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Wake Forest progress report

Three wins in a row for the Canes including what I now consider the most impressive win of the season. In all honesty, while wins against Duke, Charleston Southern, UCF and Texas A&M all obviously count, this was the first time this season I felt Miami beat a good team. Wake Forest doesn't have much of an offense and doesn't score a bunch of points. But the Demon Deacons are still a formidable foe with a very good defense, a group of experienced starters and backups, and a quarterback that up until last Saturday was leading the ACC in passing.

Like I said in Saturday's postgame analysis, Miami got pounded for a quarter by a veteran team. But, then, the Canes turned the tables and played like the more physical team for the better part of the final 2 1/2 quarters. That was impressive. Now to the progress report. My grading system system, in honor of the Canes, is the usual: National championship material (excellent), BCS worthy (good), MicronPC Bowl here we come (average), Coker-esque (poor) and Scout Team reserve (the bottom of the barrel).

Quarterback: For the second week in a row, it was one of UM's young quarterbacks and not their veteran running backs who rallied the troops. Robert Marve wasn't spectacular with his arm, Robert_marve completing 11 of 20 passes for 153 yards. But he did something he hadn't done since his first start at Florida -- he was turnover free. And, he made the biggest play of the game, turning the momentum for good in Miami's favor when he faked on the Wake defense with a 43-yard run to setup the game-winning touchdown. It was the second longest TD run by a QB since 1983 and maybe the most important play of the season for Marve, who showed us all why Randy Shannon gave him the starting job in the first place. He made good throws for the most part Saturday and showed the leadership of a champion. Jacory Harris, meanwhile, didn't regress. He just stepped aside for Marve, finishing 4 of 8 for 41 yards. This week's progress report says: Gator Bowl Here We Come. It wasn't quite BCS worthy, but not MicronPC bad either. 2.5 stars.

Marve impressed me with his speed on the long run, but even more on that long completion to Thearon Collier on third and long late. It's the kind of plays he should be making more often.

Running backs: I know Halloween is just around the corner, but can someone please tell Graig Cooper and Javarris James to stop dressing up like impostors? Coop and Baby J can't force the ball out of Robert Marve's hand for handoffs or steal the playbook from Patrick Nix, but they can do a better job running the football when given the opportunity. They had eight more chances (18) than last week, but finished with 41 combined yards. Wake Forest's defense was very good, and UM's offensive line wasn't, but at some point I want to see these guys make the highlight runs we thought they could. Or, dress like the Coop and Baby J we thought they were. This week's progress report says: Coker-esque. Last week they didn't get enough chances. This week, they didn't earn more.

Receivers/tight ends: Start engraving the offensive MVP trophy for this season and put Travis Benjamin's name on it. It seems like every week he has a key play in a win. He led UM with four Travis_benjamin catches for 72 yards -- including the long one that setup the first field goal. He also made a nice catch racing out of bounds on a late drive and a nice 10-yard run on a reverse (take notes Baby J and Coop). The rest of the Canes' receivers didn't have as nearly as good-a-day. Thearon Collier had a nice catch late, but Aldarius Johnson had a couple drops and Laron Byrd had another bobble. I love those guys. But they show themselves to be freshman more often than Benjamin. Before I forget, how about a thumbs up for Sam Shields? He made his first catch in weeks and made a nice move to pickup a first down. Maybe, it is a sign of things to come.This week's progress report says: Gator Bowl worthy.Benjamin gets 3 stars. The rest of the receivers get 2. That's another 2.5 rating.

Offensive line: It's time to start ripping into this unit. Jason Fox, you have the right to leave the room. I'm not sure why we were told this unit was the strength of the team (I remember, they have the most experience next to the running back), but it's quite obvious this unit is quite pedestrian. Two weeks in a row of not getting enough push up front to open up holes for the running backs and two sacks allowed against a Wake Forest defense that eight on the season coming in. Not good. And will someone please tell Xavier Shannon to stop hiking the ball to Shaquille O'Neal? Marve is 6-1 my man -- not 7-2. This week's progress report says: MicronPC Bowl Here We Come. It wasn't quite Coker-esque, but it was dangerously close.

