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Damien Berry finds a home at RB
> Posted by Shandel Richardson on October 20, 2009 09:21 AM
CORAL GABLES _ Junior running back Damien Berry is far from the quotable player I covered when he was a high school standout at Suncoast and Glades Central.
As a journalist, you couldn't help but want to talk to Berry because he was willing to say anything. Nowadays, as with most athletes when they get to college, Berry has tamed things. He's a little less candid and more serious. High school is fun. College is big business.
So it's why Berry has morphed into that RB who always credits the offensive line. Every time. If you ask Berry why he barreled over a defender, he'll somehow find a way to say it was because of Jason Fox and Orlando Franklin.
Even before he met with reporters, he was joking with Fox about giving him all the credit.
He may have not be as outgoing with the media as before, but Berry has found a home at RB with the Hurricanes. He's the second-leading rusher with 222 yards and two touchdowns. Granted, his production has come against FAMU and UCF, the Hurricanes have found a reliable option should Graig Cooper or Javarris James suffer an injury.
"I've been just patiently waiting," Berry said. "My teammates just tell me to keep going. Once I got the opportunity, I'm not trying to let it go. I'm trying to do the best I can every game."
Berry now admits moving from SS to RB was the right move. He made the change after his freshman season, but now it's finally starting to pay off. Many, including myself, questioned the move because Berry was such an outstanding safety in high school.
"Coming out of high school, I thought I was Ed Reed mixed with Sean Taylor," Berry said.
And what changed?
"I'm a physical player and if it's going to help the team, then that's what I'm going to do," Berry said.
A few thoughts:
--Safety Randy Phillips is expected to play Saturday against Clemson. I know I reported he was supposed to play last week, he didn't because of the flu. Phillips said he will postpone shoulder surgery until after the season, so he can return.
-Guard Joel Figueroa practiced Tuesday and is expected to play. Without him, the Hurricanes played just five linemen last week. Offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland said he is still waiting for the younger guys to mature, but did say Ben Jones had an excellent practice.
-RB Graig Cooper is out of his green no-contact jersey, so expect him to play more Saturday.
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University of Miami's Jared Campbell hits UCF quarterback Brett Hodges who throws an interception during the third quarter on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009 at Bright House Networks Stadium in Orlando.
University of Miami safety Jared Campbell was always just Calais' little brother, in more ways than one.
Not only did former Hurricane Calais -- now a starting defensive end for the Arizona Cardinals -- get all the attention because of his talent, he got the imposing 6-8 stature.
Jared, three years younger and eight inches shorter, was equipped with less natural ability. While his animated older brother stayed busy sacking quarterbacks and imploring fans to cheer louder with his trademark arm-waving, Jared worked quietly and tirelessly with the UM scout team.
As eighth-ranked UM (5-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) prepares to play Clemson (3-3, 2-2) on Saturday at Land Shark Stadium, the younger Campbell is doing his own damage. In the game-changing play during the game-changing goal-line stand at UCF on Saturday, a blitzing Campbell grabbed quarterback Brett Hodges' throwing arm on third down. The ball wobbled out of Hodges' hand and was intercepted by linebacker Colin McCarthy. UM converted the turnover into a field goal for a 20-7 lead.
Hodges was knocked out of the game.
``I talked to Calais Sunday night,'' said Campbell, who also had two pass breakups. ``He's a tough critic, but he said he was looking forward to someone making a play and he was glad it was me.''
Because of injuries to safeties Randy Phillips and JoJo Nicolas, Campbell, a junior, has started the past three games. He had four tackles in his first career start against Oklahoma, a game in which Calais roamed the sidelines because he had a bye week.
``He was there to calm me down and get me hyped at the same time,'' Jared said, laughing. ``He just told me, `Hey, man, don't worry about making mistakes. Go fly around.' ''
Against Oklahoma, Campbell made his costliest mistake of the season, and learned from it. He allowed a first-quarter, 48-yard rush when he tried to arm tackle tailback Chris Brown without running his feet and getting proper leverage. On first-and-10 from the OU 1, Brown slipped through Campbell's grasp and took off. The Sooners, who eventually lost 21-20, went on to kick a field goal.
``Calais got on me about that,'' Campbell said. ``I could have had a safety but I came in with bad leverage. I wish I could play that one over, but it's in the books now. That's not going to happen again.''
