Seattle Seahawks exploit Miami Hurricanes connection again, sign safety Bubba Bolden after draft – Sun Sentinel

Hurricanes safety Bubba Bolden received advice from another Hurricanes safety who reached the NFL: Pro Football Hall of Famer Ed Reed.

“He just said, ‘Do what you do, brother. You are a footballer. Have fun. Be stress free. Be confident,” Bolden said. “It’s always me.”

Bolden will have a chance as the Seattle Seahawks, who have former Miami Hurricanes running backs Travis Homer and DeeJay Dallas on their roster, signed him after the conclusion of the 2022 NFL Draft on Saturday.

Bolden played three seasons with the Hurricanes after transferring from USC, and he made his mark. The hard-hitting safety played 23 games for UM, making 127 total tackles with 10 tackles for loss, two sacks, six pass deflections and two interceptions. In 2020, he was a second-team All-ACC pick.

His final season at Coral Gables was cut short by a season-ending shoulder injury. He tried to play despite the injury for several weeks, but eventually missed the last five games. Bolden still managed to make 43 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and a sack last year.

“It just shows that I’m a dog, that I have this dog mentality in me,” Bolden said. “I won’t let anything faze me. But at the end of the day, they also said, ‘Yes, we want you to be healthy too.’ »

Bolden has recovered from surgery and worked to return to the field in time to practice before the draft.

“It was crazy,” Bolden said. “The first day of training was my first day of racing, I ran the 40. I remember going there and running a time of 4.8, and I said: “Oh, it’s going to be a long two, three months. Staying down for the process, staying down with the meal plan, it’s all the little things. They paid at the combine and they paid [at Pro Day].”

At the NFL combine, Bolden ran a 4.47 dash for 40 yards. During the Hurricanes Pro Day on March 30, he completed 15 reps on the bench press.

“After surgery, I think it’s pretty good,” Bolden said.

Bolden said he thinks he can earn a spot on an NFL roster and become a key player.

“At the end of the day, I’ll be a starting safety,” Bolden said, “and the rest will be history.”

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