Examining Miami Hurricanes offensive regression

MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 11: (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 11: (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

After being one of the most explosive offenses in college football in 2020, the Miami Hurricanes have regressed in 2021. Offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee and quarterback D’Eriq King transformed the Miami offense in 2020. The Hurricanes went from a pro-style to a spread and up-tempo beginning in 2020.

In 2020, the Miami offense finished in 26th nationally scoring at 34.0 points per game, 32nd in total offense averaging 439.8 yards per game and 40th in yards per play at 6.02 yards per play. Miami is averaging 74.3 plays per game this season to 72.7 last year. Miami is averaging 2.33 turnover per game in 2021, 1.09 in 2020.

The Miami offense has regressed to 116th nationally averaging 18.3 points per game in 2021, 90th in total offense at 360.3 yards per game and average 4.87 yards per play which is 106th nationally. Most of the passing and rushing numbers have gone down. Miami is not as explosive or efficient offensively in 2021.

In 2020, Miami completed finished 40th in 2020 completing 62.7 percent of their pass attempts for 277.3 yards per game which were 29th and 26th touchdown passes which were 16th against just six interceptions. Those numbers have significantly decreased during the first three games of the 2021 season.

King has thrown all but one pass for Miami this season and has taken all but four snaps.  As a team, Miami ranks 40th nationally completing 64.8 percent of its pass attempts for 255.67 yards which is 50th, is 90th with three touchdown passes and 106th with four interceptions thrown.

Miami has regressed even further running. In 2020, the Miami Hurricanes ran for 162.55 yards per game which were 67th, 4.24 yards per carry which were 72nd and 18 TDs which were 37th. Those numbers have fallen to 104.67 yards per game which is 113th, are 117th averaging 3.2 yards per carry and 113th with two TDs.

Miami has not committed to the run as much as last season. The Hurricanes are 100th averaging 32.67 rushing attempts per game. Last season Miami averaged 38.36 rushing attempts per game which were 57th. The inconsistency of the Miami offensive line has hindered the Miami offense all season.

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Miami was 99th allowing 2.73 sacks per game in 2020. The Hurricanes have fallen to 108th allowing three sacks this season. Miami needs better play throughout the entire offense. Too many drops from wide receivers and numbers down across the board have seen a regression on offense in a year more development was expected.