A Warning From Winslow

University of Miami tight end Kellen Winslow isn't shy about expressing his opinions even if it means waking up the opposition. With one day remaining before the No. 2 Hurricanes (5-0) meet the No. 5 Seminoles (5-0) in Tallahassee, the ever-confident Winslow has no intentions of giving the Florida State coaching staff any tips on how to stop him from doing what he does best.

But the 6-5, 243-pound junior does have a suggestion for anybody in Tallahassee that is listening. And it requires three words.

Winslow, who leads all Hurricanes receivers with 25 receptions for 242 yards in five games this season, was alerted earlier in the week by a reporter about the Seminoles intentions of single-covering him during Saturday's game at Doak Cambpell Stadium. And much of that responsibility could fall on the shoulders of Florida State senior strongside linebacker Michael Boulware, who is tied for the team lead in tackles with 28 and is regarded as one of the best players in the nation at his position. Boulware, who is assigned to cover the opposing team's tight end, will probably handle covering Winslow on his own.

Don't do it, says Winslow.

"I don't think anybody can cover me one-on-one, nobody," said Winslow, who is coming off the his best game of the season after catching 10 passes for 104 yards in a 22-20 victory over West Virginia last week. "I go up against (Miami linebackers) D. J. Williams, Roger McIntosh and Jon Vilma in practice - you don't get better than that. Sean Taylor…I go vs. (UM) safeties. I go vs. (UM) corners all the time. And I beat them. I'm getting better every day. They make me better."

Winslow graced the covers of numerous pre-season magazines and was the main topic of discussion ever since the start of the season as a handful of college analysts gave the son of the former Hall of Fame tight end an outside shot at winning the Heisman Trophy Award.

But faced with double-teams from the opening kickoff of the season, Winslow, averaging five receptions and 48.4 yards a game, didn't have anymore than five catches or 41 yards through the first four before breaking out against the Mountaineers last week. Of Winslow's 10 receptions against West Virginia six of them came in the second half, including a highlight reel over-the-middle 18-yard catch on a 4th-and-13 play with a minute remaining in the game and the Hurricanes trailing 20-19. While many in attendance considered the clutch grab one of the best they had ever seen Winslow was hardly impressed.

"I dream about making those catches and it really wasn't a hard catch at all," said Winslow. "I know what I can do and I've been doing it my whole life."

Despite Winslow's bravery heading into what is annually considered as the biggest game of the year for both teams it doesn't sound like Boulware and the rest of the FSU defense is going to bow down to Miami's talkative star. Although they respect Winslow's ability on the field the Seminoles apparently don't feel he is unstoppable.

"We're going to play like just another game. We're not scared of him," Florida State linebacker Kendyll Pope. "We're just going to try to knock him in his mouth to let him know that we're here and let him know that all the extracurricular stuff after the play…let's get it done during the play, and then we'll see what's up."

Boulware has refused to get involved in any verbal confrontations only saying that Winslow sometimes gets a little too ‘cocky'. But for all his finger pointing and smack delivering after almost every catch, the Seminoles do admit that Winslow is capable of causing them a lot of problems in the game.

"He's a special player. He can do a lot of things that a lot of other guys can't," says Boulware. "If you're not careful he can hurt you in a big way."

Winslow isn't making much of the Hurricanes being 6 1/2 point underdogs to the Seminoles. If the Hurricanes are on their game it won't be a contest, he says.

"It doesn't matter," Winslow said. "That's (the point spread) for the mob and for the bettors. If we do what we're supposed to do we'll go up there and take care of business. It won't even be a game."

Not only does Winslow come up with great plays on occasion; he also lets the closest defender know about it. During the game against West Virginia, Winslow made sure to remind defensive back Adam Jones that he was in the area.

UM coach Larry Coker apparently doesn't have a problem with Winslow's antics.

"I'd like to have about 22 players like that," says Coker. "It's a line fine. You're the coach at Miami, so what do you tell Kellen Winslow? ‘Kellen I want you to be like me…'No!

"But you can't go over the edge. You have to play by the rules. I don't really want officials to have to be watching Kellen. I want them to be awe of him."

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