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Miami freshmen's playing time

7/28/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

You would think this past spring was an indicator of Miami's freshmen being able to make an immediate impact. Linebacker Arthur Brown had a team-high eight tackles and an interception in the spring game, Sean Spence had two interceptions, and the young quarterbacks played well.

Still, coach Randy Shannon put a halt to the hype at last week's ACC football kickoff during an exchange with a reporter (not me).

It went like this:

Shannon: "I don't think they'll be playing substantially. Boy, y'all come up with some good ones."

Reporter: "They were playing well this spring."

Shannon: "So they're going to play in your opinion?"

Reporter: "I think so."

Shannon: "They're doing well. They helped out. With these guys coming in in January helped out a lot. We're very excited about them, from Sean Spence to Marcus Forston, Aldarius Johnson, to John Calhoun ... it was good for those guys to come in, get the system down, time management."

Was Shannon just messing around with this guy? Possibly.

Will more true freshmen play than Shannon has revealed? Probably. 

Especially considering that aside from redshirt freshman Robert Marve, it's the only other option at quarterback.

If any other rookies play, you'll at least be able to recognize them by their jerseys this season.

Shannon said the players have earned the right to have their names returned to the back of their jerseys.

"They're doing everything they had to get done after the season," he said. "They started back in the weight room right after the loss to Boston College. They take more of an attitude of, 'We gotta get focused, we gotta get what we're all about at Miami,' and they've been doing it."

Freshmen included.