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 12-07-2008, 05:01 PM         #4451
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Why do they have this as an ACC/Pac10 game? Make an ACC team travel to Cali. Don't understand that.

BUT should be interesting.

Don't know much about Cal outside of Jahvid Best.

Hopefully Nix is gone.

 10 years ago '04        #4452
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Urban at it again..


News is that Urban is trying to get Marve to transfer to Florida...

is this n*gga for real???

 12-07-2008, 09:42 PM         #4453
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^And Gator fans wonder why they never get any love in the coaches poll. lol

 10 years ago '04        #4454
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The University of Miami has officially accepted an invitation to participate in the Emerald Bowl in San Francisco on December 27.

Miami (7-5) will play the California Golden Bears (8-4), who finished fourth in the Pac-10 Conference, on ESPN at 8 p.m. Eastern. The last time Miami faced a Pac-10 opponent was in 2001 when the Hurricanes defeated Washington 65-7.

"This is a great opportunity for us to be selected and invited to the Emerald Bowl in San Francisco," Miami coach Randy Shannon said. "We are playing a great Pac-10 opponent in Cal-Berkley. It's an opportunity for the University of Miami to travel out west to be recognized out west because we do a lot of recruiting in California."

BONUS: First Look at Cal

Cal's campus is less than 20 miles away from At&T Park, also home of the San Francisco Giants.

"If I'm not mistaken, the alumni base for the University of Miami in California is kind of big," Shannon said. "In my years of being a coach with Coach Erickson playing San Diego State, we always had a crowd there to support the University of Miami. That's all we need when you go on the road. It's on the road, but I think we'll have a lot of support from fans in that area."

UM's last bowl appearance was in 2006 at the Micron PC Computers Bowl in Boise as the Hurricanes defeated Nevada in that game 21-20.

"It's a bowl, some of these young guys on this football team will have their first experience to understand why it is so important to win games at the University of Miami," Shannon said.

Shannon says he has not watched much of Cal yet, but is familiar with Cal head coach Jeff Tedford as the two share a mutual friend.

"When you watch them on TV, Coach Tedford does a great job of getting his program to play at a higher standard and we are going out there to play against a team that it is a great opportunity for us to see where we are at coming off of two losses," Shannon said.

Shannon has ties with Cal offensive line coach Jim Michalczik, who was a graduate a.ssistant at Miami the same time Shannon was a graduate a.ssistant.

Miami players Patrick Hill (Los Angeles), Josh Holmes (San Diego), and Vaughn Telemaque (Long Beach) hail from the state of California. Cal does not have any players from Florida, but wide receiver Nyan Boateng is a transfer from Florida.

The team will have this week off and resume practice on Saturday afternoon. They will also practice on Sunday before having time off for finals. They are scheduled to arrive in San Francisco on Dec. 22.

 10 years ago '04        #4455
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It's finally official. The University Miami will play the California Golden Bears in the Emerald Bowl on December 27 at San Francisco's AT&T Park.

The only bowl game pairing teams from the Pacific-10 vs the ACC, the Emerald Bowl will once again be televised nationally by ESPN. Kickoff is 8:00 p.m. [EST] and it will be the only game played the evening of the 27th.

Cal finished the year 8-4 while beating just one Pac 10 team with a winning record--Oregon.

Read here to learn more about Miami's bowl opponent as we take a first look at Cal.

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What Cal Does Well

When Cal wins, their defensive line applies pressure on the quarterback and allows the secondary to make plays on the ball. In Cal's eight wins this season, they have forced an average of three interceptions per game. The Golden Bears rank third in the country with 23 interceptions this season. Cal ranks in the top 20 nationally with 33 sacks on the year and force opposing quarterbacks into questionable decisions. Cal runs a 3-4 defense and linebacker Zack Follett appears to be the major playmaker on the unit. Follett finished the year with 78 tackles, with a team leading 8.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss.

On offense Cal is led by running back Jhavid Best, who ran for 1,394 yards and 13 touchdowns while averaging eight yards per carry. Cal runs a two quarterback system that appears to have been pretty productive this season. Quarterbacks Kevin Riley and Nate Longshore have both played in 11 of the games this year and combined to throw for 2,290 yards and 23 touchdowns with 10 interceptions.

