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Wednesday's practice report

Back out here at Greentree Practice field where the Canes were having some fun today with what pretty much amounted to Oklahoma drills -- where a running back takes a pitch and tries to run downfield behind a few lineman and against a few defensive players.

There was definitely a lot of hard-hitting. With most of his assistants gone and out recruiting around the state, Randy Shannon, Patrick Nix and Tim Walton were the only coaches -- aside from grad assistants -- running things today. We got to see the first 25 minutes of practice. Shannon had a classic line today during the Oklahoma drills when he ripped into Derron Thomas with "You run that [bleeping] guy over god damn. Run that [bleeping bleep] over."

* Freshman Shawnbrey McNeal had a huge run, bowling over two UM defensive players that drew some big "Oooohs!" from his teammates.
* Safety Tervaris Johnson, who hasn't been on the field much, had a big hit on Derron Thomas on another carry.

The guys definitely looked like they were having fun. Unfortunately, we couldn't stick around to watch it all.

As for injury news, Kyle Wright was not out there again. I spoke to several people who told me Wright will miss the N.C. State game. Shannon said Tuesday he expects Wright will be back for Sunday's practice after his cast is removed. My sources tell me UM is realistically hoping Kyle will be back for the Virginia game. I guess we'll see what happens.


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good info Manny.

Glad to hear they are having some fun. I always say if you play as hard as you can and have fun doing it, you're going to be hard to beat! I'm sure they'll be back to business next week, and hopefully will have some guys healthier. Thanks Manny!

Good stuff. Thanks Manny.


Next chance you get, can you get into the player's minds a bit about how this past win at FSU has affected their belief in themselves?

They've had one major blowout loss, and two other close loses that could have gone into the WIN column if they were more focused at the start of the games.

I wonder if the FSU was the turning point for this team yet...do they have the belief that they can beat BC and VT?

Or is their mindset more like, "it's a rebuilding year, we'll see if we can beat BC and VT"...

The old Canes teams of the 80's and 90's were never respected, lost games they could have won, but when it came to BIG games against TOP RANKED teams, they knew to their gut they could beat anyone, and they did... FSU, OU, ND, etc... anyone ranked #1 or #2 got beaten when they faced the Canes in those days.

Does this team have that essential belief that they can beat anyone??

this blog is a lot better than the shandel's. i thought shandel was doing an ok job, but it seems as if ive been missing out. nice update manny? anyone have an update on what patrick johnson recently told rivals?

Manny...your sources about Kyle are wrong. Who are they? Your garbage man and your hairdresser? Please quit writing garbage.

Cleo Lemon, Kyle Wright, Kirby Freeman.
Does anybody out there have a QB they can send to Miami?

I am glad they are working on those drills

On defense, they really have to emphasize getting off blocks and tackling because of the teams on the remaining schedule. One thing about NCState(with O'Brien),Virginia, VaTech, and BC - they will be fundamentally sound. Whatever they are lacking in "speed", they will make up in technique. Plus, they have some talented guys too, but not the numbers that Miami has. I would say their top 22 or 30 players are good as Miami, but the 2nd string is not as talented.

Miami needs to make sure they are not "out worked" by those teams, so that Miami can win on the depth and talent difference. The only problem is the two road games and Miami won't travel with as many players.

The O-linemen need to practice staying on blocks without drawing penalties.

I hope Shannon stays on those guys hard, because if Miami is prepared and fundamentally sound, they can beat the teams on their remaining schedule. But first thing first, be prepared and fundamentally sound! Those teams will not beat themselves, especially at the end of the year - they should be a little better.

The good thing is - It is hard, but not impossible. Miami has done things like this before, they just need to keep playing for 60 minutes and look at the scoreboard at the end of the game.

Shannon said he likes War movies. He might have to pop-in the Patton dvd, and watch the Sicily Campaign to find some inspiration for his troops.

Derron better step waaaayyyy up or he'll be on the transfer line. He's taking reps from Chambers, Kylan and whoever's coming in next year's class.

