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Tuesday's Live Q&A

OK folks. I'm a little behind on my work. It was a busy day. I'll be on starting at 8:15 to answer some your questions. Start leaving them here. I'll make sure to go back and get the other question you have already posted on the previous blog. Thanks.

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What up Mannny,

I just wanted to get your thoughts on Jordan Futch snaping at his coaches.

Hey Manny,

Is there any recruit, on or off the radar as of now, that doesn't seem to be in high spirits with the 'Canes but that you think may pull a "hat trick" and pick the U?

Thanks

Hi Manny,
The kickoffs and field goals seem to be sorting themselves out.

If the receivers have to sit for practicing poorly, how is B. still punting during games?

peace

Does Kayne have the speed and athleticism to be a game-breaker at the U?


Manny,

We haven't heard about Robert Marve lately. An update on him would be great.

A couple of questions:

1) How far along do you think DVD has progressed and why do you think teams are having success throwing the ball on us, despite ranking #4 in sacks?

2) With Kyle Wright coming back in the game with a fat lip, just how far did that go with the rest of the offensive players?

1. How far with the Rock's donation go and how much more money is the U looking to get to keep with the big boys?

2. What's that smell?

OK guys. I know I'm late for my own party. But I'm willing to make it up to you by staying a little later. Been super busy today. Here's the first question I found on the blog.

Q: Will the Canes vs. UNC be televised this week?? Posted by: Jcanes | October 02, 2007 at 03:40 PM
A: Yes. ESPN2. Noon.

Why do the 'Canes keep getting the shaft with the noon starts?


Hey manny, i got some questions for you.


1. When do you think some fans will stop comparing every single UM team to 2001???

2.How's everything looking on the recruiting front??? and dark horses we should know about??

3. What are your expectations now of this team??

4. How happy were you when you saw the gators lose???

Q: We haven't heard about Robert Marve lately. An update on him would be great. A couple of questions:

1) How far along do you think DVD has progressed and why do you think teams are having success throwing the ball on us, despite ranking #4 in sacks?
2) With Kyle Wright coming back in the game with a fat lip, just how far did that go with the rest of the offensive players? Posted by: miamimike01 | October 02, 2007 at 03:47 PM
A: Marve isn’t available to us for interviews because he’s injured. I’ve asked three times for him in the last three weeks and have my fingers crossed Randy will give me an opportunity to talk to him. Today, I saw he stayed late after practice and was throwing deep passes down the sideline. Not sure who he was working with. They wouldn’t let us walk out to the far field. But it was him throwing balls downfield.

As for DVD, he’s gotten thicker than he was when he first got to UM. You see more beef on him. He needs it. He was rail thin in high school. He hasn’t lost any speed. As for why teams are having success passing the ball against Miami’s secondary – let’s not forget those 10 TDs Miami has given up are a bit misleading. If I’m not mistaken, Oklahoma put up 6 TDs passes on the Canes on a day when all hell broke loose. The other TDs, one was in garbage time against A&M late. Two others were on mistakes by the linebackers covering the running back out of the backfield – FIU and Duke. The TD Bruce Johnson gave up against Duke was a mistake on his part. He didn’t do a good enough job bumping him out of bounds.

As for Wright, he definitely got his teammates pumped. Derrick Morse gave me a great quote about how excited he got the team when he came back in the huddle.

Sup Manny?
When we beat the Heals this week and The Lizards lose to LSU do we pass them in the polls?

Q: Manny what's going on with Jordan Futch do you think it's a good idea to keep recruiting this kid? I don't know the full story on him and I don't want to pass judgement on this kid but to get kicked out of a game and have an argument with your coaches is not good. RS won't stand for that kind of attitude. Posted by: matchboxcane | October 02, 2007 at 04:10 PM

A: Futch isn’t a bad kid. I think it was just a bad situation. His folks apparently got involved in the shouting match with the coach. He’s playing for a new coach this season. Frustrations are running high. Chaminade, his team, hasn’t lost this many games in a long time. As far as I know, Futch is a great kid. He’s a great student and leader. I think it was just one bad situation.

