Miami Hurricanes Preview 2006
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Miami Hurricanes Preview 2006
yo i found this on collegefootballnews.com and decided to post it over here. but im sure they got everybodys team on there.
2006 Miami Hurricanes
By Pete Fiutak
He has a 54-10 record after five years and didn't win a national title last year at a place that national titles are expected and demanded, so he should be on the hot seat, right?
Larry Coker? No, he has a 53-9 record with one national title. Pete Carroll is 54-10 with one national title (keep your AP banter to yourself).
Everyone take their Ritalin; last season really wasn't that bad for Miami. It wasn't a disaster, it wasn't one of the most disappointing seasons ever, and it wasn't a signal that the Miami football program should start making initial inquiries to see if there's an opening in the Sun Belt.
Here's Miami's philosophical problem with the national title or bust attitude. If you don't win the national championship, or even play in the national championship game, then does a 40-3 loss to LSU in the Peach Bowl really mean anything in the grander scheme of things? The 35-3 loss to Tennessee in the 1986 Sugar Bowl was far more disappointing and a far bigger disaster than some little old Peach Bowl loss, and that 1986 team turned out to be pretty good before it lost the national title to Penn State in the 1987 Fiesta Bowl. That 1987 team turned out to be pretty good winning the national title.
Head coach: Larry Coker
6th year: 53-9
Off. 25, Def. 26, ST 5
Lettermen Lost: 22
Ten Best Miami Players
1. FS Brandon Meriweather, Sr.
2. TE Greg Olsen, Jr.
3. SS Kenny Phillips, Soph.
4. RB Tyrone Moss, Sr.
5. QB Kyle Wright, Jr.
6. DE Baraka Atkins, Sr.
7. DE Bryan Pata, Sr.
8. LB Tavares Gooden, Jr.
9. WR Ryan Moore, Sr.
10. CB Glenn Sharpe, Jr.
CFN Prediction: coming
9/4 Florida State
9/9 Florida A&M
9/16 at Louisville
10/7 North Carolina
10/21 at Duke
10/28 at Georgia Tech
11/4 Virginia Tech
11/11 at Maryland
11/18 at Virginia
11/23 Boston College
The point is that it's hard to play for national championships, much less win them, and not winning the whole ball of wax every year isn't cause to pull fire alarms. However, not winning ACC titles is a bigger issue.
And that's the problem.
The new ACC isn't the Big East and it's not like being an Independent. There are too many good teams to battle with on a game-in-game-out basis to demand perfection every year. Analyze all these so-called disastrous losses last year. Florida State 10-6. It would've been a win if the special teams didn't melt down. Georgia Tech 14-10. In case you forgot, Georgia Tech also whacked Auburn. LSU 40-3. Don't focus so much on the final score. LSU had national title talent and was jacked up. Things really weren't as bad as everyone made them out to be.
This year's team has enough talent to think about the national title, but just enough holes to keep it from happening with an offensive line that doesn't look to be appreciably better than last year's disaster and an overall skill level among the stars on offense that can't overcome the potential problems up front. The defense will be among the best in the country, but it can't win every game if there are offensive issues like there were occasionally last season.
Go ahead and jack up the expectations for this very good team, but shoot for the ACC title first.
The Schedule: It's set up perfectly for a huge season with the right mix of great games and big home dates to think about the BCS championship game, and then the second half of the year kicks in with four road dates in five weeks including games at Georgia Tech, Maryland and Virginia. Florida State, Virginia Tech and Boston College come to the Orange Bowl, but the real landmine could be at Louisville on September 16th.
Best Offensive Player: Junior TE Greg Olsen. The coaching staff has hinted that the one-time Notre Damer could be better than Kellen Winslow Jr., Bubba Franks, and Jeremy Shockey. At the very least he should come close to leading the team in receiving and be on the short list for the Mackey Award.
Best Defensive Player: Senior FS Brandon Meriweather. He's not huge at 6-0 and 188 pounds, but he's a sure tackler with phenomenal range. He has 202 career tackles and should be one of the nation's top all-around safeties.
