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Monday afternoon UM and Dolphins quick hits; Heat signs point guard

Some quick Canes hits  (Please see below for 1:30 p.m. updates with Heat and Dolphins notes):

### UM said Stephen Morris threw during UM’s light practice today -- he wasn't a full participant in practiced -- and Al Golden indicated he expects him to play Saturday against USF.

“He looks good,” Golden said, noting this is not as serious as the ankle issue that forced him to miss the end of last year’s North Carolina game. (Morris was able to start the next week.)

### The perception of Ryan Williams around the program has improved. Golden noted that he has improved by changing his mechanics and using his feet more to escape pressure. “He doesn’t have an arm [as strong as] Stephen’s, but that doesn’t preclude him from being a very good quarterback,” Golden said.

### People who have watched UM’s closed practices during training camp have said they’re impressed with how freshman quarterback Kevin Olsen threw the ball. But in some pointed remarks, Golden made clear Monday he expects more. A lot more.

“He has to improve the mental aspects,” Golden said. “He hasn't owned the process. He can't waste this year. He's got to get better. When we're not throwing, he's got to be throwing anyway... [and] watch how Steve and Ryan conduct themselves....”

In other words, don’t get too comfortable, kid, and think you don't have to work harder at this. Golden sent the message he clearly expects more. (Susan Miller Degnan will have more of Golden's comments on Olsen and the quarterbacks in a story to be posted later.)

### Malcolm Lewis, who has essentially fallen to sixth on UM’s receiver depth chart before Rashawn Scott was injured late in the opener, is close to the player he was before his gruesome ankle injury against Georgia Tech last season, Golden said.

“Is he 100? No,” Golden said. “Will he be this year? I don’t know yet. He was playing faster.”

### Defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio smiled when noting that freshman linebacker Jermaine Grace not only thanked him after Saturday’s blowout win for putting him in the game but also reminded him that he had six tackles.

### Artie Burns wasn’t able to seize a starting cornerback job (he was listed as a possible starter last week, but not on Sunday’s depth chart), and that’s not a surprise because he’s got quality older players ahead of him. But Burns remains firmly entrenched among UM's top four corners and coaches love the upside.

"He played over 30 plays and graded out pretty well," Golden said. "We have to get more production from him in pass breakups and tackles, things of that nature.”

### UM is pleased with tight end Beau Sandland’s emergence.

“He's gifted athletically, he has loose hips, soft hands,” Golden said. “The things we didn't know was how good he'd be with run after catch.”

### Game time for the Oct. 5 home game against Georgia Tech will be decided next Sunday.

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The Heat, looking to fill out a training camp roster, signed undrafted 6-2 rookie point guard Larry Drew III, who averaged 7.5 points and 7.3 assists and shot 44.6 percent for UCLA last season and 43.3 percent on threes. The son of the Milwaukee Bucks and former Atlanta Hawks coach, Drew impressed the Heat during workouts earlier this month.

Drew, who started his college career at North Carolina and then transferred, broke Pooh Richardson's UCLA single-season assists record last season and was named first-team All Pac-12.

The Heat has 13 players signed to guaranteed contracts and five to non-guaranteed deals (centers Jarvis Varnado and Justin Hamilton, forwards Michael Beasley and Eric Griffin, Drew). The Heat has told agents it might not keep the maximum 15 players, so it's highly questionable whether any of the fringe roster contenders will make it, Beasley notwithstanding.

The Heat can bring as many as 20 players to camp, with former FSU guard Von Wafer among those continuing to get a look during informal workouts with the Heat.

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A few Dolphins notes from Monday:

### Joe Philbin said he's "delighted" by Ryan Tannehill's progress. "It's great to see, no question about it." But he said Tannehill "has to do a better job with the football."

### What especially irked Philbin about Sunday's win was "too many missed tackles."

### The Dolphins have committed only two penalties in the past two games (both yesterday). Conversely, the Jets committed 20 penalties in their win against Buffalo on Sunday. Offensive coordinator Mike Sherman said Philbin deserves credit for the Dolphins' lack of penalties because he emphasizes that.

### What pleased Philbin with the running game is "we're not having as many negative yardage plays" as the opener against Cleveland.

### He blamed a scheme error and a running back (clearly Daniel Thomas) for two of the five sacks allowed. "We're averaging almost five sacks a game," Philbin said. "That's not acceptable."

Meanwhile, Sherman blamed himself for two of the five sacks.

