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Miami has moved redshirt sophomore Gray Crow from QB to H-back.

Crow played in two games at quarterback last year, completing six of eight attempts for 55 yards, one touchdown and one interception. From what we could find, Crow solely played quarterback in high school as well.
Jul 22 - 11:28 AM

At the ACC Kickoff media event, Miami junior RB Duke Johnson mentioned that he "gained about 20 pounds this offseason to combat his critics."

The 5-foot-9, 206 pound Johnson who played at close to 188 pounds last season, has been able add the weight without sacrificing any of his speed. "I'm faster than I was," Johnson told NFL.com's Mike Huguenin. The Hurricane prospect added that he put on the extra weight "for extra durability" so if he was needed to to be the focal point of the offense he "could handle 25 carries a game" if it came to that. Before breaking his right tibia during the Hurricanes' loss at Florida State, Johnson rushed for 920 yards and six touchdowns in eight games.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 21 - 10:54 AM

Miami redshirt senior TE Clive Walford's explosiveness as a receiver will attract the NFL's attention.

Walford considered jumping to the pros after he caught 34 passes for 454 yards and two touchdowns as a junior last season, and he very likely would have been a Day 3 selection in a deep tight end class. "Quick, athletic receiver with the ability to separate from linebackers down the seam, or line up wide and beat corners with his size and catch radius," wrote CBS Sports' Derek Stephens. "Struggles as a blocker and has been plagued by drops in the past, but has the talent to be an explosive weapon at the next level." Of all Walford's traits, we most respect his ability to run the route tree, with fluidity displayed on curls, outs and wheel routes along the sideline. He made a sound decision to return to the Hurricanes, and his stock could jump if he becomes more physical as a blocker and cuts down on mental lapses that lead to drops.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 15 - 5:41 PM

Miami senior DE Anthony Chickillo "could see a substantial rise in his stock with better sack production as a senior," wrote CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.

Chickillo received a fourth-to-fifth round draft projection from the NFL's advisory board over the winter, but he elected to exhaust his eligibility with the Hurricanes. "Though not the naturally explosive edge rusher that teams look for in the early rounds of the draft, Chickillo plays an extremely consistent and balanced brand of football demonstrating a strong anchor and good vision against the run, power to set the edge, and a high motor to grind opponents down," Stephens wrote. "He'll even occasionally flash moves to suggest he could develop more of a repertoire as a rusher, despite the fact that his sack numbers have regressed each season since posting five as a true freshman." The 6-foot-4, 275-pound Chickillo, a former five-star recruit, has started 34 consecutive games for Miami.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 15 - 5:08 PM

CBS Sports' Derek Stephens believes Miami senior CB Ladarius Gunter's "combination of size and natural cover skills make him one of the more intriguing press corner prospects in the 2015 draft class."

"At 6'2, Gunter looks every bit the part of the new wave of big, physical corners that are growing in demand with the success of teams like Seattle, who essentially built their dominating defense around their towering DBs," Stephens wrote. "His frame, though long and lean, is by no means slight and he plays with a high level of physicality both in coverage when pressing at the line, and as a tackler where he prides himself on laying the big pop. He's instinctive and responsive against the run, and as a cover man can turn and run from press coverage, or play off and drive back to the football, and displays good discipline when asked to sit in zone and cover an area of the field." Gunter, a former JUCO transfer, must improve his play with his back to the ball, according to the analyst, because he's slow to swivel his head back around to the ball. If he fixes that issue, more interceptions are coming.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 15 - 4:51 PM

If Miami junior RB Duke Johnson (broken ankle) can remain healthy, add some bulk, and take another developmental step forward, he could be at "the top of the list of draft-eligible running backs for 2015," according to CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.

Johnson rushed for 920 yards and scored six touchdowns in the eight games before breaking his right tibia during the Hurricanes' loss at Florida State on Nov. 2, which ended his season. "While Johnson may lack the size that scouts look for in an every-down running back at the next level, he exhibits vision and patience beyond his years, possesses rare initial burst throught the hole, and is a physical runner with the ability to move defenders and extend plays on contact," Stephens wrote. The analyst believes Johnson's best bet might be to declare for the draft after this season because of the short shelf life of NFL RBs. "He needs to work on adjusting his levels in the open field as he tends to run a bit upright making it hard for him to stop and redirect with suddenness, and despite his strong initial burst, he's had some trouble running away from secondaries once he's had a clear path to the end zone," Stephens wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 15 - 4:03 PM

Miami senior LB Denzel Perryman's "versatility will certainly keep him in contention to be a first-day selection if he's able to continue his high level of play this season," wrote CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.

