Midseason report: Miami

Miami Hurricanes

Record: 3-2 (1-1 ACC)

Miami’s momentum from a 2-1 record in a grueling three-game road stretch came crashing down in a flat performance against rival Florida State. It wasn’t just that the Canes lost, it was how they lost -- in the most lopsided victory the series has seen since 1997. Not only did Miami miss an opportunity to make a statement on the national level in its loss to Ohio State, but the Canes also blew a chance to separate themselves in the ACC race with their loss. The value of the win over a 2-3 Pitt team has decreased since the preseason, and the best win has come against a struggling Clemson team. Miami is still a good football team -- the defense remains one of the best in the country -- but the losses to Florida State and Ohio State were proof that the program isn’t as far ahead as it should be in the fourth season under coach Randy Shannon.

Offensive MVP: Wide receiver Leonard Hankerson. He has caught a pass in 18 straight games and had a career-best 147 receiving yards at Clemson. He has been quarterback Jacory Harris' favorite target and leads the Canes with 28 catches for 460 yards and six touchdowns. He caught five passes for 72 yards against Florida State. He ranks No. 18 in the country with 92 receiving yards per game.

Defensive MVP: Linebacker Sean Spence. After recording 65 tackles and 9.5 tackles for loss as a freshman in 2008, Spence was slowed by injury last year as a sophomore, making just 36 tackles and 6.5 tackles for loss in 10 games. Spence is now averaging 8.6 tackles per game after five starts -- a pace that would give him more than 100 if he continues at the same rate. He leads the team in total tackles (43), solo tackles (24) and tackles for loss (8.0) through five games.