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 7 years ago '04        #5801
Cap Peeler 7 heat pts
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 Junior G said:
that's a pretty homo quote...and of course a Miami fan agrees with homoness
don't you come up here talkin about homoness when you got this type of s**t going on up in tallahassee

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 7 years ago '06        #5802
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 Cap Peeler said:
don't you come up here talkin about homoness when you got this type of s**t going on up in tallahassee

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awwwwwwwwwwwww man


its a wrap.... ya crip thats javon23


wheres rakim man.... that dude was a G

smackin kufis left and right
 7 years ago '04        #5803
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 P. Dedos said:
awwwwwwwwwwwww man


its a wrap.... ya crip thats javon23


wheres rakim man.... that dude was a G

smackin kufis left and right
yeah man that s**t was f**kin classic.
 7 years ago '05        #5804
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 C.R.I.P. said:
btw man...this has to be longest running thread on BX. this s**t has been going for along time...and this dont even include the first one we had going. Id like to shout everybody over the years holding it down in here. Even all the Noles and Gators that keep it interesting in here...lord knows we couldnt have a miami thread without yall lol.

what was that cat that use to like Ohio state/akron so much that came in here and got owned at one point. that s**t was classic
how did the fsu thread outgrow us...are most of yall posting there too, to have more posts/views than this thread?
 7 years ago '04        #5805
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 Deeangoe said:
how did the fsu thread outgrow us...are most of yall posting there too, to have more posts/views than this thread?
never been in their thread a day in my life.
 7 years ago '04        #5806
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What an absolutely fantastic week, just phenomenal. My Nephew and I are on our third year traveling to Coral Gables and I'll admit, this week was the absolute best we've seen this team prepare. Considering we're newbie's...it Doesn't mean much eh?


The biggest contributor to the entire experience were the young men that are currently on and committed to this University. Now, Tues night was the worst because I got eaten up trying to kick back and catch some fish. It was just disgustingly humid...but anyway, I've gotta get the entire week off my chest, since my wife doesn't care much.


Great energy out there and I had a feeling Coach Whipple wasn't going to have his offense dinking/dunking or nickel and dimming their way thru the preparation needed for the FSU game. Actually, far far more deep routes than I ever could imagine.

These weren't just trotting a receiver down the sideline and heaving it down the field. We're talkin 20-25yrd comeback, curl and crossing routes, just really beautiful to see. To see a complete 180 in terms of philosophy and execution really made me pay attention.

They were timing the deep routes for each wideout, who could run the deepest pattern in the shortest amount of time, with accuracy. Then pair the wideouts according to the times they ran. So, if each WR ran the route combo as fast as they could while staying under control, it would be consistant each time. I thought it was a very clever idea.

As I typed earlier, the early spring focus was short, short and shorter, with the backs and linemen working on timing and coordination. The spring domination in the short passing game gave way to intermediate and lot's of ground work. Obviously it's led to a far more complex variation, with the offense doing very well on short/intermediate they really pushed the deep stuff.


This team ran more deep stuff than the last 2 years combined. It was relentless and folks that think the staff is going to trim down the wide receiver rotation is fantasizing. I recall local reporters writing on the subject a while back..well, like many of their articles, what a waste. There's no way in hell it's going to happen..well, there is two ways and that's if the offensive unit completely implodes or they have a boatload of quick strike scores.


The plays this offense ran this week were very demanding on the receiving core and when you have that much talent, you shouldn't exhaust a few while keeping the remaining skill guys benched.

There were stamina rumors with certain position players at the end of last season, to avoid the late season stamina issues for this upcoming season, the staff must have a deep rotation. Just as they exhibited this week, where everyone got into the mix and they all came up with plays..the folk's that took in this weeks action could in no way say a particular receiver is weaker than the other...the amount of talent eliminates weak all together. So, in essence..Who's better replaces who's weaker.


It was clear that Coach Whipple & staff were continuing to identify personnel and since I mentioned receiver, might as well stay there.


Street, AJ, Byrd, Collier, DJ, KT, Hank, all outstanding and highly complimentary of one another. This skill group isn't saturated with c*cky or abrasive personalities, they're not timid that's for sure. It's no secret that TB looks pretty frail but he does a pretty damn nice job of avoiding contact, especially the big hit. Obviously, the D wasn't looking to decapitate their colleagues on the other side of the ball, but they were tackling.


