This blog was written for Canespace by UMike
I’m sure you all feel the same way as me about the upcoming Miami-FAMU game: Thank God college football is back!
On a personal note, I am also especially looking forward to watching the games with both of my sons now that they actually understand the game of football. This season should be fun to watch together.
Most Starters Out For Second Half: It seems like it’s been a long time since this has happened. With both coordinators returning as well as many returning starters on both sides of the ball there is no reason for this not to happen. Offensive Coordinator Mark Whipple should have the offense clicking on all cylinders to start the year unlike in years past where UM had to break in a new offense. Same goes for the Miami defense that returns with John Lovett at the helm. Miami should easily have this game in hand by half time, allowing the starter’s time to rest up for the Ohio State game.
At Least One Long TD Run: Quick, who can remember the last 50+ yard touchdown run by a Miami running back? I know I can’t. Maybe it was McGahee, or Gore or perhaps even Tyrone Moss? All I know is it seems like it has been forever. No offense to Graig Cooper who I love as a 'Cane, but on all his long runs he always got caught from behind. With the exception of the Texas A&M game, none of his long runs have resulted in touchdowns. With so many reports of long touchdown runs this year in Spring practice and Fall scrimmages, this shouldn’t be too far fetched.
With Damien Berry, Mike James (seen below flashing The U and his trademark smile), Lamar Miller, and Storm Johnson in the lineup, someone should be able to break free and hit another gear and take it to the house!
First Defensive Shutout of 2010: Plain and simple: a team like FAMU should NOT be scoring on our first team defense. I miss the days where we had a shutout going until the fourth quarter when our second or third team defense would come in and eventually give up a meaningless touchdown in the closing minutes. Our defense needs to set the tone early and often, get off of the field, stay healthy and then rest up for Mr. Pryor and his Ohio State Buckeyes.
Zero INT’s For J12: For starters, Harris should only play a half of this game, limiting the amount of time he would normally have to throw an interception. Second, J12 is completely healthy and a year older which should cut down his INTs tremendously in 2010. Against FAMU there would be no excuse for him to throw an INT in only one half of work. No mistakes, no injuries and score lots of points early and often. That is the recipe on offense for the Hurricanes against FAMU.
Four or More Sacks: We should have one of the best defensive lines in the nation and we need to put America on notice that we have arrived. With Allen Bailey, Adawale Ojomo, Andrew Smith, Marcus Robinson (seen above with OcalaCane), Olivier Vernon, Dyron Dye and others at the defensive end spot we should be able to muster up at least four sacks against an over-matched FAMU offensive line. Coach Petri better be feeding the DL raw meat all this week and then, come game time, let the big dogs out to eat against FAMU.
These are just some things I want to see Thursday night.
Please feel free to add to the list...