UM Football Blog: 9/24

Read on for the latest surrounding Miami's football team, with analysis from CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

* Saturday's NC State will be televised live by ESPNU on Saturday at 12 pm EST. The Wolfpack enter the game with a 3-1 record. They've beaten South Alabama, UConn, and The Citadel and lost to Tennessee. Their offense ranks 70th nationally and their defense ranks 30th.

* Wide receiver Phillip Dorsett and OLB Eddie Johnson were honored as the ACC Players of the Week on their respective side of the football.

* Eduardo Clements had just one carry in this game and ever since his fumble against K-State it appears he's taken a back seat as the short-yardage back to Mike James.

* Malcolm Lewis is out for the season but the hope is that he will be back to 100-percent for the start of spring football next year. Unfortunately, medical redshirts are given to players who suffer season-ending injuries before playing in 30-percent of his team's games. Lewis played in 4 so 4/12 = 33% (or 31% if the Canes play in a bowl game this season). Lewis will be a sophomore next season. Lewis will likely be one of the team's top three receivers heading into the spring, along with Allen Hurns and Dorsett.

* The offensive line depth chart is starting to shake up a bit. Seantrel Henderson continues playing well and is now listed as the co-starter with Malcolm Bunche at left tackle. Considering how much time he missed and how much natural ability he has, Henderson will likely take over sole possession of that job in the next couple weeks. On the right side, Ben Jones is coming off a tremendous performance against GT. He was the right tackle down the stretch of the game and is now listed as a co-starter with Ereck Flowers. Look for them to continue sharing time and it's unlikely that either will jump way ahead of the other.

* Tyriq McCord was very quiet in Saturday's game due to a low snap count. He's an undersized pass rushing specialist so having him on the field much against a triple option offense wasn't going to be in the cards. He'll resume his role this weekend against an NC State team that likes to throw the football quite a bit.

* Denzel Perryman wasn't listed on today's depth chart release, which likely means that he'll likely miss Saturday's game. If he does, Jimmy Gaines will again start in the middle. Raphael Kirby is still unlisted as well, which means his return this weekend is doubtful as well. If he's unable to go, after missing five games, the possibility of Kirby getting a redshirt this season will start to become much more of a possibility.

* Tracy Howard wasn't really in the defensive game plan on Saturday, for the same reasons McCord wasn't. Tech wasn't going to throw much (they attempted 8 passes) and so the Canes needed their biggest and most physical corners to help in run support. He'll return to having a big role as the team's third corner this weekend.

* Vaughn Telemaque was unable to return on Saturday, after Al Golden said he'd likely be able to play. He's now listed as the backup to A.J. Highsmith. It's probably a combination of not being quite at 100-percent and Highsmith has been a better performer this young season.

* The injury status of Dalton Botts, who sprained an ankle on Saturday, is still unknown right now. If he's unable to go, Matt Goudis will handle the team's punting duties.

* The Hurricanes have played 13 true freshmen so far this season. Sixteen others have yet to see the field and could be in line for redshirts: QB's Gray Crow, Preston Dewey, and David Thompson; RB Danny Dillard; WR's D'Mauri Jones, Jontavious Carter, and Robert Lockhart; OL Taylor Gadbois and Danny Isidora; DE's Dewayne Hoilett and Jake O'Donnell; DT's Dequan Ivery and Jacoby Briscoe; LB Kirby; and CB's Larry Hope and Nate Dortch.


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