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Miami Hurricanes 2021 College Football Team Breakdown (Depth Chart, Schedule & Betting Preview)

Matt Gajewski



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No. 16 Miami Hurricanes

2020 Record: 8-3
Returning Starters: Offense No. 10, Defense No. 9
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Key Metrics and Personnel

  • Head Coach — Manny Diaz
  • Offensive Coordinator — Rhett Lashlee
  • Defensive Coordinator — Manny Diaz
  • Points/Game — 34.0 (24th)
  • Plays/Game — 75.6 (33rd)
  • Pass Rate — 49.28 (50th)
  • Yards/Att R — 4.2 (73rd)
  • Yards/Att P — 8.0 (36th)
  • Yards/Att Allowed R — 4.5 (77th)
  • Yards Att Allowed P — 6.8 (30th)
  • Points Allowed/Game — 27.0 (50th)
  • Vegas Win Total – 9, Over -115, Under -105


Manny Diaz has been the head coach of Miami since 2019. He was formerly the defensive coordinator from 2016-2018. Rhett Lashlee has been the offensive coordinator since 2020. He was the previous offensive coordinator of SMU. He runs uptempo and pass-heavy schemes. Diaz is also functioning as the team’s defensive coordinator.

Recruiting Class: No. 11

Five Star Recruits:

  • Leonard Taylor — DL — No. 10
  • James Williams — S — No. 14

Other Top Recruits:

  • Jake Garcia — QB — No. 47
  • Romello Brinson — WR — No. 143
  • Jacolby George — WR — No. 174
  • Laurence Seymore — iOL — No. 181
  • Elijah Arroyo — TE — No. 214
  • Brashard Smith — WR — No. 218
  • Cody Brown — RB — No. 233
  • Jabari Ishmael — Edge — No. 241
  • Thad Franklin — RB — No. 245
  • Chase Smith — ATH — No. 291
  • Kamren Kinchens — S — No. 329
  • Michael McLaughlin — OT — No. 337


  • Justice Oluwaseun (UNLV — iOL)
  • Tyrique Stevenson (Georgia — CB)
  • Charleston Rambo (Oklahoma — WR)
  • DeAndre Johnson (Tennessee — Edge)

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QB D’Eriq King, RB Cam’Ron Harris, WR Mike Harley

Miami Hurricanes Depth Chart

Offense: 10 Returning Starters

  • QB: D’Eriq King, Jake Garcia
  • RB: Cam’Ron Harris, Don Chaney
  • WR1: Mike Harley, Mark Pope
  • WR2: Charleston Rambo, Jeremiah Payton
  • WR3: Dee Wiggins, Keyshawn Smith
  • TE: Will Mallory, Elijah Arroyo
  • LT: Zion Nelson
  • LG: Jakai Clark, Jalen Rivers
  • C: Corey Gaynor
  • RG: Navaughn Donaldson
  • RT: D.J. Scaife, Jarrid Williams

Defense: 9 Returning Starters

  • Edge: Jahfari Harvey
  • DT: Nesta Jade Silvera
  • DT: Jared Harrison-Hunte
  • Edge: DeAndre Johnson
  • LB: Keontra Smith
  • LB: Bradley Jennings, Gilbert Frierson
  • CB: Te’Cory Couch
  • CB: Tyrique Stevenson
  • CB-N D.J. Ivey
  • S: Bubba Bolden
  • S: Gurvan Hall
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Miami Hurricanes Breakdown

Miami finished 2020 with an 8-3 record. They lost to Clemson (42-17), North Carolina (62-26) and Oklahoma State (37-34) in their bowl game. They also had single-digit wins over Virginia (19-14) and Virginia Tech (25-24). The Hurricanes now return 10 starters on offense and nine on defense.

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At quarterback Miami returns D’Eriq King. King suffered a late season ACL tear but is still expected to be healthy. This will be crucial for a Miami team that faces Alabama in Week 1. Last year King completed 64.1% of his passes for 8.2 yards per attempt. He finished with 2.686 yards, 23 touchdowns and five interceptions on 329 attempts. He also rushed for 538 yards and four touchdowns on 230 attempts. Behind King, either freshman Jake Garcia or incumbent Tyler Van Dyke will be the backup.

