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 10 years ago '05        #1661
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 Cap Peeler said:
Yup. I think he calls himself G-Reg or something like that That boy G
 07-04-2007, 10:00 PM         #1662
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Johnson and two 4 star OLB.. But don't take it to the bank, its just rumors
 10 years ago '05        #1663
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 madness said:
was he? i know tavares gooden was on there
yea g-reg = olsen
next dude big beast = beason
last dude didnt catch his name = meriweather

but i wouldnt bet my life on beason and meriweather thats according to some kid on you tube

 07-05-2007, 06:16 PM         #1664
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Heres one of those OLB.. CHEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

July 5, 2007

Matt Shodell, CaneSport Magazine

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When Melbourne (FL) Palm Bay High School LB Ramon Buchanon decided he wanted to become a Hurricane two days ago, he picked up his cell phone.

But he didn't make a call.

He sent a text message.

"I texted coach (Michael) Barrow that I was committing," Buchanon said. "He texted back like, `I'm about to jump out of my car.'"

Buchanon called Barrow later that night.

"He was excited," the 6-foot-1, 195-pounder said. "I wanted to go there because they have my major and I like their coaches. Coach Barrow, he's real cool."

Buchanon, who attended Miami's spring game unofficially, says he could play strong safety at the next level but that he's being recruited as a linebacker.

He lists over 15 offers, including the likes of USC, Florida and LSU.

He says those three schools will all get official visits from him as well as UM and Wake Forest.

Asked the chances he will stick by Miami in the end, he answers honestly: "I'm not sure. I'll know for sure after my visits."

Palm Bay has been a pipeline for UF in the past, and with his UM commitment Buchanon says "it's kind of tough – there's a lot of Florida fans around."

He says the commitment only "takes a little bit of weight off my shoulders."

As a junior Buchanon finished with over 100 tackles and 10 sacks.

He says he hears the most comparisons in his play to Reggie Nelson, who chose Florida out of Palm Bay.
 10 years ago '04        #1665
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Mining For Diamonds
Been dying to see Eddie Rios in action for nearly three years now, ever since I first heard of the South Florida prep superstar back in 2004. My curiosity prompted me to check out the Pharmed Summer league on Tuesday night.

While I was there to see Rios - the Hurricanes incoming freshman who had a so-so showing in his team's disappointing overtime loss - I left thoroughly impressed with another Miami newcomer because California JUCO transfer Lance Hurdle was BALLIN!

Hurdle's Red team, which also features senior forward Raymond Hicks, beat James Dews and Adrian Thomas' Black squad 91-81 thanks to Hurdle's eight 3-pointers. That's right, EIGHT. While I must admit he was hot that night, his jumper had great arc on it, which makes me think it wasn't much of a fluke that he was draining them from NBA range.

Hurdle, who UM learned has a 43-inch vertical when he arrived on campus, also caught an alley-oop from half-court and jammed it down with authority. What really intrigues me is that I didn't get to see him do what he supposedly does best, which is attack the basket (summer league games are about shooting jumpers because no one wants to get hurt).

His new teammates Jack McClinton and Anthony King where there to watch him drop 33 points on a team that features Dews, Thomas, two FIU players, four BCC guys and three Lynn University players. And just like the small crowd, Hurdle's play made McClinton and King leave their seats a couple of times. I must admit, I was on my feet on a few occasions myself.

Hurdle's game served as yet an another example to me that Frank Haith knows how to find himself some gems. That's why I have to believe there's some master plan he has brewing with the two big man pickups Haith landed this week.

Landing a commitment from California stud Tyreese Breshers (CLICK HERE FOR THE STORY) is the first major flexing of the recruiting rep Haith came to Miami with. This undersized power forward, who is often compared to Charles Barkley and former Boston College standout Craig Smith, is coming a looooong way to be a Hurricane, and he admitted Haith has a lot to do with him pledging to make that cross-continent trek.

