Game 2 Preview vs. Florida A&M

MIAMI, Fla. - The #17 Miami Hurricanes (0-1) host Florida A&M (0-1) tonight at 7:00 on ESPN 360.

· DATE: Saturday, September 9 TIME: 7:00 p.m. TV: ESPN 360 (internet)

· Miami has won the last five games in the series including a 63-17 victory in 2002. The average margin of victory in the five games is 47 points.

· Florida A&M won the series opener 16-13 in 1979.

· Last week, Miami lost to Florida State 13-10 and Florida A&M lost 34-14 to Delaware State.

Projected Starters

QB #3  Kyle Wright      LT #76 Chris Rutledge
RB #34 Charlie Jones    LG #72 Andrew Bain
FB #88 Chris Zellner    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, WR Sam Shields, WR Ryan Hill, OL Alex Pou

Keep your eye on: Rutledge, who will be starting in place of Reggie Youngblood.

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, S Lovon Ponder

Keep your eye on: Campbell, who had nine tackles last game.

HURRICANES (10.0 ppg, 13.0 pag)
QB Kyle Wright	        132 yards 67% 0 TD 1 INT
RB Charlie Jones        27 yards 2.1 avg 1 TD
WR Darnell Jenkins      4 receptions 54 yards 0 TD
WR Lance Leggett        4 receptions 39 yards 0 TD   
LB Jon Beason           9 tackles, 3 for loss
FS Brandon Meriweather  6 tackles, 1 interception 
KR Darnell Jenkins      21.0 KR, 0 TD
K  Jon Peattie          1-1 FG 1-1 XP

RATTLERS (14.0 ppg, 34.0 pag)
QB Albert Chester       114 yards 60% 0 TD 1 INT
RB Anthony Edwards      87 yards 4.6 avg 2 TD
WR Roosevelt Kiser      10 receptions 55 yards 0 TD
WR Ronald Wright        3 receptions 31 yards 0 TD
LB Vernon Wilder        11 tackles
DB Jason Beach          7 tackles          
K  Wesley Taylor        0-0 FG 2-2 XP


When Miami has the ball…
QB #3 Kyle Wright vs. The entire defense

Wright (6-4/220) needs to strong performance through the air. He's going to want to go deep, something he has not done effectively in his career. Wright is 9-4 as the UM starting quarterback and is looking to get his 10th career win.

When Florida A&M has the ball…
QB #2 Albert Chester vs. WLB #2 Jon Beason

Chester (5-11/190) will try to make plays with his feet and it will be up to Beason (6-0/230) to pay close attention to Chester. The junior quarterback from Jacksonville completed 18 passes in the opener mainly on short routes. Beason tied for the team-lead with nine tackles and is one of the best defenders on the team.

· OL Tyrone Byrd - Probable, knee
· WR Khalil Jones - Probable, ankle
· OL A.J. Trump - Questionable, ankle
· RB Tyrone Moss - Doubtful, knee
· OL Reggie Youngblood - Out, ankle
· WR Ryan Moore - Out, suspension


NEXT GAME - September 16 at Louisville

Christopher Stock can be reached at stock@canestime.com


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