Culture big Miami football theme when training camp opens Tuesday

CLEMSON, SOUTH CAROLINA - NOVEMBER 19:(Photo by Eakin Howard/Getty Images)
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The second season under Mario Cristobal for the Miami football program will begin on Tuesday with training camp. Miami underwent a massive transition during the 2023 off-season. The Hurricanes signed 26 players and will have 15 transfers new to the 2023 roster. There will be assimilation during training camp.

Cristobal has spoken extensively about setting the culture for the Miami football program. The 41 new players and seven new coaches for Miami will use training camp to set the culture for the 2023 Miami football team. This will be the first time the entire Miami team will be together ahead of the 2023 season.

With a full roster and staff, the culture for Miami will take a different shape than was set during the spring. Several freshmen and transfers that were not present for spring football will have a chance to assert themselves when training camp starts on Tuesday. Training camp starts exactly a month before the season opener.

Miami will host Miami (Ohio) on September 1. Several leaders have emerged for Miami throughout the offseason. Quarterback Tyler Van Dyke returns for his third season after an injury-plagued 2022. Center Matt Lee has quickly taken on a leadership role after transferring from Central Florida.

Safety Kamren Kinchens, Lee and Van Dyke attended ACC Kickoff in Charlotte with Cristobal. At the outset of training camp expect new defensive coordinator Lance Guidry and offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson to continue installing their new systems. With the full roster, they should be able to accomplish more than the spring.

Several of the newcomers including Lee are projected starters. Guard Javion Cohen, middle linebacker Francisco Mauigoa and cornerbacks Davonte Brown and Jaden Davis are the most likely newcomers with Lee who will start for Miami in 2023. Miami has mostly increased the experience on the roster through the transfer portal.

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The depth chart for Miami is a good mixture of experience and youth. Sophomore LB Wesley Bissainthe projects as the sole underclassman starter entering training camp. The experienced roster could help Miami overcome adversity better than last season. Setting the culture is critical for 2023 and the future.