Expect explosive plays scarce for Miami Football at Texas AM

Sep 10, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 10, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /
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Expect for explosive plays to be scarce when the Miami football team plays at Texas A&M on Friday. While Miami has been among the best producing plays over 10 yards, the Hurricanes and Aggies have both struggled gaining plays of 20 or more yards. Miami is 84th nationally with eight plays of 20 or more yards.

Texas A&M is 97th with seven plays of 20 or more yards. Miami is 10th nationally with 40 plays of 10 or more yards through the first two weeks. The Aggies defense has been one of the best in the country preventing big plays. Texas A&M is fifth allowing just 12 plays of 10 or more yards in their first two games.

The Miami football teams ranks 54th nationally with 23 plays allowed of 10 or more yards through the first two games. Texas A&M is fifth allowing just three plays of 20 or more yards through the first two games. Miami is 86th with 10 plays of 20 or more yards allowed in its first two games.

The Hurricanes cannot allow an anemic Texas A&M offense to create big plays. Texas A&M quarterback Haynes King has produced only nine pass plays of 15 or more yards in 2022 and three of 25 plus. Aggies’ starting running back Devon Achane has three runs of 10 plus yards and two of 20 plus this season.

King who is a threat to run has two plays on the ground of 10 plus yards and one of 20 plus. No other Texas A&M player has more than three carries this season. Backup QB Max Johnson only has four pass attempts. Miami head coach Mario Cristobal spoke about the Aggies speed, but that has barely come to fruition this season.

Top Texas A&M receiver Ainias Smith has four receptions of 15 plus yards and two for 25 or more. Evan Stewart who is tied with Smith for the Aggies’ lead with 10 receptions has two catches for 15 or more yards, but none that are 25 plus. The Texas A&M offense had less than 100 yards receiving and rushing last week.

Tyler Van Dyke has not been a prolific passing as last season. Miami is striving for a more balanced offense under new coordinator Josh Gattis. Miami has upgraded their production at running back, but is struggling beyond wide receiver Xavier Restrepo from the pass catchers. Restrepo is out on Saturday with a foot injury.

Van Dyke has 12 completions of 15 or more yards an three of 25 plus this season. Henry Parrish has been productive as the lead Miami running back with more than 200 yards in 2022. Parrish has only three runs of 10 or more yards and one of 20 plus. Thad Franklin has been the primary backup to Parrish in 2022.

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Franklin gives the Miami football RB size at 240 pounds. Franklin has four runs of 10 plus yards and one of 20 or more. Gattis spoke this week that if Miami has to continually take three to four yard gains they are comfortable doing so. Saturday night should be an old fashioned defensive dominant close game.