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Harris says '08 class owes Shannon more

They came in together as the No. 1 recruiting class in the country according to ESPN. The 2008 University of Miami signing class was supposed to be the group that led the Hurricanes back to prominence.

Brandon Harris But nearly three season in, the results (22-12) haven't matched expectations. Before the Hurricanes (6-3, 4-2 ACC) practiced Tuesday, cornerback Brandon Harris, one of the few players in the class to deliver on the hype, talked about why he thinks his class hasn't delivered enough.

"Being young and immature to the college game, we kind of fed into [the expectations]," Harris said. "We didn't sit down and think about the process that it would take for us to become great college players at that time. We just thought it was automatic. We were good in high school so we thought this is what's going to happen -- we were going to be stars as soon as we walked on campus. We didn't sit back and look at it and say 'OK, we're going to have to work, we're going to have to step it up to another level.'

"It's a different atmosphere, different guys. A lot of us learned that in our freshman year. We bounced back and put together some good games. But we have to finish of our careers here doing well. But just coming in, I think a lot of us did expect more things to come sooner than it did happen."

Harris thinks a lot of the players in his class -- including himself -- may have benefitted from a redshirt season. But with the Hurricanes in need of playmakers, many of the 2008 members played right away.

"Some us were when we came in we were put into a position where we had to play, there was no opportunity to redshirt," Harris said. "When you redshirt, it's just a chance to learn and go through college and stuff like that. It benefitted a lot of guys in their careers. With our class, it got to the point in the program where we lost a huge class and we were transforming over. Most of us had to play that first year. Ever since then we've still been in the fire. We've had guys suffer some injuries, little setbacks here and here. We're still trying to put together that class. We're all trying to get together before we leave out of here and snap that book."

Harris said critics shouldn't take shots at Shannon for his class' shortcomings.

"A lot of people may blame it on staff for why people are progressing or aren't progressing, but a lot of people don't look at guys who are making jumps in their career," Harris said. "You look at guys like Sean Spence. He came in as a freshman. Played great for us on defense, made a lot of great plays. Then, he started great last year, suffered an injury and was out for five or six games. That hurts a guys progression. He was fortunate to bounce back this year."

"But we've been unfortunate too. We really feel it has to do a lot with -- and I probably shouldn't say this but I don't care -- people don't feel comfortable with our coach at this point. Any little thing, they want to make it an issue. Everybody in this class, they understand that. We're Randy Shannon's guys. He was the reason we all got together and said we're coming to Miami to play for Coach Shannon. We still want to put together a solid class being his first true class -- to kind of silence all [the critics] for a change.

"A lot of people don't realize how great of a coach he is. He does everything in his power to put this football team in a position to win. As a team, we just have to get together and dedicate the rest of this season to him and making him look like the coach he's supposed to look like because of the work and effort he's putting in. He's not the type of coach to throw anybody on the hot seat. He's a standup guy who is going to take all the blame and criticism to himself because he's the head coach. But obviously we as players we have to make plays. In sports, when players make plays it's because they're players. But when they don't make plays, they look at the coach. The coach never gets the credit. But they get all the criticism. We don't understand it and we don't like it as a team. We feel the only way to kind of give our head coach some praise and relaxation is to fight for him and not let him down. It's bigger than just winning football games at this point. It's about showing how much we love him and support him on the football field. And the only way to do that is to win on the football field."

Here's a look at what the 2008 class has accomplished since arriving at UM player-by-player. Note rankings based on Rivals star-rating:

5-star recruits
LB Arthur Brown - Spent 2 years at UM as a backup and left the program
DL Marcus Forston - Injured as a sophomore, eight starts this season

