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This and that: Bryce, Bowling, Baseball

With UM taking some time off this week before resuming practice and preparation today for next week's trip to Texas A&M, things slowed down a little bit here at Eye On The U. But we're ready to get rolling again.

In case you missed it, since I didn't have a blog Tuesday, I had a live Q&A yesterday at 1 p.m.  -- my new time slot for the rest of the season. Most of the questions I fielded were about offensive coordinator Patrick Nix, Florida's decision to kick a late field goal, Miami's game-plan against the Gators and UM freshman linebacker Arthur Brown. Here's a link to the chat transcript.

Bryce_brown> Before I get to what UM coach Randy Shannon talked about during the ACC Teleconference Wednesday, I wanted to share with you what I learned from my conversation with Miami's most prized 2009 recruit, Rivals.com's No. 1 running back Bryce Brown. The younger brother of Canes freshman linebacker Arthur Brown doesn't talk to the media much. So, getting him is a rare treat.

I already shared with you Monday Bryce's excitement about the way Miami played Florida last weekend, but here is what else we talked about.

Q: When are you planning to visit UM officially? And are there any other trips lined up?
A: Well, I was supposed to head down there this weekend during UM's off week. But I talked to Coach Barrow this week and he told me it would be better if I came later in the year. So, I'll take it in December to help out with more recruits. I'm going to take my trip this weekend instead to TCU.

Q: Are there any other schools you'll visit? And are there other schools you are seriously considering besides UM?
A: It's really Missouri, Oregon, Clemson and Miami. The two main schools I really want to consider (aside from UM) are Clemson and Oregon, but more Oregon. I'm very impressed with their offense and the way coach [Chip] Kelly coaches The way he runs his offense is amazing. He's always getting balls to his playmakers.

Q: How often do you get to talk to your brother?
A: I talk to him every now and then. He's been busy. And I've been busy with trying to graduate early. I'm trying to get finish with a 4.0 [GPA]. I always strive to be the best. Right now, I'm taking five glasses. Normally, seniors around here take two. I've got Sociology, Modern Lit, English Comp, Psychology, Chemistry. So, it's a challenge. But I really want to finish with a 4.0. That's what I got right now and that's my goal.

Q: What have UM coaches telling you lately?
A: I talk to coach [Tommie] Robinson and coach Barrow after games. He's always calling me to talk a little bit about life. They just want me to come in prepared, ready to go. I told them that after the season, I'm going to take a week off. And then, when I come down, I'll be ready to go.

Q: What is your goal when you get to UM?
A: My goal is to actually start. I know Graig and Javarris, they definitely showed me a good time when I was down there. They're very respectful and great guys. But they know when I come down, I'm not coming to sit on the bench. I'm going to play hard and try to get on that field right away.

Q: Arthur isn't playing a whole lot right now. Is he still happy with UM?
A: He loves it. He says the atmosphere is amazing. It's really a family there. He'd rather be no other place.

Q: Is there a chance you could really end up somewhere else other than Miami?
A: If I had to say a school, I'd say Oregon. But I've never seen it. It's a free trip, a good opportunity to check it out.

>As for Shannon, he stayed away Wednesday from picking anymore at Florida or coach Urban Meyer during his 10 minutes on the ACC Teleconference. I'm glad he did. I just wish he had done the same Sunday and again on Tuesday when he went on the Joe Rose show. Maybe now, we can move on.

As for news, all Shannon did Wednesday was confirm running back Javarris James has a high ankle sprain and that he he expects him to miss 2 to 4 weeks. He also expanded a little bit on how much the Canes missed JJ in its running game. "Javarris is our big back that can pound it," Shannon said. "... Florida did a good job coming off blocks when we didn't finish the blocks, diving and making a lot of good arm tackles, hitting the backs of legs and things like that. With Javarris he might have kept his footing. This week we'll work on guys continuing to do their leg drives."

Shannon said to look for Coop, Derron Thomas, Shawnbrey McNeal (who is from Texas) and Lee Chambers to get the majority of reps against a bad Aggies team (that lost to Arkansas State in its opener at home). Shannon, by the way, didn't mention converted running back Damien Berry at all.

