Expectations of the Miami Hurricanes under Josh Gattis

Expectations of the Miami Hurricanes under Josh Gattis

Expect the Miami Hurricanes to be more committed to a balanced, physical offense in 2022. A big part of that will be a greater commitment to running in 2022. In each of his two full seasons at Michigan, Miami’s new offensive coordinator, Josh Gattis coached two running backs who each had over 600 yards.

In 2021, Michigan had two RBs on the 900 rushing yards. Hassan Haskins rushed for 1,327 yards on 4.9 yards per carry and 20 touchdowns. Blake Corum rushed for 952 yards on 6.6 ypc and 11 touchdowns. Corum and Haskins also contributed as receivers. Corum made 24 receptions for 141 yards and a TD. Haskins had 18 catches for 131 yards.

Third team RB Donovan Edwards also thrived as a receiver. Edwards had 20 receptions for 265 yards and a touchdown last season. Gattis has a deep group of RBs to work with in his first season as the Miami Hurricanes OC. Michigan was 15th nationally in 2021 with an average of 214.36 rushing yards per game.

Gattis was hired as an OC at Michigan from Alabama in 2019. Zach Charbonnet ran for 726 and 11 TDs in the first season with Gattis as an OC of Michigan. Haskins had 622 yards and four touchdowns averaging 5.1 YPC in 2019. RBs didn’t play a big role for Michigan as receivers in 2019.

Michigan finished 77th nationally with an average of 150.9 rushing yards per game in 2019. The Wolverines had their worst season since 2008 finishing 2-5 in 2020. Michigan fell to 95th with an average of 131.5 rushing yards per game. Haskins took over as Michigan’s leading RB with 375 rushing yards and six touchdowns.

Mississippi transfer Henry Parrish showed a lot of promise for Miami this spring. Rising sophomore Thad Franklin has had a strong spring and shown his ability to close out games on the court as a true freshman in 2021. Rising sophomores Don Chaney Jr. and Jaylan Knighton will be part of of rotation to RB for Miami.

Gattis will struggle to keep all RBs satisfied with their roles. The Miami Hurricanes also signed four-star RB TreVonte’ Citizen who the Hurricanes staff have high expectations for in the future. Citizen could potentially redshirt in 2022. Parrish had 553 rushing yards and three touchdowns and 21 receptions for 173 yards last season.

Knighton had 561 rushing yards and eight touchdowns and 20 receptions for 280 yards and three more touchdowns in the last eight games of 2021. Miami was without Chaney who was recovering from his 2021 season-ending knee injury and Knighton who had a shoulder injury that kept them out of the entirety of spring practice.

Harris had 409 yards and five touchdowns with 11 receptions for 119 yards and a touchdown early in the first six games before being injured last season. Gattis will have plenty of versatility at RB with Chaney, Franklin, Knighton and Parrish. Miami is expected to use a more complex running scheme under Gattis than last season.

Miami needs to be better at short distance this season. The Hurricanes were 109th with a 21.2% jamming rate in 2021. Michigan was third nationally with an 11.2% jamming rate. Mario Cristobal and the Miami staff establish a more physical culture throughout the Hurricanes program than in recent years.

More physicality on the offensive line should help Miami run better. Gattis helped Michigan improve the run tremendously in 2021, earning him the Frank Broyles Award as college football’s top assistant. More balance offensively will be a major goal for the Miami soccer team in 2022.

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