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Taylor Cook says he'll be ready if 'it' happens

It's the nightmare scenario Canes fans don't want to stomach this season. And it's probably the only way Taylor Cook gets on the field for more than mop-up duty. The play? Jacory Harris goes down in a heap of pain and UM's offense once again is placed in the hands of an inexperienced quarterback.

Taylor Cook wants Canes fan to know one thing even if it never happens: "I'll be ready."

Taylor Cook Cook, a redshirt freshman, admits he never expected to be one bad break away from being UM's starting quarterback this quickly -- not before Robert Marve left after last season. But now that he could be that guy, he's confident he can handle running Mark Whipple's new offense. You see, the truth is, Cook didn't spend a lot of time learning Patrick Nix's old offense anyway. As the scout team quarterback, he ran the offense of UM's opponents. So, he doesn't need to learn any new terminology. Whipple's playbook was new to him this spring.

"I'm excited and I definitely feel more comfortable knowing I'm going to get a lot more reps this year," said Cook, who stands 6-7 and has added 10 pounds to his frame (235) since arriving. "I feel like I can get comfortable with the offense quickly, the team in general. Being here for a year helped big time. But so has learning this offense since this spring.

"I ran a run based offense my first two years and went to a more spread type thing. This offense is a lot more complex. But it's like going to school. The more you study, the more you are going to learn. I'm pretty comfortable with it now."

Cook, who returned home briefly this summer to help out at his family's rice farm in Texas, said "there are no stupid questions" when Canes quarterbacks are around Whipple. He said the new coordinator hasn't just been patient answering questions, but pointing out improvements in mechanics and delivery. Cook said he's worked on having a quicker release at Whipple's request. He's also been spending more and more time with Harris. This summer, the two roomed together for four weeks and studied nightly.

"We developed a little bit better bond probably," Cook said. "Over the summer, we threw a lot together."

And its during the summer, Cook said, he felt he really got into a groove in Whipple's offense. "The spring was kind of a learning time," Cook said. "But I really like what we did during 7-on-7s. We had a lot of big plays. I think its going to be an exciting year. The players were having more fun, making guys miss and taking the ball 50 years for scores. It's an exciting offense."


> Unfortunately, I couldn't make it out to practice this morning. It wasn't the alarm clock that didn't go off. It was my car that let me down. As I was about to exit the Palmetto Expressway to head down to Coral Gables, my radiator blew and my car overheated. I made it to Media Day, but I was too late for what I heard was a very light practice. I might have made it had I jumped on board with the Sun-Sentinel's Shandel Richardson, who politely pulled his car behind me and asked me if I needed any help. But I wasn't going to leave my car on the 826. Still have to thank Shandel for the gesture. He's a team player.

> I have to hand it to defensive line coach Clint Hurtt for getting a strong message across to his defensive linebefore camp even began: "Finishing last in the ACC in run defense is simply unacceptable." On Friday, Hurtt had his first official meeting in the film room with his players and greeted them with a set of numbers on the chalkboard according to defensive end Adewale Ojomo. "It compared how many yards teams averaged on us each game and how many they averaged on us at the beginning of the season," Ojomo said. "After that, we didn't need to be motivated. All we needed was the practice schedule."

> If you take a look at the Canes' media guide you get the sense the school is definitely trying to remind finds -- and recruits -- of The U's deep connection to championships and the NFL. The back of the guide features hologram photos of former Canes who are now Pro Bowlers. But it isn't just the media guide sending an NFL message. 

Running back Graig Cooper said Whipple treats his players like they're in the NFL. "He's real patient. He lets us have fun. That's one thing I love about him," Cooper said. "It does feel like more an NFL program. He lets us practice. He doesn't dwell on mistakes. We correct them now. But he doesn't dwell on them or treat us like a little high school kid. He'll be patient and let us correct it ourselves."

> Quarterback Jacory Harris made quite a stir last week on Dan LeBatard's radio show when he let loose. Among Harris' gems: He said he'd show up to the Heisman ceremony with a pink suit, an afro and a pimp cup. He also said he didn't believe Gators quarterback Tim Tebow was a virgin. I found the whole interview tongue in cheek. But apparently Randy Shannon didn't. Harris was much more subdued and streamlined in his interview with media today. I want the old, fun Jacory back!

