September 16, 2007

The day after: Shannon wants fewer mistakes

A day after Miami's 23-9 victory over FIU, coach Randy Shannon summed up his thoughts on the game.

"There were too many penalties on the offensive line," he said. "(They) were trying to jump the snap count. Those guys are good athletes at offensive tackle. They shouldn't worry about guys running past them. That was one discouraging thing, false starts, things like that were unacceptable. The big play in the fourth quarter with the running back - it was bad technique (by Spencer Adkins). There was one blown assignment in the secondary, the rest of the time the whole defense played great up to that one play. Don't give teams life when we have them on the ropes. (The defense) responded and stopped them, but that one big play was unacceptable for what we were trying to get done.

"Kyle Wright did a good job. The fumble was inexcusable. We work on protecting the football every day in practice. The one interception going inside the red zone was inexcusable. The other one, the receiver has to make a play on that. The defensive back broke on the ball, and the receiver didn't break on the ball. That receiver should have broke on that ball and should have caught that ball. He was waiting for the ball to get to him. The offensive line did a great job pass protecting; running the football was good. The defense did an adequate job, but we have to get better as a whole defense.

"Special teams we had a chance for Shawnrey McNeal and Lee Chambers to do some things. One guy missed block on a kickoff return that would have been a touchdown if one guy got his block."

Shannon also spoke about a team that has some future Canes: Miami Northwestern High School.

Northwestern ended Southlake (Tex.) Carroll's 49-game winning streak in a battle of No. 1 vs. No. 2.

What does that do for Dade football?

"It's good for the City of Miami and Dade County that we have an opportunity for a team - it's been a long time since a team from Dade County's been ranked No. 1," Shannon said. "That gets a lot of attention on student-athletes in high school down here, opens up a lot of doors for other players to go to different schools."

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