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Miami Hurricanes 2010-2011 Season Preview

2009 Total Offense Rank (yards per game): 45
2009 Total Defense Rank (yards per game): 29

The Miami Hurricanes are hoping 2010 will be the year they return to national prominence. The five time national champion returns most of its key players after having a nine win season in 2009. Head Coach Randy Shannon just got a new contract extension and the school hopes he can continue to build on what he started.

There is a lot of talk in Coral Gables about a possible Heisman trophy for quarterback Jacory Harris. Last season he threw for over 3,300 yards and 24 touchdowns but also 17 interceptions, second most in the nation. The Canes think offseason thumb surgery will help his accuracy and limit turnovers this year. He has a deep group of receivers, led by senior Leonard Hankerson. Harris spread the ball around well last year, with seven receivers having over 200 yards receiving. The loss of tight end Jimmy Graham puts into question how much production will come from that position. Richard Gordon, the most experienced tight end, has only four career catches.

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Miami will use the running game heavily to provide balance for Harris. Graig Cooper will miss at least part of the season from an injury suffered in last year’s bowl game, so Damien Berry will be the starter. He had an impressive 6.6 yards per carry, and has quality backups in Mike James and Lamar Miller. The offensive line is an area of concern, ranking 100th in sacks allowed, that must improve for the Canes to be successful.

All ACC junior cornerback Brandon Harris headlines the defense after the loss of middle linebacker Darryl Sharpton. The rest of the secondary is very solid and will be a strength of the team. The defensive line is extremely deep. Defensive end Allen Bailey returns after he led the team in sacks. Linebacker Sean Spence will try to regain his ACC defensive rookie of the year form in 2008, but the bigger question is who will take over the middle spot vacated by Sharpton?

The Hurricanes could be on the brink of a championship season. They have a balanced attack and a solid defense. Jacory Harris is the key to the season though. As he goes, so will the Hurricanes.

Miami’s odds to win the ACC: +250.

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