October 19, 2012

Warchant Week in Review: Miami

As FSU-Miami weeks go, this has been a relatively quiet few days leading up to a prime-time tilt in Miami Gardens (8 p.m. - ABC regional). The storylines this week involved injuries and bragging rights. Both Miami and FSU have dealt with potential losses for gameday, with the 'Canes being potentially affected at the most important position.

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On the injury front

The biggest storyline this week has been by far the Miami quarterback saga. Junior starter Stephen Morris has been a doubtful commodity all week with an injured ankle, and that status was confirmed in a way Thursday as Morris was officially listed doubtful on the official team injury report. If Morris cannot go, sophomore Ryan Williams will make his first start at Miami. The 6-foot-6 redshirt sophomore played in 10 games at Memphis before transferring to the Hurricanes.

Florida State fans' ears perked up in the middle of the week when receivers Kelvin Benjamin and Kenny Shaw missed practice. After Tuesday's practice, coach Jimbo Fisher informed reporters the two were sick. As of Thursday evening, Fisher said the players are ready to go for the weekend.

Fans quiet, players anxious

Although there has not been as much buzz around the arch-rivalry this week - FSU is up to a 21.5-point favorite as of Friday morning - this game still means plenty to the players. Florida State sends 17 scholarship players back to their hometown area this weekend and teammates have noted how intent the Miami-area Seminoles are on performing well in front of family and friends.

The impact of recruiting

Florida State's coaching staff has been built to recruit many areas of the country, but perhaps none with more systematic intensity than Miami. As D.C. Reeves notes in this feature on recruiting South Florida, all eyes are on the Seminole and Hurricane programs and this weekend's game.

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For more in-depth information on this week's developments, check out the content below.

The Warchant.com Report with Gene Williams, Jeff Cameron and Coley Harvey

The Warchant.com Podcast with D.C. Reeves, Paul Thomas and Tom Lang

The X Factor: on Xavier Rhodes' position flip

Tape Review: Miami offense

Quote of the week

"I thought people made computers."

-Jimbo Fisher lightheartedly commenting on the BCS system and taking the human element out of sports

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