As Miami looks to add more talented players to their roster for 2020, perhaps the most effective way of doing this is through the transfer portal. In 2019, K.J. Osborn, Chigozie Nnoruka, and several others came to the Hurricanes from the portal, and added their experience to the Canes and had real nice years.
This year, one of the most talented defensive players in the country has found his way to the transfer portal, defensive end Quincy Roche from Temple. Roche announced on Tuesday that he’d entering the portal after three years with the Owls. He will be eligible immediately to play in 2020 wherever he transfers.
Roche was the 2019 American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year, after he had an incredible season with 13 sacks, 19 TFLs, 49 tackles and two forced fumbles. He’s second in Temple history with 26 career sacks, and he’s also totaled 39.5 TFLs in three years. The 6-4 235 pound Roche has drawn comparisons to Khalil Mack, thanks to his speed to go along with his tremendous pass rushing abilities.
Miami should be an intriguing choice for Roche, for several reasons. One, if Roche chose the Hurricanes, him and fellow DE Gregory Rousseau would automatically become one of the most feared duos in college football. Rousseau broke out in 2019, becoming a dominating force on the defensive line.
If you combine Greg Rousseau and Quincy Roche’s stats from 2019, you’d have:— Bring Alonzo Highsmith To Miami (@hurricanesmarsh) January 3, 2020
Bring Roche to Miami, and you have the most deadly DE duo in college football
Second, the Hurricanes had success with Trevon Hill in 2019, another defensive end who came over from the portal and had a great year.
Miami lost Jonathan Garvin early to the NFL Draft just several weeks ago, and Roche would be an incredible replacement. The Hurricanes will also have Scott Patchan and Jaelan Phillips, as well as several more younger players at the position.
If you don’t know who Quincy Roche is, you really need to check him out.— John Vogel (@johndavogel) November 17, 2019
Temple EDGE guy, projects well to a 3-4 OLB. Reminds me a LOT of Khalil Mack coming out of school. Redshirt-Junior right now. pic.twitter.com/SvrdQm6Bh6
Something to take note of, Roche recently started following Miami head coach Manny Diaz on Twitter. Diaz of course was HC at Temple for a short time in December of 2018. Perhaps that’ll play as a bonus in the Canes chances of landing Roche.
Big Week of College Football, first game to watch is— Maliik (@Obee1ne) September 12, 2019
Maryland vs Temple
Owls DE Quincy Roche comes back home. A name to know in the 2020 Draft Class pic.twitter.com/WtPsmD6t6F
Roche was a 2016 three-star recruit out of Owings Mills, Maryland.