Speaking of Kylan, how's he doing? I'm assuming he's on the scout team but is he doing well??

Yeah Derron! He may end up going to Louisville too. Seems like LV is turning into the Miami trash school.

Manny...nice work last night during the LIVE chat over at Canespace. U work hard to bring us the news we can use!

Enjoy the bye week and get some much needed rest and time off.

And don't worry, Kirby has this until Kyle gets back.

Hey Manny, why don't you start covering Miami Northwestern a little bit more. After every play those kids throm up a 'U' sign. That is are breeding ground and those kids are very important to us. Despite all the media attention, those kids are impressive young men. Hard workers. They want to feel more like a family to UM. It used to be there then it kinda faded out recently.

86Cane/ Soup is soooo corny

Coral Gables, Fla. (hurricanesports.com) - The No. 25 University of Miami women's soccer team will host ACC rival Clemson on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. in the final regular-season home game for the Hurricanes at Cobb Stadium. Miami (9-4-3, 4-2-1 ACC), who enters the polls for the first time since 2001, is ranked No. 25 in the latest Soccer America Poll ...

hey TheProblem2, post the link ...

new orange & green baseball jerseys?

end of an era ... grassy.com died : ( you can call the most popular Hurricanes board canestime or miami.scout ... but it will always be grassy to me : )

Miami, Fla. (www.orangebowl.org) – Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano, the 2006 National Coach of the Year and BIG EAST Coach of the Year, will be the featured guest on Friday morning’s broadcast segment of the Road to the FedEx Orange Bowl. The segment will air live approximately 8:05 am on 560 WQAM during the Big Dog and Jax Show, featuring Joe Rose and Jason Jackson. ... "The Road to the FedEx Orange Bowl" is hosted by Joe Rose and Jason Jackson of 560 WQAM. The weekly segment will air live between the hours of 7 – 9 am on Friday mornings. The 74rth Annual FedEx Orange Bowl will kickoff at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 3rd from Dolphin Stadium, featuring the ACC Champion (if available) vs. a BCS at-large team.

http://wqam.com/ Hurricane Hotline 7p-9p from the raucous rathskeller ... followed by the high school gridiron report

this blog is a lot better than the shandel's. i thought shandel was doing an ok job, but it seems as if ive been missing out.

Posted by: itsbouthis'U' | October 24, 2007 at 05:12 PM had your fill of unsmiling shun(del)?

Bottom line is (Manny Navarro) is a scumbag reporter who loves to see his name.

Posted by: Coconut Grove Cartel | October 24, 2007 at 10:53 PM you misuse scumbag, scumbag

channel 7's new weather bunny

sunsentinel's tom jicha: "WQAM (AM 560) will be joining the World Series games in progress in order to air Dolphins All Access, the unlistenable nightly program that is part of the package the station had to swallow to land the over-priced rights to games of the winless team." mr. jicha echoes my sentiments. 560 sold its soul to reacquire dolphin rights ... foisting dolphins sunday, dolphins monday, dolphins evenings except thursdays, save Neil Rogers dolphins talk sunrise to sunset with all the dolphin employees one can stomach especially that C SUCKER jim lapdog mandich who sooooooo grateful to rejoin the broadcast ... SLURP, SLURP ... the ratings prove we don't want to hear dolphins talk shoved down our throat ... REVOLTING

The FSU game will be the turning point, for recruiting. I'm sure there were some undecided [wavering] recruits, who now know that Miami will bring their "A" game and give their all.

This blog...all it is, is a place for people to vent. Does anybody really read this stuff? This should called a 'monoblog'...
BC's win last night helps us for now but ultimately the Canes will have to win out in the ACC which isn't going to happen.
A 6-6 season on the horizon folks...
We beat NC State, lose the next 3. Then, we end up in some meaningless Petsmart Bowl or something.
But, at least we beat FSU...
Next year should be better.

This blog...all it is, is a place for people to vent. Does anybody really read this stuff?

