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 9 years ago '04        #5181
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 ttime236 said:
Can someone post this article? It compares 01 canes to 09 gators

2009 Gators are great, but hold off on "best ever"

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Florida fans have been doing a lot of speculating in my mailbag submissions that this Gator team could go down as the best ever. Let's discuss.

From Dino in Orlando: Most people usually consider the 2001 Miami Hurricanes the gold standard of all college teams. Is this 2009 UF team the closest thing to that UM team and what stands in the way of the Gators making their claim to best-ever?

To see Bruce's answer -- and his other nominees for best team ever -- and to learn about the next huge star at FSU, how ND would fare in the six BCS conferences, other overrated programs, a Gators defender who could be better than Carlos Dunlap and Brandon Spikes, and whether Marshall football is ready to be good again, you must be an ESPN Insider.

It's waaaay too early to start thinking about putting this UF team up there. People once tried to make the case that the 1983 Nebraska team was the most dominant ever and then the Huskers lost the Orange Bowl to Miami. A few years later Miami was the juggernaut and the Hurricanes got upset by Penn State. More recently, it was the Matt Leinart/Reggie Bush USC team that was supposedly mounting a case for "best ever" and then the Trojans got Vince Younged. Heck, look what happened to the Perfect Patriots in the Super Bowl. Truth is, fate seems to have a funny way of wagging its finger at us when we drift into that direction.

In terms of trapdoors for the Gators this season, Jeremy Fowler -- a UF beat writer -- brings up a few in this Orlando Sentinel piece:

Despite the otherworldly hype, however, this team can lose on a day when one or more of three things occurs:

(1) Everything goes wrong in Florida's gameplan.

(2) The Gators collide with a team that has everything going right.

(3) Injuries derail UF's hopes.

I'd agree on those -- but also make the point everything doesn't need to go wrong with a game plan for a powerhouse to get upset. It might only need to be a few things or just merely some bad bounces, a bad call here or there. You just never know until the game is played out.

I think the team with the best shot at knocking UF off is the LSU Tigers because they have so much athleticism and also because the game is in Baton Rouge. Then again, who thought Ole Miss would beat the Gators in the Swamp last season?

The only college team I've seen that had been touted as "best ever" and actually finished the deal was that 2001 Miami team. That UM group was by far the most stacked team I've ever covered. The roster produced 38 NFL draft picks and a ridiculous 17 first-rounders. Almost a decade later, 14 of those guys are NFL starters and a bunch are perennial Pro Bowlers (RB Clinton Portis, WR Andre Johnson, TE Jeremy Shockey and DB Ed Reed). Most of the Canes' starters on defense became first-round picks. They also had great leadership with Ken Dorsey on offense and Reed on defense. As Andrea Adelson pointed out a few weeks ago, this team won its games by an average of 33 points a game, and set an NCAA record for largest margin of victory over ranked teams in consecutive games after a 59-0 win over Syracuse and a 65-7 drubbing of Washington.

Ironically, the team that should go down as the most talented ever actually didn't even win the national title. It was the 1979 USC Trojans: They went 11-0-1, but finished No. 2 behind Alabama. The '79 Trojans had 10 first-team all-league players that season, two Heisman guys -- Charles White and his fullback, eventual winner Marcus Allen -- and a crew that combined to go to a staggering 63 Pro Bowls: OL Bruce Matthews (14); OT Anthony Munoz (11); DB Ronnie Lott (10); DB Dennis Smith (6); DB Joey Browner (6); RB Marcus Allen (5); LB Chip Banks (4); OL Don Mosebar (3); OL Roy Foster (2); TE Hoby Brenner (1); RB White (1).

Think about that for a moment. Sixty-three Pro Bowls. From one college team.
the last team people compared to the 2001 hurricanes was 2005 USC, and we all know what happened to them
 9 years ago '04        #5182
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CORAL GABLES _ Or is this Tuesday? Or Thursday?

The days are starting to run together down here at UM's preseason camp as the Hurricanes move closer to their season-opener at Florida State. Coach Randy Shannon had to jokingly ask reporters what day it was because things are getting so hectic.

Shannon did address a few issues, and talked about Friday's scrimmage.

Here are a few highlights:

-Several players worked at different positions because of injuries. Shannon wouldn't give any specifics, but cornerback Chavez Grant played some safety.

