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 8 years ago '05        #5741
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T. Johnson has found role on offense

When Tervaris Johnson was switched from the secondary to tight end in the spring of 2008, Joe Pannunzio took it as if the 6-3, 240-pound senior was being given his last chance to make something of himself as a Hurricane.



“When they gave him to me, I was like ‘All right I guess they’re giving him to me to run him the hell out of here,’” Pannunzio joked Wednesday morning. “Next thing I know he’s playing. Thank god we got him.”



According to Pannunzio Johnson is UM’s “most unsung hero on offense.” With fullback Patrick Hill injured and tight end Richard Gordon out for the season, Johnson has stepped up and filled a big void for the Hurricanes as a blocking back and tight end. He’s caught two passes for 24 yards and made a few big blocks according to his position coach.



“He does all the things nobody else sees and all the little things that really make us function,” Pannunzio said. “He’s probably the most improved guy – he is the most improved guy I have. He blocks when we need him to block. He’s made a couple catches when we’ve needed him to catch. He’s been a huge, huge factor for us. The other day [at UCF] we’re on the goal line with a quick play, sweep play and he just buries the edge. He’s a guy if you were lucky enough to come back and watch the films you’d say that 23 has something to him. I’m really proud of how he’s developed.”



Of course, this wasn’t how Johnson’s career was supposed to pan out. Considered the fourth best safety in the country by Rivals during his senior year at Monsignor Pace, Johnson wowed UM coaches when he earned Defensive MVP honors at their 2005 summer camp. But much like Damien Berry, who came to UM as a safety, Johnson has found new life in the Canes backfield.



“Whether I’m blocking or running routes, I know my role and I’m all for the team,” Johnson said. “Blocking was the biggest thing people thought was going to be a problem for me. But coming from the defensive side of the ball, I’m aggressive. It wasn’t a problem with me.”



Johnson said what he enjoys most about where he’s playing now are the mismatches he can create because of his speed and ability. Johnson was a force on offense in high school. I was there the day he caught a long pass in the 2003 Class 3A state championship to set up the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter as a sophomore. But he has no regrets the way his career has gone.



“To me, I’ve finally found a place,” Johnson said. “The coaches feel I’m versatile. I’ll help the team wherever I can.”



PANNUNZIO TALKS SPECIAL TEAMS/TIGHT ENDS: While most fans feel Pannunzio hasn’t done a very good job as the special teams coordinator, UM’s stats tell somewhat of a different story.



> While UM’s kickoff coverage against Florida State and Georgia Tech was atrocious, the Canes have gotten a lot better over their last four games as walk-on Alex Uribe has settled into his new job. While the Yellow Jackets and Seminoles enjoyed an average field position of the 40-yard line and nearly a 22-yard average on returns, UM has been much better since. Opponents have averaged just 19 yards a return and have had an average field position following kickoffs of their own 26-yard line over the last four games. Opponents have returned it beyond their own 40 just once (FAMU’s LeRoy Vann returned it to the 45), and eight times beyond their own 30. The other 12 kickoffs have been returned for less than that.



> Matt Bosher has punted 22 times this season. He’s had one blocked and another snap sail over his head. But of the 22 he’s put his foot on, only three have really been returned. Oklahoma’s Dominique Franks brought one back 51 yards to the UM 48. That return alone accounted for most of the 14.3 yard average opponents have had. Of the other 19 punts Bosher has delivered: seven have resulted in fair catches, six were downed, two went out bounds, two were touchbacks and two were fumbles recovered by the receiving team.



> Continuing to do a good job on kickoff and punt coverage will be important this week against C.J. Spiller and Jacoby Ford, two spectacular athletes with track speed and tremendous ability in the open field. They’ve combined to return nine kicks or punts back in their careers for scores. Clemson ranks seventh in punt returns and eighth in kickoff returns nationally.



“They’re talented guys,” Pannunzio said. “[Ford] is every bit as good as Eddie [Royal] was for Virginia Tech. That guy could run me out of this job if we don’t hem him up.”



> Pannunzio agreed with UM coach Randy Shannon, who said what has made Uribe effective on kickoffs has been “hangtime.”



“It seems like since they changed the rule and move the ball back to the 30, your not getting the touch backs you used to have,” Pannunzio said. “The ball would go out the back of the end zone. Now, these balls are getting returned. The same thing is happening in the NFL. So, you need to really make sure your guys get down there to cover. [Spiller and Ford] aren’t guys you are going to bring down with one guy. You need to get two or three guys around them.”



