Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Miami Hurricanes see clear sailing ahead

The Hurricanes are savoring their freedom.

Miami is poised to finally start a season without the grim weight of an NCAA investigation.

UM players vow to make the most of their fresh start, competing for an elusive Atlantic Coast Conference title. Can they put The U back on top and join the college football playoff conversation?

Keys to the season

Run Duke run: Star tailback Duke Johnson returns after fracturing his ankle during a loss at Florida State last season. Johnson has added muscle to his frame with the hope of better handling the hits sure to come his way. He has been an elite playmaker for UM in the past, and the team needs to get him back in the offensive mix early and often.

Jump-start the defense: The team got off to a strong start last season but faded in ACC play when the defense struggled. It needs the defense to take a big developmental step forward both against the run and the pass. Veteran LB Denzel Perryman has high hopes for the defensive unit after strong offseason workouts.

Players to know

RB Duke Johnson: He missed the last five games of last season after injuring his ankle in November, but Johnson still finished with a team-high 920 yards and six touchdowns to earn second-team All-ACC honors.

LB Denzel Perryman: The heart and soul of the team's defense last season, Perryman finished with a team-high 108 tackles, 69 solo stops and five tackles for losses. He was a first-team All-ACC selection and has already projected in some mock drafts as first-round NFL talent.

WR Stacy Coley: He emerged as one of the fastest and most electric players in college football. He was the only Division I-A player to score a touchdown four ways last season: rushing for one, catching seven TD passes and returning a punt and a kickoff for scores.

CB Tracy Howard: He has a knack for finding the ball and delivering hard hits. Howard had a team-high four interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown on the first snap of a 45-26 win over Virginia.

WR Phillip Dorsett: He averaged a team-high 20.9 yards per catch and is a threat on special teams. Dorsett missed five games last season while recovering from a knee injury, but he has shown an ability to make big plays.

Miami at a glance

2013 record: 9-4; 5-3 ACC Coastal Division

Coach: Al Golden (49-49 overall; 22-15 at UM, fourth year)

Tickets and information:

Area players: Anthony Chickillo, Sr., DL, Alonso; Antonio Crawford, Jr., DB, Plant; Gary Crow, So., DT, Countryside; Sean Harvey, Sr., OL, Largo; Rashawn Jenkins, Jr., DB, Admiral Farragut; Tyriq McCord, Jr., LB, Jefferson; Earl Moore, Jr., DL, Hillsborough; Justin Vogel, So., P, Berkeley Prep


monday: at Louisville, 8*

sept. 6: FAMU, 7

sept. 13: Ark. State, 3:30

sept. 20: at Nebraska, 8

sept. 27: Duke, TBA*

oct. 4: at Ga. Tech, TBA*

oct. 11: Cincinnati, TBA

oct. 23: at Va. Tech, 7:30*

nov. 1: N. Carolina, TBA*

nov. 15: FSU, TBA*

nov. 22: at Virginia, TBA*

nov. 29: Pittsburgh, TBA*


Miami Hurricanes see clear sailing ahead 08/27/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 10:34pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Pro Bowl returning to Orlando in 2018


    ORLANDO — The Pro Bowl will return to Orlando in 2018 for the second straight year.

    Bucs  wide receiver Mike Evans runs a route as Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. defends during the first quarter of the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl in January at Camping World Stadium in Orlando. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  2. Erasmo Ramirez makes his third start of the season.
  3. If Tony Dungy sticks around, he'll broadcast the 2021 Tampa Super Bowl for NBC


    Lost in the Super Tuesday news of the Super Bowl coming back to Tampa was this nugget:

    Pictured, from left, Dan Patrick, co-Host, Tony Dungy, studio analyst, Aaron Rodgers. [Ben Cohen/NBC]
  4. Tragedy, tenacity helped shape Ridgewood valedictorian Johannah Cummines

    Volleyball Preps

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Even if her daily routine didn't permit calories to melt off, Johannah Cummines would deserve to pick anything on the menu.

    Ridgewood High senior Johannah Cummines and mom Chenell. Cummines is headed to Florida Atlantic, where she will play beach volleyball. (Photo courtesy of Johannah Cummines)
  5. Bucs Roberto Aguayo kicks off 2017 on the wrong foot


    The goal posts still seem to be moving for Roberto Aguayo.

    The Bucs woebegone place-kicker, who is in a battle with veteran Nick Folk, went 1-for-4 in field goal tries from 35-40 yards Tuesday on a set of narrow uprights, the first day of full squad Organized Team Activities.

    If that weren’t …

    Roberto Aguayo went 1-for-4 in field goal tries from 35-40 yards Tuesday on a set of narrow uprights.