UM coach Randy Shannon praised Campbell on Sunday, saying his perseverance is finally getting dividends.
``He's a guy that's been around here a long time and probably doesn't get all the accolades or have the athletic ability as everybody else,'' Shannon said. ``But when you work hard and understand what we're trying to do, you're going to prepare yourself to make things happen.
``He's going to make mistakes, but he goes full speed and makes up for it when he makes plays for us.''
Campbell, 6-0 and 205 pounds, is the youngest of eight children -- six boys and two girls -- from Aurora, Colo., outside of Denver. Now 20, he was offered a scholarship to play linebacker for Washington, but opted to join Calais. His brother Severin is a starting defensive end at Montana. Brother Ciarre graduated last spring from Montana, where he played cornerback. Brother Raj was a receiver at Division II Adams State College in Alamosa, Colo. Jamar went to Northwestern on an academic scholarship.
Jared, warm and friendly like Calais, played in two games on special teams as a freshman. Last year he played in the opener, then was relegated to the scout team. He came on strong during the spring.
``My brothers were good at football,'' Jared said. ``In high school I got a little shine because they thought I was good. But then I came to Miami as Calais' little brother and out here I got outshined.
``You want to get your own name. You don't like when people refer to you as somebody's younger brother.''
So Campbell said he began to study film a lot more.
``I can see the game slowing down now,'' he said. ``I can see things unravel on the field, and I understand it. Coach Shannon is right. I'm athletic, but not as athletic as some other guys. I have to make up for it by going harder and going full speed.''
Defensive backs coach Wesley McGriff said Campbell always had ``an unbelievable work ethic. But now he studies film more and asks a lot of questions. He understands the checks and formations a lot better.
``Jared never complained about not being first or second team. He would grab me and say, `Coach, can you work with me for five minutes after practice?' He has made himself a much better player.''
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Oct. 20, 2009
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - After three straight non-conference wins over Oklahoma, Florida A&M and UCF, the eighth-ranked Hurricanes will return to ACC play this weekend when they play host to Clemson at Land Shark Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 3:30 p.m. The game will be televised by ABC - the `Canes third appearance on the network this season.
Miami is coming off a convincing 27-7 win over UCF last weekend in Orlando. The win secured a 5-1 start for the Hurricanes - the best start in head coach Randy Shannon's three-year tenure.
Sophomore quarterback Jacory Harris had one of his best performances against the Knights, going 20-for-26 for 293 yards and a touchdown in the 20-point victory. His 293 passing yards marked the second-highest passing total of his career, behind his season-opening 386 yard performance at FSU. On the year, Harris has passed for 1,518 yards with 11 touchdowns, seven interceptions and a 64.8 completion percentage. Heading into Saturday's game against Clemson, he ranks eighth nationally and second in the ACC in passing efficiency (157.3).
Senior running back Javarris James continues to climb the ladder in the University of Miami's all-time rushing lists. With 65 yards on the ground against UCF, James became just the seventh player in school history to reach the 2,000-yard rushing mark. He passed Frank Gore (1,975) during the UCF game for seventh place all-time and with 2,032 yards heading into the game this weekend against Clemson, he needs just 36 more yards to pass Willis McGahee (2,067) for seventh place on the rushing yardage leaders. In addition, with just three more carries, James will pass his cousin Edgerrin (474 attempts), for third place all-time on the program's rushing attempts list.
Miami's receiving trio of LaRon Byrd, Leonard Hankerson and Travis Benjamin carried the UM passing game against UCF, combining for 13 catches against the Knights. Byrd currently leads the group with 18 catches on the year, while Hankerson and Benjamin each have 15. Hankerson has a team-high 293 yards, followed by Benjamin with 280 and Byrd with 258. The threesome has also combined for five receiving touchdowns, with Hankerson and Benjamin each hauling in two apiece.
After a slow start to the season, sophomore linebacker Sean Spence has emerged over the last four games, averaging over seven tackles per game over that span. He recorded his first two sacks of the season at UCF and is currently third on the team with 34 total tackles. Ahead of him are fellow linebackers Colin McCarthy and Darry Sharpton, who have 38 and 36 tackles respectively. McCarthy recorded his first interception of the season at UCF while Sharpton nearly matched a career-high with 11 total tackles against the Knights.
GAME 7 INFORMATION
Date: Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009
Location: Land Shark Stadium (Natural Grass), (74,916) in Miami Gardens, Fla.
