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Grading the Canes: Duke Report Card

From the better late than never folder: This week's report card for Duke. 

Quarterback: Jacory Harris bounced back from a terrible outing against North Carolina and finished with his second best yardage output of the season. He earned ACC Player of the Week honors Monday. But I still wouldn't call his effort Saturday stellar. Let's be honest: Jacory struggled with his accuracy and decision making yet again and could have had as many as five passes intercepted in the first half. Duke finished with eight passes defended. That's way too many opportunities to get their hands on the ball. I also don't think it was smart to have Harris throw the ball a career-high 28 times in the first half. But I guess that's the way Mark Whipple was hoping to snap Jacory out of his funk. Grade: C

Damien Berry Running backs: Two months ago I thought the reason Damien Berry wasn't getting more carries was because Javarris James and Graig Cooper were better backs. I was wrong. What I would like to know is when UM's coaches are going to admit the same and give Berry more carries? Saturday, everyone sitting in the stands wearing green and orange was calling for Berry in the third quarter. He came in and delivered, and completely changed the momentum of the game in Miami's favor. He carried the ball 10 times on UM's 15-play scoring drive to open the fourth quarter and capped it with a two-yard TD run. He finished with 76 yards on 16 carries. Graig Cooper and Javarris James combined for 75 yards on 23 touches. I'm not saying Cooper and James can't help this team. But it's obvious that without a healthy fullback UM should consider using the tough running Berry more. Grade: B

Leonard Hankerson Receivers: Leonard Hankerson and Jimmy Graham were the story here. Both had career days. Hankerson hauling in eight catches for 143 yards and a touchdown. And Graham had five catches for 73 yards, including four grabs that converted third and long. The best part of the day for UM's receivers? Most of them made adjustments to come back to under thrown passes by Harris and did a better job battling for passes. That's something they didn't do enough of at North Carolina. That's called coaching. Grade: B+

Offensive line: After Harris was pressured 11 times at North Carolina and sacked twice, Jason Fox and company did a much better job this week. The Blue Devils only got through for one sack (that was Jacory's fault for holding it too long) and didn't hit Jacory the rest of the day (zero QB pressures). UM also finished with 148 yards on the ground and the offensive line got better push as the game moved along. Brandon Washington played well and got a significant number of snaps after Orlando Franklin went down in the second quarter. Grade: B+

Defensive line: Another week, another terrible day getting pressure on the quarterback. There were times Saturday when Thaddeus Lewis had enough time to order a pizza before getting rid of the ball. UM produced four quarterback hurries -- two by Olivier Vernon and one each by Andrew Smith and Marcus Robinson. One reason UM struggled to do more: Allen Bailey was back in the middle, starting at left defensive tackle. But the bottomline is UM can't wait for Bailey to be their only source of pressure. There's no question this unit hasn't gotten the job done enough all year. UM has 19 sacks this season. Clint Hurtt would be the first to tell you that's not good enough. Grade: D

Darryl Sharpton Linebackers: Darryl Sharpton earned ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week honors Monday for his career-high 12 tackles and 73-yard interception return for a touchdown. Sharpton might not be a lot of things, but he's been solid for the Canes this season. He's definitely better than Glenn Cook was for UM last year. Let's not forget, he and Colin McCarthy were asked to step their games up when Sean Spence went down. They've done that. UM's run defense ranks 30th in the country and third in the ACC. We all remember what happened at the end of last season when teams were running all over the Canes. The defense deserves credit for fixing that problem at least. Grade: B+

Secondary: They didn't get shredded, but Lewis, Donavan Varner and Conner Vernon certainly had fun with the Canes cornerbacks. Senior Chavez Grant looked like he was auditioning for a Quiznos commercial (Toasty!) on a few plays. Lewis finished 20 of 37 for 303 yards and a touchdown. On the bright side, Vaughn Telemaque returned from his stinger at UNC and played well. He definitely had a big hit in the fourth quarter on Varner on what could have been a pretty big pass play. Still, not a great day for the Canes secondary. Grade: C

