By David Udel
Nesta saw action in ten games his first season as a freshman. He totaled 13 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and one blocked punt.
Nesta has one senior in Pat Bethel and one junior in Jon Ford in front of him to start spring ball. I believe Silvera will replace one of these guys to be the starting tackle a few weeks into the season. I just don’t see anyone keeping Nesta from taking over as the leader of the D-Line at some piont this year.
The sophomore played in ten games making eight tackles and 2.0 tackles for loss.
This has to be Mr. Ford’s year to breakthrough and reach his potential. Ford had a decent year in 2018, but now its time to show us what you got big Jon.
Ford will have Silvera and Tree Trunk Miller on his heels all spring.
Bethel enjoyed a breakout season in his first year as starter. Bethel started 12 of 13 games and finished with 23 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks.
I believe Bethel will have a huge 2019 season. Bethel and Ford will probably be the starters, but don’t count out Nnoruka or Silvera starting next to Bethel
Tree Trunk Miller
Red shirt freshman jordan (Tree Trunk) Miller only played in one game against Savannah State.
But ol’e Tree Trunk just might be special. I just have that feeling about him. I’ve watched alot of his film and the best way to discribe the big fella is, awkwardly destructive. He just has great push and tends to just bust things up. In other words, ol’e Tree Trunk Miller is my 2019 dark horse Cane to have a nice season.
This was a huge pick up for Miami. Nnoruka is rather small for a DT at 6’1″ 290. But he is fast and reaks havic in the back field. A great 2nd or 3rd and long guy that can reach the Quarterback. Nnoruka fits right into Diaz’s style of high risk, high reward defense. Nnoruka is hard to block, and tends to get lost by bigger, slower Offensive tacles. Nnoruka brings much needed experience and a proven body to our DT depth. Nnoruka will mostly help the team by giving the D-L some down and distance flexibility at the DT position.
Jonathan started all 13 games in a breakout season at defensive end. Garvin had a career-best total of 60 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries and five PBU. Garvin was second on the team with 17 tackles for loss, and was third on the team with 5.5 sacks.
I see Garvin having a even better season as a junior. Garvin will deffenetly be a starter at DE.
Rousseau tore up spring ball last year and earned himself a spot in the rotation. But after a fractured ankle suffered early in the season, Rousseau was done for the year. Whith Rousseau all healed up for this years spring ball, we see Rousseau as our other starting DE. But don’t forget Trevon Hill, the VT transfer to share major time with Rousseau at DE
The 6-foot-3, 245-pounder made 12 starts last season. He had 46 tackles (9.5 tackles for loss) with 5.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one interception. Hill was by far VT best lineman. He plays with a mean streak and can out right get to the passer. I see Hill as a pass rushing DE on 3rd down situations. But don’t think Hill can’t reak havoc on running backs, especially in their own back field.
Patchan played in 12 games and finished with career-high 29 tackles (14 solo). Patchan had 2.5 tackles for loss, one sack, one PBU and one forced fumble.
Scott Patchan had a very nice year and will compete well for a starting job. But though he makes the rotation, I don’t see him beating out Hill or Rousseau for a starting job.
The true fresshman may very well earn some playing time. The 6’4″ 225 pound DE from Vero was the absolute steal of the cycle. Dont be surprised if you see quite a bit of this kid.
Well I’m not sure what to think of the former number one recruit in the country in 2017.
We know he has all the tools to be an All American, if he stays healthy. That’s the million dollar question, can Phillips stay heathy and become an all-American DE. It at least adds a talented body on the D-Line.
Well that’s what I see as our D-Line rotation. We have a few freshman coming in as well. Cameron Williams, Jalar Harvey, Jared Harrison Hunte and Jason Blissett jr will all be big additions to our D-Line.
Let’s not forget our freshman OLB Sam Brooks who is known to put his fingers in the dirt as well.
So that’s our beakdown of the 2019 Miami Hurricane D-Line.