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. (ET)
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THE MIAMI-CLEMSON SERIES
Miami leads the all-time series with Clemson, 5-2. The series dates back to 1945, when the Hurricanes won 7-6 on Nov. 2 in Miami. It will be the first meeting between the `Canes and Tigers since Miami came away with a 36-30 win in triple overtime at Clemson in 2005.
A `CANES WIN OVER THE TIGERS WOULD GIVE...
- Improve Miami's ACC record to 3-1 this season. - Improve Miami's home record at Land Shark Stadium to 11-2 all-time and 4-0 this season. - Give the Hurricanes a fourth straight win.
Randy Shannon is in his third season as Miami's head coach and owns an overall record of 17-14. Dabo Swinney is in his second season at Clemson and has a overall record of 7-6.
BOSHER EARNS ACC WEEKLY HONOR
Punter/kicker Matt Bosher was named ACC Specialist of the Week for his performance at UCF last weekend. Bosher converted all three of his point-after-touchdown attempts and connected on two field goals in the Hurricanes' 27-7 win over the Knights in Orlando. He had a season-long 46-yard field goal in the third quarter and extended his current streak of consecutive PATs to 62 straight. Additionally, he punted four times and averaged 33.2 yards per punt, while three of his kicks were downed inside UCF's 20-yard line.
TURNING THE CORNER
Sophomore cornerback Brandon Harris is off to a strong start through the first six games of the 2009 season. He currently leads the country with 10 pass break-ups, ranks fourth on the team with 32 tackles and he recorded his first interception of the season two weeks back against Florida A&M. He tallied a career-high nine total tackles at FSU in the season-opener, earning ACC Defensive Back of the Week honors for his effort in Tallahassee. Harris, a 2009 All-ACC Academic Team member, recorded 30 total tackles and had just three passes defended in 13 games as a true freshman last season.
COASTAL DIVISION UPDATE
After opening the season with wins over No. 18 Florida State and No. 14 Georgia Tech and a loss at No. 11 Virginia Tech, the eighth-ranked Hurricanes are currently fourth in the Coastal Division with a league record of 2-1. Virginia Tech (2-0) currently leads the division with early road wins over North Carolina and Maryland. Georgia Tech, coming off an upset win at home over Virginia Tech, is second with a 4-1 mark in league play. Behind Georgia Tech, the Hokies have a 3-1 mark in league play while the `Canes sit in fourth with an record of 2-1. Duke (1-1) and North Carolina (0-2) are currently fourth and fifth respectively. With Georgia Tech's win over Virginia Tech last weekend in Atlanta, the top three teams in the Coastal in terms of national rankings (Miami, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech) have all gone 1-1 against each other.
SHANNON OFF TO HIS BEST START
With last weekend's win at UCF, the Hurricanes improved to 5-1 on the year - the best start under third-year head coach Randy Shannon. The last two seasons, the Hurricanes started off 4-2 (2007) and 3-3 (2008). Miami's 5-1 start also marks the best start for a Miami team since the 2005 Hurricanes opened the season 8-1.
MIAMI ON THE BIG STAGE
The Hurricanes came right out of the gate in 2009 with its first four games against a ranked opponent on national TV. Miami opened its season Labor Day night in Tallahassee with a 38-34 win over No. 18 Florida State, 10 days before beating No. 14 Georgia Tech, 33-17, on a ESPN Primetime Thursday contest. Three weeks ago, the `Canes suffered their only defeat of 2009, falling at No. 11 Virginia Tech on ABC before picking up their third win over a ranked opponent two weeks back with a 21-20 win over No. 8 Oklahoma in primetime on ABC. After last weekend's win over UCF on CBS College Sports, the `Canes are set to play their third game on ABC this season Saturday afternoon at Land Shark Stadium.
COASTAL DIVISION UPDATE
After opening the season with wins over No. 18 Florida State and No. 14 Georgia Tech and a loss at No. 11 Virginia Tech, the eighth-ranked Hurricanes are currently fourth in the Coastal Division with a league record of 2-1. Virginia (2-0) currently leads the division with early road wins over North Carolina and Maryland. Georgia Tech, coming off an upset win at home over Virginia Tech, is second with a 4-1 mark in league play. Behind Georgia Tech, the Hokies have a 3-1 mark in league play while the `Canes sit in fourth with a record of 2-1. Duke (1-1) and North Carolina (0-2) are currently fifth and sixth respectively. With Georgia Tech's win over Virginia Tech last weekend in Atlanta, the top three teams in the Coastal in terms of national rankings (Miami, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech) have all gone 1-1 against each other.
