Miami Hurricanes Football: Hurricane Season Is Back

Mike PendletonCorrespondent IAugust 12, 2010

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - OCTOBER 03: Quarterback Jacory Harris #12 of the Miami Hurricanes celebrates with teammates after a victory over the Oklahoma Sooners at Land Shark Stadium on October 3, 2009 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Miami defeated Oklahoma 21-20. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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A good college football team has good players.

A great college football team has a great system, coaching staff, and even more importantly, great players.

The University of Miami, better known as "The U" in its glory days, has a great system fitted for their great players and an above average coach in Randy Shannon.

While the Hurricanes have young stud quarterback Jacory Harris and senior wide receiver Leonard Hankerson, most of the talk has been surrounding the team defense of the 'Canes.

That defense which was fifth in the ACC in scoring defense (22 points a game) and total defense (329 yards a game) has a lot of weight on it shoulders to carry Miami back to the promise land.

With seven returning starters, their defense has become more experienced, the players have become closer, but together they must become a stronger force that will not allow 22 points a game to opposing teams.

While offense in football is usually the highlight of the games, the defense is what wins games, and enough games won can lead to an eventual championship. With many eyes focusing on defensive end Allen Bailey whose draft stock can rise or fall depending on his play this year, the Hurricanes must take a stand.

Take a stand to fight back to get to the top of the ACC. Take a stand to make sure people recognize their defense as much as their offense. The Miami Hurricanes must take a stand to show the whole college football world that they're "The U."

With many obstacles lying ahead this season, the biggest one comes September 11th when Miami travels to take on the Ohio St. Buckeyes and Terrelle Pryor. Terrelle Pryor, the man who may make or break the Hurricanes' season. 

Usually the storm is bigger, stronger, and more dominant than man. Lately, the Hurricane has been held under control, but if the green and orange nation has anything to say about it, there will be no escaping the Miami Hurricanes.