Miami’s pass protection was a strength in 2021, but physics in the running game need to improve


The Miami Hurricanes’ offense reached another level in the second half of the season.

The emergence of the sophomore freshman quarterback Tyler van dyke was a big reason for this improvement, but quietly UM’s offensive line played a role in that growth.

According to the folks at Pro Football Focus, UM finished the regular season sixth among ranked teams in blocking passes in the country, behind only Western Kentucky, BYU, Baylor, Mississippi State and UCF.

How good was Miami’s pass blocking in the second half of the season?

Here’s a look at PFF’s pass blocking ratings over the last six games of the regular season:

– NC state: note 86.2

– Pittsburgh: 76.1 note

– Georgia Tech: score 84.6

– Florida State: 81.8 grade

– Virginia Tech: note 86.1

– Duke: 82.9 grade

What is the quality of these notes? Florida State was the only opponent in which UM earned a pass blocking score above 80.0 against in 2020.

Prior to that, UM had the last blocking rating of at least 80.0 against a Power Five opponent against Pittsburgh in 2018.

The last time Miami got five blocking ratings of at least 80.0 against opponents from Power Five was in 2016.

During the second half of the season, Zion Nelson rated with a blocking rating of 92.0. DJ Scaïfe rated with a score of 91.8. Jarrid williams scored and scored 78.8 Jakai clark obtained a blocking score of 78.0.

Running blocking is one area where Miami’s offensive line needs to improve. In the last six games of the season, Jarrid williams was the only starter who scored higher than a blocking rating of 70.0.

For the season, Miami’s race blocking rating ranked 91st overall nationally.

A big key for Mario cristóbal and offensive line coach Alex Mirabal will allow UM’s offensive line to be more physical in the running game.

According to advanced statistics provided by Football Outsiders, Oregon was the nation’s second in “average line yards,” which is a metric that defines the number of rushing yards due to offensive line push and count. rushing yards due to running. return. In the stats, the line gets credit for yards on the ground between 0-3 yards and 50% credit for 4-8 yards (up from 5-10). Anything over 8 meters is quantified as a highlight opportunity, and the credit goes to the runner.

Miami ranked 96th in the country in “average line meters.”


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