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 10 years ago '04        #1821
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RANDY SHANNON Q&A

Opening statement: Camp starts. Right now there's one freshman that's (still) going through the Clearinghouse. He's done everything he wants to get done. That's Ojomo. We feel any day from now it could be five minutes, next week, two days, that'll make him eligible. Otherwise everybody's in camp freshman-wise. Injury-wise Romeo Davis and Anthony Redd*ck probably won't make it this season. I really don't know about Robert Marve and Jermaine McKenzie. It's still up to Dr. (John) Uribe and what he says as far as a prognosis on those guys. The Orange Bowl deal I don't know. Whenever that decision is made they'll make it. It'll be the right decision for Miami, the city, the county and the University of Miami.

Q: How much does it hurt missing Robert Marve?

Shannon: It hurts because he got in a rhythm, put in a lot of time in the film room, had a bunch of 7 on 7's, two minute drill, red zone, one-on-one things that he was doing. It'll hurt him because he was learning the whole entire offense to that point in time, but now with the setback with his hand he'll be out until he heals. And now you've got to get back in a rhythm and timing.

Q: When can he practice?

Shannon: Whenever Uribe says he can practice we'll go with it. But until then he won't practice anytime in the next week, I can tell you that. When he gets out of the cast put another two weeks after (until he's ready). That puts him out a month automatically. After that, we'll see what Uribe says about that.

Q: It's a lot harder for a freshman QB to catch up?

Shannon: It is. Some guys catch on, but when you miss 29 days of practice it is kind of hard.

Q: You've disciplined players who were late for class and workouts this off-season?

Shannon: We had a team meeting. We have one time and one time only with the players (for an off-season meeting). That's what I mean by everyone accountable. Let's turn in our books, our recorders. And some guys didn't. So I had the list, the guys I called, meet me out on the field (and they run). The first week it was 31 (players that had to run), the next week it was five, the next week it was two, after that it was zero, never had a problem since. It's a start. It's like anything. If you don't follow up on anything it's all about holding guys accountable.

Q: Is it difficult for you to imagine the possibility the team might not be at the Orange Bowl?

Shannon: No, not at all. It's a football field. I played at Traz Powell four years. You have to accept what it is and move on. Whatever decision happens, is it really going to make a difference to m? No. So I just have to deal with whatever decision is made and go from there.

Q: Are there rules you thought about enacting that you didn't?

Shannon: No. The biggest thing that happens is you have distractions and now the team mind is not focused on winning games. It's now focused on what's happened with a teammate. That's what the rules are for - it's to keep all the distractions down and win games (the right way).

Q: Calais Campbell seems like a nice guy off the field.

Shannon: Calais is just a football player. You talk to him in person, he's a down to earth person that likes to joke around. When it comes time to play football he plays with a lot of emotion. That's what people don't realize. If you look at Jon Vilma, everybody in this room would say Jon Vilma is the greatest guy to be around. But on that field Jon Vilma is one of the worst competitors in the history I've seen at Miami. If Jon Vilma's competing and running gassers he'll try to beat you all the time. And if he doesn't beat you he's going to get upset and say he wants to challenge you again. We've had players like that all the time. But those are the great players, who never sit back, play with a lot of emotion.

Q: What does Javarris James need to do to take the next step in his development?

Shannon: He's got a great competition with Graig Cooper and Charlie Jones and if Javarris slips up we have a stable of running backs to take his place. It's going to be great to watch this competition get going and have fun with it.

Q: Do you still plan on switching first team reps between Kyle Wright and Kirby Freeman?

Shannon: Yes, and when we scrimmage one will take the first half and one the second half. They'll both get opportunities to work with the ones and twos in scrimmage work, and in practice also.

Q: So entering tomorrow's practice they're both even?

Shannon: Even Steven. One will take one drill; the other will take the other drill. They bounce back and forth in practice on who is leading the drills. So it's kind of easy. The guys like it that way.

Q: How much do you take last year's performance by them into account?

