Miami has been eliminated from the Coastal Division race but that doesn't mean these next two games aren't very important for the Hurricanes. They have not been finishing seasons on high notes in recent years and tonight's game against Virginia will be the first of three opportunities to finish strongly.
Virginia started the season 4-2 and looked like it could play with just about anyone in the conference. Then just when they got into the thick of their ACC schedule, the Cavs took a nose dive. They've lost each of their last four games and will look to get back on track against the Hurricanes tonight.
Quarterback Greyson Lambert missed a few games earlier this season but has still thrown for over 1,200 yards and eight touchdowns. The 6-5 sophomore was once recruited by the Hurricanes out of high school.
Kevin Parks leads the way on the ground for the Cavs and he certainly has the attention of Miami's coaching staff.
"Parks does a lot of things for them and he's given us problems in the past so that'll be a good challenge for us," head coach Al Golden said.
Defensively, the Cavs are led by defensive end Eli Harold. He's one of the premier pass rushers in all of college football and has seven sacks on the season. He makes lot of plays in opposing backfields and Miami must always know where he's at.
Quin Blanding was one of the nation's most heavily recruited players last year so it's no surprise that he's playing so well for the Cavs in their secondary. He has a couple picks this season and has been playing at a high level all year.
Duke Johnson will be aiming for his 7th straight 100-yard game. He's closing in on the school's all-time rushing record and he'll look to get even closer with a big performance tonight.
Brad Kaaya has been one of the most productive freshman quarterbacks in all of college football this season. He's thrown for 2,403 yards and 22 touchdowns on the season. His top targets have been wide receiver Phillip Dorsett (662 yards and seven scores) and tight end Clive Walford 522 yards and seven scores).
Miami has been one of the better teams in all of college football since it lost to Georgia Tech last month. Tonight will give the Hurricanes another chance to continue that positive momentum.
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