First Downs Key to Miami’s Success

Posted by Allen Kenney on September-26-2009 Add Comments

Under the tutelage of new offensive coordinator Mark Whipple, Miami sophomore quarterback Jacory Harris is putting up gaudy numbers while leading his team to a fast 2-0 start.

While there's no doubt the maturation of the baby 'Canes has played a role in their offensive explosion, a deeper look at the numbers suggest Miami's productivity on first down has helped kicked the offensive into overdrive.

Harris' passing efficiency rating is about 45 points better on first down than his overallmark of 184.08, and the difference in his first-down and third-down rating is significant. While Harris is leading the country in yards per passing attempt at 1...

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