However, two weeks prior, the team saw the return of Darryl Sharpton. He received the starting nod of the team versus the Seminoles with a stellar performance in the team's win.
"I feel tip top," Sharpton said enthusiastically. "I feel 100 percent…make that 110 percent."
The Florida State game marked his best performance of his short season. He recording five tackles, three of which were for a loss. However, he thinks there are better things to come.
"I felt good, I was just happy to get a victory for the team," Sharpton said. "It was extra good because it was against FSU. It was fun being out there."
The Hurricanes now enter a vital part of their season. With four games remaining, Miami controls their own destiny in their quest to capture the ACC's Coastal division. They have this week's opponent North Carolina State and Boston College – who the Hurricanes will meet in their final regular season game – for beating Virginia and Virginia Tech respectively, which gives the Hurricanes the chance to play in the ACC Title Game should they win out against all four aforementioned teams.
"No denying this team has momentum right now," Sharpton said. "We feel really good about the rest of the season. As long as we stick to the game plan and stay focused we can't be beat, but we have to approach (each game) as we do every other one and give it the maximum. If we work as a team and trust the coaches, we will be able to get the job done."
The coaches have asked Sharpton to make the move to outside, a position he wasn't familiar with (he has spent his career playing middle linebacker). However, he feels anything he can do, he'll do, and do well.
"I played Mike (linebacker) my whole life," he said. "And because of that, I know what the other assignments on the outside were anyway. Linebacker is linebacker to me."