This Student of the Game Miami Hurricanes vs. Clemson edition will review a 40-10 loss. It won’t be pretty this week if you are a Hurricane fan. The Canes offense managed only 98 yards and in contrast the Clemson offense was purring.
Clemson early on was utilizing motion away from the pass heavy side to facilitate a response in the secondary. When the Hurricanes rotated the field on the back end, a big hole would open up. The Tigers would pounce in the advantageous newly created real-estate.
In the first drive alone, the Tigers netted a big run and ultimately a touchdown with simple motion. The Hurricanes were out classed early in the first half. Death Valley’s QB DJ Uiagalelei was also a master manipulator. His ability to use subtle shoulder warfare netted him a first down after the Mike backer was mesmerized by his vision.
The Miami Hurricane offense is incredibly disjointed in three major areas. Its passing concepts are riddled with quarterbacks and wide receivers not being on the same page. The pass protection, to include its running backs, are not complimentary to each other. And the lack of efficient check down game is also a very key culprit in the inefficiency.
Freshman quarterback Jacurri Brown definitely had some moments where he shoulders the blame for a play malfunctioning. But as someone who was once highly recruited at quarterback and studies this from a perspective of “would I want to play in this offense?” The blame isn’t always on the quarterbacks. The saboteur is often being victimized repeatedly from similar tactics.
Here you will seen an example. Brown has absolutely nowhere to go with the football. Wide Receivers are not looking for the ball because their route depth isn’t allowing them a prime window of opportunity. A running back releases to be a check down but forgoes a looping linebacker. So as a quarterback when you don’t have neither the time, or schematic advantage on a play, you can’t succeed.
It is popcorn and pencil time again. This week if you are a Hurricane fan you will find yourself taking more notes on the Clemson side of the ball. But that is ok. We can also always learn from our opponents. Especially the ones who have owned the ACC for quite some time. Student of the Game says one Boom and one Bang this week. #gocanes