Although it feels like the college football season is an eternity away, we now stand 80 days from Miami Hurricanes football.
Let’s spotlight a few Canes to wear No. 80.
Graham did not have the most conventional experience in the college football world (to say the least). A two sport phenom at Charis Prep in Wilson, North Carolina, Graham was orignially recruited to Miami to play on the Hurricanes’ basketball team. YES, BASKETBALL. After averaging 4.2 PPG and 4.2 RPG over his four-year career as a forward at the (building formerly known as the) Bank United Center, Graham sat down with Canes’ football coach Randy Shannon, and decided to return for a fifth year to play football for Miami.
In Graham’s one season on the gridiron in Coral Gables he hauled in 215 yards and five touchdowns in 13 games.
Although Graham only played one season of college football and was still seen as “raw,” his athleticism and combination of size and speed for the tight end position gained the attention of the New Orleans Saints as they selected him 95th overall in the 2010 NFL Draft.
Graham has played six seasons in the NFL (four with the Saints and two with the Seattle Seahawks) hauling in 499 receptions for 6,280 yards and 59 touchdowns. The 3rd round selection in 2010 is a four-time Pro Bowler and became the first tight end in Saints history to have more than 1,000 receiving yards in a season.
An All-American coming out of high school, Williams was used in a multitude of ways during his time as a Miami Hurricane. The Dallas, Texas native played both fullback and tight end while donning the Miami orange and green. The former high school quarterback and wide receiver exclusively playing tight end during his senior campaign as a reserve on the 2001 National Champion Miami Hurricanes. In three seasons on the gridiron (redshirted in 1997 as member of the scout team and missed all of 1998 due to a shoulder injury), Williams rushed for 37 yards and corralled 12 receptions for 168 with one career touchdown.
One of two current Canes to wear No. 80, McIntosh had a breakout sophomore campaign in 2016 as part of Manny Diaz’s dynamic defense. The defensive lineman from Fort Lauderdale, Florida started every game this past year making 42 total tackles including 8.5 for a loss while tacking on two sacks. McIntosh, who will be a key returnee on a highly touted Miami front seven, could make the jump to the next level with another productive season with the Hurricanes.
The offensive representative actively sporting No. 80, Harris has had a long road to South Florida. A 4-star recruit by ESPN, Harris enrolled at Ole Miss in 2014, but did not see any game action, and redshirted to retain eligibility. After spending the 2015 season at Copiah-Lincoln Junior College in his hometown of Jackson, Mississippi. Harris came to Miami in 2016 as a redshirt sophomore seeing action in 13 games tallying nine receptions for 90 yards. Although Miami has an onslaught of wide receivers for the 2017 and 2018 seasons, Harris could make an impact on offense and on special teams.
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