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Money Down drill, plus Jacory more involved

As usual, the University of Miami practiced Wednesday with speakers blaring simulated crowd noise. The only difference with Wednesday's practice was that it actually got louder at Greentree when it ended.

Jacory Harris For the third week in a row, players ended their Wednesday practice with what defensive lineman Marcus Forston said coaches refer to as a 'Money Down.' The drill? One play when the offense and defense square off in a simulated situation -- 3rd and short, 3rd and long, 3rd and goal -- whatever coach Randy Shannon chooses. The payoff: the winning side gets carried off the field by the losing side.

Wednesday, UM's scout team decided the Money Down and the defense won. "Baby [Devont'a] Davis made the play on a slant pattern," Forston said. "Jordan Futch some pressure on the quarterback. It was fun."

Forston said he enjoyed his ride off the field on the shoulders of scout team offensive lineman Jared Wheeler. The question everybody wanted an answer to, though, was who carried 6-8, 355-pound freshman Seantrel Henderson off the field last Wednesday when the offense.

"It took three guys -- [walk-on] Sean Goldstein and two other defensive linemen," Forston said. "The key is uou have to hurry up and grab somebody small. I always grab Travis Benjamin. He's the smallest guy on the field."

All good natured fun aside, there is a point to Money Down. Shannon said it's about putting guys in tough situations and seeing who comes out on top.

He said that's especially important this week against Virginia Tech. The Hokies convert 43 percent of the time on third down offensively (41st nationally) and are good in both red-zone offense (they've scored on 43 of 48 drives inside the 20, 90 percent clip) and red-zone defense (they rank 14th, 72%).

"That's going to be the key to the game, third down situations," Shannon said. "Virginia Tech also does a great job in the red zone and also with [quarterback] Tyrod [Taylor] scrambling a lot. Offensively, we have to get points in the red zone."

WILL JACORY PLAY SATURDAY... There are a few message board conspiracy theorists out there who believe quarterback Jacory Harris might be healthy enough to play Saturday -- possibly in a backup role or even as the starter. I'm starting to buy into it a little.

From the little the media was actually able to watch of practice Wednesday, it looked like Harris was very much more involved in the offense -- despite wearing a green non-contact jersey. I saw him throwing a few passes with the first team at the end of practice.

Shannon has been adamant Harris will not play until he's cleared by doctors. Here's what he said about Harris' practice Wednesday: "He's just practicing, getting back into the rhythm. That's all you can expect from him. Before he was just sitting up there tossing the ball, playing catch. Now, he's actually moving around a little bit. [But] we don't let anybody get close to him in practice. That's why he has the green jersey on."

Running back Damien Berry said, "it's great to see him back healthy with us, it's great to see another addition to this family. He's back, better than he was before and he's ready to get back at it."

Forston said Harris looks ready to him: "Jacory looked good today. He looks back. The only team we see him is 9-on-9, the other time we're down with the scout team. He's itching to get back in. Anytime you go out, you miss the sport you love. You get hungry."

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OK, let's try and squash this "conspiracy theory" before it get's too out of hand. If the doctors clear Jacory, he'll suit up. If they don't clear him, he will not suit up. Nothing more, nothing less. We do not have a backup QB right now. Why would Shannon take the chance of not having a capable backup QB available to him? Anyone? Anyone?...that's b/c there is no reason. He's not going to make Jacory unavailable to him just to avoid a QB controversy or to spare his feelings.

Maybe the simplest answer is the correct one. That being a) Jacory's hasn't been cleared; b) Jacory is ready and Shannon isn't telling anyone

eso es firme carnales.

Where is that walk on that punched and broke a good player's jaw when you need him?

With so many unemployed and looking for jobs, you would think the Herald could find a better reporter than Susan. I mean seriously, when Manny gets shipped off to cover some big event, we get @#*^&% and were stuck with her. Has anyone ever heard her ask an intelligent question?

I'm going back to espn.com where at least there is some decent coverage of my CANES!!!

UM 24 VT 13

My money's down on Stephen Morris and all the rest of the kick ass Canes on this team who have all stepped up to play hard and play consistent since Morris took the field. Hey Tech, Stephen Morris is gonna rock you like a HURRICANE!

my money down is that shannon is gonna go down... he sucks....he will not take us to the promise land... Morris i am cheering for u all the way...JPRETZEL UUUUU SUCk.. i hope u dont come back because ur weak and scared to get out of the pocket... RANDY MAN UP resign now... save your self the trouble of getting fired... WE are going to run you out of town...BOOOOOOO RANDY

Posted by: PRacrePerAcre1 | November 17, 2010 at 06:25 PM

Where are those toothless nex when you need them?

Where's that ragged armed practice All-American Brantley when you need him?

That will be dumb of Shannon if Jacory don't dress for the game. I agree U go with the hot hand but U dress Jacory in case Morris strugle with Bud Fosters defense or get hurt. Offense and Defense lines will be key. Whoever is the most physical will win.


my money down is that URBAN MEYER is gonna go down... he sucks....he will not take us to the promise land... TEBOW i am cheering for u all the way...RAGARMBRANTLEY UUUUU SUCk.. i hope u dont come back because ur weak and scared to get out of the pocket... URBAN MAN UP resign now... save your self the trouble of getting fired... WE are going to run you out of town...BOOOOOOO URBAN


Where is that walk on that punched and broke a good player's jaw when you need him? When he's done with Brantley maybe he'll make it a two'fer and knockout Crazy Urban.

Shannon needs to be careful managing Morris' confidence. Don't ask Morris to win the game. Don't pull him if he makes a couple of mistakes.

At some point Morris may hit a rough patch, but I think he needs to stay with him.

