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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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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

Since when are U a thug because U like to smoke Marijuana? Please people take the sticks out of your ___ marijuana is no worse than alcohol in fact alcohol is much worse than Maryjane. Come one they need to go ahead and legalize it because after this arrest the US HAS offcially surpassed the 900,00 mark for Marijuana arrest. That is absolutely ridiculous. If you smoke pot you are not a criminal and leave Santonio alone man, dont be a hater and a idiot at the same time.

So Santonio is a THug because he smokes Marijuana? What marijuana is far less harmful than alcohol idiot.

why are there so many haters on this blog. im sure there are blogs for the other teams, arent there? maybe not. stop worrying about the family next door to you, and worry about your own.
if you dont, you are only making a fool of yourself, and providing the canes community with more motivation than ever. you dont bother us at all.......so nvm. keep it coming. bring it!
Go Canes!!!

why are there so many haters on this blog. im sure there are blogs for the other teams, arent there? maybe not. stop worrying about the family next door to you, and worry about your own.
if you dont, you are only making a fool of yourself, and providing the canes community with more motivation than ever. you dont bother us at all.......so nvm. keep it coming. bring it!
Go Canes!!!

anyone know a site streaming the game?

Whoa,

LMBAO I know what happened he thought Santonio Holmes was Santana Moss... ha ha ha
HEY CANERULE great way to show how much of a dip shyt U reeally are. lol o my god keep looking for our players in the nfl though because they are the ones making all the plays on the field, while i have to deal with jessie palmer (youngest tv host in the history of espn) evry day on collage football live.

I ain't confused - it was Alex Smith that wrecked havock as the CB of the BCS winner in 2006' and Ryan Smith who was QB for the Utes. Spurrier was the head coach at UF in 1987 because I saw him on th sidelines, and I know a few Holmes played for Thug U. All of them smoked and were busted for it, felonies all around.

SO WHERE WAS I WRONG?

Whoa,

LMBAO I know what happened he thought Santonio Holmes was Santana Moss... ha ha ha
HEY CANERULE great way to show how much of a dip s h y t U reeally are. lol o my god keep looking for our players in the nfl though because they are the ones making all the plays on the field, while i have to deal with jessie palmer (youngest tv host in the history of espn) evry day on collage football live.

Miami - strong win today. LMAO. You guys look awful. My only hope would be if we did not win the title this year to play your team again in a bowl game. it would be UGLY.

"Baby Canes". lol. More like "Baby Crap"

Beautiful, heart-filled win.

The team took over the game and won by sheer will and manpower in the end. Spence stripped ball was classic Spence, and Ponder's OT strip was glorious.

I just watched that play 11 times in a row - Ponder makes a beeline to the ball and doesn't even bother with their RB, and takes the ball out. Classic UM defense, taking the game into their hands. As the aouuncer said, "checkmate."

Four in a row. We're winning out, and taking FSU and UF with us.

Go, Canes!

Drive of the season: that final pre-OT drive took the final 7 minutes off the clock and went 97-yards - it ws the longest and best offensive drive all year. With all that was on the line -- the game -- even more so. We'll quickly forget, so worth saying now, too: Sam Shields made a couple big catches in that drive.

But above all, we have two wonderful quarterbacks. Probably equally great, it makes it so hard. But Harris makes his receivers wake up. And he's getting better every time and has a long and storied UM career in the making.

Finally, JH to AJ: butter.

I feel that Marve is a better QB than Harris and has earned the job. Coach Shannon has created an unecessary controversy by playing two QBs. Who does this? No one! Marve looked great the first two games of the season. He has a strong arm and a good presence in the pocket. He can scramble when he needs to but does not rely on it like Harris. He reminds me of some of the great past UM QBs. The problem lately is that he can't get into a ryhthm and is playing tentatively because of being afraid that if he makes a mistake, he will be benched for Harris. Any new QB will have their growing pains but the Coach has to be patient and let their QB develop and not be afraid to make mistakes. Playing musical chairs with QBs is not productive but counterproductive. I feel that Coach Shannon's has a hidden agenda. That is to get as much playing time for Harris this year and make him the starter next season. If I was Marve I would be upset because he has earned his shot. Marve should approach Shannon at the end of the season and tell him that if he is not the starter going into Spring practice, that he will transfer.

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