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 8 years ago '05        #6341
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wed. practice notes

Practice Notes


- Shannon wanted to focus on running the football today, so the team did a lot of running plays in practice. He wanted to see the O-Linemen and the run blocking.

- Frank Gore was in attendance today (Ed Reed yesterday), also Brandon Linder, E. Clements, J. Barton and 2011 recruit Jeremy Cash was in attendance today. Along with J. Graham, T. Johnson and Glenn Cook.

- Shannon said that L. Byrd is still balling and looking good this week at practice.

- Said that Allen Bailey is looking like the best player on defense since practice started.

- Said that Sean Spence is really having a good Spring so far on the defense and that he think that his production went down last season because he played injured.

- Spence said that he is now at 217lbs.

- Shannon said that Vaughn Telemaque is starting to show what they saw from him when they recruited him from out of high school. Telemaque is looking good this Spring and making a lot of plays on the ball. Coaches are excited about him (I am too, I see some special about this kid).

- Said that Malcom Bunce is doing well at Right Guard, but he is still getting adjusted. Said that Bunche needs to loose a little weight (he is at aroung 245).

- Brandon McGee did not practice again today. I hope I'm wrong but I just have a negative feeling about his commitment level (I want to be wrong about this one).

- DVD had another interception in practice today (I think that is his 3rd or 4th.). Could it be that the extra help he got from former Cane Mike Rumph will show in his game this year. By the way Brandon McGee should have been right there with DVD getting some extra work in with Rumph also.

- Shannon said he talked to former UM players to confirm what he thinks the 3rd year of a players game means. The players talked about that 3 year jump, when guys really start to come into their own.
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 8 years ago '04        #6342
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Spence: Sophomore Year Made Me Hungrier
Mar. 4, 2010

By: David Lake





Sean Spence
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Junior linebacker Sean Spence isn’t shy about his thoughts on his performance last season.

Spence (6-0, 217) battled through injuries during his second season at UM, playing in 10 games and finishing with 36 tackles and 6.5 tackles for loss.

His numbers went down from his stellar freshman year in which he totaled 65 tackles and 9.5 tackles for loss.

Spence looks at his sophomore year as disappointing.

“It was not what I wanted it to be,” Spence said of his sophomore season. “I wanted to come out and help the team win games and obviously I didn’t do that. I got set back and now I am just trying to bounce back.”

“With the way last year went, that just made me hungrier and made me want it more.”

Spence admits dealing with the injury was mentally tough on him last year, but he did his best to f!ght through it and play with the pain.

“I never got hurt in high school, optimist, or anything,” Spence said. “That was a first experience for me and it was tough but I fought through. It was frustrating being home and not playing and watching my team. It just hurt me a lot.”

“I was nicked up, but I was trying to f!ght through for my team.”

With Spence now entering his third season at Miami, he is looking to take more of a leadership role with the Miami defense.

“I expect a lot of leadership and being able to keep my composure on the field and keep my defense together,” Spence said. “I just want to be a natural leader.”

Spence says he is playing strong-side linebacker this spring and that he feels comfortable at that position.

“I have played back and forth between SAM and WILL, so it is not a big deal to me,” Spence said of playing strong-side linebacker.

One player Spence has to battle every day in practice is tight end Richard Gordon. Spence says he has seen improvement from Gordon this spring.

“He is a load,” Gordon said. “He is catching a lot of balls and he is physical and catching the ball and getting up-field has been a big part of his game right now.”

With defensive coordinator John Lovett back for his second season at UM, that helps the defense have continuity between the players and get comfortable with the scheme. Spence believes that should help the defense force more turnovers in 2010.

“We are doing pretty good,” Spence said. “We have the same coordinator that we had last year and we are just building on what we did last year and we are trying to focus on finishing every play and create turnovers.”

After the season ended, Spence hit the weight room hard and he says he has gained some muscle mass and has gotten his weight up to 217 pounds.

“I have put on some more weight,” Spence said. “I am up to 217 pounds. I feel real good at that weight. Coach Swasey does a great job with us in the weight room and getting us right. I feel like I am a little bit quicker with my reads and reading the offensive backfield.”

One of Spence’s closest friends on the team is defensive tackle Marcus Forston. Spence says Forston can’t wait to get back to full strength after having his 2009 season cut short by a shoulder injury.

“He is doing good,” Spence said. “He is my roommate and we talk all the time and he can’t wait to get on the field. He is rehabbing four hours a day and trying to get back.”
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FB Hill Brings Toughness to Offense
Mar. 4, 2010

By: David Lake





Pat Hill
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Senior fullback Pat Hill is the type of player you don’t appreciate until he is gone.

