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Day 2: Shields talk & more from freshmen

Two practices are in the books for the Canes. I celebrated it by having lunch with my homeboy and Panthers beat writer George Richards -- who I rarely see anymore -- at Casola's Pizzeria off NW 17th Avenue and US1. If you haven't been to Casola's, you are missing some great pizza (it's the place I always went to after games at the Orange Bowl).

As for practice, nothing too exciting came out of it Sunday -- just more positive signs from some young receivers, a quick conversation with the oft-troubled Sam Shields and plenty of other notes and quotes.

> Saturday was LaRon Byrd's day to shine. Sunday it was Travis Benjamin's. The former Glades Central Travis_benjamin_3receiver who caught my eye during Saturday's open practice was on the receiving end of two long scoring passes according to teammates during 11-on-11 drills Sunday. Benjamin, who can be spotted easily on the field because of his trademark long dreads, has tremendous breakaway speed. Canesport.com, who spoke to trainer Andreu Swasey, reported Benjamin having the fastest 40-yard time of any incoming freshmen at 4.26 seconds. Other top 40-times include receiver Davon Johnson (4.32) and Brandon Harris (4.47). Safety Vaughn Telemaque, who has received rave reviews, was times at 4.75 seconds -- slower than quarterback Taylor Cook (4.59) and defensive end Marcus Robinson (4.56)

> Speaking of Robinson, coach Randy Shannon set some what I consider lofty goals for the freshman when I asked Shannon what he hoped to get out of Robinson at defensive end. Basically, Shannon painted the picture of turning Robinson into a third-down, pass rushing end. "If he can contribute 15-25 plays in game situations, that is great. One guy we had out here was Javon Nanton that played just 15 plays a game and was a third down specialist. He led the Big East in sacks one year. If he can do that, then great, but if not then he is our future."

To me, this is just further proof just how beaten-down Miami's defensive line situation is when you get an 18-year old to arrive in August and you are hoping he can already be counted on for that much action. Robinson played defensive end and linebacker in high school, but was tabbed as the nation's No. 4 outside linebacker by Rivals.com. Freshmen have been contributors at defensive end before -- the late Bryan Pata comes to mind. But Pata was bigger than Robinson and more built for lining up versus 300 pound tackles. It's certainly going to be an adjustment for the kid.

"We have a couple guys down. Since I played d-end in high school, coach made the decision I could make the move," Robinson said. "Physically, I feel good really. I just got to use my technique and I'll be fine. I've put on 15 pounds since I've been here. I'm up to 241. Right now, I got to use my speed, my feet, my technique when I take on a big guy. I'm working with Eric Moncur. He's teaching me pretty much. Steven Wesley too. They're teaching me to be fast with my hands and how to move on the line without standing still."

> I'm not the type of guy who wants to fan the flames, but it's never a good sign to me when reporters try and ask a player a question and UM reps intervene to say he's not interested in answering it. That's what happened when reporters tried to ask Shields about his academic situation (which has been a hot topic/rumor this summer). The fear is Shields had a lot of making up to do in the classroom. Either way, we'll find out soon if he is in trouble. Friday was the last day of summer school and finals and Shannon told us on media day that the coaching staff would be receiving grades early this coming week.

For his part, I got to give Sam credit. He answered other questions and stressed he's matured. Shields said he's also gained weight -- about five pounds -- and is up to 185. Shields said he's lining up mostly on the outside and said freshmen receivers have been doing a good job pushing the veterans.

"I'm just focused on the things I got to do now," Shields said. "I want to help this team win games."

> Sophomore cornerback Demarcus Van Dyke, who started eight games last season despite being one of the thinnest corners I've ever seen, said he's bulked up to 178 pounds this season. He was weighing 160 when he arrived at UM. Van Dyke was awfully impressive from what I can remember in the spring. He said he had a couple breakups during 7-on-7 drills. He said coaches are trying to find the best two corners "and then the next two for a first and second team."

He also spoke highly of the other freshmen -- who he is playing alongside and against -- Sunday.