4-star recruits
WR Travis Benjamin - Has played since freshman year, among leading WRs
LB Ramon Buchanan - Five starts this season, sixth on team in tackles
LB Jordan Futch - Injured as soph. Special teams leader, 12 total tackles
CB Brandon Harris - All-ACC first team selection 2009, 3-year starter
QB Jacory Harris - 2-year starter, 50 TDs, 35 INTs in career
DB C.J. Holton - Has never started, 10 career special teams tackles
WR Aldarius Johnson - 31 catches as freshman, 2 starts, 28 catches since
WR Davon Johnson - 1 start, 5 catches (none since freshman year)
OL Benjamin Jones - Injured 2008, started 2010 opener hasn't played since
DL Jeremy Lewis - Eight games, 3 career tackles
LB Marcus Robinson - 11 career starts since freshman year, 9.5 career sacks
LB Sean Spence - ACC Freshman of Year, 25 starts, team leader in tackles
WR Tommy Streeter - 14 games, 5 career catches, 3 kick-catch interference penalties
DB Vaughn Telemaque - 20 career starts, 4th in tackles, 3 INTs this season
OL Brandon Washington - 11 starts since spending '08 at Milford Prep

3-star recruits
WR LaRon Byrd - 16 career starts, 86 career catches, 6 TDs
WR Thearon Collier - 44 catches, 3 TDs, 2 punt returns for TDs, left program this year
LB Gavin Hardin - Moved to defensive lineman. 0 starts, no longer on team
LB Antonio Harper - Never qualified
DT Micanor Regis - Six starts this season, 26 tackles, 6 TFL in '10
QB Cannon Smith - Reserve QB transferred to Memphis last year
WR Kendall Thompkins - 19 games played, five catches, 42 yards, 1 TD
DB Joe Wylie - Never played, left program after one season

2-star recruits
FB John Calhoun - Injured and out for season. Played in 14 games in reserve role
QB Taylor Cook - Transferred out after one season as a reserve
FB Patrick Hill - 10 career starts as blocking back, 7 catches, 31 yards in career
LB Zach Kane - Never made it to UM
LB Brandon Marti - Spent a year on scout team, no longer with the team
DB C.J. Odom - Never made it to UM
DL Andrew Smith - Seven career starts, 0 as junior, 6.5 career sacks
K Jake Wieclaw - Career backup. O FG attempts, 0 XP attempts.

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SPIRITED DISCUSSION -- YEAH MAN....I guess we are all fans...otherwise there'd be nothing on here....NONETHELESS - JUST GO AND BEAT GT! THAT'S IT...They're down a QB...We found one...let's just support our CANES, and hope they can play sound football, and not get knocked off the damn ball by a bunch of engineers...nothing against engineers...but seriously...If we cannot penetrate that backfield Sat afternoon...we got a long day ahead of us. And that my friends, is hard to say...a UM DEF LINE that does not dominate?? We need to see that group more than any other STEP UP, PUT PRESSURE ON THE OPTION...MAKE IT A DIFFICULT DAY TO PLAY DIPPTY-DOO FOOTBALL! GOD BLESS

THOUGHT I WOULD GIVE THE HATERS A CHANCE TO CATCH THEIR BREATH...BELIEVE IT OR NOT THE CANES HAVE A GAME THIS COMING SATURDAY THAT IF THEY GET A BREAK OR TWO WILL GIVE THEM A CHANCE TO PLAY IN THE ACC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME:

The oddsmakers are slightly favoring Miami in this one, as the current college football odds have the Hurricanes three-point favorites over the Yellow Jackets on the road.

Miami (6-3, 4-2 ACC): Trailing 26-20 with 2:29 left in the game, Morris led the Hurricanes on a seven play 82 yard game winning drive that ended with Morris finding Leonard Hankerson from 35 yards for a touchdown with just 37 seconds left on the clock.

Morris finished 18 of 30 for 286 yards with just one touchdown and two interceptions, but the poise this kid showed late is something the Hurricanes are hoping they will see a lot more of.

With starter Jacory Harris uncertain if he will return from a concussion he suffered against Virginia, Morris could be asked to step in and start again this week, and there are some rumblings that he deserves the job even if Harris is ready to go. I think the Hurricanes will start Harris if he is healthy, but if he struggles he could quickly find his way back to the bench.

Miami also got a nice performance out of freshman running back Lamar Miller, who carried it 22 time for 125 yards and a score. Sophomore Mike James also made a solid impact, rushing for 51 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries.

Miami figures to go to the ground often this week against a Georgia Tech defense that ranked 80th in the country, allowing 166 yards a game.