Q: Manny, thanks for all the hard work! Can you tell me your opinion on Kayne Farquharson becoming a major-impact player for the canes this year? Aside from seeing his videos on you tube and hearing about his catches last week, do you think he has what it takes to become a game-breaker at the U? Posted by: Chris | October 02, 2007 at 05:36 PM

A: Kayne has something a lot of his other receiver teammates don’t – personality, moxy, confidence. He’s a kid who had trouble picking up the routes when he first got here. But now that he’s got it down and is actually playing well, I don’t see any reason he can’t develop into a great player. A lot of coaches compared him to Reggie Wayne when he was being recruited. I think as long as he doesn’t let his success get to his head, he can be very good for this team.

Manny...what's up with Susan hijacking your blog? Actually, let her know that we enjoyed her PTI episode earlier this week in breaking the Shields/Hill story, nice work! What's the 411 on those cats?

hey manny navarro, how did your blog do in september?

Hey Manny, great work so far this season. My questions: 1. How can Randy coach the Canes up to learn how to finish? 450 yards of offense against Duke and FIU and only 23 and 24 points respectively? That's not the result parity either, as other not elite teams have run up big scores on both FIU and Duke 2. Is Randy at all focused on getting more non-offensive scores? What is the progress on improving special teams, a big factor in those quick points? 3. Are all these noon starts good or bad for the Canes or does it not matter? They came out looking great in their only night game, and have failed to impress in any of their noon games thus far. 4. Lastly, I just read an article on how people overrate the impact of specific stud recruits, and how all the upsets this past weekend are indicative of how misleading that can be (Florida relying excessively on Tebow and Harvin and not having a stud RB recruit). Are people getting too worked up over the recruiting class Randy is putting together now? How many immediate impact players do you expect? How many do we need? Do you anticipate the typical last minute gains and losses that always accompany recruiting? Lots of long questions, sorry if that's unfair, but thanks again for everything.
Posted by: J | October 02, 2007 at 05:55 PM
A: OK J. Lots of questions, I’ll try to answer them all as best I can.

1. Your right. Miami’s offense has yet to really put enough points on the scoreboard. But let’s look at the results. The Canes have attempted 13 field goals this year. They’ve moved the ball, but just haven’t finished. How do you finish? You have go-to guys who now how to finish. I think Nix hasn’t been able to find that guy yet – especially at the receiver position. Once he does, 3 points will turn into 7. And 24, 23-point scores will turn into 35, 38-point outputs.

2. What coach wouldn’t want more non-offensive scores? Shannon is more focused on it. Special teams is the one unit he’s been helping more than other. Last week, he made seven changes to the starting lineups in kickoffs. He started the season with Richard Gordon and Ryan Hill on kickoffs. That’s changed. Last week, he had Chavez Grant fielding punts. I think its just a matter of time before he finds the right guy – like Graig Cooper – who will bust one.

3. The noon starts are two-fold. One, Randy likes noon starts. Says that’s the way he’s always envisioned college football. The other part is that UM likely has more chances to be televised at noon. TV stations like to put high-profile games at night. Miami isn’t a high-profile team right now.

4. Reasonable concern regarding recruiting. I think the problem is people believe they will be getting instant results on great recruiting classes. Look at how many freshman at UM really are making an impact this season. Cooper, DVD? Who else? Guys need time to learn systems. Miami’s recruiting class is going to be one of the best in the country. But fans should realize that none of those guys are going to come in and start in the opener and become the best player on the team instantaneously.

PS - Please. No more long questions. I prefer them in bite-size packages.

Q: Can you give us a quick scouting report on UNC? What are their biggest strengths? Weaknesses? What kind of offensive and defensive sets are they running? Thanks in advance. Posted by: Displaced Cane in Chi-Town | October 02, 2007 at 06:14 PM

A: Good questions. UNC is another team that has struggles running the ball, (2.6 average) and survives on its passing game to not turn the ball over. Defensively, their run defense is a bit suspect. Their pass defense, which had been doing OK, lost cornerback Kendric Williams with a torn ACL. They are team though that has manades to stay in games. The lost to East Carolina 34-31 on a last season field goa. They committed three turnovers in a 22-20 loss to Virginia and lost to V-Tech by a score of only 17-10. The one blowout loss was at South Florida 37-10. Miami can expect a challenge.