Hill (5-9, 255) is Miami’s best blocking fullback with his compact body packing a powerful punch. His playing style brings a toughness to the offense.

That toughness was missing after Hill went down with an ankle injury during the Virginia Tech game and he was done for the year.

“If you look at the stats in the first three games in the running game and looking at them towards the end,” coach Randy Shannon said. “You can look at the sack totals too. Pat played a vital role in the success with his blocking and his protection. All Pat wants to do is get on the football field and win games. When you have a fullback like him that makes your team tougher.”

Hill says once the injury occurred and he knew he was done for the year, he knew he was going to come back to UM for another season and didn’t consider training for the NFL.

“Last year was tough for me especially with me being so close to the senior class and I knew I had to prepare to be back for next season after expecting to be gone, so it was real tough to have to sit out. I knew once I got hurt I was going to come back. I thought it was smarter to take a redshirt than to force things and come back a little hurt during the season.”

Hill though says he looks at his injury as a kind of blessing in disguise.

“I think everything happens for a reason,” Hill said. “I am a big religious guy and I talked to my mom and she said the biggest thing is the Lord gives you signs and he does everything for a reason. He is telling me that I need to perfect certain things in my game that weren’t as strong that could be better.”

Stepping in for Hill while he was injured was freshman tailback Mike James. Hill says he schooled James as much as he could during meetings.

“He did an excellent job transitioning from running back to fullback,” Hill said. “He did a great job of taking one for the team and stepping in there. When you are preparing with a certain unit you get used to that and when you have a curveball thrown in there, you have to change everything and go on the fly. I think they did a good job with that.”

While Hill was out with the injury, he says he worked on improving his flexibility and quickness out of his stance.

“I am better as far as cardio and flexibility,” Hill said. “I could get a lot quicker and hit better out of my stance and try to be a bigger threat in the offense as far as getting more catches and more runs.

With Hill back for another season, he says he has taken on more of a vocal leadership role.

“I am being more of a vocal leader,” Hill said. “I think we can be real good and provide the leadership and that give that drive that we need to have.”

Hill, who did not receive a carry last season, joked that he wouldn’t mind getting a few touches this season.

“I hope I get a little reward. I wouldn’t mind getting the ball here and there,” Hill said with a smile.
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Spence eager to put 2009 behind him
If he wanted to reach for them, Sean Spence has plenty of viable excuses for his drop in production last season.

He could blame the knee injury that cost him three games and slowed him down. He could point to his position switch -- from weakside linebacker to strongside linebacker -- as the reason why he didn't come close to matching the 65 tackles he made as a freshman when he was the ACC's Defensive Rookie of the Year.

But the 6-foot, 217-pound junior-to-be isn't doing any finger pointing for his unspectacular sophomore season -- except at himself. "I have to go out there, make plays and help my team win. I didn't do that," Spence said Wednesday after the Hurricanes' sixth practice of the spring.

"I can't say it was a lack of maturity. I can't say it was my knee. All I can say was it was a lack of production. Last season just made me hungrier to want it even more this year."

Spence, who finished his sophomore season seventh on the team with 36 tackles including 6.5 for loss and three sacks, is already impressing his teammates this spring with his bounce-back attitude. Cornerback Brandon Harris said Spence, a childhood friend, "looks fast, looks physical."

"He's going in there, head on head with the offensive lineman, shedding blocks, making plays," Harris said. "He's a great motivator for the defense. He's a guy who is going to speak up when something needs to be spoken, keep everybody humble.

"I think it affected us tremendously [when he went out]. His presence on the field, it gives everybody a comfort level and a high and allows us to play faster and smoother. He makes sure everybody is on the right page. When you have somebody like Sean on your defense, you know automatically you can count on him to make a big play. When you got a guy like that on the field, the rest of our jobs are easy."

Spence started the first seven games of the season for the Hurricanes before injuring his knee in the first half against Clemson. He then missed the next three games, including arguably the team's worst defensive performance of the season against Wake Forest and the loss at North Carolina. He said he "didn't really feel right" until the bowl game. Missing time was tough to deal with mentally for Spence -- especially since he didn't many any games in high school and played in all 13 games and started nine for UM as a freshman.

"Me and Sean are close friends and during that injury time he wasn't himself," Harris said. "It was hard for him to sit out and not be able to travel with the team and having to watch the games on TV and he'll call me after the games and was very disappointed he couldn't be out there. He did extra rehab, everything to make that injury process happen faster. But he sat out for a reason."

