Miami Hurricanes Week 1 Preview FAU
The Miami Hurricanes begin their season at home playing against intrastate foe The FAU Owls. Like most College teams, the first week of the season acts as a preseason game to determine how the team is playing at this point. The Canes will still have to come out playing hard and looking crisp to come away with a victory against the Owls.
When it comes to the Canes offense, it is expected to be one of the better units in the nation, but it still has many questions that need to be answered. One of the most intriguing things will be how much Sheantrel Henderson will be playing, now that he has been demoted to the second string. Another thing to look for will be the Wide Receiver rotation and how much playing time Freshman, Stacy Coley, and Redshirt Freshman, Malcolm Lewis, with all the talent that is at the Canes disposal.
Last year the Canes defense was a liability to say the least, as they were just dreadful. Obviously FAU is not a top-tier offense, but it will still be interesting to see if the defense has made any improvements especially in the Defensive Line. It will be very interesting to see how Coach D will utilize his “secret” weapons in Tyriq McCord and Al-Quadin Muhammad, as they are shaping up to be two of the biggest threats in the pass rush. It will be key for Tracy Howard to have a dominant game, we need to see him start showing flashes of becoming a shutdown corner.
The Special Teams unit is one that does not really get much attention, but the Canes are shaping up to have a very solid unit. Matt Goudis is inexperienced but has a monster leg and should be solid this year, while transfer Punter Pat O’Donnell has a powerful leg and should be setting up Miami’s defense with good field position. In the return game it looks like Dorsett will be the main returner, but do not be surprised if we see Duke back there with his ability to hit a home run every time he touches the ball.
Overall this should be a fairly easy game for the Hurricanes, as FAU is one of the bottom dwellers of College Football. This will be a good “warm up” game for the canes as they will be able to asses where the defense and offense are. I predict a blow out with the Canes taking the victory easily at home 35-14.