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 10-25-2008, 05:53 PM         #4221
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smh @ miami beating Wake and FSU couldnt
 9 years ago '04        #4222
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 Pito305 said:
smh @ miami beating Wake and FSU couldnt
thats the ACC for you.....dont ever know who is going to win
 9 years ago '07        #4223
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 Pito305 said:
smh @ miami beating Wake and FSU couldnt
fsu couldnt score more than 3 pts
 9 years ago '05        #4224
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Thanks canes
 9 years ago '04        #4225
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There is lots of good news surrounding the Miami Hurricanes football team right now.

The Hurricanes have won three straight games, which at the end of the day is the greatest thing that matters.

The young guys on the defensive side of the ball are getting tons of experience.

Javarris James and Graig Cooper are healthy for the stretch run.

Robert Marve and Jacory Harris still have their ribs and ligaments intact.

And Cane fans have so much to talk about, giving everybody their money's worth during another rebuilding season.

Miami defeated Wake Forest 16-10 on Saturday, successfully gaining just enough yardage to score just enough points in another questionably-managed offensive game.

There were some wonderful things that happened out there.

The defense got surprised again by the offensive game plan of the opposition, but this time adjustments were made by the end of the first quarter rather than at halftime. After allowing 10 points and more than 100 yards rushing in the first 16 minutes as Wake ran 24 straight times to open the game, Miami's defense didn't allow Wake Forest to score again.

The Hurricanes showed incredible toughness going against an older, veteran team that came in with a game plan to turn the game into a fist f!ght it thought it would win. But Miami stood toe-to-toe with Wake Forest and never backed down, a mighty huge sign of progress.

Adewale Ojomo continued his emergence as a humble star of the future, sacking Riley Skinner and stripping the ball from behind late in the third quarter. Antonio Dixon recovered and Miami ended up kicking the field goal that gave it the final six-point margin.

Matt Bosher continued his All-American like season as a placekicker, nailing his three field goal attempts, one from 52 yards. Bosher has now made 12 of his 13 attempts this season.

Players are bouncing back from tough experiences and making contributions, like Sam Shields and Romeo Davis, two big contributors on Saturday. Shields had a big play off a reverse on a kickoff return and then broke a tackle off a catch and turned it into a big play. Davis played a lot of snaps and helped settle down the defense. And let's not forget Robert Marve, who protected the ball better and made higher-quality decisions.

Marve played well enough that the quarterback drama that had been created over the past few weeks, with outside elements trying ridiculously hard to manufacture problems between Marve and Harris and their respective camps, was put on the backburner once again as folks refocused on the worthiness of offensive coordinator Patrick Nix's play-calling that simply doesn't seem to be working.

Winning is a Band-Aid. It's the element that makes you question where you should stand as a Hurricane fan. Is it fair to be critical of something after a victory? I found myself asking that question over and over after the final gun sounded Saturday.

Everybody knew before the first kickoff, and understands even better right now, that this was not the year Miami was loaded up for a run at teams like Penn State and Texas. So the homer inside of you has to beg for a mindset where any victory is treated like a precious commodity. The homer asks: What did you expect?

Miami was a few touchdowns better than North Carolina and lost because failed offense in the middle of the game left the team exposed to the defensive disasters it experienced in the final stages of the fourth quarter.

Miami was a few touchdowns better than that Wake Forest team it played Saturday. The Canes won by six.

To my eyes, Miami seems to be playing offense with one hand tied behind its back.

Football fans and analysts instinctively like to see style points, too. They were all over the place Saturday on defense with the toughness and continued development of players, particularly on the defensive line. There were not many style points on offense, which is why Nix again is a focal point.

You want a theory on why Miami is not getting enormously better on the offensive side of the football, even with the emergence of those freshmen playmakers at receiver? This unit never does the same thing from one game to the next, and running backs Javarris James and Graig Cooper are always disappearing from the game.

Nix has some great looking plays in that playbook of his, way more than last year. He hits on some of them too. But he can't seem to put two of them together, something that was painfully evident Saturday as Miami struggled to find the end zone.

Nix finally ditched that horizontal passing game that was k!lling him up until Saturday, so he had greater success much of the time on first down. But, for some reason, he again decided his quarterbacks as his running backs were his bread and butter. For the second week in a row, his quarterbacks got the most carries in the running game, a few of them on second down and short-yardage plays that didn't work and left Miami in harder-to-make third-down situations. Miami was seven of 17 in those situations on Saturday.

