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 8 years ago '04        #5301
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 The Lefty said:
I noticed the same thing, I think it was early in the game when they zoomed on Jacory.

I wouldn't say glittery, but it's shiny now.
It's the glow of national championship boys. These boys are on a mission man, they ain't playing no f**king games about acc this year and then making a run to the NC the next. f**k that, my n*gga JH12 already bought that pink suit :agreement6::agreement6::agreement 6:
 8 years ago '05        #5302
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CORAL GABLES — Florida State never seriously recruited Travis Benjamin, but that's not the reason why the Seminoles are the personal punching bag for the University of Miami's speedy sophomore.

It's simpler than that."FSU is a big rivalry for us," said Benjamin, who helped lead Glades Central to a state championship in 2006. "That's one game you can't lose."

Thanks to Benjamin's performance Monday night, the No. 20 Hurricanes didn't.

While most of the attention following UM's 38-34 victory in Tallahassee was bestowed on quarterback Jacory Harris, the 5-foot-10, 175-pound Benjamin played nearly as crucial a role.

Benjamin began the game by catching a 39-yard touchdown pass on UM's opening series, then finished up with a 40-yard catch late in the fourth quarter that set up Graig Cooper's game-winning touchdown.

In between, Benjamin caught two other long passes and finished with four catches for a career-high 128 yards. It marked the most receiving yards by a UM player since Lance Leggett had 131 yards against Duke on October 21, 2006.

"How long can you stay with Benjamin?" FSU coach Bobby Bowden said in exasperation following his team's loss. "How long can you cover him?"

Bowden and his team did not have the answer. And it wasn't the first time.

In last year's game, Benjamin piled up 274 all-purpose yards (185 return, 71 receiving, 18 rushing). That's tops at UM since Edgerrin James gained a combined 310 yards against UCLA in 1998.

Benjamin had 140 all-purpose yards (128 receiving, 12 return) on Monday, giving him 414 yards in two games against FSU.

Benjamin victimized the Seminoles by utilizing his speed, which allows him to cover 40 yards in 4.26 seconds. Only cornerback Sam Shields (4.20) is faster among current Hurricanes.

"It's like trying to catch a rabbit," linebacker Sean Spence said of tackling Benjamin. "He's quick. You can have a good angle on him and he outruns your angle. Or he stops on a dime and makes you run right past him."

Benjamin is so fast that it appears his foot-long dreadlocks are having trouble keeping up with him. The hair reaches down nearly to the middle of his back.

An appointment to trim back Benjamin's dreads was canceled a couple weeks ago.

"I don't know if he had a little nervousness about cutting it or what," said Cynthia Steward, Benjamin's mother.

No reason to mess with success, which Benjamin has been since he arrived at UM last season. Benjamin finished his freshman season with 18 receptions, 293 yards and a team-leading 16.3-yard average, but was most effective as a returner. Benjamin led the ACC in punt returns (11.3 yards) and also averaged 22.5 yards on kickoff returns.

"He can be a lot better than he was last year, and he is a lot better," coach Randy Shannon said. "The biggest thing we're going to need him to do is take that next step. Travis is very fast, has great hands and has a lot of play-making ability and all that. But he can't rely on his speed all the time."

Judging by the FSU game, Benjamin is adding technique to his game. He maintained enough control on his 40-yard catch to keep one foot in-bounds - a result game officials confirmed after a review.

"Last year, he was just a young buck running around making people miss like playing sandlot ball," said safety Randy Phillips, a fellow Glades Central alum. "But now he's coming into his own, becoming a great receiver."

Benjamin was used primarily as a receiver Monday night and returned only two punts, but said, "It's no big deal. I just have to wait my turn."

That could come Thursday when UM faces No. 15 Georgia Tech at Land Shark Stadium. Benjamin played little in last season's 41-23 loss to the Yellow Jackets after re-injuring an ankle early in the game, but said he clearly remembers the humiliation from that loss.

"It's a must (win) for us," Benjamin said. "Last year they made us look almost like fools out there on the field."

