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 9 years ago '04        #3741
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Scrimmage recap

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

DeMarcus said he was with the ones and twos along with Bruce Johnson, Chavez Grant and Brandon Harris. The safeties were Randy Phillips, Joseph Nicholas, Ryan Hill and Lovon Ponder.
 9 years ago '04        #3742
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The Hurricanes held the first of three night situational scrimmages Saturday at Cobb Field, where all three quarterbacks saw work.

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

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

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

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

Shannon also said UM's defense came up with four sacks, adding he rested ``a lot of veteran guys. We played them early and then rested and treated them like it was a preseason game.
 9 years ago '04        #3743
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Growing up in a home with 12 brothers and sisters, University of Miami offensive lineman A.J. Trump learned early in life about making the most of his opportunities -- especially when it came to grabbing stuff out of the fridge.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A SLOW START

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

STAYING FRESH

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

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

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

''[Having a rotation] helps guys get to the end of the season without bald tires,'' Stoutland said. ``Down here, the humidity takes a lot out of you. You need guys who can go in for a few series and help guys stay fresh. But we can't do it if there's a dropoff. A.J. doesn't give us a dropoff at all.''
 9 years ago '04        #3744
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University of Miami coach Randy Shannon a.ssured reporters this week he would let them know when Allen Bailey and Eric Moncur, the team's projected starting defensive ends, are healthy enough to return.

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

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

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

LIMITED AVAILABILITY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VERSATILE ATHLETE

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

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

''He's a high-motor kid,'' Hurtt said. ``He's gotten a lot better rushing the passer. He was already a very strong kid coming in the door in the run game. He's got great explosion, great hands. . . . All those offensive linemen keep coming up, talking about him.''
 9 years ago '04        #3745
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami held their first scrimmage of fall practices today. Read on to find out more.

SHANNON OPENING STATEMENT

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

NEWS & NOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

? RB Jaamal Berry, LB Phil Walker, RB Jason Douglas, DB Artice Kellam, and 2010 S Gideon Ajagbe were among the recruits in attendance.
 9 years ago '04        #3746
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Expectations are high for freshman cornerback Brandon Harris and slowly, but surely he's starting to make his mark in the secondary as he's already broken his way into the second unit.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

On the freshmen class

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

On the playbook from high school to college

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

On big plays Saturday

"Oh yeah, we had a couple of big catches, deep balls for touchdowns. I know Davon (Johnson) had a big catch for a touchdown. Laron Byrd had a great catch down the sideline, but it was out of bounds," Harris said.
 9 years ago '05        #3747
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thats some bullsh*t... I dont like n*ggas that play games and let other people force they hands... how u drop a team and then let people tell u that thats where u need to be....
McGee said. "My uncle pressures me every day about going to Miami."
 9 years ago '04        #3748
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 booker20 said:
thats some bullsh*t... I dont like n*ggas that play games and let other people force they hands... how u drop a team and then let people tell u that thats where u need to be....
That's the worst part of recruiting, n*ggas can't be straight up about sh*t. Kids who play games are usually some hoes so I don't try to sweat it but it's still fu*ked up.
 9 years ago '05        #3749
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 P. Dedos said:
ya its fu*ked up will take it tho :)


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

How TJ did us last year was much worse than PJ... but fu*k em all... we'll regroup
 08-11-2008, 01:47 PM         #3750
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The Hurricanes didn't have to go far for their newest commitment.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jeff Stoutland was his primary recruiter.

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

McGee also built a relationship with head coach Randy Shannon.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* McGee's first cousin, Cedric McGee, plays for Pittsburgh.
 9 years ago '04        #3751
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good pickup, the class is shaping up to be really nice

a brandon harris/brandon mcgee/ramon buchanon/vaughn telemaque secondary of the future sounds nice

but we gotta win games this year and show tremendous improvement to keep these guys on board
 9 years ago '04        #3752
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haven't been here in a while...work has me caught up


great pick up on McGee. I always thought he was gonna leave the state. Randy is doing great things in recruiting this season man!

August 11, 2008


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jeff Stoutland was his primary recruiter.

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

McGee also built a relationship with head coach Randy Shannon.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* McGee's first cousin, Cedric McGee, plays for Pittsburgh.
 9 years ago '04        #3753
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August 11, 2008

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Three-star cornerback Taylor Sowell had long been a commitment for the Tar Heels. The 5-foot-10, 187-pounder recently backed out of his pledge and is beginning to look at other options.


