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Report: Njoku moving to tight end for Miami

Redshirt sophomore moving from wide receiver for the Hurricanes

NCAA Football: Florida at Miami
Miami Hurricanes head coach Manny Diaz leads the Hurricanes onto the field at Camping World Stadium in Orlando on August 24.
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According to a tweet he sent on Tuesday morning, Miami redshirt sophomore Evidence Njoku is now playing tight end for the Hurricanes.

Njoku was struggling to crack the depth chart while working in his third season on campus at wide receiver.

In 2017, he suffered a season-ending injury in mid-October and took a redshirt year. He played in eight games in 2018, making just one catch for 11 yards in the season finale against Pittsburgh.

Evidence’s older brother David Njoku saw action in two seasons at tight end for Miami in 2015 and 2016 before being drafted in the first round (29th overall) by the Cleveland Browns in the 2017 NFL Draft. David Njoku will begin his third season with the Browns this week.

Evidence Njoku will likely be working his way up from the bottom of the depth chart at tight end behind at least Brevin Jordan, Will Mallory, Michael Irvin II and Larry Hodges.

The move leaves Miami with eight scholarship wide receivers in K.J. Osborn, Jeff Thomas, Michael Harley, Mark Pope, Brian Hightower, Dee Wiggins, Jeremiah Payton and Marshall Few.

It also adds a sixth scholarship tight end behind the aforementioned Jordan, Mallory, Irvin II, Hodges plus Brian Polendey.

Manny Diaz and the Hurricanes will take on North Carolina on Saturday at 8pm in both teams’ ACC Coastal opener.