I was on the sidelines for the Hurricanes’ win over Miami in Week 8, and I had a question for my colleague, Alex Kipnis, about the team’s offense.
“How about our quarterbacks?”
“Can we have a quarterback named Brandon?”
Kiplis’s initial response was to roll his eyes and give me a knowing look.
But then he thought better of it.
“I don’t think he’ll be ready for the start of the season,” he said.
Kipis is the co-lead writer for the Miami Herald’s The Big Lead, a weekly sports newsletter that’s been around since 2008.
I asked him if he was joking when he suggested the team would need to look to have one quarterback for the opener.
“Absolutely,” he replied.
“But I’m not kidding.”
Kipnes has been around football for a long time.
He spent a year with the Washington Redskins before becoming an analyst for the Cleveland Browns, the Browns’ television partner for a decade.
He worked for CBS Sports for eight years and then moved to ESPN in 2017.
He’s currently the senior writer for The Big Live, a sports blog that’s a part of the College Football Playoff.
Kips said that with the Hurricanes, he had the team scouting and preparing for the season to find out how they would line up against Georgia Tech, Miami, or North Carolina State.
And he didn’t get into the specifics about the quarterback, but he said that Kipny was “an incredible quarterback.”
And Kipnos was adamant that Kiffin wasn’t going to be able to bring a quarterback who had won an ACC title and had been a starter on a winning team.
“Brandon is not going to replace the previous guy,” Kipnises said.
“He’s going to take a step forward, but you can’t just throw Brandon in there because he was in the league for six years.
It’s going for him to be the guy to step up.”
The Hurricanes have some of the best offensive players in the ACC and Kipniis said that they’ll be relying on Kip, who he said is “a guy that can do it all.”
Kips has been with the Miami program for a little over a decade and his experience with Kiffin is undeniable.
And with his experience and his knowledge of the offense, he has a chance to bring some new ideas and a new style to the Hurricanes.
Kipping said that he will have the full team ready to go for the first game of the year against Florida Atlantic, and he’s hopeful that he can get the offense going in the second game.
“We’ll start from scratch,” he told me.
“If we can get a few plays going, it’s going be easy.”
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He was able to get a look at the conference championship game between Georgia and North Carolina this past season.
But the biggest story of the weekend was the Miami-FSU matchup.
That’s a matchup that will be remembered in the minds of both teams for years to come.
Here’s what you need to know about the game: Who is this Miami team?
The Hurricanes will be without its top two offensive players for the entire season.
They’ll be missing four key offensive linemen.
And Kips expects the team to lose four of its top five receivers.
Here are the details: What’s at stake?
Florida State is the top ranked team in the country, so it’s the favorite to win the ACC.
But if it loses to Miami, it’ll fall one spot to No. 8 in the rankings.
The Seminoles are one of the country’s best offenses, and Kips doesn’t expect them to be much better this year.
Florida State will be playing in front of a national audience for the last time.
Can the Hurricanes overcome this adversity?
The Seminole defense was solid against Miami in their first meeting, but the Hurricanes were much better against the Hurricanes in Tallahassee, where they forced three turnovers.
And Florida State has a strong defense, so if the Hurricanes can slow down the offense this week, they’ll have a better chance at stopping Miami in a shootout.
What to watch for: Florida State QB Jalen Hurts will start his senior season against the Seminoles, and this will be the first time he’s faced a Miami defense in a bowl game since he led Miami to the Orange Bowl win in 2015.
Hurts struggled a bit in his first game as a starter against the Panthers,