Miami fills big need at cornerback with grad transfer from The Citadel

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The Miami Hurricanes had a big need at cornerback and got some very good news Tuesday when FCS All-American cornerback Dee Delaney announced he is transferring to the program. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder from The Citadel is a grad transfer and eligible this fall.

“Deciding to come to The Citadel was one of the hardest decisions I have ever made and now deciding to leave is even harder,” Delaney wrote on his Instagram account. “The friendships I have made here will last forever. The Citadel has made me into a better and much mature person and for that all I can say is Thank you! I will be transferring to the University of Miami to finish up my senior football season.”

Delaney recorded 35 tackles, six interceptions, eight pass breakups and one fumble recovery in 2016 to earn AP All-American honors as he sparked a Bulldog defense that ranked first in the Southern Conference in fewest first downs allowed, third-down defense and fewest passing touchdowns allowed.

As a sophomore in 2015, he was selected as a Walter Camp All-American after picking off five passes and forcing two fumbles.

Delaney’s career total of 13 interceptions is tied for second on The Citadel’s all-time career list, five behind the program record, and his 32 career passes defended are fourth in program history, also five shy of the Bulldogs’ career record.