Game 9 Preview vs Wake Forest

The #3 Miami Hurricanes (7-1, 4-1) visit Wake Forest (4-6, 3-4) today at 3:30 in the Demon Deacons final game of the season.

· DATE: Saturday, November 12 TIME: 3:30 p.m. TV: ABC

· Miami leads the all-time series, 4-3

· Last season, the Hurricanes defeated the Demon Deacons 52-7 in the Orange Bowl. Brock Berlin and Derrick Crudup combined for a season-high 424 passing yards in the game while completing 19-of-27 passes.

· The game was originally supposed to be played on November 17, but was moved up due to Hurricane Wilma.

Projected Starters

QB #3  Kyle Wright      LT #74 Eric Winston
RB #34 Charlie Jones    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 Derron Thomas, RB Andrew Johnson, WR Lance Leggett, WR Darnell Jenkins, OL Reggie Youngblood, OL Derrick Morse

Keep your eye on: Thomas, who can score from any point on the field. He has great speed and burst through the hole and if Jones is struggling Thomas could provide the team with a lift.

Projected Starters

LE  #94 Eric Moncur      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 #51 Romeo Davis
SLB #50 Roger McIntosh
Other Key Players: DE Javon Nanton, DE Calais Campbell, DT Kareem Brown, LB Leon Williams, LB Glenn Cook, LB Willie Williams, SS Greg Threat, CB Randy Phillips, CB Bruce Johnson

Keep your eye on: Randy Phillips, who will have a larger role with Hester expected to be out. Phillips (6-0, 185) is wearing a knee brace and is still working on his ability to cover.

HURRICANES (30.0 ppg, 10.4 pag)
QB Kyle Wright	        1529 yards 59% 11 TD 9 INT
RB Charlie Jones        229 yards 3.9 avg 1 TD
WR Sinorice Moss        24 receptions 426 yards 3 TD
TE Greg Olsen           26 receptions 371 yards 3 TD
LB Roger McIntosh       69 tackles, 4 sacks
SS Brandon Meriweather  78 tackles, 2 interceptions
KR Darnell Jenkins      19.6 KR, 13.5 PR
K  Jon Peattie          11-16 FG 27-28 XP

DEMON DEACONS (25.2 ppg, 26.9 pag)
QB Cory Randolph        706 yards 67% 5 TD 2 INT
RB Chris Barclay        1022 yards 5.4 avg 9 TD
RB Micah Andrews        621 yards 5.6 avg 1 TD
WR Nate Morton          38 receptions 460 yards 2 TD
FS Josh Gattis          66 tackles, 5 INT, 2 TD
LB Jon Abbate           64 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 INT
KR Kevin Marion         18.6 KR
K  Sam Swank            18-22 FG 27-27 XP


When Miami has the ball…
QB Kyle Wright vs. FS Josh Gattis

Wright (6-4/220) will be looking to expose a Wake Forest pass defense that ranks 90th in the country allowing 246 yards per game. Wright has not thrown for over 200 yards in three straight games. Gattis (6-1/210) is tied for second in the nation with five interceptions and leads the team in tackles. Gattis, a junior, has had the knack for making the big play throughout his career with seven interceptions, four fumble recoveries, four forced fumbles.

When Wake Forest has the ball…
RB Chris Barclay vs. LB Roger McIntosh

Barclay (5-10/180) is the leading rusher in the ACC averaging 114 yards per game. He is averaging 159 yards in Wake Forest's wins and 77 yards in the losses. He rushed for 57 yards on 18 carries last season against the Hurricanes. McIntosh (6-2/230) had a strong game last week against Virginia Tech and looks to continue it this week. McIntosh, a senior, leads the Miami linebackers in tackles for the second season in a row.

· CB Kelly Jennings - Questionable, concussion
· DE Bryan Pata - Doubtful, knee
· CB Devin Hester - Out, hamstring
· DT Dwayne Hendricks - Out, elbow
· LB Darryl Sharpton - Out, knee
· RB Tyrone Moss - Out of season, 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 19 vs Georgia Tech, 7:45 p.m.

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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