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Shannon: "We can't abandon run" against Hokies

The University of Miami football team began its first real preparation for Thursday night's ESPN showdown with Virginia Tech by practicing well past sundown Sunday evening at Greentree Practice Field.

Coach Randy Shannon said the team spent the extra time working on special teams -- something Frank Beamer's team has always been known for. Monday morning, Shannon will hold his weekly press conference and we'll get to speak with more players about the game. But you can tell a big point of emphasis this week is getting the running game going.

Last year, UM was held to minus-2 yards in the 44-14 loss at Virginia Tech. Before last week's win at Virginia when Graig Cooper finally broke through and Miami finished with 197 yards rushing, the Canes running game had been struggling. Virginia Tech has the 16th-best run defense in the country and shutdown Maryland's running game in their win last Thursday.

"We just got to patient on offense. You just can't abandon the run game early. You may get a one-yard gain, a zero-yard gain. As long as you aren't taking 4-5 yard losses, then, you'll be ok. Eventually, you'll break one," Shannon said. "When you play Virginia Tech, the way [defensive coordinator Bud] Foster coaches, you have to be patient. He's going to want you to grind the football."

> Despite reports last week starting left tackle Jason Fox would be healthy enough to play this week, Shannon backed off a bit Sunday when asked about Fox's condition. "He moved around a little bit today, not much," Shannon said. "We'll see how sore he is tomorrow."

Starting linebacker Daryl Sharpton and running back Javarris James, however, should be fine. For real.

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Manny...Nice work, again, and again, and again!

Q: What is the status of Canes WR's Hankerson and McKenzie for Thursday?

Based on your quotes from Shannon does that mean the Canes are going to air it out? LOL

1st!!!

first. for real?

Better prepare hard against that greasebag Beamer as VT always comes in heavy handed and ready to win big. It would be nice if the Canes could really beat them this time. It's been a couple of years since we've seen a win over VT, so Canes, you are long overdue and don't let Beamer bum you out.

Glad the Canes have given me a reason to come straight home from work Thursday evening(live on West Coast) instead of going to the gym.

There is a god,

its good that shannon et. al are spending extra time on special teams. however, the teams who perform at high levels on special teams don't wait until late in the season to emphasize this part of the game-- it is as much a part of the game plan as offense and defense. great expectations on special teams has to be a part of the culture of the team-- from the spring, through the summer and into the season. we can't expect to flip the switch and then all of the sudden have great games from special teams. with that said, shannon has spoken often about the desire to build depth on the team. for sure we're at the very beginning of being able to achieve this end. with depth however comes the ability to get good athletes who can make plays on your special teams.

shannon, keep coaching and keep recruiting. canes-- keep grinding-- we're gonna get there!!!

go canes.

its good that shannon et. al are spending extra time on special teams. however, the teams who perform at high levels on special teams don't wait until late in the season to emphasize this part of the game-- it is as much a part of the game plan as offense and defense. great expectations on special teams has to be a part of the culture of the team-- from the spring, through the summer and into the season. we can't expect to flip the switch and then all of the sudden have great games from special teams. with that said, shannon has spoken often about the desire to build depth on the team. for sure we're at the very beginning of being able to achieve this end. with depth however comes the ability to get good athletes who can make plays on your special teams.

shannon, keep coaching and keep recruiting. canes-- keep grinding-- we're gonna get there!!!

go canes.

We defenitely have to stick to the running the game. If we abandone the running game, our qbs are going to be sitting ducks. The OL has to step up big time in this game. We all know VT can play very physical, and will try to get people hurt by given cheap shots. Miami cannot get intimidated by this especially our young players. I'm looking for a very physical game from both teams, and the one who is better prepare mentally and physically will win. We must protect our home turf.

Guys have U checked out the new top 25? Would U believe they have Wake Forest ranked at #24. Funny I could of swore we just beat them and have the same record 6-3, also we have the tougher schedule. No respect....


Lets beat VT!!!!!!!!!!

Florida State is still ranked too! Bobby Bowden has kissed so much butt over the years and we can't buy a ranking, but if we come out and kick butt these last 3 games they won't have a choice!!

Shannon, Nix, Young & Pannunzio you guys better get your Sh-it together and prepare this team for battle. You guys have already blown 2 games for us that would have us with only one loss.

Prepare an unstoppable gameplan and let these kids execute it. No holding back! No Holds Barred!

Sick and tired of the excuses and Nix holding back the offense. There is no reason to pull the reigns on this group of kids who want it so badly.

Lastly!