> Defensive tackle Marcus Forston accomplished what he wanted to last season -- he earned Freshman All-American honors and got better as the season progressed. He's got an intriguing set of goals this year: "In the first game, I want to be called out as a starter," Forston said. "Last year, I only started one game. And, I want to lead all defensive tackles in sacks. Not here. In the country. Period."

> I didn't come across any Canes at the Cineplex over the summer, but according to Brandon Harris the Canes made it a point to catch all the blockbuster flicks together this year. The team's favorite? Probably The Hangover. "We do everything together now. Everytime we go out, we have 50, 60 people going to the movies," Harris said. "We send a couple people to buy tickets. Last night we saw GI Joe. A couple weeks back we all went to see Orphan. You'll be surprised how these guys act with a scary movie. Marcus Forston was screaming like a girl. We go to the movies so much. I think the favorite was The Hangover. That was a big one. Everybody was crazy about The Hangover. Mike James saw it about 10 times. He went everyday by himself."


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First! Good job manny.

aww man i thought i was 1st :(

Manny...nice blog. Hang tuff my man and it will turn in your favor soon.


wasup wit travis B and i hope marcus forston can liv up to his words

Now that's a team!

Go Canes!!!

Its coming folks, just be patient and accept the fact that they will take their lumps.

But at times they are going to shock you!

It's close man, real close.

i can feel it already....oooooo i cant wait to talk smac to all the other hurricane haters, especially those stupid puto gators ...lets get it canes
j harris=heisman
hurricanes=natl champions

fuc all other non-hurricanes
wage war against everybody else

that's really funny about orphan. that movie messed with my head for a while. soo scary.

good times....http://collegefootball.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=476476

lol at The Hangover...

Classic line:
"You f*** on me, I f*** on you"! LMAO!!



a good friend of U met his demise …
WQAM fired their Beast for speaking ill of the Miami dolphins …
how dare he ; )
let those sonsofbitches hear you …

joe bell (GM) joe@wkis.com
josh darrow (PD) joshd@wqam.com



I guess Jolly Joe Bell finally figured out the Beast is Jewish. Elbow, out he goes.
Oh well. Didn't belong on the air. Too bad this wasn't a package deal with Zagacki.
His lasting legacy (and it's a good one) will always be "The Bong Song" (Sisqo parody) from Neil's show.
-- IbisNation

I hope it's not true. He was one of very few guys that could / would do shows mostly dedicated to Canes talk.
-- Gooby

its a bad deal that one of the few reporters that actually cares about the team was let go, but we are due an upgrade
-- jevoasis

i've been out of so. fla for basically two years. do guys like bailey and zagacki admit that coker was a joke? or do they still defend him as vehemently as they did when he was a dead man walking?
-- krcane

one of they crew that loved to bash the "village idiots" as Joe Z. liked to refer to so many of the people who didn't like Coker. I don't feel bad that he's gone because it opens up the possibility of an improved broadcast.
-- traitor71

i listen to qam for canes stuff, like basketball, baseball and football games and the occassional hurricane hotline. otherwise, i listen to 790. but beast always seemed like a nice guy. he is a true canes fan. anf hey, in this economy, he is married with a kid i think, you should not wish that anyone lose their job.
-- ibiscool

Although he was a bit of a jerk to his callers, he really did care about the UM programs. The whole crew of Beast, Zagacki, Darrow (who I think is the worst of them all), and Bailey is just terrible. It's a shame we can't have better announcers than these clowns.
The only people worth listening to on QAM are Joe Rose (he brings on great guests) and Goldie.
-- Gocanes881

It wasn't always roses between WVUM & WQAM when I worked for the former, but the Beast was by far the friendliest of the QAM broadcasters and very generous to student broadcasters with his time. He was incredibly nice to me, and was always willing to get VUM kids internships or help anyway he could. I hope he lands on his feet, he's a true Canes fan.
-- TruePoacher

When will the axe fall on Balllick Jr. and Zadorki? Not soon enough, I'm afraid.
-- DCF in LA

I will say that it was nice at least having one guy who would always talk 'Cane sports. He was a big fan (no pun).
-- Don Caneleone


I always liked the Beast becuz he was UM guy through and through. He bleed Orange and Green. I think he will be missed.
-- dmatt

NOOOOOOOO!!!!! I loved The Beast. Sad.