-Still word on when defensive end Eric Moncur will return to practice. He was held out Sunday, but Shannon said he should begin conditioning again sometime later this week. That means it's likely he will miss the Florida State game.

-Cornerback Sam Shields has impressed of late. Shannon said he feels the team has three corners who can start at any point, including Shields.

-Running back Mike James, tackle Jermaine Johnson and receiver Leonard Hankerson were held out of Sunday's workout. Shannon said it was because of "soreness.'

-Although we're two weeks from the season-opener, the Hurricanes have no sort of depth chart. Shannon said he won't make any final decisions until at least 10 days before the game. He says it's his way of keeping competition going.
 9 years ago '04        #5183
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Practice Report:: 8/23 Morning
Aug. 23, 2009

By: David Lake

Lee Chambers
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami started their fourth and final two-a-day practice of the fall this morning and will return to practice later this afternoon.

Miami returns to practice today after a day off yesterday and a scrimmage Friday.

Read here for who Shannon highlighted in Friday’s scrimmage and what the latest is with the injuries.

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• Miami held their second scrimmage of the fall on Friday. Shannon said he was pleased with the scrimmage overall. “It went well. It started off fast and the offense and defense responded to it. It was good to see those guys respond. We did a lot of work with guys at different positions. We treated it as guys being injured. We sat some guys out for a series or two, so you have to make sure you cover all your bases.”

• Lee Chambers is a player Shannon highlighted who stood out during Friday’s scrimmage. “Lee Chambers did a good job in the scrimmage special teams wise and also running the football. Really pleased with how he stepped up which was good to see.”

• Shannon said he is working players out at different positions now just to be ready so they can have more depth at positions. Chavez Grant is taking some reps at safety for the team right now. “We are working guys at positions. We moved the offensive line around and the defensive backs around.”

• Defensive ends Eric Moncur and Adewale Ojomo did not practice today. Shannon did not have an update on any of their injuries this morning. “You don’t know,” Shannon said. “Guys get banged up and they may be out for the season and they may not be. You have to see how they recover and you have to see when the doctors say they are ready to go.” Shannon said he expects Moncur to be jogging around within the next week.

• Shannon on Sam Shields at cornerback this fall: “He is doing well. There is still a learning curve, but he is doing a lot of great things and you will see him and Van Dyke and Brandon Harris doing a good job of communicating.”

• Quarterback Jacory Harris was “solid” in Friday’s scrimmage, Shannon said. “He still has a lot more to improve on and the more he keeps improving the better we will get as an offense.

• Shannon on how the backup quarterbacks played during the scrimmage: “You are just trying to get those guys to understand what is expected of them. We made it live on the number two quarterbacks and they felt the pressure and felt the hits and stuff like that. We are trying to get them ready.”

• Freshman defensive end Olivier Vernon practiced today. Running back Graig Cooper did some individual work after being held out last week with a leg injury.

• Running back Mike James, wide receiver Leonard Hankerson, and offensive lineman Jermaine Johnson were held out of practice today because they are sore, Shannon said.

• Shannon says he feels good about the kicking game right now. Last week Bosher did a good job of punting the ball according to Shannon.
 9 years ago '04        #5184
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Practice Report: 8/23 Afternoon
Aug. 23, 2009

By: Christopher Stock

Patrick Hill
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami completed their fourth and final two-a-day practice of the fall this afternoon.

Miami held their second of three scrimmages on Friday and will resume practice on Monday morning.

Read here for the latest news on the team, who did well in practices, what the latest is with the injuries.

Click here for the morning practice report

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• FB Patrick Hill was in a walking boot on his left foot and did not practice. Hill, the team's starting fullback, was replaced at times by Javarris James. James took the first snap at fullback with Lee Chambers as the tailback.

• TE Jimmy Graham continues to impress as he caught a touchdown in the redzone.

• CB Chavez Grant picked off a pass by Jacory Harris. Grant typically does fell in fall practices and has been a guy who routinely intercepts passes in practice. He's hoping to carry that over to his senior season.

• The first team defensive line was LDE Marcus Robinson, LDT Allen Bailey, RDT Micanor Regis, and RDE Olivier Vernon.

• DE Eric Moncur was at practice, but is still out with an injury.

• OL A.J. Trump did not practice and was replaced by Tyler Horn on the first unit.

• S Ray Ray Armstrong had an interception in Friday's scrimmage.

