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SOUP

I have searched the web for another Cane blog...my friend..this is #1! Thanks all for the info. I am far from Florida but I love Miami and I love the Hurricanes!

Posted by: Q | July 05, 2011 at 08:23 PM

There IT is right there.

raizecane

Right now, somewhere, Nancy Grace's head is exploding.

Posted by: 3G Cane | July 05, 2011 at 03:22 PM

LMAO!

Posted by: SOUP | July 05, 2011 at 03:30 PM

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Now that would be something I would pay to see....

SOUP

McGee is still leaning to be a corner and Finnie has "it" I believe but from all the Coaches at UM #29 has one CB spot sewn up.

Posted by: Q | July 05, 2011 at 08:23 PM

That is 100% correct.

#29 will start at one CB position. If U wanna talk about "sources" how about his mother? I have talked to her several times and she told me that JoJo wanted to play CB before at UM but Shannon would not let him change positions.

Now from what I am told by other "sources" that are actually THERE at practice #29 is very physical and dominating at CB and feels great about his future. So do the UM coaches.

McGee still has some footwork issues and Finnie is a great talent and a hard worker who MAY have a shot at starting, but that other starting CB position is FAR from settled.

SOUP

Miller Time!

j.w.

#6 for a topic on #6- I guess I have to pick him for LOF :)
CGNC- Horse games last night- egg in the spoon (couldn't trot for long that way); raced around barrels while picking up a flag and planting it at the end, riding in and out of a keyhole; trail drills; and ribbon racing- lots of fun even if I was by far the least experienced!

Six

Lamar Miller has great taste in uniform #


j.w. - if you want the smoothest riding horse out there (you barely move when they're in their trot) and a real good trail horse ... then I can hook you up with my parents for a good deal on a Missouri Fox Trotter

Forget Paso Finos for the smoothest ride, ya, they're pretty nice, but the Mo Foxtrotter is nicer

And if you call right now, you'll get free squeege and Insta Chopper as well

solarcane

Here is the list of the 8 Florida HS Football Alumni who landed on the 2011 Maxwell Award watch list

Maxwell Award
Best College Football Player in America

Name, High School, College
Dominique Davis, Lakeland Kathleen, East Carolina
Stephen Garcia, Tampa Jefferson, South Carolina
Montell Harris, Jax Trinity Christian, Boston College
Aaron Murray, Tampa Plant, Georgia
Trent Richardson, Pensacola Escambia, Alabama
Denard Robinson, Deerfield Beach, Michigan
Geno Smith, Miramar, West Virginia
James White, St. Thomas Aquinans, Wisconsin

solarcane

Here are the 10 Florida HS Football Alumni who made the 2011 Bednairk Award watch list.

Chuck Bednairk Award
Best Defensive Football Player In America

Name, High School, College
Ray Ray Armstrong, Sanford Seminole, Miami
Ryan Baker, Blountstown, LSU
Nigel Bradham, Wakulla, Florida State
Lavonte David, Miami Northwestern, Nebraska
Jayron Hosley, Delray Bch Atlantic, Virginia Tech
Jaye Howard, Orlando Jones, Florida
Brandon Jenkins, Florida High, Florida State
Xavier Rhodes, Miami Norland, Florida State
Sean Spence, Miami Northwestern, Miami
Danny Trevathon, Leesburg, Kentucky

The Wizard

Whatever happened to;

Dyron Dye - I don't ever hear his name mentioned.

The blogger who worked out of Virginia or Washington D.C. I don't recall his moniker but he always brought good info to this blog.

The Truth - I know for a fact that he was an "insider" and knew what he was talking about.

Carlos - ?????????????

SOUP

Dye: career DL backup to date who may play more this season but is not projected to start. Some projected that he was going to move to TE last year but that never happened.

VACane: is still around but has had difficult year so far dealing with loss and personal issues, job search, etc.

The Truth: decided he didn't want to follow Canespace rules so he has moved on.

Carlos: is still out there and I talk to him via email and facebook once in awhile. He is a new father and doesn't blog anymore but he still hates Pat Nix, trust me.

Ohio_Cane

Fantastic Infographic on the University of Miami's dominance in the NFL - http://ow.ly/5xMZG

Ohio_Cane

Papa Cane - 2013 Safety Jay Williams, 6-foot and 185 lbs, has named LSU, A&M, UM, Auburn and ‘Bama as his top five colleges right now, with UM being #1.

