Miami Hurricanes

most viewed right now
 102
Image(s) inside Ralo coming at MoneybagYo neck on ig
153 comments
@hiphop
most viewed right now
 83
Article inside Multiple women accuse Porn Legend Ron Jeremy of sexual assault
130 comments
@wild'ish
most viewed right now
 54
Ben Affleck walks out drunk by himself after Colbert Show grills him for gropi..
107 comments
@movies
most viewed right now
 51
NBA Perfect NBA player
93 comments
@sports

section   (0 bx goons and 1 bystanders) Share this on Twitter   Share this on Facebook
 

0 0%
Voters: 0. Sorry, you cannot vote on this poll (Boxden members only)

[Click here to become a member]

Props Slaps
 8 years ago '04        #5121
madness 14 heat pts14
space
space
space
$12,965 | Props total: 2750 2750
Hurricanes Practice in Full Pads for the First Time

Brandon Harris, Colin McCarthy each record two interceptions Wednesday

Aug. 12, 2009

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - On the fifth day of fall camp, the University of Miami football team practiced in full pads for the first time, working out for nearly two-and-a-half hours Wednesday morning on the Greentree Practice Fields.

After working in helmets and shorts on Saturday and Sunday and shells on Monday and Tuesday, the Hurricanes moved into full pads and had increased contact in certain drills on Wednesday.

Brandon Harris and Colin McCarthy stood out defensively, with each recording two interceptions on the morning. Offensively, Leonard Hankerson made a few big catches while Graig Cooper, Damien Berry and Mike James each had a few big runs.

Temperatures again held consistent, ranging from 85 to 88 degrees throughout.

The team will return to practice Thursday with its first two-a-day of camp. The `Canes will practice in full pads at an 8 a.m. session before coming back out at 3:45 p.m. in shells.

Practice Highlights
• Brandon Harris and Colin McCarthy each recorded two interceptions on the morning. Harris made the first pick of the morning in 11-on-11 action before McCarthy recorded his first in 7-on-7. Both players then wrapped up the morning with back-to-back INTs during the two-minute drill in 11-on-11 play towards the end of the session.
• Vaughn Telemaque (7-on-7), Ryan Hill (11-on-11) and Brandon McGee (11-on-11) also recorded interceptions Wednesday.
• Leonard Hankerson made two catches of 30+ yards in 11-on-11 action.
• Jacory Harris connected with LaRon Byrd for a deep ball in 11-on-11.
• Jimmy Graham and Damien Berry each scored during red zone drills.
• Damien Berry, Graig Cooper and Mike James all picked up significant gains in middle drills.
• Dedrick Epps, Tervaris Johnson and Aldarius Johnson all recorded catches of 20+ yards in 7-on-7 play.



Graham Post-Practice
After practice, head coach Randy Shannon and several players met with the members of the media. Senior tight end Jimmy Graham was among the group that was made available. He discussed a number of topics, including how his first day in full pads went, how his transition to football is going and his thoughts on going up against the defense in practice...

On being in pads for the first time - It's like having 30 more pounds on you, but it felt great. I'm getting used to it. I got lit up a couple of times, but I'm just trying to get better every day.

On how basketball helped prepare him for football - My footwork and quickness. Also getting up for balls in the endzone.

On facing the defense - They are really quick out there. I think we have one of the best defenses in the country. They are just really quick.

On which defenders made contact with him today - A few of the safeties. Jared (Campbell) got me one time. I'm just really excited though, happy to be out there.

On whether he is sore from contact - Yeah, I would say my hips may be a little sore. I've just got to get used to getting low and blocking those D-Ends. We got some big boys at the ends but all in all, I feel pretty good.

How has practice gone as the week progresses - Aggressive, much more aggressive, but it's getting better day by day. I'm getting more used to the DB's and the linebackers.

Getting to Know The "U" Freshmen - Dyron Dye Hometown: Sanford, Fla.
Position: Defensive End
Young Jeezy is in my Ipod right now
I'm a `Cane because: It's a "U" thing. It's family here.
My training camp roommate is: Ray-Ray Armstrong
Favorite part about being at the U right now: Being around all the talent
The first day in full pads was: Okay. A lot of guys flying around.
Darryl Sharpton keeps me laughing
I have learned so much from Eric Moncur and Steven Wesley
My most freshman-like moment was when: Coach Hurtt got on me
Favorite post-practice thing to do: Eat
One word to describe fellow Sanford Seminole Ray-Ray Armstrong: Athletic
Favorite sport besides football: Fishing
Toughest Offensive Lineman to face thus far in practice: Orlando Franklin
Eric Moncur or Adewale Ojomo in an arm wrestling match: Eric Moncur
Loudest player on the defense: Randy Phillips
 8 years ago '05        #5122
Deeangoe 2 heat pts
space
avatar space
space
$13,042 | Props total: 639 639
A drill the entire team focuses on the first day of full pads: Inside run.

