« Game day blog: UM 23, FIU 9 (F) | Main | Keys to the game: Texas A&M »

Ripple effects, plus Live Q&A tonight

One of the greatest fears Canes fans have about this year's team is that if the team struggles again, it could potentially cost them a few of the top-line recruits coach Randy Shannon and his staff have managed to corral in the early going of building what could be a stellar 2008 Class -- something extremely and obviously important to Miami's future.

So far, UM's 2-1 start has been pretty unimpressive -- especially on offense, where quarterback issues and red zone issues have led Miami to put up some ugly numbers. The Canes rank 83rd in scoring offense (22.33 ppg), 99th in total offense (302.67 ypg) and 113th in passing offense (130.67 ypg) out of 119 I-A teams. For those of you worried about these type of figures being used against Miami commitments, THERE IS REASON TO BE SCARED.

Last night, I spoke to Miami Booker T. Washington receiver and current Cane commitment Davon Johnson, who visited Gainesville this past weekend with teammate Brandon Harris (a four-star cornerback on Miami's radar), Ely 5-star cornerback Patrick Johnson (another UM commitment) and several other local players Miami's interested in including Krop linebacker Etienne Sabino. From what Johnson told me, it sounds like the Gators are using Miami's offensive struggles against the Canes.

"It opened my eyes. Coach sat me down and really broke down the offensive schemes they run [at Florida]. He told me about the catches I could get compared to Miami catches. Yes, it's causing me to worry because every receiver wants the ball. If your not giving the receiver the ball, why should I go there?"

While Johnson told me he is still a Miami commitment, he admitted it is now 50-50 between UM and UF. Johnson, a four-star receiver who made Miami fans drool when he starred in Booker T.'s nationally televised beating of Summerville, S.C., last month, said though he will still make UM his last visit. He plans on visiting South Florida, South Carolina and LSU before then.

Monday, though, Johnson said he got a visit from a few fellow Cane commitments and Northwestern players when quarterback Jacory Harris, defensive tackle Marcus Forston and linebacker Sean Spence passed by his practice (the trio also stopped by UM Monday). Johnson said all three told him to follow his heart, but still pushed the Canes (CLICK HERE TO HEAR THE COMPLETE AUDIO INTERVIEW AS WELL AS MY INTERVIEWS FROM MONDAY'S PRESS CONFERENCE).

Miami fans should expect some of this to go on as the year goes on, especially in light many of these recruits will stay make visits to other schools. They should also expect to hear the type of rumors coming out of Gainesville regarding receiver Deonte Thompson, a 5-star receiver out of Belle Glade Glades Central who picked Florida over Miami last year.

Shannon said during his press conference Monday he's received phone calls from freshmen at other schools who have shown interest in transferring. I've spoken to a source who told me it could happen, but cautioned the more it gets publicized the more likely it won't occur.

Anyway, I'm running late for practice. I'll be back later tonight for a live Q&A between 8 and 9 p.m. Leave me some questions here for later tonight. 

ON A PERSONAL NOTE: I got back from Dallas Sunday after nine days out in the Midwest and have to say I'm happy to be back home. The trip was a lot of fun and my wife and I got to see a lot aside from UM's loss in Norman and Miami Northwestern's big win in Texas.

We visited Oklahoma City and the memorial to the bombing victims of the federal building. We took a hiking trip down to Dinosaur Park in Glen Rose, Texas (which boasts the longest dinosaur footprints in the US). We made the four and a half-hour drive down to San Antonio to see the Alamo and the famous Riverwalk. And we went into downtown Dallas to see the Sixth Floor Museum where Lee Harvey Oswald shot JFK (plus, a walk around the famous grassy knoll). For those of you who like to travel or might have made the trip yourselves, feel free to share your thoughts one some of the places we hit this past week. I'd love to hear your experiences.

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Manny hows it going...
Do you think the significant difference in Cane Football is that the offense is being called upon to score too many points? I've said before that I believe Miami of the past scored on all ends of the ball so if the offense didn't play super no one noticed anyway because Ed Reed was scoring, Roscoe was running them back...Any truth to that or is that fictional?

Also can we get a list of players that are definately redshirted?

Q: Manny, here's my question for you: Miami is favored by 3 against A&M. I'm a die-hard Canes fan, but what the f***? Are we getting too much respect here? Posted by: Displaced Cane in Chi-Town | September 18, 2007 at 01:31 PM

A: I’m kind of scratching my head myself considering Miami’s offensive woes. I’m going to list my predicted score tomorrow. But if Miami wins, its not going to be by much more than a touchdown in my opinion.