Key player to a successful season: Offensive tackles Reggie Youngblood, Cyrim Wimbs and Tyrone Byrd, guards A.J. Trump, Andrew Bain, Derrick Morse, and Alex Pou, and center Anthony Wollschlager. If the front five has a decent season, Miami will likely be ACC champions. If it has a great season, Miami has an honest shot at the national title.
The season will be a success if ... Miami wins the ACC title game. Goal number one has to win the ACC championship. Then the Canes can hope everything falls into place for something even bigger. Anything less than an appearance in the conference title game and next year will likely usher in a new coaching era of Miami football.
Key game: Sept. 4 vs. Florida State. Miami lost last year to the Noles and was still in the hunt for the ACC and national championships late in the season, but that was in Tallahassee. A loss at home to start the season is the last thing the team needs with memories of the Peach Bowl still lingering.
2005 Fun Stats:
- Sacks: Opponents 36 for 246 yards - Miami 33 for 246 yards
- Miami points in its nine wins: 305 (33.9 per game) - Miami points in its three losses: 20 (6.67 per game)
- Miami points by quarter: 1st 80, 2nd 110, 3rd 77, 4th 42
The Last Time Miami…
…played in a bowl game…2005 (Peach Bowl v. LSU)
…missed a bowl game…1997
…pitched a shutout…2004 (Louisiana Tech)
…was shutout…1997 (Florida State)
…scored 50 points…2005 (Duke)
…won a conference title…2003 (share, Big East)
…had a 3,000-yard passer…2002 (Ken Dorsey)
…had a 1,000-yard rusher…2002 (Willis McGahee)
…had a 1,000-yard receiver…2002 (Andre Johnson)
…had a first-round draft choice…2005 (CB Antrel Rolle)
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2006 offensive preview
What you need to know ... Kyle Wright is a talented passer who needs to play up to the prep hype, star back Tyrone Moss is back from a torn ACL leading a good corps, and the receiving corps is big and fast with three NFL caliber players along with a future first round pick in tight end Greg Olsen. None of that matters if the offensive line, which only welcomes back one starter, isn't night-and-day better than last year when it allowed 36 sacks and almost got Wright k!lled. Wright is hardly Michael Vick when it comes to mobility, so when the heat was on he had to do the best he could which meant the deep ball was rarely an option. That has to change this year to open things up a bit more to average more than a mediocre 353 yards and 27 points per game.
Passing: Kyle Wright
180-307, 2,403 yds, 18 TD, 10 INT
Rushing: Tyrone Moss
137 carries, 701 yds, 12 TD
Receiving: Greg Olsen (TE)
31 catches, 451 yds, 4 TD
Star of the offense: Junior TE Greg Olsen
Player that has to step up and become a star: The entire offensive line
Unsung star on the rise: Sophomore OT Reggie Youngblood
Best pro prospect: Olsen
Top three all-star candidates: 1) Olsen, 2) RB Tyrone Moss, 3) QB Kyle Wright
Strength of the offense: Running back
Weakness of the offense: Offensive line
It's Kyle Wright's show to run. Kirby Freeman is a good prospect as the number two man, but his passing is still a bit off and the team isn't going to turn back now after living through Wright's year of development. To be fair, Wright didn't have much time to breathe behind a struggling offensive line that allowed 36 sacks, but he has to make quicker decisions and be more of a big-play passer this season for the offense to reach its full potential. There's no one of note waiting in the wings at the number three spot who can step in if disaster strikes.
The key to the unit: Develop Kirby Freeman's all-around game a bit more so he can be ready to step in if Kyle Wright gets hurt or is ineffective.
Quarterback Rating: 7.5
- Kyle Wright, Jr. - 180-307, 59%, 2,403 yds, 18 TD, 10 INT
It's not like Wright was bad last year, he just wasn't consistent and wasn't all that explosive throwing for 12 touchdown passes against Duke, Temple and Wake Forest and six against everyone else with no more than one touchdown pass in any of the other nine games. His talent is undeniable with size, arm strength and poise under fire, but now it all has to come together and he has to start being a difference maker.
