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 9 years ago '07        #6426
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storm better be in that rotation

 9 years ago '04        #6427
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Spring Practice Report #13
Mar. 24, 2010

By: Christopher Stock





Micanor Regis.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The Miami Hurricanes completed their 13th practice of the spring Wednesday afternoon.

The team practiced in pads a day after the team returned to practice following an 11-day layoff for spring break.

Miami will hold 15 practices this spring including the annual spring game this Saturday, March 27th at Traz Powell Stadium.

Read here for the latest news and notes coming out of practice including who had a good day today for the Hurricanes.

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NOTABLES IN ATTENDANCE

Former Hurricanes: Willis McGahee and Jason Fox.

Recruits: Travis Williams (2010 signee), Brandon Linder (2010 signee), Jermaine Barton (2010 signee), Eduardo Clements (2010 signee) and Albert Louis-Jean (2011 commitment).

NEWS & NOTES

• CB Brandon Harris continues to be out with an injury and his status is unknown for the spring game on Saturday.

• Defensive backs coach Wesley McGriff has told senior CB DeMarcus Van Dyke that it's time to have a big season and that he can get a freshman in here to have a similar season to Van Dyke's 2009 campaign in which he 30 tackles, one interception, and three pass breakups in 12 games, making eight starts. McGriff did note that he feels Van Dyke is playing better because he has another year under his belt and is becoming a leader.

• DE Adewale Ojomo had high praise for DT Micanor Regis stating that he believes Regis can be an All-American this season adding that he has been "consistently dominant" during practices. This is a great sign for Regis and the Hurricanes, which haven't had a dominant defensive tackle since 2006 when Kareem Brown recorded 11 sacks.

• Freshman WR Allen Hurns practiced with contact for the first time this spring on Tuesday and scored a 20-yard touchdown. Hurns noted that junior Aldarius Johnson has been extremely helpful in his adjustment to college and that he's doing well with his left knee, but it still remains sore at times.

• McGriff said that Vaughn Telemaque has been a guy, whose attitude has changed this spring from the fall and has "really bought in" to what the coaching are teaching, which has a.ssisted him during his standout spring.

• When Ojomo was asked if this spring has gone as expected or better, he responded, "I couldn't have drew it up any better". Ojomo is currently weighing 262 pounds, up from when he was 240 when he played in 2008 and nearly 50 pounds heavier than he was during the fall after his jaw surgery.

• DL Allen Bailey is playing left defensive end during the spring, but that doesn't mean he won't be a defensive tackle in the fall as Coach Shannon said they will use him wherever they need him.

• DE Andrew Smith continues to improve. Coach Shannon: "It’s improved a lot. The defensive ends have really done a good job. Andrew’s done a good job. You see them taking that next step. They’ve been here three years. When you get guys on your football team, in three years’ time, they should be ready to step in and play. Pass rushing and staying consistent has really showed up in practice. The more you can continue to develop guys, the better you will be as a football team."

• The team will have a day off on Thursday and will return to practice on Friday.

 9 years ago '07        #6428
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I think we can agree that RB's and D-line are gonna be our real strengths this year. I see few other college teams with talent like that

 9 years ago '05        #6429
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Like any other day, Karen Johnson picked up her son Andre from his football practice at Miami Senior High School and began cooking dinner.

Rated the No. 3 receiver in the country by The Sporting News, Andre was looking over recruiting letters from universities such as Miami and Southern California, while his mom stood alone in the kitchen and suddenly heard a voice.

“It was like somebody was on the side of me whispering in my ear saying, ‘Go tell Andre that if he goes to the University of Miami he will win a national championship,’” she said. “A couple of nights later, we were heading to dinner with UM, and Andre said, ‘I think I’m going to go to UM. And maybe two years later, we’ll win the national championship.’”

Three years later, as a redshirt sophomore, that’s exactly what Andre Johnson did when he earned co-MVP at the 2002 Rose Bowl.

The following season, after catching 52 passes for 1,092 yards and a team-high nine touchdowns, Johnson and the Hurricanes lost in the national title game to Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl.

He and redshirt sophomore running back Willis McGahee were early draftees on a team that sent eight players to the National Football League. Johnson was selected third overall by the Houston Texans in the 2003 NFL Draft.

When he made the decision to leave and pursue his professional football career, his mom had one condition: Johnson would come back to finish his degree.

Seven years later, the 6-foot-3, 228-pound football player stayed true to his word and enrolled for the 2010 spring semester.

“It was just something I always wanted to do,” he said. “I always told my mom that if I left school early, I’d come back and finish. So I just felt like it was time to come back and get it done.”

The Pro Bowl wide receiver makes the daily commute from his home in Ft. Lauderdale in time for his earliest class at 11 a.m.

“It’s definitely different because you haven’t been doing it for so long,” he said. “To be honest it’s kind of fun to be back here. I get a kick out of just seeing people looking at me walking around campus and things like that.”

