Miami Hurricanes limping into ACC Championship Game

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 18: Christopher Herndon IV
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 18: Christopher Herndon IV /
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After losing it’s final regular season game, The Miami Hurricanes are limping into its ACC Championship matchup versus the Clemson Tigers.

When Senior tight end Christopher Herndon was lost for the year after last Friday’s contest with the Pitt Panthers with an MCL injury, the Miami Hurricanes offense took a hit. Herndon was not only a pass-catching force but a really very good blocker too.

Now reports have 2016 freshman All American Ahmmon Richards being carted off the Greentree practice field. Not having his cheetah-esque speed limits your ability to eat offensively.

Now add that to the fact Mark Walton was lost earlier in the year, that potentially erases three of your greatest offensive threats on the eve of Miami’s showdown with Clemson.

Next man up. Yes. That is the mantra echoed by every college football team in America after an injury. But when a team that had some depth concerns coming into the year faces such inopportune injuries, how does it overcome them?

Michael Irvin Jr. has now assimilated to the role of starting tight end to replace Herndon. He has five catches for 56 yards on the season. Irvin could definitely help the Hurricanes cause by replicating his DNA “Play-maker” gene Saturday.

The Wide Receiving core of Darrell Langham, Lawrence Cager, Dayall Harris and Mike Harley will look to replace Ahmmon Richard’s presence if he is in fact ruled out.