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 9 years ago '04        #3761
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Coach Randy Shannon was not pleased with the consistency of his players following Tuesday's practice. Read here to see what Shannon said about the practice and other various news and notes from the day.

RANDY SHANNON OPENING STATEMENT

"Today wasn't a very good practice. I think we went backwards a little bit. I don't think the intensity was up like we had the last couple of practices. We got to bounce back for tomorrow's practice and get it done. I think that there was some ups and downs and too much back and forth--the offense one time and defense one time. We have to be consistent and we have to be competitive the whole entire way."

NEWS & NOTES

? Shannon says it is normal for a letdown to occur during a practice at this point in the fall camp, but the important thing is how the team responds during tomorrow's practice. "It is normal for this time of the year, but if we are going to get better as a team, we can't be going backwards, we got to go forward," Shannon said. "That was our main emphasis last year. I don't like to bring up the past, but we have to learn how to finish and not take anything for granted."

? Tight end Dedrick Epps, and wide receivers Aldarius Johnson and Kayne Farquharson scored touchdowns during today's practice.

? Safety Randy Phillips says today's practice wasn't a good day for the offense, but the defense performed well. "The defense had a good practice, but Coach Shannon just wants the offense to be consistent because they had a good practice yesterday," Phillips said. "We came out and we was rocking today."

? Adewale Ojomo stood out in today's practice by sacking the quarterback multiple times and making some tackles for loss.

? Phillips also says he has full confidence that Dedrick Epps can be the productive tight end this season that Miami lacked last season. "He is that tight end already," he said. "He just has to keep working hard and stay humble and keep making plays."

? Defensive end Eric Moncur continued to work on individual drills and Shannon will continue to bring him back slowly to a full practice this week. "He will be ready for the first game," Shannon said. "He is still going through individuals today and tomorrow there will be a little more. He'll add in a blitz drill or something like that tomorrow."

? Defensive tackle Antonio Dixon practiced ¾ of the practice today. The trainers and coaches are easing him back into full practices after he was sent to the hospital last week for hyperventilating. "If you cramp up, you can't just come back the next day and throw them to the wolves," Shannon said. "We are going to ease him back into the fitness part of it."

? Shannon expects for defensive end Allen Bailey to be ready for the season opener against Charleston Southern as well. "He should be ready," Shannon said. "He talked to the doctor yesterday and probably Friday or Sunday, he is going to get more work as far as individual things go."

? Though little buzz has come out of fall camp about freshman wide receiver Aldarius Johnson, Shannon says he is still making plays. "He is doing great. The young guys are doing well. They are picking it up. Everybody is making their plays, they are picking up the offense. They make some mistakes here and there, but they don't make the same mistakes twice, which is really good."

"He has picked up his game [since the spring]. He is not staying the same. We got competition there and he knows we got some guys that are very talented there. He plays the game hard, he plays the game physical, and he is getting things done the way we want him to."

? Offensive lineman Matt Pipho is taking reps at tackle this fall. "Everybody is bouncing around," Shannon said. "Trump goes from center to guard and Pipho goes from tackle, to guard, to center. You're just building depth."
 9 years ago '04        #3762
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Second-year wide receivers Jermaine McKenzie and Leonard Hankerson are expecting to make an impact in 2008.

McKenzie, 6-2, 175, missed the 2007 season with a season-ending injury in the summer.

Now, he feels great and doesn't feel like he has anything to prove.

"I'm not hoping to prove anything," McKenzie said. "I'm just playing for the university and playing for myself."

The two receivers came in together last year--McKenzie from Bradenton and Hankerson from Fort Lauderdale. McKenzie created quite a buzz during summer workouts before the car accident which resulted in three broken vertebrae.

"Jermaine is the same receiver as when he came in," Hankerson said. "He's going to be the same receiver until he gets old and retires. Jermaine McKenzie is a good guy, good receiver, and good person."

When healthy, McKenzie can provide the team with a downfield threat and has good hands. As a senior at Bradenton Academy, he had 17 receptions for 380 yards and four touchdowns. He also had seven punt returns for touchdowns and scored a total of 15 touchdowns that season.

He has a year of practice at UM under his belt and is looking forward to his UM debut on Aug. 28 against Charleston Southern as he has progressed since arriving on campus.

"I feel I am progressing well, my routes are coming better," McKenzie said. "Overall, mentally is my best attribute. In the spring I had a couple mental errors, but this fall I haven't had very many."

McKenzie is f!ghting for a starting spot, but insists playing time doesn't matter.

"I just want to win whether I start or play three snaps a game, my objective is that whatever Coach Nix, Coach Shannon, and Coach Hill wants me to do, that's my obligation that I will do."

Hankerson, 6-2, 210, caught six passes for 63 yards and a touchdown last season. His best game was against Virginia Tech late in the year where he caught two passes for 25 yards including a 1-yard touchdown.

Hankerson said it will be "tough" to be a starter this year.

"All of the freshmen are coming in and competing, we are all competing for the job and at the end of the day, it is up to the coach," Hankerson said.

While the freshmen are making plays--most notably Aldarius Johnson, LaRon Byrd, and Travis Benjamin--Hankerson thinks he can be a playmaker this season too.

"I envision myself making plays on the field," Hankerson said. "I think I have improved a whole lot. I have gotten stronger and faster."

McKenzie likes what Hankerson brings to the table as an athletic player, who caught 39 passes for 803 yards and 14 touchdowns during his senior year at St. Thomas Aquinas where his position coach was former NFL star Cris Carter.

"We all have our strengths and Leonard is a good route runner," McKenzie said.

Both players are looking to help a passing game that averaged 169.5 yards a game last season.
 9 years ago '04        #3763
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Freshman defensive tackle Micanor Regis is in position to play this season.

Regis, 6-foot-2 and 321 pounds, is currently rotating in with the first unit during fall practices and according to coach Randy Shannon--Regis will play this season.

"Micanor is doing great," Shannon said. "He's flying around and getting a lot of reps. The other day he showed flashes of being a defensive tackle of what we have. He's young. Sometimes we have to get him out of the mold of coming off the ball and he'll look. Sometimes he'll come off the ball and cause havoc in the backfield. We are pleased with his progress and with what he is doing right now."

Senior Antonio Dixon is the only starter at defensive tackle who is penciled in. Senior Dwayne Hendricks, freshman Marcus Forston, junior Joe Joseph, Regis, and freshman Jeremy Lewis are competing for playing time in the tackle rotation.

Micanor (pronounced mih-connor) is currently playing right defensive tackle and says he is "getting a lot of reps" on the first unit.

