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Morgan, Jackets are coming after Jacory

He's 6-4, 272 pounds and a nightmare for college football offensive linemen. Derrick Morgan has future first round pick written all over him and he'll be leading a Yellow Jackets defense that plans on coming hard after Canes quarterback Jacory Harris Thursday night.

Derrick Morgan "He's a big guy, but he has a lot of speed to him," Canes left tackle Jason Fox said of Morgan. "He can speed rush you. He can go speed to power really quick. He has a lot of stuff. The big thing is he plays on both sides, so both tackles are going to have to be ready for him."

Morgan has five sacks in two games. Against Clemson last Thursday, he had a game-high 10 tackles, a personal-best four tackles for loss (13 yards), and three sacks. Other than Morgan, only Julian Burnett and Robert Hall have sacks this season — 1/2 each — for the Yellow Jackets.

Georgia Tech coaches told the Atlanta Journal Constitution this week their plan is to try and make Harris a lot more uncomfortable than he looked against Florida State. The Seminoles ran man-to-man coverage on the Hurricanes’ wide receivers and blitzed Harris frequently, but got to him just twice -- sacking him once and hitting him as he threw to cause an interception return for a score.

Tech defensive line coach Giff Smith told the AJC they hope to create some different looks for Harris and come after him with pressure from different points.

“We’ve put in some new defenses that’s going to get it stirred up,” middle linebacker Brad Jefferson told the AJC. “I think we’ll get some pressure on him and see what he can do with it.”

The Canes used several unbalanced lines (something brought from the NFL by new offensive coordinator Mark Whipple) to not only the run the football last week, but protect Harris. Fox lined up several times on the right side alongside fellow senior tackle Matt Pipho and tight end Richard Gordon, considered UM's best blocking tight end.

UM coach Randy Shannon said he thought his team did a pretty good job protecting Harris despite the various blitzes FSU used last week. "If you look at the offensive line you didn't see Jacory have to move out of the pocket," Harris said. "That comes from guys inside. They did a good job of protecting the middle. If you can push the pocket, you can get quarterbacks out of their rhythm. They did a good job solidifying the middle of the defense."

The issue for the Canes, however, will once again be depth. UM only played six linemen in their rotation last week -- Fox, left guard Orlando Franklin, center AJ Trump, Pipho and redshirt sophomore Harland Gunn and junior Joel Figueroa at right guard.

Jason Fox Last year, UM rotated eight players on their offensive line. So far, Fox said the team has been able to hack it because of the extra amount of reps they've been taking in practice. "To be honest with you, I didn't feel that gassed," Fox said. "There was only one drive where I was hurting."

Nobody, however, could end up hurting the Canes more Thursday than Morgan.

Fox said he's been looking forward to the matchup about as much as Morgan has. During ACC Kickoff media days in Greensboro, the two players advanced through a video game tournament of NCAA Football 2010. Fox, using the Canes, scored twice late in the game to beat Morgan, who was playing as Georgia Tech. It’s still a sore spot for Morgan.

“He kind of got lucky playing in the game,” Morgan told the AJC. “It’s time to get revenge this week.”

Fox is looking forward to the challenge. "He's a tremendous player," Fox said. "I've gone up against him a lot already. Last year I went up against [Bengals 2009 third round pick] Michael Johnson a lot. But in previous years, we've gone up against each other. He's a tremendous player, plays with a lot of effort and I'm looking forward to the matchup."

> NO SWINE FLU HERE: UM coach Randy Shannon was asked during Wednesday's ACC Teleconference if any of the three players who came down with illnesses this week and are either listed as doubtful (RB Damien Berry, OL Ben Jones) or out (S Jojo Nicolas) for the game have the swine flu. “We don’t have anything," Shannon said. "Just the guys on the injury report. That’s all we have.”

> RAY RAY UPDATE: Shannon said highly touted freshman Ray Ray Armstrong has done a good job learning through camp and he's expecting big things in the future. When that future is, we aren't sure. But teammate Brandon Harris said he doesn't think it will be long before Armstrong and fellow freshman cornerback Brandon McGee are on the field more often.

"I think Brandon McGee and Ray Ray are the two freshmen closest to having the most impact on us this season," Harris said. "McGee, he'll have a chance to play a lot because the depth at corner is not the best depth. Ray Ray is going to be a great football player. He has all the tools. Once, he gets the mental part down. He'll be great for us. Ray Ray is more of a strong safety. His big frame, he tackles very well. In this game, he's going to get a lot of play."