### Sherman said Tannehill's game-winning TD pass to Dion Sims was a play they ran at Texas A&M when Sherman was the coach and Tannehill was the quarterback.

### Defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle said Dion Jordan played well in his 30 defensive snaps, including a key run stop (with Reshad Jones) near the goal-line.

### Coyle said he's eager to see what rookie cornerbacks Jamar Taylor and WIll Davis can do and believes they are close to contributing.

### Philbin said the fact that 75 percent of 3-0 teams have made the playoffs since 1990 is "meaningless." 

### NFL Network's Deion Sanders threw water on the Dolphins' start, noting their defensive rankings don't impress him. OK then.

 

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Lt. Lois Einhorn

Can't wait to get into ACC play but they have to take care of business first, USF has some fast South Florida talent on the roster.

Don't know I would want my coach telling everyone I have "loose hips".

rboud

USF has had 2 weeks to prepare for UM and will play UM like it's their Super Bowl. I know they've looked really bad, but they will play their best game against UM. The Canes need to expect to meet an emotionally ready team.

Among the remaining

USF lost to FAU...playing their best game might not be that difficult

Marios

I hope Misi comes back because Trusnik is painfully slow footed and with Drew Brees and Jimmy Graham it could get ugly.
How about Dion Jordan backing up Misi instead of Trusnik?

Mark fromATL

Philbin said it best...3-0 meaningless...just win 1 game at a time.
I live in ATL, and they are dumbfounded...but are giving props to our team fighting harder, and to the finish.

I am proud of this team, they are not pretty or flashy...but they ARE TOUGH, and they FIGHT HARDER than any Fins team in recent memory...I'm 49 so that is a few yrs of getting pushed around....yesterday's game and the COLTS game are evidence...they get down, and behind...but they keep fighting...we are on the cusp of "murderer's row"...NO, BALT, and NE are coming...but, the only way we continue to improve it playing tough teams...and these 3 coming are just that.

get Tannehill some protection...teach him to get rid of the ball...he is going 10 rounds with Tyson back there...but again...he is a TOUGH QB...young, and learning..but he is our QB and I am proud to have a fighter back there....been a long time since we had a fighter in the QB position.

anyhow - God Bless all of you.

Georgia Cane

Ireland gets extension. Are you kidding me! Dolphins Defense allowing over 4 yards a carry. Paying Wallace 10 million a year to be a decoy. Poor Dolphin fans! I don't know how you guys do it

TK SWANN

HEY MARK FROM ATL I LIVE IN ATL AS WELL AND YOU'RE RIGHT THEY CANNOT BELIEVE THEIR PRECIOUS FALCONS LOST TO THE FINS!! WELL AS I TOLD FRIENDS THE FALCONS HAVE NEVER REALLY WON IN MIAMI IN THEIR HISTORY BUT MAYBE 1/2 TIMES.I DO NOT DISLIKE THE FALCONS BUT THE CITY BECOMES SOMBER" ON MONDAYS AFTER FALCON LOSSES. GREAT WIN FOR THE FINS AND LOOKING FORWARD TO THE MNF GAME AGAINST THE SAINTS. NOW FALCON FANS WON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO IN THAT GAME BECAUSE WE BEAT THEM AND THEY HATE THE SAINTS.. I KNOW MY FRIENDS SAY THEY HAVE TO PULL FOR US SO THAT HELPS THEM IN THE DIVISION.."WHATEVER" GO WIN FINS LET'S GET THE RUNNING GAME GOING AND GET THE BALL TO WALLACE.

Mahoney-Pearson

We got a win against two good teams. This is no coincidence, so yes, Jeff deserves an extension. The secondary has turned a corner, and I hope the QB will get rid of the ball faster.

Lt. Lois Einhorn

Mr. Jackson,

The Heat and Nets might use nicknames on jerseys as a limited edition money grab next season.

Battier said he would go with "Batman", then "Shaneo", because he has no nickname.

If he's in your rolodex you should suggest he put "Shane Battier" on the back of his jersey. It's funnier.

Keepin it real always

I have no problem with Ireland getting a contract extension through 2014.Finally...he has earned it.Without the players HE got in the past 2 years....no way Miami would be 3-0.Hopefully...they get healthy and stay healthy and improve as a team.I also agree that Tannehill although playing smart and well.....at times holds onto the ball far too long.Either throw it away or move up and minimize a big loss or sack.Guess that s easier said than done though.GO PHINS.

Mark

Terrible decision, no way he was only extended through 2014 we're stuck with this clown for at least another half decade.

lose weight

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