And the offensive line more than held its own today in that drill, breaking open plenty of holes for the running backs to go through for big yardage.

"We were running it down their throat," OL Jason Fox said. "It was full tackle, and half the plays we didn't even get tackled."

The defense got back at the offense, though, with several interceptions.

Colin McCarthy had a pair of interceptions. Brandon McGee, Brandon Harris and walkon DB Corey Nelms also had interceptions as quarterbacks struggled keeping the ball away from the defense.

Of his picks, McCarthy said, "I had one in the two-minute (drill) - coach (John) Lovett made a good call, the D line got a good pass rush and they threw the ball up and I was able to come down with it. In seven-on-seven it was a regular drop, I broke on it and got a pick.

"It felt good to help the team out. We're getting turnovers. We're focusing on turnovers, because the last couple of years we haven't been able to force turnovers. We're continuing to focus on getting turnovers and making big plays."

There were also sacks on defense from Olivier Vernon and Adewale Ojomo, who also had tackles for losses.

Jeremy Lewis was also a standout in run defense.

A highlight on offense aside from Jimmy Graham's sliding TD catch: LaRon Byrd had a pair of nice catches in 11-on-11 work. Graig Cooper had a pair of scores in 11-on-11.

* First day in full pads? That's a welcome-to-the-next-level day for UM's freshman.

"It's a big difference, completely different for high school," freshman OL Jared Wheeler said. "In high school you have a bunch of little kids running around. Out here it's the big dogs. This is where it happens, man."

Wheeler's welcome to Miami moment?

"On an interception I was looking to trail the defensive back that caught the ball, and a defensive lineman, (Micanor) Regis, caught me - it was a little `Welcome to Miami' for me," Wheeler said.

* DT Marcus Forston says "I'm in the best shape of my life right now."

He adds, "I'm running to the ball better, using my hands better, getting off blocks better."

Forston said a big focus this off-season was losing weight, and he feels much lighter on his feet.

* Freshman TE Billy Sanders says his first day at UM in full pads "Went pretty well. My blocking's getting better, so that's good, but I had a few missed blocks. And my route running is doing well."

Of the hitting today, Sanders said, "I got hit a few times by the D line, but it was fine. It's faster (than high school)."

Sanders had one reception today in 7-on-7 work for an eight-yard gain.

Sanders says he hopes to play as a true freshman, but that coaches have given him no indication of his chances of playing yet.

* OL Harland Gunn says "The big thing about our O line is we have good chemistry. It's not `Who is going to start?' We're just working as a collective unit. Everyone is selfless. It's good competition at the same time, but there's no bad chemistry."

* Jason Fox said of the offensive line that "We have a lot of potential. I think we have a lot more experience (than last year). I think we are a really tight group, and we play well together. We've been playing together for three years, some of us. Half of us now, when we play our own guys (in practice) either we make fake calls or we don't say anything - we know each other so well that we don't need to make calls, and that way the defense doesn't know what play we're running. Otherwise when you play the same team every day they sort of figure out what play you're running.

"When you come that close, know what the other player is doing without saying it, that's special."

Fox also praised freshman DE Olivier Vernon.

"He has a lot of raw talent," Fox said. "He's coming in out of high school, and the guy can play football. He's fast, he's strong, he's got several different ways to beat you. That's not normal for a freshman. He has a lot of potential."

* OL A.J. Trump spoke about the progress he's seen in QB Jacory Harris.

"He's gotten a lot better - he's learning," Trump said. "Coach (Mark) Whipple is doing a great job with all the quarterbacks. I've seen an improvement just from the spring - those guys making reads, standing in the pocket, getting more confidence in the offense. As a whole the quarterback unit has improved."

Trump also spoke about freshman Brandon Washington's progress at learning the center position.

"He's doing a good job," Trump said. "He's picking things up quickly for just being here one spring. He's getting there. He's probably a guy that's going to play for us this year; that wouldn't surprise me at all."

* LB Colin McCarthy put on pads today for the first time since early last season, when he suffered a season-ending shoulder injury.

"It felt good to get out here, run around and hit people," he said. "It's been a little while, but it went well. It felt great."
 8 years ago '05        #5123
Deeangoe 2 heat pts
space
avatar space
space
$13,042 | Props total: 639 639
The Miami Hurricanes practiced in full pads Wednesday for the first time since the end of last spring. For linebacker Colin McCarthy, it had been a little bit longer than that.