`CANES AT LAND SHARK
Miami is 10-2 all-time in Land Shark Stadium, going 3-0 in bowl games, 4-2 last season and 3-0 this year. The `Canes won the 1996 Carquest Bowl over Virginia, the 1998 Micron PC Bowl over NC State and the 2003 Orange Bowl over FSU before beating Charleston Southern, UCF, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech in the team's inaugural season at its new stadium. The Hurricanes opened Land Shark Stadium in 2009 with a 33-17 win over No. 14 Georgia Tech on Sept. 17 followed by victories over No. 8 Oklahoma (21-20 on Oct.3) and FAMU (48-16 on Oct. 10).
GAME TIME SET FOR WAKE FOREST GAME
The Atlantic Coast Conference announced this week that Miami's road game at Wake Forest on Saturday, Oct. 31 will kick-off at 3:30 p.m. The afternoon game at BB&T Field is slated to be televised by ABC.
MIAMI 10TH IN FIRST BCS RANKINGS
After winning five of its first six games - including three wins against ranked opponents - the University of Miami is ranked 10th in the initial Bowl Championship Series rankings. The `Canes currently have an average of .6273, right behind TCU (.7139) and LSU (.7083). Two of Miami's 2009 opponents are currently ranked in the BCS Top 15, with Georgia Tech at No.12 and Virginia Tech at No. 14.
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CLEMSON -- Tigers offensive coordinator Billy Napier is not so much concerned with the defensive scheme of Miami defensive coordinator John Lovett -- who was Clemson's defensive coordinator from 2002-04 -- as he is with Lovett's players.
"They feel like they have good enough players," Napier said, "if they are not confused and are playing fast, they can play good defense."
Sophomore Miami corner Brandon Harris is second in the nation in passes defended (11). Sophomore linebacker Sean Spence is undersized (6-0, 212), but possesses speed and fierce hitting ability, and the starting left side of Miami's defensive line , tackle Allen Bailey and Marcus Robinson, have combined for six sacks.
"They are by far the fastest defense we have faced," said C.J. Spiller.
Said Clemson quarterback Kyle Parker: "They have athletes everywhere. They are not going to confuse you with scheme."
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is hoping Parker will continue to progress after showing improvement in a season-best, 38-point outburst against Wake.
"We can't hurt ourselves," Swinney said. "Quarterback play will be critical."
The Tigers will see a polar opposite defense at Pro Player Stadium compared to the Wake defense they dominated Saturday.
Miami plays mostly man coverage, the most man coverage the Tigers will see outside of Florida State and South Carolina during the rest of the season, Napier said.
The Tigers' offensive philosophy will no doubt change, and the play action that was effective against Wake might not be quite as effective against the Hurricanes.
Miami injury woes
Miami starting strong safety Randy Phillips has missed three straight games but plans to put off shoulder surgery and return against the Tigers.
Also expected back are two-deep roster members receiver Aldarius Johnson, running back Graig Cooper and defensive end Eric Moncur, all of whom have all either been out or limited in recent weeks.
Last week, the Hurricanes lost starting corner Ryan Hill for the season.
Clemson defensive coordinator Kevin Steele praised DE Da'Quan Bowers' intelligence Tuesday, saying against Wake Forest he began allowing the 19-year-old to make adjustment calls at the line of scrimmage. … Spiller is recovering from a bum toe and his car suffered a bum tire Tuesday as he was late for interviews.
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by Jorge Milian
If the Hurricanes are going to beat Clemson on Saturday, they will have to do a far better job of pass protection than they did last week against Central Florida.
The Knights registered six sacks, a number UM offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland labeled “unacceptable.”
The last time UM allowed more sacks in a game (according to Miami’s media guide) was on November 19, 2005 when Georgia Tech dropped Kyle Wright seven times in a 14-10 upset of the Hurricanes.
Things won’t get any easier this week against a Clemson front four that sacked Wake Forest quarterback Riley Skinner five times during the Tigers’ 38-3 blowout last week. Clemson ranks third in the ACC with 17 sacks in six games. The Hurricanes have permitted 16 sacks and their average of 2.67 sacks allowed per game is tied for 95th among 120 FBS teams.
