ACC: Lavon Ponder

Miami's recruiting needs

January, 15, 2009

Posted by'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 Helmet Stickers: Week 10

November, 2, 2008

Posted by's Heather Dinich

Wake Forest cornerback Alphonso Smith -- He intercepted Thaddeus Lewis twice in the game, including the game-ending pick in overtime, and he also blocked a punt for a safety. He now has 19 career interceptions and a team-best five this season.

Miami quarterback Jacory Harris -- For the second time this season, Harris came off the bench and led the team to a win. He threw the game-tying touchdown in the final minute and then another one in overtime to give the Hurricanes the 24-17 win over Virginia. He completed 12 of 21 passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns.

Miami's defense -- Not only did it keep Virginia's standout running back Cedric Peerman in check, but Lavon Ponder stripped Peerman of the ball on Virginia's first play of overtime. Miami held Virginia to just 3 of 14 third-down conversions and 71 total rushing yards. This was the game that changed the face of the Coastal Division standings and it snapped Virginia's four-game winning streak.

Clemson running back C.J. Spiller -- Nobody was going to stop this guy from playing, not even the team trainers. His performance helped the Tigers beat BC for the first time in six tries since 1958. He caught six passes for 105 yards -- the most by a Clemson running back -- and had eight carries for 55 yards.

Georgia Tech safety Cooper Taylor -- The true freshman will likely always remember his first collegiate start. He changed the game when he knocked the ball out of Marcus Sims' hands, forcing a fumble in the end zone that prevented FSU's game-winning touchdown. He also set up a touchdown with his second-quarter interception and led Georgia Tech with 10 tackles.