"Those guys are coming along real well," Van Dyke said. "Those guys have picked up their game fast. Brandon [Harris] is a great defensive back who will help us a lot this year. Vaughn [Telemaque] and [Ramon] Buchanon are ballers right there, real ballers. They'll help us out this year."

"All [the receivers] are good. They got their different styles. LaRon is a big physical receiver. Thearon and Kendall Thompkins are slashy guys. [Davon Johnson] and Travis Benjamin and Tommy Streeter will spread the field on you. You have to watch how you cover them. Those guys are good."

> As for the walking wounded, the same three guys who sat out Saturday and did drills off to the side -- defensive ends Eric Moncur and Allen Bailey and defensive tackle Josh Holmes -- were in the same place again Sunday according to Shannon.

> Tampa Plant tight end Orson Charles (rated No. 1 in the nation by Rivals.com) watched practice again Sunday. In other recruiting tidbits, I got the sense from a few conversations defensive tackle Antwan Lowery would still be welcomed at UM even though the team already has two defensive tackles lined up for it's 09 class. The U though appears to be getting tired of Lowery's games. He was supposed to announce August 1st, but has since negated and reopened his recruiting to include Florida with Rutgers and Miami.

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travis benjamin will be the next desean jackson

hey manny,
i was look at the rivals resource it said EXCLUSIVE: Signee's holdup is over
One signee who was waiting to report is on his way to Miami, and another says he should be ready to go tomorrow or Tuesday. Read on for this breaking news
do anybody know who are the singee's are clear now to come to miami.

Thanks Manny

These freshman receivers are flat out exciting, but I really hope that Shields finds a way to turn it all around this year, get his grades in order, and play up to his potential. I always feel bad for a kid who has the world right in front of him and doesn't know how to reach out and grab it. These young receivers playing with a stud like Shields would be something to see. Plus, upperclassman would really help in the Swamp in week 2.

Third

or forth

hey manny,
i was look at the rivals resource it said EXCLUSIVE: Signee's holdup is over
One signee who was waiting to report is on his way to Miami, and another says he should be ready to go tomorrow or Tuesday. Read on for this breaking news
do anybody know who are the singee's are clear now to come to miami.

Posted by: IT All ABOUT THE U | August 03, 2008 at 02:20 PM


CJ Odom is on his way to Miami as we speak.

"auburn's coach-what'his name" - jaime

DUHHHHHHH U

"UM has played in three conferences (indep, Big East, ACC), and if tomorrow they played for the WAC, but won an NC, could give a crap" - lost in translation

Exactly you idiot!!! As per the evidence (not anyone's opinion) Duhhhh U has yet to do squat in a mildly competitive conference.

As per you own ex-coach's statement (Butch Davis), in comparing the ACC to the Big East.....there were many years that he only had to prepare the team for one game a season, the rest was a cakewalk.

PULL OFF A SINGLE CONFERENCE TITLE

"And third in the last 25 years no one has 5 National Titles oh yeah except that one team that is called the MIAMI HURRICANES" - cj

If your gonna live in the past, why limit yourself?

BAMA = 12 TITLES

"No need to seek real tests outside the SEC when everyone assumes the SEC is such a test — even if its teams rarely are forced to show it against the best from other leagues." - puke green

The SEC is 11-4 all time in BCS bowl games, and last year's seven postseason victories are the most by a conference in NCAA history.

I know it's been awhile since Duhhh U has played in a relevent post-season game so I can see why it slipped your mind.

BCS GAME DOMINANCE

"The only sec team thati would give kudos to is auburn- who has had the ba--s to travel to usc (as a number 1 or 2 team) a couple of years ago and got bushwahacked!" - jaime duhhhh sports genius

40 - 3 ring a bell?

DEFINITION OF BUSHWHACKED

"Broken Beyond Repair"
http://vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1006688/index.htm

DUHHHHHH U = DIRTIEST TEAM IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD

"If UM can get past UNC in its first ACC game Sept. 27, it has as good a chance as any team to get to the ACC title game Dec. 6 in Tampa." - Miami Herald Staff

"If you tell a big enough lie, and keep on repeating it, in the end people will come to believe it" - green giant, king of the copy & paste quotes

TRUTH BE TOLD

"No need to seek real tests outside the SEC when everyone assumes the SEC is such a test" - green boogers

You mean like the 2007 National Champions only two regular season losses (both to teams within the SEC) by a combined 8 points, prior to spanking OSU?

