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Canes sophomore middle linebacker Raphael Kirby making impression this spring

It wasn't quite as memorable as Micheal Barrow's hit on Florida State's Tamarick Vanover or even as bone-jarring as Jonathan Vilma's blow to Nebraska's Ben Zajicek.

But when sophomore middle linebacker Raphael Kirby laid out freshman tight end Standish Dobard with a vicious hit during last Friday's scrimmage in Naples it definitely evoked memories of the days when the Hurricanes had a nasty presence in the middle of its defense.

Kirby (6-0, 230) celebrated his hit by raising his arms in triumph while Dobard (6-4, 255) laid on the ground waiting for trainers to come check him out and escort him off the field. Except for the 15-yard penalty Kirby would have received for taunting on the hit, UM coach Al Golden said Tuesday he's liked just about everything he's seen from his sophomore middle linebacker this spring.

"Kirb is going to be good," Golden said. "He's a bright kid and he's a hard worker. He's got to get to the point where it's second nature and he's not thinking. He's getting there. He's made a lot of progress this spring. He's been in a black shirt the majority of the time.

"He shows up at scrimmages. He had three or four physical plays the other night. You know, the taunting notwithstanding, which obviously, in that situation we taunt, we give them 15 yards and it turns into a touchdown or whatever. And that's a lesson for the whole team. But that notwithstanding they played really physical the other night and we've just got to continue to move him forward. But I'm excited about Kirby."

Kirby, an early enrollee as a freshman, was well on his way to making an immediate impact last season when he injured his right knee during a fall scrimmage. He came back for the final seven games of the season and tallied just 16 tackles.

"When I came back I was probably like 75 percent," Kirby said Tuesday. "I pushed through it, played when they called my number and got the experience."

But playing at 75 percent was definitely frustrating. Kirby would often limp around and favor his left leg. Now at 100 percent, he's been splitting reps with senior Jimmy Gaines at middle linebacker.

He said he gained 15 pounds of muscle in the off-season and now bench presses the NFL-testing standard of 225 pounds a total of 28 reps (junior Denzel Perryman is tops among linebackers with 33 reps).

"This spring I've just been working on being more vocal and being very physical, playing attached, getting guys lined up and being a leader in the middle," Kirby said.

"My goal [in Saturday' spring game] is to go out and have fun, play fast and get to the football and make plays."

Kirby did that last Friday. Aside from his crushing blow on Dobard, he tallied five tackles and had a pass deflection in pass coverage. But that hit Dobard definitely left an impression. Coaches made Kirby run sprints for the final portion of the scrimmage after the hit. Kirby said he apologized to Dobard afterward and said there is no bad blood.

"I believe I can be that type of player," Kirby said of being a vicious hitter in Miami's defense. "You just have to play balls to the wall every play. You can make a lot of plays and be dynamic when you stick to your assignment."

> Defensive end Jelani Hamilton injured his knee during Tuesday's practice according to Golden.

"He got hurt in a warm up drill, went down to pick up a fumble and got hurt," Golden said. "I really have no idea [how long he will be out]. Non-contact injury. Obviously we're concerned about it. It's unfortunate. We're trying to reach his family to get an MRI. Definitely an injured leg."

> Former Hurricanes recruit Angelo Jean-Louis, now at Marshall, was arrested Tuesday morning on felony charges of using a stolen credit card to purchase roughly $25 worth of food at a 7-11.

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Forgot about that Shannon article...yes...really does "sum" up Shannons tenure.

Gllo once again your IGNORANCE precludes itself. Your remark about QB's, the ONLY reason Morris has good stats is because he's actually PLAYING. He should've played when Shannon was here. Why would AG put anyone else in when Morris is playing lights out? So until he either leaves or gets hurt or we build up a huge lead, we're NOT going to see what Ryan or Crow or Olsen can actually do. Seriously you make some very childish comments that make NO sense.

It dont matter, dumba55 Gallo- throw in all the stats you want. Randy Shannon, was still,

5-7 in 2007
7-6 with an L in a bowl in 2008,
9-4 with an L in a bowl in despite the sophomore #1 recruiting class
7-6 with an L in a bowl with that #1 junior class

And that "offense" you quote in your delusional stats fails to point out the number of picks, pick sixes, thatyour boi threw.

Even Nick Saban would have been fired after that record.

