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The Hot Stove: The practice squad, Willie Williams and recruiting

Yes, that was Susan Miller Degnan who hijacked my blog yesterday and filled it with news on the scout team. Not me. Got to thank SMD for making her guest appearance. Hopefully, she'll make some more as the season progresses to provide The Eye on The U Crew with the news you can use.

As for that news, I'm out at practice now and Ryan Hill and Sam Shields are once again on the practice squad. I know one internet site, InsideTheU, posted a story yesterday that said both would be suspended for the game. But my sources tell me that's rubbish.

"Randy's just trying to light a fire under their [butts]," one source told me.

You never know what can happen. Randy Shannon could always do whatever he wants between now and Saturday. InsideTheU's Chris Stock says he stands by his sources. If you want to go back on history, Shields practiced all week with his own jersey number when he was suspended for the opener. But again, my source tells me its not true. We'll find out Saturday.

- Anyway, our boy Willie Williams, aka Killer, has been dismissed from the team at Louisville less than 24 hours after being arrested on marijuana possession. For Williams, one of the best football players I've ever seen at the high school level, its another disappointing turn of events in his career. Rumor has it Williams, who signed with UM out of high school, could be interested in returning home and playing for FIU. But the 6-3, 210-pound linebacker from Carol City High would have to sit out a year again. Not sure what this will ultimately do to his playing career. But it may be over now. Sad.

- And last but not least, I interviewed UM's newest commitment last night, Coconut Creek Monarch defensive end Andrew Smith. He's an under the radar kid who has a lot of upside according to scout I spoke with. The 6-3, 235-pound senior has seven sacks so far this season in four games as an end/outside linebacker. He's very polite, well spoken and said he had been hoping for the Canes to offer. He got his wish and said he committed to UM defensive line coach Clint Hurtt upon receiving his offer on Wednesday. If you want to hear the interview, check out our UM audio section. I'll be uploading it sometime today.

I'll have some more for you after practice. Let me know if you have any pressing questions.

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