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Canes getting healthy

Randy Shannon told reporters during his press conference this morning he has no his idea and no timetable for when his young offense will start clicking and improve on its current 110th national ranking. Canes fans can at least take solace in this -- at least the offense is getting healthier.

Shannon said Tuesday he expects to get two key starters back on offense this week -- running back Javarris James and starting right tackle Reggie Youngblood. James, who suffered a high ankle sprain after two plays against Florida, will need to prove he make cuts on his high left ankle sprain this week in practice. But Shannon sounded optimistic James will play at Duke Saturday.

As for Youngblood, his return is somewhat of a surprise. Last week, Shannon told reporters he thought the senior would miss the rest of the year. Tuesday, Shannon said Youngblood told him "he wants to give it a go."
The return of James and Youngblood as well as reserve Chris Barney, who was injured in fall camp and returned for a series last Saturday, should give a struggling offense a much needed boost. Shannon said the return of James will give UM the tough inside runner they haven't had the past month.

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First!

First!

D'oh!

Manny, where's my T-shirt? Oh, nevermind. Wrong blog. LOL

Thanks for the update, and I see you kind of drifting in your latest blogs. I think Nix is a player/system type coach. He needs players to fit his system. I am not sure if he knows how to create a playbook based on his players. This is learned though time, and we must understand, our coaches are just as young experience wise as all these fresh/sophs.

I think we should at least give Nix the benefit of the doubt. I say we keep tight lipped until next season then we can call for his head if things aren't turned around.

KEEP THE FAITH!!!

And the tough inside runner will help the 4.9 yards per attempt that Marve is averaging? 4.9 as in the worst in the six major conferences. Conservative is as conservative does....."Dave Wannstache".


Manny, enjoy reading your site. Thanks for the good news.

Cat

Am I totally naive for not understanding the hype around J. James?

Am I totally naive for not understanding the hype around J. James?

Posted by: LB

No you're not LB. The hype is exactly that. HYPE ! He hasn't done AnYTHING but get injured. If cane fan is banking on this guy turning things around they're in for a major letdown. JJ is nothing to write home about. He can't hold Edge's jock.

When the Dukeys put a spanking ( you know its a very real possibility cane fan) on duhU you idiots will finally be worn down and shut your homer mouths. Duke took your soft team into the 4th quarter last year.

DUKE !!!!!!!

U S U C K

It's all about that U!!!!


Canes fan till the day I die.


I don't care if they win or lose, they are and always will be my team!!!!

It's all about that U!!!!


A CANES fan till the day I die.


They are and always will be my team, evev if they are winning or losing!!!!

LB is right, 4 -100 yard games in two seasons is nothing great,since we've been a running team those 2 years

I love Shannon to death, but it is obvious that Nix has to go. here are the three fantasy guys I like to replace him.
#1- Rob Chadiski - Simply the best person for the job all around.
#2 Tommy Bowden- he might be a 3 million dollar man on paper, but he is worth a lot less and if he wants to get back to making some money he must work hard as a coordinator for a while.
#3 Kiffin- now that one is a long shot but same deal he needs a football team why not try somewhere with a lot of potential.
#4 ANYBODY rather than NIX, OLSON, and whoever else sucks at coaching amazing young talent. If Travis Benjamin was at Florida or Ohio State he would be like Percy Harvin, but he is at Miami were we cant coach to save are life. Same thing with are QB's simple unexcusable the way Nix calls the offense against everyone!! we need a coach not someone who doesn't bleed orange and green.

What about getting Don Soldinger back? With all the amazing streaks UM has had in the last 25 years (1#draftpicks, 58homewinning streak, 33 straight for Baseball, Basketball, and Football in 2002), maybe the most amazing is this: Dyrell McMillan started at RB in early 1996. Then something happened. Edgerin James started. Every UM starting RB, from that time up until Tyrone Moss started in 2006, played in the NFL! Here's the list: EJames (Ind,Arz), JJackson (Cle,Arz), CPortis (Den,Was), WMcGahee (Buf,Bal), JPayton (Ten), FGore (SF). Throw NDavenport in there (who I don't think started a game at UM), and you have 7 RBs playing in the NFL in 10 years. 5 are still in the NFL (minus Jackson and Payton), and all of them have had NFL TDs and 100yd games. Bring back Soldinger.

