The big name among DB's in Miami's freshman class was supposed to be Jaquan Johnson.
And Johnson has started to show signs of his big play potential on both D and Special Teams, even earning his first INT this past weekend.
But another true freshman to keep an eye on for both units is #22, Sheldrick Redwine.
His contributions on ST have not gone unnoticed. He even earned a game ball a few weeks back.
Game Balls. Brad Kaaya & Herb Waters pictured (Herb's in purple shirt lol). Artie Burns & Sheldrick Redwine also. pic.twitter.com/XA4qiKuoa1— Canes Football (@CanesFootball) October 18, 2015
But his snaps on defense have also gone up..
(The below describing a play he made to disrupt a bubble screen last weekend by Virginia).
Great play by Sheldrick Redwine, got blocked, got up and made the tackle for only a gain of 4 #UVA driving 2nd & 6 6:30 in Q2— Darrell Wilkinson (@DarrellW_Sports) November 7, 2015
Interim Coach Larry Scott has taken notice,
"Sheldrick's been doing a really good job. We saw his natural talent flash in camp and once he started to learn our systems he's really given us a boost on both special teams and now defense."
Redwine finished the game against the Hoos with a career high 4 tackles, helping boost a group that was with out arguably its' best player in Artie Burns.
At 6'1 196 the freshman from Killian H.S. in Miami has great size.
"He is long and can run and has really good ball skills. And he's naturally a physical kid" Scott added.
Will he see more time defensively against UNC's physically imposing group of receivers (The Heels feature 6'4 Mack Hollins, 6'5 Bug Howard, and 6'4 Quinshad Davis)?
Scott was non committal on that Q.
"He's given us a boost on ST and if needed this weekend he's definitely a guy you will see on defense."
With Burns, Corn Elder, and Tracy Howard ahead of him, his time on D might not just be here yet.
But his future is certainly bright, and he has made the most of his playing opportunities thus far.
And with Howard being a senior, they'll need a lot more from Redwine next season.
If he continues his rapid development, he should be a big time player next season and for years to come.