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'Canes expect to see Vick in showdown

By JOE FRISARO

© St. Petersburg Times, published October 30, 2000


CORAL GABLES -- At least one Hurricanes defender hopes Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Vick is back in the lineup Saturday.

Senior defensive tackle Damione Lewis was disappointed to hear Vick injured an ankle against Pittsburgh on Saturday.

"I understand what he's going through because I went through being hurt," said Lewis, who missed a couple of games with a cracked toe. "I know how it is to see your team out there and not being able to do anything. I want to beat the best."

Hurricanes coach Butch Davis said: "He's not hurt. If you think he's hurt, you're kidding yourself."

Davis has heard the injured-quarterback rumors before. Florida State's Chris Weinke was questionable with an ankle problem before the game at Miami. "Weinke wasn't going to play," Davis said. "Weinke wasn't hurt."

With or without Vick, Lewis said Miami's preparation will remain the same: "It doesn't matter who they have at quarterback, they are going to run the same offense."

Linebacker Dan Morgan expects Vick to play:

"I'm sure he will be ready to go. He's a competitor."

DORSEY DISAPPOINTED: A week ago, Ken Dorsey saw his school-record streak of 178 attempts without an interception snapped. Saturday, the sophomore was intercepted a career-high three times.

"I think everyone in the stadium would agree with me that this was my poorest performance," said Dorsey, 16-for-31 for 185 yards and one touchdown.

Miami's season-high 331 yards rushing made up for Dorsey's shortcomings. So did Santana Moss' 69-yard punt return for a touchdown.

"The running game came up big and the special teams came up big," Dorsey said. "That's a big positive. I think this is probably one of the better things that happened to me because I'm going to learn from it.

"I really think I learned more (Saturday) about what it takes to be a UM quarterback than any other night. You're going to have rough nights and you're going to have to be able to bounce back from them."

MORE RETURNS FOR MOSS: Punting away from Moss is easier said than done. Moss returned a punt 69 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter, giving him three returns for scores.

For the season, Moss has more yards on punt returns (424) than on receptions (410). Davis believes Louisiana Tech punter Dustin Upton was trying to kick away from Moss on the scoring play.

"I think if they were being honest on that touchdown, they would say they were trying to kick it out of bounds," Davis said. "But their punter shanked it, if you watch the rotation of the ball. Teams over the last month or so have tried to directional kick away from Santana."

PORTIS GETS THE CALL: Clinton Portis hadn't taken part in contract drills since cracking three toes against West Virginia on Sept. 23. But the sophomore tailback saw action Saturday.

Freshman fullback D.J. Williams went down with a separated shoulder in the first quarter, forcing tailback Najeh Davenport to double as a fullback. Tailback James Jackson tired after rushing for 152 yards on 18 carries in the first half.

Portis relieved Jackson and gained 86 yards on 14 carries.

"We had no intentions of playing Clinton," Davis said. "It kind of goes against some of the coaching norms by sticking the guy in who hasn't practiced. He hadn't had any contact since the injury.

"The doctors said if you had to use him, use him. If not, start him up next week. He did a very good job."

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