Shannon: I really don't. I don't worry about last year. Not at all.

Q: You've spoken about avoiding distractions. Wouldn't naming a starting quarterback avoid that distraction?

Shannon: Whoever gives us the best chance to win will give us the best chance to win. This summer those guys did a great job of being with the team as teammates. Not as quarterbacks, as teammates. The players got a better perspective of who they are. (Players say) we feel we can talk to those guys, we've been around those guys, everybody is joking around, there's no tension, no stress, no `I want to go play catch with Kyle,' `I want to play catch with Kirby.' That's the one thing that's going to make a difference on a great team is when you don't have all the distractions they feel comfortable. (Players feel) we have two starting quarterbacks, and whoever does it, does it. We have to play both, fine. We have to play one, fine.

Q: You plan to name the starting QB the Tuesday before the Marshall game?

Shannon: It's the same. I'm gong to sleep real good, and then the Tuesday before Marshall we'll make that decision on the quarterbacks. I don't even think about it now. That's just the way it is.

Q: How do you envision the season turning out?

Shannon: Well, I think we should have a great season this season.

Q: With the changes you've made, do you think kids have accepted it?

Shannon: There's no resistance. Your job is to win games during the football season. Out of season, sell tickets and raise money. Educate everybody on your football team to be representatives in the community in the real world. Some guys aren't going to play football (in the NFL). Some are. Make sure the guys that aren't going to play football in the NFL are able to go out in public, and the public looks at them in a different view so `I can hire this guy. This is a guy I want to hire.' Those are the things we have to do as coaches.

Q: Do you think there will be hangover from last year's poor season?

Shannon: I think guys understand what it'll take to win.

Q: What makes a great season in your mind?

Shannon: You know what a great season is? Everyone wants to win a national championship. That's a great season. Some people say, `Well, coach, you're thinking too unrealistic.' If I'm a coach do you want me to say I'll be 7-5, 8-4 or say it's a working process, that we're about four years away to get it done? As a coach you like athletics and you like to compete. Most coaches will take a job that's 8-3, 9-3, 7-6 and be happy if they go to a bowl game. Miami is not a place you can come up and say, `You know what, we can be 9-3, 8-4, we'll be okay.' At Miami those are challenges you have to accept. I believe in this team, the coaching staff, the support we have with this university that we can get those things done.

Q: Are you as prepared as you would have hoed at this point?

Shannon: Everything is done. The practice schedule is all done, the scripts for practices are done, what we don in practice every day is done, the season scripts are done as far as what drills we do during the season. As far as organization those things are done. We're just concentrating on football right now.

Q: What about from a mindset perspective?

Shannon: Mindset is mindset. I don't worry about that. Before Marshall I'll be nervous like I was as a coordinator. The night before a game I'm nervous. Between that time every day's another day to me.

Q: Talk about coach Andreu Swasey. Is he the most underrated a.sset in the program?

Shannon: He's that support staff that makes us run. Coach Swasey is probably with the football players more than anybody in this building. It's coach Swasey, the training room and academics. During the offseason we can't a.ssociate with (players). During the season we're only allowed 20 hours a week. In the spring time it goes down to eight hours. Swasey loves the weight room, they love to talk to him, love to be around him.

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Q: At what point do you think players will be ready to take over ownership for the program?

Shannon: They're doing it now. Guys come in the training room with food in their hand, they'll say get out, you're not allowed food in the training room. It's starting to fester now, and they know what it takes.

Q: What was your impression of Graig Cooper from the spring?

Shannon: Coop did a great job. He brought us some excitement. And he's a calm guy. He's not an arrogant or flamboyant guy. He and Javarris James are buddies. They're always hanging around, competing in practice's every now and then they'll get on the (other) guys. They're fun-loving guys. He's wonderful to be around.

Q: The team is ranked N. 28 in the Coaches' poll.

Shannon: I never looked at it. I don't look at (it as) underdogs. I didn't look at the rankings.

Q: Is Josh Tatum part of this team?

