The Hurricanes started off on a strong foot with a dominant win on Saturday morning. They played a great all around games as they put away the lowly Bethune-Cookman Wildcats. The offense ran surprisingly smooth, while the defense dominated the competition to shut them down.
Mark Walton started off his Heisman campaign with a very strong outing. He carried the ball 16 times for 148 yards with 2 scores. His strong running opened up the throwing lanes for the passing game. Perhaps the most impressive stat was his whopping 9.3 yard average per carry. He basically averaged a first down with every carry. He also added 2 catches for an additional 8 yards.
Malik Rosier also had a very steady outing to start the season. This game will definitely serve as a good confidence booster to start the season. He went 17 of 28 for 217 yards through the air for 3 touchdowns. That is a modest completion percentage of 60 percent. He will have to work on that against much better secondaries as the year goes on. But the ability to create with his legs also showed in this game with 4 carries for 41 yards.
The defense was very basic so as to just ease into the year and not give too much away to the opposition. They held even though they stayed in base sets most of the night and ran very basic calls. They showed that even in a basic defense they have the potential to shut a team down. Now they have to prepare to fully unleash their defense.
The biggest surprise of the game came in backup running back Travis Homer who ran 11 times for 108 yards. He also flashed a set of hands with 2 catches for 25 yards. He proved that he can help Walton to carry this offense. We may see the rare team that boasts two 1000 yard rushers in one season. If they both can stay healthy, then they should be the most electric back duo since Lendale White and Reggie Bush; or Felix Jones and Darren McFadden. Keep an eye on this Sophomore back whenever he is in the game.
Overall, the Canes showed promise in their tune up for the season. The numbers may not jump off of the paper, but that is because they ran basic plays and formations throughout the game to keep their playbook more of a mystery. Rosier inspired some confidence with his ability to lead the offense. He will have to focus on completing more passes if he wants to be more reliable. That should come with more confidence as he moves through the season. Walton flashed what Canes fans will be excited to see all year. He is gulping up yards with every carry and proved that he can at least mostly help carry the defense.