New leaders emerging on Miami Hurricanes offensive line

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 11: Braxton Berrios
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 11: Braxton Berrios /
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"When we sit down and make goals and ask guys what they want to achieve, everyone says, ‘I want to be great. I want the team to be great. I want to achieve greatness.’ Well that doesn’t come easy. Every team in the country is saying the same exact stuff so what’s going to set you apart? We’re going to hold those guys accountable and that they do their part.”"

The offensive line has made great strides in the two years under Richt. He has upgraded the talent and depth. When the Hurricanes suffered injuries on the line during Richt’s first season in 2016 it hindered their performance. Miami gave up eight sacks in a blowout loss at Virginia Tech that season.

The loss in Blacksburg was the third of four straight. Miami righted the ship and won five in a row to finish the season. The Hurricanes still have work to do upfront. They finished 75th in the nation last season in sacks allowed at 2.23 per game.

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The Hurricanes were a bit better on the ground. They finished 39th in the nation averaging 4.7 yards per carry. If Miami is going to take the next step to program greatness the offensive line is going to play a vital role.