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Scrimmage 3 wrap-up

The third and final scrimmage of the fall is all wrapped up. Even though we didn't get to see a single snap of this one (we at least got to see a little of No. 1 and No. 2), it's apparent the offense had it's best scrimmage of the fall so far.

"I think as far as an offense, this was our best scrimmage by far," left tackle Jason Fox said. "We executed. We didn't have a turnover tonight. Pass protection was there. I'm not sure if we gave up any sacks. No dropped balls. I think we had one penalty. This was a great way to finish off camp as far as an offense."

Fox told reporters the offense scored seven to eight touchdowns. Well, it wasn't that much. Chavez Grant told me somebody was multiplying by two. After all the interviews, I've concluded there were four.

Three belonged to sophomore receiver Leonard Hankerson, who told us he caught two long passes (one Leonard_hankerson
from Robert Marve and Jacory Harris) and another on a bubble screen (from Harris). Hankerson admitted he's been feeling the heat from the freshmen, who up until Tuesday had been receiving all the praise from coach Randy Shannon.

"I felt I had to play well because in the previous [scrimmages] I didn't do as well as I should of," Hankerson said. "So, today I just had to come out and show I can play. The performance I figure it help with the coaches and my confidence too."

Hankerson, who said he's lined up at all three receiver positions (flanker, split end and slot), said he caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from Harris in the end zone. His 45-yarder from Marve was caught at the 25-yard line, he then raced past the secondary into the end zone. His third and final touchdown came on a bubble screen at the 30-yard line.

"I guess he has that deceptive speed," cornerback Chavez Grant told me. "He's not a slim guy. He's kind of heavy set. He runs great routes. But you don't expect him to jump on the horse, but he did tonight. We kind of busted some coverages and once the offense got the momentum going. They just did well."

> Grant said the defense was called for offsides four times -- including once on a punt block, giving the offense new life.

> Shannon didn't say a word about Hankerson, a St. Thomas Aquinas grad once after we asked him who shined during the scrimmage. The only name that came out was freshman receiver Thearon Collier, whom Grant told us had a rushing touchdown. Shannon said Collier did a great job on punt returns.

Shannon told reporters before Tuesday the final scrimmage was going to focus on special teams. He reiterated that if the season started today, sophomore Matt Bosher would handle all of the kicking duties. Grant said he, Graig Cooper, Collier and Benjamin are the guys primarily working on punt returns and pointed to Ryan Hill, Brandon Harris and Shawnbrey McNeal as guys working in the kick return game.

> Grant said part of the reason he thinks the receivers have been enjoying so much success this fall is depth, something UM obviously hasn't had the past several season.

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"I think we have a lot of speedy freshman, big strong guys like Laron Byrd," Grant said. "They're coming in, making it tough for us. They're rotating every play, so they got fresh bodies. It's making us tough on our DBs. All of them have great talent. If they keep rotating, they're going to be real good."

Grant said he and Bruce Johnson are the guys starting at cornerback, but admits he moves inside when DeMarcus Van Dyke comes in the game. He said Brandon Harris is seeing a lot of time at nickel. "I don't even want to take that spot back," Grant sad. "Right now, just like it was for my first two years, he's doing a phenomenal job, making all the right checks, that's his spot right now. You just got to give it to who is performing the best right now."

> Shannon said defensive end Eric Moncur and Allen Bailey still aren't participating in full contact drills. Safety Randy Phillips was held out. So was freshman receiver Tommy Streeter.

> I know Shannon doesn't want to be accused of favoring his son Xavier, who is expected to start at center. But we all cracked a laugh tonight when I asked him how Xavier is doing. "Don't know, don't watch him," Shannon said.

> Jason Fox is officially becoming my favorite quote on this team. He's answering questions honestly and with real thought. I asked him for his take on several subjects...

How is Xavier doing at center? "With Xavier, he's playing a new position, he played tackle over there, so he's picked it up. He's quick. He hasn't missed a beat. He's graded out well in scrimmages."

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Who on the offensive line would you say has made the most progress since camp began? "AJ Trump he's a guy if he's not starting, he'll be the sixth man. He'll play a lot. He had a block that sprung a touchdown on the last play. He's a guy that's been working real hard and shined."

