Leader of the D

Antrel Rolle is a senior cornerback from South Dade High School. He is one of two senior starters on defense and one of the team leaders. Through the first four games of the season the Hurricanes have yet to allow a passing touchdown and have only allowed three points in the second half.

Antrel Rolle is ready to lead the Hurricanes against 17th-ranked Louisville on Thursday at 7:45 in the Orange Bowl on ESPN. Louisville has caught the eye of many Hurricanes with their success in their first four games.

Louisville is averaging over 500 yards in total offense with 257 coming through the air. They have scored an averaged of 43 points per game and has just three turnovers. They have converted 54 percent of their third downs.

"We have to prepare for the game," Rolle said. "We have to go out there and take care of our business. We have to do our assignments and play technique football and may the best man win."

Not only does Louisville have a good offense, on defense the Cardinals allowed just seven points per game while holding teams to 260 yards per game. They have allowed just 82 yards rushing per game.

"They are a good team," Rolle said. "There is no doubt about that. We know they are going to come into the Orange Bowl, compete and bring everything they have. We have to play Miami football."

The Miami defense is one of the best in the country allowing just one offensive touchdown on the season. They are holding teams to 215 yards per game and just 6.5 points per game. Rolle thinks the defense can improve.

"There is a great deal of things we can do better," Rolle said. "We took care of some things during the off week like with our techniques. We had been leaving out some of the little things and that is something we concentrated on this past week."

Shutting out opponents is something Rolle and his teammates shoot for each game. On the season they have one shutout (against Louisiana Tech).

"That is our expectation," Rolle said. "We go in there and try to shut people down. That is our goal. If it doesn't happen, then it doesn't happen."

Not allowing a passing touchdown all season is something the team hopes to continue. The Miami defense has consistently been one of the best passing defenses in the country year in and year out. Although there is a new defensive backs coach this year, the results are the same.

"We want to hold teams from a passing touchdown as long as we can," Rolle said. "We want to keep it up all season long. We want to get the national title, but I don't know how things will work out. All we can do now is work on Louisville this upcoming Thursday. We are going to keep them out of the end zone period—not just with a passing touchdown."

According to Rolle the secondary has maintained an attitude to be one of the best units in the country.

"Just going out there and playing with an attitude," Rolle said. "Guys take it upon themselves to stop the man in front of them. We have done a great job playing together as a unit and our defensive line has put a lot of pressure on the quarterback."

Despite the success of Louisville, Rolle does not expect them to give them trouble.

"We expect them to come out and play," Rolle said. "I can't say that we sit here and expect them to give us fits. We never expect any fits out there."

Christopher Stock is a Staff Writer for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@canestime.com

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