Scouting report: Maryland at Miami

November 05, 2010|By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun

Maryland (6-2, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) at Miami (5-3, 3-2 ACC)

Time: 12 p.m.

Site: Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Fla.


Radio: 105.7 FM, 1300 AM

Series: Maryland leads 8-7

Last meeting: Maryland won 14-13 on Nov. 11, 2006.

Maryland offense vs. Morgan State defense: Terps face a test against a Miami defense led by LBs Colin McCarthy (8.7 tackles per game) and Sean Spence (8.4 tackles per game). Hurricanes rank first in the ACC against the pass and have an ACC-leading 15 interceptions. Maryland would love to run the ball (139 rushing yards per game, ninth in ACC) to take pressure off redshirt freshman QB Danny O'Brien.

Maryland defense vs. Miami offense: Miami senior receiver Leonard Hankerson is having another big season with 44 catches for 681 yards and nine touchdowns. Quarterback Jacory Harris is likely out with concussion and is expected to be replaced by freshman Stephen Morris, who made his debut last week in a 24-19 loss to Virginia. Morris "is athletic. He can scramble. He has a very strong arm," Maryland defensive coordinator Don Brown said.

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