Shannon: No, Josh Tatum is not part of this team. I don't know where that came from.

Q: He won't be part of the team?

Shannon: No. Not tomorrow, the next day, the next year, no. I just know USC released him. That's all I know.
 10 years ago '04        #1823
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August 4, 2007

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VIEW THE PHOTO GALLERY FROM PRACTICE NO. 1


* Freshman WR Leonard Hankerson was present but did not suit up today as he is still not through the NCAA Clearinghouse.

"It's up to the Clearinghouse," coach Randy Shannon said. "I can't control the Clearinghouse. (He can be cleared) when I get in that locker room. It depends on the Clearinghouse. They clear somebody every five minutes, hour, two days. It's up to them. The kid is all cleared as far as the University. We cannot actually let him start until the Clearinghouse clears him as far as practice in the fall."

* There were some depth chart surprises today. The first team offensive line throughout the day was, from left to right, Jason Fox, Orlando Franklin, AJ Trump, Derrick Morse and Chris Rutledge. Last year's starters Andrew Bain was the backup left guard and Reggie Youngblood was the backup right tackle. Of course, the line depth chart is likely to fluctuate as fall drills progress.

Asked if A.J. Trump is an answer at center, Shannon said, "He's starting out right now doing it. We'll find the best guy. We have to get him a chance to play center."

Of Orlando Franklin moving ahead of Bain on the depth chart, Shannon said, "We're going to hold guys accountable. If they're not doing right, somebody will step in. We'll find somebody to play."

It was Graig Cooper getting the first team reps at tailback today with Javarris James behind him.

Kirby Freeman worked the most with the first team today at quarterback. Freeman and Kyle Wright will not be allowed to speak with the media for the rest of the fall, according to UM's media relations department.

On defense, the first team tackles were Teraz McCray and Josh Holmes, with Antonio Dixon a second-teamer.

The first-team linebackers were Colin McCathy, Darryl Sharpton and Glenn Cook.

At cornerback the first-teamers were Randy Phillips and Carlos Armour. Glenn Sharpe was with the second team.

"Coming out of the spring I worked hard, worked myself into the first group," Armour said.

Armour says he expects to remain with the first team tomorrow and beyond.

"It's just competition day in and day out," Armour said. "If we go out and get the job done, it's no favoritism and the best players are going to be on the field."

* Shannon said the first day's work was "good."

"As far as start-wise it was good," he said. "It's the first day. You're going to have a couple of mistakes. We ended practice in an hour and 40 minutes, which is a good situation for us. It's a start."

Asked if today had any different feel for him as head coach in a fall practice, Shannon said, "No. You know the hardest thing for me? You have to keep bouncing back and forth (between offense and defense). I'm really involved in special teams with coach (Joe) Pannunzio. I like special teams. The last six or seven years I was a.ssigned to special teams, so it's kind of still fun to coach (it)."

Of the offensive line's progress since the spring, Shannon said, "They're doing great. It's always a work in progress. They're in (better) mental shape."

* DE Calais Campbell was yelling throughout most of the practice.

And he was yelling the same thing over and over again: "New Orleans."

That's where this year's national championship game will be held.

"He was yelling that 100 percent of the time today," Armour said. "That's a motivational thing."

Lance Leggett added of Campbell's yells that, "I love that. Calais, he's going to keep everybody's mind right."

* Leggett was wearing a bulky brace on his right knee that he says he'll have to play with this season. He injured the knee during spring drills but did not have surgery.

"I just don't want to hurt it again," Leggett said, adding that wearing the brace doesn't bother him.

* Getting reps at punt return today were Chavez Grant, Bruce Johnson, Doug Wiggins and Demarcus Van Dyke

* Kylan Robinson says he is solidified as an H-back.

"I was moved (from tailback) over the summer they decided to move me there, said I can catch the ball real well and that they want me to get on the field," Robinson said.

Robinson spent the first practice working with the third team behind Chris Zellner and Dedrick Epps.