Initially, classmates were surprised to see a book bag-toting Johnson riding on the Hurry ‘Canes shuttle or eating at the food court.

He signed autographs and received bewildered stares from workers at Wendy’s.

“For me to come in and just walk into class with my book bag on, I know they’re kind of wondering why I’m here,” he said. “It shows them that just because you’re presented with an opportunity you can still come back and get your education.”

His decision to return to school and finish his degree is something that he says his peers respect.

“It doesn’t surprise me that he went back because he was always one of those guys who wanted to achieve things, and I knew that was one of those achievements,” said McGahee, now a sixth-year running back for the Baltimore Ravens.

McGahee was supposed to enroll in three classes for the spring semester with Johnson, but had to back out at the last minute due to scheduling conflicts. Although undeclared when he left the university, the Pro Bowler hopes to pursue political science.

“I just want to get my degree,” he said. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to put on my wall.”

According to David Wyman, a.ssistant athletic director of academic services, more than 50 percent of UM’s former athletes inquire about finishing their degrees. That number includes former All-Pro defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy and former cornerback and Super Bowl champion Duane Starks.

“The University of Miami is a family, and we always embrace our former student-athletes to help them in any way possible,” Wyman said. “Our door and arms are always open to help them get back in school and finish their degrees. We want to see them continue to produce and have successful lives even after football.”

Junior offensive lineman Orlando Franklin, who is in Johnson’s social inequalities class, believes that the receiver serves as a role model to kids, college students, student-athletes and professional football players alike.

“He was one of those top guys who got drafted and left early,” he said. “He was blessed with the talent he has, and he’s not hurting money-wise, so he notices you can’t play ball forever. It’s good that he’s fallen back upon his education.”

When Johnson left the University of Miami, he needed just 30 credits to graduate with a degree in liberal arts. This semester he is a full-time student taking 12 credits.

One of his professors, Dr. George Wilson, teaches his social inequalities class and had him as a student when he first came to Coral Gables.

“It has been a pleasure to see how much intellectual and emotional growth Andre has made,” Wilson said of the soft-spoken 28-year-old athlete.

Chris Harris, a Ph.D. candidate who has Johnson in his intercultural communications course, appreciates that the professional football player participates like any other student. He also agreed that Johnson has a quiet and somewhat shy demeanor.

Forty-two NFL touchdowns later, the wide receiver has yet to celebrate like some of the sport’s play making receivers such as Cincinnati Bengal Chad Ochocinco or free agent Terrell Owens.

“He takes all of his a.ssignments seriously and gets them all in on time,” Harris said. “He’s taking his degree seriously. He has a good work ethic and always does what I ask him to do. My class is discussion based, and he participates consistently.”

During Pro Bowl week, Johnson missed classes because of practice and admitted that he was worried about receiving excused absences.

“I was pretty nervous about it because I knew I’d be missing a lot of time over those two weeks and I didn’t know, with me being away for so long, how the teachers would react to it, but they’ve been very helpful,” he said. “They understand that part of it, but I’m going to try my best to communicate with them and get my a.ssignments done.”

When he isn’t shaking off Pro Bowl cornerbacks or hitting the books, Johnson stops by his childhood home for a meal every now and then and to spend time with his mother.

“He likes seafood. He likes fish and shrimp,” Karen Johnson said. “When he was first at school, what I would do is call him and ask him what time he would get out of practice on a Sunday. He’d bring a couple of players by and I’d cook them a home-cooked meal. They would eat and they’d bring some back for the guys who couldn’t make it.”

It’s that camaraderie that Johnson misses the most seven years removed from the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus.

“There are so many memories that I have just from being around my teammates, being over at the Hecht Athletic Center all the time, even in the dorms when I stayed in the dorms,” he said. “We were always on campus. When you spend so much time somewhere and you get up one day and leave, you definitely miss it from the memories.”

As a Parade All-American, Johnson actually missed his high school graduation ceremony because he was competing in the Florida/Georgia All-Star Game.

“I feel like I’ve never really graduated,” he said. “Me getting my college degree would definitely be a graduation that I go to.”

His mother still remembers the entire recruiting process.

When then-head coach Butch Davis came to visit, she asked questions purely on academics, and gave her brother the job of anything related to football. She can’t wait until her son joins his brother, Willie, as a college graduate.

“I’ll probably be in tears. It’s going to be interesting,” Karen Johnson said. “We will need extra tickets.”

 9 years ago '05        #6430
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A few notes from Wednesday’s practice:

….Jamal Reid, who has been running ahead of Ray Ray Armstrong for one starting job at safety, laid a big hit on running back Mike James during Wednesday’s practice. That might not seem like a big deal except that Reid weighs 180 pounds (maybe) and James is 220. Defensive backs coach Wesley McGriff appreciates the toughness, but wants to make sure Reid picks his spots. “I hope he doesn’t try to get the big hit award because he needs to put more weight on before he does that,” McGriff said. “Every player has a weakness and [Reid] thinks his weakness right now is, ‘I got to prove I can tackle.’ If you tell him he has a weakness, Jamal is going to work on it. Yeah, I definitely want to see his tackling improve but I don’t want to see him run into Mike James too many times because I don’t think he’ll win all those battles.”


