same things in high school is what I was going to see now. It is faster, stronger, and people are bigger. I just have to humble myself and know what I have to do day in and day out to get better. The game is slowing down and I am getting a better control of everything. Once I do that, I think I can start flowing into it."

Part of Johnson's confidence comes from seeing fellow freshman Thearon Collier have a very good game at Texas A&M. Collier finished the game with 62 yards and one touchdown on four receptions.

"When I saw that, it encouraged me and I just tell the other freshmen, don't worry about it, everybody is going to have a chance to do what he did," Johnson said. "Just wait your turn and believe in the system."

According to Johnson, the strong performance of the passing game this past weekend also gives the coaching staff confidence. That is one of the reasons why Johnson thinks the offense will open up even more this week.

"That builds confidence in the coaches to trust in us because we didn't drop any balls and we did way better than we did at the Florida game, so it gives them confidence and they can see that we can get plays done, so I think we are going to pass the ball more this week," Johnson said.

 10 years ago '04        #4002
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Freshman quarterback Jacory Harris has become quite fond of offensive coordinator Patrick Nix.

But he used to be intimidated.

''Coach Nix, he's a cool person,'' Harris said Tuesday. ``He has opened up since the spring. Now he plays around with us in practice. In the meeting rooms he's funny.''

Why the change?

''In spring he was telling me he was surprised that I was 17 years old,'' Harris said. 'So when he was fussing at me he came to me and apologized. I was like, `What [are] you apologizing for?' ''

According to Harris, Nix replied: ' `Hell, I didn't know you were 17! And I don't like yelling at little kids.' ''

Said Harris, who will be 18 on May 12: ``That threw me off a little bit. When he stopped fussing, everything became better.''

INJURY REPORT

? Safety Randy Phillips (knee surgery) will be out at least six weeks, coach Randy Shannon said. Phillips, a senior, would be eligible to redshirt next season should he miss the entire season.

? Running back Javarris James (high ankle sprain) will be out at least another three weeks, Shannon said.

? The UM-FSU game at Dolphin Stadium on Oct. 4 will be played at 3:30 p.m. on ABC.

 10 years ago '04        #4003
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Glenn Cook's forced fumble and touchdown against Texas A&M Saturday was just a small glimpse into the type of player he is for UM.

Cook is widely known around Miami as the smartest player on defense, an astute student of the game, and a coach on the field and there may be no better example of Cook's awareness on the field than that play against Texas A&M.

Cook noticed during the game that A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson did not hold the ball tight when he was scrambling and looking downfield at his receivers in the pocket.

So when he had a chance to knock the ball loose from Johnson during a blitz up the middle Saturday, he swiped at the ball while Johnson was going down and picked up the loose ball and ran in for a touchdown.

Only Cook would notice on that play the best option was to poke the ball out of the quarterback's hand rather than to go for the sack.

"The whole game he holds the ball out and we were getting a little bit of pressure on him so we ran a blitz there and Colin held him up and I saw it out there and I went after the ball and knocked it up. I made sure I wanted to pick it up because we were right by the end-zone."

"The defense doesn't get many opportunities to score and the linebackers are up now on touchdowns."

Cook led Miami to their first defensive touchdown of the 2008 season, but it is his leadership on the field and in the film room that have his teammates and coaches raving about his understanding of the defense and how he communicates with the young players.

Through three games this season Cook has totaled 18 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss. He earned ACC Player of the Week honors after his nine tackle and one touchdown performance at Texas A&M.

"To me he is like the Peyton Manning of our defense," linebacker coach Michael Barrow said. "The kid is a genius and he can understand anything and he is very coachable. I had a laundry list of things I wanted him to work on to get better and he took heed to it and worked extremely hard."

"Going to the same high school as him, I had heard about him," freshman Jordan Futch said. "He is the man at Chaminade. He is like a legend at Chaminade. I had heard he is one of the smartest players to ever play the game. Glenn is just a mastermind of defense and is like a coach on the field. He helps us young guys out a lot."

Cook's honors are a nice achievement for him after having to sit out last season with a foot injury. He was granted a sixth year of eligibility this year and has made the most of his opportunity this year.

"Coach Barrow has just been getting on me of setting my goals high," Cook said. "He thinks a lot of me and he has put a lot of pressure on me. We worked hard together as a group and he just says how the sky is the limit. It is something that I am finally achieving and I am happy I finally got there."

 10 years ago '04        #4004
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Detroit (MI) Cass Tech High School DT William Campbell has set up an official visit to Miami for the last week of December. He'll be taking the trip with his mother.

"I'll also take visits to LSU, USC and Michigan," Campbell said.