A few of the early reps were ending with both the offensive (ball carrier) and defensive players still standing, plays closer to the sideline in particular, but that changed. Brown damn near layed out M. James and the reps began to end in a different fashion, before too long...it was on. Plays weren't always ending on the first whistle.


Each practice had it's own unique way of intensifying, a big hit, long gain or a quick score on a miscue...those type of things would contribute to the intensity. Coaches yellowing out to pick it up wouldn't always do the trick.

Then again, coaches themselves were guilty of slowing things down. Barrow for example, he was doing a lot of work with both lines, simultaneously. Barrow would run up to the line quite a bit to correct spacing and angles on the Dline, while there he would show the offensive side what to look for, feet..feet and more feet..the man has a foot fetish, well he and Hurtt share in the foot dept.


It really is neat to see Barrow out there and it's inevitable that he'll be a coordinator before too long. The only thing I recall him specifically working other than angles/feet of the Tackles was inside blitzing. He was presenting scenarios to both lines by lining up in each gap as a blitzing backer. All in all, just awesome watching Coach roam the field.


Defense..man, what a difference


Wideouts were working on influencing safeties and coordinating their routes. The TE's were going back and forth working with the line, rb and wr units. Tell ya right now, the TE is no joke in this offense and Epps came back so quickly for a reason...there is no way in hell Epps would have rushed back to endure another year in a Nix offense.

One thing that is certain, Zel was a serviceable player but Graham is way ahead on sheer athleticism...he looks faster, looks stronger and looks like a better all around TE. They worked his a.ss, mad reps and lots of blocking drills..and he made some plays too, big plays, right across the damn middle and he's gonna make some defensive players look clumsy when they try to tackle him low. Oh..he's playing and looks like #2 on the depth chart and a damn near guarantee for red-zone.


Motion..lot's of motion with this offense. Looks like they're intent on helping the QB's identify coverage by sending wideouts thru the formation. Same with the TE but only saw a few plays where the TE was called to go in motion. They're splitting the backs and sometimes bringing Collier to the backfield.


With a bunch of stuff to discuss, let's get down to business. This offense is going pro-set, traditional I-Formation, split back


Brown looks real good in the middle, it's gotta be his attitude that's holding him back...he's not verbose.
Spence is a linebacker prodigy, pure confidence. He's going to own lots of hardware before he goes NFL.


An entire week of practices isn't 100% fun for the family, there are what many would characterize as boring stretches and whatnot (ask G. Hardin ). The time does fly however and you find yourself wishing it hadn't ended.


Anyways, the player/team speed is truly remarkable, especially at ground level and depending on your vantage point. If you blink to long, you'll miss a play and many times lose sight of specific players.

Collectively, one of the things I really took note of is the Dline. They're consistently getting their hands up and it was paying dividends. The coaches were really stressing that and after the line tipped a pass which resulted in the first INT..well, D-lineman were doing more of it. The line tipped around a half dozen passes and ended up with a couple of INTs.


The offense was fairly consistent in putting players in motion, as I mentioned earlier, running a receiver across the formation, shifting from I to a split back, dragging a TE or back. I'm hopeful this tem can grasp the offensive playbook enough to make Coach Whipple comfortable to incorporate that type of stuffs.


I'm certain the short passing game is going to surface for polishing as game week approaches. I think it's absence has reduced the risk of injuries, cause all the short stuff seems to produce the biggest collisions and pile ups.


For the offense to completely shift gears and go long as much as they did was awesome. The offensive unit has the potential to set some school records with this offense, I know it's a vague statement and offenses around the country can say the same at this time. But the skill players on this team, as a collective, is very unique. I'm gona keep harping on that.


You've got Byrd on one side and AD on the other, then you sprinkle in a TB or Collier, then you split the backs with JJ and Coop. The potential there is remarkable, especially with Epps being such a potent reliable weapon.

They go I with 2 TE and Street/AJ or Byrd...not all defenses can just man up on these wideouts...and they won't be able to hide the coverage's as much if Coach Whip uses motion. That's got potential.

