Miami Hurricanes: The Darkhorse


The Miami Hurricane football program can make a case to be the greatest football program in the past 30 years. The glory of national championships, conference championships, all americans, NFL talent, elite coaches, prestigious bowl games, etc all started 30 years ago in 1983. But in recent history the Hurricanes have struggled and have not been to a bowl game since 2010 and much less winning one (that last happened in 2006). No one really expects much out of the Hurricanes this year but maybe a mediocre season with a bowl appearance. Current head coach Al Golden built Temple its success and can do the same for Miami. Here at Fifth Quarter I have The Hurricanes as one of the dangerous teams in the nation. Not only a darkhorse to win the ACC but maybe make a threat to the national championship picture.

Impact Players:
Stephen Morris QB
3,354 Passing Yards
21 TD

Duke Johnson RB
947 rushing yards
221 receiving yards
13 Total Touchdowns

Seantral Henderson OL
Height: 6’8
Weight: 345
18 Starts
2010 Miami Hurricanes Football vs Florida State

Denzel Perryman LB
64 Total Tackles
1 Defensive Touchdown

A High Powered Offense
The Hurricanes offense last year which averaged a total of 31 points for the 2012 season and torched coastal division opponents averaging around 36 points per game should put up even better results in 2013, as they were still very young. Stephen Morris may be a senior quarterback but this will only be his second year as a starter but this is HIS team. That senior leadership behind center is very important to the equation that equals wins. Morris returns his favorite target Phillip Dorsett who had 842 receiving yards and having Rashawn Scott on the other side only helps. Five Freshman on offense received starts last year which is basically unheard of for a major college team. Duke Johnson is absolutely electric when he has the ball especially in open space. With this young offense putting up the numbers they did last year, and now with a year of experience there’s no telling what they can do in the ACC. Did I mention The U stole FSU’s offensive coordinator James Coley for the same position? This guy was FSU’s top recruiter and a big reason for their offensive success.

A Defense who took beatings

As we mentioned the Canes offensive scored a ton of points but the defense did a bad job keeping points off the scoreboard. Ofcourse the Canes were young on defense playing a lot of Freshman and Sophomores. The defense allowed over 30+ points seven times in 2012. Even though it looked bad they had talent (Miami always has talent). Every now and then a bright spot have potential would shine on the defense like holding the Virginia Tech Hokies to only 12 points. Hopefully this year with the bumps and bruises from last year the defense can help the offense out so the Canes will not have to depend on winning shootouts week in and week out.

2013 Schedule

The schedule is definitely manageable as rivals Florida and Florida State are the only two teams on the schedule that finished ranked last year, but both of them have their own vulnerabilities to lesser teams (Louisville and NCST). Five out of the twelve teams on the schedule finished the 2012 season with losing records. Miami would have represented the Coastal Division last year in the ACC Championship game had it not been for a self probation but this year they have a high chance at getting that opportunity again. Georgia Tech has bigger defensive problems than Miami, UNC is still rebuilding, and Virginia Tech is still wondering how they fell so far last year.

Aug. 30 FAU
Sept. 7 Florida
Sept. 21 Savannah State
Sept. 28 at USF
Oct. 5 Georgia Tech
Oct. 17 at North Carolina
Oct. 26 Wake Forest
Nov. 2 at Florida State
Nov. 9 Virginia Tech
Nov. 16 at Duke
Nov. 23 Virginia
Nov. 29 at Pittsburgh