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Canes turn focus to UNC, ACC

There is no feel-good, Texas A&M hangover. University of Miami coach Randy Shannon and his players met with the media Tuesday following their impressive win against the Aggies. And despite a few feel good moments -- like quarterback Robert Marve saying he spent 10 minutes smiling after his first career touchdown pass -- most of the talk was about moving forward.

Glenn_cookUM linebacker Glenn Cook, who was awarded Defensive Line Player of the Week honors by the ACC (the ACC doesn't give out an award for linebackers), said the Canes aren't thinking at all about former Canes coach Butch Davis. The Canes are more preoccupied with getting past the Tar Heels, who have gotten the better of the Canes for the most part since UM moved into the ACC.

"North Carolina has been an issue with us. They've played us real hard," linebacker Glenn Cook said. "I wouldn't call it redemption. I'd call it setting the tone for the ACC, the rest of the year."

With my chat set to begin right now (YOU CAN CLICK ON THE LINK TO LEFT), here is a bare bones notebook about what else was talked about Tuesday. I'll come back at you later tonight with more. Feel free to also check out our UM audio section. I'm uploading my interviews from this afternoon as the day progresses.

> Running back Javarris James is meeting with doctors Tuesday and is expected to be placed in a walking boot soon. Coach Randy Shannon estimated it probably would be at least another three weeks of rehab for James, who has to get back into playing shape with his ankle.

> Safety Randy Phillips will be out at least six weeks -- if not longer -- after having surgery Monday in what is believed to be a knee injury. Shannon said Phillips was hurt on the first play of the game and kept playing on it because "he thought it was just a nick."

> Defensive tackle Marcus Forston's shoulder is simply sore. Shannon didn't say if he thought Forston, who left the Texas A&M game in the second half, would miss any time.

> Running back Graig Cooper had a big day against A&M, rushing for a career high 128 yards and two touchdowns. But Shannon said Coop played too much. Shannon estimated Coop had 40 plays and wants to trim it down by 10. "It's for the long haul," Shannon said.

Butch_davis_randy_shannon> Shannon started his press conference by saying he has nothing but respect for former Canes coach Butch Davis saying "he's always been good to me." It's no secret that last year Davis was telling recruits during UM's 5-7 season Shannon wouldn't last very long at UM. When asked a hypothetical question to test his feelings about when an opposing coach uses such a tactic in recruiting, Shannon simply said "I don't worry about that. I don't worry about what other guys say. I worry about the University of Miami." Maybe, its water under the bridge between two friends. Or, maybe, Shannon learned a little bit about staying away from a war of words after what happened with Florida coach Urban Meyer a couple weeks ago.

Brandon_tate> As for the Tar Heels, Shannon said the biggest challenge is going up against "a very big, physical" defensive line. Shannon also praised the play of Carolina's receivers, including "No. 87" -- senior Brandon Tate, who leads the nation in all-purpose yards and is second in punt returns (28.2 avg). Last year, Tate lit UM up with a 54-yard touchdown run. Carolina, much like when Davis was running the show at UM, lives off the big play. The Tar Heels have produced 8 runs of 15 yards or more and nine passes of 20 yards or more.

> Shannon said it would make no difference this week who starts for Carolina at quarterback in place of the injured T.J. Yates. Carolina can go with either redshirt freshman Mike Paulus (the younger brother of Duke point guard Greg Paulus) or Cameron Sexton. Paulus struggled mightily against Virginia Tech when he came in for Yates, throwing two interceptions as Carolina blew a 17-3 lead. Sexton has five career starts, but played in just one game last year.

> Backup quarterback Jacory Harris had plenty of interesting things to say when he stepped up to the podium today. I'll have more of what he talked about -- especially how he's adjusting to the backup role -- later.

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