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Dixon hospitalized, more from Day 5

One day into full pad workouts and somebody is already in the hospital. Senior defensive tackle Antonio Dixon was taken to HealthSouth Doctor's Hospital on UM's campus for dehydration Wednesday morning and has been admitted.

"We sent him to get some fluids in him," Shannon told reporters after practice.

UM spokesman Kerwin Lonzo said doctors are running some tests on Dixon.Antonio_dixon
"We'll keep you posted," Lonzo said. Dixon is the first player to be hospitalized that we know of this fall. Shannon said Tuesday the team has been practicing longer to get more reps for the younger players. Javarris James, Damien Berry, Lee Chambers and Joe Joseph are other guys who have been sidelined by the heat since practice began Saturday.

> Shannon told reporters freshman linebacker Gavin Hardin has been cleared to arrive at UM. Freshman safety CJ Holton was out at practice Wednesday, but didn't participate in contact drills again.

> Safety Anthony Reddick missed practice for the third straight day. Reddick missed the 2005 and 2007 seasons with injuries. Not a good sign.

> Shannon said he sent both of his kickers -- freshman Jake Wieclaw and Matt Bosher -- to kick off the infield dirt Wednesday morning at Dolphins Stadium. "Since the goalposts are up because Miami is playing Tampa Bay this weekend, we figured they could get some work that way," Shannon said.

Special teams coach Joe Pannunzio said he tries to send his kickers to kick off an infield dirt surface every third day at UM. "We'll probably send them once or twice more [to Dolphins Stadium]," Pannunzio said. "Either that or we'll just go for it on fourth down [Pannunzio joked]."

> Pannunzio went into deeper detail about the progress of the special teams, particularly the kickers, the guys working in the return game, the fliers and more.

Joe_pannunzio Pannunzio said freshman kicker Jake Wieclaw is "a very accurate kicker and getting better... his biggest issue is he's been kicking off a tee in high school... and it's a learning process for him. It's probably invaluable that he's been here since January."

Pannunzio said he's looking at all the skill players in the return game -- including all of the freshmen. "We're looking for somebody to get out there and give us some field position," Pannunzio said. "It doesn't matter what year their in."

Miami's search for a return man isn't the only spot in the special teams the Canes are trying to fill. Both long-snappers from last season -- John Rochford and Ross Abramson -- are gone. Pannunzio said Chris Ivory and walkon quarterback Jake Byrne are the two guys currently competing for the long-snapper duties.

As for the fliers -- the guys who go head-hunting on punt returns -- Pannunzio said "we should be good at that. We got Khalil Jones and Ryan Hill who have been my two guys for years."

> Regarding the tight ends, Pannunzio said he's excited -- especially about the three he says will play: Dedrick Epps, Chris Zellner and Richard Gordon. "They're a year older, a year smarter, a year stronger, a year faster and a year more mature," Pannunzio said. "They look like they're coming into their own so hopefully it will be a big year for them."

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Pannunzio said he just doesn't have that all-around guy. He said Zellner is the better blocker and Epps is the better receiver. "With Gordon, I used to have to kick his ass to go to class," Pannunzio said. "But now all I have to do is push him a little. It's part of his maturity."

Pannunzio said he's been surprised by the play of Tervaris Johnson, who moved over from safety to tight end this summer. "He's better than I thought he would be and he's a guy you might see in there a little bit. He's got a big enough body and he's not afraid to put his face in there."

Pannunzio said it could prove to be tougher for redshirt freshman Daniel Adderley. "He's never had his hand on the ground, his facemask turned or his nose bloodied."

> Shannon said the team's first day in pads was very physical and focused on establishing the running game and focusing on playaction passing. Shannon once again pointed to Laron Byrd and Travis Benjamin as the standouts among the young receivers. "The other guys are doing well," Shannon said. "but those are two guys that are standing out right now."

> Shannon said he hasn't set a timetable as to when he'll be looking for separation among the quarterbacks. "We've got three scrimmages, so we got plenty of time," Shannon said. "That's why I'm not panicking and trying to rush things.

> Sophomore running back Shawnbrey McNeal said he's now weighing between 193 and 195 pounds. He came in as a freshman at 180 pounds. "Being JJ and Coop you learn a whole lot. It's not about just helping them. It's no hatred or down talk. Everyone has the same amount of respect for each other," McNeal said.

