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 9 years ago '04        #4341
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being ranked doesnt mean sh*t if you cant sustain it

hopefully them boyz take care of business on thursday, gtech has owned us lately
 9 years ago '04        #4342
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OT Jason Fox returned to practice Sunday with his right ankle heavily taped. Offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland said Fox's lateral movement was fine, and he should be close to 100 percent for Thursday night's game.

"He's playing," Shannon said of Fox's status for Thursday.

WR/PR Travis Benjamin was banged up on Thursday and Shannon said, "We don't know about him yet, but he moved around pretty well (today).

"The best thing about it is we have some depth at that receiver position."

Shannon said the team worked hard on defending Georgia Tech's triple option in today's two-and-a-half hours of work on Greentree Practice Field.

"It was good work today," Shannon said. "We got some things done working on the option (against the scout team). We're going to have to play catch-up on game time because of the speed, but we're doing everything we can to resemble what they're doing on offense.

"We're still working on the red zone this week, have to get better at it."

* UM is back in the national rankings for the first time in over two years. The Canes are ranked No. 23 in the AP poll this week.

Shannon's reaction to that?

"It really doesn't (matter)," Shannon said. "The only thing that matters to us is we have an opponent on the road that's playing very well, which is Georgia Tech. that's the only thing that matters to us right now."

The next question posed to Shannon: How nice is it to control your own ACC destiny?

"We don't think about it," Shannon said. "Not at all. We're just worrying about Georgia Tech."

* QB Robert Marve struggled with fumbles in practice today and did roly-polies afterward next to Patrick Nix - Marve would pounce on a ball every 10 yards and secure it.
 9 years ago '04        #4343
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami Head Coach Randy Shannon discusses this week's opponent as Miami prepares to play Georgia Tech.

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Opening Statement

"This week we have Georgia Tech Thursday night, another ESPN game. We have to make sure that we stay focused and concentrate on the game and not let anything else...We have to work on the little things and do the small things that win each week. Defensively, we are working heavily on the running game because that is something Georgia Tech does very well. Knowing Coach Johnson, they are going to grind on the option game, but first and foremost get the fullback running game going more than anything."

News & Notes

? Georgia Tech's option attack on offense is always difficult for a team to prepare for because it is a rare offensive scheme these days. Shannon said this is probably the most difficult team to prepare for because it is hard to put a scout team together that can come close to doing the same types of things.

"Number one, we don't have the offensive linemen that can do the things that they do," Shannon said. "Their offensive linemen are quick and they like to crab you and go after your legs a little bit. We just have to stress upon them in practice that no matter what happens, you have to over-exert yourselves in getting to the football. Let's get five guys around the football"

? The importance to stopping the option, Shannon says, is playing a.ssignment football and playing sound. "This game is more about responsibilities more than anything," Shannon said. "It is not about who is going to make tackles, it is about a.ssignment football and executing what you do on defense. If guys are doing their jobs and getting off blocks then you are going to be fine."

"You can't break. You are going to give up yards rushing, that is what they do. You are not going to hold this team down to under 100 yards rushing. You are not going to do it. You have to make sure when you have opportunities to stop them, you stop them."

? Shannon also said the team is working on tackling high this week because with the option, the ball carrier usually hold the ball up high and it can be easily popped out if they are tackled high.

? The last time Shannon remembers playing against a triple option offense is against Arkansas in 1991 when Barry Foster was the running back. When Miami last played Nebraska, the Cornhuskers primarily ran a speed option type of offense.

? North Carolina played Georgia Tech well early this year and Shannon said the main reason why they had some success against Georgia Tech is because UNC forced them to make long drives in order to score touchdowns.

? Georgia Tech's offense will receive a lot of attention, but their defense is one of the top units in the country. Georgia Tech ranks 14th nationally in total defense and ranks 11th nationally in turnovers gained with 25 this year. Shannon listed defensive ends Michael Johnson and Derrick Morgan, safety Morgan Burnett, and defensive tackle Darryl Richard as Tech's standout players on defense.

"They have got four guys upfront that do a great job of causing havoc and it is going to be a challenge for our offensive line to stay focused. We may take a negative play here and there, but stay focused and don't get discouraged because we have four quarters of football to play."

? Shannon said this year's defensive line is the deepest it has been since 2005. Shannon said he has seen progression from the young defensive line and he credits a lot of their recent success to the depth they have built at those positions.

"When you see these guys rotating in, they are playing a lot of reps and there are only so many blocking schemes they can do and so when you rest guys like we do, they feel fresh and they are not tired. I think that is the biggest thing, that we have depth at that position."

? On three of Miami's six sacks against Virginia Tech Josh Holmes was in the game and played a big part in UM getting to Tech's quarterback. Holmes pushed the pocket from the middle and forcing the quarterback to step up in the pocket. "When we had those sacks, it is because Josh Holmes is getting push from the inside and the quarterbacks have to step up and stutter one or two steps," Shannon said.
 9 years ago '04        #4344
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Jason Fox wants to play on Thursday.

