Miami football needs more contributions from transfers

Sep 24, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 24, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /

The Miami football program added about a dozen transfers during the 2022 offseason. Several of those transfers have made a big impact in 2022 while many others have yet to contribute. Mississippi transfer Henty Parrish leads Miami in rushing and is tied for the team lead in touchdowns scored.

After not receiving much playing time in the first three games former Clemson wide receiver Frank Ladson showed promise with six receptions for 65 yards before suffering an injury that kept him out in the second half. UAB transfer RB Lucious Stanley and junior college WR Colbie Young have not made an impact with Miami.

Stanley joined the Miami football program as a walk-on. With injuries to Jaylan Knighton and Parrish in the loss to Middle Tennessee State, Stanley could receive more playing time. Offensive linemen Jonathan Denis and Logan Sagapolu have received minimal playing time after transferring from Oregon.

On defense, tackle Darrell Jackson has excelled against the run and Akheem Mesidor has arguably been the best defensive player for Miami despite missing the Southern Mississippi game. Linebacker Caleb Johnson has been productive with 10 tackles ranking fourth on Miami. Several transfers could get more snaps.

Cornerback Darryl Porter Jr., edge rusher/linebacker Mitchell Agude and defensive linemen Jacob Lichtenstein and Antonio Moultrie could get more playing time as Cristobal, offensive coordinator Josh Gattis and defensive coordinator Kevin Steele try to find more answers following a two-game Miami losing streak.

Miami could play leading tackler Corey Flagg and Johnson together when the Hurricanes come off the bye versus North Carolina on October 8. The Miami defense was completely exposed in the loss to Middle Tennessee State. Mesidor and Parrish are the highest-graded players on Miami in 2022 by Pro Football Focus.

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Agude and Jackson are the only other transfers among the top 20 graded players by PFF on Miami through the first four games according to David Lake of Inside the U. The rotation for Miami on defense could change beginning with the game versus North Carolina. Miami has a big challenge versus an elite North Carolina offense.