What to watch for Miami Hurricanes offense vs UNC

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Miami Hurricanes redshirt freshman quarterback Jarren Williams was elite against Florida when throwing the ball in the middle of the field. He needs to throw the ball to his wide receivers more often.

Jarren Williams was exceptional when throwing the ball to the middle of the field against Florida in the Miami Hurricanes season-opening 24-20 loss. Williams was 18-21 for 194 yards on passing attempts to the middle of the field. Williams finished the night 19-29 for 214 yards.

Teams will start to key on his 1-8 for 20 yards outside the hash marks. It is not surprising with Williams numbers throwing to the middle of the field Brevin Jordan had the lone TD reception. Will Mallory needs to start to make an impact at the other TE.

Williams also needs to have more confidence in his wide receivers. The Miami Hurricanes had troubles with drops from the WR unit in 2018. The Hurricanes WR corps dropped 24 passes last season. With K.J. Osborn leading the Miami WRs in 2019, that should be less of an issue.

According to Inside the U Osborn caught all four of the passes thrown his way for 41 yards in the loss to Florida. Without having to play opposite Florida cornerbacks C.J. Henderson and Marco Wilson, Osborn should have more opportunities against North Carolina. In addition, all four of Osborn’s receptions were in the middle of the field.

Osborn was Miami second-best clutch receiver to Jordan. Three of the graduate transfer’s four receptions went for first downs. Osborn was excellent after the catch, gaining 20 yards. The former Buffalo Bull did not come out of the game. Osborn played all 66 snaps on offense.