Why Cal Loses

Cal loses when they can't establish any running game with Best and they become a one-dimensional passing offense. In their four losses this year, Best averages 69 yards per game. In those games the Cal quarterbacks average 43 pass attempts and complete just 49-percent of the passes for an average of 255 yards in those games. The key to keeping Cal off the boards is stopping Best and forcing the Golden Bears to beat you with their passing game.

Player to Watch

Cornerback Syd'Quan Thompson. This guy is sparkplug of the Cal defense, leading the Golden Bears with four interceptions and he isn't afraid tom come up and make a tackle, ranking fourth on the team in tackles (65). He also broke up 12 passes this season. Thompson is a very aggressive corner and Miami will have to be aware of him wherever he lines up on the field. Thompson also serves as Cal's punt returner, averaging 12 yards per return and he has scored on a 73-yard return.

Stat of the Game

Cal's defense averages just under three interceptions a game in their wins this year, but in their four losses the defense has totaled just two interceptions total.

Key Matchup

Miami offensive line vs. Cal front seven. UM will need to get their running game going in order to beat Cal. Graig Cooper is Miami's last 100-yard rusher when he ran the ball 24 times for 131 yards in the win over Virginia. During Cal's four losses this season, opposing running backs have combined to average 168 yards and two touchdowns in those games. In the last three games Cooper and Javarris James have combined to average just 89 yards per game. Miami will need better production in the running game against Cal.

What the Game Comes Down to

The formula that Miami will need to use in order to beat Cal is the formula they have used to beat teams all year--control the ball on offense with few turnovers and establish a running game. Defensively UM needs to contain Cal running back Jahvid Best from having a big game. The biggest key to the game is the UM quarterbacks must do a better job of controlling the ball. In the past two games, Miami quarterbacks Jacory Harris and Robert Marve have combined to throw six interceptions.

 12-09-2008, 05:08 PM         #4456
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@ Nix getting an interview for the auburn job
... and I thought that offense couldn't get any worse

 12-09-2008, 05:20 PM         #4457
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Are we going to lose Bryce to Oregon???

 10 years ago '04        #4458
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There has been a lot of talk in recent days about the status of Miami's starting quarterback.

And no, it's not about who should start or if the rotation works.

This time, the topic revolves around Robert Marve.

Marve, who has thrown for 1,293 yards and nine touchdowns as the starter this season, has been involved in two rumors including being suspended for the Emerald Bowl and also transferring.

Multiple people who have talked to Marve informed InsideTheU.com Monday night that Marve had not been told he would be suspended.

Rumors of Marve transferring to LSU have popped up over the past few weeks. South Florida is another school that has surfaced.

Again, Marve has denied those rumors according to multiple people who have talked to Marve.

While the rumors are being squashed at the moment, that does not mean the situation should be treated as a closed book.

Last year, rumors were floating around about quarterback Kirby Freeman's status. Shortly after the end of the season, Freeman told InsideTheU.com: "The rumors are not true. I will be back next year."

A month later, Freeman transferred to Baylor.

If Marve is on his way out, Jacory Harris would be the team's quarterback. The two have rotated throughout the season as each have traded ACC Player of the Week honors and each have finished games while the other is forced to set on the sideline and watch.

Marve beat out Harris for the job in late August and found out on the same day, that he would be suspended for the season opener for an incident that occurred 10 months ago. The coaches waited to tell Marve of the suspension in fear that he wouldn't compete as hard for the starting job.

Marve's first game as a Hurricane was at Florida as he threw for 69 yards in a 26-3 defeat. He bounced back to throw for 212 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Texas A&M, also on the road. His 212 yards remain as a season-high.

The next three games, Marve threw seven interceptions as Harris received minimal reps, but questions of Marve's abilities began to be a popular conversation.

Harris finally shined against Duke after the team was in a 17-7 hole just before halftime. Harris responded by throwing for 185 yards and four touchdowns.

Since then, the two have traded the better performance although neither were effective in their last game against N.C. State as each threw two picks as Miami finished the regular season with a 7-5 record.

Harris' stats are more impressive as he's thrown for 1,001 yards and 10 touchdowns while completing 61 percent of his passes with six interceptions.

Whereas Marve has completed 54 percent of his passes for 1,293 yards and nine touchdowns with 13 interceptions. Only Virginia's Marc Verica has thrown more interceptions, 16, in the ACC than Marve.