Special teams: Nothing special, nothing terrible for coach Joe Pannunzio's group Saturday. Matt Bosher made both of his field goals and once again had to make a saving tackle to prevent a kickoff return from going back to the house. Randy Phillips recovered a fumble to setup UM's first field goal. All in all, a decent day. But you definitely missed having Thearon Collier on punt returns. Graig Cooper dances a little too much on punts too. Grade: B

Coaching: The only thing I didn't like about Saturday's game was the excessive number of passing plays in the first half. Jacory's 28 attempts were the most he'd had in a game. It didn't make sense to me considering he was coming off a four interception game and his thumb was still aching. Miami ran the ball more in the second half and won because it gave Berry an opportunity to carry the rock. Somebody had to make that decision. Maybe the crowd? Either way, that was smart. Grade: B

Couple more thoughts I scribbled down on my notepad Sunday...

-- I didn't quite understand why linebacker Sean Spence was asked to put the pads on Saturday. He was only in against Duke on special teams for the opening kickoff and Shannon said Sunday Spence was made available for emergency reasons only. But here's my question: Why then even risk having a guy as valuable as Spence re-injured on a kickoff? 

Jacory Harris -- I had to laugh a little when I heard Shannon's comments regarding Jacory "playing the media" by showing up to Saturday's post game press conference with his arm in a sling. Pulling pranks and being funny is typical Jacory. He loved clowning his teammates throughout high school by showing up to practice after he committed to UM with different college hats and t-shirts. Even though Shannon said Sunday Harris was "really healthy," I'm still not buying it. Graham and Hankerson said post-game Harris wasn't throwing the ball with the same accuracy in practice during the week, pregame warm-ups or during the game. Was Jacory "healthy enough" to play with pain? Sure. But he wasn't faking an injury. His thumb was affecting him -- heavy tape, fake sling, lip service from the head coach, and all. 

-- Speaking of injuries: It will be interesting to see what happens with fullback Mike James and left guard Orlando Franklin this week. Both left Saturday's game with what looked like painful injuries and didn't return. Brandon Washington filled in well for Franklin and there were times when John Calhoun and Javarris James stepped in at fullback. But James is a very big loss. We might see more of Damien Berry simply for that reason. The way he runs, he doesn't need a fullback opening holes for him. 

-- Notre Dame's loss to UConn pretty much wiped away UM's best shot of playing in the Gator Bowl Jan. 1. There's no question the only reason the Canes were being considered for that game was the intrigue of a Canes-Fighting Irish showdown. At this point, my bowl money has the Canes heading to Orlando to play in the Champs Sports Bowl. 

Not that the bowl selection process is based on where teams finish in the ACC, but for your knowledge UM is basically going to finish fifth overall in the ACC behind Clemson, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and North Carolina (when the Tar Heels wipe out N.C. State this weekend) and be considered the fourth or fifth best team in the conference. According to the ACC bowl pecking order, the Orange Bowl will get the ACC champ, the Chick-Fil-A Bowl has the next pick, followed by the Gator Bowl (vs. Big East), Champs Sports Bowl (vs. Big Ten), Music City Bowl (vs. SEC) and Meineke Car Care Bowl (vs. Big East). 

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Music City Bowl against the SEC looks good to me, that could be a nice signature win agains the always "revered" conference.

Well it'll be a bunch of haters on here stating we suck and all. But hey a win is a win. I want the blowouts too and they will come again but right now we learning how to win again. Last year they gave games away and gave up. This year they fight to the end and battle with heart. For a championship run next year we just need to stay healthy and the O-line need to come together(B. Linder WE WANT YOU).

Manny monitored blog+Great topics from Manny=One Happy Blogosphere.

Thanks for the update Manny!

