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 8 years ago '04        #5601
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McCartney: I'll decide when I'm ready

Miramar (FL) High School WR Ivan McCartney has plenty of schools hot on his trail with 25 scholarship offers, including Miami.

And he is taking a wide open approach to his recruitment.

"Everyone has a 50-50 chance," McCartney says. "I haven't narrowed things down at all yet. I want to do it by the beginning of the season, probably the middle of September. I want to narrow it to about 10 schools."

He won't say yet if UM will make that final list.

McCartney says he last spoke with Cane coaches two weeks ago.

"I talked to coach (Tommie) Robinson," he said. "We were just catching up, talking about football."

Of what is most important to him in a college program, McCartney said, "Education is most important, and the relationship between the players and the coaches, the offensive style, how long the coaches have been coaching there, their experience, the campus lifestyle, things of that nature."

He visited UM's campus in April and says, "I liked it. It was a nice campus, not too many students, so that gives me an opportunity to learn better. Everything was great."

McCartney did not tell coaches he was coming to campus - he simply took a tour and then returned home without checking out the football facilities.

"I just went on my own," he says.

McCartney says he has no set time line in mind for making a final decision.

"It'll just be when I'm ready," he says.

For now, he lists the schools he knows the most about as Miami, Florida and West Virginia.

He took a trip to West Virginia last weekend for a team event.

"It went great," McCartney said.

He says he has no other visit plans this summer.
 8 years ago '06        #5602
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 8 years ago '04        #5605
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Yeah mad props to Cap's for that is breaking down each game the Canes will play this season. Game No. 5 is at home against Florida A&M Oct. 10.


The Rattlers return 18 starters this year, including two All-Americans and seven All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference performers from last year's 9-3 team that just missed making the NCAA FCS playoffs.

Second-year head coach Joe Taylor is hoping for a league title and an NCAA playoff berth this time around. The only starters gone from a year ago are tight end Taj Jenkines, linebacker Vernon Wilder, DB Jason Beach and punter Will Platt.


The offense is led by senior quarterback Curtis Pulley, a former Kentucky transfer who was a first-team All-MEAC performer last year when he threw for 1,382 yards with 17 touchdowns and only five interceptions. He was also a major threat running the ball - he led the team with 885 yards on the ground and seven touchdowns.

Pulley's top target is also back - Kevin Elliott was a first-team all-conference pick in 2008 after totaling 58 catches for 817 yards with seven touchdowns.

Tailback Philip Sylvester also returns after tallying 717 yards and eight scores a year ago.

The line returns all five starters, including All-American right tackle Robert Okeafor and seocnd-team all-conference left guard Anthony Collins.


The Rattlers return the entire starting line from a year ago, and the leader here is senior tackle Cameron Houston, who was a second-team All-Conference pick last year.

At linebacker there is returning talent - Bryan Parker (68 tackles, eight sacks) and Alvis Graham (66 tackles, six sacks) are both back.

The secondary is led by second-team All-MEAC cornerback Curtis Holcomb, who had five interceptions in 2008. Qier Hall also had five interceptions last year. The team is also helped out by the return of safety Michael Creary, who started in 2007 but sat out last year due to a preseason injury.


Coming off four very tough games to open the season, the Canes will get somewhat of a breather with the MEAC's Florida A&M Rattlers. FAMU finished last season with a 9-3 record playing teams like Alabama State, Delaware State, Norfolk State and Hampton.

The last time the Rattlers defeated Miami was 30 yeas ago, 16-13.

Miami should be able to overpower the comparatively undersized Florida A&M team on both sides of the ball, so a close game would be a disappointment.

On special teams the Canes will have to be wary of LeRoy Vann, who was an All-American as a return specialist - he took back three kickoffs for touchdowns in 2008. Sophomore kicker Trevor Scott is back after hitting 12 of 20 kicks a year ago.
 8 years ago '04        #5606
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$5,154 | Props total: 1216 1216 is breaking down each game the Canes will play this season. Game No. 6 is at UCF Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m.


UCF finished last year with a 4-8 record and returns 10 offensive starters and six defensive starters from that team. The Knights played UM tough in Miami last year, falling 20-14.


The offense has a first-year coordinator in Charlie Taaffe, who ran various offenses during his CFL coaching career. Taaffe inherits a group that lost just one starter - first-team All-Conference USA left tackle Patrick Brown.