Maybe everyone should be thrilled that Nix hit once out of the 11 times Marve and Harris took on the role of runners on Saturday. Marve's 43-yard run in the third quarter was one of the biggest plays in the game and set up the touchdown that ultimately won the game. But wouldn't you rather see a scheme that allows Cooper or James to make that run?

In the Wake Forest game Cooper carried 12 times and James just six. In the Duke game Cooper carried seven times and James just three. And against FSU Cooper had six carries and James didn't play due to injury.

You have two skinny young quarterbacks. Do they really need to be taking all those extra shots? Does that one successful run negate the other 10 failures that helped k!ll drives in this game? If this is a season of building, isn't a real running game and scheme included on the construction list? Is it fair of us to ask that question in the aftermath of a victory? Is it nitpicking?

Virginia Tech, which loves its quarterbacks taking hits, lost two of them in one game up at Florida State Saturday. Where is Miami going if it loses Marve and Harris? You can't develop young quarterbacks if one or both end up on the injured list, which they probably will if they keep getting overly exposed to this kind of punishment on game day.

I say this knowing that FSU has been exposing Christian Ponder, particularly against Miami, and is winning with it. I say it knowing that Tim Tebow is physically exposed every week. But a young Marve and Harris could be limbs on Tebow's body. And Miami isn't playing for the national title right now. And there are plenty of other quarterbacks out there like Colt McCoy and Sam Bradford who are very successful without trying to be their team's leading rushers.

The wins of the past three weeks have created an opportunity for the Hurricanes, which in turn begs for self-analysis and continued advancement. If North Carolina drops one game, Miami controls its destiny if it wins out. Even if Carolina doesn't slip up, four more wins by the Hurricanes would almost certainly land them in the Peach Bowl or Gator Bowl at 9-3 and stamp this season a colossal success. If that happens, Randy Shannon might even give Nick Saban a run for his money in National Coach of the Year voting.

I really think it can happen if Nix steps up his game.

Virginia on the road on Saturday figures to be a brutal test. The Cavaliers are on a high right now after winning on the road at Georgia Tech and surging to the top of the Coastal Division standings. If they beat Miami on Saturday for a fifth straight win, they may actually end up in Tampa in the conference title game.

Virginia Tech is a beaten down team that Miami gets on a Thursday night at home.

Georgia Tech will be very tough in a road Thursday night test, but the Yellow Jackets were just beaten at home by Virginia.

The road game at North Carolina State could also be tough, but the struggling Wolfpack figure to have their cleats halfway packed into their storage lockers by then.

So I apologize to anyone who might cringe at the idea of building expectations at this stage of the resurrection project. But I have seen enough progress this season from this team that I am not making any excuses for Nix or anybody else these final four games.

The next step in the progression for Randy Shannon and Miami is to win games they should win, the way FSU is doing this year, the way Miami has now done the past three weeks. This team is good enough to win them now if it plays smart and with passion.

That's what I took out of Dolphin Stadium on Saturday. And even with some of the other questionable things that many of us saw, that is nothing but a positive.
 9 years ago '06        #4226
Xaiv 148 heat pts148
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If yall handle your business we might get a rematch in Tampa I can't wait to beat you hoe a.ss n*ggas again :cool-smiley-009: :D


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 9 years ago '07        #4227
Kinglew88 13 heat pts13
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you remember the second half dont you??
 9 years ago '04        #4228
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MIAMI, Fla. -- Robert Marve led Miami to a hard-fought 16-10 victory over Wake Forest on Saturday.

Marve came into the game as the unpopular choice as the starting quarterback after back-up Jacory Harris threw for four touchdowns in a win over Duke last week.

Miami (5-3, 2-2) coach Randy Shannon decided to stay with Marve and he responded by throwing for 153 yards on 11-of-20 passing and rushing for 56 yards and a touchdown on nine carries.

"(Alphonso Smith) and (Aaron Curry) are the best players I have seen on defense," Marve said. "Those guys were incredible. Fast guys who can hit especially (Curry), he was huge and moved well. They showed a lot of different things at us. I thought Coach Nix did a good job of changing it up and hitting them different ways to involve our playmakers."

Harris did not have the same success he had last week as he completed 4-of-8 passes for 41 yards.

