University of Miami tight end Michael Irvin II, the son of former Hurricanes great and Pro Football Hall of fame member Michael Irvin, is transferring for his final season of college football.
UM confirmed the news to the Miami Herald on Thursday morning.
Irvin II is no longer on the UM roster. It’s hard to blame him for wanting to transfer. Ahead of him is top tight end Brevin Jordan, a possible future NFL first-rounder, as well as extremely talented backup Will Mallory. Irvin was hardly going to get real playing time in his only season left in college.
Irvin, a redshirt senior, started three games last season. His career numbers: 11 catches for 111 yards in 31 games. He played in 13 games and had two catches in 2019 for 33 yards.
“THE U,’’ Irvin wrote on Twitter in announcing his decision. “After precise thought about my life, future, and reams I have come to an uneasy decision to put my name in the Transfer portal. I want to Say thank you to Coach Golden and his staff for recruiting me, I want to thank Coach Richt and his staff for keeping me and giving me a chance to play at my dream school, I want to thank Coach Diaz for being the Great man and Coach that is is and for supporting me through everything.
“...I will never forget my brothers and what I have been through at this place. The memories and relationships will last FOREVER. This hurts my heart to the core but I believe it will be what’s best for my family and myself. Nothing but love for this place and the people in it. With that being said, THANK YOU MIAMI. #CANESForever.’’
No. 1 UM tight end Jordan, a junior, is out this spring practice rehabbing from an injury, so junior Mallory is the No. 1 guy during spring.
“No matter what, he’s family to us,’’ Mallory said Thursday after practice. “That’s my brother. I wish nothing but the best for him. No matter where he goes, he’s gonna be great.
“No matter where he goes, that team is going to be lucky to get someone like him. He’s a standout guy.’’
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The other tight ends now are 6-2, 225-pound redshirt freshman Larry Hodges (four games last season, with two catches for three yards and two touchdowns) and 6-4, 231-pound freshman Dominic Mammarelli.
Irvin graduated from Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas High. He was a three-star prospect as a recruit. In 2018, Irvin II sustained a medial collateral ligament injury in his right knee and underwent surgery in August. He ended up playing only one game, the Pinstripe Bowl, that season.
Irvin had his ups and downs at UM. He was suspended more than once, but he also seemed to be growing up and maturing nicely. He was always thoughtful and respectful. I, for one, wish him plenty of good fortune.
This story was originally published March 5, 2020 8:58 AM.