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August 30, 2012

Game Day Information: UM at BC

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Saturday, Sept. 1 at 3:35 p.m. (ET)
Chestnut Hill, Mass. / Alumni Stadium (44,000)

TV: ABC/ESPN2 - Play-by-Play: Bob Wischusen; Analyst: Danny Kanell; Sideline: Maria Taylor

Local Radio: 560 WQAM. Play-by-Play: Joe Zagacki; Analyst: Don Bailey Jr.; Sideline: Josh Darrow

National Radio: Compass Media Networks. Play-by-Play: Gregg Daniels; Analyst: Tony Hill

Student Radio: 90.5 FM WVUM. Broadcasters: Kyle Sielaff and Alex Schwartz

Satellite Radio: Sirius 91, XM 91 (BC broadcast)

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For the second consecutive season, the Miami Hurricanes will open on the road at an Atlantic Coast Conference rival. Year two of the Al Golden era begins Saturday at Boston College (3:35 p.m. EDT, ABC/ESPN2).
In the fi rst season under Golden, the Hurricanes fi nished 6-6 overall with a 3-5 ACC record.
Due to the threat of Tropical Storm Isaac, the University of Miami campus closed at 7 p.m. on Sat., Aug. 25 and did not reopen until Tue., Aug. 28.
Miami is 56-29-1 all-time in season openers, winning three of its last four.
Saturday will mark the 29th series meeting with Miami holding a 23-5 advantage over Boston College.
Boston College and Miami are meeting in the season opener for only the second time. In 1993, then-No. 4 Miami defeated then-No. 20 Boston College 23-7 in Chestnut Hill.
Miami is making its fi rst trip to Chestnut Hill since 2007 - a 28-14 Hurricanes loss.
Miami is 7-3 against Boston College in Chestnut Hill; the last Hurricanes win at Boston College was an 18-7 triumph in 2001 (Miami was ranked No. 1 in the nation).
Junior QB Stephen Morris was appointed the starting signal-caller following the Miami Hurricanes' fi rst fall scrimmage in August. Morris has fi ve career starts under his belt, posting a 2-3 record as a starter.
Nearly of 70 of Miami's 2012 roster hails from Florida (67 players), including 21 that hail from Miami-Dade County.
Gone from Miami's program are 25 seniors from the class of 2011 - all of which graduated. The senior class was also honored with the Jack Harding Team Most Outstanding Player Award. The 2011 senior class included All-ACC performers Sean Spence (LB) and Tyler Horn (OL) as well as record-setting QB Jacory Harris.

SEASON OPENERS

Miami is 56-29-1 all-time in season openers, winning three of its last four. Since 1983, Miami is 22-7 in season openers and at one point won nine straight openers (1996-2004).
After losing back-to-back season openers to Florida State in 2005 and 2006, the Hurricanes had won four straight openers until a 2011 loss at Maryland.

BOSTON COLLEGE SERIES HISTORY

Saturday will mark the 29th series meeting with Miami holding a 23-5 advantage over Boston College.
Boston College and Miami are meeting in the season opener for only the second time. In 1993, then-No. 4 Miami defeated then-No. 20 Boston College 23-7 in Chestnut Hill.
Miami is making its fi rst trip to Chestnut Hill since 2007 - a 28-14 Hurricanes loss.
Miami is 7-3 against Boston College in Chestnut Hill; the last Hurricanes win at Boston College was an 18-7 triumph in 2001 (Miami was ranked No. 1 in the nation).

SERIES NOTES

Miami has won 15 of the last 17 games dating back to 1985 ... Miami is 13-2 against Boston College in conference games (BIG EAST / ACC) ... In 2007 meeting in Chestnut Hill, Boston College ended its 15-game losing streak to the Hurricanes and earned a berth in the ACC title game ... The 2007 win was BC's fi rst over Miami since the 1984 "Hail Flutie" pass that ended one of the greatest games in college football history.

ROAD OPENERS

For the second consecutive season, Miami will be opening its schedule on the road. The Hurricanes have lost two of their last three season openers on the road. Miami won at Florida State in 2009.
Miami is 15-12 when opening the season on the road and 2-0 when opening at a neutral site.

ACC OPENERS

The Miami Hurricanes are 4-4 all-time in Atlantic Coast Conference openers, having lost its previous ACC opener in 2011 - a 32-24 loss at Maryland, the fi rst game of the Al Golden era.
Miami is 2-3 when opening the season against an ACC foe.