"I don't even count them any more," he said.

Shannon's praise for Regis is something the Pahokee grad is happy about.

"Every day I come in and get better and better," Regis said. "I guess he's noticed that too."

As a senior, Regis recorded 101 tackles, 31 tackles for a loss, with five sacks and an interception. Since arriving at UM this fall, he has had to adjust to the college game.

"The biggest adjustment is the tempo and speed," Regis said. "Everybody is strong. In high school I was the strongest guy on the field, now there are 10 other guys just as strong as me. I'm okay, I just have to use my techniques."

With his performance during fall practices, Shannon would like for Regis to play 25 plays a game this season.

"He's doing a great job of what we need," Shannon said. "We don't need him to play 40 plays, we need him to play about 25 plays. If he can go in and play five plays, come out and rest a quarter, and then play five plays, then we get our 25 plays out of him. We are kind of excited about him."

And Hurricane fans should be excited as well.
 9 years ago '04        #3764
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The football team finished the morning practice of their third two-a-day of the spring. Click here to read the in-depth news and notes from today's morning practice.

SHANNON OPENING STATEMENT

"In the morning practice of the two-a-day, we came out and improved from yesterday. Guys flew around better than they did yesterday and they understand what we are trying to get done and that is the thing we asked them guys to do, is to keep improving. We will come back in the afternoon and follow up on a couple of things we have to get prepared for the scrimmage."

NEWS & NOTES

? Fullback Patrick Hill and tight end Tervaris Johnson both had receiving touchdowns in today's practice during red-zone drills.

? Linebacker Romeo Davis had an interception during seven-on-sevens and the defense did not allow any deep passes.

? Sophomore safety JoJo Nicolas is playing with the first team at free safety. "He is a guy who has improved his game 100 percent," senior safety Lovon Ponder said. "He is the main guy who has been working with the first team. He is a guy who can play the pass very well. He can go get the ball when it is in the air. He was a receiver in high school, so that gives him the skills to do that."

? Miami will hold their second scrimmage of fall practice on Friday at 7 p.m. Shannon says it will follow the same format as the first scrimmage. "It will be the same type of scrimmage atmosphere. We will get the young guys a lot of reps. The older guys are going to play some, but not a lot."

? Shannon puts more weight on a scrimmage than he does on a regular practice when it comes to evaluating his players. "It is [more meaningful] because those are game type situations. You can't go out there and coach on the field and so the players have to go out and think on their own. We do down and distance all the time on the field, but now they have to understand the time and clock and moving the sticks."

? By the end of fall camp, the offense and defense know what each other will try to do during practice, so it can be difficult for a coach to know what he has on his team. "You really don't know, because after a while everybody knows what plays you are running," Shannon said. "The offense knows what the defense is going to do and the defense knows what the offense is going to do. Now it becomes fundamentals. Who is going to do the proper technique all the time, and those are the ones that usually win when you get into camp."

? Defensive end Eric Moncur continued with his individual work during practice and defensive end Allen Bailey was still held out of practice. Shannon says he expects Moncur to do more of the drills with the team this afternoon. "I think this afternoon, he will be able to do more with the team," Shannon said. "We can't just throw him to the wolves, we have to see how his body responds and then take the next step."

? Senior linebacker Glenn Cook made the most of his free time while he was held out last season due to a foot injury and that is why Shannon is excited to have him back this season. "He was a team guy," Shannon said. "When he had meetings at 6:30 in the morning, he would always show up. Even though he wasn't going to play, he always showed up and always did workouts. He was always there to show the team that no matter what happens, I am there for you."

? One player Cook has had a big impact on this spring is freshman Sean Spence. "Sean Spence has done a tremendous job working with Cook in the offseason and also in the spring," Shannon said. "He has prospered a lot because Cook was the guy last year sitting out, but also helping. We can only watch so much film with them, so Cook would do that on his own and he did it this offseason."

? The top three quarterbacks will all take equal reps during Friday's scrimmage.

? Freshman quarterback Taylor Cook is still taking regular reps at punter this fall. "He has been punting since day one," Shannon said. "He was a punter in high school. We have to put in situations like we do in practice to see if he can handle the rush. In high school you get two or three seconds to get the ball off and we got to put a little more pressure on him to see if he can handle that."

? Quarterback Cannon Smith was held out of practice with a leg "occurance" and offensive lineman Tyrone Byrd was also held out. Both are expected to play in the scrimmage.
 9 years ago '04        #3765
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The new defensive scheme by Bill Young is really paying dividends with creating turnovers.

The players have really taken a liking to the scheme, which features more blitzing and a mix of zone and man press with the defensive backs.

Young's Kansas team finished fourth nationally in scoring defense (16.3 points a game) and turnovers gained (35), eighth in run defense (94.8 yards per game) and ninth in pass efficiency defense (105.3).

One of the players, who has really excelled with the new scheme is junior cornerback Chavez Grant.

Grant has played 24 games with 10 starts as the team's nickel back intercepting two passes and 50 tackles.

Now, Grant finds himself in an elevated role playing on the outside as a first-team cornerback and is one of the team leaders with six interceptions this fall after having five in the spring.

"I definitely think the scheme is helping me," Grant said. "Some players fit better into different schemes and I like this scheme. It really gives us a lot of freedom."

Senior Bruce Johnson, who has one career interception in 30 games, leads the team with seven interceptions this fall through Tuesday's practice.

"I need to keep up my intensity," Johnson said. "It's been real intense during the first week and a lot of people are getting a lot of turnovers. We just need to keep carrying over that intensity to the next day."

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Fall Interception Leaders
Bruce Johnson, 7
Chavez Grant, 6
DeMarcus Van Dke, 6
Glenn Cook, 5
Ryan Hill, 4
Note: Interception totals are unofficial and include team and 1-on-1 drills.

Last season, Miami had 13 interceptions, which tied for 6th in the ACC. Boston College led the conference with 25. The Hurricanes are hoping they can improve their ability to create turnovers this season and Grant hopes he can be one of those playmakers.

"Of course I feel I can make big plays," Grant said. "You have to feel that way when you are out there on that island like that, you have to have a lot of confidence. I feel I can really make plays."

Grant and Johnson have been on the first time during the first 10 days of fall practice. Sophomore DeMarcus Van Dke is f!ghting for the top spot and is also having a good start to fall practices. Van Dke started eight games as a true freshman last season.

"Coach is trying to find the best two corners and then the next two to find out who is on first team and second team," Van Dke said. "We are just rotating back and forth."

