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  The Miami Hurricanes are getting another big body. UNLV offensive lineman Justice Oluwaseun, who previously played for Miami offensive line coach Garin Justice when Justice coached at UNLV, announced Saturday that he is transferring to the Hurricanes. He chose UM over schools that included Baylor and Houston. Oluwaseun, 6-3 and 325 pounds, has played both sides at tackle as well as guard. He started UNLV's six games in 2020 at right tackle. In 2019, he started 11 games. This will be his second redshirt junior year because the NCAA allowed all players to maintain their eligibility status in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Though the Hurricanes return all five starting linemen from last season, not including standout Navaughn Donaldson (sat out most of last season after major knee surgery), Oluswaseun will be a boost for a line not expected to have left guard Jakai Clark back after undergoing surgery on the AC joint of his right shoulder. - Miami Herald

(DS#999 OG) rSr/2022 OG Justice OluwaseunMiami (FL)
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  05/06/21 - Quincy RocherSr/2021, Miami (FL), 6-3, 245 (DS#7 OLB) + More +

  Let's start with a simple premise from this 2021 NFL draft: Transferring from Temple does not improve your draft position. The evidence: edge rusher Quincy Roche, transfer from Temple to Miami, sixth-round selection, Pittsburgh Steelers; tight end Kenny Yeboah, transfer from Temple to Mississippi, undrafted. More evidence: All the non-Power 5 draftees, and the limited number of drafted transfers up to Power 5 schools, showing how the NFL, as always, doesn't care where you came from as long as you've got the goods. Also, the NFL drafts on potential as much as production. Roche moving to the Hurricanes and Yeboah to the Ole Miss Rebels didn't change that.

Roche, in particular, is an intriguing case since he was the American Athletic Conference defensive player of the year in 2019, before he decided to transfer, rather than declare for last year's draft, which also had been a consideration. Roche was in no way a failure at Miami. He got on the field, was third-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference, contributed 14.5 tackles for loss. He got invited to the Senior Bowl, reportedly had some impressive practices. So why the sixth round instead of a couple of rounds earlier as some mock drafts had projected? Hard to say except that, for all his high-motor production, Roche, a tick under 6-foot-3 and 243 pounds, isn't the type of edge rusher deemed a high-end athlete. A jump up to the ACC with even a slight dip in production doesn't suggest a jump up again in deeper NFL waters. - Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News


(DS#7 OLB) rSr/2021 OLB Quincy RocheMiami (FL)
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  05/04/21 - Jose BorregalesrSr/2021, Miami (FL), 5-10, 206 (DS#2 K) + More +

  Former Miami Hurricanes placekicker Jose Borregales, a consensus All-American and winner of the Lou Groza Award as the top kicker in college football, "stopped looking" at NFL Draft projections of where and when and even if he'd be chosen in the draft - or just end up as most kickers do, an undrafted free agent. But Borregales isn't most kickers, and be assured his biggest fan, mom Vivian, was looking. "My mom tells me everything," Borregales said heading into the draft. "If my mom doesn't tell me, I have no idea. I've basically talked to every team but you never know where you end up until you get that call." Borregales, 23, undrafted after the seven-round event ended Saturday evening, will nonetheless be heading to the reigning Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent. - Miami Herald

(DS#2 K) rSr/2021 K Jose BorregalesMiami (FL)
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  04/26/21 - Jakai ClarkJr/2023, Miami (FL), 6-3, 320 (DS#68 OG) + More +

  Another University of Miami football starter is on the mend - and is doubtful for the Sept. 4 season opener against defending national champion Alabama. The Miami Herald learned Saturday through multiple sources that Hurricanes left guard Jakai Clark, who started 22 games on the offensive line the past two seasons, was in a car accident the night of the April 17 spring game. Clark started in the spring game. Clark, listed as 6-3 and 305 pounds, had surgery earlier this week to repair the AC joint in his right shoulder and was told he would be out three to four months. A UM source confirmed that Clark was recuperating from surgery after the car accident. Likely starting in his place would be 6-5, 325-pound second-year freshman Jalen Rivers out of Jacksonville Oakleaf High, who did very well during spring practice and was battling Clark for the starting job. - Miami Herald

