The Hurricanes offense head into this matchup in a state of confusion. Prior to the season all the criticism fell on Brock Berlin's shoulders, and the team was counting on a strong running game to carry the load. Eric Winston was the best offensive tackle in college football, and not even Miami can lose a player the caliber of Winston and not have it effect them. Last week, Miami was held to 77 yards rushing versus a below average North Carolina defense.
Berlin has started silencing some of his critics, but Clemson's secondary will be the best he has all season. Berlin is completing 57.9 percent of his passes, and has 15 to 4 touchdown to interception ratio. That is where Berlin has improved so much. Miami critics cannot accuse Berlin of beating his team this year. He has put his team in a position to win every game this year. Last season, he made several Chris Rix like errors that cost his football team. The Tiger secondary will be a big test for Berlin.
Frank Gore started the year off with a big game winning touchdown run versus Florida State. Gore was originally not even expect to play until the middle of the year. The running game for Miami has simply not been as productive as people thought. Gore is the leading rusher at 62.3 yards a game, followed by Tyrone Moss at 50.6 yards a game. Both have been effective though averaging over 4 yards a carry. The talent is still there with the running backs, but the offensive line is not run-blocking like the Miami of old. Fullback Quadtrine Hill is a dangerous weapon waiting to be unleashed. He has averaged over 6 yards a carry in a limited role.
When you look at Miami's receivers, you have to pay attention to the tight ends. The tight end has always been Berlin's safety valve. Greg Olsen and Kevin Everett are both very talented and could start for almost any school in the country. Everett is the Hurricanes second leading receiver with 16 catches for 230 yards. Jamaal Fudge and Tramaine Billie will have their hands full all day with this duo.
Ryan Moore and Roscoe Parrish are the main threats at wideout. Parrish is the team's leading receiver with 331 yards receiving. Both are big time players, but have failed to live up to their potential. One receiver who is a threat returning from injury is Sinorice Moss. Moss had the game tyingtouchdown versus FSU in the opener.
Miami will use Devin Hester on offense as well this week. Hester is simply a play maker. Hester is by far and away the most dangerous threat the Hurricanes have. Miami will try and put the ball in his hands a variety of ways. Hester has made several critical plays this year that has sparked the Hurricane offense.