Game 8 Preview vs. #21 Georgia Tech

ATLANTA, Ga. - The Miami Hurricanes (5-2, 2-1) are at #21 Georgia Tech (5-2, 3-2) today at 3:30 p.m.

· DATE: Saturday, October 28 TIME: 3:30 p.m. TV: ABC

· Miami is coming off a 20-15 victory over Duke. Georgia Tech is coming off a 31-7 loss to Clemson.

· Georgia Tech leads the all-time series 7-4 including a 14-10 victory last year at the Orange Bowl.

Projected Starters

QB #3  Kyle Wright      LT #77 Reggie Youngblood
RB #5  Javarris James   LG #72 Andrew Bain
FB #88 Chris Zellner     C #78 Anthony Wollschlager
WR #9  Lance Leggett    RG #71 Derrick Morse
WR #83 Sam Shields      RT #64 Jason Fox 
TE #82 Greg Olsen
Other Key Players: QB Kirby Freeman, RB Tyrone Moss, WR Ryan Hill, TE DajLeon Farr, OT Chris Rutledge, FB James Bryant, OL Alex Pou

Keep your eye on: Leggett, who had a career-high 131 yards last week.

Projected Starters

LE  #98 Baraka Atkins    CB #4  Glenn Sharpe
LT  #99 Kareem Brown     CB #19 Brandon Meriweather
RT  #95 Bryan Pata       FS #1  Kenny Phillips
RE  #81 Calais Campbell  SS #35 Lovon Ponder
WLB #55 Glenn Cook
MLB #50 Darryl Sharpton
SLB #52 Tavares Gooden
Other Key Players: DT Teraz McCray, DE Eric Moncur, LB Jon Beason, CB Chavez Grant

Keep your eye on: Sharpton, who will make his first career start.

HURRICANES (23.4 ppg, 12.7 pag)
QB Kyle Wright	        1325 yards 62% 7 TD 4 INT
RB Javarris James       416 yards 5.8 avg 3 TD
WR Lance Leggett        28 receptions 412 yards 2 TD
WR Sam Shields          21 receptions 319 yards 3 TD
FS Kenny Phillips       40 tackles, 4 INT
DE Calais Campbell      26 tackles, 3 sacks 
KR Rashaun Jones        20.5 KR, 10.2 PR, 0 TD
K  Jon Peattie          5-9 FG, long 50, 19-19 XP

YELLOW JACKETS (25.6 ppg, 18.3 pag)
QB Reggie Ball         1046 yards 51% 11 TD, 323 rush yds
RB Tashard Choice      550 yards 4.7 avg 6 TD
WR Calvin Johnson      35 receptions 559 yards 8 TD
WR James Johnson       22 receptions 300 yards 2 TD
LB KaMichael Hall      49 tackles, 3 sacks
LB Philip Wheeler      48 tackles, 5 sacks          
K  Travis Bell         4-9 FG, long 47, 23-23 XP


When Miami has the ball…
RB #5 Javarris James vs. LB #35 KaMichael Hall

James must be able to run the ball for Miami to win and Hall is Georgia Tech's top tackler.

When Georgia Tech has the ball…
WR #21 Calvin Johnson vs. UM Secondary

Johnson is arguably the nation's top receiver and UM's pass defense is 55th allowing 195 yards a game. This is a statement for the UM defensive backs including CB Brandon Meriweather, CB Glenn Sharpe, and FS Kenny Phillips.

· LB Jon Beason - Questionable, knee
· S Anthony Reddick - Out, suspension
· LB Colin McCarthy - Out, hamstring
· WR Darnell Jenkins - Out, knee
· WR Ryan Moore - Out, not physically ready
· LB Romeo Davis - Out for season, knee

NEXT GAME - November 4 vs. Virginia Tech, 8 pm

Christopher Stock can be reached at stock@canestime.com


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