Q: hey manny navarro, how'd your blog do in august? Posted by: green | September 18, 2007 at 08:09 PM

A: Thanks to you Green, the Canespace crew and all of my new readers, pretty high up on the food chain at The Herald. I think we actually finished second only to Dave Barry's blog and Dolphins in Depth. A credit to you Canes fans. Thanks.

AWESOME

Manny, did you hear? 86Cane promoted me to on campus insider for Canespace! Don't worry; your job isn't in jeopardy......yet. I'm not a journalism major; I'm on a pre-med track so you can still sleep soundly at night LOL. All things aside, what is your take on Brandon Harris' reaction after the UF visit? I know Davon Johnson was swayed but what about BH and the others? I hear Urban doesn't follow the ethics of recruiting
Thankx

Manny, What's up with Tervaris Johnson? With all the early mixups in the secondary, I thought i'd see him at safety at some point. Also, did Adwale Ojomo get a redshirt or has he just not ready to see the field? Posted by: YoungChris757 | September 18, 2007 at 08:19 PM

A: I'm not sure what's happened with Tervaris. He's been sort of lost in the mix. He's only played in one game and was passed on the depth chart by freshman Jojo Nicholas. Not sure what is going to happen with him. Ojomo hasn't seen the field at all. And I doubt he'll play at all this season. I think he's headed for a redshirt. He's simply not ready. Getting into camp late didn't help.

Q: Manny hows it going... Do you think the significant difference in Cane Football is that the offense is being called upon to score too many points? I've said before that I believe Miami of the past scored on all ends of the ball so if the offense didn't play super no one noticed anyway because Ed Reed was scoring, Roscoe was running them back...Any truth to that or is that fictional? Posted by: RayChanCaneFan | September 18, 2007 at 08:24 PM

A: It always helps to have the special teams and defense creating points for you. And that hasn't happened yet this season. But the difference between UM during its pre-stink stage on offense and the one that made BCS games on a regular basis was a consistent passing game and solid quarterback play. They haven't had that in several seasons now.

Hi Manny welcome home.

How did the Texas press treat MNW while interviewing or covering them?

What kind of respect were the Texas fans in the stands giving MNW both the team and their fans?

Also can we get a list of players that are definately redshirted? Posted by: RayChanCaneFan | September 18, 2007 at 08:25 PM

A: I don't know if there is a definite list. But odds are Daniel Adderly, Tyler Horn, Robert Marve, Jermaine McKenzie, Adewale Ojomo, Chris Perry and Doug Wiggins are likely the strongest candidates.

Manny, have you noticed any glaring mistakes that Randy Shannon or the staff as a whole have made?

Q: Manny, did you hear? 86Cane promoted me to on campus insider for Canespace! Don't worry; your job isn't in jeopardy... yet. I'm not a journalism major; I'm on a pre-med track so you can still sleep soundly at night LOL. All things aside, what is your take on Brandon Harris' reaction after the UF visit? I know Davon Johnson was swayed but what about BH and the others? I hear Urban doesn't follow the ethics of recruiting. Thankx. Posted by: RT6 | September 18, 2007 at 08:34 PM

A: RT6 you are definitely a strong candidate. This job isn't so tough. Believe me. All you got to do is know football and not be afraid to ask questions and know how to phrase them. As far as Davon Johnson and Brandon Harris' trip to Gainesville, Urban Meyer and his crew obviously did a good job of making these guys feel good. Davon told me how he and the recruits were taken out clubbing and treated well. They obviously were brainwashed a little too by Florida's coaches. I think in the end, though, these guys are Canes.

Q: Hi Manny welcome home. How did the Texas press treat MNW while interviewing or covering them? What kind of respect were the Texas fans in the stands giving MNW both the team and their fans? Posted by: solarcane | September 18, 2007 at 08:41 PM

A: Thanks Solar. The Texas press treated Northwestern's players well. The fans were actually being real respectful. They weren't booing the Bulls and were cheering for them when they got off the grass following injuries. Classy actually. It was the postgame write-ups that elicited a few chuckles from me.

Q: Manny, have you noticed any glaring mistakes that Randy Shannon or the staff as a whole have made? Posted by: miamimike01 | September 18, 2007 at 08:45 PM

A: Starting Kirby Freeman at quarterback was the worst one. I obviously never got a shot to see Freeman in practice beyond the scrimmages we were able to watch, but nothing ever made me feel like he was the better man for the job. Wright has his faults. But he's a better passer and the better man for the starting job. I've always felt that way. The other mistakes have been minimal -- having UM's cornerbacks play tight coverage against OU's talented receivers, going to the no-huddle offense.

Manny,
I wanted to get an update on Hialeah's Corey Liuget. How's he doing this season and do you think he ends up a Cane when it's all said and done?

