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Miami OC talks Notre Dame defense

Miami offensive coordinator Mark Whipple said the Hurricanes will draw from their game against Georgia Tech to prepare for Friday's Sun Bowl matchup against Notre Dame in El Paso, Texas.

Miami defeated Georgia Tech, which runs a similar 3-4 scheme to Notre Dame's, 35-10 Nov. 13.

"Georgia Tech would kind of be a little bit of a base for us," Whipple said during Wednesday's coordinators news conference.

Whipple also broke down some Irish defensive players who stood out on film.

"(Darius Fleming), the defensive end, outside linebacker, is an excellent player up front," Whipple said. "Obviously, the Williams kids (Ian Williams), the nose kid, didn't play lately, but you go back to early on and in the 3-4 you need the guy in the middle and he is certainly a presence. (Manti) Te'o, No. 5, can really play and the leading tackler, can run sideline to sideline and is physical up front. The safeties, (Harrison Smith) is a real straight-line, fast guy. You see him run down Denard Robinson. You see him run down some other guys. (Darrin) Walls has got experience.

"They do a lot of good things. They've got players at every level. Like any time you come into a new situation, there was a little bit of … whatever, it's changed. But you look at the way they've played in the last three games. I think they are really playing together as a unit and playing with a lot of confidence. They've got good players, a good scheme and they believe in what they are doing. We got to really take care of the ball and try to win the one-on-one matchups when we get them."

Whipple didn't have an update on quarterback Stephen Morris, who injured his left ankle during practice Tuesday. Morris and Jacory Harris are competing for the starting quarterback spot in Friday's game.

"He was walking around pretty good," Whipple said of Morris. "It was a lot better last night. We will just see where he is at. I don't think it was as bad as they originally thought."

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