Miami football showed significant 2023 improvement

Sep 1, 2023; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 1, 2023; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports /

By nearly every measure the Miami football team has improved immensely in 2023. Miami is averaging more points and allowing less in 2023. Miami significantly has improved its offense both running and passing and has done the same on defense. There are still a few areas for Miami to improve.

Miami is 36th nationally averaging 32.1 points per game pre bowl. The Hurricanes allow 22.1 PPG which is 41st nationally. In 2022 Miami averaged 23.6 PPG which was 97th nationally. Miami finished 86th nationally averaging 366.1 total yards per game in 2022. Miami improved to 25th and 441.2 YPG in 2023.

The Miami rushing offense has made one of the biggest improvements in 2023 over 2022. Miami averaged 127.9 rushing yards per game in 2022. Miami has improved by nearly 50 rushing yards per game averaging 176.8 in 2023. The Hurricanes are the only ACC team with two top-15 rushers and receivers in 2023.

Henry Parrish is 13th in the ACC averaging 57.90 rushing yards per game and Mark Fletcher is 14th averaging 56.89 rushing YPG. Xavier Restrepo is second in the ACC averaging 82.8 RPG and Jacolby George is 4th at 70.9 RPG. Shannon Dawson has developed playmakers for Miami offensively in 2023.

Miami was 95th in rushing offense in 2022 and is 48th this season. The Hurricanes were 95th averaging 3.74 yards per carry in 2022 and improved to 16th averaging 5.2 YPC in 2023. Miami was 60th nationally averaging 239.1 passing yards per game in 2023. Miami improved to 39th nationally and 264.4 passing yards per game in 2023.

In 2022 Miami was 61st completing 61.7 percent of their pass attempts and 85th with a 128.66 passer rating. Miami is 29th in 2023 with a 64.9 completion percentage and 51st with a 142.26 passer rating. For most of the 2023 season, Miami has been more efficient and explosive offensively.

The 2022 Miami football team allowed 26.8 PPG which was 68th nationally. Miami improved to 22.1 PPG allowed and 41st nationally in 2023. The 2022 Hurricanes were 65th nationally allowing 375.2 YPG. In 2023 Miami is 26th allowing 324.1 YPG. Miami improved significantly defensively in 2023.

Miami was 79th in 2022 allowing 233.1 passing yards per game. The Miami football team was 80th allowing a 60.9 completion percentage, 121st with opponents averaging 8.3 per attempt and 102nd with a 142.37 passer rating against them. Most of those numbers trended up in 2023.

Miami was 69th nationally in 2023 allowing 227.0 passing YPG. The Hurricanes were 24th holding opponents to a 57.2 completion percentage, 56th allowing 7.1 yards per pass attempt and 37th with opposing quarterbacks having a 124.84 passer rating. Miami improved significantly in pass defense in 2023.

The biggest improvement for Miami defensively in 2023 was against the run. Miami is 13th nationally allowing 97.08 rushing YPG. The Hurricanes are 12th allowing 3.17 YPC. In 2022 Miami was 52nd allowing 142.08 rushing YPG and 63rd with opponents averaging 4.0 YPC. Lance Guidry made a huge impact on Miami defensively.

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Miami upgraded at linebacker and in the secondary in 2023. Middle linebacker Francisco Mauigoa is second on Miami with 70 tackles, leads the Hurricanes with 17.0 tackles for loss and tied for the team lead with true freshman Rueben Bain with 7.5 sacks. Guidry helped change the Miami football culture.