College football free agency continues unabated this morning, with Miami the latest to see its roster a little lighter than it once was.
The Hurricanes announced in a press release that Cedrick Wright is no longer a member of Mark Richt‘s program. No specific reason for the parting of ways was given.
“I talked to Cedrick and we both felt it was in his best interests to get a fresh start somewhere else,” the head coach said in a statement. “We wish him all the best in his future plans.”
The departure marks the end of a brief but eventful career for the defensive back with the ‘Canes.
Wright was a three-star member of The U’s 2016 recruiting class who played in nine games as a true freshman. He was also suspended for the Week 12 game against North Carolina State because of unspecified violations of team rules, and missed the team’s bowl game as well because of academics.
The annual Underwear Olympics has a new individual “champion” and a familiar one when it comes to the dominant conference.
The NFL Wednesday announced the 330-plus players who will partake in the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis later this month. Michigan saw 14 of its former players receive invitations, the most of any individual school. The only others in double digits were Alabama and LSU with 10 apiece.
The conference of the latter schools, the SEC, paced all leagues with 66 invitations. The ACC was next with 60, followed by the Big Ten’s 51 and the Pac-12’s 46. The Big 12 lags far behind the other Power Fives with just 19 players on the receiving end of invitations, just ahead of the best the Group of Five has to offer, the AAC’s 18.
In addition to those in double figures already mentioned, there were eight schools that have eight or more players heading to the combine: Clemson, Miami, Texas A&M and USC with nine each, Arkansas, Florida, Florida State and Ohio State with eight apiece.
Below is the conference-by-conference breakdown of the invites:
AAC — 18
ACC — 60
Big 12 — 19
Big Ten — 51
Conference USA — 11
Independents — 5
MAC — 11
MWC — 11
Pac-12 — 46
SEC — 66
Sun Belt — 5
Last season, Miami was 31st in the country in run defense one year after they were 107th in the same category. One of the big reasons for that turnaround was Craig Kuligowski.
Friday, the assistant was rewarded for past production and future projections.
In a press release, The U announced that Kuligowski has been promoted to assistant head coach. While not specified, the new title likely comes with some type of raise.
Kuligowski will continue on with his line duties for the upcoming season.
“Craig did an outstanding job last season working with our defensive line,” head coach Mark Richt said in a statement. “He’s a terrific motivator and a great teacher.”
In addition to the improvement in run defense, the Hurricanes were fifth nationally in tackles for loss and 22nd in sacks. They were second in the ACC in the former category and fifth in the latter.
A defense that was tied for 83rd (28.8 points per game) in scoring in 2015 morphed into one that was tied for 13th (18.9 ppg) last season in Richt’s first season.
Devin Asiasi played his high school football on the Left Coast. It appears that the tight end will now look to continue his collegiate playing career in that part of the country as well.
Citing what they described as “a reputable source,” 247Sports.com reported over the weekend that Asiasi is considering a transfer from Michigan. Specifically, the website writes, “Asiasi is in the early process of seeking a transfer to attend school… on his native West Coast.”
Other than seemingly wanting to be closer to home, no reason as to why Asiasi is considering a transfer from Ann Arbor was given.
USC and UCLA are currently rumored to be among Asiasi’s potential landing spots. One of Asiasi’s former high school teammates, Boss Tagaloa, plays defensive tackle for the Bruins and the two players had talked of going to the same school when they were recruits. The Trojans were a finalist before Asiasi opted for the Wolverines as well.
As a 6-3, 287-pound true freshman last season, Asiasi played in all 13 games. He caught two passes for 18 yards and a touchdown.
A four-star recruit in last year’s class coming out of high school at Concord De La Salle High School, Asiasi was rated as the No. 3 tight end in the country and the No. 12 player at any position in the state of California. In addition to UM, USC and UCLA, Asiasi held offers from, among others, Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Auburn, Miami, Notre Dame, Oregon, Tennessee and Washington.
Miami’s defensive line will be a little lighter personnel-wise when the second spring practice under Mark Richt opens in a month or so.
Just a short time ago, The U announced via a press release that defensive lineman Courtel Jenkins has been dismissed from the football program. The only reason given was the standard unspecified violation of team rules.
The past three seasons, Jenkins appeared in 34 games. He started seven of those contests, with all seven of those coming in 2015.
This past season, he was credited with 11 tackles in 10 games. 4.5 of those were tackles for loss, a total that was tied for 10th on the team.
Jenkins was a three-star member of the Hurricanes’ 2014 recruiting class.