Miami Football depth chart: Bigger and deeper 2023 offensive line

Oct 15, 2022; Blacksburg, Virginia, USA; Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 15, 2022; Blacksburg, Virginia, USA; Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports /

Head coach Mario Cristobal and offensive line coach Alex Mirabal made upgrading the trenches a priority during the 2023 offseason. At least three projected starters on OL are new to the Miami football program. Transfers Javion Cohen and Matt Lee and freshman Francis Mauigoa are the 2023 projected starters.

Central Florida transfer Lee will be the starting center, Cohen, from Alabama is next to him at left guard and Mauigoa will start at right tackle. Fourth-year redshirt sophomore Jalen Rivers will start at left tackle and sophomore Anez Copper is the right guard. Miami has upgraded its depth, size and talent on the 2023  OL.

Samson Okunlola who was a 2023 five-star signee with Mauigoa is the projected primary backup on the left side at guard at tackle. Georgia State transfer Lou Cristobal who is Mario’s nephew is the projected backup at center. True freshman Tommy Kinsler is expected to be the primary backup at right guard.

Matt McCoy at 6’6 and 290 pounds or Chris Washington at 6’7 and 285 provide Miami with excellent length as the potential backups at right tackle. Miami has completely made over the entire offensive line from the one that started the final 2022 regular season game versus Pittsburgh.

Miami has not released an official depth chart for the season opener versus Miami (Ohio). Under Cristobal, Miami has frequently waited until game day to release an official depth chart. There were games Miami did not release an official depth chart at all during the 2022 season.

For the Miami football team to reach its full potential in 2023 the offensive line staying healthy will be critical. Cohen, Lee, Mauigoa and Okunlola are all projected future early-round NFL Draft picks. The 2023 Miami offensive line has the potential to be one of the best in recent program history.

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Cristobal told Sports Illustrated in July that the offensive line is jelling well and is a position group that they are really excited about. National analysts project the Miami offensive line to be significantly improved in 2023 and an area of strength entering the 2023 season. Expect more physicality up front in 2023.