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 8 years ago '04        #5041
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The University of Miami has officially accepted an invitation to participate in the Emerald Bowl in San Francisco on December 27.

Miami (7-5) will play the California Golden Bears (8-4), who finished fourth in the Pac-10 Conference, on ESPN at 8 p.m. Eastern. The last time Miami faced a Pac-10 opponent was in 2001 when the Hurricanes defeated Washington 65-7.

"This is a great opportunity for us to be selected and invited to the Emerald Bowl in San Francisco," Miami coach Randy Shannon said. "We are playing a great Pac-10 opponent in Cal-Berkley. It's an opportunity for the University of Miami to travel out west to be recognized out west because we do a lot of recruiting in California."

BONUS: First Look at Cal

Cal's campus is less than 20 miles away from At&T Park, also home of the San Francisco Giants.

"If I'm not mistaken, the alumni base for the University of Miami in California is kind of big," Shannon said. "In my years of being a coach with Coach Erickson playing San Diego State, we always had a crowd there to support the University of Miami. That's all we need when you go on the road. It's on the road, but I think we'll have a lot of support from fans in that area."

UM's last bowl appearance was in 2006 at the Micron PC Computers Bowl in Boise as the Hurricanes defeated Nevada in that game 21-20.

"It's a bowl, some of these young guys on this football team will have their first experience to understand why it is so important to win games at the University of Miami," Shannon said.

Shannon says he has not watched much of Cal yet, but is familiar with Cal head coach Jeff Tedford as the two share a mutual friend.

"When you watch them on TV, Coach Tedford does a great job of getting his program to play at a higher standard and we are going out there to play against a team that it is a great opportunity for us to see where we are at coming off of two losses," Shannon said.

Shannon has ties with Cal offensive line coach Jim Michalczik, who was a graduate a.ssistant at Miami the same time Shannon was a graduate a.ssistant.

Miami players Patrick Hill (Los Angeles), Josh Holmes (San Diego), and Vaughn Telemaque (Long Beach) hail from the state of California. Cal does not have any players from Florida, but wide receiver Nyan Boateng is a transfer from Florida.

The team will have this week off and resume practice on Saturday afternoon. They will also practice on Sunday before having time off for finals. They are scheduled to arrive in San Francisco on Dec. 22.
 8 years ago '04        #5042
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It's finally official. The University Miami will play the California Golden Bears in the Emerald Bowl on December 27 at San Francisco's AT&T Park.

The only bowl game pairing teams from the Pacific-10 vs the ACC, the Emerald Bowl will once again be televised nationally by ESPN. Kickoff is 8:00 p.m. [EST] and it will be the only game played the evening of the 27th.

Cal finished the year 8-4 while beating just one Pac 10 team with a winning record--Oregon.

Read here to learn more about Miami's bowl opponent as we take a first look at Cal.

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What Cal Does Well

When Cal wins, their defensive line applies pressure on the quarterback and allows the secondary to make plays on the ball. In Cal's eight wins this season, they have forced an average of three interceptions per game. The Golden Bears rank third in the country with 23 interceptions this season. Cal ranks in the top 20 nationally with 33 sacks on the year and force opposing quarterbacks into questionable decisions. Cal runs a 3-4 defense and linebacker Zack Follett appears to be the major playmaker on the unit. Follett finished the year with 78 tackles, with a team leading 8.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss.

On offense Cal is led by running back Jhavid Best, who ran for 1,394 yards and 13 touchdowns while averaging eight yards per carry. Cal runs a two quarterback system that appears to have been pretty productive this season. Quarterbacks Kevin Riley and Nate Longshore have both played in 11 of the games this year and combined to throw for 2,290 yards and 23 touchdowns with 10 interceptions.

Why Cal Loses

Cal loses when they can't establish any running game with Best and they become a one-dimensional passing offense. In their four losses this year, Best averages 69 yards per game. In those games the Cal quarterbacks average 43 pass attempts and complete just 49-percent of the passes for an average of 255 yards in those games. The key to keeping Cal off the boards is stopping Best and forcing the Golden Bears to beat you with their passing game.

