· 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.
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 OlsenOther 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.
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 McIntoshOther 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
NEXT GAME - TBA
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