The Truth’s Report Card: Miami vs. Clemson Part 1
When it comes to the Miami Hurricanes this year, the offense is only going to play as well as Jacory Harris does. Again, Jacory made some fantastic throws . . . and again he got himself into trouble by making a few bad ones as well. Harris seems to have these up and down games on a regular basis. It’s almost as if for every great play Jacory makes he just HAS to come up with a dud. The numbers: Jacory completed 13 of 33 passes (39.3 percent) with two interceptions. Four of his 13 completions, though, went for touchdown passes.
Damien Berry ran for over 100 yards on 24 bruising carries. The Miami running game averaged five yards a carry and Mike James took the game over in the game’s final minutes to help Miami seal it with a go ahead FG. Leonard Hankerson was the star of the game and is proving himself to be the #1 receiver in the country. Hank had 7 receptions for 147 yards, 3 TDs and a HUGE third-down catch in the fourth quarter. Yet again, however, the rest of the crew managed to drop 5 passes including another by tight end Chase Ford.
The offensive line faced an excellent Clemson defensive front and while they seemed to struggle throughout the day with being a cohesive, fluid unit there were some bright spots for this ever-changing/still-developing unit. Joel Figueroa and Tyler Horn probably struggled the most and in time need to either start playing better or make way for one of the young pups, like Brandon Linder and Seantrel Henderson who both played well and look to be pushing for more playing time. Putting up 30 points, on the road, against a team as good as Clemson should earn a very good grade . . . however, this offense left a TON of points on the field after having many opportunities to score off of turnovers. If Jacory and this offense ever play a complete game, it is going to be scary to see how good they can actually be.
It must be 1991-1992 all over again. This current version of the Miami Hurricanes defense looks every bit as dominant as those old school Cane defenses that destroyed offenses on a weekly basis. Sean Spence, who had a game-high 14 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble led a Hurricanes defense that forced six turnovers – all of which came inside Clemson territory. Now that C grade for the Offense doesn’t look so harsh, does it?
DT Marcus Forston played big, picking up an INT off of a tipped pass by DE Allen Bailey, as well as spending a ton of time on the Clemson side of the ball helping to blow up the Clemson running game. Besides Spence, Ray Ray Armstrong and Brandon Harris both made crucial plays that helped Miami seal the victory late in the game. Harris’ fourth-down stop on Clemson RB Andre Ellington midway through the fourth quarter ended Clemson’s comeback hopes was easily the play of the year in this young football season. The only hiccup in UM’s defensive performance was the 71-yard touchdown run given up in the first quarter. This unit was swarming, blasting Clemson players with big hits and making plays all over the field.