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Sunday's scrimmage will have game-day feel

CORAL GABLES -- After 10 practices in eight days, University of Miami football coach Al Golden said he's going to treat Sunday's scrimmage -- the first of fall camp -- as close to a game-day situation as possible.

Al Golden Not only will his assistants be up in lifts to simulate game-day operations in stadium booths, players will be wearing game-day uniforms and first and second team players will be getting the bulk of the snaps. About the only thing the scrimmage won't have: punts.

"We're hoping to get 50 plays for the 1's and 2's, another 12-15 for the 3's and 4's," Golden said Saturday morning before the first of two practices.

"We'd like to get everybody on film, give everybody an opportunity to compete. We'll have some of the 2's run with the 1's; we'll have some of the 3's run with the 2's -- wherever we think is a competitive situation. We'll put the ball in all kinds of different situations so we get everything on tape -- short yardage, goal line, backed up. There will be two-minute period, that type of thing."

Golden, who earlier this week said he wouldn't name a starting quarterback until after the team's second scrimmage on Aug. 22, said Sunday's practice game will count more toward winning starting jobs across the board than regular practices.

"Not that they should have anxiety, but it should feel like a test," Golden said. "We're trying to get them to perform, to free up and trust their technique and trust what they've learned and go out there and perform and execute. It should feel different when they prepare tonight. It should feel different when they come over in the morning. We put uniforms on them just to make sure they know it is different."

There will even be a crowd in attendance -- recruits and commitments, who along with family members will be special guests for the scrimmage. Golden said some coaches might not want to open scrimmages to outsiders, "but we want them to see who we are, how we coach, how our team reacts, all those things."

"It will be about as close as you can get to actually being here as a student-athlete," Golden said. "Because it's very real. It's not like we're over there talking to them every minute of the day. We're out there coaching, running the scrimmage and they're watching. They'll have a chance to meet some players, have a meal with the guys, get around our deans and professors and be around our student-athletes, which will be good."

> Golden said tight ends Chase Ford and Blake Ayles are the only players he expects to be held out of Sunday's scrimmage because of injury.

> Golden said freshman defensive end Anthony Chickillo, who was wearing a non-contact yellow jersey Saturday, should be okay to play in Sunday's scrimmage. Cornerback Brandon McGee, who has won a yellow jersey for two straight days, is likely questionable.

> Receiver LaRon Byrd, who was wearing a yellow jersey Friday, practiced normally Saturday.

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> Golden said the thing that's been most impressive to him about this training camp is that the entire playbook has been installed on both offense and defense after just eight days.

"We had an eight-day aggressive install," Golden said. "You can't do that with a team that didn't prepare or study independently over the summer. We have most of it in, are actually scaling back for the scrimmage and then will go back and try to refine some things next week. It will be a limited package; we don't want a lot of mental errors, a lot of moving parts. We want them to go out and see who is improved."

> Although he won't say Dalton Botts has won the starting job at punter yet, it's clear the redshirt sophomore has distanced himself from the competition. Botts has been wearing a black jersey (worn by starters and leaders) since midweek. 

"I'm hoping someone will come up and really challenge him in the next 10 days," Golden said.

As for the kickoffs and placement kicks, Golden said, those "are too close to call right now."

> Golden hasn't allowed any freshmen to talk with reporters since camp opened, but that could change soon.

"It's not really that I'm not allowing them to talk. I'm trying to let them get in," Golden said. "This is a grind. Literally the last day they had summer school they started camp. I'm sure we'll sit down and give [media] access before we get going here. But this first week there was too much. Every minute they had they're either with a position coach or trying to learn the playbook."

Golden said he likes his freshmen class, "and all but one or two will be playing for us in some capacity. They're all in the mix."

> Running backs coach Terry Richardson doesn't have to worry about who his No. 1 and No. 2 options are. Lamar Miller and Mike James have clearly cemented themselves in those roles.

But the No. 3 job, which became open when Storm Johnson transferred to UCF this summer, remains an open competition between sophomore Eduardo Clements and redshirt freshman Darion Hall.

"I think it's going to come down to who is the better special teams guy," Richardson said. "They're both [Clements] and [Hall] getting the same amount of reps. So it'll come down to that."

Had incoming freshman Kevin Grooms not been held up by the NCAA Clearinghouse, one might only assume Grooms could have won the third-string job easily.

"Speed, quickness, playmaking ability," Richardson said when asked about what he likes about Grooms. "Being a young guy and just coming in he would have to grasp the offense. But he returned kicks, just scored so many different ways for his high school team.

"Right now, he's behind, has to get caught up if he comes in [this fall]. The longer it goes, he's behind and has to get up to speed."

