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Miami Hurricanes facing attrition after Orange Bowl loss

Ari Russell

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(USA Today - Steve Mitchell)

As the Miami Hurricanes closed out their season on a three game losing streak which included an Orange Bowl loss to the Wisconsin Badgers we are starting to see some serious attrition being to take shape for the program. Some key current players and players that were thought to be helpful in the future are starting to leave the program.

Let’s begin with perhaps the most pressing loss in LB Darion Owens is leaving the team. Here’s a young man who overcame a serious injury to become a key reserve for Miami. This past season playing in all 13 games Owens recorded 35 tackles including 4.5 TFLs. This from the press release:

“Darrion and I talked, and he informed me that he feels his best opportunity to get the most playing time would be at another school,” head coach Mark Richt said. “Darrion has been a great representative of our program. We appreciate all the hard work he has put in and we wish him all the best in his future plans.”

For Owens, who’s a redshirt junior is expected to graduate and could play right away.

The next key loss on Tuesday was announced that defensive lineman DJ Johnson will transfer. Johnson who came in as one of the most heralded defensive linemen in the nation was a freshmen and wasn’t able to see the field as much as he perhaps anticipated. Being from Sacramento could have also played a role considering he wasn’t getting ample playing time despite being 3,000 miles from home. Here’s what Mark Richt had to say per the official press release:

“DJ indicated to me that he would like to continue his playing career closer to his family.”

In fact Johnson took to twitter to go into further detail as to why he’s leaving.

Ryan Fines is another player who stated he’s leaving the program to pursue other opportunities. He also is expected to graduate so he wont have to sit out a year. Fines recorded one sack and one fumble recovery playing in two games for Miami this season.

Every team faces attrition during the off season, but some of these players at least Owens and Johnson were expected to have expanded roles next season. Now Mark Richt will have more scholarships to fill.

Born in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., Ari Russell watched the rise of the 1980’s Miami Hurricanes and knew that he had to be part of the “U” someday. After graduating from Coral Gables, Ari rose through the ranks of the former XM Satellite Radio and then Sirius/XM as college football executive producer. He later spent 2 seasons as the publisher of the website “Beyond U Sports” focusing on major college football/basketball. Ari brings a great perspective on everything Miami, including the Dolphins to F.F.I.

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