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Morgan and Gore Break Down ACC Clash

Posted by Scott Kegley on September 25, 2009 – 11:15 AM


The No. 9 Miami Hurricanes travel to Blacksburg, VA this Saturday to take on the No. 11 Virginia Tech Hokies.  As is the case with most top-flight college football matchups, a few of the 49ers players have begun voicing their opinions about the alma maters in the locker room.

Wide receiver Josh Morgan is thrilled to see his Hokies near the top of the ranking while running back Frank Gore is happy to see that “The U” is once again getting national recognition.

“How are you going to ask me who is going to win?” Gore questioned when solicited for a prediction.  “Miami, baby!”

It will most likely be un uphill fight for the underdog ‘Canes as Lane Stadium offers one of the best home field advantages in the country.

Miami is off to a hot start though, winning 38-34 at Florida State and then crushing Georgia Tech 33-17 at home.

“I’m not worried at all,” Morgan said despite Miami’s first two wins.  “We played those schools last year and we beat them too.”

With both teams firing on all cylinders, it could come down to a matchup of personnel.  Both teams feature talented mobile quarterbacks who can beat defenses through the air or by making plays with their feet.

“We have a great quarterback in Tyrod Taylor,” Morgan said.  “He’s more accurate and more polished as a passer than Michael Vick was when he was at Va Tech.  He’s a great talent.  If you blitz him, he can escape.  He can turn a would-be sack into a touchdown.  He’s a special player.”

Gore says it’s the Hokies who should be concerned about the opposing signal caller.

“We can throw the ball too,” Gore said  “Taylor is a good runner, but we’ll be good.  We can handle him.”

Players often have friendly bets with one another on the game where the loser will have to wear either a hat or jersey of the winning team.  Morgan and Gore have yet to specify exact terms, but there will definitely be pride on the line.

“I haven’t talked to Frank yet, but we’ll get started soon,” Morgan said.  “I’ll talk to my boys [at Virginia Tech] and see how they’re feeling before I make any bet with Frank.”

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