6 questions about Miami

Greetings-
Per usual every Friday, an evaluation of Georgia Tech’s opponent direct from an expert. My thanks to Jorge Milian, who has covered Miami for the Palm Beach Post since 1995. You can read his blog and follow him on Twitter.
1. How much of a difference does the loss of defensive tackle Micanor Regis (suspended one game for punching a North Carolina player in the groin last week) make? (Ironically, Regis is going to miss ACC Sportsmanship Awareness Week. You could say he’s done his part to raise awareness.)
Micanor Regis’ absence is a big deal. Miami was already without starting defensive tackle Marcus Forston and key backups Curtis Porter and Luther Robinson. Losing another interior defensive lineman is exactly what this team didn’t need. One of the starters at DT now (Adewale Ojomo) is undersized (265 pounds) and the two backups are true freshmen.
2. Tech fans are hoping that quarterback Jacory Harris reverts to pre-2011 form and sends a few passes the Jackets’ way. What are the chances that happens?
Jacory Harris has gone from turnover machine to touchdown machine. He’s thrown 10 touchdown passes without an interception over his last 14 quarters. It’s the best stretch of his career. Unlike previous seasons, Harris appears to finally have learned to throw the ball away when necessary. New offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch has been a godsend to Harris’ development.
3. The Tech offense feasts on defenses with players who freelance, which Al Golden said a few weeks ago his players were doing. Is that still the case?
Don’t really know why this defense is struggling so much. I thought it was going to be one of the team’s strengths, but it’s been far short of that. Miami has actually fared pretty well against Georgia Tech’s offense in the last two games, but there are still plenty of players on the roster who remember allowing 470-plus yards on the ground in the 2008 game. A bigger problem than freelancing for Miami on Saturday will be depth. The ‘Canes’ are particularly thin on the defensive line and linebacker, which is not exactly a recipe for success against a team like Georgia Tech.
4. You’ve seen a lot of great Miami defenders. Where does Sean Spence fit in?
Spence is a great player on a bad defense. He’s the one player on the defense that can change a game with a big play. Miami hasn’t had many of those guys lately. He’s not particularly big, but he’s fast and hits like a ton of bricks.
5. How is Golden being received?
Golden has been a big hit with Miami fans. He’s intelligent, driven and appears to be a strong motivator (no surprise considering he holds a master’s degree in psychology.) Most importantly, he has the Hurricanes playing well. Each one of Miami’s three losses have basically come down to the final possession. Among Miami fans, Golden’s biggest asset is that he’s not Randy Shannon.
6. Where would you suggest fans go to eat either around the stadium or in Fort Lauderdale?
There’s really not much in the way of good eating establishments around Sun Life. Since it’s a 3:30 game, my suggestion for fans traveling here is to head down to South Beach after the game and enjoy a good meal on Lincoln Road. My personal favorite spot is Da Leo, an Italian joint that makes the best risotto I’ve ever had. Fort Lauderdale’s Las Olas Boulevard also has some good restaurants. It’s also closer and not quite the scene of South Beach.
Links
Jorge’s story on the Miami defense’s plans to contain Tech. Said cornerback Mike Williams, “We have a lot of different options for stopping the option.” Something tells me that Williams’ comments have been shared within the confines of the Tech locker room.
From the Miami Herald, an excellent profile of Miami offensive lineman Joe Feliciano, a note on the Hurricanes’ reduction in mistakes and a blog post about the best and worst at their halfway point.
From the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, a chat with beat writer Steve Gorten.
Charles Odum sets up Saturday’s game for the Associated Press.

Thanks for reading. Please follow on Twitter and Facebook.
Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

281 comments Add your comment

DawginLex

October 21st, 2011
9:33 am

What’s happening folks?

I left the blogs for 2 days because they had gotten exceedingly bad. Found myself arguing with people who claim to be Dawgs.

This Tech game should be wild. May be the game of the weekend.

I can see a 48-45 game and possibly overtime.

I picked Tech last week even though something inside was telling me trouble was a brewin’

This week, I say Tech 48 Miami 45 in OT.

