Who are Miami Hurricanes’ most-used offensive, defensive players?

Mark Walton carries the ball against Florida State. (Getty Images)

Mark Walton carries the ball against Florida State. (Getty Images)

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The degree of difficulty has steadily increased through the first five games of Miami’s season. UM (4-1, 1-1 ACC) began with an FCS team and played two Group of Five programs before its first conference game. The big jump came last week, when it faced its biggest rival.

That has given us a good look at who the Hurricanes’ coaching staff trusts enough to play heavy minutes, and how they’re using their depth.

A look at snap counts through five games, charted by eagle-eyed Friend of Canes Watch Daniel Gould, with my comments (note that only offensive and defensive plays, not special teams, are charted here):

OFFENSE

Miami’s offense has run 294 plays in five games.

272 – QB Brad Kaaya

272 – C Nick Linder

257 – RG Danny Isidora

257 – LG Kc McDermott

254 – LT Trevor Darling

These are the regulars. Kaaya and Linder sat in the third quarter of Miami’s blowout opening win over Florida A&M, with Miami up 56-3, and in the fourth quarter of the Appalachian State game with Miami up 45-10. Isidora, McDermott and Darling received sporadic rest late in blowouts (and Darling missed a few plays in the Georgia Tech game as trainers looked at his injured leg).

220 – WR Stacy Coley

218 – TE Chris Herndon

208 – RT Sunny Odogwu

183 – TE David Njoku

172 – WR Ahmmon Richards

166 – RB Mark Walton

The rest of the usual starters. Coley and Richards are UM’s top two receivers, while UM often goes double-tight with Herndon and Njoku. Walton is clearly the lead back. Odogwu, who broke his leg against FSU, had surgery and is unlikely to return this season.

102 – WR Braxton Berrios

100 – RB Joe Yearby

100 – OT Tyree St. Louis

85 – WR Dayall Harris

75 – FB Marquez Williams

More regulars. Berrios, UM’s main return specialist, is the No. 3 wideout. Yearby has had a fine season (54 carries, 360 yards, five touchdowns) despite a lighter workload than Walton (77 carries, 484 yards, eight touchdowns). St. Louis, a sophomore, will be UM’s starting right tackle with Odogwu out. Harris is UM’s No. 4 wideout. Williams is the starting fullback, but saw just three offensive snaps in the FSU game as UM used RPO plays instead of a two-back run game. He was on the field for eight offensive plays against Georgia Tech.

45 – OG/C Alex Gall

37 – TE Stan Dobard

29 – WR Malcolm Lewis

23 – RB Gus Edwards

Upperclassmen who haven’t heard their number called much. Lewis didn’t play at Georgia Tech and played two snaps against FSU. Seven of Edwards’ offensive snaps came against Georgia Tech, his most recent work. Dobard played two snaps against both Georgia Tech and FSU. Gall hasn’t played since Appalachian State.

22 – RT/C Hunter Knighton

19 – QB Malik Rosier

19 – OG Tyler Gauthier

17 – FB Wyatt Chickillo

14 – WR Darrell Langham

13 – LG Hayden Mahoney

10 – WR Dionte Mullins

8 – RG Jahair Jones

8 – OT/OG Bar Milo

7 – WR Malik Mayweather

5 – RB Travis Homer

5 – TE Michael Irvin II

4 – OT Brendan Loftus

3 – QB Evan Shirreffs

Reserves who have seen time in blowouts or on special teams. Rosier is the backup quarterback. Gauthier is competing with Gall in practices to be the next guard off the bench. Chickillo is the backup fullback. Homer and Irvin, two true freshmen, are seeing regular duty on special teams. Mullins could be a return-game weapon down the road.

DEFENSE

Miami’s defense has run 359 plays in five games.

315 – CB Corn Elder

307 – S Jamal Carter

299 – CB Sheldrick Redwine

299 – S Rayshawn Jenkins

Redwine, a sophomore, has emerged as a starter-caliber player in the absence of Adrian Colbert, who missed the FAU and App State games with a knee injury. Elder is Miami’s clear-cut No. 1 corner and has focused on that this season, rather than returning punts and kicks. Carter will miss the first half of this week’s game against UNC, putting Jaquan Johnson in the starting lineup.

275 – LB Shaq Quarterman

268 – DE Chad Thomas

267 – LB Michael Pinckney

242 – DT RJ McIntosh

239 – DE Demetrius Jackson

218 – DT Kendrick Norton

200 – DB Jaquan Johnson

150 – LB Zach McCloud

Another sophomore, Johnson, has become a multipurpose weapon for defensive coordinator Manny Diaz. Johnson has played safety, nickel back, dime back and even 4-3 linebacker. Quarterman and Pinckney, the true freshmen, are UM’s main linebackers, while fellow freshman McCloud mostly comes off the field when Diaz calls a nickel or dime package. McIntosh and Norton are seen by UM’s staff as future NFL players. Jackson and Thomas have been a strong duo off the edge. Thomas’ workload may decrease the next few weeks as he plays through a broken hand (as Trent Harris did the first three weeks).

116 – DT Gerald Willis

109 – DE Joe Jackson

99 – LB Mike Smith

94 – LB Charles Perry

91 – DE Trent Harris

85 – CB Adrian Colbert

79 – CB Michael Jackson

72 – LB Darrion Owens

48 – DT Courtel Jenkins

46 – DE Pat Bethel

Jackson, a true freshman, is coming on strong and looks like he will be a regular part of the rotation at defensive end. He played 24 defensive snaps against FSU. Willis, a disruptive force inside, will miss the UNC game with a sprained knee. UM will need more from Jenkins, a junior, and fellow backup Anthony Moten. Smith and Owens have been the main backups for Quarterman and Pinckney, respectively. They haven’t been garbage-time guys, either; both helped force a three-and-out in the fourth quarter of the FSU game. Both were promising players whose careers have been slowed by knee injuries. Harris played 26 of his 91 snaps in the first three games while dealing with a broken hand.  Perry battled McCloud for the starting Sam linebacker job in camp, a spot vacated by dismissed standout Jermaine Grace. Colbert’s knee injury has hampered him, though he hasn’t made an impact yet. Jackson, the No. 4 corner, has played two snaps in the last two games. True freshman Bethel saw four snaps against FSU and two at Georgia Tech.

40 – S Robert Knowles

36 – CB Malek Young

33 – DT Anthony Moten

25 – LB Terry McCray

22 – DT Ryan Fines

18 – S Romeo Finley

9 – S Cedrick Wright

8 – DE Scott Patchan

7 – CB Ryan Mayes

5 – S Jeff James

4 – LB Jamie Gordinier

The only semi-regular is Moten, who still has a limited range of motion in his shoulder from a preseason injury. Most everyone else is a special-teamer except for Gordiner, who injured his knee in the first quarter of the FAMU game and is out for the year. Patchan, who has torn his ACL in the same knee, aggravated it against FSU and will not play this week at least.

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