The Miami Hurricanes lost three of their starters along the defensive line and pass-rush specialist Trent Harris this offseason, leading most pundits to believe that’s the area of greatest concern heading into 2018.
However, Miami linebacker Zach McCloud takes exception to anybody doubting the defensive line. And he even thinks his unit bears additional responsibility to make sure the Hurricanes front four has the opportunity to show exactly how good they can be this fall.
“Talent-wise we have it,” McCloud said according to Matt Porter of the Palm Beach Post. “There is no doubt about that, and everybody who doubts it, I disagree with them.
“We lost some good guys, but that talent’s always going to be coming in… We’ve got some good guys now. It’s all a matter of making sure we get around them and feel the pressure that’s going to be put on them. It’s a special bunch of guys. They can hold up.”
Junior Joe Jackson will bring 21 tackles for loss and 14 sacks over two seasons back to Miami this fall and he’ll be asked to lead the way for this rebuilding (or, as McCloud prefers, retooling) defensive line. And he’ll be joined by Pat Bethel, Jonathan Garvin, Jon Ford, Gerald Willis and Greg Rousseau as important parts of the rotation.
However, Miami will need other returning veterans and the incoming freshman to also climb the depth chart, as every good defensive line needs 10-12 bodies to play in their rotation to keep their best players fresh late in games.
And while McCloud may think that anybody questioning the unit’s talent is off base, it’s hard not to wonder what the season will be like if they can’t find the depth they need to replace everything that was lost this offseason.
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