It's been a bumpy road for the seniors who will take the field for the Hurricanes today. They came here during the early stages of the Randy Shannon era with high expectations. The program seemed to be on the brink of something big.
However, it went in a different direction. After a couple sub-par seasons, Shannon was fired. Al Golden and his new staff took over, and really had to build the program back up from the bottom.
For starters Mike James and Brandon McGee, along with all the other seniors, it hasn't been easy. They hung in there and now they'll get a chance at going out a winner.
The Bulls come in with a 3-6 record, and appear to be one of the least talented teams on Miami's schedule this season. They've struggled on both sides of the ball all season, recently lost starting quarterback B.J. Daniels to injury, and have lost six of their last seven games.
Playing with its backup quarterback, the Bulls will likely rely heavily on the running of Demetris Murray, who has 476 yards and five scores this season. Their top pass-catcher is clearly Andre Davis, who has 478 yards and six scores.
Defensively, their two most active players are former Miami recruits. Cornerback Kayvon Webster, a one-time UM commitment from nearby Monsignor Pace High, heads the secondary. The most active linebacker is Jacksonville's Sam Barrington, whose chose the Bulls over Miami late in the recruiting process his senior year.
The Canes will be playing without their best safety, Deon Bush, but get linebacker Denzel Perryman back. He and fellow linebacker Eddie Johnson both missed the Virginia game, so it'll be a nice addition to have them back in the lineup.
Kickoff is set for 3:00 today.