Miami Football: 3 takeaways from Hurricanes win over Bethune-Cookman

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Miami football took care of business in Week 1, defeating Bethune-Cookman 41-13. Here are three takeaways from the Hurricane’s victory.

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Miami enters the 2017 seasons with high hopes. They’re going to challenge for a division title and begin the year ranked No. 18 in the AP Poll. They cruised to an rather uneventful victory over Bethune-Cookman on Saturday. That’s a good thing when you consider the struggles some of the other Top 25 teams had over the weekend.

With four quarters in the books we can start to make an early evaluations of what this 2017 Miami football team will look like. Here are three takeaways from their win on Saturday.

No. 3 – Mark Walton has a legitimate running mate in Travis Homer

Walton showed why he is the best running back in the ACC and one of the best in the nation against Bethune-Cookman. He finished the day with 16 carries for 148 yards and two touchdowns.

His fellow back Travis Homer impressed as well, showing great ability in the open field and good toughness running over tacklers. Homer also showed his versatility as a receiver with a couple of receptions, including a nice catch for 19 yards. For the day Homer finished with 11 carries for 108 yards.

There have been concerns about the running back depth at Miami since Joe Yearby surprisingly declared for the NFL draft. The Hurricanes also lost power back Gus Edwards who transferred to Rutgers. Expectations for the Hurricanes ground game are more encouraging after this performance.

Miami finished the game with an impressive 322 yards rushing, averaging 9.5 yards per carry. If Walton stays true to form he could very easily lead the ACC in rushing. Homer gives the Hurricanes a great 1-2 punch in the backfield. Expect Miami to have a potent rushing attack this season.