The last time the Miami Hurricanes stepped on the same field as Boston College, it was a bitter ending to a season and era built on the 2008 recruiting class. A season that started with adversity, and ended with disappointment. An era that started with high championship hopes, ending with a win-less bowl game record.
September 1st, starts a new season. A season that has Canes fans rejuvenated with new hopes, hopes of regaining that so elusive status of being called a powerhouse once more. Not only is September 1st kicking off a new season, it is kicking off a new era. A new era that is featuring the recruiting class of 2012.
There have been many changes since last season, one of the most notable one is at the quarterback position. For first time in Stephen Morris’s career at UM, he is the outright starter. After another successful off-season in Al Golden’s system, Morris seems to be more polished than ever before. According to Golden, Morris has stepped up his leadership and has improved his game since last season. Morris now into his junior year, is one of the veteran leaders of this team. With so much youth surrounding him he will have lead by example. Although this may be difficult for some, Morris has gone through this before. His senior year at Miami Shores (Fla.) Monsignor Pace High School he was the leader to an underclassmen filled team. Morris’s set of skills, and fiery personality, has become a sense of hope to many Canes fans.
Another drastic change is the transition to a new era of Miami football. The recruiting class of 2012 is Al Golden’s first complete class since becoming the head coach of Miami. This past summer, the once potent recruiting class of 2008 passed on the torch to the incoming freshmen. This freshmen class is what makes this the start to a new era for Miami Hurricanes football. This seasons freshmen will see a great deal of playing time. One player who will certainly make an impact September 1st is running back Randy “Duke” Johnson. Duke, who is listed on the latest depth chart as one of two kick returners, is certain to make a few explosive plays on special teams and at running back. Another freshman who has made noise since joining the Canes is corner back Tracy Howard. He is certain to get plenty of playing time come Boston College. Overall this class is filled with players that have earned early playing time, and will receive it.
September 1st is the start of a new season and era. A new starting quarterback with great intangibles to a thirsty group of freshmen. This season should be one for ages as the Miami Hurricanes make their climb back to the top one game at a time.