Dec 28, 2016; Orlando, FL, USA;Miami Hurricanes head coach Mark Richt celebrates after defeating the the West Virginia Mountaineers at Camping World Stadium. The Miami Hurricanes defeated West Virginia Mountaineers 31-14. the Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dy

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Miami Opens Season with Lofty Goals

Curtis & Perk
September 01, 2017 - 1:08 pm

The Miami Hurricanes kick off the 2017 season Saturday against visiting Bethune-Cookman with high expectations. It is year number two for Mark Richt, and the Canes hope they pick up right were they left off last season. They finished winning five games in a row and concluded the season with a convincing 31-14 win in the Russell Athletic Bowl v.s. West Virginia. Quarterback Brad Kaaya was the MVP of that contest and promptly announced he was going pro. Since that time every Canes fan wondered who would replace him. Enter Malik Rosier. The Redshirt Junior now gets his chance to shine. Rosier has only started 1 game, which was an improbable win at Duke in 2015. He will start the season as the signal caller, but will he finish it? Highly touted true freshman N’kosi Perry was hand picked by Richt to run his offense. If Rosier plays well enough and the Canes are winning then it will be business as usual. If not there could be a change at some point. The offense returns Running Back Mark Walton ready for an even bigger workload as well as pass catcher Ahmmon Richards who sparkled in his first year. They have enough skill at Wide Receiver, Tight End and the Offensive Line is solid to win double digit games this season. 

On the other side of the ball the Canes return seven starters and have a slew of breakout candidates. With a strong special teams unit it all adds up to a possible season to remember. 

Other than a late September trip to Tallahassee to take on Florida State, Miami should be the favored team in the rest of their match-ups. However it might just come down to the play of the Quarterback. Malik Rosier will be the one to watch. He plays the most important position for Miami and right now it might be the most uncertain. Rosier has been waiting for this moment for a lifetime, and in an era where players transfer in and out of huddles depending on playing time Rosier never wavered. He has paid his dues and followed through, and now he gets his chance. Time to find out a few answers to an off season of questions. It all gets going Saturday. 


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