Gaylo I don't think AG needs advice from you, you have overstated how retarded you are again and again. You should never have stopped taking your meds. This is the season that AG has to put up or shutup I agree but when RS was losing I don't remember hearing anything from you ,You seem to have some kind of vendetta against AG.Apparently you were a huge Temple fan and angry that AG left. Go Canes

DUMMIES... Straight DUMMIES. Making list like dummies. Trolling like dummies all because YOU WILL NEVER HAVE SWAGGER LIKE US!!!!!!!! GAYTURDS WISH THEY COULD BE US!!

Driskell in games that mattered:

0 scores vs ga
0 scores vs lsu
0 scores vs A&M

A little pressure and he folds like a cheap suit Gallo would wear. Very slow decision maker, and when it finally pops out, it is a bad decision.

Not bright enough to play at a high level.

higuy has it just about right. It is a proven fact that the longer the list posted, the shorter the unit. Gallo is certainly exhibit A on that based on what I've heard.

Driskell, 13 of 16 for 86 yards agains UL - Laff.

BWWAHHAA. That is the guy who is going to help the Gatr Trash offense?

Listen, didn't you maggots learn your lesson with Brantely? If he sucked last year, guess what? He will suck this year.

117th D.

CLEVER!!!!! 117th D and I will make my user name 117th D... Can you be anymore DUMB GAYTURDS!!! WISH YOU HAD SWAGGER LIKE US!!! 5 TIME.. Just call us 5 TIME.. Thank you!!

Canes fans,

Gallo is just another screen name for the insane Curse.

All the same mental disorders:

1. Posts day and night 7 days a week
2. Posts the same comments over and over and over again
3. Constantly belittling the Canes, but is now playing the role of a Canes fan
4. Increases his attacks when anyone slams the cowardly Gators
5. Posts mostly lies and misleading comments
6. Posts skewed and ridiculous statistics claiming they are proof how bad the Canes are and will be

There is no reasoning with this psychopath as after each one of his lies are refuted he waits a day or two and reposts the very same lies as though they are fact. When proven to be the liar that he is--he simply ignores that fact and just keeps on posting his purposely antagonistic fabrications.

Remember, he was making semi-positive comments about the basketball team when they were winning, but as predicted, when they lost he said they QUIT! If you put a gun to the heads of those great kids and ordered them to ‘QUIT!’ they would tell you to stuff it. Yet, Gallo (the Curse) claims these kids were nothing and had no backbone or courage…is that how real Miami fans think? Of course not!!!

#1 D or #117th D. If the U don't win a ship it dont matter. Stats dont matter. Win a ship, a nationsl ship. thats all it matters.

All it matters. ACC ships dont matter to me.

And for the geniuses (Calvin X, un-cool cat, gayllo) who harp on our bad D- don't forget how bad Jimmie Johnsosn's D was in 1985. Maryland came back from 31 points down. BC and their little midget QB put like 500 yds passing on us, Lost a bowl. Please.

the basketball team absolutely quit.....there is no way they should have lost that game.....the coach did not have any counter plan.....once larkin was isolated and contained not one hurricane stepped up.....Marquette? give me a break.....

watch how many times Ohio state came back from deficits....Louisville...but not UM....they know trust me...they all feel the same way...they quit a little bit

with players like ryan no wonder nobody from dade county wants to go to UM.....this is what you get with golden.....

Harris INT's are what hey are....Shannon 2010 stats have not improved with golden even handed all those INT's from Harris.....even more mediocre, lol

2010 - Before (shannon)

total offense - 5477 #31 national & #1 ACC
total defense - 4199 #22 national & #3 ACC

2 years later

2012 - After (golden}

total offense - 5282 #37 national & #5 ACC
total defense - 5837 #116 national & dead last ACC

whats there even to discuss

Many different screen names
posts 24/7
posts same thing over and over
No it's not Gallo, it is you "Ron Zook" or whatever other name you use
Curse, Pig, same thing
It is you who starts this thread by attacking Gallo even before he posts
Talk about being insane, you do the very thing you accuse others of doing.

And 9>5 you are such a genius when you say ACC ships don't matter, only the NC matters.
Such a well informed genius
If you don't get an ACC ship there is no way, no shot, no chance at a NC.
Wow that is so difficult to understand right?


What a bunch of geniuses and psychologically challenged morons are posting here.

Only Relevant 5 Time.

Posted by: Ron Zook | April 10, 2013 at 03:19 PM

our bad D- don't forget how bad Jimmie Johnsosn's D was in 1985.