The last time McCarthy was in full gladiator mode was 11 months ago. That day, against North Carolina, he suffered a season-ending shoulder injury. So, how did the first real lick McCarthy's taken since then feel on Wednesday? Well, it didn't hurt.

"The first hit, I was a little nervous," McCarthy said. "But my shoulder felt great. All summer I’ve been hitting bags with my shoulder getting ready for this. I really didn’t have any problems. Knock on wood, hopefully, it stays strong."

There isn't a player who more profoundly affected UM's run defense last season than McCarthy (in case you missed the Top 60 profile I used the following stat the other day). When McCarthy was in, the Hurricanes were good at stopping the run. UM's run defense led the ACC and ranked seventh nationally (65 ypg) through its first four games. But once McCarthy went out -- along with defensive end Eric Moncur -- UM had to turn to its younger players to hold the fort. Miami's run defense slipped from finishing 40th nationally in 2007 (133.75 yards per game) to 75th last season (151.85 ypg) and last in the ACC.

Wednesday, what UM focused on primarily was inside running drills. McCarthy said he was in the middle, learning and listening to defensive coordinator John Lovett closely. From what we heard, the offense had a nice day. But the fact McCarthy, who has played outside linebacker the majority of his career, is spending more time in the middle these days tells you two things: One, coaches probably aren't 100 percent confident Darryl Sharpton can handle being the sure-fire tackler in the middle they need. Two, Ramon Buchanon and Jordan Futch are probably making strides on the outside.

Needless to say, having a healthy and strong McCarthy in the middle will be huge for this defense. And at least after one day of hitting, that shoulder is still OK.

GRAHAM HANDLES HITS: The other player I wanted to hear from Wednesday as far as hitting goes was power forward turned tight end Jimmy Graham. Like McCarthy, so far, so good.

“It felt great. It was what I was anticipating,” Graham said. “We got some big hitters on the team. They’re real quick. You just have to put your head on a swivel.”


Graham said he took several licks. But nothing as hard as what he took Monday when he was hit by a trio of defenders on a crossing route over the middle. But he said he popped right back up and ran to the huddle.

“I was hit pretty hard out there. But I’ve been hitting guys in basketball like that for four years,” Graham said. “It doesn’t bother me at all. Next time, I’ll point at them and tell them to keep on coming.”

At 6-8, 260 pounds Graham can lay the wood himself. And he said he has. He said he’s been learning two positions – H-back and tight end and is practicing about 15 new plays a day. He said although it feels like “50” he’s coming in early in the morning to watch extra film and he feels he’s getting a grasp of it. Wednesday, he made a sliding catch in the back of the end zone for a touchdown. It was his second touchdown of the spring.

“It’s like dunking on somebody,” Graham said. “But in college, there is no showboating. So, I just toss it to the ref and keep running. Hopefully, there will be more to come.”

> Be sure to check out Susan Miller Degnan's feature on Graham in Thursday's paper.

Here are Wednesday's pactice highlights according to UM's sports info staff...

> BIG DAY FOR PICKS: Brandon Harris and Colin McCarthy each recorded two interceptions on the morning. Harris made the first pick of the morning in 11-on-11 action before McCarthy recorded his first in 7-on-7. Both players then wrapped up the morning with back-to-back INTs during the two-minute drill in 11-on-11 play towards the end of the session. Vaughn Telemaque (7-on-7), Ryan Hill (11-on-11) and Brandon McGee (11-on-11) also recorded interceptions.

> GRAHAM, BERRY SCORE: Jimmy Graham and Damien Berry each scored during red zone drills... Leonard Hankerson made two catches of 30+ yards in 11-on-11 action... Jacory Harris connected with LaRon Byrd for a deep ball in 11-on-11... Damien Berry, Graig Cooper and Mike James all picked up significant gains in middle drills... Dedrick Epps, Tervaris Johnson and Aldarius Johnson all recorded catches of 20+ yards in 7-on-7 play.
 8 years ago '05        #5124
Deeangoe 2 heat pts
space
avatar space
space
$13,042 | Props total: 639 639
CORAL GABLES

Rebuilding is one of those ideas that sound a lot easier than it actually is. It's like one of those infomercials that guarantee you language fluency in 15 minutes a day. Those look simple, too, until you've been at it for a couple of years.

Two seasons ago, Randy Shannon moved into the big office at the University of Miami and talked about rebuilding the football program. He knew the inheritance: The old stadium was gone; a new athletic director was coming; the on-campus facilities were so dilapidated he wrote NFL players begging for money; and all opposing recruiters had to mention were Bryan Pata's murder and the on-field riot with Florida International.

Parents of recruits hung up on him. Doors closed. He couldn't get close to the recruits he needed, really needed, especially with just a few weeks to recruit after being hired and a roster left so bare that only four players were taken in the past two NFL drafts, the worst Miami showing since the 1950s.

