An hour before kickoff for the 2020 season opener, the Miami Hurricanes issued an ‘unavailability report’ of players who would not suit up against UAB. Miami says the report is: “A list of players that will not be available for the competition for any reason.”
Here are the Miami players on the report:
· Day Greg Russo (weather)
· Official language Kai-Leon Herbert (weather)
· Official language Zal’tae hillery (weather)
· DB Avante williams (weather)
· Matias Gusk (walk-on)
· QB Tate martel
· Official language Isiah Walker, Junior
Russo, who projects as a first-round NFL draft pick, picked up the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns before fall camp began. Miami announced that Williams was out due to a pre-existing health concern that was discovered during the summer. True freshman aggressor Chris Washington is listed on the two-depth depth chart, with Herbert and Hillary out. According to the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson, Herbert and Hillery ruled out of the season. Martell was ruled out for the game, with true freshman Tyler Van Dyke listed as the third team quarterback. Walker is a transfer from Florida.
At the time of this announcement, Miami is 15.5 points favorite, according to the latest lines of betting William hill Sportsbook.
Kickoff is scheduled for 8 pm. The game will be broadcast on the ACC network.
UAB doesn’t offer too much recognition to the average college football fan, but the Blazers are a team the Hurricanes – and UM Fanbase – don’t sleep on better.
The Blazers are the favorites to win Conference USA in 2020 and are a program that won 28 games from 2017-19. UAB is a group of five teams that feature plenty of future NFL players on their roster.
UAB began its 2020 season last Thursday with a match-up with FCS rival Central Arkansas. The Blazers comfortably won that game, 45–35.
After watching UAB against Central Arkansas last Thursday, Diaz clarified that the Blazers are a good, well-rounded team.
“The score was very confusing,” Diaz said. “The strength of the UAB team is their defense and Central Arkansas has got a four-yard touchdown drive, a 15-yard touchdown drive, they score on defense, they scored twice against backups in the fourth. You still see a very good, defensive football team at UAB, an excellent stunning attack, very balanced, with many going there and running for big yards, and you still see Watkins as their prime receiver I see and tight ends were dynamic – especially in the red zone. They are a very experienced team that is in the game. The moment will not be too big for them and we know that we have to play our best to defeat them. “
The UM Home Games will allow 13,000 fans inside Hard Rock Stadium this season, a capacity of 20 percent. Alcohol will not be sold this season and students will not be allowed to participate in the first two home games of the season.