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Another 2 QB system?

University of Miami coach Randy Shannon didn't give reporters at Thursday's Florida Sports Writers Association meetings in Tampa any insight into who will be the starting quarterback this fall (I say its Robert Marve). But he did say something that might not sit well with fans of the U -- there's probably going to be another two quarterback system this fall (which I was counting on).

Marve"Whichever quarterback that we name, we're going to play the other one," Shannon said without specifying any of the quarterbacks by name (as if Cannon Smith or Taylor Cook really have a shot). "We need depth at every position on the field and that's the one position that we don't have depth at because they're young. They're good quarterbacks, but they're young."

Shannon explained it won't be a platoon situation and said the way he envisions it, one person will emerge as the clear starter, and another will play at certain times to get a feel for game action -- in case that person gets called upon for a bigger role, for injury or any other reason.

Jacory_harris_actionCan't say I'm surprised. It's the only move that makes sense. While Shannon probably made a mistake last year by putting Kirby Freeman in the starting spot, he's got four guys who have never thrown a pass in college available to play quarterback. He's got to play at least two, one more than the other to develop rhythm (Marve) while letting the other (Jacory Harris) feel important and ready should they need them.

While all Canes fans might not like the move, they can at least take solace in this: at least its not Kyle Wright or Freeman who will be behind center. I know it was just the spring, but Marve and Harris looked so much better than their predecessors I honestly believe either one would have beaten them out last year for the starting job if they were around.

* In other tidbits from the meetings, Shannon confirmed defensive end Courtney Harris will miss the season and expects defensive end Allen Bailey (who is now up to 290 pounds) to recover from his pectoral injury in time for the start of the season. That's great news since I think Bailey is probably going to be the best defensive player Miami has this coming season.

J-MAC STILL GRINDING: As much as I'm itching for football info just like U (because getting basketball interviews are easier than football interviews) I was able to catch up with Jack McClinton Wednesday Mcclinton2after his whirlwind camp tour this summer which included hook-ups with Chris Paul, Steve Nash and LeBron James. Jack, who is taking this week off from workouts to rest his tired knees (he's got tendinitis), told me he's become so close with Paul, an All-NBA First Team selection, he can call him whenever he wants to talk hoops. Paul named him the MVP of his camp in June after McClinton outplayed Florida's Nick Calathes, Davidson's Stephen Curry, Boston College's Tyrese Rice and about a dozen other collegiate studs at the camp. I'll have a full fledged story on Jack's travels in Friday's paper and maybe a full Q&A with him later this week... as for his teammates, McClinton told me all of them are excelling. But he -- like Julian Gamble -- pointed to freshman DeQuan Jones as impressive. "I saw highlights of him in high school, but it's his athleticism, how hard he goes that's impressive. He's really impressing me. We've never really had someone as athletic on the wing as him."

Joe_mercadanteMERCADANTE PROMOTED: If getting basketball news four months before the start of the season bothers you, then this baseball night is going to send you off the deep end. Thursday, Jim Morris promoted Joe Mercadante (a former volunteer assistant the last four years) to fill in one of his vacant assistant coach spots. Mercadante will continue working with hitters and catchers, but now he'll get to recruit. Mercadante was basically Gino DiMare's right hand man when it came to hitting. Mercadante is a 2003 graduate of Florida, where he played catcher.

* NEW PODCAST: And lastly, I've finally recorded a new podcast of The Countdown with Larry Blustein, Rudy Rodriguez-Chomat and Andre C. Fernandez. It's mostly high school talk, but I do talk to Larry about some Cane recruits as well with Rudy about some of the basketball players UM is recruiting.


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should be an interesting fall.

Mandingo! God blob. What's next???

I just saw the RS decision on the 2 QB system on the CNN ticker at the bottom of the screen. News about the U is that important. Anyway, in Shannon I trust. No Excuses!! Go Canes!!

That's good news about Bailey. Would've been very disappointing to see him on the sidelines this year.

OT: It doesn't sound so much like a 2 QB system, at least that's not the way I'm reading it, someone correct me if I'm wrong. Jst sounds like whoever will be the QB, the other will come in to pick up the scraps. I think it'll be Marve behind center with Harris up at cleanup. Really hope it's not going to be a musical chairs, series to series.

It wont be a two QB system. He made it clear he wasn't platooning them. One will be the starter but the other will be given experience. A series here and there.

Manny I tried to listen to the podcast but it sounds like it is on fast forward. Alvin and the chipmunks. Is the problem on my side or yours?
Thanks for the info.


Can you get some info on Dwayne Collins development this summer?

I think the improvement of his skill level will determine how far the hoops team climbs the latter this year.

