Miami Hurricanes Football Season Preview History
2014 Miami Football Preview:
The 2013 season saw the Hurricanes rattle off 7 wins to open the season, with Stephen Morris and Duke Johnson headlining a dangerous offense that was clicking on all cylinders. An injury to Johnson and a gauntlet of an ACC schedule made the going tough for the Canes as they finished out the season losing 4 of their final 6 games. The Canes will look to replace Morris with talented freshman Brad Kaaya who will orchestrate the offense behind a veteran offensive line and with Johnson in the backfield. But the key to Miami’s success in 2014 will likely come on defense, where the Hurricanes have a veteran front 7, and a group of ball-hawks in the secondary. Miami opens the season with a rematch of last years Citrus Bowl, in Louisville’s ACC debut. A week 4 matchup at Nebraska highlights the non-conference schedule and tough matchups against Florida State, and at Virginia Tech will likely put the Canes on the national stage.
2013 Miami Football Preview:
Al Golden enters his third season as the head coach of the Miami Hurricanes and he continues to build a program that was once the barometer in college football. The offense will be the catalyst for the Hurricanes in 2013 as it returns all five starters on the offensive line. Also returning is senior quarterback Stephen Morris who is fresh off a season in which he threw for over 3,000 yards to go along with 21 touchdowns. Running back Duke Johnson returns for his sophomore season after a freshman campaign of averaging nearly seven yards per carry to go along with 10 rushing touchdowns. The Hurricanes have an early season showdown at home against state rival Florida Gators and they will also welcome conference opponents Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech to Miami Gardens this season.
2011 Miami Football Preview:
Miami finished last season with a respectable 9-4 record, but at the end they replaced head coach Randy Shannon with Al Golden, who will be looking to take a talented group of seniors to the ACC Championship game.
The Hurricanes will be led by senior quarterback Jacory Harris on offense. Though he is supremely talented, Harris has struggled to stay healthy, and the team's success relies on his ability to stay on the field. He will be surrounded by a productive supporting cast, including running back Lamar Miller and an experienced offensive line.
Though the success of the offense may be uncertain, the same cannot be said for the defense. This squad was among the best in the conference last year, and Miami fans can expect more of the same in 2011. Specifically, they'll look to Marcus Forston and defensive back Ray-Ray Armstrong, both of whom are coming of stellar campaigns last season. However, it will be Armstrong who will stand out as he is a potential first round draft pick. If they can lead the way again, there's no reason why Miami won't be in the conversation this year.
2010 Miami Football Preview:
For fans of a football team with the long-standing winning tradition of the Miami Hurricanes, it's hard not to be excited for the upcoming season. In 2010, many experts have the team slated for a big year, after a tough schedule and ill-timed departures left them with a middling performance last season. To begin 2009, the Hurricanes lost their two backup quarterbacks to other schools, and starting defensive end Adewale Ojomo suffered a broken jaw after a locker room fight to end his season.
Nonetheless, Miami was able to start their difficult schedule with a 3-1 record after beating rivals Florida State, and then defeating the fourteenth ranked Georgia Tech and the powerhouse Oklahoma Sooners. Despite a series of setbacks, the Canes were able to make their second straight Bowl Game bid.
This season, the Hurricanes will start their year on much firmer ground. Junior quarterback Jacory Harris now has played a full season under offensive coordinator Mark Whipple, and should be better prepared to face the top talent of the ACC. Harris is coming off a season in which he threw for 3,352 yards, the fourth most passing yards in a single season in school history.
A strong recruiting class assembled by coach Randy Shannon also put Miami in position to make a run for a conference championship, given the right breaks.
2009 Miami Football Preview:
Head Coach: Randy Shannon
The 2009 season could be the year that the Miami Hurricanes finally return to their position among the nation's elite teams. The Canes were a mainstay in the top 10 for much of the last few decades, but have struggled for a few seasons under Head Coach Randy Shannon. Shannon's a fantastic coach, but has to compete with stiff in-state competition for the top recruits in the state of Florida. If Shannon can get the Canes defense playing up to their abilities and also get some production from the offense, then there will be very few teams who can give Miami a game.
2008 Miami Football Preview:
Head Coach: Randy Shannon
While the University of Miami Hurricanes football program has seen some tough times in the last few seasons, don’t get used to their lack of success. The Hurricanes are without a doubt the most successful college football team in the last 25 years. The last few years have seen tragedy strike as well as an embarrassing on-field brawl and steady decline in performance. After one year at the head coaching position, Randy Shannon looks to return the team to its previous success. He's started by removing the names of players from their jerseys, hoping to focus the team's energy away from individuals and back to the team. Fans at Dolphin Stadium this coming season will look for their home team to climb the ACC ranks and play for a good bowl game this season.