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Line changes are temporary

MICHAEL SNYDER
Published November 16, 2003

MIAMI - Derrick Crudup wasn't the only new face in the Miami starting lineup, just the most obvious.

After UM lost consecutive games for the first time since 1999 and fell out of the national championship hunt, coach Larry Coker made a slew of changes to the offense for the Hurricanes' final Big East meeting with Syracuse Saturday.

Coker benched tight end Kellen Winslow after his actions during last weekend's 10-6 loss to Tennessee. Junior Kevin Everett started in place of Winslow, who entered in the second quarter.

The offensive line was almost completely revamped with only right tackle Carlos Joseph keeping his job. Rashad Butler (left tackle), Eric Winston (left guard), Chris Myers (center) and Joe McGrath (right guard) were the other starters. That unit didn't stay together long though. After a holding call on Butler, Winston and Myers moved back to their normal positions - Winston at left tackle and Myers at right guard - and benched center Joel Rodriguez came in. McGrath then moved to left guard.

The line had another up-and-down day but was solid in run blocking, allowing UM to run for 170 yards, 91 by freshman Tyrone Moss.

"The offensive line was doing a great job," Moss said. "They were executing blocks. It made my job easier."

The defensive line saw changes because of injury. John Square replaced Thomas Carroll (staph infection) at right end opposite Bryan Pata. Baraka Atkins started next to Vince Wilfork at tackle. Carroll played later.

CHAMPS HONORED: UM honored its 1983 national championship team before the game. Forty members were present including Brian Blades, Melvin Bratton, Jay Brophy, Eddie Brown, Kenny Calhoun, Dave Heffernan, Bernie Kosar and Danny Stubbs.

Howard Schnellenberger, who coached that team, couldn't attend as his Florida Atlantic team was facing Siena at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale.

FLAGS OF YELLOW: UM, the most penalized team in the Big East, saw a lot less yellow against the Orangemen. Miami was called for two personal foul infractions in the first half. Safety Sean Taylor was called for one with Syracuse on first and goal at UM's 4. On the next play, Walter Reyes scored from 1 yard. Darrell McClover received one on a punt return late in the second quarter. Overall UM had seven penalties for 52 yards, Syracuse 11 for 76.

NOTEWORTHY: Miami had 80 yards passing, its fewest since having 61, also against Syracuse, in 1998. ... Brock Berlin came in for one series in the second quarter, threw one incompletion and was sacked once for a 7-yard loss. ... Jon Peattie's 44-yard field goal was a career long. ... Syracuse's Johnnie Morant caught a pass for the 26th straight game. ... Miami improved to 98-7 against unranked opponents since 1990. ... Over the past four games, UM has given up a total of 231 yards passing.

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