Miami Hurricanes DE Jonathan Garvin ready for breakout season

TALLAHASSEE OCTOBER 7: Defensive lineman Demetrius Jackson
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Garvin spoke to Inside the U about how spring football is progressing and how the players are connecting with new defensive line coach Jess Simpson.

"“It has been hard work. We get tired, but we also learn how to push through it. I didn’t have as many reps as everybody else last year, so it is really pushing me forward right now. It is kind of like a fresh slate…A chance to make an impression. With D-Jax out, I had to step up. When he gets back, coach says it will be a fair opportunity, so I will be looking to battle with him. I’m sure when he does get back, he will be great.” “I feel like I am doing well…Coach Simpson came and I am doing a lot better day in and day out. The whole defensive line is putting a lot more into the drills and we are getting better as a whole.” “He (Simpson) is about the get-off first…Then it is about turning our head and turning the corner. It is about competing and getting tough. Putting your hands on them and being elite all the time instead of sometimes.”"

Garvin is striving to be more of an every-down defensive end this season. He was more of a pass rush specialist in 2017. Defensive Coordinator Manny Diaz spoke Inside the U about Garvin’s freakish athleticism. Fellow defensive end Joe Jackson called Garvin “a freak of nature.”