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Top 60 Countdown: No. 1, LB Sean Spence

We've reached the end of our Top 60 Countdown and by now you've figured out Sean Spence is the player No. 1 on my list. When I set out to rank these players, I factored in what they've already accomplished, what they mean to the team and what they are expected to do in 2009. Spence ranked No. 1 in two of those categories (accomplished, expectations) and thus earned the top overall spot.

Sean Spence > What we heard about him on Signing Day '08: The leader and three-year captain of Miami Northwestern's defense, which won back-to-back Class 6A state titles. An Under-Armour All-American, he made more than 250 tackles in his final two season combined and was ranked the 13th best outside linebacker in the country by Rivals.com and the second best by ESPN.com.

> What he's done as a Cane: Spence wasn't the biggest name UM landed from Miami Northwestern or even the best linebacker in his class (Arthur Brown was rated higher). But he's certainly risen through the ranks quickly. He heard ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2008 after finishing third on the team in tackles (65) and starting in nine games. He returned his first interception for a touchdown against Florida State and made a SportsCenter Top 10 hit on Tim Tebow and Gators running back in the loss at Florida. But his biggest play was coming up with the fumble at Virginia in UM's overtime come-from-behind victory.

> What Eye On The U expects from him in '09: Spence climbed to No. 1 on my list because he embodies all three characteristics I set out when I began ranking players. He's already made a huge imprint win Freshman All-American honors, he's the bonafide leader of UM's defense (say what you want about Randy Phillips, Spence is the man) and without question he's talented enough to be a first round pick in two seasons. At 6-feet, 212-pounds, some people may question if he's big enough to handle the strongside linebacker position. Spence (4.55-speed, 425 squat) is more than qualified. What has always been his strength aside from desire and play making ability is his understanding of the game. This a kid who was breaking down film for seniors at Miami Northwestern when he was a sophomore. Now, he's doing the same at Miami. Players who make it big aren't just physically talented, but they're smart and they're great leaders. Spence embodies it all. And he's just a sophomore. Without him, Miami's defense is at a huge disadvantage. With him a junior, Miami's defense could once again become one of the best in college football. He should not only be top three in tackles again (Colin McCarthy will lead in tackles if he's healthy), but biggest defensive plays (he won that one last year). That's why he's No. 1.

FYI... I decided to take this week off (knowing the Canes start prepping for Florida State next week). So, there updates here from practice later this week. Our Susan Miller Degnan will be out there covering it all when practice resumes this morning. I'll be back out at UM beginning Monday.

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"FACT" nobody reads your lame-o links GREEEEN. U could play at a bowling alley and U would paste links that tell how elite it is.

U are a clown.

"FACT" nobody will bother to scroll back and read your enraged idiocy because even your homer pals see what a blown gasket clown U are Sarasota 'cane. Keep your week shlt over at Lamespace with fatbastard. Oh wait..my bad...I meant 86.

"FACT"

UF has WON a National Championship on your rental field. (smack in da mouf)

UM has won one 'ship in the last 17 years. UF has won 2 out of 3 and soon to be three out of four. That's callled dominance. The only thing U dominate is the number of QB's who have fled from your abominable HC.

"FACT" U exhibit some of the worst special teams in the entire nation. U haven't even said the words "special teams" all summer. It's just one of the several dozen white elephants that keep shltting in your football living room.

"FACT" U had a top 25 passing defense in 08.

Exciting huh? It's too bad that teams weren't throwing for many yards because they were running freely through your secondary.

Here are the facts, "fact" aka p--$$y:

How do you look at yourself in the mirror and actually bring up the deaths of UM players to further you argument?

How did the deaths of those UM players represent a crime, compared to the 24 arrests UF has had in the last four years?

How do you rationalize bringing the deaths of young men to further your argument?

ok UF has has a football team for 102 years (since 1906)

Um has had a football team since 1927 (81 years).

UM has 5 NCs , UF 3

And UM is smaller than UF. Always has been.You are right aboutthat one - score for you weee!

UM= 1 win every 16 years
UF= 1 every 34 years

UF has won 2/ the last 8 NCs
UM 1
Yet, UM still has more players in the NFL by far.

