UM Football Blog: 9/4

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

There were some depth chart changes on Monday and so lets take a closer look at them and what they mean.

QB -- same

What it Means: Preston Dewey will again be the third quarterback and will travel to K-State, not Gray Crow.

RB -- Dallas Crawford is no longer listed.

What it Means: Crawford, a converted safety, is nowhere close to seeing the field unless the running backs start getting injured. He didn't play against Boston College and he's not one of the 30 offensive players listed this week so there's a good chance he won't even make the trip to K-State.

FB -- same

WR -- There are three receiver spots listed this week instead of two. Malcolm Lewis and Phillip Dorsett are the two new starters, replacing Kendal Thompkins, aside from Allen Hurns.

What it Means: Thompkins had a few drops against Boston College. He's the type of player who needs to make plays when given the chance. He's falling on the depth chart as a reslt and likely won't see those same targets this weekend. Lewis and Dorsett were the 2nd and 3rd leading receivers against BC and they'll start that way this week. There was a lot of early excitement over freshman Robert Lockhart. He didn't travel to BC and likely won't go to K-State, which means he's still (at best) the third best true freshman and is still behind players like Thompkins and Johnson.

TE -- Dyron Dye is the new starter, over Asante Cleveland and Clive Walford. David Perry is no longer listed.

What it Means: Dye, listed as the third tight end on the most recent depth chart, actually started the BC game. Since Cleveland and Walford don't offer much as pass-catchers, Dye gets the nod as the best blocker of the group. Perry is clearly the 4th tight end right now and isn't anywhere close to being ready to play in a road game like this.

OL -- Seantrel Henderson is now listed as the second team right tackle behind Ereck Flowers.

What it Means: Henderson, who didn't travel against BC, replaces Jermaine Johnson, who is now listed only as a backup to Brandon Linder at right guard. Johnson's in his fourth year in the program and the coaches simply won't use him in game situations at tackle. If he plays, it'll likely be at guard. Henderson is expected to travel, which means there's a good chance he'll play this week. With his lack of practice time in recent weeks, he'll likely only play a limited number of snaps. He is, however, the most likely of the second team guys to see action.

DE -- same

What it Means: The Hurricanes desperately need pass rushers and redshirt freshman Rico Williams, recruited here primarily as a pass-rushing specialist, is still nowhere close to being ready to play in a road game like this and doesn't offer much in the pass rushing department.

DT -- Darius Smith has replaced Luther Robinson as a starter opposite Olsen Pierre. Jalen Grimble and Corey King have been added as backups, while Dequan Ivery was taken off.

What it Means: Pierre has the top tackle spot locked up for now. Number two could end up being a weekly change up. Smith started the BC game and is likely seen as the number two guy here. King listed means he's returned from injury and outperforming Ivery and fellow true freahman Jacobey Briscoe. Earl Moore is also listed, and seems to be the No. 5 guy here. Curtis Porter not being listed means he likely won't even travel to play against Kansas State. His likely return date is still a few weeks away.

LB -- Eddie Johnson has replaced Thurston Armbrister as one of the starters on the outside. Nantambu-Akil Fentress was added as a backup.

What it Means: Armbrister started the BC game but Johnson had a better performance and will likely start this week's game. Fentress is primarily a special teams performer and is likely being rewarded for his hustle and effort on ST. As the 9th linebacker, he's unlikely to log minutes there.

CB -- Thomas Finnie has replaced Ladarius Gunter as the starter opposite Brandon McGee.

What it Means: Finnie actually started the BC game and played well enough to stay as the No. 2 guy here for right now.

S -- same

ST -- same


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