Kamren Kinchens named ESPN Way-Too-Early 2023 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 /

After being named an All-American by multiple media outlets in 2022, Miami safety Kamren Kinchens earned a place on the ESPN “College football’s Way-Too-Early 2023 All-America team.” Kinchens had 59 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, 12 passes defended and six interceptions in 2022.

Kamren Kinchens’ breakout game at Georgia Tech with eight tackles, a half tackle for loss, four passes defended, three interceptions and one for a touchdown earned him national acclaim. After signing as a four-star prospect in the class of 2021, Kinchens played in all 12 games as a true freshman.

Kinchens had 44 tackles, one TFL, one forced fumble and four passes defended in 2021. Five-star 2021 safety signee James Williams received far more attention than Kinchens in their class. Kinchens and Clemson linebacker Barrett Carter are the only ACC players on the ESPN Way-To-Early 2023 All-America team.

Kinchens led Miami in tackles and interceptions in 2022. Entering the 2023 season Kinchens will be one of the anchors of the Miami defense. Miami lost eight defensive backs after the 2022 season. Chris Low of ESPN profiled Kinchens as a potential 2023 All-American highlighting his 2022 season.

"S: Kamren Kinchens, Miami“It was a rough first season for Mario Cristobal at The U. The Hurricanes finished 5-7 and didn’t make a bowl game. But Kinchens was one of the bright spots. He tied for first among Power 5 players with six interceptions, returning one of those 99 yards for a touchdown against Georgia Tech.His size (205 pounds) and instincts make him one of the country’s more complete defensive backs returning in 2023. Kinchens also led Miami with 59 tackles last season.”"

The returns of Kinchens and Williams help stabilize the Miami secondary entering the 2023 season. Miami added Central Florida cornerback Davonte Brown and signed freshmen defensive backs Damari Brown (the brother of Davonte) Antione Jackson and Robert Stafford in the 2023 class.

Kinchens has started the last 17 games over the 2021 and 2022 seasons. As a freshman, Kinchens impressed in his first game with seven tackles and one forced fumble as Miami lost to Alabama in Atlanta. Kinchens finished his freshman year with 44 tackles, one TFL, one forced fumble and four passes defended.

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Kinchens should continue improving his production in 2023. Miami has the talent to be vastly improved on defense. The Hurricanes return defensive tackle Leonard Taylor, versatile defensive lineman Akheem Mesidor and added LB Francisco Mauigoa from Washington to their 2023 roster.