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A closer look at UM's senior class

A group of 16 seniors will run through the smoke one final time Saturday in the final home game of their careers when USF visits Sun Life Stadium. And just like the last three groups of seniors, none of them will have played for a conference title or in a BCS Bowl game. That's depressing obviously for Canes fans who have come to expect a lot more from this program. 

But here's a look at what each of those 16 seniors have contributed to the program in their time here:

2006 recruits

Matt Bosher > Kicker Matt Bosher earned All-ACC first team honors as a kicker and won the team MVP award in 2008 as a sophomore. He has been the starting kicker for three years and punter for four years and has made 42 of his 50 field goal attempts in his career and is 123 of 126 on extra points. He is averaging 44.9 yards a punt this season -- a career high -- and has pinned 14 inside the 20-yard line.

> Offensive lineman Joel Figueroa is out for the season after suffering yet another shoulder injury. Figueroa, a two-star recruit out of North Miami High, started two games at right tackle for UM and struggled this season. He started 13 games at guard between 2008 to 2009 and excelled a lot more on the inside than playing tackle.

> Tight end Richard Gordon has started nine games this season and has five catches for 26 yards to show for it. In 37 previous games before this season, Gordon had four catches for 32 yards. He's served primarily as a blocking tight end. He played defensive end and even returned kickoffs (5 for 104 yards) back in 2007.

> Ryan Hill came in as one of the nation's top high school cornerbacks but was switched to receiver because of a shortage of recruits at the position. He spent two seasons there and caught 19 passes for 182 yards and two touchdowns before moving to safety in 2008. He racked up 34 tackles then suffered a season-ending injury before the 2009 season. This year, he's come on strong and has started the last eight games at cornerback. He has 44 tackles, six pass breakups and is tied for the team lead with three interceptions.

> Defensive tackle Josh Holmes has been injury plagued most of his career although he started nine games last season and had 22 tackles. This season, he's made five starts and has seven tackles and one sack -- upping his career totals to 38 tackles and three sacks.

> Colin McCarthy started his career being compared to UM's all-time leading tackler Dan Morgan. He hasn't lived up to that. But he's still started 34 games in his career and has made 284 career tackles, the most by a linebacker at UM since Jonathan Vilma. He was moved to middle linebacker a week before the season started and leads the team with 95 tackles and has an interception with eight tackles for loss.

> Kylan Robinson was a four-star running back in high school and spent his first two years in the Hurricanes scout team backfield before being moved to linebacker. He was given a chance to win the starting middle linebacker job in camp, but never did. He's played in 30 games at UM and has 15 career tackles, one tackle for loss and one fumble recovery.

2007 recruits

> Allen Bailey was recruited as a linebacker out of high school, but was moved to defensive end in 2008. He's made 25 career starts at UM. He led the team with seven sacks last season and 11 tackles for loss. He leads the team again this season with those same numbers. He has 19 career sacks and 100 career tackles.

Leonard Hankerson > Damien Berry began his career at safety and as a special teams standout before being moved to running back in 2008. Last season, he carried the ball for the first time five games into the season and finished with 616 yards on 93 carries with a team-high eight touchdown runs. This year in 10 games, he's run for 810 yards and five touchdowns on 166 carries. He's hoping to become UM's first 1,000 yard back since Willis McGahee in 2002.

> Defensive back Jared Campbell, the younger brother of former Canes defensive end Calais Campbell, started six games for the Hurricanes last season and finished with 31 tackles. This season, he's played in eight games, mostly on special teams and has four tackles and one forced fumble.

> Graig Cooper led the Hurricanes in rushing in each of his first three seasons, compiling 2,218 yards on the ground with 12 touchdowns in 20 career starts. But a major knee injury in the Champs Sports Bowl during a kickoff return -- and the emergence of a young group of star running backs -- has curtailed his career. He made his first start of the season last week against Virginia Tech and has run for 145 yards on 29 carries and a touchdown this season. His 2,363 yards rushing rank fifth all-time behind Clinton Portis (2,523), James Jackson (2,953), Edgerrin James (2,960) and Ottis Anderson (3,331).

> Offensive lineman Orlando Franklin is set to make his 13th career start at left tackle Saturday. In his career, Franklin has started 37 games -- most at right tackle. In 2007, he shared the team's rookie of the year award with Graig Cooper. This season, the 6-7, 312-pounder has been flagged more than any other UM lineman.