Miami freshman receiver Travis Benjamin led the team with four receptions for 72 yards. Graig Cooper was held to just 27 rushing yards on 12 carries and Javarris James had 14 yards on six carries.

Matt Bosher kicked a 52-yard field goal--his second of the game--to pull Miami within 10-6 on the first drive of the second half. The field goal was set-up by a 36-yard kickoff return by Sam Shields, who was hit out of bounds by Wake Forest lineman Joe Birdsong and was flagged for a 15-yard penalty.

Miami took a 13-10 lead behind the running ability of Marve. Marve kept the ball on an option play and raced up the Miami sideline for a 43-yard gain before being tackled at the 3. Two plays later, Marve punched it in with a 1-yard quarterback sneak.

"He looked like Jacory out there (running)," Shannon said.

On defense, Adewale Ojomo came up with a big play as he sacked Riley Skinner and forced a fumble, which was recovered by Antonio Dixon. Miami settled for another Bosher field goal, this one from 43 yards, as Miami led 16-10 with 12 minutes left.

"(The fumble) was a big play in the game," Shannon said. "That helped us in field position, excitement for the fans, and for this football team. You need a little bit of inspiration to get you going and that was a big play."

Wake Forest's Shane Popham missed a 40-yard field with six minutes minutes remaining as Miami held on for the victory over Wake Forest (4-3, 2-2).

"I thought he hit it pretty good, he went through it fine, it just didn't go through the uprights," Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe said.

Wake Forest, the ACC's top passing team and 11th in rushing offense, ran the ball 24 consecutive times to start the game.

"We just didn't play well last week against Maryland, too much spread stuff," Grobe said. "We wanted to come into today and run the football a little bit. We probably didn't get as much as we hoped to get out of our throwing game."

Wake Forest pounded the ball on their first drive of the game with 10 consecutive runs covering 66 yards, which was capped off by a 1-yard touchdown run by fullback Mike Rinfrette. Tailback Josh Adams had eight carries for 45 yards on the five-minute drive.

Miami pulled within 7-3 with a 36-yard field goal by Matt Bosher. The field goal was set-up by a 48-yard pass from Marve to Benjamin as Benjamin got behind safety Christian Hartford on the play.

Wake Forest continued to pound the ball throughout the first quarter. After 18 straight runs to start the game, the Demon Deacons faced a 3rd-and-10 situation. Instead of passing, the Demon Deacons ran a draw play to Brandon Pendergrass, who picked up 25 yards on the run. Four plays later, Shane Popham kicked a 24-yard field goal for a 10-3 lead.

Up Next

Miami will travel to Virginia (4-3, 2-1) next week with a Nov. 1 game at noon. Virginia defeated Miami last season 48-0 in Miami. Miami is 2-2 against Virginia since joining the ACC in 2004 with the Cavaliers winning the last two.

Virginia plays at Georgia Tech later on Saturday.

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 9 years ago '04        #4229
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Don't underestimate Miami's 20-16 win over Wake Forest.

This win is arguably the biggest win UM has come up with under Randy Shannon.

Miami beat a very sold Wake team--the second come-from-behind win in a row--in a scrappy game in which UM displayed an efficient offense and a defense that became stingy after some in game adjustments.

Miami's season could have gone either way after the Wake Game--a win gives UM a big boost coming down the stretch of ACC play, while a loss would be very hard to overcome.

As Miami continues to win, this team will continue to build a confidence that carries over from week to week as UM gears up for their tough Coastal Division stretch of the season.

The more confidence that this young and talented team plays with, the scarier they will be to their final four opponents.

Miami is in a pretty good position to own its own destiny to the ACC title game should they win out the rest of their games.

UM plays Coastal Division foes Virginia, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech in the next three weeks and if they can get out of all those games with victories, UM could be the team that emerges from the logjam of a division.

None of the remaining games left on the schedule are sure wins, but one thing that stands out about this year's team is that they won't go down without a f!ght and be in position to win every game.

And that's why I like UM's chances to surprise some people in the final month of the season.
 9 years ago '04        #4230
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MIAMI, Fla. -- Miami fought hard and came out on top of Wake Forest with a tough 16-10 win Saturday.

For the second straight week Miami had a comeback win after being down at halftime.

What did UM's win over Wake Forest mean moving forward this season? Here are five things we learned about Miami after their win over Wake Forest.

