Miami head coach Manny Diaz fires shot at FSU, Alex Hornibrook
The first year of the Manny Diaz era at Miami hasn’t gone quite according to plan, but the first-year head coach has a little bit of his swagger back after a big win over rival Florida State this weekend.
Miami registerd a 27-10 win over the Seminoles on Saturday, bringing the Hurricanes’ record to 5-4 on the year. The defense did an excellent job keeping the FSU offense out of the end zone on the day, something Diaz was pretty proud of following the game.
But not all the credit went to his defense. He thought he needed to take a not-so-subtle shot at Florida State’s offense, particularly quarterback (former Wisconsin starter) Alex Hornibrook.
“It was really the first time maybe in the entire season we had not played a mobile quarterback,” Diaz said, according to Curt Weiler of the Tallahassee Democrat. “So, to have a stationary target, I thought was fantastic.”
Manny Diaz: "It was really the first time maybe in the entire season we had not played a mobile quarterback. So, to have a stationary target, I thought was fantastic."
— Curt Weiler (@CurtMWeiler) November 3, 2019
Hornibrook finished the day completing 17-of-24 passes for 135 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Not too bad, right?
But Hornibrook was sacked nine times in the game and finished the afternoon with -51 rushing yards. As a team, the Seminoles had just 31 yards on the ground.
Florida State dropped to 4-5 on the season with the loss. Things don’t seem to be going very well for Willie Taggart at all in Tallahassee, regardless of who’s under center.