1) Nice quick read on the chivalry of Jamal Reid:
http://blogs.themiamihurricane.com/index.php/2009/11/24/canes-athletics-top-25-in-the-things-tha?blog=24

2) HILARIOUS Jacory Harris pic (so hilarious I literally laughed out loud in the middle of my crim law class today and almost got called out on it... awkward moment to say the least):
http://i811.photobucket.com/albums/zz31/dfreckleton/U7-1258256732.png

3) Looks like our 2010 Out of Conference schedule is set. We play Pitt in September... I wonder if that will intrigue the powers that be to put us up against them in the Gator Bowl:
http://www.fbschedules.com/ncaa-10/acc/2010-miami-hurricanes-football-schedule.php

GO CANES!

P.S. Manny did you disable links? GO CANES!

Thanks for the info. Manny. What is the date of the Champs Sports Bowl and (if/when we win against USF) who would likely be our opponent?

I just have one thing to say about berry not starting huh. Come on its clear hes the best runner on this team. Did the coaches learn nothing from coker. Coker would give a guy a job and let him keep it no matter how poorly he played forcing recruits to go elswhere instead of coming to miami. Its time to give berry 20-25 touches a game coop dances way to much and jj doesnt have the explosion berry has or make the decisive cuts berry does. moving berry to rb was a great move by shannon now he just needs to play the kid.

1st...

Manny how would you rate this season so far. I think that it's been up and down but I'm not sure if it's a successful season that a young UM team can build on or a failure because truthfaully we are the U and it's dominate as the mandate. Oh what might have been if not for some porous pass defanse and shaky play out of Jacory(Luv him but too many picks). I think our recruiting class this year is the key and we need to get the D-line healthy.

Berry has gotten more carries since the FAMU game of any RB on the roster.

Tired of hearing he should get more than Cooper and James...when he already does.

Whipple and Shannon use him more in the second half, but he always gets the short yardage and goaline carries, even in the 1st half.

Champs Bowl would be my choice. Recruiting in Central Florida once again and playing a Big Ten school.

I think javaris james should be used as fullback, he is not better than graig cooper or damien berry. I never liked javaris james, he was hyped as a freshman because of his name, and had a descent freshman year because the team was horrible and he was the only back, but as a senior he should not be playing as much especially with two other backs who are better than him.

Still need to take care of business this weekend or the season will be a BUST....Stay focused CANES...unless its a BCS Bowl...who cares!

Nice assessments Manny. I think U were maybe just a little too harsh on Jacory's grade, but close enough for government purposes.

Agree that Berry's the better back right now and should be used most down the stretch. No snub to Coop or JJ cause they're playing team good team football.

Great coaching again by receivers coach Aubrey Hill. He doesn't get enough credit. Look how he's helped mentor Jimmy Graham (now a bonafide NFL commodity in such a short period), and the improvement that Hank's made.

We really need help thru recruiting at the OL/DL and LB positions. I think Canes coaches must realize this and should go hard "now" after these positions before the best are scooped up. I think there's one guy at Hargrave Academy and Linder of course, but what about Luc? Is he out of the question? I'd like to see an in-depth assessment of these positions.....best would be an interview w/ recruiting coordinators position by position, where we stand in this class and what they're doing to go hard as we near season's end.

I think you were to easy on the coaches this week. Not acknowledging that the QB is hurt, asking him to throw even more than usual, only to have to go to the run in the 3rd quarter to save the game tells me that these coaches are still not championship level coaches.

Good job manny. Kudos to Sharpton for ending his last home game on a high note. It's no way Cook would've stepped in front of that pass and housed it.

what's the latest on recruiting? Any news on Linder, McCarthy, Harris, etc.

Does anyone know the date of the Champs Sports Bowl?

I'm with you Manny!

Berry should get 75% of the carries!

I think we get the Music City or Champs with the way things are going.

Manny, who would you project as our opponents in either of those?

Music City - Kentucky, Arkansas, or Auburn?

