Game 2 Preview vs Clemson

The #13 Miami Hurricanes (0-1) visit #20 Clemson today at 3:30 p.m.

· DATE: Saturday, September 17 TIME: 3:30 p.m. TV: ABC

· Miami has never played at Clemson.

· Last season, Clemson defeated Miami 24-17 in overtime behind Reggie Merriweather's three rushing touchdowns in the second half.

· Miami leads the all-time series 4-2.

Projected Starters

QB #3  Kyle Wright      LT #74 Eric Winston
RB #30 Tyrone Moss      LG #68 Tyler McMeans
FB #23 Quadtrine Hill    C #78 Anthony Wollschlager
WR #83 Sinorice Moss    RG #61 Tony Tella
WR #85 Ryan Moore       RT #64 Rashad Butler
TE #82 Greg Olsen
Other Key Players: QB Kirby Freeman, RB Derron Thomas, RB Charline Jones, FB James Bryant, WR Lance Leggett, WR Darnell Jenkins, CB Devin Hester, TE Buck Ortega, OL Andrew Bain,

Keep your eye on: RB Derron Thomas and RB Charlie Jones who are both expected to receive more carries than the combined four they got last game.

Projected Starters

LE  #95 Bryan Pata       CB #22 Kelly Jennings
LT  #99 Kareem Brown     CB #24 Marcus Maxey
RT  #92 Orien Harris     FS #1  Kenny Phillips
RE  #90 Thomas Carroll   SS #19 Brandon Meriweather
WLB #2  Jon Beason      
MLB #51 Romeo Davis
SLB #50 Roger McIntosh
Other Key Players: DE Calais Campbell, DE Javon Nanton, DT Baraka Atkins, LB Willie Williams, LB Leon Williams, CB Devin Hester, S Greg Threat

Keep your eye on: DT Baraka Atkins who is recovering from a knee injury after performing well in the season opener.

HURRICANES
QB Kyle Wright	       232 yards 57% 1 TD 2 INT
RB Tyrone Moss         102 yards 4.4 avg 0 TD
WR Ryan Moore          3 receptions 69 yards 1 TD
TE Greg Olsen          8 receptions 137 yards 0 TD   
LB Jon Beason          8 tackles
SS Brandon Meriweather 7 tackles, 1 fumble recovery	    
KR Devin Hester        5 career returns for TD
K  Jon Peattie         0-2 FG 1-1 XP

TIGERS
QB Charlie Whitehurst  363 yards 78% 2 TD 0 INT
RB James Davis         183 yards 4.7 avg 0 TD
RB Reggie Merriweather 97 yards 5.1 avg 2 TD
WR Curtis Baham        5 receptions 106 yards 2 TD
DE Gaines Adams        11 tackles 3 sacks
LB Nick Watkins        19 tackles
CB Tye Hill            9 tackles 1 interception
K  Jad Dean            6-6 FG 5-5 XP


When Miami has the ball…
WR Ryan Moore vs. CB Tye Hill

Moore could not be guarded last week against Gerard Ross who had two pass interference calls against him and Moore still finished with 69 yards receiving and three catches. If Hill cannot have success with Moore, Wright will have a field day getting the ball to his favorite receiver.

When Clemson has the ball…
RB James Davis/Reggie Merriweather vs. LB Roger McIntosh/Jon Beason

Clemson's top two running backs against Miami's top two linebackers could very well be the determining factor in the game. If Davis and Merriweather can run the ball with some consistency it will open up things for Whitehurst. Miami needs McIntosh and Beason to be on their toes against the run and the short passes. It is imperative they are in position to make a play.

· RB Tyrone Moss - Probable (lower leg)
· DT Baraka Atkins - Probable (knee)
· LB Tavares Gooden - Out (shoulder)
· OL Derrick Morse - Out (shoulder)
· RB Andrew Johnson - Out (ACL)
· FS Anthony Reddick - Out for season (ACL)
· DT Teraz McCray - Out for season (ACL)
· CB Glenn Sharpe - Out for season (ACL)
· CB Carlos Armour - Out for season (ACL)

NEXT GAME - September 24 vs Colorado

Christopher Stock is a Senior Writer & Assistant Editor with CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@canestime.com


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