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Haha, very good DE/DT, pretty much the same team as last year that couldnt stop GT cold. lol. You Miami fans are always delusional. The Canes way? If being loud mouth trash talkers/underachievers is the Canes way, so be it. GT owns you, and its a good thing you loud mouth losers arent playin us. Your D will be exposed in less than 24 hours!

Read this crap from GT, they think they are going to beat the he** out of us.

http://blogs.ajc.com/techfans/2009/09/16/miami-swagger-or-substance/?cxntfid=blogs_techfans

REMEMBER CANE FANS THAT PAUL JOHNSON HAS BEEN RUNNING THAT "GIMMICK" OFFENSE FOR 23 YEARS NOW. SO YOU GOT IT ALL FIGURED OUT???

You "U" fans...are the most obnoxious, delusional, moronic fans I've ever encountered. And I've dealt with plenty of University of Georgia fans over the years.

I'm pretty sure after ya'll lose tomorrow night that 85% of you will go into hiding. The other 15% will be talking about how bad the talent level at the "U" is...how Randy Shannon is a terrible coach (he is actually terrible).


You idiots NEVER say anything of value as to why you feel you can win this game...it's the typical "we are better", "we know how to stop this offense", "you can't stop Jacory".....crap an eight year old could come up with.

You're players aren't good enough. This crap about "now we have some younger, better guys coming in"....what a joke.

Posted by: Optionoffense | September 16, 2009 at 10:42 PM

Hey Mr. Joke, if you didn't know yet, we have a new OC and DC this year. Last year, our O couldn't move the chains and our D was on the field for far too long. That's changed with Mr. Whipple at OC. Our new DC is from UNC and they effectively stopped the option last year with no score for the first three quarters.

We didn't have any depth on the DL last year. Now we do and the coaches have enough to rotate effectively. Our best linebacker against the run #44 was out last year and so was our starting DE Moncur. Both are playing this tomorrow. Our best LB last year was #31 a true freshman, and now he is a sophomore and stronger. Our DT Bailey was a force in the middle in the first game. If Forston shows up it is going to be a tough day for the option. Our DTs Holmes and Joseph are much better this year and so are Wesley, Robinson and Vernon our DEs.

GT had extra prep time last year. This year we do. So, the joke is on you.

Read this:

http://umasshoops.com/features/footballchamps1998/#article9

Your D will be exposed in less than 24 hours!

Posted by: CaneEatingGatorFan | September 16, 2009 at 10:43 PM

Great Mr. Turd. We will see about that. We have the toughest first four games in the Nation. Once you 'Turds have a similar schedule you come here and talk smack. Otherwise tuck your tail behind your rear legs and go away.

Posted by: Optionoffense | September 16, 2009 at 11:04 PM

Ha, Mr OptionOffense, you probably will go hiding if the bumble bees lose tomorrow and they will. As you can see this blog is taken over by loser 'Turds. Go over to http://www.canespace.com/ if you want more intelligent debate. We are always there!

LOL....yes, I noticed you have two new coordinators...and both have such strong resumes. Whipple was let go by Pittsburgh after the 2006 season...was out of football for '07...then spent one year at Philly as an offensive "assistant"...not coordinator. Well, butter my biscuit, he's qualified than for the UM job.

Your wonderful defensive coordinator you talk about that shut down Tech last year at UNC was the SPECIAL TEAMS COACH....he then "helped" on defense. He was not involved in defensive game planning, he was given the more important job of making sure PAT's were crisp and guys were staying in thier lanes on kickoffs. Again, qualified enough for UM.

So bases on those factors alone..why heII yes I can see why you suddenly think things are going to be different.

