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Ryan Hill happy to cook shrimp, corner receivers

Ryan Hill doesn't want to be known as Bubba Gump. But when it comes time to throwing down shrimp, there might not be a better cook on the Hurricanes team.

It's why on Saturday nights during the summer, the entire team flocked to his place about as often as they did to Colin McCarthy and Jason Fox's house for "Fish Fry Night." So, who is the best cook on the team?

022409_ryan_hill "My vote would have to go with Ryan Hill," sophomore cornerback Brandon Harris said. "His shrimp, he's got something special on that. He'll fry it, bake it, sautee it, grill it, we'll have a shrimp party all night."

Hill, a senior, actually shared his special shrimp recipe with me Monday: "The one the guys really love is the barbeque grilled shrimp I do. I do it on a shish kabob stick, put some lemon pepper spices and then add the Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce. And then, I stir fry some on the stove. I give them the best of the best."

Whether its cooking, hosting parties or playing designated driver, Hill has always aimed to be a good teammate off the field about as often as he's been one on it.

When he signed with UM in 2005, the Tallahassee native thought he was destined to follow in the footsteps of Antrel Rolle and become the Canes next great cornerback. But when he got to UM, Larry Coker had a different plan for him. With the Canes short on receivers, Hill made the move to offense and in two seasons caught 19 passes for 182 yards and two touchdowns. Last season, he made the move back to defense -- but was learning how to play safety. He did OK, starting five games, making 34 tackles and deflecting two passes.

But now, as he enters his final year at UM, the 6-foot, 205-pounder is happier than he's ever been. Why? Because he's finally back where he was meant to be -- corner. This spring, he split time at corner and safety. But with UM still a little short at corner, the decision was made this offseason to let him return to corner full time -- with the possibility he could slide back to safety if needed.

"One thing I wanted to do is get better in shape and fine tune myself," said Hill, who ran the fourth fastest 40 time on the team this spring (4.40) and ranked in the Top 20 in all five testing categories. "With coach Swasey and his program, I think I took full advantage of it. I'm healthy, big and as fast as I've ever been. I'm going to take it to the field. Whether I'm at corner or safety, I'm comfortable. I'll do whatever it takes to win a national championship."

Through UM's first three practices, Hill said he's been working primarily at field corner with freshman Brandon McGee and junior Demarcus Van Dyke. That would leave Brandon Harris, Sam Shields and Chavez Grant working at boundary corner. Hill said Monday he worked with the second team during 11-on-11 drills and with the first team during 7-on-7s. "We have three groups and we're all rotating," Hill said.

Last season, the Hurricanes finished with just four interceptions (tied for fewest in team history). Hill said he wished media and fans would also give the Canes more credit for finishing seventh in the nation in pass defense (165 ypg). "It's tough when people grade you just off turnovers and interceptions," Hill said. " To me, we finished seventh in pass defense and only had four INTs. What if we get 19 or 20 this year? We could be No. 1. People shouldn't underestimate what we can do with this secondary. We have a lot of great athletes and a lot of guys who are no longer freshmen."

MCGRIFF EXCITED ABOUT SECONDARY

I had a chance to sit down for a one-on-one interview with defensive backs coach Wesley McGriff Tuesday and here are some nuggets from our conversation.

> I asked McGriff to explain what exactly a boundary corner and a field corner is and what is needed to play those spots. He also let me in on his philosophy coaching his players.

"In football, the majority of the game is played at the hash [mark]. The boundary coner covers the short side, sideline in. The field corner has got to cover a lot more ground, and a lot more routes are thrown at him. The field [corner] needs to have good feet, but more vertical speed because that's where you have to cover more ground. You may get more throws into the boundary, but the routes in the boundary are going to be in a smaller area. So, you have to have really quick feet and be good against the run. You usually cover more physical guys there.

"Brandon Harris, and Chavez Grant are more boundary guys. A guy like DVD can play both, but he's a big asset to the field because of that speed. Ryan Hill too. Sam Shields could play both also. But the key is you can't limit yourself. If you are my third best corner, you have to get into the game. You strive to get those guys in field and boundary to learn both and then try to train them for a particular area. But ultimately you got to get your best on the field, the combinations that work."

