Miami Hurricanes senior offensive lineman Navaughn Donaldson announced through social media on Wednesday that he will redshirt the 2020 season.
“After talking to my family and the coaching staff I decided to redshirt and focus on me this season,” Donaldson tweeted.
Donaldson started 12 games at left guard for the Hurricanes last season, only missing the Walk-On’s Independence Bowl after suffering a right knee injury in the regular-season finale against Duke.
He missed Miami’s four spring practices back in March before the coronavirus pandemic halted all college athletic activities.
Donaldson, a former four-star recruit out of Miami Central, was expected to compete for a starting spot at left guard.
Unlike last year, the Hurricanes have multiple replacements for Donaldson. Zion Nelson, John Campbell, and Jakai Clark are rising sophomores that started games last season. Houston graduate transfer Jarrid Williams could also emerge as an option at guard.
Health was going to be a huge question for Donaldson heading into the 2020 season and by taking a redshirt year he’ll be able to recover from the knee injury while retaining eligibility for a fifth season in 2021.