You can tell that Coach Whipple likes to move the defense before the snap. Some work also went into quick snap, where they're snapping early while the defense is not prepared, calling off blitzes or not getting onto the field fast enough after change of possession.

Jacory and Cook looked really good all week, Cook's deep ball looked better earlier on and Jacory's has improved as well. He (12) was throwing his arm off to get it deep last year, not the case this time around..the fact that he's much bigger now obviously plays a huge role in that improvement, but it wouldn't make sense to deny Coach Whipples impact on the QB's.


The addition of Highsmith is going to improve this teams defensive preparation for athletic QB's. He's already getting reps and Smith is now lost in the shuffle...the QB position now has legitimate depth and the new addition played a significant role in providing it.


B. Harris is clearly the most verbose of the bunch in terms of DB and he's shaping up to be the best as well. DVD looks like an imposing corner, he moves like one and he was producing like one too.

All the deep routes gave him some opportunities to run and he's really good at staying on a wr's hip. The problems all come when the ball is in the air, he's just not adjusting as well as he would like. Many DB's like to keep a hand out to feel the receiver while they look back for the ball...he seems to wait for the receiver to look back first.


Hankerson rocked a couple of mornings, making circus catches as well as the routine stuff. He's like the sideline specialist, laying out parallel and dragging the toes. Guess Hank is making that NFL push this season, same as Epps.


A Brown packs the biggest punch in terms of destructive potential, everything he touched went down and he's got a tendency to whip his victim around while he's tackling. Sharp, Buck, Spence and Futch are all hard hitters and It's safe to say that two LB spots are still in question as far as the 2 deep is concerned. Colin is a demolition man on kick coverage but packs less of a punch with short distance.


The lines are familiar with one another, so success along the lines is difficult to gauge. They rotate the heck out of the D-line and maybe that'll give some insight into the popularity of Vernon. He's trying extremely hard to make that first impression, which will taper off. That and familiarity should reduce all the super-human practice performances.

All things considered, the line is ultra-stout with a nice variation of personnel that offer a good mix of pure pass rushing and run stopping power. For me, Ojomo is numero uno in the DE dept, with Bailey and Forston leading the tackles...they're 1a and 1b.


McGee is playin, no doubt about it. He'll probably play a similar role to what Harris was asked to do, while Harris replaces Bruce. As mentioned before, Telemaque is gonna work with Phillups @ safety..So DB's are not as bad as the depth chart might make it appear.


As with many teams around the country, injuries will play a huge role with the success of this team. Many teams can rally back from the loss of an injured player but if they deplete a shallow depth position..It's quite difficult.


I was just typing whatever came to mind, please don't give me static...I know this thing isn't uniform and jumps all over the place but when I get more time perhaps I can clear it up.
all this sounds good and all....but i'll wait to see it with my own two eyes
 7 years ago '06        #5807
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you gotta be kidding me ojomo

horsing around in the locker room

dammit man
 7 years ago '05        #5808
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 C.R.I.P. said:
what was that cat that use to like Ohio state/akron so much that came in here and got owned at one point. that s**t was classic
I remember the Bryan Pata thread (R.I.P.) that n*gga went in there talking s**t and got owned bad too.. they even moved the thread to the classic section lol
 7 years ago '04        #5809
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Practice Report: 8/17 Morning
Aug. 17, 2009

By: David Lake





Adewale Ojomo
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami began their second day of two-a-days this fall with a morning practice in full pads.

After having an off day yesterday, Miami will return to practice this afternoon.

Read here for what coach Randy Shannon has to say about the scrimmage on Saturday and how today’s practice went.

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Randy Shannon Opening Statement

“It was a good practice coming back off of an off day. Guys flew around and had a lot of fun out there. The intensity was good. We had a little short yardage, goal line scrimmage earlier. There was a lot of intensity to practice and it was good to see guys work hard.”

NEWS & NOTES

• Shannon said sophomore defensive end Adewale Ojomo may miss the first game of the season after sustaining an injury while horsing around with teammates in the locker room yesterday. "He will be out for a while," Shannon said. "He was horsing around in the locker room with a couple of players last night and got a little injury, but it is not a season ending injury. He will probably be back by the first game or the second game."

