The Miami Hurricanes offense will improve from that last season.
It was evident in the running game.
Yes, running game.
Though Houston graduate transfer D’Eriq King made his debut, it was the Hurricanes running game, including King’s running, which made the hurricanes look impressive.
Cam’Ron Harris ran for 134 yards and scored twice to lead Miami to a 31-14 season-opening win over UAB Thursday night. King rushed for 83 yards and a rushing touchdown.
“I had a lot on my mind tonight, “King said.” This is my first game in my entire life without my dad. I just wanted to play for him. I couldn’t stop thinking about him all night. I hadn’t played for a while, so getting the win was the biggest thing for me.”
King’s father passed away in February.
King’s last touchdown pass to tight end Brevin Jordan extended King’s FBS record to 16 straight games with at least one rushing TD and one passing TD.
“The locker room I just left, I would say everybody feels it was nice to start with a victory,” Hurricanes head coach Manny Diaz shared. “It has been a while since we won a game, and we talked all year about respecting how difficult it is to win a game and how hard these guys work. So to see that locker room was a great reward for everybody in there.”
Miami showed off their new spread offense under new offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee with 337 yards rushing and 493 total offense.
UAB played their second game of the season, visiting Miami with Thursday’s attendance of 8,153 at Hard Rock Stadium. Social-distancing guidelines were enforced fans were spread throughout the stadium’s lower and upper decks.
A few of UAB reserves tested positive for coronavirus and didn’t make the trip to Miami.
UAB scored first the first touchdown of the game; however, their second touchdown was not until the third quarter where they were outscored 17-7.
UAB’s next game is Sept. 24 at South Alabama.
The Hurricanes play Sept. 19 at Louisville.