We Put The ‘U’ Back Into U As In ‘U Can’t Touch This ‘…….

Well long thought of as being no longer relevant within college football. It’d appear that the University of Miami(Miami Hurricanes) are seemingly back in the saddle and learning how to play once again.

Miami's  Derek  Epps  celebrates  after a  scoring  a  touchdown in the second  quarter  against  Georgia  Tech   in   an  ACC  game  played  at  Land Shark Stadium  ,  Miami  ,  Florida  ,  on  Thursday 17th  September, 2009.   Miami  defeated   Georgia   33-17.    picture   appears  courtesy  of   ap/photo/Hans  Deryk  ................
Miami's Derek Epps celebrates after a scoring a touchdown in the second quarter against Georgia Tech in an ACC game played at Land Shark Stadium , Miami , Florida , on Thursday 17th September, 2009. Miami defeated Georgia 33-17. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Hans Deryk ................

Having dispatched their instate and conference rivals , Florida State (Seminoles) last weekend . They took a second shot at beating another ranked team within the AP Poll. This time around it was the Georgia Tech (Yellow Jackets) on the opposing end of another victory for the Miami Hurricanes. In the first two weeks of the college football season ‘The Canes’ (2-0), have stamped their authority within the Atlantic Coast Conference(ACC). Now two teams within the Top 25 have fallen at the hands of the Miami Hurricanes.

Miami's La'Ron  Byrd   (47) catches  a  pass   as  Georgia  Tech's  Jerrard  Tarrant  (37)  looks  on during  the  first  quarter  of  the   game .  Byrd  caught  the   pass  and   ran  it  in  for  a  touchdown  .      picture   appears  courtesy of  ap/photo/   Hans  Deryk  ........................
Miami's La'Ron Byrd (47) catches a pass as Georgia Tech's Jerrard Tarrant (37) looks on during the first quarter of the game . Byrd caught the pass and ran it in for a touchdown . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Hans Deryk ........................

First with their defeat of Florida State , the result being an enthralling 38-34 victory over the then ranked #18 team in the poll rankings. Miami , their coach , Randy Shannon and the fans had every right to feel pleased with the proceedings. But last night it was the icing on the cake in their defeat of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. That has brought a greater stride in the step of Canes’ football. And should we not mention pride as well ? They thoroughly outplayed another conference rival and emphasized that in the resulting in a thoroughly convincing 33-17 victory over the #14 ranked Yellow Jackets.

It’s far too early to suggest that this team resembles the ones of old that brought about a great deal of fear, intimidation , and destruction of their opponents. But it’s a step in the right direction for the program and its players. Albeit , that there are those who feel that the ‘thug mentality’ that went with those teams were warranted. If it got the right results in terms of a victory – then so be it, as far as the Canes were concerned. And they, above all people, weren’t entirely concerned with what anyone else thought about them at the time.

As a five time national champion , the last of which was won in 2001 , under the auspices of then coach Larry Coker. The drought and the lack of prominence on the national stage has hurt the program immensely. And even though it still produces players that are long sought after by franchises across the NFL . When Miami is playing football that is a brand that it is normally associated with the program in terms of national success. Then it becomes a bountiful harvest in terms of the recruiting process. Especially when it’s played out on the national stage in-front of a televised audience.

Miami  quarterback   Jacory  Harris   throws  his   sweatband  into  the  crowd  after the  team's   33-17  victory  over    Georgia  Tech  .      picture appears  courtesy  of   ap/photo/ Hans  Deryk  ..............
Miami quarterback Jacory Harris throws his sweatband into the crowd after the team's 33-17 victory over Georgia Tech . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Hans Deryk ..............

With last night’s events and the well rounded display of the team on both sides of the ball. Miami has essentially played itself into contention within the ACC and quite possibly in the minds of some as being a BCS contender.

If the thought was that with the departure of Robert Marve, the program would be at a loss when it came to having a quarterback that could play with fluidity and lead the team. They now have no need to worry , as they’ve now found a more than adequate replacement for the often erratic, Marve. In Jacory Harris , the team has found a real quarterback who can play and more than hold his on the field at the position. And Harris shows signs of being a greatly matured player and one who handles pressure well. He’s athletic and at the same time he doesn’t choose to place his team in danger with that all too risky play. But if anything, it has been his leadership qualities and quarterback ability that has come to the fore. And that was very much on display last night for the team. As he led them to victory.

