Five intriguing players after one week of spring football

Spring football is a time for development, competition, and hope. 

Each year represents a chance for a team to establish a new identity and within that is an opportunity for players to earn bigger roles or solidify themselves as starters or leaders. 

This article looks to highlight a handful of those type of players from the first week of spring football. 

Miami is scheduled to practice on Saturday and it will be the fourth session of the spring for the Hurricanes. UM will hold 15 spring football practices in total with the annual spring game taking place on April 17th at Hard Rock Stadium. 

The spring game will be televised on the ACC Network at 11 AM. At this point, the game will not be open to fans. 

This spring will be an important time for Miami to try and take a step forward going into 2021 after a solid 2020 season. The Hurricanes are set to return 19 of 22 starters from a 2020 team that finished the season with an 8-3 record.

Quarterback D’Eriq King is set to return after a strong 2020 campaign at UM in which he threw for 2,686 yards with 23 touchdowns and five interceptions while completing 64 percent of his passes. King also ran for 538 yards and four touchdowns. King will not be able to participate in spring football because he will be rehabbing his way back from a ACL injury that was sustained in the Cheez-It Bowl.

Returning with King on offense in 2021 is key contributors like RB Cam’Ron Harris, WR Mike Harley, TE Will Mallory, and OL Zion Nelson. Mallory will be held out of the spring due to offseason shoulder surgery.

Defensively, Miami welcomed back draft eligible upperclassmen like safety Bubba Bolden and defensive tackle Nesta Jade Silvera, who is held out of the spring with a shoulder injury.

The majority of Miami’s defense will be working with a new coaching staff with Manny Diaz shaking up that side of the ball by hiring defensive line coach Jess Simpson, linebackers coach Travis Williams, cornerbacks coach DeMarcus Van Dyke, and secondary coach Travaris Robinson.

UM will also feature new transfer additions like wide receiver Charleston Rambo from Oklahoma, Deandre Johnson from Tennessee, and Tyrique Stevenson from Georgia.

Early enrollee freshmen like QB Jake Garcia, TE Elijah Arroyo, DE Thomas Davis, LB Deshawn Troutman, Striker Chase Smith, DB Kamren Kinchens, and K Andres Borregales are all set to compete this spring as well.

Miami is set to open the 2021 season with a neutral site match-up against National Champion Alabama in Atlanta at Mercedes Benz Stadium.

Read on for five intriguing players we learned about from the first week of spring football.