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 9 years ago '05        #5376
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shannon interview

"Virginia Tech and Miami have a history of playing each other all the way back to Big East days - it's going to be a big game. You know what Virginia Tech is going to do on defense, offense, special teams. It's going to be a real challenge for us as a football team coming off a big victory against Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech. Being ranked ninth is nice, but guys have to understand that's just a ranking. Virginia Tech is the total focus for this week's game. Its nice to see Jacory (Harris) is getting accolades about Heisman thoughts, but sitting down with Jacory his whole focus is on this football team and Virginia Tech.

"This football team has learned a lot from last year's losses that we had playing against certain teams, situations. Now they can realize the importance of concentrating on the game at hand, not looking ahead. It's the third game, third conference game, which is unusual. We have to compete, stay within ourselves, play with a lot of enthusiasm.

"It should be a great atmosphere and a great game to watch."

With a win, Miami would move to 3-0 in the conference and be in good shape to win its division at this early point.

"It gets you 3-0 in the conference against three tough opponents," Shannon said. "If you're 3-0 now you can stay focused on one game at a time still and aren't looking for anyone else to give you help."

Q: What is particularly daunting about Lane Stadium?

Shannon: The way it's built, the noise stays within the game it's a Florida State type game. It's great to be part of that game because of the noise factor. That's what's great about playing Virginia Tech, you're going to have that type of atmosphere.

Q: What impact have the wins had on out of state kids?

Shannon: When February comes, that's when stuff happens. You have commitments, decommitments from this time until November, December. Some kids come early – kids change their minds so much you really can't get involved.

Q: You guys are the ninth ranked team in the nation.

Shannon: I think it's flattering, but we still have a long ways to go as a football team to get better.

Q: What is it about the offensive line that has allowed them to gel?

Shannon: Coach (Jeff) Stoutland. He's one of the best offensive line coaches in the country. You look at a first year guy like (Matt) Pipho, (AJ) Trump (moving) to center. You bring (Harland) Gunn, Figs [Joel Figueroa], Orlando (Franklin) along. Some of those guys are now in their third year – when you have Harland here three years, it's time. Fig, it's time. Orlando, it's time. Pipho, (Jason) Fox and Trump are seniors. Those guys understand.

Q: How important is it to not drink the Kool-Aid of how good everyone is saying this team is?

Shannon: When you look at the football team now, have we got a lot better maturity-wise than last year? Yes. As a whole the biggest thing that has helped out is the seniors on this football team. They've done a great job making sure we stay focused on the big picture, not the small picture. The preparation this morning was good, we got a lot of things done. Now we have to take the next step tomorrow. If we stay focused the game is no problem because they're ready to go. If you see guys not doing the small things in practice then you have a problem.

Q: How did Vaughn Telemaque do in his first start at safety?

Shannon: He did a great job tackling, great job of covering. He still has along ways to improve. We're looking for a lot of things out of him. As a coach you want more, and he wants more knowing the competitor that he is.

Q: Did you make changes in the kick game?

Shannon: No. (Alex) Uribe will be the kickoff guy. He did a nice job with two kicks in the second half. We had guys in position in the second half to make plays. The first half the (nerves) got to him. We feel confident he'll do a nice job. He just had jitters in the first half; the second half he was fine.

Q: What have you been selling in recruiting the last couple of years?

Shannon: First thing we try to do is find guys who have that passion to play football, that winning attitude. Then we tell the kid what Miami is about, what they can expect from us as football coaches. We always tell them they'll have an opportunity to play. The last two or three years we've done a great job getting guys to come in January, and that has helped the success of this football team. Those guys in recruiting, we're not just saying things to get you to come to Miami. We tell you if you come in and happen to be the guy, we're a better football team. If not we're still going to be a better team because we want you to compete.

Q: How surprised are you with how level headed Jacory is?

Shannon: I'm not. I've seen Jacory many years. His demeanor hasn't changed. He's always been the same type of guy – calm, cool, don't panic on the football field.

Q: How has Brandon Harris played?

