For the last three years I get my hopes up that Miami is on its way back, but there are games like last week against the Seminoles and this week against the Blue Devils that keep me in check. Miami is nowhere near the elite.
Miami beat Duke, 28-13, on Saturday behind a great defensive effort, but a very poor offensive showing.
I know a lot of you are going to tell me Miami had 448 total yards, but so what. Their offense scored a measly 21 points on that many yards. That is pathetic.
To me it starts with offensive play-calling and quarterback Jacory Harris. You're right, Harris never threw an interception, but still seems scared to throw the ball.
He has the time in the pocket, but his decisions are starting to get embarrassing.
Duke could have easily had three interceptions, if they had any talent at all. His "floating" throws in crowds are getting old.
If I were the coach of this team, Harris would not have started this game, it would have been Spencer Whipple (backup Alonzo Highsmith was hurt) for two reasons.
One, it's Duke and the Blue Devils are a very poor team.
Two, Harris is hurt and Miami needs to get Whipple and Highsmith some more playing time, because you can just expect Harris to have another three or four interception game very soon and the backups need some real game time experience before they play a real team.
It's just not Harris' fault either, the receivers dropped another five balls. Something they have done in every game this year. Even their best receiver, Leonard Hankerson, had two dropped balls.
On the other hand, the calls coming in from Whipple are also getting tiring and boring to watch. There are way too many runs up the middle that even the opposing coaches know exactly what Miami is going to run.
That is why, with talent alone, Miami should have won this game by at least 30 points.
Duke is a very bad team. They showed me absolutely nothing on offense and defense, yet they lost to a supposedly superior team by only 12.
That takes me to my second problem with the offense: penalties.
How can you have any chance of winning when you get called for 10-plus penalties for 90 yards per game?
It is absolutely pathetic and sickening to even watch.
Hell, even Wake Forest and Army were able to put up more points then Miami was able to.
Now there were some good things in the game.
Damien Berry had his third straight 100-plus yard game, Hankerson had 80 yards and another touchdown, and as always the defense dominated.
The Hurricanes created seven turnovers including a pick-six by Micanor Regis.
That was just one of five interceptions by the Hurricanes and brought the team total to twelve for the year. Miami only had nine the entire year last year.
Miami also had another nine tackles for loss.
I am sorry that each one of the postgame reviews sound the same, but it had been the same story every game for the Hurricanes. The defense dominated and the offense looked loss.
So don't blame my article, blame the Hurricanes' team.
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