Spence, who said he's gained five pounds of muscle since the end of the season, has remained at strongside linebacker this spring with senior Colin McCarthy on the weakside. With so many young and inexperienced linebackers on the team, Spence said he's tried to take on more of a vocal leadership role on the field and in the film room at the urging of new linebackers coach Micheal Barrow.

"It's a new season, new year," UM coach Randy Shannon said. "and he's starting off fast right now in spring football."

A FEW MORE TIDBITS... > Trying to earn a kicking job on a team with Matt Bosher isn't easy. The All-ACC First Team kicker and second team punter handled all three facets last season for the Hurricanes including kickoffs. But redshirt sophomore Jake Wieclaw, who temporarily handled kickoffs before losing the job to walk-on Alex Uribe and then Bosher, is hoping he can finally win one of those three jobs come the fall.

With Bosher out this spring (he reportedly injured his shoulder in a car accident), Wieclaw is being given every chance by Shannon to impress this spring. So far, Wieclaw says, all the special teams work has been centered on blocking. But he'll get a few chances to kick in pressure situations Saturday.

"I've always felt pretty comfortable inside of 40 [yards], Anything outside of 40 for a kicker isn't easy, but you should be making those," said Wieclaw, who feels his best shot at earning a job could be on kickoffs. "If [Bosher] does all three, then he does all three. If they need my help anywhere then I'll see what I can do to help out."

> It took cornerback Demarcus Van Dyke 33 college games before he intercepted his first past last season against Wake Forest. That's the only pick he has in three years. But so far through his first two practices in the spring, he's made interceptions on both days. Tuesday, Van Dyke said he got some tutoring from Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed about taking better angles.

If Reed, 31, decides to retire, the Hurricanes might want to ask him to become a volunteer a.ssistant. His senior year at UM in 2001, he had nine interceptions. Last season, UM had nine as a team (five more than in 2008).
 8 years ago '04        #6346
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Spring Practice Report #7
Mar. 5, 2010

By: David Lake





Leonard Hankerson
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The Miami Hurricanes held their seventh practice of the spring Friday afternoon.

The team practiced in full pads for the fourth time this spring.

Miami will hold 15 practices this spring including the annual spring game on March 27.

UM will hold their first scrimmage of the spring on Saturday. The scrimmage will be a test of toughness for the Hurricanes as it is expected to be 130 plays.

“It is going to be a tough physical scrimmage because we need it,” Shannon said. “We have the bodies to do it and you want to see who can do something. By the third scrimmage we will see who has improved and who we can depend on and then when August come you will want to see who improves even more.”

Read here for the latest news and notes coming out of practice including who had a good day today for the Hurricanes.

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NOTABLES IN ATTENDANCE

2010 Glenville safety Latwan Anderson was at today’s practice along with UM signee Eduardo Clements. The coaches clinic was held today with various coaches from around South Florida in attendance. A large number of players from Northeast High School in Broward County were in attendance along with highly touted DL Bryant Dubose.

NEWS & NOTES

• S Jared Campbell was wearing a leg brace and was on crutches at practice today. “He is out right now and he is a little nicked up in practice,” coach Randy Shannon said.

• OL Orlando Franklin has not participated in the last couple of practices and he did not dress Friday. Shannon said the Franklin injury is not serious. “He could wake up tomorrow and say I am feeling great,” Shannon said. “That is why I don’t every say he will be back or not unless they go out for surgery.”

• WR Aldarius Johnson also did not practice today.

• WR Leonard Hankerson had two touchdowns during 11-on-11 drills today--one pass being a five-yard touchdown and the second touchdown being a deep ball.

• CB DeMarcus Van Dyke kept up his strong play this spring on Friday with a fumble recovery. Van Dyke has three interceptions this spring during scrimmage situations.

• Coach Shannon has been promoting the importance of creating turnovers on offense and limiting turnovers on defense by having the players run gassers on how their units perform. “What we do is we are trying to keep the importance of forcing turnovers and protecting the football,” Shannon said. “So automatically if the defense does not create a turnover, they get three gassers after practice. Every time the offense has a turnover, they have to do a gasser. If offense throws a ball and the defense drops the interception, that is a missed opportunity and that is a gasser. That is to emphasize protecting the football and getting turnovers on defense.”

“If you look at last year we weren’t getting turnovers, so you are always evaluating and trying to get something going.”

• Shannon on if he would like to see the cornerbacks take more chances in going for interceptions this season. “Whenever it is called for,” Shannon said. “It is not chances. When you get an opportunity to get an interception, then you go for it. You don’t ever want to say bat a ball down. You want the interception because they make a difference and change the game around.”

