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 8 years ago '04        #5081
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University of Miami's defensive line is loaded with talent

One mark of the great University of Miami teams was a dominant defensive line. After a decline in recent years, an infusion of talent has the Hurricanes believing this defensive line could be their best in years. "We've got some guys who could be great,'' coach Randy Shannon said, mentioning Marcus Robinson and Adewale Ojomo. Some of the preseason buzz:

• Defensive tackles: Junior Allen Bailey, who shifted from end to tackle, had teammates buzzing after he lifted a UM-record 400 pounds in a power-clean last week. One staffer called him the program's strongest player, physically, in many years.

"Allen Bailey will be a nightmare for quarterbacks,'' linebacker Sean Spence said. "Just look at him. People think he's not even human.''

Bailey has gained seven pounds and weighs 290. And at defensive tackle, "I have to worry about less than I did at end. It's easier on my brain.'' Bailey led UM with five sacks in 2008, but "stopping the run is my first priority'' now. UM was 75th out of 119 teams against the run last year, and he is critical to improving that....

The issue with sophomore Marcus Forston, one UM staffer said, is he must go hard every down. Forston wore down physically at times last season but said he's stronger and knows he must be more consistent. "He reminds me of Cortez Kennedy, Warren Sapp when they were young,'' Shannon said this spring. "They are up and down. Some days he will dominate, some days he will get into a little funk''.....

And UM needs better play from its backup tackles -- senior Joe Joseph and junior Josh Holmes will be pushed by sophomores Jeremy Lewis and Micanor Regis and freshmen Curtis Porter (an early enrollee) and Luther Robinson. Eric Moncur said of the inexperienced players, Regis has improved the most "and is going to shock people.''

• Defensive ends: Moncur, a sixth-year senior, should start at one end spot, with Robinson or Ojomo at the other. Ojomo is better against the run; Robinson is an exceptional pass-rusher.

Moncur had six sacks in 10 games in '07 but missed nine games in '08 recovering from "complications'' from sports hernia surgery. "I never thought I'd be out that long. I'm better than I was before the injury. My strength was the last thing to come back.'' Teammates say his explosiveness has returned.

Coaches were impressed by Ojomo's dedication this offseason -- he came in often to watch film and has matured from last year, when he was suspended twice. "At a certain point, you have to grow up,'' he said.

Robinson (four sacks in '08) said: "I'm improving on stopping the run and being an every-down player. I'm hoping to be a No. 1 guy. Eric will make it easier because teams will prepare more for his side.''

Also in the mix: junior Steven Wesley, sophomore Andrew Smith, redshirt freshman Gavin Hardin and freshmen Olivier Vernon and Dyron Dye. "I've surprised people,'' Vernon, an early enrollee, said of his impressive spring. Look for Vernon to play some on third downs --"he has the skills to be a dominant pass rusher,'' offensive tackle Jason Fox said, joking that "half our team is defensive linemen.''
the d-line is LOADED...and we got chandler and nix coming next year. opposing qbs will be running for their lives
all the dbs better get ready to get a whole bunch of picks:applause:

we gotta get that o-line shored up tho, the left side is straight with fox and franklin but someone on the right side needs to step up and protect jacory
 8 years ago '04        #5082
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Johnson Slims Down, Gains Speed
Jul. 29, 2009

By: Christopher Stock





Aldarius Johnson is looking to improve on his freshman season when he caught 31 passes.
MIAMI, Fla. -- Wide receiver Aldarius Johnson has slimmed down to improve his speed on the field.

Johnson, who stands 6-foot-3, is down to 202 pounds, the lowest he's been since his junior year in high school.

Last year, he was up to 225 pounds.

"I'm at 202 pounds and that's good for me," Johnson said. "I am coming in and out of my break faster and running faster. I still feel strong. I like it."

As a freshman in 2008, Johnson led the team with 31 receptions for 332 yards and three touchdowns.

During the spring, he said his goals were to have 900 yards and 15 touchdowns. Slimming down should help his ability to make bigger plays and re-gain his speed that he showed while at Northwestern in high school.

"I want to be better at everything (this year), coming off the ball better, catching the ball better, running routes, and laying it all on the line for my team," Johnson said.

Johnson entered the summer at 214 pounds and wanted to continue to slim down.

"The summer went well," Johnson said. "I ran hard and stayed focused on what we are trying to get down. I worked on getting off the ball a lot better."

While many players spend time watching film, Johnson said he isn't spending too much time in the film room.

"I watch a little film, but I know I'll watch more coming up," he said.