As for the addition of Cyrus McGowan, who will transfer from Arkansas to UM (CLICK HERE FOR STORY) , seems to be a quick fix for the departure of senior forward Anthony King, who will get another shot at his senior season this year. McGowan did little at Arkansas, but he comes in with some stellar prep credentials. Better than any a UM post player has entered the program with since Elton Tyler. Now, can Haith and his staff use this season to polish him up for 2008-09, which in my mind is the year the Hurricanes make a push for hoops prominence?

Speaking of polishing up, maybe I caught Rios on an off night, but based on what I saw Tuesday night his game needs some spit shining if he's going to be a major contributor immediately. His shot was totally off, and he wasn't afraid to keep jacking them up. The bottom line was he was trying to do too much. But Rios did made some very nice passes that made you see the potential. Is he further along than Denis Clemente was as a freshman? I have to believe so because U could see he had great rotation on his shots (Clemente's shot was flat), and he can effectively get to the basket, and has the body to handle contact and finish.

But as of right now I'm banking on a backcourt of McClinton and Hurdle, with Dews (who dropped 22 in the game and showed off a nice jumper) being the first guard off the bench.

I plan to give Rios a do-over, watching him compete again against college competition in some more Pharmed League games - which are played at Florida International each Monday and Wednesday night (admission is free). I must admit, I also want to see if Hurdle can repeat Tuesday night's performance, or at least come close. If he can UM might be ready to turn the corner this season.

If U have the opportunity I'd recommend checking out the six UM guys playing too. It's a great fix for hoops junkies like myself, and a pretty good training ground for young players.

Deuces.
 10 years ago '07        #1666
sonof504 3 heat pts
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at Greg Olsen rapping

He any good?
 10 years ago '04        #1667
Cap Peeler 7 heat pts
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 sonof504 said:
at Greg Olsen rapping

He any good?

I think he had the best lines, it's something like this :

What's your name ?

G-Reg

What you do?

Get head

How you do it?

Drop my drawers and let her see me third leg

Chillin on the 7th floor

I gotta let these chickens know

Big Greg is in the house

And I finna make these hoes choke

On my balls, on my d*ck

Then I bust a nut quick

On her face, on her chest


Stick my d*ck between her brea$ts

Come on fellas lets get weird

Stick your d*ck up in her ear

While I’m laughin’ at these guys

A second nut all in her eyes

Wait a minute, in her eyes?

In her eye





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 10 years ago '07        #1668
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 07-07-2007, 02:04 AM         #1669
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July 6, 2007

CaneSport.com Staff

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July 4 was Independence Day ... for the Miami Hurricane offense.

The offense broke free for numerous big plays in the second 7-on-7 session of the summer, held the morning of July 4.


Marve set off a wild celebration with a picture-perfect TD pass to Jermaine McKenzie
"That was real exciting," offensive lineman Chris Rutledge said. "We were out there doing (individual line) drills and we kept hearing the offense getting excited over in 7-on-7's. So we decided once they scored again we were going to run over there and make a big ruckus, make it fun."

Before long the entire team had gathered around the practice field, offense on one side and defense on the other. They cheered and celebrated big plays on both sides.

Most of those plays came from the offense.

The biggest celebrations came during two-minute drills at the end of the day's work. In six attempts to drive 50 yards for a touchdown, the offense came away with four touchdowns.

Two of those were scoring passes from Kirby Freeman to Lance Leggett; another came from Kyle Wright to Darnell Jenkins; and the final touchdown came from true freshman Robert Marve to fellow freshman Jermaine McKenzie.

"That was exciting," offensive lineman Jason Fox said. "Especially with all these freshmen coming in – the receivers, the linemen, Marve – it brings a lot of excitement when you see young guys coming like that and showing they probably can contribute right away. I can't wait to see what happens."

Rutledge added, "It was nice to see our offense moving and scoring, kind of doing it with ease. That says a lot about how our offense is coming along, especially with the young receivers. This is the most excited I've ever been at a practice.

"Watching Lance, Sam (Shields), Ryan (Hill), Khalil (Jones), George Robinson, the younger guys – they're all stepping up."