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Run defense needs work

Wake Forest did noting but run the ball in the beginning of the game. Wake started the game by running 24 straight running plays for 127 yards and one touchdown. The UM defense was gashed for so many yards due to multiple reasons--players were caught out of position, bad tackling, and Wake's offensive gameplan catching UM's defense off-balance. On a lot of Wake's long runs, Miami had trouble beating the Demon Deacons to the edge. Wake Forest came into the game ranked 11th in the ACC in rushing offense. Miami adjusted in the second quarter and did an adequate job of stopping the run the rest of the game, allowing just 11 rushing yards in the second half.

Running game opened up the offense in second half

After giving the ball to Graig Cooper and Javarris James a combined seven times in the first half, Miami started to establish a running game in the second half and that paid off big for the UM offense. On UM's first touchdown drive, Marve picked up 43 yards on a quarterback option run that brought UM's offense down to Wake's 3 yard line. That play was set up by a couple runs by James on the same drive and Marve was able to break the long run because of the threat of James. Miami ran the ball for 102 yards on 33 carries. Marve was the leading rusher with 56 yards and one touchdown.

Travis Benjamin is becoming Miami's primary offensive threat

Freshman receiver Travis Benjamin continues to get more looks on offense. Benjamin would have scored on his 48-yard reception in the first quarter had the ball not been under thrown. Benjamin was also given the ball on an end-around and picked up ten yards and a first down. He finished the game with 72 yards on four receptions and was a deep threat the Wake Forest defense had to account for whenever he was on the field. Benjamin is making a very strong case that he should be considered Miami's best offensive player.

Robert Marve responded after the Duke game

Marve executed the offensive gameplan perfectly against Wake Forest today. Marve went 11-for-20 for 153 yards and one rushing touchdown. Marve threw bullets all over the field and showed why the staff still believes in him to be the starting quarterback. Marve's 43-yard run in the third quarter opened up the offense and from that point on, he looked a lot more comfortable running the offense. He also played a key role in UM picking up first downs as UM finished the day 7-of-17 on third down conversions. Marve had a very solid game today.

Matt Bosher should be considered one of the top kickers in the country

From a field goal kicking standpoint, Matt Bosher is having a stellar year. After making field goals of 36, 52, and 43 yards against Wake Forest, Bosher has made 12-of-13 field goals on the yard. Bosher was considered one of the top kickers in the country when he came to Miami in the 2006 recruiting class and now his talent is coming to fruition. Bosher has been up and down with his punting throughout the year and against Wake Forest he had another mental lapse with a 15 yard punt, but he more than made up for that punt with his kicking performance.
 9 years ago '07        #4231
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 P. Dedos said:
its great to be a miami hurricane!!!!!!!!
:applause:


it could get better tho, these freshman starting to step up and our defense understands getting the job done on 3rd down

the next 3 weeks
 9 years ago '04        #4232
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 P. Dedos said:
:wow: :wow: :wow:

lets pray for the best
That kid is a beast yo, although you already know. He'd be a nice get.

I haven't been able to watch Miami lately but Harris is far outperforming Marve right?

And what's up with Denard Robinson. I hear y'all want him as a CB but he wants a shot at QB and the Gators are willing to give him that shot. Is it basically down to us and y'all? I also hear Michigan might be in the picture but hopefully he's smart enough not to fall for d*ck Rod's bullsh*t.
 9 years ago '05        #4233
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 P. Dedos said:
its great to be a miami hurricane!!!!!!!!
word...I can't think of anything better than being 5-3 :applause: Oh yeah I can 6-1 :greetings10:
 9 years ago '04        #4234
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 P. Dedos said:
lol @ gators are going to give him that shot


you and me both know he will never play a down at QB @ Florida or here

shannon wont lie to the kid... tells him str8 up where he play... urban will do anything to get that signiture we all know that


i think they are both playing well right now... cant really tell whos ahead


lets see if we can pull out sheldon richardson and randle :wow: :wow:
Actually whether you believe it or not the Gators would allow him to compete at QB. If it didn't work out he's such a good player he could excel on offense in other areas.
 9 years ago '07        #4235
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Havent been up on the recruiting tip lately....whats the deal with any big time players or is shannon still working the local high schools?:agreement6:
 9 years ago '04        #4236
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 1000bluntz said:
Actually whether you believe it or not the Gators would allow him to compete at QB. If it didn't work out he's such a good player he could excel on offense in other areas.
How is Patchan and the Linebacker? (who commited to us last year) doing? Redshirting, special teams, or back-up.
 9 years ago '04        #4237
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami Head Coach Randy Shannon discusses this week's opponent as Miami prepares to play Virginia.

