|2009 Miami Hurricanes football|
|Champs Sports Bowl vs Wisconsin, L 14–20|
|Conference||Atlantic Coast Conference (Coastal)|
|2009 record||9–4 (5–3 ACC)|
|Head coach||Randy Shannon|
|Offensive coordinator||Mark Whipple|
|Offensive scheme||Pro Style|
|Defensive coordinator||John Lovett|
|Base defense||4-3, Cover 2|
|2009 ACC football standings|
|#13 Georgia Tech †||7||–||1||11||–||3|
|#10 Virginia Tech||6||–||2||10||–||3|
|Championship: Georgia Tech 39, Clemson
December 5, 2009
|† – BCS
representative as champion
As of January 8, 2010 • Rankings from AP Poll
The 2009 Miami Hurricanes football team represented the University of Miami during the 2009 Division I college football season. The Hurricanes were coached by Randy Shannon and played their home games at Land Shark Stadium (formerly "Dolphin Stadium"). The Hurricanes finished the season 9–4, 5–3 in ACC play and lost in the Champs Sports Bowl 20–14 against Wisconsin.
The offseason saw three quarterbacks transfer, including last season's starter Robert Marve. The moves left sophomore Jacory Harris as the starter and true freshman A.J. Highsmith as the backup. The Hurricanes' staff also saw turnover, with a new offensive coordinator Mark Whipple, known for his Pro Style offense and a new defensive coordinator John Lovett from North Carolina Tar Heels.
On December 29, 2008, Miami fired offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Patrick Nix, two days following the Emerald Bowl . The following day, redshirt freshman quarterback Robert Marve, who had been suspended from the Emerald Bowl due to academic reasons, was granted conditional release from his scholarship and announced he would be transferring. Marve had started 11 of 13 games for Miami in 2008, and his transfer would result in true freshman Jacory Harris officially becoming the team's starting quarterback for 2009. Harris had played in all 13 games in 2008, starting in two of them.
On January 20, 2009, defensive coordinator Bill Young announced his leaving Miami to become the defensive coordinator of his alma mater, Oklahoma State University. This left Shannon with the task of having to replace two coordinators in the same off-season.
Shannon made the first hire on January 27, when Mark Whipple was hired to be the team's new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, in addition to being named assistant head coach. On February 12, John Lovett was hired as the team's new defensive coordinator.
Miami began spring practice on February 24, and held their spring game on March 28.
Practice for the fall began on August 8 . Several injuries occurred during practices; defensive end Adewale Ojomo sustained a broken jaw during a locker room incident that could keep him out the whole season . Defensive end Eric Moncur visited a specialist in Philadelphia on August 19 to have a groin injury examined and was held out of some practices, while defensive end Gavin Hardin was held out of camp with an unknown injury.
On August 25, backup quarterbacks Taylor Cook and Cannon Smith both announced that they had requested and obtained a release for transfer to other schools. This left true freshman A.J. Highsmith as the second team backup to Jacory Harris.
Starting tight end Dedrick Epps suffered a torn ACL in practices leading up to the Emerald Bowl in December 2008, keeping him out of spring practice. His status for the 2009 season is uncertain. Jimmy Graham, a former forward on the Miami basketball team, announced in April that he would be joining the football team for the 2009 season as a tight end. Graham had not played football since high school.
Due to lack of depth at the cornerback position, receiver Sam Shields and safety Ryan Hill were moved to cornerback before the start of spring, where they will remain for 2009. Defensive end Allen Bailey was moved permanently to defensive tackle, and safety CJ Holton was moved from safety to linebacker. Several players from 2008 either transferred or left the team, including quarterback Robert Marve, receiver Jermaine McKenzie, running back Shawnbrey McNeal, and offensive lineman Christopher Barney.
