Top Performers vs Virginia

The Hurricanes (9-2, 6-2 ACC) won their final regular season game on Saturday against the Virginia Cavaliers (6-5, 3-5 ACC). The ‘Canes rebounded after a loss to Georgia Tech with a 25-17 victory. Here are the top performers for the game against Virginia...

Offense

1. RB Charlie Jones – The sophomore running back bounced back from a tough outing versus Georgia Tech with a good performance against Virginia. Jones rushed for 88 yards on 22 carries with 2 touchdowns. Jones continues to shine since taking over the starting job due to the injury to Tyrone Moss. Jones showed flashes of brilliance versus the Cavaliers including a 22 yard run. He ran hard, fast, and strong and made a something out a nothing a lot of times versus Virginia. Jones has been excellent in what looks to be the start of a very promising career.

2. QB Kyle Wright – The sophomore quarterback continues to show why he will be a star in the near future for the Hurricanes. Wright had a very efficient day versus Virginia. He completed 23 of his 30 passes for 248 yards and a touchdown. He made a beautiful pass to Sinorice Moss to give the ‘Canes the lead in the second quarter. Wright was accurate all game and did a good job of protecting the ball and avoiding sacks. The ‘Canes quarterback helped to seal the game in the 4th quarter with a 31 yard scramble to the 1 yard line to set up the team's final score. Hopefully, Wright can end this year with a great performance in the bowl game to kick start what looks to be a big time junior season.

3. WR Sinorice Moss – Sinorice delivered another solid game in his last home game for the ‘Canes. He had a 3 catches for 50 yards versus Virginia. His 17 yard touchdown catch in the 2nd quarter to put the ‘Canes up 15-10 is one of the many big plays he has made in his career at Miami. Moss' big play ability along with his leadership skills will certainly be missed next year.

4. FB Quadtrine Hill – Hill had a career high 7 receptions for a total of 43 yards against the Cavaliers. He recovered Virginia's onside kick at the end of the 4th quarter to put an end to the Cavaliers' comeback attempt. Hill also did a good job of protecting Kyle Wright. He is certainly a player coach Coker can count on to perform in every game. The senior fullback has had an excellent senior season, in which he has probably been the ‘Canes most consistent player on offense.

5. RB/KR Devin Hester – Hester came back after sitting for a few weeks because of a hamstring pull to give the ‘Canes a much needed spark. Hester did a good job on punt returns recording 5 returns for 59 yards. He also entered the game at running back and had 3 carries for 13 yards and 2 receptions for 12 yards. Hester definitely demands attention when he enters the game. It was nice to see him back and it will be interesting to see how the coaches implement him on offense as it appears he is there to stay.

Defense

1. LB Roger McIntosh – The senior linebacker delivered another fantastic performance. He led the ‘Canes with 10 tackles including 2 that went for losses. He also added a sack and a forced fumble. McIntosh's stock continues to rise with every game and you have to imagine he is awfully close to being a first round pick in April's draft. He is finishing his college career with a flurry of dominating performances that are bring up memories of previous ‘Canes' linebackers like Jonathan Vilma, Dan Morgan, Michael Barrow and Ray Lewis.

2. S Kenny Phillips – The true freshman delivered another solid performance for the ‘Canes. Phillips was second on the team with 8 tackles. Phillips delivered same hard hits and was the last man to stop Marques Hagans on a couple of plays. Phillips continues to excel so early in his career and is quickly becoming one of Miami's best players. It is clear this freshman safety have a very bright future ahead of him.

3, DT Orien Harris – The senior defensive tackle along with the rest of the defensive line put pressure on Marques Hagans all game. Harris had 3 tackles and 1 of the ‘Canes 5 sacks. Harris has been a key part to Miami's rush defense which ranks 15th in the nation allowing the opposition 103.9 yards per game. The senior has had an excellent career and looks to be a sure first day pick in April's draft.

4. DE Calais Campbell – Campbell continues to excel when given opportunities by the staff. He recorded 5 tackles and half a sack against Virginia. He helped the ‘Canes control the Cavaliers rushing game led by Wali Lundy and Marques Hagans. The redshirt freshman shows a consistent pass rush and looks to be a star in the making for the Hurricanes. Look for Campbell to have monster sophomore year as he appears to be in position to start with the graduations of Thomas Carroll and Javon Nanton.

5. CB Kelly Jennings – The senior corner played well in his last home game for the ‘Canes. Jennings had 4 tackles and a forced a fumble. Jennings did a good job in coverage for the Cavaliers. He has been a big part of the Canes stellar pass defense which ranks 3rd in the nation allowing only 148 yards per game. He appears to be one of several first day picks on the ‘Canes defense. Jennings who has been a 4 year starter for Miami will certainly be missed.

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