The Miami Hurricanes kicked off their 2022 season with a 70-13 thrashing versus over-matched Bethune-Cookman. Coming off this game, which is really a part of their preseason schedule as they prepare for Texas A&M on September 17 in College Station, there will be various (over) reactions from fans and pundits alike.
But keep this in mind, this is just game one and it was just Bethune-Cookman.
In the grand scheme of things, it really doesn’t mean all that much. But here are a few thoughts from this game.
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One of the big things that defensive coordinator, Kevin Steele, has harped on is getting to the ball as a unit, and leveraging the ball back inside. Quite frankly, this outing wasn’t the strongest in that regard. Too many times containment was lost, and plays sprung for big yardage on the perimeter. The first drive of the game featured a first down conversion on 3rd and 23 as the Wildcats drove for a field goal.
The Miami defense gave up way too many explosive plays against a team of this caliber. Overall, the unit gave up 342 yards of total offense. It will be interesting to see how the linebacker rotation plays out in the next several weeks, and how many snaps DJ Ivey gets on the outside at corner.
There’s been a lot of talk about who would be Tyler Van Dyke’s go-to guy. Well, it could be ‘the X-Man’, Xavier Restrepo, who had 5 grabs for 100 yards and a touchdown, in what was a relatively conservative game plan from Josh Gattis.
But it’s clear, Restrepo could be this units Wes Welker. A player that can consistently get open and help move the chains. It would not surprise me to see him have 70-plus catches this season in the slot.