Mike's Thoughts: GT Game (offense)

The Hurricanes (3-1) defeated Georgia Tech by the score of 42-36 today. Read on to get CanesTime's Mike Bakas' take on Miami's offensive performance in the game.

• What a great game. This team came out well prepared, jumped out to a big early lead, and then once again won the second half (and overtime). That's a sign of good football. They're tough, disciplined, and played a very physical game against a very physical football team.

• A 2-0 start in the conference is excellent. I wonder how many people would have predicted this team to go into Boston College and Georgia Tech and win both to start the season. This team can play with anyone in this conference. Because they're so young, they'll be up and down but they're loaded with playmakers, they're tough, and they're well coached. They get better as games wear on. They'll get better as the season wears on. It should be fun to watch down the stretch.

Stephen Morris was up and down as usual. His numbers were aided by some long catch and runs, including a real nice one early in the game to Phillip Dorsett. Morris has always been at his best when the game matters most. He was excellent on the final few drives of the game. That's called being a gamer.

Mike James played, by far, the best game of his career. Going into the season, that's the James I expected to see on the field this season. He was very average through the first three games. Today, he turned in one of the best single-game performances at Miami in several years. The Canes will need him to maintain that high level of play for the rest of the season.

Duke Johnson was again a major factor. He was solid in the running game, solid in pass pro, solid as a pass-catcher, and showed big play ability on kickoff returns. I still think he's the best overall player on the team and should continue complementing James extremely well.

• That's, by far, the best game of Dorsett's career. He was able to utilize his speed but he also made some tough catches when it really mattered. Like James, Dorsett needs to play at a high level like that the rest of the season. He's definitely capable of it, and showed why he was heavily recruited coming out of high school.

• I thought Rashawn Scott was Miami's second best receiver going into today. That's certainly no longer the case. He continues having issues with drops and just hasn't emerged as a difference maker. He catches balls most receivers catch and that's about it. He's a solid four or five guy in the rotation right now.

Allen Hurns caught two passes for 10 yards. As the team's most consistent receiver going into the game, he must not have been back to 100 percent. He was injured against K-State and simply wasn't the same player today. He wasn't even targeted very often.

Davon Johnson not only earned his scholarship against BC with a key third down catch in the opener, he finally showed today why he was a 4-star receiver coming out of high school. He was a difference maker today and is really emerging to have a solid senior season. Especially after the spring Scott had, no one expected Johnson (who started spring as a DB) to have a season anything close to Scott. Instead, he's been even better this season. He's a good third option at receiver right now.

• Kudos to offensive line coach Art Kehoe. He had his unit ready to play once again. They really took over the game, especially in the second half. Jon Feliciano was mauling people on the final few drives. Benjamin Jones, playing his first important minutes of his career, played really well at right tackle down the stretch. He had Jones ready to step in and make it seem like the offensive line didn't miss a beat. He's prepared Seantrel Henderson to play on both sides.


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