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 9 years ago '07        #6276
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Spring Ball came so fast

im so hyped for this season

these boys better do the damn thing

smh @ fortson

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Feb. 23, 2010




Coral Gables, Fla. - The University of Miami football team opened its 2010 spring practice schedule Tuesday with a two-hour afternoon session at the Greentree Practice Fields. The players practiced in helmets and shorts under the direction of fourth-year head coach Randy Shannon.
Six freshmen – OL Malcolm Bunche, LB Tyrone Cornelius, WR Allen Hurns, RB Storm Johnson, OL Shane McDermott and QB Stephen Morris – that enrolled this spring joined returning players and coaches as the team began preparation for the 2010 season.

The Hurricanes spent time working on several offensive and defensive position drills before wrapping up practice working on inside run, 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 team drills.
Temperatures again held consistent, ranging from 74 to 77 degrees throughout with a brief light rain shower that lasted roughly five minutes.




The Hurricanes will return to the practice field Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

A Few Practice Highlights
· Steven Wesley recovered a fumble in 11-on-11 action.
· Spencer Whipple hooked up with Tommy Streeter for a nice gain of over 40 yards.
· Miami’s defensive backfield had several pass breakups in 7-on7 drills.
· Running backs Damien Berry, Mike James and Storm Johnson had some nice runs between the tackles
· Aldarius Johnson made a couple of impressive catches including a nice diving catch on an A.J. Highsmith pass in 7-on-7 drills.

Shannon Post-Practice
After practice, head coach Randy Shannon and several players met with the members of the media. He discussed how his first day of spring practice went …

It was a typical first day of spring football, no pads. Guys are just flying around a little bit and doing some good things. The guys who came in January started off a little slow, but as time goes on you will see those guys pick it up and start running around a lot. It was a good tempo for the first day, a lot of enthusiasm and excitement. But you're not in pads yet, so you don't really know what's going on or what you can really do and cannot do.

On being more physical overall: You won't know till you get in pads, but what we're trying to get done in practice is more fast-paced, a lot of run game emphasis and things like that to force the guys to use their hands and technique. When you've got that kind of mentality, it works out for the best.

On the play of the quarterbacks on day one: They didn't do anything wrong. You don't know until you watch tape, but they executed some of the things on offense that we needed to get done, which was good. You see the guys stepping up.

On being along further than last year in spring with the same coordinators: Everyone knows the offense and defense except the new guys on campus, so you're going to be ahead offensively and defensively. That's a positive.

Quarterbacks post practice
With starting quarterback Jacory Harris out of spring practice, sophomore quarterback A.J. Highsmith, junior Spencer Whipple and true freshman Stephen Morris are sharing reps. Here is what the three had to say after practice Tuesday …

A.J. Highsmith
"It's a good opportunity, but I'm trying to take everything the way I did before. I'm still working hard on and off the field, just trying to get better every day."

"It's a competition, but that's what makes us good here. We have great quarterbacks. Jacory, when he goes down, we have guys that can step in. Stephen is adjusting real well. He did well today."

SPENCER WHIPPLE
"I'm just going out and competing - every rep is an opportunity. I'm excited to be in the mix of it. I'm not trying to think of the big picture. Every day you have to just go out and try to do your best on each rep; study the play book on your off time and just be ready when your number is called."

On whether it’s harder to play for a staff that has his father, Mark Whipple, on it: “It's almost easier because he's there and he can talk to me. I've known him my whole life so he knows how to talk to me, settle me down when things aren't going right and when things are going well keep my mind right. It's just great to have him around and to be able to talk to him not over the phone, face to face."

STEPHEN MORRIS
"Being at the next level is just amazing and fun. It's a lot faster than I expected. Every time I come here (for practice) I know I have to get better. I have a lot to work on. Being here is just a great opportunity for me to learn."

"It's a completely different playbook and is a lot bigger than I expected. Coach Whipple helps me out and I have great mentors like Jacory, A.J. and Spencer who helps me out all the time.”

"Coach Whipple is great at mechanics and he helps me a lot. I'm a little antsy in the pocket once in a while. I'm going to get better at my footwork and developing the reads for coverages. I'm pretty comfortable with the playbook."


Post-practice notes
· Former Hurricanes and current NFL players Greg Olsen, Willis McGahee, Phillip Buchanan, and Darnell Jenkins took in some of practice as did some of Miami’s 2009 seniors who are preparing for their Pro Timing Day including tight ends Dedrick Epps, Jimmy Graham, Javarris James and Jason Fox, who have all been invited to the 2010 NFL Combine. Linebacker Darryl Sharpton will also take part in it.
· The `Canes will participate in 13 more practices leading up to the spring game on Saturday, March 27.
· The Hurricanes will practice again on Wednesday and Friday at 3:30 p.m. and again on Saturday at 10 a.m. All practices are closed to the public this spring with the exception of a scrimmage on Mar. 11 and the spring game on March 27. // NoImage = NoSigImage// // NoImage = NoImageRes//

 9 years ago '07        #6278
Kinglew88 14 heat pts14
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Damn R.I.P

Let it loose on the field

 9 years ago '07        #6279
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 P. Dedos said
damn sad news


kevin nelsons grandmadukes passed away


hope he gets on campus soon that should help with his support system for now


prayers go out to him
Tough news...wasnt she mentioned in his facebook statuses?

