Miami updated its online roster, which can be viewed here.
A minor detail that you probably wouldn’t notice unless you were a reporter who scoured it regularly: every player is smiling, and everyone’s suit fits nicely. In the last few years, some players wore messy-looking ties and shirts (unless players have their own gear, they pick from suits UM provides) and some hardly looked happy. This year, it seems they were asked to pay attention to the little things.
(Camp begins in 22 days, in case you were wondering.)
Those who made notable weight gain include running back Mark Walton (5-9 and 205, not 195), receiver Stacy Coley (6-1 and 195, not 187), cornerback Terrance Henley (5-11 and 180, not 170), defensive end Demetrius Jackson (6-3 and 265, not 250), running back Trayone Gray (6-2 and 225, not 215), offensive lineman Bar Milo (6-6 and 300, not 285) and defensive tackle Anthony Moten (6-4 and 315, not 300).
Those who are listed lighter: linebacker Jermaine Grace (6-1 and 210, not 220) and running back Gus Edwards (6-1 and 230, not 240). Most of the offensive and defensive linemen, especially, appear to be much more trim in person. Players interviewed this summer have raved about new strength coach Gus Felder as well as football nutritionist Kyle Bellamy, who has taken players shopping to local health food stores and asked them to keep nutrition journals to encourage good habits.
“They have a great plan,” Moten said Wednesday. “I love the new coaches.”
A caveat: heights and weights listed on the roster are not always accurate, and can change throughout the season. As one Hurricanes coach said Wednesday, referring to the work players are about to do in the August heat: “You can subtract 10 pounds once camp begins.”
Also, there are a few new faces on the roster. Among them:
Freshman cornerback Malek Young (No. 12), running back Travis Homer (No. 24), safeties Romeo Finley (No. 30) and Jeff James Jr. (No. 37, henceforth referred to as “JJJ” in addition to “Edge’s nephew”), offensive tackle Tre Johnson (No. 76, who dunked a basketball Wednesday in this video I took), wide receivers Ahmmon Richards (No. 82) and Sam Bruce (No. 83), tight ends Jovani Haskins (No. 85) and Michael Irvin II (No. 87; his dad wore 47), and defensive linemen Tyreic Martin (No. 90) and Joe Jackson (No. 99).
Also new: redshirt sophomore receiver Dayall Harris (No. 80), fullback Marquez Williams (No. 36, listed at 6-1 and 280 pounds) and fifth-year senior safety Adrian Colbert (No. 25).
Miami is still hoping freshmen wide receiver Dionte Mullins and safety Cedrick Wright qualify.