Some UM football notes as we await UM-Duke hoops on Saturday:
• While UM’s Mark Richt admitted some uneasiness about quarterback and depth at running back, he’s increasingly confident about his offensive line (“we needed that [incoming] class”) and improved explosiveness at receiver.
“We had a need for speed,” Richt said of receiver. “We had speed on one side and not as much speed on the other [last season]. Coverage tilted toward the speed. [This new group of fast receivers] makes us much more difficult to defend.”
Incoming receivers Jeff Thomas, Mike Harley and DeeJay Dallas all have good speed.
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• UM hopes this weekend to snag a player who could start at cornerback for them this season: FCS All-American Dee Delaney, who’s visiting Miami’s campus and mulling a transfer, according to multiple reports.
As a grad transfer, Delaney would be eligible to play this season. CBS rates him the 18th best corner in the 2018 draft class. Delaney had six interceptions in 2016.
"We've had great conversations with Dee, and ultimately what we want is what's best for Dee," Citadel Coach Brent Thompson told The Post & Courier. "We certainly would love to have him, and he knows how important he is to our football program. He's a dynamic play-maker, will make six or seven interceptions and maybe return punts for us.
"He's a difference maker. But I want him to explore his options and do what's right for him."
"It's going to be a tough decision for him, and we will support him no matter what he does," senior quarterback Dominique Allen told The Post. "He's got a real great opportunity to go to the NFL and play at the highest level possible, which is something we all dream of.”
• The UM Sports Hall of Fame Celebrity Bowling Tournament, hosted by Charles Johnson, will be held on Monday, from 6 to 9 pm at Splitsville in South Miami. The event will feature a Celebrity Bowl-Off involving Charles Johnson, Duke Johnson, Steve Edwards and Tamara James.
Nearly 25 UMSHoF members are expected to attend, along with another 20 or so former Canes. The bowling teams are sold out, but fans can participate by purchasing social tickets. It’s $75 for adults, and that includes a tournament t-shirt. The cost is $25 for kids under 12. People can buy tickets by going to CanesBowl.com.
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