So how are things at the U these days? Well, Mark Richt proved that you can go home again--to a point. The former UM QB and former Georgia head coach won 9 games in his first season back in Coral Gables.[membership level="0"] The rest of this article is available to subscribers only - to become a subscriber click here.[/membership] [membership]
The U even won its first bowl game since 2006, beating West Virginia in the Russell Athletic Bowl. And Richt produced Miami's best recruiting class in a decade, led by a freshman QB named N'Kasi Perry. Remember the name, because he might be the UM QB of the present by the end of the season and if he matches his hype, well, the U might be playing in the ACC championship game.
But--there are always buts, when you project success. There are some questions that have to be answered. Mainly it is at QB where Brad Kaaya chose NOT to return. With him, the Canes would probably be a consensus pick to win the ACC Coastal division. Without him, junior Malik Rosier looks like the starter against Bethune-Cookman on Sept. 2. But who will be the starting QB in Tallahassee two weeks later?
Offensively, the Canes do have a 1,000 yard rusher returning in Mark Walton. And, they have a WR in Ahmmon Richards, who broke many of Michael Irvin's freshman records. The schedule--outside of the early trip to FSU--is reasonable and either the Canes or Virginia Tech will be the front runners to win the ACC Coastal.
With Richt as the head coach, eight wins would appear to be a mortal lock, nine seems secure as well. But at Miami, double digit wins WAS the bench mark of success in the good old U days. The Canes aren't there yet, but they are getting much closer.[/membership]