Mike's Thoughts: BCC Game (defense)

Miami defeated Bethune Cookman today by the score of 38-10. Read on to get Mike's take on the defensive side of the ball for the Canes.

• Whenever I do the top five players on the team feature on Monday, I have to include senior punter Dalton Botts. He turned in another outstanding performance. He might be one of the MVP's of the entire team after three weeks. He is a flat out weapon and really makes life easier on the entire defense by pinning the opponent back so often. That was a great pickup by Al Golden and his staff when they immediately offered him after getting the job here late in 2010.

• The defensive line continued getting pushed around today. For such a big kid, Darius Smith doesn't really generate much push and certainly doesn't always make life easier for the linebackers behind him. Curtis Porter is badly missed right now and it looks like he'll be out at least for one more game. Getting him back for Georgia Tech would be huge but it doesn't look like that will happen.

Shayon Green continues to make a lot of plays in the running game at or around the line of scrimmage. He has a good motor and it shows in the tackle logs. He's around the ball a lot, which probably stems from being a former linebacker.

Tyriq McCord entered the season as the most talented pass rusher on the team. The only issue was how long it would take him to see the field and to start establishing himself. Well, he had a few sacks today and lived in the backfield. Sure, it was Bethune Cookman but he has a great first step and should emerge as a legit pass rushing threat in the second half of the season.

• If Denzel Perryman's (foot?) injury becomes an issue this week and he's unable to play against Georgia Tech, wow, what a tough blow. GT will likely run the ball 60+ times and Perryman is Miami's most consistent linebacker so losing him for that game would be a really tough break for the Canes.

* The defensive backs weren't really tested too much in this game but A.J. Highsmith seems to be an upgrade from Kacy Rodgers. Deon Bush is clearly Miami's best safety right now with Vaughn Telemaque out.

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