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Top 60 Countdown: No. 29, LB Ramon Buchanan

As we continue the countdown of the Top 60 players at UM, we take a look at No. 29: Sophomore LB Ramon Buchanan, who is expected to play in a backup role at linebacker when the fall begins.

Ramon Buchanan > What we heard about him on Signing Day '08: Only two players in the 2008 class were more highly regarded -- defensive tackle Marcus Forston and linebacker Arthur Brown. Buchanan, who made over 100 tackles and had three interceptions his senior year at Melbourne Palm Bay, was tabbed the No. 2 safety in the country by Rivals and No. 3 outside linebacker by ESPN. He picked the Canes over the Gators.

> What he's done as a Cane: Buchanan played nine games, mostly on special teams but saw action in the Duke game at safety. He made six tackles the entire season. He missed the spring game with an injury.

> What Eye On The U expects from him in '09: Although he's another player making a transition to a new position (safety to linebacker), Buchanan is a player who can handle it rather easily because he played linebacker in high school. At 6-1, 205-pounds, he obviously needs to put on weight. But you have to like his intangibles and how he scored on his physical tests. He was tied for the third highest vertical leap on the team (39 inches), his power clean lift (318 pounds) ranked fifth overall, and his 4.48-speed in the 40 was the fastest among linebackers. If he can continue to develop, there is no reason he can't be among the team's top three or four linebackers at season's end and more than just a player in the rotation.


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Good to see you back on this beat, Manny.


Don't worry J, you are in NO danger of winning a t-shirt here. What you are in danger of is spending time fighting with an ignorant and lonely Gator fan and getting bashed by other alleged Canes fans. Enjoy!

Word is when urban found out about cookie signing with the canes, urban threw his cell phone at the wall. this was a nice steal out from under the gayturds. reggie nelson was all over this kid to sign with the gayturds....

Why arent we playing him at safety?

Gators Looking For A Bail Out?

By now I am sure that most of you have already heard about all of the police reports and public accounts of the arrests of Florida Gator football players over the last five years. What you haven't heard is how they made bail or were able to secure expensive legal representation for their legal problems. But no need to rush ahead, we will get back to that later.

Before we get the all of the sordid details, lets take a step back from the frey. When you talk about the Florida Gators no conversation ends without the mention of the Gators greatest player, the now legendary quarterback TimTebow.

So, as it turns out, the Pope was unable to attend the NBA playoffs but he did manage to get his official designee, the honorary Tim Tebow, courtside seats to the Orlando Magic home game. It is good to be king! Or at least friends with people in high places. Very high places.

You see young Timmy, who has been described as the ultimate leader, the occasional preacher and sometimes circumciser was able to squeeze the game in while his Gator teammates were out there running wild in the streets.

Yes, while the Gators' "style and profile" arrest number had been hovering around 24, the new number of Gator arrests or "incidents" appears to have landed firmly at 27 (for now). At least according to Ben Volin at The Palm Beach Post's "Gator Bytes" blog who today posted this:

"We always strive for accuracy here at Gator Bytes, and in the sake of fairness, it is only proper that we clarify the actual number of police incidents that have involved Florida football players since Urban Meyer came to town in December 2004.

While the universally-accepted number has been 24 “incidents” — arrests, sworn complaints, etc. in which charges were actually filed — a little research has turned up three more incidents, pushing the number to 27 (until we find more)."

Then there are these insightful and seemingly incredible comments coming from Mike Bianchi (surprise of all places) inside of the designated Gator safety zone of the Orlando Sentinel:

"And does anybody believe fans at Florida State and Miami wouldn't trade a few arrests for Meyer's national titles? Coach Bobby Bowden at FSU has only had 13 arrests in four years. Coach Randy Shannon at Miami has only had 2. Both of those coaches are on the hot seat because they don't win like Meyer wins.

The Gators won the 2006 national title mainly with defense, and perhaps the most dominant player on that team was defensive tackle Marcus Thomas, who broke multiple team rules before finally being booted off the team late in the season.

The Gators won the 2009 national title mainly with offense and perhaps the most talented offensive player was Percy Harvin, who was suspended from competition during his senior season in high school because of anger issues. Harvin managed to somehow stay out trouble and remain eligible at Florida, but when he recently decided to turn pro he immediately failed an NFL drug test. Presumably, those tests were easier to pass at UF (or did he have a tutor take them for him?

Are all of Florida's arrests over the last four years serious crimes? Not at all. There is the usual array of alcohol-related collegiate antics. But there are also nine felonies. That's unfathomable, especially for a coach who came to Florida and bragged that UF would recruit "only the top 1 percent of the top 1 percent." Who knew Meyer was talking about the top 1 percent of America's Most Wanted.

