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Game day blog: Ga. Tech 17, UM 14 (F)

I'm here at the OB for Georgia Tech and UM. Feel free to watch the game with me and feed me your thoughts as the game moves along.

THE LATEST
- The Canes needed an answer and got it. Now, they need another one. With 7:34 left, Georgia Tech connected on a 39-yard field goal to take the lead once again. Can the Canes' offense and Kyle Wright respond again like it did on its previous drive? Will the defense hold if it needs to? We'll find out.

* I'm going down to the field at the 7-minute mark. All the media do. I'll update the blog after the game. But feel free to continue to pour your thoughts in as you watch it all unfold as well as after the game. As usual, I'll have my postgame locker room coverage and more.

THE RECAP, DRIVE BY DRIVE (Key plays and notes)
FOURTH QUARTER
UM's 8th Drive (1st and 10 at the UM 27, 2:26 left)
- On the first play, Darryl Richard sacks Kyle Wright for an 8-yard loss. Not the type of play you want to start your comeback.
- But on the next play, the Canes catch a bit of a break when Tech is flagged for pass interference.
- Freeman comes in again following a Graig Cooper first down run to the UM 48. But his pass is just over the outstretched arm of Sam Shields down field, incomplete.
- AT THE END OF THE THIRD QUARTER, Miami has a third and three at Tech's 45.
- On a key third and three, Wright fakes a handoff and scrambles forward for a big first down. On the next play, Cooper comes through with another nice run, rumbling down for a first down at the Tech 24.
- On third and two, McNeal picks up one yard. UM goes for it on fourth down and gets it with a McNeal run up the middle for 6 yards to the GT 9.
- It all comes down to this series inside the GT 10. On third and goal from the GT 3, Wright puts the ball in the air in the end zone for Shields and he comes down with the catch with 10:37 left. Drive: 14 plays, 73 yards, 6:53. UM 14, GT 14.

GT's 9th DRIVE (1st and 10 at the GT 30, 10:30 left)
- Tech had a chance to move down the field quickly on the first play, but a pass from Taylor Bennett to Greg Smith was just out of reach near midfield.
- On third down, Bennett connects with Demaryius Thomas for a big first down and a 14-yard gain to the Tech 46.
- Tech picks up another first down and moves into Miami territory. Choice does it with his legs again. Tech has a first down at the UM 44.
- Choice burns the Canes again -- a 15-yard outburst. Miami's old reliable -- its run defense -- is not existant today. Choice has 184 yards right now.
- A big 3rd down and 3 at the UM 22... let's see what happens. Bennett throws an incomplete pass. Looked like UM jumped offsides. Canes caught a break.
- Travis Bell ends the drive with a 39-yard field goal to give Georgia Tech a 17-14 lead with 7:34 left. Miami is going to need its offense to come through again. Drive: 10 plays, 48 yards, 3:03. GT 17, UM 14.

THIRD QUARTER
GT's 7th drive (1st and 10 at the GT 20, 14:45 left)
- Tashard Choice, limited to 52 yards on 13 carries in the first half, gets the first two plays of the second half and picks up a first down with 10 combined yards.
- On his third carry, he explodes up the middle and rumbles downfield for a 54-yard gain to the UM 16. He's brought down by Bruce Johnson.
- Miami calls timeout with 12:44 left in the quarter. On third and four from the UM 12, quarter Taylor Bennett fakes a handoff, and runs the bootleg for a touchdown with 11:58 left in the quarter. Drive: 7 plays, 80 yards, 3:02. UM 7, GT 7.

UM's 7th DRIVE (1st and 10 at the UM 20)
- The offense goes three and out. Wright is forced to scramble on third down and he falls short of the first down by 2 yards. Matt Bosher gets off a good punt, 49 yards, to the Tech 23 that is fair caught. Tech takes over with 10:29 left in the quarter.