Player to Watch

Cornerback Syd'Quan Thompson. This guy is sparkplug of the Cal defense, leading the Golden Bears with four interceptions and he isn't afraid tom come up and make a tackle, ranking fourth on the team in tackles (65). He also broke up 12 passes this season. Thompson is a very aggressive corner and Miami will have to be aware of him wherever he lines up on the field. Thompson also serves as Cal's punt returner, averaging 12 yards per return and he has scored on a 73-yard return.

Stat of the Game

Cal's defense averages just under three interceptions a game in their wins this year, but in their four losses the defense has totaled just two interceptions total.

Key Matchup

Miami offensive line vs. Cal front seven. UM will need to get their running game going in order to beat Cal. Graig Cooper is Miami's last 100-yard rusher when he ran the ball 24 times for 131 yards in the win over Virginia. During Cal's four losses this season, opposing running backs have combined to average 168 yards and two touchdowns in those games. In the last three games Cooper and Javarris James have combined to average just 89 yards per game. Miami will need better production in the running game against Cal.

What the Game Comes Down to

The formula that Miami will need to use in order to beat Cal is the formula they have used to beat teams all year--control the ball on offense with few turnovers and establish a running game. Defensively UM needs to contain Cal running back Jahvid Best from having a big game. The biggest key to the game is the UM quarterbacks must do a better job of controlling the ball. In the past two games, Miami quarterbacks Jacory Harris and Robert Marve have combined to throw six interceptions.
 8 years ago '06        #5043
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@ Nix getting an interview for the auburn job
 12-09-2008, 06:08 PM         #5044
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@ Nix getting an interview for the auburn job
... and I thought that offense couldn't get any worse
 12-09-2008, 06:20 PM         #5045
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Are we going to lose Bryce to Oregon???
 8 years ago '06        #5046
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 The Lefty said:
Are we going to lose Bryce to Oregon???
no.......
 8 years ago '04        #5047
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There has been a lot of talk in recent days about the status of Miami's starting quarterback.

And no, it's not about who should start or if the rotation works.

This time, the topic revolves around Robert Marve.

Marve, who has thrown for 1,293 yards and nine touchdowns as the starter this season, has been involved in two rumors including being suspended for the Emerald Bowl and also transferring.

Multiple people who have talked to Marve informed InsideTheU.com Monday night that Marve had not been told he would be suspended.

Rumors of Marve transferring to LSU have popped up over the past few weeks. South Florida is another school that has surfaced.

Again, Marve has denied those rumors according to multiple people who have talked to Marve.

While the rumors are being squashed at the moment, that does not mean the situation should be treated as a closed book.

Last year, rumors were floating around about quarterback Kirby Freeman's status. Shortly after the end of the season, Freeman told InsideTheU.com: "The rumors are not true. I will be back next year."

A month later, Freeman transferred to Baylor.

If Marve is on his way out, Jacory Harris would be the team's quarterback. The two have rotated throughout the season as each have traded ACC Player of the Week honors and each have finished games while the other is forced to set on the sideline and watch.

Marve beat out Harris for the job in late August and found out on the same day, that he would be suspended for the season opener for an incident that occurred 10 months ago. The coaches waited to tell Marve of the suspension in fear that he wouldn't compete as hard for the starting job.

Marve's first game as a Hurricane was at Florida as he threw for 69 yards in a 26-3 defeat. He bounced back to throw for 212 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Texas A&M, also on the road. His 212 yards remain as a season-high.

The next three games, Marve threw seven interceptions as Harris received minimal reps, but questions of Marve's abilities began to be a popular conversation.

Harris finally shined against Duke after the team was in a 17-7 hole just before halftime. Harris responded by throwing for 185 yards and four touchdowns.

Since then, the two have traded the better performance although neither were effective in their last game against N.C. State as each threw two picks as Miami finished the regular season with a 7-5 record.

Harris' stats are more impressive as he's thrown for 1,001 yards and 10 touchdowns while completing 61 percent of his passes with six interceptions.

Whereas Marve has completed 54 percent of his passes for 1,293 yards and nine touchdowns with 13 interceptions. Only Virginia's Marc Verica has thrown more interceptions, 16, in the ACC than Marve.

