Hurricanes linebacker Denzel Perryman and offensive lineman Jon Feliciano are returning to Miami for their senior seasons.
In a statement released by Miami early Friday afternoon, the first-team All-ACC selection said he felt the program was improving under Hurricanes coach Al Golden and he wanted to be a part of Miami's continued progress.
"I decided to stay because it is the best decision for me and my family. Ever since coach Golden got here, I feel like this program is moving forward and will continue to rise under his direction," Perryman's statement read. "This coaching staff is dedicated to player development and getting us better. I've grown as a player and person each year thanks to them."
Perryman, who received a third-round grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Board, started all 13 games at outside linebacker for Miami in 2013. He led the team with 108 tackles, including 69 solo stops.
He earned first-team All-ACC honors from the ACSMA and the league's coaches. He was also a SI.com All-America honorable mention.
Feliciano, an honorable mention All-ACC selection, started all 13 UM games this season.
“I am coming back (to Miami) because I believe in what Coach Golden, the staff and our team are doing here,” Feliciano said in a statement released by the school. “I think the program is rising at an all-time pace. With all the NCAA stuff behind us, we can come into a season without anything hanging over our heads.”
Their decision to stay means the Hurricanes won't have to adjust to losing any of their draft-eligible players. Earlier this week, defensive lineman Anthony Chickillo announced via Twitter that he was planning to return for his senior year and tight end Clive Walford told reporters immediately after Miami's 36-9 loss to Louisville in the Russell Athletic Bowl last month that he too, was planning to come back.
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