Perryman received a third-round projection from the advisory board but elected to return to school. "Despite lacking desireable height, Perryman has the look of a prototypical inside 'backer with a stout, thick frame and plays with superb instincts and toughness in the box," Stephens wrote. "He's difficult to latch onto at the second level due to strong, active hands, agile feet and good use of leverage when taking on bigger blockers, and he exhibits good burst and solid angles to either sideline when asked to pursue plays on the edges. He's fast to pick up on routes when dropping into coverage, and possesses quick enough hips to hitch himself to a crossing route and maintain stride-for-stride coverage on slot receivers and tight ends." Perryman boasts a stocky 6-foot, 243-pound frame, and he runs a 4.72 forty. The analyst believes he could play either on the outside or inside at the next level.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 15 - 3:49 PM

NFL Media Analyst Daniel Jeremiah notes that NFL scouts timed Miami senior WR Phillip Dorsett at 4.35 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

"NFL Scouts timed Miami WR Phillip Dorsett at 4.35. He needs a lot of polish as a route runner but he's explosive and tracks the ball easy, Jeremiah tweeted. The 5-foot-9, 185 pound Dorsett has the kind of explosion to make impact plays for the U this season. However, with QB Stephen Morris off to the NFL the Canes offense could be vertically challenged with someone new under center. Either way, Dorsett remains the U's big-play threat on the offense and on special teams this season.
Jul 15 - 8:26 AM

2015 four-star RB recruit Jordan Scarlett has committed to Miami.

Scarlett received offers from a number of ACC, SEC and Big Ten programs. The 5'11/205 lbs running back is headed to a school known for producing ball carriers, and could be part of the transition after Storm Johnson (possibly) declares for the 2015 NFL Draft,
Jul 9 - 11:50 AM

Two Miami LBs, JaWand Blue and Alex Figueroa, were dismissed on Tuesday after admitting to police they got a 17-year old girl drunk and raped her on campus.

Both 20-year olds were arrested and charged with sexual battery. They have also been suspended by the school to go along with their dismissal from the football program.
Jul 8 - 2:11 PM

Miami senior QB Jake Heaps sees similarities between the Hurricanes' offense and schemes he's run for BYU and Kansas in the past.

"The offense at UM is similar to different things I’ve done in the past," Heaps said. "[It’s similar to] the offense I ran at BYU my first year and in some ways the offense I came to run at Kansas, as far as making protection calls and changes at the line." The former high school stud set several freshman passing records at BYU before losing his starting job and bolting for Kansas. Heaps went on to get benched in favor of Montell Cozart last year, setting the stage for his second transfer and a competition with Kevin Olsen for the Hurricanes' QB job. "They’re all great guys, highly motivated," Heaps said of his new teammates. "They have high aspirations for what they think they could be. It just makes me want to give everything I have to make this season a successful one."
Jun 21 - 9:14 PM

Miami junior RB Duke Johnson believes his broken ankle is 100-percent healed and added that he has added "15 or so" pounds of muscle this offseason.

Johnson broke his right tibia during the Hurricanes' loss at Florida State on Nov. 2, ending his season. He rushed for 920 yards and scored six touchdowns in the eight games prior to that. NFL.com's Bucky Brooks wrote last month that Johnson is the most talented Miami runner since Frank Gore, calling him pro-ready right now. Johnson has surpassed 100 yards seven times in 20 career appearances.
Jun 21 - 7:07 PM

Kansas graduate QB Jake Heaps is transferring to Miami.

Heaps will be eligible to play immediately, since he just wrapped up his degree with the Jayhawks. This is good news, since the Hurricanes lost starter Ryan Williams this spring due to a torn ACL. Heaps will compete with Kevin Olden, Greg's younger brother, for the starting gig. Heaps started nine games for Kansas after transferring from BYU.
Jun 16 - 9:58 AM

Kansas senior QB Jake Heaps will transfer once he earns his degree later this month.

The former All-World prep prospect set several freshman passing records at BYU and appeared poised for an NFL future only a few years ago. Heaps went on to lose his starting gig and transfer to Kansas, where he was benched in favor of Montell Cozart last year. Charlie Weis hasn't proven adept at identifying effective high-profile transfers, as former Notre Dame quarterback Dayne Crist also floundered in Lawrence. "I am very grateful for the opportunity given to me by Coach Weis to play football and earn my college degree," Heaps said. "My wife and I have truly enjoyed being part of the Jayhawk community. We have made lifelong friends through this experience." If Heaps decides to continue his career, he'll be eligible to play immediately wherever he goes as a graduate transfer.
Jun 14 - 9:15 PM

Miami senior WR Phillip Dorsett has been clocked as fast as 4.29 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

He also posted a 10.58 second 100-meter dash last month. "(Dorsett) could be primed for a breakout year if he can limit his drops," according to NFL.com. Dorsett, previously one of Stephen Morris' most reliable receivers, won't be a high pick due to his diminutive 5-foot-9, 185-pound frame, but a good season could convince the NFL that he has a future as a pesky slot receiver.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 7 - 9:45 PM


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