Game 12 Preview vs. #18 Boston College

MIAMI, Fla. - The Miami Hurricanes (5-6, 2-5) host #18 Boston College (9-2, 5-2) tonight at 7:30 p.m.

· DATE: Thursday, November 23 TIME: 7:30 p.m. TV: ESPN

· Miami is coming off a 17-7 loss to Virginia and has lost four straight.

· Boston College is coming off a 38-16 victory over Maryland.

· Miami leads the all-time series 22-3 and has won 14 straigt in the series including a 33-14 win in 2003.

Projected Starters

QB #7  Kirby Freeman    LT #76 Chris Rutledge
RB #5  Javarris James   LG #72 Andrew Bain
FB #88 Chris Zellner     C #78 Anthony Wollschlager
WR #85 Ryan Moore       RG #71 Derrick Morse
WR #9  Lance Leggett    RT #79 Chris Barney
TE #82 Greg Olsen
Other Key Players: QB Matt Perrelli, RB Tyrone Moss, WR Sam Shields, WR Khalil Jones, OL Reggie Youngblood, OL Matt Pipho

Keep your eye on: Barney, who is making his first start.

Projected Starters

LE  #98 Baraka Atkins    CB #4  Glenn Sharpe
LT  #54 Teraz McCray     CB #6  Randy Phillips
RT  #99 Kareem Brown     FS #19 Brandon Meriweather
RE  #81 Calais Campbell  SS #35 Lovon Ponder
WLB #2  Jon Beason
MLB #50 Darryl Sharpton
SLB #52 Tavares Gooden
Other Key Players: DE Eric Moncur, DT Antonio Dixon, LB Demetri Stewart, CB Bruce Johnson, S Willie Cooper

Keep your eye on: Meriweather, a senior looking for a standout game.

HURRICANES (19.7 ppg, 15.2 pag)
QB Kirby Freeman        419 yards 56% 4 TD 4 INT
RB Javarris James       722 yards 5.2 avg 3 TD
WR Lance Leggett        36 receptions 574 yards 3 TD
TE Greg Olsen           34 receptions 388 yards 1 TD
FS Brandon Meriweather  52 tackles, 1 INT
DE Calais Campbell      42 tackles, 9 sacks 
KR Bruce Johnson        21.6 KR, 8.6 PR, 0 TD
K  Jon Peattie          11-17 FG, long 55, 24-24 XP

EAGLES (27.2 ppg, 14.8 pag)
QB Matt Ryan            2531 yards 62% 14 TD 7 INT
RB L.V. Whitworth       770 yards 4.7 avg 4 TD
WR Kevin Challenger     43 receptions 488 yards 5 TD
WR Tony Gonzalez        36 receptions 422 yards 5 TD
LB Jolonn Dunbar        78 tackles, 1 sack
FS Jamie Silva          44 tackles, 4 INT          
K  Steve Aponavicius    7-11 FG, long 44, 21-21 XP


When Miami has the ball…
QB #7 Kirby Freeman vs. Boston College Defense

Freeman will get the freedom to excel in the offense today showcasing his skills. He is 0-2 as the team's starter and needs a win if he plans on starting opening day in 2007. The BC defense has only allowed one team to score at least 20 points in the last eight games.

When Boston College has the ball…
WR #84 Kevin Challenger vs. CB #4 Glenn Sharpe

Challenger (5-9/175) is BC's leading receiver as a junior. He scored two touchdowns against Virginia Tech earlier this year. Sharpe has been prone to giving up the long ball and can't afford to allow Challenger to get behind him if UM plans on winning today.

· LB Tavares Gooden - Probable, concussion
· OL Reggie Youngblood - Probable, knee
· LB Colin McCarthy - Out, hamstring
· OL Alex Pou - Out, knee
· QB Kyle Wright - Out, thumb
· OL Jason Fox - Out, elbow
· LB Spencer Adkins - Out, leg bruise
· LB Glenn Cook - Out, concussion
· WR Darnell Jenkins - Out for season, knee
· FS Kenny Phillips - Out for season, hand
· LB Romeo Davis - Out for season, knee

NEXT GAME - End of regular season

Christopher Stock can be reached at stock@canestime.com


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