Grading the Canes: Game 2 (offense)

The Hurricanes fell to Kansas State by the score of 52-13 on Saturday. Lets take a closer look at how the offense performed.

Quarterback: C (previous weeks: A)
Stephen Morris completed 19-of-25 passes and that included a couple drops by running back Duke Johnson. He threw some very nice balls but continues to throw everything close to the line of scrimmage. He's hitting nothing over the top. The longest play in this game on a short pass and long run by tight end Clive Walford. Morris didn't throw any picks but lost two fumbles on sacks and was sacked a total of five times. While he showed flashes and played well at times, he had too many negative plays for Miami's offense to really get going the way it needed to on the road.

Running Back: D (A-)
Mike James finished the game with nine carries for 27 yards. He also added one catch for four yards. He continues showing the inability to break tackles inside and isn't much of a threat in the passing game. Johnson ran it six times for 19 yards and caught two passes for 18 yards. However, he also dropped two passes and was bull rushed by a blitzing linebacker right into Morris on one play that led to a fumble. Eduardo Clements converted a short-yardage situation early in the game but fumbled the ball away on the same play. It was a performance to forget for the running backs.

Wide Receiver: C (C)
Miami's best receiver, Allen Hurns, was off to a good start. He caught two passes for first downs on the first drive and then got hurt and never returned. Rashawn Scott caught four for 39. The receivers are catching most of their passes near the line of scrimmage and their 9.2 yards per catch average indicates that they're not really making guys miss in the open field to create more big plays.

Tight End: B (B)
This was Miami's top performing unit on the offensive side of the ball in this game. Starter Dyron Dye had a solid game as a blocker. Walford was on the receiving end of Miami's biggest offensive play of the game (56 yards). He also caught a touchdown late. It was the second straight solid performance from this group.

Offensive Line: D (A)
The offensive line was unable to open up many holes for the running game. The three running backs carried the ball 19 times for just 47 yards. There were penalties and missed blocks that really prevented the Canes from winning the line of scrimmage. They also gave up a couple of sacks, including one play where the K-State defender ran right around Malcolm Bunche and sacked Morris, causing a turnover on the play. After playing very well at Boston College, they turned in a poor performance.

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