46 Days to Miami football: Clive Walford record holding TE

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Clive Walford is the all-time leader in Miami football history among tight ends in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns.

Clive Walford set the record among tight ends in Miami football history from 2011-2014 for receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. Walford finished his Hurricanes career with 121 receptions for 1,753 receiving yards and 14 TDs. Walford improved in each of his four seasons with Miami.

As a senior in 2014, Walford finished with 44 receptions for 676 yards and seven TDs, all career highs. Two of the top three games of Walford’s career came in back to back weeks as a senior. Walford had four receptions for 127 yards and a TD against Florida State. A week later Walford had seven receptions for 105 yards against Virginia.

The only other 100 yard game in Walford’s collegiate career came against South Florida as a sophomore with three receptions for 135 yards. That was the Hurricanes only win among the three 100 yard games during Walford’s Miami career. Walford’s improvement each season came after redshirting as a true freshman in 2010.

Walford’s senior season ended with him receiving multiple awards for his performance. Walford was named second-team All-American by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association and the Coaches, third-team All-American by the Associated Press and a Mackey Award finalist for the nation’s best TE.

A three-star signee with Miami and the nation’s 71st ranked TE in the class of 2010, Walford exceeded his ranking entering college. Walford started 35 of the 35 games he played for Miami during his four seasons on the active roster. Walford was drafted 68th overall in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders.

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Walford had 70 receptions for 768 yards and three TDs with 10 starts in three seasons in Oakland. Traded to the New York Jets in the 2018 offseason, Walford appeared in only one game that season. Walford signed with the Dolphins for the 2019 season and had four receptions for 57 yards in seven games.