The former Michigan commitment says all four of the schools are even right now.

Asked why he decommitted from Michigan and is still considering the school, Campbell said, "I decommitted just to open myself back up. It's something me and my mom were talking about, thought was a good idea."

Campbell now plans to make an announcement at the Army All-American game in early January. If practice for that game interferes with his planned UM trip, he says he'll move the visit date up.

What is he looking for in a college?

"The top three things are education, getting to the next level after college and getting a ring, trying to be on a winning team," he said.

Coaches Jeff Stoutland and Clint Hurtt are recruiting Campbell to Miami.

"They talk about me coming down there to see what they have to offer," Campbell said. "I've also talked to coach (Randy) Shannon. He just let me know they're excited to be in the picture, that they can't wait for me to come visit."

Of why he included UM in his final four, Campbell said, "I like how it's away from home but it's still a nice place to go. How many people just get to go to school in Miami? And I like how their defensive line plays."

So far this season Campbell has five sacks and nine tackles for losses for his 4-0 team. He finished his junior season with 125 tackles, 46 for losses, and 13 sacks

 10 years ago '04        #4005
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CORAL GABLES No, Glenn Cook is not a coach.

That might not have been apparent last season when Cook, sitting out the year with a foot injury, roamed the University of Miami sideline wearing a headset and signaling in defensive plays.
UM linebacker Glenn Cook a coach in training

UM safety Phillips has leg surgery

UM more mature this year, Shannon says
Cook's contributions were deemed so valuable that coach Randy Shannon allowed the injured linebacker to accompany the team on road games even though he counted against the Hurricanes' travel roster.

Cook is back playing a vital role for UM, but this season it's as the Hurricanes' starting middle linebacker.

Awarded a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA, Cook is off to the best start of his career.

On Monday, Cook was named the Atlantic Coast Conference's Defensive Linemen of the Week after registering a game-high nine tackles and forcing a fumble that he returned 2 yards for a touchdown in Miami's 41-23 rout of Texas A&M.

"That was fun," Cook said of scoring his first career touchdown.

There was little enjoyment to be had in 2007, which was supposed to be Cook's last year at UM. But the pony-tailed, 6-foot, 228-pounder dislocated three bones and tore a ligament early in fall practice and underwent season-ending surgery.

While other injured players distanced themselves as the Hurricanes struggled through a 5-7 season, Cook stuck with his teammates by going to every meeting, practice and game.

"I probably could have been home doing more free-time things," said Cook, who is working toward a master's degree in sports administration. "But I just didn't feel like that was the right thing."

After contemplating his future, Cook decided to petition the NCAA for an extra season. From 2004 to 2006, Cook played in 34 games and made 14 starts but says he didn't "accomplish much, to be honest."

Cook is making up for lost time. He's started each game and is first on the team with 18 tackles, including 21/2 tackles for loss, on a Hurricanes' unit that ranks 26th nationally in total defense.

"He is a guy we call 'Seabiscuit,' " linebackers coach Micheal Barrow said. "He has been injured just like the horse and came back and is having a tremendous season."

Just as important as the tackles and plays that Cook has made is the leadership he is providing to a group of defenders that appeared rudderless last season. When there is confusion or indecision on the field, Cook sorts things out.

"You know why Glenn is a leader?" Shannon said. "He doesn't make many mistakes. He is going to be in the right spot to make plays (and) he knows where everybody is supposed to be if they get in a bad situation."

Cook has been known as a student of the game since his days at Hollywood-Chaminade, where he began watching copious amounts of film. Cook was the rare high school player "who saw things that helped us as coaches," former Chaminade coach Mark Guandolo said.

"If he had something that he thought we should be doing, we definitely looked at it and considered it."

The Hurricane freshman linebackers can relate.

"Glenn is just a mastermind of defense and is like a coach on the field," said freshman linebacker Jordan Futch. "He helps us young guys out a lot."

Said Barrow: "To me, he is like the Peyton Manning of our defense. The kid is a genius and he can understand anything ..."

But, unlike last season, Cook isn't just contributing by teaching. He's leading by example on the field.

"It's been great," Cook said. "This is why I came back."

Noteworthy: Safety Randy Phillips, a former Glades Central standout, will miss six weeks after undergoing knee surgery Monday, Shannon said.


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 10 years ago '04        #4006
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CORAL GABLES - His memory is a little fuzzy when it comes to when the last time the teams met.

University of Miami linebacker Colin McCarthy left last year's game at North Carolina in the first quarter with a concussion.

That's not to say the 33-27 loss was anything but memorable, but it did mark the beginning of the season going downhill. The Hurricanes can be expected to look for some revenge when the teams play Saturday at Dolphin Stadium.

