The Miami Hurricanes were hit on the offensive and defensive lines but reactivated star junior tight end Brevin Jordan ahead of their noon kickoff at Virginia Tech on Saturday.
Thirteen total players were listed as unavailable, up two from the previous week’s 11. UM does not distinguish whether players are out due to COVID-19 when it releases its unavailability report an hour before kickoffs.
Redshirt senior linebacker Zach McCloud is unavailable. On the defensive line, redshirt freshman defensive tackle and sack leader entering Saturday, Jared Harrison-Hunte, is also out, along with defensive end Jahfari Harvey.
Starting left guard Jakai Clark was added to the list, putting the Hurricanes down both starters on the left side of the offensive line. Left tackle John Campbell remains out after also missing Miami’s game at North Carolina State the week prior.
Jordan had missed three consecutive games before Saturday. The first two, against Pittsburgh and Virginia, were due to a shoulder injury sustained on Oct. 10 at Clemson. Expected to return against N.C. State, he remained on the team’s unavailability report that night, Nov. 6. Fellow junior Will Mallory had 10 receptions for 187 yards and three touchdowns in the three games where Jordan was out.
While losing Clark, a sophomore that started Miami’s previous six games while also a mainstay in the starting lineup as a freshman, the Hurricanes returned redshirt sophomore Ousman Traore, the backup guard who popped up as unavailable at N.C. State.
Sophomore Zion Nelson has held down the left tackle spot when the team has been without Campbell, a redshirt sophomore, this season. Making his fourth start of 2020 on Saturday, Nelson, who has been in a weekly competition with Campbell, also started his whole freshman season at left tackle.
Harrison-Hunte’s three sacks as a second-team defensive tackle that would rotate in were leading UM entering Saturday. He made his first start last game at N.C. State, getting the nod over senior Jonathan Ford.
Other new additions to the unavailability report were redshirt freshman defensive lineman Jason Blissett, redshirt freshman tight end Larry Hodges, redshift freshman defensive tackle Jalar Holley, redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Cleveland Reed, freshman defensive end Chantz Williams, freshman offensive lineman Jalen Rivers and freshman safety Keshawn Washington
Back available for the Hurricanes after being unavailable for N.C. State, in addition to Traore, were receivers Xavier Restrepo, Keyshawn Smith and Michael Redding III, quarterback Tyler Van Dyke, linebacker Corey Flagg, tight end Dominic Mammarelli and defensive lineman Elijah Roberts.
Freshman offensive lineman Issiah Walker remains unavailable due to NCAA transfer clearance.
Full UM unavailabilty report:
Jason Blissett, Jr.
John Campbell, Jr.
Cleveland Reed, Jr.
Issiah Walker, Jr.
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