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McCarthy working with first team at MLB

Happy Friday everyone!

Susan Miller Degnan here.

Our Bill Van Smith went to UM's 7 a.m. practice this morning and will be writing a feature later today.

Some quick hits from the 10 or so minutes the media is allowed on the field:

Colin McCarthy * For Colin McCarthy fans (and if you follow UM, there is likely a lot of you out there), McCarthy practiced in the middle Friday. Ramon Buchanan was elevated to first team on the outside after four tackles and an interception in Wednesday's scrimmage. Kylan Robinson, who had been practicing at first-team in the middle, was taking reps at second team. The other outside linebacker is Sean Spence. Last season, McCarthy started 10 games on the strong side, and ranked second in total tackles with 95. He also was second among all UM defenders with 10.5 tackles-for-loss. McCarthy normally plays in the middle in nickel formations.

* Wide receiver LaRon Byrd is wearing a brace on his left leg and has a bone bruise on that knee, according to Canesport.com. Coach Randy Shannon said Byrd will "probably" be back in practice next week, "maybe Monday or Tuesday.''  Shannon said Byrd is doing strength and conditioning drills.

* Shannon said quarterback Jacory Harris was a quiet leader, "not a yeller or screamer," though it appears Harris is becoming more vocal. Shannon also said he has not decided who the backup quarterback will be among Alonzo (A.J.) Highsmith, Spencer Whipple and Stephen Morris. We're thinking it's Alonzo.

* Defensive end Andrew Smith, with 10 tackles, three sacks and two quarterback hurries in Wednesday night's closed scrimmage (stats provided by sports information), "Can't wait to run out through the smoke" against FAMU on Sept. 2. He's not alone.

* Right tackle Joel Figueroa did not practice. He also sat out of the scrimmage. Shannon said wide receiver Allen Hurns (hamstring) returned. He also said cornerbacks Brandon McGee and Ryan Hill; and linebacker Tyrone Cornelius returned Friday. All those guys missed the last scrimmage.

* Shannon was asked what, in particular, had to be worked on before the Florida A&M game. He replied, "Everything. Too far away to worry about A&M.''

* UM has its final two-a-day sessions Saturday, then a short walk-through Sunday.


Some video interviews courtesy of UM.


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Good to hear Byrd's injury is not serious. This team looks and sounds solid. This seasons is going to be a blast. GO CANES!!!!

Glad to see Buchanan stepping his game up and getting into that LB rotation.

Buchanan was very impressive last year when he got the playing time. You can see he got better and better with each game. Good to hear that he's moved up.

Randy is an idiot with the media; could he possibly be a better communicator with his players and staff? I doubt it.

I'm really starting to become concern with recruiting a middle linebacker. I clearly understood that we had concerns last with last years Jeff Luc character so we recruited Kevin Nelson. So far it looks like Nelson is more ready to talk then play. So on ESPN I was reading about Tony Stewart who has the grades, character and athletic ability to be a Cane. But apparantly we are not recruiting him hard, if Shannon is banking on having a winning season as his recruiting tactic he is taking a huge risk. If Tony Stewart goes to FSU that will give them to potentially great middle linebacker. Pretty scary to play FSU in a couple of years.

for a minute there I thought it meant he was working with a team from Major League Baseball

Yo.....how can you possibly know we are not recruiting someone "hard".....its not unfathomable that someone doesn't want to come to miami. We do draw like 7 people to the games unfortunately. If more people went to games there'd be an actual atmosphere to show recruits. As it is, we probably can't bring recruits to watch our games for fear they laugh at our 35K strong fans. So stop complaining, its a miracle we do this good in the first place.

McCarthy - Dan Morgan, Ray Lewis, Vilma - we need that leadership right there in the middle - where it all happens...make it happen and make us proud! We do have some young LBs from this yr and last yrs class...maybe they can step up in situations and get action in special teams, etc to gain some experience. Lets do this! one play at a time...all the way through.

Kevin Nelson is a freshmen and most freshmen need time to develop. Randy said the best players will play so well see what happens.

What's up with Sean Spence?

I'm glad all of you so-called recruiters and coaches are on the staff and can verify what is going on in the trenches.....syke!!!!! Basically, STFU and let these coaches recruit and coach, THEY are the experts NOT you. Have a great day sir(s).

anybody know where i can find the overall GPA of the football team????

