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What's that, you say? Tim Tebow's right arm is longer than his left arm?

MOBILE, Ala. -- Tim Tebow was not completely naked in Mobile, Ala., on Monday morning. He was wearing underwear when he walked in front of about 500 NFL scouts, coaches and reporters. Sorry, ladies ... and guys. No pictures. This isn't that type of Internet site.

You know that dream where you're standing in front of a large audience and then all of a sudden your not wearing any clothes. Well, that's what Monday morning probably felt like for the football players competing in the Senior Bowl. Believe it or not, I do have newfound respect for the NFL after Monday morning's Senior Bowl official weigh-in at the Mobile Convention Center. In college football, there's always that thick layer of fake. You know, the whole student-athlete thing. And recruiting: that's dripping with disingenuousness. Well, in the NFL there's none of that bologna. The NFL strips players down to their skivies and measures their height, arm and hands down to the fraction of an inch. One guy screams a player's height. Another guy screams a player's weight. Over 500 heads look up and then look down and scribble the details to the rhythm. Every time. Without fail. Funny stuff.

Tebow's stats: 6-2 1/2 and 236 pounds. His left hand is 10 inches even. His left arm is 30 3/4 inches. His right arm is 30 7/8 inches. That's right. Apparently Tebow's right arm is a little longer than his left. (Pete Carroll was in attendance. Pretty sure he made note of that.)

Riley Cooper's stats: 6-0 3/4 and 214 pounds. Cooper's left arm is 32 1/4 inches. His left hand is 10 1/8 inches. 

There were some other notable physiques on Monday. Alabama defensive tackle Terrence Cody (6-4, 370 pounds) was the biggest guy in the room. Massive hands (11 1/4 inches). Heck, massive everything. Miami tight end Jimmy Graham was one of the tallest players (6-6 1/2, 259 pounds). Florida State safety Myron Rolle was the most chiseled. Oh, and Riley Cooper's hair wasn't quite as long as Dexter McCluster's dreds, but it was close.

Tebow, Cooper and everybody else begin practicing at 3:15 p.m. More updates later.

-jo-

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How much was the weight of expectation for Tim-MAY!

Now, I'm talkin bout this decade GAYtors.

The team of the decade is the '01 Miami Hurricanes. (according 2 Sports Illustrated).
The NFL safety of the decade is Ed Reed an ex-Cane.(according 2 USA Today)
The NFL linebacker of the decade is Ray Lewis an ex-Cane.(according 2 USA Today)
The NFL Special teams player of the decade is Devin Hester an ex-Cane.(according 2 USA Today)
Vince Wilfork an ex-Cane made the list for defensive tackles.
And they haven't even got 2 the offense yet.

And so far not 1 GAYtor on the list yet and they're listing 5 for each position.

The offense is next, and I'm sure Andre Johnson, Reggie Wayne are in the runnin at wide receiver of the decade.
Frank Gore, Clinton Portis, Willis McGahee and Edgerrin James will be in the runnin for running back of the decade.
Jeremy Shockey, Bubba Franks and Kellen Winslow will be in the runnin for tight end of the decade.
Bryant McKinnie will be in the runnin for lineman of the decade.

Any GAYtors come to mind, so for all the 4-5 star recruits you all get, for all the superb coaching they get, for all the great fan support get, how come none of them make it in the pros.


And just a follow-up to above msg, maybe 1 or 2 of the above were 4-5 star recruits.

9-4 U thug. You're coach sucks just like you.

21-17 U thug Your coach Blowwwws. jus like U

Whiskey put U in a dress. your coach sukkkkks jus like U

U steal yo 'cruits from Nevada State because U sukkkkkkk

U get FSU' and UF's scraps U sorry chump.

your coach sukkks but will get fired soon

All those NFL guys and the candycanes could only get 1 championship with them.We got two in the decade.

Ed Reed is done. Ray Lewis is washed up. U are sorry. they aint comin back either because U sukkkkkkkk

Who's U gettin drafted this year chump??????
SCRUBS

Your QB is a pencil neck. His favorite receiver is the CORNERBACK


BWAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAHAHA

canesrule lives under a bridge with his lice head old lady

U of FLORIDA, THUG U of the 2000',

You sound like an intelligent guy...Explain to me how da U has all those NFL stars and ONLY 1 championship. Buddy, that well has run dry.

