Miami vs. OSU Preview
~ The following article was contributed by esteemed Eye of the Hurricane blogger, Delray ~
The Miami Hurricanes (0-1, 0-1 ACC) will host the Ohio State University (2-0) on Saturday, to be televised by ESPN starting at 7:30pm. The Hurricanes need a win to prevent from goin 0-2 for the first time since 1978.
Let’s take a closer look at the Buckeyes statistically.
QB – Senior Joe Bauserman (6’1, 230) is an older (25-ish), stay in the pocket type QB. He has rushed 8 times for 39 yards and 1 TD. Through the air, he has completed 28-of-46 for 352 yards. Joe has thrown 4 TDs in the short season averaging 176 yards passing per game with an efficiency rating of 153.8.
RB – The Buckeyes’ rushing attack has been focused on 2 RBs The leading rusher is Carlos Hyde (6’0, 238, So.) with 39 attempts for 173 yards and two scores. Behind Carlos is Rod Smith (6’3, 230, Rsf.) with 25 carries for 98 yards and a single TD. Hyde has a slight edge over Smith with an average of 4.3 yards per carry vs 3.9.
WR – Devin Smith (6’3″, 190, Fr.) and Verlon Reed (6’0, 195, Rsf.) each have 5 receptions for 119 and 89 yards respectively. Chris Fields (6’0″, 188, So) has chipped in with 3 receptions for 20 yards. Smith has the lone touchdown amongst the wide receivers. Tight End Jake Stoneburner (6’5, 245, Jr.) has eight catches for 93 yards and four touchdowns.
OL – The offensive line for Ohio State has not allowed a sack in this short season. They are anchored by center Mike Brewster (6″5″,305, Sr.) a 4 year starter and perhaps one of the top centers in the country.
DL – Tackles John Simon (6’2″, 270, Jr.) and Johnathan Hankins (6’3, 335, So.) have 5 and 8 total tackles, respectively, and have combined for two sacks.
Defensive end Nathan Williams (6’3, 255, Sr.) has 2 tackles while nose tackle Garret Goebel (6’3, 230, Jr.) has totaled 6 tackles, one sack and one tackle for loss.
LB – The Buckeyes have a deep LB core with some experience. Andrew Sweat (6’2, 238, Sr.) has eleven total stops, three TFL, one interception and one pass broken up. Etienne Sabino has contributed heavily with (6’3, 242) has 11 tackles, four TFL, and two sacks. Storm Klein (6’2, 230, So.) has 3 tackles.
CB/S – Corner Dominic Clarke (5’10” 190, So.) has 6 stops and 3 passes defended. Bradley Roby (5’11, 185, Fr.) has 6 tackles and 1 pass defended. LS Orhian Johnson (6’2, 205, Jr.) has 10 tackles. RS C.J. Barnett (6’0, 190, So.) has 7 tackles.
K/P – Drew Basil is 0-of-2 on 2 long FG attempts. He’s 9-of-9 on PATs. Punter Ben Buchanan has 10 punts, averaging 36 yards per punt.
Kick/Punt Returns – Jaamal Berry (should have been a ‘Cane) has 3 kick return chances for 66 total yards with a long of 28 yards. He averages 22 yards per kick return. Chris Fields has 4 punt returns for 84 yards, averaging 21.0 per return, with a long of 69 yards for a touchdown.
The Buckeyes currently lack the home run threat they have had in the past (either due to suspension or graduation) but will come strong using one of their big RBs out of the backfield or tight end Stoneburner. I would not look for a lot of deep patterns based on how their offense is set up and also how the Miami defense performed against Maryland. The Buckeyes are 7 – 9 once in the red-zone in scoring touchdowns. This is where Stoneburner is at his best. QB Joe Bauserman is as far from Pryor as possible with his scrambling abilities. Look for the Miami defense to try to force him out of the pocket as he does not have the dual threat capabilities that we have seen in the past.
When Miami has the ball they obviously must not shoot themselves in the foot. The penalties and turnovers that have plagued the Hurricanes for the past few season and against Maryland need to be controlled. As most contest go, the battle is won and lost at the line of scrimmage. Look for a steady dose of Lamar Miller and Mike James early with a few short passes to start the game. Also the Hurricanes may try to get TB3 in the game quickly. He was out against Maryland and I can see a few designed plays to get him in the clear where he can wreak havoc on defense. The more he is able to stretch the defense the more effective Miller and James will become.
I will close with the controversial position of QB. Never have there been so many people pulling for Jacory Harris. Make no mistake about it. Love him or hate him, we will all be pulling for him with all our inner Sebastian strength. He can, and has the ability to, have a season that could be talked about for years to come. He even might get a Disney movie out of it (probably not), but you know what I mean. All the stars are aligned for him. It’s his turn to shine.
I look forward to seeing you all at Sun Life Stadium Saturday afternoon representing the _!