College football expert projects a big jump in production from Miami’s 2021 offense – 247Sports

College football expert Phil Steel projects the Miami Hurricanes offense to be quite potent in 2021. 

In his annual preseason magazine, Steele projected UM’s offense to be top 15 in the country in a few categories. 

Steele projects Miami to have the No. 15 scoring offense in the country this year while averaging 38.6 points per game. That average would represent a jump a 2020 season in which UM averaged 34 points per game, which ranked 26th best nationally. 

The top projected scoring offense in the country in 2021, according to Steele, will be Oklahoma at 44.4 points per game. UM’s opponent in the season opener, Alabama, has the number two projected scoring offense at 44.0 points per game. 

The projected numbers also rank Miami as the No. 12 total offense in 2021, averaging 477.5 yards per game. In 2020, the Hurricanes averaged 439.8 yards per game, which ranked 32nd best in the country. 

The top projected total offense team in 2021, according to Steele is UCF, who Steele believes will average 548.3 yards per game. Alabama is eighth on this list while being projected to average 487 yards per game. 

Steele also projects Miami to have the No. 15 passing offense in the country in 2021, averaging 295.7 yards per game. In 2020, the Hurricanes averaged 277 passing yards per game, which ranked 29th best in the country. 

With Miami returning all their starters from the 2020 season, except for tight end Brevin Jordan, the Hurricanes have plenty of reasons for optimism going into the 2021 season. 

Quarterback D’Eriq King had a strong showing during his first year in the Lashlee system, throwing for 2,686 yards with 23 touchdowns and five interceptions while completing 64.1 percent of his passes. Pro Football Focus graded King out with an 88.2 passing grade in 2020. That is the highest passing grade from PFF for a Miami starter since Brad Kaaya earned an 81.7 passing grade in 2015. 

Mike Harley is the top returning slot receiver in the country going into the 2021 season after catching 57 passes for 799 yards and seven touchdowns. Miami will also return Mark Pope (403 yards, two touchdowns), Dee Wiggins (358 yards, three touchdowns), and Will Mallory (329 yards, four touchdowns) as players that finished the year with at least 300 receiving yards and multiple touchdowns in 2020. 

UM also added talented Oklahoma receiver Charleston Rambo through the NCAA transfer portal. Rambo has totaled 1,180 receiving yards and nine touchdowns in his college career. Rambo’s best season as a sooner was in 2019 when he caught 43 passes for 743 yards and five touchdowns.

From a percentage standpoint, Miami returns the most proven production in the run game. Between Cam’Ron Harris (643 yards and ten touchdowns), D’Eriq King (538 yards and four touchdowns), Don Chaney Jr. (322 yards and three touchdowns), and Jaylan Knighton (209 yards and one touchdown), the Hurricanes will return 99 percent of their rushing production from the 2020 season.

UM’s offensive line is also set to return their top eight linemen from the 2020 season. The Hurricanes are also expected to add UNLV right tackle Justice Oluwaseun as a transfer addition.

There are plenty of reasons to be excited about Miami’s 2021 offense.