 9 years ago '04        #6280
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With Jacory Out, Other QBs Step Into the Spotlight
Feb. 24, 2010

By: Christopher Stock





Spencer Whipple (left), A.J. Highsmith (middle), and Stephen Morris (right).
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Starting quarterback Jacory Harris will not participate this spring due to off-season hand surgery, which gives an opportunity to sophomore A.J. Highsmith, freshman Stephen Morris, and junior Spencer Whipple to showcase their skills.

“We are going to be able to find out who our number two quarterback is with Jacory not participating. I think that is very key for getting ready,” coach Randy Shannon said.

Highsmith (6-0, 195) enters the spring as the favorite to emerge from the pack since he has the most experience although it wasn't much as he completed 4-of-6 passes for 53 yards and a touchdown last season.

"I learned a lot (last season)," said Highsmith, who changed his number to 11 from 19. "I talked to coach at the end of the year, he said he was real proud of me. I felt I learned a lot and know a lot more than I did so I'm getting better."

It looked like Highsmith would get a few more reps last year as Harris dealt with minor injuries in a number of games causing Highsmith to warm up on the sidelines to be ready in case he was needed.

"I warmed up a couple times, more than we probably wanted to, but that's the job of being the number two quarterback, you always have to be ready," Highsmith said. "I always want to play, but that's up to the coach."

Highsmith said the reps were even amongst the three on the first day of spring practices, which was held in shorts.

"It was fun, it's always fun getting back out there with guys flying around and getting back to what we love doing and that's playing football," Highsmith said.

All three players insist they are not worried about the depth chart:

Highsmith said: "My goal is to just be the best player I can whether that's first or fourth, it doesn't matter. I just want to be as good as I can and come out learning as much as I can."

Morris said: "My goal this spring is to help the team any way I can. I'm not saying who's starting, I'm not saying any of that. I'm just trying to help the team any way I can."

Whipple said: "I am just going out and competing. Every rep is an opportunity, so I am trying to not think about the big picture. I am just focused on doing good with each rep and study the playbook in my off time and be ready when my number is called."

Following Morris' first practice as a Hurricane, he said, "I was a little nervous, but after you get your first completion and you'll be fine."

Morris, a 6-foot-2, 195-pounder who was the 49th-ranked quarterback in the country according to ESPN, graduated early from nearby Monsignor Pace High School where he threw for 1,531 yards and 22 touchdowns with six interceptions while completing 54 percent of his passes.

"I think it was monumental for me to get here early," Morris said. "The coaches really stressed it to learn the playbook, that's the whole point of the spring because the coaches go over the basics with you. That's great for me to learn and great for me to bond with the team so that way in the summer, I'll really be able to learn."

Morris, who is taking five classes in his first semester at UM, has been busy studying Mark Whipple's offensive playbook.

"The best thing about it is Coach Whipple will take it one step at a time," Morris said. "It's a completely different playbook (than high school). It's a lot bigger than I expected, but every day I ask Coach Whipple what's going on for the day and he helps me out single time."

Morris, who picked UM over Purdue, Northwestern, UCF, and FIU, says he'll be working hard to improve his footwork, mechanics, and reads during the spring.

"I just tried to follow A.J. and Spencer, they are great leaders," Morris said. "And I was asking Coach Whipple what play it was and try to figure out what the coverage was."

Harris has been a big help to Morris since his arrival.

"(Jacory has been) a major factor in my development here at UM," Morris said. "He's a cool cat and a great guy to learn from."

Spencer enters his second season at UM after transferring from Massachusetts during the season last year as a walk-on.

Following the season, in which he handled scout team duties, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound junior earned a scholarship.

Although he's the son of the offensive coordinator, he doesn't expect any favorable attention.

"My dad does a good job of being unbiased," Spencer said. "He does a good job of giving everyone equal reps and he is going to pay the best player and organize the depth chart accordingly."

Spencer says he is able to learn a lot from his father.

"It has been easier because I know he is there and I know I can talk to him and he knows how to talk to me," Spencer said. "It is great to have him around and be able to talk to him face to face."

UM is Spencer's third university as he also spent a year at Pittsburgh.

"It has been a new system each year, but I look at it as being fortunate because I can learn different schemes," Spencer said. "If I want to become a coach one day, hopefully I can have a lot of experience with different playbooks and coaching styles."

But for now, Spencer is worried about being the number two quarterback at Miami along with Highsmith and Morris.

 9 years ago '04        #6281
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DE Bailey Getting Stronger
Feb. 24, 2010

By: David Lake





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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Its hard to believe senior defensive end Allen Bailey, Miami’s most freakish physical specimen, could get any stronger.

But Bailey says he made big strength gains in the weight room when he maxed out on Monday.

And the thought of Bailey getting bigger, faster, and stronger should be a scary thought for the rest of the ACC this year.