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Opening Statement

"We have Virginia this week, it is another conference game, but it is also another game on the road. It is going to be a tremendous challenge for us because Virginia is on a four game winning streak and they are doing a nice job of rebounding back from earlier in the season when they had two losses. Their quarterback is doing a tremendous job of managing the game and Pearman is doing a good job of running the football for them and creating third downs that are very short that they can manage and make."

NEWS & NOTES

? According to Shannon, the toughest matchup Virginia presents is their 3-4 defensive scheme. "The hardest thing that is going to be for us in this game I think is this 3-4 team, you don't see. The only team that runs it is Virginia, We are going to have a scout team, especially up front with the big guys. We have some 300 pounders that we can stick in and do it, but we don't have the 6-5 linebackers that can do those type of things."

? Virginia's group of linebackers have impressed Shannon. All of Virginia's starting linebackers are either juniors or seniors. Outside linebacker Clint Sintim leads the unit with 50 tackles and ten sacks on the year. "Their senior linebackers are unbelievable," Shannon said. "Those guys seem like they have been there for a long time and they make a lot of plays. They have gotten better from earlier in the season and that is what Coach Groh does is getting his guys to respond."

? Shannon said he keeps his team focused and not projecting themselves to bowl games and ACC Championships by only focusing on the previous game and what they need to improve in practice. "We just talk about the one game. All we talk about is the game we just played and then what we are going to do in practice...We have to emphasize the little things and those little things are going to make a difference in the game."

? Last year's 48-0 loss to Virginia in the final game at the Orange Bowl won't come up this week Shannon said because not many of the starters this year were starting on last year's game. Four starters on this year's team started last year's game against Virginia.

"Revenge sometimes can hurt you, because it is all built up inside of you" Shannon said. "Most people make mistakes two ways, when you are tired or when you are mad. You are going to do something wrong or make mistakes in those situations. We won't be tired and we won't be upset and that is the approach we have to take."

? Offensively, Shannon said he is impressed by the way Virginia protects the football. "They are not a team that makes a lot of mistakes. They do a great job of getting guys in the right situations and executing what they want to get done to win games."

? Coming into the season, the offensive line was believed to be the team's strength and more than halfway through the year, Shannon says he is still pleased with their play. "They are doing a great job because we have had so many injuries," Shannon said "The injuries have played a vital part, but when we get guys back we are able to move guys around and give the guys a break. They have done a good job of protecting the quarterback for the most part compared to last year."

? Shannon said an area that will be focused on this week is the abundance of drops the receivers had. "Too many little things got us. It was catching the ball and looking up the field before you catch the ball and tuck it in. That is the thing that really got us offensively."

? One player in particular Shannon had a talk with about the dropping passes is freshman Aldarius Johnson. "I told him you are going to make plays by catching the ball first and getting upfield because you are a big guy," Shannon said.

? Shannon on Bosher having seven tackles on the year: "He has something about him. I don't know what you call it, but he could probably go play defensive back, but then he would also tell you that he is a great quarterback and then under his breath he'll tell you he could play receiver."

? According to Shannon, having to sit out the Central Florida game woke Ojomo up a little bit and may be a reason why he played well against Wake Forest. "When you take something away that they like doing, it wakes them up...he is doing well for us and really he has been electrifying because he gets the defense going"

? Linebacker Darryl Sharpton is fine to play this week, according to Shannon. Sharpton sustained a minor knee injury during the Wake Forest game.
 9 years ago '04        #4238
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Christopher Stock: First off, it is very good to see this team win against a tough opponent in Wake Forest, which is a very well-coached team.

Second, it's starting to get a bit exciting around Coral Gables right now. This team is beginning to find it's way and understand who the playmakers are. Confidence is a great recipe for a young team and each week, this team appears to be gaining more confidence.

So how will this team finish with three road games at Virginia, at Georgia Tech, and at N.C. State along with a home game against Virginia Tech?

I'll say 2-2.

Now, I know everyone else wants to say 3-1 and 4-0. But I still have concerns with a consistent offensive game plan, which includes running effectively and passing the ball enough to make plays. Also, this team is going on the road, which can be very tough.

