CORAL GABLES, Fla. (CBSMiami.com) – Miami Hurricanes fans are in the same boat Miami Dolphins fans are as both teams search for a starting quarterback. For the Hurricanes, new coach Al Golden has to figure out which quarterback will cut down on one major statistic.
The University of Miami led FBS schools with 27 interceptions thrown last season. Senior quarterback Jacory Harris had a forgettable 2010 season throwing 14 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. His backup, Stephen Morris didn’t perform any better, throwing 7 touchdowns and 9 interceptions.
When the Hurricanes gather Saturday for the start of fall practice, job number one will be to keep the quarterbacks from pushing the turnover war into a major advantage for Canes opponents. Last season, the Canes intercepted 16 passes, but threw 27 interceptions.
The Canes also fumbled the ball to opponents 9 times, but generated 12 fumbles from their opponents. All of that translated to a -8 turnover ratio for the Canes, which any coach will tell you is the prescription for losses.
When the Canes QB’s look across their offensive line as fall camp begins, they’ll miss a HUGE part of that line. Mammoth offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson is set to undergo back surgery next week and it’s not known when he’ll return, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Henderson played in the Canes’ last nine regular season games as the team’s right tackle. At 6’8” and more than 300 pounds, Henderson is a towering presence on the line. But, he missed the spring game with back problems.
Still, the Canes are counting on the former number one high school player in the country to be their left tackle of the future. He finished spring practice number two on the depth chart behind Malcolm Bunche.