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reg­u­lar-sea­son fi­nale.

With the staff in­tact more than a week later, Diaz de­clined to com­ment on pos­si­ble turnover, say­ing his fo­cus is on re­cruit­ing and bowl prepa­ra­tion be­fore mak­ing any changes.

“What I’m say­ing right now is that our sea­son’s not over,” Diaz said. “Let’s fin­ish the sea­son, let’s get a plan to­gether to play our best in the bowl game, and then let’s see what we like and didn’t like and where we need to im­prove go­ing form there.”

Diaz in­di­cated that there will be a re­newed quar­ter­back com­pe­ti­tion lead­ing up to the In­de­pen­dence Bowl af­ter Jar­ren Wil­liams strug­gled in losses to FIU and Duke.

N’Kosi Perry re­placed Wil­liams in the fourth quar­ter at Duke and wasn’t much bet­ter as the two com­bined to go 13 of 35 pass­ing.

“We’re go­ing to come back and see what hap­pens in prac­tice,” Diaz said of the quar­ter­back sit­u­a­tion. “It’ll be a per­for­mance of ev­ery­thing in the month of De­cem­ber, which is go­ing to be aca­demic per­for­mance, [ex­tend­ing to] do­ing the right things off the field and all those types of things. We’ll get a sense of that here as we get through this week.”

Third-string quar­ter­back Tate Martell was away from the team for the fi­nal two weeks on a sec­ond leave this sea­son. It is un­known if he will be back for the bowl game.

Diaz said ju­nior left guard Navaughn Don­ald­son will miss the bowl game af­ter suf­fer­ing a right knee in­jury against Duke.

His backup, red­shirt fresh­man John Camp­bell, also left early against the Blue Devils, along with sopho­more run­ning back Cam’Ron Har­ris. How­ever, Diaz ex­pects Camp­bell and Har­ris to be back for the bowl game.

With Hill and Garvin hav­ing no­ti­fied the team they will sit out the In­de­pen­dence Bowl to be­gin NFL draft prepa­ra­tion, Diaz said no other up­per­class­men have in­di­cated they’ll do the same.

“Ev­ery case is unique,” he said. “Be­cause ev­ery guy is at a dif­fer­ent spot in terms of: a.) their ca­reer, b.) what their ex­pec­ta­tion is go­ing for­ward, what their sta­tus is at the next level. Whether we’re talk­ing about go­ing pro or whether we’re talk­ing about play­ing in the bowl game, our re­spon­si­bil­ity is to pro­vide them the best stan­dard of in­for­ma­tion that will help them make the best de­ci­sion for them, and hope­fully that co­in­cides with the best de­ci­sion for Mi­ami.”

In ad­di­tion to Hill, Garvin and Don­ald­son, Mi­ami also will be with­out ju­nior run­ning back DeeJay Dal­las and sopho­more safety Bubba Bolden, who both suf­fered sea­son-end­ing in­juries last month.

MICHAEL LAUGHLIN/SUN SENTINEL

UM line­man Jah­fari Har­vey, left, lis­tens to in­struc­tions dur­ing a Hur­ri­canes prac­tice.

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