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Whose eating at Bailey's? Not me

What goes good with possum? Well, if you ask Canes defensive end Allen Bailey, he'll tell you just about anything.

"It has its own taste - you can't really describe it, have to taste it for yourself," said Bailey, who got his first taste of quarterback last Saturday with two sacks in a win against UCF. "I'd eat it usually with collard greens and rice at home."

Allen_baileyBailey (6-4, 285) isn't quite like any other defensive end I've ever met at The U. By now, many of you must know his story. Bailey grew up on Sapelo Island, a tiny island off the coast of Georgia. He used to have to take a boat each morning to get to school. He grew up hunting animals for dinner, things like alligator, raccoons and wild hogs. Physically, he's a freak. If you walk into the UM weight room, it's Bailey's picture that leads all lineman (offensive and defense) in strength, speed and vertical categories. His body fat percentage is a word lean.

Cooking_with_possum_2And up until last Saturday, Canes fans had been eagerly waiting for him to do something for the team. It looks like he's finally on his way to having the career Canes fans have hoped for. After spending his freshman season at linebacker, Bailey told us Tuesday he wished he would have made the switch to defensive line quicker. Instead, he waited until last spring. Once he did, it looked like he was headed to being the game-changer Miami sorely needed on defense. Then, he tore his pectoral muscle in offseason conditioning. He missed most of fall camp. But now, he appears ready to help this football team.

Miami certainly needs him. Before last Saturday's five-sack output, the Canes defense wasn't applying nearly enough pressure on opposing quarterbacks. The secondary was getting picked apart. Against UCF, Bailey got to the quarterback several times and made hits even though the ball got away. "My pec is fine," Bailey said Tuesday. "I've got about 85 to 90 percent of my strength back in my arm. I felt very comfortable last week coming off the injury and everything, felt it was about time for me to have a breakout game."

Where he ends up playing on the defensive line in the future remains to be scene. With Marcus Forston injured last month, Bailey moved inside to defensive tackle on several third downs against Texas A&M. When he is in the middle, his size and speed is overwhelming. It's the same story on the outside. "He's a big guy, massive," said tight end Dedrick Epps, who lines up against Bailey on occassion. "You just know you have to bring it all or you'll end up on your back. He's just all-around big. Big arms, broad shoulders. He stands about 6-4. He looks at me eye-level and outweighs me by about 30 pounds. I know when I line up against him, I got to be quick off the ball and come with all my strength."

Bailey's legend could grow at UM quickly, especially if he keeps feasting on opposing quarterbacks. But there are some legends -- about his past -- he talked to us about Tuesday we can now confirm as either true or false.

The first, did he kill an alligator with his bare hands? Partially true. "Mama had told me to go outside and kill [the alligator] because it was in a ditch outside and my cousins and nephews were outside," Bailey said. "I shot it. [Laughter] I didn't do all that."

What about snakes? "No. That's not true." How about the hunting? "A few wild hogs," Bailey said. "Those taste different. The meat tastes different, its more wild."

Bailey has already brought a few teammates back home with him during summer and spring breaks. No word yet if anyone has tried the possum or wild hog. But you can count Dedrick Epps and myself as two guys who would politely decline. "Where I'm from we see possums running sewar holes and stuff like that," Epps said. "I wouldn't be the one to try it. But if that's him, that's him. I'd help him hunt it for the joy of hunting. I don't know about eating it."

Javarrisjames> Count Javarris James as one of the many believes on this UM team who knows Duke is a much improved team. When asked for his assessment of the game on Tuesday, this is what Baby J had to say: "Those guys are a lot better they've been in the past. This isn't the same Duke team everyone used to push over and run over back in the day. We're not taking these guys lightly. We know its going to be a tough game going to their place. We're getting prepared just like it's a Florida State or a Florida game."

> Miami's No. 1 recruiting Class in 2008 is already paying dividends this season. There are 11 true freshman on UM's two-deep chart. Two, linebacker Sean Spence and receiver Travis Benjamin, are already on their way it seems to All-American status. Both were selected at the halfway point of the season to Rivals.com's Freshman All-American team.

