Game 8 Preview vs Virginia Tech

The #5 Miami Hurricanes (6-1, 3-1) visit #3 Virginia Tech (8-0, 5-0) tonight at 7:45 in the biggest game of the season.

· DATE: Saturday, November 5 TIME: 7:45 p.m. TV: ESPN

· Virginia Tech has won the last two meetings and seven of the last 10.

· Miami leads the all-time series 15-7.

· Miami head coach Larry Coker is 3-0 in his career against teams that are ranked higher.

· Last season, the Hurricanes lost 16-10 in the Orange Bowl with the ACC title on the line. Virginia Tech was led by RB Cedric Humes who rushed for 110 yards. Miami finished with 190 yards on offense on 53 plays.

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 #85 Ryan Moore       RG #61 Tony Tella
WR #83 Sinorice Moss    RT #64 Rashad Butler
TE #82 Greg Olsen
Other Key Players: QB Kirby Freeman, RB Charlie Jones, FB James Bryant, WR Lance Leggett, WR Darnell Jenkins, CB Devin Hester, OL Derrick Morse, OL Andrew Bain, OL Reggie Youngblood

Keep your eye on: Hill, who is coming off his best game as a Hurricane after recording a blocked punt and recovered it for a touchdown. Also was outstanding blocking for Moss last week.

Projected Starters

LE  #95 Bryan Pata       CB #22 Kelly Jennings
LT  #98 Baraka Atkins    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 #44 Leon Williams
SLB #50 Roger McIntosh
Other Key Players: DE Calais Campbell, DE Javon Nanton, DT Kareem Brown, LB Romeo Davis, LB Glenn Cook, LB Willie Williams, CB Randy Phillips, CB Devin Hester, SS Greg Threat

Keep your eye on: Jennings, who is expected to play as a rover/spy to contain Marcus Vick. Jennings is not known as a tackler so it would be an interesting role for him.

HURRICANES (30.4 ppg, 10.9 pag)
QB Kyle Wright	        1383 yards 59% 10 TD 8 INT
RB Tyrone Moss          675 yards 5.2 avg 12 TD
WR Sinorice Moss        20 receptions 399 yards 3 TD
TE Greg Olsen           24 receptions 348 yards 3 TD   
LB Roger McIntosh       58 tackles, 2 sacks
SS Brandon Meriweather  68 tackles, 2 interceptions 
KR Devin Hester         21.3 KR, 15.2 PR 1 TD
K  Jon Peattie          9-14 FG 24-25 XP

HOKIES (36.8 ppg, 9.1 pag)
QB Marcus Vick          1534 yards 69% 11 TD 5 INT, 319 rush
RB Mike Imoh            400 yards 4.1 avg 4 TD
RB Cedric Humes         365 yards 4.0 avg 5 TD
WR David Clowney        22 receptions 433 yards 3 TD
LB Vince Hall           70 tackles, 3.5 for loss
DE Darryl Tapp          27 tackles, 22 hurries           
KR Eddie Royal          22.7 KR, 9.1 PR
K  Brandon Pace         14-17 FG 36-36 XP

When Miami has the ball…
OL Eric Winston vs. DE Darryl Tapp

Winston (6-7/310) is coming off an ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week performance and will have his hands full with Tapp (6-1/265). Winston is the 'Canes leader on offense and will need to have a strong performance to keep Tapp away from Wright and Moss. Tapp leads the Hokie defense with 22 quarterback hurries. Both players are seniors and are looking forward to the big-time matchup.

When Virgnia Tech has the ball…
QB Marcus Vick vs. DT Orien Harris

Earlier in the week, Coker labeled Harris as his best defensive player. Well, here's his chance to prove to everyone he is a big-time player. After underperforming in 2004, Harris has a chance to put his name back on the national map with a strong performance against Vick. Vick is the leading candidate for the ACC Player of the Year and with a few more strong games could vault himself in the Heisman race. Vick

· CB Randy Phillips - Probable, knee
· DE Bryan Pata - Probable, knee
· DE Eric Moncur - Questionable, concussion
· LB Darryl Sharpton - Doubtful, knee
· DT Teraz McCray - Out, ACL
· LB Tavares Gooden - Out for season, shoulder
· FS Anthony Reddick - Out for season, ACL
· CB Glenn Sharpe - Out for season, ACL
· CB Carlos Armour - Out for season, ACL

NEXT GAME - November 12 at Wake Forest

Christopher Stock is a Senior Writer & Assistant Editor with CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at

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