If Marve is not suspended and does not leave Miami, he'll need a strong performance in the bowl game to keep Harris from closing the gap. If he doesn't play well, he could find himself on the outside looking in.

Either way, the next three weeks are sure to be interesting.

 10 years ago '04        #4459
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This Sunday the University of Miami hosts its annual awards banquet at the Westin Colonnade in Coral Gables.

There are a number of awards on the list up for grabs, but the one that I am sure everyone is interested in is Team MVP. Last year, Darnell Jenkins took home the honor following a very disappointing season for the Hurricanes.

Well, things are looking up this year. The 'Canes finished 7-5, have a win over ACC Champion Virginia Tech and are heading to the Emerald Bowl to face off with California on December 27 at 8:00 p.m.

A win and there won't be many who can complain about an 8-5 season and a bowl victory following last season's misery.

However, who is the MVP of this year's team? It definitely isn't an easy selection as a number of players played well, but no one blew your socks off. We break down the candidates, or expected candidates:

OLB Sean Spence - Yes, he's only a freshman, but Spence made an impact like no other player on this team. His ability to make big plays such as his strip against Virginia and his interception for touchdown against Florida State just begins to scratch the surface as to what Spence has the potential to become. He started for a good part of the season following an injury to Colin McCarthy and it is likely Spence will start at UM for the rest of his career. He finished the regular season third on the team in tackles with 62, had 7 ½ for loss and two sacks.

K Matt Bosher - How often do you call a placekicker the Team MVP? Well, when he's 17 of 19 kicking field goals and averages 41.1 yards per punt while also being a maniacal tackler on kicks, that's a good time to do it. Not to mention, Bosher has been more than integral in numerous wins, including Virginia Tech, Central Florida and Wake Forest. He probably won't win the award, but Bosher has been as important to this team as any player on it.

RB Graig Cooper - Cooper rushed for 778 yards this season on 159 carries and four touchdowns. He also caught 24 passes for 102 yards and a touchdown. He had his ups and his downs and continues to struggle when it comes to breaking tackles, but offensively, he may have been the 'Canes most consistent player this season.

MLB Glenn Cook - The sixth year senior is looked to as a leader on the team and a coach on the field. Spence looks up to him and says he's learned a lot from Cook this year. That alone speaks volumes of the respect his teammates have for him. He leads the team in tackles with 72 tackles and 7 for loss, but it's the leadership he brings which makes him a candidate for this award.

Who should win Team MVP: I think Matt Bosher deserves to win the award. People may have been driven mad at times with his punting, sometimes inconsistent, but without Bosher's field goal kicking this year, the 'Canes don't win very much this season. He stepped up in a huge way for the team as he improved incredibly from year one to year two. Bosher is going to be a mainstay on this team for two more years which should be very exciting because the 'Canes won't have to worry about their field goal kicking for quite some time with Bosher handling the duties.

Who will win Team MVP: I believe Glenn Cook will win the award simply based on leadership and the fact that he is highly respected on this team. It doesn't necessarily mean he deserves to win the award, even though he did have a solid season, over Bosher or even Sean Spence who would be my second pick, but respect goes a long way for MVP awards.

There are a host of other awards that will be awarded Sunday including Rookie of the Year which should definitely go to Spence and the Special Teams Award which should also go to Bosher with an Honorable Mention to Sam Shields.

 10 years ago '04        #4460
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can anyone post that article about bryce brown on rivals

 12-11-2008, 01:32 AM         #4461
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Brandon McGee >>>>>>>>>>>>>>


:wow: @ if we pull off those 3 bigmen and debose:dancingcool:
Debose would be crack on returns paired with Benjamin. His highlight film is just nasty from this season.

 10 years ago '04        #4462
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check this one out..

Penn State backup quarterback Pat Devlin has decided to transfer and won't accompany the team on its Rose Bowl trip.

Devlin, a redshirt sophomore, would have to sit out a season if he transfers to a Football Bowl Subdivision school. Because he already has redshirted, he would have just one season of eligibility remaining. He could have two seasons if he transfers to a lower classification school.

Devlin and his parents met with coach Joe Paterno to discuss his playing time and came away unsatisfied with Paterno's response.

Penn State released a statement Wednesday night regarding Devlin: "The Penn State football program wishes him well at his new school."

