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 8 years ago '04        #4121
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UM's Shannon pleads for time ... Will he get it?

CORAL GABLES - Around this time last year, Miami Hurricanes coach Randy Shannon was all about selling the confidence he had in the football program.

He mentioned expectations in his first year of going undefeated and competing for national championships. After a 5-7 record that saw the Hurricanes miss a bowl game for the first time in 10 seasons, his tune has somewhat changed.

These days, he speaks of gradual instead of immediate improvement, leaving one big question: How long is the wait? Patience could be thin for a university used to strong tradition and a fan base spoiled by championships.

"At some schools you go 8-4, you'll always have a job," Shannon said. "At some schools you go 8-4, you don't have a job. Those things, as a coach, you've got to accept."

Shannon knows a repeat of his first season will cause alarms to sound. The Hurricanes lost three games by at least 30 points, including a 48-0 disaster to Virginia in the final game at the Orange Bowl.

Although new Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt has expressed strong support, Shannon hopes to avoid giving administration reason to think otherwise.

"At Miami, we graduate our kids," Shannon said. "I can graduate all the kids I want, but I can't go 5-7, 5-7, 5-7. I won't have a job."

Shannon, who signed a four-year contract when he was hired, recently admitted the program was in worse shape than expected. It essentially meant he was rebuilding from the ground up after UM fell from a national contender to losing 13 games in two years.

Last season the roster was filled with underclassmen.

"When you sit down and evaluate, you're playing 10 freshmen your first year as a head coach," Shannon said. "That's seventh-graders playing against 12th-graders. That's going to be tough to win games that way."

A strong incoming class is expected to be the foundation of the resurrection. That could take a couple years, but the amount of time a coach receives to complete a turnaround varies from school to school.

"As a coach, you always want to say immediately," Duke first-year coach David Cutcliffe said. "To put a timetable on what a coach needs to put a program in place is probably two or three years. You start getting players you recruited, but more important, you start training players into your way of thinking. ... That's kind of the standard procedure to it."

If a two- or three-year plan were in place, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said a few Atlantic Coast Conference teams would have had vacancies years ago. Even Frank Beamer needed time to build Virginia Tech into a consistent winner.

"If two years is enough time, there are a lot of guys who wouldn't be here [at ACC media days] that are now pretty successful," Johnson said. "I don't think you can put a timetable on it."

Shannon has laid the groundwork for putting his stamp on the program. Last year he made players sign code-of-conduct contracts, openly said position battles are on a weekly basis and is trying to lock up the South Florida recruiting base.

He also plans to keep the coaching staff in place to create stability, which he said helped Beamer excel.

"It takes time to get used to things," UM tackle Jason Fox said. "Now everyone has had enough time to learn the things the way [Shannon] wants to run the program. It's going to be nothing but good for us."

Still, there have been critics. Several players, including quarterback Kirby Freeman, transferred in the offseason.

Shannon called the departures simply a difference in agendas.

On the recruiting front, the Web site InsidetheU.com reported that Orson Charles, a tight end from Tampa Plant High, said rival coaches have raised questions about Shannon's job security in an attempt to sway his decision.

Shannon downplays the talk and says he has received nothing but support from the university, former players and fans.

"In the long run, everybody that is a Miami Hurricanes fan wants to see you win," Shannon said. "There's always going to be support. ... To this day, every time you walk to the airport, every time you have dinner and players when they go out on community service, there's always fan support."
 07-25-2008, 09:24 PM         #4122
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 8 years ago '04        #4123
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The names of the past stars can flow off the tongue like water. Bubba Franks, Jeremy Shockey and Kellen Winslow, Jr., to start it off are the first names that quickly come to mind because they are the most recent.

But the list extends to Coleman Bell, Rod Chudzinski, Greg Olsen, Kevin Everett and more.

Over the past 25 years, the University of Miami has produced some of the best tight ends college football has seen and a number of first round picks, including Franks, Shockey, Winslow and Olsen.

But the position struggled a great deal last year.

Randy Shannon shuffled four tight ends throughout the season including DajLeon Farr, Chris Zellner, Dedrick Epps and Richard Gordon with none of them proving to be the answer to the problem.

In the past, the tight end had been an outlet for quarterbacks such as Ken Dorsey who had a beautiful connection with Shockey and Winslow and Brock Berlin who always seemed to know where he could find Winslow.