UM's winning ptcg is higher than UF's. all time. Including the bad last 5 years and the probation yrs of 1995-1999

UM and UF have the same number of losses since 1999!---33!!

UF has a losing record in bowls the last 10 years! If that doesnt show you how a team plays outside the comfort of a conference, what does?

You've been had "fact" -- You are a loser just as you sound.

Deaths are brought up because the U is cursed forever and recruits know it. Just stating facts right ?

All those damn stud 1st round draft picks and millionaires and Bryan Pata reward for murder info never exceeded $25K, Sean Taylor gets killed and is memorialized at FIU. WOW, now that's family.

FACT: Sean Spence is a BEAST!!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJ9msKIynUY&feature=PlayList&p=E66C98F1BAC22BB9&index=22

Just one of the reasons Urban Meyer doesn't want a series against us!

UF is at the top and we're comming to get ya'!!!

Enjoy your run now, and cinch up those jorts a little bit higher. In 2010 these two programs will be even talent-wise, and by 2011 we're ahead. As it should have always been.

Rooting for the University of Florida is like cheering on Canada ahead of your own country in the Olympics. The U is and will be the hyperpower of college football. Cherish your little window of opportunity, Gator fans.

Can't wait to see the reaction when Urban goes to the NFL with Tebow next year, too!

Fact: In 3 years, Shannon has not recruited one OL that is starting this year.

Fact: you posing as someone else makes you look like an insecure jackazz

Its disturbing as well as creepy that you stalk people on the internet

Tell me your address, punk. Or meet me somewher in LLKs. I can show you the true meaning of being a cane. And the true meaning of being a gator pus&&&y

Green...we'd be asking a lot of Highsmith to contribute now. I'm not saying he can't improve in the future. It's all moot anyway; he'll have to play if Jacory goes down.

To whoever said we were going to run a 'Wildcat' formation with Highsmith....

I really hope you're wrong, that's the last thing we need around here. The Dolphins resort to that formation because the have terrible wide receivers. Same goes for the Eagles. They need to stretch the defense horizontally because they have no vertical threats.

Highsmith is the only backup and he's fresh out of high school. Why would we run him straight at a defense? Oh right...we have Ray Ray to fill in as the 3rd string.

Ray Ray Armstrong needs to learn the defensive playbook before he does anything else on this team. You're the next Sean Taylor, but we want you to be Pat White for a bit?

Do the Patriots ever take Randy Moss and Tom Brady off of the field for some gimmick package? No! That would be insane. If we've got so many legit receivers...why waste them on this desperation offense.

Don't understand how 10 days before the first game QB2 and QB3 decide to bail. Why is it that other stud QB's are fine at other programs riding the pine and waiting their turn but at UM we have 3 QB's in 2 years bolting the program?

U REALLY CANT UNDERSTAND?

Here's a good place to start dumb cane stooge. The coach has NO leadership skills. The coach has NO development skills. The coach is an embarrassing patological Liar. ( just ask Sarasota, he "shudders" when Marbles speaks)

U DO THE MATH (after U take U head out duh sand)

Dude how many team blogs are you on? My friend is on an UGA blog and he told me there is always someone from UF leaving comments. Someone else read your stuff on Sun-Sentinel.

I figure you're on the UF blogs, this one, UGA, Sun-Sentinel. That's about 5 blogs. I'm sure you hit the Tennessee blog pretty hard also....6, FSU, USC?

Are you in prison? I know they give internet access to prisoners. You've got a lot of rage my man...good luck.

Gator players will be FLOODING INTO the NFL in the next draft. Um will have one maybe two mid rounders. That's the clear sign that U are mow IRRELEVANT. Carlos Dunlap will be a top five overrall and UF will flood the first two rounds.

Congratulations on having two players on the Butkus WATCH LIST U IMMENSE MORON.

Posted by: The curse of art kehoe | August 27, 2009 at 11:38 AM

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and they will be nfl bust just like the rest of them.

This is the final year, then its RIP UF

No more harvin - 2 losses
no more tebow - 4 losses

Who is Carlos Dunlap?

Spikes is the only top 10 pick on UF. Tebow is a great college QB, but noone is going to blow a top 10 pick on him.

"Who is Carlos Dunlap?"

