Fun with 2016 preseason projections: Miami tough to evaluate, per Athlon Sports

Athlon Sports thinks highly of Al-Quadin Muhammad and Justin Vogeldoesn’t think they will make the ACC title game, and in general has a hard time evaluating the Canes, whom they tabbed as one of the “biggest wild card teams” in the nation.

It's hard to tell just how good the Hurricanes will be in 2016, Athlon Sports believes. (Getty Images)

It’s hard to tell just how good the Hurricanes will be in 2016, Athlon Sports believes. (Getty Images)

Muhammad, a defensive end, and Vogel, a punter, made the magazine’s first-team preseason All-ACC list. They were two of the nine Miami players who made Athlon’s All-ACC teams. Elsewhere:

  • Quarterback Brad Kaaya and  kicker Michael Badgley made the second team.
  • Wide receiver Stacy Coley, offensive guard Danny Isidora and linebacker Jermaine Grace made third team.
  • UM’s fourth-teamers were running back Joseph Yearby and cornerback Corn Elder. 

Miami, which finished 8-5 last year and hired Mark Richt as head coach, was ranked No. 27 to open the year and picked to finish second, behind North Carolina, in the ACC Coastal Division. UNC is projected to finish one game ahead, and is ranked No. 21 to start the season.

 

 

According to Athlon’s projection, the Hurricanes will finish 8-4 (5-3 ACC). That’s the same as Virginia Tech (which is ranked No. 29). Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech, Duke and Virginia round out Athlon’s Coastal poll.

More preseason fun:

  • Four Athlon prognosticators listed their superlatives, and Miami earned two of four votes for “hardest to evaluate.”
  • Defensive coordinator Manny Diaz took three of four votes for “top coordinator hire.”
  • Richt, ranked the second-best “new coach hire” and fifth-best coach in the conference, earned one vote for ACC coach of the year.
  • Defensive lineman Gerald Willis earned one “newcomer of the year” vote.
  • Kaaya was rated the league’s second-best quarterback, behind Clemson’s Deshaun Watson.
  • Wide receiver Sam Bruce was rated the 12th-best incoming freshman in the league (Florida State and Clemson combined for the first 11).

 

 

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