Fox, a junior left tackle and three-year starter, missed his first game since being a Hurricane last week with a sprained ankle.

He had started the previous 33 games--25 at left tackle, 8 at right tackle--before having his streak snapped.

"That's just statistics," Fox said. "I'm worry about winning games. I didn't even think twice about that. I was just happy we won the game."

With Fox out of the lineup, Reggie Youngblood took his spot at left tackle.

Now, with a pivotal ACC contest against Georgia Tech on Thursday, Fox has resumed practicing and feels good.

"I had it all wrapped up," Fox said. "When they secure it in place, it feels pretty good. The last couple of days I have been running around and it feels pretty good. When it's braced up, it kind of locks it into places where I don't face pain."

Fox said he is unsure if his reps will be limited on Thursday. "That's the coach's decision. I'm going to prepare like I'm going to play every play,"

However, if it is up to him, he wants to play.

"I definitely want to play," Fox said. "That's just how I am."
 11-18-2008, 05:32 PM         #4345
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It just sucks one of'em is probably gonna get a rs.
 9 years ago '04        #4346
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 JNyiri77 said:
It just sucks one of'em is probably gonna get a rs.
why...we got plenty of backs.
 11-19-2008, 01:13 AM         #4347
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Coop
James
Brown
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 9 years ago '05        #4348
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 The Lefty said:
Coop
James
Brown
Mike James
Lamar Miller
Shawnbrey McNeal
Lee Chambers
Do yall think Damien Berry gets moved back to DB?


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 9 years ago '04        #4349
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mike james is gonna be raw as fu*k...kid has speed, cutback ability, vision, nice moves in the open field, and can put his helmet down and rock n*ggas.

i think berry gets moved back to safety next spring, and chambers or mcneal end up switching positions (DB/KR/PR ??) or transferring

that'll leave:
coop
baby j
bryce brown
mike james
lamar miller

as the main backs. either way you look at it, it's a good problem to have...remember just 2 years ago we had to suffer through watching slow-ass tyrone moss and charlie jones plodding their way behind fat-ass jerrell mabry:sick:
 9 years ago '04        #4350
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Like a lot of his teammates defensive tackle Marcus Forston appears to be getting a lot better as the season progresses.

Forston made his first career sack against Virginia Tech and he appears to be hitting his stride against the college opponents at this point in the season.

Read here to see what Forston says going into this week's Georgia Tech game and what he feels like the keys to stopping the option are.

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What is the key to stopping the option?

It is just a.ssignment football and it comes down to fundamentals and techniques. The team just has to believe that the next man is going to take care of his job. It is all about just trusting and believing in us too. You never know who has the ball, so you have to tackle the man that comes through your gap.

You have to work for every yard on every play. You have to hustle to the ball and leave everything on the field.

Talk about the play at defensive line right now and how competitive it is at that position. It seems like each game there is a different combination of starters?

"The other guys who are at defensive tackle, they are practicing and going hard everyday because they know that they got two guys behind them who are going just as hard. It is the guys behind you and the guys in front of you who will make you better. When I come in I want to practice hard everyday and that makes the older guys practice hard and that makes us a better unit."

"Coming from Northwestern, that is all we know how to do is compete. We love to compete. We were saying at the beginning of our senior year what we want to do when we come here and we just wanted to bond with the older guys and make everybody feel like family. That just goes back to Northwestern."

Does being ranked and being in control of your own destiny mean much to you as an accomplishment?

All the freshmen still don't get the BCS or any of these things, so the seniors have to break it down to us and tell us what is going on. We still don't get it. In high school it is just be district champs, when all your games and make it to State. Just keep winning, that is all we know.

"Nobody thought we would be in this position right now. Just to be able to play for an ACC Championship means a lot, but we aren't finished yet and we haven't gotten to our goals that we set during the summer."

Is it going to be different this week than against Virginia Tech because you may stop Georgia Tech, but they may run for over 200 yards?

"They are going to have big runs, but the seniors that pull everybody together will pull us together and say it is alright because they are going to do that. We have to stay calm and stay humble and get three and outs."

How much do you think you have progressed this season since the beginning of the year?

"When I first got here all I knew was to rip and then use my speed because I was bigger and stronger than everybody. When I got here, everything was equal and I had to focus on my technique and fundamentals. I know the guys have a few years on me in the weight room so it is going to come down to technique and who is going to go hard."

You had the first sack of your career last week. Were you pretty pumped up after that play?

"I was very pumped up after that play. It was something I have been wanting and stressing all year. I have gotten to the quarterback before and I have been so close, but they threw the ball away. The only thing I did different was that I finished on that play. I got off the block and burst to the quarterback."