The Front Seven: When a team runs the ball 24 consecutive times, there's a reason. Adewale_ojomoWake felt it could win the battle up front and did for the first quarter and a half. But little gold stars go out this week to guys like Romeo Davis and Adewale Ojomo, who manned up and rallied UM's front seven. Wake finished with 195 yards rushing on 52 attempts, but ad 135 yards at the half. Normally, defenses wear down. UM's got tougher. The Canes also got a nice rush on Riley Skinner, forced a key fumble and sacked him twice. I already gave Ojomo a game ball for that. This week's progress report says: Gator Bowl worthy. I wanted to make them BCS worthy, but getting physically beat for a quarter and a half demoted them.

The Secondary: Wake Forest only attempted eight passes and completed three of them despite having the top passer in the conference. Aside from one long catch and run by DJ Boldin, the secondary also did a nice job wrapping up when the catches were made. Safety Ryan Hill had a nice pass breakup on third down and for the first time this season, teammate Anthony Reddick got to relax. This week's progress report says: BCS Worthy. Hard to grade this unit considering Wake only attempted eight passes. But they still only gave up three completions. Shocking as it might sound, UM's pass defense now ranks 16th in the country. That's not a typo.

Special Teams: Matt Bosher continued his campaign for MVP -- he's got my vote -- with another great day with his toes. Bosher booted a career-long punt last week at Duke. Saturday versus Wake, he absolutely crushed a 52-yard field goal -- another career long. He was 3 of 3 on attempts that included a 36 and 43 yarder and is now 12 of 13 on the season. He shanked a punt -- not a weekly tradition. But he finished with a 47-yarder and 36-yard average. Not bad. The unit also scored major points with their trick play -- the Benjamin to Shields flip which led to UM's first points of the second half. This week's progress report says: National Championship worthy.Randy Shannon and Joe Pannunzio tag-team coaching this unit. There's no question special teams is the honest-to-god strength of this team.

Coaching: This week, the we need to get Patrick Nix out-of-here campaign picked up again because UM was unable to generate much of a running game -- save for the Marve run -- or a passing Randy_shannon_vs_wake game -- save for that long Benjamin catch. But I'm not with it. Wake Forest has a good defense and although UM couldn't sustain much, Nix still found ways to at least get in scoring position. Bill Young, meanwhile, put the clamps on Wake's running game when he needed to and he somehow figured out the best way to beat Riley Skinner was to make Wake believe its best not to throw. Shannon, meanwhile, rolled the dice twice on fourth down and didn't get it and went for an onside kick that was good, just not executed. But I like his style. I thought they were good calls. This week's progress report says: Gator Bowl Here We Come. Notice a theme yet?

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Manny,

Good grading system, but you need to add a grade for home field advantage or attendance. The Wake game stats had attendance near 41,000 -- no way it was even close to that many people.

There isn't a single televised college game that has near the number of empty seats that a UM game typically has unless the opponent is a big name.

At some point this season, I would love to see an article comparing attendance from previous seasons, as well as a comparison to other ACC schools.

32,000 tops, if there was 10,000 at the start of the game,that was alot.

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http://canespace.typepad.com/canespace/2008/10/u-gotta-show-up.html

e...I agree. Check the "smoke" photos on the link I just posted and you will see the empty seats at TNP.

Mark and e, here is the link:

http://canespace.typepad.com/.a/6a00e008c672588834010535bd74e7970b-pi

http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/photos/gallery/741619.html
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Gator Bowl would love to get a Miami-Notre Dame matchup, since the Irish seem likely to go there. Miami would have to finish #3 in the ACC though to get that berth. That still means winning out, and UNC not losing.

Lets win one and get bowl-eligible, then start worrying about where we end up.

I agree with Mark, watching it on TV it looked pathetic and it sucks to cause id give a finger to be able to go to all canes game every like some ppl have hte chance to do. I saw soo many empty seats. terrible

wow that picture tells the tale, and yet recruits still wana come i guess, i would cause i love miami but thats a pathetic atmohpere

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Here is another 20 minutes before kick off:

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Hey GREEN...got any photos of U at the Game? Just curious???

Marve Earns Second ACC Weekly Honor

Freshman quarterback earns second rookie of the week honor.
Oct. 27, 2008

GREENSBORO, N.C. – University of Miami redshirt freshman quarterback Robert Marve has earned Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Week honors announced by the league office Monday.

Marve secured his second Rookie of the Week honor of the season this week by accounting for 209 of Miami’s 296 yards in the Hurricanes’ 16-10 win over Wake Forest. He was 11-for-20 through the air for 153 yards and rushed nine-times for 56 yards, including his first career rushing touchdown. Marve earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors earlier this season after his performance against Texas A&M.

