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Trump could prove valuable

University of Miami coach Randy Shannon said there were no individual standouts at Monday morning's practice, the first in shells (helmets and shoulder pads) and third of the fall. But there were a few interesting guys available to chat with following practice including linebacker Darryl Sharpton, safety turned running back Damien Berry, and freshman defensive back Vaughn Telemaque, whom the Canes reeled in from longtime California power Long Beach Poly.

I'm starting today's blog, though, with a guy who could prove to be quite valuable to Miami's success this Ajtrumpseason on the offensive line, junior A.J. Trump. It's hard to feel happier for a guy on this team than Trump, who finally appears healthy after injuring his knee six games into his redshirt freshman season in 2006. Although he really hasn't played since, Trump said Monday "I feel like a freshman again." Trump played in just the fourth quarter of last year's opener against Marshall and admitted to me Monday "I think I tried to come back a little early and it wound up setting me back. I know how to be safe with it now and really take care of it."

Now, the 6-3, 300-pounder from Clearwater should be called Mr. Diversity for offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland, who has Trump playing all three interior spots on the offensive line this fall. UM could certainly use a healthy Trump. Although Miami's team strength this season is clearly the offensive line with established tackles in Jason Fox, Reggie Youngblood and even the roving Chris Rutledge, there isn't much depth or established talent in the interior beyond Orlando Franklin or Joel Figueroa. Trump could not only become the answer as the team's primary backup -- like Rutledge has been at tackle, but also possibly the answer at center if Xavier Shannon, Matt Pipho or Tyler Horn can't do the job done.

"I'm working the most at right guard. But on a given day be, I'll be at a totally different position," Trump said. "The trouble with switching positions is getting in the right stances. I'm a natural lefty, so the left guard position is easier for me. But I'm starting to get it at right guard. What can screw you up is flipping the plays when flip positions. But once you do it enough, you can figure it out."

I asked Trump if he'd prefer to compete for the center spot, which is open. "I'd love to compete [for the center spot]," Trump said. "But if my role is to play both guards and make sure Fig and Orlando have enough rest, then that's my role. But if I have an opportunity to play center, I'm going balls to the wall."

> Damien Berry talked about his move to running back Monday, and just like Shannon, Damien_berrysaid that the move was the coaching staff's idea, one to add depth to a position the Hurricanes were hurting at by the end of last season (when starters Graig Cooper and Javarris James were banged up). Berry (5-11, 207) ran for 1,080 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior at Glades Central (while playing on a torn ACL) and can certainly play the position when healthy. "I think I was coming along, I think I was doing good at safety," Berry said. "But I appreciate the switch. I'll play wherever coach Shannon needs me. If he wants me at safety, cornerback, center, wherever."

Berry, whose father Kenny was a defensive back at UM, is obviously taking the team first approach and that's good for the Canes, which could use the added depth this season. But there are a few things that make me queasy when I think about the move. For starters, it was after the spring. And from what I remember, Berry was actually doing pretty good at safety, a position most recruiting experts thought he would thrive at. Let's be honest. Does this move really make sense? At running back, Berry is going to be buried behind Javarris James, Graig Cooper and Derron Thomas this year and is definitely behind other young guys like Shawnbrey McNeal and Lee Chambers, who came in as running backs. Next year, Bryce Brown and Mike James are slated to arrive. When is Berry supposed to see the field? Miami coaches obviously know better than I do. They watch practice. I don't. But how often have position changes honestly worked out at UM Did Devin Hester ever really find a spot? Did James Bryant really ever settle in at linebacker or fullback? Where is Kylan Robinson these days? I'm just saying I think it's a lot to ask a guy to start over after they've spent a year a two working up the depth chart at one spot to move to the end of the line at the other. Here's to hoping Berry has better luck.

> Sharpton is one of those Canes who likes to get his nose into the action. When I spoke to him after practice, the bridge of his nose was swollen and red, the result of having his helmet slam against his face. After having three sacks in the spring, Sharpton potentially could find his nose in the chests of opposing quarterbacks more often this season than any player on Miami's defense.

The 5-11, 235-pound junior, who started the final five games of last season, said he Darryl_sharptonhas been playing with the first team at both outside positions (though he's slotted at strongside) and has worked hard this offseason to become a more dangerous weapon. Sharpton said he's trimmed down his body fat from 15 percent to 10 percent and says he's 40-time is down from a little over 4.6 to 4.5 seconds. It might just help him become the key blitzer at linebacker on this team. Shaprton raved about how much he loves how aggressive UM's new defense is under Bill Young. He says the advantage the team has is that it has learned the new schemes (filled with zone blitzes according to other guys I've spoken with) at the same time.

