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Graham giving football a shot

Jimmy Graham hasn't played football since the ninth grade. But he's not letting it stop him from giving it another shot. 

Jimmy Graham Around lunchtime Wednesday, University of Miami coach Randy Shannon confirmed the rumors we'd all been hearing for weeks when he told reporters during his 10-minute ACC teleconference that the 6-8, 260-pound Canes power forward will indeed be trying out at tight end.

"We will give him a chance if he wants to do that," Shannon said. "I told Jimmy he has an opportunity to come back to school, enjoy the dream of playing football. He's been around, been with the players, Jacory Harris some... with his size and speed he may help us."

The Hurricanes could definitely use the help. UM is not only thin on experience at tight end, they don't have any proven talent aside from Dedrick Epps. Seniors Richard Gordon and Tervaris Johnson and redshirt sophomore Daniel Adderley took the majority of the snaps the spring and looked average at best. Stephen Plein and Billy Sanders will likely not be ready to help as true freshmen. 

Wednesday, Shannon provided some good news when he told reporters Epps, coming off knee surgery in December, was ahead of schedule. "He should be ready for camp, should be running full speed in July," Shannon said. "He should be full speed and ready to go." 

But it's Graham who could be the most intriguing prospect at the position considering his size and athletic ability. Some of the NFL's best tight ends -- Antonio Gates, Tony Gonzalez -- have come from the basketball court. Graham, who is declining interviews according to UM sports information director Margaret Belch, could be the next one. 

Wednesday, after Shannon's press conference, I caught up with Carlos Peralta, Graham's old basketball coach at Charis Prep in N.C. Peralta, who has talked to Graham at least once a week since he's been at UM, told me the football team approached Graham about giving tight end a try. Peralta said Graham wrestled with the decision for weeks, praying on it for days before finally telling Shannon recently he would give football a shot. 

"First and foremost what swayed him was that he's enjoyed his time at UM," Peralta said. "And he saw this as an opportunity to extend his experience a little bit. He talked about going to graduate school, how he'll be able to be a double major [marketing and business] by the time he graduates. Jimmy always loved football. It was his first love really. The way he and I see this is he gets to let go of more unleashed aggression -- without the fouls."

According to Peralta, Graham explored all of his basketball opportunities before deciding to give football a try. He looked into potential agents and contemplated offers from overseas -- as far East as Russia.

"Options were available to him," Peralta said. "I think the bottomline is he felt like it was a bit of an unknown in terms of environment. Although the money looks good on paper, he didn't know if he'd enjoy living for six months in Russia. That's what it really came down to."

> Shannon discussed a few other topics during his teleconference including his new coordinators, UM's NFL First Round Draft Streak coming to an end and how Taylor Cook will enter the fall as the team's No. 2 quarterback (which we expected). Nothing was earth shattering. FYI, it's likely the last time we'll hear from Shannon until fall practice begins.

> While I realize many of you might have been miffed by my last blog on recruiting becoming a little more challenging locally for the Canes, I want you to know I had several interesting conversations with several UM staff members behind the scenes about it this week. 

One person told me the reason it is getting harder is because of the emergence of more "mentors" locally. These people could be trying to earn "favors" with outside schools. I'm not going to point any fingers (just know I don't write blogs to stir up controversy or to get hits). I've had my finger on the pulse of recruiting here in South Florida for years. Something isn't right. With severe budget cuts happening on the high school level in Miami-Dade and Broward, assistants and people around programs are losing their jobs. Understand there might be a few desperate guys out there trying to find "help." They are beginning to point kids toward a particular school for that reason. UM knows it and they're trying to fight it. It's just not so easy when some schools have something to offer and The U does not want to get involved in that at all. 

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Good news about Epps......Should be interesting to see if that knee holds up........

Don't woory I won't say first........

No Worries Manny. Better to be informed in a well rounded way than just "good news" koolaid stuff.

Journalism 101...

By the way Manny. As far as the recruiting situation. That does make sense that some of these so called "mentors" are f'n stuff up.