Shannon also said he'd like for the Canes to play at 8 p.m. Right now, the team will either play at 3:30 p.m. or 8 p.m. on Sept. 20. The game will be carried on ABC.

> COME BOWL WITH THE CANES: I know it's almost against the law at UM to break up any football conversation with talk of basketball or baseball, but I figured you might let me get by since this is an off week.

For those of you in South Florida, UM coach Frank Haith and his team will be conducting a team fundraiser this weekend from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Lucky Strike Lanes (located at 1691 Michigan Avenue) in Miami Beach.

Frank_haithGuests will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with the team and coaching staff, and participate in an auction for prizes, including a game experience package with travel to Lexington, Ky., to watch the Hurricanes play at Kentucky on Dec. 6.Tickets for guests are $100, while tickets for children 12 and under are $50. Admission includes food, beverage and a UM gift. For additional information or to register for the University of Miami Men's BasketBowl, please contact Stephanie Mansdorf (305-284-5240/smansdorf@miami.edu).

I'll be there to talk to a few players and coach Haith before the event kicks off. As for Haith, his team as you know had a pretty good season last year. Earlier this week, ESPNU announced it will air three ACC road games for the Hurricanes -- Jan. 10 at Boston College, Jan. 27 at N.C. State and Feb. 18 at Florida State. UM will make 10 national TV appearances this coming season. Not bad for the Canes.

> BASEBALL ANNOUNCES CLASS OF 13: Since we're already in trouble for talking basketball, why not go the extra mile and share with you some baseball news. After their spectacular run to the College World Series, UM announced its 2008 Signing Class Tuesday.

The list includes five players who were drafted. Here are the names with some short bios.

Ted Blackman, OF, 6-0, 180, S/R, Fr., Altmonte Springs Lake Brantley High, Fla.: Hit .380 with one homer and 12 stolen bases during his senior year in 2008. Named to the Seminole Athletic Conference first team as a senior and MVP of the Florida State Game his junior and senior seasons Led lead Lake Brantley to a 20-4 record and a 6A state championship.

Gerry Gonzalez, OF, 5-10, 170, L/L, Fr., Coral Gables Ransom Everglades High: Hit .470 with two homeruns, 25 RBI and five stolen bases his senior season and .420 with 18 RBI and six stolen bases his junior year.

Chris Herrmann, 3B/C, 6-0, 182, L/R, Jr., Tomball HS/Alvin CC, Tex.: Drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 10th round (296 overall) of the 2008 MLB Draft. Hit .442 with 14 home runs and a .711 slugging percentage at Alvin Community College and named to the NJCAA Division I All-American Team in 2008. Honored with the NJCAA Rawlings Big Stick Award

Scott Lawson, 2B/INF, 5-10, 185, L/R, Jr., Colleyville Heritage HS/Grayson CC, Tex.: Drafted by the Houston Astros in the 40th round (1,202 overall) of the 2008 MLB Draft. Led Grayson to the Junior College World Series Championship as a sophomore, hitting .468 with six homers, 40 RBI and 22 stolen bases on the season.

Harold Martinez, INF, 6-3, 200, R/R, Fr., Miami Braddock High: Drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 19th round (573 overall) of the 2008 MLB Draft. Hit .410 with eight homers and 27 RBI as a senior and .500 with three homers and 23 RBI as a junior at Braddock. Named first-team all-county as a senior and led his team to a district championship in 2008 and 2006. Played on the USA Junior National Team (18U) and the USA Youth National Team (16U).

Nathan Melendres, INF/OF, 5-10, 185, R/R, Fr., Miami Florida Christian: Named second-team All-Dade his senior season after hitting .398 with four home runs, 30 RBI and 15 stolen base. Brother Nick is a pitcher at Florida Atlantic University.

Travis Miller, LHP, 6-2, 210, L/R, Fr., Jupiter High: Had a combined record of 6-3 with 62 strikeouts in his two seasons at Jupiter HS. Helped team to a combined record of 44-11 (23-6 in 2008; 21-5 in 2007).

Daniel Miranda, LHP, 5-11, 220, L/L, Fr., Miami Killian: Drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 50th round (1,490 overall) of the 2008 MLB Draft. Earned third-team All-Dade his junior season after going 7-3 with a 1.94 ERA and 83 strikeouts.

