It’s hard to believe that Miami hadn’t scored a touchdown in over 9 quarters, but that all ended with Jacurri Brown getting his first start against Georgia Tech.
For the first time since 2014, Miami starts a true freshman quarterback in a game. Brown showed a little of his talent over the last 5 games, and with Tyler Van Dykes out for the season, Brown looked ready to take over.
Going into this matchup, some believed that Coach Mario Cristobal might start Jake Garcia. Although Garcia was listed as the backup quarterback, the former 5-star quarterback has been a turnover machine when he’s in the game.
Ultimately, Garcia’s play opened the door for Brown to take the start. The great thing about this game is that there were more stars that showed up.
Coming into this game, Kinchens led the Miami secondary with 3 interceptions on the year. His ability to patrol the secondary and make plays on the ball is very noticeable.
Kinchens put on a show tonight, forcing 3 interceptions and returning one for a 99-yard touchdown to extend the Miami lead. Kinchens tied the Miami record for interceptions in a game and is tied for second all-time interceptions in a season. Number 1 on that list is the late great Sean Taylor with 10.
Furthermore, Kinchens has been a big bright spot for Miami all year. At times, Kinchens seems to be the best player on the field. He’s a great safety that plays the run very well and can obviously cover.
The 2022 season is turning into a good highlight and NFL scouting tape for Kinchens for the 2024 NFL Draft.
As mentioned before, the true freshman quarterback got the start and made the most of it. Brown threw for 137 yards and 3 touchdowns and rushed for 87 yards. It’s hard to imagine that Miami might actually have a true dual threat quarterback.
Brown threw his first two touchdown pass to tight end Will Mallory and Jaleel Skinner. The third touchdown was caught by wide receiver Colbie Young.
Although Tyler Van Dykes is still the leader of this team, it is hard to deny that the offense finally moved the ball against a power 5 opponent. Brown is still developing, but if this offense works best with a quarterback like Brown, would Tyler Van Dykes consider transferring in the off season.
For only the second time in his career, Knighton has rushed for over 100 yards. It’s only fitting that it happened again against Georgia Tech.
This season hasn’t been great for Knighton overall due to injuries, production, and suffering from fumbles. Against Georgia Tech, Knighton rushed for 118 yards and 1 touchdown. With that being said, we can note that Knighton is a dangerous back when given the opportunity to show his talent.
However, Josh Gattis’ offense has somewhat held Knighton skillset back for the most part.