Grading the Canes: Offense

The Hurricanes fell to Ohio State on Saturday by the score of 36-24. Lets take a closer look at the performance by Miami's offense.

Quarterbacks: D
Jacory Harris struggled. Sure, his receivers dropped four or five passes but Harris was off. His only touchdown pass, to Chase Ford to start the fourth quarter, was lofted into triple coverage in the endzone on first-and-goal. That probably wasn't a real smart pass there. Late in the third, he missed a wide open Leonard Hankerson in the back of the endzone. Harris never looked comfortable. He threw four interceptions and he's probably responsible for three of them. He did make several nice throws, however, including one to Aldarius Johnson in the third quarter that was dropped but otherwise would have gone for a touchdown. Even an average performance from Harris could have changed this game around. A good game from Miami's junior quarterback would likely put the Canes in position to win. He must get better.

Running Backs: B
Damien Berry made things happen throughout the game. He broke a few tackles, caught a couple passes, and did a solid job in pass pro. He finished the game with over 100 yards of offense and averaged 5.8 yards per carry. Anytime you can do that against a top 5 team on the road, you're playing really well. Mike James and Lamar Miller each had four offensive touches -- three carries and one catch. Both had limited success. Miller's best carry of the game was called back because of a penalty and he also had a touchdown run called back. He made some things happen. Fullback Pat Hill was solid with his blocking.

Wide Receivers: C
Leonard Hankerson was, again, a playmaker for the Canes. He was one of the best players on the field for either team. He finished the game with seven catches for 90 yards but was getting open all afternoon. Harris missed him for a possible touchdown in the third quarter. No one on Ohio State's defense stood a chance against him. Unfortunately for Miami, none of the other receivers played anywhere near that level. LaRon Byrd and Travis Benjamin were decent. Byrd caught four passes but struggled with some of his blocks and just wasn't getting open like Hank. Benjamin caught three for 51 but had a drop and missed a signal that led to one of OSU's four picks. Aldarius Johnson caught just one pass for nine yards and dropped a touchdown in the third quarter. He was pretty much a non-factor. Tommy Streeter, Allen Hurns, Kendal Thompkins, and Davon Johnson weren't able to get on the field.

Tight Ends: C
The starter, Richard Gordon, is a non-factor in the passing game. Through two games this season, he doesn't have a catch. Harris never even threw his direction on Saturday. Chase Ford has quickly become Miami's best pass-catching weapon at tight end. He brought in two passes, including Miami's only offensive touchdown, but he also dropped a pass inside the five on a drive that Miami was unable to score on. The tight ends weren't targeted that much in the passing game and were OK in their blocking for the running game.

Offensive Line: B
The three running backs gained 112 yards on 22 carries (5.1 ypc) against a very good front seven for Ohio State so this group did a good job of opening up some holes for the running game. They only allowed two sacks on 39 pass attempts as well, which is a pretty good number considering the opponent. OSU did, however, generate some pressure and force Jacory to take off and run on three other plays. The best one seemed to be left tackle Orlando Franklin. This unit had some key penalties that wiped out some nice plays and those must be corrected. Guards Brandon Washington and Harland Gunn were OK. Center Tyler Horn struggled at times. Right tackle Joel Figueroa had a very tough time handling Ohio State's speed off the edge. Jermaine Johnson was the only backup lineman to play and he was called for a vital penalty in one of his few snaps on the field.


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