True freshman quarterback Jacory Harris earned the same honor last week after UM’s win over Duke. Harris previously earned Rookie of the Week honors after guiding Miami to a season-opening win over Charleston Southern.

UM Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2009 Announced

Inductees include Edgerrin James, Mike Sullivan, Aubrey Huff, Davian Clark, Warren Bogle, and Cathy Morse.

Oct. 27, 2008

Coral Gables, FLA (www.hurricanesports.com) -- - The University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame is proud to announce the induction of 6 former students-athletes to its membership as the Class of 2009. This year's class includes future Football Ring of Honor member Edgerrin James, former Offensive Lineman Mike Sullivan, current Baltimore Oriole baseball player Aubrey Huff, track Olympian Davian Clark, Miami's first drafted baseball player Warren Bogle, and women's national golf Champion Cathy Morse. The induction banquet will be held on April 23rd, 2009 at Miami's Jungle Island.

For more information on the UM Sports Hall of Fame, go to www.UMSportsHallofFame.com.

I've had season tickets the last 8 years and drive 3 1/2-4 hours each way,but this years attendance is sad,the stadium is great, closer to the so called fan base, is it all on the economy.

e...U and me both. I come from Orlando and my buddy comes from Ocala. Long drive, hard core, gotta be there, Canes fans!

Manny, good stuff as usual. I agree with the coker-esque grade U gave the RB and disagree with grade on OL. Simply put we just don't have a feature back. A good back makes the OL look good. U know how i feel about Coop (change of pace back who operates better in space). Baby J is just a guy. He's only starting because of Edge. L. Chambers and Shawnbrey are better potential feature backs. That a position i would like to see a rotation.

I come from Key West 1 lane road for 100 miles

Our offensive line is the biggest group of fat, soft, slow bodies I have ever seen. I would rather have 280 guys who are in shape and have nastiness than these cream puffs. They have been the problem this season. I hope we have 5 JUCO starters next year and get rid of all of these wussies. BLOCK SOMEONE YOU WIMPS!!!!!BRING BACK KEHOE!!!!!!!!

Green - Would you shut up!

What a child you are!

I think the OL is way overrated, but give Shannon and the crew some time to bring in some big fellas!

3 Straight and looking for 4!

I thought the coaching staff did a great job in this game. The fact that we can't run the ball really affects the playcalling, so it hard to jump on Nix. He's gotten very creative in his attempts to get the ball into the hands of playmakers. We are starting to see throws downfield and looks in both spread and I formation.

Nix is starting to win me over....imagine what he could do with a running game. The O-line really needs to pick it up.

That has to be the most pathetic college football game crowd I have ever seen. U R a JOKE !

IT'S OVA

NO ONE CARES ABOUT IRRELEVANT DUH U

We didn't quit last year??? That is news to me, after seeing Virginia game. And pb, I would bet you a million dollars that the Canes will never win the ACC with a QB who can't average 7 yards per pass attempt, never the less the 4.9 Marve averages... Get real if you think throwing for less than 200 yards a game is going to win anything in the 2008 college football era - cane fan

There are pro teams that win throwing for less than 200 yards, it can be done in college. I don't think we'll be in that position in the future, but it can be done.

Posted by: VIRGINIA CRUSHED U | October 28, 2008 at 07:58 AM

We all know Tulsa and TCU will be in the National Title because #1 total offense vs. #1 total defense, all the way baby!!!

U know I really hate bullies. Keep hiding behind your keyboard, tough guy.

I love the way our freshmen are playing. They've hung with the big boys all year. We have the brightest future than any other team in this state. Can't wait to see this recruiting class. Looks like UF's drop off has begun. Where U at on this list?

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/recruiting/classrankings?classyear=2009&classmonth=10&rank=9

I cannot wait for this UVA game. We match up pretty well so this game is going to be a goody. I went ahead and chewed off my finger nails so I don't have to worry about it Saturday. I hope our D just steps into that stadium, and punches them right in the mouth.

UVA's defense is not that good against the run so I expect JJ and GC to run all over them.

VIRGINIA LAUGHS AT U

UVA's defense is not that good against the run so I expect JJ and GC to run all over them.

Those guys define MEDIOCRE. Why does cane fan continue to carry on about "Coop and Baby J?" Those guys are frauds.

Our offensive line...blah blah blah...need some reps...blah blah blah....injuries....blah blah blah..

THOSE GUYS COULDNT CARRY KNOWSHONS JOCK

Hey MANNY,
I find this on the Canesport.com can you tell me what going on. i am not a member for rivals. can someone update me please thank you?


