The University of Miami announced Monday that eight former Hurricanes student-athletes are entering the Sports Hall of Fame in the 2020 class.
Three football players — Phillip Buchanon, Jay Brophy, and Kevin Williams — are a part of the group along with former Canes baseball star Yasmani Grandal, men’s basketball’s Johnny Hemsley, track and field coach Mike Ward, women’s soccer’s Brittney Steinbruch and women’s tennis’ Laura Vallaverdu.
The inductees will be introduced at the end of the first quarter of Miami’s game this coming Saturday against Virginia Tech.
Safety Bubba Bolden and defensive lineman Nesta Silvera will make their season debut’s this Saturday. Each bring something different to the defense, but both will surely be impactful. Bolden brings more experience and depth to a secondary that is razor thin and Silvera brings a mean, aggressive attitude and a high motor to a defensive front that could create more disruption.
Manny Diaz said during Mondays press conference that the Hurricanes have a lot of respect for the Virginia Tech Hokies, despite their 45-10 loss to Duke last Friday night.
“It’s very hard to watch a team a week ago and say, ‘That’s the team that’s going to show up this Saturday,’” Diaz said on the Hokies. “Generally speaking, often the opposite is true in college football and we expect to see their best effort this Saturday.”
Virginia Tech has a lot of questions coming into this game and Miami is not in a position to take anybody lightly.