MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 24: Running back John Hubert #33 of the Kansas State University Wildcats runs for a touchdown against the Miami Hurricanes September 24, 2011 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. KSU won 28 - 24. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
If you haven't seen our two excellent Q&As with SB Nation's Miami blog, The Seventh Floor, then you should definitely check them out. Another MIami blog, the excellently named Category Six, asked me about doing a Q&A this week, too. You can check out my answers to their questions here. For their responses to our Miami questions, just keep doing what comes naturally. Reading, that is. You pervs.
C6: It is only a serious concern if it becomes a trend. We'd like to take a wait and see approach. Miami has the athletes along their front 7 to do a much better job rushing the QB. Anthony Chickillo in particular is expected to be a double digit sack guy. True Freshman Gabe Terry has been a force in practice and should be a very good situational pass rusher as the season progresses. The secondary should improve as well as young players like Thomas Finnie, Ladarius Gunter, and Deon Bush get their feet wet. Also let's give some credit to BC for doing a great job with their passing game.
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C6: Duke Johnson absolutely is the real deal. Every 5 star RB's high school youtube highlights look impressive, but Duke's had that little something extra that make you unable to look away. And from the first time he stepped on the practice field he's had an IT factor. At one point he even motivated UM Offensive Line Coach Art Kehoe to tweet about how good he looked in practice. I expect Johnson will get anywhere from 10-15 carries depending on the flow of the game, and continue to have a steady role in UM's passing and return games as well.
C6: That's a very good question. The young players seem to be more mature then your average freshmen. They handled the adversity of falling behind to BC 14-0 very well last week. But perhaps there is a small chance they will get caught up in the moment this weekend, and it will work to K State's advantage. Last year and this year are completely different stories. The turnover on UM's roster has been incredible. Gone are QB Jacory Harris, WR Tommy Streeter, LB Sean Spence, OT Brandon Washington, RB Lamar Miller, among others who played key roles. As its been well documented Al Golden has promised anywhere from 15-18 true freshman will play this year. I think last weekend was just a glimpse of what's to come.
C6: We feel that the program has been very cooperative with the NCAA and hopefully that will help. A large # of the players involved in the scandal were punished last year, while they were still at UM (see the suspensions of Ray Ray Armstrong, Olivier Vernon, etc). Rumors are that the players mentioned in the probe from years past have not returned the NCAA's calls. So in our opinion there isn't much of a case. Our best guess is UM self serves an additional one year bowl ban this season, and in March the NCAA puts Miami on probation and they lose a few scholarships. The bottom line is Nevin Shapiro is a convicted felon with an axe to grind against the University. Most of his allegations can not be corroborated.