Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Recruiting News

Over the weekend we had a big commit from our CB target out of the country's #1 team, St. Thomas Aquinas. Long rumored to be a silent commit, he's 6ft, 165lbs. with a 4.46 40 and has offers from FSU, UF, OSU, Tenn. and more. He's a true shutdown corner who should get some playing time right away on special teams and can see limited action at CB next year. We'll link up video to him the second we get our hands on it.

Also, rumors are swirling that Miami Carol City Wr Allen Hurns called our coaches last night and committed. He went up to Friday Night Lights in Gainesville and dominated in that camp. He's injured this year, with a torn miniscus, but we do have film on him from last year.


As always thanks for reading and Go Canes!

Virginia Breakdown

I think it's easy to say this was our best game of the year. We'll get to special teams, but offensively and defensively we played very sound. Off to the grades.


Quarterback - B+: Jacory played well. He did have a really stupid interception. It's not so much the bad throws, that happens, and physically every QB makes them. While every QB makes dumb throws as well, it's not quite as bad as Jacory's. He seems to be forcing throws. Most of his interceptions are deep passes with double or even triple coverage. He has to get that corrected if we are to take the next step and truly be an elite team. AJ Highsmith got in and threw for a touchdown as well. Congratulations to AJ

RB - A-: Cooper had a big day, Berry also ran hard in between the hashmarks. Not much action/contribution from James and even less from Baby J, who is still recovering from an injury. Lee Chambers also ran well and deserves credit for running tough and with great vision.

OL - A-: Dominated a team they needed to dominate. Not much more can be said, but when you put up over 500+ yards, that's a clear indication that your Oline had it's way that day.

TE - B+: Graham had a beautiful catch for an early touchdown. The blocking from the group was even better, and they deserve a lot of praise for that.

WR - A: Hankerson had a big day, Byrd lead the corps with 3 for 56 yards, and Hankerson had a great touchdown catch to get us rolling. Great job by them.

Coaching - A: One of Whipple's more balanced games. He does throw a bit too much on first, but overall he's done great.


Dline - A: Similar to the offense, when you hold the other team to 150 yards, you dominated. Allen Bailey was unblockable, and our younger players in Micanor Regis (interception) and Jeremy Lewis stepped up and had solid games.

LB - Nothing earth shattering, but Cookie had himself another solid game. If he keeps growing and getting better we should have a lot of depth and very little weaknesses next year in our linebacking corps.

DB - You didn't hear Shields, Harris, or DVD mentioned much. That's a good thing for DBs. Vaughn played well, as did Jared Campbell, who made two good plays to start off our defensive series.

Special Teams:

Punt/Kick Coverage - F: We almost had one blocked last week against Wake. Well, this week one was blocked, and to make things worse they blocked another one. Almost unheard of. Panunzio should be embarassed.

Return - B+: We returned a kick for a touchdown, although not by design. Collier deserves all the credit for breaking 3 tackles and reversing his field after we went for the punt block and failed.

Coaching - D: Like we said before, Panunzio should be embarassed.

Thanks for reading and Go Canes.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Big RB Commitment

Eduardo Clements, RB out of Booker T. Washington in Miami, has been a silent commit for months. Many schools thought they had a shot at him, including FSU, Michigan, and Tenn. Today, he decided to make his commitment public, saying he was tiring of all the hoopla that comes with recruiting and that he's 100% committed to Miami and is as solid as solid can be. He has good speed, great cutting ability, and can catch the ball out of the backfield. Think of himas a more complete Cooper, who hits the whole better. Here is a link on him:


Monday, November 2, 2009

Wake Breakdown

Another game, another flat effort. More of the same from this team, at least the past 4 games. Our team didn't quit, but I'm not sure it's quite the learning experience everyone has proclaimed it to be (I'm looking at you Don Bailey Jr.). This same game happened last year against Virginia. So do we have to learn every year, with the same core players, on how not to quit? If so, sign me up for consistent 8-4 seasons.

Jacory did have a "good" game statistically. But it doesn't take into account the "should have been" interceptions for touchdowns (2) and other dropped potential interceptions. Yes, we got a big fourth down conversion. What we don't discuss is how Hankerson dropped the big 3rd down on the play before, or how Jacory kept going deep despite us having receivers wide open on underneath crossing routes on the first down marker.