When Bailey tested on Monday, he says he improved his power clean five pounds up to 405 pounds, his bench press went up 25 pounds to 410 pounds, and his squat went up 10 pounds to 575 pounds. At 6-feet-4 and 288 pounds, Bailey also has a vertical jump of 39 inches.

“With the power clean and squat that is all power that comes out of your hips and that is the same type of power you use for football,” Bailey said.

Bailey currently owns the top numbers at bench press, power clean, and vertical for Miami. Bailey used to have the top squat number on the team, but Harland Gunn outperformed him on Monday.

“I have three of the top scores right now,” Bailey said. “I used to have four, but Harland Gunn squat 620 pounds.”

With spring practices starting at Miami on Tuesday, Bailey says he was pleased with the intensity and the focus of the team.

“It was good intensity and it went how I expected it to be so that was good,” Bailey said.

One noticeable difference for the Hurricanes as they started spring practices Tuesday was their practice attire. Instead of wearing their usual basketball shorts on the first day of practices, the team was wearing spandex shorts. Bailey said the new look for practice will take some getting used to.

“I don’t know about these shorts,” Bailey said with a smile. “I am used to the regular shorts. These shorts are alright. I guess they can help us run faster.”

Bailey is coming off a junior season in which he led the team in sacks (7) and tackles for loss (11) while playing both defensive end and defensive tackle. He also totaled 34 total tackles on his way to earning first team All-ACC.

“Last year was good, but I always want to do better,” Bailey said. “I feel like now that I have had some time playing on the defensive line for a while that I should be a lot more comfortable there and play better. I am always looking to get better.”

Bailey is primarily playing defensive end for UM this spring, but if any injuries occur at defensive tackle he can always slide inside.

“I am fine with playing defensive end,” Bailey says. “I just want to play where I can help the team most.”

Bailey will be working with newly hired defensive line coach Rick Petri this spring. Coach Petri has mentored players like Warren Sapp, Kenard Lang, Kenny Holmes, and John Abraham during his previous coaching stints and Bailey has the talent to be his next great player.

Bailey says he is excited to work with coach Petri.

“Coach Petri is a nice guy,” Bailey said. “I know he has coached a lot of guys that have gone on to the NFL, so I look forward to learning under him.”

Bailey chose to not enter the NFL draft following his junior season because he says he wanted to accomplish more at Miami.

“I just wanted to come back because I wanted to do more at Miami,” Bailey said. “I feel like we will have a pretty good team next year, so I am excited.”

 9 years ago '07        #6282
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Bailey bout to blow up in draft talks next year, prolly top 10 pick next. At this point, i think he can play de or dt and have the same impact

 9 years ago '07        #6283
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:wow: @ them weight room numbers

hes a freak of nature but we all knew that watchin him last yr.....he demands double teams

acc better be scared

 9 years ago '04        #6284
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baileys gonna be even more of a beast this year....last year he got doubled cuz of all the injuries on the line and still led the team in sacks....he'll have only one man to beat this year since teams have to worry about vernon, m-robinson, and a healthy ojomo

 9 years ago '07        #6285
Kinglew88 14 heat pts14
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He already had a nice frame all you had to add was the mass

look at them boys tho

:dancingcool::dancingcool:

 9 years ago '04        #6286
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Damn boys look big as f**k!!! :wow:

And damn ... :wow: at Harland Gunn with a 620 squat :wow::wow: that is f**king amazing... alotta power behind those legs!!!

And yes, Dyron Dye got huge as hell man!! just in one year under swayse. Now i hope all of the f**gots can shut the f**k up about replacing him!! Dye was just about 225 when he stepped on campus last year... he must be somewhere in the 250-260 neighborhood, swole. :applause:

 9 years ago '07        #6287
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 Cap Peeler said
Damn boys look big as f**k!!! :wow:

And damn ... :wow: at Harland Gunn with a 620 squat :wow::wow: that is f**king amazing... alotta power behind those legs!!!

And yes, Dyron Dye got huge as hell man!! just in one year under swayse. Now i hope all of the f**gots can shut the f**k up about replacing him!! Dye was just about 225 when he stepped on campus last year... he must be somewhere in the 250-260 neighborhood, swole. :applause:
Yeah no lie, I feel like we underestimated the true development of these ballplayers. Dudes looked mad skinny in last few years out there, but we aint cut them a fair break cus of their age:lachen001: Now they really showing their potential.

 9 years ago '07        #6288
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Maybe it wasnt our weight coach maybe it was the players not taking the weight room serious

either way its lookin real good now.....them n*ggas are huge

where spence at??

 9 years ago '07        #6289
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 L-E-Dub b**ch said
Maybe it wasnt our weight coach maybe it was the players not taking the weight room serious

either way its lookin real good now.....them n*ggas are huge

where spence at??
Best believe it was cus they were just freshmen and sophomores. Dudes cant be 18 years old and playin full time ball outta high school, theyre not that developed physically. s**t, the guys that go to the nfl still got room to grow:lachen001:

 9 years ago '04        #6290
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ojomo taking advantage of that free meal plan:wow:...he's gonna eat himself into a defensive tackle

 9 years ago '04        #6291
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Q&A WITH NEW DL COACH RICK PETRI

Q: Welcome back to Miami.