Who on the defensive line is making an impression on you? "Same old name keeps popping up -- Marcus Forston. He's a hard worker. He's playing real well for a freshman. He's making a lot of plays."

> UM is off Wednesday. Ill be back on Thursday morning at 9 a.m. The team practices at 5:30 a.m. on Friday.

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UNO!!!

DOS!!!

TRES!

LEECH

Woooooooooooooooo!

great news on the practice, glad to see the qbs stepping up and having a better scrimmage than last

JJJJJJJJorts....

Great work again Manny. Depth, depth, depth...

Wait, are we talking about reporting or football? LOL

Great to see the offense producing. Seems like in past years all we heard was "well the defense is ahead of the offense right now and that's expected for this time of the year" ect ect. It's as though now there are guys playing will legitimate confidence and ability. Once the confidence and ability begin to translate into success, dare I say we might have a little something called swagger coming from this unit. I wonder if Shannon is aiming to breed that confidence from the freshman in how he always seems to be mentioning one of them as a standout. If Hankerson scored 3 TDs in the scrimage but Collier is the one Shannon mentions, it seems to me that he might be taking the press as an opportunity to boost some of those younger guys. Lord knows the team is gonna need them to produce this year.

ALL THESE GUYS ARE STEPPIN' UP, AND NO MENTION OF SAM SHIELDS. I THINK SOMEONE NEEDS TO TELL HIM THE RECRUITING PROCESS IS OVER AND RIGHT NOW IT'S ALL ABOUT WORK ETHIC...5* WORK ETHIC. GET ON YA' JOB SAM SHIELDS, GET ON YA' JOB BABY.

I didn't mention who is leading the race for the starting QB position?

Hey Manny, what happened to the safety from California, that was a Juco transfer? Can't remember his name.

Great write up, Manny.

I think you mean Vaughn Telemaque. Haven't heard his name either. Summer enrollee.

Did Joe Wiley start practicing yet? What position is he going to play, safety or corner?

Can't ait til the 28th football is back yeah!!!!!!!!!

Manny
Thanks for all you do!

Will Coach Barrow be on the sidelines this season?

First time I can remember the offense is ahead of the defense. We also seem to be passing the ball very well and using or depth.

Does anyone know who if anyone is televising the game next Thursday nite???

Go Canes

Manny,
Thanks for your great inputs.How is Telemaque,Harvin,Buchanon,Lewis,Wiley and especially CJ Holton doing ? Do you think RS will redshirt them ?

Manny, what do you thing about Gred stods of the palmbeach post blog about Shannon and his coaching?

Any news when Shannon is announcing the starting QB against mighty CSU

Thanks Manny,

IT'S GAME WEEK BOYS!!!!!!

C....A....N....E....S....CANES!

Anybody know how ESPN360 works? Is it free or do you have toget a subscription?

DAU...go to the game then U don't have to worry about it!

WISE GUY

Anybody know how ESPN360 works? Is it free or do you have to get a subscription?

Posted by: DAU | August 20, 2008 at 09:04 PM
assuming your ISP subscribes to ESPN360.com ...

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Thanks for the update Green!

G86flame.....don't ever respond to my questions again. If fact, don't EVER speak unless spoken to. Which probably will never happen.

Cane Pain...

Why did you jump my bones on last blog? What?.... Your opinion is the only one that counts and you think we will be ranked 75th in offense at the end of this year...Please.

Yes, I'm a Canes homer and yes, I believe we have the foundation right now, to be ahellofallot better then last year. and yes I'm a 12 percenter, who believes in spirit and the will to win is the main ingrediant that makes good player great! and yes, I believe in backing the team.

You don't like me or my opinion, that's OK... it's your option, but don't tell me what to do or insulte me because you don't like my point of view.

If you don't like it, dont read it... but stay off my back.

Cat5 Cane

86? Even Cane fans can't stand you. You're an (9-3 fool) embarrassment to UM. Stay over at Lamespace where you can freely fantasize about things that won't happen in Coral Gables.

Manny...
Thanks for the up-date

Keep it Hot
Cat

Storm is heading to Gainseville and Tally...Muhaaaaahhaaaaahaaaaahaaaaaaa.

:::pinkie to mouth:::

lol

This is best collegiate recieving corp ever assembled. Will probably put 5 guys into NFL.

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