Manny Diaz previews Louisville Miami football game on ESPN College Gameday

MIAMI, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 09: (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 09: (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

Appearing on ESPN College Gameday head coach Manny Diaz previewed the Miami football game at Louisville.

The Miami football team pounded Louisville 52-27 last season at Hard Rock Stadium. Head coach Manny Diaz has stated all week leading up to the Hurricanes game against the Cardinals that last year is behind them and has no bearing on the outcome of the game this season. Diaz appeared on ESPN College Gameday.

The Miami defense has a big task to stop the explosive Louisville offense on Saturday. The Cardinals have a half dozen skill positions players to account for that can score every time they touch the ball. The Cardinals are led by quarterback Micale Cunningham. Cunningham threw for 343 yards and three TDs last week.

Cunningham has a stable of running backs and wide receivers to go to. Javian Hawkins leads the Cardinals on the ground backed up by Hassan Hall. At wide receiver Tutu Atwell, Dez Fitzpatrick and Braden Smith are deep threats for Louisville who also have burning speed to make short passes into long gains.

Diaz appeared on ESPN College Gameday to discuss Louisville and what Miami needs to do to limit the Cardinals offense. Limiting the Cardinals ground game will impact the entire Louisville offense according to Diaz. Diaz followed that up by discussing the Miami passing game and the improvements Louisville made defensively.

"“Like any QB his running game…they do a good job running the football, they’ve got two backs that can go all the way at any time. If they can get their running game going their play-action passes off of it is lethal. Like any QB you’ve got to take away his (Cunningham) his best friend.I imagine that the passing game, that the brand new offense, that the details from week one to week two. The running game I thought was excellent in week one. I do thin we will make a jump in our passing game. Louisville has made a major jump on their defense they look like a different unit than they were a year ago.They’re running to the ball, playing with much more confidence so it will be a challenge for our guys.”"

The Louisville Miami football game should be high scoring. Both teams have explosive players on offense with the potential to score every time they touch the ball. The Miami RBs proved that last week with 337 yards rushing against a good UAB defense. Cam Harris, Don Chaney Jr. and Jaylan Knighton key the Miami offense.

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Miami needs to get its passing game going. Hurricanes QB D’Eriq King was 15-23 for 141 yards and a touchdown against UAB. Junior tight end Brevin Jordan did most of the damage with three receptions for 53 yards and the lone TD. The Miami wide receivers need to make an impact on Saturday night against Louisville.