Manny Diaz informed a group of beat writers at the ACC Kickoff in Charlotte, North Carolina on Wednesday that the Hurricanes will open fall camp on Friday August 6. The Miami Herald was the first to report the news.
That’s going to give Diaz and his team a little less than a month to prepare for the season opener against the reigning national champions in the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Diaz, who is going into his third year as the head coach at Miami, will have his most experienced roster in his tenure after returning 19 of 22 starters. That includes quarterback D’Eriq King who is expected to be at 100 percent once camp begins in 16 days.
“D’Eriq, he’s had a phenomenal summer,” Diaz said Wednesday morning. “They’re doing everything right. The medical people are still very optimistic about him being ready for camp.”
Something that will be new in 2021 is that Diaz will be taking over play-calling duties on the defensive side of the ball after delegating those responsibilities over the last few seasons. Bubba Bolden, who joined Diaz in Charlotte along with King and Mike Harley, is excited about the idea of King running the unit again.
“That was a big deal. Last year, he was over there with the defense, but you’ve seen what he’s done in the past as a defensive coordinator and him bringing that back I think brings a lot of people confidence. It’s a security there that our head coach is also our defensive coordinator and he makes the right calls and we all trust him, so I feel like it’s the best for everybody,” Bolden said.
The Hurricanes are coming off an 8-3 season where they were ranked inside the top ten at one point.
Following the matchup with Alabama in Atlanta, the Hurricanes will come back home and take on Appalachian State on Sept. 11.
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