As the Miami Hurricanes step onto the field against Clemson, they can take pride in a respectable 4-2 record six games into their 2023 season. A significant part of this success can be attributed to individual performances that have been nothing short of stellar. Here’s a look at some of the top contributors who have made a difference for the Canes:
Matt Lee: Matt Lee is proving his mettle as arguably the best center in the nation. With a commendable 379 snaps already under his belt this season, Lee boasts the top offensive score for any center with a Pro Football Focus (PFF) rating of 82.7. Lee’s pivotal role in Miami’s Offensive line, which is a strong contender for the prestigious Joe Moore award, cannot be understated. Barring a minor blip in North Carolina, Lee has been the cornerstone of Miami’s offensive machinery.
Jacolby George: George’s emergence as a wide receiver for Miami has been meteoric. Despite logging only 29 receptions, he has impressively covered 462 yards and registered five touchdown receptions. His prowess is underlined by his PFF score of 81.0. If George continues this trajectory, he could very well be counted among the elite wide receivers in the ACC.
Xavier Restrepo: Nicknamed ‘TVD’s safety blanket’, Restrepo is proving that he has a knack for being in the right place at the right time. The Coconut Creek native is leading the team with 47 receptions, totaling 574 yards, and four touchdowns. His PFF score of 90.4 is a testament to his value for the team. Beyond the stats, Restrepo stands out as a true leader, both in practice and during games.
Tyler Van Dyke: TVD began the season with fireworks. Six games in, he has already thrown 16 touchdown passes and covered a whopping 1,721 yards. His PFF rating of 91.5 is the highest on the team, emphasizing his influence on the field. While he has faced some challenges in recent games against ACC opponents, Van Dyke remains a key figure for Miami.
Ruben Bain Jr. Stepping in for the injured Akeem Messidor, Bain Jr. has surpassed all expectations. Even as a true freshman, he’s playing with the maturity and poise of a seasoned player. With 11 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and a forced fumble to his name, he is undeniably the star of Miami’s defense. His contribution to the team is underpinned by his PFF score of 81.8.
Daryl Porter Jr. While Miami’s defensive back play has been a tad inconsistent, Porter Jr. is the shining exception. With a PFF grade of 74.2, 14 total tackles, and two pass breakups, he’s been a reliable presence at the back, preventing many potential threats.
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