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Walter Football's Charlie Campbell passes along that Miami DE Chad Thomas has been "flash[ing] well at times and go[ing] quiet at others" during East-West Shrine Game practices this week.

Campbell hears that there are some who question just how dedicated to football Thomas might be and whether he truly has the desire for a long career in the NFL -- he is a talented DJ and could potentially have producing aspirations in music. That being said, the 6-foot-5, 275-pounder possesses the requisite speed and athleticism for the pro ranks, with Campbell referring to his as an "early-round skill set." Those concerns about consistency and drive could potentially knock Thomas down to Day 3, but we're not ruling out a Day 2 selection.
Jan 17 - 4:44 PM

Miami redshirt sophomore QB Evan Shirreffs will transfer.

Props to Shirreffs on the academic side, as he will be moving on having graduated in just three years. This means he will be eligible to play immediately with his program-to-be come the start of the 2018 season. He'll have two years remaining to his name, to boot. Shirreffs was unable to beat out Malik Rosier for starting honors this past offseason and finished the 2017 campaign having attempted just seven passes. The 6-foot-5, 216-pounder was a three-star recruit coming out of high school in the winter of 2015. The offshoot of all this is that the Miami quarterback competition this spring and summer will likely boil down to returning starter Malik Rosier and much-heralded dual-threat N'Kosi Perry, who is entering his second year in the program.
Jan 15 - 3:32 PM

Miami freshman QB N'Kosi Perry said that he has added about 10 pounds since joining the program.

Perry enrolled at 6-foot-4, 178 pounds last offseason. The dual-threat gunslinger is now up to about 187 pounds. This added weight is absolutely necessary given the pounding he figures to take as a runner once he breaks in with the Hurricanes. Malik Rosier started during the 2017 season, but faltered down the stretch. We think he'll have a dogfight on his hands during offseason competition, both with Perry -- who the staff was raving about as having Lamar Jackson-esque upside last spring -- and Evan Shirreffs.
Jan 15 - 12:27 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell wrote that Miami four-star 2018 verbal TE commit Brevin Jordan reminds him of former Ole Miss TE Evan Engram.

"He's so fast," Farrell wrote of Jordan, later adding that "he's a flex tight end who no one can cover." The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder was a standout performer during the Under Armour All-America Game practice week earlier this month, impressing with his day-in, day-out consistency. Jordan ranks as the No. 109 overall prospect in the 2018 class on Rivals' board.
Source: Rivals
Jan 13 - 1:06 PM

Tennessee redshirt sophomore G Venzell Boulware transferred to Miami.

Boulware (6'3/306) opted to leave the Vols at the beginning of October. He'll have two years eligibility remaining with the Hurricanes and will be eligible to play immediately in 2018 due to his impending May graduation. Boulware was a three-star recruit in Tennessee's 2015 class.
Source: 247Sports
Jan 10 - 12:51 PM

Miami junior DT Kendrick Norton announced his intention to enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

Norton makes the announcement via his instagram account. The 6-foot-3, 312-pound defender was honorable mention All-ACC in 2017, and third-team All-ACC in 2016. He ranks 16th on Walter Football's list of defensive tackles for the class, and currently projects as a Day 3 selection by most draft analysts.
Jan 8 - 1:33 PM

Miami junior DT RJ McIntosh will enter the 208 NFL Draft, according to beat writer Peter Ariz.

There's an argument to be made that McIntosh was Miami's best player on defense this season. He has the ability to get up the field and disrupt, which is coveted in the NFL. McIntosh was on the field for more than 70 percent of the school's snaps over the last two seasons.
Jan 8 - 12:02 PM

Miami junior CB Michael Jackson will return to school for the 2018 season.

There was some thought that Jackson might be leaning toward a draft declaration, here, but he'll be back to give it one more shot with the Hurricanes this year. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound junior posted 43 tackles to go with four interceptions for the 2017 campaign. That quartet of picks was good for the third-best mark in the ACC.
Jan 6 - 1:18 PM

247Sports' Josh Newberg reports that Florida State is in ongoing talks with Miami WR coach Ron Dugans for a staff position.

Per Newberg, Dugans met with FSU HC Willie Taggart on Sunday. He writes that the talks ended well, but that no agreement has been reached as of yet. Dugans played receiver at Florida State and was drafted by the Bengals in the third round of the 2000 NFL Draft. He played in the NFL for four seasons. Since 2010, he's served as wide receivers coach at Louisville (2010-13), South Florida (2014-15) and Miami (2016-present).
Source: 247Sports
Jan 2 - 4:51 PM

Miami freshman DE D.J. Johnson will transfer.

Canes HC Mark Richt said that Johnson is transferring in order to be closer to his family in California. The 6-foot-5, 225-pounder recorded one tackle during this, his first season of collegiate ball. ESPN 300 ranked him as the No. 30 overall prospect in the 2017 class coming out of high school and there's still plenty of potential to be tapped, here. He'll have to sit out the upcoming season to satisfy NCAA transfer regulations once he settles on his new home.
Jan 2 - 2:43 PM

Miami redshirt junior LB Darrion Owens has left the football program.

The important distinction here is "left the program" and not "declared for the NFL." Owens suffered a significant knee injury in 2015 and then played in a limited role over the last two seasons. He likely has a graduate transfer season left.
Jan 2 - 10:56 AM

Miami redshirt sophomore WR Lawrence Cager caught four passes for 76 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 34-24 loss to Wisconsin in the Capital One Orange Bowl.

Cager (6'5/215) was the standout performer in what proved to be a mostly ineffective passing offense by Miami. His 38-yard touchdown catch early in the third quarter drew the Canes to within 24-21, but Wisconsin would ultimately hold them at bay through to the end of the game. In his return from a torn right ACL this season, the redshirt sophomore proved mostly a quiet performer, ending the campaign with a 16-237-3 receiving line. Barring a surprise declaration for the NFL Draft, he'll have the opportunity for more robust statistical work next season as moves further and further away from his earlier knee injury.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 12:45:00 AM

Miami redshirt junior QB Malik Rosier completed 11-of-26 passes for 203 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions in Saturday's 34-24 loss to Wisconsin in the Capital One Orange Bowl.

Just a miserable game for Rosier. He found a little success with the deep ball, but repeatedly shot the Canes in the foot with turnovers and proved mostly ineffective once Miami fell behind after taking an early 14-3 lead. In terms of the season as a whole, Rosier posted fine numbers in terms of passing yards (3,111) and touchdown passes (26), but also struggled with accuracy and threw 14 interceptions in 13 games. He shouldn't be considered a lock starter for the 2018 season, especially given Miami's trajectory toward a potential Playoff run in the near future.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 12:32:00 AM

Miami junior S Jaquan Johnson will return to school for the 2018 season.

This is a nice get-back for the Hurricanes. Johnson (5'10/190) led the team with 85 tackles and tied for the team lead with a quartet of interceptions -- one of which he returned for a touchdown. He has started all of Miami's games this season. Johnson will have one last chance for big things when the Canes take on Wisconsin in the Orange Bowl later on Saturday.
Sat, Dec 30, 2017 06:39:00 PM

Miami senior DE Chad Thomas received an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

Thomas (6'5/265) has respectable athletic chops for the next level, though he figures to receive a variety of draft grades due to concerns over his on-field consistency. This season, he's registered 37 tackles (10.5 for loss) and 3.5 sacks across 12 games. He's a borderline Day 2 (Rds. 2-3) selection for the spring.
Fri, Dec 29, 2017 06:32:00 PM


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