Miami Hurricanes 2013: Season Preview and Predictions

Al Golden

With the past few years being dominated by talk of NCAA sanctions looming for the Miami Hurricanes, it was easy to give up on a team that had a bleak future. Through the hard work Head Coach Al Golden and his staff, Miami fans a have reason to see hope in their team regaining the championship for that the fan base has come accustomed to.

Senior Quarterback Stephen Morris and the rest of the team ending the 2012 Season on such a high note, winning three of its last 4 games in blowout fashion, things look bright for the young Miami Hurricane Team.

Offense:

In the 2012 season, the offense was one of the most explosive in the nation due to the stellar play of Stephen Morris, and Freshman phenom Randy “Duke” Johnson. Last season it seemed like almost every game a new player on offense would emerge as a weapon and would make a big impact on. Early on, the Hurricanes got great play from Wide Receiver Malcolm Lewis before he suffered a devastating ankle injury. The Canes also received explosive home run plays from Running Back Duke Johnson. While Johnson did hit a wall after having been dinged up and defenses adjusting to him, he finished the season strong by rushing for over 450 yards and 4 touchdowns in the final four games. The Hurricanes also saw some flashes from Tight End Clive Walford and Wide Receivers Allen Hurns, Philip Dorsett, Herb Waters, and Rashawn Scott. In the upcoming season, Miami looks to build on the positive momentum and be an even more dynamic offensive unit and I fully expect to see big strides taken by either Walford or Asante Cleveland. Look for one, if not both, to become a legit threat at the Tight End position. Hurricane fans can also expect consistent play from the Wide Receivers and the Offensive Line. The Canes have added some weapons this year through recruiting including the top JUCO Tight End Beau Sandland, and South Florida stud wide out Stacy Coley. There is no reason for the Hurricanes Offense not to be top 15 with potential to be top 10 in the nation. They have all the ingredients to be great: an experienced Senior Quarterback, a great core of Receivers, and a massive Offensive Line. Do not expect anything less than extraordinary from the Hurricanes offensive attack this season.

Defense:

In 2013, the Miami Hurricanes had one of the nations worst defensive units and one of the worst in the University’s history. Many can make the excuse that young inexperienced players were to blame. This young defense was led by Sophomores Denzel Perryman and Anthony Chickillo who both saw a dip in their production due to injuries and adjustments made to them by other teams. Despite the terrible play by the defense, there were a few bright spots that really stood out in the unit. Deon Bush, a True Freshman Safety, was one of the more pleasant surprises making his impact felt by delivering head jarring hits left and right and playing with tons of passion despite learning on the fly. Bush and Rayshawn Jenkins seem to be forming a nice safety duo for the next couple of years. The play by Defensive Tackles Olsen Pierre and Curtis Porter were also ones to take note of. Olsen ,while not being spectacular, showed plenty of consistency in his play last year playing at 100% all time and always working hard despite the odds, Porter showed some flashes of greatness when he was actually on the field and not recovering from an injury on the sideline. In this upcoming season the Canes defense MUST improve if they want to be in serious contention of an ACC title. With the continued progression of Bush and cornerback Tracy Howard, as well as the help that will be provided from incoming freshman Al-Quadin Muhammad and transfer David Gilbert from Wisconsin, this defensive unit should be much better and hope be at least at top 5 unit in the ACC.

My Predictions

I predict that with such an explosive offense, and continued improvement on defense, The Miami Hurricanes will win the ACC Coastal Division and will not lose more than TWO games this season. Stephen Morris will be a Top 5 Quarterback in the nation and Duke Johnson will Rush for 1,000+ yards and 7+ touchdowns.

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