“You got to feel responsible,” starting left guard Orlando Franklin said. “That’s the quarterback. You want to protect him no matter what. I know what Jacory [Harris] means to this team.”
An injury to Harris would almost certainly ruin the Hurricanes’ season. Harris has been sacked 12 times in the last three games [including a game against Division I-AA Florida A&M] and if that continues Harris might not make it through UM’s final six regular-season games.
Coaches and players said this week that the six sacks by UCF were the result of several things from bad communication to Harris holding the ball too long to the Knights’ unexpected blitzing scheme.
Stoutland doesn’t want to hear excuses.
“It’s everybody’s fault,” Stoutland said this week. “The offensive line, that’s what we do. We keep the chief clean and we take pride in that. Six sacks in unacceptable.”
Part of the problem is that UM used only five offensive linemen for nearly the entire game against UCF. Franklin, center A.J. Trump and tackles Jason Fox and Matt Pipho have played virtually every snap this season.
UM will be boosted by the return of starting right guard Joel Figueroa, who was sidelined last week. But Miami’s coaches have not shown much confidence in the team’s young reserve linemen, which includes sophomore Tyler Horn and freshmen Ben Jones and Brandon Washington.
“Those three players are going to have to get involved because the tires by the end of the season are going to get [worn],” Stoutland said of his starters.
A few other notes:
……UM coach Randy Shannon said senior middle linebacker Darryl Sharpton is playing better than he ever has. Sharpton is second on the team with 36 tackles and had a game-high 11 stops against UCF. “He’s now becoming the middle linebacker that we all expected Darryl to be,” Shannon said. “We’re excited about the way he’s playing. At the beginning of the season, he was feeling his way through. Now, he’s getting into his groove and I think he’s going to finish up strong.” Sharpton, 6-feet and 235 pounds, is probably UM’s fiercest hitter since Ray Lewis. “He can hit,” Shannon said. “He’s very powerful, one of the most powerful guys I’ve seen in a long time.”
…..Freshman receiver Tommy Streeter has caught four passes for 67 yards (16.8 average) in his last two games, but may see his snaps reduced this week with the return of Aldarius Johnson from an injury. Still, Streeter has caught the attention of UM’s coaching staff in more ways than one. “Tommy is doing a great job for us, not just as a receiver, but on special teams,” Shannon said. “And he’s doing a great job catching the ball and blocking. The one thing I will say about him is that he never lost hope. Yeah, he may get down because he’s not in the two-deep, but when he got the opportunity, he proved to us that we had to play him. I tell guys, ‘Make us play you,’ and that’s what Tommy did. He told us, ‘Put me on special teams. I’ll go down and tackle somebody.’ And he has.”
…..Clemson might be the only team in the ACC that could win a collective footrace against Miami. ”We’ve got some guys that can run,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said Wednesday. “I think we match up well with them from an athleticism and speed standpoint. When I look at them on defense, it’s like getting ready to go to practice because we’ve got some guys that can get after it on the defensive side of the ball. We’re used to seeing that. I don’t think either team will be overwhelmed by the speed and athleticism of each other.”
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T. Johnson has found role on offense
When Tervaris Johnson was switched from the secondary to tight end in the spring of 2008, Joe Pannunzio took it as if the 6-3, 240-pound senior was being given his last chance to make something of himself as a Hurricane.
“When they gave him to me, I was like ‘All right I guess they’re giving him to me to run him the hell out of here,’” Pannunzio joked Wednesday morning. “Next thing I know he’s playing. Thank god we got him.”
According to Pannunzio Johnson is UM’s “most unsung hero on offense.” With fullback Patrick Hill injured and tight end Richard Gordon out for the season, Johnson has stepped up and filled a big void for the Hurricanes as a blocking back and tight end. He’s caught two passes for 24 yards and made a few big blocks according to his position coach.
“He does all the things nobody else sees and all the little things that really make us function,” Pannunzio said. “He’s probably the most improved guy – he is the most improved guy I have. He blocks when we need him to block. He’s made a couple catches when we’ve needed him to catch. He’s been a huge, huge factor for us. The other day [at UCF] we’re on the goal line with a quick play, sweep play and he just buries the edge. He’s a guy if you were lucky enough to come back and watch the films you’d say that 23 has something to him. I’m really proud of how he’s developed.”