> I got a chance to speak to redshirt freshman receiver Jermaine McKenzie for about five minutes today and will have a feature on him later this week. McKenzie is obviously a kid who has endured a lot in his time at UM including the neck injury he suffered when he his car did several flips on I-75 with him at the wheel last fall which ended his freshman season. McKenzie didn't play in the spring because of high ankle sprain. But now he's back, bigger and stronger and competing with a talented crop of freshmen to get in the mix. Be sure to check out the story later this week.

DON'T FORGET TO... Listen to the audio uploaded from today's practice as well as the video interviews. I uploaded the feature on defensive end Adewale Ojomo this morning.

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First, Good stuff Manny

UNO!

NO, I WAS FIRST CNC, I WAS FIRST! CHEATER!

Manny, are we gonna offer Steven Jacques a scholi ?

how did i cheat 5and7

MANNY, HAVE YOU SEEN THIS MANY PLAYERS FALL VICTIM TO THE HEAT SINCE YOU'VE BEEN COVERING THE CANES?
DO YOU PLAN ON DOING AN INTERVIEW WITH THE TRAINERS TO SEE WHAT THEY DO AS FAR AS MAKING SURE THE PLAYERS STAY HYDRATED BEFORE,DURING, AND AFTER PRACTICES?

PICKLE JUICE MANNY, TELL EM' BOUT THE PICKLE JUICE BABY! IT'S ALL ABOUT THE PICKLE JUICE MAAAAAAN!

Special teams was horrible last year, all units were pathetic...they better improve this year.

I hate the baseball infield on a football stadium. Can't the Marlins use a mostly grass infield, we the dirt only around the bases?

Good work again Manny. I'm curious to hear J-Mac.

I've always been confused about why the Marlins get to keep that infield in there on football saturdays. I agree with Canesjunkie...use a mostly grass infield. Is there an MLB rule about that? Turf fields used to be like that.

There is no other baseball stadium in town, and noone goes to those games anyway. I guess it's only temporary though, so it's not worth whining over. It will be gone by the time we play for the national championship in the OB in January.

Travis Benjamin caught a 50 yard touchdown this morning. I'm glad he did it again in full pads. Looks like Santana Moss is back in town.

Thanks Manny.

Thanks manny

Where's the audio from today's practice?? you not slackin, are you??

Manny..The SS guys show you more love, than TOS...

ChicagoCane...how do you know who does what in practice? I thought they were closed.

Players are being slowed down by dehydration. The articles state that the Hurricanes are practicing starting at 7:45 AM and practicing for about three hours to get repetions for the younger players. Why not start practice earlier say at 6 or 6:30 AM to avoid the scorching sun's effects. There would be less dehydration and still plenty of sunlight to practice in .

It's called home field advantage.

ANDREW SWASEY: YEAH COACH, THEY SAID YOU WANTED TO SEE ME?
COACH SHANNON: YEAH SWAS, HAVE A SEAT. NOW I WANT TO KNOW, WHY ARE THESE PLAYERS DROPPING LIKE FLIES OUT THERE. AND IT'S NOT THE TRUE FRESHMEN EITHER, IT'S THE VETS...HUH SWAS?
ANDREW SWASEY: WELL COACH, UHHH, UHHH...
COACH SHANNON: UHHH,UHHH, WHAT!? WELL YOU KNOW WHAT, I GOT A UHHH,UHHH WHAT FOR YOU...YOU'RE FIRED, NOW PACK THOSE TIGHT SHORTS OF YOURS AND GET OUT OF HERE.
ANDREW SWASEY: BUT COACH...
COACH SHANNON: HAAAAAAAA! NO SWAS, YOU'RE NOT FIRED, I WAS JUST PLAYIN' WITH YOU.
ANDREW SWASEY: PHEEW, FOR A MINUTE THERE, I THOUGHT YOU WERE REALLY FIRING ME.
COACH SHANNON: YOU THOUGHT I WAS SERIOUS SWAS, YOU THOUGHT I REALLY FIRED YOU?
ANDREW SWASEY: PHEEEW, YEAH COACH, I THOUGHT YOU REALLY FIRED ME.
COACH SHANNON: WELL I WAS SERIOUS, YOU'RE FIRED, NOW GETS TO STEPPIN SWAAAAAAASEY!
ANDREW SWASEY: BUT COACH I THOUGHT YOU SAID YOU WERE PLAYIN'?
COACH SHANNON: YEAH, I WAS PLAYIN' THE FIRST TIME, BUT I JUST WANTED TO SEE WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO FIRE SOMEBODY TWICE, NOW GETS TO STEPPIN SWAAAAAASEY!