Champs - Wisconson, Northwestern, or Michigan St?

Given the reality that we are rebuilding, how do people feel about these bowls?

Champ Sports Bowl will be fine with me. It will give us a chance to play a pretty good Big 10 team that should help us get better prepared for the big showdown at the Hourseshoe next year Ohio State!!

Manny...good grades, I agree with all of them except for special teams which I would have given a C. They have been a disappointment all season apart from very few bright moments.

The fans on all of the UM blogs have been calling for Berry for weeks now. This week we did it at the game. Don't understand why the coaches have been so resistant to playing the best RB? It has been OBVIOUS for over a month now.

What's your theory on why the Canes seem to come out flat for every game? They seem to struggle early and only when challenged or pressed do they come out to play. What's up with that?

Thanks Manny.

Manny,

You seem to be a little tough on Jacory, with that grade and you are right Berry is a better back than Cooper and especially James. Except for his Freshman year James has stayed hurt. The biggest issue I have with this team is the Dee-Lines lack of pressure on the Q.B.Is it a lack of Talent or is it the defensive scheme? I, personally think our tackles are too short and not talented enough to get to the Q.B. That has been a problem for the last couple of years on both lines is lack of overall quality and depth. We have the hardest time getting top tier O-Linemen and we can't get the monster Dee-tackles. Our secondary is going to get toasted when the opposing team has 8 seconds to throw the ball, lets face it we aren't facing top tier Q.B's either and we are getting roasted. We need a pocket caving stud D-tackle 6'5 300 would be great, not 6'1 290 or blitz more. We'll have 20 guys back next year on defense with at least 3 starts apiece among them and there shouldn't be any excuses or us having to discuss this topic of cornerbacks getting constantly burnt.

some body who has the espn insider please post the comments that nelson made about UF. Im very interested to see what he had to say. Im not begging but PLEEEEEEASE!!!!!.

the remarks about spence just more signs randy is not head coaching material love the kids but randy and some of his coaches have to go if we ever expect to be a NC contender again!GO CANES!!

Even though Shannon said Sunday Harris was "really healthy," I'm still not buying it. Graham and Hankerson said post-game Harris wasn't throwing the ball with the same accuracy in practice during the week, pregame warm-ups or during the game. Was Jacory "healthy enough" to play with pain? Sure. But he wasn't faking an injury. His thumb was affecting him -- heavy tape, fake sling, lip service from the head coach, and all. 

When will the writers and fans revolt against this insulting treatment? Keeping injury information on the down low is one thing, but the " extremity" business, the constant denials, and now the clowning around regarding serious matters has grown beyond stale. Is this the status quo here forward?

If you don't think this negatively affects already hemorrhaging ticket sales you are badly mistaken. It's outrageous!

once and for all, leave allen bailey on the edge. He's a DE!!!!!!!!! He's our best DE!!!!!!! Stop trying to "spread the wealth" along the frontline by moving him to the middle. All those "fast" short, light DE's (6'1 or 6'2 and an average of 240 pounds doesn't cut it) aren't producing. Bailey is a terror on the edge. Leave him there.

5th place...nuff said.

Go CANES! Jacory is a warrrior, true leader!

Much improved this year, only gonna get better-

U all the way!

Go Canes!

Right, Tcock, because every orthopedic surgeon knows you put your arm in a sling for a sprained thumb.

What a dope.

It really bothers me to know that Damien Berry was warming the bench for two years before he got an opportunity against FAMU. It is so obvious that he is head and shoulders above the rest that even Ray Charles could see it. That is why I contiue to harp about Arthur Brown, our "crown jewel" of the 08 class who is ROTTING on the sidelines. Something is amiss.

Hey 365 cane,

Here's the Nelson Story

It might be four years away, but Kevin Nelson already has September 7, 2013 circled on his calendar.

That's the next time the University of Miami is scheduled to play the University of Florida.