Petri: It's been a while. 1995 was when I left. I would hope I've gotten better - with age you get better, isn't that what the saying is? I always try to get better every year, so I hope to do a better job now than I ever have. I'm going to always try to find something a little different to make the players better. That's my job.

Q: What was the conversation like when Randy Shannon asked you to come back on board?

Petri: I said `okay.' Randy and I have known each other since 1993. We've been close a long time. I trust Randy; hopefully he trusts me. I like to think that we're friends. He asked me to come. I called my wife, said `This is the case.' She said, `So you said yes?' I said, `Yes.' She said, `What you telling me about it for?' I said, `Courtesy.' [laughing] Seriously, it was an easy decision. I was excited to come back. It was good timing for me.

Q: Does it feel like you're coming home?

Petri: Anyone (coming back to) the University (it's like that), isn't it? The first thing I get, all of a sudden I'm getting texts, calls from some of the ex-players, people that have been around. Whenever you've been here, you've been here. You never leave. You're always a part of the program, a part of the University. It's not coming back, it's coming home. It's a different situation. I came back to Ole Miss. I didn't come back to Miami. I came home. That's the way I feel about it.

Q: Where are you living?

Petri: I'm on campus right now (before house hunting). I've gone back to school [laughing]. I'm in an apartment in a dorm. It's been good, convenient. I did it when I went to Kentucky, too.

Q: What do you think about the group that you have?

Petri: Very good. The whole situation has been very good. They're very bright eyed, big eyed, want to get better. It's always been that way here. That's what we talk about - getting better. They push each other to get better. I don't think we have a selfish person in the group. We've had two practices, no pads. This is football - everyone looks good with no pads on. We put the pads on, things get a little more interesting. Plus they're going to know a little more about what I'm trying to get done. They're going to get more comfortable, and it's going to be a good learning experience. They have a great attitude work ethic wise, learning wise. If you have that, you have a chance. We should be good.

Q: Are there any expectations you have for the guys you are coaching?

Petri: What are the expectations here all the time on the defensive line? It's to be good, is it not? It was that way when I was here before, wasn't it? I don't think it's changed. That would be my expectation: we want to be good. How good? I don't know. But we want to be good. There's a long history in the football program at every position, and we want to uphold that tradition and carry on with that.

Q: You've had kind of a nomadic coaching career.

Petri: Everyone has. It is what you make of it. It's fun, and it's not fun. It'd be nice maybe to pay on a house more than five or six years. But it's good. You live different places, you have friends all over the place. It's hard on families, though, more than on the coach. The families are the ones you have to uproot (Petri has two grown children, one in college and one that works as an engineer).

Q: Do you have any early thoughts on some of the linemen?

Petri: It's really hard for me to make any evaluations on any players physically because we have two practices with no pads on. We are defensive linemen - contact is involved. I'm pleased with everyone. I'm still trying to learn names. I'm still trying to learn scheme. I've been here two weeks - they're trying to figure out what I'm trying to get done. So I'm pleased with their work attitude. They want to work, want to get better. That's all I can ask from them right now.

Cassano weighs in

New running backs coach Mike Cassano also spoke today.

He says he's excited about what he's seen from this Hurricane team.

"We've got a great foundation to get this thing back to where it belongs, which is on top of the rankings," Cassano said. "The guys are out here doing a great job, and I just want to be a part of that thing. It's been good - I love the direction coach (Randy) Shannon has taken the program and I'm real excited to be a part of it, win a championship."

Of what he's seen from his group, Cassano said, "It's early. It's good. You give the guys a clean slate. You watch the film, but you have to do a good job of opening things up, making sure these guys understand they start with a clean slate. Some kids really rise to the top when they feel some of the things that happened in the past are behind them. I've got a great room. I feel comfortable with all the guys in there. They all work hard. They've really, really dedicated themselves to being students of the game, which for young guys is not always the case. It usually takes a little game experience in order for them to go that route. But these guys really, really want to be great players. They know the tradition of running backs here, which is as rich as anywhere in the country."

Asked about Damien Berry, Cassano said, "He's a kid that's a hard hat and a lunch box type of running back. He's a tough, physical guy that has deceptive speed, has what I call subtle shake in space, the ability to make people miss but he'll get those tough yards."

Of players that haven't seen reps in games - Lamar Miller and Storm Johnson - Cassano said, "Lamar has just been in meetings - he's in the ACC track championships, hasn't been out here. I can't wait to see him. I love his track times, I'll tell you that.

"Storm, he hasn't even been to his prom yet. He's 17 years old, is a hard worker with a tremendous amount of ability. He's a big kid with a great combination of size and speed. That's going to translate out there on the field, I'll tell you that."

Cassano added that "the competition is going to be fierce" for playing time this season.

 9 years ago '04        #6292
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RANDY SHANNON Q&A FOLLOWING WEDNESDAY'S PRACTICE

Q: When do you plan to make a decision on the backup quarterback?

Shannon: Really don't know. A lot of things can happen between here and the first game, so that's why I don't like to make too many decisions on something. You always can say, `Okay, this guy is second team,' but then all of a sudden you come back in the fall and a guy can have a bad camp and the guy's not second team anymore. We don't put too much emphasis on it. It's a starting point, but I don't think you ever pencil anyone in to be the guy. It's just a starting point.

