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 06-18-2007, 01:42 PM         #1541
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Aldarius is my n*gga, Coaches need to handle that sh*t right away.. Hes gonna beast.. South Florida=LOCKED DOWN
 10 years ago '04        #1542
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need to turn this sh*t into the Miami Fan Base
 10 years ago '06        #1543
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Is Leonard Hankerson just as good as Aldarius? I saw Hankerson play and was very impressed. They seem to be the same type of player.
 06-18-2007, 02:33 PM         #1544
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 UknowWhatItIs said:
need to turn this sh*t into the Miami Fan Base

so true



I gotta see this kid more Hankerson was a beast and him and Doug Wiggins I think will be the best out of that class.. I think Hankerson has a chance to be one of the best WR out of that whole class. Really slept on, hes a perfect reason the star system sometimes is fu*ked up
 06-18-2007, 07:10 PM         #1545
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June 18, 2007

Matt Hayes

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Look for Miami to move its home games to Dolphin Stadium beginning in 2008. Although the university's lease with the Orange Bowl is through 2009, the Canes will pay to break it and move to the upscale stadium 15 miles north of the Coral Gables campus. The city of Miami has offered to make $200 million in renovations to the Orange Bowl, but university officials aren't convinced that's enough. Recruiting has suffered because the dilapidated facility is among the worst in the nation. . . .
 10 years ago '04        #1546
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heard Aldarius is supposed to commit tommorow so stand by and see what happens....
 06-19-2007, 02:12 PM         #1547
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June 19, 2007


Patrick Nix scoffs at the notion that Miami will need a couple more years to move back into national title contention.

He didn't agree with it when he was coaching against the Hurricanes.

And he certainly doesn't believe it now that new Miami coach Randy Shannon has hired him as the Hurricanes' offensive coordinator.

"Every game we walk into, we expect to win," Nix said. "That's the way it is. That's the way it always has been. And that's the way it probably will be for a long time."

While it's easy to dismiss those comments as the overenthusiastic boasts of a new employee, Nix was well aware of Miami's talent level long before he arrived in Coral Gables.

As the former Georgia Tech offensive coordinator, Nix doesn't need a long memory to recall Miami's last flirtation with a national championship. Nix was at the Orange Bowl in November 2005 when the Yellow Jackets faced a Miami team with legitimate title aspirations.

"The funny thing is people think Miami all of a sudden is awful, not any good and on the slide," Nix said. "Last year things happened and it wasn't a good year. But the year before that, going into the 10th game of the year, they were the third-ranked team in the country - and people thought they were the best team in the country."


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Kyle Wright has struggled to live up to his five-star billing.
That 2005 game with Georgia Tech represented a turning point for Miami's program.

Georgia Tech upset Miami 14-10 that night to knock the Hurricanes out of title contention. That loss started a 16-game stretch in which Miami has gone 8-8, including a 7-6 mark last year that cost former head coach Larry Coker his job.

That's a humbling fall for a program that had gone 67-8 in its previous 75 games.

Defense hasn't been the problem. Miami allowed just 15.5 points per game last year and ranked seventh in the nation in total defense.

But the Hurricanes have averaged just 10.6 points per game in their last 11 losses. Miami has exceeded the 17-point mark in just one of those games – a 30-23 setback at Georgia Tech last season.

Nix now takes over as the third offensive coordinator in as many years for a team that still doesn't know the identity of its starting quarterback.

"Last year left a bitter taste in our mouths," senior offensive guard Derrick Morse said. "We're ready to go out and play again and prove we have what it takes to be a dominant offense."

That's coming from a guy with a pretty strict definition of dominant.

"Obviously our goal is to have an offense like 2001, where you just go out there knowing we can compete with and beat everybody," Morse said. "Ultimately that's everybody's goal. We just want to be that dominant force."

The Hurricanes scored at least 500 points - counting bowl games - in three consecutive seasons from 2000-02, including the national championship season of 2001. Those years represent the three highest single-season point totals in school history.

Miami hasn't scored more than 353 points in any of the four seasons since.

The Hurricanes averaged only 19.6 points per game last year to rank 87th out of 119 Division I-A teams in scoring offense. By contrast, Miami failed to break the 20-point mark just once - in an 18-7 victory over Boston College - during that glorious 2000-02 run.

