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The Miami Hurricanes football program has a quick turnaround after earning a 48-33 win over Texas A&M on Saturday.
Miami will host FCS opponent Bethune-Cookman tonight in a game that is scheduled to kickoff at 7:30 p.m. It will be televised on the ACC Network.
Betting lines favor the Hurricanes by 41 points.
Bethune-Cookman is led by first-year head coach Raymond Woodie, who has been a successful assistant coach at the FBS level, working at stops that include Florida State, Oregon, Florida Atlantic, South Florida, and Western Kentucky.
Woodie coached on the same Oregon staff under Willie Taggart with Miami Hurricanes coach Mario Cristobal.
The Wildcats lost 56-14 to Memphis to open the season. Last week, B-CU earned a 31-6 win over Savannah State.
Miami won the 2022 match-up against Bethune-Cookman, 70-13.
Every year, the FCS opponent on the schedule provides an opportunity to develop young players by rotating them into the game. That rotation will be a point of emphasis as the Hurricanes look to build depth during the course of the season.
Cristobal is looking forward to watching the competition for playing time play out during tonight’s game.
“I think the best opportunity about this week is that guys are continuing to earn–or not earn–an opportunity to play,” Cristobal said. “Everybody wants to play. We’re playing a lot of guys. A lot of guys. Not only freshmen. At all levels. Playing time around here has to be earned. You have to be trusted. You can’t negotiate yourself into playing more. You can’t have people call for you or rationalize why you should play more or not. We don’t do that. Playing time is earned and it’s respected. The film doesn’t lie. Because of that, we keep competition very open and we push it on all phases. Offense, defense, every part of it. What’s happening, you’ll see. The guys who really want to play will develop more and push hard, and maybe some guys that weren’t sure what they had to do to play, it’s made crystal clear for them that they got to earn it, that it’s not going to be handed over. That, I think, is what will help our team continue to get better.”
This article looks to highlight some of the younger players–true freshmen and redshirt freshmen–that figure to get plenty of snaps in the game.
Who are some of those young players to watch for? Read on as we highlight 12 young players to keep an eye on during the Thursday night game.