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Sean Spence injury will sorely test Hurricanes’ linebacking depth

by Jorge Milian

The game wasn’t the only thing the Hurricanes lost last Saturday against Clemson.

Sophomore linebacker Sean Spence injured his left knee during the first half of the 40-37 defeat and will be sidelined Saturday when UM faces Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, N.C.

“No surgery or stuff like that,” coach Randy Shannon said of Spence’s injury, without going into specifics. “It’s a wait-and-see deal. But Sean won’t play this week.”

Sophomore Ramon Buchanan will make his first career start in place of Spence, Shannon said.

Buchanan, a 6-foot-1, 215-pound native of Melbourne who spent most of his freshman season at defensive back, has played in all seven games this season, but had seen limited snaps on defense until Spence got hurt after a Clemson offensive lineman rolled into his knee.

“Ray is a guy that has a lot of athletic ability, that’s come a long way,” Shannon said. “He played pretty decently the other day when he came in [against Clemson]. He made some plays on the frontside and backside, covered some guys the way he’s supposed to. He’ll be fine.”

Spence’s injury will certainly test UM’s depth at linebacker, which was already thin to begin with. Jordan Futch, who started two games in place of Colin McCarthy earlier in the season, sustained a year-ending knee injury against Florida A&M on Oct. 10.

With Buchanan moving into the starting lineup, sophomore Arthur Brown and junior Kylan Robinson become the main backups at linebacker. Neither has ever played a down on defense beyond garbage time.

When I asked Shannon on Tuesday morning if either Brown or Robinson are to be trusted on critical snaps, the coach answered, “They’re getting there. If they keep improving, in about a week from now they’ll be ready to do it.

“Before the season, I said that’s the one position that you have to be concerned about because if your numbers are low there, you’re in trouble. And our numbers are very low. You got what you got. You just have to coach the other guys to get it done.”

A few other notes:

…..Shannon officially named Matt Bosher the Hurricanes’ kickoff specialist for the Wake Forest game. Bosher, who held the job most of last year and in the 2009 opener against Florida State, replaces Alex Uribe. Uribe was yanked on Saturday after kicking off directly to Clemson’s C.J. Spiller, who returned the ball 90 yards for a touchdown. “It will be Bosher,” Shannon said. “Uribe came in and did a nice job, but the last two weeks he hasn’t been doing what he’s supposed to. We have to go with Bosher. We’re going to keep working with Uribe and Jake [Wieclaw] to correct mistakes and if they respond, we’ll go back to them.”

…..Starting fullback Patrick Hill continues to be sidelined because of an ankle injury. Hill has not played since he got hurt against Virginia Tech. Shannon said he’s “hoping” Hill can return this season and added that the 5-9, 255-pound senior will test his ankle later this week to determine his progress. Freshman Mike James has started in place of Hill at fullback and “is doing a great job, but what Pat Hill does makes a big difference.”

…..Allen Bailey, who started at defensive tackle against Clemson, will play defensive end against Wake Forest.

…..When I asked Shannon today to name three players who have performed well enough to win each game this season, he mentioned cornerback Brandon Harris, tailback Javarris James and tight end Tervaris Johnson. That’s right. Tervaris Johnson. ““He’s done a lot of good things for us,” Shannon said. “Last week, Tervaris did a good job of blocking. People don’t see that because he’s not catching the football.”

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19 Responses to “Sean Spence injury will sorely test Hurricanes’ linebacking depth”

  1. Civil Carl Says:

    Considering who they play the last 5 games Miami could get away with playing Donna Shalala at linebacker.

  2. canesrule 21 'ships Says:

    Oh oh, here it comes, straight out of the City Beautiful, as super soph qb Jacory (”Ice Veins”) Harris, earns yet another honor…

    Sophomore quarterback Jacory Harris has been named a semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award.

    He is the ACC’s only representative as a semifinalist.

    Narrowed down from all 120 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) quarterbacks, the list highlights 15 individuals who will vie for the oldest and most prestigious award honoring the nation’s best college quarterback. The 2009 O’Brien semifinalists represent schools from the following conferences: ACC (1), Big East (2), Big Ten (2), Big 12 (3), Conference USA (1), Independent (1), Mid-American (1), Pac-10 (2), SEC (1) and the WAC (1).

    Through seven games, Harris has completed 64.6 percent of his passes while completing 122-of-189 passes for 1,774 yards and 13 touchdowns. He has a 155.51 passing efficiency which ranks 10th nationally.

    2009 O’Brien Semifinalists

    Matt Barkley, FR, USC, Pac-10

    Daryll Clark, SR, Penn State, Big Ten

    Jimmy Clausen, JR, Notre Dame, Independent

    Jacory Harris, SO, Miami, ACC

    Case Keenum, JR, Houston, Conference USA

    Dan LeFevour, SR, Central Michigan, Mid-American

    Jake Locker, JR, Washington, Pac-10

    Colt McCoy, SR, Texas, Big 12

    Kellen Moore, SO, Boise State, WAC

    Tony Pike, SR, Cincinnati, Big East

    Todd Reesing, SR, Kansas, Big 12

    Where’s the 8 and 5 Heisman Trophy Winner from two years ago?

    I guess the voters forgot to include him and didn’t get the memo about how tough the SEazy is. Blah, blah, blah!!!!