Benjamin's opponents are becoming familiar with that feeling.



in other news...aj was practicing with the team already - so hopefully hes good to go on thurs


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 8 years ago '04        #5303
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damn i cant wait....i f**king hate GT with a passion
 8 years ago '05        #5304
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BY SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN


According to University of Miami football coach Randy Shannon, defensive end Eric Moncur will be back this week in the Hurricanes' home opener against Georgia Tech.

If things are going well for the Hurricanes, UM fans also might see backup quarterback A.J. Highsmith for the start of his college career.

And the kickoff duties this week will be done by either redshirt freshman Jake Wieclaw or walk-on senior Alex Uribe.

Those three nuggets were courtesy of Shannon during a 15-minute chat Monday morning with The Miami Herald.

Shannon said Moncur, a senior who went to see a specialist in Philadelphia about groin pain early in fall camp, is ``practicing very well and should be ready to go this week.''

When asked if Moncur might have to play through pain during his final season, despite being cleared by the specialist, Shannon said, ``There's nothing wrong with Eric. Eric is good to go.''

Shannon said Moncur ``has always been motivated and has always been a team guy. We expect Eric to play like he normally does.''

Shannon said he believes Moncur is on the right side. ``He's a very smart player, brings a lot to the table. He won't make many mistakes in a game. He brings a lot of experience to this team.''

Regarding defensive end Adewale Ojomo, who has been out with a broken jaw, Shannon said, ``He's doing fine. He's doing everything he's supposed to be.''

Does Shannon expect Ojomo to be back soon? ``That's up to his injuries and it's up to his doctors,'' he said. And regarding Highsmith, who became the uncontested backup when Taylor Cook and Cannon Smith transferred recently, Shannon said, if ``You always want to get everybody some snaps. You want to get guys snaps who haven't played a lot in the games. You want to get [linebacker] Arthur [Brown] some snaps, you want to get [linebacker] Jordan Futch some snaps. You want to get all the young guys a lot of snaps.''

But his comments were based only on if UM is doing well against the Yellow Jackets.

``But we can't look at it that way,'' he said. ``We just want to make sure we play well against Georgia Tech.''

In the kicking department, Shannon said Wieclaw -- a scholarship player -- and Uribe ``are having a real good battle'' for the kickoff spot. ``One of those two guys will be kicking off for us against Georgia Tech.''

Uribe, who previously played at UM, enrolled for classes late and arrived at fall camp after it began. ``Uribe has a strong leg,'' Shannon said. ``Him and Jake are doing well in practice. We'll have some more kicking stuff [Tuesday] and make a decision for game time.''

• Shannon also said he expects freshman defensive end Olivier Vernon will play Thursday night.




in other news the va tech gametime was just announce
Miami at Virginia Tech, (ABC/ESPN*, 3:30 p.m.)
 8 years ago '05        #5305
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By MANNY NAVARRO


Before he and his teammates could celebrate, before Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder took three final shots at the University of Miami's end zone on Monday night, Brandon Harris had to deal with the ultimate disappointment for a cornerback: a bad pass-interference call.

The flag, thrown late by the back judge, gave FSU new life 2 yards away from the end zone, and put Harris in a position to be the goat in a tough loss. Sitting way up in the press box, just above the 83,000 fans at Doak Campbell Stadium, Tim Harris Sr. -- the senior program coordinator for football at UM -- waited to see what his son would do next.

``Knowing Brandon, I knew he wasn't going to let that moment define him,'' Harris Sr. said. ``He could have easily dropped in the tank. But those rehearsals Coach [Randy] Shannon puts them in weekly -- being on the goalline in those game situations -- paid off. Brandon did his job. He knew they were coming after him again and he batted that next pass away.''

After two more incomplete passes, the Hurricanes had pulled off a thrilling victory. And Harris went from zero to hero, earning ACC Player of the Week honors as a defensive back after leading UM with nine tackles -- including a huge one to stop Ponder from running into the end zone with the winning score -- to go with two pass breakups. That Harris -- a 5-11, 195-pound sophomore from Miami Booker T. Washington -- was able to rebound from adversity was no surprise to his teammates.

``He's a great cornerback, one of the best in the country,'' fifth-year senior safety Randy Phillips said. ``He had his struggles as a freshman. But he's past that now. [Monday] was just the beginning.''

