On October 2nd, the Miami Hurricanes (2-1) will square off against Clemson (2-1) on the road in each teams’ first Atlantic Coast Conference encounter .
For Clemson, the C.J. Spiller era is over. Now the Hurricanes will have to face a running back duo in Charles Ellington and Jaime Harper who brings power running along with versatility as a receiving threat out of the backfield for the Tigers.
Even though Clemson quarterback Kyle Parker will be back and bring a veteran presence, it is very likely Miami will see redshirt freshman quarterback Tajh Boyd on several plays throughout the game in various offensive formations whether it is ‘wildcat’ or split out as a receiver or both.
Additionally, Miami may see Boyd used in a similar fashion that Florida’s Trey Burton was used in a blowout win against Kentucky as a goal line threat.
Miami would like to replicate the same type of defense that stymied the Pittsburgh Panthers, but Clemson does provide different challenges on offense and is a very capable defensive team as well.
The Hurricanes are among the nation’s leaders in tackles-for-loss and will need to get into the Clemson Tigers’ backfield to cause havoc and force Kyle Parker into mistakes with the football.
“The defense played great,” said defensive end Andrew Smith, who had two sacks. “We put an emphasis on tackling [in practice], and we were getting all 11 to the ball. We wanted to wrap them up and drive them back, and that showed up on the field.”
Turnovers have been a concern for Miami star quarterback Jacory Harris, but with his six interceptions in three games, the talented thrower will need to make better decisions.
Miami’s defense is playing well and if Harris is able to be a better on-field game manager and protect the football, it will give the Hurricanes the best chance to win and stay a step ahead in the ACC .