• Freshman defensive end Olivier Vernon sustained a sprained ankle and did not participate in the morning practice. Shannon says the injury does not appear to be serious and Vernon should return to practice soon.

“He was playing well,” Shannon said of Vernon. “He was doing a lot of good things and we are excited by the way he is progressing. It is like anything though, when you have depth you are ok.”

• Shannon estimates that he got 90-105 plays in during the scrimmage that took place Saturday. Shannon was pleased with the scrimmage because it rained for the duration of the practice and that allowed the team to get used to working in the rain. “It was great because it was raining,” Shannon said. “When the rain comes down it can be a distraction, but it wasn’t. Guys flew around and had fun and it was good to see those things happen. Guys responded and it went both ways. The offense responded and the defense did well and the special teams was pretty good. There was no bad snaps or anything like that.”

• Shannon listed the running backs and linebacker Colin McCarthy as players who did well during the scrimmage. “We had different guys making different plays, so I am kind of excited about that,” Shannon said.

• The first team defense was as follows: DE Andrew Smith, DT Joe Joseph, DT Marcus Forston, DE Dyron Dye, WLB Sean Spence, MLB Darryl Sharpton, SLB Colin McCarthy, CB Brandon Harris, S Randy Phillips, S Vaughn Telemaque, and CB DeMarcus Van Dyke.

• Leonard Hankerson and LaRon Byrd were the first team wide receivers.

• During Saturdays scrimmage the quarterbacks “did decent, nothing great,” according to Shannon.

• After one week of fall camp is finished, Shannon says he is encouraged by where the team is at. “We are a lot better than we were in the spring and we are a lot better than we were last year at this time,” Shannon said. “We feel comfortable about it and the players feel it. The enthusiasm is there and we are ending practice with a faster tempo.”

“We are better than we were. If you go backwards, now there is a problem. We tell the guys find one thing you have to get better at and then do it. Don’t sit back and rely on what you did yesterday.”

• The older, more experienced players didn’t participate for the entirety of the practice. Shannon said it was a good time to see the younger players perform. “We had no veterans in the past. We had no depth, but this year is a little bit different. When your backups are freshmen, you have to give them reps in practice.”

• Freshman linebacker Shayon Green was not dressed out for the morning practice. Shannon would not comment on the specifics of Green’s injury, but he did say Green will be out for some time.
 7 years ago '06        #5810
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tyrone cornelious has commited to the canes
 7 years ago '04        #5811
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Wide receivers coach Aubrey Hill sees a big difference in his players from last year to now.

"These guys have been game-tested from last year," Hill said. "They came in with the right mindset knowing they have to compete, get ready for the season. From top to bottom it's been pretty good, but some of the older guys that have played are a little further ahead because they know what it takes as far as work ethic, the practice habits, making the plays.

"But I am impressed with some of the (inexperienced) guys, what they're doing also."

Coach Randy Shannon has said the Canes will give only three or four receivers heavy reps this year, whereas last year there were seven different wide receivers that had 11 or more receptions.

The team leader, Aldarius Johnson, had 31 receptions a year ago.

Look for the leader this year to have many more catches.

And Hill says, as of now, the four wideouts highest on the depth chart are LaRon Byrd, Aldarius Johnson, Travis Benjamin and Leonard Hankerson.

Byrd and Hankerson have most consistently been the first teamers this fall.

"Aldarius and Travis are one capable also," Hill said.

Hill also says that if the first game was tomorrow that Thearon Collier would start ahead of Kendal Thompkins in the slot.

"He's doing better right now," Hill said of Collier. "We play the best players."

Of where players like Tommy Streeter and Davon Johnson fit in, Hill said, "In camp it goes all the way to guys doing their a.ssignment, making plays, hustling - you never know with injuries. Streeter is doing a good job; we like the way he's progressing. DJ is doing a good job too.

"We just put the best players out."

Hill says the fact that the team is using a tight receiver rotation this year "Just keeps the competition going. Last year we played a lot of guys, but this year we can concentrate on the guys that give us the best chance to win.

"It's a constant reminder to receivers that they have to come out and play."

Hill says he reassesses the depth chart at receiver daily. So far it hasn't been shaken up much.