At quarterback, true sophomore Rob Calabrese threw for 664 yards with seven touchdowns last year while starting eight games.

Tailback Brynn Harvey will get the bulk of the carries after rushing for 519 yards last season. There is also plenty of depth behind him.

The receiving corps will be helped by the return of A.J. Guyton and Rocky Ross, who both suffered season-ending injuries last year. Guyton is a speedster who is a former Cane recruit.

UCF returns players who accounted for all but three of the team's receptions last year. The team's top receiver in 2008 was Brian Watters, who had 42 receptions for 594 yards and three touchdowns.

The offensive line is more experienced after starting four first-year players a year ago, including two redshirt freshmen.


UCF returns six starters from a front seven that helped the Knights lead Conference USA in rushing defense (126.08 yards per game) and passing efficiency defense (107.46 rating) while ranking second in the conference in both total defense (333.75 ypg) and scoring defense (24.08 points per game). This is a team that ranked third in the nation last year in tackles for loss per game, averaging 8.17.

Leading the charge are All-Conference USA selections Bruce Miller (17 tackles for loss, seven sacks) and Torrell Troup (12.5 tackles for loss).

The linebacker corps is helped by the return of Cory Hogue and Jordan Richards, who both missed most of last year due to injury. And Lawrence Young is back at outside linebacker after totaling 10.5 tackles for losses last year.

The secondary was hit hard, graduating all four senior starters - Joe Burnett, Johnell Neal, Sha'reff Rashad and Jason Venson combined to start 183 career games and had 50 career interceptions.


UM can't overlook a UCF team that struggled with a young group last year but still played the Canes tough in Miami. This year's game will be at UCF, and UM can't go into this expecting it to be an easy win.

The Knights have playmakers on both sides of the ball. When Miami's on defense a big emphasis must be on getting pressure in the backfield. UCF isn't a team that is going to explode for many long touchdowns, so a tackle for a loss here and there will help end drives.

On offense if Miami doesn't turn the ball over and wins the battle up front, which it should, then this game will be a victory. And UCF's inexperienced defensive backs could provide some big plays for the Canes' talented receiving corps.

On special teams, punter Blake Clingan is a three-year starter who averaged 40.5 yards per kick last year for UCF. Placekicker Nick Cattoi made four of six field goal attempts while sharing time last year.
 8 years ago '04        #5607
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$5,154 | Props total: 1216 1216 is breaking down each game the Canes will play this season. Game No. 7 is vs. Clemson Oct. 24.


Clemson returns 15 starters from a team that went 7-6 overall last year - the Tigers didn't face UM in 2008.

There were a lot of graduation losses for this team. The biggest - All-ACC WR Aaron Kelly, CAT Michael Hamlin and RB James Davis.

The team has a pair of All-ACC players back: running back C.J. Spiller and center Thomas Austin.

The general consensus is that this is a team in rebuilding mode. This is, after all, a squad replacing the top ranked receiver in its history (Kelly), the No. 2 ranked rusher (Davis) and the No. 2 ranked passer in terms of efficiency (Cullen Harper).


C.J. Spiller will carry a big load on offense for Clemson. He has a nose for the end zone and ran for 629 yards and 11 touchdowns last year when he was sharing carries with James Davis, who had 751 yards. This year, with Davis gone, Spiller will handle many more snaps, and he is a pre-season Heisman Trophy candidate.

Spiller has gained a school record 4,907 yards in three years thanks to his all-around abilities as a runner and receiver. Last year he had 436 yards receiving - the second-best season total in Clemson history for a running back.

With starting quarterback Cullen Harper gone, the team is hoping Willy Korn can get the job done. Last year he hit on 26 of 38 passes for 216 yards. But this position won't have a starter shored up until the fall.

Clemson also loses starting receivers Aaron Kelly and Tyler Grisham, who had 58 starts between them. The team has a returning threat in Jacoby Ford, who had 710 yards and four touchdowns.

The line returns all of its starters from a year ago, but this group struggled in allowing 34 sacks in 2008. The group is paced by all-conference center Thomas Austin.


The returning starters up front are end Kevin Alexander and tackle Jarvis Jenkins - Jenkins had 10 tackles for losses last season.

The linebacker corps returns intact, led by Brandon Maye (87 tackles) and Kavell Conner (a team-high 125 tackles).