> Although we don't get to see practice -- all reporters must get accounts from players and coaches as to how practice went -- we've definitely been hearing about the secondary creating more turnovers through the first three days of camp. McGriff said its a result of a maturity. "Once you get older as a unit, those things start coming," McGriff said.

"When you are young, your just trying to line up in the right spot. Now, they're going to take the next step. We were 7th in the country [in pass defense]. But that wasn't good enough for the University of Miami. That's just the starting point. We have to affect the game, we have to take the ball away from the opponent. That's all we keep stressing to these guys. Don't be afraid to make plays."

> McGriff said moving Hill to corner full time was necessary for depth. "We needed some knowledge there. Ryan is going to help us at that spot. Ryan could be a really great corner. He has all the tools and abilities to be a great corner. I think it's a benefit to have a guy we can move to the edge and cover man to man and has all the change of direction, the ball skills. That kid really, really works hard. He's going to be a good kid for us."

> As for safety Ray Ray Armstrong, McGriff said its too early to judge how much of an impact he could make as a freshman. "He's got to get more comfortable in the scheme," McGriff said. "He may not be playing fast because he's not sure. Just like Brandon [Harris] and Vaughn Telemaque had to get past that freshman stage. It's hard to come in as a true freshman and make plays. How much training did they get in high school? Was he a fulltime DB? No. Now, he is. What I like is his attitude, his size, he's a winner. He's really smart and he just loves the game."

> I asked McGriff if some of the expectations for Vaughn Telemaque, whom Shannon compared to Ed Reed last season, are too high for a player who played in just three games last year. "He's got to play good for us. He's one of our guys for us," McGriff said.

"I don't think anybody could put higher expectations on Vaughn than Vaughn himself. He's really critical of himself. He has to play good for us. He's worked hard all summer to get himself in that position. He'll live up to his own expectations. He knows he has to watch film over and over again. I tell him all the time he has to be the QB on defense. He wants to be good. The one thing about Vaughn is he's going to use all the resources around him to make sure he's great. Whether its an NFL player, coaches, film, he's going to use whatever. I know he spent one day with Ed Reed this summer, asking him questions. I told the guys when they're walking around the building, you have to ask guys these questions. He did."

> As for freshman Brandon McGee, McGriff said the Plantation High star needs to pick up schemes more. "Brandon's biggest thing is he's not 100 percent comfortable and sure of what he's doing. Once he does, he's going to be a great corner. He and I talked about it yesterday. Let it go and stop worrying about making a mistake."

MORE NOTES...

> I caught up with redshirt freshman Ben Jones. He told me he's been moved back to left tackle, after playing only right tackle in the spring. That means Jermaine Johnson has moved back to right tackle, where he started out in the spring before moving to the left side.

"At first it was kind of a weird adjustment because I was so used to the right side and I'm right handed," Jones said. "But I'm learning from [Jason] Fox and he's teaching me, correcting me when I make mistakes."

Jones, who said he shed 10 pounds in the summer and now stands 6-5, 290, said he realizes the importance of playing well on the left side because it protects the blind side of quarterback Jacory Harris. "You have to be on your Ps and Qs on your left side. You have to be on your A game when your blocking for Jacory. I'm treating it like I was in high school, protecting him like he's my baby."

> UM coach Randy Shannon complimented the play of tight end Jimmy Graham Monday, saying he ran routes well with shoulder pads on. He also had good things to say about receiver Leonard Hankerson, saying he's become a leader and is "much better."

Hankerson spent this summer working with former Miami Dolphin great Mark Duper on catching. "It was fun and exciting," Hankerson said of working with Duper. "I just worked on catching the ball, looking it in, running routes better and concentrating on the ball. Now, I'm just looking at catching the point of the ball." Hankerson said its worked so far in practice. "I'm catching everything now," he said.

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Oy.

Manny, can you fix the font on the above article. You can't read the end of every line.

Looks like I'm 3rd or 4th....punk snitches.

Ummm...nobody cares that the Canes were 7th in pass defense because the numbers are skewed. Opposing offenses were too busy running all over the front seven that they didn't need to throw the football. And even on passing plays, shutting down the receivers is great, but who cares when Christina Ponder runs for 140+ yds on broken plays?

