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Top 60 Countdown: No. 7, LB Colin McCarthy

As practice moves along, I want to make sure we wrap our series of counting down the Top 60 players at UM. After today, we've got six left. Here's a look at No. 7: Linebacker Colin McCarthy

If this was a list about guys who were missed last season, McCarthy would be No. 1. His departure following a shoulder injury, devastated UM's run defense. Now healthy, the 6-3, 242-pound junior (who has two years left of eligibility) can't wait to start drilling opposing running backs.

Colin McCarthy > What we heard about him on Signing Day '06: An all-state linebacker at Clearwater Central Catholic, McCarthy finished his senior year with 133 tackles, four sacks, and one interception. On offense, as a tight end and receiver, he caught 38 passes for 644 yards and seven touchdowns and went on to play in the CaliFlorida Bowl All-Star Game. He was rated the 24th best outside linebacker by Rivals.com and 36th by Scout.com. When he chose UM over Ohio State, Nebraska, Florida, Georgia and Indiana, Canes fans believed they were getting a new version of Dan Morgan.

> What he's done as a Cane: After playing in nine games and blocking a punt as a true freshman, he moved into the strongside linebacker role in 2007 and started 10 games, finishing fifth on the team with 74 tackles -- including a team-leading 12 for loss. His fumble return at FSU for a touchdown iced a 37-29 come-from-behind victory for the Canes. He returned for his junior season and started at strongside linebacker for UM's first four games before a shoulder injury sidelined him for the rest of the year. McCarthy had season-ending surgery and skipped the spring to continue recovering per Randy Shannon's orders.

> What Eye On The U expects from him in '09: Miami's run defense slipped from finishing 40th nationally in 2007 (133.75 yards per game) to 75th last season (151.85 ypg) and last in the ACC. It wasn't by accident. When McCarthy played in his final game against North Carolina on Sept. 27, UM's run defense actually led the ACC and ranked seventh nationally (65 ypg). Once he went out -- along with Eric Moncur -- UM had to turn to its younger players to hold fort. It obviously didn't happen. McCarthy isn't going to cure all of UM's woes, but a healthy season alongside ACC Defensive Freshman of the Year Sean Spence will absolutely make the Canes linebacking corps better. McCarthy will probably remain outside, but he is working in the middle along with Spence. If Shannon or new defensive coordinator John Lovett feel Darryl Sharpton can be replaced in the starting lineup by sophomores Ramon Buchanon or Jordan Futch, they won't hesitate. In that case, McCarthy will likely move to the middle. It will only help solidify the Canes defense and likely lead McCarthy to become UM's leading tackler this season.

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"If Shannon or new defensive coordinator John Lovett feel Darryl Sharpton can be replaced in the starting lineup by sophomores Ramon Buchanon or Jordan Futch, they won't hesitate."
Great, the best will play. We can only hope this happens, that means competition has picked up. That is exactly what Randy Shannon and the Canes wants and needs.

susan miller calls um fans merciless. great repuation u fans have. merciless, rude, mean spirited,uninformed. gators have 900 bull gators that contribute 14,000 dollars each
and the best u fans can do is rip their team 24 hours a day.everyone knows canes fans are the worst supporters and the cheapest in the country.

I took merciless to mean we demand excellence.

You know, not supportive of gimmick based offenses that lead to bigging up of crap players [Grossman?].Wanting the best out of our players. I hear we've had a couple of guys make it to the NFL and say our fans drove them on.

But you know what do we know, you're probably right.

explain to me how he has 2 years left of eligibility left?

played in 06 and 07 and took a medical redshirt in 08.

Exactly:

http://hurricanesports.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/mccarthy_colin00.html

lets add not very smart. merciless means heartless and cruel not demanding excellence.
yes you drove players to the nfl, thats why they all left early to get away from your mean spirited and ugly support. hester. parris, olsen,winslow,johnson,taylor, gore, campbell,phillips. maybe if you treated them better a few would stick around for their senior years. canes fans worst fans in america

it is great that the gators have so much money given to their program, congratulations! i would venture to say that at least one third of those bull gators are not alumni nor do they have a college degree. correct? i know for a fact i am correct!
i remember not long ago many empty seats at ben hill stadium. good luck without harvin. i bet you gators dont win SEC this yr!

blah, blah, blah. more of the same senseless arguments from the gators.

McCarthy and the Canes are going to have a breakout year.

then please explain to me why olsen, winslow, johnson, gore, campbell and phillips still come back around to help the players and work out at the U? They understand the fans are fickle, but they love the true fans. And they love the U. That's more than the Gators can say about their former players in the NFL (yes, both of them). They never come back to work out or anything. Theres no family atmosphere. And at least our fans aren't the sorest losers and worst winners ever. If we lose, we know we lost, but every loss to a gator fan is a fluke, and every win is a domination (even if it really isn't). Gator fans, Definitely the worst fans in america by leaps and bounds.

