I started following the Miami Hurricanes because of a girl named Casey Schwab. In 2002, we met in the basement of a house in the hood, surrounded by Ohio State fans. She hated the Buckeyes, and I wanted to be different, so I watched the 2002 national championship game with tremendous fervor. Ultimately, the wrong team won, I dated Casey for six months, and I fell in love with the U.
My team has come full circle at a number of respects. We began with arguably the greatest quarterback in Miami history, Ken Dorsey, followed by average to good Florida transfer Brock Berlin. Then, almost a decade of total ineptitude in Kirby Freeman and Kyle Wright, in addition to a downright terrible Jacory Harris. Finally, full circle, a modern day Dorsey-like QB in Stephen Morris, comparable in the sense that Morris is a QB Miami fans can rely on.
At running back, the U has also come full circle. We watched Willis McGahee during most of the Ohio State game, and Frank Gore up until 2004. The NFL caliber talent didn’t arrive again until Lamar Miller came around 6 years after Gore left early for the league. In the meantime, we dealt with the likes of Tyrone Moss, Charlie Jones, and Javaris James—average college players, at best. Now, finally, we have a game changer starting for us at RB in Duke Johnson.
There’s also the matter of wins and loses. Larry Coker did a fine job winning games up until the LSU Peach Bowl game, thereby paving the way for average football up until this year. We are undefeated for the first time since 2004. We are favored to win every contest for the rest of the year, outside of Florida State and Clemson in the title game. If we can win the games we’re supposed to win, like Georgia Tech next week, one can be sure that the U has come full circle.