Ohio_Cane

^^ 2013 Safety Jay Washington Video Profile: http://ow.ly/5y2fV

Ohio_Cane

Papa Cane - New Offer: 2013 DE Jordan Sherit, 6'4'' and 235 lbs, attended Al Golden's Camp on June 25th and has been offered. He is 100% Cane.

macjones de Albuquerque

Blueribbon college football mag' is offering the Miami, F-L-A Hurricane breakdown for F-R-E-E vis-a-vis ESPN. Say it ain't so, bUbba de Tejas.

Enjoy, U-all Cane rUffians.

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=6715352

CGNC

j.w. - LOL egg in the spoon - they used to do that at our bigger shows for money prizes - winner gets $500 etc. Usually some kid on some broke-to-death western horse would win. My horses have all been too high octane for that

SlingBlade

coach larranaga has a twitter account...here is one of the things he has said....

Tim (Hardaway) played 13 years in the NBA. We need to sign a pt guard like him. Boy could he score. So can his son. Wish it were for us.


i like the sly shot at coach haith...no reason haith shouldnt of recruited this kid...

SOUP

KICKERS
Matt Bosher -- the first kicker taken in the NFL draft -- leaves a huge void both at punter (where he was first-team All-ACC in 2010) and place-kicker (where he was first-team All-ACC in 2009).

Junior Jake Wieclaw (6-2, 200), who has never kicked in a game, and sophomore walk-on Alex Irastorza (6-3, 190) vied for the job in spring, but should face a preseason challenge from Matt Gouldis (6-0, 160) a top recruit from West Hills, Calif.

PUNTERS
The departure of Matt Bosher, who won first-team All-ACC honors as both a place-kicker and as a punter, leaves a huge void in the Miami kicking game.

Juniors Wieclaw and Cameron Dean (6-3, 225) vied for the punting job last spring, but Dalton Botts (6-3, 198), a junior college kicker from Taft, Calif., will be the favorite to land the job this fall.

usagainsttheworld

to everyone there comes a time
when comradeship means most of all
here we've found it and so much more
life is better day by day
killian high, green and gold
colors we all love
to killian high we'll give our all
and honor thee our killian high!!!

(did i get that right?)

green and gold.

lm#6 train about to roll baby!

SOUP

From ESPN:

Incoming freshman Kevin Grooms (5-9, 165) has 4.4 speed and last season returned six punts for touchdowns at South Broward High School in Hollywood, Fla. He could contribute right away as a kick returner. Grooms is a tiny jet who could contribute at slot back, running back, wide receiver, defensive back or as a kick returner.

ftmcane

when does practice start?

SOUP

usagainst...U got it correct. Another Killian Cougar in da house!

roachcane77

Here's a video my daughter & son-in-law made out in Cali where they live... it is now going viral!

(She's a 2005 Cane Alum... Film & TV Major.)

"A man sets out to guilt his friends for a cancellation, accidentally makes one of the best commercials Raging Waters could ever hope for."

http://vimeo.com/25983890

Solar, I KNOW you'll especially like this...

roachcane77

And yes, for those who watch it closely, I'm going to be a Grandfather for the first time in October... Holy Sh!t I'm old... (It's a boy BTW.)

solarcane

roach,
LMAO for real those facial expressions were funny as hell!
If they upload it onto Tou Tube I can put it up as Solar Zone Hit of The Week
I just posted the Vimeo address on Twitter
it will get retwitter a zillion more times.

Thanks for sharing and congratulations on being a grandpa now you will become very familiar with " Dad please, all you do is spoil 'em rotten." a couple dozen times a weekend.

roachcane77

Yeah... that's my plan... spoil him rotten! (No kidding... )

solarcane

retwitter = southern term used in place of re tweeted

solarcane

ACC Blog Miami preview


2010 Record: 7-6 (5-3 ACC)
2011 Projected Record: 8-4 (4-4 ACC)
Returning Starters: 14 (7 on offense, 7 on defense).

Schedule Difficulty in ACC: Third.

Offense Rides On… Competent QB play – Jacory Harris seems to complete as many passes to ‘Canes as he does to the other team, but maybe as a senior, new coach Al Golden will right the Harris ship. If not, there’s always sophomore Stephen Morris who matched him step-for-step in spring practice. Either way, Miami has the weapons around the QB – just need a leader who minimizes mistakes to actually do something with them.

