Canes, O-Line Looking to Rebound

The University of Miami football team will look to rebound this week versus FAMU, following a tough loss to Florida State in the first game of the season.

Center Anthony Wollschlager says that the FAMU game is important because it is a chance for the offensive line and the team to build confidence.

"Every game is real important for your confidence; going out there doing the right things and getting the job done," Wollschlager said. "I think coming off a loss, this week is vital for our confidence."

While the offensive line showed improvement versus FSU, cutting the sack total from 9 in 2005 to 3 in 2006, the Seminoles front seven still managed to get a great deal of pressure on Kyle Wright.

"We need to go out and play like I think we can play," Wollschlager said. "I don't think we showed that. We have got a lot to prove. Scheme wasn't really the problem. It was just little technique things with blocking here and there. We played a little sloppy, we just need to clean that up."

One bright spot on the offensive line was the play of true freshman Jason Fox. Fox did an admirable job in his first game against one of the top defenses in the country. The freshman did not require any blocking help from a tight end and was poised the entire game.

"Jason Fox impressed me; being a true freshman and coming out there and playing well," Wollschlager said. "He made some freshman mistakes, but he really held his own, especially against a monster defense like that. He is going to be real good for us."

This week, the team has instituted a policy in which they will not talk about the FSU game anymore. Players and coaches want to move on and focus on FAMU.

"Whatever mistakes and problems that we had, we just need to take care of that amongst ourselves and go on with it," Wollschlager said. "We need to fix our problems and there is no reason to put everything out there."

The FAMU game will be UM's second game in one week. Wollschlager welcomes the quick turnaround because it will help get the bad taste from the FSU game out of their mouths.

"Playing two football games in one week is a lot, but you come right back and you have to be mentally prepared," Wollschlager said. "This next week is going to come, so we better be prepared for it."

"Me personally, I would rather get back out there and start playing again. We have been watching some film on FAMU, and they have got some athletes, but we need to go out there and work on the little things and focus on ourselves." Starting left tackle Reggie Youngblood did not participate in practice Wednesday after injuring his ankle during the FSU game and was seen wearing a protective boot during practice.

If Youngblood is not healthy enough to play versus FAMU, sophomore Chris Rutledge will most likely get the start.

"Reggie tweaked his ankle," Wollschlager said. "He was limping around after the FSU game, but he was walking fine today. They kept him out of practice just for preventative stuff and Rutledge was practicing with the first team."

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