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Bulls have respect for Miami RB Miller



Here are Tuesday's USF practice notes from Times correspondent Ian Lanphier. ...


TAMPA -- Getting its first crack at gaining bowl eligibility for the seventh consecutive season, USF faces a stiff challenge limiting Miami's talented offense Saturday, defensive coordinator Mark Snyder said.

The Hurricanes represent the opponent with the most speed and talent the Bulls have seen since their season opener against Notre Dame, Snyder said.

Speedy Miami RB Lamar Miller, who has 1,108 yards on 195 carries and eight TDs this season, is the strength of the unit, while senior QB Jacory Harris ranks ninth in the country with a 161.15 passing-efficiency rating. Harris has 1,982 yards passing and 19 TDs to just five interceptions after struggling with turnovers in previous seasons.

"Nobody's talking about (Miller). I think this tailback is special," Snyder said. "He's as good as we've seen since (Cincinnati RB) Isaiah Pead ... This kid is a great back. He's electrifying."

Junior LB Sam Barrington said he's impressed with what he's seen of Miller's big-play potential after watching film.

"If you look back at Syracuse, one of its backs was a power back, but you can't play Lamar Miller like you played that power back," Barrington said. "He's a guy who has the speed to get outside, and he has the power to run in between the tackles, so it's a workload, but it's going to be fun."

[Last modified: Tuesday, November 15, 2011 8:01pm]


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