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Miami redshirt sophomore QB Evan Shirreffs said that freshman QB N'Kosi Perry is "doing really well picking everything up."

Perry has started out camp receiving third-team reps behind Shirreffs and Malik Rossier. Miami HC Mark Richt has yet to single out a favorite in this three-man race, saying only that he is looking for "accuracy and consistency at practice." The more experienced Shirreffs and Rossier should be considered favorites to win the job over Perry, though the freshman has the athletic talent to potentially push them as camp unfolds assuming he can pick up the playbook without issue and show a level of steadiness.
Source: Diehards
Aug 8 - 3:06 PM

Miami freshman WR Evidence Njoku hyperextended his knee during Monday's practice.

Njoku was using crutches and sporting a metal brace on his left knee following his injury on Monday. Miami HC Mark Richt said that the injury will not require surgery and labeled the 6-foot-4, 195-pounder as "day-to-day" moving forward. On Tuesday, he put in work on a stationary bike. Evidence was a three-star recruit in the 2017 class and is the younger brother of Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku.
Aug 8 - 12:48 PM

Miami senior C Nick Linder will transfer as a graduate.

"Nick is going to sit out this season, he’s going to go home I think and train for one semester and then he’s going to transfer somewhere else," said HC Mark Richt. When asked why the 6-foot-3, 290-pounder had decided to move on, Richt offered only, "You have to ask him." Linder was working on a streak of 21 consecutive starts before he sustained a season-ending shoulder injury midway through the 2016 campaign. Tyler Gauthier is now expected to start at center for the Canes during the coming season.
Aug 7 - 3:22 PM

Miami and Temple will take part in a home-and-home series against Temple in 2020 and 2023.

Miami host the Owls on September 5, 2020, with Temple returning the favor on September 23, 2023. In the all-time series, the Hurricanes hold a shining 13-1 record.
Aug 3 - 8:08 PM

The Palm Beach Post's Matt Porter has noted multiple times in the past few days that freshman WR Jeff Thomas "looks like a player who will contribute early."

That said, Porter did add that WR coach Ron Dugans "went hard on Thomas during a shuffle-around-the-defender-and-catch-a-pass drill." Apparently, Thomas' footwork is still a work in progress. Considering he just left high school, that's not a big surprise. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Thomas was clocked at 4.38 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the Nike Football Ratings Championship earlier this summer. Scout.com's Jeremy Werner comps Thomas to former West Virginia jitterbug Tavon Austin due to his "elite quickness and elite speed." Thomas is attempting to win a starting job next to second-team All-ACC wideout Ahmmon Richards and Lawrence Cager.
Aug 3 - 4:22 PM

Miami freshman G Navaughn Donaldson is expected to start immediately.

Donaldson, a four-star early-enrollee, was the first-string right tackle at the beginning of spring practices. He's since shifted inside to guard and is expected to replace Danny Isidora, the guard was picked by the Minnesota Vikings in the 2017 draft. Donaldson was Rivals' No. 80 prospect in the 2017 cycle.
Aug 2 - 3:35 PM

Miami C Nick Linder is a "fundamentally sound blocker with a great head for the position who lacks next-level strength and has a long injury history," writes Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

Linder (6'3/290) started the first eight games of last season at center before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury. He started all 13 games in 2015.
Aug 2 - 3:22 PM

Miami senior G Kc McDermott is an "explosive lineman" who "must also get stronger," according to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

McDermott (6'6/305) could stand to add some heft if he hopes to make it as an NFL guard. Last year, he served as the starting left guard nine times and the starting left tackle four times.
Aug 2 - 12:30 PM

The Palm Beach Post's Matt Porter passes along that Miami redshirt sophomore WR Lawrence Cager (knee) was "present and moving well" during the open-media portion of practice on Tuesday.

Cager sported a brace on Monday, as he closes in on complete health after tearing his right ACL in a 7-on-7 workout last July. While the 6-foot-5, 215-pound junior was held out of spring practice, he's been working out, lifting weights and running this summer. We'll keep monitoring his health as camp progresses, but so far so good.
Aug 1 - 8:51 PM

Miami freshman QB N'Kosi Perry opened preseason camp taking third-team reps.

Well, all legends have to start somewhere. Perry is one of the more anticipated freshmen quarterbacks in the country and brings to the table an electric running dynamic and a rocket-arm. It could take a little time to calibrate that rocket-arm, though, and with Miami a Playoff sleeper, Evan Shirreffs and Malik Rossier offer a bit more experience and stability. Keep an eye on Perry as camp progresses -- Jalen Hurts consistently impressed with his energy last August even while receiving backup reps and we saw what happened there.
Aug 1 - 8:38 PM

Miami HC Mark Richt said that he expects sophomore RB Travis Homer to play "a bunch" during the coming season.

"He’s very confident in what we’re doing and how we’re doing it. He’s doing a nice job. He’s ready to be a solid backup to (Mark) Walton, and if you’re No. 2 at running back you’re playing a bunch," Richt said. The 5-foot-11, 195-pounder ranked as ESPN 300's No. 175 prospect in the 2016 class. As a true freshman, he saw just seven carries. You can expect that number to jump significantly this year.
Aug 1 - 5:52 PM

Miami HC Mark Richt said that freshman RB Robert Burns is doubtful for the team's season-opener against Bethune-Cookman due to a shoulder injury.

Burns (5'11/215) was held out for the bulk of spring practice with a shoulder injury which has been stubborn to heal. He already has something of an injury history under his belt, as he struggled with shoulder and ankle problems during his final two years in high school. Burns was a three-star recruit in the 2017 class who will bring a physical element to the backfield depth chart when he is healthy enough to contribute behind Mark Walton and Travis Homer.
Aug 1 - 5:37 PM

Miami announced that redshirt junior CB Ryan Mayes is no longer a member of the football program.

Since no reason was given, we can't tell you whether Mayes left on his own recognizance or was shoved out over a disciplinary matter. Mayes, a three-star from Florida, picked Miami over Boston College, Syracuse and others coming out of high school.
Jul 28 - 3:09 PM

ACCSports.com's David Glenn said that he would be "shocked" if Miami freshman QB N'Kosi Perry fails to develop into a great collegiate player.

Glenn added the caveat that "the question is how quickly." Perry, a four-star dual-threat gunslinger, has received plenty of hype this offseason. That started near the end of January, when The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson passed along that there were some on the coaching staff who believe that Perry has Lamar Jackson-esque upside. Canes HC Mark Richt has said that "[h]e's an X-factor when he's out there" and possesses "remarkable touch" and "unbelievable arm strength." Perry will be trying to come out on top of the depth chart ahead of Evan Shirreffs and Malik Rosier in August camp.
Jul 18 - 7:41 PM

Miami head coach Mark Richt is "toying" with the idea of using freshman WR Dee-Jay Dallas at RB, according to beat writer Susan Miller Degnan.

Dallas previously stated he wanted to be a triple threat prospect, meaning seeing the field on defense and special teams as well. Miami's offense will have a totally new look in 2017 with Brad Kayya, David Njoku and others departing for the NFL. Dallas might have a real chance to make an impact early on.
Jul 17 - 9:03 AM


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