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Duke Johnson's reflection, the Canes' young (and old) receivers and Sunday's first scrimmage of fall

A humorous anecdote from Tuesday's practice:

Hurricanes linebacker Denzel Perryman said he had Duke Johnson as a roommate during the summer and he could tell that Duke was "putting on a little weight" and "getting bigger" because Johnson would stand in front of the mirror and flex.

What would Perryman do?

"I would just tell him to sit down.

"We talked before and I was telling him, 'You've got to put [the hype] to the side. Right now you kind of start over. You're not in high school anymore; you're in college. You know everybody that's out here is All-American -- they were top guys in their city.'''

YOUNG RECEIVERS LOOKING GOOD

Here's the transcript from our interview today with receivers coach George McDonald:

What’s the biggest learning curve for a young receiver?

“I think the learning curve for all of them is one is the tempo that we play at. You know the high intensity in practice and just the volume of plays that we put in. You know, sometimes the
number of plays we have in one day is the number of plays we have in one season,
so just the learning curve. It’s the same thing from high school to college, college
to the NFL. It’s just the volume of information you get daily.”

How’s Malcolm Lewis looking?

Malcolm’s doing a good job. I mean he’s really doing a nice job. He’s a real polished receiver. You know it’s the same thing, just the conditioning, just the volume of plays. But all the guys that we’ve signed, they’ve definitely shown they have the ability to play. Now how fast all that happens will play itself out. But they’re all doing really well right now.”

What in particular does Malcolm do that impresses you?

“I think the biggest thing about Malcolm is that he can make the first person miss. His run after the catch ability is really a specific trait that he has. He’s elusive after he catches the ball then he
gets the ball up the field really fast.”

And Lockhart's leaping ability?

“Now Lockhart, you know he has really, really good ball skills. He can track the ball amazingly. All of them have unique traits but that’s one of his strong traits right there.”

Coach Golden talked about Kendal’s consistency.

Kendal’s done a great job. And he’s a guy that’s just kept working, kept working, and this year, I hope this is the year that he puts everything together. But up to this point I mean he’s done an awesome job in terms of knowing the system, playing hard every day and competing every day.”

Does he feel the pressure of being the old guy?

“No I don’t think he feels any pressure. I think he feels relieved. It’s just like, ‘hey, you know it’s my
time’. I think it’s a great opportunity for him and I think he’s maximizing all his
opportunities right now.”

How much do you plan to get the younger guys into the rotation?

“Coach Golden’s philosophy is get the talent into the game. So the
most talented players are going to play and obviously we have a lot of young,
talented players that might receive a position so we’re going to try to get as many
as we can in the game."

SUNDAY'S SCRIMMAGE is set for 1 p.m., and I'm pretty sure it's closed to the public (and media). However, if that changes, I will let you know.

 SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

 

 

 

 

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Im telling yall 8-4 this year next year going to be a boom. Flying under the radar.

These young guys is getting it. Golden type of players no disrespect to Shannnon but we got them over here.

TheU

11-1 bro let's get this thing right

Booked my flight to Chicago! Go 'Canes!

YEA I REALLY THINK DES YOUNG THUNDER CATS
WILL MAKE SOME NICE PLAYS DIS YEAR. JUST STAY
FOCUS HARD DOES PAY OFF. DA U BABY

I feel a good vibe about this year's team...the coaches are doing most of the speaking and not the players as in year's past...I think its speaks volume..I see 7-5 and if they can beat K-state, 8-4...

SUNDAY'S SCRIMMAGE is set for 1 p.m., and I'm pretty sure it's closed to the public (and media). However, if that changes, I will let you know.

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Post Scrimmage comments by Al Golden ... We did GREAT !!!

Cane Fan Comments follow as... 10 Wins n ACC 'Ship this year and National Champs in 2013... BOOK IT !!!

2004... I feel a good vibe about this year's team........................................

2005... I feel a good vibe about this year's team........................................

2006... I feel a good vibe about this year's team........................................

2007... I feel a good vibe about this year's team........................................

2008... I feel a good vibe about this year's team........................................

2009... I feel a good vibe about this year's team........................................

2010... I feel a good vibe about this year's team........................................

2011... I feel a good vibe about this year's team........................................

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THIS YEAR 10-2 COASTAL DIVISON CHAMPS ONLY LOSSES NOTRE DAME AND MAYBE FLORIDA ST. BOOK IT

2004 finished 9-3 and dismantled the overhyped gators in the Peach Bowl, and if it werent for the sorry Gators being ranked so low, UM would have been top 10 that year so s-..tf--u

2005 UM finished 9-3. Was utterly destroyed by a very good LSU team that in fact went on to win the NC the following year or so. Joseph Addai replaced none other than Edgerrin James and there were many NFLers on that team, plus Randy Shannon showed how sorry of a DC he really was.

All I want to see is a positive trend...if we lose 5 games, but they're close and competive , I will take it, and be satisfied with it knowing we are tracking in the right direction. That said, please beat Notre Dame...I hate them...

I can see 8-4 this season. Well I take that back 9-3. I would say if we loose it I can see it's too Fl.State, Nortre Dame, North Carolina State (Sleeper team). But that's it really I can't lie. But I know we're going to have a better season this year.

@Tally Cane
I agree with the NC State game being a sleeper. When I looked at the schedule and saw them in between GT and ND.
We always get banged up against GT with all of their cut blocks, and we might be looking ahead to ND.
At least we have them at home.
As always
IT's GREAT TO BE A MIAMI HURRICANE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canentally, we will try it your way at first. No attacks on Gator Clause until it is shown that the regulars there are also trolling here.
Gatorspammer and Reality Bites, this means you. Back off, take advantage of our courtesy, and enjoy your blog about the Gators while we enjoy ours about the Canes.
Dick, consider your Gator pals before destroying this peace. You might like trolling, but you might also like discussing the Gators on your blog more. Give it a try.
canentally, you are a man of class. Well Played.

Posted by: Five Titles | August 08, 2012 at 08:47 AM

Just passing it along to the other threads. Ignore Dick as he steals IDs for a bit. Let's see if conscience wins over the troll.

thank you for that, let's ignore the gator baiters on this website. Please do not respond to any of their posts. Let's stick to Hurricane football!

Really looking forward to seeing a smarter, stronger, faster, tougher team. I'll let the wins and losses take care of themselves. I am like some of you, I just want to see improvement each year. Let's get this NCAA business behind us and keep on building for the future. I can see Coach Golden leading this progream back to prominence and dominance.

Dont care what the record is really, just win the key games to get the coastal, VT, GT, gotta have it

Welcome back to the Ron Zook years, Gator fans!

...see ya next year for the usual Hurricane beat down.
: )

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