Defensive Deficiency: Secondary – Miami finished third in the country in pass defense last season, but lose two starters off that unit. I wouldn’t expect a tremendous drop-off though.

Keyword: Swagger – C’mon, I’m contractually obligated to have that somewhere in a Miami preview.

Schedule Analysis + W/Ls
DATE OPPONENT W/L
9/05 @ Maryland (Labor Day) L 24-17
9/10 BYE
9/17 Ohio St. W 28-21
9/24 Kansas St. W 24-21
10/01 Bethune-Cookman W 38-10
10/08 @ Virginia Tech L 31-10
10/15 @ UNC L 20-14
10/22 Georgia Tech W 24-17
10/27 Virginia (Thursday) W 31-16
11/5 Duke W 24-21
11/12 @ FSU L 27-21
11/19 @ USF W 28-24
11/25 Boston College (Friday) W 28-23


Bye Week: Before Ohio State, September 17.
Toughest Game: At FSU, November 12.
Must-Win Conference Game: At Virginia Tech, October 8.

You can find tickets for these games at Vivid Seats.

Stats and records…
Coach: Al Golden (27-34 career record, first year as head coach at Miami).

Offense (2010 ranks): Pro-style (Total offense: 31st/Rush offense: 30th/Pass offense: 43rd)

Defense (2010 ranks): 4-3 (Total defense: 22nd/Rush defense: 84th/Pass defense: 3rd).

2010 Special Team Ranks: Net punting – 16th/Kickoff returns – 102nd/Punt returns – 105th/Punt return yardage defense – 52nd/Kick return yardage defense – 69th.

2010 Misc. stats: Turnover margin – 104th/Fewest penalties – 117th/First downs – 26th/First downs allowed – 10th/Third down efficiency – 53rd/Red zone efficiency – 104th/Red zone defense – 7th/Time of possession – 102nd.

Outgoing starters: 11.

2011 Starters (2010 stats)

Returning Offense (6)

QB: Jacory Harris (Senior, 1,793 passing yards/60% cmp/14 TD-15 INT)/Stephen Morris (Sophomore, 1,240 passing yards/54% cmp/7 TD-9 INT).
WR: Travis Benjamin (Senior, 743 rec. yards/4 TD [3 rec./1 punt]); LaRon Byrd (Senior, 441 rec. yards/1 TD).
O-line: C Tyler Horn (Senior, 6-4 305/13 starts); RG Brandon Washington (Junior, 6-4 320/15 starts); LG Harland Gunn (Senior, 6-2 310/18 starts).

New Projected Starters (5)

RB: Lamar Miller (Sophomore, 646 rushing yards/6 TD/214 kickoff return yards with a TD).
WR: Kendal Thompkins (Junior, 5 rec. yards)/Allen Hurns (Sophomore)/Aldarius Johnson (Senior, 157 rec. yards)/Tommy Streeter (Junior, 42 rec. yards/1 TD).
TE: Blake Ayles (Senior).
O-line: RT Jermaine Johnson (Sophomore, 6-6 320/1 start)/Ben Jones (Junior, 6-5 310/1 start); LT Malcolm Bunche (Redshirt freshman, 6-7 320).

Outlook: Doesn’t it feel like Jacory Harris has been at Miami…for-ev-er? It is indeed his senior season, but the turnover-prone Harris doesn’t hold the QB job for sure with sophomore Stephen Morris step-for-step in competition.

Good thing for whoever wins the job is they’ll have sophomore Lamar Miller to hand off to. Miller showed glimpses of brilliance last season and went off this spring to become a serious All-ACC running back contender come this fall. Even with the graduation of Damien Berry and transfer of Storm Johnson, RB is still a deep and talented spot for the ‘Canes.

At receiver, Leonard Hankerson will certainly be missed – especially the 13 touchdowns, which was 10 more than the nearest ‘Canes WR last season. That said, the next four highest in receiving yards are back, including three seniors.

The interior offensive line corps is all returning for Miami and some talented underclassmen should fill the tackle spots for Golden.

Returning Defense (7)

D-line: DT Micanor Regis (Senior, 3 sacks/8 TFL/42 tackles); DT Marcus Forston (Junior, 3 sacks/12 TFL/37 tackles); DE Olivier Vernon (Junior, 6 sacks/10.5 TFL/39 tackles).
LB: WLB Sean Spence (Senior, 110 tackles/16 TFL/2.5 sacks); SLB Ramon Buchanan (Senior, 55 tackles/8 TFL).
DB: CB JoJo Nicolas (Senior, 36 tackles/2 TFL); FS Vaughn Telemaque (Junior, 58 tackles/3 INT).