Have a good weekend

YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS UP

October 21st, 2011
9:43 am

UGA’s Mark Richt sings ‘Happy Birthday’ to football recruit
12:01 am October 21, 2011, by Michael Carvell

bwahahahahahahaha, I D I O T s in inbredville

VA's Love Bug

October 21st, 2011
9:45 am

21 – 24 to an unranked team!!!! BWUHAHAHAHAHAHA

Big G

October 21st, 2011
9:45 am

@DawginLex:
Your are always welcome on our blog. You’re civil and realistic. Tech is young and last week was a perfect storm brewing. I see Tech winning big.

juvenal

October 21st, 2011
9:47 am

Lex, don’t take it seriuos & you are fine…..good luck this weekend(can’t say that too often)

GT GRAD

October 21st, 2011
9:47 am

GT players did not take the Virginia game serious. It looks like too many of them thought they could not lose to Virginia since they were ranked #12. In addition, Washington is simply not throwing an accurate football the past few games.

I sincerely hope these young men learn a valuable lesson from this experience; only time will tell.

ramblingbuzz

October 21st, 2011
9:47 am

Hey DawgLex,

Good to see you back. The blogs have gotten a little nasty lately. I think it will be a close game between GT-UM. Hope GT comes on top as you predict.

Tech Man

October 21st, 2011
9:47 am

Go Jackets! Let’s beat Miami and get back on track to win another Coastal Division Championship!

Pawleys Island Jacket

October 21st, 2011
9:50 am

Afraid it is down again.

GT Rich

October 21st, 2011
9:53 am

Cant even imagine CPJ singing anything, His response would be something like, “It’s your birthday? Congratulations, you didn’t die yesterday. Get over yourself.” Miami’s D may slow things down early with their speed but all we need is one long drive and they’ll be toast due to lack of depth. I’m worried less about Jacory or more about stopping the run.

Technically Correct

October 21st, 2011
9:57 am

Our gameplan needs to be to score touchdowns on every possession and hope we have one more possession than Miami does.

Gorilla Biscuit

October 21st, 2011
10:02 am

Can Fishfry sing Happy Birthday? Can Al Groh remember the words?

This is not 1 of the 3 games I thought GT would lose, but then neither was Virginia.

North ave. faithful

October 21st, 2011
10:03 am

Jackets need to quit reading the paper and play a complete game this week, a road win would be big. I like dawglex prediction.

juvenal

October 21st, 2011
10:03 am

love the format, even more info packed….at least when uva does well, vatech recruits worse…….

Dawg48

October 21st, 2011
10:06 am

Good luck this weekend jackets, I will pull for any team in Georgia over a team from Florida!

GIVE ME A BREAK

October 21st, 2011
10:18 am

Just keep making 1st downs, results will always be good. ” ROCK ON JACKETS “

macrotech

October 21st, 2011
10:24 am

This game will prove a reflection of our teams resolve! If we rise up and beat the canes in their stadium, I believe Clemson will be the only team to give us a run for our money. Of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the dawgs…we have to get past our “deer in headlights” when it comes to them. GO TECH!!!

DawginLex and Dawg48…you are Damn Good Dawgs! Best wishes to you and yours! (By the way…Dawg48- “I will pull for any team in Georgia over a team from Florida”…AMEN!

Hayseed Dixie

October 21st, 2011
10:25 am

I seem to remember an NYC cop telling me Gorilla Biscuits were pills that dudes who were into other dudes frequently got busted with up there.

But hey, whatever floats yer boat.

Please, can we get an old school Miami freelance defense where everyone’s trying to be a hero? I was wary about Virginia (any long term Tech fan was), but I welcome the return of the chip-on-the-shoulder, underdog Jackets.

I don’t think this game is nearly the lock that everyone says it is. Look for Tech to do it’s time-of-possession thing, and the Miami D to be worn out by mid-3rd. If you like shootouts, this’ll be a dream cone true.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 21st, 2011
10:33 am

I don’t like the idea of a shutout, but if it comes to that, then I like Lex’s prediction. Go Jackets !!!!

