McCormick shouldn't be replaced as much as Miami needs to develop a pass catching TE in 2024. Miami received 16 receptions for 154 yards and one touchdown from its TEs in 2023. Riley Williams had a 22-yard TD reception versus Georgia Tech. McCormick is known more as a blocker.
Elijah Arroyo has missed most of the past two seasons with a severe knee injury. Jaleel Skinner transferred to Louisville in the offseason. Miami also returns Jackson Carver and signed Elija Lofton in the 2024 class. McCormick will almost definitely remain a part of the two-deep depth chart.
Entering spring practice, McCormick projects to be the first team TE. Arroyo and Williams will compete behind McCormick for second-team snaps and to challenge McCormick for first-team snaps. When McCormick transferred to Miami from Oregon, he was known for his ability as a big target in the red zone.
In 2022 at Oregon, McCormick had 10 receptions for 66 yards and three touchdowns. McCormick had three receptions go for first downs in 2023. McCormick had only two receptions for first downs in 2022. Williams had four 2023 first-down receptions and two or more than 15 yards. Williams is also more of a downfield threat.