Adewale Ojomo is back, but not all the way back. (Miami Herald)

….Vaughn Telemaque, UM’s other starting safety, has been one of spring practice’s best performers. According to McGriff, “The difference between Vaughn Telemaque now and last season is his whole attitude. He’s really bought into learning the scheme. He’s really elevated his play. He’s like a different guy out there right now. He’s not that same guy that you have to coach every play. Now he realizes when he makes a mistake.”

….Cornerback Brandon McGee is as talented as any defensive back on UM’s roster but “has to learn how to finish the play,” McGriff said. “He gets himself in great position. He’s a great athlete with tremendous speed. Now he’s got to know how to finish. You see him getting better but now you want him to put it together.”

….Cornerback Brandon Harris has missed most of spring practice and it seems unlikely he will participate in Saturday’s spring game at Traz Powell Stadium because of a leg injury. Harris also missed time at the beginning of spring practice because of his participation on the men’s track team.

….UM received an oral commitment from Brockton (Mass.) defensive back Albert Louis-Jean. Scout.com has Louis-Jean ranked as the nation’s 10th-best cornerback prospect in the class of 2011. Louis-Jean told Canesport.com that the only way he will back out of his commitment is if Randy Shannon is not UM’s coach.


….Shannon said that defensive end Adewale Ojomo, who missed all of last season with a broken jaw, is all the way back physically, “but his timing is a little bit off.” Shannon on Ojomo: “From where he was earlier to now, he’s back to being physical, tough, excited [and] he’s playing with a lot of emotion and things like that. It’s just that the timing is off a little. Sometimes he shows some flashes and sometimes you’re like, ‘Whoa, we still have some work to do.’”

….McGriff, who is funny, insightful and a bit of a smart aleck, on how he keeps his defensive backs humble: “Like I tell them all the time, you have a first-round body but a free-agent mind.”

….Willis McGahee has become a regular at spring practice.

 9 years ago '04        #6431
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Analyzing the Safeties with Coach McGriff
Mar. 25, 2010

By: Christopher Stock





Ray Ray Armstrong (left), Jamal Reid (middle), and Vaughn Telemaque (right).
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The coaches at Miami are encouraged by the development of the safeties during spring practices.

Defensive backs coach Wesley McGriff, who is in his fourth season at UM, discussed the three safeties who are playing safety this spring in Vaughn Telemaque, Ray Ray Armstrong, and Jamal Reid providing the analysis portion of the reports below.

"I think the competition at every position is wide open. Safety is no exception," McGriff said. "The one thing I think we have right now at the University of Miami is that we have some quality depth at positions where--like I told the guys in a meeting the other day, 'you can make a mistake and end up on second team when we start to formulate the depth chart and you might never end up back on the field'. But it's definitely wide open and we are a long ways from kicking off. They have to do a lot of things right both on and off the field to prove to us that they can go out and help us win a ballgame."

Senior Jared Campbell suffered a knee injury during spring practices and was not included in the reports.

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#7 Vaughn Telemaque
The Basics: Sophomore - 6-2, 197 - Long Beach, Calif.

The Stats: 48 tackles, 4 pass breakups in 12 games, making 11 starts

The Scoop: Has been one of the standouts during the spring earning the praise of head coach Randy Shannon for being a better playmaker against the pass.

The Analysis: "I think the biggest difference between Vaughn Telemaque now and the end of last season is his whole attitude. You hate to use this term, but I think he's really bought in to learning the scheme and buying into what we're doing. He's really elevated his play, he's like a different guy out there right now. He's not that same guy that you have to coach every play. Now, he realizes when he makes mistakes. He's preparing himself to be a leader by example. He's a good football player."

The Future: Look for Telemaque to have a breakout season in 2010 and really be an impact player on the defense as one of the top players.

The Story: Telemaque Making Big Plays, Setting High Goals

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#26 Ray Ray Armstrong
The Basics: Sophomore - 6-4, 220 - Sanford, Fla.

The Stats: 21 tackles, 1 pass breakup in 10 games, making 1 start

The Scoop: Armstrong is tied for the team lead with five interceptions during the spring and has impressed a number of his teammates. He's keeping his weight down to make sure he can still roam free in the secondary, but his strength still remains as a tough tackler.

The Analysis: "He's got a lot of room to improve. The biggest thing the secondary has to improve on is being disciplined with their eyes, being in the right spot, and not peaking at the quarterback. He can get better with his footwork, he can get better with his speed, there's a lot of room for improvement. And keep in mind this is spring ball. We haven't played against anybody yet. We like his progress, but we want to see it when the lights come on."