Dawg48

October 21st, 2011
10:35 am

@macrotech
Hope we go undefeated and tech as well till the” clean old fashioned hate” game! It’s time the ga gt rivalry gets some props as being on of the best in the nation!

gtne80

October 21st, 2011
10:38 am

I don’t buy the “fatigue” excuse.
I don’t buy the “lack of focus” excuse.
I don’t buy the “undermotivated” excuse.
I don’t buy the “overconfident” excuse.
This team is showing its true stripes.

I look for Harris to have success with the short passes early. Contrary to what CPJ says, I think Miami doesn’t come out trying to pound the run….I think they come out winging it. A broken tackle or blown assignment in our secondary could lead to early Miami scores and put us in the position of playing catch-up.

If we catch some breaks and keep the game close (or even take an early lead), then we’ve got a shot at breaking a big play or two ourselves and pulling it out.

If we let Miami get up quickly (e.g., UVa) look for another long day.

If I were in Vegas (which I’m not), I’d have a good chunk of money on Miami minus the 4.

UMiami 35
GT 21

btgt69

October 21st, 2011
10:47 am

just another preseason game until Thanksgiving week,,, THWg

GIVE ME A BREAK

October 21st, 2011
10:56 am

I like the match up of GT’s rushing offense, #2 in the nation YPG, against Miami’s rushing defense, #94 in the nation. Days rotating with Washington could make it a long day for Miami. Sims can play a little QB also, that’s fresh legs every play.

George Stein

October 21st, 2011
11:11 am

Miami would be idiots if they don’t pound the rock, gtne80.

This is a game we should win, but then so was UVA.

Hayseed Dixie

October 21st, 2011
11:14 am

Yeah, Supersize, shootouts are no fun. But sometimes they’re inevitable.

I’m making ribs Saturday, and I’d hate to have to wash em down with some Prilosec and Rolaids, just ruins it.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 21st, 2011
11:19 am

RT in NC

October 21st, 2011
11:23 am

I’m a little afraid of Tevon throwing the ball against a bunch of good athletes. His throwing has not been getting worse, the defenses have been getting better. He threw up some wounded ducks the first couple of games that got caught behind smaller, slower defenders. I can’t believe I’m encouraging CPJ to rush more, pleeeeaaase don’t let Tevon throw anything long.

FootBallJacket

October 21st, 2011
11:24 am

I like gtne80 excuses list. It seems thats all we get from CPJ first we had to wait until 4 years because he needed his own recruits, then the boys are tired or don’t practice well, we need a covered practice field.

Bottom line, the buck stops at CPJ, he needs to wake up and train these guys right. Then he needs to learn how to call plays and adjust to the opponents plays, its called being a head coach!

GIVE ME A BREAK

October 21st, 2011
11:26 am

I’m afraid you said it all, he throws and doesn’t pass. It is scary unless the receiver is wide open.

George Stein

October 21st, 2011
11:29 am

He is 6-1 with his own recruits, FootBallJacket.

Never ceases to amaze me how emotional people are. When was the last game you bothered to attend, FBJ?

GIVE ME A BREAK

October 21st, 2011
11:29 am

CPJ said he’ll start with shorter passes, we’ll see.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 21st, 2011
11:33 am

You tell him, George Stein. He’s a lame excuse for a fan

Supersize that order, mutt

October 21st, 2011
11:33 am

GIVE ME….., we could hit short passes all day long. I hope CPJ is sincere about that

Alabama Jack

October 21st, 2011
11:34 am

Kudos to Ken for outstanding coverage again this week.

Only In Georgia...

October 21st, 2011
11:39 am

…do fans talk about their teams “going undefeated” after they’ve already lost games. :-)

wrecked

October 21st, 2011
11:42 am

Gt Rich, Guess Thats why PJ has so much success recruiting. He will be back in 1aa soon enough.

All Cupcake Conference

October 21st, 2011
11:44 am

One cupcake plays another cupcake

yawn.

All Cupcake Conference

October 21st, 2011
11:46 am

He will be back in 1aa soon enough.

