The transfer of quarterback Tyler Van Dyke to Wisconsin and early NFL Draft entrees of defensive tackle Leonard Taylor and safeties Kamren Kinchens and James Williams left the Miami football team inexperienced and thin at those positions entering the 2024 season.
Miami added 10 transfers during the early portal window. A second transfer portal window opens after spring practice from April 16-30. Expect Miami to continue to be active during the spring window. Miami lost 13 players to the transfer portal.
Most of the outgoing Miami transfers did not receive a lot of snaps during the 2023 season. In addition to Van Dyke, linebacker Corey Flagg, running back Don Chaney Jr. and wide receivers Brashard Smith and Colbie Young are the only outgoing Miami transfers who made significant contributions in 2023.
Miami has the 29th-ranked transfer class pairing with the fourth-ranked 2024 signing class. Miami has added two quarterbacks, two defensive linemen, one edge rusher, one interior offensive lineman, one running back and three safeties through the transfer portal to its 2024 roster.
The addition of QB Cam Ward from Washington State changes the projection of the 2024 Miami football team. Ward is a consensus top-three transfer QB. Ward averaged 311.1 passing yards per game in 2023, had 25 touchdown passes, seven interceptions, completed 66.6 percent of his attempts and averaged 7.7 yards per attempt.
Ward is currently projected as the seventh overall pick in 2025 by the NFL Mock Draft Database. The decision to return to college for a final season should help Ward's 2025 NFL Draft position. Ward was projected as a second or third-day pick in the 2024 NFL Draf. Adding Ward was huge for the Miami football program.