I know U understand what a challenge the Buck Eyes can be.

FACTS ARE NOT ASSUMPTIONS

"About the only time UM draws capacity crowds now is when it plays a significant game -- on the road (such as last year's crowd of 85,357 at Oklahoma). Otherwise, there are a lot of empty seats." - Miami Herald Staff

To attend or not attend? Depends on if they keep dropping ticket prices.

WHICH WAY IS THE WIND BLOWING

"How do you keep everyone happy? - Is it ever possible to have too many high-quality skill players? Florida might have that problem. From tight end to receiver to running back to quarterback, the Gators are loaded at every skill position. Can the Gators' coaches keep everyone satisfied? It doesn't help that quarterback Tim Tebow is a statistical vacuum." - Miami Herald Staff

THE Q WITH NO A

CJ Odom is on his way to Miami as we speak.

Posted by: DAU | August 03, 2008 at 02:46 PM

CJ Holton is in, not Odom. Odom is going to prep school. Lewis and Hardin should be cleared by tomorrow, maybe Tuesday. Marti is just waiting on UM admissions and should be in soon. No word on Wylie yet.

We getting dangerous weapons....

There you go. Hardin should compete for DE as well. I think these LB's lining up on the DE is a Young blitzing package signature and not necessarily due to depth. But it will be nice to get some real depth.

I hope things work out for Sam Shields, this is probably his last chance. It looks like we will be pretty deep at receiver.

Thanks for the updates Manny!

Q: Which players are competing for PR and KR duties and who do U think will nail down those positions?

Hey guys,

Help me out with a running bet with some of my fellow gator cohorts.
They claim Kerwin Bell was the sexiest gator to have set foot on campus.
I tend to fancy Tim Tebow. First, you can't beat his dreamy eyes, and that suggestive lisp he has when he does interviews.
Bell is much butch-like, but give me Tebow 7days a week, 52 weeks a year.
Take his shirt off, oil him down, and let him stroll with his jorts and sandals and see how folks will drool.
Add to this his dreamy and soft hands that gave the Phillipines a thrill this past spring, and what more can you ask of a man?
Do you folks have anyone on the UM team that could even compare?
I think not!

Hey, check out the times on canesrule's posts -- 3:00, 3:00, 3:01, 3:01, 3:01. Hilarious! I think the pause between 3:06 and 3:13 was only to jerk-off. I picture this guy anxiously waiting with all of this crap stored on Word documents, just for the moment that Manny posts something. This dude takes Cane envy to new heights. Ten posts... seriously. Bet you still have your rejection letter from Miami hanging on your wall. It's OK. I know being a gator has been really hard for the last few decades.

And now that your public school gets a little national spotlight for a few years you're all excited. Now go ahead and give your five (or ten) part rebuttal. I'm sure you have some more nonsense stored up. Meanwhile, I'll be out living that thing you should be getting -- a life.

CJ Odom is on his way to Miami as we speak.

Posted by: DAU | August 03, 2008 at 02:46 PM


CJ Holton is in, not Odom. Odom is going to prep school. Lewis and Hardin should be cleared by tomorrow, maybe Tuesday. Marti is just waiting on UM admissions and should be in soon. No word on Wylie yet.

Posted by: | August 03, 2008 at 03:15 PM


Woops.

Hey, check out the times on canesrule's posts -- 3:00, 3:00, 3:01, 3:01, 3:01. Hilarious! I think the pause between 3:06 and 3:13 was only to jerk-off.

UM95,
What have you got against people who live alternate lifestyles?

Canesrule...here is the link to the Miami Herald GATOR blog:

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/gator_clause/

Manny, Nanton weighed less than Robinson does now. We need some speed rushers. Moncur and Bailey don't provide that.

Canesrule...here is the Sun-Sentinel GATORS blog:

http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/sports_college_uf/

"Bet you still have your rejection letter from Miami hanging on your wall." - UM95

Just as Duhhhh U has their SEC rejection letter hanging on their wall.