Miami needs Johnson to have a big year and follow up on a solid freshman season, something recent Hurricanes Sam Shields, Lance Leggett, and Ryan Moore failed to do as all three had their numbers decrease in their second year.

While Johnson is expected to be the go-to receiver, he'll have some help as their are seven other receivers on the roster, all of which are ready and able to contribute this season.

"We are getting better by the day, not by the week," Johnson said. "We are going to be sophomores this year and we know what we have to do. We just have to come out and play."

Fall practices begin on August 8.
 8 years ago '04        #5083
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Game Slowing Down For OL Franklin
Jul. 29, 2009

By: David Lake





Orlando Franklin
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Offensive lineman Orlando Franklin is ready to put together a consistent season and reach his full potential this year.

Franklin (6-7, 318) has always been one of Miami’s most impressive physical specimens since he arrived at UM in 2007.

In the two seasons he has been at Miami, Franklin has started 14 games and been one of Miami’s best run blockers.

Going into this season, Franklin says he has noticed the game has slowed down for him and he expects to put together his best season yet.

“When I first got here and I was playing, everything was fast flowing in a game,” Franklin said. “Now you take so much reps at it that it is a process of thinking and everything has slowed down. Throughout the spring it was moving in slow motion.”

“I feel like I didn’t play up to my potential [last season]. I could have done a lot better, but I wasn’t as focused as I needed to be.”

Franklin has always shown flashes of dominance during his time at Miami, but he has lacked a consistency week in and week out of being great. His consistency this season is the one area he is looking to improve.

“I need to be a lot more consistent to help out this team,” Franklin said.

“I feel as if I have come a long way since my freshman year. When I was a freshman I was just out there playing. Now there is a lot more to it. I understand the game of football a whole lot more. I know what is going to happen before it happens.”

Franklin hinted that Miami won’t be using the heavy rotation on the offensive line that was used last season. According to Franklin, the best players will play most of the game.

“If we are doing what we are supposed to be doing, then we are going to be staying on the field,” Franklin said. “Coach has made that clear to us.”

Franklin, who is one of Miami’s most boisterous players during practice, says he wants to become more of a leader this season. Franklin practices with a great deal of intensity every day and he hopes that can rub off on his teammates.

“I expect to try and emerge as a team leader and help out as much as I can.”

One player who Franklin can lead is freshman guard Brandon Washington, who is currently his backup. Like Franklin, Washington has a lot of physical talent as an offensive lineman and Franklin believes he can make an impact this season.

“I think he is going to have a good opportunity to play early because I played as a freshman,” Franklin said.

When asked if Miami is ready to contend for an ACC title, Franklin doesn’t hesitate with his answer.

“That is what I am shooting for, nothing less,” he said.
 8 years ago '07        #5084
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Liking the news

but its time to prove it on the field

sept 7 cant come fast enough
 8 years ago '04        #5085
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LB Sharpton Looking for a Big Year
Jul. 30, 2009

By: Christopher Stock





Darryl Sharpton has 160 career tackles in 39 games at Miami.
MIAMI, Fla. -- Now is the time for Darryl Sharpton to produce.

The fifth-year senior from Coral Gables is in his final season at Miami and he has the best opportunity ahead of him.

“This is my last season,” said Sharpton, who enters the fall as the team’s starting middle linebacker. “I’m going to try to unleash all of the tools that I have and put it all together in one solid season.”

Sharpton wasn’t a highly regarded recruit in 2005, but former Miami a.ssistant coach and current FIU head coach Mario Cristobal thought he could be the best in UM’s signing class.

He’s done well in flashes in his career at UM and started five games during his redshirt freshman season in 2006. He finished that season with 41 tackles, one sack, and four tackles for a loss in 12 games.

But in 2007, he was unable to carry over the momentum to start the season and was relegated to a reserve role until he started the final five games as he bounced around from starting at weakside, strongside, and middle. His best game of the season was a 12-tackle game (most in his career) in a win over Virginia Tech as the starting weakside linebacker. The next game he was moved to middle linebacker and had nine tackles against Boston College.

Last season, Sharpton started a career-best 10 games all at strongside linebacker and finished with 66 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and six tackles for a loss. He was the team’s fourth-leading tackler. But he is still looking for a breakthrough season.

“I obviously feel that I haven’t shown everything that I have,” said Sharpton, who has 160 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and 16 taclkes for a loss in 39 games. “I have a lot to show and this is the season I’m going to do it.”

In the off-season Sharpton has put in plenty of time in the film room watching more than he ever has in his career.