On February 6, Miami announced its 2009 recruiting class, of which there were 19 members, and six of which were early enrolees who participated in spring practice. Two signees failed to qualify: offensive tackle Malcolm Bunche and defensive back Prince Kent.
|Name||Pos||Ht||Wt||Hometown||High School/Prep School/Junior College|
|Ray Ray Armstrong||S||6-4||218||Sanford, FL||Sanford Seminole HS|
|Malcolm Bunche||OT||6-6||315||Newark, DE||Newark HS|
|Dyron Dye||DE||6-4||215||Sanford, FL||Sanford Seminole HS|
|Shayon Green||LB||6-2||225||Tifton, GA||Tifton County HS|
|A.J. Highsmith||QB||6-0||186||Ft. Bend, TX||Hightower HS|
|Mike James||RB||5-11||211||Davenport, FL||Davenport Ridge HS|
|Jermaine Johnson||OT||6-6||309||Ft. Lauderdale, FL||St. Thomas Aquinas HS/Hargrave Military Academy|
|Prince Kent||S||6-3||195||Norcross, GA||Norcross HS|
|Brandon McGee||CB||5-11||186||Lauderhill, FL||Plantation HS|
|Lamar Miller||RB||5-11||205||Miami, FL||Killian HS|
|Stephen Plein||TE||6-6||240||Ft. Myers, FL||Ft. Myers HS|
|Curtis Porter||DT||6-2||334||Charlotte, NC||Victory Christian HS|
|Jamal Reid||CB||6-1||175||Mayo, FL||Lafayette HS|
|Luther Robinson||DT||6-3||280||Ft. Pierce, FL||Westwood HS|
|Billy Sanders||TE||6-4||235||Coeur d'Alene, ID||Lake City HS|
|Olivier Vernon||DE||6-3||239||Miami, FL||American HS|
|Brandon Washington||OG||6-5||330||Miami, FL||Northwestern HS/Milford Prep|
|Jared Wheeler||OG||6-5||310||Plantation, FL||American Heritage HS|
|Cory White||OT||6-4||225||Jacksonville, FL||Fleming Island HS|
|Position||Name||Yrs. in Current Pos.|
|Head Coach||Randy Shannon||3rd|
|Offensive Coordinator/Assistant Head Coach||Mark Whipple||1st|
|Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach||John Lovett||1st|
|Special Teams / TEs||Joe Pannunzio||4th|
|Running Backs||Tommie Robinson||3rd|
|Wide Receivers||Aubrey Hill||2nd|
|Offensive Line||Jeff Stoutland||3rd|
|Defensive Line||Clint Hurtt||4th|
|Linebackers/Defensive Assistant||Micheal Barrow||3rd|
|Defensive Backs||Wesley McGriff||3rd|
|Strength & Conditioning||Andreu Swasey||8th|
|September 7||8:00 pm||at #19 Florida State||Doak Campbell Stadium • Tallahassee, FL (
Miami – Florida State rivalry)
|September 17||7:30 pm||#13 Georgia Tech||#22||LandShark Stadium • Miami Gardens, FL||ESPN||W 33–17||45,329|
|September 26||3:30 pm||at #12 Virginia Tech||#13||Lane Stadium • Blacksburg, VA||ABC||L 31–7||66,233|
|October 3*||8:00 pm||#8 Oklahoma||#21||LandShark Stadium • Miami Gardens, FL||ABC||W 21–20||61,790|
|October 10*||7:00 pm||Florida A&M||#11||LandShark Stadium • Miami Gardens, FL||ESPN 360||W 48–16||47,859|
|October 17*||7:30 pm||at Central Florida||#11||Bright House Networks Stadium • Orlando, FL||CBS CSN||W 27–7||48,453|
|October 24||3:30 pm||Clemson||#9||LandShark Stadium • Miami Gardens, FL||ABC||L 40–37 (OT)||43,778|
|October 31||3:30 pm||at Wake Forest||#18||BB&T Field • Winston-Salem, NC||ABC||W 28–27||30,011|
|November 7†||12:00 pm||Virginia||#17||LandShark Stadium • Miami Gardens, FL||Raycom||W 52–17||48,350|
|November 14||3:30 pm||at North Carolina||#15||Kenan Stadium • Chapel Hill, NC||ABC||L 33–24||57,500|
|November 21||12:00 pm||Duke||#24||LandShark Stadium • Miami Gardens, FL||ESPNU||W 34–16||38,200|
|November 28*||3:30 pm||at South Florida||#21||Raymond James Stadium • Tampa, FL||ABC||W 31–10||66,469|
|December 29*||8:00 pm||vs. #22 Wisconsin||#15||Citrus Bowl • Orlando, FL (Champs Sports Bowl)||ESPN,ESPN 360||L 20–14||56,747|
|*Non-Conference Game. †Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game.|
|#19 Florida State||7||3||13||11||34|
Miami's first game was against Florida State. The lead changed seven times during the game, and Miami won 38-34. The outcome was in doubt until the final play of the game when a pass from Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder bounced incomplete in the Miami end zone. Miami quarterback Jacory Harris, who, in only his third career start, completed 21 of 34 passes for 386 yards and 2 touchdowns against 2 interceptions. In the process, Harris set the record for most passing yards by a Miami quarterback against Florida State. Harris also rushed for a touchdown.
