Miami Football: 4 Players Who Will Flourish in James Coley's Offense
New Canes offensive coordinator James Coley will have complete control of an offense for the first time since being at Florida International in 2007.
Yes, Coley was the OC at FSU the past couple years but never called a play. Coley was used by head coach Jimbo Fisher to get plays ready during the week, but when the game started, all control was with Fisher.
That all changes this season, as ex-Canes OC Jedd Fisch left for the NFL. Coley will have a plethora of weapons at his disposal, as Miami returns 10 of 11 starters from last year's team.
Here are four that should benefit most.
No one should benefit from the James Coley hiring more than Duke Johnson. Coley has proven, especially last year, that his primary focus is establishing a good, solid running game first.
This will be Johnson's first season as a premier back so it will be up to him to prove he is up for the challenge. Last season, Coley's offense ran for over 205 yards per game compared to the Canes 144 per outing.
Johnson should get a lot of carries, and if he performs at a clip of 6.8 yards per carry like he did last season, we could see him with well over 1,000 yards.
Now, again, this will all depend on if the defense does a much better job than they did last season.
Just like any other pro-style offense, the tight ends are a big part of the scheme. Coley will have an extreme amount of choices to pick from, as the Hurricanes will have about six tight ends on the roster.
Clive Walford was the workhorse last season, but Beau Sandland seems to be more of a Jeremy Shockey-type player that Coley would love to utilize.
Expect Coley to call short passes to the tight ends all season long, and don't be surprised if Walford or Sandland finish the season in the top three on the team in receptions and touchdowns.
I think junior wide receiver Phillip Dorsett will have a monster year under Coley's offense. The speedster is arguably the Hurricanes best playmaker—not named Duke, and there is no doubt Coley will try everything in his power to get the ball into his hands.
Coley has already said that he will still integrate some spread-option plays, and getting the ball to Dorsett should be the plan. Dorsett is very dangerous in the open field and can throw the ball as well.
I believe Coley will be calling a lot of plays Dorsett's way throughout the season.
James Coley's offense is still a pro-style offense so quarterback Stephen Morris should have no problem adjusting to the play-calling. What it will boil down to is: How much will Coley use Morris?
Coley, like most pro-style coaches, prefers rushing over passing. He knows that a good rush attack controls the clock and helps the defense rest.
That being said, Coley also likes to put points on the board, as the Seminoles averaged 39 points per game, No. 10 in the country last season.
I honestly believe that Morris is a much better passer than E.J. Manuel was at FSU last season, and Coley will utilize Morris to his strengths. I wouldn't be surprised at all if Morris throws for more yards this season then he did last, especially with how questionable the Hurricanes defense may be.