PLEASE KEEP DEMARCUS VAN-DYKE'S SORRY BUTT OFF OF THE FIELD!! THIS KID SUX!! PLEASE LET HIM MAKE THE GATORADE, WASH UNIFORMS, GET THE BALLS, OR THE KICKING TEE. JUST DON'T LET HIM IN THE DEFENSICE SECONDARY WHILE THE BALL IS IN PLAY, PLEASE!

*defensive

I just saw the rankings, what the heck is going on, why in Wake Forrest ranked??.. I'm so sick of these non football schools have a quick breathe and is getting love " WAKE FORREST????? We beat them didn't we? We need to beat VT like we did up in Blacksburg 2005... That saturday night was special... We broke their hearts and made Marcus Vick's coming out party look like a nightmare

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/rankingsindex

It's a three-team race in both divisions heading into Week 12. North Carolina, Miami and Virginia Tech are the Coastal Division leaders, while Florida State, Wake Forest and Maryland lead the Atlantic.

http://myespn.go.com/blogs/acc/0-3-74/What-we-learned-in-the-ACC--Week-11.html

ahh..the hoekies...remember when michael vick came down here and people were throwing oranges on the field screaming "overrated....overrated!"

canenation let's fill the stadium

Miami/ VT game

Stopping Boone (TE,QB)and Evens (RB), is the key to a Miami win. VT's success is the run 70 percent of the time. Watch out for their version of the wildcat plays, as Boone (280 lbs) plays QB and runs or hands off to Evans.

On D,tackle wrap up, no shoulder tackles

IF the CANES do not come to play some "smash mouth" football on Thursday night, this one could get ugly fast. It will come down to how tough our O line and D lines play. Fox will need to play and Allen Bailey will need to execute. If the OL can block for the backs and the quarterback(s), the baby canes will make the plays.

Key to this win...OL

never thought i would say this, but i'm rooting for maryland hard come next weekend's UNC-Terps showdown!!!!!

totally agreee on the rankings, OUR 3 losses are to ranked teams, inc #3 UF, and 2 of the losses were last second losses, and the third was a 6pt game in the 4th qtr--Problem i see, no national tv games. BUT, if we can rout or win against VT at home thursday with the nat tv audience, guys, that puts us on the map. wed be 7-3 and deserving of a ranking, WAKE IS ALSO 24 on the BCS????? I DONT GET IT

ATLANTIC DIVISION
School Conference Pct. Overall Pct.
Florida State 4-2 .667 7-2 .778
Wake Forest 4-2 .667 6-3 .667
Maryland 3-2 .600 6-3 .667
Boston College 2-3 .400 6-3 .667
Clemson 2-4 .333 4-5 .444
NC State 1-4 .200 3-6 .333

COASTAL DIVISION
School Conference Pct. Overall Pct.
North Carolina 3-2 .600 7-2 .778
Miami 3-2 .600 6-3 .667
Virginia Tech 3-2 .600 6-3 .667
Georgia Tech 4-3 .571 7-3 .700
Virginia 3-3 .500 5-5 .500
Duke 1-4 .200 4-5 .444

we need it to be like the old AURA GAMES. When anyone came into Miami to play the canes on a night game, there was electricity in the air, and the other team already was dead, and knew they would lose. We need it to be like that thursday night. Lets get em

So much for a WEAK ACC this year:

.813 - The ACC’s winning percentage
this year against non-conference opponents,
after the first week of the season.

Beginning with Sept. 6, the ACC is 26-6 (.813) in nonconference games. The league’s overall
33-10 (.767) record against non-conference
opponents includes an 11-7 record against
the Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, SEC, PAC-10
and Notre Dame.

Please let us all offer words of encouragement for these Canes. They are doing a tremendous job and will get better with words of encouragement. Think we all know the train story, "I think I can, I know I can ....... " now finish the rest. Starting today let all those who are true Canes begin our grassroot to a ending of a strong Season for these Canes.
First, if you are around anyone and they are not talking positive about these Canes. Then leave with any excuse. Secondily, The more we as the Fans of the Canes speak of winning then those around us must begin to take suit or be lost like the rest of the Haters. Finally, there is no way am I going discourage these young guys on going out on Top. We started slowly but now the ball is in our hands and we decide what we are going to do with it. That means whoever is up next. Better be ready cause we are joining our team to throw the kitchen sink at them. So lets be the loudest on defense making it hard for any offense.
With this I do believe we can all look forward to a January Home Game to end off our Season. Can you say Orange Bowl!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WE ARE 4-9 IN OUR LAST 13 GAMES VS V-TECH. IT WOULD BE NICE TO BEAT THEM FOR A CHANGE.