Q: Manny, I wanted to get an update on Hialeah's Corey Liuget. How's he doing this season and do you think he ends up a Cane when it's all said and done? Posted by: YoungChris757 | September 18, 2007 at 08:54 PM

A: Probably a better question for our high school writer Andre Fernandez. I haven't seen Corey since football started or spoken to him over the phone. Andre does live chats on Tuesdays from 7 to 8.

Manny one final question(got my first Spanish test tomorrow and I haven't even done the vocab), do you think KW is ready to take that step now that he has the O-line? From what I've seen he usually laughs and jokes around but this week he is serious(about TAMU I hope). I just have this gut feelind about his demeanor this week. Any thoughts?

feeling*

Manny, is Nix trying to fit square pegs into round holes with the players we got and the system he's trying to run?

Q: Manny one final question(got my first Spanish test tomorrow and I haven't even done the vocab), do you think KW is ready to take that step now that he has the O-line? From what I've seen he usually laughs and jokes around but this week he is serious(about TAMU I hope). I just have this gut feelind about his demeanor this week. Any thoughts? Posted by: RT6 | September 18, 2007 at 08:57 PM

A: I spoke at length with several players this week trying to figure out what has held Miami's offense back the past several seasons. My own analysis -- 3 coordinators in 3 years. Kyle Wright hasn't played great. He's barely hovered in the above average zone. But had Miami had one offensive coordinator for his three seasons here, there's no doubt in my mind this team would have been much better off. Calais Campbell told me the offense has been getting better and better in practice with each passing week and he thinks having one leader now will make things easier. I think Miami's offense will improve as the season goes on -- including this game. But Miami fans need to stop measuring success with the glory years and compare it to the last three seasons of struggle instead.

Hey Manny! Did you hear...86Cane made me the lead man for cane baseball news. Whenever the season rolls around we need to talk some shop! Anyway, my question...have you heard anything about the LB's in practice this week? They have really had a rough go of it the first 3 games and I am wondering if we are going to see a more sound, fundemental game from that crew. Thanks Manny and great job on the blog!

Q: Manny, is Nix trying to fit square pegs into round holes with the players we got and the system he's trying to run? Posted by: Esteban | September 18, 2007 at 09:01 PM

A: Esteban, I think he's just tried to implement his will at first instead of adapting to his personnel. If he's really a good coordinator, you'll see Miami make adjustments and improve.

Q: Hey Manny! Did you hear...86Cane made me the lead man for cane baseball news. Whenever the season rolls around we need to talk some shop! Anyway, my question...have you heard anything about the LB's in practice this week? They have really had a rough go of it the first 3 games and I am wondering if we are going to see a more sound, fundemental game from that crew. Thanks Manny and great job on the blog! Posted by: Matt in LA | September 18, 2007 at 09:07 PM

A: The linebackers actually haven't been that bad considering. The return of the team's top defensive tackles will help them a ton this week and allow them to look a little better. Spencer Adkins is the only starter who hasn't impressed me. T-Good actually hasn't played half bad and neither has Colin McCarthy.

Manny,
I wanted to get an update on Hialeah's Corey Liuget. How's he doing this season and do you think he ends up a Cane when it's all said and done?

Manny...AWESOME work as usual! Can't wait for your game prediction tomorrow. Last week U went out on a limb and it didn't work out 100%.

This week I'm out there at Canez 34, Aggeez 27. Wish me LUCK!!!

er..

ignore my last post :/

Whats with Sam Shields lack of production? Is he pulling a Lance with us?

Manny, Ask Davon, B.Harris and the other recruits has it ever occured to them that the reason UF is doing so well NOW is because of talented So Fla kids like themselves? And that Meyer will get them and sit them to prevent from playing against them? Also ask them are they aware that the same people that's begging them to come to their schools are the very same people that call them thugs on a daily basis? I can understand Davon being confused by the offense, but that is only because we don't have a QB right now, where as next season we should have 3! The future QB came to his practice to assure him he will get the ball! As for the rest of the S Fla kids, stop taking your talent out of state and building up other people's programs that can't stomach U unless you commit to their team!

Why is Miami not recruiting the other WR from the west? he look pretty good when I watched the game on saturday, as a matter of fact that high school game was a lot more entertaining than the UM game.

lol @ Canes02 calling Manny, Shandel.

wrong blog buddy.

Not much new info here tonite!

Great blog Manny. Thanks for the inside insight.

Hey I made a mistake give me a break Cane33.

Sorry Manny!! No Harm No Foul

Still pretty funny though! lol

Canes fans:

Stop complaining because you have no shoes! I am compelled to cheer for FIU and they have no feet. Both the Panthers, who know only the valley, and the Noles, who have been to the mountaintop, wish they were at least in contention for the recruits you guys are fretting about "possibly" losing.