“Allen Bailey, Josh Holmes and Marcus Forston give Miami a formidable rotation of defensive tackles that will hold their ground working against the Yellow Jackets’ interior offensive linemen. Behind them, MLB Darryl Sharpton is a downhill thumper who has the strength to help neutralize powerful B-back Jonathan Dwyer and slow down QB Josh Nesbitt between the tackles …

“Georgia Tech will have problems converting in third-and-long situations. CBs Brandon Harris, Sam Shields and Ryan Hill possess the speed and quickness to shadow Thomas and Cone. In addition, Nesbitt has had issues with his timing and accuracy, while the Hurricanes have the athletes up front to force him to get rid of the ball quickly …

“OLB Sedric Griffin and MLB Brad Jefferson [of Tech] are going to have a difficult time slowing explosive RBs Javarris James and Graig Cooper both in the passing game and the running game …

“Miami has the weapons to exploit a Georgia Tech secondary that’s been vulnerable to the big play starting with slot WR Travis Benjamin (5-10, 175 pounds) who has world class speed and is capable of running by FS Cooper Taylor …

“DE Derrick Morgan is capable of disrupting the timing of [Miami quarterback Jacory] Harris and his receivers early and often. Morgan’s blend of speed and power will be too much for heavy-footed RT Matt Pipho to handle. However, Morgan must close under control because Harris does a tremendous job of avoiding the rush and buying his receivers time to get open downfield.”

Scouts Inc. projects the Hurricanes winning 31-28. Its rationale:

“While the Hurricanes won’t shut the run down, they are more familiar with Georgia Tech’s triple-option attack after playing against it last season so look for them to come up with a few timely stops. With Harris and his cast of weapons moving the ball against the Yellow Jackets’ secondary, these stops will open the door for Miami to eke out the win at home.”

All I can say is wow!

http://blogs.ajc.com/techfans/2009/09/16/miami-swagger-or-substance/?cxntfid=blogs_techfans

IF MR. MORGAN IS AS GOOD AS THEY SAY HE IS? THEN PERHAPS IT WOULD BE WISE TO HAVE A RUNNING BACK STAY BACK AS AN ADDITIONAL BLOCKER. ONE THING I CAN TELL YOU IS THAT "ICE" LOVES TO PERFORM UNDER PRESSURE. THE MORE PRESSURE THE BETTER HE TENDS TO PERFORM. EVEN THOUGH HE DOESN'T RUN OFTEN, HE CAN WHEN HE NEEDS TO. PROVERBS 18:10

i forgot to mention that florida also took us off the sched. u buntch of bad body chicks thats really bad. i live in tally unfortunatley and i see how sad u are u can come on our blogs but we have lost more cships than u all have palayed in. busters i love to see u on this blog tryn to rep. get off here and let us talk about the canes instead of using all this space. fla state and fla are the biggest underacheivers. when u snitched on the U u should have won more cshipssnitches and cowards. stay off our bloggs or pull ur panties down.lol at least u have a choice.

GT had extra prep time last year. This year we do. So, the joke is on you.

Posted by: Turds Suck | September 16, 2009 at 11:10 PM

Dang, I just looked that up. They played UNC Nov. 8th then THE U Nov. 20th. We played VT Nov. 13th then GT Nov. 20th. Great call!!!

This year we played FSU Sept. 7th then GT Sept. 17. They played Clemson Sept. 10th then THE U Sept. 17th.

Very, very interesting...

GO CANES!!!

Also, look at it this way. That Paul Johnson T.O. was just recently brought into the ACC last year. That means this year, teams had time to prepare for it in the off season, and have a better idea during game week.

That wouldn't be logical, would it?! I tell U what, doesn't num-num make himself look dumb-dumb every day? LMBO!

GO CANES!!!

You "U" fans...are the most obnoxious, delusional, moronic fans I've ever encountered.

Posted by: Optionoffense | September 16, 2009 at 11:04 PM

Then get off our blog! No one invited U! Why do you stay here, the SS, and every other blog you cannot be banned from? If U don't like us then leave, ba-bye! Who's the moron?! LMBO again-again, at U!!!

GO CANES!!!

I'm pretty sure after ya'll lose tomorrow night that 85% of you will go into hiding. The other 15% will be talking about how bad the talent level at the "U" is...how Randy Shannon is a terrible coach (he is actually terrible).


You idiots NEVER say anything of value as to why you feel you can win this game...it's the typical "we are better", "we know how to stop this offense", "you can't stop Jacory".....crap an eight year old could come up with.

Posted by: Optionoffense | September 16, 2009 at 11:04 PM


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U r 2 good Sir Arthur

Miami 31 Georgia Tech 20, end of story!!

i would love to see ray ray in the box!

Special Teams ...