GT's 8th DRIVE (1st and 10 at the GT 23)
- Tashard Choice is starting to maul Miami on the ground with big chunks on carries.
- After another hefty gain, Tech gets flagged for holding. Might be what saves the Canes here.
- Maybe not, cornerback Glenn Sharpe gives Tech a first down on a defensive holding penalty.
- Tech moves inside the Miami 30 and down to the 24 on a 15-yard pass completion. Sharpe got burned on the coverage.
- On second down from the same spot, Tech picks up 17 yards on a playaction fake to the tight end. Miami's defense looks confused.
- The drive finally ends with Taylor Bennett scoring his second TD of the game on a 3-yard run. Drive: 14 plays, 77 yards, 7:59.
- Miami's defense has got to be exhausted.

HALFTIME THOUGHTS...
- Miami has done a decent job limiting Tashard Choice and forcing Tech to use its terrible pass offense. But UM hasn't been able to cash in.
- UM freshman Shawnbrey McNeal scored the game's only touchdown on a 39-yard run. But other than that, the Canes offense has been bottled up. Miami somehow still racked up 108 yards rushing on the Georgia Tech defense that ranks sixth nationall in rushing defense.
- Kyle Wright has managed a good game thus far, escaping the blitz a number of times. He hasn't been sacked yet.
- Dwayne Hendricks has gone down with an apparent right knee injury. He's the third UM defensive tackle out of this game. The only healthy ones right now are Joe Joseph, Teraz McCray and Luqman Abdallah.
- Miami has outscored opponents 71-0 in the first half this season at the OB.

SECOND QUARTER
GT's 3rd drive (1st and 10 at the GT 32, 1:52)
- Tech faces another third down and short, and Bennett completes an 11-yard pass to Demaryius Thomas for a first down to the Tech 49. END OF THE FIRST QUARTER.
- But after Tech moves the ball into UM territory, its drive fizzles and ends when Bennett throws a third and three pass behind his receiver and out of bounds.

UM's 4th drive (1st and 10 at the UM 15, 14:38)
- Miami goes a quick three and out, but had a chance for a big play on first down when Wright puts the ball on the money on what would have been a 40-plus yard gain. But the pass falls incomplete when Sam Shields can't haul it in. The Canes avoid disaster on third down when Wright's pass and a potential interception is dropped by Tech's Phillip Wheeler at the UM 30.

GT's 4th Drive (1st and 10 at the GT 43, 13:52)
- Tech converts another third and long on its first series on a pass play. A play later, the Canes look to have more trouble at defensive tackle. Dwayne Hendricks has gone down with an apparent right knee injury.
- On fourth and three at the UM 37, Tech decides to go for it. But Eric Moncur gets in and swats a pass away incomplete. The Canes will take over with 11:38 left and good field position.

UM's 5th Drive (1st and 10 at the UM 37, 11:38)
- Miami picks up a first down right away on back-to-back runs by Graig Cooper which total 13 yards. - But penalties start to kill the Canes. On the next play, Cooper looks to have picked up another first down on a 12-yard toss sweep. But the Canes are flagged for holding. It moves the ball back to the UM 40. On the next play, Sam Shields gets flagged for a block in the back, bringing up a first and 30 at the UM 30.
- Kirby Freeman makes an appearance yet again. Looks like offensive coordinator Patrick Nix is using him simply to run the option out of the shotgun. It hasn't been very successful.

GT's 5th Drive (1st and 10 at the UM 47, 8:11 left)
- Josh Nesbitt comes in at quarterback for Tech and immediately takes a direct snap and runs forward for 15 yards to the UM 32.
- Bruce Johnson has a chance at a second interception, but drops the ball at the UM 10. On second and 15, Nesbitt scrambles for a 14-yard gain, but Tech's Matt Rhodes is flagged for holding and a personal foul, moving the ball all the way back to the Georgia Tech 40. Wonder what Randy Shannon would have done to Rhodes if he was a Cane.
- Tech eventually punts.

UM's 6th Drive (1st and 10 at the UM 32)
- After a second down pass to Chris Zellner picked up some of the yardage lost on a first down carry that lost four yards, Kyle Wright escapes the bltiz and scrambles forward on third down for a first down to the UM 47.
- On third and seven at midfield, Wright finds Sam Shields for a 10-yard gain and another first down. Hey, Shields caught it!
- On the next play, UM has a chance at another score, but Wright just overthrows an open Darnell Jenkins downfield.
- The Canes end up having to punt. David Strimple comes on -- he's the pooch punter -- and gets the ball inside the Tech 20 where the Yellow Jackets take over with 3:09 left.

