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 9 years ago '05        #4701
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on making Barrow a bi*ch... hes ur best fu*kin coach.... Shannon is a dumb a.ss bring Lovett in there and lettin him take over
 9 years ago '04        #4702
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 booker20 said:
on making Barrow a bi*ch... hes ur best fu*kin coach.... Shannon is a dumb a.ss bring Lovett in there and lettin him take over
can't disagree right there... i was actually thinkin that makin barrow our DC would've been a better move than hiring lovett. But lets see how this turns out.. Lovett's specialty is LBs, maybe having Barrow as an all around everything can give him more experience and take over the whole defense when times comes.
 9 years ago '04        #4703
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 booker20 said:
on making Barrow a bi*ch... hes ur best fu*kin coach.... Shannon is a dumb a.ss bring Lovett in there and lettin him take over
smh at the bolded, what has he done to warrant the best coach, are lbs can't cover, over run plays. recruiter maybe but not coach
 9 years ago '05        #4704
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 Cap Peeler said:
can't disagree right there... i was actually thinkin that makin barrow our DC would've been a better move than hiring lovett. But lets see how this turns out.. Lovett's specialty is LBs, maybe having Barrow as an all around everything can give him more experience and take over the whole defense when times comes.
I dont get the hire at all... oh well implementing 2 systems before the 1st game of the season with all that terminology and a lot of young guys..... As a FSU fan Im like this :dancingcool:

 booie4 said:
smh at the bolded, what has he done to warrant the best coach, are lbs can't cover, over run plays. recruiter maybe but not coach
Lovett damn sure aint gonna improve things.... dude is a.ss, u know Butch Davis makes coaches look good


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 9 years ago '08        #4705
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i read somewhere that Lovett is supposed to be using the same terminology to not change it up too much and confuse them. i just hope they get back to hard-nose D
 9 years ago '04        #4706
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CORAL GABLES _ During my chat with UM coach Randy Shannon, the unexpected happened.

Shannon would rather discuss Greek Mythology than talk about depth chart scenarios with reporters. It's just not something he likes to do during the season.

On Wednesday, it was different. When it came time to comment on the position battles, Shannon was gellin'.

This is, after all, the offseason and not in the middle of FSU week.

Here are his thoughts:

QUARTERBACK

Shannon said Jacory Harris isn't the starter, and he will split reps with Taylor Cook and Cannon Smith with hopes of building depth at the position ... OK, I'M KIDDING!!!!!

Harris is the guy, but Shannon calls finding a backup QB one of the three biggest keys to the offseason. Right now, Smith is ahead only because he has a year of experience on Cook. Both will have equal opportunity in the spring to win the backup job.

Here's the reps breakdown: If there are 24 plays, Harris gets 12 while Cook and Smith split the remainder. For scrimmages, all take eight snaps. This is where Shannon gets time to evaluate Cook and Smith.

Shannon's thoughts: "One of them (Cook or Smith) has to win it in the spring. They're going to get a lot of reps. We can't throw Jacory's arm out."

RUNNING BACK

Shannon says the key to this position is Javarris James. He MUST stay healthy because the Hurricanes are really going to try to utilize the versatility of Graig Cooper this season. The goal is for Cooper to become what Reggie Bush was for USC ... minus the NCAA violations. Cooper is expected to get more touches in the passing game, and will also return punts and kicks. He was taken off special teams last year because he had to hold it down in the backfield. Injuries to James and Lee Chambers turned Cooper into an every-down back when he's really not.

For this whole Reggie Bush thing to occur, James must be Lendale White. At least until Mike James or Lamar Miller are ready to step in.

Shannon's take: "Javarris has got to stay healthy. We are going to use Cooper on kickoff and punt returns. If you can get Cooper the ball in (open-field) positions about five times a game, hopefully one of them will give us a big play."

WIDE RECEIVER

You can throw out all of that XYZ talk when it comes to this position. Leave it for your Xbox joysticks. The plan here is to keep the wide receivers interchangeable. These guys aren't kids anymore. They're veterans. They should be able to learn and play all three positions and Shannon expects it. You might see three X's (big receivers) in the game at the same time.

"You may see Leonard Hankerson, Aldarius Johnson and LaRon Byrd," Shannon said. "You may see Tommy Streeter, LaRon Byrd and Aldarius. It's not going to be about position. The best players will be in the game."