Of course, those record-setting seasons occurred back when Miami played in the Big East. The Hurricanes now play in the Atlantic Coast Conference, where points come at much more of a premium.

Clemson was the only ACC representative ranked among the top 49 Division I-A programs in total offense last season. Five ACC teams finished among the top 18 in total defense.

"That's the way it is in the whole ACC,'' Nix said. "There's not a team in the ACC where generally you're not talking about their defense more than their offense. This conference is a defensive conference right now.''

WINDS OF CHANGE
Miami had the most fearsome offense in the nation at the start of the decade, but the Hurricanes have struggled to score points the last four seasons. Here's a year-by-year look at Miami's point total and where it ranked nationally in scoring offense each year.
Year Total Points Points/Gm. NCAA rank Record
2000 506 42.2 *2nd 11-1
2001 512 42.7 *3rd 12-0
2002 527 40.5 3rd 12-1
2003 361 27.8 51st 11-2
2004 380 31.7 21st 9-3
2005 325 27.1 55th 9-3
2006 255 19.6 87th 7-6
* - Bowl games weren't included in the NCAA official statistics until the 2002 season. The 2000 and 2001 averages on the chart include the results of the bowl game, but they aren't reflected in the official NCAA rankings. The NCAA officially lists Miami as averaging 42.7 points through 11 games in 2000 and 43.2 points through 11 games in 2001.
When you're going up against those types of defenses every week, it's tough for any team to average more than 30 points per game. But the Hurricanes still could show plenty of improvement - even if they don't threaten to break the 500-point mark this fall.

Miami failed to win the turnover battle in any of its six losses last year. No wonder Nix has emphasized the importance of avoiding mistakes.

"Our offense has to understand what our role is," Nix said. "We're not going out and trying to break records. You want to score and do those things, but you've got to be smart sometimes so you don't put yourselves in bad situations that give other teams a chance to (score).''

That doesn't mean Nix is overly cautious.

Georgia Tech finished third in the ACC in total offense last year in Nix's only season as the Jackets' chief play caller. Although Nix spent three seasons as Georgia Tech's offensive coordinator, head coach Chan Gailey handled the majority of the play-calling responsibilities until last year.

The Jackets' season included that 30-23 victory over Miami, which made Georgia Tech one of only two teams - Louisville was the other - to score more than 20 points against the Hurricanes.

 06-19-2007, 02:12 PM         #1548
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"Patrick Nix did a great job last year adjusting to what we did as a defense," said Shannon, who spent the last six seasons as Miami's defensive coordinator. "And as we adjusted on defense, he adjusted on offense again to keep us off balance. Imagine what he'll do against other defenses."

Nix proved last year he knows how to get the ball to a team's top playmaker.

Georgia Tech had received plenty of criticism before last season for not using All-America receiver Calvin Johnson often enough. Johnson caught 76 passes for 1,202 yards and 15 touchdowns last season to shatter his previous career highs in all three categories. However, Johnson was held without a catch against Clemson and had only one reception against Georgia.

"The biggest thing I learned is the game doesn't revolve around one person," Nix said. "Last year at times we got ourselves into trouble trying to force it in to him too much when they double- and triple-teamed him. There were other opportunities and other things open, and we were sitting there thinking we've got to get the ball to Calvin. It put him in bad situations and put (quarterback) Reggie (Ball) in a bad position.

"You have to use everybody. It's not just a one-man show. But at the same time, you do have to understand and realize how important it is to use the guys you do have."

Before he can get the ball to his playmakers at Miami, Nix must identify them.

