ESPN named Miami Hurricanes safety Kamren Kinchens as the 58th-best player in college football in a post published on Tuesday. The Miami basketball team was named one of 10 teams projected to contend for the 2024 NCAA Championship in an article published by On3. Several Miami players were named on the best of ACC lists.
Kinchens is ranked 58th on ESPN’s “College Football’s Top 100 Players for 2023.” Kinchens is the sole representative from the Miami football program in the top 100 players nationally. Earlier this week ESPN named Kinchens to its preseason All-American team. That was one of the multiple preseason honors for Kinchens.
Jamie Shaw of On3 named the Miami Hurricanes to his “College Basketball: Ten teams who can win a national championship in 2023-24.” The 10 programs listed by Shaw included Miami’s ACC rival Duke and Kentucky who the Hurricanes will play in November. Miami has made a statement in the last two NCAA Tournaments.
The ACC Digital Network has multiple lists of the top five players at various positions and has started listing the top 25 players in the conference. Defensive tackle Leonard Taylor is listed in the top five defensive linemen, Kamren Kinchens is the number one defensive back and Andres Borreagales is the top kicker.
Defensive lineman Akheem Mesidor and safety James Williams are two of the eight players in the top 25 in the ACC that have videos posted of them so far by The ACC Digital Network on their YouTube channel. Miami needs productive seasons from Mesidor and Williams on what projects to be an improved defense.
David Lake of Inside the U posted “Five talking points to watch after the first scrimmage.” Lake asked if should Miami use the pass to set up the run, do they need to use four wide receiver sets to begin the season, if can they stop the outside run, will playmakers step up on defense and if the defense is physical enough.