Sean Spence was saying he gave you a hard time all week asking you when you were going to get your first sack. Did he say anything to you after that play?

"Before that play he told me that we need this play and to change the game and get to the quarterback. I looked back at him and told him I got it, so I had to make that play to get us off the field."
 9 years ago '04        #4351
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This is the game. This is the game when I said the 'Canes would go 3-1 in the final four games that had me worried. It was a week after a huge home game against Virginia Tech and on Thursday night which promises to be a crazy crowd in Atlanta.

So what do the 'Canes need to do in order to make that 3-1 a 4-0 and get the Hurricanes into the ACC Championship Game and possibly the Orange Bowl on January 1st, something none of us would have ever expected?

It's simple, yet not so simple because it's not easy.

It starts with the offense not turning the ball over. No turnovers. Simple right, but never just that simple. If the 'Canes simply don't turn the ball over, that will increase the chance of winning a great deal.

Put it this way, if the 'Canes don't turn the ball over, they win this game. Period.

Defensively, is where the game will be won for Miami though and it requires doing one thing: stopping the run.

Last year when Miami played Georgia Tech, the Hurricanes defense was gutted by Tashard Choice who rushed for 204 yards as the Yellow Jackets dominated the second half in a 17-14 win over Miami at the Orange Bowl.

For Miami to win, that can't happen again. Choice may be gone, but the Tech running game is still the key to their offense as Jonathan Dwyer has rushed for over 1,000 yards this season and eight touchdowns.

Quarterback Josh Nesbitt is also a huge threat running the ball as the leader of the offense. He's rushed for 498 yards.

The 'Canes defense is not the same as it was last year. They have shown that over the past month stuffing most opponents' ground games all season. And it's a young group that flies all over the field. Sean Spence alone will make a huge difference in stopping the run.

Quite frankly, this is a game Miami can win in the first quarter by putting up 14 points quickly. If the 'Canes can jump ahead 14-0 after two possessions, Georgia Tech is not a team that is going to make any comebacks based on their offensive-style alone. If the 'Canes jump out on top 14-0, they will blow Tech out. It could get ugly quickly.

The Yellow Jackets have little to no passing game so if they fall behind by two scores and have to start passing the ball, Miami's defensive line, led by freshman Marcus Robinson should have a field day teeing off on Nesbitt.

Nesbitt has one real wide receiver and that's Demaryius Thomas who has 33 catches. The next best receiver for Tech has seven catches.

However, if the 'Canes allow Tech to stay close and let the game become a slugfest gut check, it could be a long night for Miami.

So what do the 'Canes do? Stuff the box, stuff the run, put the corners on an island and make Tech throw the ball to win. Make Tech show you they can throw the ball. My bet is they can't and the 'Canes come away with an easy win in Atlanta.

I'm booking reservations in Tampa now. I've been convinced.
 9 years ago '04        #4352
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Defensive tackle Josh Holmes has only played three games since coming off an injury, but he has already made a big impact on defense.

Though Holmes did not register a stat in UM's 16-14 win over Virginia Tech last week, he made his presence felt.

Holmes was on the field for three of UM's six sacks and he was responsible for creating a push up the middle of the offensive line.

"When we had those sacks, it is because Josh Holmes is getting push from the inside and the quarterbacks have to step up and stutter one or two steps," Head Coach Randy Shannon said.

In the three games he has played in this season, Holmes has totaled four tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss.

Holmes combination of quickness off the ball, leverage because of his small stature, and speed make him a nightmare for opposing offensive lines to block on passing situations. When it is third and long, Holmes is going to knife through the offensive line and force the quarterback to move.

While UM's opponent will not look to throw the ball often, Holmes will play a key role in controlling the line of scrimmage against a triple option running attack. One of the keys in stopping a triple option is having fast athletic defensive linemen and Holmes certainly is fast and athletic from the defensive tackle position.

"It is going to be hard because we don't face an offense like that all the time," Holmes said. "It is usually just Navy, Army, and Air Force. We have to play a.ssignment football and each person has an a.ssignment, so you have to do your a.ssignment no matter what goes on. That is the only way you can stop it."

One of the reasons why Georgia Tech's offense will be tough to go up against is because no scout team can simulate the speed that Tech runs the option at. With that being said, Holmes said walk-on quarterback Devon Hill has done a good job as the scout team quarterback this week in preparing UM.

Hill is a true freshman who will run track at Miami and he played quarterback at Camden High School in New Jersey.

"You can't really show the speed of what Georgia Tech does," Holmes said. "That is their offense and they run it with a lot of speed, but I thought the scout team offense has done a great job in presenting the triple option to us."

"That one time that you don't do your a.ssignment, they make a play off of that."

When Holmes is asked about the enormity of what a win at Georgia Tech would mean for the rest of UM's season, he shrugs off the questions and says all he wants to think about now is beating Tech.

