Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Preseason Predictions

1. Jacory Harris and Mark Whipple will boost the Canes' offense into the top half of the national rankings. Harris has not only accepted his role as a leader, he's embraced it. And his close relationship with Whipple -- whom he has already described as a father figure -- will translate onto the field. With Whipple's football IQ and Harris' arm, they've got what it takes to give the offense a significant boost. Last year, Miami ranked No. 89 in the country in total offense, 77th in passing offense and 78th in rushing offense. Each of those categories will be ranked at least 50th or better this season.
2. Matt Bosher will win the Lou Groza Award. Why not? He was a semifinalist for it last year, and with Graham Gano and Sam Swank graduated it's his opportunity to shine in the ACC. He was the top point scorer for the Canes last year with 94 points, converting 18 of 20 field goal attempts and 40 of 40 PATs. And he's not afraid to get a little dirty. Bosher made eight tackles last year on special teams, and he even rushed once on a fake punt against Florida State for a 9-yard gain and the first down.
3. Graig Cooper will be the first 1,000-yard rusher since Willis McGahee in 2002. He was only 159 yards shy of this goal last year, and has his sights set on the 1,000-yard mark this season. He's one of the most versatile players on the roster and adds an extra threat with his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. Of course, this depends on Cooper staying healthy and how many carries Javarris James gets this season.

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