ACC: Anthony Reddick

Miami spring wrap-up

May, 7, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Miami Hurricanes

2008 overall record: 7-6

2008 conference record: 4-4

Returning starters: Offense: 8, defense: 8, kicker/punter: 2

Top returners: QB Jacory Harris, OT Jason Fox, WR Aldarius Johnson, WR Travis Benjamin, RB Graig Cooper, RB Javarris James, LB Sean Spence, LB Darryl Sharpton, CB Chavez Grant, K/P Matt Bosher, DE Allen Bailey

Key losses: QB Robert Marve, OT Chris Rutledge, C Xavier Shannon, LB Glenn Cook, S Anthony Reddick

2007 statistical leaders (*returners)

Rushing: Graig Cooper* (888 yards)

Passing: Robert Marve (1,293 yards)

Receiving: Aldarius Johnson* (332 yards)

Tackles: Glenn Cook (76)

Sacks: Allen Bailey* (5)

Interceptions: Sean Spence*, Brandon Harris*, Bruce Johnson, Eric Moncur (1 each)


2009 Schedule

Sept. 7 at Florida State
Sept. 17 Georgia Tech
Sept. 26 at Virginia Tech
Oct. 3 Oklahoma
Oct. 10 Florida A&M
Oct. 17 at Central Florida
Oct. 24 Clemson
Oct. 31 at Wake Forest
Nov. 7 Virginia
Nov. 14 at North Carolina
Nov. 21 Duke
Nov. 28 at South Florida

Spring answers

1. Temporary answer. Miami coach Randy Shannon said Taylor Cook earned the backup quarterback job -- for now. Cook beat Cannon Smith for the job this spring, and Shannon said that if the season started today, it would be Cook's job. A.J. Highsmith will join the competition, though, this summer.

2. You've got to coordinate. New offensive coordinator Mark Whipple wasted no time in implementing his new system, the players and staff were very receptive to it. Defensive coordinator John Lovett was also well received, even though it was the players' third coordinator in as many seasons.

3. Position change. Sam Shields' move from wide receiver to cornerback proved to be a good one. Shields showed he can not only provide some depth, but also possibly challenge for a starting job. He'll definitely work hyis way into the rotation, and the staff needs more consistent play from the secondary.

Fall questions

1. From hoops to helmets. Former forward Jimmy Graham has reportedly said he will join the football team this fall as a tight end, and it's a position that can use some help, especially with the knee injury to Dedrick Epps. But how much will Graham be able to help considering he hasn't played the sport since high school?

2. Tweaks to the o-line. Matt Pipho will be the new starter at right tackle, and the staff is eager to see how he handles that role. A.J. Trump moved from right guard to center, and Joel Figueroa took over at right guard.

3. Depth at linebacker. It's a patchwork effort, as several young players who were defensive backs last season were moved to linebacker (C.J. Holton, Ramon Buchanan), and Colin McCarthy didn't practice all spring but will be back. Arthur Brown is in the mix in the middle with Darryl Sharpton, and Sean Spence proved himself as a freshman, but depth is a concern.

What to watch in the ACC this spring

February, 11, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

With Miami kicking off spring practice on Feb. 24, it's never too early to start thinking about spring football in the ACC. There are plenty of story lines heading into the 2009 season -- like backup quarterbacks and new coordinators.

Here are a few things to watch for each team in the ACC this spring:

ATLANTIC DIVISION

BOSTON COLLEGE
Spring practice starts:
March 17
Spring game: April 25

What to watch

  • Replacing 325-pound defensive tackles B.J. Raji and Ron Brace will be a large challenge -- literally. Damik Scafe could be a starter, but beyond him it's anybody's guess.
  • Quarterback Dominique Davis only has three games of experience over everyone else, so it's definitely not a given that it's his job to lose. Davis was thrown into the fire at the end of 2008, but former coach Jeff Jagodzinski and former offensive coordinator Steve Logan liked freshman Justin Tuggle, who redshirted this past season. Whether the new staff is as high on Tuggle remains to be seen.
  • Including former defensive coordinator Frank Spaziani, who was promoted to head coach, the Eagles will have six coaches in new positions this spring. With two new coordinators, a new offensive line coach, tight ends coach and a linebackers coach, this spring will be a chance for a few introductions.