Manny--- Tell the players we need a UM Cook Book so we can whip up there favorites while we tailgait!! haha

Thanks of the info regarding the field and boundary corner. That was very imformative for me, and really added alot to understanding the CB situation and personel.

umbrian, so true , not a good thing to bring up in an interview. Sam Shields is going to be a defensive thief, might turnout to be the best db this yr.

Hopefully someone informs Hill that part of playing in the secondary is tackling. This is especially true against option teams like GT. After watching that game I had no desire to credit anyone in that secondary.

Seems like he can cook a shrimp though.

The corners can tackle and growing up on the field will help them this year. One thing u have to admit they have the former stars to learn from and it sounds like they all hang out together. Coud be the start of good things this year.

Miami has limited funds
Even with all of those disadvantages

Posted by: Canesjunkie | August 10, 2009 at 01:30 PM

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/umiami/2009/02/economy-hurting-canes-too.html

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=aYYY_mDwYMkY&refer=us

UM’s athletic budget tops $60M …

CRY POVERTY

Miami has no TV contract (noone has a deal like ND)
Even with all of those disadvantages

Posted by: Canesjunkie | August 10, 2009 at 01:30 PM

as an aside, I love your enthusiasm junkie …
next spring, ACCepts bids on a new TV deal …
the most conservative estimates peg bundled basketball & football rights at $120M a year or $1.8B over 15 years a la the yes-e-c …
throw in A-1 baseball, women’s basketball & Olympic sports …
not to mention Raycom partnering with Comcast or FitTV selling equity stake or ESPN rebranding Classic to syndicate the brand new ACC channel nationally …
don’t cry for me my friend …
no conference can match our depth, reach & market size …
from Miami to boston …
going my way …

GOING RATE

7th in the nation in pass defense? The answer is simple...why pass when you can rush for 400+ yards! The run defense was horrid last year...this we know. I sincerely hope the arm tackles and bad angles taken by the secondary are a thing of the past.

Glad to see Green is back to butch slap Gaturds with facts.

Couldnt agree more Patriot. What is wrong with these Canes? Jacory, Ryan Hill and so on just need to shut up. This is such fake swagger. Go out win some games before you start talking about the Heisman and how great the passing defense was.

I love it when you and your minion's say something negative, so that you can agree with yourselve's "14"! What a clown!


Couldn't agree more Patriot. What is wrong with these Canes? Jacory, Ryan Hill and so on just need to shut up. This is such fake swagger. Go out win some games before you start talking about the Heisman and how great the passing defense was.

Posted by: SOUP | August 10, 2009 at 08:02 PM

You've ruined your own blog, Gator Clause, and now your daughter is a "virtual" Skank! Way to represent "14"!

MAN, YOU'RE HARDCORE!

C'mon gator's, get up, and go....

SOUP, first of all, Jacory didn't say he was gonna win the heisman. Le Betard asked him if he thought he would and he answered the question. What'd you want him to say? "Nope. I suck"? Second of all, what do you want anybody to say. They can't win games till the season starts, and they can't win games if they don't have confidence in themselves. They're not just saying it, they're working hard to back it up. You gotta admit, it has a different feel than the last couple years. or you don't. whatevs.

Howdy Pards:
I want us to beat FSU 38 -14

Go Canes!

Say waht you will GAYtors Miami still has more wins over UFag than UFag has over the U and we still have more National Championships thanthe GAYtors! Booyakasha!

It still too early to tell but we will know come September when we take on FSU in Tallahassee....But you have to like the kids attitudes heading into the season. If they put the work in this summer, it should pay off the first few games.

Bottom line is, big plays win games on O and D and these kids have the playmakers to get er done. Now, they just have to execute!

GO CANES....4-0

Does anyone know why the ball is set at hash marks in the first place, as opposed to just the center of the field? Just curious.

If the ball is downed outside the hash marks, then the ball is placed at the hash mark nearest the ball. If the ball is downed inside the hash marks, then the ball is placed at the spot where it was downed. As far as "Why", not sure.

The hash marks are also wider in college so the field goal kickers have a bigger area to make their kicks from. -yahoo answers

Nate,

The guy was given the job by Shannon after he promised him playing time as a freshman. He has a terrible arm and was not impressive at all against quality competition. HE couldnt beat out Marve so Shannon handed him the job. He talks a big game but has proven nothing. As much as I hate Tebow, I wish JH could learn to be more like him. I hope the Canes start recruiting a big time QB with a real arm.

