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Is Ray Ray Armstrong ready to breakout?

He was the star in UM's last recruiting class, a player ESPN described as possibly the best in the country based on his size (6-4, 215) and athletic ability. So, is Ray Ray Armstrong ready to breakout and help the Canes this weekend against the eighth-ranked Oklahoma Sooners?

Ray Ray Armstrong (right) could prove to be a formidable duo with Vaughn Telemaque (left) We'll find out soon enough. With Randy Phillips and JoJo Nicolas ruled out for this game with injuries, Jared Campbell or Chavez Grant will likely get the start alongside Vaughn Telemaque in Miami's secondary. But chances are Armstrong, who finally saw some playing time at safety at the end of the Virginia Tech game, will see more minutes than he has all season. UM coach Randy Shannon said on Thursday night's edition of Hurricane Hotline that Armstrong "has been practicing well the last two weeks."

That's a good sign for a UM defense who could certainly use upgrades all over. But Armstrong better be ready. Oklahoma's offense is no joke and the no-huddle attack will present serious problems for the Canes who already blow enough time outs getting the right personnel on the field.

From what I've heard, it definitely sounds like Armstrong has improved. At Canesfest, Grant told me Armstrong "needed to work on his hips and feet." During camp, defensive backs coach Wesley McGriff said Armstrong was coming along, but needed time to "get more comfortable in the scheme," and said Amrstrong "may not be playing fast because he's not sure." After the Florida State game, Brandon Harris told me he thought Armstrong had improved "a lot" and was ready to see action. This week, DeMarcus Van Dyke said Armstrong had progressed to the point where he wasn't just making checks and calls, but making plays every time he was on the field.

CANES HAVE PREPPED FOR NO-HUDDLE: UM coach Randy Shannon didn't talk a lot about how UM's defense was preparing for Oklahoma this week other than to say his team was "going back to basics" on tackling and shedding blocks. But he did say on Hurricanes Hotline, the Canes have also been working on defending the Sooners' no-huddle attack.

"They try to get about an average of two to three plays in a minute," Shannon said. "It's a hurry, hurry type situation. You're going to have time, but you have to be ready to go. You can't get off the ground and turn your back to the offense. They'll get you. They'll snap the ball and get going. The defensive line always to be in a three-point stance, ready for the next one."

Gerald McCoy O-LINE HAS TAKEN EXTRA TIME TO PREPARE FOR OU'S FRONT SEVEN: One look at Oklahoma's defense should instantly instill caution in Canes' fans hearts. Not only do the Sooners have a future first round pick in Gerald McCoy at tackle, but a front seven considered one of the best in the country. The way Jacory Harris was harassed last week by Virginia Tech's defense has made UM take extra precautions this week to try and make sure it doesn't happen again. But it's going to be a huge challenge stopping the Sooners, who have averaged four sacks a game.

"It's going to be a major league challenge for us," Shannon said. "We've been doing a lot of good things in practice, hyping on making sure we finish out blocks. Not just getting on a guy, but actually staying on them until the whistle is blown. The receivers blocking the cornerbacks is another key. We don't want to have a situation like last week where one guy may miss a block and it makes a difference in the game. We've stressed it all week. Our guys believe in it."

Center AJ Trump said guards Orlando Franklin and Joel Figueroa are looking forward to their matchup with McCoy. "Those guys are going nuts over the challenge," Trump said. "I remember a couple years ago Orlando played against Chris Long and had a great game. You get up for big games. How can you not?"

> If you are looking for a key matchup on the offensive line, keep your eyes fixated on Matt Pipho at right tackle taking on Jeremy Beal. Here's what ESPN's Todd McShay wrote about the matchup: "Pipho has proven to be the weak link along Miami's offensive front. He is a tall lineman who has marginal lateral mobility and a narrow base. Virginia Tech DE Jason Worilds took Pipho to school last week, using quickness-to-power moves to consistently disrupt plays off the edge. Look for Beal -- and occasionally Auston English when lined up on that side -- to do much of the same to Pipho on Saturday night. Beal has even better speed than Worilds and displays the same type of upper-body strength to push the right tackle around. If the Hurricanes fail to give Pipho adequate help, it should once again lead to some major breakdowns in pass protection."

> Don't underestimate the loss of fullback Patrick Hill this week to an ankle injury. Or the fact tight end Richard Gordon is still out with a shoulder injury. Even though UM's running game hasn't had a lot of success (the Canes rank 93rd running the ball), Hill has been huge when UM has moved the ball on the ground. Gordon is by far UM's best blocking tight end in the passing game. Freshman Mike James could help fill in at fullback this week. But I expect Tervaris Johnson to see a lot of snaps when UM calls on its fullback.

