Miami rolled to a win on Saturday, besting Southern Miss 30-7.

Although it didn’t show in the final score, Miami QB Tyler Van Dyke and the offense struggled.  The Golden Eagles had a 7-3 lead until the waning moments of the first half.

The Canes yielded 3 first-half sacks and rushed for only 56 yards before halftime. Van Dyke was sacked for a fourth time on Miami’s final drive of the game.

It appears as though the Canes are going to get some help on offense next week with the full return return of left tackle Zion Nelson and running back Jaylan Knighton.

Both players made their season debuts on Saturday, but in reserve roles. Cristobal spoke about both players after the game.

“It’s important for guys to get reps,” Cristobal said in his postgame press conference, via the South Florida Sun Sentinel. “Zion had a great spring and he’s missed all the time leading up until about two weeks ago. When you start getting real practice reps and when you are an offensive lineman you need those reps.”

Cristobal also said Knighton started to look like “his old self” during the game.

Van Dyke spoke after the game about what their return means for the Canes.

Nelson, who is recovering from knee surgery in July, had made 18 consecutive starts for the Hurricanes at left tackle, and is a key member of the offensive line. He was named All-ACC honorable mention after his 2021 season. The 6-foot-5, 316 pound lineman will anchor Miami’s OL from the left tackle spot, and is a top 2023 NFL Draft prospect.

Having Jaylan Knighton back is also a boon for the Canes, as Knighton was the top running back in 2021. Knighton has been dealing with a soft tissue injury.

Miami faces Texas A&M on the road in Week 3.