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 8 years ago '04        #4661
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we suck. period. Nix just doesnt get it and quite frankly shannon aint quite getting it either
 8 years ago '05        #4662
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 1000bluntz said:
Heard it was an ugly a.ss game down in Miami. How many people were there to see it?
damn i never remember hearing an attendance announcing prolly cuz i was drunk the whole game...but from what i saw id say 65% capacity...70% tops which was pretty good considering, i was honestly expecting like 40/50% capacity...alotta ppl where scattered with the exception of the student sections...ucfs allotment and miamis student section were prolly the only stands where there was not one seat empty...
 8 years ago '04        #4663
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Let's be honest. Randy Shannon is surrounded by chaos right now on the offensive side of the football.

And I'm only limiting it to offense because this week the defense played awesome and seemed to correct a lot of its problems.

Shannon's offensive coordinator, Patrick Nix, is under fire because Miami can't ever seem to score enough points to win games in the ACC and couldn't even score much last Saturday against a Central Florida team that gave up 58 points to Texas El Paso.

His starting running back, Javarris James, has missed pretty much the entire first half of the season, a bigger deal than anyone seems to realize because his absence has reduced Miami's toughness and eliminated use of the two-headed James/Graig Cooper offense that Miami worked on all spring.

Shannon has named Robert Marve his starting quarterback for the season, but still doesn't really know if Marve is better than Jacory Harris. Both looked shaky against Central Florida. Marve was either late on his throws Saturday or was seeing openings in the secondary that didn't exist. He has thrown seven interceptions in his last three games. He had just 74 yards passing on Saturday. Harris, who played the fourth quarter, seemed petrified of making the critical mistake that would result in another embarrassing loss. So he just ran for his life. He had 14 yards passing. The freshmen truly looked like freshmen for the first time this season.

Shannon still doesn't have a go-to receiver, either. Leonard Hankerson and Kayne Farquharson were given the chance to emerge as that guy so far this season and couldn't do it. Freshman Travis Benjamin may get there one day, but right now his body isn't developed to the point where he can be that kind of player. He has increased his weight from 150 when he arrived on campus to 170, but still has a way to go to develop the strength to beat veteran defensive backs in press coverage. But Miami's entire game plan Saturday was built around trying to get him the ball. That was s3xy because of what Benjamin did in the second half against Florida State. But it also was flawed given the decent quality of Central Florida's secondary.

Meanwhile, Shannon's offensive line is a little beat-up too.

Have I missed anything?

That pretty much covers the whole offense, doesn't it?

It's the b*tch of rebuilding a football program.

No, it isn't easy, even if right now guys like Butch Davis and Nick Saban are making it look so simple. Many people don't realize that those guys are the exception. Saban makes $4 million annually because he has that special capability of expediting the process and a track record in college of doing it. Shannon, who is paid around $900,000 right now, isn't there yet in terms of having the weight in his profession or the budget to hire NFL-tested coordinators like Saban or Davis can.

Shannon's ability to recruit is pulling him closer on one side. He was able to get Bill Young, a veteran with a resume, to leave Kansas and come to Miami. If the Nix woes continue much longer, and there are no honest indications that they will not, Shannon will have no choice but to go test his ability this off-season to find a top-level coach on the offensive side of the ball too.

This is high-stakes poker right now because Shannon has moved things along with the quality of his recruiting.

While all this is working itself out, people who love the program are very angry. The losing of the past few years has manufactured fatigue of the struggle. Those expensive seat licenses at Dolphin Stadium have not helped the cause. I walked around the club area of Dolphin Stadium at halftime Saturday and heard the anger over and over. We see it every day on the message boards at CaneSport.com.

The questions are legitimate.

If teams like Texas Tech and Missouri can score points against anyone, why can't Miami?

Are the athletes there better? No. Maybe they are more seasoned right now because Miami is playing so many freshmen. But they are not better.

Is the offensive scheming and game planning better? Quite probably.

The onus here ultimately falls on Shannon because he is the man in charge. But he isn't an offensive mastermind, so you aren't going to see him take over play-calling.

When he was hired as head coach, Shannon tried to hire a top-rate offensive coordinator. His hand-picked choice, former Arizona State coach Dirk Koetter, chose to take significantly more money and become the coordinator of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Can you blame him? Shannon couldn't compete with that. I'm not sure who else got offers from Shannon, but I am sure that top coordinators in America who had proven track records were not lining up at the time to come to Coral Gables.

