It’s officially 2020. A new year, and yet, Canes fans will have the same expectations, winning the ACC Coastal.
With the Hurricanes making adjustments around the football program, there has to be some positive changes heading into the off-season. Manny Diaz is doing his work and adding new faces to the organization, primarily to the offense. With the OC hire of Rhett Lashlee, that tells you Manny realizes that Dan Enos was a complete failure, and he has one last chance of turning it around.
This new advanced offense will have our positional units witness an upgrade on and off the field. The TE’s and WR’s will gain more targets in a creative, up tempo system. Our RB’s will have fewer runs up the middle, which will allow them to break arm tackles in space. I really want the Hurricanes to utilize the talent on our roster as much as possible. With our RB room losing two players, we bounced back by landing two studs in true freshman Don Chaney and Jaylan Knighton. Both of these running backs have an opportunity to get playing time and start their own legacy at Miami.
I expect some position upgrades to come from the transfer portal, so we can add upperclassman talent that can play right away. I really hope Miami can add 2 or 3 OL, 1 CB, 1 WR, and potentially another QB to add to the competition. I wouldn't be surprised if one of our QB’s transfer, which wouldn't be bad for the program since we need a new identity. There has been some sort of contact between Miami OC Rhett Lashlee and Houston Cougars QB D’Eriq King. If the mutual follow between the two on social media can turn to a real interest, Miami could land a potential QB to lead this offense.
On defense, I would like to see an upgrade at one of the position coaches, but wouldn't mind if changes aren't made. It would be nice if we could land more quality players in the recruiting class and not so many “Project Players”. Miami shouldn't be a program that keeps accepting these players that need 2-3 years to develop.
The offseason must include each of our players getting stronger, faster, and a stronger work ethic. Our players must gain good weight in order to compete with top level programs. The University of Miami can't have players not knowing the playbook or getting suspended. All of the top programs in the nation have a matured culture that is built off of hard work, accountability, and leadership. If Miami truly has a great offseason, and momentum is gained, we can actually have a very productive season here in South Florida. I still believe in this staff, but their needs to be more wins.
I’m ready to see Cam’ron Harris, Brevin Jordan, Mike Harley, and Dee Wiggins to be some of the more productive players in our offense. They each posses play styles that make them perfect fits for this Hurricane. I would love to see growth from Jon Ford, Sam Brooks, and Al Blades Jr. We are now younger on defense and must have all of our players ready for playing time.
Possible Sleepers on Offense: Jeremiah Payton, Don Chaney
Possible Sleepers on Defense: Sam Brooks, Avery Huff