"I can't wait to play them suckers, for real," Nelson said. "I know it's a long time from now. I just can't wait 'till we play these suckers. They are just disrespectful."
Nelson, a star linebacker at Gainesville High School who is having a monster season with 150 tackles, seven sacks, six forced fumbles, and two interceptions, is a verbal commitment to Miami and apparently that has bothered people at UF, which has offered him a scholarship.
Nelson, the third-ranked inside linebacker by ESPN, attended Saturday's game at Florida against FIU as an unofficial visitor, a common decision amongst recruits with offers from their hometown school, but was told he was not welcome in the locker room like the rest of the recruits.

"I can't get down to Miami all the time because I'm not financially able to, so I went to see a game at Florida because there's nothing else to do," Nelson explained. "After the game, Brandon Spikes was talking to me and told me to come in the locker room because he wanted to give me some gloves. But then a guy that works at UF told me I wasn't allowed to come in. I told them who I was, that I have a scholarship offer from them, and I live five miles from the school. He told me that I had to turn around and wait.

"Then I saw the guy from Fleming Island, a big dude (Ian Silberman) who is committed to them. He's walking into the locker room with his boys and I am outside waiting to talk to my friends. It was very disrespectful. I'm never showing my face around here again."

Nelson also noted that some of the Gator Girls, who work for UF and handle recruits on gamedays, gave him a hard time when he was there. But he did say he has a good relationship with Spikes and some of the other players.

"Spikes, that's my boy. Spikes is cool. My cousin played there and one of my old teammates Earl Okine. People told me to come in and holler at them. I think it's because I committed to the University of Miami. But throw all that out the window, you just don't treat people like that. They are two-faced."

This is the second incident with UF that has had Nelson fuming. Another incident was with an assistant coach.

"The coaches are just disrespectful," Nelson said.

Nelson verbally committed to Miami in the summer, which surprised people at Florida and within the community.

"People wonder why I didn't commit to the University of Florida. Exactly. They are disrespectful. They didn't really want me. They only wanted me because LSU offered me. They are grimy and two-faced."

The offer from Florida came in during the spring, a month after LSU offered, which is something he was not happy with.

"It takes you six months to a year to recognize a talent here," Nelson said. "You have talent right in front of your school, but you go across the nation to get guys."

Nelson and teammate Devont'a Davis, also a UM commit, helped lead the squad to a 17-0 win over Hudson last week in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs. Nelson had a 1-yard touchdown run and the duo helped the defense hold Lakewood to 77 yards rushing.

Gainesville travels to Tarpon Springs on Friday as 16 teams are still alive.

"I want to keep playing and get to Orlando to have Coach Barrow and Coach Shannon see me play live," Nelson said.

Battle lines drawn Miami commit LB Kevin Nelson

It might be four years away, but Kevin Nelson already has September 7, 2013 circled on his calendar.

That's the next time the University of Miami is scheduled to play the University of Florida.

"I can't wait to play them suckers, for real," Nelson said. "I know it's a long time from now. I just can't wait 'till we play these suckers. They are just disrespectful."

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Nelson, a star linebacker at Gainesville High School who is having a monster season with 150 tackles, seven sacks, six forced fumbles, and two interceptions, is a verbal commitment to Miami and apparently that has bothered people at UF, which has offered him a scholarship.

Nelson, the third-ranked inside linebacker by ESPN, attended Saturday's game at Florida against FIU as an unofficial visitor, a common decision amongst recruits with offers from their hometown school, but was told he was not welcome in the locker room like the rest of the recruits.

"I can't get down to Miami all the time because I'm not financially able to, so I went to see a game at Florida because there's nothing else to do," Nelson explained. "After the game, Brandon Spikes was talking to me and told me to come in the locker room because he wanted to give me some gloves. But then a guy that works at UF told me I wasn't allowed to come in. I told them who I was, that I have a scholarship offer from them, and I live five miles from the school. He told me that I had to turn around and wait.