"Here's what I did," Shannon says.

He slides a sheet of paper across his office table.

"This is what helped," he says.

The paper is covered with statistics, multi-colored bar graphs and top-10 rankings. Florida and Florida State are on there. So are Ohio State and Alabama and other major programs that have been raiding South Florida of talent.

Maybe this will explain how Shannon works, even if it won't convince everyone his program is getting closer today. Because these statistics don't involve total offense or scoring defense or win projections.

They're homicides, murders, r*pes and a.ssaults in the college towns.

"When I called a parent and they had no interest in Miami because of the murder and the riots, I asked if I could send them something," he says. "I sent them these statistics right here."

He encouraged the parents to look for themselves at city-data.com. Coral Gables, home of Miami's campus, had one murder in 2007, the last year reported. Gainesville and Tallahassee had five. Coral Gables had eight r*pes; Gainesville had 93 and Tallahassee 136. And so on.

"Then I'd wait a week and call back and go over it with them," he says.

Yes, it's convenient to his argument, isolating Coral Gables from greater Miami. Pata, after all, was murdered at his Kendall apartment. And there was no talk of the Sodom called South Beach. But Coral Gables isn't Gomorrah, either.

So the larger point is how Shannon tackled an image problem at the university with information. When he called back, he says, he began getting into recruits' homes. That helped him a.ssemble two of the best recruiting classes in the country.

He also sent a similar sheet with graduation rates and grade-point averages. He told the parents to look it up for themselves at ncaa.org, again giving them the place for research.

"It's not negative recruiting the other schools," Shannon says. "It's giving them information in place of misinformation. Forget about the football thing. The football sells itself here.

"Nobody was beating us about football or how we helped players with all the people I coached on defense that were taken in the first round."

It's Year Three for Shannon. No one has more riding on this season than him. He won't talk about what a source said: That near the end of last season he was offered a contract extension that would bump up his financial deal that ends in 2010 a little.

He didn't take it. The thinking is he's gambling on a better 2009, bigger money.

There are all sorts of ways to measure what Shannon is doing at Miami. But the question becomes when you measure it. Is it this tough four-game trial of fire at the start of the year? Is it whether it improves on the six- and seven-win totals of the first two years?

Is it Year Three at all?

Florida has a great program under Urban Meyer. Florida State is trying to come back under Bobby Bowden.

Miami under Shannon? It's an image in the fog, there, but not there. No one talks of murder or riot much around it anymore. That's a good start. But rebuilding isn't something you take sell on infomercials. It takes time. He deserves some more.
 8 years ago '05        #5125
Deeangoe 2 heat pts
space
avatar space
space
$13,042 | Props total: 639 639
Ray Ray Armstrong is too good. He's too big, he's too fast, and he certainly has too much potential.
Many fans a.ssume that it's easy to be a great player when you break the mold, but Armstrong's path to stardom isn't quite so clear.
If you're not familiar with the Miami Hurricanes' top recruit, Aravious "Ray Ray" Armstrong is a 6'4", 218-pound freak of nature slated to start out his career at the U at safety.
A lot of fans out there are thinking, "Oh wow, a safety with that kind of size, he could be a monster!"
Well, yeah.
That's what the Miami staff is thinking too, but they know there's a strong possibility that Armstrong will outgrow the position before he can even say Thorpe Award.
There's a reason why college teams don't bat an eye when they recruit 160-pound cornerbacks (or for Miami, quarterbacks, too) or 200-pound linebackers.
It's because these are 17 and 18-year-old kids still growing into their bodies.
It's also the reason that when kids get to school already well-sized for their position, they'll probably be over-sized by the time they get to the NFL, if not at a different position entirely.
This brings us back to Ray Ray, who isn't just your everyday big safety recruit. Armstrong is one of those rare high school athletes that comes to campus and has the potential to be a star at so many different positions it's hard to place him.
The last thing a coaching staff wants to do is put Ray Ray at the wrong position and potentially derail what could be a terrific career.
Some might say it's a nice problem to have, but it's one that needs to be managed very carefully. College football fans do not need to think back very far to find evidence of Miami wasting a unique, top recruit's talents.
Devin Hester came into Miami as a highly rated cornerback with the skills to play at least four positions at an All-American level, but he left the school no closer to finding a true position than when he arrived.