Of course, this wasn’t how Johnson’s career was supposed to pan out. Considered the fourth best safety in the country by Rivals during his senior year at Monsignor Pace, Johnson wowed UM coaches when he earned Defensive MVP honors at their 2005 summer camp. But much like Damien Berry, who came to UM as a safety, Johnson has found new life in the Canes backfield.
“Whether I’m blocking or running routes, I know my role and I’m all for the team,” Johnson said. “Blocking was the biggest thing people thought was going to be a problem for me. But coming from the defensive side of the ball, I’m aggressive. It wasn’t a problem with me.”
Johnson said what he enjoys most about where he’s playing now are the mismatches he can create because of his speed and ability. Johnson was a force on offense in high school. I was there the day he caught a long pass in the 2003 Class 3A state championship to set up the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter as a sophomore. But he has no regrets the way his career has gone.
“To me, I’ve finally found a place,” Johnson said. “The coaches feel I’m versatile. I’ll help the team wherever I can.”
PANNUNZIO TALKS SPECIAL TEAMS/TIGHT ENDS: While most fans feel Pannunzio hasn’t done a very good job as the special teams coordinator, UM’s stats tell somewhat of a different story.
> While UM’s kickoff coverage against Florida State and Georgia Tech was atrocious, the Canes have gotten a lot better over their last four games as walk-on Alex Uribe has settled into his new job. While the Yellow Jackets and Seminoles enjoyed an average field position of the 40-yard line and nearly a 22-yard average on returns, UM has been much better since. Opponents have averaged just 19 yards a return and have had an average field position following kickoffs of their own 26-yard line over the last four games. Opponents have returned it beyond their own 40 just once (FAMU’s LeRoy Vann returned it to the 45), and eight times beyond their own 30. The other 12 kickoffs have been returned for less than that.
> Matt Bosher has punted 22 times this season. He’s had one blocked and another snap sail over his head. But of the 22 he’s put his foot on, only three have really been returned. Oklahoma’s Dominique Franks brought one back 51 yards to the UM 48. That return alone accounted for most of the 14.3 yard average opponents have had. Of the other 19 punts Bosher has delivered: seven have resulted in fair catches, six were downed, two went out bounds, two were touchbacks and two were fumbles recovered by the receiving team.
> Continuing to do a good job on kickoff and punt coverage will be important this week against C.J. Spiller and Jacoby Ford, two spectacular athletes with track speed and tremendous ability in the open field. They’ve combined to return nine kicks or punts back in their careers for scores. Clemson ranks seventh in punt returns and eighth in kickoff returns nationally.
“They’re talented guys,” Pannunzio said. “[Ford] is every bit as good as Eddie [Royal] was for Virginia Tech. That guy could run me out of this job if we don’t hem him up.”
> Pannunzio agreed with UM coach Randy Shannon, who said what has made Uribe effective on kickoffs has been “hangtime.”
“It seems like since they changed the rule and move the ball back to the 30, your not getting the touch backs you used to have,” Pannunzio said. “The ball would go out the back of the end zone. Now, these balls are getting returned. The same thing is happening in the NFL. So, you need to really make sure your guys get down there to cover. [Spiller and Ford] aren’t guys you are going to bring down with one guy. You need to get two or three guys around them.”
> Pannunzio stressed what a huge loss Jordan Futch (torn ACL) was to UM’s special teams two weeks ago. “On kickoff returns he made our kickoff return go because he would take on double teams,” Pannunzio said. “On kickoff coverage he was a wild man, go and take out the wedge and everybody else would clean up. We have to find a guy. We probably don’t have that guy just yet. The guys who have to step up and do that are Ray Buchanon, Ray Ray Armstrong, Arthur Brown, Kylan Robinson and CJ Holton. Those guys have to develop and take over that role Jordan had for us.”
> While Corey Nelms has provided a jolt to the special teams as a walk-on, UM’s most productive tackler on special teams is actually sophomore Arthur Brown. I went through all six games and tallied up who had solo and a.ssisted tackles on punts and kickoffs. AB is the man. Here are the totals: Arthur Brown 4 1/2, Alex Uribe 4, Damien Berry 3 1/2, CJ Holton 3, Matt Bosher 3, Ray Buchanon 2 1/2, Corey Nelms 2 1/2, Ray Ray Armstrong 2, DeMarcus Van Dyke 2, Sam Shields 2, Jordan Futch 1 1/2, Lee Chambers 1/2, Brandon McGee 1/2, Ryan Hill 1/2, Kylan Robinson 1/2, Kendall Thompkins 1/2, John Calhoun 1/2, Tommy Streeter 1/2.