“I’ve been watching film a lot, every other day,” he said. “I’ve been watching more film than I had in the past and I’m really focused on my technique.”

He says he will watch film by himself, but also with other people sometimes too.

“I go in by myself. I go in with teammates. Sometimes I go in with former players,” he said. “There might be guys in the weight room and I’ll just ask if they want to go to the film room.”

One teammate he has been spending time with is sophomore Arthur Brown, who is the back-up to Sharpton.

“Arthur is looking real good,” Sharpton said. “I’ve been working with him. We’ve been watching film and going over stuff. I’ve been watching him a lot more than other guys and he’s improved a lot especially in pass coverage.”

Currently Sharpton is in the middle with junior Colin McCarthy expected to be the strongside linebacker, although those two could be interchangeable, but Sharpton is better suited in the middle because of his run-stopping abilitiy and sophomore Sean Spence at weakside linebacker.

“I think we all have different tools and if we put all the tools together the possibilities are endless and we can be a great, great linebacker corps,” Sharpton said. “Colin is a playmaker all the way. He’s going to get interceptions and fumble recoveries. He has a knack for getting to the ball. The same with Spence. He’s the same kind of guy, but he’s also a hitter. He brings a lot of that to the table.”

Sharpton currently is up to 240 pounds and would like to drop five pounds before fall practices begin on August 8.

“I’m looking forward to fall practices,” Sharpton said. “This is my fifth year. I work hard every year, I lift weights, run, and I’ve been through a lot. I’m just real ready to get the season started.”
 8 years ago '04        #5086
Playnogames305 
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Freshman Speedster CB McGee Looking to Contribute Immediately
Jul. 30, 2009

By: Christopher Stock





Brandon McGee is one of the fastest players on the team.
MIAMI, Fla. -- Freshman Brandon McGee is expected to be ready to contribute this season.

McGee is just one of six cornerbacks on the roster and will need to be ready for action.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound speedster from Plantation turned in the fastest 40 time during spring testing with a 4.19 tying with Sam Shields after enrolling in January.

“(Defensive backs)Coach McGriff said I can run fast forward, but can I run fast backwards,” McGee said.

So McGee took to McGriff’s advice and worked on his backpedal throughout the summer. That was his primary focus. He grabbed cones, set them up, and worked on his backpedal doing a variety of drills.

“My summer was great actually,” McGee said.

McGee had surgery on his finger in March causing him to miss the final week of spring practices including the spring game.

“During the spring I definitely think I had a lot of momentum until I had the surgery,” McGee said. “Then I wasn’t able to play in the spring game, but I definitely think that momentum is coming back now during 7-on-7s. I’m getting pretty confident.”

McGee said he was disappointed that he wasn’t able to participate in the spring game because of the injury.

“It was definitely disappointing not to be able to play in the spring game, but Coach Shannon and Coach McGriff told me not to worry about it,” McGee said. “Sometimes you have to go through things and told me it wouldn’t set me back at all. I’m just looking forward to getting on the field this fall.”

Right now, McGee is healthy and ready to go for fall practices, which begin August 8.

McGee is competing for playing time at corner along with seniors Chavez Grant, Ryan Hill, and Sam Shields as well as junior DeMarcus Van Dyke and sophomore Brandon Harris.

“I definitely feel I can contribute,” McGee said. “I think that is why Coach Shannon and Coach McGriff wanted me to come in early.”

Miami opens their season on September 7 at rival Florida State.

“I’ve had a lot of dreams of what it would be like to run out of the tunnel at Doak Campbell, first game, Labor Day, I’ve thought about all of that.”
 8 years ago '05        #5087
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The Hurricanes have their quarterback in this recruiting class.

Miami (FL) Monsignor Pace High School QB Stephen Morris has made his college decision: He chose Miami over Virginia and Purdue.

"I verbally committed to Miami," Morris said. "I did it 30 minutes ago. I talked to all the coaches. They were saying congratulations, welcome to the U, you're part of a great family.

"I feel 100 percent confident about my decision. It just felt like home to me. I know I made the right choice."

Morris made the choice after talking things over with his parents and coaches.

"I sort of knew after I visited (this week)," Morris said. "I knew it was the right decision."

Morris says he's "most likely" done with visits to other colleges.

"Miami felt like it was the best fit for me athletically and academically," Morris said. "It's 100 percent."

The 6-foot-2, 186-pounder with 4.62-second speed initially received a Cane offer last month.

