2019 Miami (FL) Football Season Preview
An inconsistent (at least offensively) 2018 season disappointed the Hurricane fan base yet again. However, 2019 is full of optimism that Miami can return to the top-half of the ACC.
2018 Record: 7-6 overall, 4-4 in ACC
Head Coach: Manny Diaz, 1st year
The offense was not very good last season, but with eight starters returning and a quarterback transfer ready to take the reigns, this Cane offense can be sneaky dangerous this year.
Tate Martell, the Ohio State transfer was ruled eligible right away and should be the starting signal caller come September.
He has a solid group of wideouts to throw the ball to led by Jeff Thomas who was going to transfer to Illinois until he changed his mind. As written about, the Canes got a huge boost when former Buffalo receiver KJ Osborn committed to coming home to Florida to play for his hometown school. Osborn is a legitimate talent who could be the team’s best receiver this season.
Mike Harley returns to the receiving corps along with top tight end Brevin Jordan. Throw in star recruit Jeremiah Payton, and there’s no excuse for the passing game not to sling the ball around with success.
The running game lost Travis Homer to the pros, but DeeJay Dallas returns and he performed well last year averaging nearly six yards per carry. Sophomore Lorenzo Lingard is second on the depth chart after rushing for a measly 136 yards in limited duty last season.
Three starters return up front to an offensive line that was actually good last season. The team also got a boost when Butler-transfer Tommy Kennedy committed and should be an instant starter at left tackle.
Overall, this is a talented group.
The Hurricanes strong suit may have lost some talent, but they will still be elite.
The linebacking core could be the best in the nation, yes the nation. Seniors Shaq Quarterman and Zach McCloud on the inside and Michael Pinkney and Romeo Finley flying around outside, it’ll be another season of torture for offenses. Oh, and they added UCLA transfer Jaelan Phillips for good measure.
The team lost some talent up front, but filled it with Virginia Tech’s Trevon Hill, who came in as a grad transfer at defensive end, and UCLA’s Chigozie Nnoruka coming in to help out in the interior. Add those two to Jonathan Garvin and Pat Bethel and you have a solid group of players.
The secondary lost the most talent with three starters leaving, but junior Trajan Bandy is back at one corner after tying for the team lead with three picks, and the safety situation got plenty of help with USC’s Bubba Bolden coming in.
This could be a Top 10 defense, nationally.
The defense will be elite and able to get off the field quickly. Now if the offense can stack up–the Cane quarterbacks including former starter Malik Rosier, failed to hit 50 percent of their passes six times last season and in nine of their last 16 games. If Tate Martell can produce offensively with that talented WR core–look out ACC.
Overall, the team will be good enough to potentially win the Coastal, and should be strong enough to overcome the flaws and hit the double-digit win mark in 2019.