The Future: Armstrong was the team's prized recruit in the 2009 class and still has a very bright future ahead of him. This should be the season he breaks out and becomes dominant after earning valuable experience last season.

The Story: Ray Ray: UM Expects Better

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#15 Jamal Reid
The Basics: Redshirt Freshman - 6-1, 180 - Mayo, Fla.

The Stats: Did not play in 2009

The Scoop: Reid has earned praise for being an improved player in the spring, but is often overlooked by Telemaque and Armstrong because of his size and he was not a big-time recruit like they were although he was an Under Armour All-American.

The Analysis: "Jamal is a very, very coachable young man. He's one of those guys that you better tell him how you want it done the right way the first time because Jamal is going to go out and try to do that way. He is a high-effort guy, he's going to give everything he's got, and he studies a lot of film. I'm real happy with his progress. He's a little ahead of where I thought he would be because when you redshirt, that kind of gets you behind a little bit in terms of being sound in your a.ssignment and your technique, but he has done a great job of preparing himself for spring ball. He's been doing a great job on the field."

On Jamal wanting to be a better tackler: "I hope Jamal doesn't try to get the big hitter award because he has to put on some more weight before he gets after that one. But he's a good open field tackler. One thing he brings to our football team is that he brings a lot of athleticism to the safety position because he can run, he's fluid, he's athletic, he can match up one-on-one with receivers. Every player has a weakness and he thinks his weakness right now is that he has to prove that he can tackle. The one thing about it, if you tell Jamal has a weakness, then he's going to go work on it."

The Future: Look for Jamal to earn time on special teams this fall and could be counted on at safety although Telemaque and Armstrong remain the favorites to win the starting jobs.

 9 years ago '05        #6432
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supposedly mcgriff told dvd..if he doesnt step it up this yr...hell get a freshmen who will do it for him

found the exact quote

From Barry Jackson's blog in the Miami Herald:

" Defensive backs coach Wesley McGriff said he told cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke, ``What you did last year, I could get a freshman to do. It's time for you to step up.'' McGriff said Van Dyke ``accepted that challenge'' and has improved this spring. "


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 9 years ago '04        #6433
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 Deeangoe said
supposedly mcgriff told dvd..if he doesnt step it up this yr...hell get a freshmen who will do it for him

found the exact quote

From Barry Jackson's blog in the Miami Herald:

" Defensive backs coach Wesley McGriff said he told cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke, ``What you did last year, I could get a freshman to do. It's time for you to step up.'' McGriff said Van Dyke ``accepted that challenge'' and has improved this spring. "
It's about damn time DVD stepped up. One f**king interception in 3 years and he has been playing since he was a freshman too Overhyped a.ss 4-star recruit hopefully working out with Rumph elevated his level of play.

 9 years ago '04        #6434
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Spring Practice Report #14
Mar. 26, 2010

By: David Lake





Jimmy Johnson
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The Miami Hurricanes completed their 14th practice of the spring Friday afternoon.

Friday was the alumni day with about 100 former players in attendance, including former coach Jimmy Johnson.

“It is good," Shannon said. "Every year we do it and we get guys from the 1960s to the 1980s and 1990s to come out and be a part of it. That is what our base is, is our alumnus and our support that we get from those guys no matter where we are at.”

The team practiced in pads a day before the annual spring game tomorrow at 4:30 at Traz Powell Stadium.

Tomorrow's spring game will complete Miami's 15 allotted practices for the spring.

Read here for the latest news and notes coming out of practice including who had a good day today for the Hurricanes.

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NOTABLES IN ATTENDANCE

Former Hurricanes: Jimmy Johnson, Daniel Stubbs, Darrin Smith, Cortez Kenedy, Ted Hendricks, Kenard Lang, Steve Walsh, Lamar Thomas.

Recruits: Travis Williams (2010 signee), Eduardo Clements (2010 signee), Chase Ford (2010 signee), Albert Louis-Jean (2011 commitment) and 2011 recruits TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, QB Kevin Sousa, OL Ruben Carter, WR Joe Morrow, DB Jabari Gorman, and DE Anthony Chickillo.

NEWS & NOTES

• The format of the spring game on Saturday will be 10-minute quarters with the first team defense going against the second team offense and the second team defense going against the first team offense.

• CB Brandon Harris and OL Orlando Franklin will not participate in the spring game. OL Brandon Washington will participate. “The same guys that haven’t practiced all spring [will be out]," Shannon said. "The same guys will be out except for Brandon Washington.”

• DT Micanor Regis had an interception in today's scrimmage, bringing his total to the spring to three interceptions. CB Corey Nelms also had an interception.

• RB Mike James had a long touchdown run during the scrimmage.