Typical ignorant canefan.

hahahahaha

kehoe, remember your rants about how uf got the best player out of the sanford trio. How miami really wanted debose but he wanted to go to florida.


GAINESVILLE -- Florida Gators freshman receiver Andre Debose could miss significant time this season due to the possibility of a torn hamstring tendon, according to Florida coach Urban Meyer.

``We found out there is some damage to his hamstring,'' Meyer said. ``It doesn't happen very often. It's a tendon, and we're going to evaluate the significance of it.

``It's a real injury. We were worried it was just a tight hamstring, a hamstring pull or a hamstring strain.''

Debose is a former five-star recruit who was considered one of the best receiver prospects in the country last year. He played for Sanford Seminole and led the team to a Class 6A state championship, defeating Miami Northwestern in the final minutes with an acrobatic touchdown reception. Debose later received a high school ESPY Award for a touchdown reception during a nationally televised postseason all-star game.

On National Signing Day, Meyer compared Debose to former Gator Percy Harvin. UF's coach had hoped that Debose could contribute at slot receiver this season but that option seems to be growing increasingly doubtful. Meyer suggested on Saturday that the injury occured at the beginning of the summer, during the Florida High School Athletic Association state track meet.

``There's possibly a torn tendon,'' Meyer said. ``I just found this out last night. It's not a common injury. It must have happened in that state track meet. A lot of times you don't MRI hamstrings, you just heal them and get going.''

Meyer said he will know the full extent of the injury on Monday. Whatever the news, Debose is doubtful for the Gators' season opener against Charleston Southern in seven days. Senior receiver Carl Moore, who suffered a back injury this summer, is also doubtful.

Florida's projected starting receivers are senior Riley Cooper, redshirt sophomore Deonte Thompson, redshirt senior David Nelson and senior Brandon James, the Gators' All-American kick-return specialist.


So my question is, who will be the next percy harvin now?


hahahahahaha

lololololololololol


debose just blew his hammy. waaaaaaah waaaahh
one down.

Teblow's back is hurting. either from bending over too much or????

Carlos Dunlap
Louis Murphy
Percy Harvin

All overrated, none will be in the NFL more thann3 yrs

Timmy TD will be in the NFL as long as Danny wuerffel, then he will join a mission in zambia and circumcise little boys. Then he will "come out" publically.

My prediction. Not that there is anything wrong with that

Dynasty???????????????????????

2000-OK/FSU
2001-UM/Neb
2002-Oh St/ UM
2003-USC=LSU
2004-USC/Aub
2005-tex/ USC
2006-UF/Oh St
2007-LSU/USC (The mighty UF finished 16th!)
2008-UF/USC

ok- 5 pts for winning the NC, 2 pts for finishing 2nd

By this ranking:
USC 16 pts
LSU, UF 10
UM, Oh st 7
Ok 5
Neb, Aub, FSU 2

USC-dynasty
UF no dynasty.

That's a FACt, jack!-

Carlos Dunlap is some random dude...seriously.

UF is good, but their players aren't top 10 pick material. Percy Harvin was your best senior and he got picked 22nd.

Let us know when you have a TE and a safety in the top 10 picks.

Oh...and make sure the TE and safety both make it to the Pro Bowl like Kellen Winslow and Sean Taylor. No regular guys Reggie Nelson please.

Against that creampuff schedule they will look good
You dont find those cupcakes in the NFL
Thats 1 reason those morons in trailorville dont make it
The other being when they are in a gimmick system offense...once again that junk dont cut it at the next level
Just go ask Oscars #1 QB that he said was a cant miss pro Alex Smith
Hows that career turning out for him?

PUT IT LIKE THIS WHEN TEBOW LEAVES ALL U GAYTOR FAN WILL CRAWL BACK INTO THE LAKE AND CRY CAUSE YOU WONT HAVE A QUATERBACK ANYMORE AND YOUR TEAM WILL SUCK SO ENJOY THIS LAST YEAR WITH LIL TIMMY

thats right u of miami- Alex smith highly touted qb fron 12_0 Utah. However, lost in the talk was the fact that the Utes unde Nurban Cryer had the same gimmicky offense teblow runs- Ok, you may win Ncs but in the NFL, nah nah nah!

