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Virginia thoughts

Last Tuesday, Jacory Harris was talking about how he and his teammates kept playing down to opponents. For the first time all year, the Canes showed us they could play a complete game. Yes, there were gaffs. Virginia took advantage of two blocked punts and an interception to score 17 points. But UM dominated in the second half and rolled to a 52-17 victory because it was the superior team and played like it.

A few more quick thoughts before I head down for postgame interviews...

> Thearon Collier's 60-yard punt return in the second quarter was without question the play of the year thus far. Collier channeled his inner Ted Ginn, running backwards and across the field before turning on the afterburners. He got three huge blocks on the return to spring him -- including ones from Ramon Buchanon and Chavez Grant that made the crowd at Land Shark Stadium "Oooh" and "Ahhh" during the replay on the Jumbotron.

> While there is plenty of good to talk about from this game, there is still work to be done. Virginia's two punt blocks were break downs on blocking schemes and will be a point of contention in the Canes film room this week. Brandon McGee also took a real bad angle on Rashawn Jackson's 34-yard touchdown run that put Virginia up 10-3 in the first quarter. I also thought Mark Whipple took a chance early on with the flea-flicker and Jacory Harris made a terrible read throwing the ball into triple coverage toward Aldarius Johnson. But that was about it. This way by far UM's best overall game.

> It was nice to see Graig Cooper return from his ankle injury and shine. He finished with a career-high 152 yards rushing including a 70-yard burst and three-yard TD run in the fourth quarter. Miami pounded the Cavs for 268 yards on the ground as a team. That's making up for the 21 carries at Wake Forest.

> Safety Jared Campbell had a few nice pass breakups. That's good to see considering it doesn't look like Ray Ray Armstrong isn't coming back anytime soon. He was on the sideline with a knee brace. Linebacker Sean Spence had one too. Eric Moncur had his left leg in a soft cast. Lucky for UM, it didn't look like anybody else suffered injuries Saturday. Although Joel Figueroa did point down to his ankle in the third quarter. He stayed in the game.

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I just saw it was Javed Best. He tore us up in the bowl game. Getting carried off on a gurney. I hope he's ok. it didn't look good.

GREAT WIN..NOT A GREAT PLAYED GAME...THE CROWD WAS WHAT 40K? NICE TURNOUT AGAIN MIAMI...CALLING BROWN HORRIBLE IS LIKE CALLING HIGHSMITH HORRIBLE...BOTH NEED GAME TIME...THE D WAS FANTASTIC TODAY...THE OLINE GOT PUNKED AGAIN..I WAS HAPPY WITH THE WIN..WHEN THIS TEAM FIND ITS PATH IT WILL BE DANGEROUS...INJURIES AND PENALTYS ARE STILL KILIING US...DONT GET ME STARTED ON SPECIAL TEAMS....7-2 LOOKING TOWARD TO UNC,,THERE AWFUL..I HOPE IT IS 3:30 GAME...GO CANES

Keion Payne just said hes been a silent since the summer, and he just felt like going public today. When asked if Linder will commit, he just said "wel see".

I wonder if there are any more silent commits with there being Clements and now Payne. These are two solid players that shall help Today was a solid victory W, it was good that Highsmith was able to gain some more valuable playing time.

Now is time to prepare for North Carolina which will provide a better change than VA, one game at a time.

I LOVED THE WAY "ICE" HANDLED HIMSELF WHEN HIS HELMET WAS RIPPED OFF HIS HEAD. I LOVED THE WAY HIS O LINE CAME TO HIS RESCUE. THESE BULLS, UH, HURRICANES ARE FOR REAL. "ICE , YOU WERE ASSERTIVE, BUT NOT AGGRESSIVE. GOOD JOB. YOU'RE A GREAT EXAMPLE OF A GREAT LEADER. PSALMS 41

Good game, big win. I just can't get over that Clemson game, though... Fudge!

Carolina will be tough, USF should be a good test. Let's hope Randy keeps going easy in practice and the kids keep showing up fired up to play each Saturday. 10-2 and a nice bowl game, hopefully against ND, would certainly look like a pretty successful season and a real nice improvement. Given how we've closed out the last couple season, I'm hoping these kids will really want to prove that they can close strong, regardless of what is or isn't on the line as far as conference, etc.