If Marve is not suspended and does not leave Miami, he'll need a strong performance in the bowl game to keep Harris from closing the gap. If he doesn't play well, he could find himself on the outside looking in.

Either way, the next three weeks are sure to be interesting.
 8 years ago '04        #5048
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This Sunday the University of Miami hosts its annual awards banquet at the Westin Colonnade in Coral Gables.

There are a number of awards on the list up for grabs, but the one that I am sure everyone is interested in is Team MVP. Last year, Darnell Jenkins took home the honor following a very disappointing season for the Hurricanes.

Well, things are looking up this year. The 'Canes finished 7-5, have a win over ACC Champion Virginia Tech and are heading to the Emerald Bowl to face off with California on December 27 at 8:00 p.m.

A win and there won't be many who can complain about an 8-5 season and a bowl victory following last season's misery.

However, who is the MVP of this year's team? It definitely isn't an easy selection as a number of players played well, but no one blew your socks off. We break down the candidates, or expected candidates:

OLB Sean Spence - Yes, he's only a freshman, but Spence made an impact like no other player on this team. His ability to make big plays such as his strip against Virginia and his interception for touchdown against Florida State just begins to scratch the surface as to what Spence has the potential to become. He started for a good part of the season following an injury to Colin McCarthy and it is likely Spence will start at UM for the rest of his career. He finished the regular season third on the team in tackles with 62, had 7 for loss and two sacks.

K Matt Bosher - How often do you call a placekicker the Team MVP? Well, when he's 17 of 19 kicking field goals and averages 41.1 yards per punt while also being a maniacal tackler on kicks, that's a good time to do it. Not to mention, Bosher has been more than integral in numerous wins, including Virginia Tech, Central Florida and Wake Forest. He probably won't win the award, but Bosher has been as important to this team as any player on it.

RB Graig Cooper - Cooper rushed for 778 yards this season on 159 carries and four touchdowns. He also caught 24 passes for 102 yards and a touchdown. He had his ups and his downs and continues to struggle when it comes to breaking tackles, but offensively, he may have been the 'Canes most consistent player this season.

MLB Glenn Cook - The sixth year senior is looked to as a leader on the team and a coach on the field. Spence looks up to him and says he's learned a lot from Cook this year. That alone speaks volumes of the respect his teammates have for him. He leads the team in tackles with 72 tackles and 7 for loss, but it's the leadership he brings which makes him a candidate for this award.

Who should win Team MVP: I think Matt Bosher deserves to win the award. People may have been driven mad at times with his punting, sometimes inconsistent, but without Bosher's field goal kicking this year, the 'Canes don't win very much this season. He stepped up in a huge way for the team as he improved incredibly from year one to year two. Bosher is going to be a mainstay on this team for two more years which should be very exciting because the 'Canes won't have to worry about their field goal kicking for quite some time with Bosher handling the duties.

Who will win Team MVP: I believe Glenn Cook will win the award simply based on leadership and the fact that he is highly respected on this team. It doesn't necessarily mean he deserves to win the award, even though he did have a solid season, over Bosher or even Sean Spence who would be my second pick, but respect goes a long way for MVP awards.

There are a host of other awards that will be awarded Sunday including Rookie of the Year which should definitely go to Spence and the Special Teams Award which should also go to Bosher with an Honorable Mention to Sam Shields.
 8 years ago '06        #5049
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On top of big-name local prep quarterbacks Gino Torretta, Ken Dorsey and Kyle Wright who played at Miami, the Bay Area has a couple of links with the school. Cal offensive line coach Jim Michalczik coached the Hurricanes' defensive line in 1990 and '91, Bears linebacker Worrell Williams' brother, D.J., played there and Cal tailback Jahvid Best has long cheered for the Hurricanes' stable of running backs.

"Growing up, I was a Miami fan, so I'm really excited about that," Best said. "When I heard we might play them, I started really looking forward to that. I considered them in high school, but I never heard from them."

