Miami Hurricanes News: Players meet media, DB problems

Sep 3, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 3, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports /

Linebacker Francisco Mauigoa, safety Kamren Kinchens, wide receiver Xavier Restrepo and tight end Elijah Arroyo were the Miami Hurricanes players who met with the media on Tuesday. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald highlighted the issues with the Miami secondary over the last five quarters, including Kinchens.

Susan Miller Degnan, Jackson’s Miami Herald colleague, outlined the comeback for Arroyo from a torn ACL in September 2022. Arroyo was projected to be the starting TE for Miami before a setback related to the ACL surgery before the season kept him out until last week. Miami needs the TEs to be more involved as receivers.

Jackson extensively outlined the metrics for the Miami cornerbacks Te’Cory Couch, Jaden Davis and Daryl Porter Jr. have played the vast majority of snaps at the position this season. Kamren Kinchens has fallen from the top-ranked safety in 2022 by Pro Football Focus to 158th in 2023. James Williams is performing well.

David Lake of Inside the U previewed the Opposing Quarterback Spotlight: Clemson’s Cade Klubnik has managed the game through the first six weeks.” Lake highlighted the season for Klubnik and how he plays within the Clemson offense. Expect Clemson to be methodical more than looking for big plays passing.

Kick returner Breshard Smith was named to the 247 Sports midseason All-American team. Smith leads the Football Bowl Subdivision averaging 34.6 yards per kickoff return with his sole touchdown return versus Texas A&M. Smith also had a TD reception last week at North Carolina.

Jamie Shaw of On3 ranked Miami Hurricanes forward Matthew Cleveland as the second-highest-ranked transfer in the ACC behind Harrison Ingram of North Carolina. Cleveland transferred from Florida State to Miami during the 2023 offseason. North Carolina added Ingram from Stanford.

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The Miami Women’s basketball team is ranked in the preseason for the first time since the 2019-20 season. Miami is 25th in the USA TODAY Coaches Poll that was released on Tuesday afternoon. Jasmyne Roberts and Ja’leah Williams are the sole returning starters for Miami in 2023-24.