Who has to fly around: "Travis Benjamin and Davon Johnson, in my opinion, need to take that next step," Shannon said. "Both of them are fast guys, but they need to not use their speed all the time and just use technique to get open. Once they learn how to do those things, (defenders) won't be able to stop them."

TIGHT END

The `Canes could be without a vital part of the offense if Dedrick Epps is unable to recover from offseason ACL surgery. He will miss the spring, but is targeted back for the fall. If he returns or not, expect Shannon to be in Richard Gordon's ear on a daily basis.

Because it's time. Shannon won't say it because he's the coach, but I will because I'm allowed to. Gordon has been a big disappointment. He will be given every opportunity to change with Epps out of the picture. If Gordon impresses, the `Canes are probably more likely to just redshirt Epps.

"It's time for Richard to step up because Richard is going to get all he wants this spring," Shannon said. "It's about time for Richard to suck it up and let's see if he can go 60 plays. He's big, he's fast and he's athletic, but now it's time for Richard to get it done."

OFFENSIVE LINE

Shannon calls offensive line depth another one of the three biggest keys. He says he will treat the offensive line similar to the receivers. He just wants the five best players out there, regardless of position. Here are the starters:

C Tyler Horn/A.J. Trump
RG Harland Gunn
LG Orlando Franklin
RT Matt Pipho
LT Jason Fox

The young guys such as Ben Jones, Brandon Washington and Jermaine Johnson will get their chance in the spring. But Shannon is mostly concerned with Gunn, Horn and Ian Symonette.

"We need to get something from those guys this spring," Shannon said. "It's time for them to do something."

Check back tomorrow for the defense
 9 years ago '04        #4707
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Dad of Miami Hurricanes recruit Bryce Brown says son will visit
Miami Hurricanes recruit Bryce Brown is set to visit the university in March, according to his father, who also said ''everything is fine'' in his son's recruiting process.
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The father of top national recruit Bryce Brown insists that, as far as he knows, ''everything is fine'' in his son's recruiting process and that the young running back will visit the University of Miami in early March.

Various reports said Tuesday that UM would not reissue its scholarship offer after the letter of intent expired at the end of the day Wednesday. Coaches are not allowed to comment about specific recruits.

''It's not true what they're saying,'' Arthur Brown Sr. said Thursday morning. ``Everything is still good.''

On Wednesday afternoon, Arthur Sr. told The Miami Herald that Bryce, the country's No. 1 running back prospect, said he had a positive conversation with UM coach Randy Shannon on Tuesday morning. According to Arthur Sr., Bryce did not mention anything about Shannon telling him the offer would be rescinded.

''The scholarship offer expiring was not brought up,'' Arthur Sr. said. ``Bryce spoke to coach and when the conversation had ended, everything was clear. I'll be taking him to the airport March 3, and I expect him to be boarding the plane for Miami. He will go by himself so he can get a true feeling about his possible future relationships.''

Arthur Sr. said his son, 17, was surprised to go on the Internet and read the reports saying UM was pulling its offer.

''He was kind of shocked, to tell you the truth,'' Arthur Sr. said. ``Bryce generally doesn't put much confidence in what is reported in the media. If you want the facts, if you want to know the truth, you need to go to all parties involved.

``Coach Shannon has been very supportive. He understands this process is something Bryce needs to complete. When March 16 rolls around, he will make his decision. Hopefully, there will be another letter of intent available when he makes that announcement. If not, we have no control of that.

``I have it on good faith that everything is OK. I haven't heard anything different.''
 9 years ago '04        #4708
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man Bryce Brown can go head and kick rocks for all i care.


if you need to fast and pray for a 4 months to tell you to go to school where you are committed you might as well go to wherever you feel like you need to go
 9 years ago '04        #4709
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 booker20 said:
I dont get the hire at all... oh well implementing 2 systems before the 1st game of the season with all that terminology and a lot of young guys..... As a FSU fan Im like this :dancingcool:



Lovett damn sure aint gonna improve things.... dude is a.ss, u know Butch Davis makes coaches look good
 9 years ago '04        #4710
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 C.R.I.P. said:
at that sh*t
 9 years ago '04        #4711
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What made the University of Miami the "U" is competition. f!ghting for positions and competing to the fullest, that's what made the Hurricanes stand out from the rest.

While there are some positions on this team where it's still thin and in need of depth, wide receiver is not that position.

After signing seven wide receivers in the Class of 2008, those seven receivers are the guys that Randy Shannon is building his receiving corps with after having moved Sam Shields to corner.

So who is battling for time this Spring?

