The 2019-2020 College Football season is finally over. Hurricanes fans head into the new year with the same expectations they came into this season with, to win.
Miami’ staff has already made changes to the coaching staff just weeks after the 14-0 embarrassment to Louisiana Tech. UMs offense struggled tremendously under first year coaches HC Manny Diaz and OC Dan Enos.
Coach Diaz has acknowledged the failure of an offense the Hurricanes displayed on the field and hired SMU OC Rhett Lashlee. The Canes O-line was also a disaster, and Diaz has hired Garin Justice to replace Butch Barry as OL Coach.
Miami’s offense is destined to be an upgrade from the past year. Lashlee’s spread offense thrived at SMU, expect to see an up tempo system and less end around to the weak side.
Miami’s receiver core is extremely talented, and expect 2019 Mackey Award Finalist Brevin Jordan to star in the offense. Freshman Don Chaney and Jaylan Knighton fill in the RB position after the loss of Deejay Dallas and Lorenzo Lingard. The South Florida natives bring a lot of potential to an already stacked RB group.
I believe the make or break for the offense this season will be the Quarterback position. Miami has already expressed interest in multiple transfer portal QB’s, most recently Houston Dual-Threat QB D’Eriq King. Hopefully Miami can land a transfer portal quarterback to intensify the spring QB battle.
Coach Diaz has expressed that the QB battle is wide open. 4-star Pro-Style QB Tyler Van Dyke heads to Coral Gables to join a familiar spread offense. Van Dyke is very skilled in the pocket and accurate on deep throws.
As of now, the contest consists of Jarren Williams, N’Kosi Perry, Tate Martell, and Van Dyke. If that stays, I expect Jarren to win the starting job. A lot of the Redshirt Sophomore’s lows were due to the poor coaching last season. I believe Jarren’s head was all over the place and he was never really able to get comfortable under Enos. Kosi has shined at times but his biggest problem is his inconsistency. As much as I would love to see Tate Martell shine, it is unlikely as of now, but things could change come spring.
With Van-Dyke coming in, expect him to also put up a fight for the starting job. You could also see as many as three QB’s transfer if Miami lands a Graduate Transfer.
The Canes hold the No. 17 recruiting class in the country, filling in for losses at skill positions with blue chip talent.If Miami can add a couple OL, a WR, and CB transfers, we should be looking at a very deep team under new coaches Lashlee and Justice.
The defense this season was good, but not great. Miami’s schedule was rather easy, and the Canes were unable to force turnovers very often. FIU did not force a single turnover against UM. Miami has also lost a lot of leadership on defense with Shaq Quarterman and Michael Pinckney gone, but expect Greg Rousseau to continue to shine and become the best DL in America.
And for once, Miami has a kicker. The addition of FIU Kicker Jose Borregales is huge for the Canes, after losing numerous games because of poor special teams execution. A duo of Borregales and Lou Hedley is deadly.
Nevertheless, Miami has talent. Now it’s a lot about the work ethic. Let’s see how bad these guys want to win. That means getting bigger, and faster, but also staying on task and thriving in school and staying out of trouble. If Miami can find a leader on and off the field, and summon a culture change, we could see a successful program in Coral Gables.