Preview: Miami vs. North Carolina

The Miami Hurricanes (6-0, 3-0) visit the North Carolina Tar Heels (3-4, 2-2) on October 30 in front of a national television audience on ESPN2. Kickoff is slated for 7:00 p.m. eastern.

#4 Miami Hurricanes (6-0, 3-0) vs. North Carolina Tar Heels (3-4, 2-2)
Kenan Memorial Stadium – Chapel Hill, North Carolina
October 30 – 7:00 PM Eastern on ESPN2

In their first year in the Atlantic Coast Conference and in search of their sixth national championship, the Hurricanes have continued their presence as one of the top collegiate teams in the country. Against North Carolina State, the Hurricanes belted the Wolfpack with a barrage of touchdown passes from Berlin, while the defense forced four turnovers. Berlin answered his critics with his third straight outstanding game, completing 15 of 30 passes for 265 yards and tying the school record with five TD passes against the nation's top-ranked defense.

North Carolina enters the contest with the ACC fifth-ranked offense that is generating 371 yards per game. The North Carolina defense has struggled this season, ranking next to last (116th) in total defense in the NCAA, allowing 503.9 yards per game. UNC is giving up 252.4 yards on the ground per game and 251.4 yards through the air while surrendering 35.6 points per game. North Carolina runs a pro set offense that returns eight starters from a year ago and a 4-3 defense that has seven returning starters.

The game will be eighth in the series, with North Carolina holding a 4-3 edge in the all-time series. The two teams last met in Chapel Hill on Nov. 16, 1963, a 27-16 Tar Heels victory. The Hurricanes' last win came on Oct. 27, 1961, by a 10-0 score in the Orange Bowl. UNC holds a 1-0 lead in the series at Kenan Stadium.

PROJECTED STARTERS
Offense		                Defense
QB	Brock Berlin		LE 	Baraka Atkins
TB	Frank Gore		LT	Orien Harris
FB	Quadtrine Hill		RT 	Kareem Brown
TE	Kevin Everett		RE	Thomas Carroll
WR	Roscoe Parrish	        SLB	Roger McIntosh
WR	Lance Leggett		MLB	Leon Williams		
LT	Rashad Butler		WLB 	Tavares Gooden
LG	Tony Tella		CB	Antrel Rolle
C	Joel Rodriguez	        CB	Kelly Jennings
RG	Derrick Morse		FS	Brandon Meriweather
RT	Chris Myers		SS	Greg Threat	
PK	Jon Peattie		P	Brian Monroe
KEY INJURIES
OL	Joel Rodriguez	        Knee		Probable
LB	Leon Williams		Hand		Probable
WR	Sinorice Moss		Hamstring	Probable
OL	Tyler McMeans	        Knee		Out
DT	Santonio Thomas	        Knee		Out
QB	Kyle Wright		Ankle		Out
OL	Eric Winston		ACL		Out
WR	Ryan Moore		Ankle		Out
FB	Kyle Cobia		Shoulder	Out
CB	Glenn Sharpe		Knee		Out
NOTABLE PLAYERS
Miami: 35.8 ppg - 15.8 pag
QB #7 Brock Berlin		1249 yards 58% 13 TD 4 Int
RB #3 Frank Gore		409 yards 4.5 avg 4 TD
WR #1 Roscoe Parrish 	        18 receptions 266 yards 5 TD	
TE #84 Kevin Everett		15 receptions 219 yards
CB #6 Antrel Rolle		30 tackles, 1 interception
LB #50 Roger McIntosh	        57 tackles, 2.5 sacks
PK #13 Jon Peattie		9-15 FG, long 49, 24-24 XP

North Carolina: 24.1 ppg - 35.6 pag
QB #10 Darian Durant	        1149 yards 57% 8 TD 6 Int
RB #20 Jacque Lewis		501 yards 7.1 avg 3 TD
WR #11 Adarius Bowman	        18 receptions 329 yards 3 TD
WR #5 Jarwarski Pollock	        28 receptions 280 yards 1 TD
LB #30 Fred Sparkman 	        67 tackles, 1 interception
SS #14 Gerald Sensabaugh	49 tackles, 1 sack
PK #10 Connor Barth		8-9 FG, long 50, 13-13 XP
NOTABLE TEAM STATISTICS

North Carolina – 50th in Rushing Offense (164.1)
Miami – 49th in Rushing Defense (132.8)

North Carolina – 107th in Scoring Defense (35.6)
Miami – 13th in Scoring Offense (35.8)

KEY MATCHUPS

When North Carolina has the ball…
QB Darian Durant vs. LB Roger McIntosh

Durant (5-11, 215) is a mobile quarterback who can throw the football. He is a dangerous weapon at either facet of the game. The senior from Florence, S.C. currently holds the UNC quarterback record for bench press (360), squat (545), and power clean (309). McIntosh (6-3, 235) has increased his number of tackles in each of the last three games. Against Georgia Tech he had eight tackles followed by an 11-tackle performance against Louisville. Last week against North Carolina State he had 13 tackles.

When Miami has the ball…
WR Roscoe Parrish vs. SS Gerald Sensabaugh

Parrish (5-9, 170) has five touchdowns in the past three games scoring at least one touchdown in each game. During the stretch he has 11 catches for 195 yards. He has yet to have a 100-yard game in his career, but with the way he has been playing it is possible this week. Sensabaugh (6-2, 215) was vocal in the press this week about the Miami offense. Now he has a chance to back up some of his statements after not being impressed with what he has seen on game film.

KEEP YOUR EYE ON

North Carolina RB Chad Scott – RB Ronnie McGill (238 yards) will not play and RB Jacque Lewis (501 yards) is listed as doubtful. Scott now has an opportunity for more carries. On the season he has rushed for 236 yards on 45 carries (5.2 average) and two touchdowns.

Miami CB Devin Hester - Hester has two returns for touchdowns in the last two weeks and has four total on the season (3 punt, 1 kickoff). He is currently 3rd in the nation in punt returns (23.2) and 4th in kickoff returns (31.7). Primarily a reserve defensive player he will play some on offense.

COKER'S FINAL WORD

On North Carolina playing home games at night:

"What I have seen is they tend to win the night games at home. They have beat some very good teams in North Carolina State and I think Georgia Tech is a good team. We know what we are in for."

PLAYER QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Wide receiver Darnell Jenkins on if the receivers took early season criticism personal:

"Yeah we took it personal because the only perception people had on the receivers was that we were dropping balls and not getting open."

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

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