A seesaw first half saw Miami take a 14-10 lead to the locker room on the strength of a 39-yard touchdown pass from Harris to Travis Benjamin and a 6-yard touchdown run by Javarris James. Momentum swung to the Florida State side in the third quarter, as the Seminoles outscored Miami 13-3 to take a 23-17 lead heading into a back-and-forth fourth quarter.
Harris put the Hurricanes back in front early in the fourth with a 1-yard touchdown off a quarterback sneak, but the lead was short-lived. On Miami's next possession, Harris was hit as he released the ball and was intercepted by defensive end Markus White, who returned the interception 31 yards for a Florida State touchdown. The Seminoles then successfully converted a two-point attempt, making up for an earlier missed extra point, and took a 31-24 lead. Unfazed, Harris responded by orchestrating a 10-play, 73-yard drive that culminated with a 24-yard game-tying touchdown pass to Graig Cooper. Florida State then inched back ahead with a 44-yard field goal. Trailing by 3, Miami took possession with 4:11 remaining and after a series of short gains, crossed into Florida State territory. On second-and-five from the Florida State 43-yard line, Harris lofted a 40-yard pass to Benjamin, who was able to get behind double coverage, catch the ball in stride near the left sideline, and get one foot down before his momentum took him out of bounds at the 3. Cooper rushed 3 yards for a touchdown on the next play, putting Miami back in front, 38-34, with under 2 minutes to play.
A 15-yard penalty for excessive celebration and a short kickoff allowed Florida State to start its final drive at the Miami 49-yard line. A 30-yard rush by Ponder on third-and-three gave Florida State a first down from the Miami 12 yard line, and an 8-yard pass brought Florida State down to the Miami 4 yard line. After Ponder was stopped in the backfield for a 1-yard loss on second down and Miami was called for pass interference on third down, Florida State was set up with first-and-goal at the Miami 2 yard line with 14 seconds remaining. The Miami defense, however, made a goal line stand and forced two successive incompletions, both intended for Jarmon Fortson. With 5 seconds remaining, Florida State had time for one final play. Ponder took the snap from the shotgun, rolled right, and, under pressure, fired a low pass to Fortson, who was unable to corral the ball before it short-hopped off the end zone turf as time expired.
In recognition of their strong performances, Harris was named ACC Offensive Back of the Week and Brandon Harris was selected as ACC Defensive Back of the Week.
|#13 Georgia Tech||3||0||7||7||17|
Ten days after their upset win over the Seminoles, Miami faced off against Georgia Tech, who had won four straight games against the Hurricanes. Last season, Miami gave up 472 yards on the ground (most given up by the school since 1944) in a blowout loss 41–23, removing them from ACC Championship contention. Georgia Tech won the coin toss and settled for a 32-yard field goal. Miami then proceeded to score on their first three possessions (Harris threw a 40-yard throw to WR LaRon Byrd, 18 yarder to TE Dedrick Epps and Matt Bosher converted a FG). The Hurricanes led 17–3 at the end of the half.
Javarris James controlled the opening Hurricane drive of the half, first catching a ball for three yards, running for 14, 6 and than 3 to score. The Yellow Jackets' Anthony Allen answered with a 3-yard run of his own after Georgia Tech QB Josh Nesbitt threw a 39-yard pass to WR Demaryius Thomas. Harris threw his third TD of the night, this time to TE Jimmy Graham for a 31–13 score and the resulting kickoff by Alex Uribe resulted in good field position for the Hurricanes' defense. Pinned down on their own 23, Georgia Tech lost 23 yards, which resulted in a safety. The fourth quarter featured the Hurricanes running the ball and Bosher missed FGs for 26 and 31. Newsbitt threw his only TD pass of the night to Thomas for 56 yards. With the 33–17 win, for the first time since 1988, Miami opened their season with back-to-back wins against ranked opponents.