"We're looking forward to getting on the field on Saturday and kind of get some payback," McCarthy said. "It was a disappointing loss."




The Hurricanes entered that game with the most momentum they had all of last season. They were 4-1, on a three-game winning streak, and coming off an upset of Texas A&M. Another win, and they were expected to make an appearance in the Top 25.

And then the North Carolina game happened.

"I think we went into the game thinking that we were going to win," McCarthy said. "It got away from us and we weren't able to get back into it."

UM trailed 27-0 at the half before making things interesting late. Still, the Hurricanes never recovered from the defeat. They lost five of the final six games on their way to a 5-7 season.

"North Carolina embarrassed us last year," guard A.J. Trump said. "We're trying to come back and get an ACC win and kind of avenge that loss."

Coach Randy Shannon is most concerned with the younger players, mainly the freshmen, knowing the importance of the game.

They weren't around last year to experience the disappointment in the locker room or to see how the loss affected the season.

"With this team, the young guys don't know," Shannon said. "They don't know much of anything. … The older guys will probably be more like, 'Hey, we had an opportunity last year. We didn't do what we were supposed to do.' I think for them they'll take it more serious of knowing what's at stake, what's on the line."'

Aside from vindication, the Hurricanes are also looking to make a fast start in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

This is their conference opener, and the first chance to show they are better than being predicted to finish third in the Coastal Division.

"We want to win this game," linebacker Glenn Cook said. "[North Carolina has] played us really hard the last couple of three or four seasons. We just want to go in and set the tone for the ACC. I wouldn't call it redemption, it's pretty much setting the tone for ACC play."



Phillips out
Shannon said safety Randy Phillips will miss at least six weeks after having leg surgery Monday. Phillips started against Texas A&M, and is one of the team's most experienced defensive backs … For the second consecutive week, the Hurricanes are unaware of which quarterback they are facing. North Carolina will be without starter T.J. Yates, who suffered a fractured foot last week against Virginia Tech. The Tar Heels will start either Mike Paulus or Cameron s3xton. Last week, Texas A&M made a game-time decision to start Jerrod Johnson over Stephen McGee.

 10 years ago '05        #4007
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 P. Dedos said
new commit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

we got jamal reid folks!!!



:applause::applause::applause:
You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to P. Dedos again.

I was just reading a thread on Canestime about him.

 09-25-2008, 08:47 PM         #4008
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YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dude is a beast. Webster and Carter will be next.

Mcgee, Webster, and Reid are just freaks though. DVD better step up cause soon he'll be buried on the bench.

Real talk Shannon is a monster. We getting who we want, and we have YET to win. Once we start winning (which we are doing now), it's a wrap.

 10 years ago '04        #4009
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Quarterback Jacory Harris found out real quick against Texas A&M that he as a backup quarterback he must be ready to enter the game at all times.

Read here to see what Harris is saying about his experience at Texas A&M, what he is saying about the type of attitude this year's freshman class brings and more.

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What type of difference does having Coach Nix on the field make for you during a game?

"It gives you a sense of letting you know that your coaches are there with you and you can see expressions and you know if you are doing good or not. When you are on the field or off the field you can learn from just looking at him and determine how you are doing by how he reacts to different things as the game goes."

Is it easier for him too than being back up in the box

"Yes it is because that way you can have somebody to relate to that is not a player and you can just talk to him about anything that happens. With me, I just ask what plays he called and things like that and what is going on on the field."

What is Coach Nix's personality like?

"Coach Nix, he is a cool person. Right now I feel like he has opened up since the spring. Now he plays around with us in practice and we joke around in the meeting rooms. He is funny and a cool personality person."

Do you think Coach Nix is relaxed more because of the way the quarterbacks have played?

"I think so because I remember in the spring he was telling me that he was surprised that I was 17 years old, so when he was fussing at me he came to me and apologized. I asked him what he was apologizing for and he said he didn't know I was 17 and he doesn't like yelling at little kids (laughs). That kind of threw me off a little bit and everything became better.

Can you talk about the receivers and how they stepped up last week at Texas A&M?

"The receivers are doing the same things that they are doing in practice. I guess it showed more in the Texas A&M game. They came out there and performed well and did everything that the coaches asked them to do and that is why they had such a good game."

Are you getting more comfortable with your role of coming into the game off the bench?

"I am starting to get more comfortable with it. At first I was kind of like, dang will I ever have a chance to really get into a groove or will I make one mistake and not get a chance to showcase my skills again, but now I am realizing that it is best for the team and whatever the team needs, I am a team player so I am doing what is best for the team."