Kirby Freeman, Soph. - 15-31, 48%, 183 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT, 8 carries, 38 yds
Freeman is a good-sized passer adding an element of speed and mobility that's missing from Kyle Wright's game. He saw a little bit of action last year in mop up time and is entrenched as the number two man going into the season.
It all depends on the knee of Tyrone Moss. If he's 100% back to the form he showed early last year, the ground game will be deadly. Charlie Jones is a dependable back, but he's not a special player who can change a game the way Moss can. Derron Thomas and Andrew Jones are speed backs who should see a few more carries this year just to keep Moss from wearing down, but the two most intriguing backs are freshman Kylan Robinson and fullback Jerrell Mabry. Mabry is a fast 259 pounds who might turn out to be more of a tailback than blocking fullback, while Robinson was a top recruit who has all the skills to be one of Miami's next great backs.
The key to the unit: Hope for Tyrone Moss to be as good as new while getting more production out of the backups behind Charlie Jones.
Running Back Rating: 7.5
Projected Starters- Tyrone Moss, Sr. - 137 carries, 701 yds, 5.1 ypc, 12 TD, 1 catch, 17 yds
Moss played like an All-American at times rushing for 139 yards and three scores at Clemson and 195 yards and four touchdowns in the win over North Carolina, but he saw his big year get cut short by a torn ACL in the Virginia Tech game. He's short, but powerfully built at 5-9 and 220 pounds with next-level breakaway speed. He's not much of a receiver with only two career catches to go along with his 346 carries. The knee is expected to be fine by the start of the season.
- Fullback Jerrell Mabry, RFr.
The 259-pound redshirt freshman will take over for Quadtrine Hill, but don't expect him to just be used as a blocker. He could be a tailback with his 4.75 speed and impressive quickness for a player of his size. Early on he'll be used primarily as a blocking back.
- Charlie Jones, Jr. - 123 carries, 507 yds, 4.1 ypc, 5 TD, 5 catches, 14 yds
It's not an understatement to say Jones saved the season after Tyrone Moss went down for the year. The surprisingly powerful junior was consistent and even showed a little bit of burst. He's a better receiver than Moss, but he doesn't have the same combination of size and speed.
- Derron Thomas, Soph. - 47 carries, 150 yds, 3.2 ypc
While he can provide a bit of between-the-tackles power, but he 5-9, 190-pound sophomore will mostly be a change of pace back adding quickness and home run hitting ability. He was the team's third leading rusher last season seeing most of his time in mop up duty with the occasional carry to keep the starter fresh.
- Andrew Johnson, Jr. - 14 carries, 97 yds
Johnson is one of the fastest players on offense and saw a little time after coming back from a torn ACL, but will he be able to get on the field to show off his home-run hitting ability? He came up with a 46-yard dash against Duke on his first carry back and could be used for a change of pace. He looked strong this spring.
- Kylan Robinson, Fr.
He's a tall, athletic runner with a fantastic straight line burst and a nose for the end zone. He was one of the year's biggest recruits and could quickly find himself as the number three back.
to be continued
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2006 Offensive Preview Continued
The receivers will be better if the quarterbacks get more time to throw. As always, the Canes are full of speedy, talented receivers who all have an eye on playing at the next level, but they need to make more plays and make up for the loss of Sinorice Moss. The best of the bunch is tight end Greg Olsen, who'll be one of the early favorites to win the Mackey Award. Ryan Moore has to finally grow into a number one targets and Darnell Jenkins has to be used more as a deep receiver. Lance Leggett is too good to just be considered a number three receiver.
The key to the unit: Making more big plays and doing more with the ball once it's in the hands of the thin, but talented corps.
Receiver Rating: 8
- Ryan Moore, Sr. - 28 catches, 464 yds, 16.6 ypc, 4 TD
Is he as good as he thinks he is? At 6-3 and 215 pounds with great hands, Moore has all the makings of a next-level playmaker if it all comes together and he isn't nicked up like he was this spring with a muscle pull in his leg. However, He hasn't been able to improve upon his 44 catch freshman year despite becoming more of a deep threat last season. Considering his big-play ability, he didn't make enough of them last year.
