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Pro Football Focus lists Miami senior S Jaquan Johnson as the top safety in the 2019 class.

Johnson is followed by Boston College's Lukas Denis in the second spot, with Wyoming's Andrew Wingard, Washington's Taylor Rapp and Maryland's Darnell Savage Jr. rounding out the top five. PFF notes Johnson's (5'10/190) "solid" ball skills, but do note that there's no standout part of his game, which could hurt his draft stock. Right now he looks like a potential first-round pick, but there seems to be a lot of fluctuation in grading the top defensive backs in this class, and there's a long way to go.
Aug 17 - 10:12 PM

Miami redshirt junior T George Brown will undergo surgery to repair a torn MCL.

Brown (6'7/300) started three games for the Hurricanes last season and was expected to serve as a useful depth cog once again for the coming campaign. There's no concrete timetable for the former LSU signee's return to action with the Hurricanes, but realistically, he's in danger of missing the year. Delone Scaife could see additional work in camp with Brown out, as Miami attempts to sort through its reserves before the season starts.
Aug 14 - 3:35 PM

Miami junior TE Michael Irvin Jr. (knee) is expected to miss the next four months.

Irvin (6'2/230) injured his right MCL in practice earlier this week and will be undergoing surgery to repair the issue. With a four-month timetable for return, it's in play that the junior tight end could potentially miss the entire season upcoming, or close to it. He had been angling for a starting role in camp, but with those dreams now scuttled, the Hurricanes will have to reassess their options. Brevin Jordan -- Rivals' No. 49 overall prospect in the 2018 class -- is an intriguing name to watch moving forward.
Aug 8 - 11:44 AM

Miami sophomore WR Mike Harley is a second-string wide receiver on their first official depth chart.

Most notably, Harley was placed ahead of sophomore WR Jeff Thomas. Harley played adequately as a freshman, but Thomas nearly doubled his production. Either Harley has stepped up his game heading into his second year or it's a motivation tactic for Thomas, but we expect Thomas to ascend the depth chart sooner than later.
Source: SB Nation
Aug 5 - 10:58 AM

Miami junior TE Michael Irvin Jr. was working with the first-team offense during Saturday's practice.

Irvin (6'2/200) has gotten into a few spots of trouble with the Hurricanes, with the team suspending him for bowl action two winters ago and hitting him up with a short indefinite suspension -- like two days short -- in October. It looks like he's kept his head above the fray this offseason, though. Irvin caught nine passes for 78 yards during the past campaign, numbers which would see a sizable jump if the junior can secure a starting role upcoming. Brevin Jordan and Brian Polendey are among those who will look to push past him over the next month.
Aug 4 - 2:51 PM

Miami sophomore WR Evidence Njoku (knee) took part in Saturday's practice.

Njoku (6'4/195) saw his 2017 season cut short by a knee injury this past October. He worked mostly in the shadows during spring practice while continuing his rehabilitation, making strong progress as the offseason has progressed. Last month, Hurricanes HC Mark Richt passed along that the sophomore wideout had begun running routes. That he's now apparently participating in preseason practices is quite the encouraging sign. Miami boots up the fresh 2018 season versus LSU on Sept. 2.
Aug 4 - 11:29 AM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes that Miami junior DE Joseph Jackson is "incredibly athletic."

Pauline explains that "[Jackson]'s a terrific pass rusher with the ability to disrupt opposing game plans at a moment’s notice." The analyst would like to see the 6-foot-5, 265-pound junior pack on a bit more bulk for the next level. His outlet assigns the lineman a Round 2 grade for next spring's draft should he declare. All told, Draft Analyst assigns Day 1 or Day 2 grades to six Hurricane defenders.
Aug 2 - 3:53 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes that Miami junior LB Michael Pinckney is a "very sudden defender."

"He quickly chews up ground in pursuit and sells out to make plays," notes Pauline, who believes that the 6-foot-1, 220-pound Pinckney could be the fastest player in Miami's elite linebacking unit comprised of Pinckney, Shaquille Quarterman and Zach McCloud. Pauline views the junior as a Day 2 prospect in advance of the coming campaign.
Aug 2 - 3:10 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline referred to Miami junior LB Shaquille Quarterman as a "terrific pursuit linebacker."

