85 Days until Miami Football: Will Mallory ready for breakout season

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There has been a lot of discussion of the great tandem the Miami football team can have at tight end with Will Mallory and Brevin Jordan since the pair signed in 2018. Mallory hopes to complement Jordan and have a breakout season in 2020.

Will Mallory showed the potential he has at tight end during the last three games of the 2019 season with Brevin Jordan out with an injury. Mallory had 12 receptions for 206 yards as the Miami football team lost their final three games of 2019 to FIU, Duke and Louisiana Tech.

Those totals are more than half of the 21 receptions for 330 yards that Mallory has accumulated in his first two seasons for Miami. Mallory was the 211th ranked player, eighth-ranked TE and 37th ranked player in Florida in the Class of 2018. The numbers Jordan has put up in two seasons are far superior to Mallory.

Jordan has 67 receptions for 782 yards and six touchdowns. With new offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee running an up-tempo, spread offense, there will be more opportunities for Mallory to receive targets in the Hurricanes passing game. SMU TE Kylen Granson had 43 receptions for 721 yards and nine TDs in 2019.

There will be multiple opportunities for Jordan and Mallory in the Miami passing game in 2020. Mike Harley is the only proven wide receiver Miami has returning in 2020. Harley led the Miami returnees with 38 receptions last season for 485 yards and three TDs. Mallory led Miami in receptions and yards against FIU and Duke.

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The proof is there for Mallory to be one of the Hurricanes’ most productive receivers. It will be up to Lashlee to figure out how to get both Jordan and Mallory involved. This will likely be the last chance for the dynamic duo to live up to the potential they were projected to have when they signed with Miami in 2018.