All four of Miami's upcoming opponents are unranked so it's not like it would be out of the question for Miami to win. It will just be tough. Every game will be a dogf!ght here on out.

I do like the direction of the program with playmakers beginning to grow. For the sake of the senior class, I hope they finish strong. It's been great to see a guy like Glenn Cook have a positive impact on this team and he's a guy who has worked for everything he has accomplished.

It is imperative this team makes it to a bowl game especially now the team is just one win away.

Here are the ACC bowl game tie-ins: Orange Bowl (Miami, Fla.), Chick-fil-A Bowl (Atlanta, Ga.), Gator Bowl (Jacksonville, Fla.), Champs Sports Bowl (Orlando, Fla.) Meineke Car Care Bowl (Charlotte, N.C.), Music City Bowl (Nashville, Tenn.), Emerald Bowl (San Francisco, Calif.), Humanitarian Bowl (Boise, Id.), and the EagleBank Bowl (Washington, D.C.).

Prediction: Meineke Car Care Bowl

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David Lake: In the final month of the season, Miami is basically in control of their own ACC destiny. If Miami wins out for the rest of the season UM should find itself in their first ACC title game. Going undefeated in the final month won't be easy, but hey this is the ACC and this conference couldn't be any crazier this year.

In each game, Miami can easily find motivation in their next three games: this week against Virginia all UM needs to remember is last year's 48-0 loss in the Orange Bowl, the Virginia Tech game is a Thursday night game at home on national television, and UM hasn't beat Georgia Tech since 2005.

This young Miami team is continuing to gel together this season and they have put together a three game winning streak at just the right time as they head into the toughest portion of the ACC schedule. I expect Miami to go 3-1 in the final four games of the season this year, finishing the year a very respectable 8-4 and heading to a good bowl game--and this young team desperately needs to get to a bowl game.

Each game this season is going to be a dogf!ght and right now I like Miami's chances to finish the season strong. Last year at this time, Miami was also 5-3, but I believe the growth and development from last year to now will be seen in this final month. This team's true maturation process starts now and we will see this team grow and develop in the final four games.

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Rudy Rodriguez-Chomat: Trying to make a prediction as to how Miami will finish the final four games of the regular season is like trying to make a prediction as to how slow I will run the 40 in. You have no real idea. It could be a 5.5. It could be a 10.0. For those that haven't seen my blazing 40 time, you can check out the video on the site and get your laugh on after watching it.

Similarly, Miami could go 4-0 in the final four games. At the same time, the 'Canes could go 0-4. They could also go 3-1, 2-2 or 1-3. There's no telling what the result will be week-to-week because consistent this team is not.

With a pair of freshman playing quarterback, if Robert Marve doesn't play well, Jacory Harris could play well or vice versa, or both could have a miserable game similar to the game they both had against UCF. The big problem. If they both play poorly, the 'Canes are in trouble. Luckily for the 'Canes in the UCF game, the offense was as anemic as it could possibly get.

However, what you are seeing plenty of is improvement at wide receiver. Whether it's Aldarius Johnson, Travis Benjamin or Thearon Collier, those three freshmen are flat out impressive and have shown their penchant for making plays.

Defensively, holes remain in the pass game. The secondary leaves plenty to be desired and it's quite shocking that Wake Forest, with only one of the best quarterbacks in the ACC in Riley Skinner, only threw eight passes the entire game. Future opponents will surely try to test Miami in that regard.

The 'Canes take to the road as well in three of the final four games starting off at Virginia this weekend. Then they will host their final home game against Virginia Tech followed by a pair of road games to finish the regular season at Georgia Tech and N.C. State.

All the games are winnable, but will the 'Canes do what it takes to win them all and finish 9-3? I'll say, 3-1, a.ssuming that Patrick Nix allows his freshmen to make plays on offense. Virginia, win. Virginia Tech, win. Georgia Tech, loss, because Nix tightens up against his former team again and wilts under the pressure with the game he calls. N.C. State, win. And then we'll find out what bowl game we head to.
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Rivals:
Former Cane signee Brandon Washington is faring well at New Berlin (NY) Milford Academy.

"He's doing great," Milford coach Bill Chaplick said. "He has been a starter every week, is doing well in school and should be at the Canes in January."

Chaplick says Washington is as good as any other lineman that has come through his program.

