Days prior to opening up the 2016 season and Miami Hurricanes Mark Richt is cutting ties with a pair of players.
Susan Miller Degnan of the Miami Herald has reported that linebacker Jermaine Grace and defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad have been dismissed from the program, though reasons have not been cited.
Oddly enough, both Muhammad and Grace were absent from practice on August 11 to tend to legal matters. Former Hurricanes linebacker Juwon Young — who transferred to Marshall — was suspended indefinitely from the team due to Young’s use of a luxury rental from a local agency. Miami was also investigating Muhammad for similar reasons.
Grace enjoyed a breakout season in 2015 as a junior. The nearby Miami Gardens started 10 of the Hurricanes’ 13 games and posted a team-high 79 tackles, six of which went for loss as well as two sacks. He also made steady contributions as a sophomore in 2014, appearing in all 13 games for the ‘Canes. His 60 tackles ranked second on the defensive unit and he also added 6.5 tackles for loss and a pair of fumble recoveries.
Muhammad, a 6-foot-4 end from New Jersey, was also off a breakout 2015 campaign. As a redshirt sophomore he finished third on the team with 54 total tackles; his 8.5 tackles for loss and 5.0 sacks led all Hurricane defenders. Muhammad is a former four-star prospect and was ranked as the No. 3 defensive end out of high school.
Miami’s going through some change as Mark Richt gears up for his first season with The U. An already-tough ACC just got a bit more rugged with the loss of two key defenders.