The Miami Hurricanes have lots to show.
Coming off a disappointing 5-7 season of their debut below coach Mario Cristobal, the Hurricanes will open their 2023 season at house on Friday night time towards the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks in Miami Gardens, Fla.
The Hurricanes, favored by 17 factors, are led by quarterback Tyler Van Dyke, who’s again for his third season because the starter. Slowed by accidents final 12 months, Van Dyke for his profession has accomplished 62.5 p.c of his passes for 4,766 yards, 35 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 21 video games (17 begins).
Henry Parrish Jr. is the Hurricanes’ high operating again. He had a career-high 616 speeding yards final 12 months, averaging 4.7 per carry and was voted to the All-Atlantic Coast Convention third crew.
Slot receiver Xavier Restrepo is Van Dyke’s high goal, however there’s additionally rising expertise Colbie Younger on the skin.
Be careful for huge receiver Nathaniel “Ray Ray” Joseph, one in all a number of true freshmen who determine to contribute to the Hurricanes this season. That listing additionally consists of beginning proper deal with Francis Mauigoa, offensive deal with Samson Okunlola, operating again Mark Fletcher Jr., tight finish Riley Williams, defensive finish Rueben Bain Jr. and cornerback Damari Brown.
“This freshman class has over a dozen guys who do not flinch,” Cristobal mentioned. “They do not sit again ready to inherit a job. They need to go win one.”
The Hurricanes additionally added some key transfers, together with heart Matt Lee, who began 36 video games at UCF; left guard Javion Cohen, who made second-team All-SEC at Alabama in 2022; linebacker Francisco Mauigoa, who was a standout at Washington State; and cornerback Davonte Brown, who began 31 video games in three seasons at UCF.
As well as, the Hurricanes could have the ACC’s finest security duo in James Williams and 2022 first-team All-American Kamren Kinchens.
In the meantime, the RedHawks completed 6-7 final season, dropping beginning quarterback Brett Gabbert resulting from a damaged collarbone however nonetheless rallying to succeed in a bowl sport.
The RedHawks misplaced to UAB 24-20 within the Bahamas Bowl.
Gabbert, who has 31 video games of faculty expertise together with 4 begins final season, is again for his fifth 12 months with the RedHawks. His profession completion share is simply 58.8 p.c, however his touchdowns-to-interceptions ratio is spectacular at 45-14.
The RedHawks, although, misplaced three key offensive gamers to transfers: operating again Tyre Shelton (Louisiana Tech), second-team All-MAC heart Rusty Feth (Iowa) and left guard Caleb Shaffer (Oklahoma). The RedHawks additionally graduated their high receiver in Mac Hippenhammer (54 catches, 769 yards and 9 touchdowns), a second-team All-MAC choice.
On the plus aspect, the RedHawks gained switch huge receiver Gage Larvadain, who caught 95 passes for 1,252 yards and 7 touchdowns in two years for an FCS program, Southeastern Louisiana.
The RedHawks additionally introduced in two different potential starters from the switch portal: ex-Notre Dame receiver Joe Wilkins Jr. and former Kentucky heart John Younger, who will be a part of three returning RedHawks starters on the offensive line.
Defensively, the RedHawks return seven starters from a unit that led the MAC in fewest factors allowed (22.6). The largest loss was beginning cornerback John Saunders, who bolted to Ole Miss. He could possibly be changed by Southern Cal switch Jayden Williams.
“We have now an opportunity to be a extremely good soccer crew,” RedHawks coach Chuck Martin mentioned. “We’re enthusiastic about our first alternative, enjoying one of the crucial storied packages in school soccer.
“This shall be completely different for our youngsters to go throughout the nation to play an opponent we’re not aware of.”
—Subject Degree Media