> Receiver Leonard Hankerson caught a total of 17 passes for 203 yards and three touchdowns his first two seasons at UM. The last two seasons? He's led the team in receptions, yards and receiving touchdowns. Combined, he has 102 catches for 1,759 yards and 18 touchdowns over his last 24 games. Last week, he passed Michael Irvin for the single-season record in touchdown catches (12) and with 57 catches and 958 yards is on the verge of setting more records. Eddie Brown owns school record with 66 66 (only two others Wesley Carroll and Kellen Winslow caught 60 or more) and 1,114 yards (Andre Johnson has 1,092 yards).

> Cornerback Demarcus Van Dyke started 18 games before this season and tallied 60 tackles and one interception. He's made four starts this season and has 18 tackles, two interceptions and five pass breakups. 

OTHERS
> Fullback Pat Hill signed with Miami in 2008 and was supposed to be done last season. But a season-ending ankle injury allowed him to come back for one more year where he's helped pave the way for the most productive running game at UM since 2004. 

> Special teams star and former walk-on Cory Nelms made his biggest impact last year in the Oklahoma game with a few bone-jarring hits on kickoffs. Nelms was injured last week against Virginia Tech and won't play Saturday. He has five tackles this season and one pass breakup. He made seven tackles last season.

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Ideally, this year's senior class might have been larger had six of the 19 players UM coach Randy Shannon signed in his first class (2007) hadn't transferred out. So what are those six guys up to now?

> Receiver/tight end Daniel Adderley left UM in 2009 and last we heard was practice squad player at Tennessee.

> Quarterback Robert Marve suffered his second season-ending knee injury at Purdue back in September. In four starts, he completed 67 of his 99 attempts (67.7) for 512 yards, 3 TDs and 4 INTs and compiled a 2-2 record. Marve started 11 games at UM, finished 6-5, completed 116 of 213 attempts (54.5 percent) for 1,293 yards, 9 TDs and 13 INTs.

> Receiver Jermaine McKenzie, who left UM in 2008, is the second-leading receiver at Memphis. He has 24 catches for 405 yards and 3 TDs.

> Running back Shawnbrey McNeal, who left UM in 2008, ran for 1,188 yards and 12 touchdowns to help SMU end a 25-year bowl drought in 2009. He left school early and was undrafted free agent signed by the San Diego Chargers. Now, he's on the practice squad with the Falcons.

> Defensive tackle Chris Perry signed with UM but transferred to Texas Tech in Jan. 2008. He's played in three games this season and has a total of three tackles -- 12 total in his career.

> Defensive back Doug Wiggins transferred to Western Michigan in 2008. Over the last two seasons, he's started 17 games and has 102 tackles, six forced fumbles.

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Seniors, We will miss you and we wish you every success...whether you stay with the game or whether you move on to other endeavors. Thank you for representing the Canes.

Randy Shannon: 4 years as HC. Flunked miserably.
No bowl wins> Loosing record against ranked teams> Awful way of handling players, reporters and problems> Graduating as a CIA agent favorite quotes "UUHHH Don't Know" "you already asked that" "a win is a win" "Upper,Lower extremity" Don't Know" "Its up to the doctors"
You already asked that ..... We have to keep getting better """"NO $IT""" you are a genious!!!!

brutally honest, but right on points on the seniors. I wish them well. Hope to see all of them succeed (esp on Sundays)

This is a perfect example of the type of Senior class Randy had to savage as the result of Croker regime. Most of these players were average, yet came to the program with high hopes. The cupboard was bared, and now the fans want to blame Randy who was learning on the job. No other coach wanted this job; thanks to the high expectation from the fans who wants to live in the past. Hopefully, the 2008 class will show better. Randy deserves that much from this program!!

Randy Shannon was the defensive coordinator, he wasn't responsible for recruiting the defensive side of the ball?

Don't act like Randy fell into a bad situation. He was part of the decline, he still is.

Tell em canesjunkie, the one constant in this decline the last seven years has been Shannon.

The refs in this AZ/ Oregon game are blatantly cheating Arizona. It's like watching the ACC refs and the Canes. I feel bad for AZ because they are playing a great game so far.

Learning on the job is not an excuse, Randy presented himself as someone who knew what to do to win championships. The U hasn't sniffed a division title, but the coach doesn't seem to be disappointed (his own words).

