Michaels: Miami lands at 6 on preseason top-10 list

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John Michaels
August 07, 2018 - 11:04 am
Miami Hurricanes quarterback Malik Rosier

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Are the Canes back?

Well not quite, but Miami made a giant step forward in 2017 going to their first ACC Championship Game, and getting back to the Orange Bowl. The negatives were a three-game losing streak and a very Mark Richt-esque loss to Pitt.

Positives: Miami has depth and talent for the first time in many years. The Nevin Shapiro sanctions are gone and Richt has a loaded team. The offense returns running back Travis Homer and wide reciever Ahmmon Richards who are two of the most explosive players in the ACC. Jaquon Johnson is the leader of the defense and has been dubbed “Mr Turnover Chain.” Shaq Quarterman leads a great group of junior linebackers, and Joe Jackson should be a force at defensive end.

Negatives: Malik Rosier had good numbers on paper, but was pretty awful in the three losses. He completed around 45 percent of his passes in those games and turned the ball over too much. The Canes lost two defensive tackles to the NFL draft and are relying on a few new bodies there. Plus the offensive line has two new starters.

Miami is good enough to get back to the ACC Championship Game, and most likely will be favored in every regular season game. The question is are the Canes ready to compete with Clemson, and the answer is… not quite.