· DATE: Saturday, October 14 TIME: 7:00 p.m. TV: ESPN GamePlan
· Miami is coming off a 27-7 victory over North Carolina and FIU is coming off a 25-22 loss to North Texas in seven overtimes.
· This is the first ever meeting between the two schools.
· FIU starting C Xavier Shannon is the son of UM defensive coordinator Randy Shannon… …FIU offensive line coach Leon Searcy was an All-American at Miami…FIU coaches Hurlie Brown and Marcus Wilder also played at UM…Miami assistant defensive line coach Clint Hurtt coached at FIU last season…FIU linebackers coach Vernon Hargreaves coached at UM, 1998-2005 before being fired last season.
QB #3 Kyle Wright LT #77 Reggie Youngblood RB #5 Javarris James LG #72 Andrew Bain FB #45 James Bryant C #78 Anthony Wollschlager WR #9 Lance Leggett RG #71 Derrick Morse WR #83 Sam Shields RT #64 Jason Fox TE #82 Greg OlsenOther Key Players: QB Kirby Freeman, RB Charlie Jones, RB Tyrone Moss, RB Derron Thomas, WR Ryan Hill, TE DajLeon Farr, OT Chris Rutledge, OT Tyrone Byrd, OL Alex Pou
Keep your eye on: Olsen, who had eight catches last week.
LE #98 Baraka Atkins CB #4 Glenn Sharpe LT #95 Bryan Pata CB #19 Brandon Meriweather RT #54 Teraz McCray FS #1 Kenny Phillips RE #81 Calais Campbell SS #35 Lovon Ponder WLB #2 Jon Beason MLB #55 Glenn Cook SLB #52 Tavares GoodenOther Key Players: DT Kareem Brown, LB Romeo Davis, CB Randy Phillips, CB Bruce Johnson, CB Chavez Grant
Keep your eye on: Campbell, who is looking for consistency in being dominant.
HURRICANES (21.8 ppg, 14.8 pag) QB Kyle Wright 909 yards 63% 2 TD 3 INT RB Javarris James 361 yards 6.9 avg 3 TD WR Lance Leggett 15 receptions 204 yards 0 TD TE Greg Olsen 18 receptions 185 yards 0 TD LB Jon Beason 23 tackles, 3.5 for loss SS Kenny Phillips 32 tackles, 1 for loss KR Bruce Johnson 19.3 KR, 6.9 PR, 0 TD K Jon Peattie 3-6 FG, long 40, 12-12 XP GOLDEN PANTHERS (15.3 ppg, 21.8 pag) QB Josh Padrick 1161 yards 57% 3 TD 8 INT RB A'mod Emed 331 yards 5.3 avg 2 TD WR Chandler Williams 41 receptions 424 yards 0 TD TE Samuel Smith 33 receptions 363 yards 2 TD DE Antwan Barnes 30 tackles, 12 for loss, 5 sacks LB Keyonvis Bouie 62 tackles, 12 for loss K Dustin Rivest 4-9 FG, long 37, 6-8 XP
When Miami has the ball…
OL #77 Reggie Youngblood vs. DE #42 Antwan Barnes
Barnes makes plays--12 tackles for loss and 5 sacks. In comparison, Miami's leader in tackles for loss has 5.5. Barnes is slippery off the snap and hard to contain. Youngblood must keep Barnes out of the UM backfield or it could be a long night.
When FIU has the ball…
RB #3 A'mod Ned vs. DT #95 Bryan Pata
Pata is UM's best run stopper on a defense that ranks 8th against the run allowing 63 yards a game. For FIU to stay in the game, they must establish a ground game, which falls on Ned, a 5-foot-9, 185-pound back from Miami Northeast.
· S Anthony Reddick - Probable, ankle
· RB Tyrone Moss - Probable, knee
· OL Andrew Bain - Probable, knee
· TE Chris Zellner - Questionable, ankle
· DE Eric Moncur - Questionable, knee
· WR Darnell Jenkins - Doubtful, knee
· WR Ryan Moore - Out, suspension
NEXT GAME - October 21 at Duke, 1 pm
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