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QB Jarren Williams benched by Miami in favor of N’Kosi Perry

Miami Hurricanes

The Miami Hurricanes have a very real quarterback problem.

After starter Jarren Williams threw three first-quarter interceptions against the Virginia Tech Hokies, coach Manny Diaz pulled him in favor of N’Kosi Perry.

A redshirt freshman and four-star recruit, Williams hadn’t thrown a pick before Saturday, then threw three in one quarter. He had won the job in preseason, but this throws the rest of the season into some chaos.

Perry was Miami’s regular starter for much of 2018 before losing his job toward the end of the season. He threw 13 touchdowns and six interceptions in 11 games, but completed a modest 50.8 percent of his passes. It’s not clear that he’s the answer either.

Miami Hurricanes have a new ‘305’ turnover chain this season

Miami 305 turnover chain

Turnover props are starting to become a played out gimmick in college football, but the originators are still rolling strong.

The Miami Hurricanes unveiled their new “305” turnover chain for the 2019 season during their opener against Florida. The chain is a beauty:

Connected to the Miami “U” logo are the 305 digits, which represent the Miami area code.

Some other crazy facts about the 305 turnover chain: it contains 2,027 grams of gold and over 2,000 white sapphires.

Most of the other turnover props teams use in college football are silly wannabes, but Miami is still looking good with their turnover chain — and making it even stronger.

Former No. 1 recruit Jaelan Phillips announces transfer to Miami

Miami Hurricanes

Manny Diaz continues to make noise in Miami.

The Hurricanes head coach added a new player to the program as Jaelan Phillips announced his transfer to Miami.

Phillips was formerly a 5-star prospect ranked No. 1 in his class by 247 Sports. He began his career at UCLA but dealt with injuries and only played in 10 games over his first two seasons. He had 41 tackles and 4.5 sacks in his career with the Bruins.

Previous reports indicated Phillips was considering USC and Stanford, but instead, he ends up at Miami, who also brought in transfer Tate Martell.

Twitter reacts to Miami signing intimidating Australian punter Louis Hedley

Louis Hedley

National Signing Day is on Wednesday, and the Miami Hurricanes got a jump in the process on everyone else with a signing that has the internet buzzing.

The Hurricanes signed Australian punter Louis Hedley, a transfer from City College of San Francisco. Hedley was able to sign before everyone else because it’s already Wednesday in his native Australia. And the photo of him signing had everyone talking. Why? Take a look.

Hedley is 6-foot-4, 215 pounds and fully tatted. The dude screams intimidation. He is also said to be in his mid-20s, unlike most players signing, who are usually in their late teens.

Take a look at the Twitter reactions.

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Tate Martell announces transfer to Miami

Tate Martell

Tate Martell has made a commitment to his fourth college, all without having even started a game.

Martell announced on Twitter Tuesday that he is transferring to Miami.

Martell is a former 5-star recruit who committed to Washington, then Texas A&M, and then finally ended up at Ohio State. He redshirted his first year, then served as Dwayne Haskins’ backup this season, coming in for packages here and there as a running quarterback. Just when it looked like his patience at Ohio State would pay off, Justin Fields transferred in, leading Martell to leave.

Unless he graduates this year (which is a possibility), Martell would have to sit out a year before being able to play at Miami. He would then have two years of eligibility remaining.

Securing Martell is a major move from new head coach Manny Diaz, who also convinced wide receiver Jeff Thomas to return to the program rather than head to Illinois. The addition of Martell might also not preclude them from getting Jalen Hurts as a transfer; Hurts only has one year of eligibility left and would be able to play immediately in 2019 as a graduate transfer. Much of the situation depends on whether Martell graduates in May.

Report: Jalen Hurts had visit with Miami coaches

Jalen Hurts

Jalen Hurts is having himself quite a weekend.

The Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback is seeking a new college football program as a graduate transfer and has begun his process of evaluating teams. He visited with Maryland on Friday, Oklahoma on Saturday, and Sunday was his day in Miami.

According The Athletic’s Manny Navarro, Hurts met with Miami’s coaches and had dinner at Prime 112, a posh Miami steakhouse.