> Pannunzio said redshirt freshman Jake Wieclaw is continuing to work on strengthening his leg. “His thing is he’s a real accurate field goal guy and you have to play to your kids strengths,” Pannunzio said. “That’s what he really does good. He’s a guy whose leg strength isn’t exactly what you’d want. A year ago nobody – including myself – put Alex Uribe in this mix. But kids develop and things change. He’s got to work on his leg strength.”
> As for the tight end position, freshman Billy Sanders is currently the only player expected back at the position next year. Pannunzio said Sanders is benefiting from being the only tight end on the scout team. “When you factor in my bad coaching,” Pannunzio said. “We got to make sure we get a lot of good players [in recruiting].”
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TIM REYNOLDS AP Sports Writer
October 22, 2009 | 1:20 p.m.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Jacory Harris came into this season as Miami's cover story, the quarterback who was featured prominently in newspapers and magazines, on televisions and across the Internet.
The perception, he feared, was that some figured he was Miami's lone hope for success.
If it existed, it wasn't correct.
The eighth-ranked Hurricanes are having a slew of unknowns entering the year emerge as key players, including linebacker Darryl Sharpton, defensive tackle Joe Joseph, safeties Vaughn Telemaque and Jared Campbell, special teams standout Cory Nelms, running back Damien Berry and tight end Jimmy Graham — most of whom hadn't done much, if anything, for Miami before this season.
So now, Harris feels more at ease, no longer thinking all eyes watching Miami are only on him.
"It's real great," Harris said. "You don't want all the attention on you. You just want to go out there and help your team win games. That's what I'm all about. As long as I do enough to help my team, I'm perfectly fine with that. It's not about me."
Well, not entirely.
He's still the quarterback at 'Quarterback U,' and will lead Miami (5-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) on Saturday against Clemson (3-3, 2-2). The Hurricanes haven't gotten off to a 6-1 start since 2005; perhaps coincidentally, that was the last season they faced the Tigers.
"There's a lot of guys who weren't on the radar who have stepped up and done good jobs," Miami coach Randy Shannon said. "That makes a big difference in what we're trying to get done. We've got a lot of guys who've really stepped up and who don't get the publicity and recognition like some other guys."
Clemson's defensive game plan, though, starts with talking about Harris.
The sophomore has had only one rough game this season — the one Miami lost at Virginia Tech. In the Hurricanes' five wins, he's completed 96 of 137 passes (70.1 percent) for 1,368 yards and 11 touchdowns. In the one loss, he was 9 of 25 for 150 yards with no touchdowns.
"We've got to get to him," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. "We've got to hit him. ... We can't let him get comfortable. If we do, it will be a long day on South Beach. It's critical that we can affect him. We have to win matchups."
But it solely hasn't been The Jacory Show for Miami so far in 2009.
The Hurricanes have had 16 different players already catch passes this season, so Harris has no shortage of targets. Javarris James, Graig Cooper and Berry all have rushed for at least 93 yards in a game. Telemaque and Campbell have blossomed in an injury-riddled secondary of late, Graham has a team-best three TD catches, Joseph has already topped most of his numbers for an entire season ... and the list goes on and on.
"Hey, I'm just a part of this team, and that's all I want to be," Harris said. "I wasn't aggravated by all the attention, but I was a little bit annoyed, because I haven't done anything yet. Everything coming into the year was based off of hype and I don't want that to be the downfall for me, so I understood, but I wanted to show what I could do first."
Harris' teammates say there's no question: He's the leader, period.
But at the same time, the difference for Miami this year, those same players say, is that someone new is stepping up each week.
"This is the University of Miami. We're always going to have players," left guard Orlando Franklin said. "It may take players a little bit longer to develop, but if you're here, you definitely belong here. And you definitely need to take care of business and do what you're supposed to do on the field. Now those guys are coming into that room and taking care what they need to take care of."
For his part, Harris said the attention hasn't been much of a positive or a negative. It's always going to be there, he said, win or lose.
"I just clear my mind and focus on what I need to do, what's the job at hand," Harris said. "That's just the type of guy I am."
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