Shannon: He's done a great job. Physically he's coming up in the run game, getting sure tackles on the ground. We've put him in one on one situations and he's done a great job. We feel very confident in him. He's playing with a lot of emotion, excitement. I think overall this team is playing with emotion, excitement. If you see Brandon make a play you may see three or four guys around him. You see a running touchdown, you see the offensive linemen jumping up and down.

Q: Is there a fine line between guys getting back the swagger the program used to have vs. getting overconfident?

Shannon: I don't think they'll get overconfident. It's more playing with emotion, excitement. That's the thing they're doing. We're a confident football team, we believe in each other, in the coaching staff and what we're trying to get done on offense, defense and special teams.

Q: Talk about Tyrod Taylor and the problems he gives defenses.

Shannon: He's a different player than last year. He's going to run, but he's (also) got a strong arm. The secondary, if he starts to scramble don't drop your guy. Stay on your guy and let the linebackers handle it if he starts running. He moves around in the pocket, will throw it downfield and big plays happen.

Q: What does this game come down to?

Shannon: This game on all phases is almost like, Virginia Tech knows what we're going to run, we know what they're going to run. It comes down to the execution of who is not going to give up the play to change the momentum of the game. It's going to come down to execution and doing certain type of things.

Q: Talk about the play of the defensive line.

Shannon: This game this week is going to be a physical game on both sides of the football. The last five years, which team leads in rushing always wins besides one time because of turnovers. Whichever offense can run and whichever defensive front can stop the run, that's (who) wins the game.

Q: You got a lift from Eric Moncur coming back. Is he back to where he was?

Shannon: He's never where he's at coming back, but he made a lot of great plays in that game. We expect more of him this week. He made some plays in the game, so he's not too far off. We just want him to keep going.

 9 years ago '05        #5377
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"They're a great football team," Byrd said. "Virginia Tech is always going to be Virginia Tech. Every time Virginia Tech and Miami play, no matter what the records are, it's always a battle. It always comes down to that last play. Whoever capitalizes the most on offense and defense is going to win that game.

"They're a very fast defense and they execute well."

Byrd says a key in the game will be to jump out to a quick lead.

"If a team jumps out on you, that builds their confidence," Byrd said. "We have to keep attacking."

Of what makes Mark Whipple's offense work so well, Byrd said, "It's about opportunities. He gives everyone opportunities, doesn't just focus on one game. Last game nine receivers caught a pass, so the opposing defense can't just capitalize on one person."

With Miami ranked No. 9 in the nation, Byrd says the key for this team is "Don't let it get to our head. Still play like we're unranked.

"As far as the rankings, if we're not No. 1 it doesn't matter. But at the same time we just have to keep staying hungry, working our butts off. The more we win, the more we'll be ranked higher. We just have to do our business."

Byrd is one of the reasons Miami has the nation's eighth-ranked passing offense.

He has 83 yards and a touchdown.

"We're just executing our a.ssignments, but we still have to do better," Byrd said. "You play to be No. 1. It's good to be ranked No. 8 coming from last year, but at the same time you have to keep executing and progressing."

Asked what the offense is doing right, Byrd said, "We're just doing our a.ssignments, are playing a.ssignment football. We're still making a couple of mistakes. There's going to be mistakes in a football game.

"We know the offense better, and we're more hungry than last year."

Byrd praised the play of Jacory Harris, who is gaining some mention for the Heisman Trophy.


"He's the leader of our offense - he puts the ball in the best position for us to catch it, and our job as receivers is to catch the ball," Byrd said. "Jacory is Jacory. He is calm back there in the pocket.

"We definitely have to congratulate our O-line. The O-line gives him great time back there, and he's just making accurate throws."

 9 years ago '04        #5378
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yeah start it


and yo i been wearing the same s**t all year to...cant break tradition

 9 years ago '05        #5379
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once again herbstrait...knows whats up :applause:

 9 years ago '05        #5380
Junior G 117 heat pts117
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ya'll some f**kin clowns


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 9 years ago '05        #5381
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omg that was horrible...gotdamn

 09-22-2009, 09:31 PM         #5382
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 9 years ago '04        #5383
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Here are some statistics that might have put UM fans in a disbelieving stupor the past several years -- but not now: The ninth-ranked Hurricanes are eighth nationally in passing offense, 16th nationally in total offense and 29th in scoring.