Also, You forgot to mention the ACC as the worst conference of the decade...something da u has never won?

eat a bag of crap canesrul...err...I mean dwight lauderdale.

All those NFL guys and the candycanes could only get 1 championship with them.We got two in the decade.

Posted by: Donna Shalala | January 25, 2010 at 03:44 PM


BWAHAHAHAAHHAAHHAAHHAAAAA

great PEDs- no leadership

Vikings kickoff returner Percy Harvin, who didn't get to much returning of kickoffs on Sunday against the Saints due to a flurry of touchbacks, won't be returning kickoffs in Miami on Sunday, either.

Harvin has been scratched from the Pro Bowl due to injury.

He'll be replaced by Johnny Knox, of the Bears.

Knox, who like Harvin was a rookie in 2009, returning a kickoff 102 yards for a touchdown against the Lions.

Sincerely,
Pessy "I rather be smokin" Harvin

TO DWIGHT LAUDERDALE, answer this question?
in the past 10 years which conference has put the most players in the NFL? tick, tock, tick, tock.
Your guess is, the SEC.
WRONG.
SORRY, but it's the ACC with 74, eight more then vaunted sec, 18 more then the big 10, 26 more then the big 12.

And to all you knuckle draggers and your very intellectual reponses,
ANSWER THE QUESTION;
how come your 4-5 stars GAYtors can't make it in the pros and our 2-3 stars CANES end up being all-pros in the NFL???
INTELLIGENT REPONSES ONLY..

9-4 U thug. You're coach sucks just like you.

Posted by: U sukkkk | January 25, 2010 at 03:39 PM

21-17 U thug Your coach Blowwwws. jus like U

Posted by: U sukkkkkkk | January 25, 2010 at 03:41 PM

Whiskey put U in a dress. your coach sukkkkks jus like U

Posted by: got DECOMMITS? | January 25, 2010 at 03:42 PM

U steal yo 'cruits from Nevada State because U sukkkkkkk

Posted by: U sold your fence for scrap and bought crakkk | January 25, 2010 at 03:43 PM

U get FSU' and UF's scraps U sorry chump.

your coach sukkks but will get fired soon

Posted by: Nut Bowl chump....NUT BOWL | January 25, 2010 at 03:44 PM

All those NFL guys and the candycanes could only get 1 championship with them.We got two in the decade.

Posted by: Donna Shalala | January 25, 2010 at 03:44 PM

Ed Reed is done. Ray Lewis is washed up. U are sorry. they aint comin back either because U sukkkkkkkk

Posted by: Virginia tech made U their biattch | January 25, 2010 at 03:45 PM

Who's U gettin drafted this year chump??????
SCRUBS

Posted by: U don't put squat in the league no mo | January 25, 2010 at 03:46 PM

Your QB is a pencil neck. His favorite receiver is the CORNERBACK


BWAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAHAHA

Posted by: J17 | January 25, 2010 at 03:47 PM

canesrule lives under a bridge with his lice head old lady

Posted by: driiiiiiiippy | January 25, 2010 at 03:51 PM

9-4 U thug. You're coach sucks just like you.

Posted by: U sukkkk | January 25, 2010 at 03:39 PM

21-17 U thug Your coach Blowwwws. jus like U

Posted by: U sukkkkkkk | January 25, 2010 at 03:41 PM

Whiskey put U in a dress. your coach sukkkkks jus like U

Posted by: got DECOMMITS? | January 25, 2010 at 03:42 PM

U steal yo 'cruits from Nevada State because U sukkkkkkk

Posted by: U sold your fence for scrap and bought crakkk | January 25, 2010 at 03:43 PM

U get FSU' and UF's scraps U sorry chump.

your coach sukkks but will get fired soon

Posted by: Nut Bowl chump....NUT BOWL | January 25, 2010 at 03:44 PM

All those NFL guys and the candycanes could only get 1 championship with them.We got two in the decade.

