Miami football’s Mario Cristobal enters his second year as head coach of the Hurricanes, with the team’s annual spring game set to take place on Friday at DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale. The Hurricanes will be keen to make amends for last year’s 5-7 record and poor performances in games against ranked opponents.
Cristobal has assembled a top-10 recruiting class for the 2023 cycle, including a number of early enrollees who have already generated excitement. This year’s spring practice has been full of changes, including the appointment of Shannon Dawson as offensive coordinator, and a blend of instant-impact and transfer portal additions to the roster.
The new approach to the Air Raid offense has given Hurricanes fans something to look forward to, as Dawson looks to utilize a combination of quick passing and deep ball plays. This shift in offensive strategy is expected to boost the performance of one of the ACC’s top quarterbacks.
The excitement surrounding the Miami football team is not just limited to the new players and offensive style. The 2023 recruiting class includes over a dozen early enrollees, including five-star offensive linemen Francis Mauigoa and Samson Okunlola, and pass rusher Rueben Bain. Additionally, several key transfers including Francisco Mauigoa, Javion Cohen, and Matthew Lee are also in the spotlight.
Finally, the Hurricanes will look to maintain their connection with their fans, many of whom will be eager to see the team take a step forward this season. Miami’s spring game at DRV PNK Stadium last year sold out, and the team will hope to put on a show again this Friday. The combination of a strong recruiting class and changes to the coaching staff may be enough to keep the excitement going.