Miami football releases depth chart with few surprises

Sep 1, 2023; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 1, 2023; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports /

The Miami football program released its depth chart to the media about an hour before kickoff versus Miami (Ohio) with few surprises. The starters are primarily as expected. Several positions have from two to four players listed as co-starters. Miami did not list a starting kick or punt returner.

Despite reports of a thumb injury earlier this week, Tyler Van Dyke will start at quarterback. Sophomore Jacurri Brown and freshman Emory Williams are listed as the co-second-team QBs. Miami lists the starting running back as Henry Parrish or Ajay Allen or Mark Fletcher or Don Chaney.

Colbie Young is the starting wide receiver. Behind Young, the Miami football team lists Isaiah Horton or Frank Ladson or Shemar Kirk all as second-team. Jacolby George or Tyler Harrell are listed as the first-team Z receiver. Xavier Restrepo is the first team slot receiver with Ray Ray Joseph or Brashard Smith behind him.

Miami sideline reporter Josh Darrow reported Elijah Arroyo who was listed as the second-team TE was in street clothes pre-game and not expected to play. If Arroyo cannot play, sophomore Jaleel Skinner becomes the primary backup with freshmen Jackson Carver and Riley Williams moving up to third team.

As expected Miami will start Jalen Rivers at left tackle, Javion Cohen at left guard, Matthew Lee at center, Anez Cooper at right guard and true freshman Francis Mauigoa at right tackle. Cooper is the only starter on the offensive line who started for Miami at his current position during the 2022 season.

The Miami defensive line lists Akheem Mesidor and Nyjalik Kelly or Jahfari Harvey at defensive end with Branson Deen and Leonard Taylor as the starting defensive tackles. Linebacker is one of the biggest surprises. Francisco Mauigoa or Corey Flagg or Keontra Smith are all listed as first-team middle LB.

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Wesley Bissainthe or KJ Cloyd or Keontra Smith are listed exactly as the starting weakside LBs. Te’Cory Couch is the starting nickel/star. Jaden Davis and  Davonte Brown or Daryl Porter, Jr. are the starting cornerbacks. Andres Borregales is the Miami kicker and Dylan Joyce replaces Lou Hedley at punter.