First the fun stuff:
Additional Thoughts on the Spring:
- UM absolutely must get its' offensive line in order this fall. It is somewhat normal for defense to be ahead of offense this time of year. However, from what we saw this spring and in the spring game, the O line has a lot of work to do. Replacing 3 starters (Shane McDermott, Ereck Flowers, and Jon Feliciano) can explain some of the struggles. But with the Hurricanes resting so much of next season's hopes on the broad shoulders of Brad Kaaya. protecting the sophomore star is going to be paramount. Kc McDermott missed some time recovering from injury, ditto Taylor Gadbois, and Jahair Jones needs some time to develop. The 'Canes also get an influx of first year players in the fall. This unit needs to be superb if they hope for a bounce back season. Art Kehoe needs to work his magic.
- The defensive backs were aggressive and showed good ball skills all spring. Jamal Carter was arguably the most impressive player in the unit. But Artie Burns also stepped up. Corn Elder made some nice plays as well. Miami is thin at CB with the youngster Ryan Mayes backing up Burns, Elder. and Tracy Howard. But the DBs showed some mettle,particularly in the spring game, with 4 INTs.
- Replacing Duke Johnson is an impossible task. But Joe Yearby looked good, especially catching passes, this spring. Behind him, there are question marks. Gus Edwards needs to become more of a complete back, and Trayone Gray needs to learn the position period. It is very hard to imagine any scenario that doesn't have Mark Walton getting some serious carries this fall.
- Judging the pass rush is never an easy thing during preseason workouts. It is just not the same as going against another team's O line. With Tyriq McCord moved to the painfully thin LB group. Miami really needs big time seasons out of Chad Thomas, Al-Quadin Muhammad or both.
What are your thoughts and concerns for next year?
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