With both safeties graduating, the team has experienced corners in Chris Chancellor and Crezdon Butler. The pair have 56 starts between them, and each had four interceptions a year ago.


With a team that many believe will be in a rebuilding mode, the Canes will no doubt spend a lot of attention in this game on slowing down C.J. Spiller. If he can't erupt for a big game, it's hard to see another player on the roster that is going to light up the scoreboard. This is also an offensive line that was very susceptible to the blitz last season, so UM defenders should be chomping at the bit for sacks in this game.

The Clemson defense doesn't have an obvious area of weakness, but the line and secondary don't have the same kind of quality as the linebacker corps. There are definitely plenty of yards to be gained against this group, and look for Mark Whipple to find some holes in the line and in the secondary.

The Tigers will have an all-new kicking game with placekicker Mark Buchholz and punter Jimmy Maners both graduating.
 8 years ago '04        #5608
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Cooper Wants 1,000 Yards
Jul. 8, 2009

By: Christopher Stock

Graig Cooper rushed for 110 yards against North Carolina last season.
Junior running back Graig Cooper wants to be the starter and wants to run for over 1,000 yards this season.

"It would mean a lot (to rush for 1,000 yards)," Cooper said. "Everybody wants to run for a 1,000 yards. That's one of my goals this year, to rush for 1,000 yards and play a big part this season."

With senior Javarris James, the team's leading carrier in 2006 and 2007, Cooper wants to be the starter.

"I want to start, everybody wants to start," Cooper said.

Cooper has led the team in rushing in each of his first two seasons with 682 yards as a freshman and 841 yards last season.

"My freshman year, I was just worried about getting on the field," Cooper said. "My second year, I just wanted to play my role. This year, I want to become a leader and do whatever I can to win games and take leadership."

Cooper is sitting at a steady 203 pounds after playing last year at 198. He's faster than he was a year ago by running a 4.37 in the 40 during spring testing, noticeably faster than the 4.56 he ran the previous year.

"I'm working harder than I've ever worked before," he said.

Cooper's first two seasons at Miami haven't gone as planned as the team has went 12-13 with one bowl appearance and he has put up good numbers, but not great numbers.

"These two years haven't been so good for me as far as the wins, but I still love the 'U', I breathe it, I respect the 'U' and I don't regret anything I did," Cooper said.

After one season at the Milford Academy in 2006, where he rushed for 1,327 yards and 15 touchdowns, Cooper had high expectations for himself and the team when he arrived at Miami in January 2007.

"I came in after we just won the bowl game in Boise and I always told myself I wanted to be a part of the team that brought the 'U' back," Cooper said. "We still working on that. Success don't come overnight. We are just taking it one step at a time and getting better and better.

The team needs leaders to step up and have productive seasons and hopefully Cooper can be that guy.

"I'm a junior now, I aint no baby no more," he said. "I've got these young guys that's playing behind me. I'm not going to be here forever so I have to show them how to take over."

While he could have entered the NFL Draft after last season, his third year out of high school, he insists he's not paying attention to the draft this year.

"I'm not worried about the draft," Cooper said. "I have two years left. I'm not worried about the draft. I'm worried about getting this 'U' back."

YouTube Videos

Running backs coach Tommie Robinson gave Cooper a video of Ladanian Tomlinson's 2006 highlights during the off-season.

Since then, Cooper has watched the video and has been intrigued by watching more highlights so he spends a lot of time watching YouTube clips of NFL running backs.

Some of the guys he's watched include: Walter Payton, Natrone Means, Chris Johnson, Reggie Bush, Adrian Peterson, Knowshon Moreno, and Lesean McCoy.

"They say that if you watch things enough it sinks in," Cooper said.

Summer Workouts

The team has been participating in off-season summer workouts with strength coach Andreu Swasey.

"The team now is more mature and a bond like I've never seen before," Cooper said. "People are respecting each other and we have leaders stepping up."

While everyone says they are working harder than the previous year, Cooper believes there is a difference.

"Everybody always says (they are working harder), but we have not been through what we have been through this summer," Cooper said. "We are putting in a lot of work. We have to sweat and f!ght off the field before we can on the field so that's what we're doing."

2009 Schedule

Miami opens the 2009 season at Florida State on September 7. Last year, FSU defeated Miami 41-39.

