Some players like Duke, Anthony Chickillo and Deon Bush exploded onto the scene immediately, but other 'Canes would have benefited from a redshirt season.
From Chirinos: "More than once, Al Golden has conceded the point. During his first three years at Miami, several players have been pressed into action before he thought they may have been fully ready to compete in big-time college football."
But now, the once-thin Miami roster has finally reached the point where Golden is comfortable plugging in true freshmen only when they deserve it. Kaaya, Kc McDermott, Trevor Darling, Chad Thomas, Trent Harris and Darrion Owens have each made their presence felt.
McDermott jumped Taylor Gadbois on the depth chart at the beginning of fall camp. When McDermott was unavailable for one session, Darling stepped into his role.
Additionally, Golden believes Thomas is already more than a third-down specialist, per Porter, and both Harris and Owens have sported black jerseys for the majority of camp.
Depth-wise, the Hurricanes are finally making important strides in building a complete team from seniors to freshmen.
All quotes obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted.