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Miami junior RB Duke Johnson possesses "great quickness, and he runs with surprising power," said an AFC executive.

"I think this is shaping up to be a very good crop of running backs," the exec said. "A guy I really like is Duke Johnson." Earlier this year, Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville compared Johnson's style -- accelerating through the hole and changing direction -- to Walter Payton and Barry Sanders. The 5-foot-9, 194-pound Johnson has said it's "50-50" whether he declares for the draft. He will announce his decision on December 28th.
Source: NFL.com
Dec 17 - 11:24 PM

Miami senior TE Clive Walford will miss the school's bowl game after having knee surgery a few weeks ago.

Walford's injury was initially reported as an MCL tear, but team officials denied that. The tight end class is weak, and Walford could be one of the first selected. Still, that might not be until the third- or fourth-round.
Dec 17 - 9:48 AM

Miami freshman QB Brad Kaaya named to ESPN’s True Freshman All-American team.

The Hurricanes freshman QB lead the ACC in efficiency (148.2), yards per completion (14.27), touchdown passes (25) and finished second in passing yards (2,962). The Miami prospect has a big arm and has shown a lot of potential for the Hurricanes. We expect him to continue to develop.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 15 - 3:34 PM

Miami junior RB Duke Johnson will announce on December 28th whether he’ll be returning to Miami for his senior year or declaring for the NFL Draft.

The 5-foot-9, 194-pounder, told the media over a week ago that it's "50/50" that he returns for his senior year. Johnson has rushed for 1,520 yards, with 10 touchdowns and a 7.0-yard per carry average, while hauling in 33 receptions for 370 yards and three scores. We think he's almost assuredly leaving for the pros. The Hurricanes prospect became Miami’s all-time leader in career all-purpose yards (5,343) and passed Ottis Anderson in the Hurricanes’ regular-season finale to become Miami’s all-time rushing leader with 3,387 yards.
Dec 12 - 4:08 PM

Miami senior LB Denzel Perryman accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Perryman has drawn comparisons to former Badger Chris Borland, who was drafted in the third round by the Dolphins. This undersized linebacker is another classic case of being highly productive on the field while not necessarily having the prototypical tangible measurements that teams covet. NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah believes Perryman will be drafted higher than Borland was. Perryman boasts a stocky 6-foot, 243-pound frame, and he runs a 4.72 forty.
Source: Senior Bowl
Dec 10 - 1:44 AM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reported last month that Miami junior OT Ereck Flowers "has told people he’s not thinking about the draft."

"Take it one step further and I’m told Hurricane coach Al Golden is pushing hard to get his underclassmen to return in 2015," Pauline wrote. "Several sources tell me the non-seniors have been told not to speak with agents or there will be consequences." The 6-foot-6, 324-pound Flowers, who missed a few games earlier this season with a knee injury, has been outstanding when healthy. Flowers could go as high as the late first-round if he declares early.
Dec 9 - 12:48 AM

Miami senior DE Anthony Chickillo accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

The 6-foot-4, 275-pound Chickillo, a former five-star recruit, has started almost every single game Miami has played during his four years on campus. He may not have developed into the superstar some had anticipated, but Chickillo is a serviceable end who should enjoy a long NFL career. 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. CBS grades Chickillo as a high-Day 3 prospect, about where his stock was last season.
Dec 4 - 10:59 PM

Miami senior OG Jon Feliciano accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Feliciano as the draft's No. 8 guard. "Powerful run blocker with a strong anchor against the bull rush, who lacks fluidity in space but can dominate opponents once he latches on," notes CBS Sports' Derek Stephens. "Versatility could be his ticket to a draft selection next spring." The 6-foot-4, 320-pound Feliciano has experience at left guard and right tackle.
Dec 4 - 10:27 PM

Miami senior C Shane McDermott accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

McDermott is a long-time Hurricane starter and a top-10 draft-eligible center. "Tough, physical and heady center who lacks great athleticism but demonstrates good technique in both facets of the offense and possesses the size and strength to potentially kick to guard," CBS Sports' Derek Stephens wrote over the summer. McDermott figures to hear his name called near the end of Day 3.
Dec 4 - 9:08 PM

One NFC director of college scouting believes Miami's Clive Walford and Notre Dame's Brad Koyack are "head and shoulders" above the other senior TEs.

"Walford's knee injury doesn't bother me; he got in good shape this year and was just more confident in himself, which helped him cut down on the drops," the evaluator ran.. "He's a way tougher player than Koyack." An update on a previous report stated Walford did not tear his MCL but still had surgery on his knee. His consistency at the catch point is still a question. The tight end class will be weak even if multiple non-seniors declare.
Source: NFL.com
Dec 4 - 9:36 AM

Miami senior WR Phillip Dorsett accepted an invite to the Senior Bowl.

The 5-foot-10, 182-pounder is a burner, with 4.3 speed and a ludicrous 26.6 yard-per-catch average. The Senior Bowl reports that he's been timed at 4.21 in the 40, though we're a little skeptical of that number. Dorsett is one of the draft's best long-ball threats.
Source: Senior Bowl
Dec 3 - 4:43 PM

Updating a previous report, Miami redshirt senior TE Clive Walford did not tear his MCL but is undergoing right knee surgery and is questionable to play in the bowl game.

The initial report was posted by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, but a Miami spokesperson denied the MCL claim. Walford's catching consistency has been up and down over the last few years, but he has put his best foot forward in 2015. If healthy, he would likely participate in the Senior Bowl.
Dec 3 - 1:09 PM

Miami senior CB Ladarius Gunter accepted an invite to the Senior Bowl.

Across 12 games, Gunter has posted 26 tackles, two interceptions and six pass breakups. CBS Sports' Derek Stephens wrote over the summer that Gunter's "combination of size and natural cover skills make him one of the more intriguing press corner prospects in the 2015 draft class." The 6-foot-2 corner, a former JUCO transfer, fits with the NFL's increased desire to find big corners to combat jumbo-sized receivers.
Source: Senior Bowl
Dec 2 - 10:29 PM

Miami senior WR Phillip Dorsett finished with 103 receiving yards and a touchdown on five catches in Saturday's loss to Pittsburgh.

Dorsett, at 5-foot-10, 182 pounds, will always come with durability concerns (he missed five games with a knee injury in 2013), but his main skill is coveted greatly by the NFL: He can take the top off of defenses. Note the stats: While he's only caught 31 balls this year, those receptions have gone for 826 yards and nine touchdowns, a per-catch average of 26.6 yards. ESPN's Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl recently noted Dorsett's legitimate "high-4.3 speed" on tape, adding that he "eats up cushions and blows by defensive backs who don't give his speed the proper respect" and that "he can also turn on the jets after the catch."
Dec 2 - 5:51 PM

Miami junior RB Duke Johnson rushed for 89 yards on 18 carries in a 35-23 setback versus Pittsburgh on Saturday.

He added three receptions for 16 yards and a touchdown. During Miami's 6-6 regular season, Johnson accumulated 1,520 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns on a 7.0-yard per carry average, also chipping in 33 receptions for 370 yards and three scores. The 5-foot-9, 194-pounder, who has rushed for 88 yards or more in every game this year, told the media last week that it's "50/50" that he returns for his senior year. We think he's almost assuredly leaving for the pros.
Dec 2 - 5:37 PM


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