The Miami Hurricanes have reached midseason and there are still far more questions than answers about this underwhelming group.
Is Tyler Van Dyke the long-term answer at quarterback? What is the identity of this team? Who are even Miami’s best players so far this year?
On a new episode of the Eye on the U podcast, David Wilson and Susan Miller Degnan, the Hurricanes beat writer for the Miami Herald, do a midseason check up on the Hurricanes (2-4, 0-2 Atlantic Coast) and try to answer some of these unanswered — and maybe unanswerable — questions.
First, however, comes a deep dive on Van Dyke and Miami’s 45-42 loss to the North Carolina Tar Heels. Van Dyke was awful in the first half, but bounced back with major signs of promise in the second. It was a similar story to his first ACC start against the Virginia Cavaliers last month and it leaves lots of room for growth for the second-year freshman in the second half of the season.
In the second half of the episode, we run through a series of questions with no easy answers. The identity of this team remains undefined at midseason and there no clear answers for the best players on each side of the ball. Running back Cam’Ron Harris, wide receiver Charleston Rambo, offensive lineman Jarrid Williams, defensive end Jahfari Harvey, striker Keontra Smith, cornerback Tyrique Stevenson and freshman safety James Williams all get mentioned, but there are no satisfying answers with the Hurricanes potentially on their way to missing a bowl game.
We try to end on a high note, though, and pick out some promising storylines we could see emerge in the second half of the year, including the continued development of freshman defensive tackle Leonard Taylor and a potential breakout for running back Jaylan Knighton.
As always, please continue to rate, review and subscribe while we guide you through the rest of this season in Coral Gables.