In a season where we saw Miami’s offense improve in almost every area, the tight end position was still a major strong point for the Canes in 2020.
Coming into the year, everybody knew that Miami had a star at the position in Brevin Jordan, and though he was sidelined for several games due to injury, he was still able to make plays for the Hurricanes when he was on the field.
Brevin Jordan with one hand! pic.twitter.com/YLkrWj2MIx— ACC Network (@accnetwork) December 30, 2020
In 2020, Jordan produced his best season at UM, with 38 receptions, for 576 yards and 7 touchdowns, in only 8 games. Whether or not Jordan will return for his senior year is still unknown, but if he does and can put together a season free from injuries, then Miami will have one of its biggest playmakers back in 2021.
However, even if Jordan does decide to leave early, the Canes are still fine at tight end, thanks to fellow rising senior Will Mallory.
Take a look at D’Eriq King’s back-shoulder pass to Will Mallory for a TD. pic.twitter.com/3kgDmyrk4f— Anthony Yero (@AnthonyYero1) September 20, 2020
Mallory and Jordan both were apart of the 2018 recruiting class for Miami, and they’ve been a great duo ever since they stepped foot on campus.
Just like Jordan, Mallory also had his best season at Miami, with 22 receptions, for 329 yards and 4 touchdowns. Mallory stepped up big when Jordan was out with injuries, and showed everyone that he can be just as dynamic when he’s on the field.
Will Mallory’s long reception that was called back. Excellent effort by Mallory here.— (@CaneFilms) September 21, 2020
Testament to the kind if athlete he is. The defense never stopped playing & neither did he. pic.twitter.com/FsAp3Lm0Jn
Mallory’s best game came against NC State in early November, where he hauled in 6 catches, for 78 yards and 1 touchdowns, in Miami’s thrilling 44-41 victory over the Wolfpack. Looking ahead to the 2021 season, I’m very excited to see how much Mallory grows, if Jordan leaves and he’s the full-time starter.
D’Eriq King hits Will Mallory, who’s starting in place of the injured Brevin Jordan, for a touchdown. pic.twitter.com/YJBWGCWigF— Anthony Yero (@AnthonyYero1) October 17, 2020
As far as the other tight ends go, Larry Hodges recorded just one reception in 2020, though I'm intrigued to see what he can do in the future. Dominic Mammarelli didn’t have much of a role on offense his first season, though with how much Miami uses tight ends in their offense, that’s bound to change.
On Larry Hodges and Dominic Mammarelli "They've been doing a great job. You can tell how much they've progressed from camp till now. I'm excited to see what they're going to do."— Marsh (@hurricanesmarsh) October 21, 2020
As far as recruiting, Miami landed two tight ends that puts UM’s class at that position among the best in college football. The Canes signed Kahlil Brantley and Elijah Arroyo as part of their 2021 class, two players who will be household names going forward. Arroyo is someone who I think can play right away as a true freshman, ranked as the #4 tight end by 247 Sports in the nation for the 2021 cycle.
15-yard TD pass from Braylon Braxton to Elijah Arroyo for Frisco Independence cuts Highland Park lead to 21-7 with 8:12 left second quarter.#txhsfb @SportsDayHS @dctf @Friscoisdsports @friscoisd pic.twitter.com/gpgz5SJpz7— Greg Riddle (@DMNGregRiddle) December 18, 2020
If there’s one thing we know about Miami football, tight ends usually always do well in Coral Gables, hence the nickname Tight End U. Rhett Lashlee did a great job getting the tight ends more involved this season, and with the help of position coach Stephen Field, I don't see their role being diminished in any way.