Roscoe Ready

In his last regular season contest against the Florida State Seminoles junior Roscoe Parrish had to be helped off the field after a crushing hit. The blow kept Parrish off the field for the remainder of the day and in the hospital overnight. Parrish recuperated and returned to the field after only one game on the sidelines. Parrish knows this time around the hits will keep on coming.

Despite the two teams meeting for the third time in 11 months, the game is still as intense as always. Arguably the biggest rivalry in college football, there is no shortage of intensity when the ‘Canes and ‘Noles match up. In no other game will you see better athletes than in this game Friday night.

"It is a rivalry game," says Parrish. "Growing up I knew a lot of guys on that team. It is going to be a big-time game and we are going to have to give it all we got."

Miami will need to improve their offensive performance of a season ago to get past the Seminoles. Many feel the FSU defense will be better than a year ago when they only allowed one offensive touchdown in each meeting with the Hurricanes. Without a stellar performance by Jon Peattie in each game, the results could have been reversed. A new offensive coordinator and some fresh faces on offense could help Miami get back to the days of a quick strike offense. Parrish has noticed some standouts in fall camp.

"We are coming along just fine especially Lance Leggett, the freshman," said Parrish. "He is making big plays and he is coming together."

Leggett will not only play, but should contribute heavily this season according to head coach Larry Coker, who has praised the progress of the freshman receiver all camp. The true freshman from Arlington, Texas has not only impressed Coker.

"He gives it all he's got every play and doesn't tire," added Parrish. "I hope we can get him more involved in the offense. He should have a great season because he has made a lot of big plays throughout camp."

Despite the progress made by the Hurricane offense in fall camp, Parrish acknowledges that the Florida State defense will again be tough to move the ball on.

"They don't press a lot, but they have a lot of experience," he said. "They play an awful lot. They have a lot guys in the secondary that can play."

The success of the offense could boil down to the quarterback play for the Hurricanes. Senior Brock Berlin has been often criticized due to a lackluster junior season but by all accounts he has improved significantly in the offseason. Parrish expects big things from his quarterback this season.

"Brock is watching more film and has a better relationship with the wide receivers," said Parrish. "He has better communication such as eye contact downfield that we didn't have last year."

Berlin has talked many times about his self confidence this season. He is not the only one with increased confidence in himself.

"We have a lot more confidence in Brock this year," said Parrish.

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