Miami football without top CB Tyrique Stevenson versus Duke

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 /

Susan Miller Degnan of the Miami Herald and Khobi Price of the Sun Sentinel both reported in pregame that the Miami football team will likely be without top cornerback Tyrique Stevenson against Duke on Saturday. Miller Degnan and Price both observed that Stevenson was in street clothes on the field before the game.

Stevenson is the latest starter to be missing for the Miami football team. The Hurricanes have lost over a half dozen starters since the beginning of the season. Stevenson is third on Miami and leads the secondary with 43 tackles and has added 2.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks, one interception and four pass breakups.

D.J. Ivey who started 17 games combined in 2019 and 2020 is listed behind Stevenson on the depth chart. Second-year freshman Marcus Clarke will start at the opposite corner. Te’Cory Couch will be the third CB in the rotation for Miami. True freshman Malik Curtis is there if Miami has to go deeper into the rotation at CB.

Miami has already been playing most of the season without Al Blades at CB as part of the rotation. Duke is 56th nationally averaging 245.3 passing yards per game. Miami is 107th nationally in pass defense with Stevenson allowing 259.1 yards per game. The Hurricanes will have to help the CBs on Saturday with Stevenson out.

Miami will also be without true freshman starting safety James Williams who suffered a season-ending injury versus Florida State. Williams was replaced by Amari Carter who moved from striker. Gilbert Frierson started as striker against Virginia Tech. Miami held Virginia Tech to 148 passing yards and 5.3 yards per attempt.

With Stevenson projected out on Saturday, none of the players who started for Miami in the season opener against Alabama will start versus Duke. True freshman Kamren Kinchens will start opposite Carter at safety. Miami sideline reporter Josh Darrow reported Miami will also be without defensive tackle Jon Ford and punter Lou Hedley.

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Jared Harrison-Hunte and Nesta Jade Silvera will start at DT for Miami. Either Nelson Foley or Matias Gasc and potentially both will handle the punting according to Darrow. Harrison-Hunte has 12 tackles, five tackles for loss, two sacks and one pass breakup this season. Foley and Gasc would be making their collegiate debuts.