Shortly after the news hit that receiver Jeff Thomas was backing off his decision to leave Miami and is coming back to Coral Gables, the Hurricanes landed a commitment from Ohio State transfer quarterback Tate Martell early Wednesday morning.
In what has to be one of the most “on second thought” scenarios in recent history, once-disgruntled wide receiver Jeff Thomas has backed out of his pending transfer to Illinois and will return to the University of Miami he announced via social media early Wednesday morning.
The Hurricanes (1-1) were far and away the superior team compared to the FCS-level Tigers, and they treated the announced crowd of 60,307 fans at Hard Rock Stadium to an 11-touchdown night and their first win of 2018 – snapping a four-game losing streak since the 2017 season.
While Saturday’s scrimmage will be the seventh practice of the Hurricanes, it will also serve as the first taste of what college football really is for many of UM’s freshmen.
ESPN released its Preseason College Football Power Rankings Thursday, with the University of Miami earning the No. 9 spot in the 25-team poll. The Hurricanes were also ranked No. 8 in the preseason Amway Coaches Poll released Thursday.
Wide receiver is easily one of the Miami Hurricanes’ deepest position groups going into the 2018 season, which is why it came as no surprise when the school announced that redshirt senior Dayall Harris has decided to leave the football program.
Increasing competition is probably what drove University of Miami head coach Mark Richt’s decision to implement a point system during spring practice – something that he said Tuesday has revved up the level of competition as the Hurricanes completed their seventh spring practice.
With that came a much-needed 28-day layoff, giving the weary No. 10 ranked Canes a chance to recuperate physically and refresh mentally before taking on No. 6 Wisconsin Saturday at Hard Rock Stadium.
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.