Knighten, the junior Arkansas State quarterback, has played well in his first two starts for the Red Wolves. In the victory over Montana State, Knighten was 19 of 29 passing for 219 yards and he added 93 yards rushing and caught a pass for 45 yards. He had one touchdown pass. Against Tennessee, he was 21 of 34 for 166 yards and a touchdown and ran for 65 yards and another score.
“He has the ability to run the ball,’’ said Miami coach Al Golden. “They do a power sweep series. We will see the screen game. I think he can play in the pocket or he can move for them with his play action game. He can hit them down the seam, which is difficult off the play action game.
“And for us it is going to about ups executing. Right now it is about us and that is way we are approaching this and there are certain things we have to get fixed. You know the screen, defending the option. This kid can do the same thing. Not the actual pitch option it is the option with a read series and the quarterback will pull it. If you are not sound on that every play you are going to get hurt on that.”
For the season Knighten is hitting 63.5 percent of his passes and is averaging 5.3 yards per carry.
“They are a very talented and skill team and he is their leader,” said Hurricanes’ defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio. “He does a great job in both the running and passing game, running their offense. It will be a tremendous challenge for us.”
The game is scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 2:30 in Miami. It will be televised nationally on ESPNU.
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