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Scrimmage night

Just got back home from watching the Canes scrimmage for the first time this spring. My first thought: I hadn't realized I'd forgotten what it is like to watch a good quarterback lead The U.

For those of you worried about how freshmen Robert Marve and Jacory Harris looked, let me just preface this by saying they looked better already than anything you've seen in quite some time. Both were sharp, poised, and deadly accurate in Patrick Nix's offense. And here's the best part if you are a Canes fan -- their receivers only made a handful of drops.

All in all, it was a very impressive night for UM's young quarterbacks -- even if the scoreboard doesn't reflect it. Miami's offense only put up 10 points on 13 possessions. But between Harris, Marve and Cannon Smith, Miami's pass offense went a combined 26 of 36 for 236 yards, 0 TDs and 0 INTs. No, there was no official statistician. But like many other writers on the sidelines, I took stats and account of the play by play.

Coach Randy Shannon was the only person available to speak with reporters after the scrimmage. (HIS AUDIO). Here are some highlights, lowlights and notes on who else was impressive...

* Running back Javarris James scored the scrimmage's only touchdown on a 7-yard run on the opening possession. James only had two carries for 11 yards, but he made a pretty move on the TD run, cutting back across the grain and breaking a pair of tackles on his way in for the score. He also caught 2 passes for 15 yards.

* Defensive end Allen Bailey made quite the impression when he leveled Shawnbrey McNeal in the backfield for a 4-yard loss. On the ensuing series, Bailey destroyed Reggie Youngblood off the ball and chased down Jacory Harris for a 14-yard loss. He also was on another half sack with linebacker Daryl Sharpton moments later.

* The centers -- Xavier Shannon, Tyler Horne and Matt Pipho -- all struggled with their snaps. I counted four bad snaps in all, two high, one short and another that Cannon Smith bobbled, then fumbled and defensive end Adewale Ojomo pounced on for a fumble recovery inside the defense's 20-yard line.

* Senior Kayne Farquharson led all receivers with five catches for 51 yards. But he also dropped a potential touchdown pass on a perfect pass from Marve on a deep route. Farquharson had burned Chavez Grant downfield. The drop was inexcusable.

* Sophomore Leonard Hankerson had the tough run of the night when he caught a short pass from Marve on 3rd and 15 and rumbled 14 yards and just short of the marker. Hankerson had 3 catches for 32 yards by my count. Freshman Aldarius Johnson caught four passes -- all short routes -- for 11 yards.

* Freshman kicker Jake Wieclaw ended the scrimmage by drilling a 44-yard field goal. Randy Shannon told reporters Miami kicked three field goals, but it was actually two. Junior walk-on Alex Uribe, the son of famed UM doctor John Uribe, missed a 41-yarder off the post on UM's second possession.

* I was impressed by the play of cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke. On one deep Marve pass, he ran stride for stride with Sam Shields downfield before knocking the pinpoint pass away cleanly. He definitely looks like UM's best coverman.

* Freshman linebacker Sean Spence is without question talented and smart enough to be a starter on this defense (that includes if Colin McCarthy is healthy and available). Spence made several nice open field tackles and made a huge hit on Graig Cooper for a 5-yard loss, reading the play perfectly. Fellow freshman Arthur Brown made a nice play too, when he brought down receiver Ryan Hill in the middle of the field with one hand. Brown grabbed Hill by the shoulder pads and threw him to the ground.

* Coach Randy Shannon said he's not sure if receiver Jermaine McKenzie (who had a boot on his left foot) would return this spring. It definitely doesn't look good for sophomore defensive tackle Josh Holmes (he had a full cast on his left leg).

PASSING STATS
Marve:
13 of 18, 104 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INTs. His longest pass was a 15-yard completion to Khalil Jones. He had two passes dropped downfield -- one by Shields and one by Farquharson. Marve also made a pair of nice runs to pick up first downs.
J. Harris: 11 of 14, 78 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INTs. His longest pass was a 17-yard completion downfield to Kayne Farquharson. Jacory was sacked twice, but all in all proved to be not too far behind Marve in terms of touch, accuracy and poise in the pocket.
C. Smith: 2 of 4, 54 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INTs. Smith only played in three series -- so much for equal snaps. He hit a wide open Richard Gordon on a blown coverage for a 50-yard gain. He then bobbled and fumbled a bad snap inside the red zone.

RUSHING STATS: G. Cooper 6-15; J. James 2-11, TD; S. McNeal 4-0; Marve 3-12; D. Thomas 2-6; J. Harris 4-(-23); L. Chambers 8-8; C. Smith 1-0.

