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devinhester=R.O.Y 2006
05-03-2007, 02:55 PM
I was wondering if someone had some insight into what expectations should be going into the season. How will the team adjust to Randi Shannon as the head coach? Will it be Kyle Wright or Kirby Freeman at QB? Will the team improve enough to be back in the top 25?

Just any info on Miami's upcoming year would be greatly appreciated.

fenikz
05-03-2007, 03:06 PM
I think they will be preseason top 25 and end up with a bowl bid (Orange Bowl) that defense is so stacked, adjusting to Shannon shouldn't take long since he was already running the defense

Who starts at QB is up in the air right now i think and Shannon won't hesitate to switch them if they aren't performing

Jelephant87
05-03-2007, 05:10 PM
I don't know if I'm ready to put them in the Orange Bowl yet. They won't receive an at-large bid for the BCS and Virginia Tech is going to be tough to beat for the ACC crown. It's not that I don't think they have the potential to do it, but so far Kyle Wright (or Kirby Freeman) hasn't proven that the offense will be directed much better. That being said, led by the defense and Javarris James, I think 9-3 would be a safe bet for the regular season with the potential for better.

BigJohn98
05-03-2007, 05:59 PM
I think they will be preseason top 25 and end up with a bowl bid (Orange Bowl)


:lol: :lol: :lol:

Now THAT was funny.

-black
05-03-2007, 08:24 PM
Miami is definately talented. Its the WR, QB, and OL positions that should be a concern

They have not recruited the WR position well the past few years (or developed them). Shields should be a great young target, but they NEED depserately for Lance Leggett to step up (or hope a freshman like Van Dyke can play and excell early).

I really expected Youngblood and a few more of their lineman to become All Stars....hasnt happened yet, and its one of the reasons the QB's have struggled.

Wright has obvious talent, and if he cam improve on his Soph season then Miami can win the Coastal. His junior season was a mess, but he showed flashes as a Soph. The only position on offense that seems set is at RB where not only is Javaris a monster, but they have signed some big time recruits this past year

the defense is rock solid...should be a top 20 defense in the country, but there are some questions about depth at LB and CB. I wouldnt worry too much about it though, because Shannon will have them ready to play.

They have enough talent to go into Norman and upset Oklahoma. If they can do that early they will be back in the top 25 with alot of momentum. I think they momentum can carry into the Texas A&M game and despite A&M being a very good team, I dont think they will beat Miami on the road. At FSU is VERY winnable and if they can get 2/3 or maybe even 3/3 with A&M, FSU, and Okla, then Miami has a realistic shot at going to a BCS Bowl with the Tech game at the end of the season

it depends on the OL and Wright/Freeman though

Finsfan79
05-04-2007, 11:33 AM
The schedule is not very easy this year but I love the 18 returning starters.

The defense will be top 5 again like it is every year. I think the key will be the young WRs we just brought in. If they can make the impact we hope. They are really impressed with cooper I expect him splitting carries with James together.

I think Freeman wins the starting spot for QB personally. The oline is alright and young last year and should get better specially with that big time guard we picked up. But, I think it will be interesting to see.


I think it will be strange to see what happens with not startoff with FSU for once. But I wouldnt be surprised if we can get into the ACC championship and even win it.

Finsfan79
05-04-2007, 11:34 AM
:lol: :lol: :lol:

Now THAT was funny.

Wide Right, Wide Left

Words to echo throughout time for FSU

RonnieRun23
05-05-2007, 09:44 AM
Miami is definately talented. Its the WR, QB, and OL positions that should be a concern

They have not recruited the WR position well the past few years (or developed them). Shields should be a great young target, but they NEED depserately for Lance Leggett to step up (or hope a freshman like Van Dyke can play and excell early).

I really expected Youngblood and a few more of their lineman to become All Stars....hasnt happened yet, and its one of the reasons the QB's have struggled.

Wright has obvious talent, and if he cam improve on his Soph season then Miami can win the Coastal. His junior season was a mess, but he showed flashes as a Soph. The only position on offense that seems set is at RB where not only is Javaris a monster, but they have signed some big time recruits this past year

the defense is rock solid...should be a top 20 defense in the country, but there are some questions about depth at LB and CB. I wouldnt worry too much about it though, because Shannon will have them ready to play.

They have enough talent to go into Norman and upset Oklahoma. If they can do that early they will be back in the top 25 with alot of momentum. I think they momentum can carry into the Texas A&M game and despite A&M being a very good team, I dont think they will beat Miami on the road. At FSU is VERY winnable and if they can get 2/3 or maybe even 3/3 with A&M, FSU, and Okla, then Miami has a realistic shot at going to a BCS Bowl with the Tech game at the end of the season

it depends on the OL and Wright/Freeman though


We got some pretty good WR's this year, hopefully they can develop. Hankerson, McKenzie, and Farquharson will hopefully be studs.

draftguru151
05-05-2007, 10:49 AM
The only question I have with Miami is the QB spot. If Wright or Freeman (or even Marve) can come in and just run the offense and be a game manager this team can be very good. If Jason Fox plays next year at 100% he will be a stud tackle. Hopefully Youngblood can show why he was so highly ranked out of high school at RT. Rutledge had a great spring and should be good at OG with Bain returning at the other spot. Hopefully Morse does a better job at center than Wollshlager did last year. I think if that unit stays healthy we will be fine.

