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Old 07-06-2011, 10:09 AM   #17
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Old 07-07-2011, 01:11 AM   #18
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Coral Gables, Fla.
-The rain and overcast sky over Greentree Field did nothing to dilute the excitement of the first full pads practice of the spring. The Canes held a spirited two hour and fifteen minute practice today.

The first Hurricane on the field today was long snapper Chris Ivory, who was sporting an orange jersey.The team first broke into individual positions to do some quick blocking and hitting drills before stretching.Coach Art Kehoe’s voice resounded over the practice field from the start; he constantly demanded his linemen to work on their footwork and technique at all times.



During stretching many of the other coaches showed their emotion and excitement for the first day of full pads.One of Coach Franklin’s favorite sayings,“you can’t play hard and live soft” was repeated throughout the stretching drills. To increase the intensity of practice, Coach Golden began the day with 1-on-1 hitting with the defensive line and linebackers against the offensive lineman.The biggest hit of the drill came between Sean Spence and Malcolm Bunche. After a wild reaction from their teammates, Coach Golden enthusiastically yelled that “spring ball has officially started!”


After brief individual position work, the offense and defense worked on inside run plays, while the receivers and defensive backs worked against each other Ray Ray Armstrong and Mike James had the first big collision of the day. Former Hurricane great Willis McGahee was on hand motivating James and the other running backs during the inside running drills.




After more individual position drills and a brief water break, the Canes moved on to full team 11-on-11 practice. While this day was dominated by the defense, Storm Johnson and Lamar Miller both impressed with 80-yard touchdown runs. Receivers Kendal Thompkins, Aldarius Johnson, and Tommy Streeter also made several big catches throughout practice. Thompkins also ran for 20 yards on a reverse on the very first play of 11-on-11.

Several of the defensive lineman stood out today with a number of big sacks.However, the biggest standout on defense was safety Vaughn Telemaque who had two impressive interceptions during full team work. Former Cane star Lamar Thomas and head women’s basketball coach Katie Meier were also on hand watching today’s practice.





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The play of Mike James, Jordan Futch and Adewale Ojomo highlighted Miami's first spring scrimmage held Saturday morning at Spanish River High School in Boca Raton.


Approximately 3,000 fans attended the two-hour session, which was held under sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-to-upper 70's.





The scrimmage was a series of scripted scenarios with the `Canes starting at different points of the field in different types of scenarios. The action started with goal line work before moving into full field work the majority of the morning. In the end, the `Canes briefly worked under the two-minute drill before coach Al Golden whistled the group to come together for an end-of-practice huddle.

The running game was the offense's biggest strength on Saturday, with five backs (Mike James, Lamar Miller, Storm Johnson, Maurice Hagans and John Calhoun) combining for 226 yards on 41 carries (5.5 yard per rush). James led all players with 124 total yards of offense, gaining 89 on the ground and 35 through the air) while Johnson and Miller finished with 94 and 67 total yards respectively.





Senior linebacker Jordan Futch led the defense with nine total tackles, while fellow backer Sean Spence finished with eight. Each also had two sacks, while Spence added another tackle for a loss. Junior defensive end
Adewale Ojomo had the best day of any of the linemen, tallying six tackles, four tackles for loss and two sacks. In the secondary, Vaughn Telemaque led the way with seven tackles and a pass deflection.



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Miami-Dade, Fla.-
The Hurricanes were dancing on defense. They were laughing on offense. They were hitting with venom.

The Canes were having fun Saturday on a scorcher of a morning at Traz Powell Stadium in their second spring scrimmage, something coach Al Golden had implored them to do since witnessing what he considered a semi-lackluster showing last week.


This time, Golden acknowledged, the defense rolled — even if the offense had stars of its own. Linebacker Jordan Futch dominated again in the middle with six tackles (one for a loss) and two sacks. Futch collided with tailback Storm Johnson so violently on one play that Johnson slammed backward onto the field as if he would never get up again.






