Michael Irvin II came to the Miami Hurricanes as a legacy. His father, Michael Irvin is a Miami Hurricane legend and NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver. The elder Irvin helped solidify the Miami dynasty of the 80’s with his brash arrogance and ability to score touchdowns.
When Michael Irvin II signed with the ‘Canes as a three-star prospect out of St. Thomas Aquinas, no one expected him to live up to dad’s superstardom. However, I think fans longing for a bygone era were hopeful that Irvin would be more productive.
The six-foot-three, 240 pound redshirt junior has hauled in a career nine passes for 78 yards and has yet to get into the end zone in three two seasons. The bulk of Irvin II’s playing time came in 2017 when he played in 12 of 13 games. His lone missed game was due to suspension.
In 2018, Irvin II was out for the entire regular season with a season-ending knee injury, but did play in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl loss to Wisconsin. Irvin has had to endure growing pains with the transition to college life. He was suspended twice during the Mark Richt era in Coral Gables and has now gone through a major injury.
Yet there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel. This spring Irvin reportedly played well and has been one of the guys rumored to have matured over the past few months. If true, Miami should have the most dominant tight end room in the nation with Will Mallory, Brevin Jordan, and Irvin II.
What can we expect from Irvin II in 2019? I think we can expect him to return to his 2017 performance and even more. Irvin II will play in every game he’s healthy and eligible for because Dan Enos is going to use multi-tight end sets. If Brevin Jordan is flexed out as a wide receiver, Irvin II and Mallory will be used inline as tight ends or as wings.
Stat projection: 15 receptions, 180 yards, 1 touchdown