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Miami Football: 5 Newcomers Watch for the Hurricanes

Miami Football: 5 Newcomers Watch for the Hurricanes

Miami Football: 5 Newcomers Watch for the Hurricanes

The Miami Hurricanes will hope to recover from a subpar 6-7 2019 season, where the team failed to live up to expectations in Manny Diaz's first year as head coach. They will hope the newcomers that are coming to Coral Gables this fall will help return the Hurricanes to the top of the ACC Coastal Division.

Despite their record, Miami was able to land a top-15 recruiting class, according to 247Sports. Not only did the Hurricanes add top talent through the recruiting ranks, but they also got a transfer quarterback who could potentially be one of the best in their conference.

Here are some of the top newcomers who could have a significant impact on the Hurricanes in 2020:

D'Eriq King, QB

Miami's quarterback production in 2019 was inconsistent, to say the least, with Jarren Williams and N'Kosi Perry behind center. Because of that, the Hurricanes decided to target one of the best transfers in the country in King.

In 11 games for the Houston Cougars in 2018, King threw for 2,982 yards and 35 touchdowns as he helped lead the team to an 8-5 record. He also added 674 rushing yards and 14 scores.

King only played in four games in 2019 and decided to redshirt after the Cougars got off to a 1-3 start. With King eligible to play immediately, he will likely be the Hurricanes' starter in their Sept. 5 opener against the Temple Owls.

Quincy Roche, DE

King wasn't the only transfer to come to the Hurricanes this offseason, as Roche, who starred at defensive end at Temple, will strengthen the team's defensive line.

Roche is the reigning American Athletic Conference (AAC) Defensive Player of the Year when he registered 49 tackles, 13 sacks, and 19 tackles for a loss in 12 games last season. Roche along with rising redshirt sophomore Gregory Rousseau will possibly form one of the most dominant defensive end tandems in the nation. Between the two, they totaled 28.5 sacks last season — Rousseau’s 15.5 were second to only Ohio State's Chase Young (16.5) in all of FBS.

Jose Borregales, K

The most significant addition to the Hurricanes this offseason is arguably a kicker. Bubba Baxa and walk-on Turner Davidson were a combined 6-of-13 on field goals last season. Their untimely misses cost Miami in their eventual losses to Florida, North Carolina, and Georgia Tech.

Getting Borregales, who was solid at FIU, should help bring some stability on special teams. In 2019, Borregales converted 21-of-29 field goals and was 37-of-39 on extra points. During his three years at FIU, Borregales made 50-of-65 of his career field-goal attempts.

Don Chaney Jr., RB

After losing DeeJay Dallas to the NFL draft and redshirt sophomore Lorenzo Lingard decided to transfer to Florida, the Hurricanes needed to add some talent at running back. That is why it was huge for Miami to sign Chaney, a four-star local product.

Chaney finished his time at Belen Jesuit as the school's all-time leading rusher with 4,511 yards and 60 touchdowns on 442 carries over five seasons. Chaney will likely share carries with junior Cam'ron Harris and rising redshirt junior Robert Burns this fall.

Keyshawn Smith, WR

After Mike Leach decided to leave Washington State for Mississippi State, Smith asked to be released from his national letter of intent with the Cougars. Shortly after that, Smith then signed with the Hurricanes.

At Lincoln High School in the San Diego area, Smith caught 46 passes for 808 yards (17.6 ypc) and eight touchdowns as a senior. He also added 188 rushing yards and three more scores on 23 carries. In new offensive coordinator's Rhett Lashlee system, Smith could pay dividends for the Canes as a freshman.

— Written by Antwan Staley, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and has extensive experience covering Florida sports teams. Staley has written for Bleacher Report, the Miami Herald and the Palm Beach Post and is a reporter for Pro Player Insiders. Follow him on Twitter @antwanstaley.