"He's worked hard, is equal to the top-of-the-line offensive linemen I've had," Chaplick said. "He's got great feet, quick hands, a flat back, keeps his shoulders parallel. He's farther along than any other kid I have."

Does he have what it takes to play as a true freshman at Miami?

"Yes, as long as he gets there in January," Chaplick said. "That way he can go through spring workouts, get in shape, go to the next level."

Chaplick says it is a done deal that Washington will remain a Cane.

* Former Cane signee Zach Kane is no longer expected to attend Miami, according to Chaplick.

And Kane no longer plays for Milford.

"(Miami) parted ways with him," Chaplick said. "The day they parted ways is the day his father picked him up from here."

* Rene Howard was a recruit who Miami was reportedly interested in, but he is no longer at the school and will not be receiving a Cane offer.

* The status of former signee C.J. Odom is unclear. Odom left Milford after one week and Chaplick says he's unsure if he will still be attending Miami.
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Coach Randy Shannon today looked ahead to the Virginia game, saying, "It's a big game on the road for us. It's going to be a tremendous challenge for us because Virginia is on a four game wining streak. The quarterback is doing a tremendous job of managing the game. (Cedric) Peerman is doing a great job running the ball for them, creating third downs they can manage and make. Defensively their senior linebackers are unbelievable. Those guys make a lot of plays, are playing a lot better from earlier in the season to now.

"They're not a team that makes a lot of mistakes. They're very well coached. They execute what they want to get done to win games."

Shannon also said the team plans to make more of an effort to get the ground game going.

"(Javarris James) and (Graig) Cooper will be a lot more featured this week doing some things," Shannon said.

Here's what else Shannon was talking about:

Q: Have you ever seen a team that lost three of its first four games by over 100 points and then flips and does so well as Virginia has?

Shannon: No. You keep coaching your guys. Sometimes it's not the scheme (that's the problem), it may be the person or the way you're coaching it, teaching it. They've done a tremendous job of responding, getting those things changed.

Q: Is your offensive line playing up to your expectations?

Shannon: They're doing a great job. Injuries have played a part. They've done a good job of protecting the quarterback compared to last year. Running the football, Cooper's not running the ball for 150 yards, but other people are running. Running stats are running stats for us.

Q: After the UCF game when Cooper had a ton of touches he hasn't gotten the ball much.

Shannon: He had seven carries against Duke, 90 yards. Sometimes in games you have to take advantage of what people are giving you. A nine man front is difficult to run against.

Q: Virginia runs a 3-4 defense you haven't seen.

Shannon: The hardest thing is going to be for us, in this game, is like in the old days - option football. It takes time to catch up to the speed and execution. To run the 3-4, the only team that runs it is Virginia. We're going to have a scout team up front with the big guys, 300 pounders that we can stick in to do it, but don't have 6-5 linebackers to do it. We're going to emulate as much as we can, but it's going to take the first quarter (for our offensive players) to know how it's really run.

Q: What's important for your offense to remember against the 3-4?

Shannon: Just execute a.ssignment football. They don't do a lot of out of it, but they can zone blitz you out of it. You have to be able to block the odd look, that's the biggest thing.

Q: Is Javarris James 100 percent?

Shannon: I think he's coming back into it now. Last week showed he's ready to get going more. You don't know till he has a breakout game (that) he's back. You have to see him do something. He may be fully healthy, but in your mind you don't know until you see something (great) happen.

Q: How do you keep the team focused?

Shannon: We just talk about the one game. And the next thing is what we do in practice, how offensive line wise are we going to finish blocks. How are we going to at receiver not drop passes. We have to emphasize the little things. And defensively are you going to work at stripping the football, fundamentals. You have to force yourself to do those things.

Q: Your team is playing better.

Shannon: W're starting to come around. The younger guys are starting to understand. Older guys - like Sam (Shields) understands his role on this football team. Even though he dropped footballs early in the season we kept coaching him. He's done a great job covering punts, a tremendous job on the reverse, caught a third down (conversion). The thing we have to be careful of is patting guys on the back. We didn't play like we should have against Wake Forest because too many little things got us. We have to go back to fundamental small things now.

Q: Matt Bosher has seven tackles on special teams. He's not your typical kicker.

Shannon: He's got something about him. Bosher could probably go play defensive back, go and hit somebody. Bosher would also tell you he'd be a great quarterback, receiver. He's got that mentality. Kickers and punters are kind of strange, quirky, which is good because his mentality makes him the way he is.