Posted by: Donna Shalala | January 25, 2010 at 03:44 PM

Ed Reed is done. Ray Lewis is washed up. U are sorry. they aint comin back either because U sukkkkkkkk

Posted by: Virginia tech made U their biattch | January 25, 2010 at 03:45 PM

Who's U gettin drafted this year chump??????
SCRUBS

Posted by: U don't put squat in the league no mo | January 25, 2010 at 03:46 PM

Your QB is a pencil neck. His favorite receiver is the CORNERBACK


BWAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAHAHA

Posted by: J17 | January 25, 2010 at 03:47 PM

canesrule lives under a bridge with his lice head old lady

Posted by: driiiiiiiippy | January 25, 2010 at 03:51 PM
Posted by: The Curse of Art Kehoe | January 26, 2010 at 09:38 AM

9-4 U thug. You're coach sucks just like you.

Posted by: U sukkkk | January 25, 2010 at 03:39 PM

21-17 U thug Your coach Blowwwws. jus like U

Posted by: U sukkkkkkk | January 25, 2010 at 03:41 PM

Whiskey put U in a dress. your coach sukkkkks jus like U

Posted by: got DECOMMITS? | January 25, 2010 at 03:42 PM

U steal yo 'cruits from Nevada State because U sukkkkkkk

Posted by: U sold your fence for scrap and bought crakkk | January 25, 2010 at 03:43 PM

U get FSU' and UF's scraps U sorry chump.

your coach sukkks but will get fired soon

Posted by: Nut Bowl chump....NUT BOWL | January 25, 2010 at 03:44 PM

All those NFL guys and the candycanes could only get 1 championship with them.We got two in the decade.

Posted by: Donna Shalala | January 25, 2010 at 03:44 PM

Ed Reed is done. Ray Lewis is washed up. U are sorry. they aint comin back either because U sukkkkkkkk

Posted by: Virginia tech made U their biattch | January 25, 2010 at 03:45 PM

Who's U gettin drafted this year chump??????
SCRUBS

Posted by: U don't put squat in the league no mo | January 25, 2010 at 03:46 PM

Your QB is a pencil neck. His favorite receiver is the CORNERBACK


BWAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAHAHA

Posted by: J17 | January 25, 2010 at 03:47 PM

canesrule lives under a bridge with his lice head old lady

Posted by: driiiiiiiippy | January 25, 2010 at 03:51 PM
Posted by: The Curse of Art Kehoe | January 26, 2010 at 09:38 AM

9-4 U thug. You're coach sucks just like you.

Posted by: U sukkkk | January 25, 2010 at 03:39 PM

21-17 U thug Your coach Blowwwws. jus like U

Posted by: U sukkkkkkk | January 25, 2010 at 03:41 PM

Whiskey put U in a dress. your coach sukkkkks jus like U

Posted by: got DECOMMITS? | January 25, 2010 at 03:42 PM

U steal yo 'cruits from Nevada State because U sukkkkkkk

Posted by: U sold your fence for scrap and bought crakkk | January 25, 2010 at 03:43 PM

U get FSU' and UF's scraps U sorry chump.

your coach sukkks but will get fired soon

Posted by: Nut Bowl chump....NUT BOWL | January 25, 2010 at 03:44 PM

All those NFL guys and the candycanes could only get 1 championship with them.We got two in the decade.

Posted by: Donna Shalala | January 25, 2010 at 03:44 PM

Ed Reed is done. Ray Lewis is washed up. U are sorry. they aint comin back either because U sukkkkkkkk

Posted by: Virginia tech made U their biattch | January 25, 2010 at 03:45 PM

Who's U gettin drafted this year chump??????
SCRUBS

Posted by: U don't put squat in the league no mo | January 25, 2010 at 03:46 PM

Your QB is a pencil neck. His favorite receiver is the CORNERBACK


BWAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAHAHA

Posted by: J17 | January 25, 2010 at 03:47 PM

canesrule lives under a bridge with his lice head old lady

Posted by: driiiiiiiippy | January 25, 2010 at 03:51 PM
Posted by: The Curse of Art Kehoe | January 26, 2010 at 09:38 AM
Posted by: canesrule 21 'ships | January 26, 2010 at 09:39 AM

Hola Soldy,

"Yeah, they're sitting inside the Top 20 and that's great, but with all the talent around them, to me it's one of the more disappointing classes," said Jamie Newberg, national recruiting analyst for Rivals. "I thought Miami, slam dunk, was going to be Top 10 or Top 7 at worst. I'm dumbfounded how they don't have more big-named kids."

