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Film Flashback: Jacurri Brown versus Clemson in 2022

Jacurri Brown’s previous start came against the Clemson Tigers in 2022. The Tigers dismantled the ‘Canes 40-10.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 19 Miami at Clemson Photo by John Byrum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Jacurri Brown will start in the Pinstripe Bowl for the Miami Hurricanes against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Brown hasn’t started a game since Miami’s blowout loss to Clemson in 2022. In Brown’s second career start, the Tigers jumped all over the ‘Canes 40-10.

The ‘Canes and Scarlet Knights will face off on December 28th at 2:15pm on ESPN. The Hurricanes have a record of 11-0 against Greg Schiano’s Rutgers squad, dating back to the 1993 season. The two squads haven’t played since Miami was actually good, back in the 2003 season.

Hedgehog Concept

The idea of the Hedgehog Concept comes from Jim Collins’ book, Good to Great. From Collins website:

The Hedgehog Concept is developed in the book Good to Great. A simple, crystalline concept that flows from deep understanding about the intersection of three circles: 1) what you are deeply passionate about, 2) what you can be the best in the world at, and 3) what best drives your economic or resource engine. Transformations from good to great come about by a series of good decisions made consistently with a Hedgehog Concept, supremely well executed, accumulating one upon another, over a long period of time.

When putting this into the world of Jacurri Brown; what is the quarterback deeply passionate about? What can he be the best in the world at? And finally, what drives his economic engine or chances of great success?


What can Brown be deeply passionate about? Putting up the best audition tape. If Brown decides to in fact stay in Coral Gables, a strong performance against Rutgers could either keep Brown at Miami as the starting QB, or give him a better chance of transferring with an NIL attached to a fresh beginning.

The Best

What can Brown be the best in the world at? Physical dominance. Brown is a 6-foot-4, 220 pound passer out of Lowndes High School in Georgia. The former four-star QB can be used as a thumper on short yardage and red zone packages because he’s a hoss to bring down mixed with an elite level of quickness in the run game.

Economic Engine

What drives Brown’s economic engine? Mistake free football. Ball placement, accuracy, and internal clock are all very important for Brown, but mistake free football needs to be his plan 1a to improve his potential landing spot in the portal.

Clemson 40 - Miami 10

Against the Tigers, Brown picked up the loss in shared duty with Jake Garcia. Miami finished only 3-of-11 on 3rd down and went 0-for-1 on 4th down.

At QB, Brown finished 6-of-13 passing with an interception and no TD’s. Brown also rushed 10 times for 22 yards. A stark drop off from his impressive performance against Ga. Tech.

Above- Brown perfectly leads Mallory on 3rd and 4. The crossing route is a little shallow of the stick but the TE works up and gets a 1st down.

Above- And then you get the tale of two QB’s- a wild throw to no one on 3rd and 10.

Above- The issue with started true freshmen at all, but especially at QB is what worked in high school won’t work in college. Even at the D3 level the talent is too good to rely solely on raw talent over refined skill. Brown tries to shake Jeremiah Trotter Jr. to no avail.

Above- if you’re a regular reader you know I love split zone as a run concept. And I’m a firm believer in the Tecmo Super Bowl style of play calling. ie. Having the base concept, it’s counter, and it’s play-action pass. The SZ PAP works here to perfection as the flat defender bites on Brown and leaves Mallory wide open.

Above- Arm angles are a huge talking point in today’s game and this is why. I’m not sure how Brown doesn’t see the flat defender in the window but he doesn’t. Throwing this over the top results in an easily timed tip to INT.

Above- Brown follows the kick and wrap for an explosive run. Having a mobile QB is a key component to any offensive system. Scrambling for 1st downs, freezing defenders on run plays, the ability to run for tough yardage on options or designed runs.

Above- The four second hold is never a good look.

Above- The still shot, how much more open could the TE get here?

Above- Again, this hitch is about as open as it’ll get vs. Clemson.

Above- But it would require a well placed ball. Outside shoulder, over the CB and under the S. Be accurate and tight in ball placement.

The Wrap

The next Pinstripe Bowl prep piece will be focused more on Rutgers than Miami. We’ve done all the Miami investigative, and Brown specific, work we can do. After Early Signing Day comes the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.


What is Brown’s future?

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  • 37%
    Returns to Miami to compete
    (17 votes)
  • 13%
    Power 4 transfer
    (6 votes)
  • 28%
    Group of 5* transfer
    (13 votes)
  • 20%
    FCS transfer
    (9 votes)
45 votes total Vote Now