Had no problem with the flea flicker. It wasn't a risky play call, it was poor decision making by Jacory. He doesn't seem to be growing much from game to game, but that's kind of understandable given how they only have 20 hours of practice time each week. We need a QB coach. Hire Dorsey!!! But, if he can improve as much from this season to next as he did in this past offseason, oh boy!

Let's go Canes!!!!!!

Man o man did we destroy let me repeat DESTROY UVA. They may have lost to William and Mary but who gives a rat's(go panthers) ass. INT12 for Heisman and if a lot of teams continue to lose in the top ten, we may not play auburn in the chick fila bowl.

chicken on one side, beef on the other

Anytime you have to openly ROOT for Wake Forest you know you have a good program. I recall USC, UF, LSU, and Texas all rooting for WAKE..

Man o man though, I was at the game...Louder then church on tuesday. Can I get an AMEN?

I just heard the Sapp, Ray Lewis, The Roc, Ed Reed, Andre johnson, and Edge were all NOT rooting for WAKE.

false hopes on one side, dreams on the other.

where's pedro HATERRRRRRRRR not saying much today.

Posted by: Joan Rodriguez | November 07, 2009 at 07:33 PM

That guy lives under the julia tuttle causeway.

'inner Ted Finn?' I'm sorry, I have to disagree. More like inner Devin Hester

Decent turn out at the game. The crowd has got a lot to learn though, during the 2nd half when we had the ball, they kept doing the wave making all kinds of noise. It's just funny to me how when we had the ball on offense in the 2nd half the crowd was loud and when Virginia had the ball it was quiet for the most part.
It also amazes me how when we win big no one gives Coach Shannon any credit. If the game was closer all the "fire Randy now" guys would have been on here. For those of you who donly like to scream "Randy sucks", "Fire Randy now", here are a couple of points:

1) Coach Shannon made a great tatical move late in the 1st quater by calling a timeout with 2 seconds left. He forced Virginia to punt into the wind and we got great field position due to that and scored a touchdown.

2) The defense has just given up 7 points in the 2nd half of the past 2 games (on an all out blitz against Wake). That means that Coach Shannon and Lovett are making great halftime adjustments.

3) Coach Shannon (as a poster already mentioned) made an adjustment in the practice schedule. The team appeared to have fresher legs in the 2nd half.

4) We still have 3 games left to play and have not won more games this year than last, but it appears that Coach Shannon, after a heart breaking loss to Clemson (who as a matter of fact has won 4 in a row and is looking really good) went on the road and beat a very under rated Wake Forest team (they almost beat the #10 team in the country on the road)with a great 4 quarter comeback. We then destroyed the same team that beat us 48-0 at home 2 years ago, the same team that we had to go to overtime to beat last year. To me, that shows inprovement in the team and in coaching.

Again, there is still a lot of football to be played, but I just felt like throwing so kudos to Coach Shannon for those of you in the "fire Randy now" crowd.

Wake is sooo bad ahh haters? They took GTech to OT and NAvy beat ND.

The marquee moment for me, was the city coming out of our players to try to defend our QB when he had his helmet ripped off. It almost became a street brawl. I saw glimses of the old UM there. That spaeked the team. that is the nastiness that we need to see back and to bring it to NC.


Sc-ew Butch Davis and the horse he rode on. many of you wanted him back. He is nothing but a turncoat, a liar and a traitor. He can keep his tar heels. He will never be a winner since he left UM, where he won nothing.

O-line- brought it
Brandon Harris- brought it
Our running game- I see 3 beasts in Coop, Berry and Chambers. JJ is probably done.

This team is unstoppable. Only UM can stop UM. Like with horrendous punting, coaching. Thatinlcudes that ill-advised flea flicker.

lets see. F_U beat Vandy
Alabama beat ranked LSU
LAst week texas beat ranked Ok State

#1 Ala
#2 Texas
#3 F_U
#4 Boise St
#5 TCU
#6 GT
#7 Miami

Props to Shannon for cutting practices and moving them to the afternoon. U could definitely tell the difference out there on the field today. Let's continue this...

To see AB at MLB and #24 CG at OLB is a prime example of what we are missing. We lack depth still, especially when you have to play a 180lb DB at LB.