Are you nervous when you get in the game now? How do you deal with that?

"This is week was actually my first time being nervous because Marve got knocked out in the game and I saw him about to get up and then I was like oh crap I am going to have to get in. So then I ran onto the field and my mind wasn't really on actually being in the game and I was kind of nervous going onto the field at that time, but we got a field goal out of it."

In a way though does that really prove that you have to be mentally ready to enter the game at all times?

"Yes, that does prove it. I wouldn't say I wasn't mentally ready, but at that point in time I didn't expect that to happen and I was just like dang where my helmet at? Then I had to find my helmet and I had to run onto the field. I did some good things on that drive though, so I guess it came out alright."

Coach Shannon talked about how impressed he is with this freshmen class. Would you say there is a leader among the freshmen who kind of stays on top of everyone and makes sure the right things are being done?

"With the freshmen in this class, we don't really need a leader because all of them do their job. They come in to study hall on time and they go to classes and you don't really have to worry about them too much academically because they all came in with high standards and wanting to play football. They all know that if they want to play football they have to be academically eligible and that is something they understand."

Is there one guy who stands out as a leader of the freshmen?

"I really can't say. I love this class and we are all outgoing people and we all speak up. It is not just one person. Everybody is on task and everybody knows what the main goal is and that is for us to graduate with our degree and win National Championships."

 10 years ago '04        #4010
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Linebacker Colin McCarthy is known for manning the defense.

But Saturday against Texas A&M the play that got everyone on the team riled up was when McCarthy was on punt return.

Travis Benjamin brought down a punt, reversed field and there was McCarthy decleating a Texas A&M player with a hit that had the bench jumping out and down. More importantly, it sprung a great punt return for Benjamin.

"The guy on the outside was right there and I gave a shot to him. It was a legal hit, sprung Travis loose for another 30 yards. Special Teams are a great momentum changer in the game and it helped us out," McCarthy said. "It looked nice. We all take pride in Special Teams."

Special Teams are head coach Randy Shannon's baby so many starters find themselves on the field during Special Teams at some point.

"I think that all linebackers take a role in that in Special Teams. That's an emphasis as far as coach Shannon. When I am out there I am just trying to make plays for my teammates," McCarthy said. "I try to get my k!ll shots in for sure. I mean as far as being able to make plays for Coop or Travis, we get as much pleasure as putting guys in the trunk as coach barrow would say."

Now, McCarthy is looking forward to facing North Carolina this Saturday. McCarthy missed most of Miami's 33-27 loss to UNC in Chapel Hill last year so he's looking for some revenge.

'We are looking to getting on the field Saturday and get pay back. I got knocked out in the first quarter last year. I am anxious to get on the field and prove we can get a win," McCarthy said. "I think we went in thinking we were going to win, but it got away from us. We are going to emphasize and starting fast and finishing. If we do that at home we'll have no problem."

One of the biggest differences against Texas A&M was turnovers and it resulted in 14 points for Miami.

"We stress forcing turnovers all the time and for Glenn (Cook) to make a play like that, get to the QB and get the ball lose and score," McCarthy said.

McCarthy says the team's overall goal is simple.

"Our main goal now is to take each game step-by-step in the ACC. It's great to be in our kind of environment. Our main goal is to win the ACC championship. We're excited and we expect to win."

 10 years ago '04        #4011
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- A source confirmed to InsideTheU.com that senior safety Randy Phillips and sophomore running back will likely redshirt this season.

Phillips was injured on the first play of the game against Texas A&M last Saturday and had surgery on Monday. He has been listed out for six weeks, but any setback in his rehabilitation could see him miss the entire season which would make him eligible for a medical redshirt.

Phillips has not taken a redshirt before so the likelihood of being granted a medical redshirt is more than reasonable since he had only played two games this season. The maximum amount of games that a medical redshirt can play in is three. After being suspended for the Charleston Southern game, Phillips played against Florida before suffering his injury against Texas A&M.

Another question that has yet to be answered is the status of Damien Berry.

Following Wednesday's practice, coach Randy Shannon said Berry has been doing "great" this fall when asked how he was doing.

However, Berry--like Phillips--was also suspended for the opener against Charleston Southern. The sophomore was the team's best special teams player last year, especially on kick coverage an area the 'Canes have struggled in this year through three games.

He changed positions following the Spring moving from safety to running back to provide more depth at the position, particularly in terms of providing a big running back in the event that Javarris James went down again with an injury.

James is expected to be out until the 'Canes play Central Florida, but still there's been no sighting of Berry on the field.

According to our source, Berry has had a tough time picking up the offense and will likely redshirt this season as well.