Q: So you'll wait till fall to make a decision?

Shannon: We might make a decision, but it's a starting point. You go back in the fall and have a bad camp, the week before camp we'll say (he's) No. 3. It's just a starting point, so be careful.

Q: Does Adewale Ojomo look as strong as last year coming off his jaw surgery?

Shannon: He's back to his same old weights. His weight is up, he's up to about 250 I think. He's strong like he was before.

Q: Is he hesitant at all getting back into it?

Shannon: Wale isn't ever hesitant about anything. He's always aggressive. It's just back to the same way. It's the same old Adewale.

Q: Has Pat Hill been doing everything?

Shannon: Everything, all the drills, team, everything he's supposed to do. We're not holding him back on anything. He's full go.

Q: With Jacory Harris not playing this spring, what does he do?

Shannon: Individual drills - throwing the football, no.

Q: Other than Spencer Whipple, who is now on football scholarship, are any other of last year's walk-ons now on scholarship?

Shannon: No.

Q: Talk about the development of Stephen Plein.

Shannon: In the fall he moved over (to offensive line). He's put on a lot of weight. He's doing well right now. It's always a learning process, getting used to the grind of being an offensive lineman. It's a work in progress. He's young, but he's got a bright career ahead of him.

Q: What have you found to be the biggest challenge for a tight end moving to offensive line, as Plein did?

Shannon: The physical part of it. The physical part, the banging, that's what you have to get used to.

Q: It's your birthday today?

Shannon: Yes.

Q: How are you going to celebrate?

Shannon: Nothing. Typical day for me. Just a typical day. No birthday cake, no nothing.

 9 years ago '04        #6293
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J12 got bigger :applause:

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Mike James' legs :wow::applause:

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Them boys is getting swole :applause:

 9 years ago '04        #6294
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Streeter out to make WR rotation more crowded
by: Shandel Richardson February 25th, 2010 | 8:51 AM
CORAL GABLES _ UM’s already overpopulated wide receiver position is expected to grow even more crowded.
The Hurricanes return everyone from last year, but have several f!ghting to crack the 4-5-man rotation. Travis Benjamin, Leonard Hankerson, Aldarius Johnson, LaRon Byrd and Thearon Collier were mainstays in 2009, but just who is the biggest threat to shake things up this year?
That honor goes to redshirt sophomore Tommy Streeter. After a slow start to his career, Streeter appears ready to make a leap.
“I feel like I can bring a lot to this offense,” Streeter said. “I feel that the coaches knows so and they’re going to put me in a position to do so.”
The 6-foot-5, 209-pound Streeter was a highly-rated member of the famed 2008 recruiting class, but is one of the few yet to make impact. He missed his freshman year because of a broken wrist. Streeter returned last season, but felt behind the others because he was still learning the offense.
He said things “began to pick up” late last season and feels his “mindset” is right.” He now says he’s able to identify defensive coverages at the line of scrimmage.
“I’m able to tell if it’s Cover Two before the snap,” Streeter said. “How [the cornerback] lines up gives a lot away. I just feel comfortable.”
Streeter also said he’s improved on blocking technique in the offseason. If all what he says is true, it has the makings of him becoming the Hurricanes top deep-ball threat. Last year he caught five passes for 114 yards, including a 47-yarder against Wisconsin in the Champs Sports Bowl. The play was designed for Streeter because the coaching staff, mainly offensive coordinator Mark Whipple, realizes his big-play potential.
”I wasn’t surprised,” Streeter said of the play. “Coach Whip told me I was one of the better deep ball guys. Coach said he’ll give me the opportunity. Going into the bowl game, that play was designed for me. I had worked on it the whole week in practice, so I knew when that play was called, they were coming to me.”
It seems a lot more plays may be coming Streeter’s way this season.
A few thoughts:
–Unlike last year, UM coach Randy Shannon is taking it slow before naming a backup quarterback. After last spring, he selected Taylor Cook only to have the competition between Cook and Cannon Smith continue through fall. Both quarterbacks decided to transfer before the first game.
Shannon said he won’t choose between A.J. Highsmith, Spencer Whipple (now on football scholarship) and Stephen Morris until fall practices near an end.
–I wouldn’t make much of a big deal about redshirt freshman Shayon Green starting at middle linebacker. Remember, Kylan Robinson and Arthur Brown started last year’s spring game because of injuries to Darryl Sharpton and Colin McCarthy. Neither Robinson or Brown played significant minutes during the regular season.

