The Miami Hurricanes get set to play a rare Friday night game against the Duke Blue Devils at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham. Here are three keys to the game:
Keep feeding Mark Walton
This is going to be the key to every game every single week. Last week after a three week layoff, Walton rushed for 204 yards on 11 carries and a TD. He had a scare during the game when it looked like he sustained a nasty ankle injury. Walton fought through the pain, missed a couple days of practice mainly for treatment and precaution, but he’s expected to be ready for Friday night’s game. Walton is one of the most explosive players in all of college football, and he poses a tremendous challenge for opposing defenses because he’s also a major threat in the passing game. If the Canes can get Walton in the open field he’s a threat to take it for 6 every single time. This isn’t rocket science. Feed Walton the ball early and often, keep Duke’s defense on their heels and this should be a victory for Miami.
Dee Delaney needs to have a solid game
Grad transfer Dee Delaney came over from the Citiadel and was already considered one of the best grad transfer defensive backs in the country. He was already projecting as a mid round NFL draft pick heading into the season. Though he hasn’t been dreadful, you can tell he has to get use to the skill sets at this level. Some of this could have to do with the layover with regards to adjusting to FBS, either way he hasn’t played as well as expected. Miami is going to need Delaney to step up and be disruptive in order for Miami to come away victorious on the road. He has the speed and size to compete at this level, it’s time he gets used to intangibles and this first ACC game is a great time to start.
Finally! We get to see Ahmmon Richards
Richards has been out with a hamstring injury since August. On Friday we finally expect to see him play his first game. Last week against Toledo QB Malik Rosier connected with ten different receivers. This week he’ll get the most talented of the bunch back. It’s crazy to think how many weapons Miami has at receiver this year. They equated themselves nicely without Richards. Now with him back in the line-up there are going to be even more mismatches. Considering how well Rosier has been throwing the ball early this season, it’s going to be exciting to see Richards even though he may not be 100% and will have some rust. He’s still considered one of the best WRs in the country so even a slightly hobbled Richards is well above average.
The 14th ranked Canes are favored in this ACC contest against Duke. This is also the return to Durham where Miami escaped after that crazy controversial lateral play to end the game. You know Duke is hungry for revenge, where Miami is looking to go 3-0 and 1-0 in ACC Coastal.