Devlin completed 25 of 47 pass attempts for 459 yards and four touchdowns in 10 games this season. He also ran for two scores, including the winning touchdown at Ohio State, when he replaced starter Daryll Clark, who had suffered a concussion.

Clark, who has one season of eligibility remaining, beat out Devlin for the starting job in preseason camp. Devlin had said after the decision that he didn't plan to transfer.

Devlin originally committed to Miami coming out of Downingtown East High School, but he changed his mind and signed with Penn State.

During high school, he was the Pennsylvania career passing leader with 8,162 yards, including 3,300 yards and 35 touchdowns as a senior. He was ranked the No. 4 quarterback recruit nationally by Scout.com.


I remember when he decommited just days before signing day...dumbass should've come to Miami and he'd be a serious threat at QB by now.

Then again, thank a lot Larry "dumbfu*k" Coker for letting that kid decommit

 10 years ago '04        #4463
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In his defense, he did decommit after Werner got canned, so i can't bash him for that.

 12-12-2008, 02:06 PM         #4464
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3 words for tomorrow...


ANYONE BUT TEBOW!

 12-13-2008, 05:18 PM         #4465
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PROPS dedos!

Some interesting stuff.

I would love to steal Marcus Hall from Buckeye territory.

I see Bryce is visiting Purdue. I live in Indianapolis, Purdue is meh. Maybe I should take a visit to Purdue on that day too and wear Miami gear lol. Sounds like we got him though.

 10 years ago '04        #4466
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dedos droppin them exclusives!!:wow::applause:

mcgee and mike james sound like theyre ready to go

i wonder what last minute commits shannon has up his sleeve this year:dancingcool:

 10 years ago '04        #4467
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my n*gga dedos on the grind!!!!!:dancingcool:

 10 years ago '04        #4468
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami returned to practice today after two weeks off as they prepare to face Cal on Dec. 27 for the Emerald Bowl.

SHANNON QUOTES

Opening statement:

"Guys were just coming off of a break. We were just doing some one on one's, some good physical work. Really emphasized running the football and stopping the run today. This time of the year it's important to get a sense of urgency going. Defense did a good job of stopping the run, just stuffed them. You would like things like that to balance out."

NOTES & QUOTES

* QB Robert Marve did not address the media as he ran past reporters on the way to the locker room.

* When Shannon was asked if Marve would play in the bowl game, he responded: "As far as I know he will. Academic reports come out on Wednesday so by Thursday we should know so if you want to find out who is eligible and who is not across the nation, just wait until about Wednesday."

* Shannon discussed the challenges Cal brings to the table: "They have a real good Center (Alex Mack). He's really solid, one of the best in the country. Their running backs (led by Javid Best) are very good. Coach Tedford does a nice job of using his players' skills knowing that the offensive line and running backs are going to carry them."

* Cal is led by star running back Jahvid Best. "I have only watched him when I've seen late-night football but I know he's a very good back. Done a great job the past few games. I really haven't gone over their film yet so ask me again In about another week about Cal."

* The UM awards banquet is Sunday night, which a lot of awards are up for grabs including Team MVP. Shannon said: "A couple of awards are chosen by the players on the team. Coach Swasey chooses another award. There are academic awards and then the coaches. It's going to be very hard to choose a team MVP because there are a lot of players who have done a lot of great things for us."

* As many as 10 recruits were on an official visit to Miami this weekend. "Basically when you bring guys in you want to emphasize what we have to offer. President Shalala speaks to them, the academic staff speaks to them, our AD (Kirby Hocutt) speaks to them. The get to mingle with the players. Its really the whole concept of what we are trying to do at Miami. Whats important is that they actually get to go inside a classroom and walk around when school is in session and they really like that."

* Practice resumes Sunday at 2 p.m.

 10 years ago '04        #4469
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Jacory Harris doesn't mind not being home for the holidays.

The true freshman signal caller who completed over 60 percent of his attempts for 1,001 yards and 10 tds (to 6 ints ) showed that he was more than capable making the adjustment from high school to college.

And while he his younger teammates are excited about the prospects of playing in a bowl game, he thinks the upperclassmen are just as enthused.

"I think they want to go out with a bang. This is their last game at Miami and we want to help send them off the right way. They accomplished a lot here and everyone of them wants to go out and win this game."

Despite a promising 7-5 turn-around from last season's failed postseason bid, Harris and his teammates are treating postseason practice as an early jumpstart on the 2009 season.

