2009 Miami Hurricanes Football Preview
2009 Miami Hurricanes season preview from Maddux Sports. Below you can find our official Miami Hurricanes football preview as well as the 2009 Miami Hurricanes Football Schedule. When betting on college football against the bookmakers odds dont dismiss our NCAA football picks to help build your bankroll this year.
Coach: Randy Shannon (3rd year at Miami)
Team Name: Hurricanes
2008 Overall Record: 7-6
Returning Starters: 15
In 2008, the Miami Hurricanes (7- 8 overall, 4- 4 ACC Coastal) tied for third in the ACC Coastal division. They traveled to the Emerald Bowl where they lost 17- 24 to the California Golden Bears. There are a lot of new elements on this year’s team, including the offensive coordinator, starting quarterback and defensive coordinator. Does this club have time to gel and be a contender?
Sophomore QB Jacory Harris (194 ATT, 118 COMP, 1,195 YDs, 7 INTs, 12 TDs) proved to be a solid leader last season. He was also accurate, completing 61% of his throws as a freshman. He’ll be throwing to a young receiving group that includes sophomore Aldarius Johnson (31 REC, 332 YDs, 3 TDs). Three other sophomore pass catchers are back—Thearon Collier, LaRon Byrd and Travis Benjamin. The three combined for nine touchdowns and each averaged 10.9 YPC or better. A major worry is the health of tight end Dedrick Epps, who was a major contributor last season, averaging 13.8 YPC. He had knee surgery in January and might not be available. Junior halfback Craig Cooper (171 CAR, 841 YDs, 4 TDs) offers fine speed and excellent moves. Three starters from last season return to the O-line. The frontline is solid but the back ups lack experience.
While the offense put up an average of 27.1 PPG, the defense held opponents to 24.2 PPG. Although the “D” proved to be sound versus the pass, allowing teams an average of 165.6 YPG and earning a seventh-place grade nationally, the rush defense was porous. On the ground, opponents gained an average of 151.9 YPG (75th) versus the Hurricanes. New defensive coordinator John Lovett, Miami’s fourth in four years, has a lot of young talent with which to work. Upfront, Allen Bailey and Marcus Robinson notched a total of nine sacks. Sophomore WLB Sean Spence is back as the team’s top tackler with 65, 38 solo. Spence, a tough, powerful tackler, was the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year. The deep backs are a big question mark. The potential starters have played unevenly in the past.
On punt and kick returns, Benjamin was first-rate, averaging 11.3 and 22.5 yards respectively. Brandon Harris was also fine on kicks, averaging 21.1 YPR. Kicker/punter Matt Bosher is back. Bosher is an excellent placekicker, hitting a 52-yard boot last season.
Randy Shannon (12- 13 in two years at Miami) has been a college head coach for two years. Both of those years have been spent at Miami. In that time, his club has shown improvement. The recruiting class is small, 19, but it features a bunch of standouts, including Ray Ray Armstrong, Brandon McGee and Lamar Miller. The September 17 contest versus Georgia Tech can go either way. It’ll have a lot to say concerning where these two teams finish. Miami visits Virginia Tech on September 26 for a hotly contested match up and then a high-gear Oklahoma team visits the Hurricanes on October 3, providing them with a big test. Miami will end up in the lower part of the Coastal Division and find themselves in a low-end Bowl.
Miami Hurricanes Football Schedule
|9/7/2009||Miami (FL)||Florida St.||away|
|9/17/2009||Miami (FL)||Georgia Tech||home|
|9/26/2009||Miami (FL)||Virginia Tech||away|
|10/10/2009||Miami (FL)||Florida A&M||home|
|10/31/2009||Miami (FL)||Wake Forest||away|
|11/14/2009||Miami (FL)||North Carolina||away|
|11/28/2009||Miami (FL)||South Florida||away|
For more info on the 2009 Miami Hurricanes football program, view the Hurricanes sports website or scroll down below to read up on the rest of the ACC foes.