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Bearcat Insider takes it's first look at the Miami Hurricanes, Cincinnati's next opponent on Thursday night at Nippert Stadium.

The Cincinnati Bearcats will be welcoming Atlantic Coast Conference member the Miami Hurricanes to the new Nippert Stadium on Thursday night. Bearcat Insider takes our first look at the Hurricanes as the Bearcats look to make a statement and turn their season around with a win over a Power Five Conference program.

Today we are going to highlight the Miami Hurricanes on offense and defense, so Bearcat fans can know what the Bearcats defense will be getting into.

OFFENSE

During their first three games the Hurricanes led by offensive coordinator James Coley are averaging 41.7 points.

The Hurricanes offense is led by sophomore quarterback Brad Kaaya. Kaaya has thrown for 839 yards, 5 touchdowns, 1 interception on 61.4% completion. His backfield running mate is running back Joseph Yearby. Yearby has run for 311 yards on 41 attempts for 3 touchdowns. Yearby is also a threat out of the backfield as he has 6 catches for 110 yards and a touchdown.

Rashawn Scott is the Hurricanes leading receiver for the season he has 18 catches for 273 yards and 1 touchdown. Scott is a big play threat and has size to be a mismatch for the Bearcats secondary standing at 6’2”. The Hurricanes have done a great job protecting Kaaya so far this season as they have only allowed 2 sacks.

The ‘Canes are still a dangerous team that can score the ball from anywhere on the field. Last year they hung 55 points on the Bearcats, this offense is capable of having a similar output especially with quarterback Brad Kaaya having a whole year under his belt.

DEFENSE

The Hurricanes defense is led by defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio. During the first three games the Hurricanes have allowed an average of 17.7 per game. This defense has been led by linebacker Raphael Kirby who through three games has 23 tackles. Artie Burns has been a playmaking cornerback for the ‘Canes as he already has 3 interceptions.

The Bearcats can hang their hat on the fact the ‘Canes gave up 33 points against Nebraska, but with that being said they have a playmaking defense that will be trying to swarm to the ball and are trying to create turnovers every play.

We will also highlight the special teams this week so be on the lookout.

Miami Hurricanes Depth Chart - 2015
Offense
STARTER 2ND 3RD 4TH
WR Rashawn Scott Lawrence Cager
TE Standish Dobard Jake O'Donnell Jerome Washington
LT Trevor Darling KC McDermott
LG Alex Gall Tyler Gauthier Hunter Wells
C Nick Linder Hunter Knighton
RG Daniel Isidors Joe Brown
RT Sunny Odogwu Tryee St. Louis
WR Herb Waters Stacy Coley
QB Brad Kaaya Malik Rosier
FB Gage Batten Walter Tucker
HB Christopher Herndon David Nijoku
3-4 Defense
STARTER 2ND 3RD 4TH
DE Ufomba Kamalu Chad Thomas
NT Calvin Heurtelou Kendrick Norton
DT Courtel Jenkins Anthony Moten
OLB Tyriq McCord Trent Harris
ILB Raphael Kirby Terry McCray
ILB Jermaine Grace Marques Gayot
OLB Trent Harris Al-Quadin Muhammad
CB Tracy Howard Corn Elder
S Dallas Crawford Rayshawn Jenkins
S Deon Bush Jamal Carter
CB Artie Burns Sheldrick Redwine

Miami also uses the slot where they'll play Stacy Coley or Tyre Brady.  We listed H-Back and Full Back but running back will see Joe Yearby and Mark Walton.


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