There's nothing new under the sun - ALL schools use the misfortunes of other schools to boost their own recruiting. UM has done it, and will continue to do it as well. It is a necessary evil. If that's their only pitch, then they have a problem. It is also a strategy with the potential o backfire. A lot of these kids, regardless of their backgrounds, are still savvy enough to differentiate between garden variety recruit-speak and thinly veiled mud-slinging.

The "U" can get healthy real quick with a solid victory over T Tech this week. And, any recruit worth the effort will recognize a steady return to dominance as it unfolds. On-campus stadiums not withstanding, winning is the only true equalizer. Given the Canes history of providing a pathways to the pros for its players hey still enjoy an advantage over most other schools.

Relax, it could be a heckuva lot worse.

E-Man, you lost me at "a solid victory over T Tech this week."

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, over.

So I realize this is not a traveling blog, but, my closest friends and I (a pack of about 5 of us) are planning a trip somewhere in the USA (maybe Canada). Any suggestions? We'd be going in May of next year.

Anywho, I think if the Northwestern kids stick (and we grab Streeter) that can be the backbone of a very strong class. This is very worrisome however, and may mean that when we play teams like Duke you'll need to run up the score a bit.

On-campus stadiums not withstanding, winning is the only true equalizer. Posted by: E-Man | September 19, 2007 at 12:31 AM not enough land or students to support an on-campus stadium. INFEASIBLE

http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2007/sep/19/local-canes-fans-to-cut-drive-time/ dolphin stadium will attract more palm beach & treasure coast fans ...

http://www.theacc.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/091707aai.html no TV for U v. duke. why noon?

http://www.sptimes.com/2007/09/19/Sports/_USF_WR_Johnson__Bull.shtml usf WR taurus johnson: "I thought we were already in the Big Three. I didn't know Miami was still in there." didn't U kick your ass in 2005? BLUSTER

http://www.mediatakeout.com/12142/the_shaq_divorce_drama_continues_-_enter_his_alleged_pregnant_girlfriend.html shaq's pregnant girlfriend?

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/umiami/2007/09/take-your-finge.html#comment-82197223 every month greg cote trumpets his performance in the herald's blog report. conspicuously, he omits august's. I suspect the Canes & dolphins kicked his ass. be a good sport ...

Posted by: green | September 10, 2007 at 09:15 AM CONFIRMED

manny navarro's once-limp blog has elicited 3,000+ posts since july 23 8 weeks ago : ) almost doubling the output of ALL his preceding blogs combined from aug 15 - jul 20 : ) 11 months! hey sunsentinel, how you like me now : )

REMINDER: ESPN Classic replays U from 9a-7p sep 20. can't get enough of U ... ALL CANES, ALL DAY

IMHO, Greg Cote is a complete idiot. He offers nothing intelligent or insightful, but simply spews out the same cliches and crap as every other mediocre sportwriter across the country. He's the type of sportswriter that tells us to take out the "C" in "BCS" if there are 3 undefeated teams at the end of the college football season -- you know, really clever stuff like that. And I just love how he called New England the "Cheatriots" -- brilliant! I bet he cracks himself up.

Manny, if you're friends with the guy, I hope you don't take offense to this. But it's how I (and lots of people I know) feel.

hey sunsentinel, how you like me now : )
Posted by: green

Green, you need to settle down. Shandel does a good job for the SS. A lot of us go to both blogs for info, and we want to see both blogs be successful. No need to pick a fight.

The bottom line is...They want to be winners. All we can offer right now is a quicker chance to play.

Who cares about some kid who can't up his mind. Half these guys will be leaving Gainesville or whatever after they sulk on the bench. The Canes needs dedicted loyal recruits.

Q: Manny, I wanted to get an update on Hialeah's Corey Liuget. How's he doing this season and do you think he ends up a Cane when it's all said and done? Posted by: YoungChris757 | September 18, 2007 at 09:18 PM

A: Sorry Chris. I wasn't ignoring your question. In fact, I thought I had answered it. Guess this server didn't produce it on the page -- malfunction or something. My initial response was to tell you to ask Andre C. Fernandez our high school writer. I haven't seen Corey since the season began and haven't spoken to him. Andre might have. I'm not sure where he is in his recruiting right now. Might be a better question for Dre when he does his live Q&A on the high school blog next Tuesday. Or shoot him an email.

displaced Cane in chi-town: whoa! as usual, you missed the point. I ADMIRE greg cote's writing. the Miami herald aka the writers paper agrees. I poked fun at him for being a sore loser ...

The comments to this entry are closed.