Miami Hurricanes offense likely to increase 2021 plays per game

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - SEPTEMBER 19: (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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If the history offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee is any indication, the Miami Hurricanes are likely to increase the number of plays they run in 2021. Miami ran an average of 73 plays per game in 2020. The Hurricanes had an average of 64.92 plays per game in 2019 under Dan Enos, the predecessor to Lashlee.

In the first season Lashlee was at SMU in 2018, the Mustangs averaged 72.3 plays per game, 271.7 passing yards and 115.6 passing yards per game. In 2019, SMU averaged 79.3 plays per game, 309 passing yards per game and 180.8 passing yards per game. More plays create more than the obvious benefits.

SMU averaged 6.97 yards per pass attempt and 3.5 yards per rush attempt in 2018. Those numbers increased to 8.00 yards per pass attempt and 4.4 yards per rush in 2019. Playing at a higher pace tires out the defense as the game goes on. Miami increased its yardage significantly from 2019 to 2020.

In 2019, Miami averaged 249.2 passing yards per game on 33.5 attempts. The Hurricanes averaged 31.2 rushing attempts per game for 118.2 yards per game. Miami increased those numbers to 34.6 attempts for 277.3 passing yards per game in 2020. The rushing attempts increased to 38.1 per game for 163.0 YPG.

The Miami offense should continue to develop with everyone but tight end Brevin Jordan returning in 2020. Quarterback D’Eriq King will be playing for an offensive coordinator for the second straight year for the first time during his six-year collegiate career. Lashlee also had the benefit of an experienced QB.

Miami has the skill position players and an extremely experienced offensive line to become more of a force on offense in 2021. The addition of Oklahoma transfer Charleston Rambo at wide receiver provides the Hurricanes with a deep threat in the passing game they did not always have last season.

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Mike Harley returning for a fifth season and Rambo should also provide King with two consistent WRs that Miami sorely lacked in 2020. Tight end Will Mallory and a deep running back corps will allow Lashlee to be creative in his formations in 2021 and lineup players throughout the formation.