"Everybody is having fun out there, running around, playing in this new defense," Sharpton said. "I think all the guys have it down pat."

That includes freshmen Arthur Brown, who rotates behind Sharpton on the strongside, and Sean Spence (who is on the weakside).

"I've been very impressed with the young linebackers," Sharpton said. "I've been with Spence and Brown. From the spring until now, they've progressed into regular guys. I think they definitely know it well enough to teach other guys."

> There were rumors heading into fall practice Telemaque, who played safety at Long Beach Poly, could see time at cornerback. When I asked him Monday to clarify his position, he said "defensive back," but admitted he's spending most of his time at safety.

Vaughn_telemaque Telemaque, who was kind of shy during our interview, said he's comfortable in Miami and that his teammates are doing a good job helping him with the transition from the West Coast to the East Coast. But he said he still spends a lot of time every day calling his mother.

"I talk to my mom daily because I love her a lot," Telemaque said. "But I'm comfortable here. I'm looking forward to the next four years of my life here."

> Although defensive end Eric Moncur and Allen Bailey continue to be held out of contact drills, redshirt freshman defensive end Adewale Ojomo said they were "involved a little bit more today."

Adewale_ojomo "We need Allen Bailey," Ojomo said. "Right now we're taking a lot of reps, and we need him to come in so he can take some of the reps off our back so we can last throughout the camp and throughout the season.

"Eric is a big leader on the d-line in general. We really need Eric back. If he's not healthy, we'll go without him. But we really could use him."

Ojomo said he's up to 250 pounds -- gaining about 3-4 pounds, but said he's upped his stamina and strength in the offseason. He was the MVP of the Scout team last season. "I can pass rush," Ojomo said. "But I also take pride in stopping the run. I don't want to only be known as a guy who can only pass rush on third down, I want to known as an all down guy."

Ojomo said he had two sacks Monday and said freshman Marcus Robinson batted down two balls and had "a few sacks."

Other quick tidbits...

> Coach Randy Shannon told reporters the freshmen who reported in the spring will Randy_shannondefinitely see playing time this season and said because of attrition, at least four freshmen receivers "in some way, form or fashion will help us this year."

> When asked what's he's looking for in the quarterback competiion Shannon said: "Time management. With the new clock change, the way it is now, they have to run the offense and not panic. Be calm, stay calm, get in and out of the huddle, set the plays, be able to execute the offense – don't give us a negative play. If we do those things we're going to be fine."

> As for the other five freshmen signees still not at practice, defensive back C.J. Holton was seen on the sidelines Monday with his family. Shannon preferred not to talk about it when pressed on whether Holton or any of the other five signees had been cleared yet.

VIDEOS AVAILABLE: For those of you who haven't seen any of the videos I've been posting yet, be sure to check them out. Today, I finally uploaded my interviews with freshmen receiver LaRon Byrd and cornerback Brandon Harris. I'm trying to post a few a day with highlights from Saturday's practice, the only one open to the public and media.

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I'm first? Pretty cool.

My thoughts on Berry. I worry that next year he is going to get buried behind Brown and James, but I think this year he could see the field plenty. As Shannon said, they don't have any other bruising, physically imposing running backs besides J. James, which means Berry, who may be down there on the depth chart, will spring up to the second best running back in all 3rd and short situations when James needs a breather. That depends, of course, on whether Berry is any good at his position, but if he is, he's the number 2 "big" running back on the depth chart, and that isn't bad. That's true next year too, if Brown and James, both supposedly pretty big guys but still just freshman next year, come in and struggle right away or are not as filled out as they need to be for the duties Berry is expected to take over.

I hope it works out for him.

Manny, Love the video interviews man. Keep that stuff coming. In case you didn't know Canes305 is giving you much love on his blog at AllCanes for all the inside stuff you have been giving us and for being a loyal but honest and objective writer.
Keep up the good work man and keep us informed.

Go Canes!!!!!

Berry is a competitor. He ain't tryin to hear Bryce Brown will come in and be better than him. He'll probably hear that and feel insulted. Berry is a player. He'll contribute one way or another.

Great work Manny. Very good quantity on the updates. I think your boy Shandel tries to give bullet points with no depth. He should spend more time and get more info.

The videos are great. Keep them coming.

As for Berry, he's going to be #2 behind JJ in the power-back category, so to say he's buried behind all those guys is a little misleading.