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Wide Receivers - 8

The one position on the offensive side of the ball where the competition will be fierce is wide receiver.

Aldarius Johnson and LaRon Byrd will likely start the Spring as the starters, but the 'Canes have four wide receivers who are legitimately competing for a starting position at wide receiver - Johnson, Byrd, Travis Benjamin, Thearon Collier.

However, all eight receivers can expect to receive playing time this Spring. The difference between last year and this year is the need for one receiver to step his game to the next level and establish himself as a surefire number one receiver.

That seems to be Johnson's job for the taking since his high school quarterback is now the main signal caller.

But Byrd really showed promise down the stretch and came up with some big grabs throughout the season.

Benjamin ran into a wall last year, but if he can put on a few pounds, it could help him make it through an entire season. At the same time, Benjamin provides that big play target down the field that Miami sorely needs to stretch the field.

Collier is as good of a slot receiver as there is. He's quick and shifty and definitely not afraid to go across the middle and take a hit. He's superb on screen passes because of his elusive ability in tight spaces.

The remaining four receivers are Davon Johnson, Leonard Hankerson, Tommy Streeter and Kendal Thompkins.

Johnson is on the fringe. He has that big play ability down the field with his blazing speed, but he is very similar to Benjamin so it might be tough for D.J. to get on the field. At the same time, he did get some playing time last year. Whether or not that playing time increases in 2009 remains to be seen, but the Spring could give a good gauge of that.

Hankerson is the elder statesman of the group, but the reality is, Hankerson has lacked consistency. He passes the eye test, but he drops far too many passes. Last year he went from starter to benched back to starter back to benched. That's for one reason, lack of consistency. If Hankerson can ever become a consistent receiver he could be special.

Streeter and Thompkins both redshirted last year and will finally get some playing time. Thompkins did get time against Charleston Southern last year, but that was about it.

Thompkins could provide another slot option while Streeter is another downfield weapon and he could also be real good in the red zone
 9 years ago '04        #4712
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Wichita East running back Bryce Brown has taken four official visits and plans to take his fifth and final visit to Miami on March 3 before announcing his final decision on March 16.

Brown, the eighth-best player in the country according to ESPN.com, says he talked to Miami head coach Randy Shannon and two UM a.ssistants on Tuesday for a total of 35 minutes, not 10 seconds as reported by a newspaper citing an unnamed source.

"I talked to Coach Shannon for 10 minutes. I talked to Coach (Micheal) Barrow for 20 minutes and to Coach (Tommie) Robinson for five minutes," Brown said.

Brown said he received some advice from Shannon.

"Coach Shannon told me not to worry about hurting people's feelings and make sure that I make the best decision for me."

Multiple sources at Miami informed InsideTheU.com on Tuesday night that the Hurricanes would not be issuing Brown another letter of intent as they have grown frustrated with the process and ready to move on. Per NCAA rules, the letter of intent expires 14 days after it is dated. Miami sent a letter of intent to Brown on February 4, the first day recruits can sign, but it expired Wednesday night.

"Miami has not communicated that to me at all," Brown said. "Coach Shannon actually talked to my dad on Monday and my dad had a good conversation with him. After they touched base with each other, everything seemed to be alright."

Brown, who said he is still committed to Miami, insists that he would not change the date on when he will sign despite pressure from a school.

"I am not concerned at all about any deadline or any school that gives me a deadline," Brown said. "I've got a plan that I am still going to go by and I'm going to announce it on the 16th and not a day sooner."

Brown, who rushed for 1,873 yards and 29 touchdowns in nine games as a senior, has taken official visits to Missouri, Oregon, Clemson, and Tennessee. He plans on taking an unofficial trip to LSU on February 27.

Since signing day, Brown has taken a lot of heat from fans and the media for waiting to sign his letter of intent.

"My thing is that this is the most important decision of my life and I'm not going to rush my decision based on what people say because I'm not doing this for people," Brown said. "I know this is going to affect my family and my parents. People are trying to say that I am selfish for taking my time, but the NCAA allows this period so there is nothing wrong with it.

"So just because people get mad and upset and think that I need attention, it's not like that. I've got to take the time to think about a decision that is going to affect me for the rest of my life. If people have a problem with that, oh well. I don't care because they don't have to get up and go to school every day. They don't have to get up and go to weights and conditioning and do all of that stuff. I'm the one that has to do that. All they have to do is sit back on the couch, eat popcorn, and watch us perform."






Despite the criticism he has received as well as his mentor Brian Butler, Brown insists he doesn't let it get to him.