Why not play him on special teams?

The source said the staff feels he's too good to blow another year of eligibility on him simply running up and down the field on kick coverage after he did that his entire freshman season.

 10 years ago '04        #4012
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Mayo (FL) Lafayette High School CB Jamal Reid didn't want to risk his scholarship at Miami going to another player.

So he committed on Thursday.

"I did it 15 minutes ago," Reid said. "I talked to coach Hurtt, told him I wanted to be a Hurricane. He was surprised, shocked. He was very happy. He told me `Welcome to the Hurricane family.'

"I wanted to be a Hurricane, so I didn't want to wait any longer. I knew in my heart I was a Hurricane, so I made the decision. I was worried they were going to get another commitment and wouldn't have room for me - he told me they're taking four defensive backs, so I wanted to be (in the class)."

Reid also gave serious consideration to Clemson, South Florida and Maryland. He has 18 scholarship offers in all.

"I wanted Miami over all of them," Reid said. "I'll take my official visit after the season. (Hurtt) said that's when they can show me love."

Reid has never visited Miami before. He says Cane coaches simply won him over sight unseen.

"I know Miami's a good football program, good school," Reid said. "They have a young defense, young offense, and me coming in to compete for a starting job, I can get early time at defensive back. The coaches wrote me handwritten letters telling me how much they wanted me, showing me love. Miami needs DB's. That was important to me and my family."

Reid says Hurtt asked him about committing two weeks ago, but Reid wanted to make sure he was ready before giving his word.

"I wanted to talk to my parents," Reid said. "I wanted to be sure in my mind that I wanted to be a Hurricane. And I'm sure.

"My mom's a Hurricane fan, so she was recruiting me. When I committed she was very proud of me."

Reid says the decision "is 100 percent done in my mind." He says he was planning to take an official visit to Oregon "but I might cancel."

Reid's team currently has a 3-0 record, and he has 400 receiving yard and seven scores on offense. Teams haven't challenged him much on defense and he has 20 tackles with no interceptions.

 10 years ago '04        #4013
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i heard damian berry might redshirt, which i guess is better than letting his talent waste on the bench. i still think he ends up back at safety, especially with all the running backs coming.

and we better watch out for NC....even without their QB, butch will have them ready on gameday.

 09-27-2008, 02:04 PM         #4014
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SCUST

cant cover, cant tackle, cant do anything on D. The D looked good against the gators but it has been horrible ever since. We have no one at corner, Johnson, Armour, DVD, Harris, they all suck, they all got beat. The dline cant get no pressure as well.

Nix sucks, period. He coaches scared. Marve is a star, let him do his thing. How you gonna run a QB draw on 3rd down? Absolutely amazing.

Shannon needs to stop being a bi*ch and let Marve play all game. JH got beat, he needs to understand that. He's a backup QB, sit the fu*k down.

 10 years ago '04        #4015
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 madness said
and we better watch out for NC....even without their QB, butch will have them ready on gameday.
:banghead:

bruce johnson and chavez grant fu*king blow, them n*ggas cant cover or tackle worth sh*t brandon harris should be starting over one of them


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 10 years ago '04        #4016
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fu*king disgusting.. i couldn't be more disgusted at that secondary today man.. couldn't do anthing you guys said above ^^^ ..

but the one who doesn't deserve a slack a Nix. What the fu*k is this man thinking about running 3 QB draws on 3rd down and 2 HB draws on 3rd and long? sick of that conservative a.ss bullsh*t; acting like Marve was fu*king up on his throws or anything. This was actually a game when receivers where making catches and Robert was throwing very efficiently with the exception of that first pick. Coop was doing his thing too, boy was unstoppable all day long but we quit running him for no reason either.

Also, Shannon needs to quit subbing Marve for JH. He acting like he owes JH something so he has to put him in the game.. what the hell is that about man, Marve was in a nice groove. We know he's the better qb at this moment by a long shot and JH will get his shot because he's good as well but just not yet.

We came out that first quarter like we could beat any team, from Oklahoma, to Georgia to anyone, but damn.. anyways, the good things i can pick up from this game is the fact that Marve can just make something happen anytime. He throws a nice ball man and the receivers, especially Aldarious and Farqhuarson are the truth. Epps was just punishing n*ggas when he got a change, Coop is an animal, a highlight reel and the O-Line is coming together, they allowed 1 or 2 sacks i believe.


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 09-27-2008, 04:31 PM         #4017
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Hopefully these guys saw Marve almost win the game for us. Dude is young but they need to trust him. Bradford and Mccoy were both young, but they were trusted by their coaches. Marve has shown what he can do, stop being so conservative.