LOL....yes, I noticed you have two new coordinators...and both have such strong resumes. Whipple was let go by Pittsburgh after the 2006 season...was out of football for '07...then spent one year at Philly as an offensive "assistant"...not coordinator. Well, butter my biscuit, he's qualified than for the UM job.

Your wonderful defensive coordinator you talk about that shut down Tech last year at UNC was the SPECIAL TEAMS COACH....he then "helped" on defense. He was not involved in defensive game planning, he was given the more important job of making sure PAT's were crisp and guys were staying in thier lanes on kickoffs. Again, qualified enough for UM.

So bases on those factors alone..why heII yes I can see why you suddenly think things are going to be different.

Posted by: Optionoffense | September 16, 2009 at 11:25 PM
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Wow....I haven't seen one comment about what this guy above said about both coordinators. That doesn't sound good. Are they perhaps not worth what we thought?

HEY GREEN YOU GIANT DOUCHE CANOE

Once again canes logic at its best. Mon. or Thurs. night games always = big ratings. It the only game in town. scUM wont play in any game with higher ratings than UF vs Lsu. Or Uf vs GA. Or the SEC championship. Need I remind you of last years acc championship in Tampa. V Tech vs the mighty B.C. Eagles. 27,360 fans. Dare I say Nielson rating of 2.9. Thats a FACT canesfool. Look it up. I did and sure was funny. SEC CHAMPIONSHIP game - UF vs BAMA- 75,892 - Nielson 10.4- So as I stated earlier “canes logic at its best.”

Kehore: Yeah but if UM was in the ACC ch. last year the ratings wouldhave been astronomic. YOu are as solid as a used K-ndom in your argument.

Quit arguing the inarguable, loser.

Lets see what happens with Tennesee =UF. wow. Mighty Tennessee who lost to mighty UCLA. Yay. Good for the gaturds.

ChSouthern is now 0-2. Wofford nearly put as many points on them as UF

Troy is now 0-2

UT is 1-1

who's next? FIU?

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Ok MAnny so Derrick Morgan is a stud at 6-4 272.

Allen BAiley is 6-4 290 solid muscle. And your point?


all these comments from gt fans lol what do you do when your qb is 3 for 14 with two interceptions against clemson. play him again this week because he is the best you got lol nesbitt cant pass makes it a lot easier to control the run the u 45 to 14

Mr. Joke (Option Offense) - read this again.

http://umasshoops.com/features/footballchamps1998/#article9

Once you digest that, go to the U page and read about Lovett. Then go to bumble bees webpage and read about your D coordinator (assuming you can navigate around the web). Who has a better resume?

Posted by: hurricaneharry | September 17, 2009 at 05:32 AM

LOL @hurricaneharry. Aha, 'Turd, don't have to change your name like that. You are still a 'turd.

Whipple:

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/um-hurricanes/sfl-um-georgia-tech-s091709sbsep17,0,3297609.story

rob davidson, you can only hope for your sake that he is only 3-14. If he is any where around 50% completion today, you guys are in trouble. You sir are no Clemson either.

I like guys, especially those soft guys from UM! So soft!

I want to see the Canes come out fired up and looking for revenge. This team crushed us last year and we need to exact payback.

You sir are no Clemson either.

Posted by: JoDGTfan | September 17, 2009 at 08:46 AM

Yep, I agree for once with a bumble fee fan. In fact, we are much better than Clemson. Our playmakers on Offense (forget the QB Jacory Harris here for a minute):

Javaris James
Graig Cooper
Leonard Hankerson
Laron Byrd
Aldarius Johnson
Travis Benjamin
Thearon Collier
Davon Johnson
Kendall Thompkins
Streeter
Mike James
Epps
Jimmy Graham

Our Playmakers on Defense:

Bailey
Moncur
Holmes
Robinson
Vernon
Spence
Sharpton
McCarthy
Telemaque
Harris
Phillips
Buchanon
Shields

Need I say more?

I like guys, especially those soft guys from UM! So soft!

Posted by: Turds Suck | September 17, 2009 at 08:47 AM

Is this your best come back, you Turd?

I want to see the Canes come out fired up and looking for revenge. This team crushed us last year and we need to exact payback.

Posted by: Canesjunkie | September 17, 2009 at 09:50 AM

Agree Canesjunkie. The 'Canes need to be sharp on every facet of the game. There is absolutely NO excuse.