• DE Steven Wesley thinks Vernon will be "something special". Wesley also was not pleased with the effort of the defensive line during Friday's scrimmage.

• WR LaRon Byrd said that CB Brandon Harris has really improved and is challenging him the most during fall camp. Harris came into fall camp as a starter and is expected to be a key to the secondary.

• WRs Thearon Collier and Davon Johnson each caught deep touchdown passes in the scrimmage on Friday and were the only two who caught touchdown passes.
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. - With just over two weeks remaining until the season-opener at Florida State, the University of Miami football team held its fourth and final two-a-day of camp Sunday at the Greentree Practice Fields. The Hurricanes worked out in full pads in the morning before returning in shells for a late afternoon session.

In the morning session, the `Canes practiced in muggy conditions with a few rain showers and temperatures in the lower 80's. The team enjoyed more ideal conditions in the afternoon, with partly cloudy skies and temperatures staying below 85 degrees throughout.

A.J. Highsmith was among the offensive standouts on Sunday, with a pair of deep connections with Tommy Streeter (11-on-11) and LaRon Byrd (7-on-7). On the defensive end, Sam Shields, Chavez Grant, Randy Phillips and C.J. Holton recorded interceptions Sunday, while Micanor Regis, Joe Joseph and Marcus Robinson each picked up a sack.

The `Canes will hold their 17th practice of fall camp Monday morning.

Morning Practice Highlights - (pads)
• Joe Joseph and Marcus Robinson each had a sack in 11-on-11 drills.
• Randy Phillips (INT, pass break-up) and DeMarcus Van Dyke (two pass break-ups) stood out in the secondary.
• Lee Chambers and Damien Berry each broke off a couple runs of 15+ yards,
• Javarris James caught several passes in both 11-on-11 and 7-on-7 sessions.

Afternoon Practice Highlights - (shells)
• Sam Shields (red zone), Chavez Grant (7-on-7) and C.J. Holton (11-on-11) all recorded interceptions. Grant returned his for a touchdown while Holton caught his off a tipped pass.
• A.J. Highsmith connected with Tommy Streeter (11-on-11) and LaRon Byrd (7-on-7) for significant yardage.
• Damien Berry took a short pass in the flat from Taylor Cook for a long gain.
• Other highlights include a near interception by Randy Phillips, a pass break-up by Ramon Buchanan and a sack by Micanor Regis.
• Red zone touchdowns included Jacory Harris to Richard Gordon and Taylor Cook to Jimmy Graham.

Photo Gallery: Day 12
Click HERE for a photo gallery from Sunday morning's practice.

LaRon Byrd Post-Practice
After Sunday afternoon's practice, several players met with the members of the media to discuss the start of the second week of camp. Sophomore wide receiver LaRon Byrd was among the group that was made available. He discussed a number of topics, including the start of classes this week, how the team looked in Friday's scrimmage and how his roommate Brandon Harris has progressed since last season.

On classes starting this week - That is what we are here to do. We are here to go class, and we are here to play ball. That should be our mind frame and nothing else should be more important. All we have to do is keep working hard, and everything will be fine.

On how Friday's scrimmage went - It was even. The offense came out blazing...real hot. The defense responded though and it was equal competition back and forth. We would get one and the defense would get one.

On his roommate Brandon Harris' progress - He was a freshman last year so there were a lot of rookie mistakes you'll see out of a freshman. He has gotten better. He has gotten way better. He is a physical corner...a big guy. He has put on some pounds, some muscle mass. He is definitely going to be a shut-down corner.

On Jacory Harris as a leader - He always has been a leader and now that he is the starting quarterback, he has more responsibility in his new role. He comes out here every day, works hard, watches film...he is a film junkie. When he makes a mistake, he gets on himself the hardest. When he doesn't make a mistake, he gives the receivers the praise. As far as him being a leader, he is going to lead us to a championship one day.

Post-practice notes
• Sunday marked the team's 12th day of camp and 15th and 16th practice sessions.
• The morning session (pads) lasted approximately two hours, with cloudy skies, a few rain showers and temperatures in the lower 80's.
• The afternoon session (shells) lasted approximately two hours, with partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the lower 80's.
• Miami's 2009 freshmen class only saw limited action in the afternoon session Sunday. The freshmen were taking part in orientation activities.
• Former UM offensive lineman Alex Pou (2003-06) attended Sunday afternoon's practice • The `Canes will return to practice Monday morning.
• The Hurricanes' season-opener at Florida State on Monday, Sept. 7 is 15 days away.

