Miami Hurricanes defensive line has impressive spring game

Sep 4, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 4, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports /

The Miami Hurricanes defensive line is continuing to evolve throughout the 2022 offseason. Miami has added transfer defensive end Mitchell Agude from UCLA and swing defensive lineman Jacob Lichtenstein from USC and Antonio Moultrie from UAB who head coach Mario Cristobal said will play tackle with the Miami Hurricanes.

Miami signed edge rushers Nyjalik Kelly and Cyrus Moss and tackle Ahmad Moten in the Class of 2022. Defensive ends, Jahfari Harvey, Jabari Ishmael and Kelly and DTs Jared Harrison-Hunte, Elijah Roberts and Moultrie missed the Spring Game on Saturday with injuries. Several DL were impressive on Saturday.

Agude recently committed to Miami and also did not participate in the Spring Game. Lichtenstein did not start but made his presence known on Saturday. The South Florida native had a sack, fumble recovery and deflected a pass that was intercepted by safety James Williams. Lichtenstein will be part of the DL rotation in 2022.

Jordan Miller and Leonard Taylor were the starting DTs for Miami. Taylor recorded a sack. Moss did not start but added two sacks, one of which forced a fumble. Chantz Williams was also impressive as an edge rusher with a tackle for loss. Several of the above mentioned DL who sat out on Saturday will be a part of the rotation.

Harrison-Hunte will likely start with Taylor at DT. Agude and Harvey will compete with Chantz Williams and potentially former West Virginia DL Akheem Mesidor who is strongly considering the  Miami Hurrricanes. Kelly is a promising freshman who could form an excellent pair of bookend edge rushers will Moss in the future.

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Ishmael is entering his second season with Miami. Miami likes the potential of edge rusher Thomas Davis who redshirted as a true freshman became of an injury. Moultrie and Roberts project as versatile players on the DL who project as part of the rotation. Miami could add another DL transfer or two before August training camp.