Mcneal and Chambers are not power backs. S-Mac is a change of pace guy, 3rd down-speedster, behind Cooper guy. Chambers is coming along and could be all down guy but he needs muscle and all-around polish.

Deron will fill in wherever he needs to be but I don't think he's a playmaker like Berry and the others.

So Berry will improve, get stronger, faster and will have a very strong career. I think he'll be more like Highsmith than anyone else. Big, fast and mean.

Manny...great stuff! Looking forward to the LIVE chats starting up again next week right here on "Eye On The U"! Then we will know FOR SURE that the season is upon us.

GO CANES!!!

I think he'll be more like Highsmith than anyone else. Big, fast and mean.

Posted by: Cavaleer | August 04, 2008 at 05:11 PM

I could live with that! Let's hope...

So important to have 2 good centers.

Thanx for the updates!

How are the TE looking?

Florida led the Southeastern Conference in scoring (42.5 points per game) in 2007, and eight offensive starters return this season, including four offensive linemen.

''Offensive line is our greatest team strength,'' Meyer said.

Combine that with twin TE's, Percy, Tim and all the other burners (fastest offense in the NATION) and it spells smoked cane.

You guys are toast with that PAPER THIN D. Depth is NON-EXISTENT. Florida's DEEP O-line will easily wear down UM's D-line.


Marve's new tatoo..

http://www.mannpill.com/tattoos/inked-up-on-mannpill-monkey-finger-in-the-butt-tattoo.html

Florida Fans:

Your s h i t is getting tiresome. You have no past to bring up about your football program. It hasn't done s h i t up until the last 2 years. That doesn't make you ipso facto the best football program in the country. Where do you get off coming and talking s h i t here? Imagine UGA fans commenting on a gator blog about how they suck so bad and yet haven't beat them nearly as many times as UM has. All of you talk about UM and how we like to bring up the past but you keep bring up stats from last year as if they mean a f u c king thing this year. If that's the case why isn't UF ranked #1 by the coaches poll. Yeah the media my have UF picked to win the conf but that's merely a preseason prediction nothing more. You can bring up how stacked UF is this year but like I said before you still have to play the game in which any team can win on any given Saturday. So please nobody here gives a f u c k about UF or FAU or FSU or any other team hence the title Eye on the U.

Granted UM didn't make it to a bowl game for the first time in what.... 30 something years. Michigan state who lost to App state hasn't beaten Ohio state in six years but mangaed to beat a stacked UF team so it can be done. Who has more to lose come 9/06/08 a young UM team or a stacked UF team. How bad will it look if UM upsets Florida for the sixth straight time. Keep on talking your s h i t you may have your foot shoved so far in your mouth you will be able to taste your jorts.

These QBs have enough to learn, pick a couple of centers and make sure the practice the exchange.

Wait until Telemaque checks out some of the females in this area...he won't any troubles adjusting to the U. Its just a matter of time before this kid is taking reps at CB...its a glaring weakness on this team, we need the depth, he's got the skill. An injury to DVD or B. Harris would be devastating to this team.

I expect Graig Cooper to be the man in the backfield this year. We'll probably end up having James in the slot since he's got the better receiving skills.

AtlantaCane....you need to ignore these guys. They've obviously losers who have tons of time to waste, so don't beat yourself against a wall.

You know what I would love to see? (aside from another national title won by UM). I would like to see UGA beat out UF for the conf title, then go on to play and lose in the national title game. (I have my reasons for hating UGA, but when they play UF I pull for the Dawgs). Then I would love for UF to face Illinois in a bowl game only to lose to them like they lost to Michigan. Next I would like to see UM in the peach bowl (only because it would be a 15 minute drive for me) to go on and beat the ever loving crap out of LSU. Just a little pay back from the Sugar Bowl. Florida fans can go swallow a knife that is if they can find the time away from sucking D I C K.

AtlantaCane....you need to ignore these guys. They've obviously losers who have tons of time to waste, so don't beat yourself against a wall.

Posted by: Canesjunkie | August 04, 2008 at 07:18 PM

Absolutely correct and well said!

And M.H...was that really necessary? Real Canes fans are not interested in that trash and U know what I mean.

who died and left you in charge ...
NANNY

86...you allow posts, on Canespace, like the one from Canez1 to Nycanes, which I couldn't even copy, because of the spam filter....but scold me for showing a funny 'belly button' tattoo. Hypocritical...

