Mike's Take: Florida A&M Game

Miami defeated Florida A&M by the score of 70-3 on Saturday. Read on for a full game analysis from CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

* This was a total mismatch on the field but it was good to see the Canes come out and play well in their season opener. Sometimes it's easy to take these types of games for granted but Miami seemed ready and focused. Unfortunately, Jamie Gordinier was lost for the season with an injury and that only makes depth worse at an already thin position but the team seemed to escape any other major injuries.

* Brad Kaaya's numbers were very good but I liked Mark Richt's breakdown of his game. He was very critical of some of his throws and decisions and those are things Kaaya needs. I'm not sure he got that type of tough (quality) coaching from the previous regime.

* I think the breakdown of carries among the top three running backs is something we should expect moving forward. It was Mark Walton 15, Joe Yearby 7, and Gus Edwards 7. Travis Homer also had five carries but in bigger games he may not touch it that much.  This was something I was curious about heading into the game and the breakdown makes sense.

* Marquez Williams was very impressive to me. I thought he was going to be a big, strong, slow bulldozer type. He showed surprising quickness and athleticism and to have him involved in the passing game like he was early on is nice and it'd be huge for this offense if that continued.

* Even though he only caught two passes, Ahmmon Richards looked good. Very good. I expect him - not Braxton Berrios or Dayall Harris - to emerge as Miami's No. 2 wide receiver this season.

* It looks like Sunny Odogwu has the edge on Tyree St Louis for the starting right tackle job. It was neck and neck throughout fall camp and anytime that happens you expect the older player to win the job. It happened here but it's hard to tell if Odogwu won it or St Louis couldn't win it. 

* The commentators said that Manny Diaz told them last week that his goal every game is to create one more turnover than the number of touchdowns his defense allows. I've never heard that goal before and I really like it. Simple and it makes sense. The team did that yesterday. 1-for-1. 

* Demetrius Jackson started but I still think a healthy Trent Harris is going to be more effective in this defense, especially in early downs. It'll be interesting to see how that competition plays out once Harris is back to being 100-percent. 

* The last time UM had really young linebackers like this was back in the late 90s when Nate Webster and Dan Morgan were roaming the field. I'm not saying this group will be like those two were but there are similarities. Personally, I like Pinckney the best of the 3 and nothing that happened on the field yesterday changed my mind on that.

* Corn Elder is the truth. Teams will likely try staying away from him as much as possible, which means a true No. 2 corner must emerge. Adrian Colbert started the game but really wasn't tested in this one.

* Bring on App State, which took a very talented and experience Tennessee team down to the final minutes on Saturday. That should be a really fun atmosphere up there this Saturday.


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