This isn't news, nor is it a 2 QB system. As Shannon said, one will emerge as the starter, the other will be the backup who will get some in-game action. It would be foolish for the starter to get all the snaps and be one play away from having to start a backup who's never seen the field at the collegiate level. If he doesn't redshirt, hopefully Smith will see the field too.

Hey Manny... Thanks for the up-date.

Q: Manny I tried to listen to the podcast but it sounds like it is on fast forward. Alvin and the chipmunks. Is the problem on my side or yours? Thanks for the info. Posted by: DZ8 | July 17, 2008 at 08:39 PM

A: DZ8... Sounds fine on my end. I'll ask my editor at The Herald to check it out.

Good job Manny. Podcast is excellent.


Any news on the incoming recruits?

Thats a smart move by randy letting both see action so in case the starter gets hurt the backup is ready to step in and hopefully not be aw struck. I do feel it is a little premature though to basically narrow it down to just Harris and Marve. First of all Big Tex hasn't practiced yet and he was ranked higher than Harris as a prospect and you never know how guys are going to react under game situations which none of the four have seen at this level. For all we know Cannon Smith who is the shortest and least talked about other than Taylor Cook could be our starting QB. Either way we should be better passing the ball than we were last year. IF these four don't get the passing game going with all of these receivers than we all will know maybe it wasn't just Kyle and Kirby's fault they had some poor QB Coaching also

Thanks for the daily updates. Huge Baseball fan here so any baseball news (Braun getting the 1st award) is welcomed. As for Mercandante being promoted, it's nice to see that after 4 years of NOT getting a paycheck has paid off. I heard that former Cane Greg Lovelady was always in the running for the job. What can you tell us about what he is doing of late and why he might not have gotten the job?

Manny, is there a way to subscribe to your Podcast?

great post as usual by the way.

"First of all Big Tex hasn't practiced yet and he was ranked higher than Harris as a prospect"

Posted by: cj | July 18, 2008 at 03:32 AM


Taylor Cook will become a TE. And you've lost your mind if you think he was rated higher then Jacory "Mr. Football" Harris. It's way too early to say, but IMO...Cannon Smith and Taylor Cook are just depth. Obviously, you never know what could happen. But Harris and Marve are far too talented to be beaten out

Playing the Two-Headed Dragon...
MF1 and MF2,... Laughing... Mr.Football 1 and 2.

IMO... Just to state it clearly... Randy had no other choice but to play both QB's... Harris was the catalyst in bring all of the other Northwestern players (as a package) to the U. Lastly, If Harris is sidelined, Randy loses continuity and respect with the others.


Miami's Two-Headed Dragon.
I've never been in favor of the old adage that 2 heads are better the one, but in this case, they are both exceptional players that we must play them, as each one bring a different quality to the game that is undeniably, perhaps the best tandem to have ever entered a college at the same time.

For those people who like to nit-pic...
Correction... I meant to say... have started to play football at the same time...

Must be on my end then. Thanks for checking into it though. Much appreciated.

I don't trust Randy's decisionmaking AT ALL. Remember, this is the guy who shunned Wright and chose Freeman as the starting QB last year.

Leave Randy to the recruiting and have the coordinators do the rest.

agreed. very nervous with randy at the helm. last year his decisions were a disaster.

u people r retarded, if u would just read what shannon said than u wouldnt sound like incompetant fools, and its mannys fault cus he put "2 qb system" as the name of the blog. What shannon meant was that Marve would start, and for example in the charelston southern game when were up by 50, then hes gonna put jacory in for experience

I've never liked using 2 QBs, but both of these guys deserve to play. After watching them in the spring its hard to point to one thing that would prevent them from getting playing time.

One of them should emerge as the starter...if our receivers decide to start catching the ball.

I like Shannon's announcement because he doesn't have to make a choice. Play both kids if you feel it will work.

I like Randy Shannon a lot, but the team better show improvement by the end of the season. I'm not talking about winning the ACC, going to a bowl or anything like that. I just wanted to see us execute, eliminate mistakes, and be well-coached team. If we do those things, the rest will fall into place.


I just wanted to see us execute, eliminate mistakes, and be well-coached team. If we do those things, the rest will fall into place.

Posted by: Canesjunkie | July 18, 2008 at 01:20 PM

Well said! I agree 100%.

