Miami Herald columnist Barry Jackson spoke to Dolphins safety Jevon Holland about Mario Cristobal last Friday in a column posted on Tuesday. Holland wants Miami football fans to be patient with Cristobal in shaping the Hurricanes’ roster. Holland played for Cristobal at Oregon from 2018-19 before sitting out in 2020.
Miami is 5-5 after being picked to win the ACC Coastal Division by the media in the preseason. The Miami football team is 2-4 at home and 3-1 on the road this season. In the ACC Miami is 3-0 on the road and 0-3 at home. Miami has four straight home losses in the same season for the first time since 1973.
Cristobal helped the Miami football program sign the 16th-ranked class in 2022 per the 247 Sports Composite rankings. Miami currently has the ninth-ranked 2023 class. Cristobal has frequently stated rebuilding the Miami roster was a bigger task than he anticipated. Miami has the 13th-ranked roster nationally.
The Hurricanes currently have 19 2023 commits. Expect Miami to lose numerous players to the transfer portal and to be busy recruiting transfers. Miami practically rebuilt its entire defensive line by adding five transfers upfront during the 2022 offseason. Several positions are likely to be targeted in the transfer portal.
"“Rome wasn’t built in one day…I don’t understand why people think it’s that’s quick. He’s coming in, trying to make things happen, which obviously he’s doing. It’s a slow process. Give it some time, man! Jesus, stop being so impatient! And quote that!Tell them I said stop being so impatient, give the man time to work, get recruiting classes in there and get the regime and standard established so he can have his people in there, the types of guys he wants in there. I’m sure there are a lot of guys on the team now that are already the type of guys he wants.It’s just taking a minute to establish a standard. Let the man go to work like I know he can. (Cristobal said his program is) not for everybody. So what do you need to succeed playing for him? You have got to love the game…That’s basically it. If you don’t love the game, you’re not going to succeed because he’s passionate about playing.You see that in how he coaches. He’s passionate about the game…If you’re not the type of guy that wants to succeed or be the best you can be, there’s going to be some turmoil between you and the coach and it just won’t work out. He’s too wired, too high strung, too focused, too locked in about the game to be (giving less than full effort)”"
Cristobal expects a business-like approach from his players. The culture of Miami is evolving. Several of the new players on Miami this season have made an impact. Expect a few of the 2023 transfers for Miami to become impact players and potential starters. Its more difficult to expect true freshmen to make an impact.
Linebacker Wesley Bissainthe and quarterback Jacurri Brown are the only true freshmen who have made an impact this season. Five-star 2023 Miami commits, cornerback Cormani McClain and offensive tackle Francis Mauigoa have a chance to make an immediate impact for the Hurricanes next season.