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 7 years ago '04        #5981
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 7 years ago '04        #5983
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Practice Report: 9/10
Sep. 10, 2009

By: David Lake





Eric Moncur
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- With one week before the Georgia Tech game, the University of Miami started their preparation for the Yellow Jackets this morning.

Read here for the latest news coming out of the first practice since Miami beat Florida State 38-34 Monday Night.

Miami resumes practice tomorrow at 5:45 AM.

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• Sophomore receiver Travis Benjamin had a big game against Florida State, catching four passes for 128 yards and one touchdown. Shannon is interested to see if Benjamin can carry that performance into the Georgia Tech game. “It is the first game. Travis did a nice job and now we have to see what he will do this week with his practice and preparing for Georgia Tech. Has he improved since last year? Yes. Now he did have a big game against Florida State last year and then he faltered off, so now we have to see if he will take that next step and not falter off.”

• Miami plays Georgia Tech next Thursday. Shannon says UM has already started preparing for that game. “We worked on Georgia Tech a little bit, but not that much. We still have to get better, it was fast ones against ones, but in practice we do get a lot of Georgia Tech stuff done.”

• Senior defensive end Eric Moncur did some individual work today and Shannon expects him to be healthy for the Georgia Tech game. “If he keeps progressing he should be ready to go,” Shannon said.

• Safety Vaughn Telemaque participated in today’s practice and Shannon expects him to return for Georgia Tech as well. “The doctors say he should be ready to go. We will find out today when they see the doctor again.” Shannon says he expects cornerback Ryan Hill will meet with the doctors today as well and he is confident Hill will return for Georgia Tech.

• Shannon was pleased with how Jimmy Graham performed in his first college football game against Florida State. “He did pretty decent. He is not where we wanted him to be, but you know coaches always want more, but we are pleased with how his progress is going,” Shannon said. “He did a nice couple of things. When Travis got the touchdown he was in the game at that particular time and ran the correct route and drew attention to him.”

“We ran the ball a little bit with him in the game and he did a nice job of run blocking.”

• The offensive line “did a nice job of protecting,” Shannon said. “That is something you can be proud of because those guys worked hard and I know they can get a lot better. You just jhave to keep pounding away at them and let them know you can’t let them take a day off.”

• Shannon on how the UM defensive line did against FSU: “It was one of those games that both teams were not putting much pressure on the quarterback. The offensive line was doing a great job.”

• The wide receivers did a solid job of blocking in the running game. “They did a good job blocking,” Shannon said. “We had some nice runs and when they are blocking and the corners have to make plays that means we did a good job blocking.”

• Tight end Richard Gordon had his left arm in a sling and did not participate in today’s practice. Cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke also did not participate in today’s practice.


• Wide receiver Kendal Thompkins is playing the role of the quarterback on the scout team this week as UM prepares for Georgia Tech's Wing-T offense.
 7 years ago '06        #5984
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Re: Canes start work on Georgia Tech (Manny's Blog)

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Canes start work on Georgia Tech

The Miami Hurricanes began preparing for Georgia Tech Thursday morning with a 5:45 a.m. practice on campus before class. Our Susan Miller Degnan was there. Here are a few notes and quotes from the morning.

Eric Moncur > Sixth-year senior defensive end Eric Moncur, who was listed as doubtful for the opener with a groin injury, was back out at practice and participated in individual and team drills. "If he keeps progressing, he should be ready for Georgia Tech," Shannon said.

> Tight end Richard Gordon, who played a big role Monday in blocking schemes, had his left arm in a sling Thursday. "He’s out right now till the doctor says," Shannon said.

> Defensive backs Vaughn Telemaque and Ryan Hill returned to practice and are supposed to see doctors again on Thursday about their injured shoulders. "If they don’t have any aches and pains today then tomorrow they’ll go again," Shannon said. "And if they’re fine, they should be ready to go [for Georgia Tech].

> Shannon grew a little tired of the injury questions after that and when about the status of receiver Aldarius Johnson's injured groin said, "He’s doing OK. Just understand I can’t give you all injuries all the time. You all keep asking about injuries, I’m going to tell you the same answer, he’s ok."

> GRAHAM DID A GOOD JOB AS DECOY: Shannon praised the play of tight end Jimmy Graham, who saw between 15 and 20 snaps and definitely drew the attention of Florida State's defense when he got into the game. "He did pretty decent, not where we wanted him to be. Coaches always want more. But we’re pleased the way his progress is going," Shannon said. "He did a couple of nice things. When Travis got the TD, [Graham] was in the game and ran the correct route. It drew attention to him and then Travis came open."

> MAX PROTECTION PAYS OFF FOR CANES: Florida State coach Bobby Bowden praised UM's new offensive coordinator Mark Whipple in the ACC Teleconference Wednesday for the new wrinkle he used to give Jacory Harris more time to throw in Monday's win over the Seminoles. "They did something most people don't do," Bowden said. "Most people send out five eligible receivers. Miami sent out three and used the others to block. That was pretty darn smart. That made it difficult to get to the passer. We couldn't get to the darn guy and he ripped us apart."

Shannon talked about the tactic briefly Thursday. "All it is is you send three guys on routes -- that’s all," Shannon said. "Everybody does it. They got to max protect where they’ll keep the tight end and fullback in and you just send three receivers out on routes. That’s all it is. Protection wise you need to do certain things when you see people starting to blitz."