As much as I hate Tebow....

Posted by: SOUP | August 11, 2009 at 01:21 PM

As much as you hate Tebow??????

Dude you VIRTUALLY blow Tebow on the Gator Clause blog!

A FAKE NOSE AND GLASSES IS NOT A DISGUISE

A FAKE NOSE AND GLASSES IS NOT A DISGUISE

Posted by: She "Throws" a nice one "14"! Thank the Mrs. for us! "Wink, wink!" | August 11, 2009 at 01:29 PM

Even if you use the optional plastic moustache attachment!

WHAT A LOSER

Still reading every word of it!

Soup:

Tebow is saving himself...I can cheer for a guy that turns down the sexy little things they have at that school.

While a personally thought Marve had more potential, Jacory Harris beat him out for QB.

Green:

I appreciate the knowledge you bring to this blog.

ND's TV contract broadcasts all home games on network TV in the middle of the afternoon. That contract is worth a lot of hard and soft dollars. It's not the same as the conference having a TV contract. Even with a crap product and coach, ND can stand alone.

And UF??? They can outspend us. It takes an Elbow-gate situation to beat us on the field, but they can outspend us. We're taking the bus to 2 games this year.

There's money out there for us because we have a national following, but we need a good team before we can cash in.

Im sure that you can find excuses for pass D #1-6 also. Cmon give them some credit.

I get a kick out of all the gayturds on this site. Canes can't do this,canes get no turnout
to games and so on.
Yea, the canes get 50,000 but I bet there are more people who have ever stepped foot in a college than all 95,000 screaming,red man spitting,red neck idiots in that s#%$thole of a stadium designed to hold half that many.
get your GED and shut up.

Blue Out

I always thought hash marks were used to keep play near the center of the field and 'strategery'.

The ball is spotted at the hash mark closest to where the ball was stopped. They allow for enough room to be available to play either side of the line of scrimmage.

The guy was given the job by Shannon after he promised him playing time as a freshman. He has a terrible arm and was not impressive at all against quality competition. HE couldnt beat out Marve so Shannon handed him the job. He talks a big game but has proven nothing. As much as I hate Tebow, I wish JH could learn to be more like him. I hope the Canes start recruiting a big time QB with a real arm.

Posted by: SOUP | August 11, 2009 at 01:21 PM

LMAO, you just proved you dont know what your talking about at all.

Anybody with an ounce of football knowledge knows that Jacory was the better QB of the two and was a TRUE freshman!!! Marve should have been able to blow him out during the QB comp. since it was his second year at UM and if not for Jacory UM loses to duke & virginia and doesnt make a bowl game...

and about your last comment on big time QB's, two words...Kyle Wright

I rest my case

What!,

LMAO.

You prove you know nothing. Marve had almost the same amount experience as Harris due to his prior injury.

Miami wins the UNC game if Harris does not play and rolls. If the Duke player does not drop the ball thrown by Harris, Duke Wins. The Virginia was a terrible throw that Byrd made a great play on.

Keep saying stars dont matter. Lets look at the the top 5 teams over the past 5 years. UF, LSU, USC, Texas and Oklahoma. What do they all have in common? They were all ranked in the 10 recruiting over the same time.

Jacory was the better of the two???? HUH???? Marve was a dipshyt but he had way better running ability, Jacory better not run, and Marve had a much stronger arm too. You're letting the NW connection cloud your judgement. We lost big time , I don't care about the "attitude" nonsense, when Marve transfered out of UM. j

The ball is set down at the place where it was downed when inside the hash marks so that teams can set up the next play by running to a spot, especially when the next play is a field goal. Usually up the gut.

That's football 101 dummy.

Hey Soup! Let me remind you that Harris led two come from behind victories as a true freshman that Marve would have screwed up. Marve had a rocket launcher on his shoulder, and threw missiles all the time. Unfortunately for him, missiles aren't always required. Sometimes a little touch on the ball is all you need. Marve played sandlot style football, throwing the ball into triple coverage at times, and it seem as if he could not read a defense to save his life...and let's not even talk about going through pass progressions! Harris is more cerebral often opting to dink and dunk his way down the field instead of chucking it up for grabs. His arm strength was an issue and I'm certain strength coach Swasey has worked with him on that. If you remember fans ridiculed Joe Montana's slight build and "wet noodle arm" and he's one of the greatest!