They all probably had better o-lines

think 4-3

think 4-3

You think coaching matters? look at FIU, they have a new OC putting a new system, and they are putting points on the board, and last time i checked, they didn't get recruited by UM for a reason.
All I'm saying is Nix doesn't put the players that he has on the best position to make plays, and that's why our QBs have to try stupid plays. He doesn't try to out-coach the opponent coach the way Shannon said he will always tried to out-coach him when the faced each other.

Our players need to outplay their opponent, regardless of what down are they playing, regardless of what quarter they are playing, regardless of anything they always need to outplay their opponent. When they get this done, they can bring back the swagger, in my opinion it is up to a coach to teach his players how to outplay his opponents, and Nix is not teaching well enough.

I know Miami has the 110 ranked O but don't compare us to FIU?

You really did your research!

FIU is dead last 119!

Nix Sux. His claim to fame at G. Tech was throw to Calvin Johnson every play. ACC teams are tough to figure out this year. Canes could go winless in the ACC. I foresee one of the QB's leaving after this year, either Harris or Cannon Smith. I'm trying to be patient, but someone's rear end needs to get kicked.

I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks that way. I have nothing against the guy, but it seems that his last name is what asserted himself into the UM lineup. Cooper is a huge talent, and James should be #2.

However, James is a good #2. I think it will help, but not altogether mend the offensive troubles.

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(By the way... I love Mr. Navarro's work. In a state surrounded by Mountaineers, this is a nice place to come and be a part of a community to which I actually belong, albeit a virtual community. Thank you, Mr. Navarro.)

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I'm not one to openly criticize, but the playcalling is questionable. It really began for me when watching the FSU game.

1. Drive #1- Marve throws three straight passes. It seemed as if Nix was trying to shut up the media, instead of gaining first downs. Really, really weird stuff.

2. Abandoning the successful running attack. Why? I understand and commend diversity in an offense, but abandoning the running game for bubble screens seems a bit illogical. The FSU linebackers were too fast for that.

The FSU game is old hat, and only true lunatic Canes fans (like myself) care about that stuff.

That being said, I vehemently support Marve, Shannon, and Young. Marve, given time and barring injury, will be an effective if not scary presence in the passing attack. Cooper is deadly in space. Benjamin is even more lethal.

I'd like to see more of Aldarius Johnson, and some 9-15 yard strikes, save the bubble screen.

I'm really not sure how I feel about Nix. He's shown flashes of brilliance, but it's time to turn Marve loose... better or worse.

3-3 isn't the best, but I'll take it. I expect a couple of shockers as this Hurricane team grows.

Sorry about the long-winded post.


LB

Its really tough to overcome a freshman qb, but its even tougher to overcome a freshman qb when his receivers are freshmen too. Its going to take a while. Maybe 10 games in before they look like they understand what they're doing.

Just name this one as a throw away year as well. I don't think anybody knew how bad this team is, but it is becoming more and more of a reality

This is not a throw away year! We could still end up 9-3 or 8-4 and in a bowl game. The O isn't looking good but Nix could turn it around, if not, then get rid up him at the end of the year.

If your a true fan (Not an imposter gator fans) then stick with this team, the players need it and so do the future recruits.

Kick Duke's a**!

Randy, Randy, Randy! What in thhe world are you doing about the mess you've created at QB. One of the QB's is better than the other. Name a starter an live with it. I remember reading in an earlier article where you stated that Jacory Hariis would play in every game this year no matter what. Keep in mind that Tommy Bowden got fired in the middle of the season, this BS keep up, you could be the next to go. Last season you threw both your QB's under the bus, did you not learn anything from that. Stop thinking with your mouth open and name a damn QB, good choice or bad choice, an live with it. You the CLOCK is TICKING on youur run as UM Coach, don't you! Get Busy WINNING, or dust off the ole resume for you will be history if the current trend continues.