WHO'S THE QUARTERBACK?
Miami offensive coordinator Patrick Nix's biggest preseason dilemma is to help decide on the Hurricanes' starting quarterback. Senior Kyle Wright and junior Kirby Freeman received ample playing time last fall. Here's a look at the year-by-year statistics of both players.
KIRBY FREEMAN
Year Comp. Att. Yards TDs INTs Rushes Yards TDs
2005 15 31 183 2 2 8 38 0
2006 59 108 872 7 8 41 109 1
Totals 74 139 1,055 9 10 49 147 1
KYLE WRIGHT
Year Comp. Att. Yards TDs INTs Rushes Yards TDs
2004 5 9 30 0 0 7 -43 0
2005 180 307 2,403 18 10 64 -101 1
2006 152 250 1,655 8 7 49 -21 0
Totals 337 566 4,058 26 17 120 -165 1
Miami returns nobody who caught more than 37 passes last year, though former five-star prospect Lance Leggett bounced back from a disappointing 2005 and showed signs of living up to his promise. Miami's top weapon on offense last year was Greg Olsen, an underutilized tight end who went to the Chicago Bears in the first round of the NFL Draft.

Nix acknowledged the team's lack of depth on offense, but he still believes the Hurricanes have enough talent to challenge for conference supremacy.

"I don't think the number of guys we have here is quite what we want and expect for the future," Nix said, "but there is enough here that if we stay healthy, we'll be in every game and we'll give ourselves a chance to win every game."

The Hurricanes also must choose a starting quarterback.

Kyle Wright has started each of the last two years, but he missed the final four games of the 2006 season with a broken thumb. Kirby Freeman replaced Wright and led Miami to victories over Boston College and Nevada in the Hurricanes' final two games.

Freeman provides more mobility, but he also has thrown more interceptions than touchdown passes in his career. The Hurricanes might not declare a winner of this competition until shortly before the Sept. 1 season opener against Marshall.

"There's no timetable right now on who's going to be named the starter," said Nix, the starting quarterback at Auburn from 1993-94. "We're going to let it play its way out and just see what happens in the fall. I don't think it will happen early. It will probably be closer to a game-time or game-week decision."

Nix might remain unsure about Miami's quarterback situation, but he's much more certain about one thing. The tumult of 2006 hasn't done irreparable harm to the Hurricanes' confidence.

"I'll tell you this," Nix said. "I wouldn't spend my hours in this office if we didn't think we could go out there and win every game. I'm not going to say we're going to do it. I don't know. We'll have to play them on the field. But if I didn't think we could do it, I'd be spending more time with my family and I don't think those kids would be out there k!lling themselves to get ready for the season like they're doing."

That represents quite a proclamation regarding a team that barely finished over .500 last season.

Nix now wants to see his offense make a similar statement on the field.
 06-19-2007, 02:25 PM         #1549
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 10 years ago '04        #1550
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 RakimAllahNY said:

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i'm jackin that right quick, lol
 10 years ago '04        #1551
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 RakimAllahNY said:

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ahh sweet.. i'm taking one of em
 06-20-2007, 08:29 AM         #1552
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 RakimAllahNY said:
June 18, 2007

Matt Hayes

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Look for Miami to move its home games to Dolphin Stadium beginning in 2008. Although the university's lease with the Orange Bowl is through 2009, the Canes will pay to break it and move to the upscale stadium 15 miles north of the Coral Gables campus. The city of Miami has offered to make $200 million in renovations to the Orange Bowl, but university officials aren't convinced that's enough. Recruiting has suffered because the dilapidated facility is among the worst in the nation. . . .

I hope we Stay in the O.B.

I dont see the move to Dolphin Stadium with too many positives..
 06-20-2007, 08:33 AM         #1553
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i'm jackin that right quick, lol
Took it too..
 10 years ago '04        #1554
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had to take it to...lol

now lets see if i can get it to work
 10 years ago '05        #1555
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fear the spear.
 10 years ago '04        #1556
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 06-20-2007, 12:50 PM         #1557
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 stillsouf said:
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fu*k out here with that gay sh*t..
 06-20-2007, 01:46 PM         #1558
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Its good to see that bar in everyones sig we run the BX..

 06-20-2007, 01:47 PM         #1559
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June 20, 2007

Matt Shodell, CaneSport Magazine

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Randy Shannon has already landed 10 commitments for the Class of 2008.

And two of the more recent commits – Jordan Futch and Jacory Harris – are working together to make sure the rest of the class fills out as strongly as possible.


Futch says he is working hard on 10 recruits to try and get them to UM
"I just got off the phone with Jordan," Harris said. "We're trying to get guys to come to Miami with us. We just talk about how great things are in the future, how everything's going to turn out good if all of us decide to go to this one place, how we can bring Miami back to the old days."