Freshman Graig Cooper says the touchdowns are an indication that Patrick Nix's new offense is kicking into high gear.

"It's our new offense, everybody learning it," Cooper said. "We're watching film, everything."

Offensive players posed in the end zone for mock photos after the touchdowns.

"We kind of just spiced it up a little bit," freshman OL Orlando Franklin said. "When we made a big play we'd all run on the field. We were just trying to have fun, celebrate if we do something good."

Fox says it was the most fun he can remember having at an official or unofficial practice at UM.

"That practice was a blast, that was probably the most fun I've ever had in a workout here," Fox said. "Everybody was relaxed but still getting work done, and that's important. That's the mood coach (Randy) Shannon and coach (Andreu) Swasey bring to this team – work hard and get your work done, but you're also out here to have fun."

The offense did have a slight jump on the defense: The offense prepared for 7-on-7's by holding six sessions by themselves with no defense present before the first "official" 7-on-7 with the defense on the field.

It certainly paid off.

"They got off, I'm not going to lie – the offense did their thing," cornerback Bruce Johnson said. "They're coming together and they're working as one together. I know we have to tighten up on defense. We'll be alright."

* Players say Darnell Jenkins is in the best shape of his life and is making play after play in practices. Players also mentioned McKenzie as the freshman receiver who so far has made the biggest impact.

They also say Marve has impressed with his precise passes and strong arm. One of his passes landed so hard in freshman receiver Leonard Hankerson's chest that players swear the thud could be heard around all corners of Greentree Practice Field.
 07-07-2007, 02:06 AM         #1670
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July 5, 2007

Gary Ferman, CaneSport Magazine

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Miami Northwestern product Aldarius Johnson had planned to announce a commitment by now.

But those plans are on hold.

"I haven't committed anywhere yet and I have no time line for doing it," he said.

The holdup?

"I talked with my folks and they said not to rush and do it," he said.

Johnson lists his three frontrunners as Miami, Florida and LSU. He says coaches from those schools are the only coaches he speaks with.

He says the Canes now have "a little bit of a lead."

He previously listed them as a runaway frontrunner.

Johnson last spoke with UM coaches on Tuesday.

"We talked about me coming down there for a visit," he said. "I'll do that when school comes back in during the season."

Johnson still doesn't expect to wait too long before making a final decision.

"Probably before I go back to school," he said.

All the while a couple of teammates and Cane commitments will be in his ear: Jacory Harris and Brandon Washington.

"Jacory, he told me to come play with him," Johnson said. "I told him I'll think about it.

"Brandon, he said that's where he's going and I should go there also."

At 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds, he's earned comparisons to a young Calvin Johnson.

This Johnson caught 78 passes for 1,354 yards and 19 touchdowns during the 2006 season, leading Northwestern to a perfect 16-0 record and the Florida Class 6A championship.
 10 years ago '04        #1671
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 P. Dedos said:



OHHHHHHHHHHHH SHYT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

four start LB buck !!!!!!

barrow is not playing no games !!!!

hes even taking LB from up north !!!!!

and hes gonna take mccray from gator county too

:wow:


thats the ramoan buchanon kid....look up towards the top of the page you'll find the story


and Go Canes
 10 years ago '04        #1672
Cap Peeler 7 heat pts
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DUnno if it's been posted already but here you go Dedos

uly 5, 2007

Matt Shodell, CaneSport Magazine

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When Melbourne (FL) Palm Bay High School LB Ramon Buchanon decided he wanted to become a Hurricane two days ago, he picked up his cell phone.

But he didn't make a call.

He sent a text message.

"I texted coach (Michael) Barrow that I was committing," Buchanon said. "He texted back like, `I'm about to jump out of my car.'"

Buchanon called Barrow later that night.

"He was excited," the 6-foot-1, 195-pounder said. "I wanted to go there because they have my major and I like their coaches. Coach Barrow, he's real cool."