"The guys who are starting, they've done a good job of trying to keep their job," he said. "They come out with the right approach every day.

* Of Hankerson's play level, Hill said, "Right now he's playing very, very well. We want to compliment him on playing well now. He's showing leadership and is making really good plays. He's doing a solid job."

* Of how the receivers have adapted to Mark Whipple's new offense, Hill said, "When you put in plays, you install it in the meeting room, through a walkthrough, then on the field. But sometimes when the bullets are flying every guy doesn't get it at every moment. But I'm really excited about the group. They love the offense and so do I - we're all excited about it."

* Asked if he thinks this team will have one go-to receiver this year who puts up big numbers, Hill said, "To be honest, I think we'll be more improved as a group and more improved individually. I really feel we'll be a bigger threat this year just because we're more experienced this year and the guys are game-ready. This is not last year's team. It's not last year's receivers. You will have a better receivers group that comes on the field this upcoming year."
 7 years ago '04        #5812
madness 7 heat pts
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first ojomo, now coop is nicked up...hopefully this aint the start of an injury bug
 7 years ago '06        #5813
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& @ a walk on breaking ojomo's jaw

damn shame
 7 years ago '08        #5814
904Nole 1 heat pts
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Uh oh......
 7 years ago '07        #5815
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we got backs for days
 7 years ago '04        #5816
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Freshman Changes Positions
Aug. 18, 2009

By: Christopher Stock





CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Freshman Stephen Plein has switched to offensive tackle from tight end.

Plein, 6-foot-6 and 260 pounds, has switched his jersey number to 77, from 82 because of the move.

His first practice at offensive tackle was Monday after participating at tight end for the first week of practices.

"He's really raw, he's never really played offensive tackle before, he's always been a tight end, but that has a lot of advantages," senior lineman Jason Fox said. "I played tight end in high school. When you move to tackle from tight end you start off with better feet than you would because you come from an athletic position where you have to run around and run routes."

With the emergence of converted basketball player Jimmy Graham and the expected return of Dedrick Epps, depth is not an issue at tight end anymore and Plein was expendable at the position. He did not look athletic enough to play tight end and this is a good fit for Plein. It was only a matter of time that he switched positions as UM coaches felt he would be a lineman at UM although Plein wanted to play tight end.

With the move, Plein is expected to redshirt this season.

"When you get moved over to offensive line it is all about learning the techniques and fundamentals," Fox said. "It's a whole new world, but eventually (the experience at tight end) will help you out."

Plein, who was not available for comment, recorded 115 tackles with nine sacks as a defensive lineman as a senior at Fort Myers and caught nine passes for 150 yards and one touchdown as a junior at Canton (Ga.) Sequoyah.
 7 years ago '04        #5817
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Pracitce Report: 8/18
Aug. 18, 2009

By: David Lake





CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami returned to practice this morning in full pads.

Read here for the latest from today’s practice including what Shannon is saying about the latest string of injuries, how players are handling the two-a-day practices, and more.

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Randy Shannon Opening Statement

“Today in practice, we came out and had a four minute drill, trying to end the drill offensively and also defensively we tried to stop them so we can have a chance to score on offense. We put a lot of emphasis on third down today, so there was a lot of pass-rush and a lot of blitzing and a lot of conversations and stopping them and making them on third down. It wasn’t as crisp as the last two days, but this is hump week—we have a couple of two-a-days and a couple of single days in. It is every day now. We put them under a little stress and a little adverse situation.”

NEWS & NOTES

• Junior running back Graig Cooper was held out of practice today and was wearing a protective boot on his right foot. Shannon says the injury is not serious and he expects Cooper to be back in time for the Florida State game. “For sure he will be back for the first game,” Shannon said. “There is nothing really serious with him.” Shannon says Cooper didn’t show any signs of an injury after yesterday’s practice, but he did wake up with a soreness this morning. More on Cooper

• With Cooper going to miss some time this week, UM’s running backs—Lee Chambers, Mike James, Lamar Miller—now have an opportunity to step in and receive more reps during practice. “You have five guys getting a lot of reps, which is good to show what they can do and where they will be at as far as with the football team and helping us.” With senior Javarris James and junior Damien Berry also at running back, Miami will have plenty of reps to go around with Cooper out.