Futch was pumped and did a nice little dance that lit up the estimated crowd of 3,000 and likely would have gotten him an unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty if this were a real game. But his fervor did its part to fire up his teammates.


“Coach Golden tells us, ‘Bring the juice!’ every week,’’ Futch said, adding that former Canes great Alonzo Highsmith addressed the team Friday and told it to let loose. “I call it ‘Old School,’ ” he said of the dance. “Coach Golden has really been wanting us to come out and have fun.


Futch said former UM player and current linebackers coach Micheal Barrow “used to do the dance, sort of like this here. So I said, ‘I’m going to give me a little bit.’ ’’Said Golden of Futch: “That’s what we’re looking for. He keeps doing what he’s doing, and we’re going to find a spot for him. He plays with energy, he’s tough, he’s rugged, he’s smart.’’


The defense tallied 10 sacks (Olivier Vernon also had two), an interception of Jacory Harris by linebacker Jimmy Gaines and an interception of Stephen Morris by cornerback Thomas Finnie. Linebackers Sean Spence and Kelvin Cain had seven tackles and a tackle-for-loss apiece.


Except for the interception, Harris had a good day, completing 18 of 26 passes for 237 yards and two touchdowns.



He threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to Travis Benjamin toward the end of the scrimmage. He also hit Tommy Streeter with a 45-yarder, then two plays later ended the scrimmage with a fade pass into the end zone to Streeter.





Morris completed 9 of 14 passes for 146 yards, an interception and a touchdown. He threw one 56-yard completion that ricocheted off Benjamin and into the hands of tight end Chase Ford. Ford had three catches for 112 yards.


Streeter was clearly the offensive hero Saturday with six catches for 98 yards and two touchdowns. “It just shows what I’m capable of,’’ Streeter said, “but I have a long way to go. I don’t want to be one of those guys who shows glimpses of greatness.’


UM did not get away without injuries though. LaRon Byrd (three catches for 31 yards) went down with what appeared to be a bad left knee injury. But he limped on his own toward the bus after the game. “I think he’s going to be all right,’’ Golden said, though Byrd was to be examined more extensively. “They checked him out.’’


Tailback Mike James (five carries for 33 yards and one catch for 9 yards) also went down after a hard hit and didn’t return to the game. He ran off the field and later said he was fine.


Johnson led all runners with 75 yards on 13 carries and two touchdowns



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(Lamar Miller,10 carries for 166 Yds and 3 TD in the spring game)

FORT LAUDERDALEThe 2001 University of Miami national championship football team was back in South Florida on Saturday.

So were the interceptions.


After playing mostly error free during two previous scrimmages this month, quarterbacks Jacory Harris and Stephen Morris flashed back to their 2010 form by throwing two interceptions each in the Hurricanes' spring game attended by more than 11,000 fans at Lockhart Stadium.


The 100-plus play scrimmage was dominated by sophomore running back Lamar Miller, who provided the day's two most explosive plays with 68- and 64-yard touchdown runs.








But the focus after the scrimmage, as it's been all spring, was on Harris and Morris. Listed as co-No. 1s since practice began in early March, the two quarterbacks appear to have fought to a draw.



"It's too close to call," said coach Al Golden when asked if a starter would soon be named. "We'll let them compete for the next 140 days and figure it out."


Neither Harris nor Morris did much to separate themselves on Saturday.Harris, a senior, completed 18 of 30 passes for 149 yards while Morris was 14-of-22 for 142 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown pass to Kendal Thompkins.



But Harris and Morris each threw two interceptions, raising disturbing memories for UM fans who watched their quarterbacks throw an NCAA-high 27 interceptions in 2010.


One Morris interception was particularly egregious. The sophomore faced a third-and-5 situation from his own 16-yard line and responded by throwing a pass directly to linebacker Sean Spence, who returned it for a touchdown.


"They both threw the ball pretty good and they both did some things that weren't real smart," offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch said. "No, neither of them stood out."