"We have been talking about Florida State since I don't know when," Cooper said. "We are getting ready for it."

Following the FSU game, Miami hosts Georgia Tech before traveling to Virginia Tech and hosting Oklahoma. It's arguably the toughest opening four games for the program in history.

"Everybody is talking about the first four games, but we still have eight more games after that," Cooper said. "I'm not worried about the first four games, I'm taking it one game at a time because you will be shocked if you lose to the worst team. I'm not worried about the first four, I'm worried about all 12 of them."

While Miami has not been to a BCS bowl game since 2003, Cooper insists teams still respect the 'U'.

"I don't think anyone has fell asleep on Miami, that's why everyone brings their 'A' game when they play us," Cooper said. "Just where we've been this couple of years, it's been bad, but people still respect us, not as much as before, but they still do."
 8 years ago '04        #5609
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Bunche Picks Milford, Vows to be a Cane
Jul. 7, 2009

By: Christopher Stock

Miami 2009 signee Malcolm Bunche did not qualify academically at UM this semester so he is headed to Milford (NY) Academy.

According to Bunche, he did not have the necessary SAT score to make to UM.

"My grades were good, but my SAT scores were not so good," Bunche said. "UM is a private school and they have higher standards than the NCAA. I believe I would have been accepted at another school."

Although he believes he would have gotten in to another university, he remains sold on being a Hurricane.

"I'm definitely still going to Miami," Bunche said. "That's where I always wanted to go. My mind hasn't changed about going to Miami."

Bunche, who is 6-foot-6 and weighs 318 pounds and is expected to play either offensive tackle spot, was a standout at Newark (Del.) High School. He was previously a verbal commit to Rutgers, before committing to Miami in late January.

"I'm very disappointed," Bunche said. "But I'm reporting to Miami in January and I'll be ready for spring practices where I'll be vying for a starting position."

Bunche picked Milford in favor of Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy, both of which have prominent prep school football programs.

"It's just something I decided to do, I wanted to go there," Bunche said. "It was either there are Hargrave, but I've been to Virginia a lot, so I decided to give upstate New York a try."

While Bunche is disappointed, he remains optimistic about the change of events.

"I'll get playing experience and it's another year of maturing and just working out," Bunche said. "I'll improve my athletic ability, speed, and conditioning. It's going to work out for the better."

The Miami coaches, particularly offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland, have been offering Bunche words of encouragement.

"They are keeping it positive," Bunche said. "Some of the coaches are saying you're not the only one and to stay strong. It's only a bump in a road. It will be a little tough for me, but not to get down on myself."
 8 years ago '04        #5610
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Fox Focused on Florida State
Jul. 8, 2009

By: David Lake

Jason Fox
University of Miami junior offensive lineman Jason Fox has his mind on Florida State.

Fox admits that since the schedule came out during the offseason he hasn’t stopped thinking about opening the season against the Seminoles.

“Ever since the schedule was released, I have been thinking about that,” Fox said. “It is exciting and we were all over at my house last night and we were talking about Florida State. It is in everybody’s minds right now.”

“That is in everybody’s minds right now, but everybody has the right attitude about it. We have a big start to our season and we know we need to get ready for it.”

Fox says he prefers opening the season with that tough four game stretch because it allows for the Hurricanes to make a big mark early in the season when the team will be most fresh.

“It is an opportunity to have people respect us and the second thing is that guys feel best at the beginning of the season,” Fox said. “Most teams have tired legs at the end of the season and it is the end of the semester. At the beginning of the season, you have everything going and that is when you want to play big games.”

One major reason why Fox is looking forward to the upcoming season is the offensive scheme coordinator Mark Whipple is installing.

Fox says that Whipple is putting in a scheme that will be more aggressive and will keep defenses on their heels.

“I love coach Whipple’s play calling and even more than that I love his whole mindset behind it. He says we are going to do what we are going to do and you try and stop it. I like that and I am excited to have him calling the plays.”

“I know we have a good offense, but after the spring was over we sat down for meetings and the graduate a.ssistant put together a highlight film of the big plays from the spring and there was a lot of 40 or 50 yard plays. It was exciting to see that big play potential and the ability to score from anywhere on the field.”

Fox says he expects for Miami to play better football this year because of all that young players that have matured and been in the program since last year. Fox says that the difference in a player’s development from year one to year two is a big one.