Some other eyebrow-raisers: The Hurricanes are second nationally in passing efficiency and ninth in sacks allowed.

This offense is more than sophomore quarterback Jacory Harris, though he already is being hyped by several national commentators as a Heisman candidate.

``I really don't want it right now,'' Harris said of the respect he and his teammates are getting. ``I still want to f!ght for it. I still want people to think that we're underdogs and we're going into the game losing by 30 so we can show people what we're made of and what we're capable of.

``We still have more in store.''

It's almost strange to hear people talking about UM's impressive offense as the Hurricanes prepare to travel to Blacksburg, Va., to meet No. 11 Virginia Tech at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in another nationally televised showdown. The Canes (2-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) are 2 Ĺ-point favorites.

In 2007, Randy Shannon's first year as head coach and Patrick Nix's first year as offensive coordinator, the Canes finished 110th of 119 Football Bowl Subdivision teams in total offense. They were 108th in passing offense and 101st in scoring.

Last year, Nix's final season before current coordinator Mark Whipple took over, the Canes were 89th in total offense, 77th in passing offense, 78th in rushing and 50th in scoring.

The Hurricanes' offensive line, supposedly the team's weakness before the season began, has been stellar. Harris has been sacked once. The speedy receivers are running precise routes. The top two running backs -- Graig Cooper and Javarris James -- averaged more than 5 yards a carry in last Thursday's 33-17 victory against then-No. 14 Georgia Tech.

`THE GUYS UP FRONT'

``It starts with the guys up front, the offensive line,'' Shannon said. ``They've done a great job of allowing us to run the football and provide protection for us to get the ball out of Jacory's hands to different receivers. There's not a go-to guy. We spread the ball around nicely. It was a bunch of guys the first game. Now it's [receiver] LaRon Byrd, or it's the tight end, or [fullback] Pat Hill.

``You don't know who is going to catch the passes, so you can't really key into one person. This offense has done a great job of utilizing the people around them.''

Against Georgia Tech, nine players caught passes for UM.

The Hokies (2-1, 0-0) are uncharacteristically 77th in total defense and 107th in rushing defense -- but 27th in pass defense.

Byrd is mostly concerned with his own team.

``You play the game to be No. 1,'' said Byrd, a sophomore who has five catches for 83 yards and a touchdown. ``We've got to do better. We're still making a couple [of] mistakes.''

Byrd said the offense starts with Harris.

``He's the leader,'' said Byrd, 6-4 and 215 pounds. ``He puts the ball in the best position for us to catch it. And the offensive line is giving him great time.''

Receiver Travis Benjamin, the smallest Cane at 5-10 and 175 pounds, leads the team with seven catches for 157 yards and a touchdown. ``It feels good because it doesn't matter who gets open,'' he said. ``We work as a team on offense.

``Coach Whipple came in and gave us the type of offense that he knows we can make big plays off of, so everybody is anticipating playing well for the rest of the season.''

NEW PLAYS MIGHT BE IN STORE

Benjamin, who said last week that UM had barely begun to unleash its new offense, said Tuesday that Virginia Tech might see some new plays as well.

``There are some things here and there that he put in this week that will hopefully help us beat the Virginia Tech defense,'' Benjamin said. ``They're a good, solid, very disciplined defense. They tackle well and in formation they hardly bust.''

Tight end Jimmy Graham, who caught his first touchdown Thursday, said everyone knows their roles. ``The biggest thing about this team is that no one is jealous of the others. We're not concerned about stats or who gets the ball or who scores the touchdowns, as long as the ball is caught and that touchdown is scored.

``We've barely scratched the surface.''

 9 years ago '04        #5384
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WOAT...and its really not even debatable

 9 years ago '07        #5385
Kinglew88 14 heat pts14
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no lie tho i see this bandwagon been gettin outta control

f**k them bandwagon n*ggas....s**t pisses me off to the 10th degree.

but i like the way the team staying level-headed

 9 years ago '05        #5386
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 L-E-Dub b**ch said
no lie tho i see this bandwagon been gettin outta control

f**k them bandwagon n*ggas....s**t pisses me off to the 10th degree.

but i like the way the team staying level-headed
haha no doubt - we went through the kyle wrights. the freemans. now everyone wants to be a hurricane fan


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 9 years ago '05        #5387
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BY SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN


Here are some statistics that might have put UM fans in a disbelieving stupor the past several years -- but not now: The ninth-ranked Hurricanes are eighth nationally in passing offense, 16th nationally in total offense and 29th in scoring.

