Miami Football: Winners and Losers from the Week 8 Game Against the Seminoles
The Miami Hurricanes fell to the Florida State Seminoles on Saturday, 33-20. It was the third-straight loss for the Hurricanes.
The Hurricanes offense struggled against the Seminole defense as Miami was limited to just 258 yards of total offense.
Miami's defense played a little better but still allowed 218 rushing yards (447 overall) to FSU.
Here are the Miami winners and losers in the loss to the Seminoles.
Winners: Defensive Line
The defensive line were considered winners in my eyes because they played strong at times. They weren't good by any means, but they held their own against a team not named Bethune-Cookman.
Shayon Green and Anthony Chickillo were actually shedding blocks, while Darius Smith was able to push back the offensive linemen at times. Green led all defensive linemen with eight tackles.
Freshman end Tyriq McCord got into the mix with a sack and a fumble recovery.
Although the defensive line played better than expected, it was far from a perfect game.
Losers: Defensive Line
No, you aren't reading this wrong, the defensive line were also losers on Saturday evening. They rarely put pressure on EJ Manuel, and McCords' sack was the only tackle for loss by the line.
Nothing has changed since Week 1, and I honestly don't see anything changing before the season ends—the talent is just not there, while this defensive scheme doesn't seem to work.
The defensive line was pushed around yet again and when they had the opportunity to make a play, it resulted in a missed tackle.
Even though it was a better performance, this is nowhere near the caliber of players that Miami needs.
Winners: Jake Wieclaw/Dalton Botts
I may be reaching, but kicker Jake Wieclaw and punter Dalton Botts kept Miami in this game.
Wieclaw, who made just one out of his last five field goals, made both of his field-goal attempts on Saturday—a 19-yarder and 27-yarder.
He also made both extra points.
The Hurricanes are just one game out of the ACC Coastal division lead and need Wieclaw to be where he was last season. His confidence should be high after making both field goals against FSU.
Botts also punted the ball well. He had been averaging just 41 yards per punt thus far this season but hit six punts on Saturday for an average of 44.2 yards per punt—including a 56-yard blast in the first quarter.
Both Botts and Wieclaw played to their potential for the first time all season.
Losers: Jedd Fisch/Al Golden
For the first time this season I will not call defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio a loser, instead that tag will go to offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch and head coach Al Golden.
Now before all of the readers tell me I am against the coaches, that is not what I am saying. I believe in coach Golden 100 percent, and there isn't a doubt in my mind that he makes this team into contenders one day.
However, against Florida State he made far too many questionable calls.
I know some of you will disagree, but there was no way Stephen Morris should have started. He was off all but a handful of times and wasn't mobile at all.
Golden practiced with backup Ryan Williams all week, and I honestly believe he should have gotten the start.
Offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch also made questionable calls all night, and for the third-straight week, the Hurricanes offense looked dismal.
I know that Morris wasn't healthy, but Fisch abandoned the run for the second-straight game. Even with the Hurricanes up 10 early, he tossed the running game out the window.
With the defense doing a better job, Fisch could have continued to pound the ball but didn't.
Winner: Denzel Perryman
Last season, linebacker Denzel Perryman played on the outside and excelled; he is extremely quick and could hit like a truck. Head coach Al Golden decided to move him to middle linebacker this season to fill the spot left open by Sean Spence.
Perryman has been solid starting in the middle, but Golden mixed things up this weekend and stuck Perryman back to the outside position.
He didn't disappoint, as he finished the game with a game-high 12 tackles and a forced fumble.
The sophomore was all over the field and proved to the entire country that he will be a force to be reckoned with in the future.