"Dumbfounded" ? How about Hurt spent this winter surfing Lubetube while Captain clueless groomed his oh soo perfect pencil thin mustache? Or maybe it was that KIA that recruits saw them pull up in. Or maybe it was because the competition pointed out all the raging fires in the UM football program. Or maybe recruits have gotten word about the exodus of the QB depth chart and the decommits by ignored kids. Or maybe kids just don't want to spend their college football career playing in a basketball conference.

http://www.firecoachshannon.com/

A storm is brewing

Cover your eyes canefan. It aint lookin to pretty for U
This is an interesting quote from the Jorge Milian article: "Missing out on big names doesn't necessarily mean doom and gloom for UM in future years. Of 1,496 players who started in a bowl game this past season, only 8.4 percent were top-100 recruits, according to the Wall Street Journal."

Posted by: stancane | January 22, 2010 at 12:42 PM

Started in a "bowl game" ???

Truly the dumbest stat ever produced. U could dissect it 382 different ways. Milian is grasping at straws by printing that WALL STREET JOURNAL stat. We all know that the WSJ is a bastion of football prognostication.


UM will never have a stadium U clod.

ITS OVA
Like it or not Randy Shannon is 100% on the right track. Within the next two years the Canes will play for a National Championship...and you can book that!!!

Posted by: Trying to reason with a Confedracy of Dunces | January 22, 2010 at 02:30 PM

hard to tell who the dunce is here but you should get an award for utter ignorance. meanwhile, Beamer, Butch, and Dabo are laughing hysterically at U.

Everyone laughs at U
U are pathetic
U are irrelevant

Posted by: Whiskey, a mediocre corn team, kicked your sorry asss up and down the field all night long | January 22, 2010 at 04:21 PM

Duh NEW U, where kids spurn powerhouse programs from the likes of Nevada, Western Michigan, Bowling Green and Buffalo to come and be All-Star Scout Teamers...

All together now Cane Tards... Fire up a U for Underachievers !!!
Randy Shannon's 2010, two weeks til Signing Day Closing Recruiting Strategy ...

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.

.


BODIES with a pulse !!!
Arty,

You smell that stinch coming from Coral Gables ?
Keep your head in the sand canefan. Your recruiting class is straight garbage.

Your recruiting coordinator has been asleep at the wheel.
You're using words like "sleeper."
Your signing guys that have offers from Nevada State and no one else.
Your decommit train makes the Chunnel blush.
Your decommits are saying UM IGNORED them ( trot out the grades or scared to compete excuse)
florida is oozing with talent and you are getting almost none of it.

What was that fence thingy again?
Please go back to Canespace. Miami undefeated next year is a complete joke. They still are 4th best team in the Coastal Division of the ACC>

You need to consider the source.

There is a storm brewing and it's a giant swirling mass of suck.
Five-star Florida defensive end commit Ronald Powell, the consensus No. 1-rated player in the country, told Justin Wells of Gator Country that his loyalty to the Gators is unchanged after being pursued heavily by Trojans head coach Lane Kiffin and recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron. “There isn’t anybody that going to change my mind,” Powell told Wells. “I’m a Florida Gator, and I’m going to be a Florida Gator. [Kiffin and Orgeron] came to my school and tried to talk to me there, and I told them, ‘I’m a Florida Gator,’ and that’s it. They’ve tried to call, but I’m done.”

oh man, our recruits are bailin'. Randy is cleaning up on these kids with a pulse. You know, the sleepers. This fence thing has me very nervous.


I am A E Banks.

"There is a storm brewing and it's a giant swirling mass of suck."

That's just good comedy.

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=4858267

Speaking of A swirling mass of suck.

Patron shots for the house.

Thanks U dumb cane

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/recruiting/football/news/story?id=4828955

Randy Shannanigan's brilliance is making national headlines.
"Sorry pal you are a 4 star we only take 3 star players here. We mold them all into first rounders but we can't win the ACC."

Randy burned his bridge to Northwestern with this stunt.