New Projected Starters (4)

D-line: DE Adewale Ojomo (Junior, 5 sacks/7.5 TFL/38 tackles)/DE Marcus Robinson (Senior, 1.5 sacks/4 TFL/18 tackles).
LB: MLB Jordan Futch (Senior, 9 tackles)/James Gaines (Sophomore, 1 tackle).
DB: CB Lee Chambers (Senior, 2 tackles); SS Ray-Ray Armstrong (Junior, 79 tackles/3 INT/4.5 TFL).

Outlook: When you think Miami, it’s all about the ‘Canes defensive stars that have move on to great NFL careers. This edition of the Hurricanes has its stars, but features its fair share of unheralded players too.

Sean Spence is a tackling machine at linebacker with Ramon Buchanan on the other side to complete the returning LB corps.

The d-line brings back 3/4s of the starters with both tackles and returning sack leader Olivier Vernon at defensive end.

The secondary is all-upperclassmen with three of the four with experience and projected starter Lee Chambers as a converted running back.

New Projected Kicker/Punter (2)

PK: Jake Wieclaw (Junior)/Matt Goudis (Freshman).
P: Jake Wieclaw/Dalton Botts (Junior).

Outlook: We really don’t know much about the Miami kicking situation with two heralded incoming kickers expected to compete right away. No matter what, it’ll be a transition season after having Matt Bosher for the last four years.

Notable Backups (2010 stats)

RB: Mike James (Junior, 398 rushing yards/4 TD [3 rush/1 rec.]).
O-line: Seantrel Henderson (Sophomore, 6-8 345/9 starts).

Position by Position Grades
QB: B-
MVP: TBD
Gotta Step-Up: Jacory Harris/Stephen Morris

RB: B+
MVP: Lamar Miller
Gotta Step-Up: Mike James

WR/TE: B+
MVP: LaRon Byrd
Gotta Step-Up: Travis Benjamin

OL: C+
MVP: RG Brandon Washington
Gotta Step-Up: OT Seantrel Henderson

DL: B+
MVP: DE Olivier Vernon
Gotta Step-Up: DT Marcus Forston

LB: C
MVP: WLB Sean Spence
Gotta Step-Up: MLB Jordan Futch

Sec: B+
MVP: FS Vaughn Telemaque
Gotta Step-Up: Lee Chambers

K/P: C+
MVP: TBD
Gotta Step-Up: TBD

The Why…
Why Third?: 1) Four tough conference road trips – Miami will be lucky to grab a win out of trips to Virginia Tech, UNC and FSU. The ‘Canes have played well at Tallahassee recently with close wins in 2007 and 2009. They were close losses at UNC in that time span, and blowout defeats at Virginia Tech. Add to that, the road Labor Day opener at Maryland, which won’t be easy when you add in the expected suspensions for various offseason issues.

2) A manageable home schedule – Georgia Tech, Virginia, Duke and BC come to Miami this season. If they can hold court at home, Miami should find themselves in the middle of the pack.

3) Too much offensive (and defensive) talent to fall back, but too many Q’s at QB to compete – I’d tend to think Miami will finish lower than higher than third, but I’m picking them here mostly on potential. There will be your typical transition issues with new coaches across the board, but much like Clemson, they’ll do enough to have a decent season with the talent.

Could be higher if…: Whoever wins the QB job is able to pull out some big conference road wins.

Could be lower if…: Miami drops a couple of home games to a 3-5 or 2-6 ACC season.

solarcane

I think we beat Maryland on pure adrenaline.
I think we can beat UNC because Randy isn't on the sideline matched up against Butch.
I think we will win the rest of the games they pick us to win by larger margins than they predict.

roachcane77

Solar,

Here's a YouTube link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4X3FCzDRtA

solarcane

Rutgers, Memphis and Ole Miss will all be on this year's Canes non conference basketball schedule

solarcane

roach I'm on it!

solarcane

roach,
tell the family to go here and
check out The Solar Zone Hit of The Week

http://solarcane.net/index.html


(click the little fish to vote for The Solar Zone while you are there)

solarcane

NBA player and former UNLV star Armen Gilliam collapses, dies while playing basketball


PITTSBURGH — Armen Gilliam, who was part of the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels basketball team that made a run to the Final Four in 1987 and played for several NBA teams, has died. He was 47.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office said Wednesday that Gilliam died Tuesday night at the LA Fitness gym in Bridgeville while he was playing basketball.

