Peach Bowl: Top Offensive Players

The #14 Miami Hurricanes (8-3) face the #20 Florida Gators (7-4) on Friday, December 31 at 7:30 pm in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. The game will be played at the Georgia Dome and will be televised on ESPN. Here are the top offensive players for each team.

#14 MIAMI (8-3)

QB Brock Berlin, Senior, 2nd Team All-ACC
Berlin has thrown for 2,509 yards, 21 touchdowns, and five interceptions this season. He is 18-5 as the starting quarterback at Miami. Last year against the Gators he led the Hurricanes past his former team to a 38-33 come from behind victory. He threw for 340 yards on 27-of-41 passing.

RB #3 Frank Gore, Junior, 2nd Team All-ACC
Gore is still wavering over the idea of turning pro. One would think a good game against Florida could be the deciding factor. On the season he has rushed for 865 yards and eight touchdowns. His best performance of the season came against Virginia when he rushed for 195 yards on 28 carries.

WR #1 Roscoe Parrish, Junior, 2nd Team All-ACC
Some believe this 5-foot-9 speedster will be heading to the NFL after the bowl game. He is a childhood friend of Gore's, which could play an impact in his decision. Parrish leads the team in touchdowns with nine including a streak of four games in which he scored at least one touchdown. On the season he has 39 receptions for 630 yards.

WR #83 Sinorice Moss, Junior
Moss has steadily had a solid year starting off with his spectacular game in the season opener against Florida State. He is second on the team in receiving yards with 347 and yards per catch, 18.3. He stands 5-foot-8 and is a very good technical receiver. If there is a seam in the defense he could take it the distance.

OL #77 Chris Myers, Senior, Junior, 2nd Team All-ACC
Myers, one of the team captains, has filled in admirably at right tackle this season after spending the majority of his career at guard. His leadership was much needed this year and is one of 10 seniors on the team.

#20 FLORIDA (7-4)

QB #12 Chris Leak, Sophomore
Leak has thrown for an SEC-high 2,975 yards and 28 touchdowns. He has had only one game in which he threw for less than 230 yards and that was in a loss to LSU. He has thrown a touchdown pass in every game including six against South Carolina. He has a quick release and throws a great ball.

RB #4 Ciatrick Fason, Junior, 2nd Team All-SEC
Fason has announced this will be his last game as a Gator and will enter the NFL Draft a year early. He has rushed for 1,173 yards in his breakout season after rushing for 583 yards a year ago. He is averaging 5.7 yards per carry and has shown a good combination of speed and power throughout the season. In the last regular season game against Florida State he rushed for 103 yards.

WR #11 O.J. Small, Senior, 2nd Team All-SEC
Small has worked hard throughout his career and was never thought of as the best receiver on the team. This year the coaches of the SEC named him to the All-SEC 2nd Team after his season with 55 catches and 627 yards. Coming into his senior season he had only 54 career catches.

WR #5 Andre Caldwell, Sophomore
Caldwell was a heavily recruited player out of Tampa Jefferson. As a freshman he had 174 receiving yards, but worked hard in the off-season and came back ready for his sophomore season. He leads the team with 689 yards and is still looking for his first 100-yard game of his young career.

OL #61 Mo Mitchell, Senior, 1st Team All-SEC
Mitchell, a right guard, moved back to the offensive line this season after playing defensive tackle in 2003. He is massive standing 6-foot-7 and weighing 370 pounds and was one of the top offensive linemen in the country out of high school.

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

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