I’m not worried about the Hurricanes defense, and honestly, neither should you. The Canes offense is the unit that’s keeping people like me awake all night in the days leading up to Toledo.
The Rockets present a tricky challenge for the Hurricanes on Saturday. Noon kickoff, and also the fact this is a dang good football team, that can also score a lot of points. That being said, I have faith in Jaquan Johnson and the rest of the defense to hold it down.
Now the tricky part, our offense scoring points. Yeah I know what you’re saying, that we just scored 77 points last week, but lets be honest, I think the writers from this site could've managed to score at least 40 against Savannah State.
I don't wanna spend time breaking down Malik Rosier, because two things are obvious by this point of the season. One, you already know he’s the most important player every week, and second, you and I are both sick of hearing more about him.
So in the mean time, pay attention to these offensive weapons from Miami who NEED to have a big game Saturday.
- Travis Homer
Still waiting on Homer’s breakout game of 2018? Yeah, me too. Prior to the season, I had Homer as my “one player the Canes offense can't play without.” I projected a huge year for Travis, and the first two games he just hasn’t shown it.
Yeah he had 70 yards against Savannah State, and he may be averaging 5.0 yards per carry, but its not enough. Against LSU, Homer didn’t have it, simple as that. The Tiger defense suffocated him, and 24 had only 30 yards on a seven carries.
When he’s on his game, the Hurricanes will win. Last season in wins against Georgia Tech and Notre Dame, Homer averaged more than eight yards a carry, and had well over 140 yards rushing.
Last season, Miami running backs averaged 9.8 yards a carry against Toledo, so hopefully, Homer is a big part of the game-plan.
2. Jeff Thomas
By far the most explosive player on Miami’s offense this season, and without Ahmmon Richards missing another game due to injury, the Hurricanes number one objective should be to get Thomas the ball.
In a game where Rosier didn’t throw him one good ball against LSU, Thomas still hauled in five catches for 132 yards. Against Savannah State, Thomas had one catch which went for a 64-yard score.
The gameplan should be quite simple, just get Thomas the ball. He’s averaging 33.2 yards per reception, which is second in the country. I don't care if its a drag route short, bubble screen, or airing it out deep, get 4 the ball Saturday.
Good lawd Jeff Thomas. This man is a problem. pic.twitter.com/jW8Cv8nCje— Ty Wurth (@WurthDraft) September 4, 2018
3. Deejay Dallas
I think I can confidently speak for everyone when I say that Dallas is quickly becoming a fan favorite. Also, he's dang good. Watching his film against LSU and Savannah State, 13 is another level.
Whether its out of the backfield on a handoff, screen pass or lined up as a slot receiver, he needs the rock. When rushing, he’s averaging 6.6 yards a carry, and then 14 yards a reception.
He told reporters this past week in regards to Toledo’s upset hopes: “We’re built to crush dreams.” If the Canes are gonna crush the Rockets prayers of an upset, Dallas will need to be an integral part of the offense Saturday.