Georgia  Tech  quarterback  Josh  Nesbitt (9)  heads  back  onto  the field  after   talking   with  coach  Paul   Johnson   during  the  fourth  quarter  of  the   game  played  against  Miami.       picture appears  courtesy  of   ap/photo/  Hans   Deryk  .....................
Georgia Tech quarterback Josh Nesbitt (9) heads back onto the field after talking with coach Paul Johnson during the fourth quarter of the game played against Miami. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Hans Deryk .....................

And upon looking at this Canes’ roster, there’s the thought a number of these players may well have a bright future not only at the collegiate level. But also within the NFL as well. Randy Shannon has gone out of his way to go back the roots of what provided the Canes with much of its success. And that was to primarily recruit in the local hotbed of “football talent” . And that is indeed in South Florida .Areas such as Pahokee , Belle Glade, West Palm Beach, Homestead, Miami and areas farther afield. But it was in South Florida where the nucleus of the talent has been borne-with regard to his recruiting drive. That’s not to say that he hasn’t cast his net aside nationally. He’s has players who’ve come from the West Coast and the North East to get a taste of how things are done in the Canes’ tradition.

Canes' running  back   Graig   Cooper (2)  evades  the  tackles   of  Georgia  Tech  Yellow Jackets'  defensive  players   as  he  makes  his  way   downfield  towards  the  endzone.    picture  appears  courtesy of   getty images/ Doug  Benc  .....................
Canes' running back Graig Cooper (2) evades the tackles of Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets' defensive players as he makes his way downfield towards the endzone. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Doug Benc .....................

As of now we can only take the wait and look approach as to how thing will progress so far as the rest of the college season goes for the program. But of Harris’ three touchdown display is anything to go by. And with the play of running backs Graig Cooper, Javarris James adding a much needed running game to go alongside a very inventive and potent air attack. Offensively, this team essentially wants for nothing. Defensively , they held their own, depriving the Yellow Jackets and denying them anything in terms of real yardage on the ground. A miserly 95 yards of rushing was allowed by the Canes’ defense on the night.

Now comes the hard part for the Miami Hurricanes and that’s to maintain the level of consistency shown through these first two games. With their scheduling and the fixtures ahead, they’ve got to maintain that level of consistent play. Awaiting them next is the #13 ranked Virginia Tech , another ACC conference rival. But it may well be their much anticipated game against Oklahoma , that may well tell us how far they’ve progressed. From thereon in , it’s not thought that the rest of the schedule prove to be overly difficult.

At this juncture there are a number of things that could place their season in jeopardy -over confidence. And as usual the fear of a season ending injury to one of the team’s primary starters. But as I alluded to before , consistency in their play , has to be maintained. If they’re to fare well over the course of the season and their title overall aspirations. It has been a long time coming but for the Canes’ fan the ‘U’ may finally have been brought back to prominence .

Miami Hurricanes’ remaining game schedule.

9/26 @ #13 Virginia Tech
10/3 #12 Oklahoma
10/10 Florida A & M
10/17 @ UCF
10/24 Clemson
10/31 @ Wake Forest
11/7 Virginia
11/14 @ #24 North Carolina
11/21 Duke
11/28 @ South Florida

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6 thoughts on “We Put The ‘U’ Back Into U As In ‘U Can’t Touch This ‘…….

  1. The Canes have proved so far they are a good team. They have Oklahoma and VT on their schedule. LOL. Both are reallty good. VT could be a win Oklahoma I am not that sure, They have a rea l shot at winning the ACC.

    1. bobbygee

      If the Canes were to win the ACC . Then it’d be a feather in the
      cap for their coach , Randy Shannon. There wasn’t a great deal
      of implicit faith in his abilities to begin with. As many of the boosters and alumni
      felt that the program should’ve gone after a much more high profiled coach .

      Alan Parkins

  2. Bobbygee

    Based on their performances thus far I think it’s somewhat early to say how they’ll fare . But I do like what I’m seeing from a Randy Shannon coached team. The feeling amongst a great many of the alumni felt he wasn’t really the right guy for the job to begin with. But I felt it had more to do with The Canes not wanting to pay an exorbitant amount of money to lure a profiled coach to begin with.

    As to program’s chances in the ACC , they may well be in the thick of things at the end of the regular season . As far as being a championship contender is concerned. They’ve a really tough schedule ahead of them – that’s for sure.

  3. They are who we thought they were.

    What did we learn this weekend?

    With the FSU victory over BYU, Miami may be better than we thought.

    Tennessee gave Florida a fight. Does that mean that UCLA is decent?

    And how good is LSU who won at Washington when USC couldn’t. And how bad is Ohio State who now essentially has no chance at a national championship?

    Gotta love college football.

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