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Brandon McGee is back in black; plus freshman receiver Malcolm Lewis is running with the 1st team

A lot of news nuggets and notes from today's media day at UM:


Cornerback Brandon McGee was back in a black jersey Saturday -- four days after it was taken away from him and given to freshman Tracy Howard. But McGee, who was starting on the outside, did most of his work at nickel and Howard and Ladarius Gunter still had their black jerseys on.

"Great day yesterday taking a leadership role and great day today," Golden said of McGee. "Good too see that from Brandon."

Defensive backs coach Paul Williams said McGee playing a lot of nickel doesn't necessarily mean he will end up playing there solely. But Williams did say McGee is the most experienced nickel corner the team has.

"He ran it all last year and we're in a situation with a lot of young guys where he's just one of the few who is good at it," Williams said. "That's a hard spot. It's hard to find a guy that's good at that spot."

Williams said he's trying to develop freshman Vernon Davis and sophomore Thomas Finnie at the nickel spot as well. Williams said safety Kacy Rodgers has also seen some time there.

> Hard to imagine there is a happier assistant on the team than Williams, who now has arguably the most talented group on the team with eight new additions. Ultimately, Williams said six cornerbacks and four safeties will travel to Boston College on Sept. 1 for the opener.

Who is in the mix at cornerback aside from Howard, McGee and Gunter and Finnie? Williams said freshmen Antonio Crawford and Davis have worked themselves very much into the conversation.

"He's talented," Williams said of Crawford. "He's fast. He can break on a ball. He's going to be a good player.

"They're all really talented. We've just got to be careful because it's got to the guys who are really ready. That's why the scrimmage is huge with these young guys. That's why I don't just want to say they're in. Until we get that scrimmage and throw the bullets at 'em and see the pros and cons, see how they're going to react, we can't lock things down."

> Safety appears to be a different story. Rodgers appears to have the starting safety spot opposite Vaughn Telemaque locked down. "He hasn't blinked yet," Williams said of Rodgers.

> As good as Tracy Howard is, Williams said he isn't perfect.

"He got some work to do," Williams said. "The biggest part of it is just technique. One of his biggest flaws right now is technique. He's not a finished product by no means. But he's got talent. He's trying to get better everyday. You tell him something, he tries everything to fix it."

Williams said it didn't take Howard long to impress him though. In one of the first practices, Williams said, "Tracy made a play on a ball, a fade ball where I was like 'OK, this kid has a chance.'"


As much love as Robert Lockhart has received early on in camp, former Miramar standout Malcolm Lewis is a bit ahead of the rest of the freshman according to both Al Golden and Jedd Fisch.

In fact, he's been getting first team snaps for the last two days. 

"Robert has a long way to go in terms of just learning the plays and reading the coverages. But there's no doubt his innate skills are there. Now we have to develop that discipline and process. Malcolm is a little bit further ahead in terms of his overall process and consistency. I'm excited about that group. Herb Waters is doing a nice job. That group has really come at a good time for us," Golden said.

Lewis, who said he's turned a lot of baby fat into muscle since arriving at UM, credits former roommate and fellow receiver Phillip Dorsett (the only true freshman to start on the Canes' offense last season) and junior Allen Hurns for helping him pickup the playbook quickly.

"They've been good mentors to me, teaching me the playbook inside and out," Lewis said. "We use flash cards. The play will be on the front and the name will be on the back. I got to say the routes, what's my responsibility with each coverage and what I've got to do. I'm getting it down pact. At first it was a challenge, but now everything is becoming easier. It's about concept. There's a purpose for everything."

Lewis said Dorsett has given him good advice too.

"He said 'Don't take the freshman route. Just pretend like you've been here before and you know what you're doing. And always have confidence in every rep,'" Lewis said. "So far, it's worked."

> Lockhart said he's gained five pounds of muscle since his arrival from prep school and considers himself a physical receiver with good route running skills. He likens his game to 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree.

"I'm just very excited to be out here making plays," Lockhart said. "I plan on making some big plays, getting my name out there."

> As for the defensive tackles, Golden wants to see someone separate themselves on Sunday.

