While King is expected to be fully recovered and ready to go when the Hurricanes open the 2021 season in Atlanta against defending national champion Alabama on Sept. 4, he’ll have an armada of passers behind him should anything unexpected occur.
Defensive end Jaelan Phillips, a projected first round pick, impressed in every event, especially in the 40-yard dash, where he ran a 4.56.
The first week of spring football practice has come to a close and here are some of the things our beat writers have learned about the status of players and coaches.
On Monday, the Hurricanes began spring practice on Greentree Practice Field. There are 15 practices that will run over the next five weeks. Although practices are closed to all media, different players and coaches will speak to the media over Zoom after every practice. Here's what you need to know about spring football:
In an offseason filled with turnover for head coach Manny Diaz and the Miami Hurricanes defensive coaching staff, the Canes made another change this week, hiring Ishmael Aristide as the team’s new outside linebackers coach.
Williams' hiring at UCF comes two days after the Knights hired former Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn as their head coach. Williams previously served as the linebackers coach under Malzahn at Auburn for the past five years.
“I’m going to be the defensive coordinator," Diaz said. "And what I’ve done as defensive coordinator is what I’m going to do.”
What started with a Christmas gift from D’Eriq King, who was the first to announce his return for another year, quickly became a tidal wave of starters deciding to return for the 2021 season.
“We are excited to announce these staff hires as we work to improve all facets of our program on and off the field,” Diaz said in an official statement.
Change has come to Manny Diaz’s coaching staff, just days into 2021 and the offseason.
“Very disappointed in the fact we didn't come away with a win, but I'm also very humble to be a part of this team,” said tight end Brevin Jordan. “I mean, these guys did not -- they never quit.”
The Hurricanes managed to rally back behind backup quarterback N'Kosi Perry, but the valiant effort fell short and the Hurricanes fell 37-34 in the 2020 Cheez-It Bowl at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.