• Sophomore defensive end Adewale Ojomo had surgery this morning. Shannon would not specify what the injury was, but he did say he is going to be out for a while. Shannon said Ojomo is not suspended for the first game of the season at Florida State. Shannon also maintained that Ojomo’s injury occurred from “horsing around in the locker room.”

• Freshman defensive end Olivier Vernon practiced a little bit today according to Shannon after sitting out yesterday’s practices.

• Senior defensive end Eric Moncur returned to practice today after missing yesterday.

• Freshman Stephen Plein was switched to offensive line yesterday. He is now wearing number 77. More on Plein

• The running backs had a productive practice today. Lee Chambers broke a long run during the four-minute drill and Mike James and Damien Berry had a couple runs of 15-20 yards as well.

• Miami will have another two-a-day tomorrow and that will be the third two-a-day in less than a week. Shannon says this part of spring practice is mentally taxing on the players. “It is a two-a-day, one-a-day, two-a-day, which they are not used to so your body has to respond quickly and mentally you have to respond quickly. There is a time where you get in a game and it is tough and now you have to step it up and stick it out as a football player on the team. We are going to push the guys to keep finishing and keep driving.”

• Shannon on Colin McCarthy returning to his pre-injury form: “Yesterday he was looking like his old self. Today he was flying around and he had an interception today and made some big hits and big tackles.”

• LB Sean Spence is playing strongside linebacker with Darryl Sharpton at MLB and Colin McCarthy at WLB. McCarthy is also playing some in the middle as well.
 7 years ago '04        #5818
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LB Cornileus Commits to UM
Aug. 17, 2009

By: David Lake





Tyrone Cornileus
Stephenson High School linebacker Tyrone Cornileus committed to the University of Miami Monday night.

Cornileus (6-2, 195) has maintained that Miami was his top school throughout the majority of the recruiting process and he finally decided to make the commitment after sitting down with his family.

He chose the Hurricanes over Georgia Tech, Tennessee, and South Carolina.

"It boils down to where I feel the most comfortable at," Cornileus said. "I can see myself in the future playing for Miami and going to school at Miami too. I like Miami for more than the football program. I have been down there a few times and I developed a great bond with the coaching staff."

"I went down to Miami for the spring game and then for their summer camp and I loved it down there. The campus is beautiful, the city is beautiful, and pretty much everything about Miami I like."

When Cornileus decided to commit to Miami, he broke the news to defensive backs coach Wesley McGriff and then spoke to defensive coordinator John Lovett and defensive a.ssistant Micheal Barrow.

"The coaches were very happy," Cornileus said. "They were telling me that they have wanted me for a long time since they have offered me and they are happy to have me as part of the Miami family and can't wait for me to contribute."

Click here to see video of Cornileus at the Georgia Nike Camp.

Cornileus is working on changing his schedule this semester so he can get the classes he needs so he can graduate early and enroll at Miami in January.

"I only need three classes to graduate early," Cornileus said. "If I want to graduate early I will be able to, but I haven't definitely made that decision yet."

Cornileus hails from one of Georgia's top high school programs in Stephenson and he believes his team is poised for another strong season.

"I really believe we will win State this year," Cornileus said. "We have a lot of key players and a lot of senior leaders that can lead us to a championship. I believe we are state-bound and I know we have a lot of impact players that can take us there."

Cornileus had a big junior season coming up with 118 tackles, 4 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, and 2 interceptions.

During the course of the combine circuit this spring and summer, Cornileus posted an electronically-timed 4.66 40-yard dash, 4.16 20-yard shuttle, 7.66 three-cone drill, 32.9-inch vertical, 34-foot power throw, and a 10-foot-6 broad jump.

Cornileus is Miami's 15th commitment for the 2010 class and joins quaterback Stephen Morris, running back Darion Hall, fullback Maurice Hagens, tight end Clive Walford, offensive linemen Tavadis Glenn, Jonathan Feliciano, and Shane McDermott, defensive tackles Todd Chandler and Louis Nix, linebackers Javarie Johnson and Kevin Nelson and cornerbacks Jeremy Davis, Raheam Buxton, and Kacy Rodgers.
 7 years ago '04        #5819
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Aug. 18, 2009

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The University of Miami football team held its 11th practice of fall camp Tuesday morning, with Colin McCarthy, Thearon Collier and A.J. Highsmith among those who stood out during the two-and-a-half hour session at the Greentree Practice Fields.