A WIN BY MIAMI WOULD...

Be the Hurricanes' fi rst season-opening victory since 2010
Be the Hurricanes' fi rst win at Boston College since 2001
Improve its record to 5-4 in ACC openers
Improve its record to 16-12 when opening the season on the road
Improve its record to 24-5 against Boston College
Improve its record to 57-29-1 in season openers
Improve its record to 23-7 in season openers since 1983

FOUR CANES NAMED TO SENIOR BOWL WATCH LIST

Four Miami Hurricanes are among 312 seniors named to the 2013 Senior Bowl Watch List, the nation's premier all-star game announced August 23. Senior RB Mike James, DB Brandon McGee, DT Darius Smith and S Vaughn Telemaque represent the Hurricanes on the Senior Bowl's inaugural watch list.
The top 100 seniors in the nation will be invited to participate in the 2013 Senior Bowl, which is set for Sat., Jan. 26 at Mobile's Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Appearing on the watch list is not a requirement for a player to earn a Senior Bowl invitation.
The SEC led all conferences with 71 players on the list. The Big Ten had the second-highest amount of honorees with 46, followed by the ACC with 43.

BOTTS NAMED PRESEASON ALL-ACC

Senior P Dalton Botts represented Miami on the 2012 Preseason All-ACC Football team, which was voted on by media members at the annual ACC Football Kickoff.
The Taft, Calif., native served as the Hurricanes' punter in all 12 games as a junior last season, fi nished second in the ACC with a 42.7 yards-per-punt average in 2011.
He booted a season-long 62-yarder in the season fi nale against Boston College and had one of his best games against then-No. 17 Ohio State with an average of 47.8 yards on four attempts. He had only three touchbacks in 48 attempts, with 11 kicks inside the 20 and 11 punts of at least 50 yards.

TRIO ON PRESEASON WATCH LISTS

Junior WR Allen Hurns is one of 49 college receivers on 2012 Biletnikoff Award Preseason Watch List - given to the nation's top receiver. Hurns, a native of Carol City, Fla., had a breakout season as a sophomore recording 31 receptions for 415 yards in 2011.
Senior P Dalton Botts is one the Ray Guy Award Watch List (nation's best punter) and senior PK Jake Wieclaw earned placement on the Lou Groza Award Watch List (nation's best placekicker).
Botts, who served as the Hurricanes' punter in all 12 games in 2011 as a junior, fi nished second in the ACC with a 42.7 yards-per-punt average. Wieclaw converted on 11-of-14 fi eld goals and all 29 PATs in his fi rst season as the starting placekicker to merit status as a Lou Groza Award Semifi nalist in 2011.

MORRIS TABBED THE STARTER FOR BC GAME

Junior QB Stephen Morris was appointed the starting signal-caller following the Miami Hurricanes' first fall scrimmage in August. Morris has fi ve career starts under his belt, posting a 2-3 record as a starter.
Morris' career-fi rst start came as a true freshman in 2010 against Maryland, a 26-20 Hurricanes win. Morris then won his second start the following week a Georgia Tech (26-10). He started the Hurricanes' fi nal two regular-season games in 2010 against Virginia Tech and USF.
Morris' lone start in 2011 was in the season opener at Maryland, a 32-24 Hurricanes defeat.

YOUTH MOVEMENT

More than half of the Miami Hurricanes' 2012 roster are freshmen and sophomores. All-told, Miami's roster includes 42 freshmen - 34 true freshmen and eight redshirt freshmen - and 22 sophomores (11 redshirt sophomores).

FLORIDA-GROWN TALENT

Nearly of 70 of the Miami Hurricanes' 2012 roster hails from the Sunshine State (67 players), including 21 that hail from Miami-Dade County.

DEPARTED PLAYERS

Gone from Miami's program are 25 seniors from the class of 2011 - all of which graduated. The senior class was also honored with the Jack Harding Team Most Outstanding Player Award. The 2011 senior class included All-ACC performers Sean Spence (LB) and Tyler Horn (OL) as well as record-setting QB Jacory Harris.
Additionally, fi ve Hurricanes forwent their senior seasons and entered into the 2012 NFL Draft - junior DL Marcus Forston, junior RB Lamar Miller, junior WR Tommy Streeter, junior DL Olivier Vernon and junior OL Brandon Washington.