That came after he worked with first-year coordinator Mark Whipple at the UM camp.

"It was a good experience," Morris said. "He really knows his stuff. He was coaching me up on where to place the ball, and he showed me what you need to look for in the college playbook.

"(Whipple is) a great coach. He knows his stuff, knows how to coach. He came from the NFL, so he has an NFL type of playbook, an NFL type of offense, which is great to have. You can't ask for anything more. He's a great coach and a great friend."

Of how he first landed the offer, Morris said, "I called coach Whipple and he told me we have to offer you, you're a great athlete."

Morris finished his junior year completing 64 percent of his passes with 2,005 passing yards, 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

"The progress from his freshman year to his senior year has been tremendous as far as reading coverages all the way down to just his natural God-given ability, his confidence," Pace High coach Alvin Slaughter said. "He came into his own his junior year, and this year he's more of a vocal guy. Before he only led by example, was the first one on the field, last one off the field. It's his last go round, and he wants to go out on top, so he's become more of a vocal guy. He's very coachable.

"The thing I always say about him is his arm strength. I saw that from the first time he stepped on our practice field - he was throwing the ball as far as our seniors his freshman year. I was looking at him like you're going to be special. But back then he had no accuracy, would try to drill the ball into a guy five yards from him. So he understands that and it's started to come together. But his arm strength is unbelievable. And he's showed a lot more mobility - in the spring game his ability to elude defenders and still see downfield, set up and deliver the ball was great. He's a guy looking to make a play downfield with his arm. I love his decision-making."

Morris is rated the nation's No. 27 dual threat quarterback by Rivals.com.

"Maybe the numbers don't jump off the charts, but this kid can get the jobe done," Slaughter said. "You beat Naples, Belle Glade and stand in the fire and you've been battle-tested, I don't understand why some recruiting services aren't giving him his due. Even the Elite 11, the guy emailed me and said Stephen showed his tail off, was one of our top-ranked quarterbacks out there in Las Vegas out of all these national guys. And still the offers were slowly coming in."

ESPN's evaluation of Morris reads that "Morris is tall, lean and very athletic but he is a passer first, runner second. Has the frame to develop bulk and strength and become a strong pocket passer that can get out of trouble. He is a cross between Star Jackson from the 2008 class and Eugene Smith from the 2009 class. ... He has a long, whip-like delivery, but the ball comes out quick and with very good zip and RPM's. ... Morris is a terrific prospect for development and he has high upside. He's tall, has a great arm and his best football is down the line at the college level."

Of his goals at Miami, Morris said, "Just going in, making an impact on the team. I'm going to be behind Jacory (Harris), and he'll show me the ropes. When it's my chance I have to do the best I can do."
*yawns*
 8 years ago '05        #5088
Deeangoe 2 heat pts
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is penn state really that hard to get into...cuz i dont see how they accept him in miami
 8 years ago '04        #5089
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With the University of Miami's football season officially starting with their first practice on Saturday, we take a look at who the key players for UM will be this year. Miami is entering the season with a lot of talented players, but UM needs these players in particular to step up and become mentioned with the best in their conference at their position. Read here for which players are the five most important players for Miami to have a successful 2009 season. ************************************************** ***************

5. RB Graig Cooper Miami's offense has always been as good as its running game and if the UM offense is going to be formidable unit again, Cooper needs to have a big year. Cooper has said his goal is to rush for over 1,000 yards this season and UM's offense will need that type of steady ground game in order to have a productive offense. One area Cooper needs to improve in particular is his rushing touchdowns on the year. Cooper has led Miami in rushing for the last two years and only averaged four rushing touchdowns per season. Cooper will be an important piece in offensive coordinator Mark Whipple's offense and he will need to find the end-zone more this season.

4. LG Orlando Franklin With senior Jason Fox anchoring the tackle spot on the left side, it is time for Orlando Franklin to team up with him and be a consistent road-grading force at guard so Miami can dominate that side of the offensive line. Franklin arguably has the most potential of any player on Miami's roster and his physical ability on the offensive line is freaky. Franklin, who has struggled at times during his career with penalties and missing a.ssignments, says the game has really slowed down for him going into this season. If Franklin can be the dominate run blocking force that he has shown he can be this season and allow UM running backs to run through holes on his side of the line, UM's offense will be tough to beat. Franklin's consistency this season will be a big key for Miami.

