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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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Crumbling mode? Blue you're a tool. We're in crumbling mode but you still have enough envy in you to come on this blog and talk. It's amazing. Come on, you can be a closet fan too. You guy's "hate" the Canes but just can't stay off this blog. If we suck so bad, haul ass son. Get off the Canes D!

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. -Chicagocane

that's YOUR boy talking canestool. YOUR BOY ! He has his head on straight. It doesn't take Einstein to see that UM"s backs are plain average. These guys wouldn't sniff the field for a lot of teams. But go ahead cry about, we're rebuilding...wahhh...our O-line...wahhhhh....Nix....wahhhh...

BOTTOM LINE. U backs STINK FOOL.

And how is UM gonna replace these guys with Chicago? U R WHAT U R

I didn't realize that you were anointed Intertubes Police.

Go eat a bag of Dl@KS you fool.

Envy? Good one Goober. More like it's fun to laugh at you arrogant fools.

Your backs STILL suk

Goober? Wow! You dug deep for that one. Nobodys arrogant, it's a Miami Hurricanes Blog! We can say whatever we want.. I'm sorry but I can't talk to anyone who's uses the term goober... Thanks for the laugh..... Stay blue pony girl...

Come Saturday UF will be one of the many SEC teams with two or more losses. That doesn't make a championship team, sorry to have to point that out. Actually no I am not sorry I am sad that I have to point that out. Were is the rich history of winning at UF. College Football didn't just start in 96.

As far RB's go UF doesn't even have a running game. Miami shut down UF's backs you can look at the stats and see. Not to mention the fact that UM is the only team that held UF under 30 points. I know who won that game and my hopes and wishes are they get to play each other in a bowl game with luck.

I can't get over how these Gator FOOLS defend a guy that is simply going to run all over them. What was it last year?

188 YARDS!!!! WOW!!!

Good luck cause U sure as heck are going to need it. And tell Meyer to stop crying about the famous UGA dance. And it added it to his cry baby book. LMAO!!!

Demps?! LMAO!!!

Against THE U:

NAME ATT YDS AVG LNG TD
Demps 3 -1 -0.3 1 0 (not NEGATIVE one, PATHETIC!)
Rainey 3 13 4.3 13 0 (WOW, 13, GO GAYTORS!)
Teblow 13 55 4.2 20 0 (Heisman?)
Harvin 5 27 5.4 10 1 (nice holds on goal line for that TD to McCarthy and Grant which ESPN plays over and over and over)

UFreakin' suck!

5>2
9>4

Posted by: ChicagoCane | October 28, 2008 at 03:23 PM

Um, isn't JJ right behind Portis as a freshman in rush yards for a school record? Injuries have hendered JJ, and you blame him for that?! Interesting...

Clearly you haven't watched any football in the last month you tool.

11.1 yards per carry.

U shouldn't worry about knowshon. He'll be held in check.

U should be worried about the team that HUNG THE MOST EMBARRASSING LOSS IN THE HISTORY OF UM ON UUUUUUU

48-NOTHING

that one goes in the record books....forever. That game was under your present head coach. Marble Mouf.

U should wear black uniforms to commemorate the MASSACRE AT THE ORANGE BOWL

QUITTERS way to go randy

U QUIT

If my team lost FORTY EIGHT TO NOTHING I would never ever post on a blog again

U QUIT

U have the sorriest fan base in all of football.

PATHETIC

posted by: U wish u were U

WRONG FOOL nobody wishes they were the sorry U

Not GT
Not North carolina
Not Florida
Not FSU
Not Virginia tech
AND DEFINITELY NOT VIRGINIA YOU SORRY QUITTERS

ONLY U wish U were the U because U are too stupid to realize just how bad U suk

will you QUIT again saturday???????

QUITTERS

At least we NEVER lost a NC 62-24. I would rather lose 48-0 with a mediCoker team than lose in a NC that bad, losers!!!

We even won our first National Title before U even won your conference.

Just accept it. Why are U fighting it? It just makes no sense.

#1 recruiting class in 2008, and 2009's climbing the charts. Where is UF at? ESPN doesn't even have UF in the top 15.

UF is done, over, bye bye, NEXT!, in our shadow, only wins NCs when THE U is down.

Just stick to Bball, oops, never mind...NIT's finest!

BLUEBALLS, U lost to THE U 41-16 in the Swamp. Why are U still blogging? UFreakin suck!!!

September 7 at No. 20 Florida W 41-16

September 6 No. 17 Florida W 38-33 (QUITTERS, and we beat U with Ur own. Remember the Gator chomp throat slash? Ha Ha!)

December 31 vs. No. 25 Florida W 27-10 (feeling just PEACHY I must say! Ha Ha!)

Miami 28 wins to UF's 25. Hmmmm....

BLUEBALLS, we haven't quit all season. New team calls for new times, num num.

Did U quit on OLE MISS? Oh, no, they just punched U in the mouth.

OLE MISS?! WOW!!!

