Hurricanes’ Jason Taylor impacts coaching staff

Miami promises more money and resources to the football program under first-year coach Mario Cristobal, and one place that shows up is in the number of analysts on the Hurricanes’ staff.

UM had six analysts listed under Manny Diaz in 2021, but that number has grown to 14 under CristobaI.

“We have more quality control people, more analysts than we had before,” sporting director Dan Radakovich said on Tuesday. “Football operations have increased a bit. But that’s not unique to the University of Miami. That’s what has happened in college football in recent years. The workforce has grown. So I think we’ll continue to make sure it’s the right size for what we need. Mario and I continue to have these conversations. Where do we need to invest our resources to keep this program moving forward? »

Current Hurricanes analysts are: Jason Taylor, David Cooney, Terry Jefferson, Sabbath Joseph, Danny Kalter, Marwan Maalouf, Cody Orgeron, Edwin Pata, Jake Swalley, Jourdyn Thompson, DeMarcus Van Dyke, Donovan Varner, Gary Walker and Cody Woodiel.

“To have Jason Taylor present, there’s just a bunch of ideas and experiences that coalesce into one,” running backs coach Kevin Smith said. “When you’re young in this profession and you’re hungry, you want to pick up as much knowledge as you can and then spit it out regardless of your style. It’s kind of how you grow and grow from there. That’s good Coach Cristobal has assembled a phenomenal staff.

The number of analysts compares favorably with other college football programs. Nick Saban has 13 analysts on his team in Alabama. Florida freshman coach Billy Napier, who promised to hire an “army” of staffers when he took over the Gators job, has 14 listed analysts on his staff.

Quality control analysts can remove many activities from assistant coaches. They can make game plans, analyze movies, and take care of other tasks.

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The list does not include high-level UM staff members like program general manager Ed Reed or football operations general manager Alonzo Highsmith.

“(Highsmith is) part of our leadership team as well,” Radakovich said. “I want to be clear because it was really important for Alonzo to come here and also see the other side, the administrative side. So when we meet every Tuesday, Alonzo is part of our executive meeting. superiors. So he hears what is happening throughout the ministry. We hear what is happening in the football program, so the level of communication continues to increase.

The list also doesn’t include recruiting staffers like Mackenzie Rizzi, Mike Rumph, Roland Smith and more.

“We have our recruiting meetings and we have roundtables about who we’re recruiting and so on,” secondary coach Jahmile Addae said during Miami media day. “It was really good to see and have these discussions because then you understand what the other guys are looking for, what they want, they rate the rubric, how they view the position, the athlete profile that ‘they want. It’s always good to attend these discussions. Every staff member that I’ve been on that has done something worth recruiting has had some kind of ultimate meeting, and that has been consistent throughout the week. It’s not a once a month thing, it’s a once every two or three day type thing.

Having an abundance of staff members to brainstorm has helped the Hurricanes coaches as they prepare for the upcoming season.

“These guys are a big part of our program and our day-to-day work,” quarterbacks coach Frank Ponce said at media day in Miami. “They do a lot of things that you don’t see. They are the ones who do all the work behind the scenes, behind the scenes. These guys work hard. They are there all the time, and they also have a great relationship with the players, in their specific positions. So they’re very valuable to the program, and we can’t do what we do without them.

Miami also has four graduate assistants: Reggie Bain, Nate Crutchfield, Evan Dorsett and Michael Forman. Graduate assistants can be in the field with assistant coaches and help set up drills.