"He’s instinctive, disciplined and also nasty, and he chases around the field to disrupt the action," Pauline writes of the 6-foot-1, 240-pound Quarterman, whom he likes not just as a rangy Tasmanian Devil but additionally as a usable piece in coverage. The analyst hits up the junior linebacker with a Round 2 grade for the spring, should Quarterman opt in for a pro future this winter.
Aug 2 - 2:24 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes that Miami senior S Jaquan Johnson "has traits of [Ed Reed] in his game."

Pauline stresses that Johnson should not be viewed as an Ed Reed clone, but rather as a safety who shares similar on-field DNA. Notes the analyst, "He’s fast in any direction of the field and shows good change of direction as well as a tremendous closing burst. Johnson is a terrific open-field tackler and does not back down from a challenge." The 5-foot-10, 190-pounder put in 85 tackles and four interceptions for Miami's turnover-hungry defense last autumn. As for his potential range for next spring's draft, Pauline currently sees him as coming off the board in the first or second round.
Aug 2 - 11:58 AM

Miami (FL) received a verbal commitment from four-star 2020 G Jonathan Denis.

Denis (6'3/270) is considered one of the best guards in the 2020 class, ranking 12th among the players at the position in 247 Sports composite rankings. He also had offers from Florida, Georgia, Kentucky and several other high-profile schools. He'll obviously need to get stronger to play at the highest level, but he's just a sophomore, so there's plenty of time for that.
Jul 29 - 12:16 PM

Miami HC Mark Richt said that redshirt senior QB Malik Rosier will be the team's starter when they open the season against LSU on Sept. 2.

"He's the starter. Malik's the starter. And if something changes, I'll let you know," Richt said while addressing the media on Wednesday. None of this comes as any particular surprise, as Rosier started for the Hurricanes last season and lost no ground to dynamic dual-threat redshirt freshman N'Kosi Perry during the spring. Perry might be the sexier name, but Rosier is a dependable, known quantity after throwing for 3,120 yards (54-percent completions) with a 26/14 TD/INT ratio last season. We don't love him for a true title run, but he's certainly capable enough to keep the Hurricanes in the Playoff hunt.
Jul 18 - 3:27 PM

Miami HC Mark Richt said that sophomore WR Evidence Njoku (knee) has begun running routes in his rehab.

An encouraging sign no doubt after Njoku was held out of the bulk of the on-field work in spring practice while continuing his rehab from a season-ending knee injury sustained last October. The 6-foot-4, 195-pounder was a three-star recruit in Richt's 2017 signing class and finished his aborted inaugural season still looking for his first collegiate catch. His availability for the start of the season -- Miami opens things up against LSU on Sept. 2 -- should clarify after August camp gets underway.
Jul 18 - 3:17 PM

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg tabbed Miami redshirt senior DE Demetrius Jackson as the team's most underrated player.

Jackson (6'5/240) registered 18 tackles (7.5 for loss), 3.5 sacks and an interception in six games before being sidelined by a knee injury for the remainder of the most recent campaign. He was held out of spring practice while he continued to rehab from that injury. We'll have a better idea just where he stands health-wise for the coming season once August camp gets underway, but if he's right, he's going to be an integral piece along the defensive line this year. He is a strong defender against the run for his position.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 7 - 2:00 PM

Miami junior WR Ahmmon Richards caught 44.4% of passes thrown 20 or more yards downfield last season.

Per Pro Football Focus, this is the top mark among returning ACC receivers. Richards (6'2/175) is a dynamic athlete when he's healthy, but he was plagued by injury last season. That rough campaign began with a severe hamstring injury sustained in August camp which caused him to miss the opening weeks of the season and ended with a torn meniscus sustained late in November which sidelined him for bowl action. All told, Richards played in just six games. Even in that small space, he still managed to log a 24-439-3 receiving line. He's turned in a clean offseason and looks to be ready to start August camp without limitation, but given his injury history, we'll be keeping an eye on him after preseason practices start up.
Jul 5 - 1:01 PM


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