MIAMI -- Miami tight end Kellen Winslow lashed out at
Southeastern Conference officials Saturday, saying they targeted
him during Tennessee's 10-6 win over the Hurricanes.
Winslow caught seven passes for 88 yards but had a costly
15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct in the fourth quarter.
Winslow said his helmet was ripped off on the 22-yard reception,
but said he was penalized for taking off his helmet.
"I hate refs," Winslow said, his voice raised in the locker
room. "They were looking at me the whole time. I can't even get
hyped up after a play. I can't even get my crowd hyped up."
Winslow has been penalized several times this season for
taunting opponents, including one last week against Virginia Tech.
"I talked to our team during the week and talked to them before
the game," coach Larry Coker said. "I told them this was an SEC
crew and they are strong in calling celebration penalties and will
Miami finished with 12 penalties for 121 yards.
Winslow's penalty cost the Hurricanes significant field position
in the fourth quarter while trying to take the lead. They overcame
Winslow's mistake, but the drive ended when Brock Berlin was sacked
Berlin also threw two interceptions. He has 14 interceptions and
three fumbles this season.
Winslow said the Hurricanes need to make changes on offense, but
he stopped short of calling for a new quarterback.
"It's up to the head man," Winslow said. "He'll do the right
Winslow refused to comment on whether the Hurricanes had lost
faith in Berlin.
Winslow has 51 catches for 527 yards this season, but has spent
much of the season calling for the ball more often - especially
near the end zone. He has just one touchdown.
The son of NFL Hall of Fame tight end Kellen Winslow Sr., the
younger Winslow made several big plays against the Volunteers,
including a 21-yard catch on third-and-20 in the third quarter. But
he also fumbled once, dropped a pass in the end zone and had the
He recovered his third-quarter fumble, but the Hurricanes were
forced to punt. Trailing 10-3 in the second quarter, Miami had a
chance to tie the game on the final play of the half, but Winslow
dropped Berlin's deep pass in the end zone.
He took some of his frustration out on the Vols with a
hard-hitting block that knocked Corey Campbell to the ground and
briefly out of the game.
Winslow nearly got flagged for standing over and taunting a
"It's war," Winslow said. "They're out there to kill you, so
I'm out there to kill them. We don't care about anybody but this U.
They're going after my legs. I'm going to come right back at them.
I'm a ... soldier."