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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Georgia Tech. 27. player. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. Running back. Jordan Mason. 880

The loss by the Miami football team to Georgia Tech in 2019 was a microcosm of the entire season. Breakdowns in coverage, missed field goals and failing to score in the red zone all led to the Hurricanes loss to the Yellow Jackets. The Georgia Tech rushing offense shredded Miami for 207 yards led by running back Jordan Mason.

Mason had 20 carries for 141 yards and a TD as the Yellow Jackets were unable to move the ball through the air. A 41-yard TD pass on a fake punt by Georgia Tech punter Pressley Harvin was more than a quarter of the Yellow Jackets 138 yard passing total on the afternoon. Mason was the bulk of the Georgia Tech offense.

A one-yard TD run by Mason in overtime was the winning margin in the game. Mason ran for 31 yards on Georgia Tech’s game-tying TD drive in the second quarter that was the last score in the game until his game-winner in overtime. Georgia Tech also added a strip-sack on N’Kosi Perry they recovered in Miami’s end zone for a TD.

Mason finished sixth in the ACC in 2019 averaging 74.92 rushing yards per game finishing the season with 899 yards rushing and nine TDs. Miami has to go to Georgia Tech in 2020. Georgia Tech has now won two in a row against Miami for the first time since they won four straight from 2005-08 and lead the series 13-12.