"We really do just pay attention to that one game," Holmes said. "We don't really care what is going on unless we are winning. The coaches have really been focusing to us to take one game at a time and that is what we have been doing and why I feel like we are where we are."


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 9 years ago '04        #4353
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Gino Torretta knows a thing or two about being a great quarterback.

Torretta, the 1992 Heisman Trophy winner, was recently inducted into Miami's Ring of Honor and ranks second on UM's all-time list in passing yards with 7,690.

Torretta also won two national championships while at Miami (1989 and 1991) and played five seasons in the NFL.

Currently, Miami has won five in a row and is ranked No. 23 in the AP Poll as they take their 7-3 record into Georgia Tech on Thursday.

At quarterback, Robert Marve is the starter, but Jacory Harris rotates in.

There has been a lot of talk about the quarterback situation at Miami this season as both players have finished key games.

"Usually when you have two quarterbacks, you don't have one, but Washington won a national championship with two guys," Torretta said. "Can it work? I think it all depends on the player, how they will react.

"I think both of them have the ability. That's the impressive thing. How they are making it work now is amazing. When they have one and put the other one in, that guy is just on fire. Usually when a guy comes in, he's kind of cold, has to get loose, but when one guy is cold they put the other one in and he's hot."

Torretta is impressed with how the two have handled the situation.

"Any guy who has started, it doesn't work because you want to start and play the whole game," Torretta said. "You're not in that situation. These kids want to play and win football games. If it works, it is their personal decision of how it works."

Marve, a redshirt freshman, has completed 97-of-181 passes (54 percent) for 1,041 yards and seven touchdowns with 10 interceptions. He has also rushed for 128 yards and two touchdowns.

"I was impressed with Robert in the Florida game," Torretta said. "He had no fear. He was throwing balls where they had to be in a certain location and he still threw them. Sometimes in a tough game, you try to aim the ball and you are overly careful. He wasn't like that. He throws on the run very accurately."

Harris, a true freshman, has completed 68-of-115 passes (59 percent) for 701 yards and seven touchdowns with three interceptions. He has rushed for 64 yards and two touchdowns.

"Obviously his size is a huge key," Torretta said. "He doesn't look like he's very fast, but nobody seems to catch him and he throws the ball well. To be a true freshman and last year to be in high school and this year you are starting for the Miami Hurricanes, that's pretty impressive."

Torretta waited two years behind Craig Erickson before starting his junior and senior years.

So could he have rotated?

"Obviously I probably wouldn't be standing here if I was rotating."
 9 years ago '04        #4354
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Miami and Georgia Tech battle in an absolutely critical ACC Coastal Division battle.
THURSDAY NIGHT THROWDOWN
11-20-08

All Times Eastern

Main Event

Miami at Georgia Tech

Time: 7:30
TV: ESPN
Line: Georgia Tech by 4.5

Importance of the Game to Miami: Miami is in control of their own destiny in the ACC Coastal Division. If they can win this one and at North Carolina State, they win the division. It's that simple. This would be a huge step for a program that had come on hard times since joining the ACC. The Hurricanes were supposed to come in and play for ACC titles immediately, and win more than their share. However, since joining in 2004, they really have only played for one title, and that was in 2004, when a home loss to Virginia Tech in the season finale gave the title to the Hokies. They have never been to the ACC Championship Game. This year gives them a real shot to get there.

Importance of the Game to Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets need plenty of help to get to the ACC Championship Game, but it absolutely must start here. There is no way they can win the division with a loss in this one. This is a chance to showcase the program on Thursday night. Paul Johnson has really turned things around in Atlanta quickly, and this is a chance to show the whole country just how much things have changed in the last year. They have a shot to maybe not win the division, but certainly put themselves on the college football map with a win here.

Quote from Randy Shannon, Miami head coach: "We feel really good. We're on the right track and definitely headed in the right direction."

Quote from Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech head coach: "Miami is playing as well as anybody right now. It's fun to watch them [Miami] play defense. They play hard, run to the ball well and fly around. They have an excellent defense, and on offense they have some skilled people with a lot of speed. It is going to be a big challenge for our team on Thursday night. After the last game, we are looking forward to getting out and playing again. You never like to lose, and you want to try and get that taste out of your mouth so it's always great to have another opportunity."

Breakdown:

Miami Offense vs. Georgia Tech Defense: The Miami offense was put back in the hands of Robert Marve last week. Jacory Harris could see playing time at quarterback, but these two are really about the same at this point in time. Graig Cooper has been the feature back for the Miami offense lately. He is averaging 4.9 yards per carry and has four rushing touchdowns. Aldarius Johnson has turned into a fine wide receiver for Miami's offense. Johnson is averaging 10.6 yards per catch and has three touchdowns. Georgia Tech's defense is allowing 3.5 yards per rush, and opponents are completing 58 percent of their passes. However, the Yellow Jackets have held opponents to just 9.1 yards per completion and have intercepted fifteen passes. The leader is Morgan Burnett, who leads the team in tackles and has six interceptions on the season. Derrick Morgan has six and a half sacks, while Michael Johnson has six and twelve tackles for a loss. This is a very good Yellow Jackets defense. They don't do a great job against the run, so Cooper will need to have a big night. If he doesn't, it is tough to not see Marve and Harris throwing at least two costly interceptions.

