4 biggest losses for Miami in the transfer portal

The Miami football program lost 14 players to the transfer portal. Only a few of them are significant losses.

Oct 21, 2023; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Hurricanes wide receiver Brashard Smith (0) reacts
Oct 21, 2023; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Hurricanes wide receiver Brashard Smith (0) reacts / Rich Storry-USA TODAY Sports
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Two playmakers on offense, one on defense and another player who added depth were significant losses for the Miami football team in the transfer portal. Those four players will be difficult for Miami to replace in 2024. Expect Miami to continue being active in the transfer portal to improve the 2024 roster.

Miami has improved its 2024 roster significantly at several positions. Cam Ward is a consensus top three transfer quarterback and is expected to be an upgrade over Tyler Van Dyke. Ward provides offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson with more mobility and versatility. Center Zach Carpenter is a capable replacement for Matt Lee.

Miami has added nine transfers to its 2024 roster. In addition to Carpenter and Ward, Miami brings in defensive linemen C.J. Clark and Marley Cook, edge rusher Elijah Alston, QB Reese Poffenbarger and safeties Mishael Powell, Savion Riley and Isaiah Taylor.

Clark projects as a starting defensive tackle and Powell and Taylor are the favorites to be the starters at safety. There are a few positions Miami has not replaced starters through the transfer portal or lost significant depth at those positions. Miami needs depth at cornerback and linebacker and a starting outside WR.

Miami needs to produce more playmakers on offense in 2024 and create more turnovers defensively. The Hurricanes were able to get to the QB in 2023, but ranked 79th with 12 fumble recoveries. Creating turnovers should be a point of emphasis in 2024.