- Darnell Jenkins, Sr. - 25 catches, 242 yds, 9.7 ypc, 2 TD
Despite having enough speed to be used as a kick returner, he's mostly been a possession receiver. He's experienced with 49 career catches, but he has yet to explode and make any big plays. It'll be his job to make the clutch catches underneath while using his quickness to break of short passes into big gains.
- Tight end Greg Olsen, Jr. - 31 catches, 451 yds, 14.5 ypc, 4 TD
The sky's the limit for the soon to be first round draft choice. Olsen has it all from fantastic hands to good deep speed to good blocking ability in a 6-5, 252-pound frame. There are few better route runners and few tight ends in college football that can match what he can do in the open field. He'll likely be the team's leading receiver and the number one option on third downs.
- Lance Leggett, Jr. - 15 catches, 204 yds, 13.6 ypc, 2 TD
Will this be the year Leggett lives up to his talent? He's a lanky 6-4, 184-pound target with great deep speed averaging 17.3 yards per catch for his career highlighted by a 76-yard touchdown catch against Wake Forest last season. He'll push for time at split end along with Ryan Moore.
- Khalil Jones, Soph. - 2 catches, 30 yds
Considered among the team's hardest working practice receivers, Jones is a big, physical receiver who'll see most of his time on special teams and occasionally stepping in at flanker to give Darnell Jenkins a breather.
- Tight end Chris Zellner, Soph. - 1 catch, 9 yds
The former defensive end moved over to tight end last spring and mostly ended up playing on special teams. Even though he's 227 pounds, he's a solid blocker in two tight end formations. He'll likely only catch passes in garbage time when Greg Olsen is out.
The emergence of the front five might be the most important development in the national title race after coming off an awful season. Injuries were part of the problem, but the line was just flat-out bad allowing a whopping 36 sacks while paving the way for a mere 3.7 yards per carry. There's size and potential across the line, but senior center Anthony Wollschlager is the only returning starter meaning it'll take some time for everything to jell. Yes, that's the opener against Florida State coming up fast in the rear view mirror. Losing long time offensive line guru Art Kehoe from the coaching staff isn't a plus meaning new offensive line coach Mario Cristobal will be under the microscope.
The key to the unit: Pass protection, pass protection, pass protection, pass protection, pass protection.
Offensive Line Rating: 7
- OT Reggie Youngblood, Soph.
It'll be up to Youngblood to take over Eric Winston's spot on the left side. At 6-5 and 310 pounds, he has the size along with the long arms to grow into a strong pass blocker after playing in eight games as a true freshman. He was one of the team's top recruits last year and now he has to start playing like it.
- OG A.J. Trump, RFr.
The 285-pound redshirt freshman will likely be moved all over the place before he settles into one spot, but he'll start out at left guard battling with Andrew Bain for the job. He's versatile enough to play anywhere on the line and is the fastest lineman on the team with great feet.
- C Anthony Wollschlager, Sr.
While not nearly as talented as the players around him, he is the leader of the line whose drive and run blocking abilities have turned him into a potential all-star. He was finally able to stay healthy all last year and started every game, and now he'll be expected to be the veteran anchor of an improving group.
- OG Derrick Morse, Jr.
The 295-pound junior is a true guard who needs to grow into the promise of a strong 2004 after struggling through a shoulder injury last season. He's a good run blocker and has a good motor, but his pass protection will be under scrutiny early on the right side.
- OT Tyrone Byrd, Soph.
Is Byrd settled in at right tackle? At 280 pounds he's a bit light to be a steady guard, but he could play any spot on the line if he needs to move around after seeing time as a reserve on the inside last year along with getting a little bit of work at right tackle. He was in the mix for the starting center job when he first came to Miami.
- G Andrew Bain, Jr.
At 317 pounds, Bain is a bigger option at right guard than the 295-pound Derrick Morse. He has the feet to play tackle if needed, but his size and strength make him more natural on the inside.