• Shannon on what he has been impressed with during spring football: “The development of certain players and the development of young guys on offensive line and the development of the defensive front. LaRon Byrd took that next step. We know the running backs is young, but we saw them progress. We said to the defensive line, now it is time to turn it on and they did. You watch the quarterbacks, and they were fumbling snaps early, but after two weeks they stopped doing that.”

• LB Kylan Robinson has Shannon excited about his development this spring. Shannon says Robinson will be able to make a contribution to the team next year. “He is a fifth year guy and the light has come on and he is confident and in practice he is joking around. Like today he made a play and it was like, that is K-Rob. He tossed a guy on the ground and you have never seen K-Rob do that before. Any time you see players do that you get excited.”

 9 years ago '04        #6435
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UM Spring Game Preview
Mar. 27, 2010

By: Christopher Stock





Senior LB Colin McCarthy is one of the key leaders on the defense.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The Miami Hurricanes will hold their annual spring game on Saturday afternoon at Traz Powell Stadium.

The game will start at 4:30 and will be televised live on CSS.

Players will take part in an autograph session from 3:30-4 p.m and gates will open at 3.

Head coach Randy Shannon has been most pleased this spring about the development of some players.

“The development of certain players and the development of young guys on offensive line and the development of the defensive front (has been the most impressive," Shannon said. "LaRon Byrd took that next step. We know the running backs is young, but we saw them progress. We said to the defensive line, now it is time to turn it on and they did. You watch the quarterbacks, and they were fumbling snaps early, but after two weeks they stopped doing that.”

Some key players, who will not be participating in the spring game due to injuries are: QB Jacory Harris, RBs Damien Berry and Graig Cooper, OLs Orlando Franklin and Joel Figueroa, and CB Brandon Harris.

Five Players to Watch

1. RB #6 Lamar Miller - Miller is a freshman back who has excelled in previous scrimmages and has plenty of speed. He's a big play waiting to happen.

2. RB #24 Storm Johnson - Johnson is Miami's top recruit in the 2010 class and reeled off a 100-yard effort last scrimmage. He has a good combination of power and speed and has his eyes set on playing this season.

3. S #7 Vaughn Telemaque - Telemaque has been extremely impressive this spring and is coming off a two-interception performance in the last scrimmage. He's been praised by head coach Randy Shannon and defensive backs coach Wesley McGriff for his performance in the scrimamge.

4. DE #97 Adewale Ojomo - Ojomo missed the 2009 season due to jaw surgery and is looking for a bounceback season. He's been solid this spring playing at 260 pounds, 20 more than he played at two years ago as a redshirt freshman.

5. LB #31 Sean Spence - Spence is also looking for a bounceback season after an injury-riddle 2009 campaign after winning ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2008. He's had previous success in spring games and will be one to follow during the game.

 9 years ago '04        #6436
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Benjamin, Armstrong Stand Out in UM Spring Game
Mar. 27, 2010

By: Christopher Stock





Ray Ray Armstrong celebrates after an interception.
MIAMI, Fla. -- Travis Benjamin racked up 171 receiving yards and Leonard Hankerson caught two touchdown passes in Miami’s annual spring game at Traz Powell Stadium in front of an estimated crowd of 10,000.

Benjamin, Aldarius Johnson, Davon Johnson, and Kendal Thompkins also caught a touchdown pass. Damien Berry and Lamar Miller each scored rushing touchdowns in a game that was won by Team Hurricanes, 58-53 over Team Miami.

A trio of back-up quarterbacks—Stephen Morris, A.J. Highsmith, and Spencer Whipple—handled the spring game duties because junior starter Jacory Harris (3,352 yards and 24 touchdowns in 2009) was held out throughout the spring after off-season surgery on his throwing hand to repair ligaments in his thumb.

Morris, a freshman, led the passing attack with 209 yards and two touchdowns on 12-of-21 passing with one interception. Highsmith was 11-of-20 for 131 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Whipple was 7-of-16 for 112 yards and a score.

“I think all three quarterbacks did a nice job running the offense,” head coach Randy Shannon said. “We were basic and simple on defense, but they executed. We had some turnovers with the interceptions and things like that, but as far as making the right choices and making the right plays and getting the ball to the big plays.”

On defense, Ray Ray Armstrong recorded two interceptions and Colin McCarthy had one. Sean Spence led the team with eight tackles.

“The competition was unbelievable,” Shannon said. “Both sides of the ball had big games. Now you’ve improved. Now you have to take the next step in the offseason.”

Benjamin’s big day came on six catches. His longest play was a 75-yard touchdown from Morris.

“Travis had a big day,” Spence said. “He’s always very explosive when he gets the ball in his hands. I was just happy for him.”

Mike James had the biggest run of the day, a 48-yard gallop. He led the rushing output with 64 yards on 10 carries. Berry added 42 yards on 15 carries including a 25-yard touchdown run. Miller injured his left shoulder and did not return after rushing for 10 yards on eight carries.

Kendal Thompkins led all receivers with eight receptions for 84 yards. Hankerson's two scores went for 16 and 39 yards.