No catch in the past ten years is more memorable than Berlin's pass to Winslow over the middle in the final minutes of Miami's 22-20 win over West Virginia when the 'Canes overcame a 4th and 11. Berlin lofted a pass over the middle of the field to Winslow who skied as high as he could and caught the back side of the ball for a 15-yard gain and a first down.

The catch led the 'Canes to a game winning field goal and kept the 'Canes undefeated at the time.

That's what the tight end position has meant to the Hurricanes. It's what made the Hurricans so dangerous that while having playmaker wide receivers on the edges, there was a superstar outlet down the middle of the field playing tight end.

During Miami's struggles while going through a 5-7 nightmare of a season in 2007, the tight ends combined to make a total of 25 catches for 300 yards and five touchdowns. Single-handedly in 2006, Olsen had 38 catches to lead the Hurricanes.

The only catch that was memorable last year by a tight end happened in Tallahassee when Epps pulled down a touchdown pass from Kirby Freeman to give Miami a win over Florida State. It was the last positive moment of the season for the 'Canes and the only real positive moment from the tight end position.

Following the season, Farr decided to transfer leaving Shannon with Zellner, Epps and Gordon, with none of them positioned too far ahead of the other in terms of being a definite starter in 2008.

While Epps is considered the leader in earning the starting position following a solid Spring, he only had eight catches for 83 yards and one touchdown, the catch at Florida State. Zellner had 13 catches for 105 yards and a touchdown and Gordon had one catch for eight yards.

In order for the 'Canes to get back to what they were in the past, a tight end will have to step up, take over the position and become the option the 'Canes have had in the past.

Is that Epps? Is that Zellner? Is that Gordon? Time will tell.
 8 years ago '04        #4124
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Milford Academy, a prep school in New Berlin, N.Y., has sent over 145 kids to Division I-A programs under coach Bill Chaplick, who is entering his 10th season at Milford.

Three current Hurricanes--running back Graig Cooper, defensive tackle Antonio Dixon, and tight end Richard Gordon--spent one season at Milford before attending UM.

"We are proud to be a part of their program," Chaplick said. "All three of them were great players and I wish them the best. To have those guys on the same team together to help turn the program around and I hope this is the year Coach Shannon to do it."

Three 2008 signees are expected to be at Milford as well.

Offensive lineman Brandon Washington first day at Milford was Thursday and safety C.J. Odom has been on campus for five days. Linebacker Antonio Harper is expected to join them in August.

"They are all disappointed," Chaplick said. "Academics is a part of Division I-A and if you don't have them, you can't play. They come here and realize that, hit the books, and get out of here as fast as they can."

Chaplick said he thought Harper got into UM and would not be at Milford, but Harper's mother said he did not get in.

"He didn't get in, he's going to Milford--the same school Graig Cooper went to," Harper's mother said. "He will be there the first week of August."

Washington will play left tackle this season and Odom will a.ssume one of the safety spots.

"Right now we are doing summer workouts with conditioning and both of them are doing a great job so far," Chaplick said.

Chaplick is a firm believer in making sure the kids have their academics in order while at Milford so they can enter a Division I-A program.

"Academics is first," Chaplick said. "From the day you walk in here until the day you leave, it is a part of your life at Milford Academy. School comes first and football comes second."

Last season, Milford finished 11-1.

"We are program that develops kids," Chaplick said. "We have a few displaced kids, but a majority of our kids are kids that don't have anything. They go through program and our system with the I-A scholarship."

Chaplick comes down to UM each spring to see his former players.

"The one thing about the Miami kids when they come here is that they are focused especially in the classroom," Chaplick said. "It wasn't like it was hard for our academic people or coaches to make them go to class. They knew what they had to do when they got here."
 8 years ago '04        #4125
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Offense is deep as UM opens camp

With UM practice opening next weekend, an intriguing 12-man battle looms at receiver, and all the skill positions are deeper. Some early chatter:

Quarterback: Although some growing pains are to be expected, several qualities have UM players believing front-runner Robert Marve will be outstanding -- his arm (''strongest'' of the quarterbacks, cornerback Chavez Grant said), ability to improvise and leadership skills.