"Then I saw the guy from Fleming Island, a big dude (Ian Silberman) who is committed to them. He's walking into the locker room with his boys and I am outside waiting to talk to my friends. It was very disrespectful. I'm never showing my face around here again."

Nelson also noted that some of the Gator Girls, who work for UF and handle recruits on gamedays, gave him a hard time when he was there. But he did say he has a good relationship with Spikes and some of the other players.

"Spikes, that's my boy. Spikes is cool. My cousin played there and one of my old teammates Earl Okine. People told me to come in and holler at them. I think it's because I committed to the University of Miami. But throw all that out the window, you just don't treat people like that. They are two-faced."

This is the second incident with UF that has had Nelson fuming. Another incident was with an assistant coach.

"The coaches are just disrespectful," Nelson said.

Nelson verbally committed to Miami in the summer, which surprised people at Florida and within the community.

"People wonder why I didn't commit to the University of Florida. Exactly. They are disrespectful. They didn't really want me. They only wanted me because LSU offered me. They are grimy and two-faced."

The offer from Florida came in during the spring, a month after LSU offered, which is something he was not happy with.

"It takes you six months to a year to recognize a talent here," Nelson said. "You have talent right in front of your school, but you go across the nation to get guys."

Nelson and teammate Devont'a Davis, also a UM commit, helped lead the squad to a 17-0 win over Hudson last week in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs. Nelson had a 1-yard touchdown run and the duo helped the defense hold Lakewood to 77 yards rushing.

Gainesville travels to Tarpon Springs on Friday as 16 teams are still alive.

"I want to keep playing and get to Orlando to have Coach Barrow and Coach Shannon see me play live," Nelson said

Listen, these Canes are ten times better than last years Canes. We only have one real loss to which we actually got beat, the other two loses we beat ourselves. I will say the picks have got to improve which will come next year I believe after Jscory has a full year under his belt. Maybe we will get to keep Whipple another year or two which will make for more success on the offensive side of the ball. We will definitely go to a better bowl than music city. The one thing I would say is I'd love to see more blitz schemes. I also think they are still playing down to their competion which kinda sucks but at least they won.

Thing is about JJ and Cooper they do not seem to be able to move the chains early in a game. It would seem logical to see if Berry can get 1st downs running in 1st quarter, that would help the passing game early also.

Why not give the young dline more help with some WELL schemed blitzes, 5 man fronts , different things to help the young guys out?
Isn't that what good defensive coaching is about. If you watch a lot of other college football games, you see so many successful things being done on defense, yet the U seems to go out every game day with no game plan on defense, other than same approach as last wk.

Manny, the C is generous for Jacory. His thumb is injured, not his brain. I don't have enough fingers on my hands to count the ill-advised throws into double and triple coverage he made Saturday. The thumb has made his lob tosses hang even longer. I'm all for throwing a catchable ball, but he makes Chris Leak and Chad Pennington look like Dan Marino. I like Jacory, but he has got to step in to his throws and put something on the ball. Watch the game tape, he easily could have had 5 INTs last week from throwing ducks late and high over the middle. Lucky it was Duke. Against Wake the CBs were sitting on his out routes and had they not been distracted deciding their endzone celebration would have had a pick 6 on consecutive plays if I recall correctly. Is Whipple doing anything to fix this? Better yet, can anything be done to fix this?

Do you have any info on Brandon McGee? Chavez Grant has had 4 yrs to improve and ever since his big pick on the smurf turf, he hasn't. Isn't it time to move on and let the young guy get his chance?

Berry is a beast. We're all tired of watching Coop dance and James breakdown (glad he had his moment in the sun against OU).

What is Swasey doing to get these guys prepared for the games? I've never seen a team with so many injuries every year.

