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UM tight end Clive Walford receives John Mackey weekly award

Miami Hurricanes tight end Clive Walford gains yardage against North Carolina at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, Nov. 1, 2014.
Miami Hurricanes tight end Clive Walford gains yardage against North Carolina at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, Nov. 1, 2014. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Miami Hurricanes senior Clive Walford was named John Mackey Tight End of the Week on Wednesday for his performance in the 47-20 victory against North Carolina.

The 6-4, 258-pound Walford, from Belle Glade, had a game-high 89 yards and two touchdowns on six catches.

Earlier this season, Walford was named to the Mackey Award’s 2014 Midseason Watch List.

“Very unselfish,” coach Al Golden said of Walford. “He is finishing blocks really well. … The other area where Clive is really showing success is with his avoidabilty, or his run after catch. He’s making people miss now for a big guy. If he can continue to add that element to his game he can go to another level.”

Walford now has 29 catches for 395 yards and six touchdowns in nine games.

BOWL PROJECTIONS

ESPN bowl projections this week have the Hurricanes going to one bowl in Florida or another one in El Paso.

Brett McMurphy projects the Canes (6-3, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) will face LSU (7-2, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) in the TaxSlayer Bowl, formerly the Gator Bowl, at EverBank Field in Jacksonville at 3:20 p.m. Jan. 2.

Mark Schlabach projects Miami will face Utah (6-2, 3-2 Pac-12) in the Hyundai Sun Bowl at Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas, at 2 p.m. Dec. 27. UM played at the Sun Bowl after the 2010 season, losing 33-17 to Notre Dame.

Jerry Palm of CBSSports projects the Canes will play Missouri (7-2, 4-1 SEC) in the Music City Bowl at LP Field in Nashville at 3 p.m. Dec. 30.

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