Year four, he is not a rookie HC anymore. This team has under achieved (their own words)Pls stop using learning on the job as an excuse, it is no longer valid as such. This year's team motto, "No Excuses," lol


This is a perfect example of the type of Senior class Randy had to savage as the result of Croker regime. Most of these players were average, yet came to the program with high hopes. The cupboard was bared, and now the fans want to blame Randy who was learning on the job. No other coach wanted this job; thanks to the high expectation from the fans who wants to live in the past. Hopefully, the 2008 class will show better. Randy deserves that much from this program!!

Posted by: CANE VA

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Ding! Ding! Ding! Post of the year!!!

Thank you for daylighting the truth to the haters and educating them as they know NOTHING about football...NOTHING!!!

Randy Shannon...A Cane! A man! A winner!


They should change the team motto to "Excuses"..just remove the "No".

Shanon MUST GO!!

He does not have the respect or support of the fans, and I believe most of the current and past players.

I think he knows and realizes this fact. Furthermore, look at the quality and quantity of this year's recruits. Any questions????

The U needs an URGENT change at the top. The Board of Directors has to realize this, if not Shalalalalala!

CanesJunkie, U hit the nail right on the head. SHannon has been here from the beginning of the decline until now which is still declining.
Va Cane the players are still average and Randy recruited them. Now without a doubt this team has talent but the talent is raw and needs a head coach that can mold them and get the best out of them. For that to happen we need a change.
Fire Shannon
Randy Shannon, A former Cane, A terrible Head coach, A Loser.

WHAT YALL MEAN SHANNON DIDN'T FALL INTO A BAD SITUATION....COKER RECRUITED BELOW AVERAGE RECRUITS...WE SUCKED BADLY BEFORE SHANNON TOOK OVER..AT LEAST NOW WE CAN COMPETE...SO U WHINNERS ON HERE PLEASE GO SIT DOWN SOMEWHERE...SHANNON WILL GET THIS TEAM TO THE TOP...U WAIT AND SEE!!!!!

We have waited for 4 years. We want a winner before 20/20. Talent doesn't do U any good if U don't have a coach to coach them up. So whats Randy's excuse now. Any good coach would have won the ACC title shannons first year.

To everyone harping on Randy being a part of the decline....he was the defensive coordinator under Coker and I believe also had a top 15 defense EVERY year that he was the defensive coordinator.

I am beginning to have my doubts, but I will keep supporting this program and I will root for whoever is coaching to succeed. I would love nothing more than to see Randy be that man too. There is NOBODY more Miami than he is.

The best thing about having Randy Shannon as the head coach is every loss (and disappointing season) comes with a very creative excuse(s). “Fans don’t realize that _____” Fill in the blank. Or “I deal with _______ and no one else has to deal with that and people don’t realize that. But that’s how it is at Miami”. You RS supporters out there are just as creative as he is with the excuses and explainations. Meanwhile, the bar keeps getting lower and lower as to what is considered a successful season at The U.

One more thing, the reason that Shannon's days are numbered at The U is not just the wins and losses. He has become a PR nightmare with the way he is handling the media and the way he talks down to the fans. He has been very standoffish and the way he is dealing with the morris Harris thing is just the latest of PR blunders. I believe he would be safe this year if he didn't create the perfect storm. But let me tell you this, if Miami finds a name brand coach that would take the job Shannon is a toast. Just a gut feeling.

look closer ...

But why does the UM admin do this, give a coach and extension when it's obvious he sucks and then we are stuck with a buyout paying some clown to go away when he should have never gotten an extension.

Posted by: WPB | November 26, 2010 at 10:42 AM


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Shannon's Contract could run through 2020. Fact is, the remaining years on Randy's contract after the year 2010 are worth about as much as the paper it was written on. He's basically guaranteed through next season only. That's why it took so long for him to sign it because he had ZERO bargaining power during the entire process. The people that run the University of Miami's financial business are no dummies. The put down Randy's numbers and basically told him, "You have not done enough win/loss wise to earn a fully guaranteed deal." Shannon's agent realized it, was running out of time, and went ALL IN on this year for escalating incentives to kick in past 2010 and beyond. It DID NOT happen and Randy's in a tight spot now (that look @ 30-17 before the PAT on the sideline said it all last week... NO 10 Win season possible).