Some other eyebrow-raisers: The Hurricanes are second nationally in passing efficiency and ninth in sacks allowed.

This offense is more than sophomore quarterback Jacory Harris, though he already is being hyped by several national commentators as a Heisman candidate.

``I really don't want it right now,'' Harris said of the respect he and his teammates are getting. ``I still want to f!ght for it. I still want people to think that we're underdogs and we're going into the game losing by 30 so we can show people what we're made of and what we're capable of.

``We still have more in store.''

It's almost strange to hear people talking about UM's impressive offense as the Hurricanes prepare to travel to Blacksburg, Va., to meet No. 11 Virginia Tech at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in another nationally televised showdown. The Canes (2-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) are 2 Ĺ-point favorites.

In 2007, Randy Shannon's first year as head coach and Patrick Nix's first year as offensive coordinator, the Canes finished 110th of 119 Football Bowl Subdivision teams in total offense. They were 108th in passing offense and 101st in scoring.

Last year, Nix's final season before current coordinator Mark Whipple took over, the Canes were 89th in total offense, 77th in passing offense, 78th in rushing and 50th in scoring.

The Hurricanes' offensive line, supposedly the team's weakness before the season began, has been stellar. Harris has been sacked once. The speedy receivers are running precise routes. The top two running backs -- Graig Cooper and Javarris James -- averaged more than 5 yards a carry in last Thursday's 33-17 victory against then-No. 14 Georgia Tech.

`THE GUYS UP FRONT'

``It starts with the guys up front, the offensive line,'' Shannon said. ``They've done a great job of allowing us to run the football and provide protection for us to get the ball out of Jacory's hands to different receivers. There's not a go-to guy. We spread the ball around nicely. It was a bunch of guys the first game. Now it's [receiver] LaRon Byrd, or it's the tight end, or [fullback] Pat Hill.

``You don't know who is going to catch the passes, so you can't really key into one person. This offense has done a great job of utilizing the people around them.''

Against Georgia Tech, nine players caught passes for UM.

The Hokies (2-1, 0-0) are uncharacteristically 77th in total defense and 107th in rushing defense -- but 27th in pass defense.

Byrd is mostly concerned with his own team.

``You play the game to be No. 1,'' said Byrd, a sophomore who has five catches for 83 yards and a touchdown. ``We've got to do better. We're still making a couple [of] mistakes.''

Byrd said the offense starts with Harris.

``He's the leader,'' said Byrd, 6-4 and 215 pounds. ``He puts the ball in the best position for us to catch it. And the offensive line is giving him great time.''

Receiver Travis Benjamin, the smallest Cane at 5-10 and 175 pounds, leads the team with seven catches for 157 yards and a touchdown. ``It feels good because it doesn't matter who gets open,'' he said. ``We work as a team on offense.

``Coach Whipple came in and gave us the type of offense that he knows we can make big plays off of, so everybody is anticipating playing well for the rest of the season.''

NEW PLAYS MIGHT BE IN STORE

Benjamin, who said last week that UM had barely begun to unleash its new offense, said Tuesday that Virginia Tech might see some new plays as well.

``There are some things here and there that he put in this week that will hopefully help us beat the Virginia Tech defense,'' Benjamin said. ``They're a good, solid, very disciplined defense. They tackle well and in formation they hardly bust.''

Tight end Jimmy Graham, who caught his first touchdown Thursday, said everyone knows their roles. ``The biggest thing about this team is that no one is jealous of the others. We're not concerned about stats or who gets the ball or who scores the touchdowns, as long as the ball is caught and that touchdown is scored.

``We've barely scratched the surface.''

 9 years ago '05        #5388
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lmao speaking of bandwagon

By SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN


Former Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz, known as the anti-Cane to most University of Miami Hurricanes supporters, is now a UM believer.