SO YOU KNOW...

> UM announced gates will open 90 befores kickoff for the rest of the season. For Georgia Tech, gates opened only 60 minutes before the opening kick.

> Former WQAM sideline reporter Brian "The Beast" London is back on the air. He has an internet show at sofloradio.com weekdays from 3-5 p.m. Co-host Allyson Turner and London discuss “a variety of topics from current events and pop culture to sports and politics.”

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pedro quick! come up with a comback, your boat is sinking fast! hahahaha

That's not me stupid!! Fools are just biteing off my name.

Hey Cali,

I think you you spelled p.e.n.d.e.j.o. wrong?

Posted by: pedro


pedro should know, he's from hialeah, the churo eating machine!

i love you pedrito!

Pedro, honsetly I'd like to know what you're favorite college football team is. If you're not ashamed of them you come out and say it. We all already know it not the Canes.

OK. Now lets get serious here.

Time to come up with the best execuse possible so when THE U gets pummeled tomorrow we can be ready.

Any takers?

pedro, i don't like the serious type of you, i will pummel you with the joke you've always been, i like it more like that!

ray ray is the perfect kind of player to throw into the fire like this, just like jacory last year when we called on him. they're both winners, tremendous atheletes, and competitors. he'll respond like a champ.

pedro hit me up with your address, i'd like to meet your sensitive serious type ass!!!!

you will never be too young for pedrita pedro! hahahaha

Pedro is a Gator fan.......(that explains a lot) need I say more.

Let the Canes worry about the time outs pedro, worry about pedrita your long lost lover! hehehe

CALICANE YOU MISUNDERSTOOD. I TOLD PEDRO TO GO HOME SINCE HE WAS SAYING HOW BAD THIS COUNTRY WAS TO GET THE HELL OUT. I ONLY TOLD YOU TO GET OFF HIS MOTHER AND SISTER, BECAUSE THEY NEEDED A BREAK.

Gator fan???? i thought he likes the game of chasing the monkey!?! hahaha

pedro which part of hialeah are you from?? lets hit it together, i'll show you a good time!

pedro is the starting qb for OU

oh come on pedro, don't fool yourself, you know you love you some hialeah flava! let me hit you up, take me to the best churo place in town!

HEY PEDRITA YOU ARE PROBABLY TO OLD FOR PEDRO THE PEDROPHILE. LMAO

River Rat (pedro) why do you keep running your mouth on here. what team do you like in college. can you answer that question.

That is the problem if you let them worry about it MR. HC would call 20 but he only has three.

First of all pedro, i'm a MRS, and i love me some pedro, i will leave my husband for yo' sexy cuban self!

pedro, i will see you in south beach tonight, it's me your lover pedrita!

oooh intelligence, i love me some pedro, you soooo smart pedro, you can spell churos better than i am, that's why i'd like to hit it with you, brawns and calle ocho brain, you've officially upgraded yourself from hialeah boy to calle ocho boy! i'm impressed!

Pedro,

With the pairety in college football now, there is never gonna be a team that consistantly goes to the National Championship every year like back in the day. Rome wasn't built in a day but the foundation is there. I think the Canes are going in the right direction with a new defensive coordinator and offensive coordinator and going 2-1 so far against ranked teams. If Randy can recruit like he has been and keep the coordinators for a couple of years, you'll see what we all are projecting will happen. Another NC in the case.

pedro + pedrita = complete

Calle Ocho Brain is so sexy!

AT WHAT POINT DO WE AS FAN STOP LOOK AND REALIZED THAT THE PRODUCT IS NOT AS GOOD AS ADVERTISE. AT POINT DO YOU JUST STEP BACK AND SAY HOW MUCH LONGER WITH THE BS FROM THE HC WHO HAS NO CLUE WHAT HE IS DOING.

Posted by: pedro | October 02, 2009 at 04:48 PM


Oh no, my favorite college football team lost last week so now I PMS and have to behave like a complete deutsche bag.

pedro= peter. Peter, aka deek, aka pe-ni$, aka phallu$, aka bowner

Canes will win 38-35 on Saturday. Just a blind prediction. I think we'll be trailing in the 4th and come back and win with a Oklahoma defense that will wear down eventually.

This is so funny. Why do you guys even pay attention to these people that do not talk about anything important?

Yeah, I get caught up in the b.s., only because it gives me that "Us against the world" feeling. You know what I mean.

