It’s been an offseason full of twists and turns for the Miami Hurricanes football program.
The latest event unfolded Tuesday morning when it was announced that offensive lineman Malcolm Bunche is set to transfer, via the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson:
Malcolm Bunche, who was expected to be a key piece of UM's o-line in 2014, has decided to transfer.UM gave him permission to contact schools— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) January 14, 2014
The news certainly comes as a shock to those around the situation, especially given that the senior was expected to be a strong candidate to open the 2014 season as a starter.
Miami did not offer a reason for Bunche’s exit.
A 3-star recruit in the Class of 2009, the Newark, Del., native was expected to grow into a significant contributor for the Hurricanes. After all, football is in his DNA—Bunche’s father, Curtis, played defensive end for the Philadelphia Eagles in the ‘80s.
Unfortunately, Bunche never really got there.
He started just one game in 2013—the season opener at left guard—while appearing in all but one. However, Bunche’s playing time was set to increase with starters Brandon Linder and Seantrel Henderson moving on to the NFL.
Fortunately Miami has a couple of options in replacing Bunche.
Left guard Jon Feliciano and left tackle Ereck Flowers are both returning. Not to mention the Hurricanes also expect big things from 6’8” freshman tackle Sunny Odogwu.
All in all, this is just the latest setback for the Hurricanes after dealing with heavy speculation that head coach Al Golden might leave for Penn State.