Critics would say that Ray Ray is destined for linebacker, a position that could potentially hide any limitations athletically and allow him to grow into a position. Others point to a potential move to tight end, but that would be a short-term solution. They need help there this season, but they have some players in place for the future.
The saddest part about all this is that it's almost a no-win situation for both the Hurricanes and Ray Ray. If a top rated quarterback or offensive lineman is a bust, then that's that. Most people accept that the kid just didn't have the talent to be a star.
If an athlete like Ray Ray fails, then there will always be people that "knew" he should have been slotted somewhere else. Even worse is if a team moves said player midway through his career, trying to "salvage" his talent.
It will turn out like a regular student switching majors two years into school but with the mindset of a freshman, except these athletes don't have the luxury of a six-year plan.
Only time will tell where Ray Ray will play and if he'll reach his massive potential, and it's entirely up to coach Shannon and his staff. While fans would love to see Ray Ray's familiar No. 26 back at safety, it may be an underdog possibility at this point.
It's a problem that teams face all across the country every season with players, but only a few every year are of the magnitude of Ray Ray Armstrong.
Who would have thought that bringing in the best "athlete" in the country would create more stress for coaches and fans than anything else?
 8 years ago '05        #5126
Deeangoe 2 heat pts
space
avatar space
space
$13,042 | Props total: 639 639
CORAL GABLES _ A two-interception day would make a linebacker the star of any practice on a college-football campus

When it happens at UM, he becomes a megastar. A superstar. Michael Jackson-like. This is why junior LB Colin McCarthy's performance was such big news Wednesday. The Hurricanes will take turnovers anywhere they occur, even if it's just practice.

UM has been downright awful in the turnover game. Just how bad? The Hurricanes forced just 15 turnovers last season. That ranked 113th out of 119 Division I-A teams. Before I continue, I should note Texas, which was in the national-title picture all year, only had 16 takeaways. But let's be honest, the Longhorns' defense had a little more leeway when the offense is scoring 42 points a game.

The Hurricanes need every advantage they can gain, which is why coach Randy Shannon plans a stronger emphasis in practice on creating turnovers. It should be when you consider 19 individual players in Division I-A had more interceptions than the entire UM team.

"We've been doing it every day in practice," Shannon said. "We've been emphasizing turnovers, creating turnovers."

That's what makes McCarthy's day even more important. It's going to take a little extra work in practice for things to turn around. Despite what Shannon says, having turnover droughts aren't cyclical.

Part of the reason the secondary only had four interceptions in 2008 was the run defense. Opponents often exploited the weakness, leaving pass defense with so few opportunities to make plays.

"Last year, we weren't were needed to be on the run defense," Shannon said. "They don't have to throw, so we've got to look at that, too."

> Discuss this entry
 8 years ago '04        #5127
madness 14 heat pts14
space
space
space
$12,965 | Props total: 2750 2750
nice posts famo
 8 years ago '05        #5128
Deeangoe 2 heat pts
space
avatar space
space
$13,042 | Props total: 639 639
 madness said:
nice posts famo
haha thnx i get bored at work and sometimes this thread goes through a dry spell...so whenever i find something to contribute that hasnt ill up it.........ne frrrucck can labor day weekend get here ne faster...already got my days of work i was wanna start the season already
 8 years ago '05        #5129
Deeangoe 2 heat pts
space
avatar space
space
$13,042 | Props total: 639 639
The Hurricanes practiced in full pads Wednesday at Greentree Field.

``We emphasized the run game and ended the practice with a two-minute drill,'' coach Randy Shannon said.

And unlike Tuesday, when the players started out lethargic, Wednesday's session was lively: ``They were very enthusiastic starting off and ended with a lot of enthusiasm,'' Shannon said. ``The team responded.''

• Shannon was asked if he is tapering the practice of Eric Moncur, Colin McCarthy and Randy Phillips. They all were injured early last season and got medical redshirts.

``They're going to get their days when they can back off because they're [veterans],'' Shannon said.

Shannon said he is trying to alternate resting certain players, in one respect so he can see their backups more: ``[Jason] Fox didn't go [Wednesday]. It was his day off. Each day, somebody will have their day off. You take Fox out, and now you can see what Ben [Jones], Jermaine [Johnson] and Brandon Washington do. You take Colin out, and you have Arthur Brown.''

• McCarthy, a linebacker back from shoulder surgery, had two interceptions.

• Junior kicker Matt Bosher was named to the preseason watch list for the Lou Groza Award, given annually to the nation's top collegiate kicker.
 8 years ago '07        #5130
Kinglew88 13 heat pts13
space
avatar space
space
$13,496 | Props total: 1129 1129
Authur Brown needs no days off
 8 years ago '04        #5131
C.R.I.P. 3 heat pts
space
avatar space
space
$17,822 | Props total: 4079 4079
 L-E-Dub b**ch said:
Authur Brown needs no days off
thats not what it said, or meant anyways.

it meant Colin out and Brown in, while Colin's resting
 8 years ago '04        #5132
booie4 
space
avatar space
space
$5,236 | Props total: 1522 1522
I hope Brown gets red-shirted, if they feel he has any potential to be good.
 8 years ago '04        #5133
madness 14 heat pts14
space
space
space
$12,965 | Props total: 2750 2750
 booie4 said:
I hope Brown gets red-shirted, if they feel he has any potential to be good.
no way brown gets redshirted...not with the lack of depth at linebacker
 8 years ago '04        #5134
Playnogames305 
space
space
space
$662 | Props total: 0 0
Practice Report: 8/13 Morning
Aug. 13, 2009

By: David Lake





Josh Holmes
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami finished the morning session of their first two-a-day of fall camp.