• According to coach Shannon, Kylan Robinson and Shayon Green are working the most at middle linebacker this spring and if the season had to start today, Robinson would get the nod over Green. “If today was the start, you would go with Kylan Robinson, but we have time so we will sit back and wait,” Shannon said.

• LB C.J. Holton is up to 230 pounds from 212 pounds that he played at last season. Holton says he feels good with the added weight and still has the same explosion when he plays that he has always had.

• Friday was the first day of the coaching clinic held by Miami. “We started off with Curtis Johnson at 10:45 this morning and Mickey Andrews came down and spoke and then we had practice and they watched practice and watched drill work and they go in the gym and we will have our one-on-ones with them because they may want to talk to the strength coach or coach Whipple, or coach Lovett about individual stuff,” Shannon said. “It is a chance to meet new coaches besides always Miami coaches. It is the coaches who get better with these clinics.”
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CB Harris Wants To Lead Nation With INTs
Mar. 5, 2010

By: David Lake





Brandon Harris
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Brandon Harris had big goals for his junior season at Miami.

Harris is coming off a sophomore season in which he was finished second in the country with 17 passes defended.

Now as a junior, Harris has set the goal to lead the nation in interceptions.

“My goal is whatever it takes to lead the nation in interceptions,” Harris said. “That is one of my goals this year as a group and as an individual.”

Last season Harris finished with two interceptions.

This week Harris returned from running indoor track for the Hurricanes in the 400 meter and finished sixth with a time of 48.11.

Now that Harris is back from track, he says he feels like he is in great shape.

“I feel great,” Harris said. “I am starting to feel back to form and starting to feel even better than I did last year at this point. I have been working with coach McGriff in the secondary and it has been a grind for us this spring because we only have three corners on the roster, but we get a lot of reps and it helps me get back into things faster.”

Now that Harris is entering his third season at Miami, he says his confidence has never been higher.

“My confidence has gone higher every year,” Harris said. “I surprise myself when I am on the field sometimes. When I go back on film and watch some of the plays I make and the secondary makes, I am real excited about the upcoming season.”

Miami is holding their first scrimmage of the spring this Saturday and Harris says he can’t wait to compete against his teammates.

“It is important to compete against each other,” Harris said. “We haven’t played a meaningful game since December, but during this offseason we need to get back to competing with each other and grinding everything out in tough situations. It is as close to a game atmosphere as we can get.”

“We want to get close as a team, through competition. We want to really get after it.”

One player who has impressed Harris with his play this spring is linebacker Sean Spence.

“He looks fast, he is physical, and when you watch him he is going against the line head on head and shedding blocks and making tackles,” Harris said. “He is a great motivator for the defense. He is going to speak when he needs to speak and he keeps the defense humble.”

“You can count on him to make a big play and when you have that kind of player on your team, it makes the rest of our jobs easy.”

One player Harris is looking to see improve this spring is Ray Ray Armstrong. Harris says he would like to see Ray Ray play without thinking too much on the field.

“His main thing is to just play and have fun and don’t think too much and worry too much,” Harris said. “The athletic ability is there and the leadership ability is there. He just needs to go out there and have fun.”
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Benjamin Feels Better Than Ever
Mar. 5, 2010

By: David Lake





Travis Benjamin
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Junior wide receiver Travis Benjamin is working this offseason on becoming a complete receiver.

Benjamin has been a big deep ball threat for the Hurricanes during his first two seasons at UM and now he is working on perfecting his all around game.

One area Benjamin wants to improve in particular is his intermediate route running.

“I feel like I am coming along good with my route running and coming in and out of my breaks,” Benjamin said. “I know that is what I need to do to take that next step.”

“I just want to get better all around. I just need to go out and get better with the offensive group as one.”

Benjamin just started spring practices this week because he was participating in the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships in the 60 meters last weekend. Benjamin finished fourth in the ACC in the event with a 6.74 time.

“I feel like I am way better right now than last year because I got more speed on me and I am running in and out of my routes quicker and catching the ball cleaner,” Benjamin said.

Benjamin caught 29 passes for 501 yards and four touchdowns last season.

Benjamin returned nine punts with a 6.3 average and just one kick return for 18 yards. As a freshman in 2008, Benjamin returned 22 kicks for a 22.5 per return average. Benjamin says he will be happy to do returns in 2010 if his number is called.

“It doesn’t matter because no matter where my number is called from wide receiver to returns, I will do it,” Benjamin said.

With seven receivers from the recruiting class of 2008 now entering their third year at Miami, Benjamin expects a big year from the unit.

“We have big expectations,” Benjamin said. “We all know it is our time to come out because we are juniors and the next year we will be seniors, so we are competing against each other and working hard.”