 9 years ago '04        #6437
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damn i missed the game......


anyone know if its up on a torrent or something?

 9 years ago '05        #6438
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'The U' shall rise again

The vibe around the Miami football program is much different than it was a couple of years ago. The Canes look -- and seem -- like a legit powerhouse program again.

I was out at practice Friday and everywhere you looked they had freakish athletes. At receiver, there is 6-foot-4, 225-pound LaRon Byrd, 6-3, 215-pound Leonard Hankerson and 6-5, 210-pound Tommy Streeter. Each casts an imposing shadow, and all three move like cornerbacks. Travis Benjamin, the fastest of a UM receiving crew that goes seven deep, showed how dynamic he was in UM's spring game, catching six passes for 171 yards, producing one huge play after another.

There is also a deep stable of explosive tailbacks, evoking visions of the Clinton Portis/Willis McGahee days. The D-line, rocked by injury in 2009, is loaded again, led by uber freak Allen Bailey, a chiseled 285-pound defensive end with 4.6 speed. The secondary also can match up athletically with any receiver corps.

Even the area that has been the Canes' Achilles' heel the past few years -- the O-line -- looks good. Redshirt freshman offensive tackle Jermaine Johnson, a nimble 6-6, 322-pound former prep basketball star, is just one of a batch of lean up-and-comers who had insiders raving.


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 9 years ago '05        #6439
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Is Miami about to blow up?

In case you missed it, be sure to check out colleague Bruce Feldman's take on the Miami Hurricanes. Feldman went to Miami practice on Friday and says the team has the look of a powerhouse again.

Feldman says the team looks loaded with athletes at all positions, even offensive line, and that former players are saying the same thing. Check out this passage:

"This looks like what Miami is supposed to look like," said one UM player from the '90s, pointing at a group of the Canes' towering wideouts. "It hasn't been like this for a while, but we're ready now. Just look at them."

Andreu Swasey, the team's longtime strength coach and the guy who is more qualified to say when a team is ripe than maybe anyone at UM, beamed as he spoke about not only the athleticism, but also the work ethic and maturity of this team.

I'm not ready to anoint Miami as a national title front-runner just yet, although after seeing this team up close, it made me think a little harder about the Canes.

I normally cover the Big East, and I'll be interested to see Miami twice this season, against Pitt and South Florida. Since I'm the visitor here today what do you think about Miami's outlook in 2010?


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 03-29-2010, 06:26 PM         #6440
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Can't wait for this s**t to start. I'm not gonna go crazy yet but I got a really good feeling for this season

 9 years ago '07        #6441
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They tryna hop back on the nuts

we gave em a glimpse in 09

2010

 9 years ago '05        #6442
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f**kin-a pissed, i missed the spring game..i was just home eating s**t playing call of duty had no idea tha game was at 4;30 coulda gone straight after work

 9 years ago '04        #6443
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THEM MUf**kAZ KNOW ITS COMING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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 9 years ago '04        #6444
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The vibe around the Miami football program is much different than it was a couple of years ago. The Canes look -- and seem -- like a legit powerhouse program again.

I was out at practice Friday and everywhere you looked they had freakish athletes. At receiver, there is 6-4, 225-pound LaRon Byrd, 6-3, 215-pound Leonard Hankerson and 6-5, 210-pound Tommy Streeter. Each casts an imposing shadow and all three move like cornerbacks. Travis Benjamin, the fastest of a UM receiving crew that goes seven-deep, showed how dynamic he was in UM's spring game, catching six passes for 171 yards, producing one huge play after another.

There is also a deep stable of explosive tailbacks, evoking visions of the Clinton Portis/Willis McGahee days. The D-line, rocked by injury in 2009, is loaded again, led by uber freak Allen Bailey, a chiseled 285-pound defensive end with 4.6 speed. The secondary also can match up athletically with any receiver corps.

Even the area that has been the Canes' Achilles Heel the past few years -- the O-line -- looks good. Redshirt freshman offensive tackle Jermaine Johnson, a nimble 6-6, 322-pound former prep basketball star, is just one of a batch of lean up-and-comers that had insiders raving.

Mort importantly, this 2010 UM group passed the eye-ball test of perhaps their toughest critics, the former Cane players who came out to observe Friday's practice. There were more than 100 old Canes lining the field, ranging from Jimmy Johnson to Hall of Famer Ted Hendricks to Cortez Kennedy. There was also former UM standout Tony Chickillo, who watched with son Anthony, one of the country's top D-line recruits in the Class of 2011.

"This looks like what Miami is supposed to look like," said one UM player from the '90s, pointing at a group of the Canes' towering wideouts. "It hasn't been like this for awhile, but we're ready now. Just look at them."

Andreu Swasey, the team's long-time strength coach and the guy who is more qualified to say when a team is ripe than maybe anyone at UM, beamed as he spoke about not only the athleticism -- but the work ethic and maturity of this team.