"Honestly, I don't let that stuff get to me," Brown said. "I don't care. This is about me and my family and we put this in God's hands. People talk about Brian's plan--this is not Brian's plan. It has nothing to do with Brian. I've got two parents--a mom and a dad, who is a very big part of the recruiting process. We've prayed about this process and his plan, and that's exactly what we are going to do."

Butler has been criticized in the press for being a part of Brown's recruiting process and the way he has handled the situation.

"People are talking about Brian Butler that this is his plan and is what he wants," Brown said. "This is not his plan. This is God's plan and God's going to do his work regardless. If people don't like it, they are going to have to deal with it and take it up with him."

Butler, 33, helps trains athletes in Kansas as part of his Potential Players company, which he takes athletes on an academic summer tour, conducts weekly bible studies, ACT preparation, tutoring a.ssistance, and helps players with the recruiting process.

Brown said: "I am going to say this because it's the truth. This is not the first time somebody has done this. In the black community there are mentors. Black communities are used to this. Now outside of that, they are not really used to it, but it's nothing to the black community because it has been going on for years and that's just how it is. But now it is so up on the national level and everyone makes it a big deal because they are not used to it."

Brown has been surprised with the reaction of Butler, who also helped Bryce's older brother Arthur as a mentor.

"It really just shows you where the world is at today," Brown said. "People just don't see somebody do a lot of the things that (Butler) does and not many people would do it. So people say things about what he does wrong, how shady people are and the NCAA and how much money he could possibly get by being an agent. People call him a street agent. Well, an agent is someone who gets benefits or reaps the benefits and that's not the case. If Brian is a street agent, he's the brokest street agent out there."





Following his expected visit to Miami, Brown will begin a fasting process leading up to announcing his decision on March 16 at the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in Wichita.

"I did last year when my brother was making his decision," Brown said. "We have researched it and read about in the bible. And we have decided that any major decision that we make in our lives, we will fast for two weeks before we make the decision."

In the meantime, Brown has also decided not to take any phone calls from coaches because he wants to think about things on his own.

"I'm not talking to any coaches right now because I know about each program, I've done my research," Brown said. "There's nothing that any coach can say that will make me go to their school. This is a time that I need to myself, be with my family, and think about all of this. Right now, I have told all of the coaches that I don't want any phone calls because there really isn't anything to talk about."

Brown says coaches have not honored his request, but he's still not answering their calls.

We are glad he answered our call.
 02-19-2009, 09:21 PM         #4713
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When they fast, they aren't eating anything for 2 weeks... correct?

I don't know how they do that..
 9 years ago '04        #4714
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There University of Miami is in need of a few good men, a few good men who can play tight end and be effective at it.

After years of producing some of the best tight ends that college football has ever seen, the position saw a lull over the past couple of years with little production coming from the position.

Last year, they started to see some break out from Dedrick Epps. He looked like a sure fire lock to start in 2009 as he played well down the stretch.

Now, following ACL surgery, the position is up for grabs. So who should we look for in the Spring?

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Tight Ends - 2

If there is a "whoa is me" position on this football team, it's definitely tight end with Epps being out until at least the middle of the 2009 season. And quite realistically, for Epps, it would be in his best interest to sit out 2009 and return for 2010 since he still has a redshirt season.

That will leave plenty of playing time available for Richard Gordon. If I was asked four years when Gordon was a senior in high school what I could see in the future for Gordon I would have said he would be in the NFL because of his freakish athleticism for a guy his size.

Unfortunately, that has not matriculated on the football field at UM. Whether it's been trouble learning the playbook or simply making the simple block or making the easy catch, Gordon has struggled to be productive. Now, it will be all on him. Could the coaching staff move someone over to play tight end from another position? It's possible, but there really isn't anyone outside of Tommy Streeter and he is flat out too slim.

The only other tight end currently on the roster is Trevaris Johnson. Johnson came to Miami as a safety. That didn't work out for him and he was moved to tight end last year, but has had little impact on the position.

Similar to Gordon, Johnson was one of the most highly regarded recruits coming out of Miami-Dade County his senior year. Needless to say, he's failed to live up to the hype.

His senior year approaching, this could be his one real chance to finally do something on the field outside of Special Teams. This is chance to live up to the hype.