> Offensive lineman Harland Gunn, defensive tackle Marcus Forston, quarterback Jacory Harris, cornerback Lee Chambers and linebacker Ramon Buchanan all served as player-coaches Saturday.

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Miller is one of the top 5 RB's in the country. So is James. This team is good, but so were the teams the past few years.

Who's starting at TE? That could dictate how strong the offense becomes.

QB is the key and Harris is not the one.

Miller is one of the top 5 RB's in the country. So is James. This team is good, but so were the teams the past few years.


Posted by: 'Cool 'Cat | August 13, 2011 at 11:00 AM
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Miller and James Top 5 Running Backs in the Nation huh ? Neither are even ranked in the Top-25 U blind Cane homer ... Do U Canes even listen to Urselves sometimes ? U do realize that there are other teams with far Superior talent than U right ?

Here are just 10 RB's that are better than Ur 1-2 punchless duo.

LaMichael James, Trent Richardson, Michael Dyer, Marcus Lattimore, Ronnie Hillman, Knile Davis, Stepfan Taylor, Dan Herron, Montee Ball, James White... Look them up and try do do just the slightest factual research genius.

God Lord ... Miller and James Top-5 in the ENTIRE Nation.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/629290-college-football-2011-power-ranking-the-top-25-running-backs

They are nowhere to be found ... But Gator # 28 is.

There's nothing wrong with fans making optimistic assessments of their players on the fan comment section of a fan football blog. Lighten up, this ain't the BBC world news!

Sept 5th can't get here soon enough.

Yes Miller and James are top 5 backs. hey, uh, Top 5 huh?...The first few names I recognize, U know james, Richardson, Herron, maybe, but the rest....Letz just see....I would put Miller and James in that category all day long...

Take Herron out of that equation. Lattimore is the real deal and will continue to do great in Spurrier's offensive "system." Hey Top 5: If you're so smart, why in the heck did 'ole Spurrier leave gainesville?

This is a brand new year with a brand new regime to run the Canes. At the very least with mediocre to average play from the QBs we should go 8-4, but with better coaching and motivated players those four losses could easily be less.

Let's face the facts that the number one recruiting class in 2008 is either playing with the ones or twos. Is the ACC championship out of the picture? Not really. It all depends on Golden getting the team to ready to play 100% each play and so far it sounds really great.

Will I jump on the bandwagon and say that we are going to win the National Title? Not yet, but if we make it through Blacksburg undefeated then I'm all in. I might jump the bandwagon a lot earlier if Futch earns a black jersey and becomes an elite player during the first 4 games cause he alone would be intimidating for any offensive player with the ball.

Do I think that Miller time will be one of the best backs in the Nation? Absolutely. A freshman averaging 6.0 yards per carry... DUH! Look what he did against Virginia Tech and USF.

Do I care about what is going on in Gator land? No, because you are too scared to put us on your schedule every year. Will I care about what the Gators are doing in 2013? Yes, because you will finally have grown a pair of balls to schedule us that year. So can we wait until then to talk trash because the last I remember Gators fans are living in the past.

http://www.facebook.com/miamihurricanes

is the miami herald on the take ...
how else do you explain splashing f-i-u-don't-matter on the front page day after day ...
front & center ...
the paper says they matter most when they matter least ...
lest you forget ...
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 ...

BIGGER FISH TO FRY

http://www.facebook.com/universityofmiami

UM has had far superior teams, having won many national championships in football and baseball. That means that there is more to write about. Far more fans, moreover, go to Hurricane games. The followers of the Hurricane blog at MiamiHerald.com outnumber those following the Golden Panthers one by about 10-1, sports editor Jorge Rojas says.

There is, in other words, much more readership demand for coverage of the Hurricanes than of the Golden Panthers.
-- miami herald ombudsman 8/1/10

UM does and should get the greater share of sports coverage
-- miami herald ombudsman 8/8/10

this isn’t The Miami Herald’s fault. Until FIU starts to matter in a big way, in a way that UM matters, there will never be that same coverage, at least not in the sports page. ...

But until your everyday FIU student or alumni begins to care in a significant way and specifically until it affects The Miami Herald’s bottom line, they’ll continue to pay that other school more attention.
-- fiu student media 8/25/10

readership demand be damned ...

PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH

Guess your gator or fader blog is full so you come over here to give us your great fader wisdom. Idiot, go back to doing your chomp or whatever the hell that is. As far as Miller and James, they run very hard, and have both improved greatly. Top 5 now? maybe not, but let's see what they do in a well disiplined Golden system this year. And by the way, they are very special backs that can do a lot of things. Oh, and let's see the records at the year end. You guys have some very big issues up there. Lets just see. OK? We have a monstre schedule, but I will put up our record to yours. Ya in? I will remind you that when you guys were getting all of the pretty boys up there gville, we were winning Championships with 3 star and LESS recruits. Remember? And how many are still playing in the NFL? Miami has held this rank as number one in the NFL for 11 years. Hum? So I could give a flying stinky one who ranks who from rivals or fox or sec or whoever, anyone. The game starts when you hit the field with what comes out of the heart. I will take our class this year and next to yours anyday. I am sure that you will have more wisdom, can't wait. But also remember we don't get on your blogs and ramble on, do we. naw, we would rather talk football about our Team. Just a guy who has had enough of the fader crap. We are Canes! Nuff said!