@ the coker era


what a fool
 8 years ago '04        #5050
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can anyone post that article about bryce brown on rivals
 8 years ago '06        #5051
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> As for highly-touted running back Bryce Brown, who told Scout.com last week he was no longer planning on enrolling at UM in January, the thought from within Coral Gables is the Canes are still very confident they'll land the blue-chipper from Kansas. Brown has been busy taking official visits to Clemson, Missouri and Oregon. He still has another trip scheduled to Purdue and his final trip to Miami. But the word is really Oregon is the only team that might be able to sway Brown away from the Canes. Bryce said in a candid video interview with Scout he loved the feel at Oregon. I just don't expect it to be strong enough to pull him away from UM in the end and neither do the Hurricanes' brass who believe his relationship with Arthur Brown will prevail.

> Plantation cornerback and UM commitment Brandon McGee and I spoke for about 15 minutes regarding Brown, who will be his teammate at the U.S. Army All-American game next month in San Antonio. This is what McGee told me: "It kind of threw me off that he's not coming early anymore. But I still think he's going to be a Cane. We talk on the phone and he tells me how he's working on getting some linemen to come here. I'd be really surprised if he changed his mind."

> McGee said he will begin classes at UM on Jan. 20 and is expecting to room with running back Mike James. He said he's been busy working on since he season ended in three weeks ago and has been busy trying to recruit for the Canes, chatting it up with receiver Andre DeBose (one of the Sanford trio). This weekend, McGee will celebrate his birthday by taking an official visit with fellow commitments James, tight end Billy Sanders, tight end Stephen Plein, defensive end Olivier Vernon, defensive lineman Curtis Porter and linebacker Antonio Harper. The plan is to help try and create a family feel with the big guys who will also be visiting this weekend -- offensive linemen Bobby Massie, Daniel Campbell and Jermaine Johnson. "We're definitely trying to get some of those big men to commit," McGee said. "Coach Stoutland told us he needs an a.ssist."

Brandon McGee >>>>>>>>>>>>>>


:wow: @ if we pull off those 3 bigmen and debose:dancingcool:
 12-11-2008, 02:32 AM         #5052
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Brandon McGee >>>>>>>>>>>>>>


:wow: @ if we pull off those 3 bigmen and debose:dancingcool:
Debose would be crack on returns paired with Benjamin. His highlight film is just nasty from this season.
 8 years ago '04        #5053
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check this one out..

Penn State backup quarterback Pat Devlin has decided to transfer and won't accompany the team on its Rose Bowl trip.

Devlin, a redshirt sophomore, would have to sit out a season if he transfers to a Football Bowl Subdivision school. Because he already has redshirted, he would have just one season of eligibility remaining. He could have two seasons if he transfers to a lower classification school.

Devlin and his parents met with coach Joe Paterno to discuss his playing time and came away unsatisfied with Paterno's response.

Penn State released a statement Wednesday night regarding Devlin: "The Penn State football program wishes him well at his new school."

Devlin completed 25 of 47 pass attempts for 459 yards and four touchdowns in 10 games this season. He also ran for two scores, including the winning touchdown at Ohio State, when he replaced starter Daryll Clark, who had suffered a concussion.

Clark, who has one season of eligibility remaining, beat out Devlin for the starting job in preseason camp. Devlin had said after the decision that he didn't plan to transfer.

Devlin originally committed to Miami coming out of Downingtown East High School, but he changed his mind and signed with Penn State.

During high school, he was the Pennsylvania career passing leader with 8,162 yards, including 3,300 yards and 35 touchdowns as a senior. He was ranked the No. 4 quarterback recruit nationally by Scout.com.


I remember when he decommited just days before signing day...dumbass should've come to Miami and he'd be a serious threat at QB by now.

Then again, thank a lot Larry "dumbfu*k" Coker for letting that kid decommit
 8 years ago '04        #5054
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In his defense, he did decommit after Werner got canned, so i can't bash him for that.
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see you soon!!!


this shyt is gonna get real ugly mark my words

:wow: :wow: :wow:
 12-12-2008, 03:06 PM         #5056
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3 words for tomorrow...


ANYONE BUT TEBOW!
 8 years ago '06        #5057
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yo boy is gonna hold this thread down for a bit

Marve and Canes Returns to Practice

The Hurricanes returned to practice today in their first preparation for the team's Dec. 27 bowl game against California.

And, yes, Robert Marve was on the field.

Marve, the subject of transfer and suspension rumors, suited up alongside Jacory Harris, who is coming off an arm injury.