Buchanon, who attended Miami's spring game unofficially, says he could play strong safety at the next level but that he's being recruited as a linebacker.

He lists over 15 offers, including the likes of USC, Florida and LSU.

He says those three schools will all get official visits from him as well as UM and Wake Forest.

Asked the chances he will stick by Miami in the end, he answers honestly: "I'm not sure. I'll know for sure after my visits."

Palm Bay has been a pipeline for UF in the past, and with his UM commitment Buchanon says "it's kind of tough – there's a lot of Florida fans around."

He says the commitment only "takes a little bit of weight off my shoulders."

As a junior Buchanon finished with over 100 tackles and 10 sacks.

He says he hears the most comparisons in his play to Reggie Nelson, who chose Florida out of Palm Bay.
 10 years ago '04        #1673
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Another Commitment: This One Solid


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Dunnellon (FL) High School LB Lerentee McCray committed to the Hurricanes last night.

"I committed to coach (Michael) Barrow," McCray said. "He was pretty excited. He said I was the first overall player that he ever recruited."

McCray said he decided to commit now because "In my heart I felt this is where I needed to be, in Miami."

He says it came down to Florida and Miami in the end.

"Those were my top two choices," McCray said. "It was kind of a tough decision, but when it came down to it I felt Miami was the place I needed to be in my heart."

McCray says he's going to take "a couple of more visits to see things. Right now I'm pretty solid, though. I just want to see what other schools are looking like."

McCray says he plans to visit Southern Cal, Tennessee, Auburn and Wisconsin.

"There's a chance I may change my mind, but right now it's Miami," McCray said.

He says it's a 70 percent chance he sticks with the Canes in the end.

"It's exciting to have made a decision," he says. "All I have to think about is my senior season."

McCray has built up a strong relationship with Barrow, making his decision easier.

"I talk to him about every other day," McCray said. "We just talk about the whole recruiting process and everything going on."

The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder with 4.5-second speed first got a Cane offer in March.

"I was real excited to get that," he said. "It was kind of like a dream come true."

Last year McCray had 102 tackles with 12 sacks and an interception. He also played tailback and fullback and had three touchdowns.

He is being recruited as an outside linebacker.

He says his goals at Miami are "to become an All-American. I'm going to try to start my freshman year, that's one of my biggest goals."
 10 years ago '04        #1674
Cap Peeler 7 heat pts
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kids a fu*kin geek, only a fu*kin str8 up loser would get gifs on demand, you our fu*kin slave boy, get our gifs or get the fu*k outta here
i remember this sh*t, it was great cold blooded
 07-07-2007, 10:16 PM         #1675
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We want to lock down these kids? We gotta win on TV.. First four games are on TV..
 07-07-2007, 10:59 PM         #1676
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Some tidbits from today’s 7 on 7 action:

The offense continued to do very well, and Kirby Freeman, Kyle Wright and Robert Marve were lighting up the defense.

Leonard Hankerson had the play of the day, leaping over a defender to catch a 20-yard touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone.

Graig Cooper had a TD on a nice catch-and-run coming out of the backfield.

Jermaine McKenzie had another touchdown but in 1-on-1’s Demarcus VanDyke shut him down.

Randy Phillips did well.

Kirby Freeman was intercepted twice, but it was because receivers ran the wrong route
 10 years ago '04        #1677
madness 14 heat pts14
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good to hear the offense is ballin....almost time for football...
 07-08-2007, 11:01 AM         #1678
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Coach: Randy Shannon | Staff
In 2006: 7-6, 3-5 ACC; Beat Nevada 21-20 in MPC Computers Bowl.
Returning starters: Offense: 9. Defense: 8.
Key losses: TE Greg Olsen, OG Anthony Wollschlager, DE Baraka Atkins, DT Bryan Pata, S Brandon Meriweather.
2007 breakdown: Top 10 players | Outlook | Offense | Defense | Special teams | Coaching | Schedule

Breaking down the offense

Overview: This is not the Miami offense of old, but the coaching staff has legitimate reason to believe this unit is at least heading in the right direction. Miami averaged only 15.9 points per game in ACC play last season. The Hurricanes had only one player on the All-ACC first or second teams (first-team tight end Greg Olsen). Olsen is now gone, leaving Javarris James - a Rivals.com second-team freshman All-American - as the Hurricanes best offensive playmaker. Patrick Nix joins the staff from Georgia Tech, where he called plays for only one year before heading to Coral Gables. Chief on his list of concerns is the quarterback situation. Kyle Wright and Kirby Freeman continue to vie for the starting job.