"We are treating this like a spring game. We are trying to go out there and cement spots for next year but at the same time, we are all having fun."

While Jacory is concentrating most of his attention on the Emerald Bowl, he still plays close attention to alma mater, Miami Northwestern. The Bulls defeated Boone on Friday night and will be playing for third class 6A championship in a row. Harris is a frequent visitor on the Northwestern sidelines and although he will not be able to make the trip to Orlando next weekend, he remains an avid supporter of his former team.

"They weren't missing me too much this season. They just go out and continue to perform at a high level. We really appreciate what they are doing by keeping the streak going. No team in Dade County has every one three in a row but I guess there is a first time for everything."

In being invited to the Emerald Bowl, the Hurricanes have the opportunity to travel to one of America's great cities for their postseason experience. Harris has never been to San Francisco before and is looking forward to everything the city has to offer.

"I've heard a lot of great things about San Francisco. The Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf. People have been telling me a lot about those types of places. It's going to be a fun experience, but at the same time, it's a business trip. It's going to be hostile environment, almost like a road game, but to be honest, I think I play better in road games anyways."

Dec. 13, 2008

 10 years ago '04        #4470
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2009 commitment, Mike James, was so excited about his future with Miami after his official visit this weekend, he was beaming over the phone.

James, who will enroll at Miami this January, said one of the highlights of his visit was hanging out with his host Javarris James.

The two running backs immediately hit it off and Mike James said his future teammate couldn't have shown him a better time.

"He was awesome," James said. "He is probably the coolest dude I have ever met in my life. He treated me like a baby brother. I didn't know I would have that much fun with him. I can't wait to get down there in like a month."

"I liked the way everybody takes everybody in just like a family. Everybody there is connected and they have that bond and tie that is awesome to be a part of. I really liked meeting all the guys that were there."

James said he also interacted with coach Randy Shannon throughout the entire weekend. According to James, Shannon was with the recruits during nearly every activity and it was great to spend that much time with their future leader.

"He is a great guy," James said. "He is all about taking care of us. He is a great guy and very understanding. He knows about life and situations and I know he is going to be a good coach and mentor that will push me the next four years."

On Saturday, James got to watch Miami's first practice as they prepare for the Emerald Bowl on December 27. James said he used that time that he got to watch practice as a way to prepare for what he will have to go through this spring.

"I loved the intensity and the way everybody kept moving," James said. "There is no standing around. Coach Robinson coaches with a high intensity and he doesn't joke around. He is all business on the practice field. I like that."

Miami hosted two uncommitted prospects, Bobby Massie and Daniel Campbell, both offensive linemen from Hargrave. James said he made sure to get in their ear this weekend and do some recruiting. Now that the weekend is over, James said he feels good about UM's chances to land those two linemen.

"They said they just want to win and I told them well if that is true then this is where it is at," James said. "They said they just won a championship at Hargrave, so they want to keep that going in their career. If they want to do that, then Miami is the place to be."

"I got a good feeling about them coming to Miami. They seemed like hard working guys that want to win a National Championship. They are all about winning and I got a good vibe from them."

 10 years ago '04        #4471
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During his visit, Miami defensive tackle commitment from the 2009 class Curtis Porter got to know UM coach Randy Shannon a lot better.

Porter admits he really looks up to Shannon and at first he was a little in awe of his future coach.

"I had breakfast with the coaches today and met with coach Shannon. I was kind of nervous and in awe of talking to him at first but then I was around him more and more and it was like hold on I am going to be part of the family. That is where my blood, sweat and tears will be for the next four or five years."

Ultimately Porter says he is proud to play from one of the few African-American head coaches in college football and he can't wait to be a part of Shannon's legacy.

"When coach Shannon talked with us, it was awesome. To have a black head coach is pretty cool. I have watched ESPN a lot and they always talk about how there aren't that many black coaches in college football. Just to be part of that and to be a part of something special is pretty wonderful. I really respect him."

Porter took an official visit down to Miami this weekend. He plans to enroll at UM this spring, so he took the time to really get to know his future teammates. Porter said he was hosted by defensive tackle Josh Holmes and he got to know Marcus Forston real well too.

"They are all ready to get things going," Porter said. "They just said welcome to the family and they are glad to have me a part of it. They said they can't wait to bring me down and get going."