This loss sucks but at least it came early. These dudes let the hype get to them, and once we went up 14-0, they sat back and relaxed(including the coaches). Right now everyone has been humbled, how we respond now will dictate the outcome of our season.

We need more talent, period. We need help at Dline. We need help at CB. We need help at Oline. We need faster linebackers.

Also, can someone tell be why JH keeps playing? Is he telling the coaches he will transfer if he dont play? Why is he on the field? I believe he will be a very good QB, but he needs to get the fu*k off the field right now. Marve is way ahead of him in terms of development. Marve is just better. We cant throw away scoring opportunities so we can "build depth" (or keep JH). This must stop, ENOUGH. Shannon can recruit, but he needs to make smarter moves on the field.


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 09-27-2008, 04:57 PM         #4018
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yea and Larry Coker can commit dat. We have absolutely no veteran talent. Bill Young had a bad game today but it's quite obvious he is limited because of the personnel. On D we prolly have 4 or 5 decent/good JR. and SR. players, and that is sad. Do we have one legit first day pick next year?

 10 years ago '04        #4019
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i agree with what everyones sayin. i like jacory but at this point the only time he should be in is if marve is hurt or if it's in the 4th quarter of a blowout. other than that, pulling QBs just fu*ks with the momentum and offensive rhythm.....marve led the squad to a 14-0 lead then got pulled for jacory, it's no coincidence that the offense struggled for the rest of the game. and nix is on another planet with some of the plays he calls, unfortunately miami doesnt have $$ to spend on top notch playcallers because theyre still paying off coker so it is what it is.

and to put things in perspective, this game will only help the youngsters grow and get better. hopefully they take their aggression out on florida state next week.

 09-27-2008, 05:21 PM         #4020
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I thought we were gunna pay???? Pay for what, the beating we gave you in Chapel Hill last year??? Or is it loaning you guys some bread to at least fill half of Dolphin Stadium. Sad sad showing of support for the tropical depressions.. Big home loss today for "THE WHO?" i mean the U...



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 10 years ago '04        #4021
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Young team man, this was expected from a 90% freshmen team.. but the future is bright. I know personally some of dem boys at the U and they put this behind them already, and they finna take it on fsu next week. They ain't finna slide like they did against these fu*king baby blue powder colored motherfu*kers.

 09-28-2008, 09:08 PM         #4022
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 Cap Peeler said
Young team man, this was expected from a 90% freshmen team.. but the future is bright. I know personally some of dem boys at the U and they put this behind them already, and they finna take it on fsu next week. They ain't finna slide like they did against these fu*king baby blue powder colored motherfu*kers.
Slide? I feel you man. Dont give Carolina no credit just put it on youth even though we are just as young as yall.

Anyway yall were favored by 9 and it should have been more the way yall smacked A n M.... You gotta hate Carolina i feel you.. We coming up too so don't ever take Carolina litely...

 10 years ago '04        #4023
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Jason Fox

On the emotions he feels after losing the game...
"We lost. I am not excited and we all hurt. We can take positives from this right now later when we watch the film and try to improve on things, but this is a game we should have won and we didn't handle business."

On what the locker room was like after the loss...
"It was almost like dead silence. We were close, but we didn't finish. After Coach Shannon talked to us, a couple of the guys were just saying to keep your head up and encouraging each other. That loss definitely hurt."

On if he was confident the team would come back to win after UNC took the lead...
"Absolutely, we were talking to each other saying if they score here, we can come back and win this. We were one play away and we were going on the football field and it was in every one of our mindsets to march it down the field and score. We are on the right track, but it didn't happen for us."

On if this team has what it takes to bounce back from a tough loss...
"No team wants to give up now and pack it in and give up. We know how good we are and how good we can be if we improve, so that is in everybody's mindsets and that is our job now."

Colin McCarthy

On what he feels like was the one thing that allowed for UNC to win the game...
"We just didn't finish. That has been kind of a problem since last year going into last year and we need to get it corrected soon."

On the big scoring plays the defense allowed...
"Our main goal was to stop the run and they got big plays. Two or three of the touchdowns were huge pass plays. We need to get that corrected obviously because it is going to hurt us the rest of the season if we give up long deep balls."

On what UNC was doing offensively that was challenging for the defense
"We had them in third and long opportunities and they converted them, which hurt us. That was our main goal. Their starting quarterback was hurt and going into the game we wanted to get pressure and force them into third and long which we did and they converted. When they did that they got some momentum and they hit the big plays which k!lled us."

