Miami football one of two ACC teams with legitimate chance at CFP title

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The defensive linemen mentioned by Connelly will all be a key part of the Miami rotation in 2019. The biggest defensive lineman Connelly left out defensive end, Greg Rousseau. Before suffering a season-ending ankle injury in 2018 Rousseau was poised to contribute as a true freshman.

Rousseau’s injury came in Miami’s second game of 2018. That has allowed him to maintain his freshman eligibility after redshirting last season. A spring practice legend, if he can stay healthy Rousseau will be unblockable on the defensive line.

"If … the punting improves. This is the only special teams-related “if” on this list, but Miami’s punting last year was dire. Returnee Jack Spicer averaged a nightmarish 32.9 net yards per kick, and between inefficient offense and terrible punting, Miami’s defense faced the worst starting field position in the country. That the Hurricanes still allowed under 20 points per game tells you why Diaz, last year’s defensive coordinator, got the head-coaching job when Mark Richt retired. But massive improvement is required here, either from Spicer or tattooed junior college transfer (and viral sensation) Louis Hedley."

The punter will be Hedley baring a major upset in August training camp. He did not sign with Miami, receive the hype, accolades and BMOC status to be second string punter. Legacy punter Zach Feagles, son of UM Sports Hall of Famer Jeff left the Miami football program largely because of Hedley’s presence.

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Hedley will instantly be a fan favorite. If he doesn’t punt well, the fans will turn on him quickly. The 6’4 215 pound former Australian Football player averaged 38.6 yards per punt in 2018. Eight of his kicks went inside the 20, seven were fair catches and none were blocked. Hedley projects to instantly upgrade.