FAMILY OF ATHLETES

Harris has always been a star at whatever he's done. It's part of the Harris family tradition. His father won state high school titles in track and football, coaching him at Booker T. His older brother, Tim Jr., now the quarterbacks coach at Booker T., was one of the most prolific 800-meter runners in UM history.

Brandon Harris dominated both sports while growing up, starring on the track at an early age at the Northwest Express Track Club for famed coach Jesse Holt before becoming an All-American receiver and cornerback at Booker T. Washington. Twice he was named The Miami Herald's Athlete of the Year in Miami-Dade.

Harris dominated in the classroom, too, graduating with a 4.0 GPA in high school and earning All-ACC Academic honors as a freshman -- an achievement Harris Sr. said the family ranks first and foremost.

``The one thing about Brandon is he's always been a great listener, listening to his instructions when he's been coached by different coaches and his teachers,'' Harris Sr. said.

``But where he got that confidence and competitiveness was on that track. We put him out there when he was 5 [years old]. It's one thing to be out there on the football field with your teammates; it's another to be out there running the 800 all alone. Track set the tone.''

`THERE'S A PROCESS'

But track -- in which he also starred for UM last year, running in the 60 meters and 400-meter relay -- couldn't spare Harris from feeling bad about what he did on the football field as a freshman. Despite making 30 tackles, and recording three pass breakups and one interception in six starts, all he kept hearing about from friends and fans were the four interceptions he dropped and his tough game against FSU, when he was called for pass interference twice and beaten on a pair of touchdowns.

``I think a lot of fans don't realize there's a process that leads to being the next Antrel Rolle or Kelly Jennings,'' said Harris, who came to UM ranked as the third-best cornerback in the nation by ESPN. ``You can have expectations, but certain positions it just takes a little more time. I realize that now. A lot of people don't realize a year makes a difference.

``I always knew I was a hard worker. But it takes that extra step. You have to get in the film room, meet with your individual coaches a little more, talk to guys who have been in my position and learn from that.''

Harris did this summer. His father said he worked closely with ex-Hurricane Ed Reed, who told Harris he needed to ``play with more confidence instead of playing not to make mistakes.''

Harris played with that confidence Monday -- even after a devastating penalty. He plans to carry it with him all season.

``You can't play this game if you don't have confidence,'' Harris said. ``I admit, I expected to be All-American once I stepped on campus. But you go back to the drawing board, pick up your ego and start over. I did.''
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 09-14-2009, 07:34 PM         #5306
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The Spence to Ricky Williams was solid...

but Shannon to Kanye West?? wtf
 8 years ago '05        #5307
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Only one lineup change expected for Miami Hurricanes on Thursday night
by Jorge Milian

Randy Shannon said he doesn’t expect any changes in his lineup for Thursday night’s game against No. 14 Georgia Tech except for one – Matt Bosher is no longer UM’s kickoff specialist.

After a disastrous opening night on kickoffs against FSU, Shannon said he will use either redshirt freshman Jake Wieclaw or senior walk-on Alex Uribe against the Yellow Jackets.

Wieclaw and Uribe, the son of UM team physician Dr. John Uribe, are competing for the job with a winner to be decided after Tuesday afternoon’s practice, the last workout before Thursday’s game.

Uribe was cleared to join the team recently. Wieclaw was given a chance to win the job outright during fall practice, but couldn’t beat out Bosher, who also punts and place kicks.

“We have to take something off him,” Shannon said of Bosher.

Bosher did a solid job punting and place-kicking against the Seminoles, but had a forgettable night kicking off. Only one of his seven kickoffs reached inside the FSU 10-yard line. He was also called for a personal foul for a late hit on the second half kickoff.

Shannon said he thought the penalty came out of frustration and told his kicker: “Bosh, your job is just to get them out of bounds, not to rough anybody up, You keep thinking you’re a linebacker or a defensive player.”

A few more things from Shannon today:

* A big disappointment from Monday night’s game was the play of starting defensive tackle Marcus Forston, who was held without a tackle. “He didn’t do anything,” Shannon said of the 6-foot-3, 310-pound sophomore. “Don’t know what happened to him. He understands we have to get more out of him. He wasn’t getting off blocks and making plays like he normally is. We told him his job is to cause havoc.”

