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Defense Marches On

After being stripped of seven starters from last season's unit, including four NFL first-round selections, this was supposed to be the year the Hurricanes defense finally took a step backwards. It's not like Miami hasn't been down this road before, but it's quite different when you're trying to replace the likes of Sean Taylor, Jonathan Vilma, D. J. Williams and Vince Wilfork.

But stopping the opposition hasn't been much of a problem for the No. 3 Hurricanes (4-0). Despite a new trio of starting linebackers, which opened the season with 12 combined starts, and a revamped secondary, including three new starters, the Hurricanes have been quite stingy in remaining one of the top defensive units in the country - if not the best. Miami will enter tonight's contest...

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