'Cool 'Cat
Why don't you crawl back to the swamp you navigated from?

gatah trolls come on here because they love to read about a team on the rise with a real coach and of course relevant. gatah trolls know their team is a raging dumpster fire and nothing can help them back to 100 year of irrelevantcy.

Stupid Gaytor fan is quoting Bleacher Reports as his source...lmao..... Bleacher Report posts articles that anyone can write and submit - anyone except Gaytor fans cause most of them can't read or write,and the one's who can read are over here reading everything written about the Canes.... That's what happens when your team loses to the Canes for over a decade and you live in a swamp with your sister, I mean your wife, and your school has less rings and is ranked lower than UM.... inferiority complex anyone?

Top five huh?... dont you know those stories on BR are all biased??? I can write a story and post it there. Heck , even you can. BR is a site for fans to express their opinions. No real reporters . No exp. needed. A freshman that averages 6 a carry??? Even you have to admit that's pretty good. And this year the O-line will be more experienced, so look to add a few more yards per carry.

Smash and Dash show coming soon check out the SUN article today 1000 yds each very posible only 85 a game. ACC champs MIAMI IS BACK BABY!

You are so stupid, blog Pig. How did Costco hire you?

Safe to say their bar is set real low.

Amazing preseason.
WOuld pay any amount of money to be at tomorrow's closed off scrimmage.

Look...these UF, FSU, UCF, USF, and FIU fans, troll for you guys to comment and each time you comment you take something away
from

University of Miami Football 2011...

IGNORE them and they'll go away...there are real fans of CANEBALL and real fans don't waste space or time with this old lady back and forth clap trap

gatah trolls come on here because they love to read about a team on the rise

Posted by: UFelony30and more | August 13, 2011 at 05:37 PM

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Rising from what ? The Septic tank back into the Toliet bowl ?

U lost Ur last THREE games BADLY last season, but Ur on the rise ?

Ur also high .

Posted by: 'Cool 'Cat | August 13, 2011 at 02:23 PM

Posted by: Gaytorpenisenvy | August 13, 2011 at 05:56 PM

Posted by: sidcane | August 13, 2011 at 07:14 PM

http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/sports_college/2011/03/ten-running-backs-to-watch-this-college-season.html


there U go U 3 Stooged Cane Clan ... A different source...
I can come up with 4 more if U'd like and Ur boyz will be nowhere to be found in anyones Top 20 National Rankings. I tell U what. How about U geniuses just come up with ONE article or Pre-season list that says either of Ur Slashed and Dashed tandem average combo RB's are Top 10 in the Country, then U get back to me... Here's some advice, when U make dUmb and ridiculous boasts and claim as StUpid as saying Miller is Top-5 (dudes good, maybe top-20) and then throw James in the same mix ? Wellll, put it this way Cane Clods... U sound as dUmb as a Gator fan saying Brantley will have an All SEC brakeout year in 2011...

Yes Miller and James are top 5 backs. hey, uh, Top 5 huh?...The first few names I recognize, U know james, Richardson, Herron, maybe, but the rest....Letz just see....I would put Miller and James in that category all day long...

Posted by: 'Cool 'Cat | August 13, 2011 at 02:06 PM

Maybe U should learn that just because U don't read, know or have the basic Football IQ to "recognize" with Ur orange n green reading glasses what Top Talent is ... ahh the hell with it. Ur as dUmb as a Florida nut that still thinks Tebow will QB a Super Bowl Victory soon...

copy n paste and watch closely pal... These ARE the consensus Top 10 RB's in the Nation. And there are another 10 that are better than who'll be hauling the mail for U next year.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1nrdBq4InM

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seriously. U do realize that there are a whole hell of a lot of really really good football players outside of S. Fla. don't U blinder wearing Homer ?

Yea...I think I saw Papa Smurf writing that article.

Ahhhhhhhhhhhh Cartoon Cane wit ?

Maybe U should take this guys advice next time U have Ur clUless Cane opinions shoved back up in U...

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IGNORE them and they'll go away...there are real fans of CANEBALL and real fans don't waste space or time with this old lady back and forth clap trap

Posted by: james kirk "73" | August 14, 2011 at 02:21 AM

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#28 huh ? Try the fastest man in ALL of College Football that is ranked as a Top 15 RB in multiple publications... No Miller or James anywhere...