''When a play breaks down, many quarterbacks often have tunnel vision and don't see what's around them,'' Kayne Farquharson said. ``Robert will roll out and still make a play with his arm or legs. He keeps his head on a swivel, and you wouldn't expect that at this stage of his career.''

But one UM football official warned not to underestimate Jacory Harris, who has impressed players with his ability to read defenses. ''Jacory's arm isn't as strong as Robert's, but he's really accurate,'' Grant said.

Players like what they have seen of June arrival Taylor Cook in 7-on-7 drills, though he and Cannon Smith are long shots to play much as freshmen.

Receiver: Word is Jermaine McKenzie, who redshirted after his July 2007 car crash, has been a standout in summer on-field work. Among the seven newcomers, Aldarius Johnson has been impressive and should play immediately -- ''He's a stud who can make things happen on screens,'' Marve said. And UM people say newcomers Laron Byrd (fast, physical and 6-3) and speedy potential slot receiver Travis Benjamin also have stood out.

Still, barring injury or other issues, only a few freshmen figure to get a lot of snaps at receiver because potential No. 1 Sam Shields, Leonard Hankerson (''He's always going to be where he's supposed to,'' Marve said) and McKenzie should play a lot, with Farquharson in the mix and Khalil Jones improved (though he still has a lot to prove).

The unclear academic status of Shields and running back Shawnbrey McNeal has been a concern around the program -- finals for summer session are this week -- but Randy Shannon cannot discuss grade-related issues.

(FYI: UM people expect Dedrick Epps to emerge as the team's best tight end after a strong offseason.)

Running back: a.ssistant coach Tommie Robinson wants Javarris James (running better than he did after last year's neck injury) and bulked-up Graig Cooper to continue sharing snaps, and he said McNeal must play, too. And with Derron Thomas (5.0 average) also available, former safety Damien Berry will be hard-pressed to get carries. Robinson raves about new fullback Patrick Hill's blocking.


i've been hearing rave reviews about mckenzie since last summer, hopefully the n*gga stays healthy so we can finally see what he's workin with


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 07-27-2008, 01:45 PM         #4128
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Marve at QB
JJ and Cooper in the backfield with Pat Hill blocking
Shields, McKenzie, AJ outside
Epps, Zellner, Gordon at the TE's
Fox, Franklin, Youngblood on the line

We better be able to put up some damn points on every drive and not punt/have turnovers. There's so many ways to get up the field with those players.
 8 years ago '04        #4129
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Refresher course: The backfield

As we inch closer to the start of fall practice Saturday, I wanted us to take a quick look back to last year, look at what is currently in stock and take a peak forward at each position for your Miami Hurricanes.

Today, we'll start with the offensive backfield where Miami returns perhaps its top two offensive weapons at running back and starts over with little experience at the most important position on the field -- quarterback.

QUARTERBACK...
--> Who is gone: Kyle Wright (graduated); Kirby Freeman (transferred to Baylor).

--> Who is back: Robert Marve, R-Fr. (6-1, 203)

--> Who is new: Jacory Harris, Fr. (6-4, 170); Taylor Cook,
Fr. (6-7, 230); Cannon Smith, Fr. (5-11, 200)
What happened in '07: In a word, Miami's passing game was a flat out "Disaster." Wright and Freeman combined to throw 20 interceptions and only 16 touchdowns for a passing attack that finished last in the ACC and 108th out of 119 teams nationally. Marve, Mr. Florida Football 2006, missed the season and most of practice after suffering deep cuts and severe scarring on his left hand following a car accident.

--> Spring recap: Marve, Harris and Smith each participated, although it clearly developed into a two-man show with Marve and Harris taking the lead. In the spring game, Marve finished 10 of 22 for 93 yards and threw 2 INTs; Harris was 9 of 17 for 64 yards; Smith finished 1 of 5 for 66 yards and 1 INT.

--> The big question: Who gets the starting nod and who plays? In the few press 030408_qbs_2conferences he's had since the end of the spring, coach Randy Shannon has told reporters he'll name a starter the week before Miami opens its season against Charleston Southern (Aug. 28) at Dolphins Stadium. Shannon has also told reporters the starter will play the majority of the game with the backup seeing duty too.