 9 years ago '04        #6295
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Running game focused on production, not individual stats

CORAL GABLES _ New running backs coach Mike Cassano has heard about the Hurricanes lacking a 1,000-yard rusher.
It hasn’t happened since Willis McGahee in 2002.
While Cassano would like nothing more than to end the streak in his first season, he is concerned more about production from the running backs. All of them.
“I know it’s been a thing where the elusive 1,000-yard season is looming,” said Cassano, who spent the past three seasons at FIU. “Hopefully, we can get a guy up there that can get that, but the priority is to have those guys out there, sometimes fresh legs, or whatever is best for the offense.”
Unless Damien Berry emerges as the clear top runner, look for the Hurricanes to rotate running backs. This has been the case the past three seasons, with Javarris James, Graig Cooper and Berry all receiving carries.
“The days of being able to have one back are over,” Cassano said. “The game is too fast, too physical to just have one back. If you look at a lot of the great teams, with Lendale White and Reggie Bush [at USC] and Darren McFadden and Felix Jones [at Arkansas] and you can go on and one with these two-back systems. It doesn’t mean they can’t get 1,000 yards.”
Casssano said he was first contacted by coach Randy Shannon about the opening once former RBs coach Tommie Robinson left for the Arizona Cardinals. After serving as a UM grad a.ssistant, he said returning was a great opportunity.
“This to me is a dream job,” Cassano said. “I just want to take part in making this thing a monster and bringing [the program] back to where it belongs, back on the top of the national map.”
He said feels comfortable with the stable of running backs, calling them “students of the game.” Although it’s early, he’s liked what he’s seen from Berry and freshman Storm Johnson.
“[Johnson] is a great kid, a hard worker with a tremendous amount of ability,” Cassano said. “He’s a big kid with a great combination of size and speed. That’s going to translate out there on the field.”
Cassano has yet to see redshirt freshman Lamar Miller. He’s only attended meetings because he is competing with the track team.
“I can’t wait, just like you guys,” Cassano said. “I love his track times, I’ll tell you that. I like guys when they’re able to do two sports. It keeps them competitive all year round.”
A few thoughts:
–Defensive end Adewale Ojomo spoke to the media for the first time since he was lost for the season after suffering a broken jaw last August. Ojomo was involved in a locker room f!ght. He was instructed by school officials not to discuss the incident, but said his weight dropped from 240 to 215 pounds because of the injury. His jaw was wired shut, and he was on a liquid diet for six weeks.
“It was hard because when you got a passion for the sport, it takes a lot from you,” Ojomo said. “It makes you see things much more clear when you come back. You just have much more love and respect for the game when you realize it can be taken from you at any point in time.”
Ojomo is now back up to 260 pounds.
–Berry is expected to be the starting running back once fall camp opens in August, but said the players are treating it as an open competition. He said his role this spring is serving as a leader to the younger backs. Berry is hoping to improve his blocking and pass-route running to become a “total back.”
–Redshirt sophomore receiver Tommy Streeter says he finally feels caught up to the rest of the group. He missed the 2008 season with a broken wrist, spending last year mostly adjusting. Now, he’s ready to compete for a spot in the rotation.
“Last year, being that I didn’t play the year before, things were kind of foreign to me,” Streeter said. “I kind of felt uncomfortable. But as I got in a rhythm of things, my confidence built up. I got that an attitude that I could play on this level and make plays.”

 9 years ago '04        #6296
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Hurricanes’ Tyler Horn center of attention this spring
by Jorge Milian
You’ve heard of three-star, four-star and five-star prospects.

Then there’s Tyler Horn, the Hurricanes’ junior center.

“I was a no-star kid who got a shot to play football at the University of Miami,” Horn said.

Horn, a native of Memphis, Tenn., isn’t exaggerating. Besides UM, the only schools to offer Horn a scholarship were Arkansas State, FiU and Central Arkansas, a Division I-AA school.

Fast forward three-plus years and Horn is the favorite to be UM’s starting center when the 2010 season opens on Sept. 2 against Florida A&M.

After redshirting as a freshman and barely playing the last two seasons, Horn has been given the first crack to win the starting job left vacant by the graduation of A.J. Trump. That opportunity began on Tuesday when UM opened spring practice.

“The way I see it, it’s my job, but I got to go out and take it,” said Horn, listed at 6-foot-4 and 300 pounds. “[Indianapolis Colts center] Jeff Saturday could come in and I would still feel like it’s my spot. That’s the way I’m going to look at it.”

The only spring competition for Horn comes from Shane McDermott, the Palm Beach Central grad who enrolled at UM in January. Another offensive lineman – most likely guard Brandon Washington – could be moved to center, but coach Randy Shannon made it clear he’d like to see Horn grab hold of the starting job.

“It’s about time for him,” Shannon said. “He’s been around, has been on offensive line for a while. Now it’s time for him to make that jump.”

Horn has limited playing experience. He played just a few snaps against Charleston Southern in 2008 and appeared in seven games in 2009, although he saw action almost entirely during garbage time.

“I haven’t played a lot,” Horn said. “But I’ve been here a long time and know the offense. What I have gotten is a lot of mental reps. I may not have been playing, but I know every single play and everything that’s happening. Now it’s time to go out there and get the experience on the field. That will come with time.”

Horn said he spent the past couple of months prepping for spring practice “by packing a lunch and spending the day watching film.” He likens the 15 practices this spring to a “job offer.”

“No different than if I was going to work for FedEx or anybody else,” Horn said. “I have to prove myself.”

Despite his lack of experience, Horn is convinced that’s going to happen. Asked if he visualized himself starting the 2010 opener, Horn responded: “Absolutely. No doubt in my mind.”

