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Head Coach: Mario Cristobal, 1st year at Miami:
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Miami Hurricanes Preview 2022:

It’s about time these two crazy kids got together.

Mario Cristobal is Miami through and through.

He was born there, he played there, he was a key assistant coach there, and he even got his first head coaching gig there – even if it was a few miles to the left from Coral Gables at FIU.

He was even in the 30 for 30 about the place, and somehow he ended up in the opposite corner of the country to be a part of the resurgence of Oregon.

Even though he was a star recruiter and offensive coordinator, and even though he pulled in two Pac-12 titles and played for a third over the last three seasons, he was still all about the U.

Now the guy who was all but destined to be the head coach and the program is about to try making the place special again.

No, he might not be able to rebuild the mythical fence around the “State of Miami,” and no one will ever create the same magic – even if the wins are there – but there’s no reason the University of Miami should be this mediocre at college football.

It should not be a big deal that the program went 7-5. On the plus side, it was the way last year team was able to close that should bring hope for an instant improvement.

The loss to Alabama was a loss to Alabama, and Michigan State was great from jump, but Miami lost to North Carolina, Virginia, and Florida State by a grand total of eight points – there were some crazy finishes both positive and negative – and now there’s stability, experience, and reasonable expectations for big, giant, national championship-level things in the near future.

For now, ACC Championship-level things would be a start.

If: this: guy can’t get it done…

Miami Hurricanes Preview 2022: Offense:

The Miami offense has the parts, and it has the offensive coordinator. Josh Gattis is coming in from Michigan, and he’s got a whole lot of work to do.

The Hurricanes have to be stronger for the running game, the turnovers have to stop, and he’s got to turn a potential star of a quarterback into a prime NFL prospect. But first…

The offensive line has to be a LOT better. Enter Mario Cristobal, an O line coach by nature who brought in a few nice parts from the transfer portal – guards Jonathan Denis and Logan Sagapolu from Oregon – to go along with some already strong options.

Zion Nelson has NFL upside at left tackle, Jakai Clark is a solid veteran center, and DJ Scaife can work at either guard or tackle. The starting five will be as strong as it’s been in a while, and the pass protection is about to be a whole lot better.

The running game should be more consistent, too, after averaging just 3.7 yards per carry. Leading rusher Jaylan Knighton ran for 561 yards and eight scores, but Ole Miss transfer Henry Parrish should be the main man for the attack.

Last year was supposed to be about the return of D’Eriq King, and instead it became the Tyler Van Dyke show. He took over for the injured King early on and went off, throwing for close to 3,000 yards with 25 touchdowns and six picks, showing terrific maturity for a freshman and a calm demeanor in the clutch.

Leading receiver Charleston Rambo is a Carolina Panther, but in comes Frank Ladson from Clemson to go along with 33-catch sophomore Key’Shawn Smith and Will Mallory, the best of a loaded tight end group. Van Dyke – with more time to work – will make the receivers even better.

Miami Hurricanes Preview 2022: Defense:

It only seems like Kevin Steele has been the defensive coordinator for 47 Power Five programs. The 64-year-old veteran has been through the SEC wars, worked for a few years at Clemson, was the head coach at Baylor for a while, and has seen just about everything on his way to Coral Gables.

Now he has a defense that’s going through a reboot.

A few starters and key parts from last year are back, but graduation and the transfer portal ripped through the starting 11.

Welcome to the new guys with at least six transfers about to play huge roles for a defense that was shockingly mediocre, could not stop the pass, and desperately needs to make the Turnover Chain matter again.

The D line is undergoing the biggest overhaul. It starts around defensive tackles Akeem Mesidor (West Virginia) and Jacob Lichtenstein (USC), and continues with ends Mitchell Agude (UCLA) and Antonio Moultrie (UAB) – they’re all going to see time.

This group will get into the backfield working around rising sophomore Leonard Taylor, who led the team with 9.5 tackles for loss from his tackle spot.

The back seven isn’t getting as much help as the front four, but there are additions. UCLA’s Caleb Johnson will likely be the leading leading tackler from his middle linebacker spot, and West Virginia’s Daryl Porter will all but have a corner job locked down on the other side of Tyrique Stevenson.

Leading tackler Corey Flagg is back after making 60 stops, and second-leading tackler Wynmon Steed returns, too. However, those two will have to fight for space in a suddenly crowded linebacking corps.

