Miami DC Manny Diaz calls this junior ‘the heart and soul’ of Hurricanes secondary

The Miami Hurricanes defense is loaded with a ton of playmakers.

As a result, the turnover chain has been on a swivel this season, being rocked by countless players.

The creator of the turnover chain took some time to shout out one of the most vital members of the greedy and menacing Hurricanes defense.

Junior safety Jaquan Johnson leads the team in tackles (66) and is second in interceptions (3).

Johnson, one of just four defensive semifinalists for the Walter Camp Player of the Year award, has also forced and recovered a fumble.

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Manny Diaz raved to Miami Herald reporter Susan Miller Degnan about the local product from Miami Killian High.

“The guy is unbelievable,’’ Diaz said after the Virginia Tech game, the first of two weeks in a row that Johnson earned Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week honors. “He’s the heart and soul of our secondary. When you need a guy to make a play, that’s the guy. That’s the guy.

“I’ve been jumping up and down on this Jaquan Johnson bandwagon for a while now. It’s neat that he made the plays that sort of the untrained eye can see, the obvious spectacular plays,’’ Diaz told WQAM recently. “Because the plays that he’s been making that have maybe been going unnoticed have been just as important. You just can’t be good in college football anymore without great safety play, because the No. 1 thing we’ve done all year in not giving up points is we don’t give up long touchdowns.

 “We’ve given up one long touchdown all season and that was a bust against Toledo.”

Miami is No. 3 in the country in interceptions (16), No. 4 in takeaways (24), No. 2 in sacks and tackles for loss and No. 10 in points allowed (16.6).

No. 3 CFP ranked Miami will look to bring the turnover chain out of the box often on Saturday. The Hurricanes host Virginia at noon (EST) in a matchup that will be televised on ABC.

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