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Young Miami pair dazzle in opener

Winslow, WR Parrish score first career touchdowns.

By MICHAEL SNYDER

© St. Petersburg Times, published September 1, 2002


Winslow, WR Parrish score first career touchdowns.

MIAMI -- Kellen Winslow Jr. and Roscoe Parrish came to Miami with the promise of being electric talents.

Saturday they got their chance to provide a few sparks as the top-ranked Hurricanes defeated Florida A&M 63-17.

Winslow, a sophomore tight end with an NFL Hall of Fame father, and Parrish, a redshirt freshman receiver who was one of Florida's most coveted players out of high school, made the most of their chances.

Each got his first touchdown, and they combined for four catches for 79 yards and two receiving touchdowns. Parrish also scored on a reverse.

Winslow, who had two catches for 34 yards in a freshman campaign that saw most of his work come on kickoff coverage, may not have made anyone forget Jeremy Shockey. But he did nothing to make anyone miss the former star, who left after his junior year and was selected in the first round of the NFL draft by the Giants.

Just 2:54 into the first, Miami had first and 10 at the Rattlers 19-yard line. Winslow delivered a crushing block to spring Willis McGahee into the end zone and the first of many Miami scores.

On the next possession, Winslow used his 6-5 size, snaring a Ken Dorsey pass over FAMU safety Levy Brown from 12 yards out.

After Dorsey connected with Andre Johnson to make it 21-0, it was Parrish's turn to wow his hometown crowd.

Parrish, who threw for 2,201 yards and rushed for 613 as a senior at Miami High School, used a little trickery and speed on his first TD. Parrish took a pitch from Dorsey on the reverse at theFAMU 46, then zigzagged across the field until he was open.

"Before they called the play, Ken Dorsey said, "C'mon Roscoe, it's your time,' " Parrish said. "I remember getting the reverse and breaking off one tackle. I just tried to get to the end zone the best way I could. I saw the middle seam. As I broke off the tackle, out of the corner of my eye I could see everyone was pursuing my way, so I just reversed field."

Parrish also connected with backup quarterback Derrick Crudup on a 32-yard TD with four seconds left in the first half. He returned five punts for 75 yards.

"Kellen did a great job, but he's been playing well all camp," center Brett Romberg said. "Coach Coker said he's dropped one ball and he's giving all-out effort. Roscoe Parrish, I haven't seen anybody move like that since Santana (Moss) left, and he's looking better than Santana. If I did that I'd tear a couple of ACLs."

Winslow, who was a triple threat in high school playing receiver, tight end and defensive end, began his UM career as wide receiver before moving to the position his father helped redefine with the San Diego Chargers. He shares his father's work ethic, adding 20 pounds of muscle since last season.

"All the work's paid off," Winslow said. "It's just making plays, that's all you have to do in this system. The safety came up and beat me. I didn't run my route too good, but Dorsey put it right on the money and touchdown."

Said tailback Willis McGahee: "Kellen Winslow's a real good tight end. I'm glad he's on our team. As far as Roscoe, he's just quick, elusive and he makes things happen for us."

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