Posted by: 9>5 | April 10, 2013 at 03:32 PM

Brilliant post, ANALogy and comparison since not one kid playing in all of College Football now or the last 7 years was even born then...

It's real funny all these GAYTURDS on OUR SITE talking bad about OUR TEAM.. Only ONE thing to say about that.. IT'S GREAT TO BE A MIAMI HURRICANE!!!

NEVER HAVE SWAGGER LIKE US.. SWAGGER LIKE US.


STICK TO ONE USER NAME COWARDS!!! TYPICAL GAYTURDS!!

let us know the last time, in any sport, U finished any team season ranked ahead of the Gators ?

still waiting

these idiots are entertainment...NP.....bloggers know what is mine and what isn't...but the stats are the stats.....if you don't agree...then post where I made a mistake...correct the stats if you think they are not accurate...

why bother listening to all these article opinions....if they were an accurate reflection of what was happening, it would show in the stats....the problem is...they are not.....not 1 area since 2010 has shown improvement...everything has gotten worse

defense yards
offensive yards
sacks
INT's
TD's
Tackles
Tackles for loss
percentages

please....make me eat my words....pull ANY stat

UConn girls...8 NC...UM has done nothing in 13 years and al golden is not going to change it...you'll see....his record pretty much has defined him....he averages 7 losses a year in his career stats.....I dont see that type of guy going 10-2 or 11-1

And 9>5 you are such a genius when you say ACC ships don't matter, only the NC matters.
Such a well informed genius
If you don't get an ACC ship there is no way, no shot, no chance at a NC.

Wow that is so difficult to understand right?


What a bunch of geniuses and psychologically challenged morons are posting here.

Posted by: Coach No D | April 10, 2013 at 04:48 PM
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We don't deal with Conference Championships since we can't Win one, much less get into the Chapionship game... We likes to be stucks in the 60's, 70's and 80's before Overtime games, instant replays, Conference Championship games, the BCS and our still Independent (big least?) play nobody during the Season and O.B. Home Bowl games...

Dats a trU U thang !!!

Gallo n Calvin are the most intelligent Cane Fans in the short, small and miniscule past history for barely a Decade and a half well over a decade ago of dUh U...

Gators, NO LOSING FOOTBALL SEASONS for 24 STRAIGHT YEARS... []_[] over that time period ? 3- THREE !!! (excUses?) ...U should listen and learn from Gallo n Calvin or U will be forever doomed to repeat your weak last decade for decades to come...

Hola ARTY... QuE Pasol ?

dUUUUhhhhh, we be'z dUh U. Confrenze Chips dont meenz shetz. We Plays Fo MYTHICAL NATIONAL TITLES Made ups inz oUr ownz emptee headz

That is very funny indeed.

NEVER HAVE SWAGGER LIKE US.. SWAGGER LIKE US.

STICK TO ONE USER NAME COWARDS!!!
Posted by: higuy |


Indeed, stick to one name applies perfectly to the Gallo basher who changes his name every other post.

Swagger, just like the phrase " we are back " is so easy to say. How much swag can the #117 defense have?
How much swag can a 6 - 6 and a 7 - 6 squad have?
Like the poster said:
"inz oUr ownz emptee headz"

Gallo, we're ignoring everyone under 4', sorry.

They made us share a 'Ship wit Washington...

Bama got lucky and stole a 'Ship...

The NCAA kept us otta another Championship game...

The Ref stole one from Us... (nevermind what happened in OT)

Mythical []_[] Mentality ='s 8 'Ships riiieeet ?

b[]_[]eller... b[]_[]eller... b[]_[]eller... b[]_[]eller... b[]_[]eller... b[]_[]eller...b[]_[]eller... b[]_[]eller... b[]_[]eller... b[]_[]eller... b[]_[]eller... b[]_[]eller...b[]_[]eller... b[]_[]eller... b[]_[]eller... b[]_[]eller... b[]_[]eller... b[]_[]eller... When ?

Interesting how dumb these gators are. But thats expected, since the IQ to tooth ratio in alachua county, and central florida is 5's point?

Let me explain this to you sloooooowly.

