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Miami (2-2, 0-1 ACC) vs. North Carolina (1-3, 0-2), noon

By MICHAEL SNYDER
Published October 7, 2006


The pressure hasn't exactly lessened for coach Larry Coker or the Hurricanes as they play ACC doormat North Carolina. Last week's 14-13 victory over Houston simply quieted the volume of the critics calling for Coker's head. In that respect, this game comes at a very good time for UM. Coker has a 16-1 record in October since taking over in 2001. UM's only October loss under Coker was against North Carolina in 2004. Miami appears to finally have found a playmaker on offense in freshman tailback Javarris James, who starts for the second straight week after gaining 148 yards against Houston. Offensive coordinator Rich Olson said he wants to open up the passing game and a key will be tight end Greg Olsen (10 catches for 90 yards), who hasn't lived up to his potential. Miami's defense shut down Heisman hopeful Kevin Kolb of Houston and that might make Tar Heels freshman quarterback Cam Sexton nervous. UNC is coming off a 52-7 loss to Clemson and its win was against Furman, by three points. TB Tyrone Moss (knee), WR Darnell Jenkins (knee) and TE Chris Zellner (ankle) are out for Miami. LT Reggie Youngblood (ankle) will be back with freshman Jason Fox starting at RT. James (quadriceps bruises) is probable.