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Top 60 Countdown: No. 30, CB Sam Shields

As Eye on The U's countdown of the Top 60 players at UM continues, we've decided to skip ahead to the middle of the pack and take a look at No. 30: Canes cornerback Sam Shields, who moves over to defense after spending his first three years at UM as a receiver.

Sam Shields made the move to corner this spring > What we heard about him on Signing Day '06: A consensus Top 30 national receiver, it was big news when Shields picked UM over Florida and LSU. The former standout at Sarasota Booker caught 67 passes for 1,201 yards and 22 touchdowns his senior year to lead Booker to the Class 3A crown.

> What he's done as a Cane: His freshman year at UM began oh-so promising as he started seven games and caught 37 passes for 501 yards and three scores (the most balls caught by a freshman since Reggie Wayne in 1997). It's been all downhill for Shields since then. He was suspended for a few games a sophomore and caught just 27 passes before hauling in just 11 last year. Other than his big third down catch at Virginia, he basically disappeared behind the incoming freshman before finally getting moved to corner by coach Randy Shannon in the spring.

> What Eye On The U expects from him in '09: While Shannon has said he expects Shields to play considerably, Eye On The U expects that to mean on special teams. Shields, a flier on punt returns, can be special in that capacity because of his team-leading 4.20 speed in the 40-yard dash. But understanding coverages is a whole different ball of wax. Although he had one pass deflection in the spring, it's likely going to take Shields all season to adjust more complex passing schemes. If he plays corner, it will likely only be in the event of injury or in dime situations.

Top 60 Countdown: No. 60, LB C.J. Holton


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What happened to 59-31?

Just figure I folded the 60 in half. I'm going to go with No. 59 and No. 29 tomorrow.

thanks manny

Manny...Welcome back! Long time no see?

Good to have you back in the Canes corner and giving us the news we can use. The 1-60 analysis should be fun to watch play out.

Take care and GO CANES!

I like money.

Thanks Manny! I believe we are going to turn some heads this year. Nice job folding them in half. That Heather Dinich lady is a cane hater! really..Bosher at 30 and thats it i bet. hopefully shields gets some playing time at corner. he has the speed and the knowledge of the receivers he should spell both of the corners. and i believe that chavez is a good nickel corner. and with mcgee and reid we should be good..

Manny...did U see this feature on Sam Shields that includes an interview with his father after the Spring Game:


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 & his ill-gotten blog …
documented liar, thief, plagiarist, parasite, megalomaniac, libeler, creep ...


your niche aside …
reviled throughout the Hurricane blogosphere …


some people are posting for fun and the love of the game...and some have agendas!
You figure it out.

Posted by: M.H. | December 13, 2008 at 07:35 PM

Manny, don't hurt your blog, to help someone elses...Wake-up!

Posted by: M.H. | December 13, 2008 at 07:08 PM

pegged as an opportunist ...
using Eye on the U to recruit, advertise & leverage manny navarro for access ...


86 is a 0, go back to lamespace. Let the real canes talk here.

The sam shields story is basically the randy shannon story. Lots of potential, little result. Playing one position one day to another position another day. Shields can't do crap at CB the way Hill couldn't play WR (or safety for that matter), the way K Robinson is all over the place, same for Damien Berry. Then there's the Richard Gordon TE to KR experiment! What's this guy thinking? Bosher will probably be our next QB.


please vote on the poll on this blog:
We are in Day 2 of our weeklong survey asking: What is the team of the decade (so far?)

As of 9:15 a.m. this morning, 1,249 votes have been cast, and the 2005 Texas team leads the pack. The 2008 Gators are No. 2, followed by the No. 3 Miami Hurricanes.

The poll will be open all week, so please vote. On Monday, I will debut my countdown to the greatest team of the decade on this blog, and feature the voters' results, too.

I haven't heard of Sheilds having off-the-field issues, so good for him on getting things turned around.

I read somewhere that being talented at something isn't enough to be successful. Success is about being talented at the right time. Sheilds possess great receiving skills, it was just too little too late. I'm really not expecting much from him this year. It takes time to become a good CB.

Thanks Manny, good to read some Canes stuff from you again.

Ponce makes the right point - Shields is yet another case of unrealized hype: a highly-ranked elite prospect who flopped at the U. Shields follows in the footsteps of many who have recently preceded him - Lance Leggett, Ryan Moore, and Tyrone Moss come to mind immediately. Is this the result of poor scouting and / or coaching, or is this typical for all major football programs?

Posted by: 86Cane | June 18, 2009 at 12:33 AM

Posted by: green | June 18, 2009 at 08:09 AM

"Like sands through the hour glass, so are the days of our lives"! Que soap opera music...

"Can't we all just get along"? - Rodney King

"There is no tomorrow"! - Rocky's trainer

"They're starting to fight amongst themselves! Perfect I tell you, perfect! Buwahahahahahaha"! - Kehoe's Steamer

Go 'canes!

the hype the former U players have. what a dissapointment,but i guess it was a mixture of the players realizing to they're self that they made it to the U and do not have to work as hard as they once did just to get recognzie. or it could be case of not good develoment.but with the last two class and hopefully a solid third randy can finally say he has built the depth and atmosphere the U had and was building prior 04-07.

Totally agree with these blogs

Sam Shields- Highly recruited, 4-2 40 speed. Among other flops. It's time for coaches at UM to start recruiting FOOTBALL PLAYERS. Receivers that can catch, not just run: THIS AINT TRACK AND FIELD!

rECRUIT PLAYERS THAT are also smart, run good routes and can catch the rock! Even if they are slower~!

As far as that poll on the teams of the decade----Its not even an issue. The gators and USC have dominated, but if the question is, which is the best team of the decade, there is a simple answer--- THE TEAM THAT IS WIDELY BELIEVED TO BE THE BEST COLLEGE FOOTBALL TEAM OF ALL TIME:


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