Read here for how today's practice went and what the players and coach Randy Shannon are saying following the practice.

************************************************** ************

Randy Shannon Opening Statement

“Two a days is two a days. You only get about three of them that you can do during the season. It is not like the old days when you can have five or six of them. If you have one you can’t have them two days consecutively. You have to have one, then off, and then you choose when you want your other ones.”


NEWS & NOTES

• Shannon says he likes spreading the two-a-day practices throughout fall camp. “We did that the first year and that was brutal on the players, but you have to get your mindset right which is good. You have to pick and choose when you want to use it on your players and when they have been practice and how they have been handling things.”

• Shannon has been pleased overall with the tempo and enthusiasm of the practices lately. “It was good today, it was great. Guys came out enthusiastic and they knew what they had to get done. Yesterday was enthusiastic too. We just had that one down day. That was it.”

• Shannon on how defensive tackle Josh Holmes is doing. Holmes is taking reps with the first team. “Josh is doing very, very well right now. He is really being active. He has been playing and he has been solid as one of our defensive tackles, but early in camp is always early. You can tell more when those scrimmages come.”

• Wide receiver Kendal Thompkins was one of UM’s big playmakers during spring football. Shannon on how Thompkins is carrying that over to fall camp: “It is a learning process for him because this is really his first two-a-days, so he started off fast but right now he is a little up and down and we have to demand a little more out of him. He knows it and he is responding. The more we stay on top of guys like that, they will be ok.”

• Because junior Leonard Hankerson is the oldest player at receiver for UM, he is looked upon to be the leader of that group. “Hank is fine. He is doing great and practicing well and making a lot of big catches. He is the veteran of the group and those guys talk to him a lot and look up to him,” coach Shannon said. “When you have a guy like that that works hard and has been through some ups and downs in his lifetime, they look up to him.”

• Shannon on his expectations of senior leadership: “I look at the seniors to be captains. They have been here for three years and they understand the importance of what we have to get done, so you lean on those guys to get things right in the locker room that you don’t know and they really do a good job.”


• Defensive end Gavin Hardin did not practice in today’s morning session. Shannon said Hardin could be out for some time.
 8 years ago '04        #5135
Playnogames305 
space
space
space
$662 | Props total: 0 0
Practice Report: 8/13 Afternoon
Aug. 13, 2009

By: Christopher Stock





Tommy Streeter had a nice catch in the afteroon.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami finished the afternoon session of their first two-a-day of fall camp as they were in shoulder pads and shorts.

Read here for how today's practice went and what the players and coach Randy Shannon are saying following the practice.

************************************************** ************

Note: Coach Shannon spoke to the media following the morning practice and did not address the media following the afternoon session.

NEWS & NOTES

• The first team defense was as follows: DE Marcus Robinson, DT Josh Holmes, DT Marcus Forston, DE Olivier Vernon, WLB Sean Spence, MLB Colin McCarthy, SLB Jordan Futch, CB Brandon Harris, S JoJo Nicolas, S Vaughn Telemaque, and CB DeMarcus Van Dyke.

• It is not a surprise to see seniors S Randy Phillips, MLB Darryl Sharpton, and DE Eric Moncur not with the first team in this practice session since they are veteran players who have dealt with injuries in their careers and were given a break, something Coach Shannon has done in the past.

• OL A.J. Trump took it easy today and Tyler Horn filled in as the first team center and was backed up by Brandon Washington. The rest of the offensive line was as follows: LT Jason Fox, LG Orlando Franklin, RG Joel Figueroa, and RT Matt Pipho. And with those four players, you'll struggle to find a bigger line.

• WR Tommy Streeter caught a 50-yard touchdown pass and WR Aldarius Johnson caught a 20-yard touchdown pass.

• DE Gavin Hardin was at the afternoon practice, but was in just shorts. He still hasn't practiced yet this fall and Coach Shannon said earlier today that he'll be "out for a while" as he deals with an undisclosed injury.

• LB Kylan Robinson had an interception and S Vaughn Telemaque had a fumble recovery.