I do think he will get next year, but, if this thing falls apart against S.Fla. and another Bowl game loss ... That might be it.

But rest assured, after next year, it will cost Miami and its trustees, and undisclosed amount of NADA to send him packing.

Those are the facts, I assure U fellow Cane Fans ... It's just sad, that after yet another sub-par season, we are in a position to have realize it.

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Shanon MUST GO!!

He does not have the respect or support of the fans, and I believe most of the current and past players.

I think he knows and realizes this fact. Furthermore, look at the quality and quantity of this year's recruits. Any questions????

The U needs an URGENT change at the top. The Board of Directors has to realize this, if not Shalalalalala!

Posted by: UM Fan | November 26, 2010 at 10:33 PM
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Where is your proof?

pumpkin

Hankerson, DVD, Ryan Hill, Berry, Coop, Bosher, Bailey, Franklin, and McCarthy--they will all do well in the NFL, and ala Sam Shields their coaches are going to wonder what the hell RS was teaching them down in Miami. I'll bet even Josh Holmes and Joel Fig catch on somewhere. No excuse for wasting this kind of talent. The U has been shamed.

Agreed. I bet the NFL owners and coaches can't wait until draft day because they know on day 2 they can get great talent for a steal.

Good luck to all the seniors, those that can continue playing, and those that will not. Hopefully, their UM years will have helped them develop as men of integrity in the world. Now, Canes, get out there and win the game for them and for yourselves! And win a bowl game! Let's end on a major up note. Play with passion! Go Canes!

congratulations to all seniors that are graduating.

Posted by: 202cane

Proof?!?!

Read the posts on this blog. Most fans hate Shannon, this has been building up for a while and it seems to be getting worse. How many people do you expect to see at the stadium tomorrow.

Dan Morgan and Gino Torretta slam him on the radio everyday. Thrill Hill and Lamar Thomas dont' slam him, but you can tell they are not happy. Those are just the guys with jobs in the media.


Posted by: 202cane

Proof?!?!

Read the posts on this blog. Most fans hate Shannon, this has been building up for a while and it seems to be getting worse. How many people do you expect to see at the stadium tomorrow.

Dan Morgan and Gino Torretta slam him on the radio everyday. Thrill Hill and Lamar Thomas dont' slam him, but you can tell they are not happy. Those are just the guys with jobs in the media.

Posted by: Canesjunkie |

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So that's how it works...a bunch of faceless, brainless, gator fans posing as Canes fans calling Coach Shannon names and screaming he be fired on a blog. Yeah numbnuts...that's a whole lot of proof...get a life will ya!!!

U have to ask yourself this Cane fan, minus ur best WR, Corner, OT and D-End. While also taking into account that U have ZERO depth at LB, TE and DT along with the fact that recruiting from the last 2 years have been average at best and the coaching staff that is leading them … Will this team and program be any better next year at this time than they are this year right now ? … And go easy on Morris. Good looking kid, but he’s @ 50% with 5-td’s and 7 picks. So don’t go all, he could be a high draft pick like U all did with Jacory after FSU last year… And be honest. Again, will Miami be much better next year ?

what channel is the game on ?

If you were around when Coker was head coach, you would know that his philosophy for recruiting changed to out of state rather than focus on south Florida. When Randy came in he refocused the recruiting on South Florida again. Everyone knew Coker was making a mistake for not focusing on SFL. Yes, Randy was the Def. Coord. then, but he wasn't the recruiting coordinator so he had nothing to do with Coker’s bone head recruiting philosophy. You idiots out there who make so many hating comments about Randy make it clear you know nothing what you are talking about. You need to give Randy credit for making the change and also making it a very successful change (#1, top 10 & top 10).

has this team gotten any better?

Has anyone heard if Daddy Harris has come to his son's rescue?
Maybe the Boise State coach will come in after UM Makes a coaching change. He seems to be able to coach up average and above average players
Don't know about anyone else out there in cyber land, but I really miss the recruiting of Art Kehoe and Donnie Salinger.
Should UM try to recruit a 5 star QB and let the Bridgewater kid go on his own way?
Should UM try to enter into negotiations, again, with the County on building a 55K seat stadium at Tropical Park? If we keep putting 30-35k in the stands, maybe we could rent FIU stadium for our games, that way the stadium would look full, and just go to JRS for the FSU game
Does anyone really believe that facilities recruit great players? Look back at all the great players that came out of UM before we upgraded the facilities.
How many of you season ticket holders are going to renew your tickets if UM looses today and then looses in a bowl game?
How many new season tickets will be sold if UM wins out the season?
How many of our seniors will play in the NFL and make an impact there, when they couldn't even make an impact for UM in the ACC? Probably more than you think.