MIAMI BY THE NUMBERS IN 2011

2 - Consecutive years that Miami has had receivers surpass the 2,000-yard mark. Leonard Hankerson (2,160) eclipsed the mark in 2010 and Travis Benjamin (2,069) did so in 2011.
3 - National rank of Miami's offensive effi ciency according to FootballOutsiders.com. The ranking is based on the opponent adjusted effi ciency of the given team's offense.
6 - Points scored by the Canes in the win over USF (11/19). It was the fewest points scored by a winning team on the road among all FBS programs since Auburn defeated Mississippi State, 3-2, in 2008.
9 - Games out of the 12 on the schedule that were broadcast to a national audience during the 2011 season.
10 - Number of Miami's opponents who have been ranked this season. Duke and Bethune-Cookman are the only UM foes who were not among the top 25 in 2011.
14 - Tackles-for-loss by LB Sean Spence in 2011 to rank second in ACC, 31st nationally at 1.27 per contest.
25 - Seniors on the Hurricanes' squad that graduated.
41 - Number of returning letterwinners for 2012.
70 - Career touchdowns by QB Jacory Harris to rank tied for fourth place among all ACC signal callers.
149 - Number of straight weeks that a #ProCane caught a TD pass, dating back to week 15 of 2002 season.
150.61 - Harris' pass effi ciency rating for the season to rank 20th nationally and third in the ACC. Harris has connected on 195-of-300 passes with nine interceptions.
1,272 - Total yards that RB Lamar Miller rushed for in 2011, third-most in Miami history.

PRO CANES

More than 275 former Hurricanes have gone on to play professionally in the NFL
38 Hurricanes have been a part of a Super Bowl-winning team and a total of 72 former Canes have played in a Super Bowl.
DT Dwayne Hendricks, DB Bruce Johnson, SS Kenny Phillips and DB Antrel Rolle were members of the Super Bowl XLVI champion New York Giants in 2011. DT Vince Wilfork also played in Super Bowl XLVI for the New England Patriots.
54 former Hurricanes are currently with NFL teams as of Aug. 24, 2012.

AFC East (5): Miami Dolphins (RB Lamar Miller, DE Olivier Vernon); New England Patriots (DT Marcus Forston, DL Vince Wilfork); New York Jets (TE Dedrick Epps)

AFC North (7): Baltimore Ravens (RB Damien Berry, LB Ray Lewis, T Bryant McKinnie, S Ed Reed, WR Tommy Streeter); Cleveland Browns (WR Travis Benjamin); Pittsburgh Steelers (LB Sean Spence)

AFC South (7): Houston Texans (T Rashad Butler, CB Brandon Harris, WR Andre Johnson, C Chris Myers, ILB Darryl Sharpton); Indianapolis Colts (WR Reggie Wayne); Tennessee Titans (LB Colin McCarthy)

AFC West (9): Denver Broncos (T Orlando Franklin, RB Willis McGahee, WLB D.J. Williams); Kansas City Chiefs (DE Allen Bailey, LB Leon Williams, T Eric Winston); Oakland Raiders (TE Richard Gordon, CB DeMarcus Van Dyke); San Diego Chargers (WR Roscoe Parrish)

NFC East (2): Dallas Cowboys (DE Baraka Atkins, G Harland Gunn); New York Giants (DT Dwayne Hendricks, CB Bruce Johnson, S Kenny Phillips, S Antrel Rolle); Philadelphia Eagles (DT Antonio Dixon, TE Chase Ford, G Brandon Washington); Washington Redskins (WR Leonard Hankerson, FS Brandon Meriweather, WR Santana Moss)

NFC North (2): Detroit Lions (T Jason Fox); Green Bay Packers (CB Sam Shields)

NFC South (4): Atlanta Falcons (OLB Spencer Adkins); Carolina Panthers (LB Jon Beason, TE Greg Olsen); New Orleans Saints (TE Jimmy Graham)

NFC West (8): Arizona Cardinals (DE Calais Campbell); St. Louis Rams (LB Rocky McIntosh); San Francisco 49ers (LB Tavares Gooden; RB Frank Gore; CB Cory Nelms); Seattle Seahawks (TE Kellen Winslow)



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