Things are looking up. Randy is beating out the likes of Nevada for the nations most sought after 3 star recruits. I guess it doesn't matter how many top recruits you get:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/andy_staples/12/24/top-100/index.html

Does Randy Shanannigan's have 365 days remaining with UM?

Highly unlikely.

Posted by: Donna Shalala | January 26, 2010 at 03:57 PM

This cant be true kehoe. Chandler decommited from Miami. He wanted no part of the canes. That is what you said right dooshbag. By the way, Hows timmy doing at the senior bowl. Put him under center like A true QB and he falls all over himself. When he can get the snap that is, But hey, I hear he has strep, yea thats it he's not feeling well.

Posted by: a Realist | January 26, 2010 at 04:23 PM

About as likely as urban making it through next year without having a nervous breakdown. He's gonna need shock treatment after his 4 loss season this year.

NOT 1 INTELLIGENT REPONSE TO MY QUESTION.
WHERE ARE THE GAYTORS IN THE NFL?????
OUR 2-3 STAR RECRUITS END UP IN THE NFL AS ALL-PROS AND GAYTOR 4-5 STAR RECRUITS END UP WORKIN AT THE LOCAL WAFFLE HOUSE OR CRACKER BARREL'S WASHIN DISHES..

I don't really follow the NFL, but I thought there was an article in the Herald saying there were 30 former Gators in the NFL.

I love the Cane fans bragging about the 2001 Canes. All fine and dandy, maybe the '01 Canes were the bet team of the 00's.

The only problem for you is that it's 2010. Stop living in the past.

Win the ACC and then maybe you will get some some respect.

Yeah, 30 mediocre GAYtors and the CANES have 48 players in the NFL.
(the all-pro teams of THIS decade has a cane or 2 or 3 at practically every posistion).
(try and name a GAYtor all-pro, it's pretty hard without googling it)
With all the 4-5 star recruits you all get, why don't they progress to the next level??
Coaching? gimmicky offense? flame-outs? already peaked? following some geeks rating system?

C'mon Mr. Goodman, ANSWER the question????

Hater --- Riddle Me this -- with all those NFL'ers, why did you win only 1 NC? You guys should have at least 3 or 4?

C'mon Hater, ANSWER the question????

TWO decades- ONE 'ship, That's UUUUUUUUUUUUU !

http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/blog/dr_saturday/post/Tim-Tebow-meets-his-worst-career-fears-in-Senior?urn=ncaaf,215726

Good thing timmy came back to win another title. Oh wait, They got drilled by ALABAMA.

Good thing timmy came back to win another heisman. Oh wait, He finished 5th behind A DT no less.

Good thing timmy came back to work with A QB coach and polish his skills. Oh wait , Read the above link.

U of Florida -

Who really cares? Meyers is there to win games for UF, so far he is doing a damn finer job of it than RS.

If you want to take solace in NFL success because DA U is stinking up whatever your stadium is called this week, go for it.

I rather my college head coach win college games than develop people for the NFL.

Meyer is A snake. He lied to his own wife and kids. Not that the people in charge at UF have any integrity any way. Even the school president has no problem bashing some ones car and leaving the scene.

Hey Cane losers, keep talking all you want about cane players that played at um ten years ago being the nfl. That's great. Congrats.
Fact is um doesn't have first rounders anymore and they don't win championships anymore. I would rather have no players in the nfl and compete for championships. But thats just me. Your run ended 7 years ago. You have been mediocre for years now. You can't win the ACC. Think about it. You have no stadium. No fans.No alumni support. A mediocre coach. No support from the president of the school.Don't you wonder why no big time recruits come to Miami anymore? You are staring being IRRELEVANT FOREVER in the eye. FIU will be the premier team in South Florida in about 5 to 10 years. Count on it. Hey you will still have that movie that shows the prestigious Randy Shannigans handing out player payments. I'm embarrassed for you guys.

No whats embarrasing is the greatest QB in floriduhs history cant even take A snap from under center. Not to mention the ducks he has been floating around at practice. He is embarrassing him self. If the Canes are so irrelevant kehoe why do you spend so much time on Cane blogs? Glad to hear you watched every minute of the 30 for 30 piece on the Canes history. The most watched documentary in the history of ESPN by the way.

32 - Points ALABAMA hung on you.

32 - Arrests under liar.