For his part, Futch says he's after 10 recruits to choose UM. And he says there are "three top, top playes from right here down in Miami" that he thinks are already planning to come.

He's not identifying the players to preserve their right to announce when they are ready.

"I'm working pretty strong, telling guys to come along with me," Futch said. "The selling point is that family environment where everyone's together. It's not only just one offense and one defense; it's a whole family-oriented team."

What kind of feedback is Futch getting when he sells fellow recruits on the Miami program?

"It looks like everyone wants to come on board," Futch said. "It's just a case of people keeping their options open right now. There's a lot of great programs out there. At the same time a lot of them are very, very interested in us."

He says, of the 10 recruits he's working on hardest, "I'd say eight for sure come to Miami."

If you played the `Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon' game with Futch or Harris, about every top player in Broward and Dade County would be represented.

"My mom's best friend is Jacory's aunt, and I played on the same Optimist team with Aldarius (Johnson)," Futch said. "I played against Brandon Harris, Davon Johnson, all those guys. Even up to Palm Beach, I know people up there from my family, and Jacory knows people there, too."

For his part, Jacory Harris is getting ready to work hard on landing other offensive playmakers.

"I texted DJ [Davon Johnson] and said `Whenever you feel like you want to make that choice, that's your decision, go with it wherever you want to go,'" Harris said. "I'm not going to say `Just come to Miami, come to Miami.' It's where you feel comfortable."

But Harris says he'll take a different approach with a handful of his teammates that have UM offers.

"I'm just telling them to come to Miami with me," he said. "Most likely they'll be coming with me. I'm not too much worried about it. They're going to come."

Harris says he'll "personally drive" teammate Aldarius Johnson to UM if the receiver isn't publicly committed soon.

For his part, Futch sees this recruiting class as a turning point for UM's program.

"I would say this class is the key to UM's success in the future," he said. "This class right here, being that it's coach (Randy) Shannon's first class as head coach, this is an important, key class that will set Miami up to be like the old Miami teams and better. That's the goal. And this class is what needs to happen.

"We have guys like Kayne (Farquharson), Demarcus (VanDyke), key players, a quarterback like Robert Marve this year, but this class is the backdrop that will set that initial punch. It's up to us to turn it around."

What will happen if this class turns out the way Futch and Harris envision?

"Coach Shannon said if we get all the guys from Pahokee down, who can stop us?" Futch said. "We get all those guys, the U can't lose.

"We're going to shock the NCAA."
 06-20-2007, 02:08 PM         #1560
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June 20, 2007

Brian Mohr
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Four-star wide receiver T.J. Lawrence has come up with a top five. The Lakeland (Fla.) Kathleen wideout holds offers from all five schools. Despite announcing favorites the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder will wait on making a decision.


Lawrence continues to favor Boise State and Virginia Tech.
"I would say I have a top five and it would probably be Virginia Tech, Boise State, Boston College, Miami and Iowa," he said. "Boston College is big because my quarterback is going there, Dominique Davis (2007). I already have the chemistry going with him. Iowa I like because I would probably be the tallest wide receiver there, while Miami puts a lot of receivers into the NFL.

"As for Virginia Tech and Boise State, I've liked them from the start. I'm not really favoring one over the other, but I may go to officials to both. I like Boise's whole program. They were No. 4 in the country last year and are on the rise.

"Virginia Tech's defense is No. 1 in the country and they are looking at me as a cornerback. They have so many players returning and I've been in regular contact with coach Gray. He's a cool person, one of the coolest coaches I know."

Although Lawrence isn't sure about taking any more unofficials, he confirmed that he will take all five of his officials this fall before making a decision after the season.

Recently the Rivals250 prospect attended camp at Troy.

"It was pretty tight and I did well," he said. "The coaches there said I'd start right away and overall it was a nice camp.

"Right now the only other camp I know of this summer is with my team. We're doing seven-on-sevens at South Florida."

Lawrence accounted for 1,245 yards receiving and 15 total touchdowns last season. He added 40 tackles, two sacks and five interceptions on defense.
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