Miami Defense vs. Georgia Tech Offense: Quarterback Josh Nesbitt is uncertain for the game. If he is not 100%, the offense is not as good. Against North Carolina, the offense looked very average (at best) and he was not 100%. If he looks like that again, then this offense could have their struggles. Jonathan Dwyer is one of the top running backs in the country, but he really feeds off of Nesbitt's play. Dwyer is averaging 6.6 yards per rush and has eight rushing touchdowns. Johnson's running offense does not lead to a lot of standout receivers, but Damaryius Thomas has 33 catches for 16.9 yards per catch with three touchdowns. Miami's defense is allowing 2.9 yards per rush. Opponent's are completing just over 51 percent of their passes for 12.2 yards per completion. Glenn Cook leads the team in tackles and also has seven for a loss. As was seen last week against Virginia Tech, the Hurricanes defense has speed and can make plays in the backfield. Plus, they can get pressure on a quarterback. Can they control the Yellow Jackets offense? It will be a challenge, but with Nesbitt's health in question, they should not lack confidence.

Prediction: It sounds like Nesbitt will still be somewhat limited in what he can do. That's not good against this Miami defense. If that is the case, then Miami will come up with the tough road win. If Nesbitt is 100%, then the Yellow
 9 years ago '04        #4355
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Miami travels to Atlanta this Thursday for a Coastal Division showdown in which a UM win would help them take one step closer to an ACC Championship birth.

This week's matchup won't be easy for UM, who has lost to Georgia Tech the last three years.

UM enters this game riding a five game winning streak while Georgia Tech waits with the 14th ranked defense in the country and a running attack that averages 250 yards per game.

Read on for an analysis on the keys for UM during the game and for an idea on what to watch for during the game.

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What Georgia Tech Does Well

This is no surprise, but Georgia Tech excels at playing old school football. They run the football and play great defense. Because their offense runs the triple option, the Georgia Tech offense receives a lot of the publicity, but their defense is nasty and one of the top defensive units in the country. Tech's leading tackler, safety Morgan Burnett, is tied for the national lead in interceptions (6) and their defensive line is considered one of the top units in the country. Georgia Tech's defense sets the tone of the game and excels at causing turnovers and getting to the quarterback.

Why Georgia Tech Loses

When Georgia Tech loses it is largely because of one reason: they turn the ball over too much. In the three games that Georgia Tech has lost this year, the Yellow Jackets have averaged three turnovers in each game--with the majority of those turnovers being fumbles. Georgia Tech is always going to be able to run the ball--they averaged 253 yards rushing--so teams that beat Tech didn't stop the run. What teams did do in the games where Georgia Tech lost was win the turnover battle. Defensively, what happens to Tech in their losses is that they struggle getting to the quarterback. In those three losses, Georgia Tech totaled just four sacks.

Player to Watch

Wide receiver Damaryius Thomas. Georgia Tech runs the ball 90 percent of the time, but when they need a big play in the passing game, Thomas has been their one and only option downfield. Thomas (6-3, 229) is dangerous because he is such a physically gifted receiver and he often finds himself open or in one-on-one coverage because teams key in on the run so much. Thomas has 33 receptions for 559 yards (16.9) and three touchdowns this season. His most impressive game came against Duke when he had 230 receiving yards and all nine receptions of the game. Miami's secondary can't afford for Georgia Tech to open up their offense and hit Thomas for any big gains. His threat as a receiver can change a game and open up Tech's offense.

Key Matchup

Miami's offensive line Vs. Georgia Tech's defensive line. Georgia Tech probably has the best defensive line that Miami will face all year and have one of the top five defensive lines in the country. Everything that Tech does well defensively starts with them. Georgia Tech lines up Michael Johnson (6-7, 260) and Derrick Morgan (6-4, 270) at defensive end and Darryl Richard (6-4, 290) and Vance Walker (6-2, 293) at defensive tackle. Those four players have combined for 19.5 sacks and 39.5 tackles for loss this season.

Miami's offensive line gets a little deeper this week with the return of Jason Fox at left tackle and his return and leadership will be much needed against this Georgia Tech defensive line. With Fox out last week against Virginia Tech, the offensive line did a great job of protecting UM's quarterbacks for an adequate amount of time and opening some running lanes for the quarterbacks and running backs. The offensive line will need to have their best game of the year against Georgia Tech and they will be responsible for how well UM's offense does this week.