Benjamin believes there is not a better wide receiver unit in the country than the one Miami has.

“No because we are the only group in the country who can rotate like we do and not lose anything when that guy comes in,” Benjamin said.

This spring the UM offense is being run by backup quarterbacks A.J. Highsmith, Stephen Morris, and Spencer Whipple with Jacory Harris out due to a hand injury. Benjamin says working with the backup quarterbacks has made the wide receivers better.

“It is good for us to work with the backups because we can get used to the different styles,” Benjamin said. “Some quarterbacks throw hard, some throw floaters, and you just have to adjust to it with your routes and when the ball is in the air.”
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WR Thompkins Battling for Playing Time
Mar. 5, 2010

By: Christopher Stock





Kendal Thompkins.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Kendal Thompkins is hoping a strong spring will lead to more playing time during the season.

Thompkins, a sophomore wide receiver, caught two passes for 33 yards and a touchdown last season in 10 games.

He was seventh in receiving amongst the wide receivers and unfortunately for Thompkins, the six guys ahead of him are all back this season, but he says he’s trying not to worry about the depth chart.

“I try not to really focus on that,” he said. “I’m trying to come out here every
day, competing, doing what I have to do.”

The 5-foot-10, 180-pound talented, quick receiver has a goal in mind this spring.

“My goal is to just to come out every day and competing and taking advantage of every opportunity and making every play count,” he said.

Thompkins caught two passes as a freshman in 2008 playing in two games before suffering a season-ending shoulder surgery, which was a disappointment for Thompkins.

But not being involved when healthy and capable of contributing was also very frustrating.

“It was very tough, but as I watched I learned a lot from the sidelines,” he said. “Hopefully it will turn out for the best this year.”

In the off-season, Thompkins was asked by the coaching staff to switch to cornerback, a position he never played in high school. Rumors began to circulate that Thompkins was unhappy with the potential move and would transfer. People around the Northwestern community were not happy with the potential move that eventually did not end up happening.

“I feel like I am a receiver more than I’m a cornerback so I’m happy where I’m at right now,” Thompkins said.

Despite not receiving meaningful playing time, he says he is receiving encouragement from a lot of his teammates to keep working hard including quarterback Jacory Harris.

“Jacory’s been telling me to keep my head up and things like that and not focus on the little things, just look at the big picture. He believes in me,” said Thompkins, who played at Northwestern High School with Harris. “He tells me what I’m doing wrong and what I’m doing right. He’s a leader. He’s a good captain.”

Linebacker Sean Spence, another one of Thompkins’ high school teammates, has also been encouraging him.

“I just tell him to stay focused and your time will come,” Spence said. “God has a plan for everyone and I know he has a plan for you.”

Spence had the opportunity to witness Thompkins’ breakout senior season at Northwestern when he had 46 receptions for 839 yards and a team-high 14 touchdowns.

“He has quickness and getting in and out of his breaks and will leave you standing there,” Spence said. “He’s one step away from getting up field and running away from dudes.”

Despite not being in the mix, Thompkins says he has remained confident in his abilities.

“Confidence is the key,” he said. “That’s why I’m out here every day working on my game and getting confident each and every day.”

Spring practice resumes Friday afternoon.

“I’ve been playing pretty good so far,” Thompkins said. “I think everything has been going good. I have learned a lot and I have matured a lot.”
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University of Miami's Sean Spence is determined to improve his play


Buy PhotoUniversity of Miami linebacker Sean Spence reacts after sacking UCF quarterback Brett Hodges (11) in the second half on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009 at Bright House Networks Stadium in Orlando. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF
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If he wanted to, Sean Spence could blame his drop in production last season on other people and other factors.


He could blame the offensive lineman from Clemson who cut block him and caused him to miss three games and slowed him down the rest of the season. Or he could point to a position switch -- from the weak side to the strong side -- as the reason why he didn't come close to matching the 65 tackles he made as a freshman when he was the ACC's Defensive Rookie of the Year.


But the 6-foot, 217-pound junior-to-be isn't doing any finger pointing for his unspectacular sophomore season -- except at himself. ``I have to go out there, make plays and help my team win. I didn't do that,'' Spence said.


``I can't say it was a lack of maturity. I can't say it was my knee. All I can say was it was a lack of production. Last season just made me hungrier to want it even more this year.''


Spence, who finished his sophomore season seventh on the team with 36 tackles -- including 6 ˝ for loss and three sacks, already is impressing his teammates this spring with his bounce-back attitude. Cornerback Brandon Harris said Spence, a childhood friend, looks ``fast and physical.''


