Student of the Game Miami Hurricanes vs. Georgia Tech edition is upon us. The Hurricanes won 35-14 on the road and freshman quarterback Jacurri Brown played the part. Brown had a triumphant return to his home state of Georgia and finished the day with 136 yards and three TD’s. The first time starter also added 87 hard yards on the ground.
On film this week the game plan looked radically different. There was an underlay of RPO elements, quick passes and the commitment of designed running plays with the quarterback in mind.
Immediately you see the run game diversification when you add Brown under center. Defensive linemen simply cannot pin their ears back with relentless assault and crash the mesh point. The Hurricanes run a zone/read quarterback bash combo and Jaylen Knighton’s speed is evident. You will also notice on this play that a quarterback keep option had the necessary blockers for a positive gain.
Defensively the day was highlighted by a standout performance from Kam Kinchens. The Sophomore safety from Miami, Florida has improved tremendously as the season has went on. By his own admission the secondary gambled a little too much earlier this season. Those woes seem to be planted firmly in the rearview now.
In the first half vs. Georgia Tech, Kinchens initially opens his hips to the field side essentially confusing the quarterback. A single high safety is the quarterback’s responsibility on vertical routes, especially into the boundary. You have to maintain awareness and manipulate the secondary with subtle shoulder warfare or head discipline.
Kinchens emerges seemingly out of a portal and comes over the top with an athletic and ranged interception. The ballhawk ended the contest with three interceptions on the night and had his hands on two other errant throws.
A fresh of breath air is always needed after being car sick. The season has had its fair share of bumpy roads and turbulent turns but this stretch was pretty. Student of the Game Miami Hurricanes vs. Georgia tech requires two items. Pencils to take notes and popcorn to enjoy. The Hurricanes need one more win to obtain bowl eligibility. Can they do it?