“We have a lot of young guys coming back and they feel a little more comfortable now,” Fox said. “With my first year as a freshman, you get caught up in not trying to make a mistake and you don’t get out there and try and make a big play. You have all your nerves going with your first year, but now you can go out and relax and play.”

With a veteran group of offensive linemen leading the first unit in Fox, Orlando Franklin, A.J. Trump, Joel Figueroa, and Matt Pipho, Fox says he is pleased with how the unit has come together this offseason.

“We don’t have too many offensive linemen numbers-wise, but I think that the guys we do have are quality because they care a lot about football,” Fox said. “We are just trying to bring each other along. Even the young guys in Jared Wheeler and Cory White are just trying to learn the offense and give all they got.”

On defense Fox says he is looking for Adewale Ojomo and Allen Bailey to put together big years.

“I think Ojomo is going to have a great season,” Fox said. “He has always been an athlete and he has put in the time to get better. I think Allen Bailey also will have a big season on the interior.”

Overall, Fox feels very good about the team going into the 2009 season. He feels like Miami is in a good position to have a successful season.

“I think every year I have been here, I have seen the group get closer and closer together,” Fox said. “I think the pieces are in place now and it is exciting and we just have to put everything we have into it and hope it comes together at the right time.
 8 years ago '04        #5611
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Phillips: We Have Weathered The Storm
Jul. 8, 2009

By: David Lake

Randy Phillips
University of Miami safety Randy Phillips is returning for his fifth season at UM and he is excited about the young talent he sees at Miami.

After playing in just two games during the 2008 season because of an injury, Phillips was granted another year of eligibility.

Phillips says he is grateful for his extra year of eligibility and he feels like this season will be the perfect storm for a strong season by Miami.

“We have weathered the storm,” Phillips said. “The Hurricane came in and swept us and got us and we weren’t stable because we weren’t built from the ground up. Then coach Shannon came in and fixed everything. The Hurricanes are going to improve from last year. Just having all the young guys coming back and being stronger and more mature will go out there and do great things.”

With Phillips entering his fifth season at Miami, he says he feels a real confidence going into this season. He says he knows many people have forgotten about him still being at Miami, but he is ready for the opportunity to prove he is a force for the defense.

“If anything, I am more relaxed and calm going into this season,” Phillips said. “Everybody was on the bandwagon after my first two years cause I was playing real good. I would say now I am under the radar and that is a good thing. I just want to be a leader and a captain of this team and focus and play football.”

“I never want to get lacks. I always want to be in a situation where people don’t think much and I go out and play hard and do what I have been doing. I am not going to change anything, I am just going to keep working hard and good things will happen.”

Phillips believes UM is returning a good mix of veterans and young players from last year.

“We return a lot of great players too that didn’t play last year like me, Colin McCarthy, and Eric Moncur,” Phillips said. “Those are two and three year starters that we didn’t have on our defense last year.”

Phillips knows that a strong season starts with the tough four game slate to open the season against Florida State, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, and Oklahoma. According to Phillips, everybody on the team is preparing for that tough stretch to open the season.

“There is a sense of urgency for our first four games,” Phillips said. “We have to approach the summer and work real hard. Right off the bat we have a tough schedule and right now the sense of urgency is high. We are doing what the strength coaches are telling us to do. We are keeping our bodies ready and prepared for when camp starts.”

“Florida State is a great rivalry. They are the first game and it is a rivalry, so of course people will get up for it, but as people get up I cool down a little bit because I have been there and done that before.”

Part of the confidence that Phillips has going into this season stems from the fact that Miami has a new defensive coordinator in John Lovett. Phillips says the defense has done a good job of picking up the new scheme.

“We are doing real good with learning the new defense,” Phillips said. “We meet on our own and go over it at my house. We are doing pretty good picking everything up.”

“He coached against Georgia Tech last year and they beat them. He knows in his head that he can beat that offense. The Wing T is something many teams don’t run. We hadn’t faced that in a long time. We are a lot better on defense with our coaching and talent.”

During summer workouts Phillips has been able to work with the secondary and against UM’s bevy of receivers. He says he has been impressed by two of Miami’s young receivers in particular in Kendal Thompkins and Tommy Streeter.

“He can fly and he can play,” Phillips said of Thompkins. “He is one of the best playmakers on the team already. Streeter can take the ball deep and he doesn’t drop the ball. Those two guys are two of the best playmakers on the team and they haven’t stepped on the field yet. We will get a lot of production from them this year.”