GT's 6th Drive (1st and 10 at Tech 17, 3:09 left)
- Tech picks up another first down on third down when Demaryius Thomas finds himself open at the Tech 37. The drive marches forward but eventually ends with a punt. Miami ends the half by taking a knee.

FIRST QUARTER
UM's 1st drive (1st and 10 at the UM 20)
- The Canes run the same play, a deep streak down the sideline -- twice to Darnell Jenkins and once to Sam Shields -- on the first three plays from scrimmage. But none of the passes are completed. But one draws a defensive pass interference penalty on GT corner Jahi Word-Daniels, moving the ball to the Georgia Tech 35. The Yellow Jackets end the drive though with some pressure on Wright.
- Lucky for the Canes, Matt Bosher gets a nice bounce on his punt, which trickles down to the GT 14.

GT's 1st drive (1st and 10 at GT 14, 13:23 left)
- On second and 7, the Yellow Jackets run the counter to Tashard Choice for a big 17-yard gain. Miami's defense got run over on that play. Choice then converts a third down and long, moving the ball to midfield, on a swing pass. But Miami's defense gets some pressure on GT QB Taylor Bennett and ends the drive with three incompletions.
- Tech punts the ball to the UM 14.

UM's 2nd drive (1st and 10 at the UM 14, 10:55 left)
- Jerrell Mabry picks up Miami's first positive gain and first down, on a short pass that he turned up field for 10 yards.
- On the next play, Kirby Freeman comes in for one play that loses eight yards when Javarris James fumbles and recovers back at the 18. Miami looks ugly on its next two plays with Wright back in and the Canes punt from their 20.

GT's 2nd drive (1st and 10 at the UM 36, 7:58 left)
- Tech has great field position, but can't move the ball. And on third and 3, Bennett gets picked in the end zone with UM cornerback Bruce Johnson stelas the ball from Greg Smith. Nice grab.

UM's 3rd drive (1st and 10 at the UM 20, 6:32 left)
- On first down, freshman Shawnbrey McNeal escapes on a 41-yard run into Tech territory. I use escape for a reason. UM center John Rochford is flagged for holding. The Canes are eventually forced to punt. But on fourth down, Miami gets gutsy and calls for the fake punt. Running back Derron Thomas takes the direct snap and rumbles his way down to the Georgia Tech 48.
- On the next series of downs, Miami gets a nice grab from Chris Zellner makes a nice catch on third and 7, bringing up a 4th and 1 at the GT 39.
- On the next play, Shawnbrey McNeal picks up a first down and then some, leaping over a pile of Yellow Jackets on his way to a 39-yard touchdown. He turned on the after burners. The drive: 8 plays, 80 yards, 4:32 on the drive. UM 7, GT 0.

PREGAME
Some quick keys to the game for the Canes
- Protect Kyle Wright as long as you can. Georgia Tech is a sack machine. Kyle can't spend his day running for his life.
- Limit Tashard Choice. He's the key to the Tech offense.
- Win on special teams. Miami needs to win the field position battle because Tech will put pressure on UM's passing game all day.

Notes: Receiver Lance Leggett and defensive tackle Josh Holmes are scratches for this one. Linebacker Colin McCarthy is also out.
Prediction: Georgia Tech 20, Miami 17. Hate to do this to The U. But I'm going to see if the opposite approach brings them some luck.

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Hey coach Shannon that sound you just heard are all those top recruits leaving UM like a bad habit.

It's apparent to me that Tim Walton wasn't promoted to DC for his credentials as a coach. Minority hire, plain and simple.

why was every pass attempt a deep one??? no intermediate passes... and no blitzing?? the front four get tired of doing everything themselves...and sharpe had a bed game...constantly on a bad position... 6th year senior and still cant get it right...come on now....