That was not Shannon's fault.

Everyone knew the depleted state that the Miami program was in due to the slide under Larry Coker. Everyone knew Shannon had to rebuild things from the ground up. I said it then and will say it now. This is a four-year rebuild if things go well. Shannon is one year into it, and if Miami is smart it will let him finish the job without his security being an issue.

But good coordinators don't take on reclamation projects unless they are paid handsomely and are doing it under a proven head coach. Think about it. If a good coordinator takes on a reclamation project, he might very quickly not be considered a good coordinator anymore while the team goes through the process and loses games.

So Shannon had to gamble on unproven Patrick Nix. Nobody was so enamored with Nix at Georgia Tech that they even tried to keep him when word came that Shannon was offering him a job in Miami. Chan Gailey, the head coach, was fired eight months later, so Nix would have been unemployed anyway.

Once Shannon hired Nix, he had to give him a fair chance to succeed. That meant he could not really evaluate Nix off the 2007 season because quarterbacks Kyle Wright and Kirby Freeman were so inept. They had already gotten two other coordinators fired - Dan Werner and Rich Olson. They struggled to execute the simplest of plays.

This current season is Nix's resume building year.

He is failing so far.

Miami is 3-3. The offense got little done in Gainesville, struggled after the first quarter against North Carolina, took the first half off against Florida State and needed trick plays to score in the second half and then laid a giant egg Saturday against Central Florida.
 8 years ago '04        #4664
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That is failure.

Shannon could panic like Auburn's Tommy Tuberville did last week and fire Nix at mid-season the way Tuberville fired his guy, Tony Franklin.

Let's face it, Miami has six very important conference games left, four of them on the road.

Shannon MUST get to a bowl game this year.

He can't get there if Nix doesn't deliver better than he did on Saturday.

But Shannon can't do that and won't do that. He isn't going to scapegoat a coordinator because he once was there himself. He lets Nix and Young do their jobs because that is the way he always liked it when Coker gave him free rein of the defense. Plus, nobody on the staff truly has the credentials to fill that role right now. And where did it get Tuberville? Auburn suffered its third SEC loss on Saturday to Arkansas and Tuberville himself is now in big trouble.

Amid this mess, Shannon is staying the course of his reclamation plan and it is paying dividends as he keeps hauling in the kind of talent in recruiting that will one day help solve all his problems if people stay the course around him.

Last Tuesday morning, Shannon got a commitment from Miami k!llian's Lamar Miller, which means Miami now has commits from three of the top running backs in the country. Bryce Brown, the brother of Miami linebacker Arthur Brown, and Mike James, both Miami commits also, are not expected to be thrown by the added presence of Miller.

The one thing Shannon has learned so far this season is that even with James and Cooper, he doesn't have enough at the running back position once one of them gets hurt. Derron Thomas is a journeyman. Lee Chambers looked real good with the ball under his arm Saturday, but is not a power back you can give it to 25 times. Shawnbrey McNeal has hit a wall and is struggling to the point where you have to wonder if he will be better off transferring after this season.

So Shannon is attacking that position in recruiting the way he attacked the receiver position last year. Next up on the attack list: Offensive linemen and a continued focus on cornerbacks.

The results of Shannon's efforts aren't showing up on the scoreboard yet. But the Miami administration will justifiably stick by him because Shannon is winning everyplace else.

He is recruiting as well as anyone in the country.

He has changed the culture of his team and, despite the three losses, Miami competes from start to finish for four quarters this season.

Players are going to class and staying out of trouble.

Will Shannon have to start winning games eventually?

Of course.

But President Donna Shalala should be able to keep the trustees calm enough to give Shannon ample time to get the final pieces of the puzzle in place.

Nix seems to be running out of time to prove he is a piece that fits.

Saturday was a disaster for him at Dolphin Stadium.

His play-calling seemed so lost. Very little worked. He continued getting himself in horrible down-and-distance situations with horizontal passes over and over on first down that Central Florida already knew were coming, a horrible pattern for Nix for two years now.

He got away from the running game that was working so well early. And then, when he tried to bring it back, he couldn't make the right call or get the right level of execution.

Frustration is clearly building on the sideline.

Pressure is rocketing upward.