Pedro is a Cuban who came here not in a rubber inner tube like the rest but came here thru Mexico and Canada. I want this gut to make one perdiction. IF MIAMI DOES WIN ON SATURDAY NIGHT I WILL NO LONGER BLOG ON THIS WEB SITE. OR IF THAT IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH AND WE WANT HIM TO STAY JUST FOR SHITZ AND GIGGLES . THEN THERE IS THISi WANT HIM TO GO TO THE UNIVERSITY OF mIAMI AND PERSONALLY SCRUB EACH AND EVERY SCHOOL EMBLEM WITH A TOOTH BRUSH. Give me a break that we are going to loose 77-0 thats just idiotic. You show just how stupid you are my friend. If this is the best you have go home find another blog place... we do not need you... we do not want you....you are not a true die hard fan... find somewhere else to go. Thanks by the way just for S&G's I see Miami winning by 10 or less. If Im wrong I will be here Monday to say I'm sorry to you the readers... but never to the players or the coaches. They have my respect and win or loose I will always love the U of M

jra and the rest of you, stop throwing around hispanic ethnicities. Pedro, just shut up you idiot.

We will know a lot about the Canes 28 hours from now.

The play of Ray Ray, team tackling, team focus, how indivdiual players rebound and how the team reacts if they fall behind early.

An important game, but one that does not define how the season will go. That game will be the first weekend in December - the ACC Championship Game.

Too many comments to scroll through....I'm all done here. Nice blogging with most of you.

Yall stop talkin bout football and jus concentrating on pedro. Sorry I had to leave last week fellas. Put my hand in some sh** I had too take care of. WE played really bad last week. But 1 loss is just that 1. I thought we would be 3-1 but got caught up. Last week we was goin to the ship. Now I just want a chance at an acc bid. Pipho got abused like pedro got abused by his daddy. I got faith in the coaches to make adjustments.
As far as Ray Ray go I believe the kid can't be worse than RP. He is a joke. He gets blocked all the time then be the first one on the screen to look at his teammates like they missed the tackle. A SS suppose to fill holes and he play timid. Ray is bigger an personally I think he should see the field. At least we'll know what we got.

See yall tomorrow nite.

Hey Pedro look Migra you better run homes.

HEY CANE FAM DNT MIND PEDRO IF YOU CNT TELL HE LOVE'S TO RIDE ON THE CANES D**K CAUSE IF YOU SEE ALL HE TALK ABOUT IS THE "U" HEY PEDRO GET A LIFE AND GO FIND A JOB CAUSE EVERYONE CAN TELL YOU DNT HAVE ONE CAUSE YOU ARE ALWAYS ON THE MIAMI BLOG TALKING ABOUT THE "U"

hello...

Definitely play Ray Ray over Chavez. He's been there 4yrs and havnt done anything. He is another member of the MTC(Missing Tackles Committee)along with Sharpton,R.Phillips and DVD. Thank God for Mccarthy. If it wasnt for him the D would be like last year. It's time for Futch or Brown at the LB position and someone to replace Baby J.

Yall are a bunch of little girls bickering

This blog needs to be cleaned up

I bet your a red neck from the mid-west who marry your sister...

in the past football players played through injurys remember ed reed dislocated his sholder FSU 2001 only to come back the second half and pick off two passes. Now thats a warrior

Who is this troll Pedro "picapiedra"...??

u got to love pedro he is a fan that knows nothing about college football. please explain why florida took the u off the schedule.

GONNA JUST SAY, GO CANES! PRAY FOR RAY RAY...

im sorry but ive said all along randy is not the right coach for this team and it will be proved again today there is no desipline or mental toughness on this team we need to get the right coach or get used to playing 500 ball every year

BIG game tonight.. Get Ray Ray in there and let him show what he can do...

Did pedro wake up beside tebag this morning?

Hey Duke has done something against VT that Miami couldn't, take a lead. Oh and did I mention they've already scored as many pts against them that the Canes did?

7-0 Dookies, Go Blue Devils!

I hope Parcells and Sparano are looking at Eric Decker of Minnesotta. Have you all seen the concentration, hands, and toughness of this kid? I'll take him over Ted Ginn and the family + the extended family anyday!

Tonight's playlist http://www.reverbnation.com/tunepak/1869366 free downloads... GO CANES!!!!

I can't believe someone is comparing Tulsa's ranking to ours. Miami has the dumbest fans in the world. All of you are just complete morons. Since this blog is a breeding ground for clowns, the Herald should just cancel it. I'm done reading this crap.

I normally read what u all have to say that are tru canes. i have been a cane since the day we lost? most if yall dont know when that is? and i wont help u out. i told someone on this site that i would love to see ray ray out there and they told me he would be on special teams at best? he looked good tonight at spot duty he has a couple of weeks to perfect his skill. best free safety in the nation! RAY RAY NATION

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