Game 1 Preview vs. #11 Florida State

MIAMI, Fla. - The #12 Miami Hurricanes (0-0) host #11 Florida State (0-0) tonight at 8:00 on national TV.

· DATE: Monday, September 4 TIME: 8:00 p.m. TV: ESPN

· Miami has won six of the last seven games in the series, but FSU won last year's game 10-7.

· Miami leads the all-time series 29-21.

· Last season, the Hurricanes finished 9-3 with a 40-3 loss to LSU in the Peach Bowl.

Projected Starters

QB #3  Kyle Wright      LT #77 Reggie Youngbloood
RB #34 Charlie Jones    LG #72 Andrew Bain
FB #41 Jerrell Mabry    C  #78 Anthony Wollschlager
WR #8  Darnell Jenkins  RG #71 Derrick Morse
WR #9  Lance Leggett    RT #64 Jason Fox
TE #82 Greg Olsen
Other Key Players: QB Kirby Freeman, RB Javarris James, RB Derron Thomas, TE Chris Zellner, WR Sam Shields, WR Ryan Hill, OL Tyrone Byrd, OL Chris Rutledge

Keep your eye on: James and Shields, both freshmen are expected to be key contributors for the offense.

Projected Starters

LE  #98 Baraka Atkins    CB #4  Glenn Sharpe
LT  #95 Bryan Pata       CB #6  Randy Phillips
RT  #99 Kareem Brown     FS #19 Brandon Meriweather
RE  #81 Calais Campbell  SS #1  Kenny Phillips
WLB #2  Jon Beason
MLB #51 Romeo Davis
SLB #52 Tavares Gooden
Other Key Players: DE Eric Moncur, DT Teraz McCray, LB Glenn Cook, LB Darryl Sharpton, CB Bruce Johnson, CB Chavez Grant, S Lovon Ponder, S Anthony Reddick

Keep your eye on: Davis and Cook, the middle linebacker position will need to step up to provide solid run support and be effective in the passing game.

HURRICANES (in 2005)
QB Kyle Wright	        2403 yards 59% 18 TD 10 INT
RB Charlie Jones        507 yards 4.1 avg 5 TD
WR Darnell Jenkins      25 receptions 242 yards 2 TD
TE Greg Olsen           31 receptions 451 yards 4 TD   
LB Jon Beason           66 tackles, 6 for loss
FS Brandon Meriweather  115 tackles, 3 interceptions 
KR Darnell Jenkins      21.9 KR, 8.0 PR, 0 TD
K  Jon Peattie          15-20 FG 34-39 XP

SEMINOLES(last season)
QB Drew Weatherford     3208 yards 59% 18 TD 18 INT
RB Lorenzo Booker       552 yards 4.6 avg 4 TD
WR Chris Davis          51 receptions 666 yards 5 TD
WR Greg Carr            30 receptions 618 yards 9 TD
LB Buster Davis         91 tackles, 10.5 for loss
DT Andre Fluellen       26 tackles, 12 hurries           
K  Gary Cismesia        17-24 FG 42-43 XP

When Miami has the ball…
RB #34 Charlie Jones vs. LB #7 Buster Davis

Jones (5-10/220) is expected to carry the load for the 'Canes. If he can provide a solid running attack it will open up things down field in the passing game. It all starts with Jones and the offensive line in the runnning. Davis (5-11/245) is FSU's top tackler and will be looking for #34 whenever he touches the ball. Davis will need to get off blocks effectively and make plays as the leader of the defense.

When Florida State has the ball…
FSU receivers vs. CB #4 Glenn Sharpe

The trio of FSU receivers: #5 Chris Davis (6-0/180), #81 De'Cody Fagg (6-3/214), and #89 Greg Carr (6-6/205) will want to stretch the field on the UM defense. The Seminoles have three top-tier weapons and it will be up to Sharpe, the team's top cornerback to shut them down. Sharpe could face all three of the receivers in different situations. He has not played a game in nearly 2 years, but he can't afford to have an adjustment period.

· OL Tyrone Byrd - Probable, knee
· LB Glenn Cook - Probable, knee
· WR Ryan Moore - Out, suspension
· RB Tyrone Moss - Out, suspension
· LB James Bryant - Out, suspension
· WR Rashaun Jones - Out, suspension

NEXT GAME - September 9 vs. Florida A&M

Christopher Stock can be reached at

Canes Time Top Stories