You know what, if they have to get into doing "favors" for recruits or whatever, ala, Saban, Miles, Urban, Kiffin and co, than so be it!!

"Just win baby. At all Costs"!!!!

This program has to whatever is necessary to get back to national prominence.

Eventually the people doing the favors will be caught. Mentor's are the dumbest things I ever heard of. If BB blows it with the Vols I think that whole mentor thing will look stupid to a lot of kids and their parents. Pretty sad how these people take advantage of those kids and not looking out for their well being.

Anyone seen this article? " very Intresting" I saw it and some one posted it on a UM recruiting board.


http://canespace.typepad.com/canespace/2009/04/are-south-florida-recruits-spoiled.html#comments

I also hear we have silents? cany anyone confirm?

Does this guy hang 86 hang around the football players?

This could be a big surprise this year - I heard that those who have seen him taking passes from Bernie Kosar are very impressed with this size, speed, athletic ability and hands... if he can block some say he has NFL potential...look out, could be a dimond in the rough.

I'm concerned with this praying on a decision trend taking place around here... I'm just glad God did not tell him to go to Tennessee..

Nice work Manny - you cover the Canes better than anyone. Would be nice to see Graham come in and have a little fun on the football field!

I know its a bit of a reach but I was hoping with some weight that Adderly would be a decent mix at TE..Looks like without Epps right now we arent going to have a good catching TE to go to...OUCH!!! DAU

how many scholarships are available to d1 teams?

basketball

Welcome back Jimmy Graham. He is the type of guy the football team needs. A "Liger" if you will. I've never seen him play, but I have a hunch that he could become a Shockey. A guy out of nowhere (this time from Basketball instead CC Football), who's game explodes by week 3. Some how I see him having a big game early in the season, and instantly become a fan favorite. Might be the best decision him and Shannon ever made.

Anyone know where we can hear all of Randy Shannon's presser?

JR Reed - would you mind posting Rival's article on Shannon's talk? You da best! Thanks! GO CANES!!!

Anyone know where we can hear all of Randy Shannon's presser?

Posted by: Ronny | April 15, 2009 at 07:23 PM

http://www.theacc.com/sports/m-footbl/football-teleconference.html

VOILA'

http://www.collegiatebaseball.com/recruiting/recruiting_results.htm
florida international’s propagandist pete “the pied piper” pelegrin cites an obscure website pre-MLB draft to paint his ill-favored alma mater’s recruiting in the most favorable light …
equating & repeating opinion with fact …

THE BIG LIE

Posted by: green | March 27, 2009 at 03:35 PM

my instincts right on …
florida international’s propagandist outed …
per QAM’s jim mandich, the herald’s pete “the pied piper” pelegrin sat on a sensational story while wooed for a well-paid job within the fiu (dis)information department …
embed …

IN BED

Provocative, isn't what Manny is insinuating against NCAA rules? If it isn't it should be, I thought these kids were supposed to be amateurs? These so called "Mentors" are more like agents, do the kids know what's going on? If they do I can imagine that the "Mentor" is not the only one getting "Help".

Cryer to the Irish in 2010?

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=4071892

So how many years would Graham have of eligibility?

I try to get Manny and Shandel to manage their blogs but it is more complicated at major media sources to do so.

Posted by: 86Cane | June 12, 2008 at 06:31 PM

I'm here...Udyn is from the SS and will soon be history. The days of the Internet bullies are numbered. They are a dying breed and will soon be outnumbered by real Canes fans that are supportive of each other and hold The U up high and proud!

Posted by: SOUP | May 29, 2008 at 10:31 PM

Udyn...U going DOWN bro! Who's NEXT?
The days of the Internet blog bullies are OVER, and I am here to see to it.
This site and all others are for Canes fans. PERIOD! The MH is already fixed and this one is next.
Udyn...look outside your window. See that white van parked across the street? Ha, ha, ha...

Posted by: 86Cane | May 29, 2008 at 09:44 PM

I'll send your comments to Shandel and his editor in the morning for further action.
Thank you for displaying your ignorance, again.