From what i read the reason kirby started week 1 was he was healthy and kyle had a knee injury. Does anyone actually read what these guys write? 2 They did say in the article and with manny that he would play both but one would just get spot duty for experiance so if one got hurt hed be ready to play. 3 Randy has made the right calls in trying to rebuild this team. Coker forgot about south florida when recruiting and failed to develop any depth. Randy almost started with a bare cupboard. This guy is great for miami he needs time to rebuild a team that really did lose talent. the nfl draft proved that only 3 players drafted for miami is pathetic. Randy has talent and some depth this year even if it is young in 2 years this team will be a national title contender but this year 8 wins will be a great season 7 wins should be what is expected anythign more and your delusional. You guys need to lay off the coaches who can recruit and give them time to build there teams. I read alot of the miami blogs and you all are always ripping randy and the basketball coach lay off give them time and miami will be acc and national title contenders in time if horcutt doesn't listen to you idiots.

IMO... Just to state it clearly... Randy had no other choice but to play both QB's... Harris was the catalyst in bring all of the other Northwestern players (as a package)


Posted by: Cat5 Cane | July 18, 2008 at 08:18 AM

agree 100%

"No excuses"

Restoring Miami's championship culture has turned out to be a bigger undertaking than he first envisioned.

The UM coach acknowledged Thursday that he didn't fully realize how much some parts of the talent pool had eroded when he ascended into the job after Larry Coker's firing.


"Another 2 QB system.....which I was counting on"

Also better count on another TD < INT season.


Straight from SI, Duhhhhh U is the consensus fourth best team in the state.



"At Duhhhh U, it's two for the show" for what they pay their promoted within fourth choice coach, it definitely ain't about the money.


"The UM coach acknowledged Thursday that he didn't fully realize how much some parts of the talent pool had eroded when he ascended into the job after Larry Coker's firing"

Why did he think the Duhhhhh U's first three coachng choices passed on the opportunity with flying colors. Four if you count Spurrier who demanded that his name be withdrawn.

Evaluation capabilities are a required skill set of all successful coaches.


In what was Florida's biggest recruiting day until the football season begins, the Gators welcomed a couple hundred of the nation's top recruits to The Swamp for Friday Night Lights.

Meanwhile back at Dolphin Stadium it's a non-stop revolving door for local transients, Marlins vs. Phillies and a pit stop for the Sweet & Sticky Tour.

Madonnamarlinphin Stadium with a temporary U tattoo.


Caught the Miami-Ohio St. championship game on TV last nite...this thing is like 2 girls 1 cup....I'm sorry I watched it. It left almost the same sour taste in my mouth as the first time I watched it.

Our offensive game plan was so poor and the team looked ill prepared. I didn't notice at the time, but it was one of those games where coaching made the difference. We weren't able to overcome coaching without Willis.

"I didn't notice at the time, but it was one of those games where coaching made the difference." - Canesjunkie

Maybe someone can help me out here but, I am pretty sure this statement can be applied to Duhhh U's entire 5-7 season. A direct result of promoting within, with no head coaching experience.

The bright side for 3/4's of the ACC is that statement will apply for at least the next 5 years at Duhhhh U.



Sorry fellas, the clown princes of Gaturd football, jay and Daniel, already banned from the Sentinel from posting under canesrule, are again up to their prankster wanna be gangstas ways. They are haters supereme, jealous and very threatened by the great job Randy and Da U is doing, and rightfully so. urban Liar will be shut out of South Florida again in the recruiting wars, and the Turds are looking at another mediocre season under Tim Testeroidbow.

Why is Phil Steele punking OUR team so bad? Is it because you could sail a cruise ship through some of the holes in our depth chart? Is it because OUR defensive line is woefully inequipped for big boy football? Or is it because we have a bumbling head coach who to this date has done nothing on the field? Maybe Mr. Steele knows that hiring your coach from within after being shunned by all candidates is a red flag? Did Mr. Steele look at our attendance figures and realize that beyond the delusional cowards over at Lamespace that our fanbase has eroded severely? Perhaps this Steele guy sees that we have been EVICTED from our beloved orange bowl and have been reduced to renting in the 50,000 acre fish warehouse? Maybe Mr. Steele just doesn't like US and is intimidated by our PAST? Because lets face it everyone, we are The U and people fear us. It's all about The U!

" very threatened by the great job Randy and Da U is doing"

congratulations "canestool" you get the first nomination for homer quote of the day. Good work son.

Why does the media love Notre Dame so much? I never seen a bad team get as much pub as these guys. I don't think we'll be able to get them on future schedules....they won't want to show UM whipping on ND.

Thanks for the news on baseball,basketball and football. The basketball team should be excellent and be in the top 3 for the ACC. To bad UNC has everyone coming back, because if not the Canes would have the inside track to the ACC title. Although I do think this will be the best Canes team ever in basketball. Baseball is rebuilding after choking in the CWS. I was there in person and after the first loss to Georgia this wasn't the same team they had no heart. I think we are all waiting for the Canes to dominate in all sports. Go Canes

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