The record is 3-3. It is time for Miami, even with the injuries that have haunted it, to turn the corner.

Duke. Wake Forest. Georgia Tech. Virginia Tech. Virginia. North Carolina State.

That's the mountain Miami must climb.

It isn't Everest.

Nix must prove now that he can handle the task. Time is running very short
 8 years ago '04        #4665
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MIAMI, Fla. -- The rest of the offensive linemen in the ACC better take note.

Miami defensive end Allen Bailey had his breakout game everybody had been expecting and now his confidence is growing.

After a two-sack game against Central Florida on Saturday, Bailey said he feels like he is finally comfortable at defensive end.

"I think it was due time to have a breakout game," Bailey said. "I was putting too much pressure on myself early in the season. [Saturday] I just did my job and trusted my teammates and let them do their job."

"It took a long time to get a sack probably because I missed the whole camp, so it took a little while to get in a rhythm. I was six weeks in and it was basically full pads and full go. I just got in a rhythm and it was due time."

On the year, Bailey has totaled 11 tackles, four tackles for loss, and two sacks.

"Bailey came around and got a couple sacks," Head Coach Randy Shannon said. "I think he is just starting to get into the flow. He missed camp and so this is like the second game of the season for him as far as him getting in shape and stuff like that. He is still a little rusty and he is still hesitant at times, but when he is not he is going full speed."

According to Bailey, he didn't have the production he would have liked in the first four games he played in this year because he put too much pressure on himself to perform. Bailey was pressing after having a very strong month of spring football, only to be hampered by a pectoral tear that knocked him out of football until the first second game of the season.

Since he came back healthy, Bailey says he feels like maybe he was a little too eager to put up big numbers and thinking too much while on the field.

"The coaches just told me to relax in the game," Bailey said. "They knew I was putting too much pressure on myself and I had fun out there and I played a pretty good game, so I will keep that focus."

Bailey helped lead a defense that allowed just 78 yards of total offense to UCF. The defense did not allow a score and allowed UCF to convert just 3-of-18 third downs.

"Third down was our main focus this game," Bailey said. "We wanted to get off the field on third down and we accomplished that. We gave the offense the ball a lot and let them do their thing."

"After giving up a lot of yards last week we knew we had to finish and we just wanted to finish the game. We got pressure when we needed and got off the field on third down and that was something we were pushing all week."

This week Bailey will need to have a similar impact against a Duke team who throws the ball an average of 35 times a game. Bailey believes that if Miami can go up and get an improved Duke (3-2) team, UM can start to string together some wins in the second half of the season.

"It is a relief to get a win and it gets a heavy boost off our shoulders," Bailey said. "This week we need an ACC win on the road and then from there we can just keep it rolling.
 8 years ago '04        #4666
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MIAMI, Fla. -- When quarterback Jacory Harris was on the sidelines Saturday against UCF, he was relaxing like he always does--by singing a song to himself.

Harris was singing 'She Got Her Own' by Ne-Yo and Jamie Foxx.

According to Harris, he likes to sing to himself while on the sidelines because it helps him focus.

"I'm serious," Harris said to a group of laughing reporters. "It keeps me focused and into the game and it helps me pay attention to what is going on in the game."

After playing his usual fourth drive of the game against UCF, Harris was approached by offensive coordinator Patrick Nix again in the fourth quarter and told to warm-up.

Harris said he had no idea he would get another chance to play after receiving time in the first half.

"I didn't know anything until I was on the bench and Coach Nix told me to warm-up," Harris said. "I just knew I couldn't make any mistakes. I knew that I had to play smart and I couldn't take chances when the game is close in that situation."

Harris preserved Miami's lead and helped UM to a 20-14 win. He finished the game 4-of-6 for 14 yards. Harris performed well against a very experienced UCF secondary that forced three interceptions from Robert Marve earlier in the game.

"Jacory played a lot more tonight because we feel like Robert got a little stagnate," Head Coach Randy Shannon said after the game. "It isn't like we lost confidence in [Marve], but maybe Jacory can come in and give us that lift."

One area Shannon was particularly impressed by Harris' play against UCF was with his clock management awareness. Late in the fourth quarter, Harris took a sack of 15 yards rather than throw the ball away because he knew it would force UCF to call a timeout.

