2012 Miami Hurricanes Football Preview
2011 Record: 6-6 (3-5 ACC)
Head Coach: Al Golden, second season (6-6 at Miami) (33-40 overall)
Projected Returning Starters: 12
Spring Game: April 14th (Orange 7 Green 6)
Notes: Since Miami’s last national championship, in 2001, the program was on a steady decline up until the firing of then-coach Larry Coker at the conclusion of the 2006. Not only did the wins diminish under Coker, but also the program, in general, eroded. It wasn’t until Randy Shannon was fired, largely for a lack of attendance, that allegations, and sanctions, were handed down from the Coker era. As a result of those sanctions, Miami self-imposed a bowl ban last season. This season, they are eligible for the post-season, but inexperience on the offensive side could prevent the Hurricanes from making the post-season. Al Golden seems to be the man for the program – he turned around a doormat Temple program, posting back-to-back 8+ wins seasons before departing for Coral Gables.
BVTSB Take: Miami’s defense should be one of the best in the ACC, if not the best. The secondary, led by FS Ray-Ray Armstrong, SS Vaughn Telemaque, and CBs LaDarius Gunter and Brandon McGee, have a combined 25 starts between them from last year. The offense is shaky though as evidenced by the spring game, which featured the first touchdown being scored late in the fourth quarter. The quarterback position is a toss up, by Ryan Williams led the first team. Williams is a transfer from Memphis who sat out last year, but is now eligible. Expect Stephen Morris to compete with Williams for the starting position. Morris was mainly a wildcat quarterback last year, but did start one game, seeing action in five, last year. The ‘Canes will have to replace running back Lamar Miller, who posted a 1000+ yard rushing season last year. Expect Mike James, a senior, and true freshman Duke Johnson to battle for the starting position. Miami’s two leading receivers, Tommy Streeter and Travis Benjamin, depart for the NFL, the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns, respectively. The “U” was projected to start Allen Hurns, Angelo Jean-Louis, and Phillip Dorsett at wide receiver. Hurns and Dorsett combined for 562 yards and five touchdowns in 2011 – Jean-Louis is a true freshman who failed to academically qualify. He will be attending Fork Union Military Academy, with the intention of enrolling at Miami in January. Expect Rashawn Scott to have a shot at the starting position. Miami opens the season at Boston College this year – BC has now won back-to-back games in this series (2007 and 2011) after losing 15 straight, with the last win being in 1984 with quarterback Doug Flutie. The Canes face a tough non-conference slate, with games against Kansas State and Notre Dame, away from Miami, and South Florida. They also play Bethune-Cookman. Miami could very well be 1-3 in non-conference play. Besides Boston College, games against North Carolina State, Virginia, and Duke could help Miami be bowl eligible. Jacory Harris was unpredictable at quarterback, so I suppose the QB situation can’t be any worse, but the losses of Miller, Streeter, and Benjamin hurt – a lot.
2012 Early Projection: 6-6
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