The league’s overall
33-10 (.767) record against non-conference
opponents

Posted by: 86Cane | November 10, 2008 at 09:26 AM

http://myespn.go.com/blogs/acc/0-2-535/ACC-vs--nonconference.html?post=true
with five weeks to go, the ACC is 33-10 against its nonconference opponents.
-- heather dinich

Posted by: green | November 02, 2008 at 06:58 PM

PLAGIARIST IN CHIEF

86Cane greases manny navarro for access …

SNIVELING SICKOPHANT ALERT

Manny...Nice work, again, and again, and again!

Posted by: 86Cane | November 09, 2008 at 08:01 PM

U go Manny, ROCK the blog!

Posted by: 86Cane | November 07, 2008 at 02:09 PM

Hey Manny, wazup?

Posted by: 86Cane | November 03, 2008 at 09:43 PM

Good stuff Manny, keep it coming.

Posted by: 86Cane | October 27, 2008 at 12:14 AM

Manny...nice feature on the round-ballers. ...
I enjoyed your Miami-Wake game features also.

Posted by: 86Cane | October 26, 2008 at 05:10 PM

I will be at the VT football game for sure with C_________ T-shirts so maybe we can hook up?

Posted by: 86Cane | November 03, 2008 at 10:48 PM

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

ALL-AROUND SCUMBAG

your niche aside …
reviled throughout the Hurricane blogosphere …

PARIAH

BILL YOUNG DID A GOOD JOB ON "D" VS V-TECH LAST YEAR KAN 24 V-TECH 21

Defense is going to have to put pressure on the Tech Qb's, and the O-line needs to give our QB's the time to make plays. Why is it that Matt "The Basher" Bosher always seems to be making tackles on punts and kick-offs? He has been doing a great job this year and special teams need to step up in the tackling department. Let's fill the stadium and make some noise!

The ACC is certainly stronger than the first week of the season led people to believe. I think the ACC lost a lot of respect that week and never gained it back. Now, not having a 1-loss team is hurting the whole conference. That stinks but that's the way it goes. Fact is, the ACC is probably the 3rd best conference in the country at this point behind the SEC and Big-12. I count only 2 teams in the conference under .500. Even though WF is wrongfully ranked and it appears that other 3-loss teams are getting more respect than the Canes, a win against VaTech should boost the outlook on Miami. That would most certainly earn them a spot in the top 25.

Personally, I don't worry about it too much. If a team takes care of business, the rankings generally work themselves out (e.g. Ohio State every year). The one that means the most is the BCS that comes out after conference championship weekend.

Is it me or is this GREEN person an

ALL-AROUND SCUMBAG?


Nope, it not me,

GREEN is an a-hole on this post, what a

ALL-AROUND SCUMBAG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fill the stadium on Thursday!!!

Green... Your repeated rant is ridiculous and is childish.

I'm so tired of your bashing other people after they post something positive about the Canes... Your dislike for 86 (Soup) is well know to all of us, who post regularly... give it a break, will ya and post something about the canes, instead of your continued old rant on Canes fans.

Green,

Sometimes your posts are funny, sometimes they are not! Your obsession with 86 is absurd! Manny and 86 rely on each other to drive traffic to each others blogs. Besides that, Manny and 86 are friends! Get over it already! Support the team!

Go 'canes!

I'm sure V-Tech will throw a few Wrinkles in the O this week. Wouldn't be surprised if they go to the triple option ala G-Tech!

Young is showing he is a great game time coach that makes the correct changes at 1/2 time.

If the U can get up by 14 points this would cause V-Tech to abandon the run and go to a passing game, which they can't do!

Nix is going to have to be conservative this week, need to run the ball alot and pass to the TE for short gains. I'm sure were going to see the bubble scr. about 10 times?

I read the UM Canes articles and blogs EVERY DAY, but I've never posted before... until now.

I just bought myself a plane ticket to come down to Miami on Thursday. I'll be staying with my parents who live down there, and I even bought my dad a ticket too so he can come and root for the U.

This game is gonna be HUGE! I am sick and tired of the stadium being empty.. and instead of just complaining, I'm personally going to do something about it!

WHEN we win this game, on national TV- we'll be back in the Top 25 and on the national map. Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Beno Cook, and Chris Fowler who all hate the Canes can suck on it.

Come on UM fans... If I can come from NJ for this frickin' game.. you can show up too!!