Freshman Brandon Harris and senior Carlos Armour are also competing for playing time at cornerback.
 9 years ago '04        #3766
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The football team finished the afternoon practice of their third two-a-day of the spring. Read on to see the in-depth news and notes from today's afternoon practice.

NEWS & NOTES

? Miami has the day off tomorrow and their second scrimmage of fall camp Friday night. One area Shannon wants to see improvements on in this scrimmage is the defense forcing more turnovers. "We still need turnovers, we haven't had any turnovers yet, so we need to keep doing those types of things and we got to create more turnovers on defense," Shannon said.

? Shannon says he may hold out players like Javarris James and Graig Cooper in the scrimmage to keep them fresh.

"They will play the same amount of reps they did last week. They played about, I don't know, ten to twelve plays a piece last scrimmage. You have to keep building up the depth that we had, because you know I always look back to last year. With the injuries we had last year, you got to keep building those depths up."

? Shannon says he will not notify the quarterbacks internally who has won the starting job before he announces it to the media. Shannon says he doesn't believe telling the winner of the competition ahead of time he has won will give him more confidence for the job.

"All three quarterbacks plus Taylor Cook get along," Shannon said. "They have a great time together. They really don't care who the starter is because they are all competitors. All of them want to start and all of them want to play. All of them have been in the situation where they were the backup in high school and they know that the only way they are going to get better is if they have competition. They don't have a problem, it is just the best man wins."

"I guarantee you if you go talk to all the quarterbacks, they all think they can play in the NFL. That is how they are. They are that confident in what they are doing."


? Shannon has held more players out this fall camp with nagging injuries than he did last year. He says he can do that more this year because of the depth he has at each position.

"These guys have injuries, but you don't want them to reoccur," Shannon said. "If you go twice a day or six days straight, soreness comes back in the ankles and stuff like that come back."

"I get more guys to practice, that is the thing about it. I just know we are getting guys to practice and it is helping us out."

? Freshman defensive tackle Marcus Forston continues to impress Shannon and improve since the spring.

"He is starting to chase the ball a lot better than he used to," Shannon said. "He is getting used to the game and using his hands and the competition of college football. He is starting to come into his own. He still needs improvement, but the more he keeps getting reps in practice and the more he keeps working hard. He is going to be a great player for us."

? Senior safety Lovon Ponder and wide receiver Tommy Streeter did not participate in practice. Shannon was not sure if either player would be healthy for the scrimmage Saturday.
 9 years ago '04        #3767
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Fort Myers High School standout and Cane signee C.J. Odom was supposed to attend Milford Prep in New York this fall.

But, while he did initially report there, he left and never went back.

"It's never happened before," Milford Prep coach Bill Chaplick said. "It has nothing to do with Miami, it's him. I don't know what he's doing."

Chaplick says Odom is not qualified to be admitted anywhere without attending a prep school.

Chaplick says he doesn't expect Odom to wind up a Cane now.

"I would say so (that he won't be a Cane)," Chaplick said. "He was supposed to go to school here and get cleared."

Odom was not available for comment, and calls to his high school coach, Sam Sirianni, weren't returned.
 9 years ago '04        #3768
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Freshman wide receiver Travis Benjamin made the play of the scrimmage Friday night.

Benjamin took a quick screen pass from quarterback Robert Marve and immediately got up the field and scored a touchdown from 60 yards out.

"I had a decent day," is all Benjamin said about his performance following the scrimmage, but he had his teammates abuzz about his 4.26 speed.

Head Coach Randy Shannon: "He is very, very fast. I remember watching Travis when he played Northwestern in the jamboree. He caught a hitch route and went 90 yards and that hasn't changed. Any time he can get one-on-one with anybody, he can go the distance and those are the kind of players we need on this team."

Quarterback Jacory Harris: "Oh man, Travis Benjamin is amazing. He displayed his 4.26 speed today on a screen. He just caught it and found the hole and took off."

Cornerback DeMarcus Van Dke: "He reminds me of Ted Ginn how he caught the pass and just ran with it up the middle. He is just so fast."

Running back Damien Berry: "That guy has got speed, man. He is from Belle Glade, so what else can I say. He caught a screen and got guys missing."

"His speed is awesome. He makes moves on a dime and gets guys missing."

Benjamin has been making plays all of fall camp and figures to be pushing strongly for a heavy role in the offense this season, but Benjamin says he will be happy this season if he can just get in the playing rotation.

"I don't think I should be a starter," Benjamin said. "We are a team as a receiving corps and if I keep doing what I am doing, maybe I will get in the rotation."

If Benjamin keeps performing like he has through the first two weeks of fall camp, it will be hard to keep him off the field. Benjamin is a versatile threat on offense for Miami because he has the speed to line up as an outside receiver and stretch and defense vertically and he can lineup in the slot and use his quickness to get open.

"I know I had to come to college and work hard. In college you have to work harder than in high school," Benjamin said. "Since I am a freshman, everyone is going to kind of underrate me or something and I know I have to just work hard at my position."

Since arriving at UM this summer, Benjamin says he has dropped his best time in the 40 from a 4.4 to a 4.26. The University of Miami is known for having speedy players at the skill positions, and Travis Benjamin appears to be the next great home run threat for the UM offense for years to come.

"I think I have impressed most of the people that I have came in and made plays like I do," Benjamin said.
 9 years ago '04        #3769
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- With less than two weeks before Miami opens the season against Charleston Southern, both quarterbacks admit they are starting to feel very comfortable in the offense.

None of the quarterbacks on the UM roster have any game experience, but redshirt freshman quarterback Robert Marve believes the scrimmages held during fall camp have helped slow the game down.

"I did really well today," Marve said of the scrimmage. "That is the one thing about being in a new program is that you start to get more comfortable the more you play in game type situations."

"I definitely felt better during this scrimmage than I did the last scrimmage and a lot calmer with the signal calling and play calling. I am still trying to get adjusted to our play calling and after the next two scrimmages, it is definitely going to help a lot slow down the game."

With the quarterback competition to be decided in less than a week, it appears quarterback Marve will be named the starter.

Marve has taken the majority of the reps with the first team this fall. In the second scrimmage of the fall, it was Marve who threw the only touchdown--a 60 yarder to Travis Benjamin.

Head Coach Randy Shannon has said he will name the starting quarterback 7-to-10 days before the Charleston Southern game. Shannon has said he wants a quarterback who can manage the game best without committing turnovers.

"You don't ever want turnovers," Shannon said. "No coach wants turnovers, so they got to improve on their turnovers."