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Miami's recruiting needs

January, 15, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

If there's one thing Miami doesn't have any problem doing, it's recruiting, and this year is no exception. Seven of its 19 current commitments are ranked among the ESPN 150, and the Canes currently have the No. 7 class in the nation.

With 37 true and redshirt freshmen on the 2008 roster, Miami was one of the youngest teams in the conference. The most pressing need is on the offensive line, where the Canes got four commitments and are still recruiting more.

Miami will need to bring in a center as Xavier Shannon was a senior, and his backup, A.J. Trump, who was also the starting right guard, will be a senior this season. The right tackle position will also be a need as starter Chris Rutledge and his backup, Reggie Youngblood, were both seniors. Starting left tackle Jason Fox will also be a senior this year.

The secondary is another area of concern as the Canes will lose two starters and Lavon Ponder, Anthony Reddick's backup, was also a senior. Miami will also lose experience at linebacker with the graduation of four players on the two-deep, including leading tackler Glenn Cook. Defensive tackle is another position that will lose veterans this year and next.

The staff would also like to bring in one or two more tight ends, two receivers, a quarterback to help with the depth after the transfer of Robert Marve, and three running backs.

ACC's lunchtime links

December, 23, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Here's a look at what's going on around the league today: 

Miami's defense forced to surrender

November, 21, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

ATLANTA -- As Miami defensive back Anthony Reddick looked around at his fellow Canes in the team hotel before the game, he sensed there wasn't the kind of focus they would need to stop Georgia Tech.

 
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 Jonathan Dwyer (128) was one of three Georgia Tech players to rush for more than 90 yards against Miami Thursday night.

It didn't even take three full quarters for his hunch to be confirmed.

Georgia Tech rushed for an astounding 472 yards, the fifth-most in school history and the most since 1978. The Yellow Jackets got more yardage on the ground than Miami did all night. Pick a back, any back -- fullback, A Back, B Back, slot back, quarterback -- whatever you want to call them, Miami couldn't stop Georgia Tech's old-school offense. Four different players ran for at least 75 yards in a 41-23 drubbing of Miami.

"It's miserable," Reddick said. "Especially at the University of Miami. We're a great defense. I can't tell you what happened out there today. We did not get the job done."

Quarterback Josh Nesbitt, who only returned to practice for the first time this week since spraining his ankle in the Nov. 8 loss to North Carolina, said he was in "a lot of pain" the whole game. And he still ran for 93 yards and one touchdown. Jonathan Dwyer got his 100-plus yards for the eighth time this season, finishing with 128 yards and two touchdowns.

"We hit them in the mouth first," Dwyer said. "That's what coach [Paul] Johnson asked for us to do; get on them early and hopefully they quit at the end."

It was more like surrender. The "whiteout" in Bobby Dodd Stadium turned into the white flag.

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Miami to use Florida game as measuring stick for program

September, 4, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

 
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 Randy Shannon has become the face of the Miami program.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami coach Randy Shannon was eating lunch at one of his regular stops near campus this week when a young fan approached his table and interrupted his time with Texas Toast.

"Are you Randy Shannon?" he asked.

Shannon nodded and posed for a picture with the boy, who informed him he'd be at the game against Florida this week in Gainesville.

In his second season as head coach, Shannon has become the face of Miami football. The identity of his team, though, is not so clear.

Of the 100 players on the roster, 40 are either true or redshirt freshmen -- quarterbacks included. Overall, 21 true freshmen played in the Hurricanes' season opening 52-7 thumping of Charleston Southern. While they looked good in the process, Shannon knows Saturday's game at No. 5-ranked Florida will reveal a lot more about where his team is and how much further the program must go before it regains its status as a national title contender.

"I really do think we need a game like this," Shannon said. "We need to know where we're at as a staff, and as a football team to know where we're at from this point. Playing Florida is a great opportunity to put our standards and our measures to where they're at right now.

"I think that's what you want to get at, to that level. Florida has been one of the premier teams in the country for probably the last four or five years. You always want to get back to that level. We've got young players like they had young players when coach (Ron) Zook was there. ... This is the backbone of what we're trying to build this program with. This is just the foundation and the start with these young guys."

