Monday, August 3, 2015

Miami Hurricanes Season Preview

Twelve starters return, including fi ve each on off ense and defense plus PKs Michael Badgley and P Justin Vogel....Th e Canes’ primary off ensive task will be to fi nd replacements for Johnson, Walford and Dorsett and rebuild the off ensive line...Yearby (509 yds), an elusive speedster, and Gus Edwards, a physical back, and freshman Mark Walton look to share the load carried by Johnson...Th e return to form of WR Stacy Coley (23 catches), a playmaker as a freshman who was inconsistent as a sophomore, would help the WR corps which also returns Malcolm Lewis (25 catches), Braxton Berrios (21 catches), Herb Waters (20 catches) and Rashawn Scott...Replacing Walford will be a big task, but junior TE Standish Dobard has ability...K.C. McDermott, Nick Linder, Sonny Odogwu and Alex Gall are possibilities for the off ensive line to team with returning starters Trevor Darling at T and Daniel Isidora at G...With a year under his belt in the off ensive system of coordinator James Coley, Kaaya should be even better and could challenge for national honors...Defensively, Miami made strides in 2014, fi nishing 14th nationally in total defense...DT Calvin Heurtelou returns upfront and will be joined by DEs Chad Th omas, Jelani Hamilton and Al Quadin Muhammad and DTs Ufomba Kamalu and Courtel Jenkins... Raphael Kirby (54 tackles) and Juwon Young return at MLB with Darrion Owens and Tyriq McCord battling at SLB and Jermaine Grace (60 tackles) at OLB...In the secondary, CB Artie Burns and S Deon Bush (53 tackles, 2 INTs) both return as do CBs Tracy Howard (20 tackles) and CB Corn Elder (34 tackles) with Dallas Crawford (35 tackles) and Jamal Carter competing at safety.

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