~ The following article was contributed by beloved Eye of the Hurricane blogger, Delray ~
This week the Miami Hurricanes continue the 2012 season with their third game of the year against the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats. I know the Canes have not had great luck against the “Wildcats” lately. Let’s hope that these Wildcats have a bark worse than their bite. I do not have a much information on the Bethune-Cookman team available to me as I typically do, but I can give you what I know.
Last year the Hurricanes got burnt pretty bad by Bethune Cookman. Granted, the Canes won the game 45-14, but it was more the stat sheet that caused some unrest amongst the Cane Nation. The Wildcats had 24 first downs to Miami’s 15, 442 yards to Miami’s 335, and dominated time of possession almost 2-1. At the end of the 1st quarter, Miami found themselves in a 7-0 hole having to fight back. Not the kind of domination we are used to when we are playing a clearly lesser opponent.
The Wildcats run a dual quarterback system. Both Jackie Wilson and Brock Waters can throw the ball, but so far this season Waters is more apt to tuck the ball and run. Based on last week’s Miami game, he will probably see more action than Wilson, although Wilson did play more than Waters in the previous game, a 27-14 victory over South Carolina State.
Isidore Jackson and Rodney Scott handle the running duties. Isidore is averaging over 100 yards per game on 21 touches for a 4.9 yards per carry average. Scott is the lesser-used back but has 2 touchdowns with a 6.6 yards per carry average. Scott is more apt to crack a long run as he can be dangerous once he breaks free in the secondary.
Eddie Poole and KJ Stroud handle the receiving for the receiving duties for the Wildcats. Eddie has racked up 157 yards on 7 catches for the year. When he is not open, look for the KJ Stroud to be the second option. KJ has 6 receptions for 83 yards.
The Wildcats are a team that will use the TE as a blocking TE. So far this season Jordan Murphy has 1 reception for 4 yards. He should not be much of a threat.
In the game vs. SC State last week, the Wildcats defense had 5 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions and 2 sacks. LeBrandon Richardson is the star on this defensive side of the ball accounting for 2 of the tackles for loss and 2 sacks. In the secondary, Dion Hanks had both picks for the Wildcats.
So far this year Kory has 13 punts for a 37.5 average with a long of 47.
Jazz Moss and Tyree Green handle the kick-off returns averaging only about 15 yards per return. Courtney Keith will do the punt returns. He has 3 returns thus far for 24 yards.
This may be the type of game the Canes need to bounce back after being humbled last week. A lot of people will be looking at not just if the Canes win or lose, but how they respond. Had the Canes won last week it would have been a great turnout for their home opener. Don’t let the fact that they lost last week curtail you from attending this week’s game. Let’s get some momentum going and head into Atlanta the following week and start building on each win - something the 2011 team struggled with.
Hope to see you all Saturday!