I'm not ready to anoint Miami as a national title frontrunner just yet, although after seeing this team up close, it made me think a little harder about them.

The Canes made big strides last season, but it was still too much of "three steps forward, one step back," punctuated by a dismal bowl performance against Wisconsin. The Canes burst onto the field with two big plays that night -- then acted like the Badgers would be so in awe of the Miami speed, they'd fold. Didn't happen. And, that kind of resolve and focus that UM lacked comes back to locker room leadership.

Optimists could shrug it off and say Miami was still young last year. Eh. Regardless, Miami's definitely not young any more. Jacory Harris, the unquestioned leader of this team, sat out this spring after having offseason thumb surgery on his right throwing hand. He was great at times last season, but too often was reckless and made bad decisions. He should be a Heisman contender this fall. The spindly Harris will be much better with a second year in offensive coordinator Mark Whipple's system and the development of that group of receivers. Harris' body also has matured physically. UM was perilously thin behind him last season, but in A.J. Highsmith, walk-on transfer Spencer Whipple (son of Mark) and early enrollee Stephen Morris, the Canes are improved here as well.

Here's a problem: once again, the season begins with a treacherous first month. After opening with Florida A&M, the Canes visit Ohio State, then visit Pitt and then visit Clemson. Expect to hear some talk about how this start will impact Randy Shannon's future at UM. It shouldn't. The UM brass should address that issue by then. Shannon's contract status has been a hot topic down in South Florida for awhile now. (He is in the final year of his contract and currently the second-lowest paid coach in the ACC.) He has not won as many games as some would've expected, but in fairness, he inherited a tricky situation. He's provided stability and done outstanding work instilling more discipline into the program. Off the field, the results have been outstanding. On the field, critics can knock some decisions, such as hiring Patrick Nix as his offensive coordinator a few years back. Some former UM players also had questioned that he held his team with too firm of a hand.

"They just aren't having fun out there," was a common critique from some past players a few years ago.

Shannon, though, has grown into the head coaching job. The team has more life now, as was evident on Friday afternoon. Harris, the boisterous quarterback, has helped provide some juice as well. Bailey, now a senior, says he's seen a change in Shannon too. "He has lightened up," he said. "He's giving us a little more leeway."

Shannon knows he can have more trust in his players. Now, I think UM needs to show the same trust in their coach and extend his deal.

 9 years ago '04        #6445
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Porter: We Want To Bring Swagger Back
Mar. 29, 2010

By: David Lake





Curtis Porter
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- With his strong play this spring, defensive tackle Curtis Porter has earned some serious playing time for the 2010 season.

Porter (6-1, 315) made big steps in his development this spring and became the big space eating defensive tackle that controlled the interior of the line of scrimmage.

When looking back at his performance this spring, Porter says he has noticed how much better he got.

“I can just feel it,” Porter said about how much better he is this spring. “From how I felt last year, I just always felt wrong, but this year I feel like I am doing better and making all the right plays. Things are clicking and I got a little experience under my belt so I know what to expect with my pre-reads.”

“I am reading the offensive linemen better before the snap. I am still getting better at taking on double teams and I am better at recognizing running plays and counter plays and stuff like that.”

After the first two scrimmages Coach Randy Shannon said he was impressed by the play of Porter and fellow defensive tackle Micanor Regis.

“Those are guys that the last two scrimmages have done a great job inside of getting a lot of tackles for loss with penetrating,” Shannon said. “They are two guys who are really hard to move.”

Porter says he has accepted the challenge of being the stout defensive tackle that can take on multiple blockers.

“I know that is how it is going to be,” Porter said. “I hate those blockers, but I know that is how it is and I know people don’t want to play me one-on-one.”

Porter credit’s the coaching of newly hired defensive line coach Rick Petri with his progression this spring. Porter talked about what makes Petri a good defensive line coach.

“He is a technique freak,” Porter said. “If you are off by an inch he is going to k!ll you. It is just like construction work. If you are off by half an inch, you are going to mess up the whole thing. Sometimes it is overwhelming, but you have to learn it because he is here for a reason. He knows his stuff.”

Porter talked about one of the little technique things that coach Petri wants him to concentrate on.

“When the offensive protection slides, he wants me to work on my counter.”

The goal this spring for Porter and the defensive line this season is for Miami to have the top defensive line.

“I want to have our defensive line number one in the ACC,” Porter said.

One big goal this spring for the Miami defense, Porter said, was to create turnovers and play with more of an attitude. Porter says he and the players talk often about getting back to playing with the confidence the Hurricanes teams of the 1980s play with.

“We talk about it every day,” Porter said. “That is why we are trying to bring back that 1980s swagger. We want that old 1980s swag. To have those teams scared of you before you get on the field and just intimidating people.”