Are Hill and Shields still in the doghouse

Manny, anychance the third string running back Shanwbery (sorry if I miss speal his name) starts instead of baby James since he is dancing too much on the field.

Q: Hey manny, i got some questions for you. 1. When do you think some fans will stop comparing every single UM team to 2001??? 2.How's everything looking on the recruiting front??? and dark horses we should know about? 3. What are your expectations now of this team?? 4. How happy were you when you saw the gators lose??? Posted by: dadecane84 | October 02, 2007 at 06:16 PM
A: 1. Not sure DadeCane. I think when they lose another game to a team they should beat. 2. The recruiting front is looking great. Every weekend at the OB, you see nothing but excited recruits waiting to celebrate with their future teammates in the locker room. 3. My expectations are the same, 9-3. 4. How happy was I? I always root for the underdog.

Hey Manny

It seems as though Tim Walton rarely utiizes the blitz on defense. I know our defensive front four are good but do you think he relies on them a little too much. I mean I counted one blitz in the whole Duke game and that play was extremely effective. I think he's defensive scheme is just too conservative. What do you think?

Manny, can U tell me with Kayne doing well in his first start is there anyway we will see LL, Shield, and Kayne line up at the same time?

Manny,

Just got on here. Realized before that my questions were long, I apologize again and thank you for answering them anyway. I've been somewhat traumatized by all the low scoring losses over the past 5 years (and not always against the best defenses either). Just don't wanna get my hopes unreasonably up for rapid change with one recruiting class.

Proof I can do the short question: Do the kids have fun despite Shannon's rep as a tough guy, a-la USC w/Carroll? Glad the Rock came, sorta like Will Farrell with USC!

Manny, are there any potential recruits that seem to be losing interest in the U?

They committed three turnovers in a 22-20 loss to Virginia and lost to V-Tech by a score of only 17-10. The one blowout loss was at South Florida 37-10. Miami can expect a challenge.
Posted by: Manny | October 02, 2007 at 08:47 PM

Manny...what does it tell U when UNC get's beat by USF 37-10 but VT could only get by them 17-10? Just how good is USF and what do you think their chances are of winning out and go BIG in the BCS?

Q: Will we see Coop and JJ in the backfield at the same time this year? Which game left on the Canes schedule do you think will be toughest to win? Posted by: 86Cane | October 02, 2007 at 07:06 PM

A: We already have. The first play of the game against Duke, Cooper lined up at wide receiver with James in the backfield. Cooper told us today he's lined up six times at receiver with James in the backfield.

As far as the toughest game left... I said this one last week -- Boston College. The Eagles owe Miami big time. We all know the last time the Canes lost to BC was on Hail Flutie. BC hasn't played many great teams. But its going to be the last game of the season in chilly conditions. Not an easy game.

Q: I just wanted to get your thoughts on Jordan Futch snaping at his coaches. Posted by: YoungChris757 | October 02, 2007 at 07:57 PM
A: I answered this one a little earlier. Look for my previous comments.

Q: Is there any recruit, on or off the radar as of now, that doesn't seem to be in high spirits with the 'Canes but that you think may pull a "hat trick" and pick the U? Thanks. Posted by: TICAL | October 02, 2007 at 07:59 PM
A: Krop linebacker Etienne Sabino. He's a kid that has really entertained other schools through his recruiting process. I know the Canes want him badly. He could be somebody who decides to follow everybody else who is a superstar in South Florida to the Canes.