  3. canesrule 21 'ships Says:

    My bad, when I was cutting and pasting from Canesport to bring you the news Jorge forgot to mention, I inadvertantly did not include the final four Award finalists, and yep, Timmy is there, I guess because he leads the nation in most “pick sixes” a new category that Jeremy Bucktooth Foley insisted be included this year.

    Here then are the bottom of the heap for the award…

    Zac Robinson, SR, Oklahoma State, Big 12

    Ricky Stanzi, JR, Iowa, Big Ten

    Bill Stull, SR, Pittsburgh, Big East

    Tim Tebow, SR, Florida, SEC

  4. Dirtiest Snaatch Portland aka cunzrules WIFE Says:

    “Anyway, the Canes, as you know, have another monumental task in beating the Deacons of Wake Forest,” -cunzrule



    Wake Forest??????

    Welcome to your new reality perched firmly in the middle of the 2nd tier cane fans. LMAO

  5. Dirtiest Snaatch Portland aka cunzrules WIFE Says:

    wow Jascary made a LIST!!



  6. 561 CANE Says:

    It’s time for Arthur Brown and CJ Holton to step up!

  7. Gator Growl Says:

    In the top 10 and 43 Large. Oh Baby, what a fanbase!!!

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  9. Dan the man Says:

    Canesfool , you forgot to mention ice’s 10 int’s. 13 td’s vs 10 int’s. That sucks. Ice has the most turnovers in the acc. Dare I say he almost leads the nation in turnovers. And your really dumb enough to to call him ‘ice veins’. Not with that ratio. Only an idiot(canesfool) would try to compare these two. Tebow is about to break Herschel Walkers all-time SEC touchdown record of 49 rushing td’s. Ice could only dream of such a record. Did I mention his 2 ’ships’ and a heisman to boot. You only wish he was a cane.

  10. Cunzrule is the original foamy mouth spammer Says:

    Cunzrule is so jealous he can taste it. Tebow is the most decorated player history.

    Jascary? Oh yeah he’s on a list

  11. ACC Says:

    What’s with our recruiting? Might as well call us 3-Star U.

  12. It's OVA U clowns Says:

    Here’s how the top-10 rankings look from Rivals, Scout and ESPN:

    1 Texas (19 commits)
    2 Penn State (20)
    3 LSU (22)
    4 Oklahoma (24)
    5 Alabama (21)
    6 Tennessee (20)
    7 Florida (17)
    8 Georgia (18)
    9 USC (14)
    10 Texas A&M (20)

    1. Oklahoma (24)
    2. Penn State (20)
    3. Texas (19)
    4. Alabama (21)
    5. LSU (22)
    6. Georgia (18)
    7. Tennessee (20)
    8. Florida (17)
    9. Oklahoma State (23)
    10. Texas A&M (20)

    1. Florida (17)
    2. Texas (19)
    3. Georgia (18)
    4. Alabama (21)
    5. Tennessee (20)
    6. LSU (22)
    7. Penn State (20)
    8. Oklahoma (24)
    9. USC (14)
    10. Ohio State (13)

    Can U tards show me UM AnYWHERE on ANY of those lists. Recruiting rankings dont matter right cane tards?


  13. canesrule 21 'ships Says:

    His team sucks, almost lost to Ole Miss. State, and Wennessee, so his focus is now on 17 year old boyz and how many stars they have.
    You are a pathetic piece of lard Gaturd Slit Boy. Crawl under crack whore mom’s trailer for a few days and let the possum family warm you up.

  14. Cunzrule is the original foamy mouth spammer Says:

    Your a scumbag cunzrule

  15. GTR Says:

    Canesfool’s foul mouth means the well is dry. He is completely out of retort’s and can no longer argue against the facts without looking more like an arse than he already does. His 2 loss canes and nothing above a 3-star recruiting class leave him with nothing but shots at the Gators - yeah it sucks to have our third heisman quarterback at the helm, and of course, 2 “ships” in 3 years has us crying over what the canes were a dozen or more years ago. That’s what what Gators think everyday - “wow, these 2 basketball and 2 football ships are nice, and being in the midst of the time of your life is nice, but it would have been nice to be a cane 25 years ago?” Dream on canesfool, NO Gator envy’s canes right now, but I bet I know one cane who can’t same the same about the Gators!

  16. Do you eat your Portland wife's drip cunzrule? Says:

    Your a scumbag cunzrule

    good news, looks like the defibrillator didn’t help Lou “the eyeball” Vales.

    The talk radio masses weep.

    RIP sweet Lou…… NOT!!

    Cunzrule? How come you and “Lou”(wink) always show up simultaneously?

  17. My Son's Blog How Do You Like Him Now? Says:

    Jorge, Nice Blog you got here. Your mom would be real proud of her son for encouraging such intelligent dialogue. That big breakthrough at ESPN, Fox or CBS Sports appears to be fading in the mirror.

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  19. #1 canes fan Says:

    ARTHUR BROWN will be one of our better LBs before the end of the season. I dont know him personally but I do know talent when I see it and all he needs is to regain his confidence, remember this is only a game and that life has other offers. Football is about knowing and reacting so start knowing and react leave the second guessing for those cane haters. BE Blessed young man.

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