Eric Moncur (AP photo)

Eric Moncur (AP photo)
* Defensive end Eric Moncur, out for nearly one full year, will “definitely” play against Georgia Tech. Shannon said he would like to get Moncur 30-35 snaps. “It’s good because we get a veteran back,” Shannon said. “He’s a guy that understands the whole option thing. He’s going to help us a lot.” Moncur last played on October 4 against Florida State.

* Right guard Harland Gunn played well enough against FSU to keep a solid hold on the starting job over Joel Figueroa. “He did really good,” Shannon said. “We didn’t get the pressure [from FSU’s defense] up the middle. That’s why Jacory was able to step up in the pocket and do those type of things. We’re excited about the way he played, but this week is another step for him.”

* Don’t know if you realize this, but the Hurricanes went with only six offensive linemen against Florida State. At some point – and probably soon – Brandon Washington, Jermaine Johnson and Tyler Horn will have to contribute, ready or not.

* As in his freshman season, Arthur Brown played only on special teams on Monday night. For the time being, there are no plans to increase his action at middle linebacker. “[Defensive coordinator John] Lovett and those guys felt like he’s not ready right now,” Shannon said. “He’s doing a lot of good things in practice. We just need him to be more consistent rather than a flash here and there, and then he’s down for two or three plays. But at least he’s showing progress compared to where he was. We’re excited about that.”

* JoJo Nicholas, who was praised for his tackling by Shannon, figures to remain in the starting lineup at free safety against Georgia Tech. Vaughn Telemaque returns after missing the FSU game and is the better all-around defensive back, according to Shannon, but will have to win his job again. “Vaughn is more of the total package, but he’s been out,” Shannon said. “You have to earn your way back.”

* Defensive end Olivier Vernon, who mysteriously missed Sunday’s practice, worked out on Monday and will play against the Yellow Jackets.

* Shannon said that starting cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke and back-up tight end Richard Gordon are “50-50” to play on Thursday. Bet the farm that neither suits up.

* Miami and Virginia Tech will face off at 3:30 p.m. a week from Saturday in Blacksburg, Va., the ACC announced today. The game will be televised by ABC.
 8 years ago '07        #5308
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Me getting thursday switched to watch the gm

im gonna be so hyped

its put up or shut up time
 8 years ago '05        #5309
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Triple Option film study began long ago

Randy Shannon said he didn't spend any time watching Georgia Tech as it held off Clemson Thursday night. "We will have a lot of film to watch when it comes in today or tomorrow, so we will be watching the next three or four days," Shannon said. "You can't really see anything on TV copy. When you get the game copy you can see everything."

Jonathan Dwyer Truth be told, the Hurricanes probably could have skipped Thursday night's ESPN telecast, gone to bed early to get a few hours of rest before Friday morning's practice and been just fine because they've been studying what the Yellow Jackets do with their triple option attack for a long time. How long? Since right around the time Georgia Tech was done carving up the Canes last November for 472 yards (2nd most allowed by the Canes in school history).

"We looked at Georgia Tech tape in the spring, watched them in the summer time," defensive line coach Clint Hurtt said. "It's one of those offenses you can't do anything to simulate it. Every look or illustration has to be perfect as to how you are going to defend it. You have to spend your time on it."

Hurtt said the Canes watched Thursday night's game and took mental notes from the type of success Clemson was able to have. Despite giving up 304 yards total on the ground, Hurtt said the Tigers were able to slow down a big part of the triple option attack -- reigning ACC Player of the Year Jonathan Dwyer, who finished with 66 yards on 18 carries. Dwyer, who collects most of his yards on the dive play, was often met at the line by Clemson's dominating defensive tackles. Hurtt and coach Randy Shannon both said the play of UM's tackles this week will be huge.

"It comes down to the defensive tackles, who have to get a lot pressure, and a lot of push up the middle with what we call the hump," Shannon said. "If you can get the quarterback to hump backwards it screws up the pitch and fullback relationships. If you don't get the quarterback to make the hump, then it is going to be a long night. That is why those guys inside are so valuable."