The Hurricanes spent more time on special team situations Tuesday and continued to put an emphasis on third down and red zone situations in 11-on-11 play.

McCarthy had a good day of camp, intercepting a tipped pass in 11-on-11 action after recovering a fumble during inside run drills.

Offensively, Collier thrived in red zone play, catching several passes, including one that went for a 15-yard touchdown while Highsmith connected with LaRon Byrd and Kendal Thompkins on big passing plays in 11-on-11 drills.

The heat index reached into the upper 90's again, with a consistent wind that often gusted up to 20-25 miles per hour during the session.

The Hurricanes will hold their third two-a-day on Wednesday before taking a day off on Thursday.

Practice Highlights
• Colin McCarthy intercepted a tipped pass in 11-on-11 work and also recovered a fumble during running drills.
• A few other defensive highlights included a Micanor Regis fumble recovery and a Luther Robinson sack.
• Thearon Collier stood out among the wide receivers, picking up multiple catches - including a 15-yard touchdown - in red zone work.
• A.J. Highsmith connected with LaRon Byrd for a 40+ yard gain and Kendal Thompkins (20-25 yard gain) in 11-on-11 action.
• Damien Berry and Lee Chambers each picked up big runs late in the session.
• Mike James caught a touchdown pass from Taylor Cook in 11-on-11 red zone drills.





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

Jordan Futch Post-Practice
After Tuesday morning's practice, several players met with members of the media to discuss the start of the second week of camp. Sophomore linebacker Jordan Futch was among the group that was made available. He discussed a number of topics, including his progress as a player and how the defense is looking in camp.

On his progress since entering the program - Real good, real good. I feel like it has been an easy transition from high school to college. Now that I have a year under my belt, things are going real well. Coach Shannon and coach Lovett are doing great things with us. The learning curve has really come around (for me).

On what position he has been practicing at - Primarily I am at Will (weakside linebacker) right now, but I play all positions. Coach Lovett makes sure every linebacker plays every position so it may be the Will, the Dime, Mike (middle) or Sam (strong)...all of them.

On where he'd prefer to be playing - To be honest with you, it really doesn't matter. As long as I am on the field, making tackles, making plays...that's all that matters really.

On how the defense is looking in camp - I feel like we have a lot of depth at a lot of positions. We are just getting better as a whole. (Offensive coordinator Mark) Whipple is throwing a lot of stuff at us and we continue to compensate for it. We are coming hard. Everyone is hitting, everyone is getting ready for Florida State.

Getting to Know The "U" Freshmen - Olivier Vernon
Hometown: Miami, Fla.
Position: Defensive Line
Favorite Food: Chicken Parmesan
Young Jeezy is in my iPod right now
I'm a `Cane because: I was born a `Cane
My training camp roommate is: Jamal Reid
Favorite part about being at the U right now: Playing football
The first days of practice have been: Hot
Favorite post-practice thing to do: Eat frozen fruit bars
Mike James keeps me laughing
I have learned so much from Eric Moncur, Adewale Ojomo and Marcus Robinson
My most freshman-like moment was when: I was late to workouts
If Allen Bailey was a running back, he would: Not be tackled by me
I have to admit I can: Be a bit of a PS3 video game freak
One thing I have taken from my mom's Swiss heritage is: Love for Swiss chocolates and I can speak a little bit of German.
Favorite sport besides football: Soccer and UFC
Toughest offensive lineman to face thus far in practice: Jason Fox
Allen Bailey or Orlando Franklin in game of tug-of-war: Allen Bailey

Post-practice notes
• Tuesday marked the team's ninth day of camp and 11th practice session.
• The session lasted approximately two hours and 20 minutes. Temperatures remained in the mid-to-upper 80's throughout.
• The `Canes will hold their third two-a-day of fall camp on Wednesday with early morning and late afternoon sessions.
• Running back Graig Cooper (lower leg) did not practice.
• The Hurricanes' season-opener at Florida State on Mon. Sept 7 is 20 days away.
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