Several true freshmen and transfers made big plays and/or had production that helped the Miami football team to a 35-14 win at Georgia Tech on Saturday. True freshman quarterback Jacurri Brown was 14-19 for 136 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions and a 185.9 passer rating with 19 carries for 87 yards rushing.
Brown paced the performances of the new Hurricanes. Two of the three TD passes for Brown were to true freshman tight end Jaleel Skinner and junior college sophomore transfer Colbie Young. Young leads Miami with five TD receptions this season. That was the first TD reception of Skinner’s career.
Skinner finished with the one reception for four yards. Young had two receptions for 19 yards. Young leads Miami this season with 351 yards and is second with 27 receptions in addition to the team lead with five TD receptions. Skinner has nine receptions for 121 yards as the primary backup to fifth-year senior TE Will Mallory.
Clemson transfer Frank Ladson had two receptions for 42 yards with his catches going for 19 and 23 yards. The Miami football program rebuilt its defensive line primarily with transfers. UCLA transfer edge rusher Mitchell Agude had one of his best games for Miami with four tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and one sack.
True freshman offensive lineman Anez Cooper started for Miami at Georgia Tech and continues to give the Hurricanes quality snaps. Miami is missing starting left tackle Zion Nelson who has been out for most of the season and guards Justice Oluwaseun and Jalen Rivers. Miami has had to shuffle its offensive line.
West Virginia transfer edge rusher Akheem Mesidor had four tackles. Maryland transfer defensive tackle Darrell Jackson finished with two tackles. True Freshman linebacker Wesley Bissainthe had his first start against Georgia Tech and his most productive game with six tackles. Bissainthe now has 20 tackles this season.
The young players and transfers should continue to contribute for Miami in the final two regular season games. As Mario Cristobal continues to overturn the Miami roster expect true freshmen and transfers to continue to contribute in 2023. Miami has commitments from two top 10 players for 2023.
Five-star cornerback Cormani McClain is the second-ranked prospect, top-ranked defensive player and number one in Florida for 2023. Offensive tackle Francis Mauigoa is also five-stars and the sixth-ranked player, top player at his position and second behind McClain in Florida for 2023. Miami has the ninth-ranked 2023 class.