The school improved to 14–2 overall and 10–0 at home on Thursday nights. After the massive amount of rushing yardage given up in last year's contest, Miami managed to give up 95, 228 total against the Yellow Jackets' triple option. The Hurricanes' defense also contained the ailing preseason All-American and reigning ACC Player of the Year running back Jonathan Dwyer (shoulder injury). Dwyer finished with 7 yards on five carries. With 270 yards and 3 touchdowns, Harris was named ACC Offensive Back of the Week for the second time of the season.
|#12 Virginia Tech||14||7||3||7||31|
At a rain-soaked Lane Stadium, Miami was unable to get on track against a tough Virginia Tech defense, losing its first game of the year, 31-7. Jacory Harris struggled with both the wet conditions and the Hokie pass rush, going 9 for 25 for 150 yards with 1 interception and 1 fumble, while the Miami defense was powerless to stop the Virginia Tech rushing attack, which racked up 272 yards on 55 attempts. A strip-sack of Harris on Miami's first possession of the game set-up Virginia Tech's first touchdown, and a 48-yard touchdown pass from Tyrod Taylor on the Hokies' next series put the 'Canes in a 14-0 first quarter hole. Miami's woes continued in the second quarter when Matt Bosher's punt was blocked and returned 1-yard for a Virginia Tech touchdown. Miami briefly seized the momentum at the start of the second half, scoring a quick touchdown on its opening drive and forcing a three-and-out on Virginia Tech's next possession. Down 21-7, Harris then drove the Hurricanes into Virginia Tech territory, but a couple of critical drops by tight end Jimmy Graham short-circuited the drive and Miami would not threaten again for the rest of the game.
Behind three touchdown passes from Jacory Harris, Miami overcame a sluggish start and was able to upset Sam Bradford-less Oklahoma 21-20, knocking the Sooners out of national championship contention and exacting a measure of revenge for a humiliating 51-13 defeat suffered at Oklahoma in 2007. Playing without defending Heisman Trophy winner Bradford, who missed the game with a sprained shoulder, Oklahoma controlled the early part of the game, intercepting Harris on Miami's first two possessions and taking a 10-0 lead early in the second quarter. Harris shook off his early struggles on Miami's next series and threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jimmy Graham to bring the Hurricanes within 3.
The game seemed to turn on the opening kickoff of the second half when a punishing tackle by special teamer Corey Nelms energized the crowd and backed up Oklahoma on its own 15-yard line. Two plays later, cornerback Brandon Harris sacked Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones, causing him to fumble. The ball was recovered at the 11-yard line by Miami's Joe Joseph, and on the very next play, Jacory Harris gave the Hurricanes their first lead of the night with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Dedrick Epps. After another Oklahoma punt, Harris put the Hurricanes up 21-10 with a 38-yard touchdown pass to a wide open Travis Benjamin.
Oklahoma answered with an impressive 9-play, 81-yard touchdown drive on its very next possession (kept alive by a dubious roughing the kicker penalty on a punt) and added a field goal with 4:18 left in the fourth quarter to cut the score to 21-20. Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops then elected to kick deep rather than attempt an onside kick, and Miami, behind effective running by Javarris James (15 rushes, 150 yards) and a critical third-down conversion pass from Harris, was able to drive deep into Oklahoma territory and run out the clock for its first win over a top 10 opponent in five tries dating back to 2005.
Offensive tackle Jason Fox graded out at 99 percent, racked up 3 pancake blocks, and did not allow a sack in a performance that earned him ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors.