3. CB Brandon Harris One of the biggest questions going into this season is which player in the secondary will step up for UM at cornerback? Miami lacked a lockdown at cornerback last season and after starting six games as a true freshman last year, the time is now for Harris to blossom into being UM's next great cornerback. Miami needs Harris to carry over some confidence from a solid freshman year into this season and become the shutdown defensive back that he can be. Harris picked off one pass last season, but for Miami's defense to return back to its dominate form, they will need more game changing plays like that this year.

2. LB Sean Spence It is time for Sean Spence to be the unquestioned leader of the Miami defense. Spence is Miami's most talented player on defense and simply put, he makes game changing plays. As a true freshman last season, Spence made game changing plays all over the field. Now that he has a years worth of experience under his belt, expect for Spence to be the same type of playmaker, but also expect him to play with more consistency on each down. Spence is the type of defensive force that offenses gameplan to avoid. Spence has the instincts to affect an opponents running and passing game and should his development continue, he will be Miami's best player on defense this year.

1. QB Jacory Harris Strong quarterback play is what distinguishes good teams from great teams in college football and the development and production of Harris will be the story of the season for Miami. Harris' primary responsibility will be to limit his turnovers, but if he can gain confidence over the course of the season to go for and make big plays, he will have the firepower around him to lead a potent attack. He is also UM's most indispensable player because he is their only ready option at quarterback. One of the biggest keys this season is to keep Harris healthy the entire year. If Harris puts up strong numbers this year, Miami will be set at quarterback for two more seasons and should challenge for conference championships during his time at UM.
 8 years ago '04        #5090
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With the University of Miami's football season officially starting with their first practice on Saturday, we take a look at who the impact true freshman will be this year. Miami is entering the season with a lot of talented players, but each season a handful of true freshmen make a significant impact on a football team and on a season. Read here for which players are the five true freshmen who are expected to make an impact on this season and why we expect these players to be early contributors this year. ************************************************** ***************

5. CB Brandon McGee McGee showed great promise and playmaking ability during the first three weeks of spring practice before he had to shut it down because of a finger injury. McGee showed very good ball skills during the spring and returned an interception for a touchdown in one of the spring scrimmages. McGee, who ran the fastest 40 time of any player during the post spring testing period, has the speed and size to play with any receiver. McGee has been working on his technique all summer and his development will determine just how much playing time he gets this year. McGee could also see some time in the return game.

4. S Ray Ray Armstrong Armstrong is Miami's most talented recruit from the class of 2009, but if he is going to see the field early this season he will need to be a quick study during fall camp. Armstrong may be raw right now at this point in his career, but he has the type of swagger, tackling ability, and big play ability that Miami needs in their secondary and he could be difficult to keep off the field. Armstrong will likely start the season as an impact player on special teams and then see his playing time on defense rise as the season progresses.

3. RB Mike James James made a splash during spring football when he churned up big gains in nearly every scrimmage. James has great vision and a great burst through the offensive line and has an advanced knowledge of his responsibilities at this stage of his career. Don't be surprised if James is receiving significant reps for UM at the end of the season. There is little that James can't do from the running back position and the versatility he brings at that position is tough to keep off the field.

2. DE Olivier Vernon Vernon really took his level of play to another level during his month of spring football and impressed coaches and players alike. Vernon is one of those rare defensive linemen that shows early promise as both a pass rusher and run stopper. He is expected to be a legitimate part of the defensive line rotation this year and his versatility should turn some heads this season.

1. OL Brandon Washington Washington is too much of an athlete and is too physically gifted to not see the field this season and have an impact on the offensive line. During the spring, Washington impressed offensive line Jeff Stoutland so much that he called Washington "extremely bright and intelligent" during the spring and was impressed with his ability to pick up new responsibilities on the offensive line
 8 years ago '04        #5091
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With the 2009 season, one of the things that is expected are many position battles. Battles will take place all over the field, but the biggest battle will take place across the defensive line.

There are numerous young players across the defensive line that gained a lot of experience. Marcus Robinson, Marcus Forston and Andrew Smith all picked up major playing time as true freshmen.

The unit has two seniors in defensive tackle Joe Joseph and defensive end Eric Moncur, who is hoping he can stay healthy for a final senior year, after being sidelined all of last year. The remainder of the defensive linemen, Allen Bailey, Steven Wesley, Adewale Ojomo, Josh Holmes, Micanor Regis, Gavin Hardin, Olivier Vernon and Jeremy Lewis will all have the opportunity to get in the mix for major playing time, including the above mentioned, Robinson, Forston and Smith. True freshmen Luther Robinson, Curtis Porter and Dyron Dye will also get work in fall practice, but it will be tough for any of them to avoid being redshirted as long as the older players remain healthy.

