Head coach Mario Cristobal, center Matt Lee, quarterback Tyler Van Dyke and safety Kamren Kinchens represented the Miami Hurricanes at ACC Kickoff in Charlotte on Tuesday. Several topics were discussed on Tuesday. Cristobal began by answering a question about the culture change within the Miami football program.
The second question for Cristobal was “How do you materialize…talent into success and wins that are on pace with your and Miami fans’ expectations? Cristobal acknowledged that “it always starts and ends with personnel.” The Miami Hurricanes have to “ Put guys in the right positions to make plays” per Cristobal.
Cristobal next discussed the announcement earlier this week that the annual game between Louisville and Miami that begins this season will play for the Howard Schnelleberger Trophy. Schnellenberger is considered the father of modern football for the Cardinals and Hurricanes.
Cristobal closed his session by extensively discussing the impact the transfer portal has had on college football and what the addition of offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson means for Miami in 2023. Cristobal stated that the contrast between developing players and adding transfers “are different pathways…used to get here.”
Kinchens was next on the podium. Asked about the strength of the defense, Kinchen answered that he likes the front seven. Kinchens singled out three linebackers and six defensive lineman on the front seven. Kinchens did not slight the secondary saying he and James Williams are arguably the best safety tandem.
Lee discussed a question asking him about a special class of transfer offensive lineman with Javion Cohen from Alabama. Lee mentioned that himself, Cohen, returnees Anez Cooper and Jalen Rivers, plus 2023 sigees Francis Mauigoa and Samson Okunlola have to be the “being the toughest, meanest guys on the field.”
Van Dyke closed up the Miami period by discussing the new offense under Dawson and the adversity he endured last season with ineffectiveness and dealing with a shoulder injury that hindered him throughout the season. Van Dyke concluded that he is focused on each day and one day, practice and throw at a time.