And if he lined up at the goal line and spotted Ur # 6 Boy 5 yards and the first move, # 28 would glide by him by the far 20 yrd. line heading to the End Zone everytime... EVERY TIME... Now please, tell me I'm wrong.

What does the little difference in speed have to do with running through a d-line at gametime. I saw some of the practice videos and your #28 Got stopped at the line repeatedly and the one time he tried to go around , he spun and tripped. Speed is no good without brains.

Imagine what garbage Rainey and Demps would be with just average speed.

Last I checked, the best RBs of all time were not sprinters.

Herschel? Darrin McFadden? Too many others to name? Blows the Pig's argument out of the water. So typical. So boring.

You have truly jumped the shark, Pig. Time to retire.

gatah trolls now trying to pose as seminole fans, you trailer trash are quite comical. Your arguments reference the Orlando Sentinel, a gatah rag and 2nd rate newspaper. Now run along little SFCC grads and try to come up with something better. Rinse, Wash, Repeat

They may not be top 5 backs, because they are sharing caries and their stats aren't going to be overwhelming, but who cares if the team wins. All this top 5 talk, is just talk. Let's play the games. The U is going to be greatly improved and will surprise this year. But again talk is really really cheap.

Herschel? Darrin McFadden? Too many others to name? Blows the Pig's argument out of the water.

Posted by: Gatr Pig | August 14, 2011 at 10:05 AM

Herschel ='s SEC 60 indoor meter Champion Top 3 Nationally.

McFadden ='s 2004 Arkansas 100 meter High School Champion.

BOTH Elite Sprinters

What about the water ? Blowme

They may not be top 5 backs, because they are sharing caries and their stats aren't going to be overwhelming, but who cares if the team wins. All this top 5 talk, is just talk. Let's play the games. The U is going to be greatly improved and will surprise this year. But again talk is really really cheap.

Posted by: mikem | August 14, 2011 at 11:15 AM

Finally an intelligent response from an intelligent Cane Fan... It's just silly talk that I rebutted from a ridiculous Cane Fan comment just blind casting an unfounded or provable fact based on nothing but blind homerism...

So now coolCanefool ... Tell me ALL about that upper Class laden WR corp that has been the BEST in the Nation the past 2 years and still is going into 2011 ... Oh and Jacory's Heisman odds are ?

gatah trolls now trying to pose as seminole fans, you trailer trash are quite comical. Your arguments reference the Orlando Sentinel, a gatah rag and 2nd rate newspaper. Now run along little SFCC grads and try to come up with something better. Rinse, Wash, Repeat

Posted by: UFelony30and more | August 14, 2011 at 10:06 AM

Once again, reference me just ONE periodical that mentions Miller and James as Top 10-15 elite RB's in 2011... JUST ONE. U can't and U know it. I gave U 2 that rank Demps.

now sssssshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh ...

Miller is a top 5 back, I don't think James is though.

Gaines beating out Futch for MLB spot is pretty amazing.

James to me is a do everything kind of back and reminds me alot of Melvin Bratton. As far as a pure Tailback goes Miller is as good as there is in the country, he just hasn't had the reps to get his name out there. One things for sure his name will be known after this year.

Duuuuuuh, I's be a Gatah idiot. Publication? You mean like Bleacher Report whicht takes stupid posts by idiots like me and publishes them?

That makes it a publication, right? Only an illiterate Gainesville JUCO idiot who majored in Starcraft thinks Bleacher Report and Wikipedia are reliable databases.

Pig, seriously, I have never read anything by anyone as bitter and stupid as you. What a tortured life you live.

What a d....mb a55 that gatr is.
You go and believe your 4.2 40 rb that weighs 150 lbs soaking wet will be even #28. lol. My 15 year old is bigger than him. He is not good enough to be an olympic sprinter and not good enough to be in the nfl. In comparison,the u put two rbs in the nfl this year ( berry and coop).

But i wil say this 'cool cat is so stoopid too, that his nonsense dribble back and forth with the dmb gatr is like listening on a conversation between the slingblade dude and forrest gump!

Im amazed that gaines beat out futch! Wonder how futch feels.

Only an insecure loser (ahem...blog Pig) would brag about a #28 ranked RB. What a loser...,

Eh, Pig cluck? Your daddy blows your Mommy, Piggy.

Wait for it...wait.....now


Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh rotten Douchebag Pig.

7-5 with mythical top recruits.

Easley, Powell and Floyd? Pssssssahhhhhh. They suck. Big 3? Big Fail.

BWAAAHHHAA. Isn't that how mythical top classes perform? It isn't? All that garbage was Gatr trash trash talk?

Oh, would have never guessed.

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