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Early Preview – Miami (FL)

Posted by cuorange on July 23, 2009

Game 7 – October 24, 2009 – Land Shark Stadium, Miami, FL

Record O St Rtng Pts/Gm O Yds/Gm O D St Rtng Pts/Gm D Yds/Gm D
7-6 8 27.1 326 7 24.2 317

No team in the ACC has more talent than Miami. No team in the ACC, not even Clemson, wastes more talent than Miami.

As they have for the last few years, the Canes showed flashes in 2008 – a victory over Virginia Tech being the highlight – but suffered some close losses and lost to California in the Emerald Bowl by 7.

Sophomore Jacory Harris has the QB position thanks to the transfer of Robert Marve. Harris threw for 1,195 yards and 12 TDs, while suffering only 7 INTs in 2008 as a true Freshman.

Graig Cooper (841 Yds, 4.9) and Javarris James (286 Yds, 4.2) lead the rushing attack that averaged 129 yards per game in ’08.

The losses at receiver are also minimal (no one lost had more than 18 receptions) and the younger players who gained experience on the field and as redshirts last year mean this group will be improved.

The line returns three starters, plus one part time starter and should be a serviceable line. The play of this unit, will make or break the Canes offense.

A much improved and experienced defensive line will lead Miami on defense. Seven players return who have started at one time or another, so look for the 152 yards per game rushing number given up last year to decline.

There are some losses at LB, but with the return of Colin McCarthy this group should hold it’s own.

The defensive backfield loses a starting CB and S, but returns 6 players with at least 6 career starts.

The Skinny: Miami will be improved on the field, but the question is will they improve on the sideline (coaching). This team is chock full of talent that could challenge for the top 10 under the right coach. The question is do they have the right coach.

Early Conclusion: Miami’s early schedule is brutal: @ Florida State, Georgia Tech, @ Virginia Tech, Oklahoma. This is probably the toughest game to gauge at this point (July) as no one knows how the Canes will react from one game to the next. That said, the lines appear to be solid on paper and the offense is full of talent at skill positions. Playing at home gives the Canes the advantage.

Miami 24 Clemson 20

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