Shannon_defeated> UM coach Randy Shannon talked Wednesday about how close he came to actually signing with Tennessee and not the University of Miami. Shannon was actually recruited to Tennessee by Duke coach David Cutliffe, who was an assistant at Tennessee at the time. Cutliffe told reporters in his press conference this week Shannon impressed him when he saw him dunk a ball from the foul line. I asked Randy if he could still dunk today. "I'll pull a muscle today and go on injured reserve," Shannon responded. When asked if he might be able to give the Sun-Sentinel's Shandel Richardon a game -- Shandel's the best baller among all the reporters covering the Canes -- Shannon quipped, "I don't know. Shandel's got skills it looks like." I got Shandel by 6 easy.

> INJURY REPORT FOR DUKE: Thursday's injury report did not feature any major surprises for the first time this year. Here's how it read - Probable: OL Chris Barney – Leg, RB Damien Berry – Leg, LB Glenn Cook – Head, RB Javarris James - Leg. Questionable: OL Joel Figueroa – Back, WR Leonard Hankerson – Leg, DL Dwayne Hendricks – Head, OL Reggie Youngblood - Leg. Out: RB Lee Chambers – Leg, LB Jordan Futch – Head, , LB Colin McCarthy – Shoulder, DL Eric Moncur - Leg, S Randy Phillips - Leg, S Vaughn Telemaque – Arm; Surgery/Out for Season: WR Tommy Streeter – Arm, WR Kendal Thompkins - Shoulder.

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first!!!!!! wow, this is my first first! Gold star for Carlos!

first first first!!!!

JORTS

Silly Nix, Trix R 4 every game, open the freakn book big guy!

To Canes!

THAT EXPLAINS WHY BAILY IS A PHYSICAL FREAK... ANOTHER GREAT POST MANY!!!

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

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buy space on miamiherald.com ...

FREELOADER

CBS just sent me a check for August. Biggest one yet for C__________!

Posted by: SOUP | October 16, 2008 at 09:23 PM

UNJUST ENRICHMENT

I'll post the link here (with Manny's permission)

Posted by: 86Cane | July 29, 2008 at 09:27 PM
may it please the court ...
exhibit A ...

ENOUGH ROPE TO HANG YOURSELF

I have been playing nice because I had invited the UM athletic department and ticket office to snoop around here. I even offered FREE advertising, but they will not even return my emails.

Posted by: 86Cane | April 13, 2008 at 02:52 PM

PERSONA NON GRATA

http://www.amazon.com/review/R1ZFPCLW20ON5B/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm
86Cane aka SOUP aka tomfoolery popadak aka sybil

documented liar, thief, plagiarist, parasite, megalomaniac, libeler, creep ...

ALL-AROUND SCUMBAG

Bailey is a physical freak...maybe we should all look into some possum.

Manny (or anybody who knows),

It seems like no matter who the coach is, every year it's the same story about O-line depth. One guy gets hurt, then everybody is playing out of position or playing too many plays and things start to go downhill.

Has this been acknowleged as a problem? Last year we heard all about how the D-line needed to be addressed in recruiting. And it was. Maybe that hasn't all come to fruition yet but at least when you look at the depth chart it doesn't seem like the team is one injury away from being in disarray.

It just seems to me that having a ton of talented, young WRs and RBs is useless if you can't consistently open holes on 1st down and give the QB time on 3rd and long.

Why is it, that the U, multiple c-ship rings and bowl appearances, multiple players in the nfl and actors such as the rock and others donating millions and millions of dollars to the U and still to this day, UM doesn't have their own stadium while schools like FIU and smaller schools have their own stadiums and more up todate facilities. These are the questions the so called UM fans should be asking because this is the reason why R. Shannon had to settle for lesser experience coaches(no disrespect to anyone) because of the lack of funds and now blue chippers are selecting to go to other schools bec. of other schools dedication to excellence. Can UM reps answer these questions, I know this is MIA a third world mentaly country where corruptions reign supreme but this is suppose to be a private prestigious school and so they say. As a UM fan I demand answers. Adrienne Arsht is giving the school $5 million
''It's a lovely gift,'' said Donna Shalala, UM president. I guess we all know where this money is going.

This message is to the UM players. I believe in your talent and it's time to step your game up and play like the real hurricanes that once bleed orange and green. What happened to the swagger, the intimidation factor, shaking your head after making a big play like ray lewis and company used to do, it's there, it's in u, we just have to let the orange and green take over. I played D1 ball but my dream coming out of MIA and speaking for all the other dade county players I played with in DADE was to play for UM. As a player to wear that U on your chest should elevate your game. Earn that U every day in practice like RS is teaching you. HOME TEAM.