While the Gators' offense will be run by Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, the Hurricanes will be led by redshirt freshman Robert Marve, who has never played in a college football game. One of the reasons Marve came to Miami, though, was to play a role in rebuilding the program.

"In high school, my high school team started off on the bottom going up," he said. "It was a big thing to be a part of that. I know how great it can be to be on the upside of a program that's been down for a second, and I'm just trying to do as much as I can to prepare and help us get to where we need to be."

Had this game been played at the same time a year ago, Shannon said, he probably would have lost some weight and chewed his nails down worrying about it. Not this season. The difference is he has a core group of veterans who can share time with the younger players.

"This is the first time we've been healthy since I've been a head coach at the University of Miami," he said. "Last year, the second game of the season, third game, we was trying to dress 50 guys. Now, we're able to pick and choose who we need to try and things like that."

The strengths of this team are the offensive line, the tight ends and the running backs. But in a program trying to rebound from a 5-7 season that included just two conference wins, everything is a question mark.

Doubt swirled around the program this summer mainly because of the uncertainty at quarterback and the unproven talent on the roster. The Hurricanes were picked by the media to finish third in the Coastal Division behind Virginia Tech and North Carolina, respectively. But both of those teams looked unimpressive in their debuts last week, causing some to wonder if Miami might be capable of more than originally expected.

"This game will at least set a mark for the University of Miami," said senior safety Anthony Reddick. "Coming into this game, coming into this year, a lot of people are doubting us, except for the people that are here, except for our families. We have a lot to prove. I think we have just as many playmakers as they do. We really do. I think everybody that's here could've went to Florida."

Not only is this a chance for Miami to prove itself within the conference, but following an opening weekend in which the ACC was embarrassed on the national stage, it's a chance for the Hurricanes to help heal the league's bruised reputation.

"We're always looked at like we're not a strong conference, but for us and the ACC it would be a tremendous boost," Shannon said. "It would give us a lift and get the conference what I call some growth to it."

Shannon's 2008 recruiting class has been lauded as the best in the nation and was ranked No. 1 in the country by ESPN.com. But even he can't predict how the teenagers will respond to playing in the Swamp.

"You don't know until the game time comes," Shannon said. "You don't really know. All you can do is throw 'em out there."

That's exactly what he did last weekend.

Eleven different receivers caught passes, six were true freshmen.

"It's the best gauge of the season, without a doubt," said receivers coach Aubrey Hill. "With so many receivers we're playing, to see them against really good competition for 60 minutes, for the whole entire game will be very exciting."

Five true freshmen rotated in on the defensive line, three in the secondary and two at linebacker. Expect more of the same against the Gators -- as early as the first quarter.

Shannon has no choice.

"They have to play," Shannon said. "We don't have the numbers not to play the young guys. They are our second team guys. They are the guys that are going to help us win."

Saturday's game will help determine how quickly they can do it.

Miami injury report

August, 26, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Pardon the laundry list of body parts here, but this is as detailed as Miami got:

Probable

OL Tyrone Byrd (leg)

RB Javarris James (leg)

S Anthony Reddick (leg)

RB Derron Thomas (chest)

Doubtful

T Reggie Youngblood (head)

S Lovon Ponder (shoulder)

Out

DL Allen Bailey (chest)

T Chris Barney (leg)

DT Josh Holmes (leg)

OL Ben Jones (leg)

WR Kris Kimball (arm)

DL Eric Moncur (leg)

Surgery/Out for season

WR Tommy Streeter (arm)

Notable: Youngblood was the projected starter at right tackle, and the Hurricanes need defensive ends Allen Bailey and Eric Moncur healthy this season. Ponder, an experienced safety, will also play an important role, and James, the team's second-leading rusher from a year ago, is also a playmaker and a returning starter.

ACC quick injury update

August, 19, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

GEORGIA TECH

Sophomore quarterback Josh Nesbitt, senior offensive tackle Andrew Gardner and true freshman B-back Richard Watson all returned from injuries on Monday. The number of injured players missing practice is down to five -- the fewest since late July.