32 - Kehoes IQ. (They graded on A curve).

BREAKING NEWS!

A man was detained at the senior bowl practice after pulling out A shotgun and blowing one of Tim Tebow's ducks out of the air. We will have more on this story later.

Yeah speaking of duck throwers, how is the pimp doing these days? I heard he will try to break his own interception record next year.

Hope Jacori doesn't go down and you have to play Highsmith. That Randy sure loves living on the edge.

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=4861048

Not even one of the top 2 or 3 QBs at the senior bowl. Are you kidding me.

Posted by: Donna Shalala | January 27, 2010 at 11:30 AM

Doin fine thanks for asking. After throwing for over 3,000 yards and 24 touchdowns his first year as A starter he is proggresing quite nicely. By the way whos Brantlys back-up these days. I did hear you got A commitment from A two star QB that was offerd by Rutgers.

Doin fine thanks for asking. After throwing for over 3,000 yards and 24 touchdowns his first year as A starter he is proggresing quite nicely.

Against who? ACC competition? Jacory is a pick machine. The only thing that bails him out is that he has fast receivers that go get his hail mary's. That guy is a joke. Check who recruited Jacory. You guessed it. No real contenders. Oh that's right Shannon knows how to spot the real talent. Please. Whipple is looking for a new job already and don't be surprised if he leaves within the next month.

Brantley's backup is Jordan Reed. 4 star 6'3 240 dual threat qb. Are you questioning the depth of the Gators? You must not have followed recruiting the past 5 years. Top 5 classes.

It's pretty sad to see you guys like this. It's sort of like when you run in to the guy that was prom king and starting qb from your high school and he is 100 pounds overweight, is balding, smells and his wife can't take her eyes off your package. It's just sad.

Maybe we should have a relief fundraiser like for Haiti so we can raise some money so you guys can hire a real coach.

It's pretty sad to see you guys like this. It's sort of like when you run in to the guy that was prom king and starting qb from your high school and he is 100 pounds overweight, is balding, smells and his wife can't take her eyes off your package. It's just sad.

Maybe we should have a relief fundraiser like for Haiti so we can raise some money so you guys can hire a real coach.

Posted by: Donna Shalala | January 27, 2010 at 02:02 PM


Can we keep this to football related talk kehoe. I dont want to hear what happend to you at your high school reunion. OK, let me see if I can help you out. First, lay off the baconators and the weight should come right off. Next, try DEODERANT, it will hide the smell. As far as the dome goes if you ask nicely maybe shay shay will give you some clippings from the pelt to paste on your mellon.

Jacory,

Passing: inconstistent

sacks: LIABILITY

running: LIABILITY

leadership: Barbershop LEGEND and arm-sling buffoon

durability: HUGE LIABILITY

size: LIABILITY

decision making: below average

interceptions: LIABILITY

The ball was wet.

For Nelson 'long battle' will be over soon
Kevin Nelson can't contain his excitement. In a week, the Gainesville Sun's Class 6A-3A Player of the Year will be able to put pen to paper, sign his name on a National Letter of Intent and officially call himself a Miami Hurricane.

For Nelson, a 6-1, 215-pound middle linebacker, National Signing Day can't come fast enough. Neither can June 12th. That's the day he scheduled to graduate from Gainesville High. Three hours after he takes off his gap and gown, Nelson says, he plans to drive down to South Florida where he'll move in with cousin and future University of Miami teammate Demarcus Van Dyke. Soon after that, Nelson says, he plans on putting on an orange and white jersey with the number 52 on it. That would be the same number of his idol, Canes great Ray Lewis.

Ask Nelson where he'll be come the season opener in September against Florida A&M and he's got a prediction on that, too. He says he'll be starting at middle linebacker, on his way to the ACC Rookie of the Year award and leading the Hurricanes to a national title.

To say Nelson dreams big would be an understatement. But if you ask his coach, his family and his friends, the fact Nelson is making bold predictions about his future is a welcome relief -- because it wasn't long ago that Nelson wasn't sure where he was headed.

A troubled teenager, Nelson had trouble coping with the death of his mother, Bonnie Coleman, who died in 2002 after a long battle with brain and lung cancer. His biological father, Connie, who died last year from a stroke, didn't develop a relationship with him until he was older. Discipline and focus? It's taken time for Nelson to wrestle with that.