--> What to expect: Forget the fact nobody on this team other than safety Lovon Ponder has thrown a pass at the collegiate level. Both Marve and Harris are better -- at least 022708_marvethrough most observers eyes -- than Wright or Freeman ever were. Marve and Harris both ran high-octane, spread offenses in high school and have better arms and accuracy than Miami's two previous signal callers. Marve should emerge with the starting job -- having had a bit more time to learn under offensive coordinator Patrick Nix than Harris. But expect the former Miami Northwestern and Mr. Florida Football 2007 to be hard on Marve's heels. Shannon loves competition and I expect him to probably keep it "an open competition" from week to week -- especially if Marve struggles in the early going.

--> Sidenote: It will be interesting to see how Cook, who played in a run-oriented attack in Texas, develops and if he supplants Smith (who appears to be out of his league) as the team's No. 3 QB. But there's a chance -- and Cook has been saying this since the day he was recruited -- he could end up switching to another position (likely tight end) down the road.

RUNNING BACK/FULLBACK...
--> Who is gone: RB Charlie Jones (quit team in '07), FB Jerrell Mabry (transferred).

--> Who is back: RB Javarris James, Jr. (6-0, 214), RB Graig Cooper, So. (6-0, 202), RB Shawnbrey McNeal, So. (5-11, 190), RB Derron Thomas, Sr. (5-9, 204), RB Lee Chambers, R-Fr. (5-10, 180).

--> Who is new: RB Damien Berry, So. (5-11, 198, moved over from safety), FB Pat Hill (5-9, 260), FB John Calhoun (6-3, 235).

--> What happened in '07: If there was a bright spot on an offense that finished 110th overall (315 ypg) and 101st in scoring (20.5 ppg), it was the tandem James and Cooper created last season when healthy. The duo combined for 1,264 yards and eight touchdowns despite facing many eight-man fronts and defenses who knew the run was coming because the passing game was so bad. Cooper (who averaged 5.5 yards per carry) ultimately finished as the leading rusher with 682 yards and was the only back to crack the century mark in a game. James (who suffered from a few nicks) slowed down a bit after a freshman season in which he ran for 800-plus yards. McNeal, meanwhile, had his moments, flashing his speed with a 39-yard run against Georgia Tech. But he too was injured. Thomas provied to be a valuable backup in spots.

--> Spring recap: While most eyes were on the guys at quarterback, Cooper and James had a solid spring -- flashing signs when healthy the two can be one of the most dangerous combos in college football. In the spring game, Cooper ran for 91 yards and two touchdowns on only eight carries and caught two passes for 12 yards while James (who carried 1 time for 25 yards) caught four passes for 60 yards. McNeal had four carries for six yards, but a 66-yard burst on a screen pass. Thomas left the spring game with an apparent ankle injury. Chambers had 11 carries for 36 yards in mop-up duty. Hill provided several bone-jarring blocks and excited running backs coach Tommie Robinson with his effort.

The big question: Can James and Cooper stay healthy and if not, who emerges as the No. 3 option? Rumblings out of UM this summer are that McNeal (who found himself in Shannon's doghouse some last year) is battling academic issues. Even though James appears to be fully healthy now and Cooper has added 10 pounds of weight in muscle to bulk up for the hitting in college football, it was painfully apparent last year Miami needed a solid, go-to third option. If McNeal isn't around, then most expect Thomas to be that guy with Chambers and Berry to play in spot situations.

--> What to expect: Cooper and James to be the focal point of Miami's offense. With an inexperienced arm at quarterback and receivers with a lot to prove, it seemed like Nix made it a point to get the ball into the hands of his experienced playmakers this spring -- including through the air. After talking about doing it in '07, Nix lined up Cooper and James in the backfield together this spring and sometimes in the slot, creating safe opportunities to catch the ball underneath coverage. They combined to catch 27 passes last season, but appear to be headed toward much more in 2008.

--> Quote of the spring: Robinson on what the addition of Hill at fullback means to the team:"Patrick Hill has been a blessing to us. We love what he brings. He brings exactly what we thought he would. Hes one of those kids we really recruited. When I recruited him, I told this kid I wanted him to tell me that he wanted to run the football. Because if he told me he wanted to run the football, I was going to leave him in California. But he never told me once he wanted to run the football. I asked him once, 'What would be your idea of a great game?' He said 'If I can just go and knock a couple guys out. If I can just knock about five guys out.' I said you got a scholarship offer from the University of Miami son. And hes done a great job for us. We didnt need a guy griping and frustrated because hes not running the football. No, we needed a guy who would bring some toughness to our offense and we can go inside and bang around the tackles and get some movement."