(DS#68 OG) Jr/2023 OG Jakai ClarkMiami (FL)
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  Right guard Navaughn Donaldson has impressed everyone in his return from December 2019 knee surgery, but the Canes suggested they want him to lose more weight. He's in the 350 range; he might be a bit more nimble at 325. Regardless, Donaldson and left tackle Zion Nelson look like UM's best offensive linemen. Donaldson "has gotten so much better with his feet and he's real physical," defensive tackle Jon Ford said. "He's been here with me forever. Going against him is a great battle. It helps my game." Incidentally, it was John Campbell - not one of the starters - who gave up the sack and safety to Deandre Johnson in the spring game. - Miami Herald

(DS#62 OG) rSr/2022 OG Navaughn DonaldsonMiami (FL)
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  03/31/21 - Xavier RestrepoSo/2024, Miami (FL), 5-09, 196 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  University of Miami slot receiver Xavier Restrepo, aptly nicknamed the "X-Man," began his second spring season in 2021 the same way he did in 2020 - with a lights-out performance Saturday in the first scrimmage. Listed as 5-10 and 196 pounds, the former Deerfield Beach High Buck had an eyebrow-raising nine catches for 144 yards and two touchdowns last weekend. "Restrepo gave me problems sometimes in certain pass concepts," safety Gurvan Hall said of 2020, adding "He really opened my eyes this whole spring." In last year's first scrimmage, when offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee's spread offense was unveiled to the players in their initial game-type situation, Restrepo scored on a 70-yard reverse and "had another big explosive play down the field," UM coach Manny Diaz said back then. "He's willing himself into becoming a guy, and he has such great competitive spirit,'' Diaz said Saturday. "Those are not easy yards. He made tough catches and run-after-catches and breaking tackles." Restrepo said Tuesday that last year "was just a learning year," as he played in seven games and had one catch for 12 yards. - Miami Herald

(DS#999 WR) So/2024 WR Xavier RestrepoMiami (FL)
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  03/24/21 - Nesta Jade SilveraSr/2022, Miami (FL), 6-1, 305 (DS#7 DT) + More +

  Defensive tackle Nesta Silvera is sitting out the contact parts of spring practice after a shoulder procedure, and it will be interesting to see what new defensive line coach Jess Simpson can do with him. Remember, it was Simpson who in 2018 transformed Gerald Willis from a pretty good player to an exceptional one. "Nesta has done a good job," Simpson said. "His desire to learn football right now is higher than it's ever been. Nesta is a guy with great movement skills. At the end of practice we do a walk-through every day and you can see the light come on for him in some things he's learning. He is a vertical, penetrating guys we want. The biggest thing going to the fall is his eyes" recognizing what's needed before the snap. Simpson said he and Silvera have watched tape of NFL defensive tackles, including Grady Jarrett and Tyeler Davison, two players that Simpson coached with the Atlanta Falcons the past two years. - Miami Herald

(DS#7 DT) Sr/2022 DT Nesta Jade SilveraMiami (FL)
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  03/24/21 - Zach McCloudrSr/2022, Miami (FL), 6-2, 235 (DS#31 ILB) + More +

  One of the Miami Hurricanes' biggest "surprises of spring so far" - in the words of Jess Simpson - started off as little more than a joke at the end of last season. McCloud was still with the linebackers for most of practice leading up to the 2020 Cheez-It Bowl, and the redshirt senior sat in a meeting while Miami went over its third-down package. "I can do that," McCloud quipped as the Hurricanes talked through a defensive end's responsibility. He was "just kind of like being cocky," McCloud said. "I was making a joke." Coach Manny Diaz "perked up," McCloud said. Miami's two star defensive ends weren't going to suit up for the Cheez-It Bowl, instead opting to prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft, and it left the Hurricanes with a massive void at a former position of strength.

A new experiment began. McCloud practiced at defensive end that day and has been there every day since. He came off the bench as a defensive end in the bowl game and spent the entire offseason planning around a full-time position change, adding about 25 pounds throughout the winter and studying NFL edge rushers "with a similar body profile" to his 6-foot-2 frame. With Jaelan Phillips and Quincy Roche gone to the NFL, Miami is holding open competition at both end spots, and Simpson said McCloud has been one of the biggest surprises. - Miami Herald


(DS#31 ILB) rSr/2022 ILB Zach McCloudMiami (FL)
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  Now more than a year removed from knee surgery, Navaughn Donaldson has looked good in offseason workouts, and he's a clear favorite for a starting guard spot. "Navaughn is his best self," Justice told WQAM's Zagacki and Don Bailey Jr. on Friday. "Each week, you're seeing his confidence come back." Donaldson was cleared in time to be available for last December's Duke game. But "being cleared and being ready are two different things," Justice said. "He wasn't fully ready in a lot of ways. [Now] he fully trusts his knee. You're seeing the best of him week in and week out." - Miami Herald

