Miami Hurricanes Run Diversification

TALLAHASSEE OCTOBER 7: Running back Travis Homer
TALLAHASSEE OCTOBER 7: Running back Travis Homer /
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The game against North Carolina was not the first time the Hurricanes struggled running the ball this season. They also had troubles in the win over Florida State. The Hurricanes managed just 83 yards on 29 carries against the Seminoles.

The offensive line deserves a ton of credit here. The fact remains it is the same offensive line from the beginning of the year. It was the same offensive line (minus guard Navaughn Donaldson) vs North Carolina. This is a good ACC offensive line. It always has been.

Does it have the capability to just line up and broadcast in a limited play selection format and run over teams like the 2001 team did? No. But when you give them a tactical advantage and allow the element of diversification? Yes. They can dominate. They just proved two weeks in a row they could.

Miami has run for 456 yards in the last two games. That came against Virginia Tech’s third-ranked ACC run defense and

Exhibit A: You see concepts in this video that show evolution in the run game. Split zone concepts. Jet sweep motion counters. Homer has excelled all year long and is the leading ACC rusher in terms of yards per attempt (minimum of 100 attempts) with 6.66 yards per carry. His ability to plant and get downfield and accelerate is on full display.