RECEIVING STATS: Farquharson 5-51, Shields 1-5, Cooper 1-6, A. Johnson 4-11; L. Hankerson 3-32; R. Hill 2-13; D. Thomas 1-13; K. Jones 2-22; L. Chambers 2-11; R. Gordon 2-53; J. Calhoun 1-4.

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I tried canespace, and did not find current content.

Am I blind?

I did enjoy the cheerleader photos, but who is the lady in glasses in there with them? She doesn't look like a cheerleader...

Ah, it's nice being up in Washington where I don't smell that seminole and gator stench. Of course the huskies give off a rank snatch smell but not near as bad as the queer clubs from tallahasse and gainesville.

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Manny,
Thanks for the passing stats, rushing stats, and receiving stats. I know this is a tall order but to better appreciate the strength of the team, would it be possible to also display how the offensive live is doing? Specifically- how many quarterback hurries, quarterback hits (even if not a sack), how many times a running back receives his first opponent hits either in front or behind the line of scrimmage? They say that the sailing ship goes only as the wind blows and the same can be said about the offense based on the protection provided by the offensive line. Can you provide us some statistics as to how the offensive line is doing?

Hurricane or tropical depression?
Well I guess the jury is still out.But I must say it looks interesting.I have spoken with my few remaining cane contacts and they are buying in hook-line and sinker.(no longer live in miami. mcginns ale is in hostile country---tenn)The skinny here is bet the canes while you can get the points.
By the end of the year you wont get any.
I spoke to ex-player on the phone and hes
buying in.Said it reminds him of the 84 canes young and hungry and untested.If you
remember we did not blow teams away that year.It was not always pretty but we found
ways to win.By the time we played nebraska
we were not young anymore.
I am not sure we have the horses to make
that kind of run but it could be interesting if we catch a few breaks early
in the season.It will come down to a handful of plays that decide wether we our a young dangerous team or a winning team.
Sometimes the difference between
8-4 or undeafeated is just"that handful of
plays" that defines a season.As for me I will take the double digit points in the swamp and hope we grow up early....

Thanks Manny, Treefro, Canesthang, and Canesjunkie for scrimmage notes.

Interesting comparison to the '83 season McGinn's Ale. Florida early, first year starter at QB, but I'll have to see (or hear) a lot more positives before I start thinking #6.

Give me a run at the ACC Coastal this year.

In any case, an early sign will be how we react in the 4th quarter in Gainsville. Whether it be close or down by a couple of TD's.

I love all the HYPE surrounding this team. I hope it keeps spiraling out of control because it is going to be one long, disappointing year. At least there is recruiting season to look forward to next year. How does Northwestern look?

rawpimple,

How many wins do YOU think the 'Canes will have?

Put it out there, then we'll talk in December.

So you think you know hurricane football?
trivia question of the week.(first correct answer wins a drunk night at Mcginn"s.But you have to come to tennessee to collect.)

The canes signed three players from this county during this recriting year.(only three)hint#1.
Two of these player died tragic deaths.the
other was sporting news mvp of a super bowl
(def)hint#2
For the few that know me I played with all three at the college or high school level
but not always on the same team.(hint3)
Name the county the year and what high schoolsssss(hint #4)they attended.
good luck! go canes!!!!

Mcginns,

Good one. i guess you throw Ray out because you wrote "Sporting News MVP". Then i thought of Duane who had a great game (some great retuns). Now I'm going back to 93+/-. Marlin Barnes was there. I can't think of the other guy.

I don't even know if these guys are the ones. They're both from Dade.

Do I get a half-beer for effort?

GO CANES

Well shore pretty good effort.Climbing up the wrong tree though,beer for the effort.

Thought that was a pretty easy question(good try shore maybe the experts were still in diapers when the canes started
the roll)can not blame them for youth.

YOURE A HORSEPORKER !!!

I think in the next few years we are gonna see a crew of linebackers that will be the best in the country. Spence, McCarthy, Arthur Brown etc are gonna tear it up. Should be fun to watch

Mcginns,

I'm still with you. I've got Curry and 'Tez, but who's the defensive MVP? Are THESE the guys, or do I have to go way back to my days in Coral Gables (78-81)?

