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Freshmen have officially taken over

When I first met Kayne Farquharson two years ago when he was signing with the University of Miami out of El Camino Junior College, I knew the Hurricanes were getting someone who loved the limelight. One of the first things Kayne asked me was how soon he might be able to find his way onto the front page of the Sports section.

KayneFast-forward to Wednesday and Kayne was asking the same question again after seeing the front-page story our Susan Miller Degnan wrote regarding the record true seven freshmen who have found their way into the end zone this season. Kayne tried his best to plead his own case for a front-page story: "I look good on front of The Herald," he told a group of reporters. "Put me in front of the Versace Mansion on Ocean Drive, the only mansion on Ocean Drive. I could just stand in front of the gates like this [striking a pose] with my Hurricanes jersey on. There could be a drop-top Phantom with 24s, an orange one with big rims. Yeah, I like that."

Truth is Kayne, I'm not sure you'll ever find your way back onto the front page. The face of this team -- Kayne_farquharsonwhether the veterans like it or not -- has slowly become the monster freshmen class brought in to replace you. Over the past three weeks, we've seen the transformation. It started with Travis Benjamin and Sean Spence's big days against Florida State, continued with Brandon Harris' move to the starting spot at corner, Aldarius Johnson's 8-catch performance and Jacory Harris' magical second-half rally against Duke. Think about this for a second. Since Robert Marve's last-second heave skipped off Kayne's fingers and was intercepted by a North Carolina defensive back, UM's sophomore, junior and senior class has combined to account for 25 catches for 163 yards and 1 Chris Zellner touchdown. The freshmen? 30 catches for 379 yards and 7 TDs. Take away sophomore Graig Cooper (12 catches, 37 yards) from the veterans and the gap in production between the vets and young guys is even wider.

The good news is there doesn't appear to be a whole lot of jealousy. And that means Kayne (1 catch for 23 yards since he's near-heroic catch against UNC) still gets to be Kayne. Or, as I'm now going to start referring to him, Kayne Ocho-Dos. Farquharson once again put on a show for the media Wednesday in what has become his weekly ritual in an attempt to play the role of attention-starved receiver (the Canes' version of Chad Ocho-Cinco or Terrell Owens). I got to admit, I laughed at some of Kayne's antics. But I'm sure the coaching staff might get in his ear for being too silly. At one point, he even asked UM SID Kerwin Lonzo when he might get his own show. Lonzo basically ignored him. At least it was entertaining. If you want to listen to the exchange, click on the audio link here.

> One of the best emails I got this week was from loyal Eye On The U reader Chris Cox, who asked me why the media is stressing how the Canes are ranked 102nd in total offense (307.9 ypg) instead of pointing out how UM's scoring offense is ranked 30th nationally (32.6 ppg) and second overall in the ACC. After all, all coach Randy Shannon has ever said throughout his career is that all he cares about is scoring more points than the other team. It got me to doing some homework.

While UM would obviously like to pile up more yardage and do better on first downs (they currently rank 10th in the ACC at a 34.3 percent conversion clip), there are plenty of examples of teams with higher-ranked total offenses and fewer wins than UM. Southern Miss (2-5) is ranked 17th in total offense with 444 yards a game. 0-7 North Texas? They're 50th in total offense. On the other side of the coin, there are about four good teams who have an offense that produces less yardage than UM -- Virginia (4-3) is 104th, Auburn (4-3) is 107th, Virginia Tech (5-2) is 110th and Vanderbilt (5-2) is 118th. Meanwhile, there isn't a team with a losing record or even .500 ranked higher than UM when it comes to scoring points.

> Injuries obviously always play a big role week-to-week and one you might not know about heading into Saturday's game happened to Wake Forest center Trey Baily, who suffered a broken ankle against Maryland
last weekend and has since undergone season-ending surgery. The injury has forced the Deacons to shuffle their offensive line including moving left guard Russell Nenon to center and true freshman Joe Looney to left guard. If Looney starts against UM Saturday, he would become the first true freshman to start for Wake Forest since Oct. 22, 2005.

> As for the Canes' injuries, look for linebacker Jordan Futch, defensive tackle Josh Holmes and cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke to return this week. All three have been listed as probable. Receiver Leonard Hankerson is likely to miss his third straight game. Also doubtful is sophomore safety Joseph Nicholas. Running back Lee Chambers has been ruled out.

