Ranking The Roster: Offense

There are only a few weeks left in the 2016 regular season. Lets take a closer look at the roster, position-by-position, heading into the last part of the season.


1. Brad Kaaya -- In what was expected to be a breakout type season for the talented junior in Mark Richt's new offensive system, 2016 hasn't been all that great for Kaaya. Sure, his accuracy numbers are better than they've ever been and he's been under more pressure than ever before but lets be honest -- Kaaya's had a pretty average season up to this point. His Total QBR (which takes into account numerous factors that effectively evaluate the play of a quarterback) is 64.7, which currently ranks 52nd overall in college football. He ranks near the bottom (9th) among qualified quarterbacks in the ACC and he has some of the best pass-catching weapons in the entire league. Kaaya's had only three strong performances this season (App State, Georgia Tech, and Pitt) and is coming off one of his worst against Virginia. We're now 10 games into the Kaaya/Richt era so it's not likely that things will change much down the stretch. Kaaya is a very gifted quarterback but for whatever reason it hasn't translated int a great 2016 season.

2. Malik Rosier -- After winning the backup job in fall camp, Rosier has thrown just four passes in two games and hasn't played since the Canes blew out App State. It's hard to tell what the Canes have here because of it. 

3/4. Evan Shirreffs and Jack Allison -- Since neither player has seen the field this season it's hard to tell how good they can be.

Running Backs:

1. Mark Walton -- The talented sophomore has turned in a solid season. No one is going to confuse him as being one of the elite running backs in the conference but he's been solid. His 3.4 yards per carry over the last seven games is well below Joe Yearby's 5.2 number but it's pretty clear that Walton is the coaching staff's choice as the team's best running back. A lot of that probably has to do with his ability to block and catch the football (he has 20 receptions over the last seven games). One surprising element from Walton's game this season has been his inability to break long runs. Only one of his last 112 runs has gone for more than 26 yards. He's poised to continue getting around 20 touches per game as the team's primary running back down the stretch.

2. Joe Yearby -- Despite only averaging nine touches per game over his last seven games, Yearby has averaged 5.2 yards per carry, has two runs for over 40 yards, has scored three touchdowns, and has five catches. While he might not be the most exciting or explosive backup running back in college football, he's turned in a solid season as the team's No. 2 back. 

3. Gus Edwards -- After not seeing the field during the three-game stretch against Florida State, North Carolina, and Virginia Tech, Edwards has bee more involved in recent weeks. The bruising junior has 21 touches over the last three games, including 20 carries. They've gone for only 77 yards so he's still not consistently moving the chains like many hoped he'd effectively for the Canes this season. While his junior season has been somewhat disappointing up to this point, Edwards has seemingly closed the gap between he and Yearby as the team's No. 2 running back.

4. Travis Homer -- A four-star recruit in the 2016 class, Homer saw five carries for 35 yards in the season opener against Florida A&M. He hasn't been on the field ever since. It's hard to tell whether that's because Miami's top three backs are good enough to carry the load or if Homer isn't able to legitimately challenge them for playing time. It's probably somewhere in between the two. It's hard to think he has the same type of talent and upside as Walton and Yearby.

5. Marquez Williams -- It's hard to figure out what Miami's plan is for the team's only scholarship fullback. He's played in just half the games and has just three touches on the season. He can potentially be a good lead blocker because of his size and physical nature but there's been no consistency to his playing time. It's clear the Canes aren't committed to a fullback in Richt's first season.

6. Trayone Gray -- He's out for the entire season with an injury.

Wide Receivers:

1. Stacy Coley -- After an outstanding freshman season, Coley dealt with lots of injuries, drops, and self-admitted confidence issues the last two years. Miami's offense really needed him to put it all together for a big senior season. Ten games into the season, Coley is delivering. He's become a tremendous redzone weapon, and the respect he gets from opposing defenses has helped Ahmmon Richards put up big numbers as a true freshman. Coley is still Kaaya's favorite target anywhere on the field, as he's drawn 28 targets over the last three weeks. He's a big time talent who is having an excellent senior season. 

2. Ahmmon Richards -- One of the most heavily recruited wide receivers in the entire country last year, Richards picked Miami over Alabama at the very last minute. He came in as a true freshman with high expectations, and he's been living up to the hype lately. He's had at least 51 yards receiving in each of his last six games. He's now averaging over 21 yards per reception this season. He certainly benefits from having Stacy Coley and David Njoku garnering so much attention in the passing game but Richards is showing off big play ability. He has the look of a future star in Richt's offense.