Kudos are in order to our defense for playing better and only allowing 7 points in the second half, and for our entire team for not quitting. But our coaching staff has shown an inability to adjust on the defensive side. Offensively, Navy came out and ran all over them. It dumbfounds us why we can't come out and do the same, but that has to fall on the coaching. When your offense doesn't execute and you can't run the ball effectively against an average team, at best, then at some point you have to question the brass. Here are our grades


QB - B-: Jacory threw for over 300 yards, with 3 TDs and 1 interception, but there were several dropped interceptions and on that final drive he kept forcing the ball deep. He consistently says he has to check down and take what's given to him, but he hasn't really done it yet.

RB - C-: Cooper ran for 27 yards and Berry had 26 yards. Our run game was non existent, totaling 26 yards in total (including sacks). A lot of the blame falls on our Offensive line, but a lot of it falls on our backs as well. Berry ran tough and strong, but Cooper still dances too much and he missed a whole lot of blocks in pass protection..

OL - D: Poor protection, missed assignments, poor run blocking. After play better last weekend, they came out and thoroughly unimpressed.

WR - B+: The only reason they aren't at an A is because of the sporadic drops here and here. We did a good job getting open and blocking downfield. They played very well.

TE - C: Not much action from them, Jimmy ran the wrong routes and Epps was a ghost for most of the game. They need to step up and help exploit the middle of the field better.

Coaching - C-: We didn't really attempt to run the ball consistently on a team that can be run on. Even a 1 dimensional Navy ran the ball on them.


Dline - C-: The ran for over 100 yards and they threw for over 400. No pressure was generated at all from our front four, Allen Bailey aside. They need to play better, injuries or not. Even our backups should be able to handle the Wake Forest Oline.

Linebackers- C: Sharpton is horrific in every aspect of the game. He can't get off blocks, he's even worse in coverage, and is trying to be the team's best "worst tackler". He's good at reading a play, but pretty poor everywhere else. Mccarthy struggles in coverage as well, and although he had an off game, he's a great run stopper and reads the plays very well. Cookie played well enough for a young player learning a new position, but we need to see some more growth from our LBs

DB - C-: Vaughn played pretty average, but Randy Phillips was out of position all day. Jared Campbell had an interception hit him in the face and bounce 15 feet into the air into DVD's hands, which was fortunate, but he has to come up with that interception. Speaking of DVD, he had a good day, but Brandon Harris had one of his worst in a Miami uniform.

Coaching D: We played better the second half, but we still have glaring holes and gave up 500 + yards. That's a bad day no matter how you slice it.

Special Teams

Coverage- B+: We recovered a muffed punt and did a good job protecting against returns.

Return- B: We need to start breaking kicks, but there weren't any really "bad" returns. It's time to put in Thompkins for Mike James, or another speedster.

Coaching- B: See above.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

2 Commitments Before The Breakdown

Before us getting to the breakdown in the next 24 hours, we have news on 2 commitments.

The first commitment is RB Storm Johnson, out of Loganville Highschool in Georgia. He's a 6'1, 217 lbs. back with 4.5 speed in the 40. With us losing the often injured Baby J after this year, he can come in and contribute right away. He's working out with a college trainer and is set to come here in January, already having been cleared by the NCAA clearinghouse. We only started recruiting him about a month ago. After having been told to see him while our coaches were on the recruiting trail, we offered. A month later he seems to have found his home. His balance and toughness is unreal, as is his vision. Here's his film:


The second commitment is Greg Dent, teammate of current TE commit Clive Walford. He lists offers from Miami, Rutgers, Georgia, and West Virginia amongst others. He's a 5'11, 180lbs athlete who can play both WR and CB, but will come in and be tried out at CB first. Here's his film:


Thanks for reading and Go Canes!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Part 2 of Screenshots and More

First, we'd like to let everyone know that the Chick-fil-A bowl representatives will be at the Wake game. Seems like the right bowl game we can end up in, if we play well and win out (worst case scenario). Here's some information on the bowl:

The Chick-fil-A Bowl is the ninth-oldest bowl game in the country and hosts the longest-running rivalry series between the ACC and SEC. Now in its 42nd year, the Chick-fil-A Bowl has established itself as one of the nation’s elite bowl games with a string of 12 consecutive sellouts and has earned a reputation as one of the most competitive bowls in the nation. Ten of the last 17 games have been decided by a touchdown or less. The Chick-fil-A Bowl has disbursed more than $90 million in team payouts over its 41-year history and has increased team payout every year since 1996. The Bowl also leads all other bowl games in charitable and scholarship contributions, giving more than $1.2 million to organizations in need in 2008 alone.