• Practice resumes on Saturday with a scrimmage, but is closed to the media. Following the scrimmage the team resumes practice on Monday morning with another two-a-day, their second of four scheduled this fall.
 8 years ago '05        #5136
Deeangoe 2 heat pts
space
avatar space
space
$13,042 | Props total: 639 639
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami football team completed its first two-a-day of fall camp Thursday, with an early morning practice in full pads before a late afternoon session in shells at the Greentree Practice Fields

Hurricanes Complete First Two-a-Day on Day Six of Camp Defense turns in a strong showing in both sessions The morning session was highlighted by a strong showing by the defense, including several stops in the red zone. Ramon Buchanan had a good morning session, recording an interception, a sack and a handful of tackles.
Offensively, a Jacory Harris to Jimmy Graham connection that resulted in a 60-65 yard gain proved to be one of the top plays in the morning. The two hooked up again in the afternoon session in 7-on-7 drills.

In the afternoon session, Tommy Streeter made a couple of long receptions - his last coming from Cannon Smith for a 35-40 yard gain. The defense held the offense to one score in red zone action.

Temperatures again held consistent, ranging from 85 to 88 degrees throughout.

After six straight days of practice to open camp, including Thursday’s two-a-day, the Hurricanes will take the day off on Friday before returning to the practice field on Saturday.

Practice Highlights

Morning Session:

· Ramon Buchanan recorded an interception in red zone drills and made several big stops, including a sack, in 11-on-11 action.

· Jacory Harris hooked up with Jimmy Graham (60-65 yards) and Travis Benjamin (35-40 yards) in 11-on-11 play.

· Olivier Vernon recorded two sacks, with one coming in third down drills and the other in red zone work.

· Mike James had a handful of plays of 10+ yards, including a few catch and runs in third down situations.

· Defense held the offense three straight plays on a 1st-and-goal from the three-yard line.

Afternoon Session:

· Tommy Streeter made two long receptions in team passing situations and had another nice grab in 7-on-7 drills.

· The defense held the offense to one TD in red zone drills. Aldarius Johnson had the touchdown catch.

· Linebacker Kylan Robinson intercepted a tipped pass for the defense.

· Running back Lee Chambers had a nice long run to convert a third down.

· Safety Vaughn Telemaque had a fumble recovery.

Post-practice notes

· Thursday marked the team’s first two-a-day of fall camp.

· The morning session and afternoon session each lasted just under two hours. Both sessions were the coolest practices of fall camp, with temperatures in the lower 80’s.

· After six straight days of practices, the ‘Canes will take off on Friday.

· The Hurricanes’ season-opener at Florida State on Mon. Sept 7 is 25 days away.
 8 years ago '04        #5137
madness 14 heat pts14
space
space
space
$12,965 | Props total: 2750 2750
McGee, Vernon are maturing fast

Last year, it was Sean Spence and Marcus Robinson who made big splashes on UM's defense as true freshmen. This year, look for defensive end Olivier Vernon and cornerback Brandon McGee to be those guys.

Both arrived early in the spring from high school and both have continued to show maturity and growth throughout the first week of practice. Wednesday, McGee recorded his first pick of the fall -- a huge confidence booster for a guy defensive backs coach Wesley McGriff told me was a bit unsure of himself. Thursday, Vernon recorded two sacks, with one coming in third down drills and the other in red zone work.

But it's more than big plays that McGee and Vernon are making. It's personal growth. Vernon took his promotion to the first team a few days ago on the left side -- ahead of redshirt sophomore Adewale Ojomo -- not as an ego boost, but as a reward for his hard work. "I always knew I could rush the passer," Vernon said. "But I feel like I'm not there all the way. I'm not 100 percent yet. I want to take it a step further."

When I asked Vernon (6-3, 250) if he had a streak of sacks going (we hear he's had at least one a day since practice began) he told me flatly "I'm not counting my sacks, I'm trying to make plays."

Vernon, who said Ojomo and Eric Moncur have been 'great leaders for him', said defensive line coach Clint Hurtt has been helping him improve his hands. "He's helping me with my hand placement, shooting my hands and keeping my stamina up," Vernon said.

McGee, meanwhile, said his confidence is rising. "I was struggling at first when I first came out for summer practice, coming off that surgery," said McGee, who had a broken bone in his ring finger worked on in the spring. "The upper classmen told me don't get down myself. I came around [Wednesday] and got my first interception of the summer. I had a couple pass breakups. I'm definitely feeling confident."

MORE NOTES...

> Tight end Dedrick Epps said after Thursday's first two-a-day and two days of full contact drills that he's "the same old, Dedrick Epps" and isn't experiencing any pain or discomfort from his previous knee injury. The 6-4, 253-pound senior had knee surgery in December after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament before the Emerald Bowl.

