Cornerback Terry Roberts reentered the transfer portal after joining the Miami football program in January. Miami has added two freshmen and three transfers at CB to the 2023 roster. Five CBs return for Miami from the 2022 roster. Miami lost eight defensive backs to the transfer portal.
Roberts played in 33 games and made four starts with Iowa. The decision for Roberts to transfer came about six weeks after competing in Miami Spring Practice. Leading the Miami returning CBs is Te’Cory Couch who has 18 career starts. Darryl Porter Jr. who played in nine games with one start in 2022 will be in the 2023 rotation.
Malik Curtis, Chris Graves and Jaden Harris are the other three returning CBs for Miami in 2023. Four-star CBs Damari Brown and Robert Stafford signed with Miami in the 2023 Class. Davonte Brown, Jaden Davis and Jadais Richard joined the Miami football program as transfers at CB for the 2023 season.
Roberts had 47 tackles, two interceptions, five passes defended and two fumble recoveries. After Davis and Richard transferred to Miami last month the projected snaps for Roberts were likely reduced. Roberts has one year of eligibility remaining. On Friday morning Roberts tweeted that he is grateful for his time with Miami.
Davonte Brown and Davis provide needed experience for Miami beyond what Roberts has. Brown played in 36 games with 31 starts over the last six seasons at Central Florida. Davis played in 47 games with 22 starts in four seasons at Oklahoma. Richard played in 11 games as a true freshman at Vanderbilt in 2022.
Richard has three years of eligibility remaining. Miami has 10 CBs on the 2023 roster. With half of the Miami CBs new in 2023, head coach Mario Cristobal, new defensive coordinator Lance Guidry and secondary coach Jahmile Addae should be praised for improving the depth and experience at CB entering the 2023 season.
The additions of the new CBs to the 2023 roster are critical for Miami. Miami allowed 10 completions in 2022 of 50 yards or more which was the worst in FBS. The Hurricanes will also have more length at CB in 2023 with Davonte Brown and Richard both listed at 6’2. Miami should improve in pass coverage with the new CBs.