Miami football fifth in ACC return production

The Miami football team is fifth in the ACC in returning production according to SP+ projections by ESPN’s Bill Connelly via 247 Sports’ Will Backus who reviewed “ACC Football: Team Rankings by Production Return in 2022.” Miami ranks 28th overall and returns 73% of its production through Connelly.

Connelly tweeted that Miami is “fight his way into the top 15.” Miami added 11 transfers to the 2022 roster. Five of Miami’s 11 transfers have been since spring training began in March. The majority of transfers to Miami were first-timers with their old programs.

Miami has risen at least 15 spots since February in the updated SP+ projections, well behind the transfers they added. The majority of transfers Miami signed in the 2022 offseason are slated starters for the upcoming season. Connelly bases his preseason projections on three factors.

The return of production, recent recruiting and recent history are the factors Connelly uses to determine his projections for the upcoming season. Returning productions explain transfers and attrition. Recruitment rankings represent the past few years and recent history measures the success of the program.

Return of production: 73%

General classification: 29

Miami is on offense with Tyler Van Dyke at quarterback. He has a top-10 advantage in the 2023 NFL Draft and has all the arm skills in the world. The defense has plenty of question marks, but the Hurricanes have loaded one of the best defensive line transfer portal runs of the 2022 cycle.

The Hurricanes and new coach Mario Cristobal have landed four defensive line transfers that hold at least an 87 rating in 247Sports’ transfer portal rankings, highlighted by West Virginia’s four-star transfer Akheem Mesidor.

UCLA transfer Mitchell Agude and UAB transfer Antonio Moultrie should provide immediate assist for the pass after the Hurricanes lost Zach McCloud and Deandre Johnson.

Van Dyke is the base of Miami’s 2022 football roster. Agude and Mesidor project themselves as the 2022 starting rushers. Moultrie will provide depth and versatility on the defensive line as a rusher or tackle. Miami also added DL Jacob Lichtenstein and defensive tackle Darrell Jackson.

Cristobal repeatedly reiterated the importance of improving the play Miami received on the DL. Miami signed three DL freshmen and two offensive linemen in the Class of 2022 while bringing in two OL transfers from Oregon. Miami has managed to add transfers to improve the roster in recent years.