Second, here's the overtime TD by Clemson. Sorry about the confusion in yesterday's screenshot. Again, thanks to Rusty on Grassy (Daniel). Props to his magnificence on the keyboards.


DE: Robinson

DT: Joseph

DT: Holmes

DE: Bailey

LB: Sharpton

LB: McCarthy

CB: Harris

CB: Van Dyke

CB: Shields

S: Phillips

S: Telemaque

Telemaque is on Ford. Ford is the inside guy at the top. McCarthy appears to be leaning back. I don't know if he is suppose to get deeper than Sharpton in coverage or spy on Spiller. Sharpton takes the underneath route. Either McCarthy isn't deep enough or Telemaque is playing too soft on Ford.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Clemson Screenshots

Thanks to our friend Rusty for doing all the legwork. Not much we can add to what he has added, so we pretty much copy and pasted his work here. Props to him, and hopefully it helps show you how our players are missing assignments. At some point, coaches just can't have all the blame chucked on them because their players refuse to execute.

First Part: Clemson's First Touchdown


This TD is on Jared Campbell (go figure). Let's break this down.

DL: Vernon

DL: Holmes

DL: Joseph

DL: Wesley

LB: McCarthy

LB: Sharpton

LB: Buchanan

CB: Harris

CB: Van Dyke

S: Campbell

S: Phillips

McCarthy showing blitz at the top. Cookie showing blitz at the bottom.

Palmer, TE, goes in motion. Campbell moves with him, it's his man. We're in man coverage. Phillips has the TE at the top. Campbell goes after Spiller (and so does Sharpton), ignores Palmer

Monday, October 26, 2009

Clemson Breakdown

We couldn't get around to a UCF breakdown, but in all honesty...there wasn't much to break down. We played sloppy, continued our inconsistent play on both sides of the ball (offense moreso this time) and it carried over into the Clemson game.

This kind of stuff happens when you come out unmotivated, playing with a lack of aggression and killer instinct over teams you are clearly better than. Some think it's playing down to your competition and I think it's true as well. Is it because we are still a young team? Is it because we have glaring holes on either side of the ball? Is it depth? Is it coaching?

Yes to all the above and the things we left out. We really do have a lot to pick apart, but the best way to sum it up is to say this. The team lost as a team. From the coaching to the backups. Tomorrow we'll post up a screenshot of a touchdown, which will show a breakdown of their first touchdown frame by frame and how we blew an assignment (courtesy of Rusty on Grassy, same person who makes all the youtubes).

Tonight, we'll give you our grades.



Jacory threw 3 interceptions. Never a reason for that. Just unexcusable. What killed us the most was the fact that he threw a pick 6. It was just one of the worst reads and forced passes I've ever seen. Credit to Jacory for bouncing back and hitting Travis on a nice throw, but the interceptions are momentum killers.

Score - 5


A bright spot in the game. From blocking to the running between tackles, they played very, very well. Baby J, Coop, and Berry all did well.

Score - 9

Tight Ends -

Epps is injured, and we are waiting to see on how the MRI comes out for him. But both him and Jimmy played well. T. Johnson had a little miscommunication with Jacory on our third and goal play in overtime, but we don't know who that blame falls upon.

Score - 7

Offensive Line

They blocked well in the running game for the most part, except for that final drive in regulation. We can't really blame them though. Jason Fox said after that they were playing us in goalline formation, practically daring us to throw on them. That falls upon the coaching staff. Pipho even had a good game in pass protection, as did most of the O line.

Score - 7

Wide Receivers

They played phenomenally as well. It's not their fault Jacory played poorly, locked in on some receivers, and our coaches didn't keep them as involved (I remember reading a stat saying that we threw the ball 7 times after our initial score in the second half). Hankerson and Benjamin both came to play.

Score - 8 and 1/2


Poor. Pathetic. Horrific. Why did we get so conservative when they clearly couldn't cover us one on one? Why do we run it three straight times with a 3 point lead and 5 minutes left in the game, despite them daring us to throw and being in goalline formation? Why didn't we throw a fade tou our countless 6'3, 6'4 WRs over their 5'9 CB? Why didn't we call for more deep pass patterns? How do we come out of a timeout with 12 men on the field? So many questions, and so many more that we are afraid we'll run out of bandwidth if we ask them all. This is easily Whipple's worst game in his short tenure with us. He went into a shell, got conservative and predictable, played not to lose and that put us in the coffin.

