One of the cool things about being a sports photographer is that occasionally you get to photograph one of your favorite teams. I had that opportunity when I was photographing the 2016 Russell Athletic Bowl at the Camping World Stadium in Orlando, FL where the Miami Hurricanes took on the West Virginia Mountaineers. Lucky for me that the second college bowl game I was assigned to ended up being the Miami Hurricanes game.
There is only one game a season I look forward to, the Florida State game. The atmosphere is different. The crowds are bigger, louder and rowdier. It’s the perfect game to photograph and the only downside to this game was that the Miami Hurricanes lost a heartbreaker to the Florida State Seminoles.
Senior Day for the Miami Hurricanes football signifies two things. One, that this would be the last home game I photograph and two that this will be the last home game for the seniors on the team. It’s a little bittersweet as this senior class were freshman when I began to photograph Miami Hurricanes football games.
Nearly a month had passed since I last photographed a Miami Hurricanes home game. It felt like eternity, but luckily it only felt like eternity. Even though the Miami Hurricanes were coming off two straight road losses, I was hoping for a better showing at home against their ACC Coastal foes, the Virginia Tech Hokies. Miami Hurricanes vs. Virginia Tech Hokies, ACC football at it’s best.