Freshman quarterback Jacory Harris took the majority of his snaps during Friday's scrimmage with the second team. Harris enrolled early at UM last spring and is Marve's primary competition for the starting job.

One thing is for sure: whoever is officially named the starting quarterback within the next week, the backup better be ready to play.

"I am the type of person where whatever the coaches want, I want," Harris said. "I didn't come here with a guaranteed starting spot. No coaches told me that. They told me that I had to come in here and compete and it is a wonderful competition right now. Whoever benefits the team and helps the team win, that is going to be the starter."

"So far in the first two weeks, I feel like I have progressed a lot since the spring. I am actually comfortable now with the plays and I feel like I am a sophomore or junior."

Fellow freshman quarterback Cannon Smith appears to be the third quarterback on the depth chart. During Friday's scrimmage Smith led one offensive drive.
 9 years ago '04        #3770
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Scrimmage No. 2 wrap-up
The second scrimmage of the fall is in the books and for the first time since Media Day we got a chance to speak with UM's top two quarterbacks -- Robert Marve and Jacory Harris.

Before I get to what they had to say, we'll recap what happened and what we learned.

>Travis Benjamin needs a better nickname than TB. The 5-10, 160-pound freshman from Belle Glade Glades Central, who has been making plays since fall practice began two weeks ago, had another big night Friday. He took a short pass from Robert Marve on a bubble screen and ran right past Miami's defense for what is estimated to be from different accounts between a 55 to 60-yard catch and run for a touchdown.

Coach Randy Shannon called Benjamin exceptional and even asked reporters to scratch the name of Kayne Farquharson from the list of interview requests to add the freshman.

"I remember watching Travis when he played Northwestern in the jamboree [as a senior in high school,'' Shannon told reporters. "He caught a hitch route and went 90 yards. And that hasn't changed. Anytime he goes one-on-one with anybody he can go the distance. That's the kind of players we need on this team."

Shannon wasn't the only guy gushing about TB. "[Throwing the ball to him] reminds me of playing NCAA Football on the PlayStation 3 and you hit the R2 button and he just takes off," Marve said. "The guy has amazing speed. You throw the ball out to him and he always has a chance to go 80 yards."

Cornerback DVD, who was on the field for the play, said he though the defense had a chance to catch TB. "He reminds me of Ted Ginn the way he just caught the pass and ran up the middle. He's just so fast," DVD said. When he caught it, I thought we had a shot at him, but he just split the defense and ran like 55 yards with it. It was a blur."

Maybe, that should be his nickname. The Blur from Belle Glades.

Benjamin said he caught about three passes Friday. We (the media) saw one of them, a nice 15-yard gain on another screen. Shannon was asked what the likelihood is Benjamin has of being used when the season starts. It sounded like he wanted to say yes, but then he held himself back. I honestly think it doesn't matter what Shannon says at this point. He's going to play no matter what.

> All in all, Shannon said he was pleased with the scrimmage, which he estimated ran between 95 to 115 plays. Shannon said the offense moved the ball better than it has all fall, but that the defense picked up its play in the second half and did a good job limiting the offense.

Shannon said the team ran the ball 16 consecutive times to end the scrimmage. "It was a bloodbath. It was mano-a-mano. The offense drove the ball down to about the 20-yard line and we kicked the field goal," Shannon said, "That's how you want it to be, treating it like its 4 minutes left in the game and you got to run the clock out. So, I think we're becoming a more tougher team because of the addition of the fullbacks, their doing a great job of blocking for us."

> Aside from Benjamin's thrilling catch and run, the offense supposedly scored two other touchdowns -- the 4-yard Shawbrey McNeal run we saw and another by Lee Chambers, who had a few big runs and was praised by Shannon along with sophomore Damien Berry.

Shannon said Javarris James and Graig Cooper got limited work once again because he wants to continue to build depth. "We got to find depth at running back," Shannon said. "We got six guys, but we can't get caught like last year where we ran out of running backs. The more we get those guys working the better off we'll be. If they do a good job picking up the offense, we'll be OK."

> Kicker Matt Bosher missed a field goal -- we're not sure how long it was -- but he did convert his extra point. Freshman Jake Wieclaw hit a field goal, we believe it was a little less than 40 yards based on Shannon's quote above.

> Individually, the defense didn't get a ton of praise. But Robert Marve told us Brandon Harris was the other player to make an interception. Shannon called the pick uncalled for. "Brandon Harris made a great play on the ball," Marve said. "He went lateral on me, jumped up and grabbed the ball."

Defensive end Joe Joseph had the first one (CLICK HERE FOR THE DETAILS FROM THE BLOG OF WHAT WE ACTUALLY SAW). Jacory Harris told me afterward he wishes he could have the play back. He's just glad he made the tackle. "As soon as it slipped it out of my hands I felt like I had a string on my arm and I tried to snatch it back and I couldn't," Harris said. "It was a turnover so I had to go and make the tackle to keep the points off the board. I had to go through about 5-6 guys, jump, stiff arm them and then I eventually made the tackle."

> I'll have the audio interviews up from both Marve and Harris later tonight as well as some video highlights. But I asked both of them how they feel they've improved since the start of the fall. Marve, we all feel, will be the starter. But at least Jacory is keeping a good attitude about it.


"I'm the type of person that whatever coaches want is what I want," Harris said. "I didn't come here with a guaranteed starting spot. No coaches told me that. They just told me I had to come in and compete and that's what I'm doing. And it's a wonderful competition right now."

"Right now, in the first two weeks I feel like I've progressed a lot from spring. I'm actually comfortable now with the plays. I basically feel like I'm a sophomore or junior. Coach Nix has been working with us booting and getting our heads around. We do that we can see the blitz quicker and that makes us quicker on our throws. I think I've gotten better with the team, my confidence, the plays and the things I got to do."

Marve said he feels like he's seeing the game faster and that he feels like he's just getting the kinks out. "I
feel good in camp," Marve said. "You got the whole playbook in by now. I'm trying to get all the little kinks out of it. We had a few penalties in our 2 minute drill. It's hard to get going when you get that on first down. I think we're doing really good as a group though. All the quarterbacks are feeling comfortable."

How have you improved? "How fast the game looks in my eyes, it's really slowing down a lot," Marve said. "I can use my abilities to throw on the run or throw in general and make my reads. That's probably my biggest improvement."