Good stuff Manny, I totally agree about Berry. I don't know why Berry is not starting nor getting the majority of the carries. I good running game will take pressure of a young struggling QB. Yet instead Whipple call 28 pass attempts in the first half and give no carries to Berry, against one of the worst rushing defense in the ACC.(UNBELIEVABLE)

Got to love Kevin Nelson's attitude. Seems like the type of guy we need.

dlu...

your comment makes too much sense, not sure why they don't help them out.

I don't think we'd throw the ball as often if Jacory is injured. It would make no sense at all. Our OL is better at run blocking than pass protection, I would think we would lean on the run game.

"It really bothers me to know that Damien Berry was warming the bench for two years before he got an opportunity against FAMU. It is so obvious that he is head and shoulders above the rest that even Ray Charles could see it. That is why I contiue to harp about Arthur Brown, our "crown jewel" of the 08 class who is ROTTING on the sidelines. Something is amiss."


He rode the bench because he has surgery on his kneeS.

And about Arthur Brown,even was only rated so high because he was so much more athletic than the competition he played against

He didnt have to learn any schemes or anything.His coach basically just told him to go after the person with the ball.

So he is a couple years behind the players like Spence and Futch that have learned the schemes in high school

Listen, these Canes are ten times better than last years Canes. We only have one real loss to which we actually got beat, the other two loses we beat ourselves.

Posted by: Mike | November 24, 2009 at 07:56 PM

Could it also then be said that there are 3-4 U Wins where the other team could also say "they beat themselves?"

We run the same 4-3 cover two or whatever crap....it's vanilla and it costs us games, and we never change it up. And the champ sports bowl? Yuck.

OK all you Saturday morning sofa coaches. Do any of you know if D. Berry is capapble of recognizing and picking up blitzes? We have a weak Oline, and a skinny Sophmore QB with a true freshmen back up. Do we really want to plug Berry in and hope he can identify whichman he's supposed to block, and get to him before the guy blasts Harris? Can Berry split out and run passing routes like Cooper and J. James, and posess the hands they do? He runs great, dont get me wrong, but there is much more to a RB than just running. And for Pete's sake the guy is 3rd in carries, trailing J. James by only 11 carries. Get a grip people. Most of follow side with what seems obvious, or what articles or ESPN says. Pay attention to the U,a little more.

thanks 2cane you are the man

hey calicane thanks

Hilarious- That seems to be the "calling card" with UF coaches- like that kid (can't recall his name) that was booted out of the Friday Night Lights camp for flashing the U. They are sore losers over there, bad winners, unsportsmanlike, petty and when they are on top agonizingly annoying and nasty. Unfortunately, 90% of gator fans are like that.

I can't begin to imagine how much they (Uffans, alumni and coaches) suffered between 1980 and 1996 and between 1997-2006 while watching UM and FSU win 7 NCs combined! It must have been torture.

Is it me, or is Randy Shannon one of the most stubborn coaches inthe world? If 100,000 Dade and Broward UM fans are pleading to see Berry run the ball 20-25 times a game (like McCluster at Ole MIss) and many other top rbs, why not Berry? You keep him fresh by alternating carries between he and Coop and say either James. That clearly opens up the pass AND jh WILL NOT HAVE TO THROW THE BALL 40-50 TIMES a game or win the game with deep throws. Its Prostyle without a doubt- Can anyone say Chris Johnson of the Tennessee titans? what about when Edge or Portis were young? 20-30 times a game!

If you are scared say your scared:

On the UF front, UM athletic director Kirby Hocutt said the Gators informed him they have no interest in playing again after their one remaining scheduled game (2013 at Land Shark Stadium). UF previously expressed willingness to play twice every six years, but changed its mind.

UF athletic director Jeremy Foley said the decision was based on a desire to play seven annual home games. Why can't UF play at UM during a year it plays host to FSU? Foley said that wouldn't work because they would still have four conference road games and the Georgia game in Jacksonville. Hocutt said he's disappointed: ``Miami-Florida is good for college football.''

CANES!

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