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Refresher course: The "Hands" Team

It's another day closer to the start of fall practice and time to take another look back and ahead to what is in store position-by-position for your Canes.

Today, I try and cover UM's receivers and tight ends, who for lack of a better word did a pretty job covering themselves last year by dropping passes and failing to make big plays time and time again.

RECEIVERS...
> Who is gone: Darnell Jenkins (leading receiver last season); Lance Leggett (graduated); Ryan Hill (moved to cornerback)
> Who is back: Sam Shields, Jr. (6-0, 180); Kayne Farquharson, Sr. (6-2, 185); Leonard Hankerson, So. (6-2, 218); Khalil Jones, Sr. (6-2, 200); Jermaine McKenzie, R-Fr. (6-2, 173)
> Who is new: Aldarius Johnson, Fr. (6-2, 217); LaRon Byrd, Fr. (6-4, 205); Tommy Streeter (6-6, 200); Travis Benjamin, Fr. (5-11, 160); Thearon Collier, Fr. (5-9, 165); Davon Johnson, Fr. (5-11, 165), Kendall Thompkins, Fr. (5-10, 170).

> What happened in '07: Miami's receivers took another step back in 2007. The passing game, which finished dead last in the ACC, saw not only poor quarterback play, but inconsistency from receivers yet again who often dropped balls when they were rarely open and never really showed much separation to get open. If you want to know what type of season it was, realize Jenkins (who led the team with 31 catches for 619 yards and 2 scores) earned MVP honors in what would have been an otherwise average season at Miami. Leggett, hailed by Rivals.com as a 5-star recruit, was the biggest disappointment among the wide outs. He managed only 15 catches for 238 yards and one touchdown his senior year. Shields, who often found himself in coach Randy Shannon's doghouse, had brief moments of stellar play including a six catch, 117-yard effort against Texas A&M. The rest of Miami's receivers did little. Farquharson, Hankerson and Jones combined for 16 catches for 158 yards and two touchdowns. McKenzie missed the season after suffering serious neck injuries in an auto accident right before the start of fall camp.


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> Spring recap: Johnson, an All-State performer and star at Miami Northwestern, was the only freshman receiver get into school early. Although he didn't exactly blow up in the spring game (he dropped the only pass thrown his way), there was enough talk about him from new receivers coach Aubrey Hill to believe the experience Johnson gained will propel him into a starring role at some point in the very near future. Other than that, there wasn't a ton of positivity to come out of the spring. Receivers still dropped a ton of passes, some deep down field. McKenzie, who most were hoping would finally get on the field and peform, missed the team's opening scrimmage and game with an apparent leg injury. Farquharson had five catches for 51 yards in the team's first scrimmage and led all receivers for catches in the spring game with 4 for 29 yards. He, Khalil Jones (2-16) and Hill (1-14) were the only receivers to catch balls in the game itself.

> The Big Question: There isn't a bigger question on the team than who emerges at wide out.
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Most would say Shields should develop into the go-to receiver. He is the fastest wideout on the team and who has the most experience. But when you take into account his off field issues and the rumblings about his academic issues this summer, you can't count him for sure to become that player. After Shields, word out of the 7-on-7s this summer suggest Hankerson and McKenzie (who was a 7 on 7 star before his car accident) will become Miami's other starters with Jones and Farquharson in the rotation.

> What to expect: The unexpected. If any of the freshmen come in and wow during the fall, look for them to quickly climb up the depth chart. There isn't a position on this team in more dire need of talent and consistency. Shannon himself admitted there were times last year where they were looking for Jenkins to save them. After signing seven receivers in February, some one is going to break out. And word is Johnson, Byrd, Streeter and Benjamin are the most likely to do so. Having watched Johnson and Streeter closely in high school I can tell you both have type of go-over the middle toughness Miami's receiving corps has lacked. I think if Shields doesn't screw up, he'll be the go-to guy. But with or without him, by the end of this season there is no doubt in my mind Johnson, McKenzie and Hankerson and a few other freshman will be part a solid young core for the future.

