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Hurricanes turn in horrid offensive performance in bowl loss

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Well, if the Hurricanes and coach Manny Diaz weren’t going to fire offensive coordinator Dan Enos before Thursday’s Independence Bowl, it’s pretty well a certainty, now.

After a midday report prior to game time that Enos was going to be out in Coral Gables after one year, the offense looked in total disarray, yet again, as Miami put together almost nothing and was shutout 14 – 0 by Louisiana Tech Thursday evening.

AP Reporter Tim Reynolds described it as “expected to part ways” with Enos, which was something that his agent Bryan Harlan had not heard anything about, when contacted on Thursday afternoon.

As for Enos, he had been the quarterback coach at Alabama a year ago with a highly successful season from Tua Tagovailoa, but was never able to get the Canes offense into full gear this season.

And, that was on display again in Shreveport, Louisiana, on the day after Christmas. Miami elected to start quarterback Jarren Williams, who was totally ineffective finishing 9-20 for a paltry 94 yards with an INT. The Hurricanes had fewer than a hundred yards of offense in the first half and even after time for half-time  adjustments, got nothing going against the Bulldogs.

LA Tech quarterback Jamar Smith threw one touchdown in the first half and ran for the clinching score late in the fourth quarter, as the Bulldogs won 10 games for the first time in program history.

Incredibly, the once-proud and seemingly invincible Miami program has now lost nine of its last 10 bowl games and this one at least on offense stunk about as bad as any of them have.

It is expected that Diaz will make the move to get rid of Enos, who is also a former head coach at Central Michigan and former offensive coordinator at Arkansas, soon, if not on Friday.

And, it obviously will be a very important hire for the first year coach Diaz to find someone to come in and turn Miami’s offensive fortunes around. After all, the miserable end to the season that saw the Canes embarrassing loss to cross town opponent FIU and then, in the regular season finale’ to Duke, Diaz is definitely on the hot seat to be better immediately in 2020 after this bowl defeat.

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Hurricanes QB Williams intends to transfer

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The only constant for the last two seasons with the Miami Hurricanes quarterback position has been change and with the addition of Houston transfer D’Eriq King earlier this week, it apparently means more changes are on the way for the competition.

Sports Illustrated college football Insider Pat Forde reported Thursday afternoon that the Miami starter for most of the season, freshman Jarren Williams, has entered the NCAA transfer portal:

Williams won the starting job for first-year coach Manny Diaz and now-fired former offensive coordinator Dan Enos, during fall practice what had an up-and-down season. He played in all 12 games with a 61% completion percentage and had a 19/7 TD to INT ratio. 

However, more importantly the Hurricanes offense as a whole went down the tubes. This was especially in their final three games Williams was at the helm for the stunning loss to Florida International, where he threw three interceptions.

He and the Canes followed that with a road loss at awful Duke, where Williams tallied only 142 yards with a TD. And, worst yet, with rumors swirling everywhere that Enos was about to be fired,  a game in Independence Bowl where the QB had just 92 yards and an INT Miami failed to score in a 14 – 0 defeat to Louisiana Tech.

King is the presumptive starter after having a successful two seasons at Houston. His best year was 2018 with nearly 2,900 yards in the air with 36 passing TDs and only 6 INTS.

However, he was benched by new coach Dana Holgorsen earlly this year and is a graduate transfer that is immediately eligible.

Miami also has the part-time starter from the last two years N’kosi Perry, as well as former Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell, who transferred and was immediately eligible this past season. However, Martell couldn’t beat Williams or Perry out for playing time, but he did play briefly at time at wide receiver.

Back to Williams, he still has three years of eligibility remaining but unless he gained some kind of waiver he would have to sit hey transfer year next season.

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Not so fast on QB D’Eriq King coming to Hurricanes?

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24 hours later it doesn’t look dead certain that Houston transfer quarterback D’Eriq King will end up at the University of Miami after all.

In fact, it may be several days before we know the coveted grad transfer QB decides to do.

This after a report Sunday out of Houston from Fox 26 Sports director Mark Berman ,who got comments from King about his short term plans and visits:

It is interesting that King is considering Maryland in the mix in addition to powerhouse LSU and possibly trying to revitalize Miami.

As our Jamil King wrote on Sunday it looked like the Houston standout quarterback was “e-ticketed” for Coral Gables and to come as a package deal with newly hired offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee. Lashlee, who has previously been at Auburn and the SMU offensive coordinator the last couple of seasons, was hired two weeks ago to help jump start the Canes disastrous offense from the second half of last year.

Quarterback play plagued the Canes in 2019 with Jarren Williams showing flashes of great play followed by freshman mistakes and inconsistency. N’kosi Perry found his way into some games, but was also inconsistent in his own right. Miami suffered humiliating losses to FIU and at Duke to close the regular season.

Then, the Hurricanes were completely inept in the Independence Bowl, while being shut out 14-0. This, while rumors were swirling everywhere that coach Manny Diaz would be firing his first year offensive coordinator, Dan Enos. Enos, who had been the QB coach at Alabama, was fired the next day.

Back to King, if the Hurricanes are able to land him, they get a player who over his career at the University of Houston threw for 4,925 yards for an average of 8.2 yards per attempt and tossed 50 touchdowns with only ten interceptions.

King also completed almost 62% of his passes with the Cougars, adding another 28 touchdowns on the ground. He promises to bring some explosives, something the Canes desperately needed, if they can land him.

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