I don't see this team being bowl-eligible either this year... I'd be shocked if they won another game this season... It's a shame because we're going to lose all our top recruits

This is my first time writing. I mostly sit and read and agree with how most canes feel. But today i said i wanted to write to vent out. I feel so sad now. It hurts to see the canes lose. Why don't we use screens or quick slants. Use the tightends. How hard is it to call plays. We either over throw or throw short. I can't even write any more.

Kyle Wrong 8/17 for 56 yds

PLay KF and run the option. The QBs can't hit open receivers so might as well run the ball all game.

they wont even finish .500 this year. Coker really recruited some dead dogs!!

It is 1995 all over again except the team has all of its scholarships. You can make the argument that the program is in worse shape today since Coker left Shannon with scholarship QBs, neither of whom can play.

If it wasn't for Duke, FIU and Marshall on the schedule, this team would be 1-6.

the program needs an enema ...

I coach football at a high school level. When I watch this offense I dont see any type of rhythm. What is the game plan? Is there one or does Nix throw a dart to pick his next play. He doesn't set any plays with the one before it. I dont understand his philosophy when it comes to calling a game.

wow our defense is very disappointing. We have the players it`s just the scheme. We could not get off the field on third down. It seem we cannot defend a misdirection play see (Taylor Bennett TD runs) which tells me our defense is not seeing the ball. we looked lost and confused on defense. Please be more aggresive on defenses call and please tell defense to watch the ball. The bright spot was i think we found or running backs of the future Cooper and Shawnbrey Mcneil. Javarris as well as Calais and Sam Shields all got the big heads and spoiled. Stop living off last year reputation and start playing more hungry players.

Larry Coker is like a walking pell grant scandal. Same results on the field, even without the benefit of losing scholarships.

Hey R.S. those schools you mentioned are all top academic schools. ALL schools will bend those standards to a degree but don't kid yourself in thinking that UM's tougher academic standards is the principal reason for their poor showing these last few years. What UM did do in the past is recruit a certain personality type. Some prefer to call them thugs but that is too simple. For example, I was there when Coach Davis inherited a team that had its scholarships stripped. While we suffered through a few 5-6 seasons, I never felt that the players were not leaving everything out on the field. They may have not had the talent but they had the heart. What Davis DID do is play a lot of 1st and 2nd year players out of necessity. This is what Shannon must decide to do in the next few weeks. No way this UM team is doing any better than 5-7.

I hope we are recruiting true canes. We need players that bleed orange and green like Irvin, Portis, Shockey, Winslow, Gore, R Lewis, etc... We don't need players who require ass kissing and special treatment. They will never pan out.

It's simple. Shannon is an idiot. He ran a defense that was shredded for several years and he's the head coach now. Shannon is clearly unintelligent, which is evident by his interviews and he can't manage. Look how he spent the timeouts in the end of the game. He is an idiot. His excuse, "TRUST". What an idiot loser shannon is. Teach football u uneducated idiot

here`s the deal Hurricane fans. We keep recruiting the wrong type players ie certain size, certain speed you know the ones that only play because they run fast and look the part. U know the selfish me player who can care less about football (really). Let`s start recruiting the players who may not have the size, the speed but who are students of the game. I`m talking about smart players, who on defense knows not to let someone get outside and to force them inside, on offense someone who`s not looking for the big play but the first down, see (Wake Forest). That`s our problem as well as FSU`s. Our players are saving themselves for the NFL.

I agree. I don't think Ga Tech has ever had a 5 star player. Not even Calvin Johnson was a five star coming out of high school. Yet Gailey was able to see the talent on the field. Randy needs to do some serious evaluating. There are some great players out there who are getting passed up and stolen by the likes of USF, Rutgers, Wake, etc.

U are the idot and U never was a "U" fan U closet gator. RS is building a winner. the players just need to be reprogramed or deprogramed.

Time to burn the barn and kill the rats!!!

