Miami Hurricanes News: Kinchens honored, training camp updates

Oct 15, 2022; Blacksburg, Virginia, USA; Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 15, 2022; Blacksburg, Virginia, USA; Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports /

The Miami Hurricanes football team returned to training camp for the first time since its scrimmage on Saturday at Hard Rock Stadium during Canes Fest. Safety Kamren Kinchens and defensive tackle Leonard Taylor earned preseason All-American honors and were named to the Bednarik Award Watch list on Monday.

Defensive tackle Branson Deen, offensive lineman Jalen Rivers and running backs Ajay Allen, Mark Fletcher and Henry Parrish spoke to reporters on Monday after practice. Christy Cabrera Chirinos of MiamiHurricanes.Com summarized what each of the five players discussed with reporters on Monday.

Chirinos Cabrera wrote that Allen discussed why he transferred from Nebraska, why Miami was a dream school, how he would describe his running style, how he’d assess the speed on the team, how the running backs could help the passing game, how he and Fletcher complement each other and recovery from his collarbone injury.

Fletcher discussed what he has learned in training camp, playing with Tyler Van Dyke and how he would describe himself. Fletcher is pushing to become a significant part of the 2023 Miami offense. In the scrimmage on Saturday Fletcher scored two TDs. Fletcher will compete with allen and Parrish for carries in 2023.

Parrish stated that he felt that the Miami Hurricanes offense performed well during the scrimmage but there is more to improve on. Parrish also liked the way the offensive line opened up holes and how the running backs were running decisively, downhill and making plays.

Deen discussed how the scrimmage went from a defensive line perspective, the chance to scrimmage a Hard Rock Stadium, which players have improved during training camp and the development of Bain and Fletcher. Deen is competing with returnee Jared Harrison-Hunte to start next to Taylor at DT in 2023.

Rivers discussed one of Fletcher’s TD’s and what the OL did to open up the hole, how Tyler Van Dyke performed in the scrimmage, the different running styles of Allen and Fletcher, the play of Bain and the season approaching soon. Rivers is projected to start at left tackle depending on the health of Zion Nelson.

Next. Kamren Kinchens named 1st team preseason All-Americans. dark

In addition to being named to the Bednarik Award watch list for the best defensive player in college football, Kinchens and Taylor were also preseason All-Americans on Monday. Kinchens was named a first-team preseason All-American by The Athletic and ESPN, Taylor was named second-team by The Athletic.