I can't wait to see how this team does for the upcoming football season!!! Our schedule will be just as tough as last year, and I would like to see how Robert Mavre and Jacory Harris both be able to handle the complexities of Patrick Nix's offense; I do believe that Randy is gonna have to use a 2 QB system to keep our opponent's defense off balance!!! But being that I love defense more than I love offense, I wanna see how this squad will be rejuvenated under new coordinator Bill Young's tutelage!!! Our second game of the year is in Gainesville against Florida, and the Gators are already gonna be predicted to be contenders for the BCS Title, so it's gonna be our spped on the defensive side of the ball that's gonna have to conatin Florida's potent weapons on offense (i.e., Tim Tebow, Percy Harvin, Brandon James)... I do think that Robert Mavre mobility will make him the starter the the game opener against Charleston Southern, and I do believe that Sean Spence can make Defensive All-American honors if he continues to progress the way he has this spring!!!

Mcginns,

Man, I'm a fool. I just confused Cortez with Jerome B. Now I'm all wacked. I give up.

Anyway, good luck next Monday.

I WENT TO THE SCRIMMAGE, SAW EVERYPLAY FROM BEGINNING TO THE END. MY TAKE BEING A 20 YEAR U.M. FAN. ALL THREE Q.B.'S LOOKED REALLY GOOD. I HAVE TO GIVE A SLIGHT, REALLY SLIGHT EDGE TO MARVE, BECAUSE OF HIS SPEED AND SCRAMBLING ABILITY (HE CAN THROW A BULLET AS WELL), SECOND I WOULD GO TO JACORY HARRIS, THIS KID IS GOOOOD! THE FACT THAT HE WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL JUST 3 MONTHS AGO, AND THE WAY HE WAS SO POISED AND ACURATE IS INSANE DUDE. BUT A BIT SILLY OF ME TO BE SURPRISED CONSIDERING HE WENT 30-0 AGAINST ARGUABLY THE BEST HIGH SCHOOL TALENT IN THE COUNTRY, CANNON SMITH, WAS ACCURATE, BUT NOT AS POISED, HE BOBBLED THE BALL SEVERAL TIMES AT SNAP WHEN HE RECOGNIZED PRESSURE WAS COMING. I HATE THE FACT THAT MARVE REDSHIRTED LAST YEAR, AND THE TOP TWO GUYS SHARE THE SAME AMOUNT OF SENOIRITY, AS OF NOW I BELEIVE BOTH OF THOSE GUYS SHOULD LEAD U.M. AT SOME POINT. SEAN SPENCE SHOULD START IN THE FALL. POINT BLANK!!! SMART (BEYOND HIS YEARS) , FAST, HARD HITTING. REMEMBER THE NAME ALLEN BAILEY, SOME COUTRY DUDE FROM GEORGIA, A GOD DANG FREAK!!, NOBODY COULD BLOCK HIM, A MAN AMONGST BOYS, I MEAN A MANE!! IT MAY BE HARD TO KEEP ALDARIUS JOHNSON OFF THE FIELD AS A TRUE FRESHMAN, THE FRESHMAN ALREADY LOOK BETTER THAN THE UPPERCLASSMEN RECEIVERS U.M. AS A LA SAM SHEILDS, AND OTHERS, AT 6'6" TOMMY STREETER LOOKED HUGE OUT THERE, WHAT A DANG WEAPON!! HE WAS IN A LOT OF PLAYS BUT NO BALLS THROWN IS WAY, HE SHOWED GOOD BLOCKING SKILLS, IF HE GAINED 40 -50 LBS WE COULD HAVE A MONSTER TIGHT END WE ARE USED TOO. THE TEAM NEEDED TO GAIN WEIGHT AND THEY HAVE, JAVARIS JAMES, JACORY HARRIS, CRAIG COOPER DONT LOOK UNDERSIZED. I AM EXCITED BUT PATIENT. THEY ARE SO LOADED WITH FRESHMEN TALENT, TWO MORE YEARS OF ANYTHING CLOSE TO THIS YEARS CLASS, LOOK OUT, WE WOULD BE IN THE RACE FOR THE ACC TITLE YEARLY, AND/OR MORE.

Before we call the QBs the next Bernie Kosar, Vinny T, and Gino T, let us remember that these QBs were going up against a defense that lost 49-0 at home, at the last game ever at the OB against a subpar team. Actually if Sean Spence, Marcus Forston and the 100 other LB recruits the Canes signed could play OL, WR, and RB, they might have a shot at finishing 3rd in the ACC.

Thanks for the update. It's hard to get ANY information up here regarding the Canes. Please keep up the good work.

rawpimple,

"lucky to finish 3rd" means they make a run in their division. I'll take that.

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