College Football

Hurricanes Threaten To Storm Over Any Offense

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - SEPTEMBER 17: Quarterback Jacory Harris #12 of the Miami Hurricanes scrambles against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Land Shark Stadium on September 17, 2009 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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Matthew WilderContributor IAugust 18, 2010

Jacory Harris will lead the electrifying Hurricanes offense this season. When he's in the zone, his teammates follow suit. Some call this "The LeBron James Effect." Why not?

Harris was a statistical monster monster last year completing 59.6 percent of his passes for 3,352 yards and 24 touchdowns.  What he needs to improve on is throwing the ball under pressure. He threw 17 interceptions last year. Hopefully he's matured, because he has a tough task on September 11. Everyone hears about how the Ohio State Buckeyes can put pressure on an elite quarterback. Just ask Jeremiah Masoli. Harris should do fine in every game this season. He has some experience to go with and has a great chance to improve on these numbers.

Harris' number one target is Leonard Hankerson. He hauled in 45 receptions for an astounding 801 yards and 6 touchdowns, while averaging 17.8 yards per reception. Hankerson is clearly a threat to go all the way on every play.

Miami also has one of the best rushing attacks in football. Last year Craig Cooper and Damien Berry tore up the turf as they rushed for a combined 227 attempts, 1,311 rushing yards, and 12 touchdowns. With a chance to do more damage next year, defenses have to be aware of this dynamic duo and they need an excellent strategy to contain them both. That is easier said than done.

The Hurricanes have an offensive line that features very tall, yet big players. Senior Joel Figueroa is 6/5, 315 pounds, junior Harland Gunn is 6/2, 315 pounds and junior Tyler Horn is 6/4, 300 pounds. The Miami offensive line features these type of players on both the left and right side.

One noticeable advantage the Miami offense has coming into this season is their level of experience. The leader Harris is a junior and Cooper, Hankerson, and Berry are all seniors.

The team rushed for an average of 138 yards per game was which 69th in the nation. However, they were ranked 31st with 261.9 passing yards per game and their overall ranking on offense was 45th. They should do better this year.

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