- C/G Alex Pou, Sr.
Pou has seen plenty of time playing in 21 games over his career with one start. He's most valuable as a versatile reserve able to step in at center or guard when needed.
- T Cyrim Wimbs, Jr.
An interesting prospect on the right side, the 321-pound junior is a much bigger tackle option than the 280pound Tyrone Byrd. He has the size and strength to step in at guard if needed, but his athleticism makes him a better tackle.
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Greg Olsen is nice. I just have no faith in Kyle Wright. Maybe he'll calm down and throw better passes. Our Offensive line was a huge problem last year. sh*t Wright got sacked like 9 times in one game. I hope Moss stays healthy and has a good year. I think we can do if we improved our OLine.
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2006 Defensive Breakdown
What you need to know ... The defense will once again be among the best in the nation with size, speed, and backups that would start for about 100 other teams. The safeties are among the best in Miami history with Brandon Meriweather and Kenny Phillips each deserving of All-America consideration and Anthony Redd*ck and Lovon Ponder more than good enough to step in without missing a beat. Cornerback is the X factor needing Glenn Sharpe to be ready to roll after suffering a knee injury last year and Randy Phillips needing to step up and be a consistent playmaker. There are too many great defensive ends and linebackers for the starting spots, and the tackles have the potential to be a strength after a little bit of starting experience.
Tackles: Brandon Meriweather, 114
Sacks: Kareem Brown, 4.5
Interceptions: Brandon Meriweather, Lovon Ponder, 3
Star of the defense: Senior FS Brandon Meriweather
Player that has to step up and become a star: Sophomore CB Randy Phillips
Unsung star on the rise: Sophomore DE Calais Campbell
Best pro prospect: Sophomore SS Kenny Phillips
Top three all-star candidates: 1) Meriweather, 2) Phillips, 3) DE Baraka Atkins
Strength of the defense: Safety, defensive end
Weakness of the defense: Proven cornerbacks
The line could be something special if the tackles come through with big seasons. 300 pounders Kareem Brown and Antonio Dixon and the quick Teraz McCray should be strong against the run, but the starting experience isn't there. The ends are deep and fantastic as Baraka Atkins, Bryan Pata, Eric Moncur and Calais Campbell are all pass rushing terrors who'll form a great rotation to steadily get to the quarterback.
The key to the unit: The tackles need to be rocks and do just enough to allow the tremendous ends to make big play after big play.
Defensive Line Rating: 9
- DE Baraka Atkins, Sr. - 50 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 5 TFL, 4 broken up passes, 6 quarterback hurries
Able to be used as a small, quick tackle or a big, run stopping end, the 6-4, 264-pound senior is a versatile player with 35 games of starting experience and is tough as nails f!ghting through a knee injury to have a great season. He's not a pure pass rusher, but he's effective at getting into the backfield on a regular basis with 13 career sacks, 20.5 tackles for loss and 41 quarterback hurries.
- DT Kareem Brown, Sr. - 45 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 8.5 TFL, 6 quarterback hurries
A backup so far, Brown saw plenty of time in the rotation behind Orien Harris while growing into a top interior pass rusher. He has 36 games of experience and 97 career tackles, so the 307-pound senior won't have any problems as the starter.
- DT Teraz McCray, Jr. - 10 tackles, 1 sack, 2 TFL
He's one of the team's smaller tackles at 6-1 and 278 pounds, but he's experienced and he's tough to move against the run using his great leverage to hold well at the point of attack. He quickly came back after a torn ACL to be a good backup over the second half of last year.
- DE Bryan Pata, Sr. - 25 tackles, 3 sacks, 5 TFL, 14 quarterback hurries
Pata is the team's best pass rusher and should thrive as a full-time starter. He's a quick 272 pounds with too much strength for most offensive tackles. Consistency is his issue but he'll be an all-star with double-digit sacks if he can use all his skills and experience to put it all together for a full season.
