Spring Preview: Defensive Ends

Spring football starts March 3rd at the University of Miami so lets take a closer look at what the team will look like. Today, we look at the defensive end position.

Coach: Jethro Franklin returns for his second season on Miami's staff.

Lost: The Hurricanes lost three defensive ends from the 2011 roster -- seniors Marcus Robinson and Andrew Smith along with junior Olivier Vernon. Robinson finished his UM career with 107 tackles and 14.5 sacks. He was a regular starter over his final two seasons. Smith finished his prep career with 54 tackles as a spot starter. He never recorded a sack. Vernon, who participated in this week's NFL Combine, finished his three-year career with 81 tackles and nine sacks.

Coming Back: The Hurricanes return just three defensive ends from last season -- sophomore starter Anthony Chickillo, junior Shayon Green (a converted linebacker), and redshirt freshman Ricardo Williams.

The Players:
Chickillo (6-4/250/SO) -- The best and most experienced returner at the end position, Chickillo had a solid freshman season in 2011. The third generation Hurricane finished the season with 38 tackles, eight for loss, and five sacks. He's expected to become one of the best defensive ends in the ACC this season.

Green (6-3/255/R-JR) -- A converted linebacker, Green played some along the defensive line last season and finished with eight tackles and 0 sacks.

Hoilett (6-3/220/FR) -- An athletic pass-rushing specialist, Hoilett just graduated high school two months ago and enrolled for the spring semester. His main focus will be gaining weight and strength but he's the best athlete of this group.

Williams (6-5/220/R-FR) -- A local product who came to Miami as an undersized pass rushing specialist, Williams used 2011 to redshirt. He's still trying to gain weight and strength but offers some things as a pass rusher.

What to Expect: Chickillo has one spot nailed down already and should really elevate his game to another level this season. Green will start out as the top guy on the other side. Green is more of a pass rusher but isn't proven and hopefully can elevate his game a lot this spring. Williams will be counted on as a pass rushing specialist. Anything Hoilett can add this spring will be a bonus.

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