MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Miami’s already shorthanded defense took another hit during the second quarter Saturday. Linebacker Michael Pinckney went down after landing awkwardly on his right side while attempting to tackle running back Clinton Lynch. The sophomore spent a few minutes on the field, grabbing at his right shoulder.
Miami is already missing two starters on defense, defensive backs Dee Delaney and Sheldrick Redwine. Linebacker Shaquille Quarterman, perhaps the Hurricanes’ most valuable defensive player, has also been off the field for stretches of the game due to an apparent injury. Pinckney, another of Miami’s top defensive players, had already recorded a pair of tackles before going down. He did not return before halftime.
Pinckney and Quarterman aren’t the only two Hurricanes to get banged up Saturday. Defensive end Chad Thomas also went down with an injury on the play and fellow defensive end Trent Harris briefly was hurt with an injury earlier during the first half.
The Yellow Jackets are gashing the Hurricanes with their triple option so far. Georgia Tech has rushed 29 times for 172 yards – an average of 5.6 yards per carry.
Miami is also playing without three starters on offense. Running back Mark Walton is out for the season after reinjuring his ankle against Florida State last Saturday, right guard Navaughn Donaldson was ruled out earlier during the week and star wide receiver Ahmmon Richards went through warm-ups, but has yet to play.
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