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Safety should return Nov. 1

10/14/2003 - Miami Hurricanes

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami safety Sean Taylor will miss Saturday's game against Temple after having minor shoulder surgery.

Taylor had arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder Monday,
but should be ready for a Big East showdown against No. 3 Virginia
Tech on Nov. 1 because the second-ranked Hurricanes have a week off
after playing the Owls.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound junior is tied for the national lead
with six interceptions. He picked off two passes against Florida
State on Saturday, including one he returned 50 yards for a
touchdown, and knocked down several more. He also earned Big East
defensive player of the week honors.

"From what I saw, he might have been defensive player of the
world," coach Larry Coker said Tuesday. "He had a phenomenal
day."

Without Taylor, sophomore Greg Threat will make his second
consecutive start. Threat filled in for Maurice Sikes against the
Seminoles and played well. Sikes, who sat out with a sprained right
knee, is expected to play Saturday.

"That's going to be a huge plus for us," Coker said. "And
with Brandon Meriweather and Greg Threat, we're going to be fine
there."

The Hurricanes also will be without receiver Roscoe Parrish on
Saturday.

Parrish was released from a Tallahassee hospital Monday, two
days after a brutal hit caused internal bleeding.

Parrish spent two nights at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital after
Florida State cornerback Stanford Samuels knocked him to the ground
on a crossing route in the second quarter. Coker called the play a
clean hit.

Coker said he sent a letter to FSU president T.K. Wetherell,
thanking him for the support Parrish received from the Seminoles.
Florida State coaches called to check on Parrish, and the team
trainer visited him in the hospital.

Parrish's injuries have not been specified, but bruising to his
internal organs was the initial concern. Coker said he expects
Parrish to play again this season.