What makes the defensive line battle even more intriguing is that it's really a wide open situation all over the place. While Moncur is expected to be a starter at one defensive end position, Moncur hasn't played any meaningful football in what seems like forever. The challenge in that alone will be to see if he can get to the season healthy. There are four players who will legitimately battle with Moncur for a starting position - Robinson, Wesley, Vernon and Ojomo, which makes the battle wide open.

Robinson provides a great pass rush off the edge and he showed that late last season. Wesley is a steady defensive end. He's never been overwhelming, rather steady and even quite often. Ojomo is the one that has so much talent, but has never kept himself mentally focused enough to be the dominating defensive end that everyone thinks he can be. Vernon is the true freshman who showed in the Spring that he can be a great one.

Who starts at defensive end truthfully remains a mystery because there are so many things that will come into play. Consistency will be the first thing that is key for all the of the defensive ends. Who can be the most consistent at the position? Production will be the second thing. While it's great to speak of potential, that potential has to be reached on the field. Players have to make plays. If they don't make plays, they simply shouldn't play.

Hardin and Smith will have some work to do to get into the rotation, but an injury here and there and their numbers will be called. Dye will most certainly redshirt as it would seem completely illogical with seven defensive ends that are clearly ahead of him for Miami to burn his redshirt year having him play Special Teams.

The defensive tackle spot is a little tighter. It seems likely that the starting positions are going to go to two of three players - Joseph, Forston and Allen Bailey. Bailey will be playing his third position in three years, but this one allows him to finally use his brute strength on the inside. Regis, Holmes and Lewis pushing them. If Porter and Robinson don't redshirt, it will most likely be because there are injuries among the top six defensive tackles.

The key to the defensive tackle spot though is Forston. He has to come into his own and dominate. He has to be the player who goes hard every down, the Warren Sapp-like tackle that everyone has compared him to. Being that Forston, like Sapp is an undersize tackle, he has to use his strength and quickness and come hard every play. He can't take plays off.

Backing them up are guys like Regis, Holmes and Lewis. Holmes is another one who has to bring it on every play because he is undersized. Regis, on the other hand, is a mauler. He's huge, strong and physical and just an absolute monster who has the ability to be a destroyer inside. Lewis will be another who is pushing them.

But again, it boils down to consistency and production. Miami needs from its defensive line, more than any other spot on the field, consistency and production. With consistency and production from the defensive line, the holes open up for the linebackers to make tackles and with production, i.e. pressure on the quarterback it puts the secondary in a better situation. It always starts up front and funnels down from there.

Projected Starters DE Eric Moncur DT Marcus Forston DT Allen Bailey DE Adewale Ojomo
 08-08-2009, 09:15 AM         #5092
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Hurricanes #1

Well another year of college football is upon us and YES! I have the 'Canes winning the ACC. I've had that since they entered the ACC, and we WILL win the ACC soon (REAL SOON). The last 2 years have been sub-par for the Canes, but i have no doubts that Randy Shannon will have OUR 'Canes ready to exit the tunnel and ready to stop FSU! Come one, come all. Who wants to run up on the buzzsaw we call the Canes!!!! It's GAME TIME!!!!

As Goldberg would say.... FSU!.... YOU'RE NEXT!!!!!!
 8 years ago '04        #5093
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man im so f**kin pumped. cant wait til sept 7.
 8 years ago '07        #5094
Kinglew88 13 heat pts13
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When they start fall pratices?
 8 years ago '05        #5095
Deeangoe 2 heat pts
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 L-E-Dub b**ch said:
When they start fall pratices?
today was the first day
 8 years ago '05        #5096
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thought id hook ereyone up being that im stuck working midnight shift tonight so ill post some s**t




The Hurricanes worked out in shorts on the Cobb Stadium field for two hours this morning in front of an estimated crowd of 1,500.

And the fans saw the usual first day practice woes: Dropped passes, players who couldn't finish running drills at the end of the day and fumbled snaps.

The team did mostly individual work, with very limited 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 sessions.

There were two highlights that drew the biggest reaction from fans. The first was a 20-yard pass over the middle by Jacory Harris in 7-on-7 work that was deflected to Dedrick Epps (coming off ACL surgery), who ran it into the end zone. The other also came in 7-on-7's when Demarcus Van Dyke stepped in front of a walkon receiver and took a Cannon Smith pass back 50 yards for a touchdown.

