It’s a question that’s been posed throughout the last decade whenever Miami wins a big game: Is the U back?
While the question ended up being premature in the past, fans are in such high spirits after last week’s riveting road victory over rival Florida State that the question is being revisited.
A major reason for optimism and feeling that the question carries more weight this time is the strong leadership and culture being established by Mark Richt.
While Richt is proud of the strides the Hurricanes have made in his brief time in Coral Gables, the Miami alum, who was a backup quarterback during the program’s glory days, isn’t ready to proclaim that The U is back.
Right told ESPN personality Paul Finebaum that for The U to fully return, they’ll need the requisite depth to withstand injuries at key positions.
However, Richt is confident that the Canes are headed in the right direction.
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“People want to say, is Miami back, but to me, we’re not back until we can line up and go toe-to-toe with everybody from a physical standpoint in America. I don’t think we’re there yet. We’ll be back yet when we can handle an injury at this position or that position. We’re trying to hold things together with the guys we have wanting to play winning football. We don’t have that depth yet. But that doesn’t mean we can’t find every game we play. We have to keep recruiting to the point where we have enough guys that can at a really high level and we can sustain injury issues or anything like that.”
The U might not be back yet according to Richt, but Hurricanes fans have plenty to be excited for as the journey unfolds as the team is currently undefeated and ranked No. 11 in the AP poll.
Miami hosts Georgia Tech on Oct. 14 (3:30 p.m. EST), with the game televised on ABC.
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