Score - 2


Defensive Line

Mixed results. Great in the run game. Prior to Spiller's big, he had 33 yards on 13 carries. Then again, they were on the field a whole lot, weren't they? They were very strong in run defense, but pass protection.... if Allen Bailey isn't doing it, no one is doing it. We just couldn't generate pressure with our front four and that's a big black eye for us.

Score - 7


McCarthy is what he always has been and will be. A stud in run defense, average in pass, but overall a linebacker that's hard to keep off of any team's starting roster. Sharpton, while playing better as of late, is still below average, and on a good day average. Spence was injured, and we are awaiting MRIs on him as well. The backups, Futch excluded due to his season ending knee injury, just dont have it down mentally yet. They have to get it done and cover the tight ends and running backs better

Score - 7

Defensive Backs

More mixed results. Brandon Harris and DVD played well. Shields played horrificly, like usual. Our safeties had some major blunders as well, as we will highlight for you tomorrow. Just a really up and down day, as was the game as a whole, for us.

Score - 7


Did you think Whipple did bad? Then how do you feel about Lovett? He can't adjust and cover Rbs and TEs. He has never been able to adjust in his previous tenure as D-Coord. If he wasn't good enough to run Clemson's D 5 years ago, what makes him good enough for Miami ever? He started calling off the blitzes, gave a pedestrian freshman QB all day to throw on us and didn't do anything that can be considered wise.

Score - 2

Special Teams

Coverage - Aside from that one return, it was good. That return falls squarely on Uribe, who ruined a squib kick and proceeded to kick it directly to C.J. Spiller. No excuse and that's why Bosher replaced him from that point on.

Return - Solid, but could have used a bigger return game, especially in the punt game.

Coaching - 6. You have to make sure Uribe doesn't screw up like that.

Thanks for reading and as always, Go Canes!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Canes commit David Perry Highlight reel...

Breaking News! Canes pick up a Big Commit!!!

University High DL David Perry has officially committed to the Canes. The 6-foot-6 230 pounder said it was a "done deal". His only visit will be to the Canes.

Perry will be in attendance for tomorrow's game against Clemson. He will be sitting in the recruiting section.

Keep it coming Miami!!!


Monday, October 19, 2009

Breaking News!!! It's Official...Williams commits

It's official now. After some speculation that he called WVU coaches to let them know about his commitment to Miami, Coach Aubrey Hill received a phone call roughly around 8pm Monday night and it was Travis Williams on the other side. Williams said he was ready and pulled a trigger. Coach Shannon had expressed that if Williams was to commit he didn't want him taking any other visits. Williams agreed he didn't need to make any.

Great pick up by the Canes.


Rumor Mill - Travis Williams Commits

Rumors are that 6'2, 189lb linebacker out of Virginia Travis Williams was telling recruiting services that he was going to commit to Miami this week. Today more rumors swirl, this time saying he called West Virginia and told their coaches that he's comitting to Miami.

He's a 4 star linebacker who holds offers from LSU, FLorida, Virginia Tech, and Notre Dame...amongst others. No film on him yet through public domains, but from what I've seen he has the frame to put on weight and after a year or two in the program, especially if he redshirts, he should be able to come in and help out immediately.

We'll post film on all our recruits that are committed within the next few weeks, if available, and we'll have a post UCF game wrap up.

Thanks for reading and Go Canes!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

UCF Game Preview

Saturday should be an interesting night game for us. After all, we are 4-0 in night games this year. But it's a bit different than most night games. We are traveling up to Orlando and playing the UCF Knights. They have a small, on campus stadium of 45k that has been known to get loud (and have fantastic tailgating by all accounts). It's sure to be an emotional game for UCF, seeing as they are 0-19 against top 25 teams since becoming a Division 1 program, they'll be hungry. We are an instate school and one of the Big 3. Their fans are doing a whole lot of chirping and we are sure their team is posturing with some of this faux-pseudo confidence too. But hey, any given week any one team can beat any other team, so it should be a good test for us.

Last year, we beat UCF 20-14, but the score was not indicative of the game. UCF did a whole lot of nothing that entire game, scoring on a kickoff return and an interception return for a TD. Long gone is their fantastic kickoff returner and cornerback Joe Burnett, as is most of their secondary. They are very green and inexperienced on the secondary as a whole.

Their defense is by no means exceptional and although they do have some experience, they are by no means strong. They are ranked 51st, despite playing sub par competition at best. They are 95th against the pass and 15th against the run. Despite their high ranking on run defense, I expect us to run for over 125 yards on them. They have little depth and have padded their statistics against no name teams.