There were extenuating circumstances.


For one, UM kept it simple on offense, using only a half-dozen pass routes and virtually no motion or shifts, according to Golden.


The quarterbacks were also hampered by injuries that kept several receivers from playing. Golden was forced to use a couple receivers who wore yellow, no-contact jerseys because they haven't been cleared for hitting. On one Harris interception, a receiver in a yellow jersey appeared to pull up short to avoid contact, allowing the defender an easy pick.



To make matters worse, Glades Central grad Travis Benjamin injured his right leg during his second offensive series and did not return.
Cause for Concern?




( Injuries could plague Miami's passing game )

"It was very tough," Morris said of having to play without his top pass catchers, which also included injured LaRon Byrd and Aldarius Johnson. "It restricted us in personnel groupings. But that's fine. We still have to execute."


Before Saturday, Harris and Morris had kept turnovers to a minimum this spring. In the Hurricanes' first scrimmage on April 2 at Spanish River High, neither threw an interception. Last week at Miami's Traz Powell Stadium, Harris and Morris were both picked off once.



"They both need to improve in every phase," Fisch said. "They have to play faster, make quicker decisions and trust what they see."


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So i will be setting up my dynasty tomorrow.

- Position outlook
- Conference outlook
- Top 25 & Heisman Watch

So look forward to the Hurricanes storming ya town!
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(2001 National Champs Miami Hurricanes)

When people think about the hurricanes, they mention the countless All-Americans, the five time national champions and the Swagger that the players carried on and off the field. Now when they think about the "U" they ask "Will it ever be the same as the class of 2001?"

Offense

Quarterback: Jacory Harris (SR), Stephen Morris (SO) Spencer Whipple (SR), Ryan Williams (SO)

- This position has to be one of the biggest question mark? The "U" has produced some great quarterbacks but none in recent years. Jacory Harris has his ups and downs since coming to Miami. He had a break out year as a sophomore but then regressed in his junior year. Harris should be the clear cut start for the hurricanes when the season starts but needs to make smarter choices in the passing game. Stephen Morris was thrown into the fire last year as a true freshmen when Harris went down. He comp. 82 passes for 1,240 yards but he threw 9 INT to his 7 TDs. Morris has great pocket presence and hopefully will make some stride in his sophomore year. Spencer Whipple surprised people in the spring as he was the number 1. Whipple has yet to throw a TD but managed to throw 2 INT in his limited time on the field. Whoever gets the starting job...its theirs to loose.


Runningback: Lamar Miller (SO), Mike James (JR), Darion Hall (FR), Kevin Grooms (FR)

- The Strength of the canes' offense comes from the backfield. Miami was once suppose to have one of the best running trios in the ACC but with Storm Johnson transferring. Lamar Miller looks to be the featured back in this offense as he rushed for 646 yards on 108 carries.as the back-up last year.He exploded in the spring game with 10 carries for 166 yards and three touchdowns. Mike James looks to be complementing the speed back Miller with his power style of running. James carried the ball 70 times for 398 yards as the third running back.Darion hall and Kevin Grooms should be trying to buy a spot as the third running back on the team. Hall was red-shirted last year and looks to prove himself to the new coaching staff in Miami. Kevin Grooms an amazing 3 star RB/Ath with an amazing burst out of his breaks, change of direction and closing speed.

FullBack:
Maurice Hagens (SO)


- Maurice Hagens will be the start at fullback replacing Patrick hill. Hagens is a type of workhouse type of rb when he was in high school. The only thing he lacks is a great speed but makes up for it with his blocking ability, Durability, and plays with great power.