On Saturday Porter watched his future teammates and coaches during UM's first practice for their bowl game on December 27. Porter said he was impressed at the tempo of the Miami practice.

"It was intense, fast-moving and everything was like go get it," Porter said. "It was good to see coach Hurtt in action. I love the way he coaches."

Fellow 2009 commitments Brandon McGee and Olivier Vernon also visited UM this weekend and Porter said he particularly bonded with them.

"I bonded with Brandon McGee and Olivier Vernon," Porter said. "We are all coming in early and we are going to have some good stuff come in. We talked a lot about what we are going to do when we get there and it is going to be all good."

Porter said he did a little recruiting of the two uncommitted prospects from Hargrave who visited, Bobby Massie and Daniel Campbell. Porter said he wasn't sure on how they were feeling about Miami after the visit.

"They had a good time, but everybody is different you know," Porter said. "They should take Miami seriously though and come here. If you don't, you are stupid. I tried to recruit them and talk to them, but they still had their doubts. There is not much you can do about that."

 10 years ago '04        #4472
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Who said kickers get no respect?

Miami kicker/punter Matt Bosher won the team MVP award after posting a great season in handling the kicking and punting duties.

Bosher went 17-of-19 on field goal attempts this year with a long of 52 yards. He also averaged 41 yards per punt with a long of 76 yards.

What may have won the award for Bosher though was his aggressive play on the coverage units.

Bosher made multiple touchdown saving tackles during kickoff and punt return coverage, finishing the year with eight tackles on the season.

"What you look at is a guy that brings a lot to the football team motivational wise and also what he does football wise," coach Randy Shannon said. "Those are the two things you look at and what the players think of that guy.

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Most Versatile Player

RB Graig Cooper

Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year

DL Gavin Hardin

Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year

RB Damien Berry

Hard Hitter Award

LB Sean Spence

Special Teams Player of the Year

WR Sam Shields

Strength Training Athlete of the Year

WR Khalil Jones

Nick Chickillo Most Improved Player

OL Chris Rutledge

Walt Kichefski Hurricane Award (commitment, consistency)

WR Khalil Jones

Albert Bentley Most Valuable Walk-On Award

OL Chris Ivory

Mariutto Scholar Athlete (highest G.P.A.)

C Xavier Shannon

Plumer Memorial Award (leadership, motivation, spirit)

LB Glenn Cook

Dale Melching Award (leadership)

LB Glenn Cook

U. Miami Sports Hall of Fame Unsung Hero Award

FB Patrick Hill

Jack Harding Award (Team MVP)

K Matt Bosher

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 booie4 said
Walt Kichefski Hurricane Award (commitment, consistency) - WR Khalil Jones
yeah, committed to dropping passes

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 ttime236 said
Rivals did a article on this kid who theyre saying is the next big internet sensation like noel devine

TEMPLE, Texas – A minute or two is all it takes.

During that brief span, it becomes obvious the player on the video is something special.

Lache Seastrunk (pronounced Lake), a 5-foot-10, 180-pound running back at Temple High School, is so special he'll likely become an Internet legend on par with Noel Devine when his highlights start circulating on the Web.

Seastrunk averaged nearly 12 yards per carry while rushing for 1,532 yards on 129 attempts last season. He scored 19 touchdowns, with 11 of those covering at least 45 yards. Those numbers aren't by-products of a dominant team, padded stats or a wide-open offense. Temple, which runs the Wing T, was 7-4 last season. Seastrunk had 10 or fewer carries in five games and never had more than 21. Speed undoubtedly is his greatest a.sset. He ran an automatic-timed 10.37 in the 100-meter dash this spring.

And he's only a sophomore.

"He can go into a pile and he can get out of a pile," says Temple High coach Bryce Monsen, a stocky former college linebacker. "That's not coaching. That's between him and the good Lord.

"I saw him tightrope the sidelines with his right hand (extended) out to keep from falling and up on his toes to stay in-bounds, and he still outran everybody on the field."

Over the years, Texas has produced some of football's greatest running backs. Included in the state's distinguished alumni are Heisman Trophy recipients Doak Walker, Earl Campbell and Billy Sims, and several more that could have – or should have – won it, like Joe Washington, Greg Pruitt, Eric d*ckerson, LaDainian Tomlinson and Adrian Peterson.

