Charting the Canes: Analyzing Miami Hurricanes vs. Notre Dame 2017

DeeJay Dallas is one of several freshmen getting more burn in November. (The Palm Beach Post)

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Post contributor Daniel Gould, who has charted Hurricanes games since 2013, shares his weekly analysis of snap counts, quarterback play, offensive and defensive targets and play success rates.  

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Offensive snaps – 64 Total

QB – Malik Rosier (64)

RB – Travis Homer (50), Deejay Dallas (14)

TE – Christopher Herndon (56), Michael Irvin (8)

WR – Braxton Berrios (53), Jeff Thomas (38), Lawrence Cager (26), Ahmmon Richards (23), Mike Harley (22), Darrell Langham (18), Dayall Harris (12)

LT – Kc McDermott (64)

LG – Trevor Darling (64)

C – Tyler Gauthier (64)

RG – Navaughn Donaldson (64)

RT – Tyree St. Louis (64)

Notes: After rotating players the last several weeks at RG, Donaldson’s return from injury has solidified the OL. The last 2 weeks the starting group has played every significant snap, which happened in no other FBS game. 

Richards played the first 23 snaps on offense before not seeing another snap. Cager and Langham rotated in at his spot. Harley saw his first game action since Syracuse.

Defensive snaps – 64 Total

DE – Joe Jackson (39), Chad Thomas (37), Jon Garvin (25), Trent Harris (23), DJ Johnson (4)

DT – RJ McIntosh (49), Kendrick Norton (36), Anthony Moten (17), Pat Bethel (14), Jon Ford (3)

LB – Zach McCloud (52), Shaq Quarterman (49), Michael Pinckney (41), Darrion Owens (16), Mike Smith (13), Charles Perry (4), Bradley Jennings (2), De’Andre Wilder (2)

CB – Michael Jackson (57), Malek Young (47), Dee Delaney (18), Trajan Bandy (13), Derrick Smith (4), Jhavonte Dean (2)

S – Jaquan Johnson (58), Sheldrick Redwine (48), Amari Carter (25), Robert Knowles (6)

Notes: After not seeing the field much against Virginia Tech, McCloud led the LB group in snaps. He responded with having the best game of his season and earning ACC linebacker of the week. 

Dee Delaney also worked back into the rotation after coming back from injury. He played a few snaps late against Virginia Tech with his last action before that coming against FSU.

Amari Carter has locked down the 3rd safety spot. After averaging only 8 snaps the first 5 games he has logged 25 snaps on defense the last 3 weeks.

QB chart

Notes: Rosier had a quiet but efficient game, owing to Miami running the ball nearly the entire second half. He completed his only target over 20 yards. He also completed all five passes to the right sideline, where he has completed 20 percent more of his passes than the left sideline on the season. Both incompletions to the left sideline were off-target passes to Richards. Three of his targets are not included in the passing chart because they were deflected or throwaways.

Offensive targets

Lawrence Cager – 2/2, 2 YAC

Chris Herndon – 4/4, 13 YAC

Travis Homer – 2/2, 41 YAC

Jeff Thomas – 2/2, 5 YAC

Braxton Berrios – 2/2, 5 YAC, 1 TD

Dayall Harris – 2/3, 12 YAC, 1 drop

Darrell Langham – 0/1

Ahmmon Richards – 0/4

Notes: Richards hasn’t dropped a pass the last two weeks but only 3 of his 10 targets have ended in a completion. For the season only 17 of his 48 targets have been completed. Cager did well filling in for Richards against Notre Dame, catching both targets — including his best catch of the season, a 28-yarder on fourth-and-9. All four of Herndon’s targets were caught. He has caught 70 percent of his targets on the season and leads the team in YAC with 327 yards.

Defensive targets

De’Andre Wilder – 1/1, 13 yards

Malek Young – 3/7, 44 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 2 PBU

Trajan Bandy – 0/2, 1 INT, 1 PBU

Sheldrick Redwine – 0/1, 1 PBU

Michael Jackson – 1/2, 4 yards

Dee Delaney – 1/1, 23 yards

Mike Smith – 0/1

Jaquan Johnson – 1/2, 23 yards, 1 INT

Bradley Jennings – 1/1, 7 yards

Amari Carter – 0/1, 1 forced drop

Zach McCloud – 1/1, 6 yards

Shaq Quarterman – 1/2, 16 yards, 1 pass deflection

Michael Pinckney – 0/1

Notes: Young was the most-targeted defender against Notre Dame, and it resulted in him giving up a season-high 44 yards. It also resulted in him getting an interception and almost bringing down two others. Johnson hasn’t been targeted much as a deep safety but Wimbush did find some room between him and the corners on some passes, completing 2 passes of 23 yards each, as well as missing a deep throw early that would have been a touchdown. Redwine and Carter both had big plays on deep passes, with Redwine almost intercepting a pass and Carter forcing a drop with a big hit.

Success rates

Miami’s offense had its most successful 1st quarter of the season with a 67 percent success rate. The defense also came out on fire, holding Notre Dame to only 17 percent.

Miami’s 3rd down struggles continued, converting only 17 percent. This tied their lowest rate of any game this season (Georgia Tech). Miami ranks 126th of 130 FBS teams in third-down offense (29.36 percent). 

Notre Dame has a 47 percent success rate on run plays this season but managed only 39 percent against Miami with only a 30 percent rate in the first half.

*A successful play is 50% of yards to go on 1st down, 70% on 2nd down and 100% on 3rd/4th down. An average success rate is generally around 40%.

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