Other 7-on-7 highlights: Sam Shields had a diving pass breakup of a Harris throw on the left sideline; Leonard Hankerson made a nice grab on a pass from Cannon Smith with a walkon in tight coverage; Tommy Streeter had a long TD grab; Brandon Harris had an interception of AJ Highsmith when Hankerson fell down on his route; Arthur Brown broke up a pass, missing the interception off his fingers.

In 11-on-11 work at the end of practice there were three fumbled snaps out of the 18 plays run by the offense. And the offense also had another fumble when a receiver put the ball on the ground after a short reception.

Highlights of 11-on-11's: Aldarius Johnson made a nice catch of a Jacory Harris pass on the right side for a gain of 15 yards; Micanor Regis made a nice play when he hit Mike James in the backfield for a loss of two; Andrew Smith had a sack of Cannon Smith.

* In injury news freshman Jamal Reid left practice early after appearing to strain a leg muscle while backpedaling in defensive drills. Davon Johnson also couldn't finish the day's work and had an ice wrap around his hamstring before limping to the locker room at the end of practice.

Players that didn't complete running at the end of practice: Jermaine Johnson, Steven Wesley, Matt Pipho, Travis Benjamin and Ben Jones. Jeremy Lewis tried to f!ght through and walked on the side to complete the running with his teammates urging him on.

* In early inside run drills only one carry broke through the line - that came from Lamar Miller, who burst free up the middle.

* The opening practice stretch depth chart:

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

QB Jacory Harris; RB Javarris James (he split first team reps with Graig Cooper in drills); WR Leonard Hankerson (only WR in the first two lines - perhaps a message to other receivers they need to earn their place ... in coming out drills the first team receivers were constantly changing, and the two receivers to get the initial first team snap after stretching were Hankerson and LaRon Byrd); TE Dedrick Epps; OL (L to R) Jason Fox, Orlando Franklin, AJ Trump, Joel Figueroa, Matt Pipho

SECOND TEAM OFFENSE

QB Taylor Cook; RB Graig Cooper (he took the first snap in initial drills following stretching); TE Richard Gordon (he got the first snap with the first team after stretching); OL (L to R) Ben Jones, Brandon Washington, Tyler Horn; Harland Gunn; Jermaine Johnson (Note that fullbacks Patrick Hill and John Calhoun did not line up in places)

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE

CBs DeMarcus Van Dyke, Brandon Harris and Chavez Grant all lined up in first line with safety Randy Phillips (projected starter Vaughn Telemaque stood in back of the lineups); DEs Adewale Ojomo and Steven Wesley (Eric Moncur was in the back and took second and third team snaps during drills as he comes off injury); DTs Josh Holmes and Allen Bailey (Marcus Forston shared first team reps in drills); LBs Sean Spence, Darryl Sharpton, Colin McCarthy

SECOND TEAM DEFENSE

CBs Sam Shields and Brandon McGee lined up with safeties Jared Campbell and Joseph Nicolas; DEs Olivier Vernon and Marcus Robinson; DTs Marcus Forston, Joe Joseph; LBs Ramon Buchanan, Arthur Brown, Jordan Futch
 8 years ago '05        #5097
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• Among those opening with the first team at competitive positions Saturday: Leonard Hankerson and Byrd at receiver, with Kendal Thompkins in the slot; Josh Holmes (ahead of Marcus Forston) at one defensive tackle spot; and Adewale Ojomo and Marcus Robinson at defensive end. Javarris James and Graig Cooper split first-team running back snaps.
 8 years ago '05        #5098
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Before 1,500 sun-drenched fans at Cobb Stadium, UM took part in its first day of fall practice on Saturday morning.

“For the most part, it was pretty decent,” said UM coach Randy Shannon, who is starting his third season. “Guys flew around a lot more than I expected because we had given them 10 days off. It was a good sign.”

The best sign of all may have been provided by tight end Dedrick Epps, who did not appear limited during the two-hour workout despite undergoing reconstructive knee surgery in January. Epps, UM’s fourth-leading receiver last season, injured his knee during practice in December leading up to the Emerald Bowl.

“Dedrick is fine,” Shannon said. “He ran around today. It was like he didn’t miss a beat. I’m excited to have him back.”

Also taking part in their first practice session since last season were linebacker Colin McCarthy and defensive end Eric Moncur.

The Hurricanes return to practice on Sunday at 8 a.m. The team will don full pads for the first time on Wednesday and will take part in the first of three fall scrimmages on Saturday.

