The Miami Hurricanes’ first lack of the season — and of the Mario Cristobal period — was irritating for therefore many various causes and none greater than the sudden, startling disappearance of any constant passing assault.
Tyler Van Dyke’s numbers are approach down and it received’t get any simpler for him after a rash of accidents at huge receiver within the final two weeks.
On a brand new episode of the Eye on the U podcast, David Wilson and Susan Miller Degnan, the Miami Herald’s Hurricanes beat author, discuss by way of what has gone incorrect, how a lot it’d damage No. 25 Miami and what the Hurricanes (2-1) can do to resist it.
Xavier Restrepo is out for at the least six weeks with a foot damage and fellow huge receiver Jacolby George, who simply returned from a two-game suspension Saturday, is now out indefinitely with a hand damage. Restrepo was clearly Miami’s most dependable wideout — and Van Dyke’s favourite goal — and George flashed extra indicators of brilliance within the Hurricanes’ 17-9 loss to the then-No. 24 Texas A&M Aggies earlier than an damage derailed his promising sophomore season.
Now, greater than ever, Miami wants a large receiver like Key’Shawn Smith, Brashard Smith, Michael Redding III and even Romello Brinson to step up. Atlantic Coast Conference play is just a bit of greater than two weeks away and, although the Hurricanes won’t face a protection harder than Texas A&M’s for the remainder of the yr, the video games actually begin to matter as soon as October arrives.
The one optimistic signal within the passing sport is Will Mallory had his finest sport of the season final week. Miami goes to wish much more from its star tight finish shifting ahead.
At the identical time, there are many different causes for optimism in regards to the Hurricanes after their loss in College Station, Texas, and it begins within the trenches. Miami bullied the Aggies up entrance, racking up three sacks on protection and dashing for almost 5 yards per keep it up offense. If they will beat up Texas A&M up entrance, the Hurricanes ought to be capable to deal with nearly anybody they’ll face in convention play, in addition to the No. 5 Clemson Tigers.
As many flaws because it has, Miami proved why it’s the crew to beat the Coastal Division, even with its one-score loss at Kyle Field.
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David Wilson, a Maryland native, is the Miami Herald’s utility man for sports activities protection.