Miami Hurricanes new DL Coach Jess Simpson making early impact

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 11: Brandon Wimbush
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Miami Head Coach Mark Richt spoke about his newest coach at the YMCA of South Palm Beach on Wednesday.

"“Everything Jess has done has been excellent. That’s one of my coach’s mission statements. The very first statement I have is to basically do your job with excellence and everything he’s touched has been excellent. He’s been a winner at every level, assistant coach, head coach in high school… As a head coach he won 7 out of 12 state championships in dominating fashion…[He’s] always been a strong offensive, defensive line … He’s built his teams around strong offensive and defensive lines… There are some guys in the profession that you know, it doesn’t matter what level of ball they coach, they’re going to kick butt and he’s one of those guys. He’s the right kind of coach, he’s the right kind of person. … I know he already has and will continue to be a really good fit for this staff and for me personally in how I like to do things. Really, really excited about him.”"

Simpson has a lot of work do to with the defensive tackles. Gerald Willis dominated on the scout team last season but sit out the entire year.

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Pat Bethel is likely to start inside with him. Bethel finished with 18 tackles, one tackle for loss and one sack. Rising Sophomore Jon Ford and incoming Freshman Nesta Silvera and Jordan Miller should also challenge for playing time.