Let’s see how the Hurricanes roster is shaping up for the future.
Courtesy of data kept by Post contributor Daniel Gould, a list of the Hurricanes on scholarship who have and have not played in the first seven games of 2017, entering November.
Special teams data is not available, but mostly everyone with a limited offense/defense snap count has some some kind of role on special teams.
We’ll try to explain what it all means in the analysis.
Defensive analysis in a follow-up post.
True freshmen who haven’t played
QB N’Kosi Perry
QB Cade Weldon
RB Robert Burns
WR Evidence Njoku
OL Zalon’tae Hillery
OL Zach Dykstra
What it means: Perry is considered Miami’s top quarterback prospect and could challenge Malik Rosier for the starting job next spring. Coach Mark Richt has been encouraged by Weldon’s progress, too. Burns has had various injuries dating back to his junior year of high school. He should compete for carries next spring. Njoku has had two knee injuries this year, and was likely due for a redshirt anyway (he came in at 6-6, 196 and could use bulk). Hillery (leg injury in camp) and Dykstra needed a year in the weight room.
Others who haven’t played
Redshirt sophomore OL Bar Milo
Redshirt senior WR Malik Mayweather
Redshirt sophomore Crispian Atkins
What it means: Milo, a former four-star recruit, hasn’t made an impact. Mayweather, a former walk-on, was awarded a scholarship in camp but hasn’t cracked a deep receiver rotation. Atkins was put on scholarship after Mark Walton’s season-ending injury.
Others who have played a little
Redshirt freshman LG Tre Johnson (3 snaps)
Redshirt junior RG Jahair Jones (10 snaps)
Redshirt sophomore TE Scott Patchan (10 snaps)
Redshirt sophomore QB Evan Shirreffs (13 snaps)
Redshirt sophomore RT George Brown (13 snaps)
Redshirt junior RB Trayone Gray (23 snaps)
What it means: All depth players in need of further development. Jones and Brown have had special-teams roles. Patchan converted from defensive end for depth reasons. Gray is a talented athlete coming off a knee injury.
True freshmen who have played a lot
RG Navaughn Donaldson (268 snaps)
WR Mike Harley (207 snaps)
WR Jeff Thomas (161 snaps)
OL Corey Gaynor (97 snaps: 64 RG, 26 LG, 5 FB, 2 HB)
What it means: Donaldson earned a starting job in the spring and battled a sprained ankle in October. Harley and Thomas have done a decent job, all told: they’ve dropped passes, but flashed high-level speed and skill. Thomas has 249 yards and two touchdowns on 11 catches, while Harley has 63 yards on six grabs. The Gaynor experiment at fullback didn’t work, and he has work to do as a blocker, but he’s a tough customer and promising talent. He’s likely to play a lot more next year.
True freshmen who have played a little
RB/WR DeeJay Dallas (14 snaps)
LT Kai-Leon Herbert (10 snaps)
TE Brian Polendey (9 snaps)
What it means: UM is trying to get Dallas on the field more, especially after seeing his 49-yard catch-and-run last week (he has 65 yards on two catches this season). “I mean he’s earned the right,” offensive coordinator Thomas Brown said. “He was kind of behind some talented guys playing on the inside slot receiver position, he’s a very dynamic guy in space, he’s very good at taking care of the football, he’s grown more from a pass protecting standpoint and also, I ask those guys to do from a tailback standpoint.”
With two seniors — left tackle Kc McDermott and left guard Trevor Darling — graduating, Herbert could be in line to play next year. Polendey will need to improve, since UM has a pair of top-tier recruits coming in (four-star prospects Brevin Jordan and Will Mallory).
Others who have played a fair amount
Junior RB Mark Walton (173 snaps — lost Oct. 7 with season-ending right ankle injury)
Redshirt sophomore OL Hayden Mahoney (159 snaps: 143 RG, 10 C, 6 LG)
Sophomore WR Dionte Mullins (128 snaps)
Redshirt junior Darrell Langham (127 snaps)
Redshirt sophomore WR Lawrence Cager (132 snaps)
Redshirt junior WR Dayall Harris (71 snaps)
Sophomore TE Michael Irvin II (70 snaps)
What it means: Walton’s future is unclear, since he could leave for the NFL after this year. Getting him back on campus for spring would be a coup for UM. Mahoney wasn’t on track to play much, but Donaldson’s injury made him a starter. Langham, who didn’t play at all until this year, has become a surprise clutch contributor. Mullins, Cager and Harris are quality depth. With Chris Herndon graduating and the TE recruits yet to arrive, Irvin has a big spring ahead. He has been suspended multiple times in his career, but position coach Todd Hartley remains encouraged by his skillset. “Great receiving ability,” Hartley said this week. “He understands routes, getting in and out, and how to beat coverages, and leverage and angles. He’s got unbelievable hands, soft hands.”
Others who have played a lot
Senior LT Kc McDermott (475 snaps)
Junior C Tyler Gauthier (475 snaps)
Redshirt junior QB Malik Rosier (472 snaps)
Senior LG Trevor Darling (450 snaps)
Senior TE Chris Herndon (404 snaps)
Senior WR Braxton Berrios (389 snaps)
Sophomore RB Travis Homer (281 snaps)
Sophomore WR Ahmmon Richards (209 snaps)
What it means: Miami will have holes at left tackle, left guard, tight end and slot receiver in the spring. Rosier may need to hold off up-and-coming Perry, but his experience could give him the edge. Richards needs to get healthy. UM’s running back recruiting (five-star Lorenzo Lingard, four-star Cam Davis) will help Homer.