Stat of the Game

Miami has been a second half team all year, outscoring opponents 87-38 in the third quarter t his season. Miami has allowed one second-half touchdown in its last three games and has outscored opponents 38-7 in those three games.

What the Game Comes Down To

This game comes down to Miami protecting the quarterback, Matt Bosher carrying over his stellar performance in the Virginia Tech game, and of course the defense limiting Tech's triple option offense from breaking any long gains. This game will be similar to last week's Virginia Tech game in that UM will have to play a sound game and not make any mistakes. It will be a low scoring game, so the play of Matt Bosher in kicking and punting will be particularly crucial.
 9 years ago '04        #4356
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Sitting at 2-3 in early October, the Miami Hurricanes faced a fork in the road. Could this young team turn their season around, or was a repeat of last year in store - wheels falling off and another collapse in the making? Five wins later, not only are the Canes proving last year was a fluke - this squad is two wins from an ACC title game. Time for the fans to get on board and enjoy this ride.
The apologist in me wants to excuse Miami should they lose at Georgia Tech this Thursday.

Five straight is a hefty feat. Especially for such a freshman-heavy bunch. Should they stumble down the stretch, it'd almost be forgivable. This crew has proven they're not last year's squad. No one folded up the tent at 2-3. This is a team on a mission.

Low-scoring defensive battles. Grinding games out. Wearing down the opposition. Randy Shannon said he'd rid Miami of a loser's mentality that set in last year. Bring in kids from winning programs, accustomed to being the best and ready to get busy fixing a program.

It's working.

Miami is two games away from an ACC Championship berth and three away for their first BCS game in half a decade. Didn't seem possible five games into the season, but five later, the Canes control their fate for the first time in a long time.

Logic will mess with your head, telling you that young teams on five-game win streaks stumble somewhere, somehow. At some point they have to play down to their age. Don't they?

Maybe. Maybe not.

Georgia Tech is beatable and Miami has the motivation. Three straight losses and a crop of freshman who've made it their goal to get a senior class to their first BCS game. Those same seniors are winless against this week's opponent and this is their final shot at redemption.

Yet another milestone opportunity for a young team that keeps defying the odds.

Logic. It's the best way to look at the situation. But being objective isn't always the most fun. With a proven team, you 'expect' wins. BCS games are almost a gimmie. Recruiting isn't the hard sell it can be with a losing record.

A few down seasons took away my ability to cover this team with the occasional orange and green shades. I could throw more at the wall half a decade ago and it'd stick. Miami was a perennial top-five team. BCS games were commonplace. Losses were rare and unexpected. As a fan you could puff that chest out and the question wasn't "if" the Canes would win - it was by how much.

The landscape changed and fans had to face some harsh realities about the state of the U. Some kept their heads in the sand, riding a mindset that simply strapping on that helmet and employing some 'swagger' (in recent years, false bravado) would ensure victories.

Compare and contrast this year and last. 5-7 was rock bottom. Some called for it then, while others called for a worse season this year and predicted a certain head coach getting run out of town after year two.

Hardly the case.

Shannon finally has Miami right where he wants it. The players believe and the team is building on that momentum. A season has been saved and the best could best is yet to come. Whether that starts with a BCS game this year or the stage set to make a run in '09, remains to be seen.

The one many thought was the wrong guy at the right time, Shannon is proving he should've been a no-brainer hire for Miami. Played and coached under Jimmy Johnson. Spent time on Butch Davis' staff. Ran the defensive side of the ball during this decade's dominant run.

Randy knows Miami - the school and the city. He played as a Cane and was exactly the type of kid this program thrived on. Who better to send out in the recruiting trenches, looking for 'it's factor local kids with that built-in swagger. It's not an accident when a Sean Spence, Marcus Forston or Travis Benjamin just look like the 'fit' the Miami mold. Shannon is following the blueprint. It's a proven formula.

The young talent came to play. Besides proving their tomorrow's stars today, they've changed the culture and have rubbed off on upperclassmen in need of a gut check. Sam Shields, Glenn Cook and Anthony Redd*ck all look reborn, after looking replaceable earlier this season.

Reggie Youngblood gave up the chance at a mid-season medical redshirt to play out his senior year because he believes his younger teammates will send this senior class off with that BCS berth.

These Canes are rising and if they believe, so can the fans. Tap into your emotions and enjoy what this team is doing. This isn't the same Miami squad you saw back in September. Freshman are playing like veterans and seniors are playing like there's no tomorrow. We finally have reason to start buying into the hype.

One game away from exacting some revenge. Two games away from Tampa. Three games away from the Orange Bowl - which prove rather fitting a year after the Canes missed the postseason and lost their home with the same name as this year's potential BCS destination.