Q: The kickoffs and field goals seem to be sorting themselves out. If the receivers have to sit for practicing poorly, how is B. still punting during games? Posted by: solarcane | October 02, 2007 at 08:02 PM
A: I think the issue is nobody is better than Bosher right now. As much as I disagree with him, Shannon said what he loves about Bosher is the hangtime and little returns he gets on his punts. Right now, he's only averaging 35.4 yards a punt and has managed 9 fair catches in 21 attempts. Opponents have returned only four balls for a 6.5 average. Miami, meanwhile, has made 11 punt returns. Maybe Randy feels he'd rather not make his punt return team have to make a play. Its obvious he isn't pleased with the kickoff coverage. Maybe he knows the punt coverage is worse.

I know this is a Cane's blog, but... do you have any thoughts on Nick Saban's comments about USF... that the team is made up of top notch players that didn't meet the entrance standards to UF, FSU and Miami? Is there truth to this comment, and does that position USF, UCF, FAU, and FIU to be outlets for players who can't get into a more "traditional" program?

Q: Does Kayne have the speed and athleticism to be a game-breaker at the U? Posted by: Jackson | October 02, 2007 at 08:09 PM
A: He has the athleticism. You saw the catch he made in the back of the end zone. He was timed with 4.46 speed in the 40. I think once he perfects his route running, he could be the best possession receiver on the team. Gamebreaker? That's Sam Shields role.

Q: How far will the Rock's donation go and how much more money is the U looking to get to keep with the big boys? Posted by: Splarfy | October 02, 2007 at 08:10 PM

A: The Sprint for Hurricane Athletics Campaign is trying to raise an excess of $70 million over the next three year. I think you can expect the Rock to donate some more over the next couple of years.

Hi Manny - enjoy your live chats as always and I even have a question - speaking of Sam Shields - how are all the wideouts practicing and who do you think we will see starting?

Hey Manny,

DO you think Shannon has been holding out on the offense? We looked great against Texas A&M, but bland again against Duke. What gives?

Q: When we beat the Heals this week and The Lizards lose to LSU do we pass them in the polls? Posted by: OCALACANE | October 02, 2007 at 08:28 PM

A: Doubtful. Even if the Lizards lose bad, I think a win at Carolina won't be enough to launch the Canes past them. The Gators are the defending national champs. The pollsters will show them sympathy.

why does Lance Leggett keep getting PT time?

Q: Manny...what's up with Susan hijacking your blog? Actually, let her know that we enjoyed her PTI episode earlier this week in breaking the Shields/Hill story, nice work! What's the 411 on those cats? Posted by: 86Cane | October 02, 2007 at 08:34 PM

A: Susan likes chipping in and making fans remember she's the beat writer. I don't mind it. She is the lead beat writer. I would like it if she did it more often. As for the Shields and Hill, I think both of those guys are just in Randy's doghouse. Despite his denials, there is a Shannon doghouse. And right now Shields and Hill are the two head pooches.

Q: hey manny navarro, how did your blog do in september? Posted by: green | October 02, 2007 at 08:35 PM
A: No. 2 on the Miami Herald site behind only Dave Barry. Congrats Eye on The U Crew. It's all about U.

Q: Are Hill and Shields still in the doghouse. Posted by: AlanF | October 02, 2007 at 08:49 PM

A: Yes. They have to practice their way out.

Q: Manny, anychance the third string running back Shanwbery (sorry if I miss speal his name) starts instead of baby James since he is dancing too much on the field. Posted by: norm | October 02, 2007 at 08:50 PM

A: Not likely. I think Cooper will start ahead of James before Shawnbrey McNeal does at least this season.

Q: It seems as though Tim Walton rarely utiizes the blitz on defense. I know our defensive front four are good but do you think he relies on them a little too much. I mean I counted one blitz in the whole Duke game and that play was extremely effective. I think he's defensive scheme is just too conservative. What do you think? Posted by: Rebecca | October 02, 2007 at 08:53 PM

A: I think he might be saving them for when Miami really needs it. So far, the Canes haven't had to blitz. I think Walton believes the line can do the job and prefers to save it when it really is needed.