Randy, Randy, Randy! What in thhe world are you doing about the mess you've created at QB. One of the QB's is better than the other. Name a starter an live with it. I remember reading in an earlier article where you stated that Jacory Hariis would play in every game this year no matter what. Keep in mind that Tommy Bowden got fired in the middle of the season, this BS keep up, you could be the next to go. Last season you threw both your QB's under the bus, did you not learn anything from that. Stop thinking with your mouth open and name a damn QB, good choice or bad choice, an live with it. You the CLOCK is TICKING on youur run as UM Coach, don't you! Get Busy WINNING, or dust off the ole resume for you will be history if the current trend continues.

Randy, Randy, Randy! What in thhe world are you doing about the mess you've created at QB. One of the QB's is better than the other. Name a starter an live with it. I remember reading in an earlier article where you stated that Jacory Hariis would play in every game this year no matter what. Keep in mind that Tommy Bowden got fired in the middle of the season, this BS keep up, you could be the next to go. Last season you threw both your QB's under the bus, did you not learn anything from that. Stop thinking with your mouth open and name a damn QB, good choice or bad choice, an live with it. You the CLOCK is TICKING on youur run as UM Coach, don't you! Get Busy WINNING, or dust off the ole resume for you will be history if the current trend continues.

THE BIGGEST ADJUSTMENT MARVE NEEDS TO MAKE AGAINST DUKE IS STEPPING UP IN THE POCKET. TOO MANY TIMES WHEN MARVE IS PRESSURED HE TRYS TO ROLL OUT TO NO AVAIL... STEPPING UP IN THE POCKET WILL BY MARVE THE CRUCIAL FEW MORE SECONDS TO HIT HIS 2ND OR 3RD READ.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2uXPHWpW6o

08' CANES

HOW CAN CANE FANS CALL THIS A TROW AWAY YEAR?? THE CANES ARE ONLY SIX GAMES INTO THE SEASON... GROW SOME BALLS AND HAVE FAITH IN UR SQUAD...

No year is a throw-away year, nor is any game a throw-away game.

Sorry, but that's an awful thing to say.

I still support Shannon & think he is a great recruiter. However, his game management sucks. Case in point is the end of the 1st half & the end of the game against UCF.

Ths Canes had a first down & 3 timeouts left with over 50 seconds to go close to mid-field at the end of the 1st half. Coop. had just run 15 yards for a 1st down. Not only did we not call a time out after a screen to Coop. which resulted in no-gain, but we rushed the next play with about 20 seconds left & threw another interception. We had great field position, 3 timeouts, & plenty of time left to at least set up a field-go.

Then at the end of the game with only 5 minutes left and a 13 point lead. We kick-off to their best player & let him bring it all the way back for a TD. After the off-side, we should have squibbed it. A) the kick-off team was winded after running down on the penalty & then had to run an added 5 yards further. B) UCF offense was pathetic, no way they would have driven it on our defense for 2 TD's in less than 5 minutes. & C) thier best player was their kick-off return guy, why even give him the chance to beat us.

These are game management decisions that should be pretty obvious even to rookie coaches.

Come on Randy, get it together, surrond yourself with the best assistant coaches posible. Lets get the U back to where we belong: #1.