Vickash Ramjit, 1B-3B-OF, 6-3, 200, R/R, Fr., Miami Columbus: Named all-county as a senior after hitting .387 with two home runs and 37 RBI in 2008.

Sam Robinson, LHP, 6-2, 175, L/L, Fr., Miami Killian: Named first-team All-Dade his senior year, earning a record of 5-2 with a 1.11 ERA and 50 strikeouts. Went 4-1 with a 2.14 ERA and 45 strikeouts as a junior in 2007, earning third-team All-Dade.

David Villasuso, C/1B, 5-10, 198, R/R, Fr., Miami Florida Christian: Hit .365 with seven home runs and 30 RBI as a senior and .375 with 11 homers and 33 RBI as a junior at Florida Christian.

Taylor Wulf, RHP, 6-0, 235, R/R, Jr., Santa Fe HS/Alvin CC, Tex.: Drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 39th round (1,180 overall) of the 2008 MLB Draft. Went 10-1 with a 3.82 ERA and 74 strikeouts his sophomore season at Alvin and was a unanimous all-conference selection in 2008 and served as the team's closer in 2007.

Kevin Youst, RHP, 6-3, 200, R/R, Fr., Plantation American Heritage High: Missed his senior season due to injury. Went 1-0 with a perfect 0.00 ERA as a junior.

> Ok, I'll be out at practice Wednesday and Thursday and will share with you what I learn.


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Thanks Manny, you must have gotten my e-mail today about Baseball.

Good move by Barrow telling Bryce to visit later in the year. That way once it gets cold in Kansas he can come to S. FL and see how much better it is during the winter. :)

What about Sapp's comment? That guy is crazy. Nix will turn it around, it will just take some time with freshmen QB's. And remember, it's not just Nix's game plan it's the coaching staffs. Mostly Shannon. Give them time.

That defense is sick!!!!!

So what did Sapp say? I would love to hear!

Ex-Canes star Warren Sapp, on a Showtime conference call Tuesday for Inside the NFL, called UF coach Urban Meyer ''a classless dirtbag'' for kicking a field goal late in Florida's 26-3 win against UM. ''But it's coming back in a big way'' when the teams meet in 2013, he said.

Does anyone else think that Matt Bosher deserves some recognition? If he misses any of those two tackles they're returned for a TD. I'm looking for a Bosher body-slam montage on youtube in the coming weeks...

Manny, why is Arthur not playing?

Is he really that far behind?

He was suppost to be the price recruit.

I believe Arthur Brown will be a star, but he just needs to develop a little more.

Nice work as always Manny!

I am really excited about the progress as a team from last year to this year. The future is bright and this season is bright.

Canes will win the ACC and play in a BCS game this year! Hopefully they will meet the Gayturds to return the favor!

Go Canes!!

The Florida-Miami game demonstrated once again that coaching really matters. Coach Young took defensive players who really underperformed last year and got them to perform relatively well against UF. The offense, on the other hand turned in another wretched performance. This, in spite of the fact that Marve and J. Harris are poised and competent players so Nix and Shannon cannot blame poor performance on the hapless leaders UM had last year. The offensive play calling was as pedestrian as it could get. The notion that Nix will, "open up the playbook," is ludricous. He has yet to demonstrate that he has a playbook. Sending Cooper between the tackles on almost every running play shows an incredible lack of imagination. If a play does not work, why keep on running it?

Warren Sapp is the man!!! 'Dirtbag', I love it!!!

Randy Shannon can talk smack on whoever he wants. Why is it that Steve Spurrier can call out every single coach and its funny...Randy Shannon does it and Isreal Gutierrez is all over him.

Lets crush A&M, lets throw the ball downfield on first down. We're about to get this season started!!!!

Manny, its football season, man. Que te pasa?

great article and we dont mind hearing about baseball and basketball were canes fans 100% GO CANES by the way i love sapps comments lol

Why not let Arthur Brown redshirt? We've got some good depth at LB so why not let him, Cookie, Taylor Cook and Streeter redshirt? Save em for next year. Maybe that's been the plan all long. Who else am I missing?

