No. 18 – The Miami Hurricanes had one of the most up and down 2016 seasons’ possible. They started strong at 4-0, then lost four of their first 5 ACC games before winning their final 4 games, finishing 9-4 and second in the ACC coastal division. Mark Richt brings in the 13th ranked class in the country featuring 4 stars Jeff Thomas and N’Kosi Perry. In Mark Richt’s first season, he led them to their first bowl win since 2006, and finished in the Top 25 for the first time since 2009.
The Franchise Top 25 College Poll: No. 18 Miami
The first question the U must answer is who is their starting quarterback. Brad Kaaya left Miami as their all-time leader in passing yards and completions. N’Kosi Perry, a true-freshman has tons of talent, but is raw and will have a lot of pressure if he is namedthe starter. Battling with him are Co Spring number ones Malk Rosier and Evan Shirrefs. At the ACC Kickoff, Richt had the same questions everyone has about the starting job. He sees starting potential in those three and in true freshman Cade Weldon. If the Hurricanes want to compete in the ACC they need a quarterback, and they need a good one.
One player locked in for the U this year will be Mark Walton. Last season, he broke out for 1,117 yards and 14 touchdowns, including a 155 yard, 4 touchdown game against FAU. Behind Walton, there is only one healthy back on the roster. That is Travis Homer, who has seven career carriers. Junior Trayone Gray is still recovering from an ACL-tear and Robert Burns, an early-enrollee freshman spent most of camp on the sideline with a shoulder injury.
In 2016, their secondary was full of talent, including Corn Elder and Adrian Colbert who both headed to the NFL. Richt took little time to replace them, bringing in senior graduate transfer Dee Delaney from the Citadel. Alongside Delaney will be Jhavonte Dean, the number two JUCO corner in the nation out of Blinn in Texas. At the Citadel, Delaney earned FCS All-American honors twice, and has tons of NFL buzz.
Some key games for the Hurricanes this season
Sep. 16- Miami @ Florida State- Tallahassee, FL
Oct. 28 – Miami @ North Carolina – Chapel Hill, NC
Nov. 4 – Miami vs. Virginia Tech – Miami, FL
Gary Ferman from Cane Sport joined the mMm Ranch earlier to discuss Miami football: