Coming off its biggest win of the season up to this point, the University of Miami was dealt a double dose of bad news Monday.
CanesInSight.com’s Peter Ariz reported that sophomore wide receiver Dionte Mullins had been dismissed from the program.
WR Dionte Mullins is no longer with the Miami program
— Peter Ariz (@PeterAriz) November 6, 2017
The news of his dismissal comes on the heels of the sophomore taking to Twitter – shortly after Miami’s 28-10 win over Virginia Tech – to air his grievances with the coaching staff regarding the amount of playing time he was receiving.
Mullins fired off a handful more of posts related to UM, but has since deleted them.
There was also probably a degree of frustration in the fact that freshmen receivers Jeff Thomas (11 receptions for 249 yards and 2 touchdowns) and Mike Harley (6 receptions for 63 yards) had seemingly surpassed Mullins on the team’s receiver hierarchy.
However, Mullins’ issues with playing time should be rooted in his inability to earn reps – for whatever reason – and produce when he was given opportunities.
Even a player like junior Darrell Langham, who made the game-winning catch for the Canes against Florida State and a game-saving catch against Syracuse, has seen his usage fluctuate despite the clutch catches he’s made this season.
Mullins’ resume doesn’t include any late-game heroics. In two years, he totaled 53 yards on four catches – all this season.
Mullins, a former four-star product out of Miami Gulliver Prep, spent the past two seasons in Coral Gables but was never able to live up to his immense potential. Regarded as a “big play threat” and a receiver known for making highlight reel catches, the 5-foot-10, 200-pound Mullins never seemed to impress the coaching staff enough for him to earn consistent playing time.
UM wide receivers coach Ron Dugans, a former NFL receiver, would routinely say that Mullins was still “working out some things” or something comparable when asked about the little-used pass catcher.
The school has yet to release an official statement regarding his dismissal.
Demetrius Jackson Out
CanesInSight also reported Monday morning that redshirt junior defensive end Demetrius Jackson sustained a knee injury and will have surgery that could result in him missing the remainder of the season.
Love my "TEAMMATES" . Finish strong!!! Minor set back for a major comeback 💯 pic.twitter.com/iuEITkC7dz
— Djack (@F5_Jackson) November 6, 2017
Jackson, who has played a key role in Miami’s D-Line rotation the past two years and was enjoying a very productive 2017, also sent out a tweet that hinted towards some sort of “setback”.
Reports are that Jackson will have the surgery Monday at the UHealth Sports Medicine Institute at the Lennar Foundation Medical Center on Miami’s campus.
If Jackson is to miss a significant amount of time, the Canes defense will be losing a versatile athlete that had racked up 18 tackles – including 7.5 tackles for loss – 3.5 sacks and an interception in seven games of action. The 6-foot-4, 265-pound Jackson, who moved around and saw time at defensive end, defensive tackle and outside linebacker, missed the Toledo game with a knee injury this season.
A Miami Booker T. Washington alum, Jackson has made the most of his time at UM both on and off the field.
He holds one of the highest-grade point averages on the roster and he’s been just as aggressive in his philanthropic charity work as he has been on the field.
Jackson has started his own charity foundation and plans on following through on the Thanksgiving turkey drive/giveaway event he planned for this coming week.
The 13th is almost here🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾, pic.twitter.com/jla9DqUWJJ
— Djack (@F5_Jackson) November 6, 2017
The Canes will likely turn to a handful of players to replace Jackson. Freshman Jonathan Garvin, who’s seen some action this season, flashed big against the Hokies this past weekend when he earned the coveted ‘Turnover Chain” on a strip-sack fumble recovery. The door could also be open for 6-foot-5, 240-pound freshman D.J. Johnson to see action.