The Miami Hurricanes‘ offensive numbers are undoubtedly a little inflated after walkover victories against Savannah State and South Florida, but that doesn’t diminish their greatest strength … balance.
The Hurricanes have moved the ball consistently on the ground and through the air, and will be forced to do so again today against a tough Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets defense.
Quarterback Stephen Morris hasn’t been as sharp to start the season as he was last year as a junior, but did play well last week against South Florida. His accuracy has suffered, and he and his receivers don’t appear to be on the same page at times. New offensive coordinator James Coley will need to get Morris playing better as the Canes head into their ACC schedule.
On the ground, Miami is led by dynamic sophomore Duke Johnson, who leads the team with 388 yards rushing. Johnson is averaging 6.3 yards per carry, and is a threat to go the distance whenever he touches the ball.
For the season, the Canes have attempted 111 passes while running the ball 151 times. As a result, defenses can’t load up the box to stop the run, or drop eight into coverage to confuse Morris. It’s that type of offensive balance that will serve them well as their schedule gets tougher.
One of the surprises thus far is the number of receivers who are viable threats in the pass game. Allen Hurns and Phillip Dorsett were the best-known commodities coming into the season, but Herb Waters has really made an impression early in 2013. Also, freshman Stacy Coley looks like a potential superstar and could be on the verge of a breakout.
If the Canes are going to win the Coastal Division, their defense will certainly have to play well, but they look like they have the potential to become dominant on offense.
B.L. is an ACC writer for Rant Sports who can be followed on Twitter @coachlip or on Google