"Does anyone else think that Matt Bosher deserves some recognition? If he misses any of those two tackles they're returned for a TD. I'm looking for a Bosher body-slam montage on youtube in the coming weeks..."

Posted by: CaCane | September 10, 2008 at 05:18 PM

Way ahead of you

Once at the three minute mark in slow mo then again 42 seconds later


Submitted by Instigator from oldtown fl

Q: Hey manny, Do the cane players whine as much as the coach?

Answered 09/09/08 14:31:56 by Manny Navarro

A: Yes. Every time I go out to practice all I hear about is how hard practice is and how much they wish they could be like the Florida Gators -- with two rings instead of five.

Is this true?

Manny, someone in the sports dept. at the herald either needs to tell Israel G. that he is writing a UM column not his beloved Gators or have him move over to solely write for UF. I am sick of his sarcastic/biased pieces of crap that he tries to pass off for journalism. Today's slap at Randy is nothing more than him showing what a friggin homer he is. He should move in with Tebow and Meyer because he is obviously in love with them. Meyer got what he deserved a public spanking so the world will see what a scumbag he really is. Now Israel's feelings are hurt because his hero got a beatdown on National TV after that low class lack of sportsmanship display the last 2 mins of the game. Sorry Izzy, you have been exposed as well. Hope you are the next casualty of your paper's layoffs you no talent hack!

Though the University of Miami football team has seen better days, the program still rules the NFL.

The NFL announced Wednesday that The U has the most players in the league, for the third consecutive season. Miami has 44 players on NFL rosters, following 42 in 2006 and 46 in 2007.

And Florida colleges continue to dominate the NFL landscape. Florida State is second on the list with 37 players, and Florida is 10th with 30.

The top 10 most-represented schools in the league:

Miami — 44
Florida State — 37
Georgia — 36
Michigan — 36
Ohio State — 36
LSU — 35
Tennessee — 34
Texas — 34
USC — 32
Florida — 30
The league also breaks it down by position.

Not surprisingly, Miami has the most tight ends in the NFL (four) and linebackers (nine).

if it was not for manny i would boycott the miami herald. i've wrote him 2 emails bout his biased articles... am i wrong or are journalists supposed to be un biased.. can someone give me the editors email so i can write him.


Lets not give up on Nix 2 games in. The WR did drop some very catchable balls, the offensive line missed some blocks & our freshman QB's have yet to turn the ball over.
That said, the Defense is MUCH improved from last year so now its time for the Offense to open up and play at a higher level.

israel and cote shouldn't be allowed to write for the herald anymore!


You're right, most writers are pretty biased in this paper. Manny seems to like UM which is OK with me, but its an issue when hacks like Isreal try to intentionally put down a team. When they write that type of article is petty and argumentative. That was one of the most terrible opinion articles that I've ever read. He also writes it way after the game is over. We wouldn't even be talking about the UF game if it wasn't for Isreal. Maybe he is 'Canesrule'.

You guys that are criticizing I.G are a bunch of whiners. If he had written a column that gave a negative slant to a rival coach you would have loved it. You guys need to grow a set because his column just gave an opinion. It obviously went against what you guys feel so suddenly he's a a terrible writer. GROW A SET AND SHUT UP.

You have sour grapes written all over your embarrassed faces.

Miami has had so many missteps in the last few years that it is laughable. When a columnist points any of it out you guys whine like babies.


"You have sour grapes written all over your embarrassed faces."

Who is embarrassed last I remember everyone was telling Miami there was no way they could even run with UF. Miami then came out and held UF under there average point per game. Not to mention they held Tim Teblow to 55yards and shut down the fastest running backs in CFB. I agree IG was giving his opinion but much like florida fans and their opinion no one in Miami cares. IG just wants to keep the pot stirred. I think most Miami fans would like to move on but when you have jackA S S like IG who by the way was almost one business week late in writing that article.

You gator fans can't seem to stay away from this UM blog, can you? Why do you even care what some unranked private school in south florida does?

If you really want to see sour grapes watch these two videos:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bc-2EGPQNVM


UTAH CANE-I totally agree with your contention that coaching matters and Young is strong evidence. Like you, I'm concerned about Nix, and whether he's a capable OC. But remember, offense is much tougher to orchestrate than defense. Defensive players with great athleticism can succeed while they are learning. Offense needs to learn first.

