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Miami junior RB Duke Johnson's best attribute is his burst, writes ESPN's Todd McShay.

Johnson rushed for 920 yards and scored six touchdowns in eight games before breaking his right tibia against Florida State on Nov. 2. "He doesn't have an elite second gear, but he reaches his top-end speed quickly," McShay wrote. "He doesn't shake defenders with highlight-reel moves, but he has the agility to make the first defender miss and he's a run-after-catch threat in the passing game. He runs really hard, but doesn't have the power base to regularly push the pile (he's tougher to tackle in space, with an effective stiff arm). He rates very well in terms of intangibles, but his durability is a concern that NFL teams will have to monitor." Johnson has surpassed 100 yards seven times in 20 career appearances.
Aug 25 - 10:14 PM

Miami senior TE Beau Sandland will transfer to another program.

The senior asked for his release from scholarship and was granted it. "Sources said Sandland, who was not at practice Tuesday morning, wanted to attend college and play football in an environment more like his Woodland Hills, Calif. home, which borders the Santa Monica Mountains," beat writer Matt Porter writes. Sandland only spent one full seaosn at Miami after transferring from junior college, during which he caugt nine passes for 94 yards and a touchdown.
Aug 25 - 9:50 AM

True freshman Brad Kaaya has been named Miami's starting QB against Louisville.

Kaaya beat out Kansas transfer Jake Heaps for the starting gig after expected starter Ryan Williams suffered a major knee injury this spring. Kaaya enrolled in May after earning four-star status from many scouting services. Expect the team to rely on running back Duke Johnson, however, the ball carrier missed time last season due to head injuries.
Source: USA Today
Aug 24 - 3:52 PM

Packers Senior Personnel Executive Alonzo Highsmith tweeted praise to Miami senior LB Denzel Perryman.

"You know when D. Perryman is on the field and easy to find! He's the one blowing people up," Highsmith tweeted. The player personnel member is a former star running back out of Miami, so he has close ties to the program. Perryman will be mentioned as one of the top prospects among off line of scrimmage linebackers.
Aug 21 - 10:43 AM

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


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