Building A Dynasty: The 2013 Miami Hurricanes

I have been a fan of the Miami Hurricanes as long as I have been aware of college football. It is odd for me to be a fan of Miami, having never been to Miami. I also live in Oregon, which is about as far as you can get away from Miami while staying in the continental United States. To break it down, my fandom is pretty simple – they were hella good and had sick uniforms when I was in middle school – I have stuck with them ever since.

Like many others, I have followed along with Big Cat’s career with Coach Duggs as he plays through NCAA 14. While watching his streams on Twitch, I realized how big of a hole I have had in my heart ever since they stopped making NCAA video games. I decided to take the plunge and spend way too much on a used PS3 and used copy of NCAA 14.

GUIDELINES

I will play through my coaching career – beginning as the head coach at The U. I am hoping to build an Alabama-esque dynasty down in Coral Gables.

The game difficulty is set on Heisman, with 6 min quarters and default sliders.

RECAPPING 2012

  • The Miami Hurricanes finished the 2012 season with a 7-5 record while going 5-3 in the ACC.
  • Florida State defeated Georgia Tech in the ACC championship.
  • Johnny Manziel from Texas A&M became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy.
  • Alabama embarrassed Notre Dame in the BCS title game.

Without further ado, let’s get started with the 2013 football season.

Schedule

Home = Green, Road = Orange

I decided to keep our out of conference schedule in state. We are starting off with what should be an easy game at Florida Atlantic. Our next game is against #10 Florida – which will be a huge test for this team early in the season. We follow that up with back to back road games against USF and UCF. The rest of our games are against ACC foes, rivals #14 Florida State and Virginia Tech fall right in the middle of our ACC schedule.

Depth Chart

OFFENSE – 91 OVR

BOLD = Captain

At QB we have returning starter, senior Stephen Morris. In 2012 he threw for 3,345 yards and 21 TDs. Duke Johnson was the leading rusher last season – with 947 yards and 10 TDs as a freshman. Phillip Dorsett, a junior, leads the receiving core – he is coming off a season in which he had 58 receptions for 842 yards and 4 TDs. Allen Hurns and Rashawn Scott will also see significant time at WR. Shane McDermott is a team captain and leads our offensive line, but Seantrel Henderson has the most talent and hopes to be a high draft pick in 2014.

DEFENSE – 88 OVR

BOLD = Captain

The strong point of this defense is the defensive line. Captain Anthony Chickillo, a junior, leads a group of six upperclassmen that will see significant time in the trenches. At linebacker we have a talented group of starters, but there is not much depth. We will have to hope that Armbrister, Gaines, and Perryman can get through the season unscathed. Our defensive backs are young and eager to prove they can shut down the best receivers in the ACC. Deon Bush and Tracy Howard are just sophomores, but saw enough time as freshman to show they belong on the field.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Dorsett and Johnson provide us with a couple of elite options in our return game.

REDSHIRT PLAYERS

We are redshirting a number of incredibly talented youngsters – many of which should see playing time. With most of our starters and immediate backups being upperclassmen, the hope is to give these guys a year to develop without burning a year of eligibility.

RESULTS

Week 1 – Miami @ Florida Atlantic
W 42-23

This was not how the Hurricanes envisioned their season starting, but a win is a win. Duke Johnson rushed for 109 yards and 3 TD on 20 carries. On defense, Ladarius Gunter returned an interception 92 yards for a TD.

Week 2 – Miami vs Florida
L 59-21

Florida was the better team throughout this game. Their defense was elite, forcing Morris to throw 3 INT. On offense they were led by the rushing attack of Matt Jones, on 25 carries he had 157 yards and 3 TD.

Week 3 – Miami @ UCF
L 33-16

Our offensive line should be embarrassed to show up on campus following this loss. Deion Green led the UCF defense with 3 sacks, and the team came away with 7 total sacks. The lone bright spot for the Canes was TE Beau Sandland topping 100 receiving yards.

Week 4 – BYE

Week 5 – Miami @ USF
W 42-35 OT
Stephen Morris played his best game of the year while throwing for 259 yards and 3 TD – neglecting to the ball over for the first time this season. Allen Hurns hauled in two of those TD passes. On defense, Jimmy Gaines ended the night with 11 tackles.

Week 6 – Miami vs Georgia Tech
L 42-7

This was the first time this season that Miami saw the triple option – and it showed. Georgia Tech ran all over the Hurricane defense. Vad Lee had a career night, rushing for 241 yards on 14 carries with 5 TD. Lee also completed 5/8 passes for 87 yards and a TD.

Week 7 – BYE

Week 8 – Miami @ North Carolina
L 34-21

Stephen Morris turned the ball over too many times again, gifting the Tar Heel defense 3 INTs. Despite the poor QB play, Beau Sandland was able to top 100 yards receiving once again. Quinshad Davis torched the Miami secondary, he turned his four receptions into 176 yards and 2 TD.

Week 9 – Miami vs Wake Forest
W 35-28
Duke Johnson put the team on his back to the tune of 233 yards on 32 carries. He ended the day with 3 TDs. Our defense had a tough time shutting down the Demon Deacon receivers, future Bachelor Matt James lead the group with 123 yards on 7 receptions – scoring twice.

