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The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly: Bethune Cookman Edition, Plus Team Grades

What went right, what went wrong, and everything in between Vs The Wildcats.

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Miami easily beat a sub par opponent 45-0.  They endured an hour and 15 minute rain delay to do so.

And the third and fourth quarters were just 10 minutes long, in a somewhat odd night.

At times they looked good, and others very good, despite a slow start.

Hopefully injuries to Stacy Coley and Braxton Berrios are not too serious.

The particulars below.

The Good:

  • The new Sun Life Stadium is fantastic.

  • Player of the Game, Corn Elder was all over the field with a sack, TFL, and pass defended in the 1st quarter alone.  He capped a great 1st half with an easy 2nd quarter TD on a punt return (that was oddly overturned for a fair catch/wave away call?) but later got one back the refs couldn't take away.  Someone is ready to bust out.
  • Trent Harris really really good both rushing the passer and against the run.

  • Mark Walton (10-85 and a score) can really play, and showed very good burst between the tackles as well as on the outside.
  • All very good signs below.  Scott looked sensational.

  • Brad Kaaya (16 for 27, 173 2 TDs 0 INT) was pretty sharp, despite the fact he probably can/will be better as the season progresses.
  • Love this!!

  • Valuable PT for some depth players, and Trayone Gray got a nifty late score.:

The Bad:

  • He's not going anywhere before the season starts (or 1 game in).  What's the point?!

  • The first half (pre delay) was somewhat sluggish, and the offensive line did not look anything close to dominant (Trevor Darling got beat for a 3rd Q sack as well).  They mostly woke up after the break though.

  • The call on Elder's (first) TD was mysterious at best.

  • 1 hour 15 minute weather delay is never fun.

The Ugly:

  • I am not saying Adidas is doing a bad job furnishing "The U."   But what's with the weird font?

  • Here's hoping Braxton Berrios isn't too seriously injured......

  • Stacy Coley also missed most of the game with an ankle injury.

Team Grades:



Walton looks like he can run against anyone. Joe Yearby ran hard as well.   Nick Linder is going to be a star type C.  The rest of the O line still needs work.

Defense -  


They looked dominant, but how much can you take away considering the opponent. Jenkins and Artie Burns with the picks were clutch though.  It still looks like they generally require blitzes to generate pressure.  Al-Quadin Muhammad needs to be a difference maker. Overall a great night for this unit though. Shut outs are nice!

Special teams


Can Elder be the game changer they haven't had since Coley's freshman year?



They came out so much better after the delay.  Does that count as an adjustment?  Again, hard to take too much away because it was just Bethune Cookman.