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Rain, rain go away (at least until after Thursday practice)

Good morning! Susan here (Manny will be back soon enough after his vacation, which he badly deserves) in beautiful Coral Gables -- beautiful wet Coral Gables.

Practice was supposed to start at 7 a.m. (and then 6:45 a.m. after a last-second switch) but was delayed because of bad weather -- I saw lots of lightning (and of course bad rain) here.

They've begun practice, however, and will be done early today. It's 7:37 a.m. now. 

We were told there was no availability this morning (and I'm not complaining, just passing it along in case you expected some practice tidbits) because of delays and weather.

As always, enjoy your day! :)

Be back later.

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

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Ya know Susan there might be no availability or whatever but that ticket office is open and ready for orders. Do they know that the fans want to know ? Does it click that an informed fan is a fan that wants to buy tickets and be a part of ? This is why we go peek through the fence and from the parking garage ! LOL. Thanks for being out there it is never a waste because we love to hear from you.

Were you able to get anything on Latwan Anderson ?

@LAZ

It's just too bad that Randy treats fans like dirt. These aren't national security secrets that he's hiding.

C'mon guys there is a method to this madness. After our great start last year, we were disected by every media outlet in the country, and our weaknesses were exposed.

If you ask me, Shannon is trying to keep a low profile until Ohio State. Obviously after that, there will be no hiding from the media as the product will be right in front of our faces.

Remember, any news on rotations, injuries and schemes trickle up to other coaches and universities....

You need to adjust your perspective on this.

vacation badly deserve?? Please Manny u need to start posting more news on the canes periodically. this is a crucial season. cmon you should be like rivals post something new twice a a day.

I love how Susan's posts are always upbeat. We need more of that! :)

Great work Susan!

@ U IS BACK

I understand that you don't just throw the door open and let the spies in. But you don't keep Susan Miller Degnan out of practice and allow Todd Blacklage,or whatever, in A SCRIMMAGE ! Come on these ESPN guys want nothing more than to be able to say "The U isn't ready" "The WR'S are dropping balls" "The O-LINE is a weakness". You don't keep us out and let them in !

"AND FOR THE RECORD I AM A 100% RANDY SHANNON SUPPORTER, BUT COACH NEEDS TO GET OFF THE CIA MENTALITY AND LEARN GAMEDAY MANAGEMENT AND WHEN AND WHEN NOT TO CALL TIME OUT" !!!

GO CANES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And Susan your a sweetie, but the fact is that the blog has never been as good as its been this week. U need not stop blogging when Manny comes back from his "deserved vacation". :)

SUSAN. GOOD JOB. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. MANNY, ENJOY YOUR VACATION. YOU'RE A HARD DEDICATED WORKER AND YOU DESERVE IT. ENJOY YOURSELF. SUSAN IS DOING GREAT. WE MISS YOU ALSO. PSALMS 34.1

If a kid is gone for the year with an injury, what's the big deal of telling us it's his shoulder, ankle, knee, etc. It's always lower or upper extremity.What's the odds we call an untimely time-out in the 1ST qt. of the Fla.A&M game?

@Carolina Cane

It's his explanations that drive me up the wall ! "so and so is nicked up, lower extremity,hes ok we will be evaluating him day to day"??? Like I said I was incensed that Todd "OSU" Blacklage was allowed to: WATCH & REPORT on the scrimmage but my local hometown paper's beat writer wasn't allowed to attend. Susan has more integrity & objectivity in her little finger than that dude has in his whole body ! Jeeez his intentions are obvious the first thing the clown said afterwards was that the WR'S were dropping "alot" of balls.

I know Susan loves the "U" and I also know 90% of these outta town guys hate us or have in the past.

Go Canes!!!!!!!

LAZ....chill dude....there are many reasons your never gonna get the truth from Shannon, coaches, players, etc....it's called not showing your hand to your opponents. If you were playing Texas Hold'em would you flash YOUR cards to everyone. I think Shannon and Co. are being very discreet as Ohio State is around the corner. Furthermore...I guarantee you we will get a very BASIC gameplan offensivly against FAMU as well....again...to not show OSU to much...until we play.

coach shannon is treating greentree field like area 51

Oh....and last time I checked there was this coach named ....um....I think Nick Saben...you may know who he is....just won a NC last year....well...he plays the same game with the media Shannon does...so....go figure...

Todd Blacklidge has always hated on us. Especially when he commentates our games. He has no cred at all. As far as coverage, After we slap OSU, ESPN and everyone else will all be back d!*$ riding again. Lets put up 60+ on FAMU and pitch shutout on defense.

Didn't we beat this to death yesterday? Susan and the rest of us are S O L. We have one more week and then this nonsense will be over, sort of. We still won't get any information, but we'll at least have something else to occupy our time.

What up U nation, I found this article on Scout and thought it was interesting. It's amazing how all these so called experts keep passing on guys from the U only to see them develop into All-Pros. So much for knowing what they are doing.