Sowell is looking at Georgia Tech, Miami and West Virginia now.
"I decommitted a few days back," he said. "What happened was that I went to Georgia Tech and North Carolina didn't want me to. We parted ways and I decided to back off my commitment. I'm not really looking at North Carolina anymore.

"Now I'm going to look at Miami, West Virginia and Georgia Tech."

Sowell went on about his trip to Atlanta.

"It was pretty good," he said. "I liked the campus and facilities. The weight room was pretty good. I got to talk to one of the coaches. It was a good visit."

The No. 48 cornerback in the country talked about Miami and West Virginia too.

"I've been talking to them on and off recently," he said. "I like both of them. West Virginia is a top school that is always going to bowl games. Miami is a respectable school to go to. I plan to visit both of them and make my decision soon about what school I want to go to."

What does Sowell want in a college?

"I just want to look for a good degree, a school that cares and somewhere I can get playing time," he said. "I like to play in big games against good competition."
 9 years ago '04        #3754
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The first week of practice is done and there have been some standouts on the field, especially from the freshmen class.

Players like LaRon Byrd and Travis Benjamin have been the common name that has come out of coach Randy Shannon's mouth even though he generally does not specify players that he is happy with or ever indicates performances that were noteworthy.

Saturday, the name of note was Davon Johnson who made some big plays in the team's first scrimmage of the year.

So who are the players that we expect breakout seasons from in no particular order?

LaRon Byrd, WR - The special thing about LaRon Byrd is his humility. Throughout his recruitment one of the things Byrd said was that he had no problem redshirting his first year. After a week of sensational play on the field, there isn't a question that Byrd and a redshirt year will not be happening. He's fluid, he's strong and he is proving to be a guy who makes plays. And he wears #47. Byrd is a special player and he's going to have a big year.

DeMarcus Van Dke, CB - Van Dke was a slim pup last year who got plenty of experience his freshman year. Now, he's a veteran who has high expectations. Going through the growing pains he experienced last year were something that will prove to be big for the Hurricanes defense. It's rare that a corner at Miami is a three or four year starter, but Van Dke has the chance to be that. And this year should make for a special one where he establishes himself as one of the top corners in the ACC.

Marcus Forston, DT - Forston has been held out of practice the last few days because he's lost excessive weight which begs the question. Could he eventually become a defensive end? For people who have seen Forston in person, he's not the biggest guy. He came in to UM weighing about 300 pounds or so and in the intense heat, there is no doubt he could drop 10-15 pounds and be down to the 285 range when the season begins. Either way, he's going to be relied upon a lot and get a lot of reps as a freshman. The biggest concern will be his weight and if he hits a wall battling much bigger offensive linemen inside. If he drops too much weight, he could even up being a defensive end. Either way, Forston could have a magical freshman year.

Javarris James, RB - Javarris James struggled through injuries last year which prevented him from having a good sophomore season following a strong freshman year. As long as he stays healthy, James should re-emerge as a force in the offense. Not to mention the fact that he's become a very good pass catching option and can play in the slot as well. A healthy James means big things for the 'Canes offense. As long as he remains healthy, he could definitely challenge for 1,000 yards rushing and 500 yards receiving.

Travis Benjamin, WR - Benjamin may not get a lot of work at receiver this year because there is such a glut at the position, but he's going to be a master in kick and punt returns. Blazing fast, Benjamin has the moves, the speed and the quickness to make the 'Canes matter on Special Teams again the way Devin Hester, Roscoe Parrish, Phillips Buchanon, and Santana Moss did in years past.
 9 years ago '04        #3755
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- With all the new wide receivers that are creating fireworks on the field for the University of Miami through the first week of Fall practice, people are forgetting about the older guys on the team.

The main guy who has been forgotten is Kayne Farquharson who has quietly become probably the most consistent receiver on the team.

After a strong Spring, Farquharson has brought that success into the Fall as he says he's averaging three to four catches per practice in team workouts.

Saturday in the first scrimmage of the Fall, he caught three passes. It just goes back to what he wants to be as a receiver and that's consistent.

"I came far (since last year). You know last year started off slow, got my feet wet, then had an injury and it slowed things down. Just being consistent, that's the biggest difference from last year. Catching the ball every time. Every scrimmage I catch about three or four passes, that's pretty much it for me," Farquharson said.