Said Hurtt: "You have to take out Dwyer. The thing that gave Clemson a shot last night was that they took Jonathan Dwyer out of the game. He's an extremely talented back... he's the best back in the country in my opinion -- between he and and the kid at Cal [Jahvid Best]. We have to be able to stop that kid."

Of course, there's also the task of stopping the "other guys." Clemson had a hard time doing that Thursday as quarterback Josh Nesbitt piled up 91 yards -- most on the game-tying field goal drive. Louisville transfer Anthony Allen, the pitch man, collected 127 yards (most on a long touchdown run). All of that comes back to a.ssignment football, which the Hurricanes were miserable in doing last year.

Hurtt said focus in the film room last year was "nowhere near what it needed to be." But he said film study for Georgia Tech has been intense since the Canes were beat down. He said Miami's young defensive players have been coming in on their own time to prepare over the past few weeks.

Hurtt said one major problem last season was the fact UM's linemen were lined up too far away from the football. It led to linemen being cut down on chop blocks, and Georgia Tech's offensive linemen were penetrating Miami's second tier defense (it's linebackers) to open big holes. At different times throughout the year Hurtt said he's put on tape from last year's game during film sessions to remind UM's defense just how bad they looked.

"It's a good learning experience for them to be able to see and understand this is what happens to you when you don't do your job," Hurtt said. "It's good that they see that. It burns them, ticks them off a little bit. But that's good. It should be like that."

Hurtt said Miami's defensive line issues (lining up too far away from the ball) have been dealt with and that new defensive coordinator John Lovett's game plan is "a lot easier" for players to digest.

"Coach Lovett is an expert at putting an effective defense to stop that offense,'' linebacker Darryl Sharpton said. "He's added a couple new wrinkles, techniques, alignment, different ways to defend it. We have a different defensive way to approach it."

While Shannon said there is no way for UM's scout team could simulate the speed of what Georgia Tech does, the Hurricanes are trying. Receiver Kendall Thompkins is playing the role of Nesbitt at quarterback and Damien Berry is playing the role of Dwyer.

"In 2001, we had to prepare for Nebraska and we used Roscoe Parrish as Eric Crouch," Hurtt said. "If you can tackle Kendall Thompkins, you can tackle anybody becuase Kendall is every bit as elusive as Roscoe."

> One thing the Hurricanes have in their favor this year is the return of some key personnel who missed last year's game: Safeties Randy Phillips and Vaughn Telemaque, linebacker Colin McCarthy and defensive end Eric Moncur. Moncur, who is coming back from a groin injury, practiced again Friday. Hurtt said Moncur's return this week will all depend on "how good he feels."

> Hurtt said the Canes definitely missed Adewale Ojomo and Moncur against Florida State. "You miss Adewale for his energy, his playmaking ability, the passion he brings to the field. That's not just the defensive line. We miss that as a team. It's a different dimension, he's a different kind of guy," Hurtt said. "Same thing with Eric. His leadership, his experience, those things are invaluable."

> Hurtt said he saw a lot of good things from junior Allen Bailey in his first start at defensive tackle, but also some bad. "He had a couple opportunities in the fourth quarter -- on the long runs they got -- where he could have shed the block and had back-to-back [tackles for loss]," Hurtt said. "The thing for him and the rest of our guys is to shift off blocks faster, convert to the pass rush faster."

> Hurtt said he was surprised with how poorly sophomore Marcus Forston played considering he had been "dialing it up" in practice. "If I had to say there was one thing that was a strength for us in training camp it was rushing the passer," Hurtt said. "We did an outstanding job getting off the edges, putting pressure on the quarterbacks in practice. We get into the game and we did a lot of good things in the running game, but the pass rush lacked. That's something I know we'll get better at."

