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Bearcat Insider continues to 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 second 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.

We highlighted the Hurricanes offense and defense on Monday and today we will take a look at the head coach and special teams.

Head Coach

The Hurricanes are led by head coach Al Golden. Golden is in his fifth season with the ‘Canes. He has had mixed results with the ‘Canes, but he also inherited a team that was in shambles because of the fall from the top. He followed Randy Shannon and dealt with shadow of the Nevin Sharpio situation. He is sporting an overall 31-22 record including his team’s 3-0 start this year his Hurricanes are 0-2 in bowl games. Golden also was the head man at Temple from 2006-2010. Golden’s teams normally start strong, but finish wheezing prime example is when they started 7-0 in ’13 and finished 9-4.

Special Teams

The special teams are led by Al Golden. When doing my research I didn’t realize that Golden was over this bunch, but with special teams being an important function to all football teams it makes sense having their head man being over this group. The Hurricanes sport a nice kicking game, kicker Michael Badgley is currently 9/10 on field goal attempts knocking both down from the 40-49 yard range, his long is from 48 yards. Badgley is also 14/14 with extra point attempts. Punter Justin Vogel has a 46.7 average per punt. While he’s only had 11 punts he’s done a great job in getting the opponents inside the 20 yard line (4 punts inside the 20). The return game has shown some explosiveness as Corn Elder has had a punt return touchdown already this season.

If it’s a close game special teams could be a deciding factor and during the early games the Hurricanes have a pretty sound special teams unit.

Special Teams Starter 2nd
K Michael Badgley Jon Semerene
P Justin Vogel Michael Badgley
KR Mark Walton Corn Elder
PR Corn Elder Braxton Berrios

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