Canes junior linebacker Michael Pinckney announced Monday evening that he will be returning to school and will play his senior year of eligibility with the Hurricanes.
Instead of doing something to build on, the bottom completely fell out from under Miami as it was dominated and embarrassed by Wisconsin Thursday night in a 35-3 rout in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.
11 total Hurricanes received some sort of All-ACC honors Monday – Quarterman on First Team; junior running back Travis Homer, freshman tight end Brevin Jordan, senior safety Jaquan Johnson and redshirt senior defensive tackle Gerald Willis III were all named to the All-ACC Second Team; sophomore cornerback Trajan Bandy was selected to the All-ACC Third Team; and five players earned All-ACC Honorable Mention recognition.
Led by DeeJay Dallas’ 110 total scrimmage yards and two total touchdowns along with Travis Homer’s 168 rushing yards on just eight carries – Miami was able to send its seniors off with a 24-3 victory and exact some revenge on visiting No. 24/25 Pittsburgh Saturday night at Hard Rock Stadium.
The University of Miami Hurricanes will travel to Atlanta, Georgia to face ACC rival Georgia Tech, Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium at Grant Field.
For the third straight week, Miami failed to put more than two touchdowns on the board, along with playing a frustrating game of quarterback musical chairs as it lost 20-12 to Duke in front of 62,754 disgruntled fans Saturday night.
It’s safe to say that the N’Kosi Perry era has begun. After much pregame speculation, which included an omittance of the starting quarterback when the team’s starters were announced over the PA, it was No. 5 – not No. 12 – who trotted out and led the Hurricanes offense Thursday night.
The Hurricanes (1-1) were far and away the superior team compared to the FCS-level Tigers, and they treated the announced crowd of 60,307 fans at Hard Rock Stadium to an 11-touchdown night and their first win of 2018 – snapping a four-game losing streak since the 2017 season.
While Saturday’s scrimmage will be the seventh practice of the Hurricanes, it will also serve as the first taste of what college football really is for many of UM’s freshmen.
ESPN released its Preseason College Football Power Rankings Thursday, with the University of Miami earning the No. 9 spot in the 25-team poll. The Hurricanes were also ranked No. 8 in the preseason Amway Coaches Poll released Thursday.