U can find the overall GPA of the Canes above that of UFelons, the Free Shoe U. Criminoles, the USF Bullshatters, and the UCF Knights Who Say Ni (hope U all have seen Monty Python and the Holy Grail so U understand that last one).

Randy is doing a wonderful job with this team, but most importantly he is doing an oustanding job with the media and releasing little information about the progress of HIS players. Some people on here are so ignorant that they should not be allowed to be canes fan or are you really??hmmm. Don't some of you so called canes fans realize if Randy gave up informaion about the developement or injuries of His players.Scouts from other teams can read also. So shame on Randy for not letting Ohio State,Pittsburg, and the rest of the country know which of our players to look out for......

Swaggalikus = someone who gets it.

Regarding backup QB, don't you guys think Spencer Whipple camp numbers have been impressive? I hope he has a legitimate shot, I like that 0 interception stat.

Nice post swaggalikus. Finaly someone with a brain.

Hey, some schlub on ESPN said that recruit X has talent and good character, so now I'll doubt Randy Shannon because he's not recruiting him.

The season hasn't even started, and we're already questioning the man's recruiting class? We did this all last year. We added 2 five-stars, making the class a top 10 class (acc. to an ESPN analyst interviewed after Latwan and Seantrel signed on). But who are we hearing about this Spring? It's Astante Cleveland, the guy we were all dumping on Shannon for picking up. All these guys will end up good, and Luc won't ever beat us.

Trust the man. If Shannon is not recruiting a kid, then I hope he DOES end up at FSU.

Go Canes!


Barry Jackson had said a few weeks back that the staff wants to have Whipple be The backup, and Have highsmith and Morris redshirt. As for Recruiting i understand what Canecern is Saying but You Shud Absolutey Not Give Up On Kevin Nelson Just Because He Has Not Made A Ton Of Plays Half A Month Into His Freshman Year. Give Him Time As I Think Everyone Thinks He Will/can Be Special. I Also Am Not Totally Sure Why We Arent On Steward But There's A Reason That They Are The Coaches And Im The Fan. And I Love Our Class Already As Marcus Jackson Is A Beast Of A Guard, Menocal Has Lots Of Upside, Rogers And Dorsett Are Quick And Explosive WR's, Louis-Jean Is Physical, And TB Looks Awesome. Go Canes.

Dont Like This Move Sorry To Go Against Most Of You. Colin Has Bad Shoulders. Putting Him At MLB Will Pound His Shoulders Game In And Game Out. The Last Thing We Need Is To Lose Colin Like We Did In 08. Hopefully The Switch Works Out.

I hate to see Colin switch too, but I think it's going to be necessary this year. Hopefully he'll hold up. I guess Arthur Brown not being who he was supposed to be is the root of all this. If he worked out and was in the middle, the lbs would be sick with Sean and Colin on the outside. We're still looking great this year. And +1 for swaggalikus. Coach Shannon knows what he's doing.

It's All About The "U"

Colin was always going to play MLB. This is a glaring weakness in our defense so I hope he can make an impact.

The verdict on Shannon will come down at the end of the season. No need to get into it now.

If you watch the interview, Coach Shannon says that Colin is working MLB for the nickel packages and he's been doing that since the Spring. He also said the media was making too big of a deal about it. I think Kylan will be there Sept 2nd.

Also, to the few of you who are critizing the 2011 class before it's 2011...really? Really?

Just for the record. According to ESPN, these are how some unranked 2009 teams did in recruiting the previous 4 years.

UGA: 2006 #4. 2007 #13 2008 #5. 2009 #6
FSU: 2006 #6. 2007 #25 2008 #12 2009 #8
OU: 2006 #7. 2007 NR 2008 #8 2009 #11
ND: 2006 #5. 2007 #8 2008 #9 2009 #14
USC: 2006 #2. 2007 #1 2008 #7 2009 #4
Mich: 2006 #11. 2007#10 2008 #13 2009 #10

I'm not saying these guys don't know what they're doing, but to glorify or condemn a recruiting class solely based on a the grades they get as incoming freshman is naive.

Why is Ray Ray second string ?

Ni (hope U all have seen Monty Python and the Holy Grail so U understand that last one).

