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Miami Hurricanes Football: 3 stars from the Pitt game

Taking a page from our Canadian friends, let’s name the 3 stars from the Canes’ 51-28 win over Pitt

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3 stars? Only? What?!

Hey, I stole this from the Canadian Broadcasting Channel and their Hockey coverage. After each game, they name the top 3 stars from the game, and I’m going to do the same. Here we go:

#3 star: Offensive Line

Look, we all know the OL has been, in a word, bad through the losing streak. But, today, they were good. Damn good. No, they weren’t perfect, but Miami was able to put up 534 yards and 51 points against Pittsburgh. Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi is the defensive mind who crafted Michigan State’s dominating defense through the early 2010’s, so that’s no small task.

Pitt DE Ejuan Blair, who entered the game with 32 tackles, 16 TFLs and 9 sacks, was held to 1 tackle on the day, and Brad Kaaya was able to do Brad Kaaya things thanks to the OL’s increased protection. The only blemish was 1 holding penalty and 1 sack of Brad Kaaya — on a deep play action pass that was well defended by Pitt.

If we can get this kind of performance on a weekly basis, everybody will be THRILLED, I’m sure.

#2 star: WR Ahmmon Richards

This kid is a freak. He’s so good, and I’ve been telling people since his junior year of HS that he is so good, and he continues to make me look smart with his elite level of play.

Richards was a force all game long, ending with 8 catches for 144 yards on the day. The 144 receiving yards Richards piled up broke his own school record of 142 receiving yards set in the blowout win at Appalachian State.

Whether it was a stop route or go route, X, Y, or Z alignment, Richards was just a man amongst boys. Which is crazy considering he’s just 18 years old. The future is incredibly bright, and #82 is a big reason why. Salute, Ahmmon.

#1 star: QB Brad Kaaya

When the DJ at HRS played this pre-game, I knew we were gonna be in for a show. And, boy, did Brad Kaaya reintroduce himself today.

32 for 47 passing, 356 yards, 4 TDs, and a rushing TD to boot.

What more do I need to say?

Honorable Mention

Obviously, with a football team there are more than 3 players who impacted the game. Here’s my honorable mention list

  • RB Mark Walton (14 carries, 125 yards, 55yd TD to REALLY put the game away)
  • TE David Njoku (6 catches, 86 yards, 2 TDs)
  • WR Stacy Coley (9 catches, 59 yards, 2 TDs)
  • CB Corn Elder (9 tackles, PBU)
  • CB Malek Young (6 tackles — 2ND LEADING TACKLER)
  • LB Zach McCloud (3 tackles, 0.5 TFL, 1 PBU, 3 hurries)
  • DT Kendrick Norton (5 tackles, TFL, forced fumble)
  • Coach Mark Richt — updated offensive gameplan
  • DC Manny Diaz — UNWAVERING VIOLENCE!!!!!!!!

Those are my 3 stars (and honorable mention list) from the Pitt game. Who are yours? Hop in the comments below and let me know.

Go Canes