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2014 Hurricane Outlook

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  1. jca312

    jca312 Walk On

    Jul 23, 2009
    2014 Hurricane Outlook

    The Miami Hurricanes are entering their 2nd season under Coach Alexander who came to South Florida from Oklahoma last year and took over a struggling Miami program. In Alexander’s 1st season there, the Hurricanes went 12-2, winning the ACC, and had a shot at the National Championship going into their last regular season game, but came up short against a more talented Alabama team that would go on to win the Title. Miami would outlast Clemson 33-30 in the ACC Championship Game for Coach Alexander’s 1st Conference Championship, but they couldn’t solve the Georgia Bulldogs in the Orange Bowl and lost 29-17.

    Heading into Year 2 of Alexander’s tenure, the Canes enter the season ranked #6, but are rebuilding with only 10 seniors on their roster. Miami lost their quarterback, running back, top receiver, tight end, and three starting offensive linemen. On defense, the Canes only return a defensive end, linebacker, and cornerback. With 16 new starters on both sides of the ball, it could be a rocky year for the Hurricanes.

    Redshirt senior Jason Rodgers will carry the load on offense for Miami, although Rodgers has only rushed for 320 yards heading into the season, this talented 5th year senior would've started at most programs in the country by now, but he got stuck behind superstar running back Lamar Miller. Redshirt sophomore Nick Young will start at quarterback and he will look for big-play preseason All-American receiver Jake Tate. Paul Johnson returns and the coaching staff is excited about mercurial 6'4" freshman Josh Knox.

    The defense will be led by redshirt senior Marcus Swanson, a two-year starter at middle linebacker. The secondary will be led by Eric Brown who led the Hurricanes with 6 interceptions last year. Brown provides the only experience Miami has in the secondary.

    Miami has a tough schedule, with 4 of it's first 6 opponents ranked in the preseason Top 25 with tough games at #18 Tennessee and #20 USF in the first 5 weeks. They will host #21 Clemson Week 3 and #17 Florida State Week 7. Week 8 Miami goes to #19 Georgia Tech and Week 11 they host rival #11 Virginia Tech.

    Projected record 9-3 or 8-4

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