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Miami Hurricanes News & Notes: Nigel Bethel Transferring, Tate Martell at WR?

News and notes on this FINAL Saturday before the 2019 college football season!

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Good Morning Canes fam and a happy Saturday to you all. Breaking news here - this is the last Saturday before Miami meets the Florida Gators in Week 0. Are you ready? Cause all of us here at SOTU certainly are. That being said, here’s all the news and info you may have missed, on this last Saturday before Canes football returns to our lives.

Around The Site

Nigel Bethel has announced he will be heading to the transfer portal. Despite not playing a whole lot last season, it seemed like Bethel would be getting more snaps this year with Michael Jackson and Jhavontae Dean gone. The Canes are thin at CB now that Bethel is transferring, with just 5 scholarship players remaining on the roster.

Part two of the SOTU roundtable on what we expect to see from #TNM in 2019. In this part two we look at weaknesses on defense, defensive breakouts and what a successful season would look like.

Two of college football’s most exceptional athletes at WR will face off next week - here’s what to expect from the fireworks between Jeff Thomas and Kadarius Toney.

This week’s film room is taking a look at the Duke Blue Devils. The Blue Devils consistently have a pretty solid, if unspectacular squad but without 3-year starter Daniel Jones at QB, Duke will likely take a step backward in 2019.

More top 100 plays as we near the top 5. This time? We’ve got numbers 8 and 7, two unforgettable daggers against Florida State.

Around The Web

W.G. Ramirez first reported that Miami has been trying QB Tate Martell out at WR. Several more reporters backed it up since his initial tweet posted above. After it seemed like Martell could be on his way out following missing the practice immediately after Jarren Williams was named the starter, this team-first decision by him should keep him on the squad. Just how serious is Miami is about this position change though remains to be seen.

Lots of Canes content in the local papers as the first game of the year rapidly approaching. Over at the Miami Herald they’re profiling Jon Ford and how his improvements from last season to this one makes him look like an ideal fit to replace Gerald Willis III. They’re also flashing back to 2017 with a young(er) Jarren Williams out shined Trevor Lawrence at The Opening.

The Sun Sentinel has plenty of great articles out as well. They’re reporting on how Jarren Williams is taking control of the offense since being named the starter, and that’s music to our collective ears. Meanwhile, Mike Rumph has some very positive words about Manny Diaz and how the defensive coordinator turned head coach is managing his new position.

That’s all for today Canes’ fans, remember...