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  09/11/21 - CamRon HarrisSr/2022, Miami (FL), 5-09, 210 (DS#4 RB) + More +

  A cat survived a scare. So did the Miami Hurricanes. D'Eriq King threw for 200 yards and rushed for 67 more, freshman Andy Borregales kicked a go-ahead 43-yard field goal with 2:04 remaining and No. 22 Miami rallied from a halftime deficit to beat Appalachian State 25-23 on Saturday night. Cam'Ron Harris rushed for 91 yards and a touchdown for Miami (1-1), and Don Chaney Jr. had a rushing score before leaving in the first half with a leg injury.

King led a 10-play, 55-yard drive in the fourth that set up Borregales for what became the winning points. "Obviously, we're going to be happy," Harris said. "I'm not satisfied with the win, but that was a great team that we played." And the Mountaineers - who still get talked about for their stunning win at Michigan in 2007 - put a big scare into Miami. "App State is a really good football team," Miami coach Manny Diaz said. "They made it tough on us. We made it tough on ourselves. ... This is what they do. They go on the road and they take down people on the road. But they didn't take us down." Jalen Virgil had a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and Camerun Peoples had 95 rushing yards and a score for the Mountaineers (1-1), who took a 23-22 lead with 5:48 left when Malik Williams caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from Chase Brice. But Appalachian State's last chance stalled near midfield, and Miami got the ball back with 55 seconds left and ran out the clock. "Our players took them down to the wire," Appalachian State coach Shawn Clark said. "It's a gut-wrenching loss." Brice completed 21 of 34 passes for 199 yards with a touchdown and an interception. - Miami/AP College Football


(DS#4 RB) Sr/2022 RB CamRon HarrisMiami (FL)
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  08/31/21 - Avantae WilliamsrFr/2025, Miami (FL), 5-10, 198 (DS#999 FS) + More +

  In his first comments to reporters since Avantae Williams was reinstated, Miami Hurricanes coach Manny Diaz said the second-year safety will be out for the team's first six games of the season, which starts Saturday against Alabama at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. "Avantae hasn't practiced, run or done anything physically," Diaz said Monday. "He's just going to work with our strength and conditioning staff for the next two weeks. It'd be unfair to dunk him right into the middle of practices. The guy did miss a training camp. We have to take that into account."

The Hurricanes officially reinstated Williams on Sunday after the felony charges that resulted in his dismissal were dropped on Aug. 20. Williams was dismissed from the program on July 22 after he was arrested and charged with three counts of aggravated battery against his pregnant ex-girlfriend earlier that week, according to Miami-Dade County's arrest records. Aggravated battery on a pregnant woman is a felony in Florida. A copy of the arrest affidavit from July stated Williams got into a "verbal dispute" with his ex-girlfriend on July 21 before telling her to leave the apartment they lived in together. - Sun Sentinel


(DS#999 FS) rFr/2025 FS Avantae WilliamsMiami (FL)
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  08/27/21 - Avantae WilliamsrFr/2025, Miami (FL), 5-10, 198 (DS#999 FS) + More +

  Avantae Williams will be a Miami Hurricane again. Thirty-five days after the University of Miami dismissed Williams from the football program because of allegations of domestic violence against his former girlfriend, and six days after Miami-Dade prosecutors declined to press charges, Williams' attorney said he was informed that Williams will be reinstated to UM. Williams initially met with UM officials to discuss the situation Wednesday via Zoom. He was expected to arrive back in Miami on Thursday from near his home in DeLand. UM classes began this past Monday. Williams, 20, was rated the nation's No. 1 safety by Rivals.com in the 2020 recruiting class. He sat out his first season in 2020 because of an undisclosed medical issue, but was set to play this season, which begins Sept. 4 against No. 1 Alabama. - Miami Herald

(DS#999 FS) rFr/2025 FS Avantae WilliamsMiami (FL)
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  08/27/21 - DJ Scaife Jr.Sr/2022, Miami (FL), 6-3, 306 (DS#59 OG) + More +