I feel that UM coaches on both sides of the ball had good gameplans. I am most worried about the players' execution. And perhaps the most discouraging thing is the seemingly disinterested attitude of certain players--even when they are on the field...Allow me to elaborate: I liked seeing Nix/Wright throw deep. They are bound to connect on some of those long passes eventually. Another clever scheme was bringing in Kirby to run the options to then set up a long pass late in the game. They were no-gains when KF ran it, but he had an open receiver downfield when he faked the option late in the game (poor throw/WR effort resulted in incomplete pass). The point is, if the players can connect on one or two of these, UM wins this game....On to the defense: these guys just do not play with fire. Especially the LBs and DBs. Tavares Gooden spent the whole day on the ground underneath a FB or O-lineman--always just out of reach of the TB with the ball. He needs to shake blocks--it's probably too late for him to learn. Willie Cooper MUST attack the ball carrier. He is going to be embarrassed in the film review. Kenny Phillips has not consistently made big plays. He is too often on his back. Ultimately, our D held them to 17 points. And I believe it would have been even less if our guys played with more intensity....In short, I believe the coaches had a decent gameplan that gave this team a chance to dominate. The players did not come out and execute. I guess you can still blame that on the coaches. We need to get a motivator on this staff.

My point exactly. There are players that can get into those schools, but can't get into the U. You don't have to allow 25 players that meets the tougher requirements. But a couple a year to keep some the better players at the U. No doubt this program would still be a mess since most of the players that weren't admitted were on the defensive side of the ball. Also, those hungry types of players are the ones that aren't being admitted. The tougher standards definitely have an impact since the U has a small recruiting pools. Those state Universities can recruit nationally. The U has to rely on local talent if it wants to be successful.

Some of you need to learn the game. Not only are you complete idiots, you act like you know something by watching ONE player: Kyle Wright. He's not good, that much is true, but the real problem is the OL. The interior is like a turnstile and let me tell you...they aren't even D1AA material. They are simply the worst OL in over 30 years at UM.

The DL was like a welcoming committee. Choice racked up a RECORD day for himself of over 200 yards. Canes, take off the jerseys, you are not worthy to wear them. You embarrass those of us who worked hard to establish the tradition.

Hard to evaluate Shannon as a gameday coach since I liked the deep throws and some other calls like the fake punt. The players are not converting. I still would like Shannon to take a bit of the responsibility even if it is the players who lack the talent to play well. The last offensive drive was a disgrace too.

I hate how the D has gotten owned two of the past four halfs. At this point I won't bother trying to evaluate Shannon as a HC b/c I need to see what he brings to the recruiting table. I didn't like a lot of Butch Davis' game-day coaching but he brought in serious talent. However, the jury is out on the coordinators and I'm not a fan of the DC.

BTW, the season is now over. We have no chance at the ACC. The U needs to win 2 of its next three games just to avoid a losing record, b/c you can forget wins @ Va Tech or @ Boston College.

The cancer of the "me" player...Their presence is felt long after they are gone. They effect the younger guys, those younger guys then carry a little bit of that around with them. It takes more than just 4 years to get these guys and their attitude out of the program. I am confident that Randy will recruit the right guys over the next few years. And I am willing to give him a chance to learn how to coach on gameday.

This coaching staff doesn't put miami in the position to win. How is possible that we stopped Texas A&M but we cant stop the yellow jackets running offense. Tim Walton needs to be DEMOTED. He has no blitz package and leaves the secondary out to dry. I believe Mr. Walton is way in over his head. Thankfully Kyle Wright's career is almost over. Kyle and Kirby couldn't start in WAC conference. He is a loser. He has more talent then Brock Berlin, however, Brock was a winner. He led us back in the face of adveristy against Louisville and Florida. Let the Robert Marve era begin. I drive down from Tampa every week for this garbage. It is so dissapointing.

Why would Nix call 2 running plays on the last series when it was 1st and forever due to the personal foul penalty? I can understand 1 running play to keep the defense honest but 2.. I dont get it. Why not try a screen? Nix looks totally lost!!

Sorry you have to waste gas Rebecca.

Good post, JC. I agree re: Butch. No questioning his recruiting prowess, but he was a very suspect gameday coach.