Maybe cry baby Teblow can win this weekend since he promised Gaytor nation between every sniff sniff. Good luck with that one.

BLUEBALLS, I did not know UGA even owns U:

47-37-2 all time.

WOW!!!

Patrick Nix needs to be let go. Miami ran 90% of its offense from the shotgun. The few times the QB was under center you knew a running play was coming. The play calling is horrible. They don't run to set up the pass, they don't pass to set up the run. Just calling plays at random. Randy needs to see if he can get Lane Kiffin to run his offense.

Hey guys I was just on espn760.com and saw that Evan Cohen had Robert Marve on the air on ESPN radio 760. Check it out http://espn760.com/replay.shtml

Very amusing to see the attempt at trash talk by a couple of state school fans who (1) can't spell; (2) use terms like "goober;" (3) have nothing better to do than read an opposing team's blog; and (4) don't know the facts about their own teams.

To the trash-talking UGA fan: your coach is a 'Cane. He played backup to Jim Kelly in the 80s. Either you are (1) too ignorant to know that; or (2) you are so disloyal to your team that you would besmirch your coach's alma mater. Get some class, please. Your team owes its current success to what Mark Richt learned at the University of Miami. Enjoy it while it lasts.

To the trash-talking Gator: ChicagoCane knows what he or she is talking about. Perhaps you are spending too much of your time staring at your Tim Tebow poster hanging above your bed to catch up on the status of the 2009 recruiting classes. We have verbals from the number one running back in the nation and in FL. So, yes, JJ and GC's starting positions are in danger. Don't worry though, your boyfriends in the orange and blue will keep their starting positions...as the Gators are ranked 15-20 in most recruiting polls and will have no new playmakers coming in. Apparently Urban's tears aren't impressive to recruits and they are (wisely) choosing to go elsewhere...where they can be a team of honor, that does not fire AK 47s at other students or use a dead woman's credit card while hiding behind a "Christian" front man who has a penchant for circumcising Filipino orphans. Enjoy your ride on the bandwagon, Blue. You're not my boy, but I look forward to seeing you at Dolphin Stadium in the next few years after we win our 6th national championship and your Gators are at the bottom of the SEC.

U wish,

I'm a die hard canes fan here, and I'm not trying to disrespect the team. I just think the running backs right now are subpar. James had a great freshman year, but so did Leggett, Shields, and Moore. Never heard from them again. The RB's are a unit that haven't been de-Cokerized. I think they're great kids, but they are all going to be replaced with Shannon recruits the next 2 years and their fates will be the same as all of Coker's marquis WR's listed above.

And don't tell me about those 2 RB's Shannon pulled in at the last minute last year. Those don't count as his recruits...he was scrambling there. It should show his faith in Coop and JJ that he brought in those RB's to begin with.

How can the running backs be subpar when only one RB Cooper has really played? James has carried the ball 23 times this year but he is averaging 4.57 pc.

I do understand what your saying but I think it is the OL more and the WR more than the RB's. The teams that were playing have been stacking the line because they are not worried about the WR. As the WR gain more playing time this will change.

Plus, James is the inside runner so if he ever comes back healthy that will change things.

FYI - Cooper was recruited by Shannon.

How's the weather in Chicago?

Hey Manny,
It seemed liked after the Duke game the QBs said they felt more comfortable in the game because the coaches threw more complicated defensive looks at them in practice instead of just replicating whatever they saw on film.

After reading your article about the coaches preping them for the 3-4 defense, I'm getting the feeling they are just replicating game film again. Is this the case or are the coaches still mixing things up in practice?

cedric peerman, you're a dead man walking!!!!

U should wear black uniforms to commemorate the MASSACRE AT THE ORANGE BOWL

QUITTERS way to go randy

U QUIT

If my team lost FORTY EIGHT TO NOTHING I would never ever post on a blog again

U QUIT

Dear, remember what they taught you in class today. SEC athletics grad rate 15%, ACC 75%. Now go get Timmy T's jock's out of the dryer dear.

FORTY EIGHT TO NOTHING

Virginia is better than LAST year when they hung a giant GOOSE EGG on U

FORTY EIGHT TO NOTHING

Hey, it's that tool that actually used the term "Goober"! You wake up and come to the Hurricane blog first thing in the morning? Dedication at it's best. Closet fan in the house. You talk a lot about last year. Quit living in the past fool! Do you have any idea of how much of an idiot you look like to wake up and rush to the Hurricane blog? I knew a stripper named BLUE. Is this her? HAHAHHAHAHA FOOL! GO CANES!

86Cane and i are taking over this dump

Posted by: Sekou Tejan-Jalloh | October 28, 2008 at 11:04 PM

Posted by: ChicagoCane | October 28, 2008 at 10:13 PM

I respect that. I just feel Cooper is young, and is learning how to explode through holes. He still has the "high school" happy feet. As soon as he realizes he has size now, and can run people over, he'll start doing more North-South instead of East-West. Just watch him on gameday. He does great when there is a hole, but when there's not, he gets happy feet, and they usually trip him up.

