After a highly disappointing 5-7 season, just about everything is a “burning question” for the Miami Hurricanes.

That said, here are the 10 biggest questions:

1: Can Miami land Cormani McClain?

Yes, but it’s not a lock.

Cormani McClain, the 5-star cornerback from Lakeland, Fla., has been verbally committed to Miami since Oct. 27.

But when he backed out of signing last month, that opened the door for another school to swoop in and flip this recruit Feb. 1.

In the era of NIL, money will be a key factor, but McClain – if he is as good as advertised – could be an immediate starter.

2: Who will replace Will Mallory at tight end?

Miami has a legit claim at being recognized as college football’s “Tight End U,” with graduates of the program including Jeremy Shockey, Kellen Winslow II, Greg Olsen, Bubba Franks, Willie Smith, David Njoku and Clive Walford.

Yet Will Mallory heads to the NFL ranking among the top 3 tight ends at Miami in career touchdown catches (14), receptions (115) and yards (1,544).

Replacing him won’t be easy, but Miami has 2 prime candidates in Elijah Arroyo and Jaleel Skinner. Both of them lack experience – Arroyo has 10 catches in 10 career games, and Skinner has 9 receptions in 9 contests.

However, both have elite athleticism. Arroyo’s career average per reception is 15.2, and Skinner’s average is 14.3. They both have to prove they can be sturdy, durable and dependable.

Blocker Dominic Mammarelli, veteran Khalil Brantley and incoming freshmen Riley Williams and Jackson Carver also are on the roster. Williams, at 6-foot-6 and 240 pounds, appears to have the highest ceiling among those 4.

3: Will Miami use a freshman at right tackle?

Having a freshman protect your quarterback off of either edge usually is a recipe for disaster.

But the answer to this question likely is “yes,” and that’s because the Canes landed the highest-rated class of tackles in program history.

Francis Mauigoa and Samson Okunlola are among the top 3 tackle recruits in the nation, and they appear to have NFL futures if they develop as expected.

Miami coach Mario Cristobal – a former offensive lineman – is placing tremendous emphasis on this position. If he gets it right, that will set up the Canes for good things on offense.

But if the freshmen are not ready, the Canes could, for example, move left guard Jalen Rivers to right tackle. He played left tackle in high school. Zion Nelson, now back from injury, is set at left tackle.

4: Can Tyler Van Dyke stay healthy?

The answer to this has a lot to do with question No. 3. Van Dyke is not an elusive QB, which means he needs a quality offensive line more than most passers.

Miami’s backups entered last season with a good overall reputation, but that took a hit as Jake Garcia and Jacurri Brown struggled. Incoming freshman Emory Williams is someone to watch, but, hopefully for Canes fans, not this year.

5: What is the biggest hole on Miami’s roster?

Cornerback is the Canes’ biggest issue, which is why Cormani McClain is needed so badly.

Te’Cory Couch sets up as the slot corner, but the Canes will have to replace Tyrique Stevenson and DJ Ivey.

Daryl Porter Jr. remains, and he has 22 games of experience between Miami and West Virginia. But he hasn’t truly distinguished himself (1 career interception).

Miami will look at the transfer portal and/or a breakthrough from younger players such as Malik Curtis, Chris Graves Jr., Jaden Harris, incoming freshmen Robert Stafford, Antione Jackson, Damari Brown and UCF transfer Davonte Brown.

6: Who will be Miami’s go-to wide receiver in 2023?

Xavier Restrepo should be that guy. Derailed by injuries this season, Restrepo has the quickness, toughness and hands to move the chains, making diving catches and force defenders to miss.

The other answer would be Colbie Young, who was a revelation last year before being doomed by poor QB play following Van Dyke’s injury.

With Restrepo in the slot and Young outside, that’s a solid start to Miami’s passing attack.

But it’s not enough.

The Canes need more from veterans such as Frank Ladson Jr., Jacolby George and Brashard Smith.

Incoming freshmen Robby Washington and Nathaniel Joseph – both 4-star recruits –  will get a chance to pass up disappointing vets such as Michael Redding III and Isaiah Horton.

7: What is the strength of the team?

Miami is in great shape at safety with All-American Kamren Kinchens and man-child James Williams.

The Canes also look good at running back with Henry Parrish Jr., Don Chaney Jr., TreVonte Citizen and incoming freshmen Chris Johnson and Mark Fletcher.

8: Who will be Miami’s next great linebacker?

Wesley Bissainthe is the hope for Miami at a position that has suffered greatly the past 3 years – since Shaq Quaterman graduated.

Corey Flagg Jr. is set to return after a solid 2022, tying for the team lead with 10.5 tackles for loss. Bissainthe had 21 stops this season as a freshman, and Keontra Smith is Miami’s coverage linebacker.

Cristobal realizes the issue at linebacker, which explains him signing 6 players at the position: high schoolers Bobby Washington, Malik Bryant, Raul Aguirre, Kaleb Spencer and Marcellius Pulliam and Washington State transfer Francisco Mauigoa.

9: Can the Canes control both sides of the line of scrimmage?

It seems that is more likely on the defensive side with players such as Leonard Taylor III, Akheem Mesidor and Jahfari Harvey on the line.

On offense, Miami needs to find at least 3 dominating interior blockers, and the candidates include Rivers, center Jakai Clark and guard Javion Cohen, who has transferred in from Alabama.

10: Will Miami win the ACC in 2023?

“No” is the guess here. Every year for the past 2 decades, the hype machine is in overdrive for the Canes … until they fall apart.

For now, the Canes need to be in “prove it” mode.