Dropped in the rankings by nine spots, Miami headed to Winston-Salem, North Carolina without two starters: LB Sean Spence (knee and replaced by sophomore Ramon Buchanan) and RB Javarris James (Lower extremities). Bosher continued his kickoff duties due to Uribe's struggle the previous week. Despite being outgained 555 to 356 (most given up by the school in nine years) and playing behind most of the game, the Hurricanes managed to escape with a 28-27 victory in BB&T Field after a 13-yard Jacory Harris rainbow pass to Travis Benjamin gave them the lead with 1:08 remaining. It was their sixth straight win against the Demon Deacons and put them 7-3 overall.
Host Wake Forest entered in a slump, having lost two straight losing two straight to Clemson and Navy and scoring a touchdown only once in the last nine quarters. However, it was they who put the first 17 points on the board, led by QB Riley Skinner who threw 18-for-22 and accounted for two touchdowns. Harris connected with Aldarius Johnson for a 35-yard touchdown. True freshman kicker Jimmy Newman tacked on three for Wake Forest with 42 seconds remaining, but a 39-second Hurricane drive culminated in a touchdown after a three yard run by RB Damien Berry, cutting the once 17-point margin to 6. However Skinner tossed a 44-yard touchdown to Chris Givens in the third quarter, bumping it up to thirteen and Harris was intercepted on the subsequent drive. Early in the fourth, Miami caught a break when Deacons redshirt sophomore Devon Brown fumbled a punt after attempting to field it over his shoulder. The Hurricanes recovered at the two and scored on a catch by TE Tervaris Johnson with 11:47 left, cutting the lead to 27-21.
Midway through the quarter Riley Skinner left the game after suffering a "slight concession" after rushing on a quarterback keeper. Replaced by fifth-year senior Ryan McManus, Wake Forest failed to eat up enough clock and punted with 2:40 left to play. Starting on his own 18, Harris threw a 29-yard pass to Thearon Collier before being sacked for a loss of six. Facing 4th-and-16 Miami failed on their first two passes (a drop and an incompletion). Facing 4th and 16, Aldarius Johnson grabbed a 29-yarder. After tossing to Travis Benjamin for a 19-yard gain, Harris found him again for 13 yards and the lead with 1:08 remaining, capping an 82-yard drive in 1 minute and 32 seconds. Downed at their own 21, Wake Forest moved the ball 62 yards to settle for a 60-yard field goal attempt, which sailed wide right.
After the game, the ACC honored Jacory Harris, who was 22-43 with 330 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception, by naming him co-Offensive Back of the Week award, shared with Duke QB Thaddeus Lewis.
The Hurricanes hosted the Cavaliers for the first time since the Cavaliers won 48–0 at the Orange Bowl in 2007. This time Miami won 52–17 at Land Shark Stadium. RB Graig Cooper 152 outgained the Cavaliers (who totaled 149 yards after sitting out starting QB Jameel Sewell) himself with a career-best 152 yards on 18 careers and a touchdown. The Hurricanes defense pressured the Cavaliers into 75 yards passing and 74 rushing.
Miami actually trailed early 10–3 after Jacory Harris was intercepted early by Ras-I Dowling and Cavaliers RB Rashawn Jackson ran 34 yards for a score with 2:54 left in the first quarter. Twenty-five seconds later, the Hurricanes tied the game with a 35 yard catch by Leonard Hankerson and went ahead just over a minute later after Thearon Collier returned a punt return for sixty yards. Both teams exchanged touchdowns in the second but running back Damien Berry broke the game open after halftime with two short touchdowns. In the fourth quarter, Cooper added his only touchdown of the day in the fourthand true freshman quarterback A.J. Highsmith provided the final margin by throwing his first career touchdown pass; a 15-yarder to redshirt freshman Kendal Thompkins (his first touchdown reception of his career). Coming into the game, the Cavalier defense was ranked fourth in the country in passing touchdowns allowed with 4 after Air Force, Penn State and Nebreska.
Miami traveled to Chapel Hill, North Carolina to face the North Carolina Tar Heels, who were 2-0 against the Hurricanes. last met at Miami on September 27, 2008 in a game won by UNC 28-24. Miami is 5-7 all time versus UNC.
The Champs Sports Bowl will take place on December 29, 2009, at 8:00PM in the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando, Florida. The game is scheduled to be televised on ESPN and ESPNHD. The Miami Hurricanes will face the Wisconsin Badgers.
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