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Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes

FBS RankingOffenseDefense
Rushing145.7 (67th)161.9 (63rd)
Passing232.1 (60th)198.0 (26th)

Hurricanes report: Strategy and personnel

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Strategy and personnel · Inside slant · Notes, quotes

Miami vs. LSU, Peach Bowl, Atlanta, Dec. 30 -- The two programs last met on the football field in 1988 with Miami dominating 44-3. But the Tigers hold the overall lead in the series 8-3. The two teams met seven times through the 1960s with the Hurricanes getting their other two wins in 1967 and 1968.

WR Sinorice Moss -- Though he didn't dominate at his position, he had a solid regular season with his 35 catches leading the team. He also had seven rushes on the season, including one from tailback in the season finale, and his nifty move on a touchdown run against Virginia showed his breakaway potential.

LB Rocky McIntosh -- He's not flashy, but he has become the anchor for the defense, leading the Hurricanes with 80 tackles, among them 5.5 sacks. He pretty much can be found near the football on just about every play.

LT Eric Winston -- He recovered from a knee injury that sidelined him after four games in 2004 (probably costing him a high spot in last spring's draft in the process) and now looks to be an early first-round pick. The former tight end could be a long-time starter at tackle in the NFL if he stays healthy. He was voted the Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the ACC's top blocker by a vote of the league's defensive coordinators.

DT Orien Harris -- He didn't get a whole lot of attention this fall, but was credited with doing much of the dirty work in the Hurricanes' outstanding defense. At 6-4, 302, he has the size to make him attractive to some team.

Pre-bowl practice should allow coaches to work on developing younger players, particularly those in the offensive line. Four of the five starters are seniors. The only returnee for 2006 is C Anthony Wollschlager. Backing up LT Eric Winston is freshman Reggie Youngblood. Sophomore Andrew Bain (one start) backs up LG Tyler McMeans and sophomore Derrick Morse backs up RG Tony Tella. Freshman Chris Rutledge is No. 2 behind RT Rashad Butler, but freshman Tyrone Byrd could figure in the picture there.

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