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.The office said the cause of death has not yet been determined pending an autopsy which is likely to be completed later Wednesday.

After college, the Phoenix Suns drafted Gilliam as the No. 2 overall pick in the first round of the draft. Besides the Suns, Gilliam also played with the then-Charlotte Hornets, Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Nets, Milwaukee Bucks and Utah Jazz. He retired in 2000.

“We are deeply saddened to learn about the loss of Armen Gilliam,” said Rod Thorn, president of the 76ers. “He was a hard-working, physical player during his distinguished 13 years in the NBA and we are proud of the contributions he made to the Sixers from 1990 to 1993.

“On behalf of the entire Sixers organization, we send our deepest condolences to the Gilliam family during this very difficult time.”

Nicknamed “The Hammer,” Gilliam was the leading scorer on the 1987 UNLV team coached by Jerry Tarkanian.

In a statement released by UNLV, Tarkanian, who coached basketball there from 1973-1992, called him one of the best players the university ever had.

“In my ratings, I had Larry Johnson No. 1 and Armen No. 2. He was such a great person. Everybody loved him and he loved everybody,” Tarkanian said. “He was such a gentle person and such a caring guy. I am all shook up over it. I think the world of him and am just really shocked.”

Gilliam’s No. 35 UNLV jersey was retired during a halftime ceremony at the Thomas & Mack Center in November 2007. He became the eighth player in the program’s history to receive that honor.

He played at UNLV from 1984-87 and was a key member of UNLV’s second NCAA Final Four team in 1987. That team finished the season with a 37-2 overall record and was 18-0 in Big West Conference play.

Gilliam coached and played for the Pittsburgh Xplosion in the American Basketball Association in 2005 and 2006. He also coached Division III Penn State-Altoona from 2002-05.

Born as Armon Louis Gilliam, he later changed the spelling of his first name to Armen to better suit the pronunciation of it.

“On behalf of the entire Phoenix Suns family, I’d like to express our sadness at the news of the passing of Armen Gilliam and offer our condolences to his family,” Suns President Lon Babby said in a statement.

“Armen will always have a place in Suns history as only the second No. 2 overall pick for the franchise, but the rugged, tough enforcer known as ‘The Hammer’ on the court will be remembered by his former teammates and our fans for his easy-going nature off the court

sounds quite a bit like Pete Maravich

solarcane

Brandon Washington


Playing football has given me great character. It helped me look at life a different way. It helps you in so many ways, my personality, my temper, and being a role model for those who need it.

You have to watch every move, especially at the college level of your career. You have to protect the team, protect the university, but most of all, protect yourself. You have to try and be on top of your “A” game with everything you do. Somebody could stereotype me real easily, with my background and my race, but when you go converse with me, I’m always smiling, a wonderful person to be around.

My favorite midnight snack would be an apple with a teaspoon of peanut butter with these new workout plans.

My favorite song right now is “Hustle Hard” by Ace Hood. I remix the words though, and just changed it to “Play Hard.”

I can’t count how many shoes I own, I own a lot. My mom gets mad. It could be a pair I wore, but I don’t repeat them much, so when she sees them she’ll yell, “Why did you get another new pair?” I can’t even guess how many I have. My car’s full, under my bed, and my closet too. I’ve got all kinds of shoes. I have a lot of dress shoes, I’m trying to pick that up more, because you’re getting at the time in your career when you want to wear a shirt and tie and look professional wherever you go. I’m trying to put down the Jordans and Nikes but it’s hard. I’ll have to have a yard sale to save some money.

I’m a Hurricane because it’s all I knew growing up. In Miami, the Hurricanes and Florida didn’t play as much, but as far as the Florida State rivalry, that’s all you know when you’re young. You come inside from playing, and the whole family is watching the game, you ask, ”What y’all watching?” and someone will yell back, “Boy you don’t know what this is? This is Florida State/Miami!”