"I've got to work harder," Seastrunk said. "I want to be the best. I don't want to be with the bunch. I want to separate myself. My mother always told me not to settle for being good. Try to be great."

Seastrunk might be Texas' next great running back.

"We hope so," said Bob McQueen, an incredibly successful coach at Temple who came out of retirement a few years ago to a.ssist Monsen. "He's barely 16 years old, and he has a lot out in front of him. To say he's the next great one … we'll have to wait and see. He's special."

LIKE OLD TIMES

In Temple - a city of 60,000 located 65 miles north of Austin - high school football is important. That much can plainly be seen from Interstate 35.

Just east of the highway sits Wildcat Stadium, a 13,000-seat monument to Temple football that features chair-back seats, a field-turf playing surface and a huge press box accessible by elevator.

Gary Garner, a 59-year-old former Booster Club president and retail advertising manager of the Temple Daily Telegram, has had season tickets for decades. For years, he thought he'd never again see anybody like Kenneth Davis, a powerful runner who led Temple to the 1979 state championship. Davis attended TCU, where he finished fifth in the 1984 Heisman Trophy voting, and had a successful nine-year career in the NFL.

"I'm one of those people who like to sit up high at Wildcat Stadium so I can see the entire field and how the plays develop," Garner says. "You'd see Kenneth Davis go left or right, find a hole or get a crease, and once he got in the open field, he could do wonders. I thought as far as high school goes that he was the best I'd ever seen.

"But now we have one coming that reminds me a whole lot of Kenneth Davis – except he's a lot faster."

Time can compromise a memory, and even the most objective fan is subject to exaggeration. People often exalt the here-and-now over the how-it-was, which helps explain why some people argue that Kobe is better than Jordan.

But even Davis praises Seastrunk.

"I had a couple of opportunities to watch him play," said Davis, now football coach and athletic director at Bishop Dunne High School in Dallas. "He's a tremendous athlete. He has incredible acceleration from a dead stop, probably the quickest I've ever seen in any kid.

"I think he has the ability and potential to be a great back. The sky's the limit for him. I'm not sure how good a blocker or receiver he is, but when you look at pure speed, there is no finer back in the state."

TEXAS 10
Olin Buchanan's list of the top 10 running backs in Texas history:
1. Earl Campbell, Tyler
2. Eric d*ckerson, Sealy
3. LaDainian Tomlinson, Waco
4. Billy Sims, Hooks
5. Doak Walker, Dallas
6. Thurman Thomas, Houston
7. Priest Holmes, San Antonio
8. Adrian Peterson, Palestine
9. Joe Washington, Port Arthur
10. Greg Pruitt, Houston

Olin Buchanan's take on the top 10 running backs in Texas history is based on their high school, college and pro careers. Buchanan covered high school and college football in Texas for 25 years before moving to Rivals.com.
McQueen and Monsen agree. The congenial and grandfatherly McQueen, who was 276-86-9 in a high school career that spanned five decades at Temple and nearby Mexia, sent more than 100 players to college. The best were Davis and Ray Rhodes, who later was coach of the Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers. He said Seastrunk has similar ability.

"Usually, if you get one like that in a career, you're very, very fortunate. I've been around three," McQueen says. "If (Seastrunk) improves in some areas, he could be as good as any of them. He needs a more complete understanding of the game.

"Our backs have to block, and he has really come on this spring with his blocking. And he needs to work on catching the football."

Monsen also has seen his share of great football players. The son of a coach who won 10 state championships in Wyoming and Utah, he has been around football his whole life. He played linebacker at BYU in 1983, '85 and '86, but missed the 1984 national championship season because he transferred to Snow College (Utah) to get more playing experience.

"I regret that every day," he says. "But (then-BYU coach) LaVell Edwards said I needed to get experience and then to come back."

A successful defensive coordinator and head coach in Utah before joining McQueen's staff several years ago, Monsen suspected he might have something special when Seastrunk long-jumped 20-9 3/4 in the eighth grade.

Those suspicions proved correct in last year's season opener when Seastrunk rushed for 112 yards on seven carries and scored touchdowns on runs of 75 and 20 yards in a 21-17 victory over South Garland. On both touchdowns, he turned the corner and blew by safety Joseph Ibiloye, a four-star prospect who signed with Oklahoma in February.

"He was in a foot race on the sideline (with Ibiloye) and outran him to the end zone," Monsen says. "He has extremely powerful legs. He's a freak of nature. It's all God-given."

