October 16, 2007

Shannon: We have to improve on road

Coach Randy Shannon knows the Hurricanes have a big challenge at Florida State this weekend.

He spoke about the matchup today.

"It's going to be a great atmosphere," Shannon said. "Even though the record (for both teams) isn't like the past, it is a rivalry and has always been a great game. There's maybe two or three times out of this rivalry that I've been here that it's been a blowout. The other times the score's been fairly close, especially the last couple of years. Both staffs are excited about playing the game. It's an ACC game and a road game for us. We have to get better on the road, we have to start off fast. If we can do those things early in the game, keep the crowd out of it, we'll be fine. It's going to be a great time for both teams."

Shannon also said freshmen Jermaine McKenzie and Robert Marve will redshirt this year.

In injury news, Shannon said he's still not sure if DT Josh Holmes will be available to play this weekend. Shannon also said WR Lance Leggett remains out with injury.

Shannon said DT Dwayne Hendricks is confirmed as out for the year, and he said DT Antonio Dixon is also likely out for the season.

Shannon said that leaves "three or four" defensive tackles that can play.

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