The skills positions on offense look to be very good. Sam Shields, Lance Leggett and Darnell Jenkins are a very good threesome at WR. Farr, Zellner and Epps are a good group at TE/H-B. James, Cooper, Jones and Thomas are a great group of running backs. Cooper really should bring some explosiveness to the offense.

The defense will be dominant again. Two top 10 players in the country on defense with Campbell and Phillips. The LB group is very deep and looked great in spring. Gooden, Sharpton, Cook, Davis and Atkins all have experience, and Colin McCarthy looks like a stud. Teraz McCray looks like he will dominate, Dixon is a big body inside as well, and Holmes looks good inside as well. Moncur started a few games last year and did well, add Franklin and Steven Wesley behind Campbell and that is another impressive group. The CBs are a bit of a question but Sharpe looked good in spring as did Randy Phillips. Chavez Grant had a good freshman year and Wiggins did well in spring. Losing Reddick hurts a bit but Ponder did very well last year and Cooper brings depth. And there is some guy names Kenny, he is kinda good.

etk
05-05-2007, 02:29 PM
I think McCray and Moncur could be the guys that step up this year to fortify the defense as always. Sharpe and Phillips have plenty of potential and they can only improve. Our LBs are solid and deep, but I'd like to see Sharpton add some bulk and strength. There's a lot of question marks on offense but we have plenty of difference-makers at the skill positions. FSU is pretty much in the same boat offensively, while Virginia Tech is overrated. I expect us to make the Title Game, but then again I always do and we underachieve.

fenikz
05-07-2007, 12:14 PM
i just realized this, the canes haven't won a conferenced title since switching to the ACC, is the ACC that much better than the Big East or do you think its because we were so dominate then

swagger
05-07-2007, 04:50 PM
On Sportscenter there is a special on the Canes and Randy Shannon, "Can the U gain back its swagger?" I'm sure they won't say anything Miami fans don't know, but it should still be interesting.

fenikz
05-07-2007, 04:54 PM
when is it going to be on?

etk
05-07-2007, 06:38 PM
On Sportscenter there is a special on the Canes and Randy Shannon, "Can the U gain back its swagger?" I'm sure they won't say anything Miami fans don't know, but it should still be interesting.

Programs like that always disappoint me. Like you said, it won't teach me anything I don't know, kinda like Mel Kiper on Draft Day.

thebow305
05-07-2007, 06:57 PM
i just realized this, the canes haven't won a conferenced title since switching to the ACC, is the ACC that much better than the Big East or do you think its because we were so dominate then

His name was Larry Coker.

fenikz
05-07-2007, 07:16 PM
larry croker obviously lost the team last year, its the only reason they didn't dominate the ACC on a down year

P-L
05-07-2007, 08:26 PM
I heard that Kyle Wright has looked awful this Spring while Kirby Freeman has looked pretty good. Don't remember where, so take it fwiw.

Also, I don't understand why fenikz put that quote in his sig. Myron Rolle is 1-0 against Miami...

fenikz
05-07-2007, 08:36 PM
shhhhhhh no one remembers that game

draftguru151
05-07-2007, 09:48 PM
I heard that Kyle Wright has looked awful this Spring while Kirby Freeman has looked pretty good. Don't remember where, so take it fwiw.

Also, I don't understand why fenikz put that quote in his sig. Myron Rolle is 1-0 against Miami...

Neither stood out in spring from what I saw/read.

-black
05-07-2007, 11:31 PM
Neither stood out in spring from what I saw/read.

i'll trade you Drew Weatherford and Roger Williams for Kyle Wright....deal?

draftguru151
05-08-2007, 08:11 AM
i'll trade you Drew Weatherford and Roger Williams for Kyle Wright....deal?

How about we just kick both off the teams and move on. :)

J52
05-14-2007, 04:35 PM
The team will live and die with the quarterback play.

RB tandem will be amazing. James is a proven commodity already and Cooper is showing flashes of brilliance.

WR will be much improved due to the fact that there is nowhere else to go but up. Ryan Moore disapointed, Leggett can't play any worse then he already has. Shields and Farquharson will be good improvement.

Defense will likely be top 10 if not top 5, but that is no surprise.

But it boils down to Wright vs Freeman vs Marve(if the first two play too bad.) If one of them decisively takes the lead then you are talking BCS bid. If they both disappoint and one wins slightly then you are talking 9-3ish. If it is a repeat of 2006 and Wright and Freeman play awful then expect 8-4 at the best.

Can't pinpoint a prediction, the team completely falls on the shoulders of the QB performance.

jbeans187
05-15-2007, 02:26 AM
People have already said this but the 18 returning starters will make Shannon look like a savior, hes coming into a great situation.

I cant wait to watch James and Cooper in the backfield

The defense will be sick

They should start freshman Robert Marve at qb with a run oriented offense, no way hes worse than Wright and Freeman