"As a coach you want him to throw the ball away and not take a sack, but he was thinking of clock management and I think that is one thing he does a good job of and he has a good head on his shoulder," Shannon said.

Coming into the game, UCF was ranked third in the country in interceptions and they did a good job of limiting UM's passing game Saturday. Harris said he knew it would be tough throwing the ball downfield from what he saw by watching the game on the sidelines.

"They weren't letting any of the receivers get by them," Harris said. "The cornerbacks were just squatting on routes. The deeper the route was, they would squat until the receivers got to 12 yards and then they would come up and play you man like that. It was something we had to adjust to as the game went on.

One area Miami needs to improve on from the UCF game is their third down conversion rate. Against UCF, Miami converted just 2-of-17 third downs. UM currently ranks 98th in the country while converting 31 percent of third downs on the season.

"We don't know why we are struggling on third down," Harris said. "It is something we need to work on. We do it everyday in practice and we are going to get better. It is going to take time, but we are going to get better.

"Everything was going well, but when we got to third down, we would have small, minor breakdowns."

For the season, Harris has completed 59 percent of his passes for 312 yards and one touchdown with one interception. Harris said that during the second half of the season, Miami will show they are better than what they have showed during the first half of the year.

"We know that we are better than what our record shows and we just have to go out and prove it each week. As long as we prove that, we should get in the race for contending for a big bowl game."
 10-13-2008, 09:00 PM         #4667
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 8 years ago '04        #4668
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Miami RB James set to return
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami running back Javarris James is expected to play Saturday against Duke after missing four games with a high left ankle sprain.

James, the Hurricanes' first-string tailback entering the season, had 84 total yards and two touchdowns in the season-opening win against Charleston Southern. He got hurt after just two carries for four yards the following week at Florida. He hasn't played since.

"All indications are he should be full-go," Miami coach Randy Shannon said Tuesday.

The Hurricanes will also get offensive linemen Reggie Youngblood and Chris Barney back from various leg injuries this week, Shannon said.
 8 years ago '04        #4669
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TRR: Canes chasing o-linemen

With the high school football season now past the halfway point in most parts of the country, the recruiting scene is starting to tighten up. The number of remaining scholarship offers are being narrowed down for the Class of 2009 as the nation's future college football stars decided earlier and earlier and make National Signing Day irrelevant. At The U, the story is the same. In the past month, the Canes have picked up a trio of verbal in-state commitments, two defensive backs in Kayvon Webster and Jamal Reid and a third running back in Miami-Dade's top recruit, Lamar Miller.

A collection of 16 verbal commitments have been put together for a class that I was told on last National Signing Day by UM recruiting coordinator Clint Hurtt shouldn't exceed 20. So, what does Offensive_linemen that mean? UM has maybe five scholarships left to put to use (give or take one depending on whether or not defensive end Olivier Vernon sticks) before February 4th. And by all accounts, the Canes' primary focus to fill those spots will be made on the offensive line, where UM is set to lose its starting center in Xavier Shannon and three tackles to graduation after this season.

So, who are the Canes courting? A solid collection of highly-touted names. Canesport.com reported last week one of them is 6-7, 270-pound Arizona tackle Taylor Lewan, considered 47th best at his position by Rivals. Consider him the newest guy UM is chasing. The others are Fayetteville, N.C.'s Xavier Nixon (6-6, 263 pounds and No. 2 according to Rivals at tackle), Utah native Xavier Su'a Filo (6-4, 285, No. 12 among tackles), Ohio native Chris Freeman (6-7, 325, No. 49), Washington D.C. product Peter White (6-5, 340, No. 4 guard) and local product Jared Wheeler (6-5, 31, No. 19 guard). Miami also recently received news it will get a visit from one of the nation's top defensive tackles in Detroit's William Campbell (6-5, 317). Campbell could play offensive line at the next level.

The Canes have two legit offensive line commitments including one from 2008 signee Brandon Washington, who is now in prep school in New York. The other is Cory White of Fleming Island, Fla., who starts at left tackle for his team.

> This week, in bringing back The Recruit Report, I caught up with a few of UM's current commitments including Reid, who told me he's been getting a lot more attention from the nearby Florida Gators since he made his commitment to UM late last month.

‘‘They always were recruiting me, but since I pledged, they've really pushed hard," he said. "I still feel like I'll be a Hurricane no matter what. I gave them my word."

