Miami football has open scholarship with Brian Polendey in transfer portal

Rising redshirt junior tight end Brian Polendey has entered the transfer portal. Polendey entering the transfer portal should have been expected and opens up another scholarship for the Miami football program.

Rising redshirt junior tight end Brian Polendey who never made an impact in his three seasons in the Miami football program became the second Hurricanes player to enter his name into the transfer portal on Friday. Polendey joins kicker Bubba Baxa who also entered his name into the portal Friday.

After redshirting as a true freshman on the Miami Hurricanes 2017 ACC Coastal Division Championship team Polendey played in only 14 games over the last three seasons. Polendey took a redshirt season in 2016 following a season-ending knee injury in September. Polendey recorded one career reception for 14 yards in at Miami.

The high point Polendey’s career came against Savannah State in a 77-0 victory by the Miami football team in September 2018. Polendey and Baxa are both from Texas. Baxa is from the Houston suburb of Pasadena. Polendey could decide to return home to Denton which is where the University of North Texas is located.

The soon to be former Miami football player was a consensus three-star recruit from Guyer high school in Denton. Polendey was initially signed by former Miami tight ends coach Todd Hartley who is now in the same position at Georgia. Eight power five schools, plus Houston and Iowa State were initially on Polendey’s recruitment.

Miami will be able to absorb Polendey departing for another school. The Hurricanes return starting tight end Brevin Jordan who was second on the Miami football team in receiving yards in 2019. Backups Will Mallory, Michael Irvin II and Larry Hodges will be back. Miami also signed Dominick Mamarelli in the early signing period in December.

Jordan and Mallory are rising juniors, Irvin a rising redshirt senior and Hodges a rising redshirt freshman. Mallory came on strong at the end of last season. The sophomore recorded 16 receptions for 293 yards and two TDs. With Jordan out with an injury in the last three games of 2019, Mallory had 12 receptions for 206 yards.

The addition of new offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee is not expected to diminish the role of the tight ends for Miami in what is expected to be an up-tempo spread offense. Lashlee’s predecessor Dan Enos spoke often during the 2019 offseason about utilizing Jordan and Mallory in a lethal set of double tight ends.

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The double tight end set did not materialize often. The success that Jordan and Mallory had was usually independent of each other. Both entered Miami as consensus four-star recruits. Entering what is likely to be their last season together the Hurricanes can have a daunting passing game using both Jordan and Mallory.