> Almost forgot, it really is the Marve and Harris show. Shannon said Cannon Smith got all of one to two series. "Cannon Smith got a series or two toward the end of the scrimmage -- about 18 plays," Shannon said. "He looked normal. He moved the ball well like he always does."
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The 2008 signing class was the No. 1 ranked in the country according to ESPN.

Headliners included defensive tackle Marcus Forston, linebackers Arthur Brown and Sean Spence, wide receiver Aldarius Johnson, and cornerback Brandon Harris.

Some of the freshmen did not get into UM--Brandon Washington, Zach Kane, C.J. Odom, and Antonio Harper.

Brandon Marti is still waiting.

The season opener is only 12 days away so we decided to take a look at the freshmen class to determine whether or not we think they will play or redshirt.

Quarterbacks

#12 Jacory Harris - Play

Harris should open the season as the team's No. 2 quarterback behind Robert Marve. Harris is expected to earn valuable playing time this season and will be ready if Marve fails.

#16 Cannon Smith - Redshirt

Smith is a step or two behind Marve and Harris and has not gotten the reps they have since arriving on campus for spring practices.

#17 Taylor Cook - Redshirt

Cook just stepped on campus this month and is not quite ready for the college game. However, Cook is a big kid who could develop on the scout team. It should not go unnoticed that Smith and Cook could do wonders for the team development on the scout team compared to last year when there were walk-ons handling the scout team.

Running Backs

#43 John Calhoun - Play

This is a tough one because junior Patrick Hill looks to be the starter with Calhoun as the back-up. It does help that Calhoun was here in the spring, but the coaches could opt to redshirt him and have Eric Houston take reps as the No. 2 fullback. Calhoun could also be an a.sset on special teams.

Wide Receivers

#4 Aldarius Johnson - Play

Johnson could emerge as the team's No. 1 receiver. He was very productive in the fall and is an excellent possession receiver who can make the tough catch. Johnson is having a solid fall as well and also could be the team's primary kick returner.

#47 LaRon Byrd - Play

Byrd has been one of the top players this fall. Teammates call Byrd "The Real Deal" when
you ask them how good he is. Byrd is 6-4, 210 and uses his size and speed to his advantage. He has the ability to make the deep catch as well. His best a.sset is his hands as he catches everything. Literally everything. I've heard he's had just one drop this fall.

#80 Travis Benjamin - Play

Benjamin has excellent quickness and a burst that has enabled him to make big-time plays this fall (i.e. the 60-yard touchdown in Friday's scrimmage). Benjamin can be used on the outside despite his size and exploit an opposing defense with his speed. He has made a number of people miss this fall using a quick cut-back move.

#81 Davon Johnson - Play

Now this is where it starts to get tricky. Johnson has excellent speed, which will help be a downfield threat the Hurricanes need which is why I think he will be play this season. Johnson can also be used in the return game and is better as a kick returner.

#86 Tommy Streeter - Redshirt

Streeter is 6-5, 200 and is a very smart individual. However, it is going to take some time for him to adjust to the college game and feel comfortable. He definitely has plans on playing this season, but there are just so many other receivers on the team. He would do just fine if he played if the Canes could fit him in, but the 2008 season might be better for him to redshirt although he probably won't be a big fan of that.

#37 Kendal Thompkins - Redshirt

Thompkins has made nice plays this fall and is one of only a few receivers on the team, who excels in the slot position. This could help his chances of playing, but I think he'll be relegated to scout team duty.

#28 Thearon Collier - Redshirt

Collier is another slot receiver and the biggest difference between Thompkins and Collier is their speed. Thompkins has very good straightaway speed where as Collier is a quick receiver, who likes to juke by his defenders. Collier is more compact at 5-8, 180 compared to Thomkins at 5-11, 170.

Offensive Line

#52 Ben Jones - Redshirt

Jones is currently running on the third team at right tackle. Jones could definitely a year of development as he is still raw to the offensive line after playing a lot of defensive line before his senior campaign.

Defensive Ends

#56 Marcus Robinson - Play

Robinson could be an excellent option as a 3rd down pass rushing specialist. He is great off the edge against the pass and explodes off the line. He will definitely have a role on this team.

#95 Gavin Hardin - Play

Even though he just got here and is a longshot to play because he played linebacker in high school, Hardin can also be an a.sset on the field because he is explosive. He's one of those guys that tends to make plays and his enthusiasm could be very beneficial to a defense looking for an identity.

#62 Andrew Smith - Redshirt

Smith lacks that true burst that you would like to see off the edge, but is a solid player. Smith could see himself in the lineup if injuries begin to mount on the line.

Defensive Tackles

#99 Marcus Forston - Play

Forston should open the season as a starter and get better and better with more experience. He's understanding what it takes to become a good player at the collegiate level and knows he's not going to just be able to plow through people like he did in high school. Forston has excellent body control and athleticism. He should have a big year this year.

#54 Micanor Regis - Play

This team needs depth at defensive tackle and Regis has a solid body the Canes need. He's done a nice job against the run this fall and UM needs their tackles to be good up front for the rest of the defense to be successful. Look for Regis to provide solid depth to a position that sorely needs it.

#98 Jeremy Lewis - Play

Again, the team needs depth at defensive tackle. Lewis is confident he can do his job as well as anyone and his teammates have said the same thing. Lewis came in late, but should continue to adjust throughout the fall and be ready for the opener. Get him in there, let him develop on the field. He's physically ready to make an impact at 6-3, 315.

Linebackers

#31 Sean Spence - Play

Spence had a very good spring and jumped into the first team with injuries at the position. He's a playmaker who always finds the ball. Look for Spence to be a standout on special teams and get some playing time in the base defense. He'll be ready for his opportunity as soon as one opens up if the upperclassmen--Glenn Cook, Darryl Sharpton, and Colin McCarthy--slip up or get hurt.

#11 Arthur Brown - Play

Brown is another player ready for his number to be called, but Spence is likely to get the first shot. Brown has been a bit banged up this fall, but is working himself back into action. Brown is another player--like Streeter--who will excel on the field once he feels completely comfortable.

#58 Jordan Futch - Play

Futch has worked himself into playing size at 6-2, 220 after weighs about 195-200 a year ago. Futch has an excellent attitude and could develop into a very good leader for this team. Hopefully Futch gets some game action because he will take advantage of the time on the field because the future is bright for this individual.

Cornerbacks

#1 Brandon Harris - Play

Harris has the opportunity to have a very good freshman year because there is not a lot of depth at a position that was shaky a year ago. Harris, like a number of freshmen who are expected to play, comes in with good size at 5-10, 185. He's been making plays on defense and is playing with the same confidence and swagger he had last year. Another player who could be used in the return game.

