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A.J. Highsmith To Receive First Start For Miami Hurricanes Against Bethune-Cookman

Defensive back A.J. Highsmith will get the start on Saturday against Bethune-Cookman.

Sep 8, 2012; Manhattan, KS, USA; Miami Hurricanes head coach Al Golden looks at the scoreboard during a timeout in a 52-13 loss to the Kansas State Wildcats at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-US PRESSWIRE
Sep 8, 2012; Manhattan, KS, USA; Miami Hurricanes head coach Al Golden looks at the scoreboard during a timeout in a 52-13 loss to the Kansas State Wildcats at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-US PRESSWIRE

Miami Hurricanes defensive back A.J. Highsmith will get the first start of his career Saturday in the Hurricanes' home opener against Bethune-Cookman following varied levels of involvement in Miami's first two games of the 2012 season.

Highsmith, whose father was former Miami running back Alonzo Highsmith, is a junior who has recorded one solo tackle and one assisted tackle in limited action thus far in the season. Highsmith's full name is Alonzo Highsmith, Jr.

In 11 games in 2011 as a redshirt sophomore, Highsmith recorded 12 tackles, including eight solo tackles.

Highsmith was recruited out of high school as a quarterback and saw limited action behind Jacory Harris in 2009, completing 4-of-6 passes. He was rated the No. 24 quarterback in his recruiting class by ESPN.com before committing to the Hurricanes. In 2010, Highsmith competed in two games, completing 4-of-7 passes before sitting out the rest of the year to qualify for the redshirt.

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