Miami Hurricanes: Keys To The Season, Top Game, Top Transfer, Fun Stats
Miami Hurricanes: Key To The 2022 Offense
Get that running game going.
Mario Cristobal knows offensive lines. O line coach Alex Mirabal knows what he’s doing. The veterans and talent are in place.
Now the Miami offensive line has to get nasty.
The ground game just didn’t work last year. Oh sure, it was great against Central Connecticut State of the FCS, but it didn’t get past 175 yards against anyone else and only got more than four yards per carry and over 100 yards in four other games.
There was no consistency whatsoever. That’s about to change.
Miami Hurricanes: Key To The 2022 Defense
Quit giving up points in the red zone.
First of all, the place that invented the Turnover Chain couldn’t use it last year with just three fumble recoveries and a mere 11 takeaways overall. That goes hand-in-hand with generating more stops at the ends of long drives.
To Miami’s credit, it was decent at forcing field goals instead of touchdowns when teams got inside the 20, but the D was the second-worst in the country in red zone defense.
Offenses failed to score just two times in the red zone. Central Connecticut State failed on its one attempt, and Duke misfired on a try. Everyone else came away with points.
98%. That’s how often teams scored after getting inside the 20, compared to 83% in 2020 and 81% in 2019.
Miami Hurricanes: Key Player To The 2022 Season
DE Mitchell Agude, Sr.
The Hurricanes came up with just 33 sacks, but they were spread out among a slew of defenders. It would be nice to have one who could be the main man to work around.
There are other defensive linemen in the rotation who’ll be expected to get into the backfield, but the UCLA transfer might be the instant answer.
The 6-4, 245-pound Agude – who came up with 4.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss over the last two years – will combine with UAB transfer Antonio Moultrie and a few holdovers to try doing something behind the line.
Miami Hurricanes: Key Transfer
LB Caleb Johnson, Sr.
Ole Miss RB Henry Parrish is about to make a splash, a slew of linemen on both sides will matter, and West Virginia’s Daryl Porter will be a big deal at one corner. The 6-1, 230-pound Johnson, though, might be the statistical defensive star.
A part of the UCLA D over the last two years, he made 89 tackles but was more of a pass rusher in 2020. He’s expected to take over in the middle of the linebacking corps.
Miami Key Game To The 2022 Season
North Carolina, Oct. 8
The trip to Texas A&M will be a chance to make a big statement on September 17th, but realistically the Canes will be 3-1 before the ACC season starts.
Several teams have given Miami problems, but North Carolina has been one of the biggest issues over the last few years.
Last season’s 45-42 loss was there for the taking, but at least it was a fight – the 2020 team came into the game 801 and got ripped for 62 points. The last win came in 2018, and the losing run has to stop at home coming off a two-week break.
Miami Hurricanes: 2021 Fun Stats
– Fumbles: Miami 14 (lost 7) – Opponents 14 (lost 7)
– Kickoff Returns: Opponents 25.88 yards (2 TD) – Miami 20.4 yards
– Yards Per Carry: Opponents 3.89 – Miami 3.69