Let loose. Enjoy this ride. Save your criticism for when it's necessary. Don't waste your time nitpicking what could've, should've and would've been done. Live in the moment. The Canes are riding high and a BCS game is a distinct possibility for the first time in a long time.
Right now it's pointless to focus on anything other than that

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 9 years ago '05        #4357
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 9 years ago '04        #4358
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Date: Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008

Location: Bobby Dodd Stadium - (Natural Grass), (55,000) in Atlanta, Ga.

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. (ET)

TV: The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN with Chris Fowler (play by play), Craig James (color analyst), Jesse Palmer (color analyst) and Erin Andrews (sideline reporter).
Tape Delay Telecast: On CSS, Tuesday Nov. 25 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Local Radio: The Hurricanes Radio Network (WQAM 560 AM) will carry the game live with Joe Zagacki (play by play), Don Bailey Jr. (analysis) and Brian London (sideline reporter). Fans can also listen online at .

National Radio: The ACC ISP Radio Network will have the national broadcast with Bill Rosinski (play-by-play) and Ricky Proehl (color analyst).
Espaņol: The game will broadcast in Spanish on 1450 ESPN Deportes (1450 AM) with Joe Pujala (play by play) and Joe Martinez (analysis).

Websites: Miami () and Georgia Tech ().

THE GAME

No. 23 Miami hits the road for one of its last two regular season games when the Hurricanes take on Georgia Tech in a key ACC Coastal Division matchup. Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta, Ga. and will be televised on ESPN.

The Hurricanes are coming off a 16-14 win over Virginia Tech in their home finale to run their winning streak to five games - the longest winning streak since 2005 when UM rattled off eight in a row. Miami is in sole possession of first place in the ACC Coastal Division. It will be Miami's second straight Thursday night game. UM is 13-1 all-time in ESPN Thursday night games. Freshman defensive end Marcus Robinson, who was named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week Monday, led a stingy Miami defense against the Hokies. Robinson tallied a career-best three sacks and four tackles for loss as UM picked up a season-high six sacks.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Robert Marve completed 7-of-16 passes for 121 yards and ran for another 44 yards to lead the Miami offense against the Hokies.

Lou Groza Award semifinalist Matt Bosher made three field goals in the win against the Hokies and earned ACC Specialist of the Week honors. Bosher has made 12 of his last 13 field goals and is 16-of-18 on the season. He is a perfect 32-of-32 in PATs.

Defensively, senior linebacker Glenn Cook leads the team with 60 total tackles and is tied for the team-lead with seven tackles for loss. Safety Anthony Redd*ck has 55 tackles while linebacker Sean Spence has 53 tackles on the season. The Hurricanes have allowed just one touchdown in the second half of their last three games against Virginia Tech, Virginia and Wake Forest. Miami ranks 10th nationally in total defense, 19th overall in rushing defense and 15th in pass defense.

In six ACC games, UM has been tough to stop offensively. The Hurricanes lead the ACC in scoring offense with 28.0 points per game in ACC games. The Hurricanes are 43rd nationally in overall scoring offense (28.4 points per game).

The Hurricanes cracked the AP poll for the first time this season and the first time since Sept. 10, 2006 this week. Miami received 139 votes and will take the field as a ranked team at Georgia Tech for the first time since Sept. 16, 2006 when UM played at Louisville. Miami received 74 votes in the USA Today Coaches' Top 25 poll. The Hurricanes are 23rd in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) poll.


THE OPPONENT

Georgia Tech (7-3, 4-3 ACC Coastal) is coming off a bye week after falling to North Carolina, 28-7, on the road back on Nov. 8. Tech's ground game has been the best in the ACC this season. The Yellow Jackets are averaging 250.7 yards per game on the ground led by leading rusher Jonathan Dwyer, who leads the ACC with 1,056 yards. He also has eight rushing touchdowns. Defensively, the Yellow Jackets are 14th in total defense and 10th in pass defense.

THE COACHES

Randy Shannon is 12-10 overall and is in his second season at Miami. Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson is 7-3 in his first season with the Yellow Jackets.

THE SERIES

This will be the 14th game between the two schools, with Georgia Tech holding a 9-4 lead in the series. Georgia Tech has won the last three meetings in the series. Miami's last win in the series came in 2004 in Atlanta, 27-3.

COASTAL DIVISION UPDATE

Miami has yet again another crucial ACC Coastal Division battle on its hands this week when the Hurricanes travel to Atlanta to take on Georgia Tech. The `Canes currently lead the division with a record of 4-2 while Georgia Tech sits just a half a game out at 4-3. If UM is able to beat the Yellow Jackets and win next week at NC State, the Hurricanes will head to Tampa for the ACC Championship game. North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Virginia - all 3-3 in the division - currently sit in a three-way tie for third.

RIGHT BETWEEN THE NUMBERS

- Miami is 13-1 all-time on ESPN Thursday night games. Georgia Tech is 9-11. The Hurricanes and Yellow Jackets have never met for an ESPN Thursday night game.

