Game 9 Preview vs. #23 Virginia Tech

MIAMI, Fla. - The Miami Hurricanes (5-3, 2-2) host #23 Virginia Tech (6-2, 3-2) tonight at 8 p.m.

· DATE: Saturday, November 4 TIME: 8:00 p.m. TV: ABC

· Miami is coming off a 30-23 loss at Georgia Tech. Miami was led by Javarris James who rushed for 113 yards, Kyle Wright who passed for 246 yards, and Greg Olsen with 91 yards receiving.

· Virginia Tech is coming off a 24-7 victory over Clemson. Branden Ore rushed for 203 yards on 37 carries.

· Miami leads the all-time series 16-7.

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 Rashaun Jones, TE DajLeon Farr, OT Chris Rutledge, FB James Bryant

Keep your eye on: Freeman, who is supposed to get playing time in the first half.

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 #2  Jon Beason
MLB #55 Glenn Cook
SLB #52 Tavares Gooden
Other Key Players: DT Teraz McCray, DE Eric Moncur, CB Chavez Grant

Keep your eye on: Beason, who is returning from a knee injury he suffered on Oct. 21

HURRICANES (23.4 ppg, 14.9 pag)
QB Kyle Wright	        1571 yards 62% 8 TD 5 INT
RB Javarris James       529 yards 5.8 avg 3 TD
WR Lance Leggett        32 receptions 467 yards 2 TD
WR Sam Shields          26 receptions 364 yards 3 TD
FS Kenny Phillips       46 tackles, 4 INT
DE Calais Campbell      29 tackles, 4 sacks 
KR Rashaun Jones        21.5 KR, 6.8 PR, 0 TD
K  Jon Peattie          8-12 FG, long 50, 21-21 XP

HOKIES (28.5 ppg, 12.0 pag)
QB Sean Glennon         1472 yards 58% 8 TD 6 INT
RB Branden Ore          939 yards 5.7 avg 11 TD
WR David Clowney        25 receptions 301 yards 0 TD
WR Josh Morgan          22 receptions 268 yards 3 TD
LB Vince Hall           71 tackles, 2 sacks
LB Xavier Adibi         54 tackles, 2 interceptions          
K  Brandon Pace         10-10 FG, long 42, 26-28 XP


When Miami has the ball…
QB #3 Kyle Wright vs. Entire Virginia Tech defense

Bottom-line, Wright has to lead this team to a victory. They need it now more than ever. This is his defining moment.

When Virginia Tech has the ball…
RB #28 Branden Ore vs. DT #95 Bryan Pata/DT #99 Kareem Brown

Ore is coming off back-to-back 200-yard games and Brown has stated earlier this week that UM isn't impressed. Pata and Brown need big games to stop Ore at the line of scrimmage.

· LB Jon Beason - Probable, knee
· WR Ryan Moore - Questionable, suspension
· OL Alex Pou - Doubtful, knee
· S Anthony Reddick - Out, suspension
· LB Colin McCarthy - Out, hamstring
· WR Darnell Jenkins - Out, knee
· LB Romeo Davis - Out for season, knee

NEXT GAME - November 11 at Maryland

Christopher Stock can be reached at stock@canestime.com


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