Hurricanes running back Travis Homer lands spot on another watch list for prestigious college football award

Travis Homer #24 of the Miami Hurricanes rushes during a game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Sun Life Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — After landing on the Maxwell Award watch list earlier this week, Travis Homer is a candidate for another major college football award.

The Hurricanes running back was named a preseason candidate for the Doak Walker Award, the PcW SMU Athletic Forum announced Wednesday. The honor, which will be awarded during The Home Depot College Football Awards on December 6, goes to the top running back in college football. Continue reading “Hurricanes running back Travis Homer lands spot on another watch list for prestigious college football award”

Miami Hurricanes football: Five storylines to follow at the ACC Kickoff

Mark Richt speaks during a press conference at the ACC Kickoff. (Getty Images)
Mark Richt speaks during a press conference at the ACC Kickoff. (Getty Images)

The start of the football season is close. How close?

Coaches and two players from each ACC school will travel to Charlotte, N.C., this week for the league’s annual kickoff event, held Wednesday and Thursday. The Hurricanes will speak to the media on Wednesday afternoon, with wide receiver Ahmmon Richards, safety Jaquan Johnson and coach Mark Richt representing the program at ACC media days.

Here are five Hurricanes storylines that will be part of their day in Charlotte … Continue reading “Miami Hurricanes football: Five storylines to follow at the ACC Kickoff”

Four Hurricanes named to watch lists for prestigious college football awards

Running back Travis Homer #24 of the Miami Hurricanes tries to get around the tackle of linebacker Matthew Thomas #6 of the Florida State Seminoles during the second half of an NCAA football game at Doak S. Campbell Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)

The preseason hype surrounding the Hurricanes continued Monday with Travis Homer, Ahmmon Richards, Jaquan Johnson and Shaquille Quarterman earning spots on watch lists for some of college football’s most prestigious awards. Continue reading “Four Hurricanes named to watch lists for prestigious college football awards”

A hello, from the Palm Beach Post’s new Miami Hurricanes beat writer

The Miami Hurricanes take the field during a game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Hard Rock Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Hello, Hurricanes fans.

I’m the Palm Beach Post’s new Hurricanes beat writer, taking over for Matt Porter — who brought you magnificent Hurricanes coverage for the past five years. Matt has moved on to cover the Boston Bruins for The Boston Globe.

The start of college football season is right around the corner, so let’s not waste any time. In today’s world of lists and quick hits, I thought it would be fitting to put together a “Five Things to Know” about myself to give you all a better understanding of where I come from before we get started on everything Hurricanes.

Here you go …

I was born and raised in Miami. I’m aware of the tradition the Hurricanes have established over the years. Growing up, I experienced it firsthand by going to games at the old Orange Bowl with my dad. I’ve sat in the West End Zone for Miami-Florida State games.  I know the Hurricanes — with a list of players from the tri-county area — represent South Florida better than anything else in sports. Side note: My dad nearly disowned me when I made the decision to attend the University of Florida after high school.

Before arriving to the Hurricanes beat, I covered high school sports, the Florida Gators and the Miami Heat for the Palm Beach Post. During my time on Palm Beach County high school sports, I covered current Hurricanes running back Travis Homer, linebacker Zach McCloud and wide receiver Ahmmon Richards. They’ve each improved a little bit since I last wrote about them.

I ran through the smoke at the Orange Bowl as a kid before a Hurricanes home game. Why, you ask? My Pop Warner football team was invited to do it.

I love Cuban coffee. I’m still not sure I can live (or write) without it.

Follow me on Twitter at @Anthony_Chiang and Instagram at anthonywchiang for Hurricanes news, updates and analysis. Also, check out and like The Palm Beach Post‘s Miami Hurricanes page on Facebook. Do it now before you forget. Really, like right now.

Next challenge for Hurricanes offense, QB Malik Rosier? Bounce back from worst performance of season

Malik Rosier #12 of the Miami Hurricanes rushes against the Pittsburgh Panthers on November 24, 2017 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

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CORAL GABLES — Another week, another challenge for the Miami Hurricanes’ offense.

The unit has already found a way to fill the void starting running back Mark Walton left behind when he suffered a season-ending ankle injury in early October. The group has also managed to get by with star wide receiver Ahmmon Richards playing at less than 100 percent due to nagging leg injuries.

This week, the Hurricanes will work to overcome their worst offensive performance of the season when they face Clemson on Saturday in the ACC Championship Game. Miami scored a season-low 14 points and produced just 232 yards of total offense in Friday’s loss to Pittsburgh, down from its season averages of 31.9 points and 422.9 yards per game.

“Just little things,” Richards said after Tuesday’s practice when asked what he thought went wrong against Pittsburgh. “Pretty much little things is what it comes down to.”

And quarterback play. The Hurricanes are hoping Malik Rosier can overcome his worst performance since taking over as the starting quarterback at the start of the season.

Rosier completed 15-of-34 passes for 187 yards and two touchdowns, but missed plenty of open targets during the loss. The redshirt junior was eventually pulled in the fourth quarter for redshirt sophomore Evan Shirreffs, with head coach Mark Richt since making it clear that Rosier is the starting quarterback entering Saturday’s game against Clemson.

“I think Malik has responded great,” Richt said Tuesday. “… He knew when the game was over and we were all packing up and everything [in Pittsburgh], he knew he was our guy. He knew there was no controversy on who is going to start the game or anything like that.

“It could shake up a guy, but I think he knows that we believe in him and I do believe in him. I don’t think there’s any doubt that he gives us the best chance to win.”

Rosier has responded well this week in practice, according to his teammates and coaches.

“I feel like he has more of an edge,” Richards said of Rosier. “I feel like he’s moving around a lot more. He’s more vocal. I just feel like he has an edge to him this week. I like it.”

Offensive coordinator Thomas Brown agrees.

“This is his best week of preparation so far,” Brown said Tuesday. “Sunday night was his best night. It was our best night as an offense. Today was a great practice, probably one of the best two-a-days all year because it starts with the quarterback. When he has the right mindset, taking charge and pushing the tempo, everybody else responds.”

It sounds like Rosier has received that message.

“A lot of it had to do with me, my body language,” Rosier said on Tuesday’s ACC teleconference. “Coach Brown has a big saying that the ship follows the leader, basically saying the ship only goes as far as I go, talking about our offense. The big thing the coaches have been stressing to me is push the offense, push the tempo, get these guys going.”

But if Rosier is going to have a bounce-back performance, he’ll have to do it without one of his top targets. Senior tight end Chris Herndon, who ranks second on the team with 40 catches and 477 receiving yards, suffered a season-ending MCL injury in Friday’s loss.

So, in steps sophomore tight end Michael Irvin II in his place. Irvin, who has played in 10 games this season but has one career start, has five catches for 56 yards this year.

“He’s done a really good job at competing, working his butt off,” Brown said of Irvin. “Obviously, he has huge shoes to fill. But he’s a different tight end than Chris Herndon. He does a great job at route running and catching the ball. I think he’s up for the challenge. We’ll see.”

The Hurricanes have to hope their offense is up for the challenge, too. Clemson is ranked sixth in the country in total defense (283.3 yards per game) and fourth in scoring defense (13.6 points per game).

“This is probably going to be, by far, one of the best teams we’ve faced so far,” Brown said. “Their front four is the best that we’ve seen, might be the best in the country. … For whatever reason, we don’t respond well when we have success and nobody is talking bad about us. We do respond well when it’s prime time so far and we have a tough opponent. Hopefully we do the same thing this week.”

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