Navarro says Miami believes they have a 50/50 chance of landing Hurts.

Hurts spent three seasons at Alabama, starting two national championship games for the Tide. He has passed for 48 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in his career.

If he were to join the Hurricanes, Hurts would be reuniting with Dan Enos, an offensive assistant at Alabama who’s now the offensive coordinator at Miami.

Could Jalen Hurts, Dan Enos be package deal at Miami?

Jalen Hurts

The Miami Hurricanes could be on their way to turning around their football program in a hurry.

Not only have the Canes replaced Mark Richt as head coach with Manny Diaz, but they also hired Dan Enos as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach. Enos is a former head coach at Central Michigan who spent three years as the offensive coordinator at Arkansas before going to Alabama for the 2018 season. Enos was an associate head coach/quarterbacks coach for the Crimson Tide during their run to the national championship game.

What’s odd is that Enos was believed to be in line to be promoted to Alabama offensive coordinator and is instead heading to Miami for the same role.

There’s something more to this move that needs to be kept in mind. The hiring of Enos could impact Miami’s ability to land a major transfer.

Jalen Hurts is planning to leave Alabama as a graduate transfer. He had already shown interest in Miami prior to the announcement of Enos’ hiring by the program. If he has any interest in continuing with Enos, going to Miami would make perfect sense. Cane Sport says he is set to visit Miami on Sunday.

If the Hurricanes are able to land Hurts along with Enos, they would be in excellent shape for the 2019 season.

Jalen Hurts, Miami appear to have mutual interest

Jalen Hurts

Jalen Hurts and the Miami Hurricanes appear to have mutual interest.

Hurts has entered his name in the NCAA’s transfer portal. Since he graduated in December as a junior, Hurts still has one year of eligibility remaining and could play immediately upon transferring.

With Hurts expected to leave the Alabama program, he should have no shortage of potential suitors. Among them could be Miami. Hurts has followed Hurricanes head coach Manny Diaz and tight ends coach Brevin Jordan on Twitter.

Hurts was the SEC Offensive Player of the Year as a freshman and went 26-2 as a starter at Alabama. He helped the Crimson Tide to two appearances in the College Football Playoff National Championship. Hurts was replaced during last year’s title game in favor of Tua Tagovailoa, who was named the starter for the 2018 season.

Miami landing Hurts would be a huge get for Diaz and his coaching staff. However, Diaz will have to make quite the recruiting pitch because Hurts will be a wanted man, as reports say Oklahoma and Florida State are also on Hurts’ list.

Report: Miami to hire Major Applewhite as offensive coordinator

Major Applewhite

Major Applewhite will not be out of a job for long.

Less than a week after being fired by Houston, who later hired Dana Holgorsen, Applewhite is being targeted for Miami’s offensive coordinator position.

Canes Insight’s Stefan Adams reported on Thursday that Applewhite will be named the new offensive coordinator for the Hurricanes.

The move is not official, but Adams says it will happen.

Miami has experienced significant coaching changes in a short period of time. Three days after an embarrassing bowl loss to Wisconsin, Mark Richt announced his retirement. Manny Diaz was announced as the new head coach later that evening, and Diaz has already made coaching changes and apparently found a new OC.

Applewhite went 15-11 over two seasons at Houston. Prior to that, he was an offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at several schools, including Alabama, Rice, Texas, and Houston.

Report: Ex-Miami players pushing for Rex Ryan to coach Hurricanes

Rex Ryan

Some former Miami Hurricane players want a big but risky name as the school’s next coach.

According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, some former players are privately pushing the school to reach out to former New York Jets coach Rex Ryan to replace the retiring Mark Richt. Jackson adds that Ryan would be interested in the opportunity if it is presented to him.

The big question is whether Miami would be interested. They’ve had this coaching search thrust upon them out of the blue, so they’re still trying to figure out which direction they intend to go in. That said, Ryan certainly comes with a reputation, though his last college experience came in 1999 as Kansas State’s defensive coordinator.

Ryan has hinted at a return to coaching, and this would be quite the opportunity for him. For Miami, though, it might be too big a risk to take.