Stephen Morris has played well in the two-and-a-half games of his Miami Hurricanes football career, but this is his first game against a top opponent. Virginia Tech will bring a pass rush and intensity that Morris has not faced all season; this will be the best defense he has faced by far this season. Morris has a lot of mobility which is something that Jacory Harris does not have, so that will help him to make some plays.
Harland Gunn, Tyler Horn, Seantrel Henderson, Brandon Washington, Brandon Linder and Orlando Franklin will need to step up big to keep the defense rested and Tyrod Taylor on the sideline. The offensive line will have to adjust to whatever game plan Mark Whipple decides to go with. If it gets to be a pass-happy night, then the line will have to hold their blocks while the Hokies pin their ears back. The biggest thing they need to do is limit the number of false starts and holding penalties, that has been the weakness of this unit all season. Many big plays have been called back because of it.
Morris will have to help the offensive line by being smart and not afraid to use his feet if nothing is there. Holding onto the ball rather than getting rid of it will cause some major problems, especially if the receivers are covered. The Hurricanes offensive line is much improved this year, but that is mostly in the running game; they still have some work to do in pass protection against good defenses.
If this unit can hold up and give Morris time, the athletes at the skill positions will win the game for the Hurricanes.