Jamal_reidReid (6-1, 175) is a statistical machine and a player Gainesville Sun writer John Patton has said could be the best receiver to come out of his coverage area in the 10 years he's been covering high schools there. Reid had 10 catches for 221 yards and 2 touchdowns and an interception a 35-0 win over Branford last week. In a 46-28 win over Dixie County earlier this year, Reid caught six passes for 223 yards and scored three touchdowns. Lafayette is 6-0 this season.

Reid said he's playing safety and corner, but Canes coaches want him to come in as a corner. He said he can't wait to come down and visit UM at the end of his season and to check out South Beach. For the last two years, Reid has two younger sisters have lived with his aunt and uncle. His father was sent to jail two years ago and is expected to be released in August.

‘‘I'm from a town of 4,000 people," Reid said with a laugh. "I know Miami has a really nice campus. People always talk about Miami and the beaches, the rap stars, the movie stars. I guess it must be real interesting down there."

> I also caught up this week with a few other players including cornerback Brandon McGee (who is finally only playing defense), defensive end Olivier Vernon (who has his other trips to Alabama and FSU booked), and the coach of defensive tackle Curtis Porter. Enjoy the rest of the recruiting updates.

THE OTHER COMMITMENTS...
Offense
> Bryce Brown, RB, 6-0, 215, Wichita East, Kan.: Bryce, who was elevated into the Rivals.com Top 5 rankings this week, is tearing things up in Kansas. Brown ran for 274 yards on 13 carries and scored six touchdowns as Wichita East rolled over rival Wichita West 54-0. He scored on runs of 24, 47, 69, and 14 yards and his last score came on a 46-yard catch. He now has 1,266 yards on 134 carries with 23 touchdowns in six games. His team is 5-1.

Aj_highsmith> A.J. Highsmith, QB, 6-0. 186, Fort Bend (TX) Hightower: After picking up play three weeks ago following Hurricane Ike, Highsmith has led his team to three straight blowout wins. It was last week in a 40-7 win against Clements he threw for 191 yards and three touchdowns. Highsmith is now 32 of 62 on the season with 612 yards passsing, 8 TDs and 2 INTs according to the Houston Chronicle.

> Mike James, RB, 5-11, 211, Davenport Ridge: James has led Ridge to three Mike_jamesconsecutive victories since our last report. He returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown and piled up 202 yards rushing on 33 attempts and a 45-yard touchdown run a 14-0 win over Bartow High. A week later in a 13-10 overtime win against Lake Region, James went down with a shoulder injury after just rushing for 41 yards on 10 carries. But he returned last week and led Ridge to a stirring 14-13 victory against Lakeland Kathleen that featured an 81-yard touchdown run. He finished with 101 yards on 22 carries.

Lamar_miller> Lamar Miller, RB, 5-11, 205, Miami k!llian: The newest commitment for the University of Miami has been having quite the season for the Cougars. He leads Miami-Dade in rushing and has k!llian at 5-1 with 12 touchdowns and 892 yards rushing on 115 attempts. Against Miami Southridge last week, he ran for 150 yards on 20 carries and had the game-clinching 20-yard TD run in the fourth quarter. Against nationally-ranked Lakeland two weeks ago, had 152 yards on 25 carries including two touchdown runs in a 27-22 loss on the road.

Steven_plein> Stephen Plein, TE/DE, 6-6, 240, Fort Myers High: As the team's starting defensive end, Plein has played well in the team's 3-3 start. He is fourth on the team in tackles with 31 and leads the Green Wave in sacks with 3˝ on the season. He had two sacks and nine tackles in a 35-28 loss to Baker and hasn't played since.

> Billy Sanders, TE, 6-4, 240, Lake City Coueru d'Alene, Idaho: Sanders had three catches in his first two games, but had three for 28 yards in a a 34-33 win against Del Oro late last month. Sanders' team is 3-3 on the season. Canesport.com reported Monday Sanders is being courted heavily by UCLA.

> Brandon Washington, OL, 6-5, 315, Milford Prep, N.Y.: According to Rivals.com, Washington is still headed to The U next year. Rivals lists him as the No. 2 prep school recruit in the country. Milford Prep coach Bill Chaplick was quoted as saying recently Washington has dropped down to about 315 pounds. "He's so mobile and very physical. He just wants to punish players out there. As good as Charles Deas was for us, Washington is better," Chaplick said.

