Miami Hurricanes likely to use two TEs often in 2020

TALLAHASSEE, FL - NOVEMBER 2 (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
TALLAHASSEE, FL - NOVEMBER 2 (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images) /

Junior tight ends Brevin Jordan and Will Mallory might finally be ready to deliver on the promise of the trouble they can cause opposing defenses for the Miami Hurricanes in 2020.

When Junior tight ends Brevin Jordan and Will Mallory signed with the Miami Hurricanes in 2018 the speculation was that they would team together to cause a lot of matchup problems for opposing defenses. That did not materialize in the pro-style offense utilized by the last two Hurricanes offensive staffs.

With Rhett Lashlee hired to install what he calls an up-tempo, power spread, the time to Jordan and Mallory to star together might finally occur. Jordan has 67 career receptions for 782 yards and six TDs. Jordan was named first-team All-ACC TE in 2019 and preseason first-team All-ACC in 2020.

Mallory did not show his full potential until Jordan missed the final few games of the 2019 season. In the final three games of 2019, Mallory had the best stretch of his Hurricanes career. Mallory recorded 12 receptions for 206 yards against FIU, Duke and Louisiana Tech. This is hopefully the year Jordan and Mallory star together.

Lashlee appeared on the Joe Rose Show on WQAM last month and spoke about the possibility of Jordan and Mallory playing together and the skills they provide the Miami offense. Jordan and Mallory are well rounded TEs who Lashlee praised for their all-around abilities. D’Eriq King will love throwing to Jordan and Mallory.

"“I think you could see those guys on the field, sometimes alone and very often together. Like I said, I think that’s just because they’re tight ends and they can do everything a tight end can do. They got some really good ball skills, receiver skills.They are big targets. I mean any quarterback will tell you they like those big long targets. (I like) the versatility they give us in the run game, flexing out in the pass game, blocking on the perimeter — just anything and everything. I think that really is going to help us offensively maybe not be so one dimensional.”"

With a mostly young and inexperienced wide receiver corps, the potential to play Jordan and Mallory together at TE has to intrigue Lashlee. Though Jordan and Mallory have yet to produce consistently together on the field, 2020 could be the season they finally live up the potential projected for them when they signed in 2018.

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Lashlee was hired to bring the Miami Hurricanes offense into the 21st century. Although he runs a spread, the potential of Miami using two TEs often with the elite skill sets that Mallory and Jordan provide gives the Hurricanes the opportunity to adapt and utilize different formations to get the best players on the field.