2011 ACC Blogger Football Preview, Pt. 2 – Miami Hurricanes

Posted by Griffin Wong on July 6, 2011 under ACC Football | 2 Comments to Read

We’re happy to have Griffin Wong putting his spin on the ACC football in our ACC Blogger season preview– part one of our Miami preview is here

Can't talk Miami without Jacory Harris, and Griffin Wong thinks he'll lead the 'Canes to a solid season. (Pic per the Independent Mail)

2010 Record: 7-6 (5-3)

2011 Schedule – Pick

Sept. 5 – at Maryland L 27-21

Sept. 17 – Ohio State W 27-24

Sept. 24 – Kansas State W 31-14

Oct. 1 – Bethune Cookman W 41-7

Oct. 8 – at Virginia Tech L 21-20

Oct. 15 – at North Carolina W 24-13

Oct. 22 – Georgia Tech W 27-14

Oct. 27 – Virginia W 31-10

Nov. 5 – Duke W 38-6

Nov. 12 – at Florida State L 21-17

Nov. 19 – at South Florida W 27-14

Nov. 25 – Boston College W 20-14

Key Conference Game: at Virginia Tech- It should be the Hurricanes and the Hokies battling it out for the Coastal Division.

Toughest Game: at Florida State- Rivalry game at Doak, should be an awesome game.

Offense:

The Hurricanes return senior quarterback Jacory Harris, after an injury plagued junior campaign. Harris was outstanding as a freshman and sophomore, but threw more interceptions (15) than touchdowns (14) last season. Miami also returns their second leading rusher in Lamar Miller, and four offensive linemen. This should make for a powerful Hurricane offense this fall.

Key Returner:

Brandon Washington- Washington was first team All-ACC at guard last year, and should be a monster in the middle of Miami’s offensive line. Expect the Hurricanes’ running game to succeed behind Washington and the rest of the offensive line.

Must Step Up:

Jacory Harris- Despite throwing for over 3000 yards his sophomore year, Harris took a step back his junior season. Harris was sidelined for three games with a concussion and just wasn’t the same Jacory Harris we all saw in 2009. If Jacory plays well, look for the Hurricanes to potentially take the Coastal Division from Virginia Tech.

Defense:

The Hurricanes return a couple key players on defense, most notably Marcus Forston and Ray-Ray Armstrong. These juniors should be the ones anchoring the Miami defense this season. Miami loses All-ACC players Brandon Harris and Allen Bailey, but the Hurricanes appeared primed for yet another strong defensive season.

Key Returner:

Ray-Ray Armstrong- A second team All-ACC performer in 2010, Armstrong appears ready to take the reins of the secondary from NFL Draftee Brandon Harris. Armstrong was all over the field last season with 79 tackles, and he is sure to pass that number this season. Don’t just look for Armstrong to be first team All-ACC, look for him in the first round in the NFL Draft.

Must Step Up:

Marcus Forston- Forston was dominant as a freshman, earning first team All-America honors. Despite a medical redshirt in 2009, Forston continued his fantastic play in 2010 with 12 tackles for loss. Look for Marcus to step and become a first team All-ACC player in 2011. Forston is another guy I wouldn’t be surprised to see in the NFL Draft next season.

Special Teams:

The Hurricanes lose All-ACC kicker and punter Matt Bosher, and it appears junior Jake Wieclaw will have both jobs come 2011. If Wieclaw can’t step up in 2011, we could see a role reversal of “Wide Right” parts I and II.

Key Returner:

Jake Wieclaw- Wieclaw will finally step into the role of starter after learning under Bosher the past two seasons. The junior kicker could be that extra edge the ‘Canes need to take down Virginia Tech.

Must Step Up:

Jake Wieclaw: Name sound familiar? Wieclaw has a chance to become a star for the Hurricanes, but with an inexperienced kicker, you never know. If Jake has a shaky start to the 2011 campaign, his loss of confidence could turn into a disaster.

Season Outlook: 9-3 (5-3)

The Hurricanes have a very tough schedule this season with away games at Virginia Tech, Florida State, and much improved Maryland. As a big advocate of home-field advantage, I have the ‘Canes losing all three games. However, as we saw his sophomore year, Jacory Harris can take over a game. Couple that with a stifling defense, and you got yourself a dangerous team in Miami. I have Miami at 5-3 in the ACC, but that 5-3 could easily become 8-0.

2011 ACC Preview: Where does Miami finish?

  • 1st (52%, 15 Votes)
  • 2nd (17%, 5 Votes)
  • 3rd (14%, 4 Votes)
  • 4th (7%, 2 Votes)
  • 5th (7%, 2 Votes)
  • 6th (3%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 29

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  • Cane Fan '72 said,

    Looks like another 50-50 season for the Canes in 2011.
    Harris is NOT a QB. He throws forward passes after running past the line of scrimmage. He has NO leadership skills. He can not stand in the face of a blitz and deliver. He has no concept of the time ticking away. HE does NOT even know that water and potassium pills eliminate cramps and back spasms.
    harris needs to go back to high school along with what passes for coaches who do not get players in shape, do not get in their stupid faces, do not have coaching skills nor what to call, never call blitzes on great QBs which should be a no brainer.

  • Cane Fan '72 said,

    You cane fans seem to forget the pounding FSU gave the Canes. I have been a Cane fan since the 70s. But the last few years, they have been a disaster with harris and shannon and the coaching staff. Not in shape, no discipline, no character to play every play for the full 60 minutes. YEs, I have played football, on the field for the full game, lost 15 pounds a game or practice. The prima donnas of the Canes do not know what hard work is.