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The seven former Miami Northwestern players who joined the Hurricanes last year have contributed on the field and maintained their bond off it.

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The scene was classic, and it played out repeatedly last year: University of Miami quarterback Jacory Harris and receiver Aldarius Johnson dragging their dorm-room mattresses, blankets and alarm clocks down the hall and into the room of teammates Sean Spence and Marcus Forston.

``They'd be like, `Watcha all doin'?' '' defensive tackle Forston said. ``We'd be like, `Nothin'.' We'd set our alarm clocks for the same time. Then me and Sean would make them laugh all night.''

They arrived as comrades, seven UM freshmen bound by their neighborhoods, football fields and a high school team deemed the nation's best. Harris, Johnson, Spence, Forston, Tommy Streeter, Kendal Thompkins and Ben Jones -- seven superlative players who earned a consensus national championship at Miami Northwestern High and then made a pact to do the same in college.

They haven't disappointed.

Four members of the Bulls brigade turned heads from coast to coast with the Hurricanes, garnering national accolades and plenty of attention along the way. Three others, plus a new arrival, await their turns this season. Receivers Streeter and Thompkins each were injured, had surgery and were redshirted. Jones, a 6-5, 300-pound offensive lineman, played on the scout team and also redshirted.

``I can't wait to get back on the field with those guys,'' said the 6-5, 209-pound Streeter, who had a wrist injury. ``It's going to bring back a lot of memories. Hopefully, we can make plays like we once did in high school.''

An eighth Northwestern Bull, 6-4, 330-pound offensive lineman Brandon Washington, enrolled at UM in January after attending Milford (N.Y.) Academy Prep School.


``It was crazy,'' cornerback Ryan Hill said. ``That was a big senior class, man, coming here together. You couldn't help notice them because they were always together. I think they were amazed to be in college. We'd be in study hall, and they might be singing a song or telling a joke, and they'd all know the joke.

``They brought their certain swagger and bond to the team, and now the team has that bond. These are guys spread out all over the field, guys that are used to winning. That's good for all of us.''

Just how good were they?

• Harris, now the starter, backed up former starter Robert Marve in a two-quarterback system. In 13 games (two starts), Harris completed 118

of 194 passes for 1,195 yards and 12 touchdowns, with seven interceptions.

• Spence, an outside linebacker, was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Rookie of the Year. He started the last nine games and played in all 13, ending the season with 65 tackles -- 9.5 for losses and two of them sacks. Spence had four pass breakups and returned his first career interception for a touchdown against Florida State, the team UM opens against on Sept. 7 in Tallahassee.

• Forston, 6-3 and 310 pounds, was named to three All-American teams and is battling for the starting spot opposite Allen Bailey. Forston played in 12 games last season, recording 18 tackles -- 4.5 of which were for losses and three of which were sacks.

• Johnson, 6-3 and 215 pounds, was UM's leading receiver. He had 31 catches for 332 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winning score in the overtime victory at Virginia.

Thompkins, 5-10 and 180 pounds, is back after shoulder surgery.

``I have a lot of catching up to do, but I'm really excited about FSU,'' he said, ``We had a pretty good team in high school, and we figured we'd all come here and try to lift the Hurricanes.''


Sophomore cornerback Brandon Harris played high school ball at neighboring rival Booker T. Washington.

``Great kids,'' Harris said of his Bulls-turned-Canes teammates. ``We all grew up together, so when they came here, we all blended in. They're the group that brings us together as one. They all have very good sense of humors, they all work hard in practice, and they all perform on the field. But in the locker room they hang with everyone.''

Said Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas receiver Leonard Hankerson: ``They have amazing talent and an amazing bond.''

That bond, said Jacory Harris, is what helped him stay strong when he sometimes was down last season.

``We were talking about that bond last night,'' Harris said recently, ``me and Marcus talking about how there were a lot of things I wouldn't have been able to go through without their help. That two-quarterback system was hard sometimes. They talked to me all the time -- `Hey, man, keep your head up. You're doing well. You're helping us.'

`` `When you do get your chance,' they'd say, `just make sure you prove yourself.' ''

Johnson said this will be his fourth year playing with Harris.

