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Miami Hurricanes Football 2016 Player Profile: David Njoku

In an effort to keep even the most hardcore Miami fan up to date on their favorite players, SOTU will be running a Player Profile series. In these posts, our writers will profile players from each position that they think should get more face time. They will recap their previous year, or in some cases, preview what may be to come. That way, when the season get's here, you hopefully will have a new found love for the team on the field.

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David Njoku

TE/WR/H-Back - 6'4 240 RS Sophomore - Cedar Grove, NJ

2015 Statistics -  21 catches, 362 yards, 1 TD

Former H.S. National Champion in the High Jump, led 'Canes last year with 17.2 ypc average.

Is already drawing the attention of NFL Scouts:

Looks to be poised for a breakout season in 2016:

Summary: Njoku is too fast for linebackers and too big for DB's. He's a nightmare match-up for every opponent on UM's schedule in 2016.   Chris Herndon (we'll profile him later as well) had an impressive spring, and Stan Dobard is the best blocker at the position, so he'll have to share reps.  But getting on the field should be no issue for Njoku, given Mark Richt's offense promises more pro type sets than what James Coley ran last year. Njoku needs to improve some as an inline blocker, to help out the Miami running game.  But as a target, he is already polished and ready for a huge jump in production. Njoku has great speed, runs crisp patterns, displays good instincts when plays break down, and has very soft hands as well. The RS sophomore to be can line up as a WR as well, and should do a lot more damage in the red zone this season.  I expect Njoku to catch somewhere between 40-50 passes this year, and haul in at least 5-6 TD's.   Even with players like Stacy Coley, Braxton Berrios, and Lawrence Cager to look to, I expect Njoku to emerge as Brad Kaaya's favorite target in 2016.  An All-ACC type season is certainly not of of the realm of possibility either.  On a roster loaded with front line talent, very few players have more potential than Njoku.