Spring Preview: Defensive Tackles

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 tackle position.

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

Lost: Marcus Forston came to Miami as a five-star recruit but battled through injuries most of his career. He left after his junior season and posted 60 tackles and seven sacks here. Micanor Regis, Miami's best defensive tackle last season, finished with 112 tackles and 5.5 sacks in his career. Converted end Adewale Ojomo, playing at 260 pounds, finished his career with 79 tackles and 9.5 sacks.

Coming Back: Darius Smith started for most of the season and Curtis Porter has starting experience as well. Olsen Pierre and Jalen Grimble played some as true freshmen. Luther Robinson has been a career backup. Junior Alexis and Corey King redshirted in 2011.

The Players: Alexis (6-2/280/R-FR) -- A late addition to the 2011 recruiting class, Alexis was lightly recruited out of high school and redshirted last season. He's the smallest of the seven tackles and could see time at end this spring.

Grimble (6-2/300/SO) -- A high profile recruit from out West, Grimble played in seven games last season but didn't post any tackles.

King (6-1/305/R-FR) -- Another late addition to last year's recruiting class, King was lightly recruited. He redshirted in 2011 and will be limited, coming off injury, this spring.

Pierre (6-4/300/SO) -- A recruit Golden brought with him from Temple's commitment list last year, Pierre played some as a freshman at both end and tackle but seems to now be a full-time tackle.

Porter (6-1/310/JR) -- He's battled injuries for most of his first two seasons here but is very talented. He has 15 career tackles but does a good job stuffing the run.

Robinson (6-3/305/R-JR) -- He has very limited playing experience in each of his first three seasons and could soon be an offensive lineman here.

Smith (6-2/360/R-SR) -- A late addition to the 2011 class as a Junior College transfer, Smith started most of last season and posted 21 tackles and 0 sacks.

What to Expect: This is a much bigger group than last season so they should hold up against the run much more effectively than last year's group. Smith and Porter are space eaters. Pierre has a tremendous work ethic and is an athletic 300 pounder who enters spring as a starter. King will be out most of spring. Robinson's been a career backup. Alexis could see time at both end and tackle. Grimble should get some good opportunities.

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