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Duke, Coley, Dorsett, Chickillo, Howard talk Gators

Duke Johnson followed up his stellar freshman campaign  with a career-best performance in the season-opening win over Florida Atlantic, rushing for 186 yards on 19 attempts. So how does he feel about leading the nation in rushing after 1 week?

"... We've got bigger fish to fry, things to overcome than being No. 1 in the nation," Johnson said Monday.

The Hurricanes are facing one of the nation's top defenses Saturday in Florida. You know the Gators are going to be looking to punish Johnson at every turn. This has to be the game he not only shines above all others, but shows he can take that pounding, too. I asked Johnson why he thinks he can handle a heftier load. His answer: He spent all summer getting bigger for this moment. We'll find out for sure on Saturday.

> Hurricanes freshman receiver Stacy Coley talked about his two drops against FAU and how quarterback Stephen Morris and other veterans came up to talk about it with him after the game. Coley said he hasn't had two drops in the same game since he was a sophomore in high school. I expect the freshman to bounce back with a big game against Florida.

> Hurricanes receiver Phillip Dorsett said there is no trash-talking going on right now between the Canes and Gators. But with two former high school teammates from St. Thomas Aquinas -- cornerback Marcus Roberson and safety Cody Riggs -- roaming the Florida secondary Dorsett is looking forward to Saturday's game.

Dorsett also talks about the injury to Rashawn Scott and how the Canes collectively have to step up. Dorsett, the fastest Hurricane with a 4.29 time in the 40, only had two catches for 14 yards against FAU, but was bracketed and doubled often. He also said he was happy to speak with freshman Stacy Coley last Friday after his two drops. You might remember Dorsett had to deal with a case of the drops against Notre Dame.

> Among the more interesting thing Hurricanes defensive end Anthony Chickillo talked about Monday was how fresh the defensive line was in its win over FAU. That obviously hasn't always been the case. Chickillo, who has started since he was a freshman, said he played his fewest snaps ever at UM last Friday because the Hurricanes had more players to turn to. That's obviously a good sign.

> Tracy Howard said in camp he wanted to have 10 interceptions this season. He didn't have any against FAU, but maybe he will Saturday against Jeff Driskel and the Gators. You might remember, Florida was once the odds on favorite to land the nation's top cornerback in 2012 before teammate Malcolm Lewis and coach Al Golden convinced Howard to stay in town and play for Miami. Here is what Tracy talked about Monday.

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