Nah. These Tech nerds love him.

He will win 7-8 games a year, lose to Georgia, and they will have tons of rushing yards. I guess
that’s enough for most Tech fans.

TampaDawg

October 21st, 2011
11:50 am

What have I missed? Sorry bout Saturday. I thought the Buzz would win by at least 10. The defense will have to play harder against Jacory Harris though. He seems to be trying to showcase to the NFL that he does have the ability to throw to someone on his own team. Get your pics on him GT and you will win. Like Lex, I think it will be a high scoring game but not OT. 45-38 GT

George Stein

October 21st, 2011
11:50 am

Well, 7 or 8 a season is more than Vegas says, headley. How much did you lose on that one?

GIVE ME A BREAK

October 21st, 2011
11:51 am

Super, I think that’s what we’ve all wanted to see all along. Just get them the ball in the open field and let them do their thing.

TampaDawg

October 21st, 2011
11:53 am

YOU CAN’T MAKE THIS UP

October 21st, 2011
9:43 am

UGA’s Mark Richt sings ‘Happy Birthday’ to football recruit
12:01 am October 21, 2011, by Michael Carvell

bwahahahahahahaha, I D I O T s in inbredville
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Trying to figure out what the big deal is in this post .. or why it deserves the words IDIOT and inbredville .. I guess some people have to crack on others to make themselves feel better. Got too much of that on the DawgBlogs.

George Stein

October 21st, 2011
11:54 am

The issue with folks like FBJ, Supersize, is that they expect perfectin and become extremely emotional when they don’t get it. They ignore facts because they don’t fit the narrative that Johnson can’t recruit, can’t pass, can’t call plays, etc. It just gets very old.

GIVE ME A BREAK

October 21st, 2011
11:56 am

TampaDawg, I agree totally. When it gets to that I leave it alone.

George Stein

October 21st, 2011
11:56 am

It seemed silly but if Richt gets recruits that way, then who really is the idiot here, TampaDawg.

Chris Ryder

October 21st, 2011
11:57 am

Anybody who beats Miami is ok in my book. I may be from “up there”, but I come from places south of Atlanta, and have reason to not like the ‘Canes. I’ve got Belk Bowl tickets (Amazonticktsonline.com/belk-bowl) already, and I don’t want to see them there. Considering the ‘Noles are out, the Yellow Jackets are my next hope. We shall see.

Gr8 2B aFuzzyB

October 21st, 2011
12:00 pm

Lex, if our offense is up to a shootout I think that plays to our favor. I’m here in S Fla for the game so a high scoring affair would be fun to see live. I agree with some of your points gtne80 such as Tech needing to start fast, especially with our offensive struggles of late. George and Super, I’m with you, FBJ is a lame whiner, 6-1 is pretty good. If we lay another egg tomorrow, then I think whining is more justified. I look for us to bounce back, 34-31 Jackets..

TampaDawg

October 21st, 2011
12:01 pm

Good point George. I’d sing the dude a lullaby if it brings in a 5-star defensive end.

GTJ

October 21st, 2011
12:03 pm

While FBJ’s comments are definitely less than optimistic, it is not all sunshine and roses either. I think that is obvious after last week and last season. If they win 3 of the next 4 then I will change my tune at least temporarily and agree that CPJ may indeed have something special. But I think the reality will prove that his offense, no matter how much time he has or what players he gets, will NOT do on average what it did in the FCS.

But I am not sure it matters because 8-10 wins a season with maybe 1 national championship run over the next 15 years of CPJ’s GA Tech career would be great. GA Tech is not a national powerhouse and in the current football climate will not be again. I have been a tech fan for 35 years and I will continue to be one but I am also not going to go out season after season thinking that we are going to contend for #1. I for one am extremely happy with the job CPJ has done and have really enjoyed my season tickets for the first time since Hamilton was here.

Go Jackets!!!

GIVE ME A BREAK

October 21st, 2011
12:06 pm

I know this is not a UGA blog but like it’s been said before, you might question Richt’s coaching but you have no reason to question his character and faith.