Both participated in practice.

Marve opted not to speak with reporters after practice.

Coach Randy Shannon, asked if Marve would definitely be playing in the bowl game, said, "As far as we know he will. Academics and all that stuff is in Wednesday of this week, and Thursday we'll know. So if you want to find out who is eligible and not eligible around the nation, wait till Wednesday or Thursday."

While Marve didn't talk to the media after practice, Jacory Harris did. And Harris says he hears talk about the possibility of the quarterbacks transferring all the time.

"Sometimes it gets annoying - people ask you the same things, `Are you going to leave, are you transferring?'" Harris said. "Everyone wants to know what's going on in the UM family. And one thing about a family, you don't let things out. So I don't know anything. I don't know what's going on about anything."

* Harris said of an arm injury suffered in the regular season finale that "It only hurts when I throw deep balls."

He said he could play in a game if the game was today.

"It's something I can f!ght through," he said. "If I had to play today I'd be ready, 100 percent."

* Shannon said today's practice "was a good start (for the bowl game). We did one on ones. There was no game-planning. It was just getting better at what we do. We were emphasizing running the football and stopping the run. It was good. Both sides of the football did some good things."

* The Canes are hosting recruits on official visits this weekend, and the recruits watched on for drills. So what does UM sell recruits on during the visits?

"What you do when you bring guys in, you want to emphasize what we have to offer," Shannon said. "The President of the school (Donna Shalala) comes and speaks to them, academics speaks to them, Kirby (Hocutt) speaks to them. They get to mingle with the players. And also the whole concept of what we're doing at Miami. It's going pretty good. You go inside a classroom when school is going on, then you tend to like it."

* QB Jacory Harris was asked if he hopes coaches will name just one sole starter next year, without sharing time.

His response?

"I have no opinion on that," Harris said. "It's coach Shannon's decision. If they decide to go with one quarterback next season then I'll be competing for that starting job. And if they decide to go with the two-quarterback system, then it'll work out whichever way it goes."

Harris says of the current two-QB system that "I appreciate it. It gave me an opportunity to play and show my abilities and skills to the world."

Harris said he's excited about playing in the Emerald Bowl.

"Everybody is excited," Harris said. "We want to go out with a bang, go out with a good performance. We want to go out there and win this game.

"We consider this as a spring game, because this determines how we'll look next year. This is like the first practice of '09. We just have to go out there and have fun. We play mistake-free football we should be okay."

What does Harris know about San Francisco?

"There's a bridge - the Golden Gate," he said. "There's something called Fisherman's something. It's going to be a fun experience."

* Players spoke about their thoughts on the bowl game after practice.

Kayne Farquharson said, "The last time I was in San Francisco I won the junior college championship. Our junior college coaches are coming there to check us out. It's probably going to be a nice environment; probably a nice bowl game, too.

"(Cal) looks good. The secondary, they have a lot of interceptions. They play sound football."

On if the team is excited to go to the Emerald Bowl, Farquharson said, "Of course. Anytime you do better than the previous year you have to be excited. We wanted to do better, but we are where we are and it is what it is."

Laron Byrd said of going to the bowl game that "I'm real excited about it. We would have been more excited if we made it to the Orange Bowl, but things happen for the best, for a reason. We have to finish off games more. We had a great season and we just have to finish it off with the icing on the cake."

Defensive tackle Marcus Forston said he's looking forward to touring San Francisco.

"It's a place a lot of people want to go for vacation," Forston said. "It's something new.

"Cal is a Pac-10 team that's pretty good, likes to move the ball on offense. It's going to be a big challenge for us."

* The team practice again tomorrow afternoon and then will practice Thursday through Sunday before departing for San Francisco.
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Mike James is Ready to Recruit

Davenport (FL) Ridge High School RB and Cane commitment Mike James is taking his official visit to Miami this weekend.

"I heard it's going to be a real big visit weekend," James said. "I talked to coach (Clint) Hurtt three times in the last week, called him. I just say I can't wait for the visit. I'm very excited.

"Coach Hurtt, he was talking about coming in January, working out at 6 a.m. and class at 8 a.m. I know it'll be a tough task."