Man, I cannot wait until we are at the point that players are scared to get hurt because they know they may never get their job back. Oh, the good ole days...

We won't be reloading like that for at least another year. Love what Shannon is putting together.

GO CANES!!!

Attendance was over 45,000-48,000 (ESPN). Not bad.

I totally forgot that Panunzio also coaches tight ends. On the Chris Hayes special on ESPN he was only listed as "MIAMI SPECIAL TEAMS COORDINATOR."

As the TEs unit has exceeded all expectations coming into this season (when we thought we had NO tight ends only to realize during the season that we have two studs in Epps and Graham and a huge contributer in Tervaris Johnson), maybe Panunzio shouldn't get sh-t canned. Maybe we should just relieve him of his special teams duties and have him focus exclusively on TEs. Both units might be too much for him and with special teams being such an important unit, one that can make or break a game and even a season, then someone that's better at that unit should take over.

But who? I say we hire somebody OR delegate the task to someone already on staff. Lovett has special teams experience but running the defense is already a huge task (one he's not handling with flying colors). As far as I know, no one else on our coaching staff has special teams experience. Panunzio runs this unit by himself and Don Soldinger did a good job of running special teams before him fro 2001-2005.

Any candidates or other ideas to fix our special teams?

Canes are playing amazing football with the exception of two units--special teams and OL. If we can fix these units by next year, we'll be a scoring machine. And if year 2 under Lovett is better than this year, we'll be in the BCS championship game.

GO CANES!!!

I totally forgot that Panunzio also coaches tight ends. On the Chris Hayes special on ESPN he was only listed as "MIAMI SPECIAL TEAMS COORDINATOR."

As the TEs unit has exceeded all expectations coming into this season (when we thought we had NO tight ends only to realize during the season that we have two studs in Epps and Graham and a huge contributer in Tervaris Johnson), maybe Panunzio shouldn't get sh-t canned. Maybe we should just relieve him of his special teams duties and have him focus exclusively on TEs. Both units might be too much for him and with special teams being such an important unit, one that can make or break a game and even a season, then someone that's better at that unit should take over.

But who? I say we hire somebody OR delegate the task to someone already on staff. Lovett has special teams experience but running the defense is already a huge task (one he's not handling with flying colors). As far as I know, no one else on our coaching staff has special teams experience. Panunzio runs this unit by himself and Don Soldinger did a good job of running special teams before him fro 2001-2005.

Any candidates or other ideas to fix our special teams?

Canes are playing amazing football with the exception of two units--special teams and OL. If we can fix these units by next year, we'll be a scoring machine. And if year 2 under Lovett is better than this year, we'll be in the BCS championship game.

GO CANES!!!

i think its funny arthur brown plays 2 plays and everyone rips him apart like a pack of wolves. geeze give the guy a chance at least.

Beautiful win!
Collier's return is highlight #2 of the night on ESPN (#1 was horse racing, whatever)

All about the U

we've crossed the tipping point - it's coasting from here on out

Coasting my arse! We beat a pretty pathetic team and we lost to two good though not elite teams. Most experts and even Randy agrees that we're not there yet as far as any of our units.

IMO, to win out this season, we need:

1) energy to complete the season (shorter practices will hopefully take care of this)

2) no more injuries (it was said during the game today that we haven't had the same 11 on defense play in two consecutive games all season.. da fu-k!?!)

3) consistent OL play (we haven't seen this unit play two good games in a row since games 1 and 2 against FSU and GT... we did good today against the team that got beat by a bunch of marys but can we repeat against a tough NC defense?)

4) improvement on special teams (we ran one back today but had not one but TWO punts blocked... we do this against a team with a decent defense and we lose that game... NC is currently the #7 defense and USF #28 (not to mention Duke at #33) so we got our work cut out for us!)

We're no where near cruising. We'll have to fight hard during the next three games or we'll lose one, perhaps more. WE CANNOT SLEEP ON ANYONE!

I think we can pull of a 10 or 11 win season, but we need to work on our weaknesses. I can understand why the OL is inconsistent... we're just not talented in that unit, although we're getting better. The same CANNOT be said about special teams. From what I see, we use plain vanilla schemes to block punts, and when we're punting ourselves, we look like deer staring at headlights. I love this team and i see plenty of improvements but we need just a little bit more from our OL and special teams to become unstoppable.

