FSU’s Winston Could Cause Problems For Miami

FSU Seminoles star QB Jameis Winston poses tough task for Miami Hurricanes

Source: Manny Navarro, Miami Herald

FSU_Winston_2013Last season, it would have been preposterous to think D’Onofrio and UM’s defense would have any shot of slowing the redshirt freshman Winston (6-4, 228 pounds) and FSU’s offense down. UM (7-0, 3-0 ACC) was torched by its three ranked opponents last season. The Hurricanes gave up an average of 42 points and 510 yards a game in those three lopsided losses.

But this year’s defense, deeper, bigger and more mature, has earned a reputation for being a lot more bend than bust. The Hurricanes rank 10th in team passing-efficiency defense (104.77), 11th in scoring defense (17.7 points per game), 18th in total defense (342.3 yards per game) and 39th against the run (141.7).

A nonexistent pass rush (13 sacks in 2012) has been replaced by a collection of 13 players who have combined for 22 sacks (11th most in the nation). Where the Canes have earned their money, though, has really been third down defense (15th, 0.315 percent), red-zone defense (tied for 23rd, 0.750) and turnovers (19, UM had 22 all of last year).