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First, Great stuff manny, thanks again. Mollie Rose is beautiful

Goes to show you how important DEFENSE really is. Manny, how do those higher ranked ypg offenses compare to their defenses?

Randy Shannon started the recruiting process a couple of years ago to purge the team of those Coker-esque players and it appears he has been extremely successful at that. Kudos! Now he has to follow up on what he said last year about getting a lot of Juniors and Seniors to stick around and make a run at a championship (a la Wake Forest style...that was RS's example last year).

GO CANES!

AZCanesDude! You will be dearly missed at the Wake Forest game by Mr. Geibel and myself. Keep it real in Tuscon!

By the way, tell Manny about your nickname for Jacory Harris, "Jac-Of-All-Trades Harris"...Y.E.S.

Yeah, and Robert Marve-lous?

Wish I could be there! Have a safe flight into Miami over night tonight. I'll talk to you at some point. Thanks for the love.

Yeah, and Robert Marve-lous?

Wish I could be there! Have a safe flight into Miami over night tonight. I'll talk to you at some point. Thanks for the love.

Manny...good feature! See U at the Wake Forest game.

Go Canes, beat Wake!!!

i don't know why we are putting so much into marve and harris starting they both will play. if jacory has a bad start marve will play and if he does good he will stay in. what we should be worried about is if one gets hurt, then the plan shannon is using will benefit the U. i don't oppose harris starting but they both will play regardless.

Great work as usual Manny. Thanks for the info, especially about the scoring and the freshmen takeover. It's for real. All the credit to these kids and this staff for bringing them along so quickly.

And how about some love for Joe Pannunzio and whatever he's been doing with Bosher and the rest of the STs. Sam Shields is bustin' his butt and it paid off. The on-side kick was great. Bosher only had one shank but definitely made up for it with that incredible 77 yarder. They're improving every week and Bosher's KOs are finally sailing deep instead of short.

It's coming together, piece by piece. Now we're looking good for the home-stretch.

Hey Manny I asked you one simple question. No answer?

can we get more videos of mollie rose?

This Mollie Rose, eventhough she is a UM grad and all seems to be trying too hard to be like Erin Andrews. For us guys there is a big difference between the two.

Could we get a breakdown of the numbers from these freshman scoring against the pathetic teams you played like: Charelston Southern, Duke, UCF, A and M vs the ranked teams?

Somehow I think there will be a TREMENDOUS difference but thanks for the skewed stats!

CANES ON ESPNU - the barren wasteland of college football

Oh look, the Herald did a story this morning about the fact that the largest cable provider in south florida (comcast) doesn't even carry ESPNU. Looks like most canes will be SHUT OUT. Great job Paul Dee. And since none of you actually go to the games it leaves you on the stank end of IRRELEVANT. Oh yeah, that ACC move is paying huge dividends.

ESPN 360 BABY !!! - You'll still be buffering the kickoff during the 3rd quarter. the technology that brings live tv to the intertubes is FAR from being up to speed. Looks like U are stuck listening to Joe"I take 70 hits of speed before broadcasts" Zagaki cane fan. I have to give him a little bit of love though. He brings excitement to things that just aren't exciting.

If the canes get tooled and no one watches it, is it a loss?

Market Crashing..

Manny.. another great post but disagree on singling out Kayne, as being one, when the junior/senior class, in several positions are being out preformed.

I appreciate your effort but please keep it positive, man... we need everybody on the same high to win it out for the season... Go Canes!

As Captain Hook would say... " Peter, that's not using good form"...LOL

Cat

Hey Preston...

didn't those freshmen score something like 4 touchdowns against the "Noles"??? No wait... they are in the same category as aTm, duke, Charleston So, and UCF.

wait a minute... Duke probably could beat FSU, soundly!

Hey Preston...

didn't those freshmen score something like 4 touchdowns against the "Noles"??? No wait... they are in the same category as aTm, duke, Charleston So, and UCF.

wait a minute... Duke probably could beat FSU, soundly!

Sorry Antone Smith ROASTED your D

i know Preston Parker isn't talking crap! If i'm not mistaken our freashman did score 4 td's against Florida's Sh%#@iest University aka FSU and tell me again who FSU has played this year that is any good, i was just wondering, because we all saw that great performance against Wake forest love that fumble u had too by the way!

Posted by: bigbiv4

I might point out that you LOST against FSU you flaming idiot.