  The Miami Herald learned this week that Miami-Dade prosecutors have declined to press charges against UM offensive lineman Delone (DJ) Scaife, 21, who was arrested in early July for carrying a concealed firearm. UM declined comment when asked if Scaife or tight end Larry Hodges, who was arrested in March for carrying a concealed firearm and possession of 20 grams or less of marijuana, would be suspended for any games this season. A Miami-Dade County prosecutor decided not to pursue charges against Hodges. A UM source said UM was aware of the Scaife arrest. - Miami Herald

(DS#59 OG) Sr/2022 OG DJ Scaife Jr.Miami (FL)
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  08/22/21 - Bubba BoldenrSr/2022, Miami (FL), 6-2, 204 (DS#3 SS) + More +

  A longtime NFL scout with front-office experience, who is respected in the industry, told me recently that among UM players who could turn pro next spring, the only two whose tape and NFL measurables would warrant a selection in the first half of the draft, in his view, are left tackle Zion Nelson (if he continues to improve) and safety Bubba Bolden. But the scout said he has some doubts about Bolden, believing he has been "overhyped" and expressing concern about the unevenness in his play in 2020. (To his credit, Bolden has acknowledged the need to improve as one reason he returned for 2021.) That scout saw Bolden as a player with the potential to rise to late in the second day of the draft if he performs more consistently this year. For now, he called Bolden a mid third-day pick (fifth-round range). - Miami Herald

(DS#3 SS) rSr/2022 SS Bubba BoldenMiami (FL)
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  08/21/21 - Keyshawn SmithrFr/2025, Miami (FL), 6-0, 188 (DS#25 WR) + More +

  Since the first day of fall camp, Smith has gotten most of his work with the first-team unit as an outside receiver along with Oklahoma transfer Charleston Rambo and fifth-year senior slot starter Mike Harley. The No. 14 preseason Canes open the season Sept. 4 against defending champion Alabama at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, but a depth chart won't be released until at least game week. "Key'Shawn is fast," UM offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee told WQAM last week. "He's explosive. God's gifted him a lot... Once the consistency comes together for him we think he has a chance to be a really good football player..."

Receivers coach Rob Likens, also interviewed last week on WQAM, said Smith is still learning "the different types of coverages that can come at you and fool you as a young wide receiver. You could get rolled up on really fast like in a Cover 2 cloud look when you don't expect it. We're just trying to work with him on his mind-set during pre-snap. "But as far as talent and his athletic ability to make big plays - his speed - yes, he definitely has that." - Miami Herald


(DS#25 WR) rFr/2025 WR Keyshawn SmithMiami (FL)
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  08/21/21 - Zion NelsonJr/2023, Miami (FL), 6-5, 316 (DS#3 OT) + More +

  Offensive tackle Zion Nelson and defensive tackle Nesta Silvera - two key pieces of UM's lines - haven't been spotted during practice media access this week, but there's apparently no cause for concern. Coach Manny Diaz said neither had surgery and both are on track to play in the Sept. 4 opener against Alabama. "Both guys are experiencing soreness from a previous situation," Diaz said. "Being held out, precautionary. Both guys have a lot of experience. I would expect when we start game prep next week, I would expect both to be back with us." Asked if everyone will be available for the Alabama game, Diaz said: "We'll have pretty much a full complement of our guys."

Nelson has not participated in at least the past four practices attended by media, going back to early last week. He was not at Tuesday's and Thursday's practices during the media's 40 minutes of viewing. Nelson, 6-5 and 316 pounds, started seven games last season at left tackle, including the last six of the season. He has been projected by various college football analysts as a first-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. - Miami Herald


(DS#3 OT) Jr/2023 OT Zion NelsonMiami (FL)
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  08/17/21 - Will MallorySr/2022, Miami (FL), 6-5, 245 (DS#8 TE) + More +

  The always charismatic, always outspoken, mostly upbeat Brevin Jordan was the Hurricanes tight end you couldn't help noticing, whether on the field making NFL-type moves, on the sideline injured or in a Zoom teleconference prompting hearty laughs. Now, it's Will Mallory's stage, and Jordan's 6-5, 245-pound talented close friend and former roommate, who missed the spring recovering from shoulder surgery, is back at full strength and determined to make a grand entrance.

