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Miami Football: 2019 Team Awards

Miami Football: 2019 Team Awards

Miami Football: 2019 Team Awards

Manny Diaz's first season as the Miami Hurricanes' head coach certainly didn't go the way many fans in Coral Gables envisioned.

After Miami got off to an 0-2 start, the Hurricanes finished 6-6 and ended the year with losses to FIU and Duke. As Miami is set to take on Louisiana Tech in the Independence Bowl, let's take a look at the best of the best from the Hurricanes' regular season that was.

Offensive MVP: K.J. Osborn, WR

Leading a receiving corps that has had its ups and downs for Miami this season is Osborn, who has hauled in 45 catches for 491 yards and five scores. Osborn was certainly a bright spot for the Hurricanes offense after coming over from Buffalo, where he was also their top option.

Defensive MVP: Gregory Rousseau, DL

As a redshirt freshman, Rousseau has been Miami's best defensive player this season by far. In 12 games, Rousseau has recorded 49 tackles, 18 tackles for a loss, and 14 sacks. He was named first-team All-ACC while also becoming Miami's second-ever ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year winner.

Best Performance by a Player: Jarren Williams' big day against Louisville

Anytime a player breaks a record at Miami, it is a big deal. Williams threw for six touchdowns along with 253 yards in the Canes' 52-27 victory over Louisville to set a new school single-game record for TD passes.

Best Game (Team Performance): Win over eventual ACC Coastal champion Cavaliers

Miami entered its game against then-No. 20 Virginia with a 2-3 record after just losing a heartbreaker to Virginia Tech the week before. Behind backup quarterback N'Kosi Perry and their stout defense, the Hurricanes were able to pull off the upset at home, as they held Cavaliers quarterback Bryce Perkins to zero touchdowns in a 17-9 victory.

Biggest Surprise: 52 points against Louisville

Miami had had its issues on offense for most of this season, but that was not the case on Nov. 9 at home against Louisville. Jarren Williams set a new school record with six touchdown passes as the Hurricanes totaled seven scores in the 52-27 rout. Miami was averaging less than 21 points per game over its previous four prior to facing the Cardinals.

Biggest Disappointment: Dan Enos’ offense

Enos' offense or the lack thereof has been a hot-button issue the entire season. Miami is currently 90th in total offense (378.9 ypg) and 73rd in scoring offense (27.8 ppg). For more perspective, the Hurricanes rank 11th in the ACC in yards and 10th in points per game.

Senior That Will Be Missed the Most Next Season: Shaquille Quarterman, LB

Since he was a freshman, Quarterman has been one of the most consistent players on the Hurricanes' defense. He has been one of the leaders in Coral Gables, and his production (96 tackles and 15.5 tackles for a loss this season alone) will be missed.

Player to Watch in 2020: Cam'Ron Harris, RB

Harris has been one of the better players on the Hurricanes' offense. In 12 games, Harris has rushed for 545 yards and five touchdowns. Don't be surprised if Harris becomes one of the focal points of Miami's offense in 2020.

Biggest Offseason Question Mark: The quarterback situation

Manny Diaz has already said there will be a quarterback competition in preparations for the Independence Bowl. Jarren Williams had his moments, including games against Florida State and Louisville, but then there are games against FIU and Duke where he struggled. N'Kosi Perry has been inconsistent as well, but he had decent games against Virginia and Virginia Tech.

— Written by Antwan Staley, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and has extensive experience covering Florida sports teams. Staley has written for Bleacher Report, the Miami Herald and the Palm Beach Post and is a reporter for Pro Player Insiders. Follow him on Twitter @antwanstaley.