Dang, I just looked that up. They played UNC Nov. 8th then THE U Nov. 20th. We played VT Nov. 13th then GT Nov. 20th. Great call!!!

This year we played FSU Sept. 7th then GT Sept. 17. They played Clemson Sept. 10th then THE U Sept. 17th.

Very, very interesting...

GO CANES!!!

Posted by: 360Cane | September 17, 2009 at 02:58 AM

You know what is more interesting? Paul Johnson was complaining a week or so ago, that the 'Canes get more preparation time!

hey Manny
i got this from the InsidetheU and i was wonder who is leading for Jakhari Gore?
can anyone update me on this please thanks

Columbus RB Jakhari Gore is having an outstanding start to his senior year. He racked up a season-high in yards on Wednesday night including a score with 11 seconds left to give his team the win. Find out what Gore had to say about the exciting win, his thoughts on Miami, which school leads for his services, and which schools he plans on visiting

MAN, WERE DID ALL THE HATE COME FROM? last time i checked was mark whipple offered a pay raise tp stay with philly?? or how about bill cowher comments on whip saying if he comes back to the NFL whip will be his first hire.. how about big ben progress through the his rookie NFL season that was helped by whip.. this GT fan better talk some sense. after all i thought GT was a very good academic school (most of the except for you) guess you fall far from that department.


and i'm pretty sure that most of the GT fans have been in the closet until last year while, TRUE UM fans stick through our team through the good and bad times. nothing like being a CANE. " IT'S A CANE THANG YOU WOULDN'T UNDERSTAND".

Well, looks like IMPORTANT people support Whipple, and think he's a GREAT coach. Who cares what some blog troll thinks?!

Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid on Mark Whipple:

“On behalf of the Philadelphia Eagles, I wish Mark and his family all the best in Miami and thank him for all of his contributions to the Eagles during this past year. He is an excellent football coach and has proven that on both the college and pro levels. He has a great opportunity in Miami and I’m sure he’ll be very successful with that program. He is a great addition to the University of Miami and will help them continue their high standard of football and academics.”

Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on Mark Whipple:

"Whip is a great coach and is the perfect fit for any coaching position at any school or team. I know he will do great things at Miami and help that program tremendously. He will help the players not just as a coach, but as a leader and a mentor to them. I have nothing but the upmost respect for Whip and what he stands for."

Former Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Bill Cowher on Mark Whipple:

“Mark Whipple was without a doubt instrumental in the development of Ben Roethlisberger. He has a wealth of experience on the offensive side and is a great teacher and leader of young men.”

GO CANES!!!

Ok kids. Off to Miami. The buss is leaving St. Pete. See U guys in 3 1/2 hours!

GO CANES!!!

Turds suck:

You have got to be kidding me about PJ complaining. Are you serious? If you've got a link send it.

Anyway - it doesn't matter. The fly swatters are coming out tonight and there's going to be a lot of bug squashing.

I LOVE THE SMACK....ALL THE NAY SAYERS WILL SHUT UP AFTER THIS GAME TONIGHT....UM is going to bring it to GT....O is going to light up the score board with old school big time plays...and the D will settle down after the 1st Q and lockdown that GT running game...

Watch for turnovers by MIAMI in this one...we will deflate them by the third quarter....

GO CANES

Hahaha, gotta love Canes fans. all talk no walk. You guys are in for quite a suprise. Your D is no where near a Clemson D, in fact it is weaker. Get ready to say 5 in a row. Get used to it, Da U is not back.

Hahaha, gotta love Canes fans. all talk no walk. You guys are in for quite a suprise. Your D is no where near a Clemson D, in fact it is weaker. Get ready to say 5 in a row. Get used to it, Da U is not back.

Posted by: JoDGTFan | September 17, 2009 at 11:33 AM

Keep telling yourself that if it helps you. You've got to face up to reality later tonight though.

I'll indulge you a little bit more. What makes you think Clemson's D is better?

I hope Highsmith is ready as well as the cane fans and their excuses. Should have done everything to let Cannon stay. GT 41 - Da U 17

Biggest difference with Canes this year is attitude, with JH leading the way. I watched Marve last lear at the Tech game and when he came off the field he was always whining and pouting on the sideline. Canes could have packed it in several times against Noles but instead they ripped thier hearts out at the end. Tech will be ultimate test of our run defense but I see Miami covering the spread. It's my five dime play of the week.

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