GD people, get a F'in CLUE. I get so sick and tired of hearing people beetch and moan if we don't BLOW out EVERY Freakin opponent. NOT gonna happen this year, damn folks do you NOT remember BUTCH DAVIS, and how long it took him to turn us around? You can't just MAGICALLY produce an @ss kicking team. They have to grow on one another, they have to TRUST each other, not just the coaches. Most of them are losing games for the first time in their YOUNG lives, and they're frustrated, and that's going to make them HUNGRIER, and meaner. The D played lights out against UCF, but the O stank, okay maybe this game against Duke, they BOTH play good. It's one thing to discuss the team, and how they're doing or NOT doing, but this FIRE RANDY, and NIX and all that sheet, it's just plain REDNECK. He sux man, get another one, yeah real F'in smart, then they have to LEARN ANOTHER system AGAIN. Just back the team, have faith in the coaches, or back another F'in team. Next game I fly from one end of the state to another to watch my Canes, and I hear some f'in punks yelling and throwing sheet, I'm gonna go off on them, and I'm 6'4 and 240lb, so I will bring someone down. Alot of you SO-CALLED fans are an EMBARRASSMENT to those of us who BLEED orange/green. GO CANES!!!!!

HOW CAN CANE FANS CALL THIS A TROW AWAY YEAR?? THE CANES ARE ONLY SIX GAMES INTO THE SEASON... GROW SOME BALLS AND HAVE FAITH IN UR SQUAD... -Herbal Minded

Typing in all CAPS shows what a complete imbecile you are.

Posted by: ColaCane

Clearly you are the one who needs an "f-in clue" People aren't mad because UM doesn't "BLOW out EVERY Freakin opponent." They're pissed because the coaching staff looks horrible. I don't know what game you're watching but Shannon (Just like last year) looks clueless on game day. He isn't learning on the job. He is what he is, a really bad gameday coach.

Its funny to see you call people "REDNECK" then proceed to tell everyone how big and bad you are. YOU ARE THE REDNECK. Stop reflecting.

You are a typical egghead cane fan that doesn't understand how absolutely incapable Shannon is. But stick with him for years you fool. You'll be right in the same place you are now three years from now. This guy couldn't develop talent to save his life. It's a joke you REDNECK.

LB, i strongly disagree with your view on Coop and James:

I don't know what games you've been watching but the only time Coop runs well is when he's in open space ( a straight line with no one in his way like the A&M game ). I've seen him run through huge holes over and over this year and then not make anything happen after. He runs right into traffic and never cuts it up or bounces out to open spaces. When he does he dances around, panicks and gets tackled.

James on the other hand has nasty juke and cut back abilties and the incredible vision that Cooper lacks. I think we score against FSU late in the game even after the Shields penalty if James was there and we definitely beat North Carolina but thats besides the point. I wouldn't even play him this week unless he's 100% and if he is, you'll see what i'm talking about.

This is not a knock on Cooper who's a great player and will get better but in my opinion a healthy James will do wonders for this running game.

Uhh silly cane fan, I watch every game, and flew to the FSU game, and am alum from 88, so I think I know wtf I'm talking about. Randy is a Cane through and through, and you INSTANT GRATIFICATION idiots need to LEARN the game, and it's nuances. Like i posted, you can't just okay we have the TOP RECRUITS in the country, now lets just walk the dog. If you think that's how football works, then you need to go back to school. Yeah I am BIG/BAD, how does that classify as redneck? Redneck is throwing sheet at your OWN players, and yelling obscenities at anyone who isn't a Cane fan, and also our coaches. Every been on a football field playing? Every Coached? I've done both, and it aint pretty all the time, but you need to the learn the FIRST thing in sports, and that's PATIENCE. It's his 2nd year for crying out loud. How old are man? Obviously you're too young to know what patience means. We've got a squad of practically babies with NO UPPERCLASS leadership, so they're basically being thrown to the wolves. Repect your elders son, and call me a REDNECK to my face, and we'll see who is one. I'll be at the next home game. You SO-called fans who EMBARRASS the U are just that, REDNECKS.

One more thing (silly cane fan) got any kids? When my kid gets hit in the head by a REDNECK throwing sheet at an FSU fan, yeah I'm gonna go off, and yeah that is an EMABARRASMENT to ALL of the U when that happens. So take heed on who call REDNECK. ANY fan at ANY school who behaves like that is a REDNECK. Just because they're a Cane fan doesn't exclude them from being an @ss hole of a fan.

