Miami football making explosive plays offensively without turnovers

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - SEPTEMBER 19: (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - SEPTEMBER 19: (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

In the first two games of the Rhett Lashlee era the offense for the Miami football team has been explosive without turning the ball over.

The offense for the Miami football team has been one of the most explosive through its first two games without turning the ball over. The only Hurricanes turnover through the first two games came on Mark Pope fumbled punt return. Starting at 20 yards and measuring in 10-yard increments Miami in the top five in explosive plays.

The Miami offense has generated 13 plays of 20 or more yards, eight plays of 30 or more, four of 40 or more, three of 50 or more and leads the nation with three plays of 60 plus yards and two of 70 or more. A pair of 75-yard touchdowns against Louisville in the third quarter kept the Cardinals behind by 14 twice.

The ability for Miami to score at any time offensively is a vast difference from 2019. Miami finished 87th in 2019 with just two plays of 60 or more yards and tied for 110th with none over 70. The 75-yard TDs against the Cardinals on Saturday night came on back to back plays on consecutive Miami possessions.

Being able to keep opposing defenses on their heels without turning the ball over is a testament to the play of quarterback D’Eriq King and the play calling of Rhett Lashlee. If Miami can continue to secure the ball while being an explosive offense the 2020 Miami football season can exceed expectations and be a special one.

Juniors, tight end Brevin Jordan and running back Cam Harris have been the lead playmakers in the first two games of 2020. Jordan is tied for seventh nationally with eight plays of 10 yards or more. Harris has been the most explosive RB with seven plays of 10 yards or more. Harris leads Miami with 282 scrimmage yards this season.

Jordan leads Miami in receiving with 10 receptions for 171 yards and two TDs. Jordan scorched Louisville for seven receptions for 120 and a TD. After the game against the Cardinals, Jordan is on pace for career highs. Harris is nearly halfway to his career-high of 566 rushing yards set last season.

Harris has run for 134 yards in each of the first two Miami football games of 2020. The two runs Harris has over 60 yards and 75 yard TD run against Louisville make him the only player in college football with those accomplishments. Teamed with freshmen Jaylan Knighton and Don Chaney the Miami rushing offense has been elite.

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Miami is one of only 24 teams with one or zero turnovers this season. In 2019, Miami was 49th with 17 turnovers. Manny Diaz has continuously stressed taking care of the ball on offense and special teams. The combination of explosive plays and ball security can continue to make the Miami offense one of the ACC’s best in 2020.