"It was crazy, man," Nelson said. "My brother was off to college so it was just me and my mother when I was little. My stepfather, when he was in the picture, was usually off to work. So, I'd come home and take care of my mom when she was sick. Sometimes, I wasn't able to do my homework because I was crying at night, trying to see if my mom was OK. It was hard. Things like that mess up a kid at that age. It takes time for them to learn how to be strong, realize that this happened for a reason. It was a battle. It still is to this day."

Nelson's battle became his aunt Shirley Williams' problem. Thankfully, he says, with his cousins off at college and plenty of room for him in her house, Nelson was able to grow up with plenty of support. He'd watch the Golden Girls with his grandmother, Irene Cudog, and his aunt, and iron out his behavioral issues. In a lot of ways, he says, he looks up to Hurricanes coach Randy Shannon, who grew up with plenty of his own family struggles. He considers the way both grew up "a deep bond."

"On Sunday, the last day of my official visit, we were talking about that," Nelson said. "He told me about how things were hard for him growing up, family members he lost. He told me situations like that prepare you for life, make you stronger. The way I see it, he never quit and ended up great. It took me some time to figure out how life is. In the ninth grade, I finally got control of it. I just turned a whole 180 degree turn and made some success in my life."

Now, Nelson says, he can't wait to go battle for Shannon. And the truth is, the Hurricanes might be stealing a superstar under Florida coach Urban Meyer's nose.

Nelson, rated a four-star recruit by ESPN and the third-best inside linebacker in the country, has developed into a far better player than most expected. He finished his senior season with 141 tackles, three sacks, two interceptions, three forced fumbles and helped Gainesville High to its city championship since 1988. His coach, Ryan Smith, said Nelson and teammate/fellow UM recruit Devont'a Davis (a 6-1, 170-pound cornerback) are the two primary reasons why the program went from 1-8 to 5-5 to 10-2 and its first playoff victory since Clinton Portis was around in 1998.

"Great players make great coaches," Smith said. "Miami is getting great players. They led the way for us all year. Their leadership, work ethic and the ability to make plays is phenomenal. If you want to look at one game. Look at the win over Buchholz. We won 14-9. Kevin scored both touchdowns (interception and a fumble recovery) and Devonta intercepts a pass on a two-point conversion at the end of the game to clinch it."

Former UM recruiting coordinator Clint Hurtt jumped on Nelson early. But if you ask Nelson, it was his persistence that got the Hurricanes to offer him a scholarship his junior year after the Gators passed and UCF and Arkansas were the only programs who bit.

"Before Miami even recruited me, I had to call them," Nelson said. "I called Ms. Cindy in the office and got coach Barrow's office number. I kept calling it and calling it until I got coach Barrow on the phone. After that, It just went from there.

"I told him 'I want to be the guy you can count on in fourth down situations, you feel me? Or, the guy you want to put it on his shoulders and be the leader -- the whole season -- of the defense. I don't want to give up no rushing yards, no passing yards and have the DBs and safeties moving, the d-line moving and linebackers making plays.' I told him I wanted to be that guy. He said 'Dang man, I really like the way you're talking.' After that, he fell in love with the way I was talking. I sent him film and two or three weeks later, coach Shannon offered me."

Nelson didn't have to sell himself his senior year. LSU, Florida, and a number of other SEC schools came looking for him. Although the offer to play for LSU "and beat UF every year" was tempting, the Hurricanes stayed on him hard. And soon, UM could be reaping the benefits. With Darryl Sharpton gone, the Hurricanes do not have a bonafide starting middle linebacker. Going into the spring, most expect senior Colin McCarthy to slide over to the middle and Sean Spence, Jordan Futch and Ramon Buchanon to eat up most of the snaps at outside linebacker. Nelson, the only middle linebacker in a class with five outside linebackers, could ultimately find his way into playing time if he catches on quickly.

"I feel like I'm the best linebacker coming in this class -- and I feel like with the guys I've been around and the knowledge I'm going to be receiving it will be something great for the University of Miami," Nelson said. "It's about time for Coach Shannon to get another ring on his finger. I told him I'm going to do everything in my power, with the last breath in my body to get him that championship ring."