Holtz, an ESPN commentator, was a guest of sports-radio talk show 790 The Ticket on Tuesday and told co-host Krystal Fernandez that Jacory Harris ``would be on one of my five top Heisman candidates right now.''

``We did our show from the Miami-Florida State game and that was a difficult environment,'' Holtz told Fernandez. ``I thought that Florida State would win that game by a couple of touchdowns. I like what Randy Shannon has done there, but I just didn't think they were ready. Jacory Harris, for a sophomore, came out, and the poise he had and the way he played and the throws that he made. Just no matter how how difficult the situation he kept his poise. . . .

``I've got to tell you, [offensive coordinator] Mark Whipple has done a tremendous job with that offense, but that's the Miami of old. I mean I watched them against Georgia Tech and that was no fluke against Florida State because they jumped all over Georgia Tech. Last year Georgia Tech rushed for 400-plus yards and they couldn't get to the line of scrimmage this year. Then, when I saw [Travis Benjamin's] punt return and the [Jordan Futch] block that was made by Miami, I said, `That's the Miami team that I competed against for the many years I was at Notre Dame.' ''

Holtz was asked by Jorge Sedano if he was surprised Miami jumped to No. 9 in the a.ssociated Press poll.

``No, I'm really not,'' Holtz replied, ``because they're the only team in the country that has beaten two ranked teams. Now they get the chance to beat three ranked teams and the following week against Oklahoma it will be four ranked teams.

``I tell you, they win the next two games and they'll be in the top four.''

Holtz said he will pick the ninth-ranked Hurricanes to win against No. 11 Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., on Saturday.

``I will not pick against Miami again until they lose.''

• UM participated in a closed practice early Tuesday morning. Linebacker Arthur Brown walked off the practice field with his left hand and thumb thickly wrapped in a soft cast or covering. Tailback Lee Chambers, who was injured against Georgia Tech, had a soft brace around his right ankle.

UM coach Randy Shannon will talk to the media Tuesday afternoon.

 9 years ago '07        #5389
Kinglew88 14 heat pts14
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i watched that on sportscenter wit a grin on my face

we have a long way to go tho....

 9 years ago '07        #5390
Kinglew88 14 heat pts14
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f**k Lou holtz he just needs to stay on that ND Bandwagon tho

 9 years ago '04        #5391
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Miami's offensive options seemingly endless

September 23, 2009 9:02 AM


Posted by ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich

When Miami coach Randy Shannon took over the program three seasons ago, there were only about three or four scholarship receivers on the roster -- far below the usual eight to 10 most schools carry. So this offseason, when receivers coach Aubrey Hill faced the popular question, ‘You’ve got so many receivers, wouldn’t you rather just have one guy?’ his response was logical:

“I said, ‘If you’re at Christmas, would you rather have one toy, or as many toys as you can?”

Now, after building depth with recruiting classes that included some of the elite talent in the country, and players who could contribute immediately, the Hurricanes’ toy box overfloweth.

Twelve different players have caught at least one pass for the No. 9-ranked Hurricanes heading into Saturday’s showdown at No. 11 Virginia Tech. And six of them have at least five catches. Seven different players have scored touchdowns in wins over two ranked ACC opponents. Miami returns nine of its top 10 leaders in all-purpose yards from 2008. Running backs Graig Cooper and Javarris James have helped the Canes to a 7-2 record when they combine for at least 25 carries. And, of course, they’ve finally got a quarterback to lead them all in Jacory Harris.

“This Miami team we’re getting ready to play,” said Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer, “Wow.”

Receivers Travis Benjamin, Thearon Collier, Davon Johnson and Kendal Thompkins bring straight speed, quickness, elusiveness and big-play capabilities. Leonard Hankerson and Aldarius Johnson are talented possession players with great hands who move the chains. LaRon Byrd and Tommy Streeter can stretch the field deep with their speed and height. Cooper is elusive, while James is the power back, and Lee Chambers and Mike James provide dependable depth at the position. Tight ends Jimmy Graham and Dedrick Epps have both given the offense a boost, while the offensive line makes it all possible.