Posted by: 86Cane | June 22, 2008 at 08:43 PM

I'm going to talk to Manny and his editor via email today to try to get them to do something about it ASAP.

Posted by: 86Cane | May 02, 2008 at 09:32 AM

am I that influential ; )
the little dic(k)tator …

RUN AMOK

So let me get this straight. You get your feelings hurt on a blog, and so you email and tattle on someone who continuously shows you up? That's very hall-pass monitor like! Maybe instead of trying to kiss ace you could just be a man of your word and boycott this blog.

Posted by: 86isacrybaby | May 06, 2008 at 10:30 AM

MARY POPPINS

Does this guy hang 86 hang around the football players?

Posted by: Concerned Parent | April 15, 2009 at 04:43 PM

I'm on the outside looking in because of media credentials.

Posted by: 86Cane | June 02, 2008 at 08:35 PM

86..your not crusing around in our rival's blogs...are you?

Posted by: UMike (Formaly Mike) | July 28, 2008 at 11:25 AM

Just checking out the competition. I don't post there, but it helps to see what other who get PAID to do this are doing. New ideas all the time...

Posted by: 86Cane | July 28, 2008 at 11:50 AM

he creeps here …
using Eye on the U to recruit, advertise & leverage manny navarro for access ...

A FINGER IN EVERY PIE

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

The University of Miami wants nothing to do with tom thumb popadak aka 86Cane/Soup/aliases & his ill-gotten blog …
documented liar, thief, plagiarist, parasite, megalomaniac, libeler, creep ...

PERSONA NON GRATA

Does the baseball team have anyone who can play MLB?

your niche aside …
reviled throughout the Hurricane blogosphere …

PARIAH

Manny you just write it like you see it. Keep up the good work. I love the fact that Miami is not playing dirty pool like some of the other schools might be. We have to be squeaky clean.

"Nothing ventured nothing gained". Good luck to Graham. He certainly has the size 6'8" 260! That's a nice size for a Tight End. Go Canes!!!

And the fact that UM was down 9-3 in the 4th q to the eventual NC, only to have the referees againintercede on the gators behalf?

Posted by: Hialeah Jaime

WAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH


Winners NEVER complain about the refs. LOSERS always complain about the refs.

Can't you jokers see the shape of the program? Man, we've stunk for years including the Randy years. Undraftable players, getting blown out by the great teams and even some "ok" teams (i.e., GA Tech). No QB recruits this year, and only 1 QB who could play at this point, Richard Gordon as a kick returner, losing B Brown and P Peterson/Johnson, now looking for guys off the b-ball team to play? It's a sad, sad day. Want more evidence, just look at our record the last 3 years.

Oops, I said something bad, quick Chicken Soup, eliminate my post! Where's your other delusional compadre Cavaleer? Still thinking we're going to win the NC? Ha, ha, ha.

Urban to the Irish in 2010?

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=4071892

Posted by: J-Rod | April 16, 2009 at 12:13 AM

Yeah, it's Urban's "dream job"

As in he would ONLY go there in a DREAM you fool . He was speaking off the cuff and complimentary about ND. Go ahead an misconstrue what he said. Who would expect anything less from a jealous hater who has the worst coach in the ACC

You can't win or recruit there. Urban Meyer knows this. He will NEVER go there.

That's the REALITY. He already said no thanks to ND.

His next stop is the NFL but keep dreaming "J-Rod"

Ponce, your fan base will never ever accept the truth. It's the sad reality at once proud Rhetoric U.

next year, T-bag graduates and will ride pine in the NFL a la Danny Worthless. Turban will leave Trailer-ville and go to ND. Gaytors return to middle-of-pack SEC a la Zooker-years. Gaytor fans will still talk a big arrogant game but we will all know the truth. Mark it down, Turds.

Denial is very powerful; oh well, I try to present the truth. You can only rationalize 7-6 and losing to GA Tech, NC and NC State so long--I hope.

Somebody needs to start an "86 is a 0" website. Then again, we all can't live in our mother's basement, collect unemployment checks, and monitor our Radio Shack TRS-80-based website with the scrutiny of the Third Reich.