At running back Miami returns leading rusher Cam’Ron Harris after accounting for 643 yards and 10 touchdowns on 126 carries. He also caught 18 passes for 131 yards and another touchdown. Freshman Donald Chaney also performed well in a change of pace role. Jaylan Knighton will provide depth alongside four-star freshmen Cody Brown and Thad Franklin.

At receiver, slot specialist and leading receiver Mike Harley returns after catching 57 passes for 799 yards and seven touchdowns. They also land Oklahoma transfer Charleston Rambo. Rambo comes off a poor 25-catch, 312-yard season after breaking out in 2019. In his sophomore season he recorded 43 receptions for 743 yards and five touchdowns. He is expected to start. The last spot should go to Dee Wiggins or Mark Pope, both of whom disappointed last year. Wiggins ran more routes but finished with 31 catches for 358 yards. Pope caught 33 passes for 43 yards. Jeremiah Payton could also play more after catching five passes for 35 yards. They also have four-star freshmen Jacolby George, Romello Brinson and Brashard Smith. Any of these receivers could push for snaps.

At tight end the Hurricanes lost Brevin Jordan to the NFL. They have a solid replacement in Will Mallory. He caught 16 passes for 293 yards in 2019 and 22 passes for 329 yards in 2020 in a complementary role.

Miami’s offensive line ranked 49th in pass blocking. The Hurricanes return every starter on the offensive line after allowing 11 sacks and 63 quarterback pressures last year. They have three tackles with double-digit starts in Zion Nelson, Jarrid Williams and D.J. Scaife. On the interior, Corey Gaynor, Navaughn Donaldson and Jakai Clark also have double-digit starts. UNLV transfer Justice Oluwaseun had 21 starts in three years with the Rebels.

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On defense Miami lost Jaelan Phillips, Gregory Rousseau and Quincy Roche. This leaves them weak on the edges, but they added Tennessee transfer DeAndre Johnson and moved Zach McCloud from linebacker to the edge during their bowl game last year. Jahfari Harvey also has a start, giving them something to work with. On the interior Nesta Jake Silvera is a returning Honorable Mention All-ACC. Jared Harrison-Hunte and Jonathan Ford also have starting experience on the interior. At linebacker, Miami returns seven of their top eight backers. Gilbert Frierson, Bradley Jennings and Sam Brooks played the most snaps last year, followed by Keontra Smith and Corey Flagg. In the defensive backfield, Miami also returns all their starters and adds marquee transfer in Tyrique Stevenson from Georgia. Te’Cory Couch, D.J. Ivey and Al Blades all have multiple starts. None were lock-down types, so Stevenson’s addition is notable. Their safeties will be Bubba Bolden (Second Team All-ACC) and Gurvan Hall.

Miami 2021 Football Schedule

  • Sept. 4 Alabama 3:30 p.m. Neutral
  • Sept. 11 Appalachian State 7:00 p.m. Home
  • Sept. 18 Michigan State 12:00 p.m. Home
  • Sept. 25 Central Connecticut State 1:00 p.m. Home
  • Sept. 30 Virginia 7:30 p.m. Home
  • Oct. 16 North Carolina 1:00 p.m. Away
  • Oct. 23 North Carolina State 1:00 p.m. Home
  • Oct. 30 Pittsburgh 1:00 p.m. Away
  • Nov. 6 Georgia Tech 1:00 p.m. Home
  • Nov. 13 Florida State 12:00 p.m. Away
  • Nov. 20 Virginia Tech 12:00 p.m. Home
  • Nov. 27 Duke 12:00 p.m. Away

Miami Football Betting Outlook

As for scheduling, Miami faces Alabama in Week 1. They also play Appalachian State and Michigan State at home in non-conference play. In the ACC, they travel to North Carolina and Pittsburgh. Their non-conference schedule is still one of the toughest in the conference, making them less likely to win the ACC Coastal. Miami’s potential losses are Alabama and North Carolina. They should be favored in every other game.

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Matt Gajewski graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Economics. Matt has worked in the fantasy industry for the past four years, focusing on DFS and Sports Betting. Matt specializes in NFL, College Football, College Basketball, XFL, and MMA. With GPP victories across the major sports, Matt also qualified for the DraftKings 2020 Sports Betting Championship and won a seat to the College Basketball Tourney Mania final.

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