> The Kool-Aid Quote of the Spring: Offensive coordinator Patrick Nix on the play of the receivers: "A lot of times wide receivers are blamed when its a bad throw or they might have not the protection. We might have to throw early. To the average spectator they think it's all the receivers fault or something like that when it could be a lot of different things. But the receivers had a good spring. They all did very good. We have a lot of depth, so that's a very good thing. They made a lot of big plays all spring."

TIGHT ENDS/H-BACK...

> Who is gone: Dajleon Farr (transferred to Memphis).
> Who is back: Dedrick Epps, Jr. (6-4, 255); Richard Gordon, Jr. (6-4, 260); Chris Zellner, Sr., (6-2, 247)
> Who is new: Daniel Adderley, R-Fr. (6-6, 220) and Tervaris Johnson, R-So. (6-2, 220) who moved over from receiver and safety respectively this offseason.

> What happened in '07: Not a lot if you came to Miami thinking you were going to follow in the footsteps of Jeremy Shockey, Kellen Winslow and Greg Olsen. The tight end Dajleon_farrposition basically became obsolete last season with Zellner, Epps and Farr getting very little action at all. Zellner, who played more of an H-back role, caught 13 passes for 105 yards and 1 touchdown to lead UM tight ends. Epps had eight catches for 83 yards and 1 touchdown -- the lone highlight of the season for UM tight ends, the game-winning touchdown catch against FSU. Farr, who came in as the nation's third best tight end according to Rivals in 2005, caught all of six passes before opting to transfer to Memphis. Gordon, who originally started at tight end, moved back there after moving over to the defense. He caught one pass for 8 yards.

> What happened this spring: The three remaining tight ends each got a few balls thrown their way in the spring game. Zellner caught 2 for 16 yards, Gordon caught 1 for 5 yards and Epps caught one for 4 yards.

> The Big Question: Will Miami even bother to develop a tight end like it once had when Shockey, Winslow and Olsen were dangerous weapons down the middle of the field? And is he available right now? Or, will Patrick Nix phase the tight end -- outside of blocking -- out of the offense until help arrives in the form of recruiting and let his receivers do the heavy lifting?

> What to expect: For Epps, Gordon and Zellner to continue doing the little things like blocking Dedrick_eppsand making a catch or two in dump off situations. Right now, neither of the three players have any skills remotely similar to what Canes fans are used to at tight end. Although Gordon, who once returned kickoffs early last year, has the speed and big frame to possibly be used as a real weapon in the passing game, he has struggled to to pick up route running and there are long odds he ever will. Instead, Epps will most likely be the guy who leads this group in receptions and production near the goalline. He showed the most improvement in the spring.

> On The Recruiting Trial: So, who exactly is the staff looking at to be the next great tight end at Orson_charlesMiami? The Canes are trying hard to land Rivals' No. 1 tight end in the '09 class, Tampa Plant's Orson Charles (who is reportedly expected to visit UM this weekend with his family). Charles (6-3, 216) is the playmaker Canes fans covet. Miami also has three other commitments who play tight end -- 6-6, 240-pound Stephen Plein of Fort Myers, 6-4, 225-pound Cory White of Jacksonville and 6-4, 235-pounder Billy Sanders of Phoenix. White is being recruited as an offensive lineman. Charles should already be adored by Canes fans. He's the kid who broke the Gators' crystal national championship trophy when he accidentally knocked it to the floor on his visit.
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 07-29-2008, 09:55 AM         #4133
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Charlotte (NC) West Charlotte High School DT Curtis Porter has made his college decision.

"I committed to Miami," Porter said. "I did it last night. I called Micheal Barrow and Clint Hurtt. They said congratulations and welcome to the family."

Porter said he picked Miami because "Miami was a school I always wanted to go to. I was just waiting for the scholarship to come in (the mail). Randy Shannon is a great head coach and I want to be part of that tradition."

Porter said an unofficial visit to Miami over the summer made a big impact.

"It was such a well disciplined program," Porter said. "And the school was talking about religion being important, which I liked - it was amazing with the academic support and everything else."

Porter hopes to get early playing time at UM.

"They need defensive tackles," Porter said. "Me and Luther (Robinson) are going to come in and do our thing. Coach Hurtt said we're going to be the two tackles he takes."

Porter says he'll take an official visit to Miami.

And he might take some other visits.

"I'm not sure (if I'll take other visits)," he said. "I'm not sure where.

