Building A Dynasty: The 2014 Miami Hurricanes

RECAPPING 2013

  • The Miami Hurricanes finished the 2013 season with a 7-6 record while going 5-3 in the ACC.
  • Georgia Tech beat Clemson in the ACC championship game.
  • Johnny Manziel from Texas A&M won his second consecutive Heisman Trophy.
  • Ohio State upset Alabama in the BCS title game.

If you want to read more in depth about the 2013 season – you can do so here.

Let’s hope this team can improve on their 7-6 season, time to move on to 2014:

Schedule

Green = Home, Orange = Road

We open the year finishing off our Home-and-Home series with Florida Atlantic and then Florida. The Gators are ranked #8 in the preseason polls, making for a tough game in the swamp – the Canes hope to avenge their 59-21 loss from 2013. Our ACC schedule begins early, with a Week 3 game against Pitt. We take a break from our ACC foes with a home game against ASU followed by a road game at BYU. Our season ends with back to back home games with basketball powerhouses Duke and North Carolina – followed by a road game at rival Virginia Tech.

Depth Chart

OFFENSE – 95 OVR

BOLD = Captain

We only have four returning starters on offense – Johnson, Dorsett, Bunche and McDermott. Malcolm Bunche moves from LG out to LT this season. Ryan Williams is our starting QB after backing up Stephen Morris last season. Gus Edwards – a redshirt freshman – makes the move from HB to FB. Clive Walford out trained Beau Sandland to steal the TE1 spot. Ereck Flowers bounces over to RT from LT, and Jon Feliciano finally gets to start at LG for his senior season. Edwards and RG Danny Isidora are the only two underclassmen starting for this offense.

DEFENSE – 93 OVR

BOLD = Captain

The Hurricane defense really struggled in 2013 – and is returning six starters this season. Chickillo, Pierre, Perryman, Howard, Gunter and Bush are all hoping to prove they can do much better than the year before. Al Quadin Muhammad, Rayshawn Jenkins, Raphael Kirby and Alex Figueroa are coming off of a redshirt season right into the starting lineup. This is a very young, yet talented defense – with four underclassmen finding their way into the first string D.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Phillip Dorsett – the reigning Returner of the Year – is hoping to replicate his success from 2013 in our return game. Antoine Dotson – a true freshman – is our punter this season. The three star recruit out of Iowa has an impressive leg and will help the Canes win the field position battle this season.

REDSHIRT PLAYERS

Most of the players given a redshirt in 2014 are from the Freshman class. The exception being Robert Swain, Dylan Smith, Tyriq McCord, and Antonio Crawford. These four would see minimal playing time in 2014 – with another year to develop they should find themselves starting in 2015.

RESULTS

Week 1 – Miami vs Florida Atlantic
W 42-23

Ryan Williams came out of the gate with a solid performance. He finished the day with 229 passing yards and 4 TD – with only one interception. Duke Johnson also impressed, rushing for 177 yards on 22 carries.

Week 2 – Miami @ #8 Florida
L 59-3

The Hurricanes followed up their embarrassing 2013 loss by getting blown out by an even larger margin this year. Ryan Williams was god awful under center – ending the day with 5 interceptions. As a team, the Hurricanes turned the ball over 8 times – while allowing 5 sacks. Jeff Driskel finished the game with 6 total TD for the Gators.

Week 3 – Miami vs Pitt
W 34-31

The Miami offensive line won this game in the trenches. Duke Johnson ran for 199 yards and 2 TD.

Week 4 – BYE

Week 5 – Miami @ Wake Forest
W 35-21
Duke Johnson, the key to the Miami offense, left the game early with a concussion. Dallas Crawford took over and didn’t miss a beat – rushing for 185 yards and 2 TDs. For Wake Forest, Sherman Ragland hauled in 9 receptions for 114 yards.

Week 6 – Miami @ Virginia
W 21-14

Miami was incredibly conservative with their offense this game. Ryan Williams completed 14/15 passes for 145 yards and a TD. Duke Johnson rushed for 176 yards and a TD.

Week 7 – Miami vs #13 Florida State
W 27-7
This was a huge week for our program. Eleven recruits came for their official visit during this rivalry week game against #13 FSU. Duke Johnson had a career day, and launched himself into the national spotlight. When all was said and done, he carried the ball 29 times for 255 yards and 2 TD. By the end of the night eight of the recruits visiting committed to Miami.

Week 8 – Miami @ #3 Georgia Tech
W 52-20

Last year, the Hurricanes had no idea how to stop the Georgia Tech offense – losing 42-7. Miami was ready to avenge that loss, but had a tough night ahead of them against #3 Georgia Tech. Tracy Howard led the Canes on defense, intercepting a pass and recovering a fumble. Duke Johnson vaulted himself into the Heisman conversation with 186 rushing yards and 4 TD. Phillip Dorsett showed why he was the Returner of the Year last season – with a 101 yard kickoff return TD in this game.

Week 9 – #20 Miami vs Arizona State
W 42-28
Another game, another Duke Johnson performance for the ages – 232 yards and 4 TD. Clive Walford also had a great performance, with 177 yards receiving and a TD.

Week 10 – #18 Miami @ BYU
W 49-30
Duke Johnson surpassed 150 yards for the fifth game in a row – and ran for a season-best 275 yards on the day. He also collected another 4 TD.