Wide Receiver:
Travis Benjamin (SR) LaRon Byrd (SR),Aldarius Johnson (SR), Tommy Streeter (JR), Phillip Dorsett (FR), Kendal Thompkins (JR), Davon Johnson (JR), Allen Hurns (SO)


- Miami Has produced some great wide receiver over the years that went on to have great NFL careers. This year could be abit different with no go to receiver out of the bunch. Travis Benjamin has some big shoes to fill with Leonard hankerson gone. Benjamin needs to be more consistence with catching the ball this year. He has amazing speed and athleticism that can clearly be seen on the field. He will also be look to as the kick/punt returner. LaRon Byrd should be the clear #2 receiver he had the third most receptions and yards last year. The position for the number #3 spot is anyone's who wants it. Tommy Streeter and Kendal Thompkins both showed some flashes during the spring.

Tight end:
Blake Ayles (SR) , Chase Ford (SR), Asante Cleveland (SO) , Clive Walford
(SO)

- Miami Has also been know for some great tight ends [Kellen Winslow Jr., Jeremy Shockey, Greg Olsen...etc] Asante Cleveland is suppose to be the starter at tight end but was injured during the spring. So Blake Ayles a USC transfer looks to have secured the starting role. Ayles hasn't been as productive at USC with only catching one touchdown at his time there. He has always had some type of injury during his three years at USC. Chase Ford looks to be the #2 tight end on the roster. He started in 11 games last season only to catch couple of passes.

Offensive Line:
LT Seantrel Henderson (SO), LT Malcolm Bunche (FR), LG Harland Gunn (SR), LG Brandon Linder (SO) C Tyler Horn (SR), C Shane McDermott (SO), RG Brandon Washington (JR), RG Jared Wheeler (SO), RT Jermaine Johnson (SO), RT Ben Jones (JR)


- Former UM O-line coach Art Kehoe has return to the "U" which means great things for this offensive line. They have all the tools to be great with all the start returning expect for former LT Orlando Franklin who left for the NFL. They question here is how will Seantrel Henderson do on the left side of the line? Many people have compared him to Bryant Mckinnie who now plays in Minnesota. Henderson has all the right things to be great [Athleticism, Great footwork and Size]. Since Henderson made the move to left tackle the right side of the O-line is up for grabs. Jermaine Johnson looks to be the bookend to Seantrel. Johnson has played in 11 games and recorded 3 pancakes last season. The Interior of the offensive line is the most experience. Harland gun has started in 26 game for the canes recording 13 pancakes and six lumberjacks last year. Gunn has great blocking skills, he explosive and quick off the line. A three star prospect JR Brandon Washington showed that he can play and play at a high level his coming to Miami. Washington fires well off the ball for a 300 big men. He is quick, nimble, and shows light feet for a 300+ pounder. He is an excellent run blocker who plays with a great low base. The leader of the offensive line Center Tyler Horn had a great season last year finishing 39 pancakes and six lumberjacks. He looks to the center piece that holds this offensive line together.


Defense

Defensive Ends: LE Adewale Ojomo (SR), LE Marcus Robinson (SR), RE Olivier Vernon (JR), RE Dyron Dye (FR), RE Anthony "3G" Chickillo (FR)

- The Defensive Line should be the strength of the Defensive with it anchored by Adewale Ojomo and Olivier Vernon who combined recorded 11 sacks last season. The standout 5 Star defensive end Anthony chickillo was born to be a hurricane. He is relentless and will rundown the opposition from sideline to sideline. There will most likely be a rotation used to maximize everyone skill set.

Defensive Tackles:
Marcus Forston (JR), Micantor Regis (SR), Luther Robinson (SO), Curtis Pointer (JR) Jalen Grimble (FR)

- The Defensive Tackles position hasn't been the same since Warren Sapp played the position. This defensive line feature a highly touted linemen in Marcus Forston. Micantor Regis looks to play beside forston, between the two of they have combined for 6 sacks and two interceptions. The Canes adds another 5***** star prospect along the defensive line in Jalen Grimble. He run extremely well for a big man which lets him be able to chase down plays from the back side and make an impact when the ball is going away from him.