And now we know why Tim Tebow is so skillful when he goes to prisons and preaches to inmates during the offseason. He gets plenty of practice — in UF's own huddle."

So now let's track where the courtside seats, the bail money and the cash flow for the extensive legal representation costs for each of these cases...oh, wait, I am being told that maybe, just maybe we shouldn't go there. They have won National Championships and we should look the other way?

Does any more really need to be said? I don't think so...


We're loaded at safety already.

maybe we are loaded at safety but I hope you are not counting JoJo Nicolas as part of that loaded idea. He is always out of positon and hates to make contact with people.

is there any chance this kis is gonna get on the field this year

how was Fenway ?


Here's a link to the Bio for the "journalist" that wrote the story about UM on Bleacher Report! WOW! Who's his agent, Master P????

Not sure what I love most, the Bear Bryant fidora, the greasy weave, or his "Pledge" to The U of ALA!


Kehoe, c'mon man! This is beneath even you!

P.S. Nice reporting on the cost savings going on at USF Green. It shows a lot of foward thinking on behalf of ONE of the state run schools! Once again Miami will lead by example on our way out of this financial meltdown!


Go 'canes!

Posted by: Sarasota 'cane | June 17, 2009 at 11:12 AM

U 'soda boy , are what u preach

nice hat huh ?

U a racist ? yeah

U a racist ? yeah

naw , ur just dumb

Canes fans talking about UF and their criminal records. LOL one huge LOL.

A lonely panthug coming on here talking smack. LOL. Now run along.

U 'soda boy , are what u preach

nice hat huh ?

U a racist ? yeah

Posted by: Close Ur Eyes ... U | June 19, 2009 at 05:59 AM

That's your response???????? WOW! GREAT comeback!

Go 'canes!

Don't worry J, you are in NO danger of winning a t-shirt here. What you are in danger of is spending time fighting with an ignorant and lonely Gator fan and getting bashed by other alleged Canes fans. Enjoy!

Posted by: 86Cane | June 18, 2009 at 06:12 PM

Wow!! how times have changed...i haven't been on any of these blogs for a while cause there's nothing but hype and bs in the off-season when nobody really knows whats going to happen. But i remember the Canespace crew hanging on Manny's sac and trying to get him over there for interviews and all that. Now u come over here and trash his blog by talking it down? Sad day!

Cuban...we are still good friends with Manny. We exchange emails and always post links to his new content here. He even posted a comment on Canespace this week.

It's just the bloggers here that suck, not the blog.

He didnt bash this site
What he was bashing is the fact that there is not much talk about Cane topics anymore.
Manny has been occupied with the Marlins and true Cane fans understand that and speaking for myself ive always respected his information on the Canes.
I`m not going to speak for `86 but he`s a good man with a great site and him and Manny get along just fine
Nobody is hanging on anyones sac
Its called not turning your back on someone just because you started a new site.
Go to Canespace and ask `86 if you thought he was thrashing Manny
Man up!!!

I don't have to man up to anything buddy. I am a true Cane fan and haven't a missed a home game since '95 even when i was in Tallahassee for a year going to TCC and repping that U. I just don't get involved with all the bs. I apologize if i'm wrong but thats what it sounded like. Like i said i haven't been checking into any of the sites lately cause there's nothing but hype and ish talking during this time. My bad 86, i interpretted what u said the wrong way.


Time is running out to vote for your team of the decade (so far). I will officially close the poll at 9 a.m. Monday, when I begin the countdown for my pick as the best team this decade.

As of 10 a.m. this morning, the 2001 Hurricanes had overtaken the 2005 Longhorns as your choice. The race tightened up between the two schools in the last several days.

The 2008 Gators, despite one loss to Ole Miss, are running third.

Over 3,300 votes have been cast. Your votes will be featured along with my countdown. Thanks for your interest!

Who is the best team of the decade (so far)?
2000 Oklahoma 9% (322 votes)2001 Miami 27% (954 votes)2002 Ohio State 1% (46 votes)2003 LSU 1% (31 votes)2004 USC 9% (314 votes)2005 Texas 28% (977 votes)2006 UF 3% (114 votes)2007 LSU 1% (23 votes)2008 UF 21% (733 votes)
Total Votes: 3514

My bad 86, i interpretted what u said the wrong way.

Posted by: cubancane | June 19, 2009 at 01:20 PM

It's cool Cuban, just a simple misunderstanding. No harm no foul.


Posted by: cubancane | June 19, 2009 at 01:20 PM

My bad cubancane. Its just sometimes on here you just never know.
There was no reason for me saying man up
I also go to alot of the games during the year both at home and on the road
I hope to see you at a few. I owe you a cold one, and we`ll sit back and cheer for our beloved Canes.
See you around the sites

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