Five players Miami football has to defend better in 2020

CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA - SEPTEMBER 07: (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. Quarterback. 2. Virginia Tech. Hendon Hooker. player. 847

While Howell made his second career start against Miami in 2019, Virginia Tech QB Hendon Hooker made his first career start against the Hurricanes in 2019. Hooker’s dual-threat ability passing and running the football confounded the Miami defense. Hooker led the Hokies to a 28-0 lead with 9:30 remaining in the second quarter.

On the Hokies first five drives of the game, four of which ended in TDs, Hooker was 5-10 for 56 yards and two TD passing and had six carries for 67 yards and another TD. Hooker opened the scoring with 12-yard TD run. Miami fought back and scored on a hail mary to end the first half down 28-7.

A third-quarter TD by Miami cut the deficit to 28-14 entering the fourth quarter. The teams combined for 35 points in the fourth quarter. After Miami tied the game, Hooker led the Hokies on a game-winning five-play 62-yard drive culminated by three-yard Deshawn McClease touchdown run with 1:03 remaining.

Miami drove to the Hokies 10, but a N’Kosi Perry pass on the final play was incomplete and Virginia Tech earned a 42-35 victory. Hooker finished 10-20 for 184 yards and two TDs and ran 16 times for another 76 yards and a TD. If Miami is going to defeat the Hokies in 2020, limiting Hooker needs to be a priority.