"I'm just working to be consistent," Robinson said.

* Some thoughts on the rigors of practice No. 1:

Lovon Ponder: "It was a hard day. Every first day on any level is a hard day. It was a good practice. We flew around on defense, the offense made some plays. This was more up-tempo, running from station to station, things like that."

Glenn Cook: "It was intense right off the jump. I think coach (Randy) Shannon wants a picked-up pace. This was one of the toughest, if not the toughest, practices we've had. Overall I thought we did pretty well."

Kylan Robinson: "It's pretty tough. Nothing compares to this (Miami) heat."

Carlos Armour: "We expected it to be hot, guys to fly around today. Throughout the course of this camp we're going to be great."

Leggett: "It's more up tempo than in the past. Coach Shannon just wants you to sprint to every drill."

* Cyrim Wimbs, Ian Symonette, Chris Barney and Chris Rutledge lagged behind during the 110 sprints that ended practice. Wimbs and Symonette stayed after to run extra on a side field.

Rutledge cramped up during drills, and Jason Fox and Symonette got such a workout that they were throwing up at the end of practice.

* Freshman DT Chris Perry and RB Shawnbrey McNeal worked with the injured players during today's practice. There's no word on when they'll be back in regular practice.

"It's freshmen stuff," Shannon said. "A lot of guys won't get cleared until the physicals get cleared and doctors clear them."

* There was a good turnout at today's practice, with several hundred fans lined up four deep behind the ropes at Greentree Practice field.

Shannon said he was happy with the fan turnout.

"Especially on a Saturday morning (with practice beginning at 7:50 a.m.)," Shannon said. "It was great. That's the emphasis we have got to understand with Miami is that the University of Miami is Miami and we have to get the fan support to come out no matter what the conditions are."

Leggett said of the fans that came out, "We love that good fan support. A lot of fans are starting to show their support."

* UM President Donna Shalala attended practice and told the Miami Herald that moving from the Orange Bowl "is not a done deal." She also said of Shannon that "I think he's done a terrific job so far."
 10 years ago '05        #1824
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From Monday through this afternoon, I spent more than 40 hours filming video interviews during The Herald's High School Football Media Days with players from every team in Dade and Broward. It was a lot of fun. And before I delve into the point of this blog, I want to share some of my personal highlights with some of the top guys in Dade and Broward including several Canes recruits:

--> Playing catch with Northwestern defensive tackle Marcus Forston and later seeing him outleap receiver Aldarius Johnson for a jump ball on a pass 20 yards down field. Yes, true story. Forston not only leaped as high as Aldarius, he tipped it to himself for a catch. Then did the same against 6-5 teammate and fellow receiver Tommy Streeter. "I'm not just big boned," Forston told me. "I got a 30-inch vertical. I'm more than a big boy."

--> Watching Northwestern quarterback Jacory Harris connect with left tackle Brandon Washington on a 40-yard seam route down the field for a touchdown. Then, seeing Washington fire the ball right back at him on a perfect strike. Harris by the way told Streeter jokingly that if he didn't commit to Miami he wasn't going to pass him any more balls this season.

--> Finding out from Forston that the day coach Roland Smith and his staff were fired, he and Harris held a team meeting, told players to come back in two days. Then, when the team returned on Monday for workouts, how Forston and Harris led a full Bulls practice with no coaches.

--> Getting a thank you from linebacker Sean Spence Wednesday morning for not ruining his moment and announcing his commitment on a blog last week. "I'm going to do it Friday by the way. I'll call you as soon as I leave coach's office."

--> Talking to Columbus offensive tackle Mike Goodman, who has over 30 offers, and finding out just how serious is about education and how he really values picking a good character school. Goodman, whose father once played on Nebraska's offensive line in the 1970s, said he wants to pick a place that really goes after character commitments and doesn't just say it will. I think its Wake Forest, BC or maybe any Ivy League school for him.

