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The forecast for South Florida: Hurricane Santana is going to inflict major damage
By B.J. Schecter
Santana Moss is fast, and he can jump high and far, but the Hurricanes' senior
receiver would like to set the record straight: He is not a track guy. He runs
the 40 in 4.3 seconds, and he won the triple jump and long jump at this spring's
Big East Track & Field Championships. But Moss has no interest in
pursuing a career in track and field. "I only run track to stay in shape
for football," says Moss, who caught 54 passes for 899 yards last season
and proved to be one of the top receivers in the country. "Football is
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"The bulk of the D has been together for several years and has good chemistry.
It's definitely their strength. They like to blitz and attack, which puts a lot
of pressure on the corners.... At linebacker, losing Nate Webster hurts, but Dan
Morgan is awfully good. He's their leader and their hit man.... [Safety] Al
Blades is tough and covers a lot of ground.... They have a ton of experience at
running back, and Moss is impossible to
The job of getting the ball to Moss -- who needs 626 receiving yards to
surpass Michael Irvin as Miami's alltime pass catcher -- will fall to Ken
Dorsey. A classic drop-back passer, the 6'5" sophomore was primarily a
backup in 1999 but won all three of his starts. He'll get plenty of support from
James Jackson (782 yards and nine touchdowns despite missing three games with a
right knee sprain) and a pair of big-play wideouts in senior Reggie Wayne and
junior Daryl Jones. Wayne has caught at least 40 passes in each of the last
three seasons; Jones, the 1999 Big East 100-meter outdoor champion, redshirted
last year but averaged 12.2 yards per catch two years
The Hurricanes are still trying to prove they're back in the big time. Last
season Miami went to a New Year's Day bowl for the first time in five seasons
under Davis. But to be considered a serious national title contender again, the
Hurricanes must defeat Florida State and Virginia Tech; Miami hasn't beaten
Moss runs a 4.3 40, but he'd rather use his speed on the gridiron than on the track.
Peter Read Miller
"It's time to stop talking and start showing it on the field," says
Moss. "Now is the time to show we're the Canes of old. There are no
Issue date: August 14, 2000
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