CANES BASEBALL ALUM AND MLB VETERAN PLAYER DANNY VALENCIA TALKS ABOUT HIS TIME AT UM, PLAYING FOR 7 DIFFERENT MLB TEAMS AND HIS UPCOMING TRIP TO THE SUMMER OLYMPICS IN TOKYO WITH TEAM ISRAEL ON THE BEHIND THE U PODCAST

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University of Miami Athletics
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Brian Balom

position

Safety

Height

6-0

Weight

190 lbs.

Class

Freshman

Hometown

Miramar, Fla.

High School

Miramar

2020 (True Freshman): Saw action in 10 games and made one start in first season…Finished with 10 total tackles (six solo)…Made career debut in season opener against UAB (Sept. 10)…Had first tackle of career in road win at top-20 Louisville (Sept. 19)…Posted three tackles (two solo) in romp of rival Florida State (Sept. 26)…Finished with career-high five tackles (three solo) at top-ranked Clemson (Oct. 10)…Saw action in win over Pittsburgh (Oct. 17)…Played in come-from-behind win at NC State (Nov. 6)…Competed in road win at Virginia Tech (Nov. 14)…Played in road victory at Duke (Dec. 5)…Had one tackle in regular season finale against North Carolina (Dec. 12)…Made first start of career in 2020 Cheez-It Bowl against Oklahoma State (Dec. 29).

High School: A consensus three-star prospect by 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals…Ranked the No. 46 safety and No. 74 player in Florida by 247 Sports…Rated the No. 77 safety nationally by ESPN…Had 28 tackles (25 solo), two tackles for loss, three interceptions and two forced fumbles as a senior…Helped Miramar medal in the men’s 4x400m relay at the FHSAA state track and field championships…Chose Miami over offers from Indiana, Louisville, Utah, West Virginia, Northern Illinois, Toledo, FAU and FIU, among others.