DE Calais Campbell. Soph. - 35 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 5.5 TFL, 8 quarterback hurries, 8 broken up passes Campbell has to find a spot somewhere on the field. He had a fantastic resdhirt freshman season as an athletic reserve with next-level pass rushing skills and an imposing frame to pass over. He's 6-8 and 253 pounds with long arms that make him impossible to throw over. he'll start out on the right side behind Bryan Pata.
- DE Eric Moncur, Soph. - 22 tackles, 1 sack, 3 TFL, 9 quarterback hurries He'll be in the starting mix soon. The 253-pound sophomore had a great redshirt freshman season showing good skills as a pass rusher. He has the size to be a good run defender, but he'll make his splash this year by getting to the quarterback when he gives Baraka Atkins a break on the left side.
- DT Antonio Dixon, Soph. - 7 tackles, 2 quarterback hurries
BIG. The 6-3, 338-pound sophomore provides pure bulk on the inside playing behind Kareem Brown. He's not a statue by any means with great feet and quickness.
There aren't any national stars, at least not yet, but the return of Tavares Gooden from a shoulder injury, Darryl Sharpton from an ankle and knee problem, and Willie Williams getting a full season healthy will make this a very good, very deep corps. It's not all that big, but everyone can run and there will be big-time competition all season long for playing time. Glenn Cook will have a f!ght on his hands with Sharpton for the job in the middle, while veteran Jon Beason will have to use his experience to hold off Williams.
The key to the unit: Keep everyone healthy and find a way to use all the talent in a good rotation to keep everyone fresh.
Linebacker Rating: 9.5
- Tavares Gooden, Jr. - 3 tackles
Speed. Gooden is a very fast, very talented strongside linebacker, but he has to get healthy after missing most of last year with a dislocated shoulder. He was a big-time playmaker as a sophomore making 83 tackles and ten tackles for loss, and there's no reason to think he won't revert back to form.
- Glenn Cook, Jr. - 28 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 6.5 TFL, 2 broken up passes
A career backup with three starts, the 212-pound Cook is a veteran with good pass coverage abilities. He's not as special as Darryl Sharpton and will have to f!ght for the job in the middle, but he could end up seeing time on the strongside if he's pushed out of the starting role inside.
- Jon Beason, Jr. - 66 tackles, 6 TFL, 1 broken up pass
The former fullback turned in a strong season on the weakside last year after taking over the starting role. He's the team's most versatile linebacker able to play an of the three spots. He's more fast than quick, but he can handle himself well in pass coverage as well as against power running offenses.
- Romeo Davis, 33 tackles, 1 TFL, 2 broken up passes
Davis saw starting time last year in the middle growing into a good all-around defender, but now he'll push for time on the strongside adding more size and experience. He could move back in the middle at times to be a bigger option than Glenn Cook or Darryl Sharpton.
- Darryl Sharpton, RFr.
He's not all that big at 6-0 and 210 pounds, but he hits like a ton of bricks. He saw a little big of time as a true freshman before getting knocked out for the year with an ankle problem, but now he's healthy and will use his tremendous speed and range to push for the starting job in the middle.
- Willie Williams, Soph. - 17 tackles, 2 TFL
Will he be worth all the trouble? After all the off-the-field hoopla surrounding his arrival at Miami, Williams hasn't had a whole bunch of luck so far missing all of 2004 with a knee injury and being relegated to backup duty last year. There's no questioning his talent or his ability as 6-3, 232-pound heat-seeking missile on the weakside, but now he has to play up to the hype and push for a starting spot.
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Defense Breakdown continued and Special Teams
This won't be the nation's number one pass defense again, but it won't be far off. There's a little bit of a question mark at corner needing Glenn Sharpe to return 100% from a torn ACL and hoping for either Randy Phillips or Bruce Johnson to go from being decent backup to a solid starter, or else hope for star recruit Ryan Hill to live up to expectations right away. The safeties are among the deepest and most talented Miami has ever had with Brandon Meriweather and Kenny Phillips each on the short list for All-America honors and Anthony Redd*ck, once he returns from a knee injury, isn't far behind. Lovon Ponder is a great looking young safety who has to somehow find his way on the field.
