The Miami Hurricanes are right where they should be after 4 games.
Now it gets real.
In the next two weeks, UM faces potentially season defining contests, first hosting their rivals from Tallahassee then getting a visit from ACC Coastal contender North Carolina.
ICYMI, this week’s contest is going to be a prime time battle on National TV on ABC.
Plan your Saturday accordingly...— Canes Football (@CanesFootball) October 2, 2016
FSU vs. Miami | Oct. 8th | 8 pm | ABC | Hard Rock Stadium #BeatFSU pic.twitter.com/UeJSnRslup
Get your popcorn ready!
Speaking of UNC and FSU, they played a classic contest with an unbelievable ending. The highlights are worth a look if you missed it.
You can bet Mark Richt and company will be watching the film of this one closely in preparation for the next 2 weeks.
FSU’s defense looks pretty vulnerable, but you have to give the Noles credit for fighting back to make yesterday’s game so competitive after the Heels got off to a red hot start.
Speaking of Richt, here’s what he had to say following yesterday’s win in Miami’s ACC Opener.
Cool stats of the day:
- The ‘Canes have allowed 0 points in both the first and fourth quarters through 4 games. In the opening 15 minutes, UM is outscoring the opposition 42-0, and over the final 15 21-0. Coaching matters.
- Rayshawn Jenkins, Jamal Carter, Michael Pinckney, and Shaq Quarterman are all tied for the team lead with 20 tackles.
- Demetrius Jackson and Chad Thomas both lead the way with 5 TFL’s.
- Freshman Joe Jackson is on top of the sacks list with 3. Thomas and Pinckney each have 2.5.
- Stacy Coley leads the Hurricanes with 15 receptions. Mark Walton has 452 yards rushing, and Brad Kaaya is completing 66.3% of his passes.
Not too shabby
In other news:
Our very own Ironmanfootball breaks down some of the things the Hurricanes could have done better yesterday, and need to improve upon in the link below.
Clinic Talk: Questions, Comments, and Concerns for #Canes fans post-Georgia Tech, leading into FSU rivalry week https://t.co/5zJNizj6Wt— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) October 2, 2016
How good has Richt been against the Yellow Jackets?
King of Tech.— ESPN (@espn) October 1, 2016
Former UGA coach Mark Richt, now at Miami, improved to 15-2 against Georgia Tech – 9-0 in Atlanta – with today's 35-21 win. pic.twitter.com/B0FeHeakYD
That Corn Elder guy?! Pretty good.
Right shoulder Cane Tackle. Every Tuesday during Tackle Circuit! @AIR_CORN23 #DBsDefinedByTackling https://t.co/6vfvPsGV39— Manny Diaz (@Coach_MannyDiaz) October 2, 2016
The ‘Canes will be hosting a wounded animal next week at Hard Rock. Tomahawk Nation tells us that Jimbo Fisher is putting the team’s 3-2 start on the shoulders of himself and his staff.
How’s this for a stat?
The Miami Hurricanes had two defensive touchdowns in the past three seasons. They had two in one minute Saturday. https://t.co/fq61yjdW28 pic.twitter.com/e8GdZemvFV— Miami Herald Sports (@HeraldSports) October 2, 2016
And a great read on one of UM’s very talented young players on D:
"I'm just a humble guy trying to make an impact on a great defense." - Loquacious linebacker Michael Pinckney https://t.co/4Rd7uLQAC0— Matt Porter (@mattyports) October 1, 2016
Last but not least, one last look at yesterday’s highlights including the two defensive scores:
That’s it for now Hurricanes fans. Keep it classy and stay right here on SOTU for all of your Miami news and notes leading up to FSU.