> Receiver Aldarius Johnson and cornerback Demarcus Van Dyke were both in street clothes at Friday's practice and did not participate.
 8 years ago '05        #5310
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you got some from commit from somebody in Massachusetts lmfaooooooooooo...I didn't even know they played football up there....oh well another 3 star bum to your commit list. i'd be a 5 star recruit in that state

edit : and he's only played 2 games bwahahaha
 8 years ago '04        #5311
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 Junior G said:
you got some from commit from somebody in Massachusetts lmfaooooooooooo...I didn't even know they played football up there....oh well another 3 star bum to your commit list. i'd be a 5 star recruit in that state

edit : and he's only played 2 games bwahahaha
kid is a 6-5 260-pounder, meaning he'll end up being 6-5 300+ at offensive tackle and dominating your small, pathetic, weak defensive line for years to come

i'm surprised youre still worrying about stars after watching 3-star recruits like travis benjamin shyt on you 2 years in a row

no one wants to play on that sinking ship. BYU's gonna embarrass yall, old man bowden's gonna retire to save himself from embarrassment, jimbo fisher is an overrated bum of a coach, and jacksonville state will end up stealing recruits from yall:sleepy:


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 09-15-2009, 01:19 PM         #5312
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 Junior G said:
you got some from commit from somebody in Massachusetts lmfaooooooooooo...I didn't even know they played football up there....oh well another 3 star bum to your commit list. i'd be a 5 star recruit in that state

edit : and he's only played 2 games bwahahaha
still relying on rivals to save you, I see. Pitiful.
 8 years ago '05        #5313
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jimmy johnson told randy shannon to not look at the ratings system...instead get players who fit what hes tryna do
 8 years ago '05        #5314
Junior G 114 heat pts114
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benjamin was a 4 star player

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 madness said:
kid is a 6-5 260-pounder, meaning he'll end up being 6-5 300+ at offensive tackle and dominating your small, pathetic, weak defensive line for years to come

i'm surprised youre still worrying about stars after watching 3-star recruits like travis benjamin shyt on you 2 years in a row

no one wants to play on that sinking ship. BYU's gonna embarrass yall, old man bowden's gonna retire to save himself from embarrassment, jimbo fisher is an overrated bum of a coach, and jacksonville state will end up stealing recruits from yall:sleepy:
he's from MASSACHUSETTS HE AIN'T DOMINATING s**t
 8 years ago '04        #5316
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n*gga...your whole profile has you being owned...you running round with a miami avy and a gator sig..go sit the f**k down
 8 years ago '04        #5317
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 Junior G said:
he's from MASSACHUSETTS HE AIN'T DOMINATING s**t
his high school team could probably beat FSU right now
 8 years ago '04        #5318
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Practice Report: 9/15
Sep. 15, 2009

By: David Lake





Randy Shannon
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The University of Miami returned to practice this afternoon as they finish the final preparations for the Georgia Tech game Thursday night.

The Thursday night game will be the first home game of the season for Miami and can be seen on ESPN at 7:30 PM.

Read the following for the latest news and notes coming out of practice.

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News & Notes

• Coach Randy Shannon says that playing well in the first half will be a big key for the Hurricanes going into the Georgia Tech game. “We know that on offense, defense, and special teams we have to start fast. We need something to happen early in the game for us, maybe get a big play defensively and maybe on special teams and on offense. It gets the crowd into it and it gets the momentum going. If you get the crowd into it with the first home game, it will be a good situation for us.”

• When it comes to defending the Georgia Tech passing game, Shannon says the secondary has to be aware of play-action plays in which the Yellow Jackets use to pick up big plays throwing the ball. “It is always going to come off of some type of play-action,” Shannon said. “Maybe a play action pitch where the guy throws the football or a reverse pass. Those are the plays they get off their option game. If the secondary does their jobs and doesn’t give up those big plays and then make tackles in the running game and move on.”

• Shannon on adjusting to the speed of the Georgia Tech offense during the game: “They remember the speed, but it is always different when you get in the game. We try to simulate it as much as we can in practice. It may take the first quarter or the first five minutes of the game, but once you get adjusted to it we should be ok.”

• Defensive end Olivier Vernon dressed and appeared to have practiced today. Wide receiver Aldarius Johnson dressed for practice as well. Cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke did not dress for practice. Shannon says he feels good about the overall health of the team going into the Georgia Tech game. “It is a lot better. Each week you get better as more guys stay healthy. Right now we feel pretty health on defense. Offensively, we have a couple of guys we aren’t sure about, but we will find out later today how they feel.”

