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Miami Hurricanes: Josh Gattis wants to revitalize running game
Miami Hurricanes: Josh Gattis wants to revitalize running game
Jun 18, 2024 10:46 AM

As a new era of Miami Hurricanes football begins, we are already seeing some of the members of the coaching staff wanting to set expectations. For offensive coordinator Josh Gattis, getting the run game going is important.

Miami certainly has work to do in that area. They averaged 127 yards per game in 2021, which ranked 97th in the country and 12 in the ACC. They averaged 3.69 yards per carry, which was 102nd in the country.

Obviously, those are not exactly great numbers. However, if you look at what Gattis has been able to get out of his running game recently, there are certainly reasons for hope.

In 2021, Michigan’s rushing attack was one of the best in the country. Hassan Haskins was second in the Big Ten in rushing yards with 1,327. His positional partner Blake Corum had 952 yards on the ground, good enough for eighth in the Big Ten. Haskins averaged 4.9 yards per carry, Corum averaged 6.6. Together, they were able to help pace a Michigan offense that led all of the Big Ten with 39 touchdowns.

Recent trends bode well for Miami Hurricanes

If getting the run game going is a focus for Miami, they certainly have a good coordinator to get it done with. Not only do they have a good coordinator, they have a running back room with depth. Two guys that should be able to help get the job done are Henry Parrish and Jaylan Knighton.

Knighton had 561 yards and eight touchdowns in eight games. He averaged 3.9 yards per carry. Parrish rushed for 551 yards and three touchdowns as the third-string running back for Ole Miss last season. For a third-string back, that is certainly decent production.

There is no doubt that Haskins and Corum were good at Michigan. I have reason to believe that Knighton and Parrish can be a formidable one-two tandem as well. When you look at how those Michigan running backs were able to help the Michigan offense, they were put in positions to succeed via good playcalling. Now it’s up to Gattis to make sure the Miami Hurricanes running back room is in a similar position. Can he make that happen? If recent history is any indication, I would say yes.

Gattis wants the running game to be a focus, and he has a recent track record of success that indicates he can get that done. It is an achievable goal, and it will be intriguing to see how it develops over the course of the spring.

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