Miami Hurricanes lose S Gurvan Hall for remainder of the Spring

DURHAM, NC - SEPTEMBER 29: Daniel Jones
DURHAM, NC - SEPTEMBER 29: Daniel Jones /

Miami Hurricanes Freshmen safety Gurvan Hall is out for the remainder of the Spring Practice after suffering a knee injury Mark Richt announced on Saturday.

Hall was expected to challenge for playing time this fall. He still could if he comes back healthy. Hall is slated to be behind returning starters Jaquan Johnson and Sheldrick Redwine. Johnson was the team’s MVP last season.

Hall will be competing with Amari Carter, Derrick Smith and Romeo Finley for playing time at safety this season. Earlier in the week, Richt said that Smith and Finley could be part of the nickel package as a third linebacker.

Hall will remain a part of the team while his teammates continue to go through spring practice for the next few weeks. Hall has been impressive before he suffered the injury. He has shown range and a physical presence in the secondary. He could become the next great Miami safety.

Hall’s injury isn’t expected to be serious. Richt said he most likely will not require surgery and he should be recovered in four to six weeks.

"“He’ll be here, but he won’t practice…We don’t believe it’s going to be any kind of surgical thing. You never know for sure, but probably four weeks, four to six.”"

Hall had been playing a lot with the second defense at safety with Finley and Smith slated for outside linebacker in nickel packages. Hall’s play has caught the eye of the coaches this spring. Richt spoke about one play in particular that Hall made.

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  • "“He’s on the left hash, and we throw a ball to the right sideline. He tracked it down and got there when the ball landed…I was like, ‘Who’s that guy?’”"

    Hall is the second player the Hurricanes have lost this spring. Starting linebacker Zach McCloud suffered a wrist injury that will sideline him for the remainder of the spring.

    Five other players are not participating this spring as they recover from injuries suffered last fall. Everyone is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for training camp this summer.

    The lone exception is redshirt Freshman wide receiver Evidence Njoku. They are uncertain when he will be able to return according to Richt.

    "“We believe in-season he’ll be able to…The key is going to be how early in the summer can he do everything to prepare. I’m not even sure of that date yet.”"

    Seven players out this spring have limited Miami’s drills. Richt told reporters after practice today that they have not been able to do several of the drills they wanted to.

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    The two hardest hit units are wide receiver and defensive back. More help will arrive when the remainder of the Freshmen class enrolls this summer.