Turd fans:

as mighty as you are, why do you waste time ripping on the lowly Canes. Wouldn't you want to set your sights higher, i.e. USC, Utah, Texas, Alabama? We all know how superior the Gaytor football program is. Or are you insecure that a return to the wasted, empty, lonely Zooker years is only a year away?

Or are you insecure that a return to the wasted, empty, lonely Zooker years is only a year away?

Posted by: mycanes | April 16, 2009 at 10:48 AM

The guy could care less about UF! The Gators are simply his "vehicle" to hate UM. The guy is not a fan of college athletics, probably because he never went to college. He represents everything that is wrong with all sports.

I certainly understand his position. I'm sure he has a "friend" or collegue that cheers for UM, and that person has probably rubbed his nose in our success for the last 25 years! Now it's his turn, and given that he has never been in this position before, he does not know how to deal with it.

Couple that with the fact that he has a small PP, and you have the perfect storm of anger and bitterness. Remember the character Norwood, from Ace Venturer Pet Detective? Remember how bitter he was? Crazed to the point of insanity, driven to kidknap the beloved mascot of the Miami Dolphins? That is this dude.

He could care less about UF, FSU, or any other team. He's not a fan, he is simply crazed! I love it! I laugh at him! I love football, the ups, the downs, the anticipation, a new day! This dude simply hates! Classic! Have no fear, he will be dead soon! There is nothing else to do but wait...and laugh...a lot!!

Can't you jokers see the shape of the program? Man, we've stunk for years including the Randy years. Undraftable players, getting blown out by the great teams and even some "ok" teams (i.e., GA Tech). No QB recruits this year, and only 1 QB who could play at this point, Richard Gordon as a kick returner, losing B Brown and P Peterson/Johnson, now looking for guys off the b-ball team to play? It's a sad, sad day. Want more evidence, just look at our record the last 3 years.

Posted by: ponce | April 16, 2009 at 10:30 AM

You are aware that AJ Highsmith is a QB right? Richard Gordon isn't a kick returner not when you have TB, Mike James or any number of guys that can do the job. Miami didn't lose BB they just didn't him or his agent. Our record has gotten so what better over the last few years. No it's not what any cane fan would expect but hey it took some teams in college football a couple of decades before they ever won their first conf title.

No the only thing that is sad is your lack of knowledge.

Yeah, it's Urban's "dream job"

As in he would ONLY go there in a DREAM you fool . He was speaking off the cuff and complimentary about ND. Go ahead an misconstrue what he said. Who would expect anything less from a jealous hater who has the worst coach in the ACC

You can't win or recruit there. Urban Meyer knows this. He will NEVER go there.

That's the REALITY. He already said no thanks to ND.

His next stop is the NFL but keep dreaming "J-Rod"

Ponce, your fan base will never ever accept the truth. It's the sad reality at once proud Rhetoric U.

Posted by: The UM coaching carousel | April 16, 2009 at 10:36 AM

You would have to be completely naive to think Urban wouldn't bolt for his Alma mater, not to mention the money ND would throw his way. Urban in the NFL, yeah because the NFL has a need for a gimmick offense. I forget how well did Steve Spurrier do in the NFL.

AltCane:

bingo. Superior failed in the NFL and so have every one of his QB's. Next on the list> T-bag. He will bolt to do missionary work in the 2nd year of a miserly 3 year deal. You watch. Even better will be Urban pulling a Baltimore Colts on Jeremy Foley and Gayturd Nation. When ND goes 5-7 again, Urban is ghost. He will trade "Jesus on every corner"- town for "Touchdown Jesus" town.

You would have to be completely naive to think Urban wouldn't bolt for his Alma mater, not to mention the money ND would throw his way. Urban in the NFL, yeah because the NFL has a need for a gimmick offense. I forget how well did Steve Spurrier do in the NFL.

Posted by: AtlCane | April 16, 2009 at 01:00 PM

It's a moot point. The article everyone is citing says nothing about Meyer entertaining the ND job. In fact, the UF job is a better job than the ND job, if the coach wants to win on a regular basis.

