Three Miami football players enter transfer portal

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 /

CaneSport reported on Friday afternoon that defensive lineman Cameron Williams, linebacker Deshawn Troutman and punter Nelson Foley and have officially entered the transfer portal. All three were projected to be Miami football backups in 2022. Troutman was involved in a domestic dispute with his girlfriend last month.

Williams signed with Miami in the Class of 2019, while Foley and Troutman were 2021 signees. In three seasons, Williams had 11 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, one sack, one sack, one pass breakup and one forced fumble. Miami has added five DL during the 2022 offseason, making the path to playing time difficult for Williams.

Williams signed with the Miami football program as the 441st ranked player, 29th weakside defensive end and 54th player in Florida. Miami signed transfer DEs Mitchell Agude from UCLA and Akheem Mesidor from West Virginia who will compete with returnees Jahfari Harvey and Chantz Williams to start in 2022.

Nyjalik Kelly and Cyrus Moss were signees in the 2022 freshman class to add further depth to the DL. Williams redshirted as a freshman and received the extra Covid in 2020. In his new program, Williams should have three seasons of eligibility remaining. Williams signed with Miami over multiple other Power Five programs.

Foley signed with Miami from the University of Canberra Senior Secondary College in Australia. In his only season with Miami, Foley had one punt for 40 yards in the final game of 2021 against Duke. The return of Louis Hedley for his third season blocked the path for Foley to become the punter for Miami.

Troutman was indefinitely suspended after the domestic violence case. As a true freshman in 2021 played in eight games recording three tackles. Miami is not deep at LB, but returned everyone from last season and added Caleb Johnson as a transfer from UCLA. Troutman would have a difficult time making the rotation.

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The deadline for players to enter the transfer portal and be immediately eligible is May 1. Miami has three more scholarships to use at positions of need and Foley, Troutman and Williams have the opportunity to search for programs that will provide them for a great opportunity to earn playing time.