The key to the unit: Hope for Glenn Sharpe to be a number one corner.
Secondary Rating: 9.5
- CB Glenn Sharpe, Jr.
Sharpe is finally back after missing all of last year with a torn ACL suffered during summer workouts. He has the experience and quickness to be a top corner, but he only has a little bit of starting experience and he has to prove his track star speed hasn't changed since the injury.
- FS Brandon Meriweather, Sr. - 115 tackles, 13 TFL, 2 forced fumbles, 3 interceptions, 7 broken up passes
Meriweather is a big enough hitter to play strong safety and fast enough to be a major playmaker at free safety. He's one of the team's most experienced players with 40 career games of experience and 202 tackles, and now he should be on everyone's All-America list with the range to be a major factor against the pass and the speed to be a disruptive force in the backfield.
- SS Kenny Phillips. Soph. - 88 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 interception, 4 broken up passes
He was as good as advertised. One of 2005's top recruits stepped and starred from the start showing off the 4.4 speed to be in on seemingly every play and the smarts of a long-time veteran. He's a good-sized hitter at 6-2 and 200 pounds with moves like a cornerback.
- CB Randy Phillips, Soph. -11 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 forced fumble, 1 interception, 1 broken up pass
Phillips saw time in eight games as a true freshman playing mostly as a nickel back. He hits hard for a corner and while he doesn't have elite speed, he's hardly slow.
SS/FS Anthony Redd*ck, Soph. - 6 tackles
Redd*ck was one of the team's top defensive stars as a true freshman making 73 tackles and started off last year playing well against Florida State before tearing his ACL. He's a great tackler with excellent range, but he isn't huge at 6-0 and 197 pounds and will have a hard time taking over one of the starting spots with Brandon Meriweather and Kenny Phillips firmly entrenched in their spots.
- FS Lovon Ponder, Soph. - 20 tackles, 3 interceptions, five broken up passesThe hard part it finding a spot for him. He's a fantastic ball-hawker tying for the team lead in interceptions during his limited action in nickel situations. He makes things happen whenever he gets on the field.
- SS Willie Cooper, Jr. - 4 tackles
Cooper has been mainly used on special teams so far and will try to play more of a role in the secondary after moving from linebacker last year. He's not nearly as fast as the other safety options, but he's tough and can hit.
- CB Bruce Johnson, Soph. - 7 tackles
The 5-10, 170-pound sophomore plays bigger than his size and has the talent to grow into a spot as the top corner off the bench. He'll start out on the left side behind Glenn Sharpe, but he can play either position.
- CB Ryan Hill, Fr.
Will he force his way into the mix as a true freshman? Miami's top recruit comes from a long line of great defenders as the cousin of former Florida State stars Corey Fuller and Sam McGrew. a.ssuming he doesn't redshirt, he should be one of the team's top backup corners
It'll be a shock if the Hurricane special teams aren't among the ACC's best. PK Jon Peattie is too experienced to have another average season, while P Brian Monroe has improved each of his last three years growing into a whale of a directional kicker. The return game is more than fine even after the loss of Devin Hester with Darnell Jenkins taking over the main roles. He isn't as explosive as Hester on punt returns, but he was far better on kickoff returns last season averaging 21.9 yards per try to Hester's 16.1. The coverage units should once again be fantastic.
The key to the unit: Being sharp against Florida State right away and getting PK Jon Peattie to return to his 2003 form.
Special Teams Rating: 9
- PK Jon Peattie. Sr. - 15-20 FGs, 34-39 extra points
Peattie started off with an inconsistent first half of the season only to come on in a big way late hitting his final six field goal attempts including a 44 yarder against Georgia Tech. He has been decent throughout his career with decent range, but he's pushing it to go beyond 45 yards. It's not a bad thing that he had a down year and still cranked out 79 points.