``He's going in there, head on head with the offensive lineman, shedding blocks, making plays,'' Harris said. ``I think it affected us tremendously [when he went out]. His presence on the field, it gives everybody a comfort level and a high and allows us to play faster and smoother.''


Spence isn't feeling any effects of the injury anymore. He said he has gained five pounds since the end of the season.

• UM coach Randy Shannon said he doesn't know if left tackle Orlando Franklin (reportedly back spasms) or safety Jared Campbell, who was seen on crutches with a large brace on his right knee before practice, will be back this spring.

• UM will scrimmage for the first time this spring Saturday morning.
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Spring Scrimmage Report #1
Mar. 6, 2010

By: Christopher Stock





Colin McCarthy.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The Miami Hurricanes held their first scrimmage of the spring Saturday morning.

It was the eighth practice of the spring.

Miami will hold 15 practices this spring including the annual spring game on March 27.

Read here for the latest news and notes coming out of practice including who had a good day today for the Hurricanes.

Click here to view photos.

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NOTABLES IN ATTENDANCE

Former Hurricane greats Ed Reed, Ken Dorsey, and Jon Beason. ... 2010 Cleveland Glenville recruit Latwan Anderson. ... 2010 signees Eduardo Clements, Keion Payne, and Clive Walford. ... 2011 verbal commitment Marcus Jackson. ... Over 150 high school coaches were in attendance for the two-day coaches' clinic.

NEWS & NOTES

• The scrimmage consisted of about 100 plays.

• QB A.J. Highsmith completed 9-of-18 passes for 95 yards and three touchdowns (5, 17, 14).

• Freshman QB Stephen Morris showed good poised in the pocket and did a good job of completing his passes. Morris was 6-for-11 for 63 yards. Although Highsmith's stats were better, most observers said Morris looked better.

• QB Spencer Whipple struggled completed just 2-of-10 passes for 60 yards, 1 TD, and 1 INT.

• Freshman RB Lamar Miller led the running backs with nine carries for 32 yards and two touchdowns (9, 3).

• RBs Damien Berry had 48 yards and eight carries; Mike James had 46 yards on six carries; and Storm Johnson had 34 yards on six carries.

• The wide receivers had a lot of drops including top receiver Leonard Hankerson. After practice, the receivers ran extra and did not speak to the media. "We had a lot of drop passes by the receiver, guys we depend on had too many drops," Shannon said. The wide receiver stats were as follows: Travis Benjamin 4 catches, 49 yards, 1 TD; Thearon Collier 3 catches, 19 yards, 1 TD (14 yds); Leonard Hankerson 2 catches, 50 yards, 1 TD (5 yds); Kendal Thompkins two catches for 32 yards; and LaRon Byrd had two catches for 30 yards including a 17-yard touchdown.

• DE Steven Wesley recorded two sacks while Allen Bailey and Adewale Ojomo each had one.

• OL Tyler Horn received the majority of the reps at center, but freshman Shane McDermott received plenty of reps also.

• S Ray Ray Armstrong received nearly all of the reps at safety and is quickly becoming one of the team's top defensive players. He had an interception.

• S Vaughn Telemaque had five tackles and received reps at cornerback as the position is extremely thin with Brandon Harris (hand) and Brandon McGee (root canal) out with minor injuries. DeMarcus Van Dyke got banged up a bit in the scrimmage, but did return to play. Walk-on Nathan Gholston saw some action.

• LB Colin McCarthy led the defense with five tackles and had a fumble recovery.

• K Jake Wieclaw made all three of his field goal attempts from 32, 25, and 22 yards.

• The team will resume practice on Tuesday afternoon.
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Wesley Picks Up Two Sacks in Scrimmage
Mar. 7, 2010

By: Rudy Rodriguez-Chomat





Steven Wesley.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- A healthy defensive line – that’s something the ‘Canes haven’t had as long as senior-to-be Steven Wesley has been in Coral Gables.

It’s something he certainly appreciates now in his final Spring at the University of Miami. Saturday morning at Greentree Field, he and his defensive line mates had a nice performance coming up with four sacks.

Wesley had two of them and Allen Bailey and Adewale Ojomo joined him with one each. However, the difference right now is the health of the unit and the fact that with no one injured right now, it allows a true rotation across the defensive line.

“The rotation is going real good. It’s always good to have a lot of depth on the defensive line. Ever since I been here, we always had defensive linemen get hurt. We didn’t have depth. By the end of the season we had like seven or eight guys that were fully healthy, but it’s a real good feeling having all our guys fully healthy now and staying fresh,” Wesley said.

Wesley felt he performed well as did the rest of the defensive line in Saturday’s scrimmage.

