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Gameday – Three keys for Miami as they tangle with Georgia Tech

Ari Russell



(Photo by Monica Herndon/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire)

The Miami Hurricanes get set to take on ACC Coastal division rival Georgia Tech on Saturday a week after ending the seven game losing streak against Florida State. The Canes however paid quite a heavy price for that victory that propelled them to 4-0 and ranked 10th in the coaches poll. They lost start RB Mark Walton for the season due to an ankle injury.   In addition they also had several other players hurt, three of which are already out for this game. 

Starting guard Navaughn Donaldson, starting CB Dee Delaney and starting safety Sheldrick Redwine have been ruled out for this game. Ahmmon Richards who tweaked his hamstring against FSU is listed as questionable. Braxton Berrios who spend most of the week in a non-contact jersey, is expected to play. Now that we got that out of the way here are three keys for Miami against Georgia Tech:

Contain, Contain, Contain the Triple Option

This is perhaps as obvious of a key to a game as you will ever find in any game. Georgia Tech’s triple option is always tricky to defend since they are so regimented. Paul Johnson’s offense gives opposing defenses fits every single year. Miami’s aggressive defense could be exploited in this scheme so they have to be very careful. The Yellow Jackets are one of the best teams in the country at controlling the possession clock since their so effective in running the football. Miami has the athletes to get the job done that’s for sure, but they are going to need the discipline. The good news is that last season the defense dominated Georgia Tech which included scoring twice. Pretty sure the defense is hungry to have several players sport the turnover chain. If they are going to win on Saturday, they will need to force a few turnovers, that’s for sure.

Travis Homer is the Next Man Up

With Mark Walton out for the season the primary rushing duties will be handed to Travis Homer. Luckily for the Canes, Homer has shown some serious wiggle as the second string back, including two impressive and important runs in the final drive to beat Florida State. In order to keep that vaunted triple option off the field for as much as possible, Homer is going to have to be solid. If the Canes do indeed win, Travis Homer is going to have to play a significant role.

Malik Rosier Time

The cool part about Miami’s victory over FSU was that we got to see a young man shine in the brightest of lights in the most important moments of a game. If there was any doubt about Rosier’s leadership and poise and just all out guts, it was removed after the win over the Noles. The best part of Rosier’s performance last weekend was that he was having a rather dreadful game. This tells you that he’s able to bounce back within a game and can handle the pressure. Expect Rosier to bank off last weekend’s great drive and turn around and have a much better day all around. Whether Ahmmon Richards is available or not, Rosier is going to have to sustain drives and lead the team to TDs. Pretty sure he’s also hungry to have a better game in all four quarters and not wait until 1:24 is left on the clock to shine. That said another solid performance by Rosier and the Canes should win this game handily.


Born in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., Ari Russell watched the rise of the 1980’s Miami Hurricanes and knew that he had to be part of the “U” someday. After graduating from Coral Gables, Ari rose through the ranks of the former XM Satellite Radio and then Sirius/XM as college football executive producer. He later spent 2 seasons as the publisher of the website “Beyond U Sports” focusing on major college football/basketball. Ari brings a great perspective on everything Miami, including the Dolphins to F.F.I.

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