MARYLAND

Backup cornerback Richard Taylor, who was taken by ambulance to Washington Adventist Hospital on Monday, was released late Monday afternoon. It was believed to be a combination of severe dehydration and a mild concussion, according to a school spokesman.

Taylor went home with his parents and did not attend Monday evening practice. They're not sure if he will practice today, but he should be fine.

MIAMI

Safety Anthony Reddick and linebacker Romeo Davis were held out of practice Monday. Senior defensive end Eric Moncur is going through drills at "half-speed to three-quarters speed right now."

ACC in the morning: Improvement since expansion?

August, 12, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

CLEMSON, S.C. -- I'm not sure how Clemson will do this year, but I think I'm gonna have a heckuva season. I ran down The Hill on Monday and touched Howard's Rock. (Well, technically I touched the protective case around the rock. It's been there since 1992, when some South Carolina fans tried to chip the rock off its base).

There's plenty going on here -- and I'll get to it throughout the day -- but first let's check out what's going on around the rest of the league:

Why not start with the entire ACC, which SI.com says has improved during expansion. The ACC has produced more NFL draft picks than the Pac-10 and Big 12, but Stewart Mandel writes that "the ACC's premier teams have not stacked up with their counterparts from around the country."

Let's get back to the state of South Carolina, where NC State nabbed another recruit? Tom O'Brien is still trying to figure out what to do with the players he already has, namely at quarterback.

Life's a beach at Georgia Tech for one too many players. The Beach is what they call the spot on the practice field for injured players. As for the guys who are actually healthy? It's an infusion of youth on defense.

The same can be said for Florida State's offensive line, where just two starters -- both talented sophomores -- return. Can Will Furlong make an immediate impact? If you don't think the Noles have a chance this season, then guess what? Defensive tackle Bud Thacker says "Poop on you."

Wake Forest doesn't have to worry about youth when it's got a defensive end nicknamed "grandpa." Matt Robinson is 24, in his sixth season of eligibility, and said he feels old. Ha.

Everyone at Virginia is tired of talking about Kevin Ogletree's knee. Now that he's healthy, he should play an integral role this season. Ogletree isn't the only receiver making a comeback. Cary Koch is healthy for the first time since he transferred from Tulane.

Miami's Antonio Dixon practiced on Monday, as did Eric Moncur and a few freshmen who were facing NCAA Clearinghouse issues. Meanwhile, Randy Shannon snagged another key recruit out of his backyard. And safety Anthony Reddick is due a break.

Maryland players are taking what coach Ralph Friedgen says to heart. If they don't win big, they're at least gonna go down swinging.

But first Friedgen has to name a starting quarterback.

Don't read this one unless you feel like crying in your coffee. It's going to be hard not to root for UNC linebacker Chase Rice this season.

ACC position battles - Miami

July, 16, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Every day I've been breaking down the position battles to keep an eye on heading into summer camp. Here are the top spots up for grabs at Miami:

QUARTERBACK -- It's still a hot topic in Coral Gables. Redshirt freshman Robert Marve, freshman Jacory Harris and freshman Cannon Smith were all impressive during spring practices, and now freshman Taylor Cook is on campus.

RECEIVER -- There is a plethora of options here, but not one go-to guy returning. Redshirt freshman Jermaine McKenzie probably would have played last year had it not been for the car accident. Of the 12 candidates to start, seven are freshmen.

CORNERBACK -- Senior Bruce Johnson has the most starting experience, but DeMarcus Van Dyke saw significant time as a true freshman. Of the 13 defensive backs trying to win jobs in the secondary, the only true safeties are Lovon Ponder and Anthony Reddick, who will be back after missing last season with his second torn ACL. Chavez Grant is more of a nickel back, and Ryan Hill was moved back to receiver.

LINEBACKER -- This is wide open. While Colin McCarthy was out this spring, true freshmen Arthur Brown and Sean Spence impressed the coaching staff. Senior Glenn Cook is back after missing last season with a foot injury, and senior Romeo Davis also has experience. After ending 2007 with three healthy linebackers, Randy Shannon now has ample depth to choose from.

PLACE KICKER -- Matt Bosher got kicks in as the team's punter last year, but Jake Wieclaw and Alex Uribe are also in the mix.

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