He is also happy with the way the offense is progressing, especially with the unit not committing any turnovers in Saturday night's scrimmage. He has also turned the page when it comes to last season.

"You know not to bring up last year, I want to focus on this year. We looked good today. You know, no turnovers, so that's always a good thing," Farquharson said. "We are moving the ball. We got down and kicked two field goals, so we were moving the ball. We really didn't get stopped that much."

Beyond that, he was complimentary on the play of the quarterbacks.

"All three quarterbacks looked good. They were driving down the field. As a unit the offense looked good," Farquharson said.

The scrimmage was also very physical according to Farquharson.

"The intensity level was high. The linebackers were flying around. The running backs were making moves. The receivers were catching big balls. The intensity was high," Farquharson said.

As one of the veteran receivers though, Farquharson has also been playing the role of mentor to the younger receivers, even though he himself while being a senior is only in his second year at UM.

"Most of these guys are football players, so you don't really have to teach these guys anything. You know just freshen them up on the offense a little bit, stay on them on their fundamentals. Guys who get recruited to Miami you really don't have to teach them too much," Farquharson said.
 9 years ago '04        #3756
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Monday morning was the first practice of the second two-a-day of fall camp.

Miami returned to practice today following a day off on Sunday. Miami's last practice was a scrimmage held at Cobb Stadium.

Read here to find out who performed well during the practice and more of the latest news.





NEWS & NOTES

? Freshman LaRon Byrd caught two touchdowns today, both about 30 yards, during seven-on-seven drills today. One touchdown was thrown by Robert Marve and the other was thrown by Jacory Harris.

? Linebackers Sean Spence and Glenn Cook both had interceptions in today's practice.

? Shannon's thoughts on the scrimmage: "Last year we was getting first down and 15 and it would be over and we would automatically punt. This year it is first down and 15, second down and 12 and we convert it and we keep the drive going and get some first downs. That is a stepping stone of what we want to get done at Miami is learning how to finish."

? CBs Bruce Johnson and Chavez Grant are currently the first-team cornerbacks. DeMarcus Van Dke and Brandon Harris are working with the second team.

? According to Shannon all the returning players on the team are eligible for the upcoming season. "We have the notes and everybody is here now, so there is no problems," Shannon said.

? After the first week of practice, Shannon says he is still pleased with the play of the quarterbacks. "They are executing the offense and sometimes they make mistakes, but they are doing what we ask them to do. They are reading their blitzes and reading their hot [routes]. They will make a mistake the first time, but then the next time they see it they will respond and get it done."

? Safety Anthony Redd*ck, Antonio Dixon, and Marcus Forston all participated in practice today. Freshmen Jeremy Lewis, C.J. Holton, and Gavin Hardin also participated in practice as well.

? Lewis reported last Saturday and according to Shannon missing the first week of fall practice doesn't put him too far behind the other defensive tackles. "The defensive linemen are more physical guys," Shannon said. "You don't do a lot of thinking at d-line. You got a couple of techniques you have to run. Either you are moving out or you are moving in. For the most part he can come in with two weeks left to get him ready to play. He is a big body and very athletic kid."

"He was in decent shape [today]. He worked out hard all summer long. He really worked at conditioning and doing those type of things on his own. We are excited about that because he was taking advantage of what he had to get done."
 9 years ago '04        #3757
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The Hurricanes have completed their first week of fall practices and their season opener is 17 days away.

On Saturday, the team held their first scrimmage, which was closed to the general public and the media although 200-300 lucky fans were able to watch the scrimmage in its entirety.

Davon Johnson and Chris Zellner each scored touchdowns in the scrimmage and Matt Bosher converted a couple of field goals.

This week, the team will resume practice on Monday with a two-a-day after a day off on Sunday. The next day off is on Thursday.

So let's take an in-depth look at what is going on with the team.

Position Battle: Marve vs. Jacory

The battle for the starting quarterback position is not any more clear now than it was heading into fall practices, although Robert Marve still has the edge over Jacory Harris.

Marve has thrown a number of touchdowns in the first week while limiting his interceptions. He's doing everything he can to win the position, which will be named as early as Aug. 18.

"The way that I am going to be satisfied with myself is going out there, working hard, and play the best ball Robert Marve can play," said Marve on media day.

Harris still appears to be a solid No. 2 quarterback as the team looks for direction from their quarterbacks. He will need a strong second week to state his claim for the position.