GO CANES!!!

Alonzo highsmith is horrible. He shouldn't be our fourth string qb let alone backup. We are trouble guys

Posted by: Caneman12


well he's all we got at backup, taylor cook and cannon smith transfered, remember? he won't be playing until his senior year anyways.

Come on give Highsmith a break. The guy has never had a chance to play and seldom gets work with the first team. I thought he did quite well for his 1st time in a game.

Hats off to Shannon/Lovett. They did a great job with our defense today. I'm not a fan of Lovett but I must say he did a good job game planning UVA. The guys stayed in their lanes and looked ready and not confused and out of place as we've seen lately.

I think the change in practice hours has made a huge impact on the players mental and physical approach. They looked rested, faster and whole lot more enthusiastic about being on the field. This approach definitely showed positive results with the defense.

Enjoy the win guys and deal with the remaining games one at a time. UNC is going to bring it on defense. You know Davis, the "Michelin Man," is noted for that. He loves beating MIA but I think he's going to be in for a surprise this year. Good Luck, Canes!!!

Highsmith came in here a safety. Our 2nd and 3rd string QBs choked their way to Rice and Memphis....we should be commending the kid for his ability to adjust and do what's best for the team. I'm guessing next year he'll return to safety and become an emergency QB.

There's a lot of kids on this team that have proved to be team players:

Shields (WR to DB)
T. Johnson (DB to TE)
Highsmith (S to QB)
Bailey (DE to DT)
Graham (BBall to TE)

Give these guys some love. They're doing what they can to get on the field and produce.

Well not everybody has a conference that pretty much makes sure their top teams go undefeated...i.e. officiating....I am sure we all know who that is. I guess what I am wondering, is why you are always so concerned with what is going on here at the U. Is your life really that boring,I mean there is a whole world for you to go experience other than sitting behind your computer and making yourself look stupid. If you take the proper steps towards maybe getting into shape, seeing a dermatalogist about the greasy, zit faced moron you have become. Those along with some other steps might help you become a member of society, and hell, a female might even look your way, which might help you take out your aggression elsewhere.

Kehoe you are a joke of humanity. Go away.

UM players: studs all around. props to the O-line.

Defense only allowed 7 points. The score would have read 52-7 if not for blocked punt and bad read by jacory. I'm okay with that. Luckily we don't have to worry about overlooking UNC since you don't have to look very far back to realize we haven't beaten them in a few years... I'm traveling to DC for a pre law seminar & thinking about driving down to chapel hill to support. Go Canes!

Ke "ho"...u say the U has fallen. Is 2 losses better than 6 or 7? Come on math major...as far as the game is concerned I was very happy to see us bounce back and for once not play to the level of our opponent. O line did a great job and the D stepped it up. It was also nice to see our secondary get any aweful "pass interference" calls. It seemed every time the other team threw an incomplete pass it was because of ticky-tack intereference. Big game next week...we need to show up and dominate! Go Canes baby!!!!!

Arthur Brown looked good but you can tell he needs more playing time. Hopefully he puts in more time, so that next year we can have a great Linebacker group.

Actually, according to AJ himself, he weas recruited as a QB. Before he even got on campus he said he was told he will be a QB. It's his dad who feels he will have a better future as a Safety. But RS wants him at QB.

Shields (WR to DB)
T. Johnson (DB to TE)
Highsmith (S to QB)
Bailey (DE to DT)
Graham (BBall to TE)

NO DEPTH

Depth is coming. That's why the future is bright. So many times it was said that the team has 50 + Freshmen & Sophomores. Include the 25 + kids coming in depth is on its way.

Big Bad SEC? New AP poll SEC 3 ranked ACC 4 ranked

Anytime you have to openly ROOT for Wake Forest you know you have a good program. I recall USC, UF, LSU, and Texas all rooting for WAKE..

Posted by: gaturd agent provocateur | November 07, 2009 at 10:23 PM

U nipped wake who nipped stanford who nipped oregon …

NIPPED IN THE BUD

U v. unc set for 3:30p ABC

STOMPING GROUND

Well THE EWWWWWWWWWW got lucky again. Well unc will stop all this nonsence.

Unc and butch will have all of you guys crying next week.

Go Tarheels!!!