``I know what he wants out of a receiver,'' Johnson said. ``His arm has gotten stronger, and his accuracy has gotten wa-a-a-ay better. He wants us to run our routes hard, come out of our breaks, snap our heads around so we can see the ball and catch it, of course.

``We've gotten our timing down pat. Our bond has grown way more.''

Forston, who has lost seven pounds, said he is sure he will turn it up come game time against Florida State.

``I'm in the best shape of my life,'' he said. ``I'm running to the ball better, using my hands better and getting off blocks better.''

All eight of the Northwestern players still go out to eat together at T.G.I. Friday's, Johnson said.

``Then we go to the movies and chill. People look at us and say, `Look at the Northwestern kids chillin'.' They shake our hands and tell us they expect big things out of us.''

Spence is unanimously pegged the jokester. Forston, too.

``Big Ben is the most serious,'' Johnson said. ``And Brandon is just happy to be around us again.''

Said Spence: ``We're a family. We still kick it. We like reminiscing about the old days and games we won or almost lost -- like [against] Deerfield Beach.''

There could be a ninth Northwestern Bull joining them soon. four-star defensive tackle Todd Chandler, a senior, committed to the Hurricanes last fall. A protégé of Forston, he calls him a big brother.

``They already have the chemistry, and they know how to win,'' Chandler said.

``I feel like I'll be the missing piece of the puzzle.''
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Miami's Whipple talks transition, receivers, playbook and more


First-year Miami coach Mark Whipple seems like a no-nonsense kind of guy, and since he's arrived, he's wasted no time making a difference. The players have bought in, they respect his NFL background (he's not shy about name-dropping), and there is a confidence and a swagger that indicates they're eager to show what they've learned this offseason. Whipple was kind enough to answer a few questions recently about a variety of topics. Here is the first of a two-part Q&A series:

When you came to Miami and saw your personnel, is there something that stood out to you as a certain strength?

MW : I think the work ethic, the character and the hunger, attitude. And how young they were, coming from the NFL.

Yeah, people don't realize a lot of them are only sophomores.

MW : Well even the seniors seem young.

How did your relationship with Jacory [Harris] start, and how has it progressed? He told me you're like a father figure to him already.

MW : I'm a good father when he plays well and I'm probably a bad father when he doesn't. I think the thing, well, between him and all the players, is just a respect for one another. It continues to grow. As you get to know people, a lot of times it can be good, sometimes it can be bad. This has been really good.

Talk to me like you're watching Jacory on film and break it down for me. What are the things he does well, what are the things you've tweaked technique-wise, what are some things he needs to improve on?

MW : I just think the experience within this offense, he's a hard worker. He's a little more athletic than maybe I thought he was when I was watching tape before I met him. And me getting to know what his strengths are a little more in the throw game, in the passing game. I think he's becoming more of a leader, and the things I can allow him to do, check-wise or that way, how much he can handle. It's growing every day.

Do you guys need to narrow down that big group of receivers, or is it OK to have eight different guys catching the ball?

MW : I've never heard a coach say they've got too many good players, and I'm in that group.

How do you go about coming to a program and changing things?

MW : I don't think it's more change, I just hope I can add something. We have a great history and tremendous tradition, a tremendous university as a school. I think that's where it starts. When I got here I knew they had won five national championships, but this place has played for 10. I'm just trying to add to that and help the kids to get better. That's the one thing as a coach/teacher you try to do.

How does the offensive line look?

MW : They're growing, they're getting better. I think we've gained a little more depth. We're getting a little more flexible. That's the one thing that helps you coming from the NFL. A lot of times you go into the game in the NFL with seven guys dressed. We're going the same kinds of things here, where guys are learning different positions. Coming out of spring, I thought we were solid. Some of the young guys have gotten a little bit better. We're a little deeper, but never as deep as you'd like to be. I feel better about that group.

As far as you making the transition from NFL to college again, what are some of the adjustments you've had to make?

MW : I was fortunate to be with two great organizations that had two great teams, championship-type teams. At first, it's slower. They're not as big, not as fast, not as old, not as mature. Then when I look back, they did a really good job in the spring of embracing the playbook and the offense and the things we gave them. Everybody kept saying we have some young talent. It's hard for me to look at it that way, after the guys I was used to coaching the last five years -- the Roethlisbergers, the Westbrooks, the DeSean Jacksons, Hines Ward, Santonio Holmes -- those guys I was around, Heath Miller, Alan Faneca. I didn't even have a chance to even look at the University of Miami last year on offense and defense, and then once I looked at it, I said, 'Oh, I guess we do have some talent we can work with.' That didn't happen until after spring was over. When you look at high school teams, that was even more difficult.
Want to know how extensive Whipple's playbook is? Check back in a few for Part II."

