Grading the Canes: Game 2 (defense)

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

Defensive End: D (previous weeks: D)
Kansas State only threw the ball 11 times in this game so it was hard for Miami to really develop much of a pass rush. Anthony Chickillo did register the team's first and only sack of the season. Shayon Green had a solid performance. He logged nine tackles, including one behind the line of scrimmage. They didn't play well as a group against the run though.

Defensive Tackle: D (C) BR> Kansas State finished the game with 288 yards rushing (4.8 ypc) and six touchdowns -- and a lot of those yards came when running right at Miami's defense. The tackles got pushed all around all afternoon and didn't make many plays. Of K-State's 60 runs, only once (Olsen Pierre) did Miami's defensive tackles make a play behind the line of scrimmage. They didn't allow middle linebacker Denzel Perryman to roam around and make a lot of plays, either. Pierre did cause a fumble. Earl Moore turned in a solid performance off the bench.

Linebacker D (C)
Whenever a team runs the ball 60 times against Miami and the middle linebacker makes only five tackles, it's probably not been a good day for the defense. That's what happened in this one. Eddie Johnson was Miami's most active linebacker in this game and was solid. Ramon Buchanan was a non-factor and then suffered a season-ending injury. K-State's tight end had the longest play of the game when he caught a 58-yarder.

Cornerback: D (C)
Klein only threw the ball 11 times but went for 210 yards on just nine catches. Kansas State's wide receivers didn't get many chances but they made the most of them. Miami's cornerbacks didn't offer much help in run support, either. Brandon McGee did have an interception on a very athletic play down the sideline late in the game.

Safety: F (B-)
Vaughn Telemaque was a non-factor early on and then suffered an injury that will hold him out at least for one more week. Deon Bush was the best safety on the field for the Hurricanes on Saturday. They prevented the big play over the top but were caught out of position a lot and didn't offer much help in run support.


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