Football is back baby! I’m sure you already know by now, but if you were living under a rock, the Canes defeated the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats 41-13 in their season opener at Hard Rock Stadium yesterday. Predictably, the Canes rolled comfortably, and while there were plenty of worthy contenders, we look at the top 3 performers from the game.
#3: Malek Young
Young looked to be the Canes best cover corner, locking down his man throughout the game. The ballhawking abilities he showed in spring and fall camp were also no fluke, as he grabbed a pick in the 4th quarter. After the interception, he walked over to the bench and threw on a, well.... just take a look:
There were a lot of players in consideration for Star #3, but how could you leave out a dude that rocks a “Turnover Chain”? Answer: you can’t.
#2: Darrell Langham
Langham led all WRs’ with 65 yards and a TD on 3 catches, his first career receptions. He basically showed all the spring and fall noise he generated was not an aberration and that is a VERY good thing for Miami’s offense, especially in the red zone when taking into consideration the Canes lack a reliable 2nd tight end or a fullback. The Canes will have to produce scores in creative ways inside the 20 this season, and Langham demonstrated on his TD that he could be a threat in that area of the field, using his frame to go up and over his defender. He also added a 46 yard catch to his day. Nice start to the season for Langham.
#1: Mark Walton
Walton could not be contained by the Wildcats all game, racking up 148 yards and 2 TD’s on just 16 carries and recording the 7th 100 yard game of his career. He showed incredible burst and decisiveness when hitting his holes and generally just looked like the Mark Walton we’ve come to expect based on the last 2 seasons. Nothing to really see here: I anticipate having Walton in this spot a few more times this year. Walton is already on his way to a huge season.
Mark Walton records his 7th 100-yard game of his career as the Canes keep it goin'. pic.twitter.com/n9PpfIeq76— Miami Hurricanes (@MiamiHurricanes) September 2, 2017
There you have it, the 3 stars of the BC game. The Hurricanes will be back in action next Saturday, when they travel to Arkansas to take on the Arkansas State Red Wolves.