Despite defections Miami Hurricanes believe DL can thrive

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 11: Brandon Wimbush
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 11: Brandon Wimbush /
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The Miami Hurricanes defensive line was decimated by graduation, early entrees to the NFL Draft and transfers. In spite of that, they still believe that the defensive line can continue to dominate in 2018.

Miami Hurricanes defensive ends Trent Harris and Chad Thomas graduated. Defensive tackles Kendrick Norton and R.J. McIntosh bypassed their Senior seasons to enter the NFL Draft. Backup D.J. Johnson transferred to Oregon to be closer to his hometown of Sacramento.

In spite of all the losses the Miami Hurricanes still have talent on the defensive line. They return Joe Jackson, Demetrius Jackson and Jonathan Garvin at defensive end. Gregory Rosseau could figure in the rotation as a true Freshman. Defensive coordinator Manny Diaz said that Rosseau. “will be a big part of our rotation.”

Gerald Willis returns at defensive tackle after a year off. Big things are expected from Willis. He dominated as a member of the scout team in 2017. The second tackle spot is up for grabs. It figures to be a battle between rising Junior Pat Bethel and true Freshman Nesta Silvera.

Diaz and a few of the defensive players are confident about the defensive line heading into the 2018 season. Miami should have the talent. The depth at tackle could be an issue. Linebacker Zach McCloud disagrees with those that say Miami’s losses up front were significant.