“The opposing team can’t just focus on one player,” said Byrd. “You look at a lot of teams in the country, like Oklahoma State. They have Dez Bryant, so you have the defense lock on Dez Bryant and the offense is going to have a tough time. You look at Alabama, Julio Jones. They lock down on him and Alabama is going to have a tough time. You look at us, we have so many weapons you can’t just lock on one player. If you double up on Travis Benjamin, then Aldarius Johnson is going to have a big game. If you double up on him, then Hankerson is going to have a big game, and so forth and so forth.”

Miami’s versatility is not only in its athletes, but also in its playbook. The addition of offensive coordinator Mark Whipple, coupled with the wide array of abilities, size and speed on the roster, has made Miami’s offense the total package and extremely difficult to defend.

“He’s just so creative, bringing so many different offenses and making it Miami’s offense,” Hill said. “He’s been one of the most creative offensive coordinators I’ve been around and knowing how to set-up plays, run and pass. That’s been really good for the whole coaching staff and also the players because they’re really, really excited to come into the meeting room to see what the mad scientist is creating next.”

In fact, some of the Canes have gotten into it so much some have tried to write their own plays on the board.

“Some have had consideration,” Hill said with a chuckle, “and some haven’t.”

Almost all of the players, though, have had their moments in the spotlight.

“We spread the wealth around to each guy,” Shannon said. “They know that they have to run their routes and everything full speed because they don’t ever know when Jacory is going to throw the football to them. That’s the difference in this team.

“The best thing about it is the competition in practice. You don’t have to worry about a guy getting too extreme as far as thinking he’s the guy who makes the offense run, or he’s the guy who makes the defense run. We’ve got depth at those positions to say, ‘You know what? You don’t want to work hard? OK, fine. We love you, and you’re part of this program, but we’re going to go with somebody else.’ That’s a big help.”

And it’s a nightmare for opposing defenses -- even ones as renowned as Virginia Tech's.

“I’ve got a lot of respect for them,” said Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster. “They’re just right now, really a complete football team.”

 9 years ago '04        #5392
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Saw Javaris yesterday at the mall...Dude having cell phone issues

 9 years ago '04        #5393
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my biggest worry is we come out flat and over confident for this VT game..

 9 years ago '05        #5394
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 KiNgJaMeS305 said
my biggest worry is we come out flat and over confident for this VT game..
i remember when fsu fans thought we were delusional that miami was gonna come out first game of the yr - offense hittin on all cylinders

shiiiit if we did it against mickey andrews and his constant blitzing - we should be fine for vatech...whipple is gonna pick apart fosters blitzing schemes to death

 9 years ago '05        #5395
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Media crush starting to wear on Randy Shannon

> Posted by Shandel Richardson on September 23, 2009 10:23 AM
CORAL GABLES _ UM coach Randy Shannon sat on a bench at Greentree Practice Fields Wednesday. His hands were on his knees, his head slumped.

When Shannon raised his head, he let out an exhausting, "Y'all ready" to the group of reporters. The players are usually the ones dragging after practice, but Shannon looked like a f!ghter contemplating not coming out of his corner for the12th round. He's gone the distance this week.

With the Hurricanes now a national story, he's been in constant contact with the media since cracking the Top 10. Shannon said he's gone "above and beyond the call of duty" in trying to accommodate every media request.

Several national writers have called. ESPN is in the picture. On Tuesday, there was a camera crew setting up outside his office for another interview.

"Probably 10 times as much," Shannon said when asked about the increased media attention. "I've never done so much media before."

Shannon should be thankful for one thing: At least the questions are about keeping the players grounded instead of keeping his job. Because many felt the Hurricanes would be 0-2 at this point, and we know where those questions would have been headed.

A few thoughts: -Cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke said Wednesday morning he is 100 percent, but he will have to work his back into the starting lineup. For now, he's hoping to have an impact on improving kickoff coverage. Last week, there were several missed tackles against Georgia Tech. "I'm on kickoff now," he said. "It's a challenge for us. Coach (Michael) Barrow is a great coach and he'll have us ready for it."

-For the second consecutive week, the Hurricanes are preparing for an elusive quarterback. Virginia Tech's Tyrod Taylor is a dual threat, just like Georgia Tech's Josh Nesbitt.

UM has continued to use a wide receiver as the scout team quarterback to simulate Taylor's speed.

