Through the first three games, the biggest storyline for the Miami Hurricanes surrounding their 3-0 record and #8 ranking has been the success of their offense. While we were all excited for new OC Rhett Lashlee, I'll be the first to say that he and his offense have exceeded my expectations so far.
Tell ya what..with new OC @rhettlashlee..New QB @DeriqKing_ and the skill within this uptempo multiple look offense-the Canes offense is going to be VERY HARD to stop. Get use to the name @Brevinjordan. About to have a MONSTER year for The U. @FSUFootball up next in Miami.— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) September 20, 2020
I knew the Canes had the potential to score points and be explosive on offense, I just didn't think we’d see this kind of success so quickly. In a two game stretch against Louisville and FSU, Miami has scored a combined 99 points. In the final three games last season, the Hurricanes offense totaled just 41 points.
Here are some of the stats for Miami’s offense so far:
-498 yards of total offense per game (#12 in college football)
-43.3 points per game (#14)
-74.3 plays per game (#27)
-232.2 rushing yards per game (#13)
-267.5 passing yards per game (#25)
-25.7 first downs per game (#18)
Just to give you an idea, here’s what the Canes offensive stats looked like in 2019:
-367.4 yards of total offense per game
- 25.7 points per game
- 64.8 plays per game
- 118.2 rushing yards per game
-249.2 passing yards per game
-19.5 first downs per game
The difference between last years offense and this years offense is pretty unbelievable to see, and is exactly the reason why Lashlee was hired. Makes you really wonder why it took so long for Miami to bring in an offensive coordinator who runs the spread offense....but that’s neither here nor there.
Rhett Lashlee is the best thing to happen to Miami sports since Dwyane Wade— Marsh (@hurricanesmarsh) September 27, 2020
Obviously another big reason for the success on offense has been the play of quarterback D’Eriq King, who has established himself as an early Heisman Trophy candidate. King has thrown for 733 yards, 6 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, completing 66% of his passes, and has rushed for 157 yards and 1 touchdown.
D’Eriq King again ACC QB of the Week. pic.twitter.com/2wckpJW4Hn— David Furones (@DavidFurones_) September 28, 2020
And it’s not just King who’s been playing well. The Miami offensive line, which was putrid last season, has now allowed a sack so far in 2020. Running back Cam’Ron Harris has 311 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns, averaging 8.2 yards per carry.
Freshman RB’s Jaylan Knighton and Donald Chaney Jr. have combined for nearly 200 rushing yards and have scored 4 total touchdowns. Tight end Brevin Jordan has 3 touchdowns, when he only had 2 all of last year.
The craziest part of all this, is that the Hurricanes have yet to put together a complete game on offense. There’s been drops by the wide receivers, special teams turnovers that ended drives before they could start, and a few bumps in the road that is expected early in the season.
In less than two weeks, Miami will go up against Clemson and their stingy defense, in what will be a true test for the Canes offense. As of right now though, so far so good.