A few other notes:

….Shannon said that defensive tackle Marcus Forston will not participate in spring practice. Forston was redshirted last season because of a leg injury. UM previously listed Forston as “limited” this spring.

….Shannon was full of praise for running back Storm Johnson, one of six freshmen to enroll at UM in January. “Fast, a big kid that’s electrifying, very fast,” Shannon said of Johnson, a 5-foot-11, 210-pounder from Loganville, Ga. “He has some track ability in him, is very quick. He’s a big guy, [but] not a fullback. A Mike James type guy, maybe a little faster than Mike. You take those guys that can run because they give you an extra dimension in the open field. I’m kind of excited about that a little bit.”

….Spencer Whipple, one of three quarterbacks battling for the No. 2 job behind Jacory Harris, said he is now on scholarship. Whipple arrived at UM last fall as a walk-on.

….Former UM star Warren Sapp, arrested earlier this month and charged with domestic violence after allegedly choking his girlfriend, attended Tuesday night’s basketball game between the Hurricanes and Virginia at the BankUnited Center. Sapp was introduced to the crowd. Is there no shame?

 9 years ago '07        #6297
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my jesus at mike james

that man is big as f**k.....hes prepared if he has to step into that fullback position

j12 tatted up lol and gaining weight

f**k the acc...NCAA look out

shannon is on top of things i see

 9 years ago '05        #6298
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When Shayon Green opened spring practice as the University of Miami's first-team middle linebacker Tuesday, it was notable because he hasn't played in a college game and never has played middle linebacker.

Green, a redshirt freshman, said he was a defensive end and an outside linebacker at Tifton County High in Georgia.

``Very surprising,'' Green said of opening with the first team. ``Now I've got to show them what I can do.''

Green impressed coaches last August before sustaining a serious knee injury in practice.

``It was very frustrating, but I'm over it,'' he said. ``I don't even know how it happened.''

Green's elevation is partly the result of his skill set and partly a result of the Hurricanes being depleted at linebacker, where they have only six healthy players on scholarship.

Jordan Futch (knee) and Ramon Buchanon (shoulder) -- who are out for the spring -- had been expected to compete for the third starting job, alongside Colin McCarthy and Sean Spence. But Green, 6-2 and 235 pounds, gets first crack. He said he has been spending as much time studying his playbook as doing homework.

His strengths? ``I can run and get to the ball,'' he said.

If Green doesn't win the job, McCarthy could move to middle linebacker in August.

``It will take time before you can find out what [Green] can and cannot do,'' coach Randy Shannon said.

Green said he came to Miami partly because his grandmother lives in Homestead. He visited as a youngster and went to UM games at the Orange Bowl.

ODDS AND ENDS

• Defensive tackle Marcus Forston isn't healthy enough to participate in spring practice, Shannon said.

• Allen Bailey said UM will use him primarily at defensive end, not tackle. Defensive coordinator John Lovett has said he prefers Bailey at tackle, but UM likes its depth there without him.

• Quarterback Spencer Whipple said he amuses teammates with an imitation of his father, UM offensive coordinator Mark Whipple.

``He might not know,'' Spencer said of his father.

 9 years ago '05        #6299
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Lying in bed with his jaw wired shut, using a straw as his lifeline and his mom, dad and sister as his caretakers and faith-builders, Adewale Ojomo knew he had to get back to the football field.

And finally, after two surgeries and six months of healing from a punch that shattered his jaw and his dreams of a special season, the University of Miami defensive end has gotten there.

``It was hard [being away], because when you've got a passion for the sport it takes a lot from you and makes you see things a lot more clear when you come back,'' Ojomo said Wednesday after the second day of spring football. ``You have much more love and respect for the game when you realize it can be taken from you at any point in time.

``It's fun to play football.''

Ojomo initially lost 25 pounds from his 6-4 frame and gained 45 back to get to his current weight of 260. He talked to reporters for the first time since the locker-room incident last August.

Though it was widely reported that Ojomo was ``sucker-punched'' by a walk-on teammate who later left the program, the redshirt junior respectfully declined to discuss the incident.

``I was instructed by the university and Coach [Randy] Shannon and [UM president Donna] Shalala really not to get into details of it because it's an in-house issue and I really can't talk about it.''

``Are you over it?'' he was asked. ``Any anger from it?''

``I let all my anger out on that field right there,'' Ojomo said. ``That's where I let all my anger out.''

`VERY CONFIDENT'

UM's intensely imposing right defensive end is one of the most fiery Hurricanes. The son of a former Nigerian professional soccer player and Homestead-born certified public accountant, Ojomo was known to extend his long, muscular arms and roar to the sky when he made a huge play. He is a first cousin of Dolphins linebacker Akin Ayodele.

``Nigerians by nature are very confident people,'' he said during his 2008 season. ``The game is played with emotion and there's something in my soul and my heart I feel when I'm on the field.''

Shannon said other than gaining maturity, Ojomo is still just as passionate.

``He's back to the same Ojomo,'' Shannon said. ``Loud, aggressive, playing with a lot of energy. His weight is up, . . . his strength is up. He's looking big and lifting weights like he was.