Week 11 – #16 Miami vs Duke
W 53-50 OT

This turned out to be a wild game, and the Canes were lucky to come away with the win. With 33 carries, Duke Johnson ran for 177 yards and 3 TD. Clive Walford hauled in 6 receptions for 150 yards and 2 TD. The Miami defense finally stopped the Duke offense in the 2nd overtime – with Raphael Kirby forcing a fumble.

Week 12 – #14 Miami vs North Carolina
L 31-21
Turnovers were the difference in this game. Ryan Williams was able to pass for over 300 yards – but tossed 3 INT while doing so. Duke Johnson was held under 100 yards for just the second time this season – finishing with 77 yards and 2 TD. For the Tar Heels, Marquise Williams threw for 381 yards and 4 TD.

Week 13 – #21 Miami @ Virginia Tech
L 38-31

Back to back losses to end the regular season is a terrible look – especially when a trip to the ACC championship game is on the line. The Hokies ran all over the Miami defense – Trey Edmunds carried the ball 17 times for 173 yards and 3 TD.

Week 14 – BYE

Bowl Season – Russell Athletic Bowl
#17 Maimi (9-3) vs Army (8-4)
W 49-24

While facing an option offense from a service academy was intimidating – Miami was able to pull away from the men from West Point. Ryan Williams threw for 274 yards and 3 TD to end his collegiate career – with 161 of those yards and 1 TD going to Clive Walford. On defense, Denzel Perryman ended his Miami career with 12 tackles.

CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS

ACC – Maryland
American – Central Florida
Big 12 – Texas
Big Ten – Wisconsin
Conference USA – Tulsa
MAC – Western Michigan
Mountain West – Boise State
PAC 12 – Oregon
SEC – Texas A&M
Sun Belt – UL Lafayette

HEISMAN

Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M won his third consecutive Heisman Trophy. He is the only player to ever win the award three times.

Duke Johnson, our tailback, finished second in Heisman voting with 1,327 points.

Manziel collected 1,770 total points on the 2014 ballot – including 398 first place votes. He surpassed the second place finisher, Johnson, by 443 points.

On the year, Manziel threw for 3,437 yards while rushing for 1,226 yards – amassing a total of 47 touchdowns.

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

#1Point Total#2Point TotalScoreChampion
Texas A&M (13-0)1.000Wisconsin (12-1)0.99542-17Texas A&M

END OF SEASON RANKINGS

TeamRecordCoachesMedia
Miami10-3#12#13

MIAMI STATISTICS

Ryan Williams had a decent season – he was a solid game manager and kept the offense moving. Our passing attack improved upon last season – hopefully we can be more dynamic in the future.

Duke Johnson set school records for rushing yards and touchdowns in a single season – surpassing records set by Willis McGahee in 2002 (1,753 yards and 28 TD). Dallas Crawford also had a respectable season – nearly reaching double digit TDs.

Clive Walford set the school record for receiving yards in a single season – passing Leonard Hankerson’s 2010 total of 1,156 yards. (In real life – Allen Hurns set the record of 1,162 yards in 2013)

Raphael Kirby led the team in tackles in his first full season as a starter – and he is only a sophomore. Tracy Howard led the team with 4 interceptions. Anthony Chickillo finished his senior season with 11 sacks, good for 7th in the Miami record books.

Matt Goudis had a great year, making 90% of his field goals. He was also perfect on his 59 extra point attempts.

Phillip Dorsett won his second consecutive Returner of the Year award – and his numbers were even better than they were in 2013.

ACCOLADES

Doak Walker Running Back Award – Duke Johnson
Returner of the Year – Phillip Dorsett
1st Team All-American – Duke Johnson – HB
1st Team All-American – Phillip Dorsett – RET
1st Team All-ACC – Duke Johnson – HB
1st Team All-ACC – Clive Walford – TE
1st Team All-ACC – Shane McDermott – C
1st Team All-ACC – Anthony Chickillo – LE
1st Team All-ACC – Olsen Pierre – DT
1st Team All-ACC – Raphael Kirby – MLB
1st Team All-ACC – Deon Bush – SS
1st Team All-ACC – Phillip Dorsett – RET
2nd Team All-ACC – Malcolm Bunche – LT
2nd Team All-ACC – Larry Hope – CB

RECRUITING

What a difference a year makes. Last year we had the #24 recruiting class, and on signing day this year – we were #1. We were able to sign 24 total prospects, with 8 of them being ranked in the top 100. Mike Collins is the #1 recruit in the class – he is expecting to see the field this upcoming fall.

Our coaches traveled all over the country to sign the class of 2015 – signing recruits from 16 different states.

TRANSFERS

OUT: Brett Smith – Freshman – QB – Syracuse
Smith was not a fan of being redshirt during the 2014 season. Rather than sticking around for the QB competition in 2015 – he bolts for Syracuse. The four star QB from the 2014 class was ranked #3 in his position group and #151 overall.

IN: Cameron Williams – Freshman – MLB – Notre Dame
The young linebacker is a welcome addition to our program. He should provide us some depth behind Raphael Kirby.

NFL DRAFT

Anthony Chickillo – LE – 2nd Round
Denzel Perryman – ROLB – 2nd Round
Ladarius Gunter – CB – 4th Round
Shane McDermott – C – 5th Round
Clive Walford – TE – 5th Round
Olsen Pierre – DT – 7th Round
Beau Sandland – TE – 7th Round

NEXT YEAR

In 2013 we were 7-6. In 2014 we improved to 10-3. Is 2015 the year we finally capture an ACC championship and finish inside the top 10?

– Buzz