One in a series of short pieces about each Miami senior leading up to the Hurricanes’ final home game of 2016, Saturday against Duke.
The rest of the series:
S Jamal Carter | C Alex Gall | RG Danny Isidora | S Rayshawn Jenkins | P Justin Vogel | TE/DE Stan Dobard | CB Corn Elder | WR Malcolm Lewis | CB Adrian Colbert | WR Stacy Coley | FB Gage Batten | FB Marquez Williams | LS Frank Gabriel, five others
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His senior year hasn’t gone the way he wanted, but Adrian Colbert is happy to be a Hurricane.
“The coaches love me and I love the coaches because they give me equal respect,” Colbert said during August camp, before a torn meniscus and a broken forearm limited his playing time.
“They’re straight-up. They give me constructive criticism and they’re not just trying to bring you down every time they tell you something.”
Colbert, a grad transfer from Texas, trusted former Longhorns and current Hurricanes defensive coordinator Manny Diaz with his career. Diaz needed him at cornerback, so the former safety changed positions. He started the season-opener against Florida A&M — his first start since he was an underclassman at Texas in 2014 — and recorded his second career interception. He returned it for 46 yards.
Then he tore his meniscus in practice and missed two games. He returned Oct. 1, and steadily improved until a dominant effort Oct. 29 at Notre Dame. He tied his career high with six tackles, one for loss, and had two pass break-ups. It was his best game as a Hurricane, and he did it while playing with a partially broken forearm. He has been out since, but a source said he could return for Miami’s bowl game.
Throughout his uneven final season in college, Colbert has stayed positive.