These young men do a lot more than play football.
University of Miami quarterback Malik Rosier will headline 14 current or former football players who are expected to earn their bachelor's degrees after this semester and, except for two of them, participate in graduation ceremonies Friday on campus.
Rosier, who will be a redshirt senior in 2018, is getting his degree in sociology with a minor in sports administration.
Current players who graduate still take courses during their final seasons.
"I wouldn't miss it for the world,'' said Eli Rosier, Malik's father, who will be traveling to Coral Gables from Tallahassee to watch his son graduate. "I went to college and didn't finish, and to see him do it is a blessing. The football part is special. But the school part, that means even more to me.
"My grandmother raised me and she had a fifth-grade education. I don't even have the words to explain how excited I am. I feel like he's making her proud.''
The other current Canes expecting their degrees: running back Trayone Gray (liberal arts); receiver Dayall Harris (sociology /theater arts); receiver Darrell Langham (liberal arts); linebacker Terry McCray (liberal arts); defensive end Scott Patchan (criminology/sports administration); and linebacker Mike Smith (sociology/sports administration).
The former Canes taking part in the ceremonies: Cesar Castillo (exercise physiology/sports administration); Marques Gayot (sports administration/sociology); Justin Goldberg (psychology/sociology/criminology); Diego Marquez (criminology/art); Teddy Stavetski (marketing/finance and sports administration); and Michael Welch (exercise physiology).
UM's 2017 sack leader, defensive end Trent Harris, is graduating with a degree in public relations and a minor in sports administration but will be in Foxborough, Massachusetts for the New England Patriots' rookie minicamp.
"Luckily, I got to see Trent graduate from high school,'' said his mom, Orlando fourth-grade teacher Betsy Harris, who explained that her son actually earned his high school degree in December 2013 so he could enroll early at UM, and that Miami allowed him to go back for a formal ceremony in May 2014. "Obviously, his dream is to play in the NFL, and though we're sad we can't watch him walk across the stage, we know he is fulfilling that dream. So, that's all that matters.''
Defensive tackle Anthony Moten, who signed as an undrafted free agent with the Miami Dolphins, is expected to earn his degree in sociology/communication but will be unable to attend the ceremony because of rookie minicamp.