LET'S MAKE SOME NOISE AND KICK SOME ASS ON THURS NIGHT!!

actually, i think herbstreit has a secret love for the U. he's picked us in every game except against UF.

with the "extra work on special teams" happening, it makes me think that maybe RS is going to try and beat Beamer at Beamer-ball? that would be fantastic!!

86 call me...
Posted by: Cat5 Cane | September 26, 2008 at 02:16 PM

Soupster...
I've been giving out your cards as I go, but don't see many new posters... wondering why?
Just thinking aloud
Posted by: Cat5 Cane | September 14, 2008 at 02:01 PM

I'll put down my saber... and Green sorry for my rant
Cat5

Posted by: Cat5 Cane | July 11, 2008 at 02:10 AM

Green... as said before, I like your style

Cat

Posted by: Cat5 Cane | August 16, 2008 at 09:49 AM

SQUISHY

Green,

Your obsession with 86 is absurd!

Go 'canes!

Posted by: Sarasota 'cane | November 10, 2008 at 10:57 AM

86Cane stalks Miami Herald, manny & me ...

BACKWARDS

Green...you need to post over at C_________ too! And if you get the chance email me at host@c__________.com

Posted by: 86Cane | July 30, 2007 at 10:23 AM

Green...you crack me up! And, U work this blog HARD!!! Who are U and why do U refuse to post at C_________?

Posted by: Soup | August 19, 2007 at 12:21 PM

GREEN...why don't U join us for the LIVE chat tonight at C_________?

Posted by: SOUP | September 04, 2007 at 09:53 AM

Manny ... Your blog was really rocking today! 121 comments in a couple hours. But here's the question everyone wants to know: Who the heck is GREEN on your blog?

Posted by: 86Cane | September 04, 2007 at 08:29 PM

I tried to get Green to post here but he will not

Posted by: SOUP | October 01, 2007 at 05:52 PM

Green...U crack me up! I don't always agree with your posts or the topics U pick to talk about, but damn, U get an "A" for effort my friend!!!

U should join us Tuesday night from 8-9 PM at C_________ when Manny does his usual LIVE chat Q&A session. See ya 'round...

Posted by: 86Cane | December 09, 2007 at 12:46 PM

Green...I just wanted to let you know that you make this blog so much better than it could be without you.

Posted by: 86Cane | April 28, 2008 at 10:01 PM

GREEN...U ARE AN ALL STAR BLOGGER!

Posted by: 86Cane | June 08, 2008 at 08:42 PM

Sweating bullets...

Green give us courage!

Posted by: 86Cane | June 08, 2008 at 09:46 PM

What's that? Green, you work for the Miami Herald? In the IT department? Oh my! So it is TRUE! So that's why you will NOT post at C_________.

Green is a color, not a person. Only the opinions of people, NOT colors, count!

Posted by: 86Cane | June 21, 2008 at 12:35 AM

CREEP

86Cane stalks Miami Herald, manny & me ...

Posted by: green | November 10, 2008 at 12:14 PM

PARANOIA WILL DESTROY 'YA

Go canes!

Green,

Manny and 86 rely on each other to drive traffic to each others blogs.

Go 'canes!

Posted by: Sarasota 'cane | November 10, 2008 at 10:57 AM

hahahaha
let me disabuse you of this notion ...
mighty Miami Herald needs tom thumb popadak & his itty-bitty blog stolen from sunsentinel in the dead of night with a brand stolen from myspace ...

LIKE A HOLE IN THE HEAD

Green,

Get over it already! Support the team!

Go 'canes!


Posted by: Sarasota 'cane | November 10, 2008 at 10:57 AM

why don't you get over your 86Cane crush ...
and do the right thing ...
the emporer doesn't wear clothes ...

NAKED TRUTH

GREEN aka pain in the ass!

Get a life!

Cat5 and Soup,

You guys gotta change the typepad where you have to keep clicking next to go to the next page. Used to just scroll down -- much better.

Traffic is down cause of the economic times -- more other worries. I am sure same amount of lurkers if not more.

The league’s overall
33-10 (.767) record against non-conference
opponents

Posted by: 86Cane | November 10, 2008 at 09:26 AM

http://myespn.go.com/blogs/acc/0-2-535/ACC-vs--nonconference.html?post=true
with five weeks to go, the ACC is 33-10 against its nonconference opponents.
-- heather dinich

Posted by: green | November 02, 2008 at 06:58 PM


Green..it is on the ACC web site, that is where I got it from. Stats are not copyrighted information you idiot!

Get a life...

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