 9 years ago '04        #6446
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TB3 lookin explosive, lining him up in the slot with hank and byrd on the outside....

random observations: spencer whipple throws a pretty nice ball....the d-line is gonna be the best in the nation if they stay healthy....seems like petri is already making a bigger impact technique wise than hurtt...aldarius johnson is gonna break out like hank did last year

 9 years ago '07        #6447
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anyone see the weight spence has put on

it could get ugly for america

 9 years ago '05        #6448
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 9 years ago '05        #6449
Deeangoe 2 heat pts
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:dancingcool::laughing19::cool-smiley-009::party0045::foodanddrink21:

yesssir just copped my season tickets east endzone $200
aint missing a game home game this yr...plus going to the ohio state and georgia tech away game :agreement6:

 9 years ago '05        #6450
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UM spring football postscripts, by position:

• Defensive line: Only Allen Bailey is set as a starter. Andrew Smith (five sacks in three scrimmages) was the other starting end in Saturday's spring game, with Adewale Ojomo and Steven Wesley on the second team, and Marcus Robinson, Olivier Vernon and Dyron Dye behind them. How many ends will rotate? ``Four for sure, and maybe more,'' a.ssistant Rick Petri said. Ojomo could beat out Smith.

At defensive tackle, Micanor Regis was ``consistently dominant,'' Ojomo said. ``He could be an All-American if he keeps this up.'' Petri said he also is ``very happy'' with Curtis Porter. Injured Marcus Forston and Josh Holmes ``are critical,'' Petri said; those four should be UM's best tackles. Petri has made a difference; players rave about him.

• Linebacker: Beyond Sean Spence (sharp all spring) and Colin McCarthy, questions linger. Coach Randy Shannon said improved Kylan Robinson is the third starter for now, but Shannon added he will open the competition in August, when Jordan Futch and Ramon Buchanan are healthy. McCarthy will move to the middle if Futch or Buchanan starts ahead of Robinson. Newcomer Tyrone Cornelius impressed Saturday but was inconsistent earlier; UM was disappointed with backups Shayon Green and C.J. Holton.

• Defensive backs: Ray Ray Armstrong, who started Saturday and picked off two passes, ``was up and down, not where we need him to be'' this spring, Shannon said. He's in a tight battle with Jamal Reid -- not as good a tackler as Armstrong -- for the safety job opposite Vaughn Telemaque. Armstrong must improve in ``being disciplined with the eyes, being in the right spot,'' defensive backs coach Wesley McGriff said. Telemaque, who's studying tapes of Kenny Phillips, ``really elevated his play,'' McGriff said.

Starting cornerbacks Brandon Harris and DeMarcus Van Dyke are set, but Brandon McGee was beaten repeatedly Saturday; McGriff said ``he's got to learn to finish the play.'' Injured Ryan Hill could be the nickel back.

• Quarterback: A.J. Highsmith emerged as the front-runner to back up Jacory Harris. Spencer Whipple could be No. 3, allowing Stephen Morris to redshirt.

• Tailback: Damien Berry is the likely starter, but if three backs share carries, UM must decide whom to exclude from the group of Berry, Lamar Miller (recovering from a separated shoulder), Mike James, Storm Johnson and, perhaps, Graig Cooper. Cooper's knee rehabilitation is ahead of schedule, running backs coach Mike Cassano said. Lee Chambers is a long shot. Does Miller need to play? ``Yes,'' Cassano said. ``He's a rocket ship. Defensive coordinators will hold their breath when he has the ball.''

• Fullback: Shannon has raved about Pat Hill's blocking and said it was missed in the running game after an ankle injury ended his season after three games last year. John Calhoun has made strides as the backup.

• Receiver: Tommy Streeter showed flashes early but faded late in his attempt to challenge starters Leonard Hankerson and LaRon Byrd and top backups Travis Benjamin and Aldarius Johnson. Slot receiver Kendal Thompkins impressed and is pushing Thearon Collier.

``Kendal should be on the field. I can't figure out for the life of me why he's not,'' departing cornerback Chavez Grant said.

• Tight end: Starter Richard Gordon (just four career receptions) had a solid spring and will be ``a really good tight end,'' a.ssistant Joe Pannunzio said. Unsettled is whether Billy Sanders or junior college transfer Chase Ford, a summer arrival, will be the top backup; both are skilled receivers.

• Offensive line: a.ssistant Jeff Stoutland said Orlando Franklin is set at left tackle and Tyler Horn emerged at center, but three other jobs are open. Jermaine Johnson, who came on strong, must hold off Ben Jones at right tackle. Two starting guards should come from Joel Figueroa, Harland Gunn and Brandon Washington; Stoutland said Jared Wheeler also ``put himself in the mix.''

• FYI: Matt Bosher, who missed spring practice because of a shoulder injury reportedly sustained in a car accident, will return as punter/kicker. Jake Wieclaw improved his own previously shaky accuracy on field goals while filling in for Bosher this spring.

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