According to all of the statements coming out of Coral Gables from people that matter Randy Shannon's job is safe for at least another year. Still, Shannon faces what most people inside the program and certainly all Hurricane fans would describe as a "must win" game today against in-state rival USF.
Miami has won the previous two meetings between the teams. The Hurricanes beat the Bulls 27-7 at the Orange Bowl in 2005 and also won 31-10 last year in Tampa. Today's game will mark their first ever meeting at Sun Life Stadium.
When the Hurricanes face the Bulls at Sun Life Stadium at noon (ESPNU) the main question on everyone's mind will be: Who starts at QB for Miami, Jacory Harris or Stephen Morris?
Shannon had stated all along that when Harris (concussion) was medically cleared to play by the team doctors that he would regain his starting position. Harris was not listed on this week's injury reported released by UM yet it appears that backup QB Stephen Morris may get the starting nod in the game against USF.
If Morris starts the game it would apparently go against long established team rules (players do not lose their starting position due to injury) and in spite of the fact that Harris has been ruled 100% healthy and ready to rumble this Saturday. Go figure?
In other news today is "Senior Day" at Sun Life Stadium. Fifteen UM players will play in their final game as a Hurricane. Among those players are: Allen Bailey , Matt Bosher, Colin McCarthy, Josh Holmes, Ryan Hill, Pat Hill, Graig Cooper, Damien Berry, Orlando Franklin, Richard Gordon, Jared Campbell, Cory Nelms, Kylan Robinson, Demarcus Van Dyke and Leonard Hankerson.
Scouting Report on USF:
USF had won three straight games against Cincinnati, Rutgers and Louisville before falling at home to Pittsburgh last weekend. The Bulls are 2-2 on the road this season, with losses at Florida and West Virginia and wins at Cincinnati and Louisville.
The Bulls’ offense is directed by quarterback B.J. Daniels, who has completed 119 of 206 pass attempts for 1,457 yards, nine touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Daniels is also a threat on the ground, coming in with 235 yards rushing and four touchdowns on the ground.
Moise Plancher and Demetri Murray share the running duties for USF. Planchar leads the team in attempts (123) and rushing yards (583), but both running backs have four touchdowns and average 4.7 yards per carry.
Dontavia Bogan and Evan Landi are the go-to guys in the Bulls’ passing game. Bogan leads USF in catches (36), receiving yards (544) and receiving touchdowns (4), while Landi has 22 catches for 314 yards and two touchdowns.
Linebacker Jacquian Williams leads the team with 54 total tackles, while Sam Barrington has 52 and DeDe Lattimore has 51. The Bulls have recorded a total of 27 sacks by 14 different players and 10 interceptions by eight different players.
The Bulls feature two of the nation’s top return men in Lamar Lindsey and Terrence Mitchell. Lindsey is averaging 29.2 per return (sixth nationally) and has taken two of his 22 returns back for a touchdown while Mitchell averages 12.6 yards per punt return.
GO CANES, BEAT THE BULLS!!!