USF Game -- Offensive Analysis

USF Game -- Offensive Analysis

The Hurricanes defeated South Florida today by the score of 40-9. Read on to see what CanesTime's Mike Bakas is saying about the game -- from a offensive standpoint.

* The team came out ready to play today. They seemed well prepared, hungry to play, and showed a lot of positive energy from start to finish. Despite playing in front of another terrible crowd and as a .500 football team, they came to play today. The kids deserve obvious credit, but so do the coaches.

* USF was pretty bad. I haven't watched them play since Miami beat them last season but they're not nearly as talented as I thought they were. They obviously haven't recruited real well the last couple years and I think it's pretty clear that Skip Holtz is not the same caliber of coach as Jim Leavitt.

* Nine penalties for 86 yards in the 11th game of the season isn't good. The coaches won't be happy about that. Regardless of the score and opponent, that isn't a good sign this late in the season. Sure, this is a young team but it's game 23 of the Al Golden era, so getting nearly double digit penalties and almost 100 yards on them isn't good. That's something they will have to get cleaned up a lot during the offseason.

* Stephen Morris played pretty well again today. He was throwing balls to three scholarship receivers today. He needed Herb Waters to step up. He did. He needed Clive Walford to create big things in the passing game. He did. Morris made a lot of things happen but still makes too many bad throws to really take his game to the next level. Two of his first half passes should have been picked, and if they were it could have been a different ball game in the first half. He also has too many plays like the one he had when getting sacked, and just tried to flick the ball out. Duke recovered it, but he just needs to eat it, take the sack, and get ready to move on to the next play.

* I'm a big believer in the idea that good coaching shows up as the year goes on. Say what you want about Jedd Fisch as a playcaller but the bottom line is that his starting quarterback continues improving throughout the season. Over the last three games, Morris has completed 60-percent for his passes for nearly 750 yards, eight touchdowns, and no interceptions. That's getting it done -- and all three were conference games. Jacory Harris didn't do this last season, and played his worst game in the finale against Boston College, so it's encouraging to see Morris playing well down the stretch.

* I was a bit surprised that Mike James got just eight touches. He was averaging a lot more than that. Miami had gotten a big lead. It was Senior Day. I thought his effort on the goal line carry was weak but I'm surprised that he didn't get more touches in this game.

* Kudos to Kendal Thompkins for having the best game of his career on Senior Day. He's worked hard. Unlike four of his high school teammates that he came to UM with, Thompkins finished his career out and I think it's only fitting that he played that well today.

* When he signed with UM last year, I thought Herb Waters was one of the most underrated players in the entire 2013 class. Because he played QB so much in high school and never was asked to be a true receiver, I thought he was a year away. Guys like Malcolm Lewis and Robert Lockhart probably had a better chance of making an impact in year one but I thought Waters had a chance to be the best of the group by year two. Hopefully today was a sign of things to come. He'll have eight months to refine his game with an NFL-caliber receivers coach in George McDonald, and I think Waters will have high expectations going into 2013.

* Phillip Dorsett continues to play like Miami's best receiver. He's been the most reliable guy there from day one. He came real close to really breaking out. Everyone saw him as primarily a deep threat early in the season. The fact that he caught 11 passes today and his longest play was just 15 yards shows that he's more than just a deep threat. He can catch a lot of the short stuff. Unfortunately, he didn't break off any big ones but he was close. I really like the idea of getting him the ball quickly and letting him do his thing in the open field.

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