Miami’s top tight end will return for the 2014 season. Tight end Clive Walford made his decision official through a statement released by Miami Saturday morning.
“I think that the program is heading back to national recognition the way that Coach [Al] Golden and his staff are constructing and leading this team,” Walford said. “Waiting for the NFL (for another year) will only make me a more complete player overall and increase my knowledge of the game.”
Walford was third on the team in receiving yards with 454 yards and was responsible for two touchdown catches in the 2013 season. A return for one more year at Miami should have been expected considering the numbers he put up. Another year at Miami could help him improve his draft profile, especially if the offense can get him a little more involved next season. Walford will be the team’s second-leading receiver returning from the 2013 season. Consider the 2014 return a bit of unfinished business for one of the top tight ends in the country.
“(The Russell Athletic Bowl) game and winning nine games were very important for our team,” Walford said. “It’s another step in the right direction.”