Defensive Breakdown

The defense did a wonderful job holding the Florida State to just 165 yards and three points. They all played hard and played together. You can see the camaraderie of the defense led by senior standout corner Antrel Rolle. Their energy and intensity could not be matched by Florida State who was held to 57 yards rushing on 35 carries (1.6 average).

DEFENSIVE LINE

Starters
LE Baraka Atkins - 2 solo, 2 ast, 2.0 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble
LT Orien Harris - 0 solo, 1 ast, 0.5 tackles for loss
RT Santonio Thomas - 1 solo, 2 ast, 1.0 tackles for loss
RE Javon Nanton - 1 solo, 3 ast, 0.0 tackles for loss

Top Reserves
DE Thomas Carroll - 2 fumble recoveries
DT Teraz McCray - 2 ast tackles

Overall the defensive had a great game. They put pressure on the running game plugging the holes in the middle. When Florida State attempted to pass the line maintained pressure from both the outsides and the inside. At times they would overrun tackles when attempting to sack the quarterback. FSU QB Chris Rix did a good job of avoiding the rush, but the Hurricanes need to finish off the quarterback when they get there. Look for this unit to improve on only recording one sack. That was the only flaw in an otherwise great performance by the line.

LINEBACKERS

Starters
SLB Roger McIntosh - 3 solo, 7 ast, 0.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sack
MLB Leon Williams - 2 solo, 1 ast
WLB Tavares Gooden - 1 solo, 4 ast

Top Reserves
LB Jon Beason - 0 solo, 1 ast
LB James Bryant - 0 solo – 1 ast

There were times in the game where McIntosh was all over the field and in on every tackle—definitely a good sign. This unit is under some pressure having to replace all three starters from a year ago, but they played well. They were in nickel formation the majority of the game with McIntosh and Gooden getting the reps and McIntosh was the lone ‘backer in dime formations. It is important for this unit to keep improving especially against runs—specifically counters. Over committing is a common mistake amongst young units, but so far they passed their first test.

SECONDARY

Starters
CB Antrel Rolle - 5 solo, 1 ast, 3.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack
CB Kelly Jennings - 2 solo, 2 ast, 0.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sack, 1 interception
FS Brandon Meriweather - 4 solo, 2 ast
SS Greg Threat - 6 solo, 4 ast, 1.0 tackles for loss, 1 interception

Top Reserves
CB Glenn Sharpe - 1 pass breakup
CB Marcus Maxey - 4 solo, 0.5 tackles for loss

This unit was spectacular. They held Florida State to just 108 yards passing on 12-of-28 passing (43%). Only two passes went for over 15 yards. Not only were they blanketing the receivers, but also they were physical. They were physical at the line and made tackles all night. At the end of the game there was no way Florida State was going to complete a meaningful pass because the Miami secondary hovered around the receivers. Rolle and Threat were all over the field making key stops against the run and were in the right spots on defense. Look for this unit to continue to be strength of the Miami football team.

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