We have all seen and witnessed the Miami Hurricanes of old and many college teams of this era are trying to duplicate much of the winning attitude and antics of the five time National title holders. However as of lately we have yet to see the Miami we all know and love. Now after a couple sub par season finishes, Miami fans are finally ready for title number six.
Is it going to happen this year ? The simple answer is no.
With a total of 13 starters gone from last year’s 5-7 squad, inexperience will play a big factor. Although Shannon has been busy trying to rebuild the team much like Butch Davis did in the 90’s, the 2008 squad has too many freshmen for Miami to be considered seriously for the National title. But that doesnt mean you wont see Miami in a Bowl game or in the top 25 by the end of the year.
Randy Shannon has many talents and probably is strongest talent is recruiting. He knows the winning formula for putting together a team and not just pulling in a couple big playmakers. By the end of this 2008 season you will see the new Miami legacy start to take shape.
If we break down what we've seen so far this season, to gain a good idea of what we will see for the rest of this year, we can say the following:
1. Miami has finally found some talent and depth at quarterback. Redshirt Freshman Robert Marve and true Freshman Jacory Harris have already demonstrated their ability to score points and lead this young team to a 2-1 record.
2. There is no lack of talent at the running back level with Graig Cooper and Javarris James. Many critics agree that if James had been healthy during the game versus the Gators we may have seen a different outcome.
3. The Hurricane receiving core has flashes of talent but lacks a consistent go-to guy.
4. Defense is getting back to its roots with a fast core of freshman linebackers and a play making secondary.
5. The only thing that doesn't properly represent the Miami Hurricanes for this year is their 2-1 record. The loss to the Gators was expected by many, but those who actually watched the game saw how hard the Gators struggled early in the game and also received a sneak preview of a developing Miami Hurricane championship team.
Look for the Hurricanes to secure an 11-1 record with the only remaining tough game against Wake Forest and also a good rival game against the Seminoles. The Canes should prevail through to the ACC championship.
Miami is already building for next year with an early recruiting class that boasts Bryce Brown the top ranked running back out of Kansas. We should see another top ranked recruiting class next year and even though a National title may not be in the cards this year, the University of Miami have already begun making room in the trophy case for next year.