Washington progressing, Zach Kane out

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Get updates on several Cane signees form last year's class - Brandon Washington, Zach Kane and CJ Odom. Is Rene Howard still an option for the Canes? Read on for all the latest.

Coop and Baby J are mediocre unfortunately, and you know it, they are not imposters they are just mediocre.

Beating WF is not a big deal they are not for real, you can try to justify it as a big win but you'll come around to my point of view as WF finisihes the year horribly, Duke was a joke too. As much as you sports writers want to have a storyline about Cinderellas, the following will always be true
Vandy will ALWAYS be VANDY
Duke will ALWAYS be Duke
USF will ALWAYS be USF
UConn will ALWAYS be UConn
WF will always be WF
Rutgers will always be Rutgers

Anybody that thinks things have changed and it's not like the 80's, 90's or early 2000's anymore just need to look at the polls at all those familiar names near the top Oklahoma, USC, Ohio State, Penn State, Texas,Alabama, Florida etc. Nothing has changed, just a few lucky upstarts every once in a while due to one good athlete or the scheduling gods.

BTW who are the DOPES that put Ball State in the top 25?

Honestly, do you think Vegas odds makers would favor Ball State against Miami?
Ball State will always be Ball State

Using Cokeresque as a monniker for poor play is demeaning and unnecessary. I too thought the program eroded under him but he did win a national championship and he is not a bad guy.

THOSE GUYS COULDNT CARRY KNOWSHONS JOCK

Can't wait to see UF trying to get a wiff of Knowshons jock this weekend. UGA will beat UF again without dancing in the endzone. Although I would love to see Urban crying about that again. Better hope UF can beat Vandy too.

THOSE GUYS COULDNT CARRY KNOWSHONS JOCK

Can't wait to see UF trying to get a wiff of Knowshons jock this weekend. UGA will beat UF again without dancing in the endzone. Although I would love to see Urban crying about that again. Better hope UF can beat Vandy too.

You can't impose a system on a team , U look what U got and go at it accordingly.. We are not a run first team with this line....... What's a MATTER U ? Is there a job opening at auburn?

Going to the Stadium

The admin dept. needs to readjust their thinking for next year, to boost their ticket sales.

Cost of tickets are way overboard... for most.

One... Deeper discount, cost of parking for students and alumni and past season ticket holders

two... Deeper discount, cost of seating for alumni and past season ticket holders.

three... let people change seating after half time if seating is vacant with exception of club level and above

Four... open gates up after half time at 25% off ticket price

five... offer up to 200 "Student" vouchers at 25% off ticket cost... on a per game bases, to all local high school athletic programs in Dade, Broward and Palm Beach and Monroe counties... Probably 150 schools... means 30,000 seats plus the parents.

six...Past season ticket holders should be recognized and deeper discounts for longevity of seating holder

seven... Deeper discounts for multi seating packages of 6 or more.

Lastly, if still empty...... Pick a group, that services the community, like Firemen or Police or Teachers and make it a community Game Day, offering discount vouchers at 50% off but must show ID.

I've got more... Go Canes
Cat5

HEY...Zagaki takes in the aroma

Come on back after the game and tell us how bad we are.

JJ (Coming in off injury) and Coop need holes to run threw and OL need to step it up... but no excuse... we will win the game outright!

Still angry over last years game will carry over into this years win... bigtime!... Miami by 13

THOSE GUYS COULDNT CARRY KNOWSHONS JOCK

Can't wait to see UF trying to get a wiff of Knowshons jock this weekend. UGA will beat UF again without dancing in the endzone. Although I would love to see Urban crying about that again. Better hope UF can beat Vandy too. Atlanta"MARTA riding" cane

I notice you didn't defend those porcelain running backs. Of course you didn't. There's nothing to say but MEDIOCRE. Every cane fan on the planet was screaming about how good COOP and BABY J were going to be in the pre-season. Where did all that nonsense go?

IT WENT BUH-BYE Those guys would ride the pine at most schools. Very average.

48-NOTHING. the most embarrassing loss in the history of UM.
Where's all the cane fans during Virginia week? NUMB.

IT'S OVA

TEAR DOWN THE OB

Going to the Stadium

The admin dept. needs to readjust their thinking for next year, to boost their ticket sales.

Cost of tickets are way overboard... for most.