Have a s h i t fit if you like atlanta. the fact remains your d-line blows. Tim will eat you alive.

app state...blah...blah blah....losers always mention app state

"who has more to lose"...blah blah blah...loser statement

How bad will it look "IF" um upsets florida?...blah blah blaha..nothing but IF's outta CG. CANES SUCK..

LSU would kick your sorry ass AGAIN. Easily I might add.

86...you allow posts, on Canespace, like the one from Canez1 to Nycanes, which I couldn't even copy, because of the spam filter....but scold me for showing a funny 'belly button' tattoo. Hypocritical...

Posted by: M.H. | August 04, 2008 at 09:08 PM

Because the post was CANES related, as compared to your post which was MONKEY related. Belly button? Or do you mean Monkey Butt? Get a clue man...I thought U were a lot smarter than that?

who died and left you in charge ...
NANNY

Posted by: green | August 04, 2008 at 08:17 PM

Not NANNY, but MANNY! Green I heard U are getting laid off in October? Any truth to that rumor? Sure hate to see U go...

Yeah the canse suck becasue you say so.

MANNY'S NANNY

"You have no past to bring up about your football program." - AtlantaCane

Duhhhh U has no future!

WHICH IS WORSE

"Next I would like to see UM in the peach bowl (only because it would be a 15 minute drive for me) to go on and beat the ever loving crap out of LSU." - AtlantaCane

.....and after that I would really enjoy seeing monkeys flying out of yo momma's arse.

I'LL GIVE YOU ONE W FOR CREATIVITY = 6-6

"Trump could prove valuable" - Duhhhh U

He already has, Shalala just preferred not to take the advice in his letter.

LIVE, LEARN & LOSE BY PROMOTING WITHIN

"Imagine UGA fans commenting on a gator blog about how they suck" - AtlantaCane

Since it's very apparent that you don't watch college footall, we ask that U please tune into College Game Day at least one Saturday every three years. Imagine if any fan of Duhhhhh U actually knew a thing about sports.

15 OF THE LAST 18

"Even with one loss, the SEC champion is now a virtual lock for one of the two spots in the BCS national championship game." - ESPN

STREET CRED

Shane Matthews, Danny Weurffel, Doug Johnson, Jesse Palmer, Rex Grossman, Chris Leak, Ingle Martin and now Tim Tebow. Proof that just because ESPN overrates a QB doesn't translate to having any real skills. All these guys made such a huge contribution the NFL, didn't they Canesfool?

"Proof that just because ESPN overrates a QB doesn't translate to having any real skills." - DAU

15-20 IS NOT A WONDERLIC SCORE

Canesrule, you are so pathetic, so ignorant, so jealous, it is truly a sad sight to witness you devoting so much of your time posting so much nonesense to defend a team that has not beat the canes in almost THREE DECADES, seriously i honestly dont care if the gatos win against us because you guys have such a long, humiliating way to go to even REACH our stature in present football greatness, that it just makes me pity you, and the likes of you... go ahead and continue trying to reach what we have accomplished, it will be fun to watch you fail miserably like you always have against the mighty hurricanes... BTW notice how i ignore your next 20 responses in 2 hours... you are that worthless to me and our football program

I think the Berry move to RB was a great idea.

Randy needs another power back in the rotation. Yes, he'll start the season buried but if JJ and Coop are nicked and we're in a goal line situation...you want Pat Hill opening a hole for Derron Thomas or Berry? Lee Chambers or Berry? See what I'm getting at?

I don't personally think the switch is even permanent. I wouldn't be surprised to see him go back to safety next year when Reddick, Ponder and Phillips leave.

Thanks for the Info Manny keep it coming

Green I heard U are getting laid off in October? Any truth to that rumor?

Posted by: 86Cane | August 04, 2008 at 09:57 PM
mcclatchy company -- Miami Herald corporate parent -- loves me ...
I inspired their latest campaign ...

TRUSTED VOICE

Sure hate to see U go...

Posted by: 86Cane | August 04, 2008 at 09:57 PM

THORN IN YOUR SIDE

SEC = TOUGHEST CONFERENCE IN THE NATION

Posted by: cross-dresser | August 02, 2008 at 08:51 PM

"Even with one loss, the SEC champion is now a virtual lock for one of the two spots in the BCS national championship game." - ESPN

Posted by: cross-dresser | August 04, 2008 at 10:38 PM
you touch on the bcs achilles heel ...
opinion decides champion ...
subject to manipulation ...