On the play of the secondary...
"On the plays where they got beat, they went for the interception instead of just going for the sure tackle. If they make a tackle it is a 15 or 20-yard gain and we line up and play. Basically we are trying to limit the big plays by making tackles and lining up and playing again. Obviously they went for the interceptions, they didn't get them and they scored."

Travis Benjamin

On the Florida State rivalry...
"I am excited because this is my first time playing in it and I look forward to doing good in the game."

On finishing the game out...
"The coaches talk about finishing every play and I feel like we are finishing, but it is not the right way. Our offense did good and our defense did good. It was like a crack in the window and they just slipped in there."

On his role in the game...
"The coaches wanted to get the playmaker the ball and they had put me on some reverses and running routes so they could get me the ball. In high school I did a lot of that. I pretty much did everything for my team."

Xavier Shannon

On finishing the game out...
"Basically what it boils down to is that we just have to finish. That is what is stopping us from being a great team. We are not finishing together on offense, defense, and special teams."

On if the offense eased up with a 10 point lead...
"We played Charleston Southern and we had a big lead and we noticed people were laxing up, but at the end of the game you have to finis. At Florida we were up 9-3 in the fourth quarter and we didn't win that quarter and we didn't finish. At Texas A&M we were up 41-10, but we didn't score more points and we didn't finish. The same thing happened today."

On his thoughts going into the final offensive drive...
"I am thinking in my head the entire drive that this is a drive that will define this program. This is a great moment in this program's history and we just didn't finish."

Dedrick Epps

On the loss...
"Like Marve said earlier, it was very difficult because we know we should have won that game. All week we just talked about finishing in the fourth quarter and we didn't finish in the fourth quarter. That's what it boiled down to."

On playing Florida State next week...
"Florida State is a big rivalry so coming off this loss, that's big motivation to go out there and win next week."

On his performance...
"Even though I had a couple of catches, I think I had more drops. I don't want to dwell on the good, just work on the bad."

Chavez Grant

On the inconsistencies...
"I don't even know. The defense played great at times. The offense played great some times. Some times they didn't, but you can't put it on one side of the ball or one phase of the game."

On his pass interference call late in the game...
"I had a pass interference on a play. I thought it wasn't. The ref thought it was."

On the missed opportunities and mistakes...
"Everybody had a chance to make plays and everyone made mistakes. That's part of the game."

Aldarius Johnson

On his first touchdown catch at UM...
"I just seen Marve rolling so I had to roll with him. He threw me the ball and I came down with the catch."

On getting ready for FSU...
"Come in tomorrow, practice hard, do what we got to do, finish every play."

On losing twice after never losing at Northwestern...
"It's sad losing. It just hurts. It's a nasty taste in your mouth. I ain't lose in two years. I don't know how it feels to lose so it hurts me to the heart to come out and lose."

 10 years ago '04        #4024
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Randy Shannon met with reporters on Sunday morning following the 28-24 loss to North Carolina on Saturday afternoon.

Shannon has watched the game and talked about various topics.

"We wish we had--not wish--we got good players," Shannon said. "We just have to coach them up to get it done."

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? WR Thearon Collier went to the hospital yesterday after being carted off in the fourth quarter. Shannon said he did not know what the injury was, but did say Collier is no longer in the hospital. WR Jermaine McKenzie, who has not played this season, will "probably" get a chance to fill in for Collier if he is unable to play this week against Florida State.

? OL Reggie Youngblood was on crutches today. His status is unknown.

? Shannon was not happy with the veterans' late-game performance including the blown coverage by senior CB Bruce Johnson, pass interference call on junior CB Chavez Grant, late holding calls on senior OL Xavier Shannon and junior OL Jason Fox.

"I think those are things that are frustrating," Shannon said. "You have seen this team change so much from last year. Just the mentality, how much we've grown, how the quarterback play has developed, how the offense has gone on, and defensively how we have shut down the run game."

Shannon did say some players called him after the game to say that their actions were unacceptable.

"That makes you feel good as a coach, but that don't change anything. A loss is a loss."

? The secondary continues to be an area of concern. Adding to the concern is depth as S Randy Phillips will be out five more weeks, S Vaughn Telemaque will be "out for a while", CB Carlos Armour has "been nicked" as well as S Joe Wylie. CB Chavez Grant was a bit banged up last game which leaves CBs Bruce Johnson, DeMarcus Van Dke, and Brandon Harris as the only healthy ones. At safety, Anthony Redd*ck, JoJo Nicolas, and Ryan Hill are the only three that are healthy as Lovon Ponder is still limited to special teams duties.

"We just have to keep going and coaching them," Shannon said. "We have to get our numbers up at that position during recruiting and coach the guys up that we have on the team to get a whole lot better. The defensive staff will do a great job of that and challenge them because there are too many deep balls."

