Moss And The Receivers Ready For VT

The Hurricanes look to win the ACC this Saturday as they take on the 11th ranked Virginia Tech Hokies in the Orange Bowl at 1 p.m. Wide receiver Sinorice Moss looks forward to the challenge this week and know it is time to step up and make big plays.

Sinorice Moss's older brother, Santana Moss, knows all about what it takes to step up his play in big time football games.

In the middle of the 2000 season, the number one-ranked Florida State Seminoles rolled into the Orange Bowl to take on the sevent ranked Miami Hurricanes.

The Hurricanes were trying to snap a five game losing streak versus the Seminoles, and did just that. Miami shocked the ‘Noles with a 27-24 victory, marking Florida State's third loss within 10 years on a last second field goal missed wide right.

In that game, Santana exploded for 115 yards on seven receptions. After the game, an emotional Santana yelled to the television cameras "big time players step up in big games!"

With the ACC title on the line this week the Miami Hurricanes take on Virginia Tech. If the Hurricanes win they get a BCS bowl bid, but if they lose then they face the Florida Gators in the Peach Bowl. This week Sinorice Moss will look to follow in the footsteps of his older brother and step up in this big game.

"I spoke with him on Monday," Sinorice said. "He just told me to take it personal this week. Do what I can to work hard. I got to give it all I have, lay it on the line, this is a one game season. Just do the best that I can in practice and it will show this Saturday."

Last season against Virginia Tech the Hurricanes fell behind by 31 points after three quarters and never recovered. After being embarrassed in last season's 31-7 loss in Blacksburg, Moss and the rest of the ‘Canes will look to pay the Hokies back.

"It's revenge," Moss said. "Last year was pretty heart breaking for the University of Miami Hurricanes. It's personal, and we are taking it personal. This week we are going to start fast and do what we have to do to win this football game."

Moss contends that the Virginia Tech game might be an even bigger rivalry for the Hurricanes now than Florida State. In their previous six meetings, Miami and Virginia Tech have split the series 3-3. With the ‘Canes having won six straight against the ‘Noles, it is hard to argue with Moss.

"I would say it is bigger than FSU," Moss said. "Virginia Tech has really become a rivalry. They are not from the state of Florida, but every time we play these guys, it is a hard fought game.

"We are looking at it as a one game season now. We got to go out there and fight hard. They are coming down here to fight us hard, so we know we have to fight them hard."

Until this year, Moss was marred by injuries. Moss surprised everyone in the first game of the season versus Florida State, catching four passes for 112 yards. Sinorice looked a lot like Santana in that game.

Since the FSU game, the passing game for the Hurricanes has really come together. On the season Moss has caught 18 passes for 339 yards and three touchdowns. The explosive Moss averages 18.8 yards per catch. He credits his production in the passing game this season to teammates Roscoe Parrish and Brock Berlin.

"The receiving corps has really stepped up this year," Moss said. "Roscoe Parrish has really taken on a leadership role this year and really exploded this season. He has brought everyone together and made us work even harder. I try to do the things he is doing, staying out late after practice and trying to make the big plays.

"Brock has really shown a lot of confidence, focus, and hard work," Berlin said. "By him showing that he has brought the receivers along. We talk every day about getting the big plays. We stay late and work on vertical routes and come out early and catch some balls with him. Doing what we have to do to make the big plays happen in the game."

As the 11th-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies roll into the Orange Bowl ranked seventh in total defense, Moss is confident that he and his teammates have put in the hard work this week at practice to come out victorious.

"Everything is starting to come together, but it takes hard work to be the best that you can be," Moss said. "Coming out of practice and staying late. Coming in early and watching more film and learning the game of football, getting a better understanding. All the big plays that I am doing for the team, it all starts in practice. If you work hard in practice, it will show in the game."

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