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Newcomers are stacking the Miami Hurricanes defensive back field

Ari Russell



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After the end of last season, the Miami Hurricanes were looking to mitigate the vast attrition that took place in their defensive back field. With key players such as Corn Elder and Rayshawn Jenkins plus several others getting set to play on Sundays, the team was seemingly going to have a void to fill. Well believe it or not there’s a possibility they may even be stronger at that position this year due to a few newcomers.

The Canes landed some big time names and all are on campus right now. The first name worth mentioning is Dee Delaney who’s a graduate transfer from the Citadel. Delaney recorded 11 INTs in the past two season and is considered one of the top CB prospects for the 2018 draft. With a big year, his stock can go up even further.

Delaney is a big corner at 6’2 and has blazing speed as well which obviously going from a smaller conference to the ACC is going to be needed if he does want his draft stock to rise.

Another addition is junior college transfer Jhavonte Dean. Dean who was heavily recruited by Alabama as well chose Miami and was considered the top junior college cornerback in the country. Dean also has some size at 6’1 and he is even faster than Delaney, clocking in at a 4.3 40 time.

These are two big and fast corners who are older and more mature. Though they haven’t played in this system yet, there is no doubt it looks scary on paper.

In addition to Dean and Delaney, sophomore Malek Young is also going to be a major factor this season, Young was one of the stars of the Spring and the coaches already love his tenacity and leadership skills. Incoming freshman Trajan Bradley has high expectations too and may also compete from some playing time.

If this unit plays up to what seems to be a very high potential, there is no question Miami will have one of the best defenses in the nation. They already were regarded as a top 10 defense coming into the season, but with such a strong defensive backfield, at this point, it’s going to be very hard to move the ball against this team. Defensive coordinator Manny Diaz must be licking his chops waiting for fall camp to open.

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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