Harris told me on Monday night: "We didn’t even run most of our offense. We kind of repeated our stuff."

> SHIELDS CHALLENGED: Sam Shields knew FSU was going to come after him in his first collegiate start on defense. And he's lucky he caught a few breaks. Twice, he nearly got beat deep on blown coverages, but caught breaks when FSU receivers weren't able to hold onto the ball. On another play, he was lucky referees didn't call him for pass intereference when he had his back to the passer and face guarded the receiver. Shields said he knows he has to improve.

"I kind of knew that [I’d be tested by receivers] before the game started, before the season started," said Shields, who saw a lot of time in Monday's game after cornerback Demarcus Van Dyke left with an injury. "Receivers going to the corner, they look at that and they're like, we can go at that guy and feel like they can make plays on me. I have to have confidence and say nobody going to make plays on me. That’s one of my goals."

> COOPER'S TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO SPECIAL TEAMS: Graig Cooper's big day returning kicks against Florida State was no surprise to his teammates. Of handling the kickoffs, Cooper said Thursday: "Whenever I get the ball in my hands I’m going to try to do the best I can with it. It’s natural. It’s an instinct. That’s all it is."

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Can't wait til GT. :greetings10:
 7 years ago '04        #5986
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Practice Report: 9/11
Sep. 11, 2009

By: David Lake





Josh Holmes
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The Miami Hurricanes returned to practice this morning as their preparation for Georgia Tech continues.

Georgia Tech played last night and beat Clemson 30-27.

Miami will return to practice Sunday afternoon.

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• Coach Randy Shannon says simulating the speed that Georgia Tech runs the triple option is the toughest part in preparing for their offense. “All you can do is run the plays. You are not going to get the full speed as far as the linemen and things like that. You got to try and get the speed, but the speed is something you never can simulate. If you get the plays running at ¾ of the speed by game time then you are doing alright. You just can’t make it that half speed. We make it that full speed live and all the cutting is involved in it and everybody has to carry out their a.ssignment.”

• When asked about last year‘s 41-23 loss to Georgia Tech Shannon says the team is different going into this year‘s game. “Don’t even think about it,” Shannon said of last year’s game. “Last year was a different type of team and a different situation. Last year was a young team and a lot of blown a.ssignments in that game and a lot of things that happened, but we didn’t react and respond. With this football team it is a lot different and it showed with the way we tackled against Florida State. We still missed some tackles, but we still have a lot of things we have improved on that we can think about and get better.

• Shannon did not watch the win by Georgia Tech last night. He won’t watch that game until he receives the game film. “No I didn’t watch it,” Shannon said. “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. You can’t really see anything on TV copy. When you get the game copy you can see everything.”

• Shannon on the ACC games being tough every week. “I said this a long time ago, that everybody will beat up on each other and that is the hardest thing about the ACC conference--you never know. That is why you have to treat it like it is one of those NFL games that you better come with you best game because if not and you are probably going to lose that game.”

• A big key for the Miami defense against Georgia Tech is that the defensive tackles get a push up the middle of the offensive line. “It comes down to the defensive tackle has to get a lot of 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 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.”

• Shannon on the play of Allen Bailey: “Everything he has done is for the betterment of the team and he is a good football player. He is doing a lot of good things mixing it up, but he still has a ways to go and we are excited about his progress and the way it is going.”

• Defensive tackle Josh Holmes recovered a fumble against Florida State and his ability to get penetration on an offensive line will be key against Georgia Tech. “Josh Holmes has done a great job of playing,” Shannon said. “He made a great play in the game against Florida State. He got a lot of push. He isn’t a senior yet, but he is one of the veteran guys that the guys look up to because he is smart.”

• Shannon on the growth of Brandon Harris from year one to year two: “He is a guy that has a lot of confidence in himself. When you see him come back and he responds on some plays in the game that got him and he makes plays in the game that you get excited about. One thing about Brandon is that he will never rely on what he has done in the past. He did some things against Florida State that he knows he needs to get better on. He will fix them and we are excited about them.”

• Cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke and wide receiver Aldarius Johnson did not practice today due to injuries.
 7 years ago '05        #5987
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is it me or the canes helmets new...like the U is glittery now
 09-12-2009, 12:51 PM         #5988
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 Deeangoe said:
is it me or the canes helmets new...like the U is glittery now
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.
 7 years ago '04        #5989
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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:
 7 years ago '06        #5990
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Harris told me on Monday night: "We didn’t even run most of our offense. We kind of repeated our stuff."

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 7 years ago '05        #5991
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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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 7 years ago '06        #5992
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we get AJ and byrd clicking with TB3 and hank

and its a wrap!

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 7 years ago '04        #5993
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damn i cant wait....i f**king hate GT with a passion
 7 years ago '05        #5994
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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.)
 7 years ago '05        #5995
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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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gotta give GT fans credit... they funny

 09-14-2009, 08:34 PM         #5997
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The Spence to Ricky Williams was solid...

but Shannon to Kanye West?? wtf
 7 years ago '05        #5998
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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.
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Me getting thursday switched to watch the gm

im gonna be so hyped

its put up or shut up time
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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.
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