The quarterbacks remain off-limits to the media until Aug. 15.

Freshman Wideouts Shine

LaRon Byrd and Travis Benjamin scored a number of touchdowns in the first week and everyone is expecting them to produce this season. If either of them can reach the 20-catch plateau, this season would have to be considered a success and a good starting point for their careers.

Byrd (6-4, 210) has done a great job of stretching the field making big plays and has good speed. Byrd will be a guy who can make a big play because of his size/speed combo.

Benjamin (5-10, 160) has great quickness and gets upfield in a hurry. He doesn't have as many moves as former Hurricane Roscoe Parrish, who was also small in stature, but uses his speed to his advantage.

Another freshman speedster, Davon Johnson (5-11, 185) shined during the scrimmage with a 30-yard touchdown reception from Marve as he out-jumped the defensive back in the endzone to come down with the ball.

"If you are fast, you are always fast," Johnson said. "My speed really helps me out a lot. I am not the biggest guy and I am not the strongest guy, but a lot of the defensive backs respect you if you have speed."

Hot Topics

1. Starting DEs Eric Moncur and Allen Bailey remain out as Adewale Ojomo, Steven Wesley, Marcus Robinson, and Andrew Smith take the reps.

2. Chris Barney suffers first major injury of the fall, which will keep him out four to six weeks. Barney was the first-team left guard even though he was buried on the depth chart in 2007 and did not see any action. Orlando Franklin will take over and is unlikely to give the spot up.

3. Clearinghouse update: C.J. Holton and Gavin Hardin are in; Brandon Marti, Joe Wylie, and Jeremy Lewis are still waiting to be cleared. Brandon Washington, C.J. Odom, Antonio Harper, and Zach Kane are headed to prep school.

What to Look For...

Safety Anthony Redd*ck is expected to practice this week and compete for a starting spot with Lovon Ponder, but will need a strong two weeks to win the position after missing a lot of practice in week one. Redd*ck is highly thought of around the UM staff and is expected to have a large role in '08 a.ssuming he stays healthy. Randy Phillips is expected to start at the other safety position.

Antonio Dixon is expected to return to practice this week also after missing the last two practice days due to being hospitalized due to hyperventilation.

Keep your eyes on Graig Cooper this week as the team practices more in pads. Cooper is looking to take the next step in his second year and had a great spring.

The team has five practices in three days, which will test the durability of a number of players.

Position Battle Updates

The starting quarterback battle and the battle at safety with Ponder and Redd*ck are not the only heated competitions at UM.

The starting receivers still seem to be in flux although Aldarius Johnson, Jermaine McKenzie, and Sam Shields appear to be the top three. Shields' status for the first few games of the season still is unclear, which could open the door for Kayne Farquarson, Leonard Hankerson, and the trio of freshman standouts.

The offensive line appears to be set with: LT Jason Fox, LG Franklin, C Xavier Shannon, RG Joel Figueroa, and RT Reggie Youngblood. OT Chris Rutledge is the next best lineman. Interior linemen A.J. Trump, Tyler Horn, and Harland Gunn are competing for back-up roles.

The starting linebackers remain in tact as of now with: SLB Darryl Sharpton, MLB Glenn Cook, and WLB Colin McCarthy. Freshmen SLBs Arthur Brown and Jordan Futch and WLB Sean Spence are all expected to play this season.

Matt Bosher is the leader to be the team's punter, kicker, and handle the kickoffs.

Want to hear more from...

1. Aldarius Johnson shined in the spring, but has often gone unrecognized this fall with the impact of Byrd and Benjamin. Fans are wondering if Johnson will be a top-tier receiver this year or if Byrd has passed him.

2. DeMarcus Van Dke has all the tools to be a lock-down corner and now has the size. We have heard good things about Bruce Johnson and Chavez Grant this fall, but we'd like to hear more about Van Dke.

3. Steven Wesley has an opportunity to emerge as a defensive end that can be counted on and his time is now. He's been at UM two years and it's time to see what he can do.

Recruits in Attendance

Miami recruits RBs Lamar Miller and Jaamal Berry have been at practice.

Florida commitment OL Nick Alajajian, TE Gabe Holmes, LB Phil Walker, RB Jason Douglas, DB Artice Kellam, and 2010 S Gideon Ajagbe have also been in attendance.
 9 years ago '04        #3758
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami wrapped up their second two-a-day of fall camp today. Read on to see what Coach Randy Shannon is saying about what he likes so far about the attitude of the team.