"He can move really good," defensive end Olivier Vernon said. "We're all preparing for that. In practice, we have receivers at quarterback so we should have no problems in the game."

-Tight end Richard Gordon (shoulder) returned to practice, but Shannon refused to comment on whether he would play Saturday. Wide receiver Aldarius Johnson (groin) and defensive tackle Marcus Forston (undisclosed) also remain questionable. Shannon did say Tuesday he wants to bring Johnson back slowly to prevent further injury.

 9 years ago '04        #5396
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Practice Report: 9/23
Sep. 23, 2009

By: David Lake





DeMarcus Van Dyke
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The University of Miami completed their second practice in preparation for Virginia Tech at 7:15 AM.

Read here for the latest news and notes coming out of today’s practice.

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Opening Statement

“It is the second day of practice for Virginia Tech. The guys did well and flew around today. A lot of things were executed and I liked the tempo the way the guys practiced with today and the rhythm that was going. It was good to see.

News & Notes

• Olivier Vernon played just 18 snaps against Georgia Tech and still led the team with three tackles for loss. Shannon is impressed with Vernon’s play early in the season. “It was great production. He did a great job of executing what we need to get done against Georgia Tech…He is powerful, but he is more athletic than anything. He gets himself out of tough situations because he is so athletic and strong.”

• Cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke is back practicing this week. Shannon said he is glad to have Van Dyke back this week. “He is back and you can never have too many corners,” Shannon said. “It helps you out on special teams because now you can put guys in certain situations.”

• Shannon said he will be changing the positioning of some of the players on the kickoff unit. Shannon says there won’t be any new players on kickoff coverage. “We know we have to make corrections on the coverage because they have a good kickoff returner,” Shannon said.

• Matt Bosher has bounced back from his two missed field goal performance against Georgia Tech, hitting all his six or seven field goals after practice, Shannon said. “But you never know until game time comes.”

• Miami is averaging 2.3 yards per punt return this season. Shannon said he “would like to get more out of the punt return team” this week.

• Shannon did not have any update on the status of defensive tackle Marcus Forston or tight end Richard Gordon. Shannon said each player practiced “a little.”

 9 years ago '04        #5397
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Miami Hurricanes Receiving Attention, Wideouts May Be Best in Country

Over the last few years, there have been multiple problems the Hurricanes have had to face: lack of quality high school commitments, poor quarterback situations, and largely, some very poor receivers.

Not since Ken Dorsey are we seeing an aerial attack we have gotten so accustomed to watching.

Obviously, a great reason for Miami's early season success is the offensive linemen and Jacory Harris, but I am looking even a little deeper.

The wideouts are one of the largest reasons why Miami has looked so good.

They went from zero to hero in one year. Granted, there was potential last year. Lenard Hankerson was a decent receiver, but the problem was his hands.

Travis Benjamin and Laron Byrd were true freshmen and their route running just wasn't there for them. Aldarius Johnson was the only bright spot at wideout Miami really had last year.

This year, the wide receivers are aplenty.

Hankerson has made huge strides with his hands, thanks to Duper, and has become the best possession receiver Miami has. Laron Byrd's size and speed make him extremely dangerous.

Travis Benjamin's speed and quickness is simply amazing (ask Florida State the last two years), and the tight end spot is also solid with Dedrick Epps and Jimmy Graham.

Don't get me wrong, there are better one-two combinations in the country, but there are no better one-two-three-four combinations at any level. It's rare to see four quality wide receivers like Miami has this year.

Ex-Dolphin Mark Duper has stated these wideouts look a lot like the record-setting Miami Dolphins of 1984. Let's just hope that the Hurricanes can get to the title game like the Dolphins did that year.
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 9 years ago '05        #5398
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this might be our best receicing corps since 2000...when we had reggie wayne, santana moss, andre king, andre johnson, daryl jones

our 2001-2002 corps with the exception of andre johson...no one really stood out...kevin beard, and ethnic sands were iight..but nothing to boast over

 9 years ago '04        #5399
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this WR group is nasty.

 09-24-2009, 05:06 PM         #5400
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and just to think we still have Streeter, Collier, Thompkins..

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