On offense they are ranked 100th. They are lead by Brett Hodges, who has completed 61.6% of his passes, but has thrown for 6 TDs and 6 ints. He does appear to be an accurate QB, just seems to struggle with some of his decision making.

Their rush offense is ranked 83rd. Brynn Harvey leads the way with a 4.2 yard per average carry and 536 yards rushing on the season with 6 TDs. He should be easy to bottle up behind a weak offensive line. I would expect 2-3 TFL and an average day at best for him.

Their passing offense is ranked 84th and is led by Rocky Ross and Kamar Aiken, with 17 and 11 catches respectively and are nothing to write home about, and between DVD and Harris, it should be easy to keep them from getting separation and allowing our defensive line a chance to get sacks and force poor throws.

When it's all said and done we expect UCF to hang around for the first quarter or so purely on emotion until Miami's superior speed, talent, and coaching allow us to pull away and coast for another victory.

Our Prediction:

Miami 35

UCF 16

Monday, October 12, 2009

Game Breakdown and Injuries


Jacory started off throwing 2 interceptions early in the game, but settled down. After playing about a half of football, AJ took over for him. He went 3 for 3, and had a beautiful throw to Streeter, but that was pretty much it. Not a lot to be happy about, but still a solid outing where we threw for over 250 yards.

Score 7 and 1/2


When you rush for 224 yards, you did your job up front in the trenches. We did give up a couple sacks, but that's not completely on the line. We rotated a lot more players in as well, so the experience factor counts for a lot as well.

Score 8 and 1/2


No Coop, and Baby J got only one carry, but Berry and Chambers picked up the slack. Berry especially, by running for 162 yards on 14 carries. They also did a nice job in pass protection. All in all, with no real breakdowns or fumbles, you have to be satisfied with the performance.

Score 9


A heavy rotation, and a new leading receiver (for this game at least) in Tommy Streeter who had 3 catches for 55 yards. Lots of new faces and redshirt freshman that played and got valuable experience. No major breakdowns, and good downfield blocking as well.

Score 8 and 1/2


Not much production from them since the gameplan was run heavy, but Jimmy Graham did add on another TD catch. Even John Calhoun got some playing time, so this was just another position where we looked to give our backups some playing time.

Score 8


We did a good job of putting pressure on the QB, penetrating, and stoping the run. You really can't ask for much more, especially after being our 3-4 defensive lineman that get heavy playing time in the rotation.

Score 8 and 1/2.


Still missed a few tackles, but overall we played well. We need to see Spence keep improving and reaching last year's form. It would also be nice to see someone replace Sharpton. He still misses a few too many tackles and shoots the gaps wrong.

Score 7 and 1/2

Defensive Backs

We had a nice interception by Brandon and we held them to under 150 yards passing. Even Ray Ray got in with a big hit (that was flagged for a helmet to helmet, which is a bad call). Pretty much what you want to see out of your secondary, especially in a big game like this.

Score 9

Special Teams
We neutralized the return game of one of the better returners in the country, got good hang time and distance on our kicks, and even returned a punt for a touchdown, our first since Cooper did it in last year's home and season opener against Charleston Southern.

Score 9


On a body bag game where we want to make sure we don't develop rust, put up points in a hurry, and get valuable experience to our backups, the gameplan was simple and done properly.

Score 8


Rumors are going around that Forston, while injured, is lost for the year. This doesn't appear to be true.

Aldarius Johnson has a severe shoulder injury, and he might be gone for the year. Hopefully he can apply for a medical redshirt.

Josh Holmes also suffered a lower leg injury, and he won't play next week. He'll be evaluated on a weekly basis.

Jordan Futch is also gone for the year, rumors say torn ACL.

Finally Randy Phillips, Olivier Vernon, and Cooper should all be back next week for UCF.

As always thanks for reading and Go Canes!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Great Pictures from Northwestern vs Central!!!

Courtesy of Joseph Casal Photography...

Brandon Gainer(left), Jeffrey Godfrey(right)

Jose Jose

Rashad Gaitor

Coach Shannon with Joe Rose

Canes from left to right: Javarris James, Kayne Farquharson, Sam Shields, Ray Ray Armstrong, Brandon McGee, Graig Cooper, Thearon Collier, Brandon Harris, Davon Johnson, DVD

Coaches: Aubrey Hill(left), Michael Barrow(Center), Clint Hurtt(Right)

Corvin Lamb(left), Teddy Bridgewater(Center), Michaelee Harris(Right)...Future Canes?