Q: Does him making tackles worry you about the possibility of injury?

Shannon: All the time. I say `At least (just) take his legs out.' He says `No, I'll run into him and he'll fall down.' He's made some tackles, and guys like to see those kind of things.

Q: Anything unusual about playing at Virginia?

Shannon: It's brick walls, old stadium, that kind of atmosphere, small college atmosphere. There's going to be a great crowd, great atmosphere because they're on a four-game winning streak. It's kind of different. It's secluded, a lot of trees, almost like Duke. More red brick around the walls.

Q: You say you're trying to avoid patting guys on the back. Is that most important with regards to the freshmen?

Shannon: Yes. In dealing with, like Aldarius. He's been playing really well. And Aldarius dropped some passes this game. I said `I can tell you what happened - you were trying to get upfield every time.' I said `When was the last time that happened?' `Spring game.' I said `Don't try to be something you're not. You're going to make plays by catching the ball first. You're a big receiver.' He said `I figured that out quick because when I did that in the spring game that's the first thing that came into my head against Wake Forest - I was trying to do too much.' It's the little things now, and that's what we've got to hype on.

Q: How do you keep the young players going?

Shannon: We have to make sure as a coaching staff we keep them physically fresh. The speed part of it is different than high school. They're not used to going against corners 5-9, 5-10 that are 190 (pounds). They're used to 5-9, 5-10, 145. We have to make sure we keep them fresh all the time.

Q: You said you won't talk about last year's Virginia game with this team. Why not?

Shannon: It's a different team. The guys for the most part were in high school trying to win state championships (last year during the blowout loss to Virginia in the finale at the Orange Bowl). They're on this team now. Revenge sometimes can hurt you because it's built up inside of you. You have to go into the game with a fresh mind. Not a hatred, but a strong dislike. Most people make mistakes when you're tired or when you're mad. What we have to do is we won't be tired and we won't be upset. We're going to be positive, fresh, and have to worry about what we do on offense, defense and special teams at Miami.

Q: Was the buildup too much for last year's game against Virginia? Did that hurt the team?

Shannon: Probably. That was a great atmosphere. A bad ending for the Orange Bowl, but a great atmosphere. When we watch the film we look at guys on the team now, it was Vegas Franklin at 240 at defensive (tackle). It was offensively, we didn't have much left at receiver, running back. We were really, really bare. We have to bounce back and keep going. We have players now, but they're still young. We have to keep coaching them, be positive with them and move forward.

Q: How are the defensive linemen coming along?

Shannon: They're coming along well, not great. At defensive end you have three freshmen and two sophomores. You look at those guys and how they're starting to make plays late in the game to give us turnovers like (Adewale) Ojomo did, it's tremendous for us. And the rotation has helped those guys a lot. (At defensive tackle) Dwayne Hendricks is the older one and he played the most last week at 40 snaps

Q: How has Marcus Forston played?

Shannon: He's playing well for us. Really well.

Q: You benched Ojomo for UCF. What did that do for him?

Shannon: Woke him up. He's understanding. Like anything, my job is to win games here but also get these guys prepared for life situations. Things happen, you have to be held accountable for those things. He's doing well for us, is having a great time. He's been electrifying on the field because he's running around and playing a lot.

Q: Ojomo had a line after the last game, said `I knew I could get them off the field.' Is he just that kind of guy?

Shannon: He's not a c*cky kid. He's a confident kid. That's what you'll see with a lot of these guys, they're getting confidence. You don't want guys to go into the game feeling defeated or that they can't get the job done. It's confidence that is stating to build. As coaches we have to make sure they thrive on confidence.

Rivals:
Q: How is Allen Bailey coming along?

Shannon: He's played well for us, got a couple of sacks, played the run. He's starting to be where he needs to be at.

Q: Do you watch Warren Sapp on Dancing with the Stars?

Shannon: We text each other back and forth. I'll tell him `Great move, but you have to get more pizzazz.' Back when I was coaching, Sapp was playing tight end at the University of Miami. One semester later he was 60 pounds heavier, 300 pounds. When we were at the Dolphins playing Tampa Bay I would talk to him for 40 minutes (before games). He's always been one of my funniest guys.

Q: What was your reaction when you heard Sapp would be on that show?

Shannon: I knew that it would be great because Sapp really has great feet and is truly a great athletes, has great dance moves.
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