Mario Cristobal meets Avante Williams about the ‘drama’

CORAL GABLES — Safety Avantae Williams didn’t take to the field with the Hurricanes defense on Saturday, and after the game he reportedly deleted all references to the Hurricanes from his Instagram page.

On Monday, UM coach Mario Cristobal said he spoke with the sophomore about creating “drama or storytelling.”

“Avantae didn’t play as much on Saturday; it’s obvious,” Cristobal said. “Avantae is a good guy. He really is. I’ve known him for a long time, I recruited him from the other place. I think the obvious thing is…social media this and that. It’s like, listen, I met Avantae and one thing that we’re not going to do is – we’re always going to be direct, direct and honest, without creating any drama or storytelling. It’s just not that.

“We’re not going to have that here. He’s a good young man, and we have to get to work and keep improving. And he wants to be good, and he has a really, really bright future. We will choose not to create narratives and dramas in our program.

On Monday afternoon, Williams, who was suspended for the first six games of the 2021 season after being arrested for aggravated battery (which was later dropped), had reposted the photos of him in a Miami uniform on his profile page.

Williams played in the Hurricanes’ season opener against Bethune-Cookman, getting 14 snaps. He didn’t tackle in UM’s win.

“He’s doing well,” defensive coordinator Kevin Steele said of Williams. “It’s quite a process for all of us, and he’s doing really well. I think he’ll be fine.

Jacolby George is one of the Hurricanes’ promising young receivers, but the sophomore missed Miami’s first two games of the season through suspension.

George, a Plantation High alum, will have to “create his role” after the suspension, offensive coordinator Josh Gattis said Monday.

“Obviously it’s good to see him back, but he has to create his role,” Gattis said. “I think when you look at the reception hall, some guys have created roles, whether it’s Key’Shawn Smith, Mike Redding is playing his best football right now, obviously Xavier Restrepo is Xavier Restrepo – he’s so consistent in His preparation and His performance…. I think Brashard Smith kind of took the next step.

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George had seven catches for 183 yards with a touchdown as a freshman last year.

“Obviously getting Jacolby back makes us a little deeper, from that perspective,” Gattis said. “But I’m excited this week to see him come out and compete and acclimate back to this room.”

After a prime-time kickoff against Texas A&M on Saturday, the Hurricanes will have another afternoon start against Middle Tennessee.

The Hurricanes’ fourth game of the year will begin at 3:30 p.m. and will air on the ACC network, the conference announced Monday.

Three of Miami’s first four games this season are afternoon kickoffs.

Hurricanes kicker Andres Borregales scored his first three field goals of the season on Saturday, and for his efforts he was named ACC Specialist of the Week on Monday.

The sophomore kicker scored field goals for 30, 33 and 48 yards in Miami’s 30-7 win over Southern Miss. He also had touchdowns on 5 of 7 kickoffs in the win.