And conversely to my post about the cancer of the "me" player, I think you can make the case that the spirit of a true leader (like Ed Reed) can have positive residual effects after his departure. The players on the '02 team found themselves with their backs up against a wall a few times--they probably drew upon some of the experiences they had under the leadership of Ed Reed....I wish our current D captain could have played with two-zero E. Reed. Would have learned valuable skills.

...and can some one on this staff PLEASE RECRUIT A F*ing PUNTER AND FIELD GOAL KICKER!

Those will be two of the most important scholarships they hand out for 2008

We own Va Tech and BC. Plus we player better as underdogs. Our problem is when we are favorites like today. The answer to all of that is being agresive on both Offense and Defense. By the way i love all the deep balls. We need to throw at least 2 per quarter. As well as the fourth down calls and fake punts. That`s what i`ve been screaming, being unpredictable especially on DEFENSE.

Ten phrases you won't see on Kyle Wright's resume after college:
10, accountable for actions
9, results driven
8, detail oriented
7, expertise and demonstrated skills
6, successful in/at
5, honored as
4, proficient/competent at
3, knowledgable in
2, proven leader
1, calm under pressure

It is sad to watch the Penn State game and watch their LBs do all the things UM's don't. Like shake a block and bust up a screen.

RS has apparently made recruiting a kicker and punter a priority. It is so valuable (just look at Ohio St.), I don't know how it ever "slipped through the cracks" in the first place.

As for the rest of this season, I see room for major improvement in all facets. Coaching, execution, and mental approach.

I'M COMPLETELY FRUSTATED BY THE LACK OF URGENCY THAT THIS TEAM HAS, I THINK IS TIME THAT RANDY REALIZES THAT THIS TEAM IS NOT GOING TO START BELEIVING IN THEMSELVES AND MUCH LESS PLAY AT ANY LEVEL IN WHICH HE EXPECTS THESE LAZY PLAYERS WITH NO LEADERSHIP TO DO. THEY COULD NOT STOP THE RUN, NO CONTAINMENT BY THE DEFENSIVE ENDS, BAD COVERAGE BY THE CORNERS AGAIN, I TRULY DO HOPE THAT JOHNSON COMES IN SO HE COULD START NEXT YEAR ALONGSIDE HARRIS WITH ANOTHER FRESHMAN OR SOPHMORE STARTING AT SAFETY SINCE THE ONES WE HAVE NOW CAN NOT COVER ANYONE. WHEN (NOT EVEN IF) THE CANES LOSE ANOTHER GAME, BY NEXT WEEK, SHANNON SHOULD START PLAYING THE FUTURE AND KEEP ON RECRUITING HARD SO THE VERBAL COMMITMENTS THAT WE HAVE SEE THAT THEY'LL PLAY EARLY SINCE THEY ARE MUCH BETTER THAN THE GUYS WE HAVE PLAYING NOW. I REALLY DO THINK THAT IF YOU COMBINE THE STARTING LINE UOS FOR NORTHWESTERN AND BOOKER T. THAT THEY WOULD BEAT THE HURRICANES. THESE GUYS WE HAVE SPECIALLY ON DEFENSE, ALL THEY WANT TO DO IS DANCE AROUND AND MISS TACKLES. I DISAGREE WITH ALL THE PEOPLE THAT WRITE DOWN THAT THESE HURRICANES ARE NOT PLAYING UP TO THEIR POTENTIAL JUST BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT TALENTED ENOUGH TO HAVE A POTETIAL TO REACH, LOOK AT FSU BEFORE LAST YEAR ALL THEIR RECRUITING CLASSES WERE RATED IN THE TOP 5 OR TOP 10 AT WORST, WHERE HAS THAT GOTTEN THEM? "NOWHERE" AND THIS THE SAME PROBLEM MIAMI IS SUFFERING RIGHT NOW, THEY HAVE RECRUITED ALL THESE PLAYERS THAT DO NOT FIT THE WAY MIAMI WANTS TO RUN THEIR SCHEMES. BUTCH'S CLASSES WERE NOT HIGHLY RATED, JIMMY'S CLASSES WERE NOT HIGHLY RATED, AND I ONLY MENTIONED THESE TWO COACHES BECAUSE THE TOW THAT FOLLOWED THESE COACHES WON WITH COACHES' RECRUITS. IT SADDENS ME TO SAY THAT WE ARE GOING TO ENDURE ANOTHER HORRIFIC SEASON THIS YEAR AND THE WAY IT LOOKS IT MIGHT BE THIS WAY FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS. REASON BEING I DO NOT IF IT'S BAD COACHING OR BAD RECRUITING ALSO THAT OUR DEFENSE DOES NOT LOOK AS GOOD AS DEFENSES FROM THE PAST. I REALLY WOULD LIKE TO SEE A GAME WHERE THESE PLAYERS PLAYED ALL FOUR QUATERS WITH A LOT OF HEART AND ENTHUSIASM BUT WE MIGHT HAVE TO WAIT A COUPLE OF YEARS FOR THAT TOO. IT IS REALLY ROUGH TO BE AT THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN AND CRUMBLE DOWN LIKE THESE HURRICANES ARE DOING NOW BECAUSE OF LACK OF SPIRIT THAT OUR SIDELINES HAD FOR THE LAST FIVE YEARS. I DO NOT BELEIVE THAT THE RETURN TO PROMINANCE IS WITHIN REACH IN THE COUPLE OF YEARS IF WE DO GET BACK THERE AT ALL. ALL THESE CANES HAVE IS "LITTLE HEART' LITTLE TALENT"

