Hurricanes leading receiver Allen Hurns has plenty of respect for Florida State’s No. 1-ranked pass defense, but he’s not about to call Saturday’s challenge intimidating.
“I wouldn’t say intimidating,” Hurns said. “I would say they have a lot of speed and a lot of guys. They can move Lamarcus Joyner inside to the slot and things like that. They can do a lot of good things.”
FSU’s secondary hasn’t had a bad game yet, giving up a season-high 203 yards to Tajh Boyd and Clemson. Opponents are completing passes at only a 52.2 percent clip against FSU, which is also allowing only 5.2 yards per attempt.
Joyner, a player FSU took out of UM’s backyard from Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas, has been dominant. He has 27 tackles, one interception, three sacks, three pass breakups and three forced fumbles in his senior season and is projected to be the second free safety taken in April’s NFL Draft according to CBS Sports. Safety Terrence Brooks has 22 tackles, four pass breakups, two forced fumbles and two interceptions. He’s projected to be a third- or fourth-rounder.
“Whatever they’re up to, they do it very well,” Hurns said. “If their safeties need to get deep, they get deep. We’re going to take whatever is there. If the deep pass is there, we’re going to take it. If the underneath path is there, we’re going to take it. We don’t know what to expect. We just have to react to it.”
• The only UM players listed as out this week are offensive lineman Danny Isidora (foot) and receiver Phillip Dorsett (knee).