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Canes struggling in short-yardage situations

 

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As potent as the Hurricanes offense has been this season (UM ranks ninth in scoring with 45.3 points per game), coaches would like to see improvement in short-yardage and goal-line situations.

Aside from Duke Johnson’s two fumbles inside the 5-yard line last week at USF, freshman running back Gus Edwards was stuffed four times inside the5 against FAU and was stuffed three times by USF before Dallas Crawford came in and scored on fourth-and-goal.

Miami has earned a first down only five of the 12 times it has had a third down and 3 yards or fewer to go this season.

What needs to improve?

“[The blockers’] pad level [needs to be lower], and they’ve got to make a commitment trying to get to the next level — the linebacker level — before they raise up,” offensive line coach Art Kehoe said.

“Everybody wants to peek and get to that linebacker. I don’t care about them. I want to block down the linemen. We’ve got to take care of them — especially in those critical situations. In short yardage and goal line it’s all about playing low. You can talk about it, but you’ve got to be serious about it.”

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