Georgia Tech opponent breakdown: Miami

The next in the series of breakdowns, this one coming from Miami beat writer Jorge Milian of the Palm Beach Post. You can read his blog here and follow him on Twitter here. Georgia Tech plays Miami Sept. 22 at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

1. In a nutshell, what are Miami’s strengths and weaknesses?

The Hurricanes lost a ton of talent including their leading rusher (Lamar Miller), top receiver (Tommy Streeter), starting quarterback (Jacory Harris), best offensive lineman (Tyler Horn) and the heart and soul of their defense in Sean Spence. Replacing those guys won’t be easy. (The July dismissal of senior safety and Jim Thorpe Award candidate Ray Ray Armstrong won’t help matters)

The offense has no established playmakers and the defense’s best players are a pair of sophomores, Anthony Chickillo and Denzel Perryman. The offensive line could be pretty good if it gets production from tackles Seantrel Henderson and Malcolm Bunche. Players like receivers Phillip Dorsett and Allen Hurns and running back Mike James will have to step up.  The kicking game should be pretty good and we are talking about Miami so there’s obviously plenty of raw athletic talent. But make no mistake, this looks like a rebuilding season in Coral Gables.

2. It’s been across two coaching regimes, but what do you think Miami has done to be able to beat Georgia Tech three years in a row, each time fairly convincingly?

If only Miami could play Georgia Tech every week. There doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of rhyme or reason to the Hurricanes’ three-game win streak. During the past three seasons, Miami has won only 13 of 24 ACC games and three of them have come against the Yellow Jackets. Somehow, the ‘Canes have found a way to control Georgia Tech’s high-powered offensive attack even though Miami’s defense hasn’t been particularly good over the past three years. One other explanation is that in those three seasons Miami has gone into the Georgia Tech game coming off a win. For a team that has struggled with confidence, maybe Miami’s players have faced the Yellow Jackets with a little added belief in themselves.

3. Where does the quarterback competition between Stephen Morris and transfer Ryan Williams stand, and how do you see it shaping up?

According to coach Al Golden, Morris and Williams entered fall practice battling for the starting job. Morris has a couple of advantages over Williams – he has a better arm and can make plays with his feet while Williams is a bit of a sitting duck. I think Morris will be the starter against Boston College on Sept. 1 but chances are, no matter who wins the job, both quarterbacks will play plenty this season. (Update: Morris will start.)

4. On a scale of 1-10, how confident do you feel that Al Golden is the guy to turn Miami around, and why?

I would say an 8. Clearly, no one is going to outwork Golden. You don’t have to be around him long to realize he’s totally committed to turning this program around. Plus Golden has a track record – his accomplishments at Temple can’t be overstated. But it’s going to take some time before that happens. The truth is, Golden was handed a dysfunctional program that had fallen behind the competition in several areas including recruiting. Just as Golden was getting his feet under him last year, the NCAA investigation into booster Nevin Shapiro broadsided him. To me, this is a 3- to 4-year project. Figure on the payoff arriving in 2014.

5. What kind of a player is Denzel Perryman, the linebacker expected to replace Sean Spence?

I’ve been covering Miami since 1994 and the three hardest hitters I’ve seen are Ray Lewis, Nate Webster and Perryman. Perryman has been shifted to middle linebacker from the outside, which seems a natural fit.  I have him penciled in to the second team on my All-ACC preseason ballot.

6. Scheduling-wise, the Georgia Tech game isn’t the most advantageous for Miami, as it’s the third road game in four weeks. Can you see that being an added obstacle for a young Hurricanes team?

The crazy thing is that the Hurricanes don‘t have to share Sun Life Stadium with the Miami Marlins any more yet three of their first four games are on the road. The one home game in that stretch is against Bethune Cookman. It’s undoubtedly not the schedule Al Golden would have picked. I think the key for Miami is the opener against Boston College in Chestnut Hill. If the Hurricanes can win that one, those young players will gain some of the confidence they need to succeed on the road.

Thanks for reading.

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Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

42 comments Add your comment

WnE

August 22nd, 2012
9:55 am

Another tie?

WnE

August 22nd, 2012
9:58 am

First in the hearts of my fellow Alums!

headley lamar

August 22nd, 2012
9:58 am

This one should go to Ga Tech. Its a DEFINITE WIN.

At least according to Supersize. Here is how he has the season going.

@ Headless…..that was actually a fairly intelligent post for you. I don’t agree with your results, but that’s beside the point; it’s still a decent assessment. This, however, is my rundown on the season —

Va Tech (toss-up, but very likely GT win)
Blue Hose (Win)
UVA (Win)
Miami (DEFINITE WIN)
MTSU (Win)
Clemson (probable loss, but Tech does have their number)
BC (Win)
BYU (Win)
Maryland (Win)
UNC (Probably win by Tech, but I will never forget 1990)
Duke (Win)
UGA (WIN, but close)
Bowl (Depends on the opponent—hopefully a win)

For those counting that’s Tech going 11 -1 ( with a loss at Clemson )

Pretty bold considering Tech is 2 – 10 vs Va Tech, UGA, and bowl game under CPJ

Including 0 for the last 6

Maybe this is the year to buck the trend huh ?

