How Miami Hurricanes transfers performed against Alabama

Sep 4, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 4, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports /

The Miami Hurricanes added four transfers during the 2021 offseason. Cornerback Tyrique Stevenson, defensive end Deandre Johnson, offensive lineman Justice Oluwaseun and wide receiver Charleston Rambo all began their collegiate careers in other college football programs.

Stevenson was a major part of the Miami Hurricanes rotation at CB. The former Georgia Bulldog led Miami with nine tackles on Saturday. Johnson had one tackle, Oluwaseun graded out well at right tackle by Pro Football Focus and Rambo finished with seven receptions for 33 yards. The performances were mixed.

Stevenson had a slightly above average grade in pass coverage was not good against the run and was below average overall. Miami needs more from Stevenson who was added to play outside and be a shutdown CB. Johnson was fourth in the rotation at DE behind Zach McCloud, Jahfari Harvey and Chantz Williams.

Rambo was expected to be a consistent deep threat in the passing game that Miami lacked in 2020. Miami needed Rambo to have a much bigger game if they were going to have any chance to compete with Alabama. Miami needs Rambo to be a significant contributor on offense in 2021. The seven receptions did lead Miami.

According to Inside the U, Pro Football Focus graded Oluwaseun as the eighth-highest scoring player for Miami against Alabama. Olawasaeun replaced D.J. Scaife and played 53 snaps at right tackle per Inside the U. Scaife was replaced after allowing Alabama to sack D’Eriq King. Olawaseun was solid in pass blocking.

The UNLV transfer earned a 74.2 pass-blocking grade on 35 snaps in protection. Olawaseun graded out at 55.7 in run blocking. The 74.2 pass-blocking grade for Oluwaseun was the best among the Miami offensive linemen. Offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee and OL coach Garin Justice will have a decision to make.

Based on the snaps on Saturday it seems likely that Oluwaseun will start at RT against Appalachian State on Saturday. Jarrid Williams who received significant playing time during training camp at left tackle did not play on Saturday. The other four Miami starting OL played all 66 snaps on offense against Alabama.

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Miami needs more contributions from their transfers for the remainder of the season. Rambo and Stevenson were expected to be elite players when they announced their transfers to Miami. Both produced at varying levels, but not enough. Johnson was expected to add depth and experience on the DL this year.