Freshman Billy Sanders will arrive in the Summer with a chance to play as well, but as far as the Spring is concerned one of these two is going to have to step up or it could be a rotating carousel all season long.
 9 years ago '08        #4715
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I heard Brice had until today to fax his LOI to UM or ya`ll are pulling his scholly. Brian Butler is giving ya`ll boys the run around..
 9 years ago '04        #4716
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 booker20 said:
on making Barrow a bi*ch... hes ur best fu*kin coach.... Shannon is a dumb a.ss bring Lovett in there and lettin him take over
i dont see how this makes him a bi*ch, barrow's gettin more responsibility than he had before....this move basically makes him the DC in waiting
 9 years ago '05        #4717
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 madness said:
i dont see how this makes him a bi*ch, barrow's gettin more responsibility than he had before....this move basically makes him the DC in waiting
hes a glorified special teams coach he doesnt really have any responsibility
 9 years ago '04        #4718
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Union coaches reunite in Miami
Hurricanes' coordinators were together for Dutchmen long ago

By BRYAN FITZGERALD, Staff writer
First published in print: Saturday, February 21, 2009
Mark Whipple had just landed the first big break of his career. Hired as the offensive coordinator for Union College in 1980, he packed what he had – everything except the clothes on his back went into his duffel bag – and drove his only other possession, his car, to Schenectady from St. Lawrence University.


John Lovett was already there, having been hired as an a.ssistant coach in 1978, although he, too, had little in the way of experience or luxuries. Both men were bachelors in their early 20s, getting acclimated to the frenetic world of football coaching.

"They were lively, to say the least," said then-Union head coach Al Bagnoli, now the successful head coach at the University of Pennsylvania. "They enjoyed themselves. They worked hard and they played hard. They didn't get much sleep."

Whipple and Lovett worked alongside one another for three seasons — two at Union, one at Brown University — before going on their separate ways in 1984. They kept in touch, but never counted on coaching together again.

"We've always stayed close," Whipple said. "Both of us have always been passionate about the game and shared the same goals."

Now, a quarter-century later, they're preparing to pursue those goals together, one more time. They'll manage opposite sides of the ball for Randy Shannon and the University of Miami this coming fall. Whipple was introduced as the Hurricanes' new offensive coordinator in January, and Lovett as the defensive coordinator two weeks ago.

"It taught me how to build the foundation of a winning program," Whipple said of his time at Union. "It was a great building block in my career. It had a lot to do with my success."

Since those days at Union, both have married and become familiar with the itinerant life of a football coach. This year in Coral Gables will be Whipple's 10th coaching job in 29 years, and Lovett's 14th in 33.

"They're all different, but they're all kind of the same," Whipple said.

Whipple was one win away from a Super Bowl appearance as an offensive a.ssistant for the Philadelphia Eagles this past season.

While with the Eagles, Whipple lived a few blocks from Bagnoli, the man who hired him at Union.

"Talk about a small world," Bagnoli said. "He lived down the street. We played golf together all the time."

From 2004 to 2006, Whipple served as the quarterbacks coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and was instrumental in developing Ben Roethlisberger into a two-time Super Bowl champion.

Before that, Whipple was a highly successful head coach at the University of Massachusetts from 1998 to 2003, winning a Division I-AA national championship and two conference championships.

Lovett has been a defensive coordinator at several high-profile schools, including Auburn, Clemson and Bowling Green.

He was the special teams coordinator and a defensive a.ssistant for North Carolina in 2007 and 2008.

"John's a great guy. He loves the game and loves to coach," Whipple said. "We've both been that way since Union and we're still that way now."
 9 years ago '04        #4719
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Defensive story lines aplenty for Miami Hurricanes this spring
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Miami Hurricanes wide receiver Sam Shields, left, is being converted to cornerback at coach Randy Shannon's request.
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Several defensive story lines to watch when UM spring practice begins Tuesday:

• Secondary: The most intriguing is receiver Sam Shields' move to cornerback, which coach Randy Shannon requested. UM believes he has the speed and instincts to do it. ''Sam is excited,'' father Samuel Shields said. ``They will still use him at receiver, too.''

At cornerback, Brandon Harris and bulked-up DeMarcus Van Dyke are front-runners to start -- one UM person said Van Dyke lost confidence last year but coaches expect him to come back strong. There's competition from Chavez Grant, Ryan Hill (switching from safety) and early arrival Brandon McGee, who is drawing raves from players. ''We played a little timid,'' Grant said of the defensive backs last season. ``I was afraid of being beat. That takes away from making plays.''

A second player said new coordinator John Lovett also will emphasize not getting beat deep. Lovett will keep most schemes used by predecessor Bill Young.

