1. This is deepest and most conditioned UM team in many years. We knew about the depth. Despite numerous struggles on the recruiting front in recent years, this is still a very talented and deep team. The depth at running back, wide receiver, tight end, offensive line, defensive line, and in the secondary is the best it's been at Miami in several years. It's also a very well conditioned team. Twice in recent days Golden has singled that out as being different than his first four teams here. Being deep and well conditioned is typically a sign of good things to come.
2. Joe Yearby is back and ready to go. After a solid true freshman season in 2014, Yearby sat out the spring due to injury and no one really knew what his status would be heading into fall camp. He's answered the bell. He's off to a good start and two UM coaches have talked about how much weight and strength he's added since the end of last season. He still lacks breakaway speed but all of this is encouraging to learn about a player who many hope takes over UM's backfield early in the season.
3. Tyree St Louis and Tyler Gauthier have been Miami's two most impressive freshman offensive linemen so far. Golden said the team has been working 12 offensive linemen into the rotation this week. Ten of those players are returning guys while St Louis and Gauthier are ahead of the other freshmen at this stage. Danny Isidora singled out St Louis as being the best of the new group. A lot of people probably expected the new guys to redshirt but St Louis, especially, is off to an impressive start and may push some older guys for positioning on the depth chart.
4. Raphael Kirby is ready for a breakout season. He was heavily recruited out of SEC country when former UM coach Micheal Barrow recruited him here. He became a full-time starter on the outside last season and had a solid season. A lot of people have wondered how effective he'll be able to replace Denzel Perryman in the middle. Well, Kirby has gotten nothing but praise from his coaches and teammates this week. The defensive tackle spot in front of him is stronger than what Perryman had in front of him, and Kirby's strong start is making people believe that he will be able to come close to what Perryman did last season.