MY THOUGHTSThe 27-7 win over North Carolina put UM at 3-2 on the year, which is definitely better than 2-3.
There are bright spots on the team as a number of freshmen are playing well. The latest freshmen to earn playing time was cornerback Chavez Grant. Look for Grant to have an outstanding career at UM, not only because of his talent, but the way he carries himself and approaches the game. He's very poised for a young player.
Jason Fox and Derrick Morse have graded out the best on the offensive line. This is the key unit on the offense that needs to continue to make strides.
It is time for Kyle Wright to step up, now more than ever. I know it's just FIU, but he needs a big performance before going into a tough stretch of games. However you want to slice it, two touchdown passes is not acceptable especially when you have played against Florida A&M, Duke, and North Carolina.
STOCK UP• RB Javarris James - Two straight 100-yard rushing games and has a 6.9 yards per carry average.
• S Lovon Ponder - Threw a 37-yard touchdown pass last week and started at safety for the first time in his career.
• TE Greg Olsen - Tied a career-high with 8 catches against UNC and now leads the team with 18. His 95 yards against UNC exceeded his previous four-game total of 90.
STOCK DOWN• QB Kyle Wright - Only two touchdown passes in five games and zero to a receiver.
• LB Tavares Gooden - Has just 7 tackles in 5 games. Posted 83 in 2004 and finished third on the team.
• RB Charlie Jones - Averaging 3.4 yards per carry on 51 carries this season.
FOOTBALL NEWS & NOTES• WR Ryan Hill might be looking into a number change from his 12 jersey to either a single digit or something in the 20's. He wore 13 in high school, but senior K Jon Peattie has that now. Personally, I want to see him get number 25. I just think it would look sharp.
• DT Kareem Brown has the most noticeable tattoos on the team. This past summer he got his full right arm done. He's always been a fan of them and it would not be surprising to see him get more. He was featured on this week's Hurricane poster previewing the FIU game.
• It was good to see Randy Shannon open up and talk about his son Xavier, a starting center at FIU. Randy originally told reporters that it was his son's life and he didn't want to talk about it. But it's a good story and good to see he decided to let the guard down.
• WR Ryan Moore will be charged with two misdemeanors next week after an altercation with a woman in August. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out.
• WR Darnell Jenkins has a decision to make on whethere he wants to sit out the rest of the season with the injury and return for a fifth year or try to get back and move on to the next step. My prediction, I think he will be back.
• Edgerrin James was great to listen to when talking about Javarris. He had plenty to say and spoke the truth. Hopefully Javarris will have the same type of impact not only on the football field, but in the city of Immokalee as well.
AROUND THE ACC• #12 Clemson (6-1, 3-1) showed why they are the best team in the ACC winning 63-9 over Temple on Thursday.
• Boston College (5-1, 2-1) had an impressive 22-3 victory over #22 Virginia Tech (4-2, 2-2) and could compete with Clemson in the Atlantic Division especially after their 34-33 victory over the Tigers on Sept. 9.
Games on Saturday:
• Wake Forest (5-1, 1-1) @ N.C. State (3-2, 2-0), 12 p.m.
• USF (4-2) @ North Carolina (1-4), 12 p.m.
• Florida State (3-2, 1-2) @ Duke (0-5, 0-3), 1 p.m.
• Maryland (3-2, 0-1) @ Virginia (2-4, 1-1), 3:30 p.m.
BASKETBALL UPDATEThe team has their first practice of the season tomorrow at 10 a.m., but it is closed to the public. Frank Haith is in his third-year as the coach of the Hurricanes. Seniors Anthony King and Anthony Harris are two key returners.
SOCCER TEAM UPDATEAfter a 2-1 loss to Clemson on Wednesday, UM fell to 7-6-1 on the season and 1-5-1 in the ACC. The Hurricanes will be at #3 Florida State on Sunday with the game being shown on Sun Sports at 1 p.m. Rachael Rigamat and Paulette Ricks-Chambers are tied for the team lead with four goals each.
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