I had my four months up in New York, that was my first time away from family, and I wanted to be back home. That time of the year, it was rough. That really made me dig deep and find myself. That really made me appreciate life and gave me a different outlook on life. I appreciated everything. I live by that code, “when you think you got it bad, somebody else has it worse.” It was an all-boys school, I was away from my mom, I didn’t like the food, didn’t like the weather. I thought I was living in hell.
I wanted to graduate with my class but at the same time I appreciated it because I came here with a purpose. I would have laid down here and waited, but instead I came here and wanted revenge, I wanted to show Coach Shannon I was ready and that I didn’t have to go to that prep school. It helped me a lot on both sides of the ball. I felt like I had something to prove, my teammates already had a year here, so I would catch back up with them.

My favorite thing about being part of the U family is that you don’t have to pick and choose who you share things with. Everyone’s here for you, everyone’s trying to help the best way they can.

At the U, I’ve learned so much from Jason Fox. He was a senior when I was a freshman. Orlando Franklin pushed me and put fear in my heart, he made me work harder. Joel Figueroa and guys like that kept me intact. He’s been here for six years and I can appreciate what I’ve learned from him.
I’ve also learned a lot from Sean Spence. Playing a season with him in high school and the transition, they came in spring and they were hurting. They weren’t liking it but they stuck at it. When I’m at my best, he comes at me and tries to get me to push harder. I watch the whole team and I wonder how these guys do it. It helps me. It pushes me.

Sean Spence doesn’t do too much yelling. The most I’ve ever heard of him say is “flip the switch, we’re getting beat!” in practice. He calls the plays, he tells the defensive linemen where to line up, that’s the most he does. The guy is so fast; I have to be a student of the game on both sides. I have to know how he plays and I need to know when to get off the block. I can’t touch the down linemen as much because I don’t want Sean to make the play. I know he’s smart, he’s quick, and he has got a nose for the ball. I’m always watching him. He’s amazing.

Other than football, I’m talented at basketball. I love basketball. I grew up watching Dirk Nowitzki, and I never had a set team in the NBA. Since I’m from Miami, I always like the home team, baseball, ice hockey, football, whatever, but I usually just root for individual players.

One thing that everyone should know about Miami football is that it’s got the best talent. Not to brag or boast about it, but it shows, time after time, that some of the greatest athletes come out of Miami. As far as Miami Hurricanes football goes, one thing you should know is that this year is going to be our year. We’re not giving Coach Golden three or four years, we want to turn this program around now. We respect him for coming in and respecting our mindset, that we want it right now.

I’m not sure who I would want to play me in a movie. I have to find a handsome, young chubby guy who’s always smiling (laughs).

My superhero name would be Dark Knight and my superpower would be to feed off negativity and help others. Negativity would boost me up.

The song no one would believe I have on my iPod is “They Don’t Really Care About Us” by Michael Jackson. I listen to it a lot, those are some powerful lyrics. My favorite line is “if Martin Luther was living, it wouldn’t be this way.”

One thing no one can believe about me is that I can play all positions. Wide receiver, running back, all of them. I wouldn’t try now, because I’m stationed at offensive line, but I can catch, throw, run, I have vision. I always catch myself doing a skill like that. If I’m jogging around the weight room trying to get to another station, and there might be guys standing in between, I’ll do a cut and kick back and say “I feel like Lamar Miller” or “I feel like Mike James.” I’m always throwing the ball with Jacory Harris, giving him jogging routes. No one knows I’m athletic as I am, I wish I could show it. I may not be as fast as Travis Benjamin or LaRon Byrd, but I can catch a pass and run routes. It might not be as precise, but you have to give me a break at 300 pounds (laughs).

People might be surprised to know that I just want to be great. I want to leave behind a legacy that I worked hard, I was focused on my goals, I kept my eyes on the prize, and that I really wanted to be something. It’s not that I want to be a top pick in the NFL Draft, I just want to be great. I just want to be somebody that someone can come and talk to about anything and give them different advice on life, and help them be good at whatever they want to do.

If I could spend a day with anyone, it would be, well how I’m feeling, it would be LeBron James. I really wish I could tell LeBron how I really feel (laughs). Editor’s note: This interview was conducted during the NBA Finals.
Seriously though, if I could spend a full day with someone, from breakfast to dinner, it would be my father. I never really got one of those days. I met him at 14, I felt like I was not grown, but I had the things I needed to know in life. When I saw him, we spoke, but we really need some catching up to do. He helped give birth to me, so I’m not one of those people to say “I have no daddy” or anything like that. I just want to do some catching up with him. I wanted him there; I told him I would give him tickets to the games. My door’s always open to him. I would love to spend a full day with my dad. He actually caught three or four games last season. When he came to the locker room afterwards I saw how proud he was, I’m sure it was eating him up at how he wasn’t there for me before. I didn’t have to invite him there, but he knew I wanted him to be. I could see it in his eyes that he wanted to cry. We ate lunch, we hung out after, and he told me he wanted to come to another one. I was happy for him to be there. We never had anyone to go to games with, and I got the opportunity to show my family a different world, so that keeps me going.

