Miami Hurricanes start tight end Will Mallory should have a breakout season following the departure of three-year starter Brevin Jordan after the 2020 season. Mallory has nine receptions for 64 yards without a touchdown this season. He’s on track for about 22 receptions for 154 yards in 2021.
Jordan had his best 2020 college season under offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee in his first season with the Miami Hurricanes. In 11 games, Jordan had 38 receptions for 576 yards and seven TDs. The expectation was that Mallory would at least outperform the reception and reception areas this season.
Miami played 11 games in 2020. The Hurricanes have 12 games scheduled this year, plus every bowl game they could play. Mallory obviously wouldn’t average nine receptions per game, but 64 yards per game was a reasonable expectation. Jordan averaged 4.5 receptions and 72 yards in eight games in 2020.
Mallory is mainly supported by freshmen Elijah Arroyo and Khalil Brantley. It might be time to give the newbies more game time when the Hurricanes take their leave on October 16. Mallory has played 305 offensive snaps this season, Arroyo 72, Brantley 12 and fourth team TE Larry Hodges nine.
Arroyo has two receptions for 18 yards this season, Brantley one for seven, and Hodges has no catch in 2021. Mallory signed eighth place TE in the 2018 class. Jordan was the first. Arroyo was the seventh-placed TE in the class of 2021. Miami desperately needs playmakers offensive.
If Mallory can’t become the playmaker he should be, Arroyo should be given more playing time. Miami had a 10.10 yard attack in their 30:28 loss to Virginia on Thursday night in the first quarter. Tight ends are said to thrive in the Lashlee offensive. That was not the case this season.
Mallory had 22 receptions for 329 yards and four touchdowns as TE of the second team behind Jordan last season. As the first team TE this season, Mallory is well on his way to being below all of those numbers in 2021. Lashlee and the Miami Offensive have 15 days to see how they can improve before they play in North Carolina on October 16.