UW vs. Miami: 5 things to watch

2009-12-28T19:45:00Z UW vs. Miami: 5 things to watchJim Polzin | 608-252-6473 | jpolzin@madison.com madison.com

Rush to judgment

Only one player -- Virginia Tech's Ryan Williams -- rushed for more than 100 yards against the Hurricanes this season. Williams had 150 in the Hokies' 31-7 win Sept. 26. UW sophomore tailback John Clay has topped the 100-yard mark in five straight games. 

Take your pick

If the UW defense is opportunistic, it could end up with some interceptions. Hurricanes sophomore QB Jacory Harris, who has a sore thumb on his throwing hand, has thrown 17 interceptions this season.

Test for Tolzien

A year ago, UW's starting QB - Dustin Sherer - had a chance to use the Champs Sports Bowl as a springboard into the offseason and couldn't capitalize. He lost two fumbles and completed just 9 of 16 passes for 132 yards in a 42-13 loss to Florida State. Now it's junior Scott Tolzien looking to end the season on a positive note. Tolzien had a combined five interceptions and no TDs against Ohio State and Iowa - the best defenses UW has seen this season - so he has something to prove. 

Line shuffle

The task of slowing UW senior defensive end O'Brien Schofield, who has 22½ tackles for loss and 10 sacks, will fall on Miami's Orlando Franklin. The junior, who started 10 games at left guard this season, will replace Jason Fox at left tackle. Fox, who allowed just one sack this season, is out with a knee injury.

Just for kicks

UW kicker Philip Welch says his confidence isn't shaken despite being replaced by freshman linebacker Chris Borland on extra points in the regular-season finale at Hawaii. Borland made all three of his attempts after Welch missed one in the second quarter. Welch also missed a 41-yard field goal attempt; he's 15-for-22 on the season. Coach Bret Bielema has threatened to again use Borland on extra points.

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