Miami Hurricanes offense should benefit from experience and continuity

Dec 5, 2020; Durham, North Carolina, USA;. Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 5, 2020; Durham, North Carolina, USA;. Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports /

The Miami Hurricanes enter the 2021 season with 10 starters and their entire coaching staff returning on offense. The biggest news for Miami during the 2021 offseason was the return of quarterback D’Eriq King. King working with offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee should help Miami to continue to develop on offense.

The Miami Hurricanes finished 27th nationally last season averaging 34 points per game. The Hurricanes were 31st in total offense averaging 438.9 yards per game. Tight end Brevin Jordan was the only significant loss on the Miami offense. Will Mallory returns for his fourth season to replace Jordan as the starting TE.

The Miami offense often came up with big plays late in games to secure victories. King threw touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to wide receivers Mike Harley and Mark Pope late last season to defeat North Carolina State and Virginia Tech. Miami has added big play, WR Charleston Rambo, from Oklahoma.

Head coach Manny Diaz made changing the Miami Hurricanes culture a priority when became head coach in December 2019. King and Lashlee were a big part of that changing last season. Miami won the games they were expected to in 2020. Lashlee spoke about the development of the offense to MiamiHurricanes.Com.

"“I think last year, offensively speaking, we learned how to compete. We learned how to not quit and we were in a lot close games. I feel like we learned how to win a lot of them…Then we also had a few moments where we didn’t play very well and it didn’t go our way.But we did learn some valuable things on how to win, how to compete, how to battle through adversity…Now we’ve got to just kind of figure out how to take that next step to continue to battle and grind because every game is hard to win. We just have to try to be at our best every week. It’s hard to do that.That’s why there’s not a lot of people at the end of the year who can say they’re the champion, but that’s our goal and having that leadership nucleus will make that easier for us.”"

Miami won three straight games last season by one score. Miami defeated Virginia 19-14 at Hard Rock Stadium two weeks prior to the win at North Carolina State. Miami needs a more consistent running game in 2021. Balance will be important for the Miami offense. Running is critical to close out games in the fourth quarter.

The addition of Rambo to the Miami offense provides a consistent downfield presence that the Hurricanes did not have in 2020. Miami returns 138 accumulative starts on the offensive line during their college careers. That is a college football record. The Miami OL was greatly improved in 2020 over 2019.

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The leadership nucleus Miami has on offense is important entering the 2021 season. Miami is greatly experienced on offense entering 2021. Several Hurricanes are entering at least their third season as a starter. Miami should be able to handle and adversity they encounter. The season starts against Alabama on September 4.