Q: Manny, can U tell me with Kayne doing well in his first start is there anyway we will see LL, Shield, and Kayne line up at the same time? Posted by: norm | October 02, 2007 at 08:56 PM

A: Very possible. But I think Darnell Jenkins has earned that starting spot in the slot.

Manny,

any chance you have an appearance lined up for PTI? You could do better than that LeBatard guy.

Q: Proof I can do the short question: Do the kids have fun despite Shannon's rep as a tough guy, a-la USC w/Carroll? Glad the Rock came, sorta like Will Farrell with USC!
Posted by: J | October 02, 2007 at 08:58 PM

A: The kids definitely have fun. Randy works them hard. But there is a lot of fun and love between this team. Derrick Morse was talking to me today about how much time the team spends together. These guys have fun. But its not wild fun. This isn't the old Canes who got out of hand at times. These guys are respectful, good kids for the most part.

Q: Manny, are there any potential recruits that seem to be losing interest in the U?
Posted by: RT6 | October 02, 2007 at 08:59 PM

A: Linebacker Lerentee McCray is a guy Miami could end up losing. But there aren't many losing interest in the U. I just think other teams -- and their websites (Rivals, Scout.com) -- are interviewing those kids and slanting things to make you enjoy your subscriptions.

Q: Manny...what does it tell U when UNC get's beat by USF 37-10 but VT could only get by them 17-10? Just how good is USF and what do you think their chances are of winning out and go BIG in the BCS? Posted by: 86Cane | October 02, 2007 at 09:01 PM

A: USF is a very good team. The win on the road at Auburn shows you that. The blowout at home against Carolina and the upset of West Virginia shows you they very much can win the Big East and go to a major bowl. USF is what FIU and UCF and FAU could be if it has a great leader, a strong supporting cast. There are ton of great athletes that don't come to The U, UF or FSU every year. Jim Leavitt deserves all the credit in the world for making the Bulls into a conference title contender.

Manny...I agree, Walton is saving the blitz for the FSU, VT and BC games when he needs them. Doesn't want to show his hand and give those teams film to study on the Canes blitz pacakges.

Hill and Shields have all the talent but haven't shown the hunger necessary to be great, so they are in the casa de perro, where they belong.

Q: I know this is a Cane's blog, but... do you have any thoughts on Nick Saban's comments about USF... that the team is made up of top notch players that didn't meet the entrance standards to UF, FSU and Miami? Is there truth to this comment, and does that position USF, UCF, FAU, and FIU to be outlets for players who can't get into a more "traditional" program? Posted by: busy_cane | October 02, 2007 at 09:11 PM

A: Absolutely. There are guys Miami simply can't take. President Donna Shalala has raised the academic standards at UM. UF has become a great institute too. So, yes, there are reason some guys don't end up at The U. And sometimes, it has everything to do with academics and not recruiting.

Q: Hi Manny - enjoy your live chats as always and I even have a question - speaking of Sam Shields - how are all the wideouts practicing and who do you think we will see starting? Posted by: CanesgirlNC | October 02, 2007 at 09:15 PM

A: The depth chart -- which you guys can download to at hurricanesports.com -- hasn't been updated since Week 2. Shannon appologized for that. But the truth is right now Leggett, Jenkins and Farquharson are the three starting receivers until somebody beats them out in practice.

Q: DO you think Shannon has been holding out on the offense? We looked great against Texas A&M, but bland again against Duke. What gives? Posted by: Eddie | October 02, 2007 at 09:15 PM

A: Yes I do. I think the Canes have been keeping things vanilla for a reason, its called Georgia Tech, FSU, Virginia Tech and BC.

Q: Why does Lance Leggett keep getting PT time? Posted by: Eddie | October 02, 2007 at 09:19 PM

A: Leonard Hankerson hasn't been able to take the job from him.

OK guys. Thanks for another fun night. I'm going to go eat dinner now. Andre Fernandez brought me some Wendy's. We're going to record our prep podcast soon.

Hope you guys enjoyed the Live Q&A and feel free to leave me your thoughts on this blog throughout the week.

Peace.

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