ACC Opponent Preview: Miami

Like many teams in the ACC, Miami has quarterback concerns entering the start of the 2005 season. But with plenty of talent on both sides of the ball, the Hurricanes have another great opportunity to contend for the conference crown.

UNC at Miami, Oct. 29

2004 RECORD: 9-3 overall, 5-3 ACC (3rd).

HEAD COACH: Larry Coker, 44-6 overall in four seasons at Miami.

KEY ADDITIONS: LB Spencer Atkins, OL Christopher Barney, TE DajLeon Farr, DB Bruce Johnson, DB Kenny Phillips, DB Randy Phillips, OL A.J. Trump, OL Reggie Youngblood.

KEY LOSSES: CB Antrel Rolle, DT Santonio Thomas, TB Frank Gore, WR Roscoe Parrish, C Joel Rodriguez, RT Chris Myers, QB Brock Berlin.

OFFENSE: Even with the departure of their starting quarterback, running back and top receiver, the Canes are still loaded. It never ends at Miami. Sophomore Kyle Wright will handle the signal calling, while Tyrone Moss will be the primary tailback. The receivers are extremely talented and explosive in Ryan Moore and Sinorice Moss, but are young and have been inconsistent in the past. Tackle Eric Winston is one of the best in the land when healthy. Rashad Butler is another very dependable tackle, but they are it as far as experience is concerned on the line.

DEFENSE: The secondary is one of the best in the country, with Kelly Jennings, Devon Hester, Brandon Meriweather and Anthony Reddick returning as starters. The line is stellar as well, with seven of the top eight from 2004 returning for this season. Tackles Baraka Atkins and Orien Harris anchor the middle, with end Thomas Carroll lending solid support. With a stellar backfield and line, there's every reason to believe this will be one of the premier defenses in the land, especially if the linebackers can improve on a poor 2004.

BY THE NUMBERS: 11 – Number of wins the Hurricanes have averaged each of the last four years.

WHAT TO WATCH: If the Canes get past their first two games against Florida State and Clemson, there's no reason to believe they won't be undefeated heading into their ninth game of the year at Virginia Tech.

CB/KR Devon Hester

Head coach Larry Coker

WR Sinorice Moss

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