2013 Miami Hurricanes Season Preview

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    Jul 23, 2009
    2013 Miami Hurricanes Season Preview


    After bringing home their 1st National Championship in over a decade, the Miami Hurricanes are returning to the field without several members of that team. On offense, All-ACC 2nd Team quarterback Cannon Smith has graduated, as well as his favorite receiver and fellow All-ACC 2nd teamer, Tommy Streeter. Also moving on from the Canes receiving corps; Kendal Thompkins and Davon Johnson. Miami lost three starting, 2nd Team All-America Brandon Washington will be the toughest to replace at left tackle, but left guard and 2nd Team All-ACC selection Billy Marks will be missed too, also graduating was right tackle Ben Jones.

    On defense, Miami lost 2 All-ACC selections and the Defensive MVP of the BCS Championship Game. The secondary will have to find new leaders after the departure of BCS Defensive MVP safety Ray Ray Armstrong and 1st Team All-ACC selection cornerback Brandon McGee. Star returning corner Prince Kent will also be missing from the secondary because he was moved to receiver in the offseason due to lack of talent at that position. Also missing from last year's defense, right end Andrew Smith who lived in opponents backfields all year long.

    Prince Kent intercepts a pass at LSU last year, he is now the Canes #1 Receiver

    AJ Highsmith has received the keys to run the offense and Coach Alexander will install some option to take advantage of Highsmith's speed. Highsmith doesn't have the arm or the accuracy of last year's starter, Cannon Smith, but he adds a different element that Smith didn't have. Another thing Highsmith doesn't really have is a go to receiver. Prince Kent has above average talent with good speed and average hands. Billy Sanders looks to be the go to guy with his 6'4" 245 pound frame and decent speed at the tight end position. 2nd string tight end, Joe Bentley, is also a nice option in the passing game, until one or more of the freshman step up. Last year's star tailback, DeShawn McKenzie, who filled in for injured tailback Lamar Miller, will start in the slot this year.

    2nd Team All-ACC tight end Billy Sanders and tight end Joe Bentley will be a big part of Miami's offense

    Without question, the offense and the Hurricanes chances begin and end with redshirt senior tailback Lamar Miller. Miller missed most of the 2012 campaign due to injury, but worked hard in the weightroom and returns to the field with a vengeance. Miller has 1,939 career rushing yards heading into the season, but 1,489 of those came his sophomore year, his only full season as the featured back. Miller's breakaway speed, strength, and ability to break tackles have him on everyone's Heisman watchlist. Coach Alexander is excited about the potential Miller has.
    "The sky is the limit for him." Coach Alexander said at ACC Preseason Media Day "He's been a little bit unlucky with injuries, but he is without a doubt one of the best running backs I've ever seen. If he can stay healthy, he will go down in history as one of, if not the best back in this storied program's history."

    Lamar Miller will be Miami's workhorse in 2013

    The strength of the 2013 Miami Hurricanes lies with their defense and it starts upfront on the line where they will start three redshirt seniors and a true freshman. Curtis Porter and Luther Robinson will anchor the line in the middle looking to stuff the run and push offensive lineman into the lap of opposing quarterbacks. Porter was a 1st Team All-ACC selection last year and made one of the biggest plays in the Canes' Championship run last year, when he stopped Florida State running back Chris Thompson on the 1 yardline in the ACC Championship Game on a 2nd half 4th down play.

    Curtis Porter's goal line hit on FSU's Chris Thompson

    Olivier Vernon will use his impressive speed and strength to come off the edge and rush the passer, while true freshman Andrew Everett will come off the edge on the quarterback's blindside. Grant Weaver is the lone returning starter at linebacker and the redshirt junior is the team's defensive captain. Weaver recorded 71 tackles in 2012, including 13 for a loss and a sack. Weaver leads the defensive returners in tackles with 97 for his career. In the secondary, the two Isaacs return to lead the Canes. Isaac Darby is the only cornerback with significant on-field experience. Darby was the Canes' nickelback last year, making 41 tackles, 1 for loss, and deflecting 5 passes. This year he will be asked to shutdown the opposing team's #1 receiver. At strong safety, Miami brings back Isaac Andrews, a 1st Team All-ACC selection in 2012. Andrews is a smart player who lays the wood. In 2012, Andrews had 68 tackles, 3 for loss, 3 passes deflected, as well as forcing 3 fumbles and recovering 2.

    Luther Robinson and Curtis Porter will be big headaches for opposing Offensive Coordinators

    Isaac Darby will look to disrupt Miami opponent's passing games

    Miami enters the season ranked 3rd in the nation. The Canes are coming off of a National Championship, but they lost half of their starters, 6 on offense and 5 on defense. They have a tough test Week 1 vs LSU who are very well coached and will test the young inexperienced Hurricanes and expose weaknesses. In Week 2, Miami will travel to Lincoln and play the #15 Nebraska Cornhuskers in "The Sea of Red". In Week 5, Miami visits the Wolfpack of NC State and TRude, who tested the Canes late in the season last year when Miami eked out a 24-21 win. Two weeks later, Miami will travel to Tallahassee and face their arch-rival Florida State Seminoles, Preseason #4, who the Canes had to beat twice to get to the BCS Championship Game. The week after that, G-Unit and his #10 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets come to town, for what could be the ACC Coastal Division Championship Game. Week 10 sees Miami go to Blacksburg, Virginia to face one of Miami's other rivals, the Virginia Tech Hokies. Miami will then close out their ACC regular season schedule in Week 12 when former FSU and Clemson coach DrunkenSoldier brings his Wake Forest Demon Deacons to Miami.

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