"But this is 100 percent sure, a done deal."

Porter is best friends with WR Jheranie Boyd, but UM hasn't offered him a scholarship.

"If they offer him, I think he'd come to Miami also," Porter said.

Of his goals at UM, Porter said, "I want to get my education, get my degree and then make some millions in the NFL."

Porter is a 6-foot-2, 334-pounder.
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so no antwan lowery?
 8 years ago '06        #4135
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 madness said:
so no antwan lowery?
nope and by the looks of it we must of a great shot with randle or debose because theres no reason not to offer his good friend boyd too..... they both want to play on the same team in college
 8 years ago '04        #4136
madness 7 heat pts
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just saw tape on porter, looks like a good run stuffer and should keep o-linemen off the linebackers.

his weight might be a bit of a concern tho, 330+ for a n*gga still in high school and still growing ain't what's hot. maybe he moves to guard and we still pull lowery at DT
 8 years ago '04        #4137
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 P. Dedos said:
nope and by the looks of it we must of a great shot with randle or debose because theres no reason not to offer his good friend boyd too..... they both want to play on the same team in college
there a couple of silent commits, i'm thinkin randle is one of them
 8 years ago '05        #4138
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can someone post up the new roster
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wow not a good look, ya'll n*ggaz got fu*ked

CORAL GABLES — Former Palm Beach Lakes High defensive tackle Jeremy Lewis was one of eight UM freshmen recruits who did not report to school Thursday, a football team spokesman confirmed.

The university didn't say what was holding up Lewis, although Hurricanes coach Randy Shannon said earlier this week that freshmen with NCAA Clearinghouse issues would not be allowed to report. Lewis could not be reached for comment

The NCAA Clearinghouse checks academic records to a.ssure that athletes are eligible to play.

Shannon was not available for comment Thursday but is expected to address the situation Friday.

The seven other freshmen who did not report are safeties C.J. Odom (Fort Myers) and C.J. Holton (Crawfordsville), offensive lineman Brandon Washington (Miami Northwestern) and linebackers Zach Kane (Tom's River, N.J.), Antonio Harper (Memphis, Tenn.), Gavin Hardin (Jackson, Tenn.) and Brandon Marti (Miami Gulliver Prep).

Odom, Washington, Harper and Kane, who is facing aggravated a.ssault charges in New Jersey, will attend prep school and will not play at UM this season.

Lewis, 6-foot-3 and 314 pounds, was expected to compete for playing time this fall.

The Hurricanes begin fall practice Saturday and open the season Aug. 28 against Charleston Southern at Dolphin Stadium.
 8 years ago '04        #4140
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sorry fellows, my router been messed up all week.

Defensive end Allen Bailey is ahead of schedule in the rehabbing of a torn pectoral muscle he sustained while lifting weights on May 19.

According to Miami Head Coach Randy Shannon Bailey is ahead of schedule in his rehab and could be available to play for Miami's season opener against Charleston Southern September 28.

"He's ahead of schedule," Shannon said. He could be ready for the first game. If he's not we won't play him."

The normal recovery time from a torn pectoral muscle can be anywhere from three to eight months.

If healthy Bailey (6-4, 287) is expected to be a starter at defensive end this season. He switched from linebacker to defensive end this spring and excelled at his new position.

Bailey's return to the defensive line would be important because the line is thin and inexperienced. Senior Eric Moncur is the returning veteran at defensive end for UM. Junior Courtney Harris was expected to receive a lot of playing time this year, but will not be available this season after tearing his Achilles.

Other Notes

? Freshmen Brandon Marti, C.J. Holton, Antonio Harper, Brandon Washington, C.J. Odom, and Zach Kane are not listed on the initial 2008 roster. Four of the players still are not cleared while Brandon Washington and C.J. Odom are at prep school.

? Shannon believes Graig Cooper will be a great back at 210-215 pounds this season while Javarris James will be a great back at 220-225 pounds. Shannon said both running backs were not healthy after the sixth game last year and he looks forward to seeing how productive they can be with a full slate of health.

? Offensive lineman Chris Barney has dropped 21 pounds--from 360 pounds to 339--this offseason...Shannon pointed out wide receiver Khalil Jones as being an important leader for the team...Linebacker Eric Houston will wear number 46.


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