Hankerson set to do battle with close friend

Leonard Hankerson grew up with Florida safety Msjor Wright and the two of them remain close friends. That friendship will be put aside for a few hours on Saturday when the two meet up. Read on to see what Hankerson's saying about that, the big game, his quarterback's performance on Thursday, and more.

When Miami takes on Florida this Saturday, one of the more interesting matchups to watch will be Miami's receivers against Florida's secondary. One of the reasons for that is because of the relationship between UM receiver Leonard Hankerson and Florida safety Major Wright.

"We're close friends," Hankerson said. "We grew up in the same neighborhood. I'm looking forward to going up there to play. Me and Major, we talk sometimes. We don't do the smack talk, we just go out and play. We're both very excited."

Hankerson and Wright played together at St. Thomas Aquinas High for a few years before the two went off to different colleges. Hankerson knows Wright's repuation of being a big hitter but said he's never been on the receiving end of one of those hits.

"He had a chance to hit me a couple years ago in practice but he let up," he said. "He didn't hit me."

Hankerson, a sophomore, is one of Miami's starting receivers and he finished the season opener against Charleston Southern with three catches for 20 yards and a touchdown. Hankerson was asked for his thoughts on the play of freshman quarterback Jacory Harris.

"Jacory's real humble, real calm," he said. "He stayed in the groove, went out and got the job done. He does it every day in practice and just had to stay focused. Jacory's got a nice touch on the ball."

Hankerson caught an early touchdown pass from Harris but it was erased. He quickly got it back by scoring again.

"I wish I couldn't kept that touchdown," he said of the first reception in the endzone. "It got takem away so I just went out there and did the same thing."

If the Hurricanes are to pull the upset on Saturday, it's players like Hankerson that will need to step up and have strong performances for the Hurricanes. He's up for it.

"We're excited and we'll be ready," he said.

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