Q&A with Miami's Whipple, Part II

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How has it been working with Randy?

MW: Great. We're on the same page, and John Lovett, and he's got a really good plan. Our guys believe in what's happening. He's done a tremendous job. We have great kids here, tremendous kids. You've got to give him the credit. These guys have worked hard, and they believe in one another and continue to improve.

Why do you prefer shotgun or under center, what do you see as the advantages to either of those, since Jacory was talking about how that change was a big deal for him?

MW: I've had guys both ways, that sometime like to have the ball in their hand right away, or sometimes want to be back so they can see a little better. There are different things we do out of both of them. I think there are some advantages under center, and some advantages out of the shotgun. We just try to mix and match with personnel. A lot has to do with what the defense is doing.

How big is your playbook?

MW: Whatever it is, there's several from the Steelers, Eagles and everyone I had. So you've got, what? Twenty from the USFL Wranglers. They're encyclopedias. I could pull something out from, I don't know, 1983 we ran in Roman Gabriel's flea-flicker.

Good lord.

MW: What's most important is what they can execute, not how big the playbook is.

Well, I guess that's my way of asking how complicated is it? How much are you asking these guys to learn right away?

MW: Well, I'm asking them to learn a lot. To me it's not like if you walk into class and Albert Einstein was your teacher and he has the theory of relativity and you can't understand it. Then it's not a very good class. People going into class coming out say I understand that, I get that. That's what's more important. I can write a 15-page paper, and while that might be impressive, the five-page paper was a lot better. The systems have worked. They worked at Pittsburgh, they worked in Philadelphia, they worked at the University of Massachusetts, at Brown University. There's things out of all of them. What I told our guys is, this is the Miami offense. You try things and continue to try different things and hope they work. You plan for them and try to explain why, and we want feedback from the players on certain things. That's always been beneficial because then they have ownership of what they're doing.

Do you have them watching a lot of NFL film?

MW: We did in the offseason, not as much now, maybe some cuts when you're installing certain plays. This is the way Ben [Roethlisberger] did it, this is the way Donovan [McNabb] did it, here's how [Brian] Westbrook runs this route, what we did with DeSean Jackson in this route. Here's how we run it, this is what it looks like. That's just a teaching tool.

That's got to get their attention quick, if they see, Hey, look, this is what's going on at the next level, that's where I want to be.' That's got to inspire them to do it, and do it right.

MW: I think the teaching part is visualization. If they can visualize themselves, when we say we need you to run this route at 12 yards, and this is why it works, and then they do it, and they don't see themselves, they go 9 yards, this is why it doesn't work. You show them this is why this route worked, and why you have to get to this point, the timing of the quarterback, and not allowing the defensive back to make his break, the separation and the spacing between the receivers, and why we need it done this way on the offensive line. We don't know exactly what we're going to do right now. We've got a lot of things out there. We've got to trim it down as we get closer to game time. It's a work in progress. We're lucky to have a really good offensive staff. Guys who really know the players, it helps me understand them and they're right on in their evaluations, putting people in the right places.
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Eight ACC players on Butkus Award watch list

August 24, 2009 11:01 AM
Posted by's Heather Dinich

While this list is flattering, it's also a reminder of who won't be playing for the ACC this year. NC State linebacker Nate Irving is one of the players on the Butkus Award watch list , as is BC linebacker Mike McLaughlin, whose return from a torn Achilles is still uncertain. Can the ACC repeat Butkus Award winners? Wake's Aaron Curry won it last year. The Butkus Award is presented annually to the nation's top linebacker, and the ACC certainly has a few of those worth looking at.

Here are the other conference players who were recognized:

* Bruce Carter, UNC
* Kavell Conner, Clemson
* Daryl Sharpton, Miami
* Sean Spence, Miami
* Quan Sturdivant, UNC
* Dekoda Watson, FSU
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2010 National Champions: Why Not The Hurricanes?

The Miami Hurricanes don't mind people saying this isn't their year.

Brutal four game start? It's OK.

Head coach still learning to win? That's perfectly fine.

You see, the Miami Hurricanes are officially a "next year team," but they may be THE next year team.

