Team Evaluation: Part II (offense)

Following each game this season, I'll break down the team and who's doing what, by position. This will give fans a chance to see who's playing, who isn't, who's red-shirting, and different things like that. Below is the week 2 version on offense.

Jacory Harris has thrown it 54 times and completed 34 of those. That includes several drops. He threw three touchdowns against Florida A&M and then just one (with four picks) against Ohio State. He's had one good game and one bad one. It's very important for Miami that he bounces back strong against Pitt. The backup situation is still up in the air, it seems. A.J. Highsmith was given more opportunities against Florida A&M than Spencer Whipple but Whipple played better. Both players dressed against Ohio State but neither played. True freshman Stephen Morris didn't travel to Ohio State and is on track to redshirt. He's helping direct the scout team.

Running Back:
There was a lot of talk before the season about how the breakdown of carries would go this season. Through two games, it's like this: Damien Berry-42%, Lamar Miller-26%, Mike James-17%, Eduardo Clements-11%, and Graig Cooper-4%. Berry leads the way, obviously, and has been Miami's best and most active back. He also leads the RB's with three catches. Miller has been the team's No. 2 back so far and also has 2 catches (to Mike James' 1). Cooper didn't even dress for the Ohio State game because of an ankle injury. Clements played on special teams but didn't get in the game. True freshman Storm Johnson hasn't played in either of Miami's first two games and could be on track for a redshirt. True freshman Darion Hall is injured and out of the season so he will redshirt. Fullback Pat Hill has 0 carries and 1 reception through two games so his role in those areas will likely be limited again this season. Maurice Hagens is the backup, but he didn't get in the game against Ohio State after playing some vs Florida A&M. John Calhoun is done for the season because of injury.

Wide Receiver:
Leonard Hankerson is the best one and has been one of the 2 best offensive players so far this season (along with Berry). His 13 catches and 205 yards are more than double than any other receiver. He's also the only WR who has a touchdown (two). No. 2 has been LaRon Byrd with 6-49. Travis Benjamin has been No. 3 with 4-62 but he also had two huge drops against Ohio State, one that led to a pick. He's been targeted just as much as Byrd. Aldarius Johnson has been No. 4, with 4-52. He dropped a touchdown against Ohio State so the trust factor between him and Jacory as well as between him and the coaches could slip if he doesn't pick it up. Allen Hurns has been No. 5 in terms of playing time, having seen action in both games but he hasn't caught a pass yet and didn't get any targets vs Ohio State. Kendal Thompkins has been No. 6, with 1 for 5. He didn't play on offense against Ohio State. Tommy Streeter has been No. 7, seeing limited action vs FAMU (dropped a TD) and none vs Ohio State. Davon Johnson hasn't played yet and is still nursing a hamstring injury.

Tight End:
It didn't take long for Chase Ford to become Miami's best tight end. He started the Ohio State game and is the only tight end with a catch (or a target) so far this season. He caught 2 for 13 and a touchdown against Ohio State but dropped a key pass inside the five. Harris hasn't even looked Gordon's way. No. 3 has been Asante Cleveland, who played a lot in the second half but did not see the field against OSU. Billy Sanders has been No. 4, playing some minutes against FAMU but none vs OSU. Freshmen Clive Walford and Andrew Tallman haven't dressed for either game and are on track to redshirt.

Offensive Tackles:
LT Orlando Franklin has started both games and hasn't given up a sack yet. Joel Figueroa is the starter on the right side. The No. 3 tackle is Jermaine Johnson, who is the only backup that saw action against Ohio State. Ben Jones, who started in place of Fig in the opener, has been No. 4 but didn't see the field last weekend. True freshman Seantrel Henderson, who played a lot against FAMU, didn't see any action against Ohio State. RS freshman Cory White has been No. 6, as he saw a little action late vs FAMU. Freshman Jermaine Barton hasn't dressed for either game and is on track to redshirt.

Interior offensive line:
The starters in both games have been Brandon Washington (LG), Tyler Horn (C), and Harland Gunn (RG). All three played every snap against Ohio State. The No. 3 guard has been RS freshman Jared Wheeler, who saw lots of 2nd half PT vs FAMU but none last week. Malcolm Bunche and Jon Feliciano haven't dressed for either game, although Bunche is expected to play now that he's back healthy. Feliciano is on track to redshirt. The No. 2 center has been Brandon Linder, who played some vs FAMU but none vs OSU. Shane McDermott dressed but didnt play vs FAMU and then didnt dress for OSU. He's on track to redshirt.

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