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UM-Charleston Southern postgame

Just got back upstairs from the press conferences following UM's 52-7 season-opening win against Charleston Southern with great news: We can officially start talking about the Florida Gators!

For weeks, the Canes have tried hard to avoid talking about Florida at all. And while there wasn't anything earth shattering said in the locker room Thursday night (or at least any poster board material), we at least got some initial thoughts from the guys on traveling up to Gainesville and playing against their rivals. OK, we'll get to what they said in a second, but first some notes...

> None of the guys we thought might be injured Thursday night -- right tackle Chris Rutledge (who left on UM's second series grabbing his back) or running back Graig Cooper (who asked out following a carry in the third quarter) -- looked like they were seriously hurt. Both were standing on the sidelines in the fourth quarter, hopping and celebrating as their buds put it on the Bucs.

Spencer_adkins_2> THE STAR OF THE NIGHT: Senior Spencer Adkins finished with two sacks. Adkins, a linebacker, got both of them as a defensive end -- the position he played mostly in high school. He told me after the game it's part of a special third-down package Bill Young implemented into his defense in the spring. He along with Darryl Sharpton and true freshman Jordan Futch are the only three guys involved in the package.

> In all, 16 true freshman saw the field Thursday night. 16! That's amazing. The two starters according to UM's sports information staff were quarterback Jacory Harris and defensive end Marcus Robinson. But Jorge Milian of the Palm Beach Post's swears to me Aldarius Johnson also started at receiver. I'm going to take his word for it.

> Jacory Harris' 190 passing yards versus Charleston Southern are the most for a true freshman quarterback since Ken Dorsey threw for 194 in his first start in a 55-0 win against Rutgers on Nov. 20, 1999. Harris finished 16-of-26 passing with a TD pass to Leonard Hankerson. Jacory told reporters afterward he really wasn't nervous and didn't start getting any butterflies until right before kickoff. Eleven receivers caught balls in all. Hankerson said he expects plenty of trash talking this week with his old buddy from St. Thomas, Florida safety Major Wright. The two grew up in the same neighborhood and go way back.

> UM's run defense, plagued at the end of last season, held CSU to 49 yards rushing the least allowed since UM beat Boston College and held the Eagles to 24 yards rushing in Larry Coker's final game as coach.

> Sophomore Graig Cooper's 66-yard punt return for a touchdown was the first in his career and the first for UM since Devin Hester housed it against Temple in Oct. 15, 2005.

> I'm in the process of uploading audio and video interviews right now. Be sure to listen to audio interviews I gathered after the game on our Sports Audio Page. I'll be at Coach Shannon's press conference tomorrow morning with a new report after he's done speaking.

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1st !!!!! Go Canes What A Win!!!

1st

Way to go CANES!!!!! Let's show'em we are for real.

We got the 1st one under our belt!!! We can take alot out of this game in the fact that we have at least one quarterback the coaches feel confident in. Yeah, it was CS but none the less, Pat Nix didn't have any faith in Kirby (who looked awful tonight) or Kyle last season. The true test will be next week. If we can keep it respectable we will turn some heads in the voters and among next year's recruiting class. I know Randy will put a better team on the field next week than what we saw against OKlahoma last year. It's hard to really judge this game though because those guys get a better workout in practice. Go Canes!!!!!!!!!

Johnson was definitely on the field (visitor side) on the first play of the game opposite K. Jones (home side).

Great effort by the guys and lots of promising talent to look forward to the rest of this year and the years to come! GO CANES!

Maybe they do get better competition in practice but as we saw with michigan losing to app st and usc losing to stanford last year anyone can beat anyone on any given day. miami took care of buisness and did it in blowout fasion with a true freshman at qb. they might not beat florida but everyone who says they can't should be forewarned good teams get beat by teams with less talent all the time in college football. I think the qbs for this team are alot better then miami has had since dorsey. They haven't had a qb who was accurate since dorsey. Miami may lose to florida but the reason oklahoma blew miami out was there defense was always on the feild last year. The qbs were so bad the d spent alot of time on the feild.

What an awesome game! Great execution, great plays, great players. Looked like an entirely different team from last year.

Canes fans unite!!!!!!!! This is our time....Win or lose we will gain something more important on Sep. 6 and that is dignity and respect. So three cheers for Coach Randy Shannon.

the OB was great, but the HD screens makes everyv seat a good one.

Great execution? LMGDAO. YOU WERE PLAYING A GLORIFIED HIGH SCHOOL TEAM YOU MORON !!!!! Enjoy the next 8 days. Talk about being "back" (snicker) Beat the drum. It's all good cane fan. Well, it's all good for 8 days until you play a real team and get crushed like a bug. Do you fools have any clue just how bad CSU really is? Ultimately the win will hurt UM because it's just giving false hope. The Bucs are a REALLY BAD team. UM's 3rd string could wipe out CSU.

FOOLS

UF 52

UM 6

How many national championships has UF won?

