Shannon: Marve is facing up to issues

By Times wires
Published November 5, 2007

CORAL GABLES - Miami coach Randy Shannon said Sunday that freshman quarterback Robert Marve has been up front about what Shannon called personal problems, and that the university will help Marve.

Marve, a former Plant High star, was charged last week with resisting arrest without violence and minor criminal mischief after police said he broke a mirror off a car and tried to evade police in Coconut Grove. The charges are misdemeanors.

"With Marve, he's really got some personal problems," Shannon said. "We talked about it and at least the kid is being up front and honest with me about things."

Marve has not been available for comment. He will remain on the roster and is expected to medically redshirt.

He was charged late Wednesday after police said he became upset for an unknown reason and broke the mirror, not aware an officer saw the incident. Marve ran, was caught, and signed a promise to appear in court. He was not taken to jail.

Marve met with Shannon the next morning. Shannon said he could not discuss possible discipline by the team or university.

"It's my job and the university's job to help the kid out," Shannon said. "I think sometimes what we do is we just throw kids to the wolves instead of helping them."

In July, Marve suffered a broken wrist, dislocated finger and a deep cut on his left (nonthrowing) hand when he was a passenger in the car of teammate Jermaine McKenzie, who fell asleep while driving and crashed.

SHANNON SEES POSITIVES: Shannon said he was encouraged that there was no finger-pointing after Saturday's overtime loss to N.C. State.

Daren Daly, who missed a 27-yard field goal in overtime, said he was responsible for the loss. Offensive lineman Derrick Morse said everyone should take some ownership for the defeat. Quarterback Kirby Freeman, who was 1-for-14 passing with three interceptions, said he let the team down.

"They hold each other accountable," Shannon said. "That's how I think this team is starting to come around."