Cristobal will not be a starter in 2024. Miami needs to develop more depth on the OL this spring. Miami hosted former Washington starting left guard Nate Kalepo over the weekend. The addition of Kalepo would help Miami significantly. The Miami OL did a decent job against Rutgers.
Miami averaged 4.1 yards per carry and held Rutgers to only four tackles for loss and two sacks. Cristobal played in four games in 2023. After transferring from Georgia State, Cristobal made his Miami debut in the season opener versus Miami (Ohio) and also played versus Bethune-Cookman and Temple.
Matthew McCoy was the expected starter versus Rutgers. In preparation for the Pinstripe Bowl, Mario Cristobal discussed the OL. “Ryan has certainly put in and invested a bunch of time, and his development has been incredible, especially over the last couple of weeks’...Him, Logan [Sagapolu], Luis Cristobal, all these guys are mixing and matching. They’ve done a really good job.’’
Luis Cristobal did not transfer to Miami until August. With a late transfer, Cristobal did not receive a transfer ranking. In the 2019 class, Cristobal received the 1,679th overall ranking and was the 90th guard and 232nd player in Florida out of Miami Columbus.
Miami lost five-star offensive tackle Samson Okunlola for most of the 2023 season. Jonathan Denis, redshirt freshman Tommy Kinsler and McCoy all project to be in front of Cristobal on the 2024 depth chart. Cristobal will provide depth, experience and an older voice in the locker room for the young OL projected to play in 2024.