``It's the same old Adewale.''

In 2008, his redshirt freshman season, Ojomo started in three of his 11 games and had 22 tackles, with four tackles for loss and three sacks. He said he wants more in 2010.

`TOTAL DOMINATION'

``I expect nothing but total domination on the field,'' he said.

Fellow right end Olivier Vernon said Ojomo's return has motivated everyone -- Andrew Smith and Dyron Dye are also on the right side, with Allen Bailey, Marcus Robinson and Steven Wesley at left end. ``Hopefully it will be a lot of help for the D-line,'' Vernon said. ``He's a real competitor and gets the whole D-line hyped up and ready to go every practice.''

Much of the six-month ordeal following the incident was a struggle. He was on a liquid diet for six weeks -- ``Carnation milk, Muscle Milk, milkshakes, soups, sauce, clam chowder, different things I blended up and ate, like purified meatloaf. But it didn't really even sustain me. When you don't eat meat it puts a strain on your body. You're much weaker.''

FACIAL PLATES

Ojomo said he has two ``microscopic plates'' in his face, one on the bottom of his chin and the other on the right side of his face. A long scar runs along the right side of his neck, parallel to his jawline.

He said he spent a week in the hospital, two more weeks off and then began to work out with his teammates.

``Nobody made me do anything,'' he said. ``I was in the weight room on my own with the team, running with the team and training with the team the whole time.

``I didn't fall off at all.''

 9 years ago '05        #6300
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Whipple not your ordinary scout team QB
Spencer Whipple can't remember how old he was the first time he peeked into his father's playbook. But the 6-2, 210-pound junior knows his desire to learn how to beat defenses began long before he followed his father to the University of Miami last August. It probably started in his mother's womb.

"When I was little, I watched a lot of football. I always understood what was going on, who was winning. When I got a little older is when I started asking my dad questions," said Whipple, whose father Mark, a veteran NFL quarterbacks coach, has been UM's offensive coordinator since last year.

"He started talking to me more about offensive schemes, why teams run certain offenses. When he was [coaching in] college [Whipple was at Brown and UMass from 1993 to 2003], I'd hang around the practices, go to the meeting and just listen. When he was with the Steelers [2004-2006], I'd look at the playbooks, the schemes, X's and O's. I feel like I've learned a lot just being around my dad."

Truth is, Whipple (6-2, 210) is not your ordinary scout team quarterback. Set to turn 21 next month, he's been exposed to a lot of football in just three years at the college level and his grasp of different offensive schemes expands beyond what he learned just from his dad. While his father was coaching for the Steelers, Whipple led his high school team to an undefeated season. After receiving offers only from Football Championship Subdivision schools [formerly Division I-AA], he decided to walk on at the University of Pittsburgh as a freshman.

There, he spent a season learning from Matt Cavanaugh, a veteran NFL offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach now with the Jets. A year later, Whipple transferred to UMass where he learned an entirely different system. Now, a year after transferring to UM, he's on scholarship and learning from dad once again.

"I look at it as being fortunate because I've learned so many different schemes," Whipple said. "Everybody likes to teach different things. I'm hoping I can put them all together so one day if I become a coach, I'll have all this past experience with different coaches, different playbooks and be able to pass it on."

Whipple, last season's Scout Team Offensive MVP, is already doing some coaching with his young UM teammates. Even though he's competing directly with true freshman Stephen Morris and sophomore A.J. Highsmith for the backup job, Whipple said he often "slows thing down" for Morris and Highsmith if they struggle to pickup what his father is teaching them.

"Whenever they see something different than what my dad wants them to see, I'll point it out to them," said Whipple, who got in for one series (three plays) at UMass and completed his only pass attempt for 16 yards. "But I don't want to be on them every second because I know how that is. I just let them know I'm always there for them if they want to learn something or if they have to ask me something or need some help."

How much Whipple will be able to really help the Hurricanes remains to be seen. But there is no reason to think the left-handed quarterback can't win the backup job. He definitely believes he has a chance and that he can provide the Hurricanes with a steady hand if needed.

"I just try to pride myself on being a leader, controlling the game, making some plays with my arm and making some plays with my feet," Whipple said. "I might not have the biggest arm, but I know my plays and can make all the right reads."

> GUNN TRUMPS BAILEY: If there is one thing defensive end Allen Bailey took pride in off the field last year it was his dominance in trainer Andreu Swasey's weight room. The 6-4, 288-pound senior was more than happy about having four of his photos hanging from the Canes' famed Strength and Conditioning board.

But according to Bailey, after Swasey's first round of testing for the 2010 season (the Hurricanes will test again after spring football) he's now owns just three of the six categories in the offensive line/defensive line division. Blame junior offensive lineman Harland Gunn. According to Bailey, Gunn overtook him recently in the squat when he raised his maximum weight up to 620 pounds. Bailey said he still owns the power clean (405), the bench press (415) and 20-yard shuttle and plans to retake the title in the vertical leap (he won it last year with a 38 1/2 inch jump).

> The Hurricanes will begin hitting this afternoon, but will still be wearing shorts. The real hitting in full pads begins Saturday.

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