Eye on the U

UM player leaves program, but talent left behind is plentiful

Another player has left the University of Miami football team.

Cornerback Ryan Mayes, who was about to enter his redshirt junior season, “is no longer a member of the football program,’’ the Hurricanes sent out last night in a written release.

Mayes was way down on the depth chart, and with some impressive new talent, he would have had a hard time fighting through the crowd to get substantial playing time. UM, however, gave no specific reason for his departure.

Mayes, out of Miami Northwestern High, has mostly played on special teams during his career, and had three tackles in 11 games last season.

Although Miami lost star corner Corn Elder to the Carolina Panthers and Adrian Colbert to the 49ers, it has picked up some serious talent this offseason.

The Hurricanes have new faces, and what should be some exciting, hard-hitting, speedy play to accompany them.

Walter Camp All-American cornerback Dee Delaney, a graduate transfer from the Football Championship Subdivision’s Citadel, led The Citadel’s Southern Conference with six interceptions last season for 163 return yards and also had 35 tackles, eight pass breakups and a fumble recovery. He is an NFL prospect.

Junior cornerback Jhavonte Dean, who transferred to UM out of Blinn College, was rated the No. 1 junior college cornerback. A consensus four-star prospect, is 6-2, 185 pounds and, according to other players, lightning fast. Dean returns home after graduating from South Dade High.

UM coach Mark Richt said at the recent Atlantic Coast Conference Kickoff that he hears “guys talk about’’ Dean. “They say he can cover a lot of ground. They say he’s really fast, can bait people a little bit, and when the ball is in the air, go attack with his speed and his ball skills.’’

Delaney, listed as 6-1 and 193 pounds, is the more physical, pounding corner who you don’t want to meet (if you’re on the other team) during a football game.

Both Dean and Delaney are expected to play substantially.

There’s also young (sophomore) and rising starter Malek Young, who keeps impressing every day and every game; Michael Jackson, another corner gathering steam; and newcomer Trajan Bandy, a consensus four-star cornerback out of Miami Columbus.

Another cornerback, Terrance Henley, who only played in three games last season, left the team in search of more playing time in early July.