"It's definitely different," Mallory, a 22-year-old fourth-year junior, told reporters last weekend at fall camp, when asked about the void left by Jordan, drafted in the fifth round by the Houston Texans. "Been living with Brevin - I've been with him since I got here. But being the main guy is exactly why I wanted to come here. "It's my shot, my turn, I'm ready for it. I've got a great group of guys behind me, too, that can contribute. I'm excited for the opportunity to step up for this team." Last season, while Jordan was catching 38 passes for 576 yards and seven touchdowns and dragging defenders along with him in eight games, Mallory was catching 22 passes for 329 yards and four touchdowns in 11 games. - Miami Herald


(DS#8 TE) Sr/2022 TE Will MalloryMiami (FL)
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  08/07/21 - Jaylan KnightonrFr/2025, Miami (FL), 5-09, 190 (DS#24 RB) + More +

  Offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee made it clear during spring camp that he's looking for one of UM's running backs to emerge as the team's primary rusher in 2021. Last season, carries among the Hurricanes' tailback unit were mainly distributed between Cam'Ron Harris (11.4 carries per game), Donald Chaney Jr. (6.2) and Jaylan Knighton (5.8). Harris, who started 10 of 11 games last year, is the most experienced of the aforementioned trio, but his touches decreased as 2020 went on.

Knighton started in place of Harris in Miami's final regular-season road matchup at Duke last year, but Knighton sustained a season-ending shoulder injury early in the game, leading to Harris closing out the year as the starter. It looked like Knighton was ahead of Harris for the starting job earlier this year after the second-year running back started with the first-team offense in the spring game. But with Chaney expected to be healthy and ready for the start of fall camp after missing the spring due to a shoulder injury, expect for this competition to stretch well into the preseason. - Sun Sentinel


(DS#24 RB) rFr/2025 RB Jaylan KnightonMiami (FL)
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  07/29/21 - Lou HedleyrSr/2022, Miami (FL), 6-3, 225 (DS#10 P) + More +

  Hurricanes fans know them both well, and both were honored Tuesday when the Atlantic Coast Conference announced its All-ACC Preseason Football Team. Australian punter Lou Hedley, a tattoo-covered, 6-4, 225-pound redshirt junior regarded as the top returning punter in the nation, joined 6-3, 204-pound redshirt junior safety Bubba Bolden on the team. Miami quarterback D'Eriq King was runner-up in the ACC Preseason Player of the Year voting, but the winner, North Carolina junior quarterback Sam Howell, won that honor in a landslide.

King received 11 votes for ACC Preseason Player of the Year, while Howell garned 114. Preseason honors were awarded through a vote of 147 media members. Hedley, a native of Mandurah, Australia, has been a gem since he began playing for Miami in 2019. Hedley was one of three national finalists for the Ray Guy Award in 2020, and had the Hurricanes ranked No. 1 in the nation in net punting at 44.9 net yards a punt. He ranked second in the nation in FBS punting at 47.2 yards a punt. - Miami Herald


(DS#10 P) rSr/2022 P Lou HedleyMiami (FL)
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  07/28/21 - Jalar HolleyrSo/2024, Miami (FL), 6-2, 285 (DS#999 DT) + More +

  Remember the upbeat young Miami defensive tackle caught on camera dancing during games - in particular during the November 2019 outing against the FIU Panthers, who embarrassed the Hurricanes 30-24 at Marlins Park? His name is Jalar Holley, and he has entered the NCAA transfer portal. Holley, a consensus three-star prospect in the recruiting class of 2019, will be a repeat redshirt freshman in 2021 because the NCAA gave all players an extra year of eligibility. He played in seven games last season and finished with six tackles. He is listed on the UM roster as 6-2 and 282 pounds and is from Queens, New York. - Miami Herald

(DS#999 DT) rSo/2024 DT Jalar HolleyMiami (FL)
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  07/25/21 - Mike HarleyrSr/2022, Miami (FL), 5-10, 182 (DS#38 WR) + More +

  The parade of preseason award nominees marched onward Thursday. And for the University of Miami, it seemed only fitting that all three Hurricanes who represented UM at the Atlantic Coast Conference Football Kickoff this week were the first three Canes honored. The third major Miami preseason award watch list Hurricane, senior receiver Mike Harley Jr., was nominated for the Biletnikoff Award.

