Five Questions to Be Answered in Miami Hurricanes Scrimmage

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 15: Joseph Yearby /
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Rebuilding the Secondary

The Miami Hurricanes losses in the secondary have been well documented. Replacing the four departed Seniors will be essential to the success defensively this year.

Graduate transfer Dee Delaney was a two-time FCS All-American at the Citadel. Junior College transfer Jhavonte Dean was originally a commit to Alabama and one of the most highly sought after JC transfers in the 2017 recruiting cycle.

Jaquan Johnson started five games at the Rover/Strong Safety position last season. Sophomore Malek Young returns after starting four games in 2016.

Young had 22 tackles and an interception in 2016. He also picked off Rosier twice in the spring. Young is not likely to start over Delaney or Dean, but should see plenty of playing time at the nickel.

Young was one of the better cornerbacks in the ACC last season. He was adept in keeping receivers from gaining yards after the catch.

Freshmen Trajan Bandy and Amari Carter could also make impacts this season. Bandy is a corner and Carter a Safety. Miami Defensive Coordinator Manny Diaz complemented Bandy as “having really good speed”.

Carter has a chance to start from day one according to Diaz. Sophomore Romeo Finley is currently listed as the starter at free safety. That is by no means a certainty.

Diaz was quoted as saying about Carter:

"“Very intelligent young man. Picks concepts up very easily. He’s got to play starting day 1.”"

The battle between the quarterbacks and the secondary should be one of the more interesting developments to come from scrimmage.