10 Key Facts About Miami

Get to know Miami, with the following noteworthy info about the 'Canes. Kickoff is Saturday in Coral Gables at noon ...

1. Miami (2-2, 0-1 ACC) leads the ACC (and is ranked seventh nationally) in rushing defense, allowing just 64.5 yards on the ground per game. The Hurricanes have held their last 13 opponents to under 125 yards rushing.

2. Beleaguered sixth-year head coach Larry Coker is 55-11 (.833) at Miami. Following the Hurricanes' 14-13 win over Houston last Saturday, he moved into third-place on the school's all-time win list. Prior to his assistant duties at Miami, Coker served as a defensive backs coach for two seasons at Ohio State. From 1990-92, he was the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma.


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3. Junior quarterback Kyle Wright has completed 67-of-106 passes for 766 yards. However, his touchdown to interception ratio is an unenviable 2-to-4. In last year's game, the Tar Heels picked off three Hurricanes' passes. However, Wright went on to post solid numbers in 2005 with 2,403 yards passing and a league-leading 18 touchdown passes.

4. In his first career start, tailback Javarris James – nicknamed "Baby J" – set a Miami freshman record with 148 rushing yards and a touchdown against the Cougars last week. The performance also set a school mark for the most yards in a first career game.

5. Senior safety Brandon Meriweather is a preseason All-America candidate, after leading the Hurricanes last season in tackles (114), solo tackles (76), tackles for loss (13) and tied for the team lead in interceptions (3).

6. Since 1990, Miami is 113-10 (.919) against unranked opponents.


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7. Last year, Miami scored 20 third quarter points on its way to a 34-16 victory over UNC. Ronnie McGill rushed for 66 yards and scored two touchdowns to help the Tar Heels to a 16-7 halftime lead. UM tailback Tyrone Moss rushed for 195 yards and four touchdowns.

8. Place-kicker Jon Peattie is ranked fifth on Miami's all-time scoring list with 287 points. In over three seasons, he has connected on 53 field goals.

9. Seven of senior wide receiver Darnell Jenkins' 13 receptions this year have been for third-down conversions. He's currently ranked second on the team with 183 yards receiving after missing last week's game with an injury.

10. Since Coker took over at Coral Gables, the Hurricanes have scored 16 special teams touchdowns, though have yet to record one this season. In last year's game against UNC, Miami blocked a Tar Heel punt for a TD.


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