Former Miami Northwestern HS quarterback Jacory Harris will make his first career start not even a full year removed from high school versus Charleston Southern. After this game, he'll be moved back to the number two slot on the depth chart as Robert Marve will return from his one game suspension. However, this game should provide the security blanket Randy Shannon was looking for when he stated during the off-season of his goal was get both his starting and backup quarterback significant time under center.
Why you have to watch? The future starts now for one of the gems of the acclaimed 2008 recruiting class.
2. The Battle in the Trenches.
The Hurricane offensive line outweighs the Buccaneer defensive counterpart on average by nearly 70 pounds! The Hurricanes return experienced tackles and air craft carrier sized interior linemen in '08 and versus Charleston Southern they'll see a team that returns a team high 4.5 sacks as its leader in Jake Killeen while averaging just a cheeseburger over 250 pounds across the line.
Why you have to watch? It will be the key to how successful the offense is versus a weak opponent.
3. How special are Special Teams?
The Hurricanes spent an off-season bringing in 29 new faces into the program, 14 of which appeared on the two-deep depth chart to start the season. You can expect at least that number getting significant time on special teams this year including the return game and coverage units. It is an area that needed to make a giant leap from last years overall poor performance. Charleston Southern should provide the Hurricanes a chance to test out potentially three true freshmen in the return game and a host of newcomers on coverage.
Why you have to watch? Potential big plays from the stars of tomorrow.