I was raised in Miami, Florida. I was raised in the Overtown area that some might call the roughest neighborhood in Overtown—it’s called the Swamp. I have no idea why it’s called that, but it’s the name we ran with when we were kids. We were growing up and doing the things young men do. Right now I can’t say that all of us have been successful. Some were shot dead, some have kids, and some are in jail. I just thank God that He saw different in me and stuck me to a different path and had a different blueprint for me to follow. I ride through there when I go see my mom and I stop and honk my horn and we exchange “hellos” with some of the people that are still there. I try not to spend too much time there, because I have no business other than my mom’s house, and I know she’d be upset. My mom says focus on winning an ACC Championship for my team, and they’d be pissed if I got in any trouble over there. I just try to keep attached and let them know I’m not Hollywood, but I need them to respect what I want to get done. So far, those guys have been doing that, they tell me they understand. My family questioned my mom when they moved over there, and told her your boys aren’t going to amount to anything. They thought we would be in jail the next month and wouldn’t make it out, that we would start selling drugs. I don’t think any of us ever did. My family always had something to prove, and we proved it. My sister’s in the Opa-Locka area, my oldest brother is in Liberty City, my other brother is helping my mom at home, and my younger brother just graduated from high school.

The most influential person in my life is my mother. For what she did, raising five kids as a single parent, I rarely saw my mom. I stayed with my grandmother for four or five years, until my mom got on her feet. When I was about 12, my mom used to work from six in the morning until one in the morning. My sister took actions in her own hands like she was mama. The only time I saw my mom would be when my mom would call us to tell us she was on her way home, so we would run around like little rascals picking up the house and all that, cause we knew she would be tired and that she had to be awake in a few more hours to do it all again. The things she did for us, it was questions where our next meal would come from, if we could get something for the holidays, and she would make those things come true. I owe it all to my mother. The things she did, and how she did them, I’m just amazed by the things she did just to keep us happy.

The best advice I ever got was to do all you can to stay healthy. Everyone knows I can play the game, so they just try to get me to prevent injuries. I walk, jog, sleep right, eat right, work on flexibility and that’s what I’ve been doing ever since last season. I don’t want to get this far just to fall on an injury. I’ve got some great wisdom from some great guys, but the best one is to prevent injuries.

When I played football when I was younger, I pretended to be Peter Warrick, who used to play wide receiver at Florida State. He was flashy, quick, and I was a little chubby kid doing the same thing he was doing. I taught all my friends how to shake, make moves, catch; everyone wanted to be on my team.

My first time putting on a helmet was my freshman year of high school, around 2004. It was hell. That was the worst thing, next to school in New York. I didn’t know how to put my pads on, my helmet was so tight. I thought football wasn’t for me. I worked at it and stayed at it.

I never thought I would get the opportunities that I’ve gotten. Coming from that rough neighborhood, I remember it being hard to sleep and hard to focus. I wasn’t born with a silver spoon. My mom only had one job and I had no father figure. My first pair of name- brand shoes was a pair of Shawn Kemp Reeboks and then a pair of Adidas; it was hard for my mom to buy a pair of Nikes. I remember in fourth or fifth grade, we went to Foot Locker and I picked up a pair of Kevin Garnett’s, and she said she wouldn’t buy them for me, but I refused to pick another pair of shoes, I was being stubborn. We ended up leaving the store without any shoes, but after she dropped us off at home, she went back later and woke me up the next morning with the shoes. She had me open the shoe box. When I opened that box, I jumped up, brushed my teeth, ironed my clothes, walked to school, I was so excited I wore those shoes every day and she would make sure that I didn’t play in them. I’m just thankful for the opportunity that I got here to change my life around.