“I think I did pretty good. The d-line as a whole did pretty good. Second half we kind of fell off a little bit, but overall I think we did real good as d-linemen,” Wesley said. “Today, I had two sacks. Bailey had one and Ojomo had one.”

In his final Spring practice session of his college career, Wesley does realize how fast it went by and uses that knowledge to help the younger guys because he doesn’t want them to repeat his mistakes.

“This Spring has been the best Spring since I’ve been here, probably because it’s my senior year. It’s my last time coming around, so I really just come in trying to work with the young guys, Olivier (Vernon) and Dyron Dye and show them the way and try to dive in the right way and not make the same mistakes I made,” Wesley said. “It went by real fast. That’s what I be explaining to Dyron and Olivier. When you are a freshman you start doing the right things at that point cause by the time your junior and senior year comes around it will be too late and it goes by real fast. As soon as you know it, you’ll be graduating.”

Along with two sacks, Wesley said he put running back Damien Berry on his back too with a big hit.

“I put (Damien) Berry on his back. That’s why he was walking by talking, because I thumped him,” Wesley said.

The guys that Wesley and his mates are chasing down in the pocket are also doing well according to Wesley, but Wesley said the most impressive of the three backup quarterbacks has been freshman Stephen Morris.

“They are looking good, especially Stephen Morris being a freshman coming in. He’s going real good, being poised in the pocket, getting the ball down field. From my opinion, he’s looking good, not like a freshman,” Wesley said.

But while Wesley isn’t allowed to hit his quarterbacks, he does let them know when he’s there.

“After the play, I always tell them I could have knocked you out right,” Wesley said laughing.
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Clements Reviews UM Spring Practice
Mar. 7, 2010

By: Nate Adelson





Eduardo Clements.
Booker T. running back and Cane signee Eduardo Clements is already a familiar face around Greentree practice field although he hasn’t even practiced once with the team yet.

Clements (5-11, 182) wasn’t able to enroll early at Miami as he had planned but since he has already graduated from high school, he has been in attendance for each and every one of Miami’s seven spring practices as well as yesterday’s scrimmage.

“It was important for me to be there every time because the coaches always told me to come by and get in the playbook,” Clements said. “For me to best know the playbook, I’d rather see it in person so that’s why I’m out there every day. I can get it from studying or watching but I’m a visual learner so being around the players was the best.”

Clements first gave his thoughts on one major improvement he has seen in how the team approaches everything.

“I think one word I can say is motivated, the whole team is motivated to do better this year,” Clements said. “A lot of guys are coming off injuries like Marcus (Forston), (Dyron) Dye, and those are some of the guys that motivate the defense. The defense is playing good and then you have Jacory (Harris) who motivates the young guys on offense. Then D(amien) Berry leads the running backs and sets the tone for them every day in practice.”

Since Clements naturally pays the closest attention to the running backs, he has noticed that each one brings something a little different to the equation.

“Everybody has a different style at our position,” Clements said. “(Damien) Berry runs the ball so hard that sometimes he doesn’t even look at the hole, he just runs. (Lamar) Miller has the vision and speed and Mike is smart enough to play fullback or the H-back. Then you have Storm (Johnson) who just got there but he’s getting his feet wet. He’s learning different things and he’s getting the whole playbook. For the last week, at least to me, he has got more confidence and he’s running the way he’s supposed to be.”

Clements isn’t too worried about the competition he’ll have to face for playing time but he does feel he can bring something that none of the other backs do as well as he does.

“As far as catching the ball out of the backfield, I feel I can do that better than some of the guys that are already there,” Clements said. “As far as running in between the tackles, all of us do different things. To me, competition is the last thing I’m worried about because if you’re starting over me, I’ll feel like I pushed you enough to make you better.”

Former Cane greats such as Ed Reed, Ken Dorsey, Frank Gore, and Jon Beason have also been at spring practices. Clements sees that as an indication of how the entire university is a family and not just the football program.

“It just shows you how much of a family we are and people think it’s just the football team,” Clements said. “We hang around everybody. Like just yesterday, all of us went to watch the tennis team. Last night, we all went to the baseball game and today we went to the basketball game. It’s not just a football thing, the whole university is a family and we support each other. I’m glad that I made that decision to go there and I’m glad the team is so close because we’re all like brothers. Everybody teaches each other everything that they know, nobody holds anything back because they’re a starter.”

Clements has also done his part to tell some 2011 prospects about Miami while they watched practices, and he has his eye on a duo from Miami Northwestern.