Safeties

#7 Vaughn Telemaque - Play

There are three senior safeties, which doesn't help his chances, however he has a lot of ability and the coaching staff would like to work him in this year so he has some experience under his belt for the 2009 season.

#34 C.J. Holton - Play

Holton would be a great a.sset on special teams even if he doesn't see much action in the base defense, although he has enough ability to excel on defense. Holton is a strong tackler with good speed and is still learning the defense.

#46 Ramon Buchanan - Redshirt

Buchanan, like Holton, would be a good special teams player this year because of his athleticism and ability to tackle. However, he did not play much safety last season and is still getting used to the position change from linebacker.

#41 Joe Wylie - Redshirt

Could also play cornerback, but is listed as a safety. Wylie just got cleared, which doesn't help his chances of playing. He will have a better chance of playing this year if he is a cornerback, which could happen.

Kicker

#40 Jake Wieclaw - Redshirt

Matt Bosher appears to be the guy that will punt and kick this year, which means Wieclaw is unlikely to play. Randy Shannon would prefer to have one guy have one responsibility, but Wieclaw has not emerged as a better kicker than Bosher, who has a stronger leg.

In Conclusion...

Look for a number of freshmen to push for starting positions as the season progresses.

As of now, I think 17 freshmen will play and 10 will redshirt.

The future is bright with this freshmen class and it will be fun to watch them develop throughout the season.
 08-18-2008, 10:29 AM         #3774
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Charleston Southern is about 15 minutes from me... damn they gonna get sh*t on
 9 years ago '04        #3776
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Freshman defensive back Brandon Harris made the defensive play of the game during UM's most recent scrimmage Friday night.

On the play Harris was playing the nickel position and was showing blitz before the snap.

As soon as the ball was snapped, Harris dropped back into zone coverage and quarterback Robert Marve attempted to throw a quick slant to a receiver behind Harris.

That's when Harris quickly changed the direction he was going and made a diving interception that energized the defense.

"I faked the blitz and came out of it and Marve tried to throw a slant route behind me and I just stretched out and dove behind me for the interception," Harris said. "It got the defense pretty hyped and we dominated from that point on."

The play was so impressive that Harris' teammates were impressed by his athleticism days after the scrimmage.

"He made a pick the other day in the scrimmage and he just amazed me with how he got the ball," safety Ryan Hill said.

Harris is currently rotating in and out of the first team defense as the nickel back. He says in practice he is getting reps on the outside, but his main focus right now is perfecting nickel because that will be his responsibility during the season.

One player who has helped Harris tremendously through fall camp transition to the college game is junior cornerback Chavez Grant. For the past two seasons, Grant was the nickel back at Miami. It appears this season Grant is settling in as an outside cornerback and Harris has been picking Grant's brain about the intricacies of playing the nickel.

Harris feels comfortable picking Grant's brain this fall because the two already had a connection before this fall. When Harris was a sophomore at Booker T. Washington, Grant was in his senior year.

"He is helping me a lot from the time I stepped in on campus," Harris said. "He played the nickel since he has been at Miami, so he knows the position really well. He has been teaching me a lot right now as well as Coach McGriff. He is helping me out tremendously and all the success I have on the field I owe to him."

"The hardest adjustment is just learning a new scheme after being in a certain defense for four years at high school and when I get here, it is a faster speed of play and there is so much going on during one play that it is hard to keep track of your a.ssignment sometimes."

Harris is one of the many players this fall receiving reps at kick returner this fall. Harris believes returning kicks is an area he can help the team this year and make a quick impact.

"I think that is a big part of my game," Harris said. "A lot of people saw me return kicks in high school and were very impressed. When I got to the college level, they gave me the opportunity to return kicks here and hopefully I can take advantage of it."

Through the first two weeks of fall camp Harris says he can't complain about the progress he has made in adjusting to the college game and if he continues to make plays like he did in the most recent scrimmage, Harris will be a key contributor this season.

"I feel like I have done great," Harris said. "There is always room for improvement. I have made some mistakes, but Coach McGriff was always there to correct me in the film room and tell me my mistakes and correct it. I feel like I am having a good camp right now."
 9 years ago '04        #3777
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Hurricanes gain speed with freshman receiver Travis Benjamin

Speed has never been out of style at the University of Miami, but lately the Hurricanes have come up short in the playmaker department.

Coach Randy Shannon and his staff made finding fast athletes a priority in their last recruiting season, and, two weeks into fall practice, it's apparent the Hurricanes succeeded in that quest.

''Our offense has plenty of speed,'' senior linebacker Glenn Cook said. "That will be a big help.''

Freshman receiver Travis Benjamin has stood out in practice since coming to Coral Gables, and the speedster from Belle Glade hopes to join Miami's long list of players who can break a game open.

Benjamin's biggest moment in his brief Miami career came Friday night in a scrimmage. He opened some eyes when he took a screen pass from Robert Marve, found an opening and never stopped until he reached the end zone 60 yards away.

Benjamin, it is said, can't be caught.

WAY OUT FRONT

''He reminds me of Ted Ginn Jr. -- once he opens that stride, he's gone,'' senior receiver Kayne Farquharson said. ``He just separates from guys. He can't be caught from behind. There are special guys around the nation, but I think he's one of them.''

So, how fast is he? Benjamin, when timed by strength coach Andreu Swasey, ran the 40-yard dash in a Porsche-like 4.26 seconds.

Benjamin's teammates believe Swasey's stopwatch, and Farquharson said he thought of Benjamin while watching the Olympic sprints this past weekend.

''There aren't too many dudes who can run a 4.26,'' Farquharson said. "The guy who set the world record in the 100 may have trouble matching that number in the 40. [Benjamin] should give the Olympics a try one of these days. I would if I were him.''

It's that kind of speed that has coaches drooling in meetings, their minds spinning while coming up with new ways of getting their fast freshman the football.

Benjamin, who helped lead Glades Central High to a state championship at Dolphin Stadium as a junior in 2006, is expected to return kicks for the Hurricanes come opening night against Charleston Southern on Aug. 28.

Benjamin could be Miami's most feared threat on special teams since Devin Hester left Coral Gables to become a star with the Chicago Bears.

Last year, as a high school senior, Benjamin accounted for 339 yards in a game against Palm Beach Gardens. He caught two touchdown passes and also ran back a kick and a punt for scores.

''We will find a role for Travis, without a doubt,'' said receivers coach Aubrey Hill, a former standout in Steve Spurrier's Fun 'n' Gun offense at the University of Florida.

