· DATE: Friday, December 30 TIME: 7:30 p.m. TV: ESPN
· Miami trails the all-time series, 8-3
· The two teams have not played since 1988 when the 'Canes won 44-3 in Baton Rouge, La.
· Miami will be wearing orange jerseys with white pants while LSU will be wearing their traditional white jerseys with gold pants.
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 #9 Lance Leggett RG #61 Tony Tella WR #83 Sinorice Moss RT #64 Rashad Butler TE #82 Greg OlsenOther Key Players: QB Kirby Freeman, RB/WR Devin Hester, RB Derron Thomas, RB Andrew Johnson, WR Darnell Jenkins, WR Khalil Jones, OL Reggie Youngblood.
Keep your eye on: Hester, who has soley been practicing on offense for the game. He has been told he will get 20-25 touches a game if he returns for his senior season. Hester was named the most outstanding defensive player in the Peach Bowl last year.
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 Teraz McCray, DT Kareem Brown, LB Leon Williams, LB Glenn Cook, LB Willie Williams, CB Randy Phillips, SS Greg Threat, SS Lovon Ponder
Keep your eye on: Nanton, who leads the team with seven sacks and has 18 in his career.
HURRICANES (29.3 ppg, 11.9 pag) QB Kyle Wright 2303 yards 59% 18 TD 10 INT RB Charlie Jones 457 yards 4.0 avg 5 TD WR Sinorice Moss 35 receptions 604 yards 6 TD TE Greg Olsen 31 receptions 451 yards 4 TD LB Roger McIntosh 96 tackles, 4 sacks SS Brandon Meriweather 102 tackles, 3 interceptions KR Devin Hester 18.5 KR, 14.2 PR 1 TD K Jon Peattie 14-19 FG, 34-39 XP TIGERS (28.6 ppg, 15.2 pag) QB Matt Flynn 261 yards 54% 5 TD 1 INT RB Joseph Addai 781 yards 4.8 avg 8 TD WR Dwayne Bowe 38 receptions 659 yards 9 TD WR Craig Davis 30 receptions 460 yards 1 TD LB Cameron Vaughn 82 tackles, 6.5 for loss FS LaRon Landry 65 tackles, 3 interceptions KR Skyler Green 19.7 KR, 13.6 PR 1 TD K Chris Jackson 7-15 FG 0-0 XP
When Miami has the ball…
OL Anthony Wollschlager vs. DT Kyle Williams/DT Claude Wroten
Wollschlager (6-4/280) is the lone junior on the Miami offensive line and will have his hands full with Williams (6-2/295) and Wroten (6-3/295), both of who are all-SEC first-team players. It is imperative Wollschlager does a good job in both run blocking and in pass protection. If he can do a good job with opening holes for the backs and giving Wright time to throw, the 'Canes offense will be able to pick up positive yardage.
When LSU has the ball…
RB Joseph Addai vs. LB Roger McIntosh
Addai (6-0/215) will be expected to carry the offensive load for the Tigers with Flynn making his first start. Addai also does a good job of catching the ball out of the backfield and the Miami defense will have to keep their eyes on him. McIntosh (6-2/230) is the best linebacker on the team and will have to do a good job in pass defense and against the run to set the tone for the Miami defense.
· RB George Timmons - Out, leg
· WR Ryan Moore - Out, suspension
· WR Terrell Walden - Out, knee
· LB Darryl Sharpton - Out, knee
· DT Dwayne Hendricks - Out, leg
· RB Tyrone Moss - Out, ACL
· LB Tavares Gooden - Out, shoulder
· FS Anthony Reddick - Out, ACL
· CB Glenn Sharpe - Out, ACL
· CB Carlos Armour - Out, ACL
Christopher Stock is a Senior Editor with CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org