Miami's offense has far more question marks. At Quarterback is returning senior Brock Berlin. Berlin struggled early and often in 2003 leading the Big East in Interceptions and showing questionable arm strength, accuracy and virtually no mobility. Brock is a hard worker and has improved his accuracy and his decision making in the spring and fall. Coaches have been impressed by his level of play so far, although his height and mobility are still concerns. He will have a good, but not great 2004. Backing him up is wunderkid Kyle Wright, the no. 1 overall QB prospect from 2002. Wright has been compared to Dan Marino coming out of HS and has had an impressive spring and fall. Senior Derrick Crudup and Freshman Kirby Freeman also round out the Miami QB corps. Freeman is very similar to ex-CSU QB Bradlee Van Pelt.
At Running back Miami's top prospects are Redshirt Junior Frank Gore and True Sophomore Tyrone Moss. Gore's tale is a sad one that could have a good ending if fate is kind this time around. Touted as the best overall runner RB coach Don Soldinger had seen, Gore ripped up competition in 2001 as Clinton Portis' backup running for 500 yards and averaging 9.1, YES 9.1 YPC. Soldinger commented that Gore had the best vision of any Miami back in history and also had a combination of great power and good speed. Sadly he tore his ACL in the summer of 2002 while ahead of Willis McGahee on the depth chart. In 2003, Gore looked solid but not spectacular. He ground out consistently good yardage, getting, 4,5, 6, 4, 5, 7 yards time after time but showing very little burst. He then tore his other ACL against West Virginia in a thursday night classic game. Over the spring he looked tentative, overweight and generally behind schedule. But something seemed to happen in fall practices. Gore was in top shape, looked decisive in runs and seemed to have his burst back as he recently has ripped off a series of long gains against the stout Miami first team defense. Larry Coker has been very impressed with Gore's fall performances and has named him teh starter. Sophomore Tyrone Moss was a pleasant surprise last year giving good performances. He is extremely strong in the lower body and a very solid, but not explosive runner. Incoming freshman Charlie Jones is another slasher with good power and good speed with vision as well, and Andrew Johnson is very much like our Tatum Bell in that he possesses very explosive speed and is a homerun threat anytime he sees the ball. At WR, Miami is led by Redshirt Soph. Ryan Moore, who is built physically almost like Andre Johnson. He is very physical and can push DBs around. He also has very good speed. He was the top ranked WR coming out of Orlando Dr. Phillips. Moore has first round caliber ability but needs more refining in his routes and hands. Moore led all Miami players last year in receptions, including Kellen Winslow. Short, explosive speedster Roscoe Parrish is battling relatively unheard of Darnel Jenkins for the other starting position. Jenkins has had a fabulous spring and fall and really has impressed in all facets, remember that name. Santana Moss's little brother Sinorice and former Louisiana standout and current bust Akieem Jolla are the key backups. Freshman Lance Leggett probably has the biggest upside of anyone. He is tall, lanky, adjusts to the ball well, has great hands and super leaping ability. Alot of recruiting analysts labelled him the next randy moss and he is impressed so far in Miami's camp and will not redshirt. He does need to gain weight though. The starting Tight End Battle is led by Kevin Everett and Greg Olsen. Everett is a great athlete and great blocker but just has stone hands. Olsen, however is the real deal and the NEXTt GREAT MIAMI TE. He runs great routes and has great hands. Watch out for this kid. Olsen is a redshirt freshman who was the No. 1 ranked TE coming out and will play for Miami this year after sitting out after his transfer from Notre Dame.