Miami Hurricanes projected cornerback depth chart entering spring practice

Oct 30, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 30, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

The Miami Hurricanes return all of their cornerbacks entering 2022 spring practice. Miami signed three CBs in the Class of 2022 plus transfer Darryl Porter Jr. Porter Jr. will not participate in spring practice after announcing he was returning home earlier this week. There will be a lot of competition for snaps at CB.

Tyrique Stevenson was the best CB for Miami in 2021. Stevenson started 10 of the 11 games he appeared in during the 2021 season. The addition of Stevenson to the Miami Hurricanes roster last season gave Miami an elite CB. Miami needs to improve on allowing 250.6 passing yards per game last season which was 102nd nationally.

Stevenson led Miami CBs with 43 tackles, and added 2.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sack, an interception and four pass breakups. Marcus Clarke was the primary starter at CB last season opposite Stevenson. Clarke had 24 tackles, one interception, two pass breakups and one fumble recovery during the 2021 season.

Miami has experience behind Clarke, Porter Jr. and Stevenson. Al Blades Jr., Te’Cory Couch and D.J. Ivey have all been starters during their Miami careers. Blades missed the entire 2021 season. Couch had 33 tackles, 1.5 TFLs and led Miami with five pass breakups in 2021. Ivey had 26 tackles, two TFLs, one sack and one PBU.

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Miami signed four-star CBs Chris Graves and Khamauri Rogers and three-star Jaden Harris in the Class of 2022. Rogers is the only one of the three who was an early enrollee and will participate in spring practice. New defensive backs coach Jahmile Addae will have a lot of depth to work with at CB this spring.

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This spring will provide Addae a chance to evaluate and for the players to assert themselves. We will have a good idea after spring practice where players are on the depth chart. Porter is expected to be a starter when he joins the Miami football program this summer. Miami needs better play from its CBs in 2022.