Miami lands multiple players on ESPN's midseason list of college football's top newcomers
Miami is well-represented on ESPN’s midseason list of the top 50 newcomers in college football.
While transfers populate most of the list, Miami true freshman offensive tackle Francis Mauigoa landed at No. 10 overall. He’s the highest-ranked Miami player, the third highest-ranked true freshman and the third highest-ranked player from the ACC.
Mauigoa is joined by teammates Matt Lee (No. 13) and Rueben Bain (No. 43) inside ESPN’s top 50.
Here’s some analysis on Mauigoa from ESPN’s tom VanHaaren:
It’s often difficult for true freshman offensive linemen to start in their first season because there can be a gap in strength and knowledge of the position. Mauigoa, however, has stepped in and played as if he has been on a college campus for multiple years. He was a five-star prospect in the 2023 class and had offers from Alabama, Georgia, USC, Tennessee, Ohio State, Oklahoma and plenty of other big schools. He has played 370 snaps this season, which is third most among the Miami offensive linemen, and has allowed just one sack.
Mauigoa and Lee have helped revamp Miami’s offensive line this season. The Hurricanes have been much better up front in 2023, which has helped result in a big increase in overall offensive efficiency. Miami is averaging 7 yards per play this season, which is the best mark in the ACC through Week 8.
Bain has also made a big impact this season. A former blue-chip recruit, Bain stepped up this past weekend and recorded three tackles for loss and two sacks in Miami’s overtime win over Clemson.
The Canes will be in action again this weekend vs. Virginia.