What are you talking about bunion. Just a few years ago angry gator fans ran Ron Zook out of town. The reason those players left early is because they were considered the best at their positions at the time dumbass. Anybody with common sense would have left for the possible millions of dollars they were slated to earn in the NFL. We were still putting out top notch talent even though we were not doing so well on the field. But the canes were still good enough to beat the sorry as gators during those years. You can name all of those canes that left to become first round picks but can you name any gators that were chosen on the fist day of the draft during that same time period. I know its tough so I will give you one Chad Jackson and he is probably playing in Canada some where. Oh and another thing; if those canes were so unhappy playing for UM why do most of the past UM players and other NFL players all come to the U to train during the offseason. Do us all a favor and keep your ear to the police scanner and keep tabs on your own dam team and stop worrying about us.

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Bunion- what are U talking about?

Direct quote from a former UM coach when asked, "who are the worst fans that Miami faces"?

" By far gator fans. They are nasty. They throw coins and bottles at U from the stands" They are rude and nasty"


And all the criticism the OB got toward the end, especially by Turd fans, about being a dump and all- has anyone been to the "swa(du)mp lately? That place is a de-facto Dump. Period. It is nasty and also old. And by the way turd fans,

Seminole girls in the stadium blow yours away by far.

MUST have for all diehard CAANE fans:

Bruce Feldman's MIAMI Football Vault

Its like a scrapbook of anything that is UM football, from 1926 to 2008. Awesome. Gotta get one.

McCarthy should have a breakout season.

Listen union, the only reason your precious Tebow stayed all 4 years is because he knows his career is over after college. Are you implying that Harvin left UF because he hates the school, or because he knew he would be a first round pick? Because I'm pretty sure all of UMs first rounders left becuase they ran thier course, and were readily prepared for the NFL.

Look, I know you are a little obnoxious Gator fan and you can't help being such a nerd. But if you come on the blog to talk garbage, at least be logical in your arguement. I sure would appreciate it.

When you get some free time, feel free to stop by www.procanes.com so you can see how many NFL stars "got sick of the U".

All of this LB talk and no mention of Arthur Brown. Is this kid the goods or not? Buchanon and Futch considered factors in the starting lineup but no AB? This can't be good for AB.

I always remember McCarthy picking up the fumble and returning it for a TD against FSU up at Doak in '07. I really beleive that losing him and Moncour both physically and emotionally were a huge lose for the defense. They are both motivated. It is going to be great to have them back. They will be the core of the defense this year.

tre o fiv baaaabeeeee!!! i say u start all da south florida boyz dat grew up luvn da u an wil plaaa wit all de heart out on dat field and nate.....u jus retarted 4 dat comment u stupid boy

After Colin got hurt we stopped breaking long punt returns too. He was more important to the team than 1st realized.

Fwah....this year is the year all the parts in the CANE MACHINES will start rolling! All haters be ware....A Storm is comin and its rollin toward U....

McCarthy is a good player, with him it's a question of whether or not he can stay healthly. There's no doubt the can contribute to the defense and the special teams.

I had no idea he took a medical reshirt; I think he should be moved to the middle now. We'll need him there next year after Sharpton leaves. This is especially true if Arthur Brown never developes.

Miami's enrollment...15,000 average game attendance...50,000

UF's enrollment...50,000 average game attendance .....75,000 hmmmmmmm check the percentage there and tell me how bad UM fans are. LOSER! BTW where were you the last time UF was 7-5? We are still right here loud and proud. BOOYAH!!!

It's really tough to defend Canes fans against the empty stadium arguement.

UF...what else is there to do in Gainesville? I'm sure they would fill up the stadium even if they weren't NCAA champs.

CanesJinkie- Of course they would. So has Penn State, and Michigan. After Michigan lost to App State they continued to sell out the big house!At those schools, in those small towns, there is huge tradition and nothing else to do. Same in Columbus. Ohio is such a loser state sports-wise, that the Luckeyes is the only thingthat has some form of resemblance to success. The WHOLE state roots for the luckeyes. It is a huge state school with huge tradition and alumni base, and therefore they will sell out even when they stunk.

The U didnt sell out constantly even in their glory years and recently (2000-2005) except for big games such as FSU and the game against Washington in preparation to the Rose bowl. In that game the old OB rocked. When we played Tennessee a few yres ago, UM was ranked inthe top 10 and still didnt sell out.