Manny Navarro.

Keep him losers. We were never high on him . You're desperate at LB, he knows this.

The entire NATION is our backyard U clown.

your boy teabag can't even take a snap from center at the senior bowl. stock is plummeting. way to coach'em up in that gimmicky offense, that gets'em ready for the waffle house and not for the pros.
An ex-GAYtor football player (can I take your order and do you want'em smothered and scattered?).
An ex-CANE is probably at the pro bowl since they're a record 10 of them there..

Posted by: McShay | January 27, 2010 at 03:02 PM

Hey Todd, Great video on Tebow only being the 2nd or 3rd best QB at the senior bowl. By the way I dont remember Jacory missing A start this year. We all know what happend after Timmy got NTFO against Kentucky though.

OR CAN I HAVE MY 1 PHONE CALL...

AND IS THERE EVEN 1 GAYTOR AT THE PRO BOWL...

while OSU is mopping the field with you, you can chest bump that you got Nelson.

Manny's piece is a bunch of TALK. Just like U !

You're very good at empty TALK

Posted by: Ronald Powell | January 27, 2010 at 03:16 PM

Keep him losers. Now I'm gonna take my ball and go home. Did you try that deoderant yet kehoe? I wish you would the smell in here is awful.

Jacory,

Passing: inconstistent

sacks: LIABILITY

running: LIABILITY

leadership: Barbershop LEGEND and arm-sling buffoon

durability: HUGE LIABILITY

size: LIABILITY

decision making: below average

interceptions: LIABILITY

Posted by: McShay | January 27, 2010 at 03:02 PM

lmao

Posted by: TWO decades- ONE ship, that's U! | January 27, 2010 at 03:23 PM

That was'ent Manny talking. That came straight from kevins mouth. Kid is A BALLER!

I keep asking why Chandler is not coming to the U.

He was so positive about Miami he committed as a junior & has alot of his friends from NW already on the team.

Is it the coaches who don't want him? They offered him, didn't they?

Whats up with Chandler & NW, no other Bulls are coming this yr.


Because Randy is an IDIOT

blow your load over a linebacker canefan. Your class still sucks assss

By the way I dont remember Jacory missing A start this year. We all know what happend after Timmy got NTFO against Kentucky though.

I don't remember Tebow missing a start after the Kentucky. Get your facts straight moron.
Do you remember what Tebow did his sophmore year? something called the Heisman. What did Jacory do? Led the league in interceptions.
Let me know when a um player has two rings and a heisman. Thanks

All those nfl players and miami has only two heisman's. And that includes Gino Toretta which should give his heisman back because he has no business having one.

"Now I'm gonna take my ball and go home. Did you try that deoderant yet kehoe? I wish you would the smell in here is awful."

It's pretty obvious you're completely gutted and out of gas.

CHECKMATE loser.

C-ya

Posted by: Donna Shalala | January 27, 2010 at 03:29 PM

You answerd the question yourself doosh. Torreta has 2 rings 89 - 91 and a heisman 91. Danny boy can give his back too. He was A fraud at QB just like Tebow.

Posted by: also...your QB is a JOKE | January 27, 2010 at 03:35 PM

Dont leave mad kehoe. Just LEAVE.

Maryland 81, Miami 59, Final

Where are u? Why are u hiding? u have a basketball team that SuCK's as much as the football team. Didn't u watch? Frank Haith is as good as gone. President Gargoyle and Kirby Coldcut should give him an extension along with Marble Mouf. u are irrelevant. u are pathetic. Everyone laughs at u!

Posted by: Hamilton | January 27, 2010 at 04:04 PM

Your so sad kehoe. I drill you on here about football and now you bring out a basketball score. Talk about gutted. I think UM may have dropped A game in field hockey last night too.

5 > 3 ships

26 > 25 HTH

3 > 0 undefeated seasons

32 > 1 arrests

Hey, 3 out of four aint bad gaytor fan!

"Brantley's backup is Jordan Reed. 4 star 6'3 240 dual threat qb. Are you questioning the depth of the Gators? You must not have followed recruiting the past 5 years. Top 5 classes."

Your as delusional as the fans you love to hate.

Depth is proven talent, neither of those two have proven $hit at this point.

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