> Sophomore receiver Aldarius Johnson said he feels he's improved on finishing at the top of his routes, coming and out of breaks, and blocking since the end of the spring.

> QUOTE OF THE DAY: Defensive end Marcus Robinson on the talent at defensive end: "We're all like wild dogs in a meat house.":wow::applause::greetings10:
 8 years ago '05        #5138
Deeangoe 2 heat pts
space
avatar space
space
$13,042 | Props total: 639 639
Randy Shannon has closed up shop for the weekend -- at least to the media -- and will hold his first scrimmage of the fall Saturday morning. Nobody except "special guests" will be able to see what's going on. But come Monday, we might learn what Shannon really thinks of his team.


While practice is important, Shannon has never been one to put too much stock into what a guy does during 7-on-7 work or goalline situations. Like he said earlier this week, it is easier for a defensive back to intercept a pass during the two-minute drill because he knows the pass is coming. It is easier for a linebacker to smack a running back in goalline situations when he knows the run is coming. So, that makes what Shannon or his players might be willing to tell us after the scrimmage a better litmus test. That being said, here are some early impressions, thoughts I've collected from being out a practice...

> The Canes' tight end situation might not be as bad as we initially thought. Not only is Dedrick Epps playing full speed and taking hits, but Jimmy Graham is emerging as someone who might actually be able to help the team. Graham had a long catch and run Thursday that impressed teammates -- including Epps.It wasn't the first big play Graham has made. He's scored multiple times and has had a few nice diving grabs too. If Graham can continue to pick up the playbook (he's learning about 15 plays a day), UM could essentially have two real playmaking tight ends this season. Two months ago, we worried there might not be one.

> Miami's young secondary is growing up. Interceptions in practice are on thing. But following my one-on-one conversation with defensive backs coach Wesley McGriff, I got the sense even he feels more confident in what his guys can do. "It's a relief when you aren't the only one yelling anymore," McGriff told me. "These guys are yelling at themselves. Now, they know when they do something wrong. That's a huge difference." Brandon Harris will probably end up being UM's best corner this season. Several receivers -- including LaRon Byrd -- have told me he's without question the toughest guy to beat because of the mix of his speed and physical play. McGriff said Harris has made huge strides. "He's a lot better than what he was last year at this time -- a trillion times better," Shannon said. "He's making plays, knocking down some balls, making interceptions. He's having fun with it."

> Freshman impact is going to be smaller than it was a year ago. The Hurricanes are a much deeper team than they were at the start of last season, which is why you probably won't see a lot freshmen in starring roles this season like you did last year. It's clear highly touted safety Ray Ray Armstrong is going to need time to develop. Same for offensive lineman Jared Wheeler and Cory White. The freshman who look like they will make an impact are defensive end Olivier Vernon (already practicing with the first team a left end), cornerback Brandon McGee (rotating with the first team at field corner), running backs Mike James (we all remember what he did in the spring) and Lamar Miller (he's had several impressive long runs and could end up returning kicks) and offensive lineman Brandon Washington (who might be the best available lineman off the bench).
 8 years ago '04        #5139
KiNgJaMeS305|M 58 heat pts58
space
avatar space
space
$22,900 | Props total: 44 44
richard gordon is a waste of f**king talent
 8 years ago '04        #5140
madness 14 heat pts14
space
space
space
$12,965 | Props total: 2750 2750
man i gave up on richard gordon years ago. looks like tarzan, plays like jane
Home      
  
 

 






most viewed right now
 47
Video inside Oct 7 - NEBRASKAN ASSASSIN NIKKO JENKINS GETS THE DEATH PENALTY
51 comments
2 days ago
@news
most viewed right now
 44
Video inside 50 Lost against Diddy and is pissed
64 comments
19 hours ago
@hiphop
most viewed right now
 39
Image(s) inside KP With The Tiddy Meat
38 comments
2 days ago
@thotsdimesetc
most viewed right now
 27
Image(s) inside The dips back with heatmakerz
112 comments
2 days ago
@hiphop
most viewed right now
 24
Picture of Lil Peep laid up in that coffin like a OG. (RIP)
194 comments
2 days ago
@hiphop
most viewed right now
 19
Image(s) inside Bambino Gold Body Finally Found......R.I.P.
234 comments
22 hours ago
@hiphop
most viewed right now
 17
Nov 18 - Atlanta named front-runner for Amazon's new headquarters
59 comments
22 hours ago
@news
most viewed right now
 15
Image(s) inside Diddy aka Brother Love got French out here mad sus
59 comments
2 days ago
@hiphop
back to top
register contact Follow BX @ Twitter Follow BX @ Facebook search BX privacy