But your talking smack? U take stupidity to new heights FOOL

HOw many TD's did SORRY Anton Smith score against YOUR SORRY D??

Do all cane fans a favor and shut up...YOU LOST idiot !!!!!!

There are two words that explain why we are ranked 102 in yards but 30th in points.

TRAVIS BENJAMIN

I'm sure you noticed that he usually sets us up with great field position especially on punts. It shortens the field and puts us closer to the end zone.

Hey Preston...

Your crack wh*re called from Riviera Beach.....she wants to know where you put the weed

Oh and she needs to borrow your gun....oh forgot the cops took it away

ANOTHER PIECE OF CRAP CRIMI-NOLE PLAYING FOR SAINT BOOBIE

Preston-

Maybe we should look at FSU's "offensive" numbers against ranked teams...zero TD's...

Last week I picked the Canes to win by 21.

I was off by 3.

This weeks score will be:

Miami 27

Wake Forest 24

LEt's GO CANES!!! Let's beat the U know what out of WAKE!!!

jaycane, i hope you're not off by more than 3 this week. at least, not in the wrong direction. I think the defense will step up this week, but the offense struggles against the WF defense. I'll go Miami 20 Wake Forest 16.

WHAT IS THE STORY ON UM RECRUIT STEPHEN PLEIN HITTING A REF WITH HIS HELMET AND GETTING SUSPENDED??? If this is true, are we still offering him? I think we need linemen if we pull it. We dont need anyone with a temper or attitude like that if he struck a ref. But then again, I've only read very little on it. He's Anyone care to look it up??

I don't think we can hold Wake to 16, run D is too weak. I think the Canes win 35-24 and Marve and Aldarius Johnson have big games.

WHATS THE STORY ON UM RECRUIT STEPHEN PLEIN HITTING A REF WITH HIS HELMET? I read he was suspended from high school sports. We dont need to recruit anyone with that attitude and temper if its true. If anyone wants to look it up, go for it!

Posted by: It's all about the excuse

yeah i know we lost to FSU i never said we didnt and i dont care about antone smith i was talking about freshman and u act like he has been great i call him the biggest dust to come out of the muck! I proved a point that our true freshman have scored against ranked teams Dumb%@# like your team hasnt 0 td,s against the 1 ranked team they played! so why dont u do all of us a favor and get ur gay a@# of our blogs and read about ur own team! so go and lose to VT this weekend just like u always do when ranked CHOKE!!!

Posted by: CokeCane (Publix Cola Cane) | October 22, 2008 at 12:18 AM

funny : )

THEN THESE MOTHER VUCKING HATERS COME IN THE EYE OF THE HURRICANE

Posted by: Herbal Minded | October 21, 2008 at 09:47 PM

funny : )

CANES ON ESPNU - the barren wasteland of college football

Oh look, the Herald did a story this morning about the fact that the largest cable provider in south florida (comcast) doesn't even carry ESPNU.

Posted by: gaturd agent provocateur | October 24, 2008 at 07:57 AM

ESPNU is National TV? Ok buddy. Keep smoking that South Beach ganja.

Posted by: gaturd agent provocateur | October 21, 2008 at 07:04 PM

You wouldn't know a fact from a fig you imbecile

Posted by: gaturd agent provocateur | October 21, 2008 at 03:52 PM

http://www.espnmediazone.com/press_releases/2008_04_apr/20080417_RosalynDurantNamedVicePresidentandGeneralManagerofESPNU.htm
ESPNU currently reaches 20 million homes through secured distribution agreements with Charter, Cox, DIRECTV (Channel 609), EchoStar’s DISH Network (Channel 148), AT&T, Insight Communications, Mediacom, Time Warner, Verizon, hundreds of smaller affiliates and is close to distribution agreements with many others.
-- ESPN PR (4/17/08)

Posted by: green | October 21, 2008 at 10:13 PM

ESPN U, will on Comcast soon.

Posted by: M.H. | October 21, 2008 at 07:40 PM

seeing is believing ...

STALEMATE

Posted by: green | October 21, 2008 at 10:14 PM

http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/colleges/story/739056.html
take a bow ...
we inspire barry jackson's latest column ...
ya never know who reads Eye on the U ...

WHO'S WHO

I know something the Canes are #1 at.

EXCUSES

Please let me know what the excuses will be next year since this year is already OVER.