Glad to see Green is back to butch slap Gaturds with facts.

Posted by: canesrule is back on this blog | August 10, 2009 at 08:01 PM

thank you for the kind words, canesrule …

EXQUISITE TASTE

Green:

I appreciate the knowledge you bring to this blog.

Posted by: Canesjunkie | August 11, 2009 at 02:04 PM

thank you for the kind words, junkie …

EXQUISITE TASTE

Green:

ND's TV contract broadcasts all home games on network TV in the middle of the afternoon.

Posted by: Canesjunkie | August 11, 2009 at 02:04 PM

technology leveled the playing field …
for argument’s sake, the ACC re-ups with Disney & Raycom …
ABC/reverse mirror, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, Raycom/Comcast syndication, ACC channel …
phew!
one can watch & rewatch UM …

SOMEWHERE

Green:

That (ND) contract is worth a lot of hard and soft dollars. It's not the same as the conference having a TV contract.

Posted by: Canesjunkie | August 11, 2009 at 02:04 PM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Safety_in_numbers

irresistible brands rule the roost …
the ACC will leverage duke/carolina basketball & UM/f$u football to shake down the networks for a king’s ransom …
if all goes well …
our TV income will double notre lame’s (reportedly $9M a year)

SAFETY IN NUMBERS

Green:

And UF??? They can outspend us.

Posted by: Canesjunkie | August 11, 2009 at 02:04 PM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diminishing_returns

LAW OF DIMINISHING RETURNS

Green:

We're taking the bus to 2 games this year.

Posted by: Canesjunkie | August 11, 2009 at 02:04 PM

a penny saved is a penny earned
-- benjamin franklin

JAcory was not good against quality opponents. His weak is exposed. His chance to shine against Cal was a complete dude. The guy cant make all the throws. 1-3 best case scenario and 0-4 is a definite possibility.

Way for Green to bring the facts. 50,000 average attendance, what a joke. I was at every game and the only game that was packed was FSU. Most games were about 25,000.

learn how to spell soup boy!

With the high taxes rates, a penny saved is TWO pennies earned:)

Soup boy- then how do you explain Marve's "Heimanesque game against UCF?" what excuse do you have for him?

No soup for me.

Bottom line- Harris bailed Marve against Duke, against Va and the Cal thing, hey he was hurt. So what how do call being sacked - no pummled a "duse"? I mean dud? Soup- You are a soup: water, bull-s0t, cow-dung, and gator cr-p. yummy

Don't be afraid to make plays..i luv dat sayn..and all gators get off dis blog..damn

Man, reading the other Herald articles, it is now becoming obvious that even semien-hole fans are up to the smack talk. Why? Why? I mean, what is there to be cocky about as a h(n)ole fan? You no longer are Number 2 to Um in players in the NFL (that now belongs to LSU), you havent won a NC in 10 years, you havent even come close, your star rb and almost all your WRS are gone, your star LB is gone, your D coordinator is leaving after this yr, Bobby the hound dog whiner Bowden will be gone after this yr, and you are about to have 14 wins revoked- which means last year, we beat you! So, come on, stop acting like the gaturds.

Soup--- i forgot you know it all mr. canespace

Marve had the same time as Harris??? I know he had the hand injury but he ran the scout team for a good amount of his freshman season and should have been head and shoulders better than a 17 year old true freshman

and the UNC game is on the defense, they let the heels come back and take the lead...plus if Kayne catches that pass we still win, and your insane if you think Miami wins those game against duke & virginia without Harris at QB, and Cal was a top ties team last year and Harris still had UM in position to win the game. and yes stars mean nothing, remember all cokers top 5 recruiting classes because i sure as hell do and nothing came from them

sounds like you had a man crush on marve and are crying like a little school girl now because hes gone

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrzaTpIoAe0

Classic Video!

Manny, today is the first day of practice with full pads. Are you going to have a recap?

http://video.yahoo.com/watch/5658542/14835590


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