Ray ray, dyron, you there?


Man, i need my friends right about now.

http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/columnists/barry-jackson/story/1131785.html

Could FIU's best basketball player sue the school? Freddy Asprilla's attorney said he “would sue if necessary” if FIU doesn't relent and allow Asprilla to appeal athletic director Pete Garcia's decision not to grant a release from his scholarship. …
the Sun Belt's Freshman of the Year … wants to go to a major conference school …
UM likes Asprilla -- the 6-10 center signed with the Canes in 2006 but didn't enroll because UM had trouble getting his transcripts from Colombia.
-- barry jackson

http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/colleges/story/1208810.html

UM is interested in center Freddy Asprilla, a former Canes commitment who will transfer from FIU after being named the Sun Belt's top freshman. Asprilla, who's interested in UM, will spend next season playing at Miami Dade College if FIU doesn't grant his release
-- barry Jackson

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/22001/the_romeo_and_juliet_effect.html?cat=2

ROMEO & JULIET EFFECT

Debose Hammy MRI + ...


I'll take over .

THe guys at Canespace have Fox and Epps in the 1st round. What gives?

What gives???

You using someone elses name is pretty pathetic

Cant you do anything original?

The 6-6 Dunlap is a physical specimen who led the SEC with 9-1/2 sacks last year. He has been projected before this season as the 8th pick overall in the next NFL draft.

ignorant canefan

As has many of your over-rated boys have been before

It doesnt matter their size or where someone predicts they go

They suck once they hit the bigtime

Ignorant F.U.-fan

During WQAM's Hurricane Hotline show Wednesday night, Shannon said he had ``just received three transfers trying to transfer to the University of Miami. It's an opportunity that players see at [UM], that we're going to give guys a chance to play. We want competitive young men to come in and compete.''

On Thursday morning, Shannon was asked about the radio comment and if he expected quarterbacks to be joining the team soon.

``No, no, no, no, no,'' Shannon replied. ``It's like anything. You get a lot of kids that want to transfer in and stuff like that. We're solid for what we're going to do this year. We're recruiting quarterbacks. I can't get into recruiting. We have guys that we want and stuff like that [who] have a lot of interest in us. And that's all we're going to worry about that.''

Huhhhhhhhhh ???

Hey soldy, head over to my facebook page and send a friend request. I just set it up so we can reminisce about all the bloody beatdowns we have endured in the last few years.

i love the fact that spence is #1 on your list beacause he's a fellow bull and we know how to win. i feel bad because he'll never expierience a championship in college.

Spence will be lucky to sniff an ACC title.

WHIP IT

Dude how many team blogs are you on? My friend is on an UGA blog and he told me there is always someone from UF leaving comments. Someone else read your stuff on Sun-Sentinel.

I figure you're on the UF blogs, this one, UGA, Sun-Sentinel. That's about 5 blogs. I'm sure you hit the Tennessee blog pretty hard also....6, FSU, USC?

Are you in prison? I know they give internet access to prisoners. You've got a lot of rage my man...good luck.

Posted by: Canesjunkie | August 29, 2009 at 12:03 PM

http://blogs.palmbeachpost.com/caneswatch

the tenacious gaturd graces/defaces pb post, too …

NO STONE UNTURNED

http://newsok.com/sec-sec-sec-...-and-dont-forget-it/article/3396934

There’s something called Southern exceptionalism, where they feel different from other people. They assume a defensive posture. The way it was when I was there, it’s almost like having to take sides every day. There’s a deep-seated inferiority, left over from the 19th century
-- professor william savage

yes-e-c! yes-e-c! yes-e-c!
from fayetteville to gainesville …

YAHOOOOOOO

U.S. News and World Report just ranked UF AHEAD of U.

BETTER THAN U

hahahahaha

kehoe, remember your rants about how uf got the best player out of the sanford trio. How miami really wanted debose but he wanted to go to florida.

GAINESVILLE -- Florida Gators freshman receiver Andre Debose could miss significant time this season due to the possibility of a torn hamstring tendon, according to Florida coach Urban Meyer.

``We found out there is some damage to his hamstring,'' Meyer said. ``It doesn't happen very often. It's a tendon, and we're going to evaluate the significance of it.