A few other thoughts and notes from Day One:

…..Freshman Jamal Reid sustained the first injury of the season. The defensive back from Mayo appeared to injure a calf muscle while back-pedaling. Receiver Davon Johnson missed the last part of practice after coming off the field limping and favoring his left leg.

….The crowd was fairly quiet, but let out a big roar after redshirt freshman Tommy Streeter made a nice catch.

…..There is nothing more painful to watch than 6-foot-9, 349-pound Ian Symonette trying to complete his post-practice sprints.

…..Among the more interesting position battles this fall will be for the No. 3 tailback job. Freshmen Mike James and Lamar Miller have gotten a lot of attention, but I think converted defensive back Damien Berry will win the spot over James, Miller and sophomore Lee Chambers.

……Former ‘Cane Najeh Davenport watched practice.

…..UM will hold Media Day this afternoon
 8 years ago '07        #5099
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good s**t

not bad for the first day

wednesday is what im looking foward to tho. Pads bring out the real players. Sept 7th here we come
 8 years ago '05        #5100
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Moments after completing the final sprint of the Miami Hurricanes' season-opening practice Saturday, Eric Moncur slowly removed his helmet.

He looked exhausted.

Still, it's a safe bet that no Hurricane cherished being back on the field more than Moncur, whose time at Miami has been marred by heartbreak and disappointment -- chapters that he's determined to put behind him in 2009.
"I've been through some stuff," Moncur said, softly. "Stuff that some people don't go through in a lifetime."

Indeed, it's been one challenge after another for the 6-foot-2, 260-pound defensive end.

His college experience started a year behind schedule because of struggles with the SAT in 2003. His best friend Bryan Pata was shot and k!lled outside an apartment complex on Nov. 7, 2006, just a few hours after they walked off Miami's practice field together. And Moncur's mother Edwina, 42, died last year, not long after being diagnosed with rectal cancer.

"He lost his best friend," said Benny Moncur, the player's father. "And then he lost his other one."

On Aug. 30, 2008, Edwina Moncur entered a hospice facility in South Florida. Eric Moncur kissed her atop the head and promised to take care of the family, no matter what.

The next morning, he awoke to a text message from his brother, saying she was gone.

"Until then, I kept thinking, 'She'll get through this, she'll get through this,'" Moncur said. "I still can't believe it. I went home the night before she died, me and my girl slept on the couch and I couldn't do anything but cry. And when I got that text ... I just kept saying, 'Edwina Moncur, my mom, mom is dead, mom is dead, mom is dead.'"

Along with the emotional anguish, his physical pain was just starting.

Earlier that summer, Moncur had surgery to repair a sports hernia. He rehabbed vigorously, but pain in his midsection persisted, even though doctors insisted everything was fine. About a month after Edwina's death, Moncur simply said he couldn't play anymore.

Eventually, another doctor figured out why: He had a golf-ball-sized abdominal muscle tear, which had gone undetected. Still, Moncur missed the rest of the season, and Miami finished 7-6.

"I knew he was really hurt," Miami coach Randy Shannon said. "Eric's always been a guy, even in high school, who could play through pain. It didn't have anything to do with his mom. He was hurt. He was done."

Another surgery took place, this one to sew up the tear. Within weeks, Moncur starting feeling like himself again.

"Eric's got some things that he hasn't accomplished here yet," Shannon said. "He's a leader now."

Moncur could have gone to the NFL combine earlier this year, but would have been a longshot to get drafted. So to regain eligibility, Moncur needed to apply to the NCAA for an extra season, which was anything but a guarantee.

Then the NCAA sent word in February that Moncur could have a sixth year.

"I knew football was important to him before, but he's really, really taken it to a new level," Benny Moncur said. "He's using it to help himself heal. And it's working."

It all goes back to that last promise he made to his mother. Playing is his way to take care of his family.

Part of Edwina Moncur's legacy is her voice. The woman was loud, especially when her son made a big play. Even in raucous stadiums, Eric Moncur swears he could always hear his mom.

"I need him out there," Benny Moncur said. "It's helping him. It's helping me, too. I still have my moments where it's hard. But every day is a little better than the day before. I was always kind of reserved at games in the past. Not anymore. I've got to let it out."

His kid feels the same way. Moncur came to Miami determined to win a championship, and hasn't even celebrated a league title yet.

Now comes his last chance.

"All this, it's been the Lord's way of humbling me, man," Moncur said. "You go out and you think you're the top dog, somebody's going to put you in your place. Me and Bryan, we came here thinking it'd take us three years and we'd get right into the NFL. If it takes me six, then so be it. I'm here. I'm here for a reason."


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