> Pannunzio stressed what a huge loss Jordan Futch (torn ACL) was to UM’s special teams two weeks ago. “On kickoff returns he made our kickoff return go because he would take on double teams,” Pannunzio said. “On kickoff coverage he was a wild man, go and take out the wedge and everybody else would clean up. We have to find a guy. We probably don’t have that guy just yet. The guys who have to step up and do that are Ray Buchanon, Ray Ray Armstrong, Arthur Brown, Kylan Robinson and CJ Holton. Those guys have to develop and take over that role Jordan had for us.”



> While Corey Nelms has provided a jolt to the special teams as a walk-on, UM’s most productive tackler on special teams is actually sophomore Arthur Brown. I went through all six games and tallied up who had solo and a.ssisted tackles on punts and kickoffs. AB is the man. Here are the totals: Arthur Brown 4 1/2, Alex Uribe 4, Damien Berry 3 1/2, CJ Holton 3, Matt Bosher 3, Ray Buchanon 2 1/2, Corey Nelms 2 1/2, Ray Ray Armstrong 2, DeMarcus Van Dyke 2, Sam Shields 2, Jordan Futch 1 1/2, Lee Chambers 1/2, Brandon McGee 1/2, Ryan Hill 1/2, Kylan Robinson 1/2, Kendall Thompkins 1/2, John Calhoun 1/2, Tommy Streeter 1/2.



> Pannunzio said redshirt freshman Jake Wieclaw is continuing to work on strengthening his leg. “His thing is he’s a real accurate field goal guy and you have to play to your kids strengths,” Pannunzio said. “That’s what he really does good. He’s a guy whose leg strength isn’t exactly what you’d want. A year ago nobody – including myself – put Alex Uribe in this mix. But kids develop and things change. He’s got to work on his leg strength.”



> As for the tight end position, freshman Billy Sanders is currently the only player expected back at the position next year. Pannunzio said Sanders is benefiting from being the only tight end on the scout team. “When you factor in my bad coaching,” Pannunzio said. “We got to make sure we get a lot of good players [in recruiting].”
 8 years ago '04        #5742
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chris dunkley will be at the game saturday:applause:

he'll have a good time watching the offense do work
 8 years ago '05        #5743
Deeangoe 2 heat pts
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TIM REYNOLDS AP Sports Writer
October 22, 2009 | 1:20 p.m.



CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Jacory Harris came into this season as Miami's cover story, the quarterback who was featured prominently in newspapers and magazines, on televisions and across the Internet.

The perception, he feared, was that some figured he was Miami's lone hope for success.

If it existed, it wasn't correct.

The eighth-ranked Hurricanes are having a slew of unknowns entering the year emerge as key players, including linebacker Darryl Sharpton, defensive tackle Joe Joseph, safeties Vaughn Telemaque and Jared Campbell, special teams standout Cory Nelms, running back Damien Berry and tight end Jimmy Graham — most of whom hadn't done much, if anything, for Miami before this season.

So now, Harris feels more at ease, no longer thinking all eyes watching Miami are only on him.

"It's real great," Harris said. "You don't want all the attention on you. You just want to go out there and help your team win games. That's what I'm all about. As long as I do enough to help my team, I'm perfectly fine with that. It's not about me."

Well, not entirely.

He's still the quarterback at 'Quarterback U,' and will lead Miami (5-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) on Saturday against Clemson (3-3, 2-2). The Hurricanes haven't gotten off to a 6-1 start since 2005; perhaps coincidentally, that was the last season they faced the Tigers.

"There's a lot of guys who weren't on the radar who have stepped up and done good jobs," Miami coach Randy Shannon said. "That makes a big difference in what we're trying to get done. We've got a lot of guys who've really stepped up and who don't get the publicity and recognition like some other guys."

Clemson's defensive game plan, though, starts with talking about Harris.

The sophomore has had only one rough game this season — the one Miami lost at Virginia Tech. In the Hurricanes' five wins, he's completed 96 of 137 passes (70.1 percent) for 1,368 yards and 11 touchdowns. In the one loss, he was 9 of 25 for 150 yards with no touchdowns.

"We've got to get to him," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. "We've got to hit him. ... We can't let him get comfortable. If we do, it will be a long day on South Beach. It's critical that we can affect him. We have to win matchups."

But it solely hasn't been The Jacory Show for Miami so far in 2009.

The Hurricanes have had 16 different players already catch passes this season, so Harris has no shortage of targets. Javarris James, Graig Cooper and Berry all have rushed for at least 93 yards in a game. Telemaque and Campbell have blossomed in an injury-riddled secondary of late, Graham has a team-best three TD catches, Joseph has already topped most of his numbers for an entire season ... and the list goes on and on.

