It’s a well known fact, outside of Miami fans, the Hurricanes aren’t necessarily the most liked the team around the country. However, UM may have just gained a new fan, ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit from College Gameday.
kirk herbstreit is right.— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) September 27, 2020
to this point of THIS SEASON, Miami is absolutely a top 8 team.
we'll see what happens next, but AS OF RIGHT NOW, that is 100% factual.
On Monday, Herbstreit put Miami in his top 4 teams in college football so far, along with the Florida Gators, Clemson Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide, and has the Canes at #4. UM cracked the top-10 in the polls after their 52-10 thrashing of FSU this past Saturday, and currently sits at #8 in the country.
Obviously weird year to rank top 4 NOW but I will rank teams ONLY that are PLAYING & adjust as other conferences join the mix.— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) September 28, 2020
My top 4 will be very fluid this year.
My top 4 as of now
The former Ohio State quarterback has called Miami’s past two games, the win over the Seminoles as well as the Canes 47-34 victory at Louisville the week before.
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
During Saturday’s game, Herbstreit had this to say about the Hurricanes. “I think this is a good football team, I think it’s real. We’ve seen Rhett Lashlee work his magic in the past at other places.”
Miami needs to hand Rhett Lashlee a blank check and let him set his price to stay long term— Austin Pfenninger (@apfenny) September 27, 2020
Herbstreit praised Lashlee after the Louisville game as well. “I have a lot of faith in Rhett Lashlee. I have followed his career closely and I think he is a head coach in a year or two.”
Though it’s not just Lashlee who Herbstreit is fond of, but also junior tight end Brevin Jordan. “He is one of those players I think is going to explode this year. He is one of the biggest beneficiaries of this offense because of how versatile he is as a tight end, but really as a receiver. They do a lot of different things with him.”
Jordan has been extremely productive thus far in 2020, with 15 receptions, for 212 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Last but not least, Herbstreit has been complimentary of quarterback D’Eriq King, comparing him to Russell Wilson on the Seattle Seahawks.
D'Eriq King is letting it fly pic.twitter.com/fIxEXQtI0L— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) September 27, 2020
“I know they have had some names, but they haven’t had stability at that position, to me, since Ken Dorsey. They have had some names over the years, but I don’t know if they’ve had anything like this,” said Herbstreit.
Let’s just take a moment to appreciate this throw. pic.twitter.com/H25ZtUC9Th— Cane Tapes, i’m him. (@CaneTapes) September 22, 2020
Looking ahead, Herby, who’ll be calling Miami’s next game against Clemson in two weeks, says that he’s very excited for the Canes-Tigers matchup, and just like all UM fans, says it’ll be a measuring stick game for Manny Diaz and his team. Herbstreit was already looking forward to this game even after Miami-Louisville.
“The offense with Lashlee, the skill, D’Eriq King, it’s a confident bunch. I’m already thinking about them going up to Death Valley to play Clemson because that’s when you really find out in two weeks how good this Miami team really is.”