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old tech grad

August 22nd, 2012
10:14 am

All things point to this being a win but somehow Mami has our number much like we seem to have Clemson’s. The fact it is at home is a plus and should break the losing streak.

Go Tech.

Max

August 22nd, 2012
10:24 am

They have blown up our O-Line each of the last 3 years. We can’t do anything if they have 2 people in the backfield within a second every play.

GT fan

August 22nd, 2012
10:51 am

Headley Lamar, responding to/about Supersize ………Pretty bold considering Tech is 2 – 10 vs Va Tech, UGA, and bowl game under CPJ
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Headley, why don’t you just post GT’s record in bowl games (0-4) under PJ. Wouldn’t that make your monotonous argument that PJ sucks as a HC seem more substaintial since he’s at least managed 1 W each vs. VT, Miami, and UGA….

Reebok

August 22nd, 2012
10:55 am

This is like the mirror image of G-Tech vs Clemson…we beat Clemson most of the time, even when Clemson should walk right through us (as last year)…but we can’t seem to crack the code against Miami, even when we have waht appears to be the better team.

GT fan

August 22nd, 2012
10:56 am

Headley Lamar, looking forward to another Fall of appletinis & UGA football. Gooooooo Dawgs

Reebok

August 22nd, 2012
10:57 am

Old Tech Grad, it seems I basically paraphrased your comment…I posted before I read the other comments. But I guess great minds really do think alike!

GTBob

August 22nd, 2012
11:36 am

Maybe this is the year to buck the trend huh ?

You can’t identify a negative trend by randomly picking games that a team hasn’t performed well in. If you could then you could argue almost every team in the country is on a negative trend.

909

August 22nd, 2012
12:00 pm

Here’s what Da U’s roster looks like”

42-Freshman
20-Sophmores
28-Juniors
13-Seniors

This, in addition to losing several KEY players on Offense & Defense.

Miami will struggle this year.

GT wont lose to the Canes this year.

GTKurt80

August 22nd, 2012
12:31 pm

This and the UVA game are the ones I’m most hungry for, except UGA, of course. I’ve never understood why we have had as much trouble as we have had with UVA.
I don’t like UM, they haven’t had any great teams since something like 2 generations ago, yet their fans think they are God’s gift to College football, like FSU people think their team is, yet writers keep thinking they are some storied program.
We should be able to stomp them, unless we have numerous major injuries. I will be hoarse before halftime.
Go Jackets!!

Birmingham Jacket

August 22nd, 2012
12:36 pm

“It’s been across two coaching regimes, but what do you think Miami has done to be able to beat Georgia Tech three years in a row, each time fairly convincingly?”

Duh…

It’s called line of scrimmage.

Miami’s line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball looks like they’re playing against a Div-II opponent.

Again…. Issues that arise because Paul Johnson can’t recruit.

dwagdawg

August 22nd, 2012
12:44 pm

Bham Jacket = WnE in drag

Georgia DAWGS

August 22nd, 2012
12:51 pm

For you folk to be talking about these teams UVA and Da U before you play Va Techie first is suicied!!

How stupid could this be??

Jacket Detective

August 22nd, 2012
12:59 pm

These histories of the Tech-Miami series do not go back far enough.
Prior to their 3 game win streak, Tech won four in a row.
Now most Miami fans and players were getting pretty ticked off about that.
So they were ready to get us back.
They considered themselves to have a beter football program than Georgia Tech and were somewhat surprised, to say the least, we could pull our streak off.
We need this one bad and should get it if we have the improvement in a lot of areas most Tech fans believe will happen this year.

1 4 GT

August 22nd, 2012
1:01 pm

Georgie DAWGS. What is suicied?? Does that VT is getting sued in court??

pat

August 22nd, 2012
1:06 pm

what’s random about picking the games against the same team or teams bob you idiot.

1 4 GT

August 22nd, 2012
2:04 pm

Should read: that “mean” VT

Gambler

August 22nd, 2012
2:06 pm

Given the choice young of talented players (miami) playing for a coached by a good staff,vs Older less talented players coached by an inferior staff ( Tech), advantage Miami..

fuzzybee78

August 22nd, 2012
3:13 pm

Hey Gambler, come game week I bet Vegas wont agree–

The U !!!

August 22nd, 2012
3:29 pm

ROFLMAO!!! Wow!!…Your delusions of these wins are almost as pathetic as your dating skills!! First off, VaTech will steam-roll you in your own town, then you might get by the Cavies, but NO WAAAY are you walking out with the W against my Canes!!

First off, The U...