> Cory White, OL, 6-4, 240, Fleming Island: As the starting left tackle and anchor for the offensive line, White has helped the Golden Eagles off to a 6-0 start. The offense is averaging 32.3 points and 415 yards a game and has only given up six sacks alls season.

Defense
> Antonio Harper, LB, 6-4, 230, Hargrave Military Academy: Playing on the most loaded prep school team in the country -- with an estimated 21 Top 50 recruits by Rivals, Harper has played well for Hargrave. He is ranked 17th overall among prep school recruits.
> Prince Kent, ATH, 6-3, 195, Norcross (GA): Kent scored on two long touchdown passes in a 38-7 win against Chattahoochee on Sept. 27, finishing with three catches for 136 yards. Then, in a 45-0 blowout of Northview, he totaled 122 yards receiving on three catches. Kent is playing both ways for the Blue Devils and six games has 23 catches for 467 yards and two touchdowns. His team is 4-2.
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Brandon McGee, DB, 5-11, 186, Plantation High: Since his team's blowout loss to Miramar, McGee has gotten his team back on the right track with three straight wins. And he's no longer playing offense -- except in spot duty. In fact, he's not even playing corner anymore. "I'm at safety now," McGee said. "I think I'm doing pretty good. In our last game [a 30-13 win over Piper] I had seven solo tackles, a sack, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery. Coach Davis thought it would be best to move to safety because of my ability to make plays. I like it. But my bread and butter is corner."
McGee said he'll likely play safety the rest of the season with teammate Vladimir Emiellen out for the year. He had an inteception two weeks ago in a win against Ely playing corner. He said he's been to every single Hurricanes home game this season, rooting his future teammates on. "I can't wait to get there," McGee said. "I talk to coach Shannon, coach Hurtt, coach McGriff every other day. They know I'm hungry to come in and help."

> Curtis Porter, DT, 6-2, 334, Charlotte Victory Christian: The Kings improved to 4-3 last week with a 52-8 win in which Porter had about eight tackles and a sack according to coach Frank Crockett. He said Porter has been invited to play in the Shrine Bowl, a local All-Star game played on Thanksigiving weekend in the Charlotte area. This weekend, Porter plans on attending the UM-Duke game along with teammate Justin Fox, adefensive end and Duke commitment. Crockett said Porter has six sacks on the season and is getting leaner. He said Porter is around 320 now and is even being used in a fullback role on offense.

> Luther Robinson, DT, 6-3, 280, Fort Pierce Westwood: Robinson had helped the Panthers get off to a 5-1 start this season. He had a breakout game against Jensen Beach on Sept. 26, piling up six tackles, three sacks and interception. He's got 26 tackles and six sacks this season through five games.

> Olivier Vernon, DE, 6-3, 239, Hialeah American: Vernon hasn't been on the playing field since he Olivier_vernon sprained his ankle against Coral Reef last month and he's not sure when he'll be back this season. He said he's been rehabbing for two weeks now, but still feels pain when he makes cuts. He has, however, been busy making plans for official visits. He told me Monday night he plans on starting his college tour Nov. 8 at Florida State, followed by a trip to Alabama on Dec. 5. and UM on Dec. 12. He also wants to make a trip to USF "To me, they're all level in my eyes," Vernon said. "They all could win the championship in the next few years. I want to be a part of that."
Vernon said he attended the UM-FSU game and it was "fun." "I really like what UM does as far as rotating guys and keeping them fresh," Vernon said. "I can be a part of that."

Kayvon_webster> Kayvon Webster, DB, 5-11, 181, Monsignor Pace: The two-way standout has 16 catches for 128 yards and a touchdown on offense for the 4-2 Spartans this season and has set the tone on defense as the team's leading tackler this. He's come up with huge defensive plays -- including a sack and forced fumble late in the game in a win at Naples.
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami Head Coach Randy Shannon discusses this week's opponent as Miami prepares to play Duke.

OPENING STATEMENT

"This week we have Duke, another ACC conference team who is doing very good. They are doing very good at home and Thaddeus Lewis is doing good for them. He has done a god job of running their offense and Coach Cutcliffe has done a good job of getting Duke's offense going the way he wants it to be. They have had a week off of preparation and we have to expect the unexpected this week."

