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It is difficult -- if not impossible -- to get an accurate measure of where Miami is from its 70-3 rout of Florida A&M in its season opener. Jay Jackson Jersey .The visiting Rattlers are an FCS team that managed only one win in 2015 and were completely overwhelmed on their visit.But at least the dominance defensively can be taken as a good sign for the newly ranked No. 25 Hurricanes, who host Florida Atlantic in Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens at 6 p.m. on Saturday.After all, this is a unit that has been hit hard by the dismissals of last years leading tackler, linebacker Jermaine Grace, and last years sack leader, defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad, right before camp opened, and linebacker Juwon Young earlier in the summer.The Hurricanes started three freshmen at linebacker -- Zach McCloud, Shaq Quarterman, and Michael Pinckney -- and it could have been excusable if there had been slip-ups along the way.But to give up only a field goal was a big accomplishment even against an overmatched opponent.I thought it was important that we start the game and set the tempo early on, and to have a senior like Corn Elder make an interception on the first drive is what you want your older guys, your experienced guys, to do, Miami defensive coordinator Manny Diaz said. And I think the other guys fed on that.I was very impressed with the way we played up front and I think what we wanted to be as a defense in terms of the way were getting our feet across the line of scrimmage, being disruptive making plays in the backfield.It looked for most of the game they had a hard time getting the ball back to the line of scrimmage against our rush defense.Things will be a little more serious this week against Florida Atlantic.The Owls arent exactly a powerhouse but managed to win their opener 38-30 over another FCS opponent, Southern Illinois.Offensively, they go about as fast as a team can go, Miami coach Mark Richt said. They do a really good job of getting a lot of plays. Were going to have to communicate very quickly to our defense, get lined up quickly and be ready to play ball.Owls quarterback Jason Driskel completed 23 of 31 passes for 287 yards and two touchdowns in rallying the Owls from a 24-21 deficit in the second half against the Salukis.He also has experience against Miami. He was 17-of-30 passing off the bench as a redshirt freshman in last years meeting and had the game in a 20-20 tie until the Owls faded in the second half of their 44-20 loss.Special teams could present an interesting matchup.Their punter, Dalton Schomp, had 22 kicks over 60 yards last year, Richt said. I think he led the nation in yards, average per punt -- I think it was around 48 per punt. Thats amazing. He really can boom it, so it will be interesting to see how that goes.Miami punter Justin Vogel is no slouch in that department. He averaged 42.5 yards per punt last year after a 42.8 average as a sophomore in 2014.The Hurricanes received some bad news the day after the win over Florida A&M when it was determined linebacker Jamie Gordinier, a promising redshirt freshman, will require knee surgery and is lost for the season.Gordinier getting hurt early in the game, it was sad, Richt said. Any time a guy gets hurt and cant play the rest of the season ... they work so hard. Theres so much work between January and now.You get to that moment of truth early in the game, you get hurt and youre out of the season, its heartbreaking for those guys. That also puts pressure on the rest of the team.After hosting Florida A&M, the Hurricanes go on the road for the first time Sept. 17 when they travel to Appalachian State. Hank Aaron Brewers Jersey . A knee to the thigh might have stung him the most, but his sixth straight double-double made up for the brief burst of pain. Taylor Williams Brewers Jersey . -- In a span of seven Washington Redskins offensive plays, Justin Tuck sacked Robert Griffin III four times. https://www.cheapbrewers.com/179y-mike-moustakas-jersey-brewers.html . In taking its goal tally to 99 in all competitions already this season, City delivered another demonstration of its lethal firepower at Etihad Stadium to set up a fourth-round match at home to another second-tier team -- Watford. For the second consecutive season, the WNBAs top rookie hails from Seattle.The Storms Breanna Stewart was named the leagues 2016 Rookie of the Year on Thursday. The 6-foot-4 forward led all first-year players in scoring (18.3, sixth overall in the WNBA), rebounding (9.3, second) and blocked shots (1.9, third) in the regular season.It is truly an honor to be given this award in such a competitive league full of powerful women, Stewart said.Stewart, whose Seattle teammate Jewell Loyd won the honor in 2015, received 38 votes from a national panel of 39 sportswriters and broadcasters. San Antonios Moriah Jefferson, Stewarts college teammate the past four years at UConn, received the other vote.Stewart also headlined the WNBA All-Rookie Team, which included Jefferson, Dallas forward Aerial Powers, Chicago center Imani Boyette and Fever guard Tiffany Mitchell.In helping Seattle return to the postseason for the first time since 2013, Stewart tied for the league lead in minutes (34.7 per game), tallieed 12 double-doubles and scored in double figures in 31 of 34 games. Jimmy Nelson Jersey. She scored a season-high 38 points on two occasions.We are really proud of Breanna, Storm coach Jenny Boucek said. She had a fairly seamless transition into this league in part because of her talent but also because of her coachability, attitude, humility and her love for the game.Since April, Stewart has led UConn to an unprecedented fourth consecutive NCAA championship, won her third straight Naismith Player of the Year award, received the first pick in the WNBA draft and made her Olympic debut, winning her first gold medal in Rio with USA Basketball. She also swept all four WNBA Rookie of the Month awards this season.The Storm, who lost to Atlanta in the first round of the WNBA playoffs, are the first team in league history to have Rookie of the Year honorees in consecutive seasons. ' ' '