3. Malcolm Lewis -- After not catching a single pass during the four game stretch between App State and North Carolina, Lewis has re-emerged as the team's No. 3 wide receiver in recent weeks. He's caught six of eight targets over the last three games for 94 yards, including a 44-yard reception against Virginia. With a career yards per catch average hovering around 10, Lewis simply isn't much of a downfield threat but it's nice to see the senior's hard work being rewarded in the second half of the season.  

4. Braxton Berrios -- A starter to begin the season, Berrios entered the start of the season as the team's No. 2 wide receiver behind Coley. He simply has been a non-factor in Richt's offense through the first 10 games. He has just 76 yards all season, including just one catch for five yards over the last three weeks. The timing between he and Kaaya has been off for whatever reason, as he's caught just one out of his last seven targets. 

5. Dayall Harris -- A late addition to Richt's first class as a Junior College transfer, Harris has been unable to make much of an impact. He's played in just six games this season, has just 90 yards on the season, and has been unable to find the endzone. The lack of touchdowns is an issue, especially since Richt talked about in August how Harris was going to be a redzone threat. It hasn't happened. 

6. Darrell Langham -- The third year sophomore has been unable to get on the field in Richt's first year. 

Others: Sophomore Lawrence Cager is out for the entire season with an injury. If he were on the field, based on how he finished last season, he'd likely be the team's No. 3 wide receiver. Freshman Dionte Mullins is redshirting, which is a bit surprising considering how the Hurricanes have struggled finding quality depth here. Lets hope it's not a sign of the potential impact he can (or can't) have here.

Tight Ends:

1. David Njoku -- One of the most talented tight ends in all of college football, Njoku is having a tremendous junior season. He may not receive that type of post-season attention but Njoku is having every bit the season that Clive Walford had here in 2014 when he was a finalist for the John Mackey Award. He's good in the redzone, he can line up out wide and make things happen down the field, and he has a knack for finding the endzone. The talented junior, who has 21 targets over the last three weeks, is having one of the best seasons of any tight end in college football. 

2. Christopher Herndon -- After a solid sophomore season in 2015, Herndon has been solid again in 2016. He ranks fourth on the team in receiving with 22 catches for 280 yards and two scores. He's flashed big play potential all season, as four of his catches have gone for more than 25 yards. He catches a high percentage of balls thrown his direction and has shown the ability to make things happen. Especially considering how no one has been able to effectively step up and become the No. 3 receiver, it's been surprising how few balls have been going his way in recent weeks. Kaaya has thrown his way just four times over the last two games. He's a talented tight end who makes things happen when given the opportunity.

3. Stan Dobard -- A four-star recruit out of high school, Dobard has been unable to make an impact in Miami's passing game. Lately, he's even been a non-factor in the running game as well. He's played in just three games at tight end this season, has just two catches, and has spent the last few games playing sparingly on the defensive side of the football. 

Others: Jovani Haskins and Michael Irvin Jr are both redshirting this season.

Offensive Linemen:

1. Danny Isidora -- Line coach Stacy Searels has called Isidora his most consistent lineman a couple times in recent weeks. He's the most experienced player of the group, and is clearly having the best season of the bunch. He's not an elite player inside but he's solid and it's shown with his play on the field this season. 

2. Nick Linder -- Although he was just lost for the season due to an injury, Linder was having a solid season and should enter the 2017 as one of the league's better centers.

3. Trevor Darling -- Miami's starting left tackle for the last two seasons, Darling isn't going to cause anyone to confuse him with Bryant McKinnie or even Ereck Flowers but he's been able to hold onto the starting job there and that likely won't change heading into 2017.

4. Kc McDermott -- The former five-star recruit has experience playing both guard spots and both tackle spots. From that standpoint, he's a valuable asset to Searels' group. He will likely enter 2017 as the team's top guard.

5. Sunny Odogwu -- After winning the starting right tackle job during fall camp, Odogwu started the first few games of the season before suffering a season-ending injury. He should be ready for spring football.

6. Tyree St. Louis -- The sophomore shows flashes of potentially being very good but just needs to be more consistent. He's a natural right tackle but could also play guard or even left tackle if needed. Odogwu will no longer have the edge in experience over him so the two will likely enter next spring as neck and neck for the starting right tackle job.

7. Tyler Gauthier -- Clearly the best of the large group of young interior linemen that UM signed two years ago. Gauthier started the Virginia game since McDermott filled in at left tackle for Darling. He seems to have a solid future here, and will likely enter spring as the projected replacement for Isidora. 

8. Alex Gall -- The senior began the season as Linder's backup but the injury now has Gall as the team's starting center. 

Others: It's hard to differentiate several of the guys at the bottom of the depth chart. Hunter Knighton, Jahair Jones, Hayden Mahoney, Brendan Loftus, and Bar Milo never play so it's hard to tell them apart. True freshman Tre Johnson is redshirting. 

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