Miami Hurricanes Show Why They Have a Future With the Beat Down of Georgia Tech

David MayerCorrespondent INovember 15, 2010

This season is pretty much a wash.  Even if they beat Virginia Tech this Saturday, they still have to hope Virginia beats the Hokies in Blacksburg.

I expect Miami to show up and beat Virginia Tech, but I do not see Virginia beating the Hokies. Which basically means another non-BCS bowl game for the Hurricanes.

Fortunately for Miami, the future actually looks bright.  After their convincing beat down of Georgia Tech, the younger players looked tremendous.

Red-shirt freshman Lamar Miller ran just 11 times for 85 yards and a touchdown.  Sophomore backup running back Mike James had 10 carries for 60 yards and a touchdown. Combined on the season, the above-mentioned running backs have 816 yards and seven touchdowns.

True freshman quarterback Stephen Morris improved his starting record to 2-0 while playing a terrific game.  He was 10-18 passing, with 230 yards and a touchdown and no interceptions.

There are so many things I like about Morris.  Especially his mobility, his poise and his arm strength, all of which are better than starter Jacory Harris's.

The offense line also was solid and blew up holes for the running backs, starting with true freshman tackle Seantrel Henderson and sophomore guard Brandon Washington.

On the defensive side, Junior linebacker and Miami's leading tackler Sean Spence was all over the field and produced a number of dominating hits.

Junior defensive back Brandon Harris, on the Thorpe award short list, also played great, although his stats don't show it as Georgia Tech avoided his side of the field.

The third leading tackler on the team is sophomore Ray Ray Armstrong who had a fumble recovery and six tackles.

Another underclassman that did well was sophomore Vaughn Telemaque, who had five tackles and two pass breakups.

Telemaque and Armstrong are both tied for the team lead with three interceptions a piece.

Now, granted, other, older players did well against the Yellow Jackets, including seniors Leonard Hankerson, Damien Berry and Colin McCarthy.

The problem for the seniors is that the team didn't perform as good as they should have the entire year.

So the Hurricanes will have to start thinking about the next couple of years and with the freshman, sophomores and juniors that the Hurricanes displayed against the Yellow Jackets, the future is bright.