Chris Yandle, director of communications for UM athletics, confirmed that 6-5, 251-pound defensive end Ricardo Williams is no longer on the team. A redshirt sophomore, Williams is out of Homestead Senior High. Williams played in one game last year – against North Carolina.
Williams’ name has already been removed from the football roster.
Wide receiver Robert Lockhart Jr., who also has been granted his release, according to Canesport.com, is still on the roster.
“As far as Robert Lockhart, I have not been informed about anything,” Yandle said.
Lockhart is a 6-1, 183-pound redshirt sophomore out of Fork Union Military Academy, via West Boca Raton High. Lockhart was a four-star recruit by Rivals.com and ESPN. As a high school senior he had 34 catches for 686 yards and six touchdowns. He chose UM over Virginia Tech. Lockhart played in two games last season – UNC and FSU – but sustained a season-ending knee injury.
McDERMOTT ON RIMINGTON WATCH LIST
UM center Shane McDermott is one of 44 players named to the 2013 Rimington Trophy spring watch list. The award is presented annually to the nation’s top collegiate center.
McDermott, a junior, missed spring practice after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery.
An All-ACC honorable mention selection in 2012 by league coaches, McDermott started all 12 games at center for UM. UM had the ACC’s third-best passing offense (295.4-yards-per-game average) and fifth-best total offense (440.2). As a redshirt freshman in 2011, he played in 10 games, allowing no sacks and not being flagged for any penalties.
McDermott is from Lake Worth. He was awarded the Walter Kichefski Endowed Football Scholarship at the most recent UM Sports Hall of Fame induction banquet. He will earn his bachelor’s degree this summer.
McDermott’s younger brother, Kc McDermott, has already pledged his commitment to UM for the Class of 2014, a huge get for the Canes.
Kc is a four-star lineman, according to Rivals.com, and is listed as the 40th best player overall, regardless of position. He is listed as the fifth best tackle in the Class of 2014.
Notre Dame also wanted Kc, and actually still wants him, but Kc said he’s not budging from his commitment to the Hurricanes.