- Freshman WR/KR Travis Benjamin's 936 all-purpose yards is the most at Miami through 10 games since Willis McGahee had 1,676 all-purpose yards heading into the 10th game of the 2002 season.

- Miami leads the nation in number of different players that have scored a touchdown this season (17) as well as the number of freshmen that have reached paydirt (8).

- UM is riding a five-game winning streak, its first winning streak of such kind since 2005 when the Hurricanes won eight straight games from Sept. 27 to Nov. 12.

- Only four Hurricanes (Glenn Cook, Steven Wesley, Bruce Johnson and Xavier Shannon) have started all 10 games so far this season

- The Hurricanes have converted on their last 22 red zone attempts and 36 of 38 overall attempts (94.7%) this season. UM has 23 touchdowns and 13 field goals in its 38 red zone appearances.

- Miami has kept its opponents under 20 points in four of its last five games. Over that span, the Hurricanes are out-scoring their opponents by an average of 25.0-to-17.2.

BOSHER, ROBINSON EARN WEEKLY HONORS

University of Miami football players Marcus Robinson and Matt Bosher have earned Atlantic Coast Conference weekly honors announced by the league office Monday. Robinson, a true freshman from Homestead, Fla., earned Defensive Lineman of the Week honors while Bosher, a native of Jupiter, Fla., was chosen ACC Specialist of the Week.

Robinson recorded a career-best three sacks in UM's win over Virginia Tech in his second career start. He finished the game with a team-high seven tackles which included four tackles for loss. Bosher performed well in all facets of his game, averaging 42.0 yards on five punts in addition to converting on all three of his field goal attempts.-for-3 on field goals. The Lou Groza Award semifinalist is now 16-of-18 in field goal attempts on the year.

MIAMI AT NC STATE UPDATE

The Atlantic Coast Conference announced on Monday that ESPN/ABC declared a six-day option for the league's games on Nov. 29. While game times and networks won't be announced until Sunday, Nov. 23, it has been determined that the Miami-NC State game will either be a 12 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. kick-off on either ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, Raycom or ESPNU. Selections are expected no later than noon this upcoming Sunday.
 9 years ago '04        #4359
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Miami (7-3) at Georgia Tech (7-3), 7:30 EST, ESPN, Thursday, November 20
Why to watch: The ACC game of the week will go a long way to determining who wins a competitive Coastal Division. Miami is this year's Virginia, winning a bunch of close, often ugly games to take a half-game lead in the divisional race. Fueled by a youth movement, the Hurricanes have won five-in-a-row to make a Top 25 cameo for the first time in more than two years. While the program is still light years from the glory days, a win in Atlanta would go a long way toward narrowing that gap. The school that's sitting a half-game behind Miami just happens to be Georgia Tech. While the Yellow Jackets are being hamstrung by earlier losses to North Carolina and Virginia Tech, they'll do no worse than a tie for the division crown with a win this weekend. The fans at Bobby Dodd Stadium will do their part to make it four straight over Miami, greeting the visitors with a white out.
Why Miami might win: The Hurricanes are being sparked by a young and athletic defense that's held its last three opponents below 20 points. Now No. 10 nationally, the unit has traded star power for good fundamentals and a penchant for stopping the run. The latter will be especially important versus a Georgia Tech option offense that relies almost exclusively on Jonathan Dwyer and the running game. The Yellow Jackets are banged up on the inside and will be without top lineman Andrew Gardner, another hurdle to solving the 'Cane defense.
Why Georgia Tech might win: Miami has been winning in spite of an offense that lacks consistency and has shown its inexperience at quarterback with freshmen Robert Marve and Jacory Harris. The 'Canes are 100th nationally in total offense, and are doing a poor job in the trenches. They're going to get manhandled up front by a Yellow Jacket defensive line that's arguably the most talented in the country. Michael Johnson, Darryl Richard, Derrick Morgan, and Vance Walker all have at least 8.5 tackles for loss, presenting a major challenge for Miami. If Marve and Harris feel pressure, DB Morgan Burnett and a ball-hawking Tech D will swoop in and capitalize on their mistakes.
Who to watch: Although he's been far from perfect, Georgia Tech needs Josh Nesbitt to be healthy and ready to go by Thursday night. He's been nursing a sprained ankle that's limited his mobility, an obvious concern for an option quarterback. If Nesbitt can't go, the Jackets' fate will rest with Jaybo Shaw, who's just a true freshman.
What will happen: This is the ACC, so you can bank on a close, low-scoring defensive scrum. If it comes down to a kicking duel, Miami has a huge edge with Matt Bosher. It won't. Georgia Tech will remain alive in the Coastal and boost the spirits of Virginia Tech and North Carolina, feeding off a rabid home crowd and a defense that'll create three game-defining turnovers.
CFN Prediction: Georgia Tech 24 ... Miami 16... Line: Georgia Tech -3.5
 9 years ago '04        #4360
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