Week 10 – Miami @ Florida State
W 36-35
This game came down to the wire. With less than ten seconds left, Duke Johnson ran the ball in for a TD – bringing the score to 34-35. The Hurricanes decided to go for two – Stephen Morris connected with Allen Hurns on a slant to get the rivalry win. Jacob Coker had an elite game behind center for the Seminoles – completing 88% of his passes for 344 yards and 5 TDs.

Week 11 – Miami vs Virginia Tech
W 27-21

The Canes played it safe against the Hokies and came out with another win over a rival. Stephen Morris completed 94% of his passes for 183 yards and a touchdown.

Week 12 – Miami @ Duke
W 24-17
Nothing too exciting happened in this close win on the road.

Week 13 – Miami vs Virginia
W 35-14

Another game in which the Canes relied on Duke Johnson – he carried the ball 28 times for 148 yards and 2 TD. Stephen Morris had another efficient game, completing 88% of his passes for 155 yards and 2 TD.

Week 14 – Miami @ Pitt
L 33-28

After winning five straight games, Miami came back to earth, losing a close one on the road at Pitt. The offense was ineffective most of the game. Ladarius Gunter returned an interception 101 yards for a TD and Phillip Dorsett returned a kick for a TD.

Bowl Season – Music City Bowl
Maimi (7-5) vs Vanderbilt (8-4)
L 31-21

The Commodores dominated the trenches in Nashville. Wesley Tate ran the ball 15 times for 149 yards and 3 TD – nearly averaging 10 yards per carry. Rashawn Scott hauled in 5 receptions for 101 yards and a TD for the Hurricanes.

CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS

ACC – Georgia Tech
American – Louisville
Big 12 – Texas
Big Ten – Ohio State
Conference USA – East Carolina
MAC – Buffalo
Mountain West – Boise State
PAC 12 – Oregon
SEC – Alabama
Sun Belt – UL Monroe

HEISMAN

Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M won his second consecutive Heisman Trophy. He is the second player to ever win the award twice – the first being Archie Griffin of Ohio State.

Manziel collected 1,949 total points on the 2013 ballot – including 481 first place votes. He surpassed the second place finisher by 783 points.

On the year Manziel threw for 2,882 yards while rushing for 857 yards – amassing a total of 43 touchdowns.

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

#1Point Total#2Point TotalScoreChampion
Alabama (13-0)1.000Ohio State (13-0)0.99527-24Ohio State

MIAMI STATISTICS

Not a great year from Stephen Morris. He turned the ball over way too often. It is hard to blame him for that though, seeing he was sacked 39 times in 13 games. We were hoping to get much more out of the 5th year senior this season.

Duke Johnson was the clear MVP of our offense this year. He steamrolled his way into the record books this season – collecting the 2nd most rushing touchdowns and 5th most rushing yards in a single season for Miami.

Beau Sandland had an exceptional year receiving for a TE. Phillip Dorsett and Rashawn Scott were also key contributors to our passing attack – although Scott would have much better numbers without double digit drops. Allen Hurns was not as much of a factor as we expected him to be prior to the start of this season.

Jimmy Gaines led the team in tackles and was tied for the team lead in sacks. Deon Bush and Tracy Howard proved they belonged in the starting lineup despite being underclassmen.

Matt Goudis has a lot to work on this offseason if he wants to keep his spot as our kicker. Making 50% of field goals is not going to help us win many games.

Phillip Dorsett was a huge threat each time he got the ball in the return game. He consistently put our team in great field position – proving he was the best return man in the nation.

ACCOLADES

Returner of the Year – Phillip Dorsett
1st Team All-American – Phillip Dorsett – RET
1st Team All-ACC – Phillip Dorsett – RET
1st Team All-ACC – Duke Johnson – HB
1st Team All-ACC – Jimmy Gaines – MLB
1st Team All-ACC – AJ Highsmith – FS
2nd Team All-ACC – Seantrel Henderson – RT

RECRUITING

It was my first time on the recruiting trail, and it showed. I contacted some elite talent throughout the process, but was unable to land any five star prospects. When it was all said and done we came away with the #24 recruiting class – landing 17 total prospects, 6 of them being four star talent.

Prospects at the bottom of the list were Walk-Ons, some data is unavailable.

TRANSFERS

Hunter Knighton – Freshman – C – Kent State
Gray Crow – Freshman (RS) – QB – Mississippi State

Both of these players left due to lack of playing time. Losing Crow is not ideal – he would have found himself in a battle for the QB job in 2014.

NFL DRAFT

Seantrel Henderson – RT – 3rd Round
Shayon Green – RE – 5th Round
Stephen Morris – QB – 7th Round
Allen Hurns – WR – 7th Round

NEXT YEAR

The Miami Hurricanes finished the season at 7-6 and are looking to take a big step forward in 2014. With a decent recruiting class and many talented players waiting in the wings, it will be exciting to see wha the Canes can do next year.

– Buzz