Miami football: Kamren Kinchens named PFF 2nd-team All-American

Nov 12, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 12, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports /

Miami safety Kamren Kinchens earned a pair of honors on Tuesday being named first-team All-ACC and second-team All-American by Pro Football Focus. Kinchens was also named first-team All-ACC by PFF on Wednesday. Kinchens was one of 10 Miami football players named by the media and on the PFF All-ACC teams.

During a breakout season, Kinchens set career highs with 59 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, six interceptions, one returned for a touchdown, six passes defended, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. North Carolina linebacker Cedric Gray and NC State kicker Christopher Dunn are the only other ACC second-team All-Americans.

Punter Lou Hedley earned first-team All-ACC from the media and PFF. Miami tight end Will Mallory was named first-team All-ACC by PFF and second-team by the media. Defensive linemen Akheem Mesidor and Leonard Taylor, safety James Williams and kicker Andres Borregales earned PFF second-team All-ACC.

Kinchens was the star of a Miami defense that was extremely inconsistent all season. Miami earned its first PFF All-American since kicker Jose Borregales earned first-team and edge rusher Jaelan Phillips third-team following the 2020 season. Entering the final week of 2022, Kinchens was the highest-ranked safety nationally.

Despite the disappointing season, Miami has a corps of players to build around for the future. Kinchens and Williams will provide Miami with one of the best-returning safety tandems in the country. Borregales, Mesidor and Taylor are all expected to return with the Miami football program for the 2023 season.

Mesidor was a solid presence on the Miami defensive line in 2022 and Taylor was a dominating tackle at times during this season. Miami will have a lot of new faces, particularly defensively. Expect the Miami secondary to have the most turnover. Miami has lost four defensive backs to the transfer portal.

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Safety Al Blades and cornerback Tyrique Stevenson are expected to forego their remaining eligibility and D.J. Ivey completed his senior year. Kinchens should be considered among the 2023 preseason All-Americans. Mesidor, Taylor and Williams will be among the Miami preseason All-ACC candidates.