- P Brian Monroe, Sr. - 64 punts for 2,549 yards, 39.8 average, 26 inside the 20
The 39.8 yard-per-kick average might not seem like anything special, but his numbers went down because he became a more accurate kicker putting a whopping 26 inside the 20. He doesn't have a huge leg and doesn't put too much air under it, but he has been effective for the last three seasons. He'll handle the kickoffs and is athletic enough to get the coaches thinking about playing him at receiver
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1st and Ten – You’ll Get Nothing and Like It – There’s something about playing safety at the U. Bennie Blades back in the day. Ed Reed in the late-1990s, early 2000s. Sean Taylor a couple of years ago. The talent that has graced the Orange Bowl turf at the safety position is nearly astounding. But, the list of names needs to be edited to add last year’s duo (a pair that is returning this year) Brandon Meriweather and Kenny Phillips. These two studs have dominated the middle of the field, and they’re back this season to virtually eliminate anything any offense can and wants to do in the middle of the field, or anywhere on the field for that matter. Meriweather, the Hurricane’s free safety, isn’t a physical specimen of Taylor build, but just put on any game tape from last year. This guy knows how to play – he’s smart, has a tremendous football IQ and is seemingly always in the right spot to make a play. Oh, and by the way, he’ll run through you with all of his 188 pounds. Last year, he did it 113 times, to go along with his 13 tackles for a loss – amazing numbers for a free safety. B Dub is a game changer, pure and simple from his secondary position. Phillips, on the other hand, was one of the highest rated high school recruits in 2005, and it didn’t take long for him to announce his presence with authority. At 6’2” and 200 pounds, he might be a tad light to play strong safety, but he meshes so well with Meriweather that the fit is absolutely perfect. The Hurricanes possess the best secondary in the nation, and these two stars are the reason why.
2nd and Seven – Edgerrin, Willis and, well, um, who’s next – The state of Florida has some of the best high school running back talent. Miami is one of the top football universities in the nation. Then, why haven’t the Hurricanes been able to find a running back from its home state to dominate a game like the Edge or Willis McGahee? Don’t get me wrong, Tyrone Moss and former Cane Frank Gore are nice backs, but the aforementioned duo of James and McGahee intimidated teams by their mere presence. Gore’s knee injury took away from his explosiveness, and now Moss must face the same knee issues as his predecessor. But, even if Moss is 100%, is he a guy who can be a star for 12 weeks in 2006? Is he next? We’ll see.
3rd and Three – An Olson here, an Olsen there – The Hurricanes ineptitude on offense throughout the tail end of the 2005 season helped bring together two Olsons/Olsens who desperately need one another. Rich Olson returns to Coral Gables to be the new offensive coordinator, for the first time since the Dennis Erickson era. TE Greg Olsen returns for a potential All-American season. But, Olson needs Olsen. And, Olsen needs Olson. Although the elder Olson ran a three and four wide scheme under Erickson, he has to utilize Olsen all over the field. The younger Olsen has the athletic ability to be a major factor in the flat, 15 yards across the field and nearly automatic in the red zone. He’s a weapon too good to not be used in the right way and it’ll be up to Olson to get the ball to Olsen.
4th and One – 40 Reasons for change – No matter the situation, by the time you realize that change is needed, isn’t it often too late? Hurricane fans are hoping that isn’t the case. The 40-3 shellacking that LSU administered in Atlanta signaled that change was necessary, and that might be the best thing that ever happened to the 2006 season. The infusion of coaching talent and new blood to this program has left head coach Larry Coker with no excuses, but also new voices to get his message across. Hopefully, it’s not too late.
|11 years ago||'04 #13|
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but we will be allright with Kyle Wright. he just has to make his reads quicker and get the ball out of his hand faster. and from all accounts of the spring practice that i have read they say they can allready tell he's has progressed. the new O-Coordinator has implemented alot of 3 step drops.
|11 years ago||'05 #17|
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|11 years ago||'05 #19|
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|04-07-2006, 01:27 PM||#20|
This should be the Offical Hurrican page. PROPS man
I love the defense this year, I wish Hester coulda stayed but whatever. Our FS and SS are gonna team up in the best secondary in the country.