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November 7, 2013
Know Your Enemy: Miami
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Each game, we'll get the inside look at Virginia Tech's opponent by talking with the opposing team's beat writer. This week, we spoke with Canesport.com publisher Gary Ferman to get the inside look at Miami.
1)I'm sure no one can truly replace Duke Johnson, who's out for the season with a broken ankle, but can anyone hold the fort at RB with him out the rest of the season?
Ferman: I think that depends on the defense and Virginia Tech is pretty good against the run. Sophomore running back Dallas Crawford had a great game against North Carolina but the Hokies are a different beast. It will likely be a running back by committee for Miami with Crawford, Eduardo Clements and Gus Edwards sharing the load.
2)We've seen quarterback Stephen Morris limp around quite a bit the past few games, but what is his injury status and how limited is he from what he normally is?
Ferman: Morris is healthier than he has been since the first game of the season and he probably just needs to stop worrying about it. His play has been erratic this year and his ankle is likely the reason why. He has been an NFL quarterback at moments and then can struggle on the next play. It's hard to know which quarterback we'll see at times.
3) Coming off such a high going into the FSU game, what's the focus been like since?
Ferman: The coaches have been working hard to get the players to put the Florida State loss behind them. The Virginia Tech game actually is a bigger game for Miami because the Coastal Division title is still on the line. They respect Virginia Tech so a lack of focus should not likely be an issue.
4)The Seminoles seemed to exploit the Miami defense in a few ways, but was that just a sign of how good FSU is or breakdowns/weaknesses by the Canes?
Ferman: Everyone has been exploiting the Miami defense. North Carolina, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech gave the defense fits, too and all three were close, tight games. Florida State was a different beast, though. Miami really had a hard time matching up with the Seminole athletes.
5)With a few close shaves before the FSU game, is Miami truly an elite team or have the Canes benefited more from good fortune?
Ferman: I don't think Miami is either. They are not an elite team, without question. But I would not say they were lucky to win those games. The Canes are far better than North Carolina and they're better than Wake Forest and the other teams they have beaten.
FEARLESS PREDICTION: I have been expecting Miami to put together a big game for a few weeks now and it has not happened. If Johnson were healthy, I would be more inclined to say this one could be it. But this game figures to be a physical struggle like many of the Miami and Virginia Tech games have been and the Hokies will be fighting for their lives. I'll say Miami by three.
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