Perryman sets the standard

Denzel Perryman is fresh off a strong spring and has brought upon high expectations of himself.

Denzel Perryman grew up just a few miles from the University of Miami campus. It was always his dream to be a Miami Hurricane. After becoming a four-star prospect at Coral Gables High in the Class of 2011, Perryman signed with the Hurricanes.

It didn't take him long to become an impact player. As a true freshman last season, he started a few games and finished the season as Miami's second leading tackler behind NFL-bound Sean Spence.

Perryman finished last season on the outside but was quickly moved to the middle during the early stages of spring football. Al Golden was impressed with the sophomore's performance over spring.

"That's the standard," Golden said. "Now he has to keep getting better."

Perryman, 5-foot-11, came to Miami a bit undersized and played his freshman season under an ideal playing weight. That's changed, which helped make the move to the middle a bit easier.

"He's 226 now," Golden said. "You saw him in the fall at 208, 209. He didn't lose any speed. He's bigger. We have his goal weight set at 230, which he's come a long way."

Golden and the Miami coaches believe Perryman will handle the duties at mike linebacker just fine heading into the 2012 season.

"He's explosive; he can see it in the middle and starting to shoulder the responsibility in terms of being a leader," Golden said.

Perryman could be on the verge of a breakout type season. Golden would like to see that happen this fall.

"We have to get him to take the next step," he said. "That's the standard for Denzel and we can't have him go backwards now."

The return of senior Ramon Buchanan in the fall should give the Canes two All-Conference caliber linebackers.

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