There is a lot more. An hour interview with Chaminade LB Jordan Futch (he was great and really is very smart); a conversation with Homestead LB Marcus Robinson (who sounded anything but like a Hurricane commitment); a chat with Pace offensive lineman Greg Shaw (who said how much he admires his brother Willie Williams); and a talk with a Coral Springs LB who looked like a clone of Dan Morgan.
sounds like marcus robinson is gonna take all his visits and isnt a definite commit just yet
 10 years ago '04        #1826
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OK, now that I'm done opining, I wanted to share with you some of my other thoughts from Friday including perhaps the funniest slip-up Coach Shannon has had yet on the mic. For those of you listening to the audio, tune into his press conference between the 18 and 19 minute mark when he's talking about Graig Cooper and Javarris James.

When asked about Cooper in the spring, Shannon said: "I think Coop did a great job. He brought some some excitement to the team. And he's a calm guy. He's not an arrogant or flamboyant guy." It was going well, then coach goofed. "Belive it or not, he and Javarris James are kind of like butt buddies."

Butt Buddies? I never got around to asking Cooper or James what exactly that meant. But it probably would have brought a chuckle. I know I laughed and knew coach meant no harm (For those of you (18 or older) wanting to find out what it means, check out Urban Dictionary.com).
 08-05-2007, 03:11 AM         #1827
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Is there anyone better then Michael Irvin? I don't think so. Big day for a true Hurricane
 08-05-2007, 08:50 PM         #1828
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Soon Rivals will re release there top 150 or whatever. Expect a long of Canes to be moving up. Esp Patrick Johnson. Fortson and Harris should also move up considerably IMO.


Whats good Dedos good to have the hurricane fans back
 10 years ago '05        #1829
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The anticipation for football season is k!llING me.

lol I just noticed this thread is almost 80 pages long.
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 QualityRecords said:
The anticipation for football season is k!llING me.

lol I just noticed this thread is almost 80 pages long.
:banghead: cant fuccin wait!!
this threads been poppin for a year strong now, even thru a sh*tty season and all
 08-05-2007, 08:57 PM         #1831
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Miami got the deepest fan base on this bi*ch. Best part of it we got about 15-20 real for life fans. They were here when we won games and they were here when we lost a lot last year.
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 RakimAllahNY said:
Miami got the deepest fan base on this bi*ch. Best part of it we got about 15-20 real for life fans. They were here when we won games and they were here when we lost a lot last year.
Yeah, and I don't think there are very many bandwagoners either cause most bandwagoners go for the top teams every year. Miami hasn't been up there where they usually are for a couple years now.

Little less than a month until Marshall gets destroyed.
 08-05-2007, 11:13 PM         #1833
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cant wait till the season starts!
 08-06-2007, 11:07 AM         #1834
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Marcus Fortson is now a 5 star player.. 15th in the nation.. Patrick Johnson is still a 5 star but now hes the third best player in the country.
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 RakimAllahNY said:
Marcus Fortson is now a 5 star player.. 15th in the nation.. Patrick Johnson is still a 5 star but now hes the third best player in the country.
And it looks like they got Buchanon listed as a safety and moved him into the top 100 and future cane commit (hopefully) Matt Patchan got 5 stars now too.
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2 top UM recruits get clearance to play
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BY SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

Two highly rated University of Miami football players were cleared Monday by the NCAA Clearinghouse and are expected to practice with the team Tuesday.

Wide receiver Leonard Hankerson and defensive end Adewale Ojomo are the players UM fans have eagerly awaited.

The UM sports information office confirmed the news, as did Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas High School Coach George Smith.

''UM called me at about noon today,'' said Smith, who coached Hankerson. ``He got cleared. It's ridiculous how that goes. The NCAA Clearinghouse was just dragging its feet. There was never a distinguishable problem. It was just a holdup.''

Hankerson, 6-3 and 199 pounds, was the top wide receiver in Broward County last season. He caught 39 passes for 803 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior. He chose Miami over Ohio State, Michigan and Georgia.