If you do not get ESPN U

http://www.justin.tv/thedarkside_tv

If you do not have ESPN U

http://www.justin.tv/thedarkside_tv

if recruiting cant get worse we r prob going to loose an inside linebacker (zach kane) b/c of fight and now we will prob loose an eventual OL (stephen plein) b/c of hitting ref o man

Everything is taking shape.

We take care of business on our part. North Carolina loses again, and FSU takes care of business, and BAM, FSU and Miami in the ACC championship!!!

Defense is overrated. Check this out:

Even some of the Big 12’s best teams are having a hard time defending the pass. Going by this week’s BCS standings, No. 1 Texas is 111th against the pass; No. 4 Oklahoma is 61st; No. 6 Oklahoma State is 77th; No.8 Texas Tech is 103rd; No. 15 Missouri is 114th; and No. 23 Kansas is 99th.

Score enough points and you don't even need a defense. Of course, the Big 12 has some pretty good passing offenses.

Randy "The Clown" Shannon continues to juggle QBs when the obvious choice is apparent to everyone in the entire nation but him?

- This whole situation is not about winning this year? It's about getting those guys experience and building this team for next season to hopefully reach a bowl game, any bowl game will do.

- Asked if he could envision platooning the two for four seasons, Shannon said, "It's too far ahead for me to think about it, with our record, my job could end any day now."

Coker returns to Duhhhhh U to rub Paul Dee's mistake in his face in the Orange Bowl - bad mouthing Randy play mistake after play mistake on national TV.

Wait a second.....

- Paul Dee resigned out of embarassment

- The Orange Bowl was demo'd

- Duhhhh U doesn't play on national TV.

No hope this week, Canes get creamed by the team that got creamed by the mid-shipmen. 4-4 and back to trying to pull off a winning regular season for the first time in 3 years.

It's all about Excuse U......

YOUNGNESS IS NOT A WORD

Randy "The Clown" Shannon continues to juggle QBs when the obvious choice is apparent to everyone in the entire nation but him?

- This whole situation is not about winning this year? It's about getting those guys experience and building this team for next season to hopefully reach a bowl game, any bowl game will do.

- Asked if he could envision platooning the two for four seasons, Shannon said, "It's too far ahead for me to think about it, with our record, my job could end any day now."

Coker returns to Duhhhhh U to rub Paul Dee's mistake in his face in the Orange Bowl - bad mouthing Randy play mistake after play mistake on national TV.

Wait a second.....

- Paul Dee resigned out of embarassment

- The Orange Bowl was demo'd

- Duhhhh U doesn't play on national TV.

No hope this week, Canes get creamed by the team that got creamed by the mid-shipmen. 4-4 and back to trying to pull off a winning regular season for the first time in 3 years.

It's all about Excuse U......YOUNGNESS is not a word.

"Everything is taking shape. We take care of business on our part......"

There's your first incorrect assumption!

IT'S ALL ABOUT IGNORANT U

"WHATS THE STORY ON UM RECRUIT STEPHEN PLEIN HITTING A REF WITH HIS HELMET? I read he was suspended from high school sports" - BBrinkley

Sounds like he would be a perfit fit for......

32 PLAYERS SUSPENDED IN ONE GAME U

How did the Canes do in the NFL today?

Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Santonio Holmes will be charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession after a traffic stop in which police smelled burning marijuana and found marijuana-filled cigars in his car.

ANOTHER THUG U PLAYER ARRESTED & CHARGED WITH A FELONY

Santonio Holmes played for Ohio State.

Last time I remember that Santonio Holmes went to Ohio St. Please know your facts before sounding like a moron.

GO CANES !!

Santonio Holmes played for Ohio State you low life d***he bag. Santonio Thomas played for UM. It's a shame that your team has so few players in the NFL that it is not hard to get them confused. You probably are up reading this due to the fact that you wet your bed. Go change your panty. Maybe, just maybe, (you may have to say pretty please!!) mommy will forgive you and you get back in bed with her.

Canesrule- You know mommy doesn't want you drinking your formula after 9:00 PM!! Oh, my bad, I forgot, she was breast feeding you.

santonio holmes played for that scumbag school osu...canesrule get off the computer at 12:30 am..the waves are damaging your so-called brain. get your sh* straight before running your mouth.
The U Def will take care of business today...In Young we Trust

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