October 7, 2007

Shannon the day after: It's tough right now

A day after the 33-27 loss at North Carolina, coach Randy Shannon spoke more about the game.

"Evaluating the film we didn't come out and play the first half at all," he said. "I don't know what the problem was. It's almost like you have to deprogram these guys to get out what they had in their mind from last year. The second half we ran the exact same plays, offensively and defensively, and they executed. Offensively we had big plays left and right, and it gave us an opportunity to win the game. But you cannot put yourself in a hole 27 points down, a sold-out stadium and try to get yourself back in it. We had our opportunity. The four turnovers really killed us. It's not (only) the turnovers - the missed field goal, blocked punt, missed extra point, those are points that are unseen, hidden that are not good.

"Defensively we didn't do anything the first half. The second half we beared down, were a totally different team on defense also. One good thing, the guys did show some character coming back, trying to fight and get back (in it). It did show character. I don't think we'd have done that last year or the year before. I think we'd have just shut it down."

Shannon also made a pitch to recruits UM is after.

"Hopefully the players we're recruiting right now understand the future is bright here, that when they come to the University of Miami to expect to play, not to sit around and watch," Shannon said. "We're counting on all the recruits to come in and play."

In injury news, Shannon said DT Antonio Dixon "will be out a while." He said Josh Holmes, who "played great," can step in for Dixon.

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