“Teddy Bridgewater and Eli Rogers are my two, like we need them two and we need Teddy at the quarterback position,” Clements said. “I mean the way them two have been speaking, I think we’re going to get them but you never know. When you get recruited, one day you like this team and another day you like that team because of what a coach tells you. I don’t know anything for sure but we’re on them hard so I think at the end of the day, they’re coming here.”
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MLB Robinson Knows It's His Last Chance
Mar. 8, 2010

By: Rudy Rodriguez-Chomat





Kylan Robinson.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- If there was a forgotten man on the University of Miami football team, it’s middle linebacker Kylan Robinson.

People are so quick to forget that Robinson was a premier prospect when he graduated from Tampa Chamberlain even rushing for over 400 yards in a game as a senior as a running back. He was a big time player coming out of high school with plenty of hype. So where did he go?

While he came to Miami as a running back, he had to make the switch to linebacker to get a real chance to play. Why he never got a real chance at running back is anyone’s guess, but that opportunity never presented itself as he was way down on the depth chart behind guys like Javarris James, Graig Cooper, Lee Chambers and Shawnbrey McNeal when he arrived.

But he made the switch to linebacker and started to get some opportunities at outside linebacker and he’s practiced the art of patience.

“Throughout my high school career it was about being patient and just waiting my turn and it was disappointing when I came here, I really wanted to play, but I just had to learn what I get, I got to take it as it is and just keep working,” Robinson said.

Though he warmed the bench for a redshirt year and two years of dressing out, he’s been a Hurricane to the core since childhood and leaving Miami was never an option.

“Never a thought crossed my mind. I always wanted to come here since I was a little kid,” Robinson said.

He is taking advantage of his opportunity though now and is making the most of it as he is currently lining up as the team’s first team middle linebacker. He was the first team middle linebacker in Saturday’s scrimmage and will probably remain in that position throughout the Spring.

If he impresses, there’s the possibility the middle linebacker job could be his even when Jordan Futch and Ramon Buchanan return from injuries that have kept them both out this Spring. The key to this Spring though is improvement for Robinson and becoming comfortable at middle linebacker, but if he wants to be the guy in the middle he has to develop a bit of a craziness and enjoy smashing into offensive linemen. That’s what makes the great ones great.

“I think I’ve improved a lot on my drops and run game hits. I just have to get better at my physical and coming downhill taking on blockers,” Robinson said.

That’s clearly huge for any middle linebacker and if he doesn’t get better at it, his time will be short lived. But if does, it would be huge for the ‘Canes as it would allow the development of younger players like Shayon Green and the incoming freshmen in the Class of 2010, rather than possibly forcing them into immediate playing time.

He knows this is it for him though. He’s going into his senior season and there’s no turning back. The time is now for Robinson to make his name matter is Hurricanes’ history.

“This is my last opportunity to make something good of myself so I am just really pushing hard and working as hard as I can,” Robinson said.
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K Hopfinger Adds to 2010 Class
Mar. 8, 2010

By: Christopher Stock





Ben Hopfinger.
St. Thomas Aquinas senior kicker Ben Hopfinger has decided he will be attending the University of Miami.

Hopfinger will come to UM as a preferred walk-on.

"I'm going to Miami," Hopfinger said. "I just thought UM was the best possible place for me for both athletics and academics," Hopfinger said.

Hopfinger, who competed for Team USA in an all-star game in January, also received a 40 percent scholarship offer from Illinois State.

"It didn't have enough pull to get me away from Miami," said Hopfinger, who grew up a UM fan.

The coaches at Miami have informed Hopfinger that he will get an opportunity to be the team's kickoff specialist in 2010, something he excelled with at St. Thomas Aquinas.

"I feel I have a chance to win the kickoff job next season as a freshman," Hopfinger said.

He has also been told that there is a possibility he will receive a scholarship in 2011.

UM kicker Matt Bosher, who is eighth on UM's all-time list with 32 field goals, is entering his senior season, which would open the door for Hopfinger to compete for the opening after his departure.

"I feel that I can really compete for both the kickoff and field goal jobs my sophomore year, but it is just about working hard and getting better," Hopfinger said.

While at Aquinas, Hopfinger served as the team's back-up kicker behind Tennessee signee Michael Palardy.

He converted his only field goal attempt and made 20-of-21 extra points this past season. He also shared kickoff duties as 40 of his 47 kickoffs went for touchbacks.

Hopfinger becomes the fourth senior from St. Thomas Aquinas that will be a Hurricane as offensive linemen Brandon Liner and Jermaine Barton along with cornerback Keion Payne signed letters of intents with UM in February.
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whats the backround on that? she a cane fan.. is that dime peize from south florida
she was at my crib last night n i told her to do it


naw... i dont know the story behind it
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