As far as JJ, he's been hendered with injuries. It's hard to be an impact on the field as a RB with neck injuries. I thought this would be his explosive year (and may still be), but he was injured early in the UF game. He is probably just getting to 100% now. JJ at 100% can run with the best of them. His injuries have probably hurt his mental as well. I think we'll see more of JJ this weekend.

GO CANES!!!

Posted by: Two Ten Toes | October 28, 2008 at 06:51 PM

Ur on the outside looking in. Nix is on the inside looking out. Does the lack of OL play have anything to do with shotgun? Yes it does.

Is Nix winning games? Yes he is. Let's leave it at that.

They do not implement everything in practice. There is not enough time. Each week they learn something new. These kids have only been in Nix's system since spring, and they are limited to working out with him anyway. I think next year we'll see a heck of a lot more mix up in the play calling. The coach has to be comfortable with the players, and the players have to be comfortable with the coach. We're in rebuilding mode, not chasing a National Title, remember? lol

GO CANES!!!

Posted by: CaneInCali | October 29, 2008 at 02:03 AM

I think UVA does not have the linemen to run a 4-3, but they do have the LBs to run a 3-4. I think what they have not seen is the different schemes as far as zone blitzes, cover 0s, etc. They should learn all schemes first then learn what the other teams do. I think the coaches have FINALLY caught on to this. Tuesday practice based on formation, 3-4. Wednesday - Friday, schemes, schemes, schemes.

It's soo funny when people are calling for Patrick Nix's head. I definetly agree that we need to be more consitent on offense and I hate that we are always in the shotgun also, but Nix has called a couple decent games lately and as we get more talent and the current talent gets more experience I think that he can be a very good OC (I know I am definetly in the minority on this). Folks remember, before UM won a NC in 1987, people were calling for Gary Stevens head. Before Coach Davis started at accumulate talent people were calling for then OC Larry Coker's head (no matter what you think of him as a head coach, Coker was a whale of an OC his last few years before his promotion). People also called for Coach Chud's head also, now he is an OC in the NFL. The key point in all of the guys "finally being able to be good coaches" in everyones eye's was talent. Any coach with talent will look good. Any good coach with no talent will look bad. By the way someone brought up getting rid of Coach Nix for Lane Kiffin, are U smoking??!! Lane Kiffin would be a great OC, problem is that he will also be a great head coach in the NFL, much less college football. Kiffin is not going to be anybodies OC, not USC (been their done that), not Texas, not UF and definetly not UM. Where ever Kiffin ends up he will be the HEAD coach at a top program or in the NFL. Let's see how the year plays out with Nix and then go from there into the off season. If a change has to be made, it will be. I'm just going to support this squad and the coaches like I always have. GO CANES!!

Miami is ranked #16 in the preseason basketball polls!!!! BOOYAH!!!! check it out it's on ESPN.com.

I DON'T GET HOW THE PEOPLE ON THIS BLOG FLIP-FLOP ALL THE TIME...

FIRST NIX SUCKS

SECOND MARVE SUCKS

NOW, ITS COOP AND JJ..

ITS B.S.

JJ STILL HASN'T HAD A FULL LOAD YET, AND YALL MUST HAVE ALZHEIMERZ, REMEMBER THOSE 100 YARD GAMES COOOP GAVE US A T THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR... THE LACK OF RUNNING YARDS IS MAINLY DUE TO LACK OF CARRIES... RB'S NEED CARRIES TO GET IN A GROOVE AND TO HAVE A CHANCE BREAK ONE...

THOSE THAT SAY COOP IS A 3RD DOWN BACK, CAN ONLY RUN OUTSIDE,AND IS MEDIOCRE DON'T KNOW $HIT ABOUT FOOTBALL..

I STOP POSTING ON HERE, NOT CAUSE OF THE GATORS( IT'S SOMETIMES FUN) 9>4; OR CAUSE OF GREEN AND 86.. I STOP CAUSE 90% OF YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THE GAME OF FOOTBALL, ALL U WANT TO DO IS BLAME SOME COACH OR PLAYER, WITH OUT EVEN KNOWING WHAT RESPONSIBILITIES THAT PLAYER IS ACCOUNTABLE FOR THROUGH OUT THE GAME..

WHO U GONNA BLAME AFTER COOP AND JJ RUN OVER VA'S 3-4 DEFENSE?

GO CANES!!!!

amen to that.

CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF THAT BEAUTIFUL MOLLIE ROSE..
http://www.miamiherald.com/video/index.html?media_id=2308540

Yes, that is what happens at The Swamp. A lot of Percy steamers being eaten by Teebow and Mr. Two Bits. Urban is aghast, but what can he do?
Urban=no discipline, 18 arrests in 18 months.
Teams leads the SEC in blumpkin eating. Pathetic.
Dawgs 38
Gaturds 17.5

Pictorial evidence needed?
www.tebowsaladtosser.uf.edu

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