THINK BEFORE U SPEAK

86Cane...here is the latest news on Duhhhh U.

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/rankingsindex

Even if you graduated in 86' why in the world would you use that name. Obviously more clueless, than your average clueless fan of Duhhhhh U.

I said in the last 25 years, nimrod.

C.J Odom is on his way to Miami as we speak.

"I said in the last 25 years, nimrod." - cj

No shiiite nimrod, you sure are a fast learner. An easy way to automatically eliminate the majority of what Bama accomplished in comparison. It was as misleading a statement, as if I said the SEC has won twice as many titles this century as the ACC and Big East combined.

SPORTS LITTER FOR DUHHHH ILLITERATES

So who is going up to the game on Sept6?
Let me know.
I would love to party with you all.
Believe it or not there are some good alternative night clubs for those who are into alternative lifestyles.
There is one club that is dedicated to stud athletes. Pictures everywhere.
Place is called "The Gaytor".
I've had nights in that joint where I just sat there and stared at the life-size pics of Tebow while sipping on my mimosas.

Finally, no truth to the rumor that a bunch of gators ran train on Coach Meyer's daughter. Please stop with that nonsense.
I know these players too well.

"alternate lifestyles"
"no truth to the rumor"
"dare I say"
"riding the pine"
"locked down"
"Mr. Integrity"
"firm handshake"
"Gaytor"
"Gayturds"
"Tim Tebow" (full name)
"I think not!"

All common phrases of the imposter canesrule.

THE REAL COPY CANE

Seriously, what do you all think about Tebow's legs?
Should he shave them?

Canesrule...take a long walk, off a short pier.

I'll take that as a "NO".

Dare I say, Tim Tebow would be able to add a few more rushing yards to his stats if he did.

Did I mention the SEC

Sux's

I think I did

If not, we do

"UM has played in three conferences (indep, Big East, ACC), and if tomorrow they played for the WAC, but won an NC, could give a crap" - lost in translation

Exactly you idiot!!! As per the evidence (not anyone's opinion) Duhhhh U has yet to do squat in a mildly competitive conference.

As per you own ex-coach's statement (Butch Davis), in comparing the ACC to the Big East.....there were many years that he only had to prepare the team for one game a season, the rest was a cakewalk.

PULL OFF A SINGLE CONFERENCE TITLE

So I'm reading the Herald's Turd Blog, and the hayseed Goodman is listing the projected starting lineup for the gators defense, and I have to say I was very underwhelmed.
Lots of folks are going to be able to run it up their gut, especially between their tackles.
Javier Estiponan and a frosh starting?
I see another 4-loss season for the Crocs.
Perhaps 5 losses if they sustain any run of injuries in their trenches - quite plausible
considering Estiponan's history, and the fact that they are putting alot of eggs in the Omar HUnter basket.
Yeah, Tratou and Patchan, blah, blah.
That's a second year guy and a first year punk.
They will score alot of points on offense, but at the end of the day you need to have a staunch defense to contend for conference championships, and I just don't see it in northCentral Florida.

Canesrule...take a long walk, off a short pier.

Posted by: blue | August 03, 2008 at 08:41 PM

I wouldn't waste your bandwidth on that dimwit. For a program that he claims to be so subpar, he does spend an inordinate amount of time on their blog.
It suggests insecurity on his part.
Remember the story about Urban Meyer tossing his cell phone against the wall when he received the news that Ramon Buchanon and others weren't headed to his school?
Insecurity. Meyer isn't dumb, he knows what's coming.

Did I mention the SEC suxs?

Urban, and bobby are peein in their pants now that they realize we put the lockdown on south florida again, sorry guys prepare to get annihilated every year again starting next year. Don't feel to bad though, you will get a chance to beat us again in about 10 years when shannon does something crazy like go to the nfl, and leaves us with some idiot who doesn't realize they must recruit south florida the heaviest and then go out to the rest of the country to find some people

LOL@ThugLife.

Coming from UF->PennStateSouth.

Medley...if U check the Gators blogs at the MH and the SS they have almost NO posts whatsoever. So these lonely Gators come to a Canes blog to try to get some attention. Sad, but true.

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