Game 4 Preview vs. Houston

MIAMI, Fla. - The Miami Hurricanes (1-2) host Houston (4-0) tonight at 6:00 on ESPN 2.

· DATE: Saturday, September 30 TIME: 6:00 p.m. TV: ESPN 2

· Miami has not lost to a team from Texas since 1981, they are 12-0 in that span.

· Miami holds the all-time series lead at 10-7 including a 38-13 victory in 2004 in which Tyrone Moss rushed for 148 yards and UM scored two defensive touchdowns.

· Last game, Miami lost to 31-7 to Louisville and Houston defeated Oklahoma State 35-24.

Projected Starters

QB #3  Kyle Wright      LT #64 Jason Fox
RB #5  Javarris James   LG #72 Andrew Bain
FB #45 James Bryant     C  #78 Anthony Wollschlager
WR #83 Sam Shields      RG #71 Derrick Morse
WR #9  Lance Leggett    RT #76 Chris Rutledge
TE #82 Greg Olsen
Other Key Players: QB Kirby Freeman, RB Charlie Jones, RB Tyrone Moss, WR Ryan Hill, WR Terrell Walden, WR Khalil Jones, TE DajLeon Farr, TE Dedrick Epps, OL Reggie Youngblood, OL Tyrone Byrd, OL Alex Pou, OL A.J. Trump

Keep your eye on: James, who is expected to make the first start of his career.

Projected Starters

LE  #94 Eric Moncur      CB #4  Glenn Sharpe
LT  #95 Bryan Pata       CB #6  Randy Phillips
RT  #54 Teraz McCray     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 Baraka Atkins, DT Kareem Brown, LB Glenn Cook, LB Darryl Sharpton, CB Bruce Johnson, S Lovon Ponder

Keep your eye on: McCray, who is expected to make his second straight start.

HURRICANES (22.7 ppg, 18.0 pag)
QB Kyle Wright	        576 yards 65% 1 TD 1 INT
RB Charlie Jones        124 yards 3.9 avg 3 TD
WR Lance Leggett        11 receptions 123 yards 0 TD   
TE Greg Olsen           8 receptions 79 yards 0 TD
LB Jon Beason           18 tackles, 3.5 for loss
FS Brandon Meriweather  13 tackles, 1 interception 
KR Bruce Johnson        19.5 KR, 9.0 PR, 0 TD
K  Jon Peattie          1-3 FG, long 20, 7-7 XP

COUGARS (38.0 ppg, 21.0 pag)
QB Kevin Kolb           1,193 yards 70% 12 TD 1 INT
RB Jackie Battle        222 yards 4.9 avg 4 TD
WR Donnie Avery         20 receptions 272 yards 2 TD
WR Vincent Marshall     19 receptions 284 yards 3 TD
WR Jeron Harvey         14 receptions 196 yards 1 TD
LB Trent Allen          28 tackles, 1 for loss
DT Marquay Love         22 tackles, 5 for loss          
K  Ben Bell             3-4 FG, long 38, 16-16 XP


When Miami has the ball…
QB #3 Kyle Wright vs. CB #10 Willie Gaston

Wright needs to lead his team to a victory and everything is on his shoulders to do so. Gaston is UH's best player in the secondary with 30 career starts. The 5-11 corner has 7 pass breakups, 5 tackles for a loss, and 1 sack--all are team-leading stats.

When Houston has the ball…
QB #4 Kevin Kolb vs. FS #19 Brandon Meriweather

For the second straight game it will be up to Meriweather, the leader of the secondary, to have a strong game keeping Kolb under control. Kolb is the nation's active leader in passing yards (10,348) and is tied for the national lead with 12 touchdown passes. Against UM in 2004, Kolb was 11-of-28 with 153 yards.

· OL Reggie Youngblood - Probable, ankle
· OL Tyrone Byrd - Probable, knee
· S Anthony Reddick - Questionable, ankle
· WR Darnell Jenkins - Out, knee
· WR Ryan Moore - Out, suspension
· WR Rashaun Jones - Out, suspension


NEXT GAME - October 7 vs. North Carolina

Christopher Stock can be reached at stock@canestime.com


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