The speedy Harley, listed as 5-11 and 180 pounds, had his best season in 2020. He chose to return to UM for a fifth season instead of entering the NFL Draft after leading the Hurricanes with 799 receiving yards and seven touchdowns on 57 catches.He averaged 14 yards a catch and also returned 10 kickoffs for 213 yards. The Biletnikoff awards college football's top receiver at the end of the season. Any player who catches a pass, regardless of position, is eligible. "God does everything for a reason,'' Harley said Wednesday. "I do all the things right, the little things right...It's going to translate to the field." - Miami Herald


(DS#38 WR) rSr/2022 WR Mike HarleyMiami (FL)
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  07/25/21 - Avantae WilliamsrFr/2025, Miami (FL), 5-10, 198 (DS#999 FS) + More +

  Avantae Williams is no longer a Miami Hurricane. On the same day University of Miami coach Manny Diaz and his three star players were repping the new and improved Hurricanes at the Atlantic Coast Conference Football Kickoff, one of their top young safeties was arrested and jailed. The Hurricanes announced Thursday evening that Williams "has been dismissed from the football program." UM released a statement earlier Thursday that the second-year freshman Williams, 20, who didn't play last season because of a medical issue, was arrested by the Miami-Dade Police Department.

Court records show he was charged with aggravated battery on a pregnant victim. He was booked into a Miami-Dade jail late Wednesday, and remained there until posting bond Thursday afternoon. According to a police report obtained by the Herald, Williams' arrest stemmed from an argument with his child's mother, who is also 31 weeks pregnant with his baby. The two had been living together in West Kendall, although they are "ex-girlfriend/boyfriend," the report said. The two got into an argument Wednesday over Williams "being involved with another woman," the report said. "When I return from practice you need to be gone," he allegedly told the woman. - Miami Herald


(DS#999 FS) rFr/2025 FS Avantae WilliamsMiami (FL)
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  07/24/21 - DEriq KingrSr/2022, Miami (FL), 5-09, 195 (DS#11 QB) + More +

  Miami quarterback D'Eriq King is fully vaccinated, almost fully healed from his torn ACL and meniscus and judging by his words and those around him Wednesday at the 2021 Atlantic Coast Conference Football Kickoff, ready to take that first hit against Alabama on Sept. 4 in the season opener. Make that 18-point favorite defending champion Alabama. The bigger the bark, the more fun the challenge. "I kind of laugh at it,'' King told three ACC beat writers, when asked during a private interview what he thinks of the 18-point spread. But be assured that he's not laughing at Alabama.

"I like the underdog mentality,'' he said. "My whole life I've been an underdog. So I've taken and run with it. It's just motivation. Obviously, I'm looking forward to every single game, but being an 18-point underdog to the defending national champ Week 1, you've got something to look forward to." King, a sixth-year senior who was a Maxwell Trophy semifinalist last season, threw for 2,686 yards with 23 touchdowns and just five interceptions in his 10 1/2 games before the injury. He also rushed for 538 yards and four scores. He completed 64.1 percent of his passes and his 3,224 total yards for the 8-3 Hurricanes ranked 11th in the nation. - Miami Herald


(DS#11 QB) rSr/2022 QB DEriq KingMiami (FL)
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  07/21/21 - DEriq KingrSr/2022, Miami (FL), 5-09, 195 (DS#11 QB) + More +

  Here come the preseason awards lists, and for University of Miami quarterback D'Eriq King, they will be plentiful. King was named to the watch list Monday for the 2021 Maxwell Award that honors college football's player of the year. The high-profile King will be among three players representing the Hurricanes on Wednesday at the first day of the Atlantic Coast Conference Football Kickoff in Charlotte, North Carolina. The other two are senior receiver Mike Harley and redshirt junior safety Bubba Bolden. Bolden was already named a preseason candidate for the Bednarik Award.

King, a sixth-year senior, was a Maxwell semifinalist last season after throwing for 2,686 with 23 touchdowns and just five interceptions, while rushing for 538 yards and four scores. He completed 64.1 percent of his passes, the second-best single-season completion percentage in school history. His 3,224 total yards for the 8-3 Hurricanes ranked 11th in the nation. - Miami Herald


(DS#11 QB) rSr/2022 QB DEriq KingMiami (FL)
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