Peach Bowl Preview

Miami lost their last game 16-10 to Virginia Tech costing them the ACC title and a spot in a BCS bowl game. Florida has won their last three games including a 20-13 victory over Florida State.

Last year Miami defeated Florida 38-33 after trailing by 23 points in the third quarter. Quarterback Brock Berlin threw for 340 yards to lead the comeback against his former team. Over 79,000 fans were in attendance for one of the best college football comebacks in 2003.

PROJECTED STARTERS
Offense			Defense
QB	Brock Berlin	LE 	Thomas Carroll
RB	Frank Gore	LT	Baraka Atkins
FB	Quadtrine Hill	RT 	Orien Harris
TE	Buck Ortega	RE	Javon Nanton
WR	Roscoe Parrish	SLB	Jon Beason
WR	Lance Leggett	MLB	Leon Williams		
LT	Rashad Butler	WLB 	Romeo Davis
LG	Tony Tella	CB	Antrel Rolle
C	Joel Rodriguez	CB	Kelly Jennings
RG	Derrick Morse	FS	Anthony Reddick	
RT	Chris Myers	SS	Greg Threat	
K	Jon Peattie	P	Brian Monroe
KEY INJURIES
SS	Greg Threat	Shoulder	Probable
LB	Tavares Gooden	Shoulder	Probable
DT	Santonio Thomas	Knee		Probable 
FB	Kyle Cobia	Shoulder	Probable
RB	Tyrone Moss	Knee		Questionable
DE	Bryan Pata	Knee		Doubtful
RB	Andrew Johnson	Knee		Out
TE	Greg Olsen	Wrist		Out
TE	Kevin Everett	Shoulder	Out
LB	Roger McIntosh	Herniated Disc  Out
OL	Eric Winston	ACL		Out
NOTABLE PLAYERS
Miami: 32.1 ppg – 17.6 pag
QB #7 Brock Berlin	2509 yards 56% 21 TD 5 Int
RB #3 Frank Gore	865 yards 5.0 avg 8 TD
WR #1 Roscoe Parrish	39 receptions 630 yards 8 TD
WR #83 Sinorice Moss	19 receptions 347 yards 3 TD
CB #6 Antrel Rolle	65 tackles, 1 interception
SS #5 Greg Threat	129 tackles, 3 interceptions
K #13 Jon Peattie	13-22 FG, 42-42 XP

Florida: 33.8 ppg – 20.6 pag
QB #12 Chris Leak	2935 yards 61% 28 TD 10 Int
RB #4 Ciatrick Fason	1173 yards 5.7 avg 10 TD
WR #11 O.J. Small	55 receptions 627 yards 4 TD
WR #5 Andre Caldwell	43 receptions 689 yards 3 TD
LB #55 Channing Crowder	70 tackles, 8.5 for loss
FS #46 Jarvis Herring	51 tackles, 4 interceptions
K #14 Matt Leach	12-16 FG, 48-48 XP
NOTABLE TEAM STATISTICS

Miami – 78th in Rushing Offense (133.3)
Florida – 54th in Rushing Defense (145.2)

Miami – 9th in Passing Defense (165.0)
Florida – 13th in Passing Offense (271.9)

KEY MATCHUPS

When Miami has the ball…
RB Frank Gore vs. LB Channing Crowder

This is a battle between two underclassmen who are wavering on whether or not to enter the NFL Draft or to return to their respective college team in 2005. Gore (5-10, 220) has been running better as the season has gone on and as more time has passed since his last knee injury. With a full month off to recover from bumps and bruises, look for him to come out strong. Crowder (6-2, 245) needs to lead the Gator defense if they hope to come away with a victory. He needs to stop Gore and the running and force Miami into situations they are uncomfortable with.

When Florida has the ball…
QB Chris Leak vs. CB Antrel Rolle

Leak (6-0, 195) did not play very much in the last meeting against Miami finishing 9-for-15 for 93 yards and one interception. He has had a good season this year and there has only been one game this year in which he did not throw for more than 230 yards. He has thrown a touchdown in every game. Rolle (6-1, 205) is hungry to have one final big game for the Hurricanes heading into the NFL Draft in April where he could be the first cornerback selected. He will need to have a big game to carry the injured Miami defense.

KEEP YOUR EYE ON

Miami CB Devin Hester – With all of the injuries to Miami linebackers and Florida is likely to stay with their multiple receiver set, Miami will be forced to go in a nickel brining Hester in on more plays. This is the last game of the season and he would love to go out with a bang. He was named a first-team all-American returner after finishing in the top 10 in both punt and kickoff returns.

Florida WR Chad Jackson – Jackson leads the team in receiving touchdowns with six and is averaging over 20 yards per catch. On the season he has 27 receptions for 615 yards—good for third on the team. At 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds he could cause some problems for the Miami secondary.

COKER'S FINAL WORD

On the Florida Cup…

"Charlie (Strong) has not seen it because it has been in my office. He can come down and take a look at it if he wants to."

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

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