August 22nd, 2012
3:45 pm

…we play VA Tech in Blacksburg, so we may get steamrolled, but it won’t be in our own town. Secondly, barring unforeseen things, The U should, by all accounts, get steamrolled by Tech in Tech’s own town…but, The U does seem to have Tech’s number…

Yeller Bug

August 22nd, 2012
5:14 pm

I think CPJ will get revenge this year against UM. J. Harris was somewhat erratic, but he always had a good game against GT. He’s gone along with a bunch of other skilled players. UM will be rebuilding this year—-they’ll be lucky to go 4-4 in the ACC. Tech at home—we will win by two scores. If we win on 9/3, we will go 5-0 before we have our first loss.

crackbaby

August 22nd, 2012
5:55 pm

Many things are debatable but there is one point all ACC fans outside of Coral Gables can agree on.
U of M has the worst behaved punk-ass fans in the ACC.

Most of them are losers and criminals who have nothing to do with the school – like Georgia except for maybe the criminals part (since that tailback is gone…)

crackbaby

August 22nd, 2012
6:03 pm

@Georgia Dawgs – “For you folk to be talking about these teams UVA and Da U before you play Va Techie first is suicied!!” How stupid could this be??

JANE, YOU IGNORANT SLUT! It’s because Ken is breaking down each Tech opponent in a series of blogs. Staying on topic is considered proper blog etiquette. Not that it means anything to a dawg fan that can’t spell, read or think cogently.

BLT

August 22nd, 2012
7:54 pm

It’s not even the weekend and we are geting the “weekend update”. Thanks Ken and “Dan”.

ToeMeetsLeather

August 22nd, 2012
8:34 pm

TECH lost to the U last year due to major ST breakdowns, that won’t happen this year. I think we drill Miami on 9/22, but hey, what do I know?

WnE

August 22nd, 2012
8:48 pm

re:
Jacket Detective
August 22nd, 2012
12:59 pm

These histories of the Tech-Miami series do not go back far enough.
Prior to their 3 game win streak, Tech won four in a row.
Now most Miami fans and players were getting pretty ticked off about that.
So they were ready to get us back.
They considered themselves to have a beter football program than Georgia Tech and were somewhat surprised, to say the least, we could pull our streak off.
We need this one bad and should get it if we have the improvement in a lot of areas most Tech fans believe will happen this year.
____________

You mentioned a 4 game win streak, since CPJ has only beat them once, would 3 of those wins in a row have come under Chan?

Whenever CPJ does something better than Chan, his BLTs shout from the highest mountain top, but whenever he has does something worse than Chan all you get from them is ………………..crickets.

BTW, this will be a very tough game for GT, look at Miami’s depth on the OL and you’ll see why .

Ken Sugiura

August 22nd, 2012
8:50 pm

these posts have a little bit of everything.

Paul in NH

August 22nd, 2012
10:16 pm

I hope Miami gives Golden plenty of time to straighted out the program – he certainly deserves it.

FORMATION 4 SUCCESS

August 23rd, 2012
12:11 am

Success Step 3 (8/22/12): Fumbling, Dropping passes or interceptions, non-aggressive tackling and careless penalties are not part of the game. These things aren’t forgivable. They involve players who have not committed to the game,their teammates or themselves. What champion takes the field of battle with a lack of focus, an inability to make plays and lack of desire to dominate his competition. NONE!!! So how many times do you fumble, drop passes or interceptions and are non-aggressive in your tackling and commit careless penalties. NONE!!! TAKE OWNERSHIP OF NONE. AND A CHAMPIONSHIP WILL BE WON.

Not Disappointed!

August 23rd, 2012
1:53 am

College Football Starts a weekend from tonite! I’m excited! I believe Vandy will give South Carolina a hard time!

Also, The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are going to surprise some teams this year! Let’s go Jackets!

909

August 23rd, 2012
11:16 am

VT is vulnerable this year. GT can win that game.

Tired of excuses

August 23rd, 2012
2:20 pm

909…….Who did Miami lose that were productive and of those players do you know know how many years they played. hint: Lamar Miller – rb and Tommy Streeter – wr each played one year as starter. Spence and Benjamin only players they will really miss. Jacory was the best player for the other team.
Miami’s great speed is what has killed GT. IF Tech can’t throw, this will turn out the exact same way

James

August 23rd, 2012
8:33 pm

Yes, Ken, a little bit of everything, and yet lacking so much.

BLT

August 23rd, 2012
8:43 pm

Wrexie, I have not been to the mountains in over a year so your statement is false just like the rest of them.

BLT

August 23rd, 2012
8:45 pm

James, there’s all sorts of stuff over on the dog blog. It’s only a few clicks away. Feel free!

BLT

August 23rd, 2012
8:46 pm

Someone told me they were giving away balloons and all day suckers.

Beat UGA

August 23rd, 2012
9:00 pm

WnE is an intellectual runt who could not even qualify for admittance to Tech, let alone graduate from that school. A Runt with a capital K.

Gr8 2B aFuzzyB

August 24th, 2012
12:26 am

CPJ will have his team ready to play against Miami this year, he noted as much a while back when discussing the upcoming season. Yet we will need confidence to pull it off. Hopefully that starts with a competitive gam in Blacksburg that hopefully brings home a W.