At safety, UM sees star potential in Vaughn Telemaque -- he could start opposite Randy Phillips or JoJo Nicolas, with Joe Wylie, C.J. Holton and Jared Campbell behind them. UM expects Ray Ray Armstrong to make a big impact when he arrives this summer.

• Defensive line:Clint Hurtt likes the improved depth here. Allen Bailey, moving from end to tackle, will play a lot -- as will tackles Marcus Forston (coaches believe he's ready to break out) and Joe Joseph. They will be pushed by Josh Holmes, Micanor Regis, Jeremy Lewis and early arrival Curtis Porter. (Hurtt said Porter is good enough to play now.) Shannon said defensive end Steven Wesley will play tight end -- where UM is depleted -- only in the spring. Eric Moncur and backup Courtney Harris might miss spring ball. But Marcus Robinson and Adewale Ojomo will battle to start opposite Moncur at defensive end, and UM wants to see more of Andrew Smith, Gavin Hardin and early arrival Olivier Vernon.

• Linebacker: Lovett also will coach linebackers, with Micheal Barrow switching to a defensive a.ssistant role and a bigger role on special teams. Arthur Brown, who will open spring behind Darryl Sharpton at middle linebacker, struggled to learn the system as a freshman, and one UM person said there remains uncertainty about whether he will meet expectations. Brown, UM's top-rated 2008 recruit, did well in practice at middle linebacker late last year.

With Colin McCarthy out this spring, converted running back Kylan Robinson (a gifted athlete who has done little in three years here) will get first-team outside linebacker snaps opposite starter Sean Spence. But watch for Jordan Futch (who impressed coaches before a concussion last season) and Ramon Buchanan to push for time.
 9 years ago '04        #4720
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The defensive line is deep. For the first time in quite some time, the 'Cane have the true ability to rotate. Of course, this is considering they don't have any excessive injuries at any point, but at the present time, the Miami defensive line should be as strong as it has been in quite some time.

At both defensive line positions too.

The 'Canes should be able to rotate three strings of linemen at defensive tackle and defensive end.

So what should the rotation look like this Spring?

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Defensive End - 8

Defensive end, the 'Canes will have some serious battling going on for playing time.

The 'Canes return starters Steven Wesley and Marcus Robinson, not to mention Adewale Ojomo, Gavin Hardin, Courtney Harris, Eric Moncur and Andrew Smith.

Moncur received a redshirt season which could prove to be big as he could be the senior leader the 'Canes need at defensive end, but the reality is, he might not even start with the wealth of talent returning at defensive end.

It will be hard to keep Robinson off the field as he truly emerged as the best defensive end on the team as the season wore on.

His ability to shoot around the edge and get to the quarterback was better than any defensive end on the team and his ability to chase down ball carriers from behind and never give up on a play was top notch.

Hardin is one that brings plenty of intrigue. He has a passion and fire that people could see simply from his behavior on the sidelines. You saw him in tears in certain games because losing bothered him so much. And he wasn't even playing. That kind of fire is hard to keep off of the field.

Smith had a solid freshman year. Many people thought he'd never play, but he surprised many and had a pretty good freshman campaign.

Ojomo is the guy that has to get his act together. All the talent and physical skill in the world, but too often Ojomo finds himself in the doghouse for whatever reason. He's been suspended from games, he's been benched. He's come off of big games one week and then not play the week after.

If Ojomo can become steady with behavior, he can be extremely dangerous on the field.

True freshman Olivier Vernon's reps should be limited with so many defensive ends in front of him. Expect him to redshirt.

Defensive Tackle - 7

Defensive tackle will be a strong position. Marcus Forston returns to lead the unit as Allen Bailey moves over from defensive end to tackle in the Spring.

Joe Joseph also returns and should be one of the leaders on the interior.

Joining them are a young group of defensive tackles in Josh Holmes, Micanor Regis and Jeremy Lewis.

Forston learned last year that it wasn't as easy as it was in high school as he was essentially an undersized college defensive tackle in comparison to the massive offensive linemen he had to battle.

A year under his belt, we should an incredibly improvement from year one to year two simply because he's learned a lot.

Bailey should be the starter next to him, but it is a key that Bailey remains healthy to continue to get experience at a new position.

Holmes also has to stay healthy while Regis and Lewis need to provide that needed depth.

True freshman Curtis Porter will need to lose weight to be effective at defensive tackle, but it will be a good experience for him to play in the Spring.
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