The Miami Hurricanes wrapped up spring football a week ago.
The off-season football month was Mario Cristobal’s first opportunity to assess the Hurricanes on a football field and he was pleased with the progress the team was making in practices.
“You would have liked to have had 15 more practices, but you haven’t,” Cristobal said after the spring game. “So now it’s about player choices and decisions in order to take the next step. We have to grow and we have to be mature. Everyone has 100 days until the first game, so what are you going to do? to do with these 100 days? I know what we want to see. We want to see a team that plays with tenacity, passion, physicality and resilience. To get there, it’s not a magic formula and there’s no secret sauce or sleight of hand The Canes must get to work.
Cristobal and this UM staff are looking to create depth of up to 22 players on both sides of the ball. With that in mind, this article seeks to rank Miami’s top 50 hurricanes coming out of the spring.
How is this classification formulated? It is an inexact science to assess the player’s talent, production, projected role and injury status.
Miami’s offense will be coordinated by Josh Gattis, who won the Broyles Award as Michigan’s top college football assistant in 2021.
Gattis will inherit a talented quarterback in Tyler Van Dyke, who threw for 2,931 yards with 25 touchdowns and six interceptions in ten games in 2021.
Gattis will look to build a balanced offense around a group of UM personnel that includes offensive line veterans like Zion Nelson, DJ Scaife and Jakai Clark, talented tight ends like Will Mallory and Elijah Arroyo, a group of talented receivers but inexperienced in Frank Ladson, Key’Shawn Smith, Xavier Restrepo, Romello Brinson, Jacolby George and Brashard Smith, and a strong stable of fullbacks in Jaylan Knighton, Henry Parrish, Don Chaney Jr, Thad Franklin and Cody Brown.
The defense will be coordinated by veteran coach Kevin Steele, who took over 2021 but was previously the defensive coordinator at Auburn from 2016-20.
Steele inherits a defense that needs improvement after a lackluster showing in 2021. The Hurricanes allowed 28.2 points per game and 389 yards per game. Miami ranked as the worst Power Five team in the nation, according to Pro Football Focus. With all that said, however, Miami features some talented plays on this side of the ball in DT Leonard Taylor, DB James Williams and CB Tyrique Stevenson.
How do we rank Miami’s top 50 players coming out of the spring (including upcoming transfer additions)?
Read on for a look.