Just some season ending thoughts and questions.

Renew season tickets? No f*ing way! They could score 100 on USF today and it won't make a difference to me.

Myopic doped, do you realize in their last two years, Soldinger and Kehoe landed one recruit between them? That the team that was 5-7 was made up of their recruits and part if the reason they were let go?

Talk about short-term memory. Or is it cluelessness (if that is a word).

Let's take a vote. Who would U rather have as the head coach, randy shannon or JON GRUDEN??!!

Canester-Nip,
Who would you rather have as the Miami HC? Justin Bieber
Are you still stalking him on facebook sean?

The Buzzards are flying over Ur cement Sun Dump with FIRE SHANNON Banners !!!

IT'S OVA CANE FAN !!!


Laughing so hard, there is no sound !

Kinda like those 15 K Cane dopes that showed up to watch this abortion of a football program.

Hey bloggers, this particular article is about the seniors, NOT about our coaching staff. Let's support our players regardless of how we feel about the coaches. Consider saving the coaching banter for another blog, for the players' sakes. Just a thought...

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Let's not.


How 'bout let's get to the root of the problem ?

That would be the guy on the sideline with the headset on with that never changing befuddled look on his face.

Teddy Bridgewater:

In a losing effort against Central in which Northwestern's defense could not stop Central's defense Teddy completed 32 of 46 pases for 436 yards (Wow! in a high school game that lasts 48 minutes--not 60 minutes). He ran for 2 touchdowns and passed for 2 more.

CONGRATULATIONS TEDDY!!!

Should have read...could not stop Central's "offense". Sorry!

has this team gotten any better?

Posted by: []_[] | November 27, 2010 at 08:40 AM

No

Question is, will they be any better next year after losing so many top players ?

U have to ask yourself this Cane fan, minus ur best WR, Corner, OT and D-End. While also taking into account that U have ZERO depth at LB, TE and DT along with the fact that recruiting from the last 2 years have been average at best and the coaching staff that is leading them … Will this team and program be any better next year at this time than they are this year right now ? … And go easy on Morris. Good looking kid, but he’s @ 50% with 5-td’s and 7 picks. So don’t go all, he could be a high draft pick like U all did with Jacory after FSU last year… And be honest. Again, will Miami be much better next year ?

The Canes will be much better next year with college football's best offensive line, college football's best stable of running backs (Miller will have a break-out season) 2 talented, experienced quarterbacks who will be throwing to a wide receiver corp that is very talented, big, tall, fast, experienced and agile, a defensive secondary that will be a shut-down group, a defensive line that will dominate opponents.

The Canes will be in the National Championship hunt next year.

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Wouldn't be so sad if U weren't so serious ...

same delusional sheeet, different year. Ur pathetic.


"The Canes will be in the National Championship hunt next year."

U don't have a swim team anymore U dope.

Teddy Bridgewater is going to look great in a LSU uniform.

Shannon's one & only goal is to ride the 08 kids coat tails to U-tophia. Just look at the previous two classes. Only reason we were able to land super studs like Miller, Henderson and Linder is because they were coming to UM regardless, so enuff about shannon being a great recruiter. Is anyone else a little bothered by the fact that it was Mark Duper (not employed by UM) and not aubrey hill that help transform Hankerson into the 1st round baller that he is today? Get rid of this Assclown while u can.

fire shannon

fire shannon and hire duper!

Best wishes to Randy Shannon. He got half the program right, bringing in talent and nurturing their personal development as men. The other half (winning, duh) just didn't come and so he has to go. No excuses, right?

Doesn't make him a bum; doesn't mean he won't have a successful career in football or any other trade. Canes fans ought to thank him for restoring the foundation of our beloved football program and steering hundreds of young men in directions they and we can be proud of, and then get ready for some wins under new management (and hope that in winning we don't step backward from the many positives Randy brought to our team and community).

Now if we can just get the home games moved to the new Marlins stadium when it's ready....

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