Here is what bothers me about the team. Other than the running backs the offense (QB's, OL, WR, etc.) stinks. The defense is overrated and the special teams suck. But none of that bothers me. What bothers me is that this team doesn't play hard for 60 minutes and there is no itensity. There is no hunger. You can turn on any game and both teams are playing hard. I can't remember the last time this team played two full games hard for 60 minutes.

Your level of intensity should never hinge upon being the favorite/underdog. If it does, you are playing with the wrong mental approach. OTHER people's expectations should not be your motivating factor. You should play if you only suit up to prove the doubters wrong. It is about playing YOUR game, executing YOUR gameplan, and pleasing YOUR coaches. Every game. Whether you are playing winless FIU, or on the road against the #1 team in the country.

I STILL Believe in RANDY SHANNON and THE CANES.Coach keep doing what you doing building a great program is not easy and there are always bumps in the road.It would be nice to see the spirit on sideline from you and the players that i saw with Texas A&M game.You are are on the right track keep going forward.

Thanks for Giving Your Best

Kemsr
Key West Florida

Shannon may be giving his best. But, I am not sure all the players are giving their best, which is one of the reasons Coker was fired in the first place.

The problem that Shannon has is that he was promoted from within so he is not an outsider, say like Butch in NC or UMeyer was at UF. Otherwise, he probably would have kicked a few others off the team and played mostly freshman and sophomores. Shannon is tryng to salvage the careers of some of these players and for most of them it's not working.

The 'Canes program has been "lost in the wildernss" for 5 years. I can wait another 4 to see if Randy Shannon can right the ship. I still expect him to do just that....The fact that UF is the "hot" school for FL recruits is a good thing. Let all of the 5 star prima donnas be Gators. Randy will find the Jon Vilma/Santana Moss-types.

I see some truth in your post, RS. I think he is playing those guys that he feels give them the best chance to win the game at hand. However, I would not be opposed to RS playing the young guys at the expense of this season. The major turnarounds (2-10 one year, 10-2 the next year) usually occur when you sacrifice the first season as an extended training camp. Sacrifice this season for the future. Honestly, I would prefer to see the 'Canes stay home rather than play in a 3rd tier bowl. It's all or nothing at the U. And the objection to no bowl is that you lose the extra practice time. But we will have had this whole season to practice for next year. And, frankly, no bowl may put a chip on some guys' shoulders.

Here is the thing about playing young players, although I agree that this should be a sacrifice season and I agree that Shannon should play the younger players, I do not agree that Shannon should play Marve because if he plays Marve now, Marve would use up on year of his eligibility. That is why, I think, Shannon is not playing him. Having said all that, I hope Shannon starts Marve next year and gives up on the hype that Kirby is. Kirby has had plenty of opportunity. He is a proven inconsistent quaterback that gets rattled.

