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Emptying the notebook

I'm out here at practice, which has been slowed by lightning delays. Just wanted to share some notes with you from earlier this week. I've been slowed myself by having to go out to Dolphins camp yesterday and working on that Northwestern story so I appologize for leaving you without much to mull on since Tuesday night's live Q&A.

* MORE KAYNE: For those of you who missed Susan Miller Degnan’s story on Kayne Farquharson earlier this week, check it out in our archive. Farquharson, who made 6 catches for 43 yards and scored his first career touchdown in his first start, is a great kid. I profiled him back in December before he signed with Miami. Not only is he a talent on the field, off it, he’s a barrel of laughs. His teammates call him the biggest jokester on the team. He’s also a heck of a quote.

When asked earlier this week to talk about Javarris James and Graig Cooper sharing Miami’s backfield, this is what Kayne had to say: ”It seems like everybody in Division I-A and NFL going to the two-back thing. Baby J is like a Bentley. Cooper is like a Ferrari. It’s like which one you want to drive? You ain’t going to look bad in either one. It’s a good look for us. I say give them the ball 15 times each. I could block all day.

He was then asked, what are you then? “I’m Kayne. I’m your regular, Joe Schmo, blue-collar hardworking guy. Like a pick-up truck.”

Kayne said he celebrated his big day by heading out to the Golden Corral near his home in Homestead for some all you can eat dinner last Saturday after his big day. He said family and friends kept telling him “it’s about dang time.”

* THE SEARCH FOR A KICKER: Miami’s future kicking issues after Francesco Zampogna uses his final year of eligibility this year might be resolved with a scholarship player. Rivals.com is reporting the Canes are in the running for Jake Wielcaw, a senior from New Lenox Lincoln Way Central in Illinois who is the state’s career leader in field goals made. The 6-2, 180-pound Wieclaw recently connected on his 45th career field goal and also starts at wide receiver. Wieclaw told Rivals he’s been hearing from both UM and Illinois and will try to visit UM on an unofficial visit in the coming weeks. Purdue, Northern Illinois and Iowa are other schools who like Wieclaw.

* MORE ON WILLIE: Former Hurricane and Louisville linebacker Willie Williams pleaded not guilty to charges of marijuana possession this week after he was pulled over by cops and found with weed in his mouth last Friday. Williams, who was kicked off the team at Louisville, lost patience when he was here with Miami and was frustrated by a lack of playing time. Tuesday, Canes safety Randy Phillips was asked the what if question…

“If he would have had patience, he probably would have been a starter because he would have come in with the starters,” Phillips said. “We had a lot of guys hurt and a lot of young guys playing now. He would have learned the system. He would have been here 3 or 4 years and he would have been ready to go, but he made the decision of what he thought would be best for him and his family and he got to live with it. Willie was really cool. I don’t affiliate myself with too many guys other than football because you never know what guys are involved in. Hopefully, he can get himself together and have a turn around. He’s a great guy as far as I know. Hopefully, he can get his mind right.”

* Phillips also offered his two cents as to why the secondary has struggled this season and given up 10 touchdown passes in five games. Last year Miami gave up 9 passing TDs all year.

“It always has been one person. Everyone is doing right but then one person will slip up for a play and it will happen,” Phillips said. “FIU game, the linebackers slipped up, they caught us. One person will take a play off and a big play will happen. With Bruce [Johnson], Bruce is jamming the whole game, pushing him out of bounds the whole game. Perfect coverage. But then, it gets boring out there. But you got to stay in tune. I’ve been there at corner. Nobody is throwing the ball your way, you relax and as soon as you relax, you have a guy good enough to get by you. Bruce had a great game and other than that one play, Bruce had a great game.”