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NEWS & NOTES

? Javarris James "should be a go" this week. James sustained a high ankle sprain against Florida and missed every game since. According to Shannon, James' time out has definitely hurt the offense. "It really hurt us. Javarris is the big back we have right now...if he is able to play for us, he should be a big spark for us."

? Offensive linemen Reggie Youngblood and Chris Barney are healthy and will play this week, according to Shannon. Barney played on special teams against UCF. Having Youngblood return is important to the offensive line because Shannon likes to play Chris Rutledge at guard.

? Duke quarterback Thaddeus Lewis went to high school at Hialeah Miami Lakes and is friends with players on the team like Adewale Ojomo, Chavez Grant, and Brandon Harris. Shannon said that connection just makes the game more fun. "Those guys will talk after the game, so it is a good thing for college football when you see guys from across the country playing each other and they know each other. When it is game time they know there are bragging rights"

? Shannon on the importance of stringing wins together and getting to a bowl game: "It is always important to get to a bowl game. That is the thing you shoot for. You shoot for winning first and then you shoot to win ACC games, and then after that you shoot for a bowl game. It is very important to get on the winning side and then you are at 4-3 now."

? Players who have been doing well on defense this year, according to Shannon: "Sean Spence, Darryl Sharpton did a great job last week. Glenn Cook has been consistent on defense. Allen Bailey is starting to come around. Dwayne Hendricks has been steady. He isn't making any plays, but he is steady and not busting or doing things to hurt the defense. It is good to see Brandon bounce back off of Florida State as a freshman. Carlos Armour has been doing a tremendous job for us and he has been nicked up all season long."

? Coming off a bye week, Shannon says he expects for Duke to have worked on new wrinkles and trick plays to install into the gameplan. "There is some new wrinkles here and there that you will see. Everybody has their base offense and base defense. You may see one or two trick plays and a new formation, or a new blitz, or a new coverage that you won't see on film."

? Shannon said the defense was better against UCF because they tackled better and didn't allow any big plays. "That was a big key in that game, not giving up any big plays."

? The biggest thing Robert Marve can do to win games for Miami is not turn the ball over, Shannon said. "Don't turn the ball over and you can be in it to win it. When you turn the ball over, that becomes a problem."

? Duke has played Miami tough the last two years and Shannon said he will address his team about not overlooking Duke this year. "We will talk about it today. They have played us tough. We are going to talk about not getting lulled to sleep about its Duke."

? Shannon gives the special teams a 'C' grade through the first half of the season. "We have given up some punt blocks and given up a touchdown on kickoff, but then we have won some games just on field position."

? Shannon said he would like to see the tight ends get more involved in the offense in the coming games. "We have got to get the tight ends more involved. I think we threw to the tight ends four times last week and they did a great job. They wanted to take our tight ends and running backs out of the game, which was a good gameplan.

? The reason cornerback DeMarcus Van Dke hasn't seen the field as much this year? He has improved since last year, but so have the other defensive backs on the roster, Shannon said. "Sometimes as players if you make mistakes or you get beat, you go in the tank a little bit...we are going to find packages for guys to be successful in and that is what we are doing with DeMarcus."

"He has done a good job, but the competition got him right now. Brandon is doing a good job, Bruce is doing a good job, so it is nothing he has done wrong, it is just those guys are doing better."

? Wide receiver Jermaine McKenzie was in the gameplan to play against UCF, but Shannon said the situation never came to put him in the game. Shannon says McKenzie is rising up the depth chart right now, but he is behind Travis Benjamin and Davon Johnson at the Z receiver.

? Allen Bailey said his pectoral is at 85-90 percent strength right now.
 8 years ago '04        #4673
Cap Peeler 7 heat pts
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I can't wait for saturday, this whole week's been sh*t with sports... i hate baseball. The only thing i look for every week is saturday and sunday.

Where the updates at?!?!?? i can't renew my rivals account anymore :-(

Canes updates got me hooked up like heroin; i be checking this thread way too much/day
 8 years ago '07        #4674
Kinglew88 13 heat pts13
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Whats up my cane family......im always in this thread but jus now remembered my password.




Can Miami get a second straight top five class?

