Impact: Forston done for the season

The University of Miami announced today that defensive tackle Marcus Forston will miss the rest of the season due to a non-contact injury during Wednesday's practice. Lets take a look at what that means for the Hurricanes.

The Hurricanes have been hit pretty hard by the injury bug so far in Al Golden's first season and things got even worse when starting defensive tackle Marcus Forston was lost for the entire season last night.

Forston, who came to Miami as a five-star prospect out of nearby Northwestern High School, hasn't been having a great season but he's one of the most talented players on Miami's defense and plays a position that was probably already the thinnest on the entire team.

Fellow defensive tackle Curtis Porter was lost for the season recently and now Forston joins him.

Senior Micanor Regis is one starter. Junior Darius Smith, who Golden added to his first recruiting class late in the process, has played a lot so far this season and will likely play an even bigger role now. They moved senior end Adewale Ojomo inside for the Bethune-Cookman game last week and the 265-pounder will likely continue taking reps inside -- especially on pass rushing situations.

One key factor here now becomes getting sophomore Luther Robinson healthy. He played a lot as a second-year freshman last season but hasn't played yet this season due to an injury. He's expected back soon, although his status for this Saturday's game against Virginia Tech is still up in the air.

Robinson's return would give the Hurricanes more depth inside and would allow them to rely less on playing true freshmen.

The Canes have four true freshman defensive tackles -- Jalen Grimble has been the best of the four so far. He played several snaps in each of the first three games but sat out with injury last week. Olsen Pierre has also played some but is still a bit undersized to play a lot. Junior Alexis and Corey King were added late to the 2011 recruiting class and both are probably too undersized to get into the rotation just yet.

Good defenses always start up front. The defensive tackle position is very tough to recruit and the Canes are really hurting for depth there now.

Forston's injury does mean that he will be able to return for the 2012 season as a fifth year senior. The Canes will hopefully have a solid rotation of Forston/Smith/Porter/Robinson/Grimble/Pierre heading into the spring of 2012.

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