Every time I think we've turned a corner we lose. Well I think we've turned a corner again, so here comes VT with a physical team and a mobile QB. I'm nervous. VT probably won't lose to UVA next week, so the last 2 games and the bowl are all about finally finishing the season with some real momentum, beating our rivals and setting ourselves up with some confidence going into next season. If we can win on a 5 game win streak with W's over GT and VT plus a good bowl opponent, I'll be a believer again, instead of just a really hopeful fan.

Go Canes!

Me too Chicago

I feel the same way ChicagoCane. I am hoping we play a physical game and possibly beat their confidence down a bit. We've seen it all year, you can beat a team twice. (Boise best Vtech twice this year, JMU. And TCU beat Utah Twice this year. ND).... lets hope for another let down by the Hokies!

I never re-post from other bloggers here, as I think it is generally rude to Manny to do so, but Gorten of the Sun-Sentinnel posted that Mark Duper, who has been coaching Hankerson to greatness, recently started working with Tommy Streeter and plans to put him through the drills this summer. That's maybe the best news I've heard all week! That kid can be great, and getting a guy like Duper to get him the consistency and work ethic necessary would be fantastic for a run next year without Hankerson.

Here's the blurb:
Duper said redshirt sophomore WR Tommy Streeter participated in a couple of sessions.

“We plan on working with him this year if he wants,” Duper said.

This weeks game will tell us alot about S. Morris. I think we are asking a bit much from a true freshman playing in only his third college football game. If Morris plays well and the "U" get the victory R. Shannon may be hard pressed not to start J. Harris for the rest of the season. It could open up the QB battle going into spring football next year. Man I don't know about every other Canes fan, but I am tired of using and hearing the word NEXT YEAR. I like the rest of the "U" nation want to hear and say the words THIS YEAR. But this year has become, well, just like last year.

Keys to victory:
1.Get pressure and contain Ty Taylor.
2.Don't turn the dam ball over. Va. Tech feast off other team's mistakes.
3.The kicking game needs to be solid.
4.No stupid penalties.
5.We have to be able to run the ball and take pressure off Morris.
6.Slow their running game down and make Tyrod beat you passing.
7.Don't get out coached!

If we don't beat VaTech by 5 TDs this season is a disaster - this really is our bowl game. If we lose this and win outright we are right back were we started with no improvement and we lose Hankerson, Bailey, and B Harris next year -arguably our best players. Shannon thanks for the mediocrity, extremeties, and the double negatives.


PS
Do you think Cam Newton participates in the Money Down Drill?

PSS Please Auburn Thwart Alabama!

Posted by: Hard Rock Cane | November 18, 2010 at 12:34 PM

Hoping Auburn can do something the gators have not been able to do in two years. How funny will it be if App State beats the turds Saturday.

FIRE RANDY SHANNON... come up people wake up.. all u keep talking about in this blog is the sorry gayturds... lets talk real talk and see were our program is.. SHANNON is burning this program to the ground... if he puts Jnoodle in they will loose the game... Morris is the hot QB right now... we dont need him to be a hero, but he has not lost us a game yet.. RESIGN SHANNON ... get out of town


FIRE URBAN MEYER... come on people wake up.. all I keep talking about in this blog is the sorry gayturds... lets talk real talk and be thankful where our program is today.. MEYER is burning his program to the ground... if he puts Ragarmbrantley in they will loose the game... We gators have no hot QB right now... we need someone to be a hero, .. RESIGN URBAN MEYER ... get out of town

Posted by: Very Possible

That would be hilarious of Cavalier proportions.

Yes it would..... It would be a real Gamecock in the teeth.

Morris will win the game.. and JNOODLE is going to have to sit down and watch a true freshman run the ball like man.. Jnoodle is scared to get out of the pocket thats why...He SUCKS.. True cane QBs play with heart/B..*s do us a favor Jpretzel sit down and watch us win.. SHANNON WILL BE FIRED AFTER THIS SEASON>> HE SUCKS

Miamicanes 1, Get a grip, Dog! You can rant all you want about Jaboney & Shannon, neither of which are going anywhere, at least not until they choke against another team like Virginia in Randy's case and for Jaboney, it will be to the bench for his senior year. Who cares about the Gators anyway. I want them to loose every dam game and then some of those high school kids will quit daydreaming of playing for Turban Mayor and start realizing the Canes are the Thang.

Where is that stupid Pig. I am still waiting for his address. He won't be typing for at least 6 months.

OK, let's try and squash this "conspiracy theory" before it get's too out of hand. If the doctors clear Jacory, he'll suit up. If they don't clear him, he will not suit up. Nothing more, nothing less. We do not have a backup QB right now. Why would Shannon take the chance of not having a capable backup QB available to him? Anyone? Anyone?...that's b/c there is no reason. He's not going to make Jacory unavailable to him just to avoid a QB controversy or to spare his feelings.

Maybe the simplest answer is the correct one. That being a) Jacory's hasn't been cleared; b) Jacory is ready and Shannon isn't telling anyone

Posted by: aes | November 17, 2010 at 05:54 PM

Cleared from what? A consussion? No likely. All I know is I say J12 at the Maryland game on the sidlines in the bright sun calling plays into Morris along with Whipple. If he had any type of concussion, he'd be in a closet somewhere with no light because of the headaches. Not ou in the bright Fort Lauderdale sun, mid-day without sunglasses on at least.

Most importantly, if his concussion was as sever as they say it is and by the way he's been held out for weeks, how com on that hit, he was still moving? All of us know, especially by watching as much football as we do. Anyone with a server concussion is frozen stiff on the ground, most of the time their arms are frozen stiff in the air while they lay on their back. Didn't see any of that with J12. I'm just not buying it. If anything, he's been out due to mental health, and the hit just gae the kid an excuse to take some time of and get his mind right. That's my theory anyway...

GO CANES!!!

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