College football is almost here and the Miami Hurricanes are ready to cause a storm in the ACC and the national scene in 2010. They open the season Thursday night at home against Florida A&M.
The Hurricanes have a tough schedule, but a good coach and experienced players have the team ready to burst onto the national scene. Here is a look at their schedule heading into the season:
First, in Week 1, they play host to Florida A&M. They should be able to take care of this opponent.
In Week 2, a tougher opponent comes to table, when the Hurricanes travel to the Horseshoe to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes. The question for this game, is whether or not Miami's speed and defense can shut down Terrelle Pryor.
Next, in Week 3, Miami travels to Pittsburgh, a tough Big East opponent. In this game, the Canes will have to shut down Dion Lewis, and get on the board early.
In Week 4, Miami plays at Clemson to start its ACC schedule. Will the Canes be able to shut down Kyle Parker?
In Week 5, Miami plays at Florida State, in a battle of Florida teams. Week 6, Miami travels to Duke, which shouldn't be much of a contest for the Hurricanes. Then they come home to play North Carolina who has a good defense. Then the Canes travel to Virginia to take on the Calvaliers. After that is a home contest against Maryland, and then Miami travels to play at Georgia Tech, who has a deadly triple-option attack.
The Canes close out the season against a tough Virginia Tech team, and then the South Florida Bulls. After that, hopefully will be a spot in the ACC Championship game, and I am predicting they will play Virginia Tech, and knock off the Hokies.
Miami could go undefeated in 2010, but it will take consistent play out of Jacory Harris and from the defense. I know a BCS bowl game would be awesome for all those Hurricane fans—the Hurricanes just cannot falter down the stretch like they did last year. They have to stay strong all season.
Coach Randy Shannon may have his best team yet this season, and they have plenty of experience. Jacory Harris has more confidence at quarterback, and the defense is set to cause chaos for teams in 2010. The Hurricanes are older now, and have a lot more experience to count on to lead this team down the stretch in 2010.
Harris will be a junior this upcoming season, and is coming off a good bowl performance last season that helped give him confidence that he can lead this offense. He also did a good job of maturing last year at quarterback. Harris is considered a Heisman candidate at this point and could be ready to breakout this year.
Harris will definitely be counted on for the Hurricanes to have a great season this year. At running back, Miami has seniors Damien Berry and Graig Cooper. Their wideouts are LaRon Byrd, Leonard Hankerson, Aldarius Johnson, and Travis Benjamin.
At tight end, they have senior Richard Gordon returning. Miami's offensive line may have the biggest question marks, but they got big recruit Seantrel Henderson to help out. They also have sophomore left tackles Ben Jones, Orlando Franklin, left guard Brandon Washington, center Tyler Horn, right guard Joel Figueroa, and right tackle Jermaine Johnson—who is a redshirt freshman.
Miami's defensive line may be their strong point, as they have defensive end Allen Bailey returning. Defensive tackle Josh Holmes, and junior end Andrew Smith, and sophomore tackle Marcus Forston also return. Their linebackers Sean Spence, Colin McCarthy, and Kylan Robinson will maintain the middle of the field for the Hurricanes. Cornerbacks Brandon Harris, and Brandon McGee return. At the safety position, Vaughn Telemaque and Ray Ray Armstrong return.
On special teams, the place kicker and punter will be Matt Bosher. Graig Cooper should be the main kick and punt returner.
Now it's your turn, go out and watch the games, it's almost game time. Get pumped up because a storm is coming, and the Miami Hurricanes are ready to show the college football world that they are back!