I'm not saying that this team isn't going to have success in 2009; an eight win regular season with a quality bowl game seems likely. An ACC title could even be in the cards if things break their way early on.

What's more important than the success the team has in '09 may be the experience that the young Canes gain from having played through it.

When Randy Shannon took over the team, he set out to find football players with not only the talent to be stars, but the mind and heart to do it from the day they step on campus. Miami has had young players in prime roles before, but not since the days of Howard Schnellenberger and Jim Kelly has the door been so open for them to succeed.

Let's play devil’s advocate for a moment.

Miami head coach Randy Shannon, now with two full seasons under his belt, has led the Hurricanes to a modest 12-13 record in that time (1 -2 against in-state rivals Florida and Florida State). With a top 5 recruiting class in 2008 and loads of other talent in his program, the question becomes, is Randy Shannon on the hot seat in 2009?


If we took a trip down memory lane, we will remember a certain someone named Larry Coker. The defensive coordinator for the Colts? No that’s Larry Coyer. This Larry Coker went 60–15 at Miami and led them to a National Championship…and subsequently got the axe after a six loss season in 2006.

The Hurricane faithful have already proven that they expect to win and if they don’t win, sacrifices have to be made. That sacrificial lamb could easily be Randy Shannon.

What? Fire Randy Shannon after three seasons?

Ask Ty Willingham, who had a 21–15 record in three seasons at Notre Dame, about that scenario if you don’t think it can happen.

The unranked Hurricanes, on paper, could easily open the season 0-4, with games against (19) Florida State, (15) Georgia Tech, (7) Virginia Tech, and (3) Oklahoma. Tell the fat lady to start her warm ups...

C’mon, Miami would have to find a proven coach with school ties. Someone who knows how to win big games. Right?

Maybe one with three national championship rings in the Hurricane program? Oh yeah, you know where this is going…Tommy Tubbs himself!

A match made in Hurricane heaven. Tommy Tuberville was 110–60 at Auburn University including a perfect 13–0 in 2004, a five-time bowl winner, including a BCS bowl win, and was 5–2 against top-five opponents, including three wins against in-state powerhouse, Florida.

Tuberville, when asked about coaching again, responded ambiguously, "I don't wish anybody bad will. Something is going to happen somewhere. There are some places I'd coach and some I wouldn't. I want to go somewhere where they are committed. You've got to get everybody on the same page. If you can't get everybody on the same page, it's not going to work."

Oh I think Miami will be on the same page soon enough…
A school that seemingly always had great talent at the wide receiver position (Michael Irvin, Reggie Wayne, and Andre Johnson to name a few) has found itself searching for a playmaker for the past few years.

Sam Shields was the latest to disappoint after being highly recruited and showing promise as a freshman, setting high marks that had not been seen from a freshman since Wayne was a Cane in 1997. Unfortunately, it has not worked out for the Hurricanes, and Shields has now moved to the other side of the ball to play cornerback.

Now, a deep, very talented group of wideouts jam the depth chart in Coral Gables, with many questioning not if, but who out of the group will be the next great.

LaRon Byrd could very well be that guy.

He certainly already has several connections he shares with the greats. He hails from the state of Louisiana, just like Wayne, and wears number 47—the same number Irvin wore at the U.

The sophomore spent the summer working out with his fellow Louisiana native Wayne, as well as safety Ed Reed, who is also from the Bayou State, drawing high praise from the Colts receiver who compared Byrd's game to former Giant Plaxico Burress.

Wayne also said Byrd has the strongest upside of all of Miami's receivers. Both Reed and Wayne also made sure that he knew to represent their state well.

Byrd was rated as the second best wide out in Louisiana despite only playing two years at the position in high school (he was a defensive back as a freshman and sophomore), and was also a standout in basketball, averaging 20 points per game.

His senior year, he caught 50 passes, 13 for touchdowns, while accumulating over 600 yards, but he still was not rated as a top 50 receiver nationally when he signed with Miami.

Despite ranking sixth on the team with 21 catches last year as a freshman, Byrd caught a team-leading four touchdowns for the Canes and was the only receiver to have a reception in at least 12 games.

Several of his catches were in tight situtations, none tighter than making the game tying touchdown grab near the end of regulation at Virginia last year. Miami went on to win the game in overtime.

