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TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline writes that Miami senior WR Phillip Dorsett "is a game breaking receiver."

"Dorsett is a game breaking receiver that’s a threat to take it the distance any time the ball is in his hands," the expert wrote. "His ability to effortlessly make the deep catch at full speed is impressive." NFL scouts timed Dorsett at 4.35 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He's been clocked as fast as 4.29 seconds in the forty, and also posted a 10.58 second 100-meter dash in May. The 5-foot-9, 185-pounder was a nice fit for QB Stephen Morris, but we want to see how he'll do with Jake Heaps behind center. Pauline currently sees Dorsett as a Round 3 prospect.
Aug 19 - 2:36 AM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline says Miami senior LB Denzel Perryman will "justifiably draw comparisons to Ray Lewis."

Perryman received a third-round projection from the NFL's advisory board over the winter but elected to return to school. "Perryman will justifiably draw comparisons to Ray Lewis as he’s an explosive sideline-to-sideline linebacker with three down possibilities at the next level," Pauline wrote. "The fact he’s under 6-feet tall will knock him off a few draft boards but if used properly Perryman will be a productive starter in the NFL." Perryman boasts a stocky 6-foot, 243-pound frame, and he runs a 4.72 forty. CBS Sports' Derek Stephens wrote earlier this summer that 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."
Aug 19 - 1:48 AM

Miami redshirt senior TE Clive Walford is a divisive prospect in the scouting community, writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Walford almost bolted for the pros after catching 34 passes for 454 yards and two touchdowns as a junior. He likely would have been a Day 3 selection in a deep tight end class. "Scouts are split on Clive Walford as the tight end receives everything from middle round to free agent grades," Pauline wrote. "I’m of the latter opinion as while I think Walford is a solid prospect he does nothing exceptional. He’s not a great blocker nor a tight end that strikes fear based on the ability to make plays down the field." Regardless, we think he made a sound decision to return to the Hurricanes.
Aug 19 - 1:22 AM

Miami junior RB Duke Johnson has starting NFL potential, believes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"Johnson is a terrific running back prospect and a quick, creative ball carrier with speed," Pauline wrote. "He has a burst which can be turned on in a single step and Johnson easily beats defenders into the open field. The junior is also a consistent pass catching threat out of the backfield and offers starting potential at the next level." Johnson told the media at July's ACC Kickoff media event that he gained 20 pounds this offseason. He also claims to be faster than he ever has been. 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.
Aug 19 - 12:54 AM

Miami senior WR Rashawn Scott's "exotic" clavicle or shoulder injury isn't expected to sideline him for the entire season.

"It’s not a season-ending deal," Hurricanes coach Al Golden said. "It’s a little bit of an exotic injury, something that’s not customary. But he’s doing good. He’ll keep his conditioning up so he can return to action quickly." Scott went down hard during Wednesday's scrimmage. The program has not yet released a timetable for his return, though we're glad to see he'll return to the field at some point.
Aug 17 - 9:35 PM

Miami lists senior Jake Heaps and freshman Brad Kaaya as co-QB starters.

Heaps is the expected starter, so Kaaya's name was a bit surprising. Heaps transferred in from Kansas and was expected to be in a competition with Kevin Olsen, but the latter will be suspended for the first contest and was not listed on the depth chart. Miami opens against Louisville.
Aug 15 - 9:41 AM

Miami S Rayshawn Jenkins will miss the 2014 after undergoing back surgery.

Jenkins was listed as a junior but expect him to take a redshirt season and be considered a third year sophomore in 2015. After starting 12 games last year, Jenkins aggravated a back injury while lifting weights and could not practice through the pain despite attempting to do so. He was listed behind Dallas Crawford on the school's depth chart.
Aug 15 - 9:28 AM

Miami coach Al Golden said redshirt senior QB Ryan Williams (ACL) will be seen by a doctor on Tuesday.

"Is he going to be a factor in this race in the next five weeks? I don't know. It's not worth speculating on," Golden said. Williams, who shredded his knee during a non-contact drill in spring practices, has had no setbacks in his rehab. The Hurricanes are unsettled at QB without him. Kevin Olsen was expected to take over starting duties, but has been suspended for the opener due to a failed drug test. That might open the door for Jake Heaps, who transferred from Kansas. Freshmen Brad Kaaya and Malik Rosier are also in the running.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 4 - 6:28 PM

Miami coach Al Golden said suspended redshirt freshman QB Kevin Olsen will "absolutely" be at practice when it begins.

Golden refused to comment on Olsen's status during Monday's news conference, but multiple outlets have already reported that he's been suspended for the season opener due to a failed drug test. Former Kansas and BYU fifth-year transfer Jake Heaps could be the frontrunner to assume starting duties out of the chute, but this is a wide-open competition.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 4 - 5:40 PM

Miami suspended redshirt freshman QB Kevin Olsen for at least one game after he failed a drug test.

Olsen, the younger brother of NFL tight end Greg, redshirted during his first season. Miami's quarterback situation is a bit of a mess right now, with Ryan Williams still recovering from injury and Olsen missing at least one game. Former BYU and Kansas quarterback Jake Heaps is the odds on favorite to open the season as the starter.
Aug 1 - 1:48 PM

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


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