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Miami Hurricanes Football 2016 Player Profile: Adrian Colbert

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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Adrian Colbert

CB - 6'1 206 Senior - Mineral Wells, TX (University of Texas Graduate Transfer)

Will play corner for the 'Canes after being a S in Austin.

Excellent special teams player, who led the Horns in ST tackles two seasons ago.

Former 4 star athlete, who was recruited coming out of H.S. by current UM Defensive Coordinator Manny Diaz.

Has speed to burn, was a top 200 meter sprinter in the State of Texas as a prepster.

Also a very smart player, who also added leadership at UT and could do so at UM as well (prep highlights below):

Summary: The transition from S to CB is not as easy as one might think. Corners spend a lot more time backpedaling, need to have very fluid hips, and must have the awareness and technique to make plays on balls they sometimes only have a split second to see.  But Colbert has the size, especially the speed, and from all reports the football pedigree, to get it done.  On the downside, he only has one career INT, and he did lose his S job last season with the Longhorns. So we're not talking a sure thing here.  But after Corn Elder, CB is a major position of need for the Hurricanes, so this is a gamble worth taking.  Mike Rumph will need to spend a lot of time working on his craft with him in the summer.  Sheldrick Redwine is probably the #2 opposite Elder come fall.  But Colbert has a good chance to compete with/beat out youngsters like Michael Jackson and Ryan Mayes for reps. He certainly has more game experience than them, even if it wasn't at CB.  It's going to be interesting to watch. Colbert can range anywhere from a good ST player who is a non factor on D, to a presence on the back end who makes some big plays and picks off 2-3 passes this season.  Miami has to hope for the latter.  Because for this defense to excel in 2016 they need someone, maybe even a few someones,  to step up at CB.