``It's a real injury. We were worried it was just a tight hamstring, a hamstring pull or a hamstring strain.''

Debose is a former five-star recruit who was considered one of the best receiver prospects in the country last year. He played for Sanford Seminole and led the team to a Class 6A state championship, defeating Miami Northwestern in the final minutes with an acrobatic touchdown reception. Debose later received a high school ESPY Award for a touchdown reception during a nationally televised postseason all-star game.

On National Signing Day, Meyer compared Debose to former Gator Percy Harvin. UF's coach had hoped that Debose could contribute at slot receiver this season but that option seems to be growing increasingly doubtful. Meyer suggested on Saturday that the injury occured at the beginning of the summer, during the Florida High School Athletic Association state track meet.

``There's possibly a torn tendon,'' Meyer said. ``I just found this out last night. It's not a common injury. It must have happened in that state track meet. A lot of times you don't MRI hamstrings, you just heal them and get going.''

Meyer said he will know the full extent of the injury on Monday. Whatever the news, Debose is doubtful for the Gators' season opener against Charleston Southern in seven days. Senior receiver Carl Moore, who suffered a back injury this summer, is also doubtful.

Florida's projected starting receivers are senior Riley Cooper, redshirt sophomore Deonte Thompson, redshirt senior David Nelson and senior Brandon James, the Gators' All-American kick-return specialist.

So my question is, who will be the next percy harvin now?


hahahahahaha

lololololololololol


Posted by: debose should of came to miami with his friends. karma is a b!tch!!!!!!!!!!!! | August 29, 2009 at 05:09 PM

http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/national-universities-rankings/page+3

Don't look over your shoulder.
Someone may be gaining on you.
-- satchel paige

TOP TIER

The Swamp: While the gameday din in the house that BHG built may be intimidating to opponents, imagine how exhilarating it must be to recruits. There is a reason EASports gives UF the nation’s No. 1 homefield advantage each season in its video game franchise.

You have nothing remotely close to this. NEVER WILL. just one more reason why you relegated to permanent second tier. Right there with the Cincy's and "tough conference foes" like Wake Forest.

WELCOME TO YOUR WELL EARNED PLACE IN THE SECOND TIER

58 home game winning streak say's hello???

"FACT"

UF has WON a National Championship on your rental field. (smack in da mouf)
UF Has a better legacy of winning at Mudshark(Florida Gator Championship Field, aka FGCF)Stadium than UUUUU do. Don't hate losers.

UM has won one 'ship in the last 17 years. UF has won 2 out of 3 and soon to be three out of four. That's callled dominance. The only thing U dominate is the number of QB's who have fled from your abominable HC.

There is a reason EASports gives UF the nation’s No. 1 homefield advantage each season in its video game franchise.

You have nothing remotely close to this. NEVER WILL.

Posted by: gaturd agent provocateur | August 31, 2009 at 10:20 AM

http://blogs.trb.com/sports/custom/business/blog/2009/08/miami_dolphins_owner_steve_ros.html

sarah talalay: Is there any ability or talk of moving some seats closer to the field? That’s what people miss about the Orange Bowl.

Stephen Ross: That’s one of the things we’re looking at. This year with the Sideline Club (passes that allow on-field access throughout the game, new this season) they’re going to be closer to the field. We are studying it. I think when we come up with a total package, I think we can really have a major impact on the stadium.

NEVER SAY NEVER

FACT


it took UF over 100 years to win three.

it took miami less then 100 years to win five.

http://www.landsharkstadium.com/

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/blogs/content/shared-blogs/palmbeach/ufblog/entries/2009/01/21/new_video_boards_for_ben_hill.html

But it wasn’t until the Gators returned home from their BCS Championship Game at Dolphin Stadium - home of the world’s largest high-definition video screens - that the need for new scoreboards at BHG became glaringly obvious.
-- pb post

PENIS ENVY

FACT


Uf has to win two more championships just to be tied with the U.

catch up gators......

Ahhhh 58 games. Those wonderful ANCIENT MEMORIES. Just like your programs winning legacy, an ancient memory. Sad that it was taken from U with the WRECKING BALL

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