UM Football Blog: 7/8

Read on for the latest surrounding Miami's football team, with analysis from CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

The school officially released the summer roster earlier this week and there are a few things to note on it.

* Defensive tackle Junior Alexis has been moved from defensive tackle to offensive guard. At 6-foot-2 and 260 pounds, Alexis was a late addition to Al Golden's first recruiting class from the state of California. He was very lightly recruited out of high school and was therefore still available in late summer. After a redshirt year on defense in 2011, Alexis will try competing for a reserve spot at guard in 2012. It's unlikely that he'll see the field this fall, however.

* Thurston Armbrister has officially been moved from safety to linebacker. At 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, Armbrister was also a late addition to Golden's first recruiting class. He was a lightly recruited defensive back from Hollywood Hills High in South Florida. After spending his first season at safety in 2011, Armbrister was given a chance to play outside linebacker in the spring game due to depth issues there. He handled the move well, made some plays in the game, and is now officially a linebacker. He will compete for depth on the outside.

* All but two of the players Miami signed in February are officially enrolled in summer school. The only two who aren't are Palm Beach Central receiver Angelo Jean-Louis and Venice running back Danny Dillard.

Jean-Louis, 6-feet and 180 pounds, was likely going to spend a semester at prep school anyway. He will likely do that in the fall before attempting to enroll at Miami in December. This was expected.

At 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds, Dillard ran for over 2,500 yards over his final two seasons and was recruited like a three-star player. He was expected to be a big back for the Canes. He still has a little over a month to quality for the fall semester but if he doesn't, look for him to attend Prep School as well and attempt to join the Canes following the season. The loss of Dillard would likely mean more carries for freshman Duke Johnson this fall.

* All the incoming freshmen have been assigned their jersey numbers. Several enrolled in the spring but here's a run-down of the new players: QB David Thompson 19, RB Duke Johnson 8, WR Robert Lockhart 6, WR Malcolm Lewis 9, WR D'Mauri Jones 15, WR Jontavious Carter 81, WR Herb Waters 86, OL Danny Isidora 63, DT Dequan Ivery 66, DT Earl Moore 72, DT Jacoby Briscoe 87, DE Tyriq McCord 17, DE Jake O'Donnell 95, DE Jelani Hamilton 99, LB Jawand Blue 54, LB Gabe Terry 58, CB Deon Bush 2, CB Tracy Howard 3, CB Antonio Crawford 39, CB Nate Dortch 35, CB Vernon Davis 41, and S Rayshawn Jenkins 29.


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