NEWS & NOTES

? One area Coach Randy Shannon says he is pleased with so far this spring is the change in attitude compared to last year.

"The attitude has been great," Shannon said. "It has been phenomenal and that is the one thing I kind of like about this team and is a little different. The attitude and stuff, they kind of like practicing and they cheer and have fun with it."

"It is starting to change. It is like anything and when you are the coach you have to change. Guys are understanding what we want at the University of Miami and the players understand it, so the more we can keep moving forward without looking back, the better we will be."

? One of the reasons for the attitude change, Shannon says, is the level competition is much greater.

"They are practicing hard," Shannon said. "That is all you want, is for them to practice hard and help each other out no matter who is in the line or at what position. They are all helping each other out and they are all competing. That is the greatest thing about it. You can get a better team that way when everybody is in the same boat."


? Defensive end Eric Moncur continued to practice in the afternoon doing individual drills. Shannon said Moncur will be evaluated Friday or Saturday and it will be determined then if he is ready to participate in a full contact practice.

"He did individual drills today, that is it," Shannon said. "We will take it slow. We don't need Eric now, we need him for later on, so we have to make sure he is fully recovered. The only way you can do that is to take him through individual drills and then add on a part of practice."

? Shannon does not have a timetable for defensive end Allen Bailey's return to practice from a torn pectoral muscle he sustained in May. "He is still doing well and just taking his time," Shannon said. "When the doctors release him, they release him. He is going through running and conditioning and pushing on dummies and stuff like that, so as time goes on he will get a little bit more [work]."

? Javarris James and Graig Cooper look like totally different running backs with the weight they have added this offseason, Shannon says. "A tremendous difference. More powerful, a lot more speed, and both of them have that."

? The offense won the Oklahoma Drill at the end of the afternoon practice.

? There are no new injuries to report.

? NFL scouts from the Washington Redskins and San Diego Chargers were at the morning practice. The Detroit Lions and New York Jets were represented in the afternoon.

? Practice resumes Tuesday morning.
 9 years ago '04        #3759
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Early in his career at UM, Anthony Redd*ck was on a fast track for what appeared to be the beginning of a special career.

As a true freshman in 2004 Redd*ck started six games, making 73 tackles, three tackles for loss, one sack, one interception, and two blocked punts.

Redd*ck was poised to establish himself as one of college football's best young safeties in 2005, but in the opening game against Florida State, he sustained a season-ending ACL tear in his left knee.

Going into that FSU game, Redd*ck locked up a starting safety job on a team that included veteran Brandon Meriweather and a young Kenny Phillips.

"You don't think [about it], you just go out there and play," Redd*ck said. "It is in the past. I didn't expect that to happen, you just go out there and play football."

Redd*ck appeared in six games in 2006 as he worked his way back from the ACL tear--working primarily on special teams--but Redd*ck will be remembered is remembered most for his participation in the FIU brawl rather than his recovery from an injury.

"I learned a lot and it happened," Redd*ck said. "In a way I am glad that I was able to learn from that and I was able to talk to people about it and it helped me out a lot. I really do think I learned from it and it was an experience and I am glad it didn't ruin my career."

But that wouldn't be the only bump on the road during Redd*ck's path back to reclaiming his starting safety job.

During the summer prior to the 2007 season Redd*ck suffered another season-ending ACL tear--this time in his right knee--while playing pickup basketball.

After taking a year to fully heal from his latest ACL tear, Redd*ck says he feels 100 percent going into this season.

"It feels good to be out there high-fiving with the guys," Redd*ck said. "It felt good and it felt like football."

This fall camp Redd*ck is in the thick of a tight position battle with senior safeties Randy Phillips and Lovon Ponder.

"The way coach has it now is the best players on the team get on the field, so hopefully I am one of those top players," Redd*ck says.

The biggest strength Redd*ck can bring to the defense is a deep understanding of the defense.

"He is smart," cornerback Bruce Johnson said. "That is the big thing. If anybody lines up wrong from the linebackers to the defensive backs, he will put us in the right position. He will tell us whether to jam or play inside or outside. That is what we need is a lot of communication out there."
 9 years ago '06        #3760
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Nice pickup with Mcgee, Should be a nice player with your squad. I heard some good things about your freshman as well, I heard they have stepped up the level of intensity
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