"He's grown up a lot," Shannon said. "He's matured a lot. DajLeon is big and fast. Sometimes guys come in and the maturity factor sets in. He's matured now and understands what it takes."
Farr, 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds, played a reserve role last season and caught just three passes for 16 yards. UM coaches are hoping for a big year from him. So far, they like what they see.
"He's doing a wonderful job for us," Shannon said. "We can do a lot of things with DajLeon. That's one of the reason he came to Miami. We have a lot of confidence in him."
Farr is one of four tight ends competing for the starting spot -- Dedrick Epps, Richard Gordon, and Chris Zellner are the others. Shannon said the coaches are doing their best in evaluating the group.
"As coaches, we have to evaluate talent on what's best for the team," he said.