RIGGED

Looks like Shannon and Saban were sharing recruiting strategies. UA has lost 5 recruits (2 baseball, 3 academic) from their freshman class. Apparently Saban handed out 11 more scholarships than the school had available. Good work Nick. Not to be outdone, RS oversigned and is still missing somewhere in the area of 7 recruits from the alleged top 3 class.

Prep school....blah blah blah.....kiss all of em goodbye.

OH, OK...I get it now, 86...You can be Crude, Vile, or Obnoxious, if it's Canes related..
Thankyou for clarifying that point.

Yo....personally I think the move sucks if they make him move again. If he gets a fair shot, then ok. I don't like the idea of moving guys around and then back again and not letting them do anything at any position. It easy for everyone to say that he is being a team player and all that but that's how you end up in the arena league with Jason Geathers.

The gators are nervous. They have an injured Harvin and a quarterback who folds under pressure. They were 7-4 last year and they act like world beaters.
Georgia and LSU are the class of the SEC. The Gators are overhyped and coached by the biggest weasel in college football. Miami may not win but they will give the Gators a test.
The gators will lose at least 3 games next year and more if Tebow gets hurt. They are very thin on the defensive line . I expect Miami to have success running on the Gators. If they do it will be a very close game.

AtlantaCane...

Yaaaaaawwwwwwwwnnnnnnnn...

Enjoy watching the Bowl Season this year...


"if ------ gets hurt" same thing applies to your green QB, typical "if" statement out of DuhU, losers always say "if"

"They are very thin on the defensive line."- Don't throw stones when you live in a glass house.

"If they do it will be a very close game."- more "if" statements from ACC doormat. Goodluck with those mediocre porcelain backs and a coach that is clueless.

"The gators are nervous." -Nervous? no way, Concerned? yes. Playing LSU,Georgia, and Spurrier makes any team concerned. UM isn't on the map and UF will bury them.

"They were 7-4 last year "- If you're gonna make typical moronic UM posts, at least get your facts straight. MORON!

YOUR d-line is paper thin and floridas DEEP oline will bury them. This one will be a laugher HOMER.

"Nervous- no way"
Sure your not nervous.


Manny... Kudo's Bro... definitely an improvement from last years articles!

This is one of your better write-ups and I like your in-put and comments from the interviews.

Coach Randy Shannon told reporters the freshmen who reported in the spring will definitely see playing time this season and said because of attrition, at least four freshmen receivers "in some way, form or fashion will help us this year."
I count 5.... AJ, Byrd, Streeter, Devon and Benjy

Cat

Manny, any chance we offer Left tackle Steven Jacques? he says he is waiting on THE U to offer, even though he committed to fsu.

Auburn went undefeated and didn't play for the national title...so much for 'STREET CRED'. LSU backed into the national title as did Florida thanks to some upsets... The Gators should try going undefeated for once (Canes have 3 NC's undefeated). Set your sights a little higher Gators...you're already planning on 1 loss, that means you'll probably have 3 and earn another trip to Orlando.

As for the game on Sept. 6th, I think the Canes will suprise the nation. Guys like Hankerson and Major Wright know each other well. Forsten and Travis Benjamin dominated Friday night lights... Our D-Line is not thin and all these guys know each other. No intimidation factor whatsoever. Fools like you flapping your gums will have zero impact.

WRIONG ! Your d-line has NO depth. produce something to refute it HOMER. One deep with average skills.

Oh, they know each other so nothing else matters. FOOL


"As for the game on Sept. 6th, I think the Canes will suprise the nation" - go place a very large wager. MORON.

"Nervous- no way"
Sure your not nervous.

Posted by: Steve B | August 05, 2008 at 10:13 AM

Steve, that should be "you are." Good job with your gator edukation.

And M.H...was that really necessary? Real Canes fans are not interested in that trash and U know what I mean.

Posted by: 86Cane | August 04, 2008 at 07:41 PM

86 look at the garbage and profanity, that you allow on Canespace. You are truly, something else. Just read over the posts and tell me with a straight face, that you don't see any trash and vulgarity. Posters are just having fun...and it's not all Cane related, either.
Your preoccupation, with what I post, borders on Stalking !
Green call a cop...

86, this is not your site or blog. Ban all the people u want at canespace and tell them what why and how they have to live their life over there, but dude it looks ridiculous when u come over here and try to play policeman. I don't even know if this is the real 86Cane or the real M.H. cause thats how stupid things have gotten around here. Who gives a f@*k what anyone has to say... if it's Cane related i read it and even if it's not it's still ok to get a laugh every now and then.

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