This year Phillips will be working with Vaughn Telemaque at safety and he talked about the type of player he can be for the UM secondary.

“I am impressed with his knowledge of the game and his range,” Phillips said. “He can cover a lot of ground quick. He has good ball skills too. He is getting a lot faster and understanding what he is doing. He does his job without making mistakes.”

Overall, Phillips feels good about the upcoming season and he sees big things for Miami for 2009.

“I came here to win a National Championship,” Phillips said. “I think we can do that and we are working real hard right now. It is going to be crucial that we can win games down the stretch. This is my last go around and I want to win more games than we have before.”
 07-08-2009, 08:56 PM         #5612
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 8 years ago '06        #5613
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now this is the muthaf***in attitude what being a cane is all about!!!!!!!

whipple >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

 8 years ago '04        #5614
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who's going to the fsu game??

i'm seriously trying to get down to Tally for that one... got a buddy of mine who's a nole fan and he's like 3/4 seminole and he gets free tickets for the game, the only thing is that school is in but screw it, i think i'm goin either way.
 8 years ago '05        #5615
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im definately going...i been going tally since the 05 game...if u never been for the game its crazy atmosphere...the 05 game was labor day that whole week leading up to the game was f***ingcrazy, it was a party literally thurs, friday, sat & sun....a side note as much as fsu chicks ares.luts, they wont really f***s with you if you wearing miami gear lol, unless you happend to know them from before

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 8 years ago '04        #5616
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i live in Orlando now(going to school at full sail) im trying my hardest to make it to that game...but i got to see how the schedule falls for me.
 8 years ago '04        #5617
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So who are the keys to the defense?
> Posted by Shandel Richardson on July 9, 2009 02:29 PM

It's no secret the foundation of the Hurricanes on both sides is their youth.

When it comes to defense, the names you hear most are linebacker Sean Spence, defensive tackleRandy Phillips Eric Moncur Marcus Forston, safety Vaughn Telemaque. Having players as such brings a smile to coach Randy Shannon's face, but none are what he considers the three keys to the defense being a success.

Last year UM realized youth could get it only so far. The `Canes need experience, too, which is why Shannon feels big years from defensive end Eric Moncur, linebacker Colin McCarthy and safety Randy Phillips are a necessity for a successful defense. All are seniors, with Moncur entering his sixth season and Phillips his fifth.

"They bring leadership back on defense," Shannon said. "With those three guys, you've got some guys who have been in the fire of some tough games. We need them."

All have proved they are capable of playing at a high level before injuries slowed them. Moncur was once considered a potential NFL player until a sports hernia slowed him last season. McCarthy had a strong sophomore season, but has been hampered with shoulder problems. Phillips, who missed most of last season with a knee injury, is the most experienced member in the secondary. Shannon says all are 100 percent healthy and should be ready for the start of fall camp.

As their college careers wind down, they are set to make one last run at helping restore UM's tradition. Colin McCarthy But more importantly, their presence allows them serve as mentors to younger guys like Spence, Forston and Telemaque. They will all benefit from playing alongside experience instead of more youth.

"It's like one of the greatest blessings I've ever had ... being granted another year," Phillips said during yesterday's interview session. "I finished school, I graduated and now I'm back just for football. I'm just getting a chance to really show what I can do because I haven't been on the field in a year and a half."
 8 years ago '04        #5618
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Expect one RB to carry the load
> Posted by Shandel Richardson on July 8, 2009 11:33 AM

For the last two years, writers on this beat have heard the same thing from UM coach Randy Shannon regarding the running back situation.

"There's 1A and 1B."

Graig Cooper Similar to their plan to trim the WR rotation, the Hurricanes want a similar change in the backfield. The reason is because they would like more consistent threats at the skilled positions. UM hasn't had a 1,000-yard rusher since Willis McGahee in 2002.

"You've got to have a 1,000-yard rusher," Shannon said. "Like when we had (Clinton) Portis and Edgerrin (James). We had guys stacked up behind each other, which is why we had 1,000-yard rushers each year. We've got our depth now, and we can achieve that."

Shannon feels the experience of Cooper and James could help re-start the pipeline. The early nod goes to Cooper simply because he is the more versatile of the two. New offensive coordinator Mark Whipple has already said he wants to get the tailback more involved in the running and passing game.

