O-Line Showing Major Improvement

The University of Miami has a lot of question marks on its team heading down the stretch run of spring practice and one of them is the offensive line. It has started to really play well together lately, though.

Brandon Washington, Tyler Horn, and Harland Gunn are gone. Jon Feliciano is injured. There were a lot of question marks surrounding Miami's offensive line this spring and Art Kehoe's unit has responded well -- especially a few new starters.

"I think the scrimmage on the 30th was Malcolm's best," Al Golden said of the team's starting left tackle, Malcolm Bunche. "It was his best here in terms of techniques and limiting mistakes. Him and Jermaine (Johnson) at left guard have gotten a lot better."

Johnson started the spring as the team's starting right tackle but was moved to guard after the injury to Feliciano. That opened the door for the most talented player in the entire group.

"Seantrel (Henderson) is starting to develop a process, good habits," Golden said. "He's making good decisions and its starting to carry over."

Building depth was a big key this spring across the entire team and they've seen that with the offensive line.

"We're playing a lot of guys behind them, all those guys are getting work," Golden said.

The only current starter who was a full-time starter during the 2011 season is right guard Brandon Linder. He is considered the best player of the group.

"Brandon's a good football player," Golden said. "He's tough and smart, a real rugged player. He has an excellent skill set, above his years. He has two left but he has a great skill set and we're excited about him."

Offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch seems most excited about watching how some of the young players perform up front, notably the two true freshmen who just started at UM back in January.

"It's been fun to watch the development of the younger guys," Fisch said. "Ereck Flowers really developed for us and is gonna be someone who can make an impact early. Taylor Gadbois is getting better every day."

The Hurricanes have one final practice today before the spring game on Saturday.

"Going into Thursday and then into the spring game, we're really close to the finish line," Fisch said.

The offensive line will have its hands full on Saturday but they've held up pretty well over the last month or so and will be expected to become a team strength going into the summer.


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