"I think our depth is making progress. Do we have one or two guys that are going to give the other team a fit yet? I want to see that," Golden said. "Luther Robinson, Olsen Pierre, Curtis Porter, Darius Smith, I want to see someone separate tomorrow.

"I want to turn on the film and see man, we just couldn't deal with him. Finally, we have a defensive tackle the way Miami should there. I'm looking for someone to go in there and really dominate a game and cause havoc for us and give the offensive problems and we want to see the young guys and see what they can do."


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START ALL THE FRESHMAN !!! We WILL sweep ALL 22 FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICAN Positions ! Combine that with the First Heisman Punter, We'll go 14-0, ACC n National CHAMPS !!!

And if we can get some High School Seniors on the field for us this year we could be even better !!!

Come on Tackles
I believe our season rides on you guys.
Time to rise up and make a name for yourself.

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In real life I am a racist and maybe even worse then what you have had to read from me here on the Herald
Its very true that I have said that black players have no reason playing football at Miami and im sorry for that
Its also true that my wife divorced me because of the amount of p o r n she found on our computer and again im sorry for that as well
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Damn Dick
Got to admit the First Heisman Punter was funny.
Let the hate keep you warm and remember

It's no surprise Antonio Crawford is doing well. He's one of UM's fastest players and he gave Malcolm Lewis all he could handle in the state final that Miramar lost last year.

Not a day goes by,

Hey Manny, what this nonsense, you playing games, creating drama. Whats going on with the QB's all I hear from you here is about the freshmen. It's been over a week, what going on.

Sorry, just saw the story on the QB's.

If you dont like the information you want here then go take your bandwagon arse somewhere else. Youre fat, old and pathetic

Its to late to be sorry bUbba. Its time to ban you from ever posting again. Have a nice life fatboy. m a c j o n e s is back baby ya dig rUffians

I'm 86cane

I was abused as a child. I am gay and proud if it.

I make up bullsht lies about other people. Don't believe anything I say, like in post # 3

I like to dress in women's clothing.

Hold up dis lazy ass cat from plantation highschool always thinking he was better than da team. He was way overated had no skill jus size and speed trus me I kno him... He was always fsu fan and he not an athlete at all jus speed..Step yo game up McGee, Josh Robinson already n da league makin millions dnt fail now bra u gone b bak up n lauderhill where da goons at......$$$$$$ 954standup


Wow. Very impressed with the maturity of this group. If only the 2008 ass would have come in understanding the work that needed done. For Randy being such a great recruiter, he never got his guys to play for him. Golden is doing a great job. 12 games last year and all our losses are by a TD or less. Much better than the year before.

Very excited to watch this young group.

Gator meat is on the menu for 2013. FSU's overrated yet again...LOL


2008 ass because that's what they played like for being 30+ deep in the #1 recruiting class. How are our boys doing in the NFL right now? Heard Byrd outshined dude that abused us from ND.

How's Spence doing? He's with the Ravens or Steelers. Can't remember. Been too busy getting this biz up and running haven't had time to check anything. Focusing on my life than all these football players, ya know. ;-)

Today in black, tomorrow not. The give and take is nothing but a golden version of the age old attempt by coaches to assert their superiority. Just the same as team punishment for individual screwups. A bunch of crap.

Baby candy canes you steal my thunder in a mocking way. The idea of an all Golden Freshman team has been mine from day one. Same with exhalting our awesome punter.
Now you mock that by talking about high school seniors and such, but know this, our Golden Freshmen will rule the ACC for years to come. You will see.
Fear the freshmen! Fear the punter!


Always with ALL dUe Respect U delUsionalcane U ...

HopefUlly we can get that U Embryo program up to speed and Win mUltiple BCS Micro'Ships ...

Did we kick our own Baby's bUtts in our Prepubescent scrimmage today ?

No no baby candy canes, the scrimmage proves we need more freshmen on defense. That is the only way to stop our most excellent Golden Freshmen on the offense.
More freshmen please.
And stop with the U embryo program talk. You are making my thesis more difficult to sell.
Imagine what we could do with an all freshmen D and a freshman QB!
Of course all that complimented with our awesome punter!
Fear the freshmen! Fear the punter!

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