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Herbstreit: Texas A&M; key to UM’s season

CORAL GABLES - ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit says UM could turn out to be a “surprise team” this season depending on how the Hurricanes do against Texas A&M in College Station, Tx.

UM opens the 2008 season with Charleston Southern on Aug. 28, then faces Florida in Gainesville on Sept. 6. After a bye week, the Hurricanes make their first trip ever to College Station to play the Aggies.

The difference between a successful season and something less than that hinges on the A&M game, Herbstreit said during a conference call with college football writers on Wednesday afternoon.

”To me, if you want a swing game for their season, it’s Sept. 20,” Herbstreit said. “They’re going to struggle in the Swamp with a young team. They get a week off to kind of recoup and then you go to Texas A&M. This is a team that [Miami] dominated last year at home. So what do they do in that game? If they win that game, they come back home against North Carolina, Florida State and UCF those next three weeks and then, you think, ‘Man, this team all of a sudden has some confidence to do great things.’ If they can get to 2-1 after their first three, I think it can really set them up for a year where they can be a surprise team.”

Herbstreit doesn’t count UM out as a contender for an ACC Coastal Division title. He points out that Virginia Tech is “breaking in a lot of new personnel” and that North Carolina, which was 4-8 last season, is a “trendy pick.” Not that Herbstreit is betting the house on the Hurricanes, either.

“When you sit and look at Miami it’s impossible to really know how good this team is when you have so many young players that are going to be in a big role,” Herbstreit said.

A couple of other notes and observations:

……Can we get the charade over with and have Robert Marve announced as UM’s starting quarterback?

……ESPN analyst and former Gator quarterback Jesse Palmer on what Marve or Jacory Harris, who haven’t played a down of college football, will face in Gainesville on Sept. 6: “That’s certainly a tough situation and there’s no way getting around that. There’s certainly nothing that Charleston [Southern] can provide that’s going to give them an indicator of (a) the level of talent they’re going to see from Florida and (b) just the environment they’re going to play in. I remember early in my very first start as a true freshman at Auburn in Jordan-Hare Stadium……there’s no way I could have prepared for what I was about to see both on the field and around the field. It comes down to the individual. Coaches and teammates find out about players when they see them in those situations. It’s safe to assume the playbook might get shortened, they might keep it real conservative and just try to establish a nice tempo to help the young guys get comfortable. But there’s no way to prepare for that.”

……The Hurricanes didn’t practice on Wednesday. They’ll be back at it on Thursday at 7:30 a.m. then return on Friday at 5:30 a.m., which is the earliest practice in a long time.

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By canesrule 9 'ships

August 20, 2008 7:55 PM | Link to this

None of the 61 coaches on the panel gave Miami a vote, not even on the significantly looser scale of pre-season speculation, and it’s a list of voters that includes every coach in Florida.

We’re talking Urban Meyer, who plays Miami on Sept. 6 and might benefit a bit from boosting his opponent. Both Bowdens, too, Bobby and Tommy, who play the Hurricanes every year in the ACC. Jim Leavitt of South Florida didn’t vote for Miami, either. Same goes for Schnellenberger, George O’Leary of Central Florida and, most surprisingly, FIU’s Mario Cristobal, a member of two national title teams at Miami.

No way to prepare for another bowl ineligible season either. I GIVE UP!

I just went out & bought a #15 jersey and superman cape. See you guys in Gainesville.

Go Gators!!!

By canesrule 9 'ships

August 20, 2008 8:48 PM | Link to this

Seriously, you boys have to check out my #15 jersey when you come up to Gaynesville. Also, I can’t wait to have #15 sign my Orange-and-Blue undies. I’ve heard he’s a good sport about that sort of thing.

By Steve B

August 20, 2008 9:03 PM | Link to this

What a gayturd loser.Face it- FSU and Miami are on the upswing and the Gators are fading. 4 losses last year and you think you are invincible. Miami had a freshman quarterback in 1983 and won the national championship that year. They werent even rated in the preseason top 20. Suprises are in store for the ever arrogant Gator fans.Wait and see. The Gators are vulnerable on defense and Miami has a whole bunch of new gamebreakers.

By silly stool

August 21, 2008 8:33 AM | Link to this

“Steve B” = Canestool

Silly Stool. The only thing that is fading is your feeble brain you imbecile.

By canesrule 9 'ships

August 21, 2008 10:55 AM | Link to this

Real canesrule here, that was Jayturd and or his boyfriend Daniel a/k/a Daniella in drag. I agree with Steve B, Da U is on the upswing and the Gaturds are looking glum. But Kirk Herbstreet gave the Turds the kiss of death by picking them numero uno, just as he did with Da U the year we went 7 and 6. Can’t wait to see the jort wearing Teebags get body slammed come 9/6 as the Canes raid Canesville. Canes rule Gaturds drool (after they suck).

By canesrule 9 'ships

August 21, 2008 5:16 PM | Link to this

Real canesrule here, that Pannunzio guy is going to wreck our limping special teams. Every single person on the SS blog hates this guy. Our kicking game will use Bosher for all kicking. That’s what coaches do when they don’t trust any of the other kickers. Our special teams will be dreadful again in 08. I’ve been yapping all summer about what a stud Cooper would be at running back. Turns out he’s returning punts instead. No team with a feature tail-back uses them to RETURN PUNTS. Guess he isn’t all he’s advertised as. We were expecting things from Moncur too but he’s just holding a clipboard. I’ll be wearing my fun Tim Tebow underoos during that beatdown. Are there more than 10 career touchdowns amongst our entire starting offense? Has any offensive player shown that he can produce at the D-1 level on this team in 08? We don’t have one proven guy. Florida is going to cover the spread (17-1/2, expect points to move toward UM). We’re gonna get crushed.

By Jay's mom

August 21, 2008 5:54 PM | Link to this

Sorry fellars for that last post but as I’ve said before I was a crack whore when I birthed Jay at Shands Teaching Hospital in Canesville, I mean Gainesville. I took a hit just as Jay was emerging from the womb…its not his fault he is delusional and loves the Turds because the docs saved his life, much to my chagrin.

By Percy Harvin

August 22, 2008 5:26 PM | Link to this

Hey Jay, my mom was that way also.

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