Annie Ma Harris, Seastrunk's grandmother, may be due partial credit.

"When I was little, I always stayed in trouble," Seastrunk said. "My grandmother got tired of whipping me and made me stand in the corner on one leg. It seemed like I'd be on one leg for hours."

Maybe that's the secret of his success.

"You say that and every kid in Temple is going to be standing on one leg," McQueen says. "I might try it, too."

Seastrunk already has received mail from Kansas, Florida, Iowa, LSU and Texas, among others. He says LSU and Texas are his top choices for now, but he's also interested in Oklahoma and Miami.

"If he stays healthy and does everything he's supposed to do, he will have a great opportunity to play at the next level," Davis said. "How will he do over time? That's his biggest challenge.

"If he keeps his head screwed on right, do what he's asked and gets down on his knees at night, then I think in a few years we can look back and truly appreciate not only what he's done in high school but in his life. I hope we will."

Early indications are that won't be a problem. Seastrunk already has faced the obstacles of an at-risk youth and handled them well. His father hasn't been part of his life. His mother hasn't been there much of the time, either.

"She wasn't around for a while," he said. "She made some wrong decisions in life."

Seastrunk was raised by his grandmother, and received sound guidance from an uncle and from a cousin, Terrell Jackson, a wide receiver at Buffalo. "He (Jackson) was always telling me to stay focused and don't let anyone get you off-track," Seastrunk said.

Monsen says Seastrunk is an honor roll student who works diligently in the classroom and weight room.

"When the Lord was giving out athletic ability, Lache was at the front of the line," Monsen says in classic coach-speak. "When the Lord was making good kids, Lache was at the front of that line, too."

But even the nicest youngsters can be led astray at times, especially great athletes at an impressionable age. Seastrunk says he tries to avoid trouble like he does tacklers.

"It's just not in my heart or character to get in trouble," Seastrunk said. "I'd rather just go home."

If he stays patient for a couple of years, his legs will take him anywhere he wants to go.



heres the vid of him and let me just say hot damn this kid is fast as sh*t

This kid was mentioned in the rivals250 to watch in 2010...gonna be a beast

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The amount of teaching and growth that takes place during the extra practices for bowl preparations can't be understated.

The bowl practices are almost a time when the young players are given a clean slate and able to show the coaches how much they have improved since the beginning of the season.

The practices go back to being more about teaching and are more physical and consist of more scrimmage situations.

If you are a young player who has played on scout team most of the year, the bowl practices are a time to try and shine.

"It is helpful for the younger players to make that transition into spring," senior linebacker Glenn Cook said. "It gives you something that you can judge yourself off of going into the spring and something to work towards while you have a little break."

"It is an opportunity to show the coaches what you can do a little bit in scrimmage situations. It is an opportunity for them to do that and separate themselves and get their name out there just before the spring starts."

Miami has three freshmen in particular who can use these practices as an opportunity to really make strides in their development. Cook took the time to talk about three of the young linebackers in particular and how they are looking at this point in the season.

Arthur Brown: "These last two practices have probably been his best just from the standpoint that he is really understanding what is going on. He has improved tremendously and I think he will be great next season as long as he continues to work. I am going to try and help him as much as I can while I am here. He has made a lot of strides."

Jordan Futch: "He just has to get back into the groove, but he is a good athlete and can move around well."

Ramon Buchanan: "He has made a pretty smooth transition from safety. He is a tough kid that just has to get some weight on him. Besides that, he is real athletic and a former defensive back."

One area Miami's defense will look to solidify going into the Emerald Bowl against Cal is their run defense.

Miami is entering the game against Cal having given up 691 yards rushing in their last two games while Cal running back Jhavid Best has run for 512 yards and six touchdowns in their last two games.

"That is key for us, to stop the run," Cook said. "Their quarterbacks have been up and down, so they start everything with their running back. It will be key to stop the running game and force them into a passing situation. We are disappointed with the way we played the last two games as the defense as a whole, so we are looking to go out and have a good showing against a very good team in Cal."

"He is fast. He is a small guy, but he likes to get outside. He makes a lot of things happen if you give him an opportunity. You got to get to him so he doesn't have those chances. He is a little like Antone Smith as far as his stature and the way he runs. He is probably a little more shifty but they are similar backs."

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