Miami Hurricanes 2009 Season Preview/Prediction
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Coach: Randy Shannon
2008 Record: 7-6
In the first half of this decade, ‘the U’ had a dynasty built of Trojan-esque proportions.
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Coral Gables pumped out not just NFL prospects, but NFL stars (Jeremy Shockey, Edgerrin James, Clinton Portis, Kellen Winslow, Jon Vilma, the late Sean Taylor and the list goes on). In recent years, though, the program has gone off the tracks somewhat. In now his third season at the helm, Shannon is trying to instill his no-B.S. attitude into his crop of local talent. Miami should take the next step in their climb back to the top programs.With the transfer of Robert Marve, the offense now belongs to skinny soph Jacory Harris.
He has two veterans in his backfield in junior Graig Cooper and senior Javarris James, not to mention plenty of fleet-footed wideouts to aim at. The defense is fuelled by a couple of stand-out sophomores from Miami’s Northwestern High, end Marcus Robinson and tackle Marcus Forston.
Colin McCarthy provides the veteran skill at linebacker and look out for 6”4, 215 lb freshman safety Aravious “Ray Ray” Armstrong.
In typical Hurricane fashion, there are athletes all over the field. One that jumps off the page is LT Jason Fox, a converted tight end who has bulked up to 310 lbs and can pass-block with the very best. There is plenty of speed on defense to pressure the quarterback, fly to the ball and generate turnovers.
Matt Bosher, who will handle the kicking and punting duties, is a Lou Groza candidate.
Harris needs to prove he can produce like a legitimate starter in 2009. He split reps with Marve last season and the result was an unflattering 22-20 ratio. The best athletes on defense are there, but they are young; many of them coming from Shannon’s recruiting class last year where he poached virtually all the local talent.
The beef is there on the O-line (335 lb Joel Figueroa, 335 lb Orlando Franklin, 351 lb Ian Symonette) but, with the exception of Fox, are they mobile enough?
The ’Canes might be the most talented team in the ACC, but they face a daunting schedule that could translate to slip-ups. Miami takes to the road for Florida State, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest and draws Oklahoma, Georgia Tech and Clemson at Landshark Stadium.
If Miami can win a couple games they shouldn’t, the squad could have a very successful 2009. Who knows, maybe sometime soon the ’Canes will make us think it’s 2002 again.
2009 Miami Hurricanes Record Prediction: 8-5
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