Miami once again played well on the defensive side of the ball, as they allowed Maryland just 13 offensive points, and held the Terrapins to just 254 yards of total offense.

Miami’s focus this week will be stopping the high powered rushing attack of the Yellow Jackets, who lead the nation with a 321 yard average.

Georgia Tech (5-4, 3-3 ACC): The Yellow Jackets jumped out to a 14-0 lead early in the first quarter, but the offense stalled and Virginia Tech ended up taking a 21-14 lead with just over six minutes to play.

The Yellow Jackets tied it up at 21-21 with just over two minutes to go, but on the ensuing kickoff they allowed David Wilson to take it back 90 yards for a touchdown and that proved to be the game winner.

Starting quarterback Joshua Nesbitt scored two early rushing touchdowns, and looked like he was on his way to a big game, but broke his right forearm after throwing an interception late in the first half and was lost for the season.

Backup Tevin Washington stepped in and completed 15 of 25 for 137 yards with a touchdown and an interceptions, and it will be up to the freshman to lead this team the rest of the way.

With Nesbitt out the rushing attack will likely fall more on the shoulders of senior Anthony Allen, who rushed for 125 yards on 23 carries against the Hurricanes.

Looking at the Odds: I believe you have to take the Hurricanes to cover the three point spread in this one.

Not having Nesbitt to run the option offense is a big dagger for the Yellow Jackets, while I think Morris might actually be better for the Hurricanes.

My final score prediction is Miami 34, Georgia Tech 24

@fear the Ibis
So let me get this straight...................
U dont want shannon to recruit out the inner city so players like ..........
S.Moss
R.Parrish
A.Johnson
M.Bratton
Blades Bros
M.Irving
W.Mcgahee
F.Gore
N.Webster
K.Phillips
V.Carey
Can go to rival programs? U stupid!!!!
DA U was built from black men out the inner city from DADE BROWARD AND PALM BEACH. Stupid!
U want Leach or Richt to recruit guys from Pembroke Pines? And let Randy recruit these guys somewhere else U idiot. The black coaching community in the tri county area are loyal to Randy. Not Da U. Ever since he was just an assistant with da U and Dolphins.
Also @rogperu
No one cares about graduation rate? R U serious? U stupid!!!!!

Thats the whole problem with our situation. They and others that call themselves Cane Fans who support Shannon are loyal to him based on his skin color and race, not The U. They could care less if Miami wins games all they care about is a black man having the job. If he were white would U be supporting his terrible coaching job? Like I have said many times Real Canes do not care about the race of the Coach or where he is from, all they want is someone who is competent and can lead us to big wins and Championships. I'd rather have a competent coach with a less talented team that overachieves in here and wins than an incompetent coach (like we have) with a team loaded with talent that never plays up to their potential and loses.

Oh and who says those kids from the inner city would not come here if Richt or Leach were here? Kids will go where they can win, play for championships, and get drafted to the NFL, not where they can be underdeveloped and lose. Why do U think so many top recruits from south florida go and play for Meyer? They want to have a chance to win championships

Someone correct me..Didn't Cook and Taylor came tothe U under Coker?

All "CANDY RANDY", had to do win football games and get us back in the National Championship Program. He has not done this and he should be fired. I am tired of his excuses!MAN UP RANDY AND RESIGN

The NW kids have proven to be over-hyped & undersized & in some cases underskilled, I dont blame them, media has a lot to do with that, however back in the day if you asked previous great UM players what was the driving factor behind their performances, they would tell you, the guy behind me is great, I cant ease up or I'll lose my starting job, It seems to me that Coach Shannon has instilled a environment of entitlement in which you don't earn starts your just given them. For example Shannon complained about WRs running wrong routes & dropping passes, why werent they benched and someone else given a chance. Benjamin whether true or not was blamed for 2 of Jacorys picks against Ohio & has been inconsistent this season why not give, Byrd, Streeter of A Johnson the start to send a message, I'm not saying to bench a guy after one bad game but cmon, Coach Shannon's message to his team, is it doesnt matter how often you mess up you'll still get the start, and it breeds complacency. Once you take away starts from these guys then you'll see the best come out of them, if their competing in practice then they'll compete come game time.