R-Shannon keep doing a good job recruiting building necessary depth at each position to create that competition atmosphere that's necessary to win games. You're building something special at UM and eventually thinks will click on all cylinders.

Miami is on its way back. Boy I missed those days when Ray lewis, Rohan Davey, Warren Sapp, Jonathan Vilma, Nate Webster and those players with that attitude, swagger, that 305, looking at a player after you make a big tackle, shaking your head, getting everyone hype, raising the four fingers in the air and telling your opponent there's no chance at all for victory.

I know this is MIA a third world mentaly country where corruptions reign supreme
As a UM fan I demand answers.

Posted by: Ucane | October 17, 2008 at 02:30 AM

you and i both know at the end of the day all that matters is W's and L's
right now i have more oranges than you have apples

Posted by: CJ | October 16, 2008 at 05:29 PM

Orange Bowl -- home of the ACC Champion ...
orange reigns supreme ...

KING ORANGE

Posted by: green | October 16, 2008 at 06:07 PM

obviously, Ucane look up to me ...

LIFTED

Adrienne Arsht is giving the school $5 million
''It's a lovely gift,'' said Donna Shalala, UM president. I guess we all know where this money is going.
As a UM fan I demand answers.

Posted by: Ucane | October 17, 2008 at 02:30 AM

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/miami-dade/story/729581.html
don't look a gift horse in the mouth ...

EARMARKED

UM doesn't have their own stadium while schools like FIU and smaller schools have their own stadiums
As a UM fan I demand answers.

Posted by: Ucane | October 17, 2008 at 02:30 AM

not enough land, access or students to justify an on-campus eyesore ...

NIMBY

Ucane

FIU is a state school with a huge enrollment. I don't think Miami gets the public funds for stadium building because we're a private school. Compare Miami to other private schools. Duke has a horrible stadium that looks like a hole in the ground. USC plays at the Collisium which they don't own and is BTW a total dump. Can't compare to Notre Dame since they're Notre Dame.

Tell me about any other small private school of similar size to UM that has world class facilities with 70,000 person stadiums. They just don't exist (except for ND). Facilities and resources aren't based on how many games you've won, they are based on the size and alumni base of the school.

Penn S

world-class http://dolphinstadium.com trumps all comers ...

NO COMPARISON

why R. Shannon had to settle for lesser experience coaches(no disrespect to anyone) because of the lack of funds
As a UM fan I demand answers.

Posted by: Ucane | October 17, 2008 at 02:30 AM

the poaching of venerable Bill Young untwists your twisted fairy tale ...

CARTE BLANCHE

now blue chippers are selecting to go to other schools
As a UM fan I demand answers.

Posted by: Ucane | October 17, 2008 at 02:30 AM
http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/recruiting/football/columns/story?columnist=haubert_craig&id=3642545
Miami could net second consecutive top-five class
-- ESPN.com

IGNORANCE IS BLISS

This is for the mouth breathing "I wish" who said "UF is heading down" This clown also cites records of 06 and 07 as proof of UF's downfall. UF's Defense was elite in 06 and paved the way to a NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. That entire defense left. Florida was rebuilding that D in 07 and was beaten by better opponents. The 08 defense is back to nasty. Here's some Offense stats below you mouth breathing dolt.

Floridas national rankings

Scoring offense 1st 38.5 points per game (by almost 5 points over Alabama)
Total offfense 3rd 404.3 yards per game
Rushing offense 2nd 193 ypg
Passing efficiency 1st 150.7
Red zone efficiency 1st 23 of 24 (with 15 TDs)

Further, Green is another example of braindead cane fan

"The Hurricanes currently are hanging around the fringe of the top 10. "
- Craig Haubert ( author of speculative puff piece link you posted)

The big boys don't fill out their class in October/NOvember you fool. No, they have the stature to wait and see who they want. Shannon is trying to get it done early to avoid getting ploughed late.

I ONLY TYPE IN PHRASES

IDIOT

Floridas national rankings

Scoring offense 1st 38.5 points per game (by almost 5 points over Alabama) Wrong, your ranked 14th in the Nation and Fla.ST is 11th!