"His ability to soak everything in and execute on the field has been huge.''

Said Shannon: "[Benjamin's] made a lot of plays. A lot of plays.''

Hill, in his first season with the Hurricanes, says these first few weeks of practice have been exciting because of all the new talent Miami has at receiver.

Aside from veterans Sam Shields and Farquharson, the Hurricanes expect to find freshmen Jermaine McKenzie (redshirt), Laron Byrd, Aldarius Johnson, Thearon Collier, Tommy Streeter, Kendall Thompkins and Davon Johnson all vying for playing time in an offense Miami hopes is better than it has been the past few seasons.

''Coach Shannon went out and got us some speed guys, that's for sure,'' defensive back DeMarcus Van Dyke said. "We have a lot of different players who we need to get the ball to so they can show off a bit.''

'HE'S JUST A BLUR'

Benjamin showed his speed during the scrimmage.

''His speed is unreal. He's blazing,'' Van Dyke said. "You let him get one step on you in one-on-ones, and he's gone. He's just a blur.''

Of course, speed alone isn't going to get Benjamin or any of his other quick teammates on the field.

But it sure does help.

''We have so many guys with so much potential, it's really fun to watch,'' Hill said. "We have football players with great speed.

"These guys aren't one-dimensional. It's not just the speed. These guys have the ability to change a game. That's going to help us win.''
cant wait to see what this kid does on gameday:applause:
 9 years ago '04        #3778
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The Miami Hurricanes have completed all four of their two-a-day practices and have just one more scrimmage tonight.

The season opener is just nine days away.

There is beginning to be some concern about the availability of starting defensive ends Eric Moncur and Allen Bailey. Neither player has participated in team drills thus far although coach Randy Shannon has said they both will be ready for the Aug. 28 opener against Charleston Southern.

I would not be surprised if they were held out of the opener as a precaution to make sure they are healthy for the Sept. 6 matchup at No. 5 Florida.

Shannon said he might name a starting quarterback on "Thursday or Friday". The sooner the better. However, keep in mind. Last year, Shannon didn't name a starting quarterback until days before the opener at the press conference leading up to the game. The pre-game press conference will be on Monday leading up to the Thursday night matchup.

Marve Appears to be the Starter

Robert Marve has done everything that one could hope for in his competition to be the team's starting quarterback.

He's performed well in the spring scrimmages and again in the fall. He's been consistent, limited his mistakes, and has thrown touchdowns.

It appears more and more each day that Marve will be the starter with Jacory Harris backing him up. (Watch Video)

Harris has done well since arriving on campus in January, but still could use a season under his belt to continue his adjustment to the college game.

When the starting quarterback is named, I wonder how long it will take before a controversy will ensue. Or maybe the starter performs well enough and the teams wins to silence a controversy. Obviously, the second statement would be a better outcome.

James Continues to Work in the Slot

Running back Javarris James (Watch Video) began doing a lot of work as a slot receiver this spring and put in a lot of time in the off-season working on his hands.






James said former Hurricane Lamar Thomas gave him some pointers and the two did some 1-on-1 work together.

"I've been working on my hands a lot more," James said. "Hopefully getting out there in the slot and getting a chance to have the ball in my hands."

James (pictured right) also caught passes with Kellen Winslow, another former Hurricane. NFL Pro Bowl receivers Chad Johnson and Reggie Wayne were also working out at UM in the summer.

"Working with all of those guys is a privilege," James said. "Those guys are really great. They come back and put in the work with us. Hopefully I'll join them one day."

With James in the slot, look for Graig Cooper to handle more of the tailback responsibilities and James to be used more in the passing game.

In his first two seasons, James has caught 31 passes for 300 yards and one touchdown. Only one returning player, wide receiver Sam Shields, has caught more passes (64) in their career.

Hard Hitters

Junior linebacker Darryl Sharpton (Listen to Sharpton) has widely been considered one of the hardest hitters on the team at 5-11, 235 pounds.

So who are the other hard hitters?

Safety Anthony Redd*ck, freshman linebacker Arthur Brown (Listen to Brown), and defensive end Eric Moncur round the top hitters on the team according to one senior.

Sharpton has always been a hard hitter since he arrive on campus in 2005, but he is beginning to progress as an overall player. Currently, he is the starting strongside linebacker after posting a career-high 57 tackles last year.

JoJo Nicolas on first team?

So JoJo Nicolas is a first team safety and Lovon Ponder says he wouldn't be surprised to see him start. Umm, what?

Nicolas was a seldom-used player last season as a freshman and mainly saw action on special teams. Now he is on the first team along with Redd*ck.

It's great to see Nicolas performing well. But what about Randy Phillips? Something doesn't sound right. Earlier this fall, Phillips (pictured below) admitted he was not on the field in some games last year due to disciplinary action. Hopefully everything is okay with him.

We will see what we can find out.





Futch Gets the 'U'

Freshman LB Jordan Futch (Watch Video) has a 'U' shaved into the back of his head and plans to keep it there.

"That's his style," running back Javarris James said.

Meanwhile, James has decided to let his hair grow out during fall practices, but will go back to having a clean look for the season.

In other hair news, offensive lineman Orlando Franklin continues to have a design on the side of his head with a mohawk.

We're Hurricanes...

The team practiced in the rain on Monday morning with Tropical Storm Fay on the horizon.

Following practice, two players--Kayne Farquharson and John Calhoun--acknowledged the weather with the same response.

"We play in the rain, we're Hurricanes," they said.

Just an interesting observation.

Recruit Wearing UM Shorts

American Heritage offensive lineman Jared Wheeler, a high priority for the Hurricanes, was at Friday's scrimmage wearing UM shorts.

This has to be a good sign for UM fans, although it is typical to see recruits wear gear of a variety of colleges.

Florida, which is believed to be UM's toughest competition with Wheeler, already has three verbal commitments from offensive linemen.

Upcoming Practice Schedule

UM has a scrimmage tonight before a day off on Wednesday. They will resume practice on Thursday morning, but a 5:30 AM practice on Friday is a bit shocking. They are off on Saturday before getting into game week preparations on Sunday.
 9 years ago '04        #3779
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Scrimmage 3 wrap-up

The third and final scrimmage of the fall is all wrapped up. Even though we didn't get to see a single snap of this one (we at least got to see a little of No. 1 and No. 2), it's apparent the offense had it's best scrimmage of the fall so far.

