Miami Hurricanes junior safety Rayshawn Jenkins made news last night when he posted that he will miss all of this season. Multiple sources are saying that he is having surgery to repair a nagging back injury, but the school has not yet confirmed anything. While the unfortunate loss of Rayshawn Jenkins does hurt the Canes’ secondary, they have plenty of depth to fill in.
With Jamal Carter and Deon Bush returning from last years safety group, and Dallas Crawford shining now that he has been moved to safety, the Canes will still have plenty of experience and talent at the safety spot. Couple the returning guys, with the incoming safeties: Kiy Hester and Marques Gayot, and the Canes should be just fine at safety.
Both Hester and Gayot have shown that they can play at a high level right away. Even with the loss of Jenkins, this is likely the fastest and most physical group of safeties that Miami has had in a long time.
Coach Al Golden is building depth at every position so that an injury like this is no longer as devastating to the team as it used to be.
When Golden first arrived at Miami, the depth on defense was absolutely atrocious. Just to give you a clue about how much Golden has built this program back up, when Ray-Ray Armstrong was kicked off the team in one of Golden’s first years here, A.J. Highsmith, a former QB, was the only free safety left on the roster. Now when the Canes lose a player to an unfortunate injury, they still have plenty of talent to step up and fill the void.
Fans tend to get uncomfortable with a certain position once a key contributor goes down, but the Canes have enough at the safety position to help ease the loss of Jenkins, which also shows a sign of improvement from the program.
We’ll have a more in-depth look at the safeties later this week with the position preview. Until then, we wish Rayshawn Jenkins a quick and safe recovery.