On Tuesday, the Miami Hurricanes lost some depth at a position that they have always held in high regards, TE. The latest player to transfer out of Coral Cables is red shirt freshman Jovani Haskins.
Haskins, who is fro Bergenfield, NJ got red shirted last season and was red shirted. He was expecting at least early on that maybe he could compete for playing time this year.
The tight end position may believe it or not be one of the weaker positions for Miami, which would be rare. Christopher Herndon IV is expected to be locked into the starter role. Herndon who is going into his junior year had 28 catches last season for 338 yards and 2 TDs. He had 18 catches for 237 yards and a TD in 2015.
Herndon will have some big shoes to fill as he will be taking over for David Njoku, who was drafted by Cleveland in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. The good news is that Herndon has some experience so its not like the Canes will be riding blind at TE this season.
As for Haskins, there were reports that he wasn’t in the best of graces with the Miami coaching staff after violation of team rules. This move isn’t terribly surprising considering there had already been buzz around the program about him transferring.
As for the depth at the position, it sure did take a hit. Look for Michael Irvin II and Brian Polendoey to fill in where Haskins was expected to be.
Miami has produced some great TEs over the years. A list that includes, Bubba Franks, Jeremy Shockey, Greg Olson, Kellen Winslow II, and Jimmy Graham to name a few. David Njoku looks to be the next in line as Chris Herndon would like to follow right behind that progression. Right now he’s going to have to be the guy, with minimal experience behind him.