• Shannon says coordinators Mark Whipple and John Lovett have make their own calls on what the game plan will be for the game each week. “Offense and defense have their own go. We all sit down and discuss things, but whatever we feel like will work offensively, [Coach Whipple] is in charge of. Whatever we feel like we do defensively, coach Lovett is in charge of. It is not a deal where I have to ok every single thing. My thing is lets get the players in the right situations and take advantage of what they are doing offensively and defensively and execute against them. Lets not try to give them too much and lets not try to give them too little.”
 8 years ago '04        #5319
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Harris, Whipple Working Well Together
Sep. 15, 2009

By: David Lake





Jacory Harris threw for 386 yards and 2 touchdowns in the season opener.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- An offense is at its scariest when a quarterback and offensive coordinator are on the same page.

Even though they have worked together for just one game, there is no doubt that Miami quarterback Jacory Harris and offensive coordinator Mark Whipple work well together and see the same things on the field.

When Whipple calls a play from the sideline, Harris immediately has a feeling what the result of that play will be.

“It was to the point where he would call something and that’s when I would get nervous because I would be like, dang this play is going to be open for a touchdown probably, I need to make the right throw,” Harris said. “That is when I got nervous, that the play would be successful.”

Most of the plays Whipple called for Jacory in their opening game against Florida State were successful.

Harris threw for 386 yards and two touchdowns in leading the offense to 38 points. Harris says now the offense plays with the confidence that they can score at any time and pick up yards on any play.

“You have to have that feeling,” Harris said. “As soon as we walk on the field, it is like they are giving us this coverage against this play, so something is going to be open. We all have so much confidence in what we are running and that we aren’t going to make any mistakes.

Harris talked about what it was like working with Whipple for the first time during a game.

“He is a good motivator,” Harris said. “He brought his offense here and is teaching it to us and motivating us with different things and different phases of the game. He never really comes down on you while you are playing. He is a very calm guy, but he does have to lay down some rules when he has to, but he understands everything we go through.”

One thing that Harris displayed during the final minutes of the Florida State game was his calmness under pressure when his team needed him to perform the most. Harris led Miami to three touchdown scoring drives in the fourth quarter with the final touchdown coming with 1:53 left in the game to give UM the 38-34 victory.

Harris talked about how he keeps a cool head during the tense playing situations.

“I don’t like to show my emotions on my face when it is an intense situation,” Harris said. “If I go in there with big eyes, looking scared, then that is going to feed off to the O-line, receivers, and running backs and they are going to be like, man I don’t know if he is going to get the job done. I like to go in there with a straight face or start telling jokes like, you all ready? They can’t stop us. Just to cheer them up.”

“When it is a tight situation like that, you need to go give everyone a pick me up. You need to say things that they need to hear and some times they need to hear it from a different source. I just went over there and said, defense I got so much confidence in y’all. I know you are going to get the stop, so I am not worried about this and I don’t have too much to say. You just go out and get the job done and they went out there and handled their business.”

Harris says he understands the importance of focusing on Georgia Tech and putting the emotional FSU victory behind them.

“That is one thing that this team understands,” Harris said. “We understand that we have a lot more work to do. We have a whole season in front of us and we are taking it game by game. We understand that we won against Florida State, but now it is Georgia Tech week. Georgia Tech has beat us for the last four years, so everybody on this team ahs been beaten by Georgia Tech. That is going to leave a sour feeling in their mouth if we don’t come out with a victory, so that is going to be our motivation.”

Last year against Georgia Tech, Harris completed 13-of-18 passes for 162 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Harris says a key for Miami in this week’s game will be for the offense to get off to a strong start so they can put their run heavy offense in a tough position if they have to play from behind.

“The first two games, they haven’t really been behind, so they have always been in a comfortable lead,” Harris said. “It helps them with their win and that is the type of team they are. If you just run the ball on every play, sooner or later you are going to get tired. We are going to have to step it up through all four quarters and make sure we score points.”
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9/14 Press Conference News & Notes
Sep. 14, 2009

By: David Lake





CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The University of Miami will open up its 2009 home schedule at Land Shark Stadium Thursday night against Georgia Tech.