There's just too much to do in So Fl, not enough college football fans with $. The base of the U fan "club" is not the alumni. Period. The U is the city's team. the county's I venture to say the Tri-county's team. Since 1983, it's a notch below the Dolphins in being THE team of So Florida. It's the team of the inner city. Of the ghettoes. Of the country folk in Pahokee. Of the suburbanites and rich folk in Weston. Of the homeless. Of the destitute of SO Fl. This is a different program that those in G-ville, Tally, etc. The only thing close to it in my op is USC, where there is a huge inner city fan base for the Trojans as well (eg Snoop Dogg).

So haters- enough withthe bad fan crape. It holds no water. The U is the U. Go on a trip cross country and you'll run into someone wearing a U hat or t-shirt.

"the canes are going to lower the boom" ...damn man ive been waitng for someone to say that my whole life... U took the words straight out of my mouth. I also agree with your opinion on usc (a lot of mexicans root for usc, especially in EAST LA... It also helps that one of their own led them to a bowl win)

but U know What. I think this is is. Jacory is going to lead this team to a national championship and a Heisman trophy. Its only a matter of time & and Shannon is the right person to do it. Tuberville dissed is on coming here, so know that he whats to come here, bring him in as an assistant.

If no one has noticed yet... Da U only has two games outside of the state; and those two are in NC.

We should support this team; and should be able too !!!

A Shannon extension is a must. If he doesnt resign, recruits are going to scatter everywhere... Lets be CLEAR Shannon IS the man, he researches, and get the right kid... I used to wonder why were passing on Damien Berry... Few months down the line it makes sense... Look at the character of Lamar over Damien... OSU can have that dude DB. Great Call Shannon !!!

Da U is going to good enough to turn some heads this year, by simply improving how we compete. Too much tradition, too many prime, time tv time-spots coming our way... That alone will convince a recruit, that we're back on our way up...

Therefore Shannon is the Man to keep everything glued together; the man bleeds Orange and Green !!!

Lets Go Canes !!!!

Let's not foget the amount of talent coming out of South Florida this coming year. Even if we did want to change coaches, this is not the time to do it.

Compare our situation the Shannon to ND and Charlie Weis. Weis is supposed to be an X's and O's genius who guaranteed a 'schematic advantage' against any opponent. That hasn't worked out very well for them at all. ND's talent is decent enough so that's not an excuse, they don't play a very difficult schedule, and they've got tons of money and fan support.

Miami has limited fan support (monetary support), limited funds, no TV contract (noone has a deal like ND), and Shannon doesn't have the X's and O's reputation of Weis.

Even with all of those disadvantages, we still have the potential to have a good team this year. Why???? Because Randy Shannon can evaluate and recruit talent. In my book, that buys him at least another year.

Steve.

"Miami's enrollment...15,000 average game attendance...50,000

UF's enrollment...50,000 average game attendance .....75,000 hmmmmmmm check the percentage there and tell me how bad UM fans are. LOSER! BTW where were you the last time UF was 7-5? We are still right here loud and proud. BOOYAH!!!"

Good points. Actually 15,000 includes all graduate schools.

The large majority of the UM students (grad/undergrad) are from out of state (most are from the northeast) and leave town after graduation.

So, U'r "Miami's enrollment...15,000 average game attendance...50,000" statement is really right on the point.

Let's Shock The World!

Go Canes

Interesting:

- Before McCarthy's injury THE U was ranked #1 in Run Defense in the ACC and 7th Nationally! He's back! With Moncur and Phillips! It's start'n to Look good.

- 9 of THE U's 12 games are played in the state of Florida. This will lead to another recruiting Bonanza!

- Shannon asked AD Kirby Hocutt to "hold off" on the contract extension, "when it was offered in the spring". It seems as though Shannon feels he will be "worth a lot more" after this season! This speaks volumes about "his expectations this year".

- Jacory's arm strength has taken a dramatic leap forward. Still more room to grow, but the zip is much better than last year. His biceps are obviously bigger.

- Jimmy Graham is really mean out there and he can catch! He's already been given credit for 20 or 30 stitches to defenders faces!

Yea! Let's Shock The World!

Go Canes

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

lets add not very smart. merciless means heartless and cruel not demanding excellence.
yes you drove players to the nfl, thats why they all left early to get away from your mean spirited and ugly support. hester. parris, olsen,winslow,johnson,taylor, gore, campbell,phillips. maybe if you treated them better a few would stick around for their senior years. canes fans worst fans in america

Posted by: bunion | August 09, 2009 at 03:45 PM

That's right bunion, Tebow came back for his senior year for the fans and the atmosphere. It had nothing to do with the fact that he wasn't and still won't be projected higher than a fourth round pick and then eventually switched to third string fullback only getting pt in the pre-season.

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