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Miami Hurricanes on 3rd down. Trending up. (Video)

How will the Miami Hurricanes, under new offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, improve on 3rd downs this season?

Miami Hurricanes football practice Al Diaz/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Miami was really bad on third down last year. Try 129th out of 130th FBS schools in that metric. It was brutal. It was a long developing play action pass plays when no existing threat of the run existed.

It was a gun 7 drop allowing defensive linemen tee time at the range. If it could go wrong it did. It was an unmitigated disaster of epic proportions. How will it change under Rhett Lashlee? Who will be the beneficiaries of a system that prides itself on pace and space?

In continuation of our quest to quench our collective curiosity, we will dive into the arena and look to last year’s SMU team on third down. Watch this 13 plus minute video (kick-ass intro and outro included) provided to you, the SOTU faithful.

Student of the Game will focus on all things third downs. Corona seasons aside, we will continue to embrace for the season and learn all the subtle nuance of the game.

In closing, I find that Miami will be put in much more advantageous spots than a year ago. The simple prerogative of taking what the defense gives you and not asking the offensive linemen to do much will play dividends this season.