Coach Shannanigans sure knows how to recuit. Arthur just like Forston and spence are all BUSTSSSSSS.

Haters have a reason to be worried. They know what's around the corner. Only reason to get their shots in now. Won't be able to do it much longer.

NO DEPTH

Posted by: gaturd agent provocateur | November 08, 2009 at 12:47 PM

This is absolutely unbelievable. Next year, we'll have:
Lamar Miller
Damien Berry
Mike James
Darion Hall
Eduardo Clements
Storm Johnson
John Calhoun
Craig Cooper (surely he'll go pro now...)
Dont forget Lee Chambers

Posted by: Naturalist | November 04, 2009 at 08:15 PM

http://miami.scout.com/a.z?s=13&p=8&c=1&nid=3815200

include Maurice Hagens …
perhaps, Patrick Hill redshirts …

EMBARRASSMENT OF RICHES

haters and jealous mongers are mouthin off because they are scared. Its like the scared dog that barks and barks when he is being threatened. Its obvious.

U nipped wake who nipped stanford, who nipped oregon who nipped usc who nipped ohio st who nipped penn state. And wake nearly nipped tech even though they were nipped by Navy who turned around and nipped Notre Dame!

The only ones who can't claim to nip anyone are the pathetic Gaturds, who played 2-8 vandy last night and looked pa-th-etic, and still have to play 2-7 FIU, and will end up playing FS-who which will likely be 5-6 when they go to the swa(du)mp to play them.

For the life of me, I cannot see why the media is so transparently biased. Alabama just beat top ten ranked LSU and got no credit for it, yet F_U played sorry Vandy and stayed on top.

Let me remind folks- Georgia Tech plastered 50+ on Vanderbilt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wouldn't this be fun!

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/football/ncaa/11/08/college.football.poll/index.html

MTX-Cane, Man do I wish!

Manny, you might be tempted to do one of those why we should fear North Carolina columns this week, but you need to reconsider and say why they should fear us. It's payback time. Miami haven't beaten them in 3 or 4 years it's time for NC to get their just do. So this week headline should be WHY NORTH CAROLINA SHOULD FEAR MIAMI!

MTX-cane that would be juicy. The entire bracket is full of incredible matchups. But I would wait till the end of the season- MAximum games played=11 including conference championships. Then use the BCS at the end of the year to rank the top 8 teams. The top 2 would play basically 3 more games for a total of 14 games. As it is, many teams pay about 13 games total now. The top BCS bowls can be incorporated into the formula. The national championship game would be its own different bowl, played 1-2 weeks before the superbowl. 16 teams would be toomany games (15 total) which for college players probably would be too many- injuries, school, etc), plus it would conflict with the superbowl.

As far as the latest BCS. What is it with the media and USC? They get ROMPED by Oregon. Oregon gets ROMPED by Stanford, and USC barely beats Az, I mean makes no sense.

Good game for the offense, went back to te's , rbacks with the passes, along with the receivers. Nice running plays, also.
Some better defensive schemes.

OL has actually done a decent job this season. They are better at run blocking than they are at pass blocking, but they are showing heart.

With all the injuries Miami has incurred this year, it's almost amazing they have been this consistent and have maintained their winning ways. Save Clemson, which we have seen can hang with almost anybody, give the CANES and Shannon props.

WHY is every one picking on Highsmith? in the first game he played in he went 3 for 3 and something like 46 yards but noone praised him. So why bash him for a 1 for 3 showing. Thats like 66% comp.

WHY is every one picking on Highsmith? in the first game he played in he went 3 for 3 and something like 46 yards but noone praised him. So why bash him for a 1 for 3 showing. Thats like 66% comp.

Posted by: sidcane | November 08, 2009 at 09:46 PM

On top of that Sid, they were "jail-break" blitzing Highsmith on evey play! I thought he did great. Our O-line and playmaker's had his back leading up to the touchdown. That kind of gametime experience is very important if Hghsmith is going to learn the speed of the college game.

Go 'canes!

SEC Officials suc

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/andy_staples/11/07/lsu.alabama/index.html?eref=sihp

It's good that they got Highsmith some snaps. The kid needs a lot of work, doesn't mean he can't play. Just remember, we didn't recruit him to play QB.

We have to whip on Butch.

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