Don't rule out James just yet, because injuries have slowed his progress the past two seasons. If he remains healthy, everything changes. He's a player on a mission to prove he can revert to the form that made him one of the nation's top freshmen in 2006.

The real question is who earns the No. 3 spot. Behind them are Lee Chambers, Damien Berry andDamien Berry freshman Mike James. Newcomer Lamar Miller is likely to be used on special teams while getting acclimated to college. All should be ready to step in once Cooper and James depart.

Of those f!ghting for playing time, Mike James and Berry probably have the best shot of earning third-string. James, an early-enrollee, was impressive during the spring. As was Berry, who ran for more than 100 yards in the Spring Game. It was his best effort since moving from defensive back last offseason.

"He's improved a lot," Shannon said of Berry. "He's still got a lot of things to pick up on as far as being the total package. From last year to now, he's a totally different person."
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WR rotation will shrink
> Posted by Shandel Richardson on July 7, 2009 06:50 PM

A few weeks ago, I had the chance to speak with UM coach Randy Shannon on a variety of subjects. He gave some updates on several developments with the program. For the next couple of days, I'll touch on each.

Last year, the problem was evident.

None of the wide receivers would say it, but there was concern with the deep rotation among them. The Aldarius Hurricanes used as many as 10 receivers during games at some point last season. Now, the coaching staff has finally admitted it played too many and will make a change this season.

"Last year we had so many young guys," UM coach Randy Shannon said. "We just had to play so many guys at so many positions."

Youth was Shannon's reasoning. He felt he had to develop as many as possible.What he didn't realize was frustration would set in among the talented newcomers. It wasn't strictly a playing-time issue. Shannon said the players were simply learning too much, too fast. Several of them played all three wide receiver spots, but look for them to specialize in one position this season.

"You can't have one guy come in here and learn three of four different positions and three or four different personnel groups," Shannon said. "You just can't learn that fast."

With the bulk of the receivers playing their first year of college football, Shannon now feels he can easierLaRon Byrd evaluate. The experience should enable he and wide receivers coach Aubrey Hill to determine who deserves playing time.

"Everyone talks about the receiver position," Shannon said. "We’re not going to go in there and play eight or nine receivers. It’s going to be like any other team in America. We’re going to have five or six guys and have the guys you go to and make plays with."

The question is how the staff will weed out the weak links. UM has one of the deepest wide receivers units in the ACC. Aldarius Johnson and LaRon Byrd made great strides as freshmen, but Travis Benjamin, Thearon Collier and Davon Johnson also had their moments. Then there's the addition of Tommy Streeter, who missed last season with injury.

The dwindling process won't be an easy one.
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Top Florida prospects for 2010 NFL Draft: 
DT Torrell Troup (6-3, 315)
Buzz: Run-stopper thanks to size and athleticism. Could go early.
DE Jarvis Geathers, Sr. (6-2, 234)
Buzz: Father of quick pass-rushing ex-NFL star James "Jumpy" Geathers.
LB Brandon Spikes, Sr. (6-3, 250)
Buzz: Expected to be the best middle linebacker in the pool.
QB Tim Tebow, Sr. (6-3, 235)
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Others: CB Joe Haden (5-11, 181), DE Carlos Dunlap (6-6, 290), TE Aaron Hernandez (6-3, 255)
Buzz: Juniors have first-round potential.
Florida State
CB Patrick Robinson, Sr. (5-11, 194)
Buzz: Should be FSU's best defender; has been called first-round talent.
OG Rodney Hudson, Jr. (6-2, 285)
Buzz: First-team ACC could be one of the best offensive guards in the country.
OT Jason Fox, Sr. (6-7, 310)
Buzz: Has the best chance of starting a new streak of first-rounders for Miami.
DT Allen Bailey, Jr. (6-4, 290)
Buzz: Should impress scouts with freakish appearance and athleticism.
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DE George Selvie, Sr. (6-4, 245)
Buzz: One of country's best sack masters, looking for first-round money.
CB Jerome Murphy, Sr. (6-1, 185)
Buzz: Continues the trend of great USF cornerbacks after Mike Jenkins got first-round money in 2008.
QB Matt Grothe , Sr. (6-0, 205)
Buzz: Must cut down on interceptions after throwing 42 career picks.


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