He is also the second tallest receiver on the team at 6'4'' (one inch shorter than Tommy Streeter), has a vertical leap of over 36 inches, and has become even faster than last year, running a 4.43 40 time in the spring.

And with the rotation of pass catchers being trimmed by nearly half, expect Byrd to be out on the field even more after starting four games last year.

If he can be as good as many believe he can with his combination of ability, size, and speed, Byrd and the Hurricanes could very well be flying high in the near future.
 9 years ago '04        #5194
Cap Peeler 7 heat pts
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CORAL GABLES _ For a while, we thought this was the end.

The reporters who follow the Miami Hurricanes figured Jacory Harris was done as the fun-loving, quotable, say-anything type of quarterback. A few weeks ago, he was maybe too candid during a radio interview that involved him saying he'd show up to the Heisman ceremony wearing an Afro with pimp suit and cup.

The next time Harris spoke to the media he was bland as ever, watching his words as if UM had told him to tone it down. For the record, Harris says he was only joking and UM had no problem with what he said. But during his next group interview, it was more of the same programmed answers.

Suddenly, Harris had morphed into Robert Marve, a player always willing just to drop the company line when the recorders are on.

I caught up with Harris recently and asked him about it, and here's what he had to say: He hasn't changed, and has no plans of doing so.

"I'll say what I what I want to say," Harris said.

Harris seems more than prepared to deal with what's ahead. He's the starting quarterback at the University of Miami, meaning he'll be one of the most scrutinized players in the country. Harris plans on handling it all with a smile.

"I don't really care too much about [criticism]," Harris said. "If you feel like I should do this, this way or that way or I should be this type of quarterback, then that's your opinion. I'm gonna be me. I'm gonna have fun. I'm the type of quarterback that's going to talk. I'm going to let you know how I feel. If you feel like I'm doing something wrong, then that's your opinion."

Harris is already experiencing the struggles of being the face of the program. His Facebook page draws more hits than an Erin Andrews photo gallery. While most show support, he's noticed a few being critical of his easygoing lifestyle. He's a college kid. Wait, he's a college quarterback. Wait, he's a college quarterback in Miami.

So he's going to have a little fun.

"People will come on my Facebook and they'll comment on my pictures and say, `You don't need to be in clubs or stuff like this,"' Harris said. "This is my life. Most quarterbacks play that role, they'll stay in and not do anything, not live life. But if you live to the fullest, you don't have any pressure. You don't have anything to worry about, everything comes to you. You just have fun. That's what helps me on the field."

No way is Harris saying he is the anti-Tim Tebow, he's actually quite the role model to Miami's inner-city youth. He just feels he's entitled to a break from football long as he handles his business during practice and is ready to go on Saturdays.

"I get out on the field and I know I've prepared," Harris said. "I know that I've studied and done the things that are going to help this team win the game. So why go out there and be nervous and have butterflies and be scared about making this throw? I've been doing this all week in practice, so why be scared when it's game time? That's how I live my life."
 9 years ago '05        #5195
Junior G 116 heat pts116
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they gettin off that trainwreck propz to them n*ggaz.....They are just ahead of the curve. Miami starts 0-4/1-3, team quits on Shannon and they replace him before January 1.
 9 years ago '04        #5196
C.R.I.P. 3 heat pts
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thats f**king crazy.

i mean unless Jacory gets hurt it doesnt change the number of games we will win but the fact that we only have backup QB is crazy.
 9 years ago '05        #5197
Chuck_Remixed 287 heat pts287
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 Junior G said:
they gettin off that trainwreck propz to them n*ggaz.....They are just ahead of the curve. Miami starts 0-4/1-3, team quits on Shannon and they replace him before January 1.

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 9 years ago '04        #5198
madness 16 heat pts16
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cannon smith wasnt gonna play anyway

but damn cook, you coulda gotten some playing time against FSU when we were up by 30

lets just hope jacory doesnt get hurt:sick:

on the bright side, this opens up 2 more schollys:applause:
 9 years ago '04        #5199
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damn wake up and see maybe Smith is transferring, go play ball for a couple hours and both back-ups are leaving smh
 9 years ago '05        #5200
Deeangoe 2 heat pts
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good riddance....has their ever been a time where someone transferred and excelled elsewhere...cuz i dont think so

btw tf happend to the miami/fsu thread we had on bxsportscenter....i was bored at work and went through like 30 pages and couldnt find couldnt be that much furthur could it / or was it deleted?

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