Hurricanes Release Updated Spring Depth Chart

As is customary, Miami has released it's post-spring game depth chart on Tuesday. It features one freshman, and a few other notes.

While we are still a ways away from the FAU season opener, that doesn't stop the coaches from letting us know where the team stands after major spring events. Over the weekend, Miami held it's annual spring game, and after Morris led his side to the win, a new depth chart was formed. Some guys earned new spots, while others still have work to do. Lets take a look at how things are shaping up.

2013 POST-SPRING DEPTH CHART
OFFENSE DEFENSE
WR 1 Allen Hurns 6-3 195 Sr. DE 71 Anthony Chickillo 6-4 274 Jr.
80 Rashawn Scott 6-2 203 Jr. 99 Jelani Hamilton 6-5 283 So.
LT 74 Ereck Flowers 6-6 312 So. DT 93 Luther Robinson -OR- 6-3 303 RSr.
79 Malcolm Bunche -OR- 6-7 327 RJr. 96 Curtis Porter 6-1 316 Sr.
76 Taylor Gadbois 6-8 312 RFr. DT 91 Olsen Pierre 6-4 305 Jr.
LG 79 Malcolm Bunche 6-7 327 RJr. 67 Corey King 6-1 292 So.
70 Jon Feliciano 6-5 318 RJr. DE 51 Shayon Green 6-3 264 Sr.
C 62 Shane McDermott -OR- 6-4 296 RJr. 94 Kelvin Cain 6-3 242 Sr.
75 Jared Wheeler 6-5 319 Sr. OLB 36 Alex Figueroa 6-3 233 Fr.
RG 65 Brandon Linder 6-6 319 Sr. 17 Tyriq McCord 6-3 230 So.
63 Danny Isidora 6-4 308 RFr. MLB 59 Jimmy Gaines -OR- 6-3 235 Sr.
RT 77 Seantrel Henderson 6-8 345 Sr. 56 Raphael Kirby 6-0 232 So.
74 Ereck Flowers -OR- 6-6 312 So. OLB 52 Denzel Perryman 6-0 236 Jr.
66 Sunny Odogwu 6-8 318 Fr. 31 Tyrone Cornileus 6-2 215 Sr.
TE 82 Asante Cleveland 6-5 260 Sr. CB 37 Ladarius Gunter -OR- 6-2 196 Jr.
46 Clive Walford 6-4 259 RJr. 3 Tracy Howard 5-11 184 So.
85 Beau Sandland 6-6 255 Jr. S 30 AJ Highsmith -OR- 6-0 208 Sr.
FB 33 Maurice Hagens 5-11 247 Sr. 26 Rayshawn Jenkins 6-1 215 So.
QB 17 Stephen Morris 6-2 214 Sr. S 2 Deon Bush 6-1 203 So.
11 Ryan Williams 6-5 223 RJr. 22 Kacy Rodgers II 6-2 212 Jr.
RB 8 Duke Johnson 5-9 196 So. CB 21 Antonio Crawford -OR- 5-11 187 So.
25 Dallas Crawford 5-10 196 RSo. 35 Nate Dortch 5-11 170 RFr.
WR 86 Herb Waters 6-2 188 So.
4 Phillip Dorsett -OR- 5-10 185 Jr.
9 Malcolm Lewis 6-0 187 So.
SPECIALISTS
P Pat O'Donnell 6-5 222 Gr. LS 61 Paul Kelly -OR- 6-1 255 RSr.
18 Matt Goudis 6-0 172 So. 60 Sean McNally 5-10 200 RJr.
FG 18 Matt Goudis 6-0 172 So. SS 61 Paul Kelly 6-1 255 RSr.
Pat O'Donnell 6-5 222 Gr. 65 Brandon Linder 6-6 319 Sr.
KO 18 Matt Goudis 6-0 172 So. PR 4 Phillip Dorsett 5-10 185 Jr.
Pat O'Donnell 6-5 222 Gr. 8 Duke Johnson 5-9 196 So.
H 19 David Thompson -OR- 6-2 210 RFr. KR 4 Phillip Dorsett -OR- 5-10 185 Jr.
Pat O'Donnell 6-5 222 Gr. 9 Malcolm Lewis 6-0 187 So.
8 Duke Johnson 5-9 196 So.


OFFENSE

  • Herb Waters finds himself in the starting spot after a damn good spring. The kid is continuing to improve, although Rashawn Scott is giving him a run for his money.
  • The offensive line continues to hold the status quo, with no major movers or shakers. This will likely hold true come regular season, unless someone gets injured.
  • Asante Cleveland is currently listed as the starting TE. He has shown a lot of progress from last year, but if you want my opinion, I would be surprised if Sandland or Walford were not the opening day starters.
  • Malcolm Lewis, who is still fighting his way back from injury, is listed as an OR with Philip Dorsett. This is great news for the young man, and shows that he definitely should be fine when things get going in the fall.
DEFENSE

  • Freshman Alex Figueroa is listed as the starter at OLB, and he's the only freshman listed. Out side of him at the position, Denzel Perryman is the incumbent opposite Figs, while Raphael Kirby and Jimmy Gaines are battling in the middle.
  • Despite a knee injury, Jelani Hamilton is still listed as Chick's backup, which could be looked at two ways. Either no one has stepped up to take it from him, or he had more or less cemented that role before getting hurt.
  • A pretty consistent theme during spring has unfortunately been Tracy Howard being the guy on the receiving end of offensive touchdowns. This is not at all something that everyone should panic about, although it does mean he still has work to do. He and Ladarius Gunter are listed as your OR CB's on one side of the field, and Nate Dortch and Antonio Crawford make up the split decision on the other side.
  • AJ Highsmith, while mostly written off by fans with the rise of Rayshawn Jenkins, has shown a lot of poise this spring. This has resulted in him sharing the spot with Jenkins opposite Deon Bush. This could easily change later, as Jenkins is a great talent at the position, but it's fun to watch him battle.
  • From all accounts, Olsen Pierre has dominated on the defensive line so far this spring, and Luther Robinson isn't far behind. This, they are your starters there, with Curtis Porter right behind them. While not an ideal talent set for Coach D's desired scheme, the potential is there for them to be very good.
SPECIAL TEAMS

  • This doesn't happen often, but with this depth chart release comes the announcement of a new addition to the Canes team. Punter Pat O'Donnell is now a Cane after graduating from the University of Cincinnati. O'Donnell is listed as the starter, which means Matt Goudis has his work cut out for him. Here's the official statement from Miami:

A new name appeared on the post-spring depth chart Tuesday. Pat O'Donnell, a graduate punter from the University of Cincinnati, is listed as the Canes' No. 1 punter and is also listed on the depth chart for field goals, kickoffs and placeholder. O'Donnell has signed a financial aid agreement with the University of Miami and is expected to enroll in either the summer or fall semesters. O'Donnell averaged 41.8 yards per punt on 59 attempts with the Bearcats in 2012, while dropping 23 kicks inside the 20-yard line and booting 10 kicks of 50+ yards.

  • Something that should make Canes fans relatively happy here is that Duke Johnson is listed as the third KR/PR behind Dorsett and Malcolm Lewis. Many folks were clamoring for this move since Duke will be the feature back, and the injury risk on returns is much too high. It seems the coaches are keying in on this fact, and are hesitant to let him do it.

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