One... Deeper discount, cost of parking for students and alumni and past season ticket holders

two... Deeper discount, cost of seating for alumni and past season ticket holders.

three... let people change seating after half time if seating is vacant with exception of club level and above

Four... open gates up after half time at 25% off ticket price

five... offer up to 200 "Student" vouchers at 25% off ticket cost... on a per game bases, to all local high school athletic programs in Dade, Broward and Palm Beach and Monroe counties... Probably 150 schools... means 30,000 seats plus the parents.

six...Past season ticket holders should be recognized and deeper discounts for longevity of seating holder

seven... Deeper discounts for multi seating packages of 6 or more.

Lastly, if still empty...... Pick a group, that services the community, like Firemen or Police or Teachers and make it a community Game Day, offering discount vouchers at 50% off but must show ID.

I've got more... Go Canes
Cat5

Posted by: Cat5 Cane

You have to be the dumbest clod on earth. None of that will change anything because NO ONE CARES ABOUT UM GAMES .

PLAIN AND SIMPLE.

The crowd at the Wake game was the most PATHETIC display of fan base that I have ever seen. "competition"...blah blah blah..."south beach"...blah blah blah...."economy" ....blah blah blah..

NO ONE CARES ABOUT AN IRRELEVANT TEAM. (add bottom dwellers)

Shannon, for once, got it right. Something is going to happen come Saturday that you won't be able to see in Miami -- offense. Get your tickets now.

No need to drag it over to Gator Clause canestool. I already did. But thanks anyway.

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Shannon, for once, got it right. Something is going to happen come Saturday that you won't be able to see in Miami -- offense. Get your tickets now.

SPOT ON

According to Rivals Brandon Washington will still be a Cane come January. Renee Howard and Zach Kane are officially out as Canes. Nobody seems to know whats going on with CJ Odom. He left prep school less than a week after he arrived.

Posted by: Jealous Hater| October 28, 2008 at 12:41 PM

Let's see...

NAME CAR YDS YPC LONG TD
Graig Cooper 102 503 4.9 51 (TD) 4
Javarris James 23 104 4.5 13 1

NAME CAR YDS YPC LONG TD
Knowshon Moreno 149 925 6.2 68 (TD) 12

Well, he's carried the ball 47 more times than Coop and 126 more times than JJ.

HAVE U SEEN THOSE DEFENSES KNOWSHON RUNS OVER???

Knowshon's easy teams:

Team Rushing Defense Yards
Georgia Southern NA 59 yards
Central Michigan #46 168 yards
South Carolina #36 79 yards
Arizona State #84 149 yards
Alabama #2 34 yards (looky at what happens when he actually plays a defense)
Tennessee #23 101 yards
Vanderbilt #52 172 yards
LSwho? #27 163 yards

And, U are trying to compare our backs to a team that was #1 in the nation/heisman hopeful. Pleeeeaaaassssseee, num num!!!

When will it get through Ur thick skull that we are in rebuilding mode, getting better and better each week?

The future is ours! We own U!!!

6-1 in the last 7 is not bad, eh?
1-6 is just horrible!!!

GO CANES!!!

6-1 in the last 7 is not bad, eh?
1-6 is just horrible!!!

GO CANES!!!

Posted by: THE U has done so much more because 9 is greater than 4. | October 28, 2008 at 02:36 PM

LMBAO
thats why he continues to post here. One win makes him. have fun though canesrule, cokecanes, art kehoe, what ever u change ur name too.

rebuilding mode? LMAO. you guys screamed over and over about how COOP and BABY J would run over everyone in sight. FOOL

Knowshons EASY teams? FOOL It's EIGHT D-1 FOOL U don't want to roll out duhU's schedule in this discussion. Those guys just don't add up.

Rebuilding? Not quite. U R still in crumbling mode.

U HAVENT SEEN THE BOTTOM YET

And one other thing fool. Jeff Demps is averaging 11.9 yards per carry.

These running backs just aren't that good. I've posted on this a bunch of times, and I stand by it. James was never a game breaker, and Cooper isn't big enough to be that yet. He also continues to try to juke defenders 5 yards before he's near them. I think both will be replaced by the end of next season.

Pat Nix did a great job this week. I know this wake team layed an egg last week, but this is still the defense that blanked FSU at FSU, so putting 16 on them with a couple of big plays is pretty good. They're bigger and stronger than we are right now, which is why we didn't run very well.

Good job Canes. Let's thump UVA and get the bowl berth locked up so we can relax and concentrate on bigger things.

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