Mike's Analysis: Florida A&M Game

The Hurricanes cruised to a 41-7 win over Florida A&M on Saturday night. Read on for analysis of the game from CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

* It was good seeing Miami get back on the winning track, even though it was against a Division 1AA opponent. Pretty much everyone expected the Canes to win -- and win big -- and it was important to get some momentum going, especially from a confidence standpoint for young players like Brad Kaaya.

* Despite putting up decent numbers, Kaaya still never seemed completely comfortable -- even against FAMU. The Rattlers were able to confuse him at time with different pressure packages and he held onto the football a bit too long at times. He needed this type of game and performance for confidence purposes but there's still a lot of room for improvement.

* For the third straight game, the Hurricanes were terrible on third down. They were able to get away with it in this one because of the opponent but that's something that absolutely has to improve or its offensive performances against decent opponents will continue being ugly.

* The Hurricanes completed 68-percent of their passes on 30 attempts and only four players caught balls. Whether it's by design or due to Kaaya's inability to move through his progressions, that's a low number. Guys like Stacy Coley, Malcolm Lewis, and Standish Dobard simply weren't involved much and the three of them combined for just three targets. It would be real encouraging to see them more involved moving forward. There has been no separation between all the receivers so far through two games. Phillip Dorsett caught two touchdowns in this game but his production has been no different than guys like Braxton Berrios or Herb Waters.

* Joseph Yearby finished the game with 14 carries while Gus Edwards finished with just four. I thought it would only be a matter of time before Yearby became more involved in the offense than Edwards. You have to wonder if it was because of the opponent or if Yearby is truly moving ahead of Edwards on the depth chart.

* Defensively, the Hurricanes took care of business like they should have. Florida A&M will not have a real strong offense, even against 1AA opponents this season so it was a major mismatch and the Canes did what they should have done. FAMU averaged barely over two yards per play. Miami had three sacks on 20 dropbacks. They held FAMU to 2-of-15 on third down. They tackled well, made plays, and got off the field on third down.

* A pleasant surprise on defense over the first two games of the season has been Thurston Armbrister. He had a solid game against Louisville and that strong play continued in this game. For a player who was in a battle holding off true freshman Darrion Owens all through fall camp, Armbrister has gotten off to a fast start this season.

* Even though he punted just once in this one, Justin Vogel again did well. He nailed a 43-yarder inside the 20. A lot of people forgot how well he punted against Louisville because of the team's performance but he's gotten off to a tremendous start this season trying to replace Pat O'Donnell.

* Bring on Arkansas State!


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