''He was a very valuable member of our team, and he's only going to get better,'' Smith said. ``He's got great hands and is deceptively fast.

``He's also one of the nicest kids you'll ever meet.''

Ojomo, 6-3 and 236 pounds, played at Hialeah High. As a senior in 2006, he had 60 tackles, four sacks and four forced fumbles. He played outside linebacker as a sophomore and junior before moving to defensive end as a senior.

Ojomo chose Miami over North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, Kentucky and Georgia.
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WR Leonard Hankerson got rave reviews in summer 7-on-7 work, with several upperclassmen saying they expected him to make an immediate impact for the Canes.

But then he was flagged by the NCAA Clearinghouse for paperwork reasons.

CaneSport.com has now confirmed that he is through the Clearinghouse and will be at practice tomorrow morning.

And the same goes for DE Adewale Ojomo, who likewise had paperwork issues with the Clearinghouse. He expected to miss up to the first two weeks of fall drills while waiting for his paperwork to go through, but it was expedited and he also has received word he can report to UM.

Hankerson had 39 receptions for 803 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior at Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas High School. That included an 85-yard, one-touchdown performance in the team's overtime state championship loss.

Ojomo finished his senior season at Hialeah High School with 60 tackles, four sacks and four forced fumbles. He was rated the No. 27 weakside defensive end prospect in the nation by Rivals.com.

Both players have told CaneSport.com previously that they hope to play as true freshmen. Now they will have that chance.

With both reporting, the Hurricanes have all of their signees qualified and on campus.
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ncaa clearinghouse be trippin
startin to think a bunch of FSU fans work there
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ncaa clearinghouse be trippin
startin to think a bunch of FSU fans work there
True That... Or GayTORS..
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HURRICANES PRACTICE IN SHELLS ON DAY THREE OF TRAINING CAMP

Aug. 6, 2007

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - - Day Three of the Miami Hurricanes' training camp stalled for an hour due to lightning in the Coral Gables area, but the Hurricanes ironed out their first day of practice in shells at the Greentree Practice Fields on Monday morning.

After starting at 7:50 a.m., the Hurricanes were forced to wait out lightning in the area. The team resumed practice around 9:30 a.m. The team has one more day of practice in shells before practicing in full pads on Wednesday.

"We got a little red zone work in today," UM head coach Randy Shannon said. "We were trying to work on the red zone because that's most important. Red zone work is more than scoring touchdowns and field goals, but we want to score more touchdowns. We did a nice job on both sides of the ball. I think we scored three times and kept them out a few times."

Shannon was asked about the play of junior tight end DajLeon Farr. "He's grown up a lot," Shannon said. "He's matured a lot. DajLeon is big and fast. Sometimes guys come in and the maturity factor sets in. He's matured now and understands what it takes. He's doing a wonderful job for us. We can do a lot of things with DajLeon. That's one of the reason he came to Miami. We have a lot of confidence in him. As coaches, we have to evaluate talent on what's best for the team."

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Hankerson, Ojomo Cleared by NCAA Clearinghouse
Two Hurricanes freshmen recruits - WR Leonard Hankerson and DE Adewale Ojomo - were certified today by the NCAA Clearinghouse and can begin practicing with the team on Tuesday. That means all 19 of the school's recruits have qualified and are now with the team.


Sharpton and Berry Out
Sophomore linebacker Darryl Sharpton has missed the last two days of practice due to soreness. Freshman defensive back Damien Berry also has been out. "Damien Berry is still rehabbing an injury from high school," Shannon said. "You know how it is -- you don't want to reinjure something. So we're taking our time with him." Shannon also said freshman running back Shawnbrey McNeil is still awaiting clearance from the doctors after taking his physical.

Zampogna Granted Sixth Year
Senior placekicker Francesco Zampogna has earned a sixth-year of eligibility. A year ago he scored on two extra points in a game against Florida A&M, and he handled some kickoff duties during the 2004 season. "We need competition at every position. Now it's more competition for the kicking," Shannon said.
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