ND has higher enrollment standards than UF, and ND is no longer allowed to pay their players. (Before you go crazy Kehoe, Chris Rainey has already told us that UF alumni in Lakeland were stuffing "gobs" of cash into his hands when he committed to the Gators.)

Of course when "Angry UF Fan" presents his argument like a caveman, smashing his club on his desk while drool pours from his un-clean mouth, then these types of arguments will ensue!

Of course when "Angry UF Fan" presents his argument like a caveman, smashing his club on his desk while drool pours from his un-clean mouth, then these types of arguments will ensue!

Posted by: Kehoe's Revenge | April 16, 2009 at 01:13 PM

Added to Ironic Post of the Year candidacy. LMAO

During our glory years in the 1980s, UM never used to get the best recruits. We just did a better job knowing the tri-county talent and coaching up that undiscovered talent. Coach Shannon just needs to get back to basics - finding hidden gems and turning them into draft quality talent.

During our glory years in the 1980s...

Posted by: Carlos Rodriguez | April 16, 2009 at 02:22 PM

I guess you were criogenically frozen during the 90's, and also at the turn of the latest century! UM played for 10 titles between 1983-2003! That's 20 years for those keeping score at home! 10 titles runs in 20 years! 2 of those teams are considered the "greatest of all time"!

Mack Brown stated that one of the reason he likes to target South Florida recruits is because HS kids in Texas have trained so much, that there is not much room for the kids to grow once he gets them. "What you see, is what you get", he said. The S. FL kids have not had the diet and training that the Texas kids have had in HS, so when you get a stud from S. FL., a lot of times there is a lot more room for the kids to grow bigger and faster, once you get them to the college training table.

ONE championship in SEVENTEEN YEARS < 2 out of 3

and the truly sad part is that you'll NEVER win another one.

Kehoe's revenge, "UR a loser", soup, etc etc:

None of you know anything about UM football. Every point you make is actually a non-point. You are either:

1) Turd fans, which make you a redneck, scu-mbag, trailer tra-sh, pig slop cleaning farmers form central florida. Remember. Just remember you brainless waste of DNA: U R the loser:

28-26. 9-5. 7-1 since 1985.
5>3 Now and forever.

UF plays no one. and Jeremy (I am a scared bee--aitch) Foley, is scared to go outside cracker ville to play anyone of importance regularly. No, the SEC doesnt count. Go to ESPN- CHECKOUT THE ARTICLE ON CUPCAKE SCHEDULES.

2) You are from FIU- A bunch of jealous wanna bes.

3) A seimen hole= worse of the three.


Go home. None of you make sense. No one really cares. Your opinion, I am afraid to say, is less important than a tick on a cow's a--. Why am I answering you? Because I am hoping I can find you... or your real identity. Then we'll see.

Hey you all- This punk up above has something against Hialeah. LOL. Dude ain't man enough to discuss facts intelligently. he has to resort to racism and discriminating comments based on ethnicity or geography. LOL. That's why he is a neo nazi gator fan.

correction: Kehoes revenge is not Kehoe. My bad. Kehoe and the other turd fans youknow who you losers are!

Posted by: WAY UP IN YOUR HEAD | April 16, 2009 at 03:22 PM

Noooooooooo! It cannot be!!!! We will never win another title!! Noooooooooo!!!!!

I better get over to Gator Clause to let everyone who hates me know what's happening!! Thanks for the info!!

I'd love to debate your...umm...schedule...with you! But alas, this is a Hurricane blog, so I'll let you and your's figure it out over at Gator Clause! Let me congratulate you in advance for (finally) going un-defeated this year! The "star's" seem to be alligning for you! In ten years, no one will know that you blew through Troy, Charleston, FIU, The Citadel...(stop me any time!), KY, ARK, Vandy....

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Posted by: gators3xchamps | April 16, 2009 at 06:02 PM

Thanks for the score! I was watching the UF vs Ole Miss. replay on Tevo! I couldn't sleep!

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