Posted by: Child Please | August 08, 2009 at 07:25 PM

does QAM care about U?
that’s the $64,000 question …
they sacrificed the voice of the University of Miami to placate the goddamn Miami dolphins …
hell, they sacrifice ratings to placate the goddamn Miami dolphins …
shoving that revolting dolphin happy talk down your throat til your ears ring
market leader no more : )
The lovable Beast spoke for U …
far more than the supposed voice joe zagacki who limits his vocabulary to 3 words: uh, um & leadership
I’m not taking this lying down …
and neither should U …



Posted by: Child Please | August 08, 2009 at 07:25 PM

I’m better looking …


you know i turned on the radio late that day and missed the Jacory Interview.. just went back and heard it.. i see why Randy wouldnt be to happy w/ it but i gotta say that was a funny interview

Ok Manny I cant help but think that there is a little hate in this Taylor Cook article, I m glad that he is ready but we the need to make a stir as if JH wont make it through the season....can we just support JH and keep it moving!!! I know there are still doubters but come on he just got the job ......let this dude sit and wait his turn quietly.....Dont hype up a controversy...... Peace go Canes

typo above " but why do we need to make a stir?"

Great read Manny. I love how The U is back to a FAMILY enviroment.

Let me get this straight. So now GREEN has turned this blog into his own personal soap box to support The Beast?

U gotta be kidding me! Try to take some of your OWN advice and go start your OWN blog if U want to champion a cause of your own.


For more on the Canes first practice, click here:


Hey Emilio, great link! I get annoyed at these dopes who try and pretend that Shannon is "not a good x's and o's man". Those who say that should read what you posted. Shannon has had a learning curve as a first time head coach, but I like where he is and where the team is.

Hey Manny, Woodward and Bernstein would have left their car on the Palmetto. You're a Journalist, Man!!!

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

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

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 …
stolen from sunsentinel in the dead of night with a brand stolen from myspace …
documented liar, thief, plagiarist, parasite, megalomaniac, libeler, creep ...


Great articles 86... most recent + 6/13 article. Go C________!

Posted by: jackattck | June 16, 2009 at 08:33 AM



you should know, sir …
theacc.com wrote that & his 6/20 entry …
without linking, sourcing or excerpting …
tom thumb popadak aka 86Cane passed off someone else’s work as his own …
up to your old tricks …





UPDATE: thoroughly embarrassed …
tom thumb popadak aka 86Cane eventually linked & sourced it …
however, reprinting someone else’s entire work without permission constitutes copyright infringement …
he lifts …
because no one would mistake him for hemingway, hawthorne or judy blume …


your notorious niche aside …
reviled throughout the Hurricane blogosphere …


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

Posted by: 86Cane | June 19, 2009 at 01:07 PM

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

talking down Eye on the U all the while talking up his ill-gotten blog …
who sucks?
judging by your (omni)presence here …


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: 86Cane | August 19, 2007 at 12:21 PM

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

Posted by: 86Cane | 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: 86Cane | 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


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

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

green with envy …


Manny....what happened to Collier yesterday? I think he hurt his left leg, but I saw him reaching around and grabbing his hamstring.

86...did you say the bloggers on here suck?

it took butch 5 yrs(1 on probabtion) to get his players in , buy into it, and get skill players on the 1st/2nd/3rd teams. We are real close now. If UF won with Sophs/Jr's due to a special qb, jacory is a winner and can win the close games. The top 3-4 teams every yr have 1 thing in common, 1-2 guys at the heisman ceremony, Just like 00-02, dorsey and mcgahee were there, and we won. If we beat FSU on the road on a monday nt , that can set the tone

where can i find the jh interview? 790's website is so f*ckin confusing...

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"I can feel it...coming in the air tonight."

Go Canes!

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