Posted by: Dave | October 26, 2007 at 06:11 AM manny navarro's blog used to languish in obscurity ...

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.

herald's barry jackson: "(790) won, 3.5 to 2.7, from 7 to 10 a.m., but it's not a gauge of the Joe Rose/Sid Rosenberg battle, because Rose (with co-host Jason Jackson) didn't start on WQAM until Sept. 4." jivin' jason jackson cuts into Joe Rose's airtime thereby diluting Joe's impact. so, it's not Joe (UM fan) v. Sid (UM alum). who's this jivin' jason jackson?

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/sfgate/detail?blogid=18&entry_id=7462 ESPN fired mr. jackson for inappropriate emails ...

bad idea's dirk calloway: "A look into ESPN on air talent from days past reveals a few who had 'issues' around the ladies. Jason Jackson, former NBA 2night host was suspended several times before he was finally fired after leaving a paper trail. J-Jax's move of asking a PA over e-mail if she's ready for 'the chocolate thunder' is apparently frowned upon."

herald's barry jackson: "Though (WQAM GM Joe Bell) will consider local candidates Orlando Alzugaray and Kim Bokamper, primarily (to replace Hank Goldberg)" the big zero & bo dullard ... is QAM out of their F'in mind?

MIAMI (local10.com) -- Florida Marlins President David Samson said for the first time that the Marlins are receptive to building the team's new stadium at the Orange Bowl. Addressing the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Samson said, "Right now, we're focused on the Orange Bowl."

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/miami_dade/east/story/284959.html herald's michael vasquez: "Plans for a Florida Marlins stadium -- which got a huge financial boost when the University of Miami decided to leave the Orange Bowl -- now have new money obstacles: Cost estimates are rising while the club is trimming the amount it says it will pay ... " SCHNORERS

tenth commandment: Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s -- exodus 20:1-17

uf sorority trashes 102-year-old fine dining restaurant ... sugar and spice
and everything nice ; )

Hi Manny
Does Central have any Miami targets? Do they have a real shot tonight?

green great article!!!! i normally dont like all the articles you put up but the soroity one was great

CJ: 19

last night, matty heisman dealt a deathblow to tim teablow & the gaturd propaganda machine ...

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orl-bkcsec2607oct26,0,1366984.story billy donovan: "I think people have a tendency to go ACC, Big Ten, Big East, and then the SEC is in there somewhere. That's just the way it is. Some of it has to do with us not getting the type of exposure in basketball that football does. We have Super Tuesday (on ESPN), and that's about it. We get one game on (a week). So I don't know if our conference is exposed enough. Even the SEC Tournament, there's only one game on national TV, and that's the finals on CBS. Every game of the Big East tournament is televised nationally. Same with the ACC. So we don't have the same type of TV packages that some of these other conferences have."

ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- The Georgia Supreme Court on Friday ordered that Genarlow Wilson be released from prison, ruling 4-3 that his sentence for a teen sex conviction was cruel and unusual punishment. Wilson, 21, was convicted in 2005 of having oral sex with a consenting 15-year-old girl when he was 17. He has served more than two years in prison.

free at last! free at last! thank god almighty, we are free at last!

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/breaking_news/story/285601.html UM to close on Cedars Medical Center in december ... EMPIRE-BUILDING

Good Lord. I live in Jacksonville. The entire city is covered in Orange and Blue and Black and Red for Saturday's "greatest football rivalry ever" between UF and UGA. I hope UGA shows up this year and smokes the Gat's and sends all their fag fans home pissed.
These obnoxious myopians think they still should get a shot at the National Championship.
Makes me wanna go Matt Ryan and heave my cookies.

That was discussting...Poor dude's blowin chunks on the sidlines and ESPN's got a camera in his face...I'm surprised we didn't see it as part of the highlights on Sports Center this morning.
Or, after the game little Ms. Microphone didn't ask him what he had for dinner. I don't think Todd Blackledge was going out to dinner in Blacksburg after that...

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