Preview 2019: Previewing and looking ahead to the Miami Hurricanes season with what you need to know.
– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense
– Top Players | Key Players, Games, Stats
– What Will Happen, Win Total Prediction
– Recruiting Class Analysis | Schedule Analysis
– Miami Previews 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015
2018 Record: 7-6 overall, 4-4 in ACC
Head Coach: Manny Diaz, 1st year
5. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE MIAMI OFFENSE
– There’s one big plus out of having the nation’s 104th best offense – you don’t lose a whole lot of early draft picks. The Hurricanes not only get back eight starters, but it’s adding a slew of talented transfers and it’s keeping a few good ones of its own. The O will try to open it up a bit more, but it needs the passing game to merely be effective, and the ground attack has to be stronger after averaging 191 yards per game.
– A funny thing happened on the way to the Miami starting quarterback job. Tate Martell was the easy option. The Ohio State transfer was ruled eligible right away, he was going to swoop in and take the team by storm, and … he was just okay in spring ball.
Former star recruit N’Kosi Perry had his moments in the spring, and so did redshirt freshman Jarren Williams. In a bit of a stunner, Williams was named the starter for the opener against Florida. Now get ready for one of the other options to likely have a chat with the transfer portal.
– The receiving corps went from a potential concern to absolutely loaded. Leading receiver Jeff Thomas was off to Illinois … right up until Mark Richt retired. Thomas reversed course, and now he’s back as the Hurricane main man. Also coming in is KJ Osborn, one of the MAC’s top targets as one of the stars of last year’s great Buffalo squad.
Second-leading receiver Lawrence Cager might have bolted for Georgia, but Mike Harley is back along with top tight end Brevin Jordan. Throw in star recruit Jeremiah Payton, and there’s no excuse for the passing game to not be a whole lot stronger – as long as the QB play is better.
– Leading rusher Travis Homer bolted early for the next level, but second-leading man DeeJay Dallas is back after averaging 5.7 yards per pop with six rushing scores. 6-0, 202-pound sophomore Lorenzo Lingard will play a bigger role after running for just 136 yards.
– Two starters are done on a line that was good in pass protection – for the most part – and had its moments for the ground game. 340-pound junior Navaughn Donaldson is a pounding guard, and Butler transfer Tommy Kennedy should be an instant fill-in at left tackle. As long as sophomore Corey Gaynor can handle the center gig in place of Tyler Gauthier, the line will be fine.