The Miami Hurricanes hosted an FCS squad in Central Connecticut State on Saturday afternoon. The game, which had a weather delay, saw Miami curb stomp the Blue Devils 69-0 in an extremely uneven contest. The real hero of the afternoon was Blake James for booking this glorified scrimmage to give Manny Diaz an easy win to move his ‘Canes to 2-2 on the season.
The ‘Canes needed to look competent against a really bad CCSU program that recently moved up from the Division II ranks to FCS. With D’Eriq King on the sidelines with an injury Tyler Van Dyke got the nod for Miami and didn’t disappoint. Miami threw, ran and pushed CCSU around.
Here are your three stars of the game in the blowout of the Blue Devils.
Third Star: The young bucks
The ‘Canes finally played some younger players, and any experience is better than no experience. Now, I’m a little more gun-shy than others regarding giving crazy props for out running a bad FCS program located in a talentless state, but it was just nice to see young guys get on the field.
James Williams had an interception, Leonard Taylor demanded double teams, Garcia and Van Dyke looked like they’ll have a nice QB battle ahead of them, Elijah Arroyo dominated defensive ends on split zone, and some other skills like Thad Franklin and Cody Brown ran for 139 yards and three scores on only 17 carries.
Manny Diaz can either hold on to his ‘veteran’ players as Miami enters ACC play or he can go with a youth movement at certain positions and in certain situations and possibly hold onto his position as head football coach of the ‘Canes.
Second Star: Jake Garcia
Jake Garcia came in for relief duty and had a nice day but not quite as safe and efficient as Tyler Van Dyke. Garcia finished 11-of-14 for 147 yards, 10.5 yards per attempt, and two scores. The freshman did not throw an interception and added 45 yards on an inside zone read where he kept and scampered up field.
Garcia wasn’t as accurate as Van Dyke but hit on some big throws and had the big run on IZ. OC Rhett Lashlee will have to decide if he wants explosive plays and a run threat or a game manager type of QB behind a struggling offensive line heading into the ACC slate.
First Star: Tyler Van Dyke
Van Dyke got the nod for his first career start at Miami and finished 10-of-11 for 270 yards, 24.5 yards per attempt, and three touchdowns without an interception. Van Dyke did not look mobile at all, even against a much less talented CCSU squad. It makes you wonder if Lashlee is going to need to tag more RPO’s off of runs and leave the read option and pass run options behind with Van Dyke behind center.