Miami Hurricanes salute to seniors: LS Frank Gabriel, FB Wyatt Chickillo, OL Hunter Knighton, FB Kevin Carroll, WR Austin Pfenninger, QB Michael Welch

Frank Gabriel (55) was on the field for many of Miami's special teams successes this year. (Getty Images)

Frank Gabriel (55) was on the field for many of Miami’s special teams successes this year. (Getty Images)

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 CarterC 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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In our senior-week salute to outgoing Hurricanes, we’re also tipping our cap to:

* Walk-on snapper Frank Gabriel. He was both a long and short snapper for Miami, had a mustache for much of his Miami career, and played his senior year in memory of his father, who died last spring. Economics major.

* Walk-on fullback Wyatt Chickillo, a junior who is graduating. A versatile scout-teamer his entire career, he played numerous positions behind the scenes and saw brief game action this fall. He had a prominent role in the spring, with Gage Batten injured and Marquez Williams yet to arrive. A member of the heralded Chickillo family, he is Nick’s grandson, Tony’s nephew and Anthony’s cousin.

* Offensive lineman Hunter Knighton, who had one of the most inspiring comeback stories in college football last year when he returned from a near-fatal bout with heat stroke. He is graduating early in search of playing time elsewhere. An economics major, like Gabriel and Chickillo.

* Walk-on fullback Kevin Carroll, from Mission Viejo, California. He followed his brother, walk-0n punter Ricky Carroll (2012-14).

* Walk-on wide receiver Austin Pfenninger, a political science major from Carmel, Ind. He saw extensive action last spring, with Miami light on scholarship receivers. He is a graduating (and transferring) junior.

* Walk-on quarterback Michael Welch, from Winnetka, Illinois. He is a redshirt sophomore who is graduating.