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Has The New Miami Found Their Footing?

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A 9-4 finish, would make for a nice ending to 2019.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 09 Louisville at Miami Photo by Aaron Gilbert/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Maybe I was little harsh with my early evaluations of “The New Miami”.

Maybe after 10 weeks, Manny Diaz, Dan Enos and Blake Baker have found their mojo as a coaching staff.

Maybe after 10 weeks a young offensive line has finally figured out the speed and strength of college football and has become a cohesive unit.

Maybe after a brutal loss to a terrible Georgia Tech team, the Canes rallied together and saved the season, and the future of the program.

Maybe after 3 straight weeks, Miami is on the right path.

Whatever the case may be, it is nice to see the Canes playing like the team we envisioned when the season kicked off about 3 months ago. Miami has made a drastic improvement since falling to 3-4 after the loss to the Yellow Jackets. The offense has found its’ groove with a renewed passing game led by QB Jarren Williams, and Dee Wiggins suddenly making explosive plays down the field. DeeJay Dallas has led the ground game, but the improvement on the offensive line has been huge for the Canes turnaround. The defense has also started to look more like the group that was opportunistic in 2017, while causing a ton of havoc in the backfield.

Louisville v Miami Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Jarren Williams is the unquestioned QB of the present and the future at The U, and the past 3 weeks have cemented that idea. Jarren led a 4th quarter comeback vs. Pitt when he hit KJ Osborn for the game winner on the road. His play in Tallahassee is the stuff that Miami quarterbacks live for. He dominated through the air that day, and then followed it up with a historic performance vs. Louisville, one that will be in the Miami record-book for a long time. Take away 1 bad quarter vs. Virginia Tech and Jarren has had a damn near perfect year. It will be nice going into 2020 with our QB.

Florida v Miami

Miami was terrible on the offensive line for the 1st month of the season. 10 sacks allowed vs. Florida, 7 more allowed vs. Virginia Tech, and a running game that was very stagnant. Suddenly though this group slowed down a vaunted Pitt pass rush, completely shut down FSU and only allowed Louisville 1 sack. A group that starts 2 true freshmen, 2 sophomores and 1 junior looks like they can be very capable for years to come. Credit must be given to Butch Berry, and Dan Enos for scheming better to mask some of the inefficiencies of the young Canes.

What I do know, is now Miami seems to have finally found their footing in 2019, albeit about 3 Saturdays too late. It is a testament to the coaches and players to rally after losing basically any chance of winning the division vs. Georgia Tech. Manny Diaz has done a masterful job refocusing the Canes and now a strong finish seems likely.

Beat FIU.

Win on the road vs. Duke.

Go to a nice Bowl Game and collect a trophy.

9-4 wasn’t the goal, but a 6 game winning streak to end the season would put a nice bow on Manny’s 1st year, and serve as a springboard into recruiting and the 2020 season.

Finish the Drill Canes!

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How many wins will Miami finish with?

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  • 1%
    6
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    7
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    8
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    9
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