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Miami’s Offense is Like-Minded and Hungry

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Spring camp can’t come soon enough for the revamped Miami Hurricanes.

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

For the second consecutive season, Miami has a brand new offensive system. However, this time, it’s much, much different.

The additions of offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, standout transfer quarterback D’Eriq King, and coordinator/position coach Rob Likens preach a clear motive: high-energy, speed, and aggressiveness.

“Over his 28-year coaching career Likens has been an offensive coordinator at four schools,” the University of Miami stated on Friday, shortly after the initial announcement of Likens’ hiring. “...including the past two seasons at Arizona State, where he was also the quarterbacks coach.”

Similar to Rhett Lashlee, Likens has on-field success and valuable experience. Although Arizona State’s offense in 2019 was far-from-impressive, ranking just 4-spots ahead of Miami at 94th in the nation, his philosophy seems to be a perfect fit for the new Hurricanes offense. Likens was also a wide receivers coach at Cal for the 2013 and 2014 seasons—another Pac-12 school, famous for airing-out the ball and spreading the field.

“In 2014, Likens’ passing game… ranked sixth in the NCAA in passing yards per game (346) and broke the school’s single-season passing yardage record with 4,152 yards,” the University of Miami included. “Additionally, three of Cal’s top four receivers were Biletnikoff Award candidates…”

With the coaching staff for 2020 filled, Miami’s reset on offense is complete. What the ‘Canes have now is better—proven by more recent on-field success. Lashlee, Likens, and Co. are going to give fans something they haven’t seen from a previous Miami team—there’s good reason to be excited again.