Middle Linebacker:
Jordan Futch (SR), Kelvin Cain (SO), Shayon Green (SO)

- The Middle linebacker position is up for grabs with Colin McCarthy leaving for the NFL. Jordan Futch looks to be the top candidate for the position. He has made a name for himself on the team for his big hits on special team. Right behind him is Kelvin Cain who recorded one sack last season. He has shown some great athleticism, quick feet and great size.Futch could get the starting nod because of his experience but don't be to see Kelvin make a name for himself.


Outside Linebacker:
LOLB Ramon Buchanon (SR), LOLB James Gaines (SO), LOLB Gionni Paul (FR), ROLB Sean Spence (SR) ROLB Anotnio Kinard (FR) ROLB Denzel Perryman ( FR)

- Everyone knows that Sean Spence is a lock for the starting job but who will be on the other side of him? Buchanan looks to be in prime shape to get the other OLB spot as long as he can stay out of trouble that is. Another option at the OLB position could be freshman Gionni Paul. He lacks ideal height at 5'11 but he makes up for it with some serious big hits.

Cornerback:
Jojo Nicolas (SR), Brandon McGee (JR), Lee Chambers (SO), Thomas Finnie (FR), Dallas Crawford (FR), Kenneth Jackson (FR)

- One of the many weakness of the Defense unit. Miami has Lost both starting corners to the NFL [Demarcus Van **** & Brandon Harris]. The question is who will step up? Jojo Nicolas is a former safety who will be playing corner this year. McGee is the only player out of the group who has experience playing. Coach Golden has made sure to add depth to this position with the signing of 2 3*** star recruits in Thomas Finnie and Dallas Crawford. Both of them have great closing speed on the ball and instinct to reaction when the ball is in the air.

Safeties: FSVaughn Telamaque (JR), FS Kacy Rodgers (SO), SS Ray Ray Armstrong (JR), SS Alonzo Highsmith (JR) SS Eduardo Clements (SO)

-Telamague & Armstrong are the notable starters at the safety positions. Both of them have great coverage awareness and great instinct to reaction on the ball. The only other player at this position with any experience would be Sophomore Kacy Rodgers. Alonzo Highsmith was the former 3rd string QB but switched to Safety during the spring. He isn't the only one making the transition from offense to defense. Eduardo Clements one of the back-up running backs last season makes the move to Safety to add more depth to what is a weak secondary group.

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2010-2011 ACC Champion....Virginia Tech Hokies!






The 2010 season are in the books! Now we look ahead to the 2011 season. Just a couple of days away before the college season begins. We take a look into the pre-season conference outlook for the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).

Atlantic
#10 Florida State
#24 NC State
Clemson
Maryland
Boston College

Last Season it was Florida State that barely escaped the Atlantic division to go to the ACC Championship match up. Now they look to be the dominate forced in the division. Many of the other teams have lost many key players such as Russell Wilson transferring to Wisconsin and Kyle Parker going on to baseball. Torrey Smith, Jamie Harper, Mark Herzlich and many others wrapped up their college careers and headed towards the pros.

Prediction

Florida State

Coastal
#17 Virginia Tech
Miami
Georgia Tech
North Carolina
Virginia
Duke

Will Virginia Tech be able to make it repeat for the ACC championship? Many questions linger in the air for the coastal division. 4 out of the 6 teams have big question marks at QB. Virginia Tech lost their QB and both Running backs to the NFL. SO this look likes they could be in trouble if Logan Thomas doesn't step up in fill in Tyrod Taylor shoes. For Miami they have been searching for that answer at QB ever since Ken Dorsey left the program. Its either gonna be Jacory or Stephen behind the helm this season. To make things a bit worse, they are breaking in a new coaching staff. Georgia Tech & North Carolina are breaking in new quarterbacks, they both have lost important key players in their running game. Let's hope that they can get the ball rolling early!

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Virginia Tech Hokies


Atlantic Coast Conference Conference Standings - Updated: Sep 1, 2011
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Virginia Tech





NC State





Clemson





Miami





Maryland





Georgia Tech





North Carolina





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Boston College





Wake Forest





Duke





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