2004 Miami Hurricanes Football Season Preview

<b>Head Coach:</b> <A HREF=[PlayerNode:1192055]>Larry Coker</A> (35-3) <br><br> <b>Last Season's Record:</b> 11-2 (1st place in Big East) <br><br> <b>Last Bowl Appearance:</b> 2004 Orange Bowl (16-14 win over <A HREF=http://floridastate.TheInsiders.com>Florida State</A>) <br><br> <b>Key matchup(s):</b> Sept. 6 <A HREF=http://florida.TheInsiders.com>Florida</A> State, Oct. 23 @N.C. State, Nov. 13 @<A HREF=http://virginia.TheInsiders.com>Virginia</A>

Star Power: RB Tyrone Moss (5-10, 210, SO), WR Ryan Moore (6-3, 215, SO), LT Eric Winston (6-7, 315, JR), DT Orien Harris (6-2, 300, JR), CB Antrel Rolle (6-1, 202, SR)

Notable Additions: RB Charlie Jones (5-11, 200, FR), RB Andrew Johnson (5-11, 195, FR), WR Lance Leggett (6-3, 180, FR), LB James Bryant (6-3, 240, FR), LB Willie Williams (6-2, 230, FR)

Notable Subtractions: TE Kellen Winslow, OL Vernon Carey, DT Vince Wilfork, LB Jonathan Vilma, LB D.J. Williams, S Sean Taylor

Notable Returnees: QB Brock Berlin (6-1, 215, SR), RB Frank Gore (5-10, 220, JR), WR Roscoe Parrish (5-9, 170, JR), DE Baraka Atkins (6-4, 265, SO), DE Bryan Pata (6-4, 266, SO), DE Javon Nanton (6-4, 240, JR)

2004 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
09/06/04Florida State
09/18/04Louisiana Tech
09/23/04@Houston
10/02/04@Georgia Tech
10/14/04Louisville
10/23/04@North Carolina State
10/30/04@North Carolina
11/06/04Clemson
11/13/04@Virginia
11/20/04Wake Forest
12/04/04Virginia Tech
Offensive Overview: Following a season in which the ‘Canes struggled as a whole on offense Miami has many questions to address this season. Starting with Florida State in its first game will be a true test in every sense as the ‘Noles promise to bring a stellar defense to the Orange Bowl on Labor Day. With a new offensive coordinator (Dan Werner) and tight ends coach (Mario Cristobal) Miami has plenty of moving parts. If there is one key to the season it will be the play of Brock Berlin at quarterback. If he can manage the game more efficiently this season and cut down on the mistakes Miami should gain more and more confidence as the season progresses. With more depth at wide receiver and running back expect Miami to be better this year on offense.

Defensive Overview: Duplicating the stifling defense of a season ago will be very tough. Miami lost four first-rounders from the defense and must replace all but Antrel Rolle in the back seven. Miami has made a name for itself by plugging in newcomers that emerge as stars and this season they will need that to happed. There is talent at every position but who steps up will be the question heading into the season. Keep an eye on the linebacker corps as they will all be new starters. The defensive front will be spectacular and Rolle will manage the secondary. If the linebacker position steps up you may not see much falloff with the group.

Special Teams Overview: You could argue that freshman Jon Peattie earner the team MVP a season ago with his performance. Anything close to his success of a year ago will be fine. In the punting game Brian Monroe had different results. Monroe struggled at times and suffered some badly shanked punts that really hurt the defense. Monroe will only be better this year so expect Miami to be better overall in the special teams area.

Overall Miami is a team that could go a number of different ways this season... A win against Florida State in the opener could be the kick-start they need. A loss could send them reeling. Talent abounds but so do the questions. Following the Florida State game the ‘Canes should be favored in each game so look for the ‘Canes to equal the record of a season ago or perhaps do even better.

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