The time was right for Miami’s sophomore recruiting class to show they’re a special group of individuals. In Friday’s 31-6 road win over Duke, sophomore wide receiver Ahmmon Richards, sophomore cornerback Malek Young and sophomore linebacker Mike Pinckney reminded everyone of their true potential on the football field with each becoming a key contributor to the victory.
Richards, who missed the first two games of season with a hamstring injury, was outstanding and fluid in catching (3 receptions for 106 yards and 1 TD) the football. The highlight of his night was a two-yard catch that Richards turned into a 49-yard touchdown play by sprinting the remaining 47 yards away from Blue Devil defenders. That touchdown reception put the Hurricanes firmly ahead at 24-6.
On the other side of the ball, Young and Pinckney did a terrific job of disrupting Duke’s offense all game long. The passing game seemed to target Young earlier on, but his intense ball-hawking skills in tight coverage made life difficult for Blue Devils quarterback Daniel Jones, who struggled all evening in throwing the football. Jones ended his night by going 20-41 for 166 yards and 1 interception.
Pinckney was Miami’s most versatile defender, as he made a huge 11 yard for loss tackle on a 4-and-1 play deep in Cane’s territory on Duke’s first possession of the game. Later, he recorded an interception on a poor pass attempt by Jones that thwarted any momentum gained by the Blue Devils offense. Pinckney ended his night by recording a career-high 10 tackles in the contest.
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