2014 Miami Hurricanes Preview 2014 Miami Hurricanes Will Rely Heavily on D Redshirt Senior Isaac Andrews will lead the Hurricane defense in 2014 For the 3rd year in a row, the Miami Hurricanes start the season with a quarterback who has never taken a snap as a starting college quarterback. This year, true freshman Darrell Marquardt gets the starting nod under center. Marquardt was recruited as an athlete and should be a handful for opponents since going into camp, he was either going to play running back or quarterback. Coach Alexander liked the idea of having an elite athlete running his offense and the idea of having a 3 or 4-year starter at quarterback, so that's where Marquardt ended up. Helping Marquardt with his adjustment to the position and college game will be running back Garrett Kirby and big play receiver Art Felderd. Kirby served as all-time Hurricane leading rusher, Lamar Miller's backup last year rushing for 529 yards and 4 touchdowns. Felder was the Canes leading receiver in 2013 catching 48 passes for 841 yards and 7 touchdowns. John Bennett will be the #2 receiver and giant 6'7" Redshirt Freshman Austin Copeland will start in the slot for Miami. Devon Johnson will start at tight end and Josh Gallagher will play in two tight end sets. Art Felder is the only returning starter at a skill position for Miami. The only other offensive starters for Miami are their 2 guards and center. 5 Garrett Kirby and 2 Art Felder will lead the Hurricanes as far as they're gonna go in 2014 The Hurricanes have a lot more experience returning on defense, although they had to move a few players around to fill some holes. Both safeties are back, with David Golden starting his 2nd year at free safety and Isaac Andrews starting his 3rd year at strong safety. Andrews has made 143 tackles over the last 2 seasons, intercepted 3 passes last year, forced a fumble, recovered a fumble, and scored a defensive touchdown. Andrews sees the field well and will be able to quarterback the Hurricane defense from the secondary. Senior Gary Jacobs will be assigned to the opponents #1 receiver and Bobby Montoya will be the Hurricanes second starting corner, moving out from his nickelback position. Miami boasts a lot of speed at linebacker. Coach Alexander expects his backers to make plays for the Canes all year, led by outside linebacker and 2-year starter Grant Weaver. Weaver is the only returning starter at linebacker because last year's starting middle linebacker Scott Robinson has been moved to Defensive End to replace star Olivier Vernon who graduated last summer. Although the defense is lacking game experience, they are a very talented group with great speed and look to give opposing offenses fits. 29 Isaac Andrews and 51 Grant Weaver will lead the Miami Defense in 2014 50 Scott Robinson moved to Defensive End and 25 Gary Jacobs will be the Canes' new #1 Cornerback Miami will be tested right out of the gate, hosting #1 Ohio State Week 1. The road doesn't get much easier from their, as 4 of Miami's next 7 opponents are ranked in the Top 15. Week 2 Miami hosts #15 Nebraska, then #8 Clemson in a rivalry game in Week 3, before traveling to Athens for their 1st road game against an underrated Georgia Bulldogs team. The Hurricanes get a bit of a break the next 2 weeks hosting Miami of Ohio, then traveling to Duke before they finish off Murderer's Row. Week 7, arch-rival #13 Florida State comes to town, then Miami will visit defending Coastal Division Champion #6 Georgia Tech. After that, Miami closes out the season with 4 unranked opponents in the next 5 weeks, but the success of their season will most definitely be decided in the first eight weeks. Prediction: Another 10-2 year for the Hurricanes.