Teams searchfor LB answers
Eagles still bringing rush,
No. 14 Georgia Tech at No. 20 Miami,
7:30 tonight ET, ESPN
Bears LB Hunter Hillenmeyerwill replace Brian Urlacher.
BY MATT HAYES
The last time we saw JacoryHarris, Miami’s sophomore quar-terback was standing calmly on thesidelines, arms folded watch-ing the Hurricanes geta wild, last-secondvictory over rivalFlorida State.You know, just anothergame.“You don’thave to worryabout Jacory,”Miami coachRandy Shannonsaid at his weeklynews conference,“he doesn’t getcaught up in a lotof that stuff.”Then hecertainly won’tget frazzled forMiami’s prove-itgame tonightagainst ACC heavyweight GeorgiaTech. Or, for that matter, formerMiami players calling and—how canwe say this?—
suggesting it’stime Miami returns to the top.“Everyone wants us to bring the U back on top to the glory days,” Harrissaid at the news conference. “Andthat’s something we’re trying to do.”Miami is one of four formerpowers with a chance to make astatement about a return to glorythis weekend:
No. 14 GeorgiaTech, 7:30 tonight, ESPN
Stop Tech’s triple optionearly—Canes gave up 472 yardsrushing to GT last year—and throwoff play action on offense against asecondary that had problems lastweek against Clemson.
West Virginia, 7:45p.m. Saturday, ESPN2
New-look Tigershaven’t been tested yet, and anupgraded West Virginia offense—more pass-oriented with QB JarrettBrown—will cause problems forAuburn’s secondary.
at No. 7 BYU, 7p.m. Saturday, Versus
If FSU made Miami’sHarris look like the Heisman favoriteand Jacksonville State resemble aDivision I-A team—and a goodone—imagine what BYU’s Max Hallwill do with the Cougars’ multipleschemes and precision system.
at No.13 VirginiaTech, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, ABC
Huskers have lost theirlast nine games to ranked teams,and the defense—the best at NUsince earlier this decade—will getanother chance at slowing down VTQB Tyrod Taylor, who carried theHokies last year in Lincoln.
Myles Brandmade his name bytaking on coachBob Knight aspresident at IndianaUniversity. But hewent on to fightfor higher academic standards andathletes’ welfare as NCAA president.
Colorado avoided a three-gamesweep in San Fran, and boosted its N.L.wild-card lead to 3 1/2 games.
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Florida 5, St. Louis 2L.A. Dodgers 3, Pittsburgh 1San Diego 6, Arizona 5, 10 inningsPhiladelphia 6, Washington 1Cincinnati 6, Houston 5Milwaukee 9, Chicago Cubs 5Atlanta 6, N.Y. Mets 5Colorado 4, San Francisco 3
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Former heavyweightslook to regain relevancy
One game into the NFL season,four teams must deal with keyinjuries at linebacker. Let’s look atthe ramifications.
Brian Urlacher (dislo-cated wrist). Out for the season.
“It’s a big blow,” Bearsoutside linebacker Lance Briggssaid. “He’s the guy who makes all theadjustments, he’s the signal-caller,he’s our quarterback on defense.”Replacement Hunter Hillenmeyer,who primarily has been a strongsidelinebacker, lacks Urlacher’s ability tocover receivers over the middle anddoesn’t have Urlacher’s sideline-to-sideline range.
Paul Posluszny (brokenleft arm). Expected to miss 6-8weeks.
Marcus Buggsdoesn’t have Posluszny’s size, buthe might be quicker and moreexplosive. He’s used to performingin big games, having played in theSEC (Vanderbilt).
Jerod Mayo (sprainedMCL). Could miss 6-8 weeks.
Gary Guyton, whomoved inside with Adalius Thomasafter Mayo’s injury, must step up hisperformance against the run.
Leroy Hill (torn groin).Expected out until November.
Without Hill, thedefense loses some physicality andexperience. Will Herring, a formercollege safety, has speed andquickness but primarily has been aspecial teams player.
— Dennis Dillon
AuburnFlorida StateNo. 19 NebraskaNo. 20 Miami
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