Game 11 Preview vs Virginia

The #10 Miami Hurricanes (8-2, 5-2) host the Virginia Cavaliers (6-4, 3-4) today at 3:30 p.m.

· DATE: Saturday, November 26 TIME: 3:30 p.m. TV: ABC

· Miami leads the all-time series, 2-0

· Last season, the Hurricanes defeated the Cavaliers in Charlottesville, Va. 31-21. RB Frank Gore rushed for a career-high 195 yards and WR Roscoe Parrish scored on a 25-yard touchdown reception with 51 seconds remaining to give the Hurricanes the victory.

· Miami will be having their annual Senior Day today in which 17 seniors will be playing in their final game.

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.

Keep your eye on: Moore, who has posted the first back-to-back 75+ yard games of his career. If he finishes strong, he is a strong candidate to leave early for the NFL.

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 #51 Romeo Davis
SLB #50 Roger McIntosh
Other Key Players: DE Javon Nanton, DE Calais Campbell, DT Kareem Brown, DT Teraz McCray, LB Leon Williams, LB Glenn Cook, SS Greg Threat, SS Lovon Ponder, CB Devin Hester, CB Randy Phillips.

Keep your eye on: Atkins, who has been playing undersized at tackle all season. Atkins, a three-year starter, needs to finish strong to help vault his status if he chooses to leave early for the NFL.

HURRICANES (29.7 ppg, 11.4 pag)
QB Kyle Wright	        2055 yards 57% 17 TD 10 INT
RB Charlie Jones        369 yards 4.0 avg 3 TD
WR Sinorice Moss        32 receptions 554 yards 5 TD
WR Ryan Moore           28 receptions 425 yards 4 TD
LB Roger McIntosh       85 tackles, 4 sacks
SS Brandon Meriweather  93 tackles, 3 interceptions
KR Devin Hester         21.3 KR, 14.9 PR 1 TD
K  Jon Peattie          12-17 FG 33-36 XP

CAVALIERS (26.9 ppg, 22.3 pag)
QB Marques Hagans       1928 yards 61% 11 TD 11 INT
RB Wali Lundy           454 yards 4.1 avg 7 TD
WR Deyon Williams       46 receptions 527 yards 4 TD
WR Fontel Mines         23 receptions 305 yards 1 TD
LB Kai Parham           82 tackles, 8 sacks
CB Marcus Hamilton      56 tackles, 5 interceptions
KR Cedric Peerman       27.3 KR, 218 rush yards
K  Connor Hughes        18-21 FG 30-30 XP

When Miami has the ball…
QB Kyle Wright vs. CB Marcus Hamilton

Hamilton (5-11/185) is arguably the Cavaliers best defensive player. Earlier this year he shut down Georgia Tech WR Calvin Johnson (4 catches, 41 yards) and is second on the team in tackles. Wright (6-4/220) did not throw the ball very well at all last week in the loss. Wright ranks second in the ACC in pass efficiency (139.0). It will be very important for Wright to avoid sacks and get the ball to his receivers downfield.

When Virginia has the ball…
QB Marques Hagans vs. SS Brandon Meriweather

Hagans (5-10/210) gave Miami troubles on the ground last year when he rushed for 85 yards on nine carries. He only passed for 94 yards on 25 attempts. Meriweather (6-0/190) is Miami's leading tackler and is tied for the team lead in interceptions. He will be keeping a close eye on Hagans.

· DE Bryan Pata - Probable, knee
· CB Devin Hester - Probable, hamstring
· DE Thomas Carroll - Probable, concussion
· LB Willie Williams - Doubtful, hamstring
· LB Darryl Sharpton - Doubtful, knee
· DT Dwayne Hendricks - Out, elbow
· 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


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

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