Illinois Cane Fan -

2 if you are counting. But the real answer is, 3 less than UM!

-cheers

Last night was a good win and a good show for this team. They got a lot of new guys in for their first game and that will be important this year and especially next. I don't think we'll beat the gators but I expect them to keep it within 2 scores. Sorry, BUHUH, you're an idiot if you think this team is like last year's team. If Florida is as cocky as you are, look for Tebow to get knocked into the 5th row at the swamp.

Illinois Cane Fan.....where are you from man?

We've got a shot in Gainsville if we can execute the way we did last night. I know CS stinks, but it has little to do with execution. Didn't see any stupid penalties, only 2 dropped balls, snaps looked good, we didn't look lost like last year. The first thing we need to do is not beat ourselves, seems like we can do that now.

I love the enthusiasm on this team...they went end to end with an energy we didn't have last year.

Great execution? LMGDAO. YOU WERE PLAYING A GLORIFIED HIGH SCHOOL TEAM YOU MORON !!!!! Enjoy the next 8 days. Talk about being "back" (snicker) Beat the drum. It's all good cane fan. Well, it's all good for 8 days until you play a real team and get crushed like a bug. Do you fools have any clue just how bad CSU really is? Ultimately the win will hurt UM because it's just giving false hope. The Bucs are a REALLY BAD team. UM's 3rd string could wipe out CSU.

FOOLS

UF 52

UM 6

Posted by: BUHUH | August 29, 2008 at 06:46 AM

I think your fu*ckin scared. And there is NO WAY we only score 6 points on your pansy a*s defense, NO WAY. If anything I expect a high scoring game. And now with Harvin out for sure, how you know how you use those other 'weapons' you have. Oh and by the way, we had 7 guys suspended this game, a decent amount of those being starters, couldnt tell huh? Get scared gaytors, get scared.

The Gayturd fans are nervous boys. This is a vastly different Miami team with an infusion of talent since last year. The game with UF will be closer than anyone is predicting.
If Miami loses close it doesnt hurt their morale and they can still have a fine season.If the turds lose they will have ruined their season right there. The pressure is on UF a perennially overrated football team.

Hell yeah...these boys are scared. Why else have they been checking this blog religiously??? We ruin their season...I like it!!!

ESPN is reporting that Percy Harvin is "definetly" out for the Miami game because his heel refuses to heal. He's gonna be out at least the first 3 games of the season.

I hope Randy can keep 'em level and get ready to smack some gaieturs in the mouth. If they can keep it close and whack them on every play, we all know a typical geytr player starts to play scared when somebody challenges them- let's hope Baby Cane mania sweeps the nation after next week

I'm just really glad to see the team effort. The lines blocked well, the defense stood well, and the WR's and RB's made some good plays. Let'em rest today and then start training hard for UF. I dont want to see anything about QB controversy on here either. Read my last post on team support and unity. Let's not call for heads if it goes one way or another. It's the coaches jobs to determine everything. I honestly think we have a shot in Gainesville due to our WR talent, RB depth, QB diversity, special teams speed, and LB depth. We will not be able to make stupid penalties in the red zone like last night, turn the ball over, drop passes, or get any of our DL's injured. With harvin looking to be out, and us having more time off and being able to watch UF play, it might help a little, it never hurts. There's also something I feel I have to point out. Look at the guys from Northwestern, Booker T., and the other high schools from the state of FLORIDA that WON state championships (7 of them had undefeated records the last 2 seasons against nationally ranked teams). Point it, our young guys have experienced how to win and consistently do it under pressure. I may be wrong, but UF has a national collection of standouts from average to above average teams that didnt win titles. We recruited guys with character and the "team mentality" that you heard Harris and Marve vocal last night when giving credit to others, not themselves. If not this year or next, I smell championship material down the road. But also remember to look at Tennessee, ONE top recruiting class won't do it. It will take 3-5 of them to complete the cycle. Coaching has to be there too. Look at Ron Zook at UF...he recruited tremendous talent but didnt possess the coaching ability. Let's support our CANES!

I think one of the biggest things I noticed from the game was, we look like a huge family again. Players cheering each other on and chest bumpin and flat out supporting each other. They looked like a unit. Who cares how good or bad the other team was. This is how we should be beating smaller schools. 52 points on anybody is good. Very impreesed with Jacory. He needs to work on his deep ball but, he just looks so comfortable. Great job CANES! Thats it! One game at a time. Next game please!

Great job Manny! Love the videos. Was sooooo nice not to have to watch one of the K boys back there any more - Kirby - Baylor benched him in the first quarter. Anyway, looks like things have improved and yea BUHUH we know CS isn't that good, but we were looking for improvement and we got that. Never understood why gator fans make noise on canes blogs....

Last night the execution was good, last few years we didn't do that against bad teams.Crowd was actually better than expected,they said 48,000.

