Miami Hurricanes: What We Learned About The U in Victory Over Clemson Tigers

David MayerCorrespondent IOctober 2, 2010

Before the season started I said to myself that the two hard games for the Hurricanes were going to be the Ohio State Buckeyes and Clemson Tigers.

The way Jacory Harris is playing, every game is going to be hard.

I know you are all tired of stories about Harris, but I can not tell you how frustrated I am right now with him.

He simply has been horrific at times (two more interceptions against the Tigers) and it's going to catch up to the Hurricanes if he doesn't start reading the defense better.

Now don't get me wrong, he wasn't the only problem against the Tigers. 

Penalties (12 for 105 yards), wide receivers (not including Leanard Hankerson) and over pursuing against the run also hurt the Hurricanes.

The penalties have been hurting the Hurricanes all year, they seem to be just dumb mistakes and I believe will eventually get corrected (45 penalty yards were from Punt returning interferences alone).

The missed tackles are more of a bigger problem.

Last week against the Pittsburg Panthers it seemed as though they corrected the miss tackles and over persuing that killed them against the Buckeyes, but it was back against the Tigers.

I know what your saying, Miami only gave up 4.1 yards per carry, which is correct.  The problem is Miami had eight men stacked at the line all game long.

There is no way the Hurricanes should have gave up 162 yards rushing when you have the box that stacked.

The last thing I have to say is what we already knew as well, the wide receivers not named Leonard Hankerson are flat out not doing there job.

At the beginning of the year, I listed Miami's wide receivers as a strength, after watching them against the Tigers, it is one of their weakest links.

Besides Hankerson, the rest of the receivers are either dropping balls or running the wrong routes.

Aldarious Johnson had a ball drop out of his hands for the third straight game, and Travis Benjamin and Laron Byrd just can't run routes.

Now I don't know if the playbook is just that hard or what, but either way, it needs to be corrected if they stand any chance against a high powered Florida State team next week.

Enough of the bad, there was plenty good that we got from this win as well.

First and foremost, Sean Spence and Hankerson are two of the best players in the country at their respective positions.

Spence again had an unbelievable game.  He simply was all over the field and not only making tackles, but simply knocking guys back every time he hit someone.

He definitely was the defensive player of the game for the second straight week.

While Spence is dominating the defensive side of the ball, Hankerson is the real reason Miami is any good at all on offense.

Hankerson, after his seven catches for 147 yards and three touchdown performance against the Tigers, now has six touchdown receptions in four games to put him in the top five in the country in touchdowns.

The offensive linemen also played a great game as the Hurricanes rushed for over 170 yards.

Back to Harris.

Although Harris had some bad moments in the game, he did show the reason why you still have to play him, tying a career high with four touchdown passes.

He almost reminds you of a Brett Favre type player, in where he makes some very bad throws, but seems to always come back and throw some remarkable balls, ala the 65 yard touchdown pass to Hankerson.

The last item that we have learned after the game against the Tigers is that Miami is starting to create turnovers again.

Clemson had three interceptions and three fumbles in the game, many of those turnovers forced by the Hurricanes defense, something that Hurricane fans haven't really seen the past few years.

So there you have it, although the Hurricanes had some problems, they went to a very good Clemson team and came away with a victory.

If they correct their problems Miami still has a shot at their first ACC title.


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