Miami Hurricanes true freshman tight end Dominic Mammarelli is used to winning.
The Naples High graduate helped the Golden Eagles to a 32-5 record in his three years playing varsity football for the Southwest Florida power. Those five losses came to Miami Northwestern (twice), Miami Palmetto (twice) and Miami Central.
Naples never lost more than twice in a season with Mammarelli on the roster.
Can Mammarelli bottle that up and bring that with him to Miami? Let’s hope.
His Hurricane career will start in fall camp with he and his teammates learning new offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee’s spread offense.
Unlike many of his teammates, Mammarelli does not have experience playing in a spread attack in high school. Naples ran an option-based offense where Mammarelli was often used as a blocker on the edge.
How Mammarelli’s experience will translate to Miami remains to be seen.
No player knows their exact role in Lashlee’s offense yet as Miami only had four spring practices. Mammarelli enrolled early at Miami in January and was present for those four practices with his new teammates.
The plan will likely be for the 6-foot-4 231-pounder to take a redshirt season during 2020 while learning the spread offense and getting acclimated to a college weightlifting program.
This was the plan during the 2019 season for Larry Hodges, who Miami also signed from a Florida west coast power in Tampa Jesuit. Hodges is now ready contribute behind Brevin Jordan and Will Mallory this season.
More than likely, Mammarelli will appear in four games or less for Miami during the 2020 season to keep redshirt status while learning the ins and outs of college football.