Miami Football shows safety and striker versatility in spring game

MIAMI, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 05: (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 05: (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

The depth the Miami football team has at safety and striker will provide the Hurricanes defense with a lot of versatility during the 2021 season. The majority of the strikers or players who have played the position for Miami are converted defensive backs. Miami wants to get the best defensive players on the field.

Amari Carter, Bubba Bolden and Gurvan Hall are the three best safeties on the Miami football roster. Carter has played some striker this spring. The potential exists for Carter to play striker with Bolden and Hall remaining at safety. Keontra Smith who played striker last season has had snaps at linebacker this spring.

The Miami defense has had multiple players move positions this spring. Zach McCloud who is entering his sixth season with Miami has been permantely moved to defensive end. Head coach and defensive coordinator Manny Diaz will have multiple options as he returns to calling the defense in 2021.

Behind the returning players, Miami also has young safeties Kamren Kinchens,

Keshawn Washington


Avantae Williams

on the roster. Kinchens is a 2021 signee, Williams was the second ranked safety in the Class of 2020 as he and Washington enter their second season in the Miami football program.

"“They flash; they make a lot of plays, but they’re also a little bit wild…Because you can drive the car 120 miles per hour doesn’t mean you always have to drive it 120. Those guys are learning. This spring, with the number of guys we have out, has been great for them.”"

Diaz commented on Kinchens, Washington and Williams following the spring game. The three young safeties, early enrollee Chase Smith and the top ranked safety in the Class of 2021 James Willams who will arrive this summer will continue to provide Miami with verstaility at safety and striker beyond 2020.

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With Bolden, Carter and Hall returning in 2021 the young players behind them will have a difficult time earning snaps. Brian Balom who played well in limited time in 2020 missed spring practice recovering from a car accident. Getting playing time this spring the Miami secondary developed this spring.