I agree with you Only Poignant Posts, I wouldn't mind sacrificing the season to play the freshman. But, I am not the coach and I am sure Shannon doesn't want to lose another game. I am not sure Marve would stay 4 years if he is as good as everyone thinks. I say get Marve some playing time this year. Otherwise, you may be sacrificing 08 by starting a freshman QB.

I just don't see KF starting next year.

I like Shannon, but I wish we had good ole Steve Spurrier. Man, he would have kicked boty Kyle and Kirby off the team by now.

If you kick Kyle and Kirby off the team, who plays QB? Parelli, he is a walk-on. Marve was in that car accident which I swear crippled our season. I think at least we'd know if Marve had potential to develop, like Dorsey did against Temple Rutgers and other bottom dwellers Marve could have come in against FIU and Duke and UNC and really built up some confidence. I don't think Shannon would have started him until after the OU game.

Shannon said a little in the post game about how weak they are at defensive end with all the injuries. So yeah maybe on the lines there are freshman or sophomores we could see now, but at none of the skill positions. What freshman WR is Shannon hiding? What freshman kicking stud is he hiding? Where are these players you guys would rather see? They aren't there, this team lacks quality depth, and is essentially the same team as 2006 plus Cooper, DVD and McNeal but minus Beason Olsen and a ton of others who got drafted and the two kickers which, while not great, were better than the garbage we have now.

I still think 7-5 or 6-6. If we hit 8-4 it'll be because of a miracle turnaround or b/c BC really just can't beat Miami under any circumstances. Hey, they didn't beat us in 97!

Eligibility really doesn't matter these days. If Marve is really good he probably won't last 4 years anyway. What do they have to lose. Its clear there is no leader on this team and they need to find one. Maybe its Marve. It can't hurt to find out.

Maybe this team is doing the best it can and is playing as well as it can. Maybe they are just not good enough. That is what I am beginning to believe. You can't "coach" these particular seniors up, this is the way they are. They are broken and can't be fixed. We need a turn-over of the roster.

have said all along that 8 and 4 would be considered a good record with this team and schedule. now, 7 and 6 would be all you can ask for. Here was my observation at the game:
1. This team has the worst linebackers I have seen in years. cant stop the run at all, and dont see how it is gonna get better this year. There is no depth at linebacker or defensive line...maybe there is a walk on or someone on the practice squad to plug in there.
2. the players on this team can not execute and carry out the coaches gameplan. that is disappointing, but every recruit looking at UM should look at next year having an opportunity to start. sophomores and freshman are the most talented players on the canes roster.
3. wide receivers are just not playmakers. they dont catch the ball when they need to. been a concern all year, and really showed today...because of them, left about 21 points on the field or more today....not gonna blame that on kyle wright...hope the qbs and receivers are on the practice feild this evening working on timing and accuracy
4. glen cook, anthony reddick, collin mccarthy, dixon, holmes, hendricks, romeo davis, levon ponder...all should be starting on defense and are injured or not available...thats a lot of leaership and talent and starters missing for any defense...too many young guys playing and too many older other guys not willing to step up and lead by example on defense.
5. still lookiing forward to tallahassee next week...i will be there supporting the U and I will forget all about these last two terrible losses to UNC and Ga Tech if they can somehow beat the hated noles...go canes.

OH YEAH AND MY GRIPE WITH THE COACHING IS THIS...PLEASE GO OUT TONIGHT AND RECRUIT SOMEONE WHO CAN PUNT THE BALL 40 OR 50 YARDS CONSISTENTLY...MIAMI HASNT HAD THAT FOR YEARS AND REALLY NEEDS IT BADLY NOW.

Did anyone take a look at the box score? Shields was the only wr to catch a pass...in the whole game. As far as linebackers, McCarthy was out and he is clearly the future, but what about Allen Bailey, a true freshman. Otherwise any recruit should realize they have a real chance of starting next year.

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