Taylor Cook and Cannon Smith were recruited while Shannon was Head Coach not Coker

Just going by the record, nothing personal.

Hey Manny, any news on how the recent developments with Stephen Morris and Jacory are affecting the recruiting front with Bridgewater and everyone else? Any recruiting updates?

Hey Sniffles: Y don't U just say it: Aldarius Johnson hasn't lived up to expectations. That means he's a bust, just like Fortson, like j12. Little or no player development.

Name me one linebacker right now who's doing anything, besides Spence?

Yeah Manny how about a once in a blue Moon recruting up date. I don't know what it is with you guys down there noobody has any info on nothing, recrutis, injuries, who loves us who hates us, I mean you don't even have your chats anymore. What's Up?

U dont hear all this TALK from SEC schools, they actually walk the walk. Team for Miami players & coaches to STFU!!! Virginia beat U.

Are U kidding me? Arthur Brown a 5-star recruit?

Where was all the player love for Shannon during the Virginia game?

Randy Shannon is sucha great coach that he's getting slammed by this former teammates.

OL cane- really calm down

The dude's comment wasnt racist. So get the chip off your shoulder.

It was meant that that UM-NW connection is flawed.

Recruit elsewhere: Boyd Anderson, Miramar, St Thomas, Dillard, Southwest Fl as well as dade cty.

Not just Northwestern

Call it what it is. With the exception of Sean Spence and (maybe) Brandon Harris, this Miami NW class, Number 1 in the country has been a FLOP.

FLOP? yeah. FLOP.

These kids, were hyped to be the next-

Warren Sapp or Jerome Brown- Forston
Ray Lewis- Spence
Phil Buchanon- Harris
Mike Irvin- Streeter
Among others.

Please, if UM recruiting just thought "outside the box", say go to St Thomas and steal that QB away from Iowa, then we're talking.

Um's recruiting isnt that good people. Has anyone seen the 2011 class yet? Looks pathetic. So for you Shannon lovers, who keep saying "he's a great recruiter", please stop.

Let's wait and see. UM's season:

11-3 with a BCS bowl win- Excellent. give RS another 5 yr extension

10-3 with a medium bowl win- Good.
9-4 with a bowl loss. Same ol same ol. RS definitely on the hot seat for 2011
8-5- Can the guy
7-6 can the guy before the bowl

Seriously. I am tired of high expectations and poor performances.

i always get worried when players start playing for their coach. to me it just means theyre not focused on the right things. usually that coach winds up being fired in the end. this type of thing happens alot where the players really like the coach because hes a good guy, but they dont get the job done on the field.

btw, great post Big Shot Bot.

ok so he tries. but trying and doing are 2 different things. sounds like its someone elses turn save the U fire shannon

I see that as a 2 way street. While they're definitely not playing up to expectations and thus owe the coach for bringing them to the U, I also feel like the coach owes them a lot more, in that he has failed to bring out their potential. These guys run the risk of going undrafted because sometimes you watch them play and is like Northwestern out there, not a college team. Coach has not improved on their high school talents and it shows. Sometimes they look like little kids out there with the rest of the NCAA. Huge improvements needed all around. Go CANES!!!

Stay focused Sat Canes. The weather is going to be great, and we already know how to stop the GT option. Lets win out NOT just for Shannon,and NOT for some of these SO-called fans, but for YOURSELVES. GO CANES!!!!!

[]_[] must remember this........

W I N

& all will be fine :-)

Just win....winning solves everything

For all those who can't stand Coach Shannon, I have an idea: Come on down to the football practices/games, and ask Coach Shannon if you can coach in his shoes for a day. See if any of you loudmouth punks can do any better. If YOU can lead UM to a national title, then you ought to be the head coach. However, if YOU can't then please shut up. In other words, all you Randy haters:Come down and see if YOU can coach better than he and his staff. PUT UP OR SHUT UP!!!!!!! Any takers?!!!!

Talented Players + Poor Coaching = Inconsistency!!

1 - 4 Virginia dominated Miami all game long.

Then DUKE scored 55 on virginia. STFU shannon supporters.

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