1+1 =2, you pathetic hillbillies


Cane fans dont give a flying f....k about the ACC championship, but we all know a NC cant be won without one. But does any green and orange bleeding brother give a da...m about the acc? No. Conferenxe champinships is an inbred 'neck thing, cause between 1983 and 2002, with a couple of exceptions, you all couldnt snifff national ch, unless we, the U said

so

So efff you you dumbs...ts. Sorry you all are stupid to get the point

I think I will find another blog now , I can't believe how many morons are ruining this one. Go Canes

The following post put Curse/Gallo on tilt...just look at all his aliases and insanity after this post above...hilarious...got you to show your ugly fat head Curse...laughing my arse off at you!!!

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Canes fans,

Gallo is just another screen name for the insane Curse.

All the same mental disorders:

1. Posts day and night 7 days a week
2. Posts the same comments over and over and over again
3. Constantly belittling the Canes, but is now playing the role of a Canes fan
4. Increases his attacks when anyone slams the cowardly Gators
5. Posts mostly lies and misleading comments
6. Posts skewed and ridiculous statistics claiming they are proof how bad the Canes are and will be

There is no reasoning with this psychopath as after each one of his lies are refuted he waits a day or two and reposts the very same lies as though they are fact. When proven to be the liar that he is--he simply ignores that fact and just keeps on posting his purposely antagonistic fabrications.

Remember, he was making semi-positive comments about the basketball team when they were winning, but as predicted, when they lost he said they QUIT! If you put a gun to the heads of those great kids and ordered them to ‘QUIT!’ they would tell you to stuff it. Yet, Gallo (the Curse) claims these kids were nothing and had no backbone or courage…is that how real Miami fans think? Of course not!!!

Jim "the longer the list/ the smaller the brain and unit" Gallo"

Gators heading for another disaster year. Based on star rankings they were the worst performing team in America last year. So, either stars are meaningless in projecting college ability and development or muncher and staff are a group of losers. Which is it?

I remember that hit by Michael Barrow. I can;t decide what was the greatest hit ever, that one or the hit Rey Maualuga laid on UCLA quarterback Ben Cowan. Both were in national championship implications game. UM beat Fla St, but USC lost to UCLA, knocking them out of the national championship game. Michael Barrow's hit secured UM's place in the national championship game, kept the home winning streak intact. Ben Comwan got right up, Tamarick Vanover did not. Still can't decide which hit was bigger.

The hit on Roscoe Parrish in the fsu rain game. That was brutal....nice throw Brock.

Congratulations Don Soldinger rb coach for which was easily the best run of tailback from one school in history:

Edgerrin James
Clinton Portis
JAmes Jackson
Najeh Davenport
Willis McGahee
Frank Gore

seriously?

Congrats to Ken Dorsey and Brett Romberg as well


5 THAT IS ALL!! NUFF SAID..

"Gators heading for another disaster year. Based on star rankings they were the worst performing team in America last year"

Another brilliant analysis from a cane genius. An 11 - 2 season is a "disaster year" and a "worst permorming team". Good thing the canes don't have to worry about such disasters, they surely must always have fewer than 2 losses and more than 11 wins. Surely they must. Year in and year out.
Amazing what manure is posted inthis blog.
Or is it that you are deluded beyond repair.

#117 has a lot of swag
7 - 6 allows us to talk so much trash
Must be one of those cane things

Again you don't care about the ACC ship. Brilliant.
And you have no idea that without one you can't fathom a NC. Welcome to the 21rst century. Welcome to the BCS era which is about to end and you still haven't figured it out.

Dumb and dumber

5.... SHHHHHH DUMMIES!!!

I've got to stop reading comments in here. It's just dumb and dumber. Man, go to some coaching camps or something.

Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't FIU put up a better fight than Florida against sorry arse Louisville?...
In fact, mid-major Southern Miss (who didn't win a single game) also did better against the big east garbage that embarrassed UF on national tv. as did sorry arse South Fla. Heck, 5-7 UConn beat those bums in their own stadium. And Known Perennial Loser Syracuse all but raped them in the Carrier Dome.
With that in mind I like our chances at home against any team that would allow a big east (which is a mid major in disguise) team to embarrass them on national tv.

Canes all day!

Breaking News

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Ive attached the second part of the 30 for 30 film TheU. The new name of the film is TheU Reloaded.

Got arrested for a felony for buying 25 dollars worth of food from a stolen credit card. I'm thinking this isn't a felony but I may be wrong.

Stealing less than $1,000 is petty larceny. When you use a stolen card, you run into identify theft by pretending to be somebody else. That's a felony.

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