Miami has some good athletes in its secondary but is relatively young. Senior cornerback Brandon McGee is the most veteran of the group and leads the secondary in tackles (33) and PBUs (3). Both safeties are rookies and as such have struggled at times in bigger games. On the whole Miami ranks last in the ACC in pass efficiency defense. Against NC State and Boston college the 'Canes gave up over 400 yards passing (but won both games in shootouts).
EJ Manuel is coming off a career game vs. Boston College passing for 439 yards and four TDs. He leads the ACC in passing efficiency and is completing over 72% of his pass attempts this season. The receiving corps are stacked with speedy sophomore Rashad Greene, the junior trio of Kenny Shaw, Jarred Haggins and Greg Dent, tight end Nick O'Leary, and 6'6' freshman phenom Kelvin Benjamin. Tailbacks Chris Thompson and James Wilder are both excellent catching the football out of the backfield.