Manny,

Love the work; very impressive; appreciate it. I must admit a bunch of kool-aid is being thrown out there.

5 and 7 has it goin' on

5AND7SUX = class act! Your fan base must be so proud of you!

Why is Panunzio still coaching special teams? He has proven to be clueless time and time again. He is arrogant and pompous to boot. That prick.

AlanF,

Quick question...what talent did he have last year?

5-7???? You better pray for that.... AT Florida AT Texas A&M & North Carolina... I am sure that fat Recruiting Coordinator will run his mouth again and the Canes will quit like right after the 3rd Quarter of the Oklahoma game...

Swasey is a clown... He use to have the best athletes and he got all this credit... Since Moffitt left the Canes have gotten worse...

I heard Shannon's son (one of many) is playing great... Wow the competition must be bad since he wasn't the best O-Lineman at a 1-11 team....

4-8 this season and losses to UF & UCF... At least you guys have FIU to beat...

5and7, has anyone ever told you that you are not funny?

Why is Coach P coaching college anyways... Didn't the NCAA punish him for him running Murray State into the ground, well the ground of a prison... That guy is a bum and a token for Coach Shannon... Another yes man who can't take his job when he does get fired...
Have you noticed all his coaches are yes men, too old or not worthy of being a Head Coach...

Oh yeah 3 hour practices are very smart... Then again Coach Shannon is from the neighborhood (he uses it in recruiting) known for not producing many smart guys... wink wink

Timmi Nuckles... seriously, Timmi Nuckles. I'll say no more. Actually, are you related to Jimmi Douchebag?

Manny...

Thanks for your hard work!

5and7, has anyone ever told you that you are not funny?

Posted by: 3 | August 06, 2008 at 10:39 PM


5AND7, better get yout haterblockers on cuz here they come. Just shake'em off son.

There is no doubt it is hot out there, however the heat and humitidy has always been one of the Canes home field advantages.
I have seen over the years teams that come to play the canes at home would wilt in the conditions. Even the Florida and Florida State have had trouble in the heat of Miami. This is just part of the process of conditioning them for this years games. If they think its hot from 7 to 10 what do they think its gonna be with a noon time kickoff. Can't wait 21 days till season starts!!! GO CANES

I have inspired a literary fit on the prior post from tbe Post blogger formerly known as Jay and Daniel, who impersonates yours truly on canespace, goes by 14-0liftthetrophy on the Sentinel site, lives in a trailer in loxahatchee, and due to his curren t state of unemployment due to being intoxicated almost 24 hours a day, has a lot of time to go to his free public library, and post continously. Get a job loser!!!
I see he appears here as timmy knuckles. he also brags about having an anatomically correct Tim May Tebow blowup doll, and claims to have damaged the anatomically correct part during a vigorous blowing (up) of the doll. His real name is Jay and he is one sick puck, if I can use that term.
Canes will shock the world in Canesville.

If you seriously believe the canes are gonna be 4-8 this year you sir are the worlds stupidest tosser, I think they'll make the florida game close although i don't think we have the horses to do it this year. However we are going to shock the world with an appearance in the acc championship game.

Looks like those gators are dropping like flies. 1 2 3

5AND7, better get yout haterblockers on cuz here they come. Just shake'em off son.

Posted by: DAU | August 06, 2008 at 11:35 PM

And that would be hating on what, exactly?

Does anyone know the MLB rules on infield dirt. I found an article article here ( http://www.baseballfielddesign.com/#Grass_line ) that says there are no specific rules against it. If it's allowed, should Dolphin Stadium Management make the Marlins play on this type of field since 2 of their 3 clients now are football teams. anyone have more informaion on this. Manny, do you know anything about this?

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