ONce again tough guy. YOU ARE A REDNECK

Like I said, be at the game, and throw something that hit's my 8 year old, and you'll see a redneck alright. What kind of f'in people throw things at games? Kids, and rednecks. You give the U a bad name.

OH yeah tough guy. I'll kick your azzz. It's on GRANDPA. Meet me in section 403, row 13. I"M gonna kick your azzzz. I'll show you you Metamucil eatin old fart. I don't care how big you are. You're TOAST. Ill throw sheet all over you AND your dirty 8 year old you old goat.

ITS ON

Well fellow TRUE CANERS, duty calls, and hope you ALL have a great day. GO CANES!!!!!

You remind me of those over zealous rednecks that come to my sons high school football games. Always uptight, always pissssed off. You are a clueless REDNECK of supreme proportions. I'm probably older than you ya doddering fool. I don't care how big you are. I know Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and will have you gasping for air on your big fat assss in about 30 seconds. You have to be the dumbest fan I've ever seen. REDNECK.

LOL, OLd man, I love that one. Tell you what child, I'll talk you on patrol through the streets of Nasariyah, or Diwaniyah, and we'll see how big/bad you are. See you've already embarassed yourself as it is. I think the fellow bloggers will see that. Talking about someones child, yeah that's real mature. Know I know you're NOT alumni. By the way, you better inform you're next of kin, if you have anyone who'd claim you, lol.

Posted by: JJ? please | October 14, 2008 at 07:49 PM

Um, JJ is right behind Portis for most rushing yards as a true freshman. He injures his neck the following year then his ankle this year.

There isn't any "HYPE" as U would call it. The young man can get it done when he's healthy. UF fans shoud be happy he was injured so early in the 1st quarter. Same goes to UNC and FSU fans. Guess we'll get to see him against Duke this weekend. I will not skin the crow for U, you have to eat it as is, feathers and all.

YOu took all the bait you silly old troll. I was making up every bit of it. But your such an enraged goober that you BIT. What an enormous moron. You're just looking for someone to hate on you dated old goat. Go die you dumb cane fool.

BWAAHAAHAHAHAHA

Posted by: Shannon calls out Kehoe's steamer at noon presser | October 14, 2008 at 07:51 PM

And Ole Miss beats UF by running 80 yarders on them.

OLE MISS !!

UsuckF!

Just name this one as a throw away year as well. I don't think anybody knew how bad this team is, but it is becoming more and more of a reality

Apparently you dont' read to well. In my post I stated that I can't stand when fans throw sheet at other fans, and it hits KIDS, yeah I'm gonna go off. If you're a father, would you NOT do the SAME? I don't yell and get po'ed at games UNLESS that happens. So you don't read well, or comprehend well either, yep, put you on point for sure, the quicker you're out of the way, the safer the rest of the troops will be, lol. Yeah you definitely don't read too well 6-4 and 240 is not fat, but you probably have never played the game. Jui Jitsu huh? That's cool, I'll take may basic training and going on patrol for 3 years in hell up against that anyday. Now, while you RE-READ the other posts and realize that you're saying things I did not, maybe you'll get the picture. If you're a father and someone hit your son in the head of a game that is at your home field, and you find out it's a Cane fan, I'm betting you wouldn't just sit their and take it, if so, then I feel for your son. Also being an adult, it's pretty pathetic that you would call another's son a name.

The funniest part is that you actually typed out "Shannon calls out Kehoe's steamer at noon presser."

Another dimwitted Cane troll takes the bait.


BWAAAHAAAHAAA GDfooools

360, you and Colonel Mustard should hook up and have a sheet throwing contest. Put his cross-eyed kid with the leg braces 20 yards away as the target. You could celebrate the winner with some Corona Lights and then compare how low your IQ's are.

REDNECK FOOLS

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