OFFENSIVE NOTES• The team will once again focus on getting the ball to the wide receivers this week. Wide receivers have accounted for 45 of 89 receptions by the team (51 percent).
• RB Tyrone Moss practiced "really good" according to Coach Larry Coker. Moss has missed the last two games as he is still recovering from a torn ACL injury he suffered in November 2005. He has played in two games this season rushing for 84 yards and 2 touchdowns on 15 carries. He is expected to play Saturday in a crowded backfield with RBs Javarris James, Charlie Jones and Derron Thomas.
• WR Ryan Hill's catch in traffic against UNC was an NFL-caliber catch according to Coker.
• The freshmen on the team call each other 'grayshirts' because during summer workouts they just work gray shirts and shorts. The offense has been well-represented with grayshirts this season in: OL Jason Fox, RB Javarris James, WR Sam Shields, and WR Ryan Hill.
• QB Kyle Wright and TE Greg Olsen were two of the offensive players who had good things to say about the FIU defense. FIU's defense is allowing just 292 yards a game, good for 32nd best in the country and they are the nation's leader in tackles for a loss per game, 9.67.
• The offensive line has got a boost from senior OL Alex Pou, who has stepped in for injured Andrew Bain. Pou has been a reserve player throughout his career, but has seen his role increase with the injury to Bain.
• OL Reggie Youngblood is not 100 percent, but he feels good and resumed his role as the team's starting left tackle with Jason Fox at right tackle.
DEFENSIVE NOTES• DB Brandon Meriweather is expected to remain at cornerback after being switched over last week.
• DE Eric Moncur (knee) is doubtful for Saturday's game. He did not practice today.
• S Lovon Ponder has elevated his game in recent weeks and was rewarded with a start last game.
• Defensive coordinator Randy Shannon is preparing to go up against his son, Xavier, a center at FIU. "I love my son, I am proud of him," Shannon said. "He walked on and got a scholarship. He is the starting center at FIU, but me and him don't get into Miami versus FIU."
• S Anthony Reddick is continuing to get better, but his role is limited to special teams.
• S Willie Cooper leads all special teams players in points.
• DE Calais Campbell's performance against UNC--6 tackles, 4 for a loss, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, and 2 pass breakups--was the best performance by a UM defensive player under the team's point system and how players are rewarded for different plays. Meriweather held the record previously.
• DT Bryan Pata has been an "outstanding player" for UM this season according to Coker. He has been the team's top lineman against the run this season.
OTHER NOTES• Miami drew just over 29,000 fans last game, their lowest total in seven years. Coker hopes the 7:00 start time against FIU will help bring more fans in.
• P Brian Monroe leads the ACC in punting averaging 44.7 yards per punt and is 12th in the nation. Coker said: "He is an NFL quality punter." Joe Radigan, Rutgers, leads the nation with a 47.1 average.
• Coker has praised the attitude of the team and the team's positive mindset as they continue to strive to get better.
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