BCU Game - Mike's Take

Miami defeated Bethune Cookman by the score of 45-0 on Saturday night. Read on for a full game analysis from CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

* Brad Kaaya was a little anxious last night. A lot of his balls were missing high, which could cause a problem against better defenses if they don't clean it up. It seemed like a very simple passing attack for the Canes last night, with lots of quick, short passes. It was a good opportunity for him to work out some early season jitters It's hard to tell how much he'll miss Dorsett and Walford in the passing game based on last night.

* I said numerous times throughout the summer that Mark Walton will likely be the team's number one running back by mid-season. With Gus Edwards out, that may be even quicker. While I like Joe Yearby's running instincts I just dont think he poses the breakaway threat needed to be a No. 1. Walton has it. He looked good last night.

* Even though it was BCU, people forgot how talented Rashawn Scott is. My favorite part about his night? He caught six for over 100 and a score and when asked if he was pleased with his performance he quickly said no because of a drop he had. He is thinking like a pro, and I think he's going to have a big season and become Kaaya's favorite target. I predict he'll lead the team in catches by 10+ by season's end.

* The injury to Berrios was tough but losing Coley for any length of time would be huge just because he's one of just two wide receivers on this team who can beat teams deep and keep opposing DC's up at night. Hopefully we'll get good news on him real soon.

* UM quarterbacks threw 31 passes last night and the backup tight ends only saw two targets. Im not sold on David Njoku being a difference maker yet but I believe Chris Herndon can be and is. He needs to be more involved. In fact, I think he can do more damage this season than Stan Dobard, who is a better all around player because of his physical blocking skills in the running game.

* UM really struggled on 3rd downs on offense last season and that was supposed to be a big focus this offseason. Last night was much of the game. UM was just 3 of 11 on 3rd downs against the worst defense they'll see all season. As long as that continues being an issue, UM will continue having trouble sustaining drives. Phillip Dorsett and Duke Johnson, because of their big play ability, saved UM a lot last season but no one on the current roster scares defenses down the field like they did.

* BCU was so bad on offense that it was tough to tell a whole lot from Miami's defensive effort. I liked how they looked excited to be out there (a lot of that is because it was the opener and they finally got to hit someone other than a teammate). They were very vanilla in their looks but they made plays behind the LOS on 10 of 46 plays, they held BCU to 1-of-13 on money downs, and they caused a couple turnovers. That's a solid effort, especially with a goose egg.

* I said last week when Braxton Berrios was listed as the top punt return guy on the depth chart that I'm not sold on him being a difference maker there. When you're at a place like Miami, you need multiple guys who can take it to the house. I thought Corn Elder could be one of those guys. Based on last night, how could they not have had him No. 1 there by a wide margin? He's an absolute difference maker. I'm sure they'll go back to Berrios for whatever reason but it sure would be nice to see Elder be the team's primary return specialist - both on kicks and punts. He scares people and can flip the field in a hurry. Berrios does not do those things.

* Justin Vogel was one of the most underrated players on last year's team. He came in unexpectedly and put together a tremendous season. He was back at it last night. He's a real weapon. If he keeps performing like that, UM will be going 3 years now with excellent production from that spot. He has the ability to make opponents drive long fields, which will really help the defense.

* Bring on FAU!


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