(DS#62 OG) rSr/2022 OG Navaughn DonaldsonMiami (FL)
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  Jason Blissett Jr. is medically retiring due to repeated head injuries, the defensive lineman announced Monday. Blissett, who was a rotational contributor for the Miami Hurricanes last season, revealed his retirement on Instagram in an emotional six-minute video. Blissett played in nine games last year, recording seven tackles as a reserve at defensive end and defensive tackle. He also played in one game during a redshirt season in 2019, logging two tackles and one tackle for loss. Blissett revealed he has suffered multiple concussions dating back to his high school days at Poly Prep Country Day in Brooklyn, and has struggled to participate in workouts and weightlifting. - Miami Herald

(DS#999 DT) rSo/2024 DT Jason Blissett Jr.Miami (FL)
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  Local recruiting expert Larry Blustein offered insight on the two former Miami-Dade County high school standouts who transferred to UM this offseason. On cornerback Tyrique Stevenson, who transferred to the Hurricanes from Georgia: "He came down to Miami and Georgia originally. He's the perfect fit here, local guy, very athletic. He can't just blend in. He has to stand out from Day One. He has to be the guy. He's the best cornerback they've got by far. "He's big, has speed. He's going to be a huge asset. Great tackler, quick, has long arms. It's a much better room now. Too many blown coverages and penalties came out of that secondary." - Miami Herald

(DS#999 CB) Jr/2023 CB Tyrique StevensonMiami (FL)
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  01/28/21 - Tate MartellrSr/2022, Miami (FL), 5-11, 205 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  It appears quarterback Tate Martell's football career is not over. Martell, the 2016 Gatorade Player of the Year and former wildly popular Ohio State Buckeye before he transferred to Miami in January 2019, entered the NCAA transfer portal Wednesday. The news was first reported by 247Sports, which later reported that redshirt junior running back Robert Burns, who had only 16 carries in 2020, has also entered the portal. Martell had opted out of the 2020 football season after the NCAA allowed it because of the coronavirus pandemic. - Miami Herald

(DS#999 WR) rSr/2022 WR Tate MartellMiami (FL)
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  01/18/21 - Jarrid WilliamsrSr/2022, Miami (FL), 6-6, 308 (DS#28 OT) + More +

  Few believed it would happen, but the trend sweeping University of Miami seniors has continued with a starter who just completed his sixth season of college football. Hurricanes 6-6, 308-pound right tackle Jarrid Williams announced Saturday night he will return to UM in 2021 for his seventh year of college football instead of entering the NFL Draft - a significant victory for the Canes, who will have their entire starting offensive line back in 2021. Williams, who played with UM quarterback D'Eriq King at Houston before both transferred to Miami before the 2020 season, was initially thought to be leaning toward the draft, but he obviously thought otherwise. - Miami Herald

(DS#28 OT) rSr/2022 OT Jarrid WilliamsMiami (FL)
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  Tyrique Stevenson is officially coming home to the Miami Hurricanes. The former Georgia Bulldogs defensive back, who entered his name into the transfer portal Monday with the intention of transferring to Miami, announced Saturday he is joining the Hurricanes, giving Manny Diaz and his staff another huge portal victory. The 6-foot, 202-pound sophomore announced his decision on Twitter. At Georgia, Stevenson moved into a hybrid role. With the No. 22 Hurricanes, he'll have a chance to move back to corner and could immediately step into a starting role. - Miami Herald

(DS#999 CB) Jr/2023 CB Tyrique StevensonMiami (FL)
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  01/14/21 - Jonathan FordrSr/2022, Miami (FL), 6-4, 318 (DS#52 DT) + More +

  The most recent player to use it to announce his return for the 2021 season is 6-5, 318-pound starting defensive tackle Jonathan Ford, who announced Wednesday evening that he will be back for his fifth season. Ford has seen action all four years he has been at Miami. In 2019 as a junior he started all 13 games and totaled 18 tackles with 3 1/2 tackles for loss and three sacks, with a forced fumble. In 2020, Ford started nine of his 10 games, and was unavailable for Duke. He totaled 19 tackles, 1 1/2 tackles for loss and a quarterback hurry. - Miami Herald

(DS#52 DT) rSr/2022 DT Jonathan FordMiami (FL)
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