MIAMI TOP 10
Calais Campbell had 10.5 sacks in his first season as a starter.

1. DE Calais Campbell
2. S Kenny Phillips
3. RB Javarris James
4. RB Graig Cooper
5. CB Glenn Sharpe
6. DE Eric Moncur
7. S Lovon Ponder
8. CB Randy Phillips
9. WR Sam Shields
10. OT Jason Fox
Best player: RB Javarris James. By the third game of the 2006 season, James emerged as one of the best freshman running backs in the country. He was a second-team Rivals.com freshman All-American after rushing for 802 yards, the second-highest total for a Miami freshman.

Most overrated: James. It comes with the territory. James will always be compared to his cousin Edgerrin, who starred at Miami before heading to the NFL. In his sophomore season, Javarris James will likely split carries with true freshman Graig Cooper, who is a potential superstar.

Most underrated: WR Lance Leggett. A five-star receiver, Leggett was much maligned for his 32 combined catches in his first two seasons. His overall improvement last season was lost in a dismal year for the offense as a whole. Leggett finished with 38 receptions and 584 yards last season.

Must step up: OT Reggie Youngblood. Youngblood started seven games at left tackle last season, but will likely move to the right side to make room for Rivals.com second-team freshman All-American Jason Fox. Youngblood, a five-star prospect in 2005, has yet to reach is potential. He was a highly touted signee, but he has struggled with injuries. Miami needs him to be a major factor on the line as a junior.

Shoes to fill: Tight end. From Jeremy Shockey to Kellen Winslow II to Greg Olsen, Miami has cranked out elite tight ends in the last few years. The string could be coming to an end this season. Junior DajLeon Farr, who has four career catches, will take over in Olsen's old spot. Farr takes the job with far less fanfare than Winslow and Olsen when they became starters. Converted defensive end Richard Gordon brings plenty of athletic ability to the position, but he needs to learn the offense.

Impact newcomer: RB Graig Cooper. Cooper signed with Miami in 2006 but did not qualify. A year later, he left prep school as a five-star running back. The true freshman should push James for carries and could surpass him as a game-breaking back.

Battle to watch: Quarterback. Kyle Wright and Kirby Freeman enter the fall competing for the starting job. Neither was consistent last season. Wright made nine starts and Freeman four after Wright's season-ending thumb injury. Wright has more experience, but Freeman offers more mobility. The decision between the two might wait until the opener.

New in 2007: Randy Shannon retained only two members of last year's offensive coaching staff – wide receivers coach Marquis Mosely and tight ends coach Joe Pannunzio. New offensive coordinator Patrick Nix is the team's third coordinator in three seasons, but he promises to use personnel a little more creatively at Miami.

Grade the units:
QB: C. Quarterback U is struggling. The competition between Wright and Freeman could last to the end of fall.
RB: B-plus. The run game is showing signs of returning to Miami standards with the true freshman Cooper joining James.
WR/TE: B. There's not a lot of depth, but Shields performed well as a freshman and we're counting on the improvement of Leggett.
OL: B-minus. The line returns four starters, including Rivals.com second-team freshman All-American Jason Fox, who started 12 games last year.