"Hey, I'm just a part of this team, and that's all I want to be," Harris said. "I wasn't aggravated by all the attention, but I was a little bit annoyed, because I haven't done anything yet. Everything coming into the year was based off of hype and I don't want that to be the downfall for me, so I understood, but I wanted to show what I could do first."

Harris' teammates say there's no question: He's the leader, period.

But at the same time, the difference for Miami this year, those same players say, is that someone new is stepping up each week.

"This is the University of Miami. We're always going to have players," left guard Orlando Franklin said. "It may take players a little bit longer to develop, but if you're here, you definitely belong here. And you definitely need to take care of business and do what you're supposed to do on the field. Now those guys are coming into that room and taking care what they need to take care of."

For his part, Harris said the attention hasn't been much of a positive or a negative. It's always going to be there, he said, win or lose.

"I just clear my mind and focus on what I need to do, what's the job at hand," Harris said. "That's just the type of guy I am."
 8 years ago '04        #5744
Cap Peeler 7 heat pts
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I hear Clemson are talking alotta trash

time to shut their traps
 8 years ago '04        #5745
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DE david perry committed to miami....he was being recruited by Florida, FSU, and LSU:applause:


Last edited by madness; 10-23-2009 at 11:17 PM..
 8 years ago '07        #5746
Kinglew88 13 heat pts13
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i jus want recruits that kno how to play football....f**k rankings

randy shannon know what he doing

i jus kno whipple better get some cash because hes gonna be very hard to keep after this season....we gonna have to open up that wallet.....ill give in some cash if it helps
 8 years ago '04        #5747
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 L-E-Dub b**ch said:
i jus want recruits that kno how to play football....f**k rankings

randy shannon know what he doing

i jus kno whipple better get some cash because hes gonna be very hard to keep after this season....we gonna have to open up that wallet.....ill give in some cash if it helps
his oldest son transferred to miami to be closer to him and his youngest son goes to st. thomas, so i think he'll be here for a couple of years.
 8 years ago '04        #5748
C.R.I.P. 3 heat pts
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Clemson Defense talking s**t ..its time to bury them b**ches
 8 years ago '05        #5749
Deeangoe 2 heat pts
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my dude in VA told me last night everytime travis williams made a play dude kept throwin up the U
 8 years ago '05        #5750
Deeangoe 2 heat pts
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i wasnt gonna go cuz of the s**tload money i spent at ucf...but my boy hooked it up with the tickets....so ima be there...prolly drunk but nevertheless still there
 8 years ago '04        #5751
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I'm glad I didn't go man, would have been a long drive back to naples
 8 years ago '07        #5752
Kinglew88 13 heat pts13
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no stories??

i need something to show me this wont happen again.

mistake after mistake
 8 years ago '04        #5753
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our Coaches have failed us, especially the defensive coaches...simple and plain.
 8 years ago '04        #5754
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the defense has been leaky all season, clemson just took advantage.

no healthy d-line = no d-line push = QB getting 10 seconds to throw = wide open receivers = 40-37 loss
 8 years ago '07        #5755
Kinglew88 13 heat pts13
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thats why i dont understand why we sent minimal blitzes
 8 years ago '05        #5756
Deeangoe 2 heat pts
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ommmmg thank god i was drunk - s**t was embarrasing
 8 years ago '07        #5757
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To be real, canes are def. on the come up and shannon's got us contending before we were even supposed to, but we need to completly redo the defense and get some damn athletes back there

When you sit back and look, to go from defenses with dudes like meriweather, calais, beason, and secondaries filled with first round prospects to now having jared campbell, sam shields, jo jo, darryl sharpton, and randy phillips playing major roles. No wonder the defense has been so soft
 8 years ago '04        #5758
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the secondary cant cover....brandon harris is our #1 corner and even he gets burned way too much.

clint hurtt needs to teach the linemen better techniques, i dont see them do swim moves or clubs or anything.

the crazy thing is with how shaky the o-line is we're still running the ball well and putting up points on offense, but that means nothing if you cant stop teams when you have to.
 10-26-2009, 01:45 PM         #5759
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I don't know where to point the finger...

The coaching staff?

The players?

Combination of both..

just ughhhh
 10-26-2009, 02:27 PM         #5760
The Lefty  OP
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by the way, Spence was clearly hurt in that game, right?

But we kept him out there... meaning it's safe to say that Arthur Brown is a f**kING BUST...?
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