Sam Shields, the raw speedster from Miami, will get an opportunity to leapfrog Brandon Underwood and Pat Lee as the third cornerback. Underwood and Lee have performed well at practice but Shields has made more plays in the games. Of course, he hasn't faced Peyton Manning.

Sam Shields is the fastest player on the Green Bay Packers’ roster. His progress at cornerback has been just as fast.
The undrafted rookie will be given a shot to earn what amounts to a starting position in the Packers’ frequently used nickel package. To win that role, he’ll have to shine against elite competition. While Shields almost picked off Cleveland’s Brett Ratliff in the first preseason game and clinched the Seattle game with an interception of Charlie Whitehurst, he will face the infinitely bigger challenge of squaring off against Peyton Manning and the high-flying Indianapolis Colts on Thursday night.

“He’s going to get a chance this week,” cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt said. “He’s shown that he’s had the ability to make plays, get his hands on balls. He didn’t catch the ball in the Cleveland game, but if he catches that one, we win that game. He caught the one this past game. He’s shown the ability to cover. They haven’t completed balls on him, but at the same time, he’s not going against their (No.) 1 receivers, their (No. 1) quarterback. The ball’s coming out slower and the receivers’ routes are slower. So, I’m going to give him the opportunity to go against these fast guys, the best quarterback in the league, and see what he does with that.”

It’s been a metoric rise for Shields. At Miami, he was a part-time starter at receiver for his first three seasons before moving to cornerback as a senior. He started 10 games but didn’t have an interception, then was ignored in the draft despite running his 40-yard dash in 4.3 seconds at Miami’s pro day. Shields, however, made an instant splash during the first week of training camp, capped by his brilliant interception and 98-yard return for a touchdown on Family Night.

With Charles Woodson and Tramon Williams being the starting corners throughout training camp, Brandon Underwood and Pat Lee had been rotating as the third cornerback. Whitt, however, hasn’t seen Underwood and Lee bring their strong performances at practice to the playing field consistently enough. So, with Manning coming to town, now’s the time to see if Shields is ready for prime time.


Sam Shields
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“Once we start playing these games in a couple weeks, your evaluation is going to be based on them going against the best,” defensive coordinator Dom Capers said. “And sometimes you can get a little false sense of security if you don’t have an opportunity to do that. that’s part of the evaluation process. The more we can see those guys against the No. 1s that they’re going to be playing against, it gives us a truer evaluation of where we are.”

It’s already been a big week for Shields, who has earned promotions to the No. 1 kickoff team, punt team and punt return team. Now, he’s got a chance to be the third corner, a position that’s on the field more than the starting nose tackle.

“That’s a big opportunity,” Shields said. “When you get your opportunities, you have to make things happen, make a big play out there.”

That’s exactly what Lee and Underwood haven’t done.

“I mean, it’s not a question if they can play or not. They all can play,” Williams said. “They all have the ability. The question is, can you do that on game day? Because everyone is comfortable and calm at practice because there’s no pressure. But under the lights, when the lights are turned on, how can you turn that, the way you practice, the calmness that you practice with, all that into the game? And that’s what separates a lot of guys right there. I know that’s what separates Woodson. The guy, it’s just so easy to him, he practices just like he plays. It’s just that easy to him. That’s basically what you’re trying to get.”

Underwood started slowly against Cleveland but finished with an interception and two passes defensed in a mostly positive performance. At Seattle, however, he seemed a step slow against Matt Hasselbeck and T.J. Houshmandzadeh. In two games, Lee has not broken up a pass.

“It’s all about having confidence on the field,” Underwood said. “I get up and I line up against Greg (Jennings) and Drive (Donald Driver) and those guys every day, and I get up there and I press those guys, so it’s just a mind-set. When the lights come on, I can’t change my mentality that I take from the practice field to the game field. I have to carry that over, have the same mentality that I have on the game field that I do on the practice field. So, just to be able to have that mentality is going to be what’s going to be able to separate me and make that player that I want to be on that field.”

Underwood, Lee and Shields will get that opportunity against three-time MVP Manning and a deep and underrated receiving corps anchored by Reggie Wayne.

“We think both the young men have had good training camps,” Capers said of Underwod and Lee. “What you hope to see is it carry into game day, game night, what you see on the practice field. You’re going to see Sam Shields get some opportunities, too, this week. We just think we’ve got to give him a chance to show what he can do. So, I think all three of those young men are still battling. There has not been any decisions made as far as who we would put out there after Charles and

Hi guys! Hey, I'm with Michael about beating it to death. It it is what it is, so let's move on. I'll still be as transparent as I can when I write, so you know what's happening and can keep it in perspective.

I don't have that much to post, but I'm going to start a new blog now before I write my story for tomorrow's paper. Hope you saw the one on Damien Berry from today's paper. Be back with new blog post in a few minutes.

Did you see that Urban Crier is calling cane fans out about our attendance. But he would rather play Miami Oh. than play Miami Fl. what a joke.

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