? On the controversial kickoff return by Brandon Tate that was looked like he stepped out of bounds: "I couldn't see his feet," Shannon said. "I don't know if he was in or not. We couldn't get a good view on it. It was just one of those calls. If I couldn't see it on film, then you have to give it to the officials."

? WR Travis Benjamin will continue to be the team's primary returner as he provided a "spark" yesterday. This season, Benjamin is averaging 17.7 yards on seven punt returns.

? Shannon praised his team on kickoff coverage and punt coverage in holding down Brandon Tate. However, he would like to see Matt Bosher continue to improve on his kickoffs. Ideally, Shannon would like the kickoffs about three yards from the sideline, with hangtime, and around the 10-15 yard line. Bosher will continue to be the guy because freshman Jake Wieclaw is not ready.

"Jake is still learning how to place the football," Shannon said. "He'll go out there and hit five, but there won't be any hang time, it will be line drives. If they catch the ball with no hangtime they will be out at the 40 or 50. But he's getting there. We just have to keep working with him. I'm not saying he won't get there this year. If he gets better at it, maybe two games down the line, then alright Jake you are in charge of kickoffs."

? The offense had 309 yards and scored three touchdowns on 66 plays.

"Offensively we did a lot great things. Cooper had his second straight 100-yard game, Marve threw the ball well and spreaded the ball around."

? Shannon continues to refrain from voting in the coaches' poll by choice.

? C Xavier Shannon is having a trouble with high snaps during shotgun formations, but QB Robert Marve is doing a great job of catching the ball with one hand and staying composed.

 10 years ago '04        #4025
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MIAMI, Fla. -- It's another painful loss adding to a list of painful losses that the University of Miami has suffered since 2006. In those past seasons, the team couldn't respond continuing to lose more and more close games. How does a team respond from such a painful loss? Can they respond from such a painful loss?

The pain wasn't only felt by the older players who will finish their careers with back-to-back losses to a mediocre North Carolina team. The younger players felt the pain of losing to the Tar Heels Saturday afternoon.

One older player in particular who felt the pain of the loss was senior defensive tackle Antonio Dixon. He had to be helped off the field by staff members because of the emotional pain he was going through putting his hands to his face mask as he left the field.

"Last year I got hurt against them. I tore my MCL and my PCL against them last year. Then it's an ACC game. We put our goals to beating every team in the ACC and I think we still can. We just have to finish," senior defensive tackle Antonio Dixon said.

The younger players also feel the losses especially since they don't know what it feels like to lose. However, it's something that pained them even more following the game as they saw their older teammates in the locker room crying over the loss.

"They seen what happened last year so it really hurt them a lot cause they beat them and the seniors was really crying and it's their last year and they might be their last chance playing against North Carolina so it really hurt them the most. It hurt me too cause I seen what they did last year. I felt like I was a senior today after the game, crying," freshman wide receiver Aldarius Johnson said.

The Hurricanes demonstrated last year that they were mentally weak losing a number of games that they could have won late in the game. The list is long. It includes basically the entire season of losses, but the ones that stand out are losses to Georgia Tech, North Carolina State, Boston College and these same Tar Heels in 2007. All four games were theirs for the taking in the fourth quarter.

The slew of heartbreak stretches back to 2006 as the 'Canes lost games Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Maryland and Virginia, all games that were winnable.

The difference between being a contender and a champion and being an also-ran is the ability to win games that are close in the fourth quarter, and unfortunately for the University of Miami football team, the 'Canes has fallen into the realm of also-rans.

Excuses are made that the team is young, that the 'Canes play a lot of freshmen. But that excuse is not entirely true. And the fact is, it's just another excuse to excuse the fact that this team simply loses games it should win.

A majority of the starters on the defense right now are juniors and seniors. The only first team players on defense who are not a junior or senior are sophomores Allen Bailey and Joseph Nicolas.

And players like freshmen Sean Spence and Brandon Harris who get a lot of playing time off the bench are extremely advanced in comparison to the normal freshman, i.e. they don't play like freshmen.

So how will this team respond when it's virtually the same team that was on the field last year sans a few players?

Time will only tell, but if you ask Johnson or Dixon, they both feel that FSU is the perfect opponent to respond against because it's not an opponent that they need any motivation to get up for because of the long standing rivalry.

"We are ready. I mean inside the locker room, coach Shannon told us don't hang our heads down. We got Florida State, an ACC game, we got to beat, got to find some way to win and finish," Dixon said.

Said Johnson, "It means a lot to me cause I always dreaming of playing Florida State for Miami. It's a big game so we got to come ready to practice and stay focused."

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