Miami defensive end Oliver Vernon is returning for the Hurricanes game against Georgia Tech after a six-week suspension. He missed the first six games for accepting improper benefits from former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro, which were revealed in a controversial Yahoo! story over the summer.
Coming into the season, Vernon, a 6'4 265 junior, was expected to a key contributor for first-year coach Al Golden. As a sophomore, he was one of the Hurricanes defensive standouts, getting six sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss.
Miami has struggled to a 3-3 start to the season, partially the result of the chaos surrounding the program in the wake of Shapiro's allegations and partially the result of a tough non-conference schedule that featured only one non-BCS team (Bethune-Cookman).
They will be at full strength for the first time this year against Georgia Tech, as Vernon is the last player returning from suspension this season.