Phillip Dorsett, Wide Receiver
Morris launching a deep pass to Phillip Dorsett—when healthy—was a staple in the Hurricanes' play-calling over the last two years. Stretching the field has been a major part of the Miami offense, and Dorsett is the team's fastest receiver.
Susan Miller Degnan of The Miami Herald notes that Dorsett ran a team-best 4.29-second 40-yard dash.
Kaaya targeted the speedster five times in Week 1, hooking up once for a 39-yard gain. An under-thrown ball resulted in an interception, and the freshman missed Dorsett on what could have been another 30-plus-yard gain.
Saturday is an excellent chance for the duo to establish a downfield connection before the competition heightens.
Thurston Armbrister, Linebacker
The Miami linebacking corps was the team's biggest question mark headed into the regular season, but Thurston Armbrister stepped up in a big way early on.
At Louisville, he played the best game of his college career, registering five tackles, one sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Armbrister providing an impact at strong- and weak-side linebacker—as well as rush end—is crucial for the 'Canes defense.
Was the junior's strong performance versus the Cardinals a one-time thing? Armbrister needs to show his improvement wasn't a fluke.