6-5, 224-pound sophomore James Williams has the upside to be a terror at safety for what’s growing into a relatively deep position.

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Miami Hurricanes: Key To The 2022 Offense:

Get that running game going.

Mario Cristobal knows offensive lines. O line coach Alex Mirabal knows what he’s doing. The veterans and talent are in place.

Now the Miami offensive line has to get nasty.

The ground game just did not work last year. Oh sure, it was great against Central Connecticut State of the FCS, but it did not get past 175 yards against anyone else and only got more than four yards per carry and over 100 yards in four other games.

There was no consistency whatsoever. That’s about to change.

Miami Hurricanes: Key To The 2022 Defense:

Quit giving up points in the red zone.

First of all, the place that invented the Turnover Chain could not use it last year with just three fumble recoveries and a mere 11 takeaways overall. That goes hand-in-hand with generating more stops at the ends of long drives.

To Miami’s credit, it was decent at forcing field goals instead of touchdowns when teams got inside the 20, but the D was the second-worst in the country in red zone defense.

Offenses failed to score just two times in the red zone. Central Connecticut State failed on its one attempt, and Duke misfired on a try. Everyone else came away with points.

98%. That’s how often teams scored after getting inside the 20, compared to 83% in 2020 and 81% in 2019.

Miami Hurricanes: Key Player To The 2022 Season:

DE Mitchell Agude, Sr.
The Hurricanes came up with just 33 sacks, but they were spread out among a slew of defenders. It would be nice to have one who could be the main man to work around.

There are other defensive linemen in the rotation who’ll be expected to get into the backfield, but the UCLA transfer might be the instant answer.

The 6-4, 245-pound Agude – who came up with 4.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss over the last two years – will combine with UAB transfer Antonio Moultrie and a few holdovers to try doing something: behind the line.

Miami Hurricanes: Key Transfer:

LB Caleb: Johnson, Sr.
Ole Miss RB Henry Parrish is about to make a splash, a slew of linemen on both sides will matter, and West Virginia’s Daryl Porter will be a big deal at one corner. The 6-1, 230-pound Johnson, though, might be the statistical defensive star.

A part of the UCLA D over the last two years, he made 89 tackles but was more of a pass rusher in 2020. He’s expected to take over in the middle of the linebacking corps.

Miami Key Game To The 2022 Season:

North Carolina, Oct. 8:
The trip to Texas A&M will be a chance to make a big statement on September 17th, but realistically the Canes will be 3-1 before the ACC season starts.

Several teams have given Miami problems, but North Carolina has been one of the biggest issues over the last few years.

Last season’s 45-42 loss was there for the taking, but at least it was a fight – the 2020 team came into the game 801 and got ripped for 62 points. The last win came in 2018, and the losing run has to stop at home coming off a two-week break.

Miami Hurricanes: 2021 Fun Stats:

– Fumbles: Miami 14 (lost 7) ​​- Opponents 14 (lost 7)
– Kickoff Returns: Opponents 25.88 yards (2 TD) – Miami 20.4 yards:
– Yards Per Carry: Opponents 3.89 – Miami 3.69:

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There’s a chance this change around fast.

Miami has had its mirage moments over the last few years – bulking up big records against mediocre schedules, like in 2017 (one win over Notre Dame aside) and 2020 – only to be falter in the end.

Here’s the possible difference in 2022. Miami should fatten up early, but it will probably get stronger by the time the rough finishing kick comes.

The overall win total might not be massive, but the team will be far more solid than it’s been in years.

The coaching staff and talent are both stronger, the kicking game is among the best in America, the running game should be more effective, and there’s a whole lot of depth to play around with on both sides of the ball.

And the schedule works out well.

Set The Miami Hurricanes Regular Season Win Total At… 8:

If Miami can take care of North Carolina, it’ll almost certainly be 4-1 – the loss coming at Texas A&M – to start the season. The ACC slate for a stretch after dealing with the Tar Heels is more than manageable.

At Virginia Tech, Duke, at Virginia, Florida State, at Georgia Tech. 4-1 isn’t asking for the world, 3-2 is more likely, and 5-0 isn’t impossible.

At Clemson will be the big ACC problem, and closing out hosting Pitt will be a huge moment.

There will be enough whiffs to get a double-digit win total, but it’ll be a strong first run under the new coaching staff.

Expect at least eight wins, nine is a strong, attainable goal considering those two road trips to Texas A&M and Clemson.

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