Total offfense 3rd 404.3 yards per game. Wrong, your ranked 37th in the Nation and Fla.ST. is 28th!

Rushing offense 2nd 193 ypg. Wrong, your 24th in the Nation and Fla. ST. is 14th!

Passing efficiency 1st 150.7. Wrong, your 20th in the Nation. (Maybe 1st in QB runs up the middle)

Red zone efficiency 1st 23 of 24 (with 15 TDs). Wrong again, your 5th in the Nation.

My turn.....

All that O and you couldn't beat Old Mrs. at Home??????????


And UF loses to Ole Miss, and hasn't played a single defense besides a rebuilding Miami squad which held them to 89 rushing yards anyway. Secondly, UF has not played a single good offense either.

Opponents brought to U by Power Rankings:

Hawaii? #62 Overall
Miami (this hurts)? #63 Overall
Ole Miss? #46 Overall
Tennessee? #87 Overall
Arkansas? #61 Overall
LSwho? #42 Overall

Like I said, UF's schedule is set up for success. They are not playiny successfully or they would have beaten Ole Miss which they didn't. I wonder what it would be like if this was reversed:

Zook to Meyer: No drop off.

Coker to Shannon: 4 to 5 year drop off.

Strengeth of Schedule:

Miami #44

UF #116

Can anyone say OVERRATED!?!?

Yes, headed down, but U can't see that because U play NOBODY!

BRING IT!!!

Posted by: Breaking News: Tebow found in bathroom stall with Meyer | October 17, 2008 at 10:49 AM

I think this clown is looking at SEC rankings. LMAO!!!

And the SEC has done nothing this year. Again, LMAO!!!

Someone should actually be cheering for THE U because it helps UF out, num num.

P.S. I'll actually give props to Bama so not entirely the SEC.

"And the SEC has done nothing this year. Again, LMAO!!!"

apparetlly U live under a rock fool

All that O and you couldn't beat Old Mrs. at Home??????????

All that O and you couldn't beat Old Mrs. at Home??????????

Florida who?????

2 rings who????

5 rings U!!!

the last two National champions have emerged from the SEC and there will also be an SEC team in the national championship gime this year.

FOOLS

But keep telling yourself how bad the SEC is. Go look at the power rankings and then go eat crow you moron

"I wish" is canesrule 9 ships

FOOL

what is a gime???? SEC Education!

gime?????

SEC this year, not!!!!!

gime????

Fools..... U must be the Fool for staying on this blog all day!!!!!!!!!!!

That's SEC education at work!!!!

That's SEC education at work!!!!


ooppss, unemployed!!!!!!

SEC Education = Gime???? = Unemployed

I think the Big 12 is ranked number one!!!!

They will be in the big Gime this year!!!!

Gator Gime Time = SEC Education

You are the delusional fool!

SEC games:

Louisiana Tech 22, Mississippi State 14 (that’s pathetic)
UCLA 27, No. 18 Tennessee 24 (especially this one)
No. 20 Wake Forest 30, Mississippi 28 (not the ACC)
Arkansas 28, Louisiana-Monroe 27 (a win, but by one point!?!? Another pathetic)
No. 9 Auburn 3, Mississippi State 2 (is this soccer?)
Kentucky 20, Middle Tennessee State 14 (a win, but by 6 to MTS!?!? Another pathetic)
Georgia Tech 38, Mississippi State 7 (not the ACC)
South Carolina 23, Wofford 13 (a win, but Woff who!?!?)
Mississippi 31, No. 4 Florida 30 (ah, yes…PATHETIC!!!)
No. 7 Texas 52, Arkansas 10 (not the Big 12 attack…by 42 points…didn’t Ark beat Auburn?)
Tennessee 13, Northern Illinois 9 (a win, but ny 4!?!? To Northern Illinois!?!? This one is by far the funniest)
Arkansas 25, No. 20 Auburn 22 (ah, yes…Ark did beat Auburn)

If Texas and Penn State go undefeated, no SEC team with one loss will make it in. People are starting to see that the SEC is simply the LOUDEST not the best!!! Nothing else.

A one loss Big 12 will go over a SEC team this year. Stop living in the past, num num. LOL

the SEC is simply the LOUDEST not the best!!!

Posted by: I wish I were THE U because 5 is greater than 2. | October 17, 2008 at 12:29 PM

touche'

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