"I dont want to see anything about QB controversy on here either. Read my last post on team support and unity. Let's not call for heads if it goes one way or another. It's the coaches jobs to determine everything."
-BBrinkley

Best comment I've read in a while, I couldn't agree more. Let's give credit to Jacory for a very solid start, and now give Marve his due and his breathing room to get things going. Marve has been watching the college game a whole year, and spent a year watching what causes things to go wrong. He will have learned a lot from that... but we cannot expect him to complete 95% of his passes next week and not make a single mistake.

No controversies - that is something we control. The coaches know what are best and will have the players out there that THEY believe give us the best chance for winning. Regardless of what that is, no controversies.

GREAT START CANES!! Very exciting for all of us to watch! Now go out and give your best effort against UF and we'll see what happens, that's all we can ask for.

C-A-N-E-S!!!!!

The Canes are going to challenge the disney team on the west side of Florida next week. All they need is another mascot. Maybe a frog to go with that silly gator and his girlfriend. Then they could build a pink(that color they call orange) and blue castle next to their stadium, close the school and put in a water park.

The resistance has begun, we will take over this state again!.

Go Canes!

Pat Nix deserves to be recognized, this spread formation, short passing game looks great. We're even moving the QB around!!! I'm sure what we saw yesterday was vanilla compared to what we'll show against UF. The vanilla plan was much better than anything we had last year.

Awesome win, Florida's turn next week. Love the videos Manny


Good play, all the way around

Special teams... Cooper scoreing on a run back and Benji came close to busting open 2 kicks. Bosher was consistant,

2 for 2 ...4th down conversions

We had 5 different players rushing for TD's
So, who does Florida watch?


Receiving No. Yds TD Long
-----------------------------------
Hankerson, L. 3 20 1 7
Byrd, L. 3 16 0 8
Collier, T. 2 29 0 20
Shields, S. 2 21 0 19
Epps, D. 1 35 0 35
Thomas, D. 1 19 0 19
Johnson, A. 1 14 0 14
Jones, K. 1 11 0 11
James, J. 1 11 0 11
Zellner, C. 1 10 0 10
Thompkins, K. 1 6 0 6
Look at the yardage with only one attempt and TE catching the ball in Zellner and Epps... One catch 35 yards.... DAMN!!!
Did you notice some spread plays we were using double tight ends

Defense... 3 sacks...

Nice start 52/7...

Miami Hurricanes open new era with flair!!!

6-12 on 3rd downs against a team with a grand total of two winning seasons in their entire history in front of 40 large.

Duhhhh U is back baby!

HATE TO TELL U I TOLD U SO

Miami Hurricanes open new era with flair!!!

6-12 on 3rd downs against a team with a grand total of two winning seasons in their entire history in front of 40 large.

Duhhhh U is back baby!

HATE TO TELL U I TOLD U SO

Posted by: canerules | August 29, 2008 at 02:35 PM

Lmao, your a f*ckin joke. Is that all you could criticize us for, good job man that really hurts. Is that what your gonna come back at us with when we possible pull the biggest upset of the year?

Florida-overrated
Miami-underrated

Every team that uses 2 QB's has a controvesy over who is going to get more playing time. Winning makes us forget, losing brings it all to the surface.

Both are going to do well IMO, but fans are going to have preferences.

M.H. - I think we are underrated. We might just shock the world next week.

Does anyone know if Allen Bailey or Eric Moncur are going to start next week?

Gators are overrated!!! Miami will keep Tim Tebow in check and they have the speed to control them.

Canes fans don't fall for the trap. Remember the d/o-line dictate the games. Canes fans remember what our o line consists of then look at the other side whose fan base consists of the type of individuals that refer to minorities as "BOYS".

Next week will come soon enough. As for CanesRule don't even entertain him. He's someone that would never step into the old Orange Bowl admitting who he was.

GATURDS HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IT MEANS TO BE THE UNDER DOGS! THEIR GOLDEN SPOON MADE OF COOPER OXIDIZES IN THE STORM THAT IS COMING!!!

GAYURDS YOU ARE SECOND CLASS TRYING TO BE CLASSY!!! I HAVE NEVER KNOWN A CLASSY PERSON LIVING IN A TRAILER PARK!!!!! COME AND TRY TO LIVE IN CORAL GABLES!!!! SORRY YOU GUYS CAN'T AFFORD TO LIVE OUTSIDE OF A COW PATTY!!!!! EATING SHROOMS TRUELY CHANGES YOUR CONCEPT OF REALITY!!!!!!!!OVER 25 YEARS OF STORMS KICKING YOUR BUTTS AND COUNTING!!!!!!!

Great time at the game! Nice stadium. I loved the two huge screens showing every play. Nice play calling and execution. Jacory played well!! Go Canes!!!!!!!!

Its a good win, last year we win 28 to 7, however
I would like to see better o line play. Jacory
needs to work on his deep ball. Florida is
going to be a tough test. I dont expect to win
but I dont want another Oklahoma game like last
year. I think we are moving in the right direction. By the way, the ACC might be the worst
conference in the country. We are now worse than
the big east.

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