"I think as far as an offense, this was our best scrimmage by far," left tackle Jason Fox said. "We executed. We didn't have a turnover tonight. Pass protection was there. I'm not sure if we gave up any sacks. No dropped balls. I think we had one penalty. This was a great way to finish off camp as far as an offense."

Fox told reporters the offense scored seven to eight touchdowns. Well, it wasn't that much. Chavez Grant told me somebody was multiplying by two. After all the interviews, I've concluded there were four.

Three belonged to sophomore receiver Leonard Hankerson, who told us he caught two long passes (one from Robert Marve and Jacory Harris) and another on a bubble screen (from Harris). Hankerson admitted he's been feeling the heat from the freshmen, who up until Tuesday had been receiving all the praise from coach Randy Shannon.

"I felt I had to play well because in the previous [scrimmages] I didn't do as well as I should of," Hankerson said. "So, today I just had to come out and show I can play. The performance I figure it help with the coaches and my confidence too."

Hankerson, who said he's lined up at all three receiver positions (flanker, split end and slot), said he caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from Harris in the end zone. His 45-yarder from Marve was caught at the 25-yard line, he then raced past the secondary into the end zone. His third and final touchdown came on a bubble screen at the 30-yard line.

"I guess he has that deceptive speed," cornerback Chavez Grant told me. "He's not a slim guy. He's kind of heavy set. He runs great routes. But you don't expect him to jump on the horse, but he did tonight. We kind of busted some coverages and once the offense got the momentum going. They just did well."

> Grant said the defense was called for offsides four times -- including once on a punt block, giving the offense new life.

> Shannon didn't say a word about Hankerson, a St. Thomas Aquinas grad once after we asked him who shined during the scrimmage. The only name that came out was freshman receiver Thearon Collier, whom Grant told us had a rushing touchdown. Shannon said Collier did a great job on punt returns.

Shannon told reporters before Tuesday the final scrimmage was going to focus on special teams. He reiterated that if the season started today, sophomore Matt Bosher would handle all of the kicking duties. Grant said he, Graig Cooper, Collier and Benjamin are the guys primarily working on punt returns and pointed to Ryan Hill, Brandon Harris and Shawnbrey McNeal as guys working in the kick return game.

> Grant said part of the reason he thinks the receivers have been enjoying so much success this fall is depth, something UM obviously hasn't had the past several season.

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"I think we have a lot of speedy freshman, big strong guys like Laron Byrd," Grant said. "They're coming in, making it tough for us. They're rotating every play, so they got fresh bodies. It's making us tough on our DBs. All of them have great talent. If they keep rotating, they're going to be real good."

Grant said he and Bruce Johnson are the guys starting at cornerback, but admits he moves inside when DeMarcus Van Dyke comes in the game. He said Brandon Harris is seeing a lot of time at nickel. "I don't even want to take that spot back," Grant sad. "Right now, just like it was for my first two years, he's doing a phenomenal job, making all the right checks, that's his spot right now. You just got to give it to who is performing the best right now."

> Shannon said defensive end Eric Moncur and Allen Bailey still aren't participating in full contact drills. Safety Randy Phillips was held out. So was freshman receiver Tommy Streeter.

> I know Shannon doesn't want to be accused of favoring his son Xavier, who is expected to start at center. But we all cracked a laugh tonight when I asked him how Xavier is doing. "Don't know, don't watch him," Shannon said.

> Jason Fox is officially becoming my favorite quote on this team. He's answering questions honestly and with real thought. I asked him for his take on several subjects...

How is Xavier doing at center? "With Xavier, he's playing a new position, he played tackle over there, so he's picked it up. He's quick. He hasn't missed a beat. He's graded out well in scrimmages."

Who on the offensive line would you say has made the most progress since camp began? "AJ Trump he's a guy if he's not starting, he'll be the sixth man. He'll play a lot. He had a block that sprung a touchdown on the last play. He's a guy that's been working real hard and shined."

Who on the defensive line is making an impression on you? "Same old name keeps popping up -- Marcus Forston. He's a hard worker. He's playing real well for a freshman. He's making a lot of plays."

> UM is off Wednesday. Ill be back on Thursday morning at 9 a.m. The team practices at 5:30 a.m. on Friday.
good to hear Hank get back into the mix, he's kinda been the forgotten guy with all the freshmen ballin'
 9 years ago '04        #3780
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Freshman wide receiver Travis Benjamin made the play of the scrimmage Friday night.

Benjamin took a quick screen pass from quarterback Robert Marve and immediately got up the field and scored a touchdown from 60 yards out.

"I had a decent day," is all Benjamin said about his performance following the scrimmage, but he had his teammates abuzz about his 4.26 speed.

Head Coach Randy Shannon: "He is very, very fast. I remember watching Travis when he played Northwestern in the jamboree. He caught a hitch route and went 90 yards and that hasn't changed. Any time he can get one-on-one with anybody, he can go the distance and those are the kind of players we need on this team."

Quarterback Jacory Harris: "Oh man, Travis Benjamin is amazing. He displayed his 4.26 speed today on a screen. He just caught it and found the hole and took off."

Cornerback DeMarcus Van Dke: "He reminds me of Ted Ginn how he caught the pass and just ran with it up the middle. He is just so fast."

Running back Damien Berry: "That guy has got speed, man. He is from Belle Glade, so what else can I say. He caught a screen and got guys missing."

"His speed is awesome. He makes moves on a dime and gets guys missing."

Benjamin has been making plays all of fall camp and figures to be pushing strongly for a heavy role in the offense this season, but Benjamin says he will be happy this season if he can just get in the playing rotation.

"I don't think I should be a starter," Benjamin said. "We are a team as a receiving corps and if I keep doing what I am doing, maybe I will get in the rotation."

If Benjamin keeps performing like he has through the first two weeks of fall camp, it will be hard to keep him off the field. Benjamin is a versatile threat on offense for Miami because he has the speed to line up as an outside receiver and stretch and defense vertically and he can lineup in the slot and use his quickness to get open.

"I know I had to come to college and work hard. In college you have to work harder than in high school," Benjamin said. "Since I am a freshman, everyone is going to kind of underrate me or something and I know I have to just work hard at my position."

Since arriving at UM this summer, Benjamin says he has dropped his best time in the 40 from a 4.4 to a 4.26. The University of Miami is known for having speedy players at the skill positions, and Travis Benjamin appears to be the next great home run threat for the UM offense for years to come.

"I think I have impressed most of the people that I have came in and made plays like I do," Benjamin said.
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HipHop Legend Pete Rock just put Waka and his "Generation" on notice
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Image(s) inside Diddy aka Brother Love got French out here mad sus
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