Breaking down the defense

Overview: Miami hasn't been as dominant as in years past, but it isn't the defense's fault. This side of the ball was championship-worthy last year, finishing in the top 10 nationally in yards per game and rushing defense. Now that former coordinator Randy Shannon has been elevated to head coach, the leadership will fall on Tim Walton - who spent the last three seasons as defensive backs coach. The secondary has been the strength of the defense in recent years, and this season All-America candidate Kenny Phillips returns at safety. The defensive backfield must deal with losing Brandon Meriweather to the NFL and Anthony Redd*ck to a season-ending knee injury. Along with Meriweather, linebacker Jon Beason was a first-round pick in the NFL Draft. That marks seven consecutive years in which a Miami defensive player was taken in the first round.

Best player: DE Calais Campbell. As a sophomore, Campbell finished with 20.5 tackles for a loss and 10.5 sacks in his first full season as a starter. At 6-foot-8, 282 pounds, has tremdendous size is continuing to improve.

 07-08-2007, 12:45 PM         #1679
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Miami Schedule
Date Opponent
Sept. 1 Marshall
Sept. 8 at Oklahoma
Sept. 15 Florida International
Sept. 20 Texas A&M
Sept. 29 Duke
Oct. 6 at North Carolina
Oct. 13 Georgia Tech
Oct. 20 at Florida State
Nov. 3 N.C. State
Nov. 10 Virginia
Nov. 17 at Virginia Tech
Nov. 24 at Boston College
Most overrated: LB Tavares Gooden. Gooden was among Miami's leading tacklers as a sophomore in 2004 with 83 stops, but his career has hit a stumbling block after a shoulder injury kept him out of the 2005 season. In his first season back, he had 41 tackles and was left on the sideline when Miami went to its nickel package. Miami could use a healthy Gooden – and his experience – in its linebacking corps.

Most underrated: DE Eric Moncur. At 6-foot-2, 260 pounds, Moncur doesn't have the size of fellow end Campbell. However, Moncur should be an excellent complement on the other side of the line. He started twice as a redshirt freshman and three times last season. As a junior, he will be a full-time starter.

Must step up: Linebackers. You won't find Ray Lewis, Dan Morgan or Jonathan Vilma in this year's defense. Gooden, Glenn Cook and Darryl Sharpton have been solid contributors the last few years, but the star-in-waiting in this group is sophomore Colin McCarthy.

Shoes to fill: Secondary. Miami's secondary should be a strength, but it is not without its issues. The Hurricanes lost star safety Brandon Meriweather to the NFL and Anthony Redd*ck to injury. This should still be a formidable group with juniors Kenny Phillips and Randy Phillips leading the way.

Position battle: Linebacker. Miami has a mix of young up-and-comers (McCarthy, Sharpton) and veteran part-time starters (Gooden, Cook, Romeo Davis) who are vying for playing time.

New in 2007: Shannon was elevated to head coach in part for the work he has done on the defense in recent years. He was Rivals.com's Defensive Coordinator of the Year in 2005 and turned in another top defense in '06. Look for him to keep his hands in the defense, but Walton will add his own wrinkles. Former Miami star Michael Barrow will coach the linebackers in his first full-time coaching job, while Wesley McGriff will take over Walton's spot as DB coach after four seasons at Baylor.

Grade the units:
DL: A. Campbell and Moncur could be the best defensive end duo in the ACC, if not the country. Tackle Antonio Dixon should be a playmaker as well.
LB: B-minus. McCarthy is Miami's next star linebacker. Miami needs each linebacker to step up this season.
DB: A. Kenny Phillips and Randy Phillips aren't the only standouts. This is a unit rich in experience with Glenn Sharpe and Lovon Ponder contributing.

Breaking down the special teams

Season outlook with bowl forecast
Since Carl Selmer in 1976, every coach left Miami of his own accord until the firing of Coker. Each first-year Miami coach since Jimmy Johnson has had a winning record, and two (Dennis Erickson and Coker) have won the national title in their first seasons. A national title will be far-fetched in year one for Shannon, but a winning record should be an easy task. Miami's schedule includes tough road trips to Oklahoma, Florida State and Virginia Tech. The Hurricanes are a long shot BCS team, but a Gator or Champs Sports bowl is more likely.
Overview: Miami special teams are undergoing an upheaval of sorts. Longtime kicker Jon Peattie and veteran punter Brian Monroe are gone. Redshirt freshman Matt Bosher should take over the punting duties. Daren Daly, who handled four kickoffs last year, will be the place-kicker. Without star returner Devin Hester last season, the punt return team was second to last in the ACC (7.2 yards per return); the kickoff return team was 10th (19.9 yards). The Hurricanes spent much of the spring looking for players to bring some life to the return game.