Posted by: U Wish U Were da U | August 20, 2010 at 03:57 PM


it's nit


is sneaky pete whispering $weet nothing$ in the sports editor's tin ear?
splashing f-i-u-don't-matter on the front page (paper edition) ...
if you didn't know better ...
you would erroneously conclude this good-for-nothing commuter school was on par with the well-established, well-esteemed, well-followed University of Miami ...
you know, the school you love to hate since 1926 ...
swim with the fishies ...
how low do you go to accommodate other small frys like barry, st thomas, florida memorial ... miami-dade
a notch below, the county community college enrolls 60,000 students & graduated 1.5M alumni ...
where's their beat? blog? propagandist?
minor-league college athletics with a make-believe fan base subsidized by the strong-arm of an unsuspecting student body warrants scant attention from a major-league metropolitan newspaper ...
something's rotten at 1 herald plaza ...



here's the rub ...
because of threat, inducement or guilt ...
the f_ _king herald could lead with f-i-u-don't-matter all day ...
everyday ...
but it won't matter ...
the sophisticated readership skips over their articles ...
never amongst the most read or commented ...
all the while alienating the paper's core cUstoMer ...
so, you can lead a horse to water ...
but you can't make it drink ...


There is, in other words, much more readership demand for coverage of the Hurricanes than of the Golden Panthers.
– miami herald ombudsman (8/1)

UM does and should get the greater share of sports coverage, though FIU deserves more than it has been getting. Herald editors agree and are responding with staffing changes.
-- miami herald ombudsman (8/8)

dlandsberg@miamiherald.com (big cheese)
agyllenhaal@miamiherald.com (chief lieutenant)
dshalala@miami.edu (queen bee)
khocutt@miami.edu (prince charming)

fight fire with fire ...
the enormous University of Miami community should boycott the f_ _ king faint-hearted herald for acceding to the outrageous demands of the 8th street extortionists ...


Green, exactly what is your problem with FIU? It is a young Division 1 school with an accredited law school and medical school as well an excellent research university. It's athletics are not yet on par with the University of Miami, obviously. FIU's football program is not even 10 years old. The basketball program just became 1A. Why shouldn't the Herald give it coverage? It's not going to take any attention from the U. However, being such a large, up and coming university, in our own backyard, it certainly deserves to be covered in the newspaper and supported by our community. We all love the U, but that doesn't mean there's no room for the Golden Panthers. The Herald proved that.

Green, exactly what is your problem with FIU?

It's athletics are not yet on par with the University of Miami, obviously.

Posted by: Mr. B | August 22, 2010 at 08:47 AM



Green ... being such a large, up and coming university, in our own backyard

Posted by: Mr. B | August 22, 2010 at 08:47 AM


the smallest fan base to boot ...


you employ specious logic ...
neither alumni nor students equal fans ...
case in point: me
I attended uf undergrad & law ...
don't give a flying f _ _ k about that school ...
a C-A-N-E to the core ...


Green ... it certainly deserves to be supported by our community.

Posted by: Mr. B | August 22, 2010 at 08:47 AM

When FIU got into big-time football in 2003 it charged all students $30 a year in athletic fees to help shoulder the load. By this year, an FIU student taking 15 credit hours per semester is paying more than $435 a year in athletic fees.
-- miamitodaynews

they draw flies ...
exaggerate crowd size to appear larger & meet D-1 requirements ...
but for strong-arming an unsuspecting student body thru obscene activity fees ...
their unwanted athletic program would die a lonely death ...


Green ... It's not going to take any attention from the U.

Posted by: Mr. B | August 22, 2010 at 08:47 AM


scream & shout
jump up & down
but you're not on par with the University of Miami ...
unequal interest
unequal accomplishment
unequal league
know your place ...


Green ... Why shouldn't the Herald give it coverage?

We all love the U, but that doesn't mean there's no room for the Golden Panthers. The Herald proved that.

Posted by: Mr. B | August 22, 2010 at 08:47 AM

Its not easy being at the bottom of the college football food chain. The Sunbelt has a 3 year contract with ESPN to show at least 2 games per year. These games must be willing to allow for a 12 day advance scheduling window and play on weeknights. It isn’t clear if the league even receives any meaningful compensation for its product, but is looking for exposure however it can get it.
-- byucougs.com

what have these undeserving cockroaches done to deserve disproportionate coverage except e-bomb the paper's brain trust ...
front & center ...
the paper says they matter most ...
when they matter least ...


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