Miami Football: Startling Statistics from Hurricanes' 2013 Campaign
Five games into the 2013 season, the No. 13 Miami Hurricanes are already tallying some interesting statistics.
This past weekend, Miami struggled early against Georgia Tech and was losing for the first time all season, but the 'Canes played a brilliant second half to topple the Yellow Jackets 45-30. Overall, the Hurricanes trailed for 17 minutes and 50 seconds during 297 minutes of game action.
Additionally, Miami is one of just 17 remaining undefeated FBS teams, and the 'Canes are 5-0 for the first time since 2004.
To greater show the Hurricanes' improvements, most of the stats will be compared to the 2012 campaign, and there certainly is more production this season.
Success of the Hurricanes' Running Backs
It's no secret that Duke Johnson had a phenomenal freshman campaign.
The local product racked up 947 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground, and he added over 1,000 more all-purpose yards and four scores (one receiving, one passing, two kick returns).
But now, as the featured back, Duke is equally as effective running the ball. In fact, Johnson is averaging the same 6.8 yards per carry during 2013 as he did last season, gaining 572 yards and four touchdowns to date.
He has also returned 10 kicks for 305 yards—a 30.5 per return average that ranks ninth best in the country.
Dallas Crawford may sit behind Duke on the depth chart, but Crawford is finishing drives. Although he has just 119 rushing yards, Crawford has scored eight total touchdowns (seven rushing, one receiving).
The 'Canes scored 19 touchdowns on the ground in 2012, but Miami has already notched 15 rushing touchdowns through five games.
Led by Anthony Chickillo (4.0) and Tyriq McCord (3.5), the 2012 Miami Hurricanes sacked the opposing quarterback a school-record-worst 13 times.
This season, however, the 'Canes have racked up 18 sacks. Five players—Chickillo, Shayon Green, McCord, Al-Quadin Muhammad and Thurston Armbrister—have tallied two each.
Seven other players have been credited with a sack, including three more defensive linemen—giving Miami the same number (five) of D-linemen who managed a sack all of last year.
And after such a horrendous year pressuring quarterbacks, the Hurricanes are well on their way to eclipsing 25 or even 30 sacks during 2013.
Stacy Coley has broken out of his true freshman shell.
Coley has accumulated 350 all-purpose yards (203 receiving, 88 kick return, 57 punt return) and four touchdowns, and he is already one of the 'Canes' top pass-catchers.
Senior tight end Clive Walford has caught 11 passes—seven have resulted in a first down, and two receptions were for touchdowns.
Last season, Allen Hurns grabbed 28 throws for 314 yards and four scores. This year, on the other hand, Hurns has 20 receptions for 382 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Even though Stephen Morris has not had a phenomenal statistical season, he sure is finding the Hurricanes' weapons.
Unfortunately, not everything can be positive.
The Hurricanes have been bitten by the turnover bug recently, giving away the ball a combined eight times over the past two weeks.
Plus, the sure-handed Duke Johnson has lost three fumbles over the past two games. Last season, Duke coughed up the ball just one time, when he reached for the pylon against South Florida.
Morris has tossed four interceptions, along with backups Ryan Williams and Gray Crow giving the ball away once each.
With its 10 turnovers, Miami ranks 93rd in the nation—or 31st worst—so there is plenty of room to improve offensively despite scoring 45.2 points per game.
Earning 16 takeaways so far, Miami leads all teams that have played five games. Only Tulane (18), Middle Tennessee (17), Virginia Tech (16) and Ball State (16) can equal or beat the 'Canes, but each respective team has played six games.
Compared to 22 takeaways in 2012, Mark D'Onofrio's defense is certainly rolling.
The Miami defense intercepted 11 passes last season, but the Hurricanes registered nine picks during 2013.
Only two players—Jimmy Gaines and Brandon McGee—snatched a pair of interceptions last year, so, as has been the pattern throughout the stats, this year's team has already one-upped 2012's. Ladarius Gunter, McCord and Rayshawn Jenkins currently have two picks each.