Miami football 2023 defense improved significantly

The Miami football team improved significantly on defense in 2023.

Dec 28, 2023; Bronx, NY, USA; Miami Hurricanes defensive lineman Rueben Bain Jr. (44) and linebacker
Dec 28, 2023; Bronx, NY, USA; Miami Hurricanes defensive lineman Rueben Bain Jr. (44) and linebacker / Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
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After the 2022 season, Miami defensive coordinator Kevin Steele left for Alabama. The departure of Steele benefitted the Miami football program. Mario Cristobal hired Guidry from Tulane to replace Steele. Guidry was at Tulane for a few weeks after leading an elite Marshall defense during the 2022 season.

Miami is the first Power Five job at all for Guidry. He has been an FCS head coach and Group of Five defensive coordinator before being hired by Cristobal. Guidry utilized the talent on the roster in 2023 and showed the ability to adapt to the personnel. Miami lost starting defensive linemen Nyjalik Kelly and Akheem Mesidor for the season.

Miami switched from a 4-2-5 defensive alignment to a 3-3-5 after losing Kelly and Mesidor for the season. Defensive lineman Rueben Bain earned ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year and Francisco Mauigoa emerged as an All-ACC player at middle linebacker.