Absolutely. The Hurricanes are coming off a 2008 class that was ranked No. 1 in the nation, and they are seeing good production from that class. I know the win total might not be what Hurricanes fans were hoping to see -- they are 3-3. Still, in watching them play, you have to feel good about the future; several true freshmen, such as Miami Northwestern's Sean Spence and Aldarius Johnson, have stepped up.

Randy Shannon and his staff have the tough task of following up that top class with another strong effort on the recruiting trail. At this point, a top-five finish is in sight: The Hurricanes currently are hanging around the fringe of the top 10. This 2009 class is very good, and it got stronger this past week with the addition of ESPNU 150 running back Lamar Miller (Miami / k!llian). With Miller on board, Miami arguably has the best group of running backs in this class when you add No. 3-rated back Bryce Brown (Wichita, Kansas / East) and Mike James (Davenport, Fla. / Ridge Community) to the mix. The Hurricanes have also made moves to add some much-needed youth to their secondary with the commitments of players such as No. 3 corner Prince Kent (Norcross, Ga.) and talented athletes Brandon McGee (Fort Lauderdale, Fla. / Plantation) and Jamal Reid (Mayo, Fla. / Lafayette). Right now, Miami has five ESPNU 150 prospects and seven who rank among the top 20 at their respective positions. But if the Canes want to crack the top five, they still have some work to do.

Miami seems to still be in serious contention for some good prospects who could give this class the boost it needs to make the jump toward the top of the recruiting rankings. In-state, some key prospects include No. 8 defensive tackle Antwan Lowery (Miami/ Columbus), safety Tevin McCaskill (Miami / Northwestern), tight end Orson Charles (Tampa, Fla. / Plant), and the Seminole High trio of Ray Ray Armstrong, Andre Debose and Dyron Dye.


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Craig Drummond, a dominant defensive lineman, is considering Miami.
Although Shannon has proven to do well in Florida, it is some big-time out-of-state prospects who could eventually propel this class toward a second straight top-five finish. Although it is very tough to get good prospects out of Louisiana when LSU has its sights on them, the Hurricanes do have a shot with No. 1-rated wide receiver Rueben Randle (Bastrop, La.). Some other key out-of-state prospects Hurricanes fans need to keep an eye on include No. 2-rated defensive end Sam Montgomery (Greenwood, S.C.), offensive tackle Xavier Nixon (Fayetteville, N.C. / Jack Britt), big defensive end Craig Drummond (Chicago / Morgan Park) and lineman William Campbell (Detroit / Cass Tech). It will be a battle to land any of these prospects, but Miami is in the hunt.




what are the chances rueben randle heads down bottom??
 8 years ago '05        #4675
Deeangoe 2 heat pts
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no surprise travis benjamin and sean spence make the midseason freshmen all americans
 8 years ago '04        #4676
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 L-E-Dub bi*ch said:
what are the chances rueben randle heads down bottom??
sup fam

prolly a 45/55 shot at randle, it'll be really hard to pull him out of tiger-territory.

but i do think we'll end up with andre debose as a consolation prize if we dont get him.
 8 years ago '04        #4677
madness 7 heat pts
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 Deeangoe said:
no surprise travis benjamin and sean spence make the midseason freshmen all americans
:applause:



and when are you gonna change that god-awful avy? i feel like puking everytime i see it:sick:
 8 years ago '06        #4678
DEDOS 120 heat pts120
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we are also very close of stealing sheldon richardson... hes a freak


right now rivals top 5 are


1. matt barkley

2. rueben randle

3. bryce brown

4. J. Jenkins

5. Sheldon Richardson



CAN WE GET TWO OUT OF FIVE????? :wow: :wow: :wow:
 8 years ago '07        #4679
Kinglew88 13 heat pts13
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 madness said:
sup fam

prolly a 45/55 shot at randle, it'll be really hard to pull him out of tiger-territory.

but i do think we'll end up with andre debose as a consolation prize if we dont get him.
i heard his brother is a big hurricanes fan

but im hoping we pull some more offense because its awful to watch.

also some offensive linemen.

 8 years ago '07        #4680
Kinglew88 13 heat pts13
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 P. Dedos said:
we are also very close of stealing sheldon richardson... hes a freak


right now rivals top 5 are


1. matt barkley

2. rueben randle

3. bryce brown

4. J. Jenkins

5. Sheldon Richardson



CAN WE GET TWO OUT OF FIVE????? :wow: :wow: :wow:
are you able to post that rivals article??
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