I did an internship which I still attend called Empower You. It’s basically a group of guys, a bunch of young men, who have been criminalized and feel like they can’t do much to change their life because of their record. I was able to tell my story and show that I was no different from them; I just never got caught for my wrong doings. I felt like God had something different for me. I felt that earlier too at the age of 12 or 13 that this was not what God had planned for me. I started getting in trouble and then started focusing more. My cousin used to tell me to read a book or do this and do that, and I didn’t want to. But when my friends would ask me to go to the pool or go play basketball, I used to tell them to wait because I had to read a chapter first, or read a book first. I always did what my cousin told me. I never knew I would make it this far.

When I first came to Miami, coming from that prep school, I felt like it was not what I envisioned for myself when I was 13, this can’t be it. I got to my dorm room, four walls, and I cried nights and said to myself “Man, I’m here now.” But I got here, and I met Coach Swasey, and I learned that no one wants a handout and you have to work for it. It just wasn’t what I thought it was going to be and I had to make another transition. I was out of shape, overweight, and I met this little guy Swasey who I knew I had to utilize as much as I could. He’s a great guy.




SOUP

when does practice start?

Posted by: ftmcane | July 06, 2011 at 05:08 PM

I got an email response:

August 6

Hurri'

.....Dope azz picture of Millz hittin the Heisman.

SOUP

Wurd on da skreet is that:

BWash is even better and has re-dedicated in the weight room, and a definite first round pick if he plays like he is preparing.

Kacy Rodgers is balling out and is a very solid back-up to VT and RR at safety.

Allen Hurns is a baller and is doing very well competing for PT at WR.

canechic

Wouldn't you know I climbed the Spencer Butte trail in Eugene, Or with my U shirt on and I meet a Seminole.....can't get away from those stinking Noles!

dj moonbat

Wouldn't you know I climbed the Spencer Butte trail in Eugene, Or with my U shirt on and I meet a Seminole.....can't get away from those stinking Noles!

Posted by: canechic | July 06, 2011 at 10:34 PM


Good God. The double entendres are too many to track.

solarcane

Papa Cane
Upcoming Visit: 4-Star OT Jordan Diamond, 6'6" and 289 lbs, has been offered by Miami and will visit next week.

sota cane

Who are our top ten recruits were after according to inside the u and canesport? What are there chances of bein lucky enough to be in this next coming class?

sota cane

Chances of them* bein lucky enough

raizecane

Here is a 'must see' video with our boy Ray Lewis and a few other NFL players in it -

http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/7836326dd7/field-of-dreams-2-nfl-lockout-with-taylor-lautner?playlist=featured_videos


Ungar

.....Dope azz picture of Millz hittin the Heisman.

Posted by: Hurri' | July 06, 2011 at 10:06 PM

Yeah, that shot is worth framing and signing!

I expect to see it on the wall at the Big Cheese any day now....

VA Cane

Solar, great season info and B Wash take....very informative very good. Nice articles on our RBs as well. I love James...and Miller. One thing I noticed about Miller....one guy takes him down a lot, he seems an easy tackle per last year highlights. However, I think a year will add to his skills.

Recruiting looks really good. I am not convinced all of them are here to stay....they are kids...but gotta say AG and staff are really head and shoulders above where we were. They are doing a great job.

Been kind of busy...little flurry of appraisals...but housing is still bad....and our economy in VA is good. Job search slow but I think will break soon.

On the field, my guys are doing well; we practice every night for short time. Running, skills drills, fundementals big time....racing during sprints...I have a good bunch. We talk a lot; about life, school and working together to succeed. I do not make predictions, and its not like 45-2 3 of last 4 SBs is bad...not at all...but these kids are going to be terrors...they want to win together and it really shows.

I read some every night here; doing a lot of thinking and sometimes I enjoy reading what you guys say without me having to screw it up!!! Love this place its the best.

Every now and then I know its kinda hard to tell, but I'm still alive and well-Johnny Winter 1973

Ohio_Cane

Well, it's official. Casey Anthony will serve 3-4 weeks in jail, and pay a $4,000 fine. Wow...

ftmcane

rumors are spreading that it's fsu being looked at for the recruitment of joyner. just what i'm seeing.

Herbieibis

Great write up on B. Washington. The kid seems to have his head on straight and is hungry.
Canesport is listing a top 30 players who are must gets. I saw on Volsquest.com where Will Raymond didn't have us listed in his top 6. Canesport seems to think we're good shape with him because of Wimberly.At any rate we don't have many Ships left and thank God we don't have any more camps or we wouldn't have had any left to give to that top 30 list.

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