Miami has lost the last four games against Georgia Tech, including a 41-23 loss last year.

Read here for the latest news and notes coming out of the weekly press conference with coach head coach Randy Shannon.

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Opening Statement

“We got our second game of the season this week against Georgia Tech Thursday night, it is our second conference game. It is going to be a tough game from the standpoint that Miami is 0-4 the last four years against Georgia Tech. We can’t affect what we did against Florida State what we have to do against Georgia Tech. We have had big games and come off big victories and come back flat. We have addressed those issues Sunday and did a lot of different things to show them how important it is for them to stay within the realm of this football team.”

NEWS & NOTES

• Shannon said the first key to stopping the option is knowing what the offense is doing with the fullback. “The fullback has to be accounted for on every play,” Shannon said. “If he gets in the open field I told the secondary that you have to get him down for a 10 or 12 yard gain and line up and play again. We can afford that the fullback gets big runs against us and that is what makes our offense go.”

• One key Shannon highlights going into the Georgia Tech game is for the defense to not play over aggressive. “On different scenarios, certain guys have to respond in certain situations. That is the key to it that once you figure out what they want to get done, then the players respond to it.”

• Jake Wieclaw and walk-on Alex Uribe are getting time doing the kickoff duties this week, Shannon said, and a decision will be made Wednesday who will be doing the kickoffs. “We don’t know who will be the guy [right now].”

• Shannon said Eric Moncur should be ready to play on Thursday. “It would be good for us because he is a veteran guy and has been through the ringer with everything,” Shannon said. “He practiced well yesterday and practiced well today, so we are excited about his progress.”

• Georgia Tech defensive end Derrick Morgan leads Georgia Tech with 15 tackles and five sacks through two games. Shannon says Miami will have to be aware of where Morgan is before the ball is snapped. “They have a great defensive end in Morgan. He does a great job of pushing the pocket. He plays the game very hard. He doesn’t really get tired during the game. We recruited him to come to Miami. We thought he could be a great player and he has shown that he could be a great player at Georgia Tech.”

• Clemson limited running back Jonathan Dwyer last week to 66 yards and Shannon said UM could implement some of the things they did to slow him down. “Some things that Clemson did we will evaluate and take out of those games and go from that point on. It is always going to change. Whatever the new play is, we just have to adapt to it.”

• The overall tackling of the team has improved this year, Shannon says, and that is a product of defensive coordinator John Lovett putting an emphasis on tackling technique. “I think that we have improved,” Shannon said. “That is one thing that coach Lovett has done a great job in all summer long. All he kept talking about was tackling and stressing it every time. He had different tackling drills that he used in practice. He does every known drill in practice to put the guys in situations so when you get into game time those things happen.”

• Cut blocks are a major part of what Georgia Tech does on the offensive line with the triple option. Shannon says the team has worked against cut blocks in practice. “You just work on it in practice and they know they are going to get cut,” Shannon said. “If you practice that way and a guy is getting cut in practice, he will know to go press the helmet down, bounce up and chase the football [in a game]. If he never does it in practice he will just lay down and say I am cut.” Florida State did a lot of cut blocks against Miami in their first game.

• Shannon on Hankerson bouncing back from dropping two balls early against FSU to ending the game with four receptions for 72 yards. “That was huge for Hank and this football team. Last year Hank dropped a couple of balls. He made a couple of catches against Florida State that was in key situations, third down situations, that kept drives going. Coming off two drops shows that he has matured a lot and shows that he is where he needs to be, but he has to get a whole lot better.”

• Miami only rotated in Joel Figueroa for Harland Gunn on the offensive line. Shannon says he was impressed with the stamina the line played with into the fourth quarter. Shannon said they are still working on developing players like Brandon Washington.

• Shannon on Gunn and the interior of the offensive line: “He did a great job. The biggest difference if you look at the offensive line, Jacory didn’t have to move out of the pocket. He was always stepping up. That credit goes to the guys on the inside--Orlando, Fig, and Harland. The did a great job of protecting the middle. You always say as a defense if you can push the pocket, you can get quarterbacks out of their rhythm.”
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