I totally agree we looked scared to be aggressive on O last week. I don't know how much of that was Shannon or Nix, but we need to see some changes soon. I think this is a make or break year for Nix. Everyone saw what impact Young has made. If Nix does not create some real buzz with the offense by the end of the season, (to me, that means 200/game running and 250/game passing, & near 30pts/game) he may be packing.

And as for Bryce Brown, I don't know what his 40 time is, but a 4.0 in class shows me a lot. Real stars compete all the time. On the field, in the classroom, whenever. I'd be worried if I were an RB on this team knowing that guy was coming in.

IG Sucks, biased loser...

This defense is sickkkkkkkkkkkkkk!!!!!!!!!

Wow, would I like to play for Miami.

Herbal Minded, great info on how many Canes are in the NFL!! We will WIN the division in the ACC this year and play for the ACC Championship, you heard it right here first. The defense at times was DOMINATING in the Turd game, just couldn't carry the offense any longer and ran out of gas, non-penalties by SEC officials(an obvious hold by Brandon James on the Harvin TD), overturned bad reply calls(Murphy),etc. But the game is over lets move on to the A&M game. Nix PLEASE open up the offense and lets throw the ball downfield, we have the QB with the arm to do this and fast receivers who better catch the damn ball!!! The defense should be able to hold everyone on our schedule below 15 pts a game, so we just need the offense to score dammit! With James out someone needs to rise up, grow a set and run the ball with authority. BTW, Sean Spence is A BEAST! Oh, its also nice not to have that closet Teblow lover Canesrule on here for more than a day, must still be watching the home videos of Teabag circumsizing little Filipino boys again, tape must be stuck on pause!!!

Hey Do anyone know who this star recruit name? please let me know who i am wonder who this start recurit guy is.

i saw this on the rivals.com
This former four-star recruit initially signed with Florida State but is now at a junior college. He wants an offer from Miami. But the chances are long he will get one

One of my female friends told me she gave israel g the clap in college.. true story!!!

Mephistopheles: The time for the offense to start learning has long passed. Assuming the QBs are as solid as they looked last week, the starting offense is composed of experienced players, including several seniors, e.g., Shannon, Youngblood (playing like freshman), Fahrquarson, Zellner, D. Thomas.... There are several young receivers who are backing up starters. How does Texas Tech get its new players to start with a bang every year? They take two-star QBs and WRs and they lead the nation in passing/receiving. Compare TTs leading receiver with the entire offensive production of Miami. Miami has much more talent than Texas Tech but is not in the same world offensively. When you are ranked 108/119 in passing, you know you have a coaching problem. Have you ever watched a Norm Chow coached college team? He takes average QBs and makes them great--at BYU, USC, and now, at UCLA. You might recall that UM was ranked #1 preseason, went to Provo as heavy favorites against BYU, and went home with a loss. It is the coaching and Miami does not have it. With a half-decent offensive coach, UM would breeze through the next ten games. With two weeks to prepare for TAM, will Miami field a team that looks better than Arkansas State or New Mexico? Shannon just said that the Aggies have a "great defense!" That would be a surprise to the Aggies fans. It seems like Shannon is trying to lower expectations for his offense. If Shannon really believes that TAM has a great defense, he must be planning for another seven loss season.


Look out for Oregon, Bryce's boy from Wichita, Chris Harper is there and tearing it up as a true freshman. You better hope he doesn't visit, Oregon's offense is light years ahead of Miami's and obviously the better choice for him as a running back. Go Ducks!

Marve showed the poise we have been lacking for years at the quarterback position.

Expect Derron Thomas to have a big day vs. the Aggies.

It's only a matter of time that Aldarius, Travis, Laron Byrd, and Collier take over the show and start stretching the field play after play!

Enough said about the defense! Without a couple b.s. calls at the end of the game, we had the former Heisman Trophy winner looking over to the sidelines for guidance.

Tebag is a crybaby and I hope we run the table in the ACC and meet them in a BCS Bowl!

I.G. is an Urban Liar lover! He goes home throws on a pair of jean shorts, with a Tebag jersey and imagines his sister naked like all the other inbreeds who call Gainesville home!

- Blake Brito

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