Best player: LS Ross Abramson. It doesn't say much about Miami special teams when a long snapper checks in as the best returning special teams player. Still, Miami says its senior snapper didn't have a bad snap all year.

Grade the units:
K: C. Former Florida State walk-on Daly came out of spring with the edge over Bosher and earned a scholarship.
P: C. Bosher was the No. 6 kicker in the class of 2006 but will enter the fall as Miami's punter.
KR: C. Bruce Johnson returns as the leader on a kick return unit that didn't have a return longer than 34 yards last year.
PR: C-minus. After last year's struggles, Miami tried Shields, Cooper, Doug Wiggins, Ryan Hill and Chavez Grant at the position.

Breaking down the coaching

Overview: Miami received its share of criticism for firing Larry Coker, who went 60-15 in his first head coaching job. But Coker's final season was a tumultuous one for the Hurricanes. Amid going 7-6, there was the murder of Bryan Pata and an ugly on-field brawl with Florida International (which followed a brawl with LSU in the Peach Bowl the previous season). Shannon may not have been the first choice, but he could be the perfect choice. Along with his credentials as Miami's defensive coordinator, Shannon brings a no-nonsense approach and plenty of credibility. He grew up in the area and has been a part of three UM national titles as a player or coach. The biggest loss on the coaching staff could be line coach Mario Cristobal, who will be coaching across town at Florida International.

Grade the coaches:
Head coach: B. Shannon is untested as a head coach, but since the Howard Schnellenberger era Miami has benefited early from each of its head coaching changes.
Offense: B. No current offensive coach has been at Miami for more than two seasons. Coordinator Patrick Nix is a name on the rise, but has only been a play-caller for one season at Georgia Tech.
Defense: A. Tim Walton will look to continue the success Shannon had as coordinator.

Special teams: B-minus. Joe Pannunzio will have to replace both kickers and both returners in his second year on the staff.

David Fox is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at .

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from the same guy who broke the Buchanon and McCray commitments

"I'm not that kind of, i told you so type guy, but i have to be very careful with u guys from now on. you go crazy if the post is not there the next minute. The reason for Aldarius is that he has no phone so it is hard to get in touch with him. but other than that, i went out to the 7 on 7 today and not to say this as a Cane fan, but this is not the same old team. I saw something in them that's just unexplainable. I know that everybody can look good n short, but we have some very nasty skill position players. I have not seen the offense have that much fun since Dorsey left. Bye the way, he was out there throwing after practice with some of the Wide Outs. It was good to see old guys out there give some pointers( Rosco, Kelly Jennings, Marcus Maxey). Freshman Wide Outs were good, the best one is McKinzie, this guy is nasty man. He will play right away. Hankerson is the next best then Kayne, but he needs a little more work (if he can keep his mouth shut, HE TALKS TOO MUCH AND DOES NOTHING TO BACK IT UP) He has a lot of talent. Sam, Darnell, Lance, Ryan Hill look very very very good. No where close to last years group. This time last year they almost did not complete a single pass. Kyle looks very comfortable, he sticks out more than others. He got most of the reps today, that's how they are doing it for some reason. Allen Bailey is the biggest 18 year old i've ever seen in my life, he is huge and he runs like he plays a skill position. All freshman Db's are for real too. Let u know more soon. Oh, I forgot that Futch said he went out bowling with Forston last nite with Jacory and some other friends, and Marcus told them that he is getting tired of recruiting and may pull the trigger soon. of course to us. Good to see my boy John Vilma. OUT."

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