James says it was important to him to arrive early.

"It's an early education and practicing," he said. "By the time the other kids get there I'll already know the system."

James says he will be working on any non-committed recruits on the visit this weekend with him.

"I'll just say the U is where it's at and try to promote the school as much as possible," James said. "It speaks for itself, the history. The ones of us that are committed will be telling them if you want to win a championship the next year or two, this is where you need to be."

James got an in-home visit from Hurtt and coach Tommie Robinson last Friday.

"They sat down with my mom, me and my dad on Friday night," Hurtt said. "My mom already feels comfortable with them. She didn't have anything to ask because everything's all squared away.

"We watched TV - I had the Lakeland game against us on DVD, my coach got a copy and I got one. Coach Robinson, he was asking me what way I like to get the ball, out of the I, and I say any way. I just love getting the ball. He was noticing on my film the things I did. He was telling me what he liked, how I picked up blitzes and finished runs."

James finished his senior year with 1,200 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns.
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Will 2010 J. Gore Pull the Trigger Soon

Miami (FL) Columbus High School RB Jakhari Gore watched the Canes recently land two early 2010 commitments.

But he has no plans on making such an early decision.

"My final decision probably will be during my senior year when I talk to a lot of colleges," Gore said. "I'm just keeping everything open right now. That's one thing my mom told me to do."

Gore also knows where his mother stands on his early college choices.

"I talk to my mom a lot about it - she wants me to stay here," Gore said. "I also really want to stay here to be close to my mom. We have a great relationship. But we look at it like whatever school gives me the best opportunity to play, that's where I'll go.

"I feel I can play at UM, that I fit in with the team and can get good playing time there. Me, my mom and Frank (Gore, his cousin) wants me to go to UM."

Gore says now that his season is over he's begun working out for next year.

"It's lifting weights and running," he says.

While he prepares, colleges continue to show him a lot of early love. He already lists over 20 scholarship offers.

"Miami offered at the beginning of September," Gore says, adding, "I love UM. I've been watching them play the last couple of games and it seems every week it's been something going wrong. One week they've have something wrong and fix it; the next week they'll have something wrong. Coach (Patrick) Nix talked to me and told me it's still a young team, that they're working to get it right.

"Watching them it seems they're getting there. They're getting better and better."

Gore says Alabama coaches came to his high school and spoke with him last week.

"Their message was `Do I want to play some Alabama football?'" Gore said. "I said I want to play wherever I'll get a lot of playing time. I want to play. He said, `Well, the way it's looking now you can play anywhere you go.' I said `I hope so.' I think I'm ready to play college football, do my thing out there."
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Cane commitment Brandon McGee's season ended in the first round of the playoffs against Deerfield Beach.

Teams didn't go his way much during the year - he finished with 31 tackles, two interceptions, nine pass breakups, a sack and two forced fumbles. On offense he had 200 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns.

And now he's focused on the next chapter in his life: He's graduating high school early and will report to Miami Jan. 20.

"Everything's all set," McGee said. "I took care of the Clearinghouse and everything. Talking with coach (Jeff) Stoutland, they told me I'm all ready to go.

"It's important to get there early. It gives an edge on the competition coming in with me. We have great DB's now with (Demarcus) Van Dyke and Brandon Harris. Coming early, it gives me a chance to get familiar with plays."

McGee says he already feels like part of the team. He texts and talks with current players Javarris James, Graig Cooper, Jacory Harris and Adewale Ojomo "a lot."

McGee was last on campus the Wednesday before the NC State game. He watched on at practice.

"I had a lot of fun just talking with Tommy Streeter and Travis Benjamin," McGee said. "And watching practice, I was watching coach (Wesley) McGriff and how he operates, coach (Randy) Shannon. It's real mellow, and I fit right in.

"They do practice hard, but I'm used to that."

McGee says he sees himself getting a role on defense as a true freshman.

"They need help in the secondary," he said. "We're doing a great job recruiting now, and the freshmen coming in next year will be able to contribute. We have a young defense, a secondary that needs help. I see myself stepping in and contributing right away."

McGee will take his official Cane visit this weekend.
Brandon McGee >>>>>>>>>>>>


these are the attitudes we need!!

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